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City High School Awards

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    • Iowa City High School has recently been named as one of America's top high schools by Newsweek for 2015 and by The Daily Beast for 2014.  It has also been named as one of the top schools in the country by US News and World Report, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.   
    • City High was identified as an EXEMPLAR SCHOOL for college readiness. 
    • City High's student publication The Little Hawk and website has been named a Pacemaker in 2014, 2015, and 2016, 2017
    • One of the only high schools in the country to receive both awards and the only school in Iowa.  
    • Best Buddies has been named the leading chapter in the country repeatedly over the last decade.

Daily Announcements

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    • Shout out to City High Men’s Swim Team! They won a big meet last night against Cedar Falls!
    • Did you know  The first computer programmer was a female, named Ada Lovelace? The Hour of Code is coming to CHS again this year next Monday and Tuesday during Little Hawk Advisory time!  Sign up details have been sent to your school email account!
    • Attention Environmentalist! The Environmental Club is hosting an advisory speaker Monday, Dec 16.   Jennifer Jordan from the Recycling Center will talk about a more sustainable holiday and reducing what you use! Signup in the main office.
    • The first home wrestling dual meet of the year will be this Thursday with JV starting at 6:15 and varsity starting about 7.  Get there and support your fellow Little Hawks!!!
    • Come to the show choir's Winter Show in Opstad Auditorium on Saturday, with shows at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm! See the City High website for a link to buy tickets online or buy them at the door an hour before each show.
    • We have bus passes available for students to ride the IC Transit home from school. Students must have not missed any classes throughout the day and have no behavior issues to receive a bus pass.  We will be checking attendance before handing out bus passes each day.  Students must be polite and respectful to office staff to receive these passes!
    • Interested in a movie night on Friday the 13th? Come to the Little Theater to watch “The Grudge” and enter a raffle to earn a date night package to our local theatre Film Scene and other prizes! There will be cheap refreshments and snacks, so remember to bring cash! Entrance is free, the only things that cost money are the raffle tickets and concessions! All proceeds to go GLOW.
    • Students who made the Honor Roll for first trimester can pick up a special certificate to recognize this achievement! These certificates will be available for pick-up all week before and after school in the Main Foyer.
    • PSAT scores are available online for 10th and 11th grade students that took the exam in October. Collegeboard has sent you an email with directions for accessing your score. If you would like a paper copy and your test book, please go to the Guidance Office now and pick them up.
    • A representative from Kirkwood Community College, Iowa City Campus, will be here Friday, Dec. 13that 9:00.  Sign up for a pass in the Guidance Office to meet with this advisor.
    • The Interact Club here at City High is holding a gift drive for the holiday season. These gifts will go to parents and kids at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in Iowa City. Adult gifts needed include slippers, bath bombs, jewelry, self-care products, and more. Additionally, if you have any new or gently used kids toys, please bring those in. Boxes are currently by the main office. This gift drive will last until Friday. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Humston in 1102. They will also be holding a bake sale before and after school Thursday to raise money to purchase more gifts.
    • Save your cents and extra school supplies for a December holiday hot cocoa-cookie sale. The only bake sale which you may donate binders, notebooks, folders in good condition for a sweet cozy winter treat. Stop by the main foyer before and after school this Thursday (12th) and Friday (13th)!
    • For the next two weeks, Dance Marathon will be selling candy canes to be passed out to friends before and after school in the main foyer. They will be passed out on the 19th and 20th during third period and advisory classes.
    • We will be having our 2nd pep assembly next Friday the 13th between shortened 5th and 6th periods. On that day we will be having an ugly/festive sweater contest. Please make sure you dress up for your chance to come down to the floor during the assembly for a prize! We will be doing some academic awards at the assembly. Everyone who was on the honor roll first tri will have a chance to win a prize and everyone who had perfect attendance will also have a chance to win a prize so if this is you be looking forward to possibly getting your name drawn. Also don't forget that the assembly starts at 1:47 after a shortened 5th period and there will be no advisory.
    • Once again we will be nominating City High teachers for the Excellence award   Students will nominate teachers and staff that go above and beyond.  Students will be asked to write a letter stating why this teacher or staff member should receive the Excellence  Nomination letters should be sent to Mr. Bacon or turned into the Main Office.

City High News

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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Principal's Message

  • John Bacon Welcome to City High School!

    City High is a special place with a rich and distinguished history. Our students are incredible, talented young people. Our families are highly supportive, active, and involved. Our faculty and staff represent true excellence in education. Our alumni share a common bond and continually rally around our beautiful school. Together, we are “The School That Leads!”

    As a proud graduate of City High (1992), I have a deep passion for our school. More than anything else, the experience I had as a student at City High shaped the future direction of my life. It is an honor and a joy to serve as principal.

    At City High, we share a common vision. Our school will be: 

    •  An academic powerhouse that delivers a world-class education
    •  A comprehensive high school with co-curricular activities that operate at an elite level in the great state of Iowa
    •  A place where all students are connected to our school so that they feel important, valued, and that they belong
    •  An institution with the highest code of ethics for students and staff; a place of deep respect and kindness

    Thanks for taking time to visit our website. It’s great to be a City High Little Hawk!