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  • Jason McGinnis Welcome to Mark Twain Elementary School! Our motto at Twain is "We are a responsible, respectful, caring community." The students and staff at Twain demonstrate these character traits every day. Please stop by our wonderful community to see learning happening every minute of every day. 

    I am excited to be a part of the Twain family. I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Jason McGinnis, Principal
    (319) 688-1165
    mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org

Twain Newsletter

School News

  • School Supply List, 2019-2020

    The 2019-2020 school supply list has been posted! Read on for link.

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  • Information from Principal McGinnis

    As a principal it is my goal to make teaching and learning my primary focus. Everyone knows how day-to-day management tasks and outside distractions can take us away from our desired goals. As a result, I am participating in a nationally tested and proven professional development process called SAM. It uses a unique set of tools to help principals focus on activities that are directly connected to improving teaching and learning.

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District News

  • Comprehensive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

    In 2018-19, the ICCSD engaged in a strategic planning process to update the Comprehensive Equity Plan. The process was facilitated by the Equity Implemented Partnership using guiding principles and a development process that is modeled after the process the University of Iowa engaged in over the past year to create the University of Iowa’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan which was completed in April 2019.

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  • District Calendars

    The 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 school year calendars were presented to the Board for approval on November 26, 2019 as part of a rolling 3-year calendar system. The approved calendars can be found HERE.

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  • Teacher Job Fair

    Calling all aspiring teachers! The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a Teacher Job Fair on Monday, December 16, 2019. We are looking to hire daily substitute teachers, long-term substitute teachers, and individuals in high need areas like Special Education, ELL and more. The district will also be considering applicants for the 2020-21 school year.

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  • 'Here Comes the Bus' App

    Here Comes The Bus is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    It is with mixed emotions that I write to you today. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the students, staff, and community of the Iowa City Community School District for the past decade. As I look back on the past ten years, I am very proud to have been a part of a team that has done so much for our children. I genuinely feel that the district is set up for success for years to come. I also feel confident that this is a good time to consider a transition both professionally and personally. It is with all this in mind that I have shared with the Board that I will be moving on at the end of my current contract, June 30, 2021.

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