West High News
Over the past decade we have experienced an increasing number of “outside of school” athletic and activity clubs who refer to their team or group as Iowa City West High School team players. At times this has occurred with our tacit approval, and other times not. Due to our desire to maintain a close accounting of the use of our school title/name, i.e., fundraising and related issues, we will no longer approve any use of Iowa City West High School for outside group team names or titles. Iowa City West High School will only be used to refer to those teams and activities that are directly supported and sponsored by the Iowa City School District.
As we shared with you last evening, the District will remain in a 100% off-site learning model through December 11, 2020. Students will continue to utilize the Continuous Online Learning Schedules to participate in school each day. As we approach the second trimester, beginning December 8, please be aware of the following:
As we previously shared with you, the District petitioned the State for permission to extend 100% off-site learning for an additional two week period. This was based on the COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County, as well as support from Johnson County Public Health and our School Board. The District was notified yesterday that we have been granted permission from the Iowa Department of Education to extend 100% off-site learning. During the Board Meeting this evening, our Board of Directors discussed the next steps regarding this new information.
School discipline policies and practices are essential in creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment. While we have always strived to create this environment, our data shows we have more work to do, specifically regarding racial inequities in some students’ school experiences with regard to safety and discipline, suspensions, and office referrals. In listening to our community, we recognize and embrace the need to revise our discipline policies to promote better experience and outcomes for students, educators, and families. We thank the Iowa Freedom Riders, Black Voices Project, ICCSD Equity Advisory Committee, and others that have been advocates and partners so far in this work.
As we previously shared with you, the District petitioned the State for permission to transition to a 100% off-site learning model for a two-week period. This was based on the rapidly rising COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County, as well as support from Johnson County Public Health and our School Board. The District was notified today that we have been granted permission from the Iowa Department of Education to make this transition to a 100% off-site learning model. During the Board Meeting this evening, our Board of Directors discussed the next steps regarding this new information.
The District has continued to monitor the escalating COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. Based on a fourteen-day positivity rate of 13.3% as of Saturday, November 7, and support from both Johnson County Public Health and our School Board, the District petitioned the State for permission to transition to a 100% off-site learning model for a two week period. At this time, we have not yet received an answer from the Iowa Department of Education on the status of our request.
Calling all aspiring teachers! The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a two-day Virtual Teacher Job Fair on December 3rd and 4th. We are looking to hire building 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.
West High has been a dynamic institution since opening in 1968, and I am very pleased to be part of the tradition of excellence that has been built here. To meet the challenge of educating our students, we have a fantastic group of teachers, administrators, secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, and kitchen workers who number nearly 200 strong.
The administrative team is an outstanding one. My office is located in the West Wing, and I can be reached at (319) 688-1090 or by email at email@example.com. The main office, phone number (319) 688-1050, houses Assistant Principals Allison Brewer and Luke DeVries, and they have a great track record supporting students, parents, and teachers. Ms. Brewer specializes in special programs while Mr. DeVries coordinates many academic programs, including acting as our liaison with the Kirkwood Regional Center on the University of Iowa Campus. Athletic Director Craig Huegel can be reached at (319) 688-1055 for any questions involving our extracurricular programs.
- Challenge each student with a rigorous curriculum taught by a diverse, professional, and caring staff
- Maintain collaborative partnerships with our families and community
- Ensure students become responsible, independent learners capable of making informed decisions in a democratic and global community
Mitch Gross, Principal