Iowa City Community School District

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  • The District Welcomes Eric Howard!

    Meet Eric Howard, the District’s new Director of Equity and Employee Relations. Eric joins the District after serving as the Human Resource Services Director for the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB).

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Student Achievements

  • Celebrating our student achievements

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  • ICCSD Apple LogoThe Iowa City Community School District serves over 14,000 students and is the 5th largest school district in the state of Iowa. The District covers roughly 133 square miles with 19 preschool sites, 21 elementary schools, 3 junior high schools, 3 comprehensive high schools, 1 alternative high school, and our Transition Services Center, a program for special education students ages 18-21. Our high schools rank among the best in the state, and our ACT test scores sit well above the state and national averages. We aim to create an exemplary school district that is acknowledged for the caliber of our graduates, the quality of our staff, and the excellence of our programs.

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District News

  • FMP 2.0 Planning Information

    The Iowa City Community School District is excited to begin the development phase of Facilities Master Plan 2.0 (FMP). Similar to the first FMP, which is nearing completion, FMP 2.0 will become a District-wide, multi-year facilities plan focused on creating innovative 21st Century learning environments across our District. Building off our recently completed work on Portrait of a Graduate, FMP 2.0 will create instructional spaces that help maximize student opportunity and support all students being college, career, and life ready when they leave the District.

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  • ISASP and 2021-22 School Calendar Information

    We would like to provide you with a couple of pieces of information today. One is related to the recent statewide assessment that your student participated in and the other related to the school calendar for next year.

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  • Communication Feedback Needed!

    The Iowa City Community School District has shared a significant amount of communication over the past year and has used many different tools to provide information. We want to know what worked for your family and if you have suggestions for future communication from your child’s school and the District.

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  • End of School Year Information

    As we near the end of the 2020-21 school year, we are beginning to receive questions regarding the last day of school. As a reminder, the final day of classes for students is on Friday, June 11, 2021. We will release one hour early on Wednesday (6/9/21), Thursday (6/10/21), and Friday (6/11/21).

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  • Summer Meal Program

    We are excited to announce that our Grab & Go Meal Program will continue through the summer. The summer program will run from June 21 through August 6, 2021. Meals will be served from noon -1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 1, 2, and 5. Below is the list of summer Grab & Go Meal locations:

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  • Mask Update (5/20/21)

    Governor Reynolds signed into law HF 847 which states that school districts can no longer require students, staff, or visitors to wear masks while in school or on District property. The law is effective immediately, therefore, face coverings will now be optional for students, staff, and visitors beginning May 20, 2021.

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Celebrating Our Employees

  • The following comments were received via our @BePositive campaign.

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  • "My son has severe ADHD and Zach Hill was the most compassionate and encouraging teacher we’ve come across. He went out of his way to engage my son. He did an amazing job of redirecting and preventing my son from having outbursts in front of his peers. He’s honestly had the most profound impact on my child. " (Zach Hill, Teacher, Northwest Junior High)

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  • "Sara Jones is not only a great teacher, but an amazing advocate for students. She works tirelessly to help students feel loved and safe." (Sara Jones, Teacher, South East Junior High)

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  • "Ms. Tisinger is so amazing! She does so much to help teachers and students and helps make the library a welcoming place where students feel safe and supported. (Meg Tisinger, Media Secretary, South East Junior High)

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  • "Sra. Ahlers is my Spanish teacher and she is always super positive. Multiple other students have agreed that her voice sounds like an angel. I think she is doing a great job at easing us into another language and helping us to make other Spanish speaking students feel welcome." (Lynn Ahlers, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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  • "Andrew Smith has been a positive influence on me since I was first in his class last year. He taught in a way that was easy for me to understand and encouraged learning while keeping the tone real and light-hearted. He has helped me figure out what I want to be when I grow up, a question I used to answer with I don’t know. I realized that I’m really good and interested in science (a subject I used to find agonizingly boring) and I want to be an environmental engineer. He has also helped me become a better person in ways I didn’t expect and I respect him deeply for that." (Andrew Smith, Teacher, South East Junior High School)

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Superintendent's Message

  • Matt Degner When people think about our schools, words like traditional and established come to mind, but also responsive, innovative, creative, inclusive, and progressive. For more than one hundred years, the Iowa City Community School District has been the instructional leader in eastern Iowa, across the state, and throughout the nation. 

    What makes the Iowa City Community School District so special? Talented and dedicated staff is the foundation of our success. Walking through the halls of our schools, you will notice the pride our employees take in their work. Everything we do is focused on providing the finest educational opportunities for the children of our community. Expectations are high — for students and employees — and it shows time and time again in the recognition of our people and programs.

    Our community sets a high priority on the education of its youth. Strong, open communication and efficient use of tax dollars are cornerstones of citizen support for the District’s educational programs. Community partnership and input into our planning are key components of our schools’ success.

    There are many ways to measure the quality of education in a community. We feel confident that you will find that quality is the hallmark in each of our schools. When you visit our classrooms, you will see firsthand what educational excellence is all about in the Iowa City Community School District.

    Matt Degner
    Superintendent of Schools
    degner.matt@iowacityschools.org

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