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February 2018 Shine Award Recipients
  • Phil Lala Named Recipient of Excellence in Science Teaching Award

    City High teacher Phil Lala has been selected to receive the 2018 Excellence in Science Teaching Award (ESTA) for General/Multiple Science by the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS). The mission of the IAS is to further scientific research, science education, and public understanding of science and to recognize excellence in these endeavors.

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  • Erika Mundt Named National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year

    Erika Mundt, Physical Education teacher at West High and Liberty High Schools, has been selected as the National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America.

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  • The District Step Challenge Is Back!

    Let’s put another winter behind us by getting moving and creating a little friendly competition across the District. This year's Step Challenge runs April 9–May 6.

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  • 1st Annual RUN CRANDIC, Sunday, April 29

    The community is invited to participate in the 1st Annual RUN CRANDIC on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. Choose the 5K, half marathon, or marathon between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. All proceeds from this race will benefit the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids community school districts.

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  • New Benefit: Teladoc

    District employees and dependents now have access to Teladoc, a telemedicine service that connects patients with licensed doctors by web, phone, or mobile app within minutes. Teladoc physicians can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications (if necessary) for common health issues such as cold and flu, allergies, infections, rashes, and more.

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  • Witinok Advancing Science Education Award

    Grade 7–12 students and science teachers are invited to apply for two or more $250–$750 awards to advance science education or school sustainability projects.

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  • New Resources Available Regarding Immigrant Students

    New resources for educators, staff, and families are now available on the Equity Department web page. Topics include DACA, deportation, the rights of and services available to immigrant students, and what educators need to know in light of recent changes in immigration policy.

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  • Have You Downloaded the District's Mobile App?

    Download the free Iowa City Community School District app today for access to District and school news, notifications, alerts, resources, calendars events, and much more all in one place!

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  • South East Junior High Librarian Named Finalist for National Social Media Award

    Chelsea Sims, Teacher Librarian at South East Junior High, has been named a national finalist for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Social Media Superstar Award for Sensational Student Voice. This award recognizes an individual who effectively uses one or more social media channels to empower student voices.

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  • Silver Salute 2018

    District staff who have reached a milestone this year of retirement or 25 years of service will be honored at our annual Silver Salute celebration. This retirement and service recognition ceremony for honorees, their families, and coworkers will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at Celebration Farm. Read on to see the list of staff to be honored.

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  • District’s Business Office Receives National Award

    The District’s Business Office has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for our comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the FY2017. The District has received this national award for the last 12 consecutive years.

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  • Health Insurance Update

    The District's health insurance plan renewal has been completed for next year, and the plan will have NO increase in premium for either the single or family premiums. Read on to learn more about this plus minor plan design changes, the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period, and wellness activities and events.

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  • Get Moving for Healthy Kids, May 20

    Join race ambassador Tim Dwight and Herky for this year's Get Moving for Healthy Kids walk/run on Sunday, May 20 at City High School. Get Moving for Healthy Kids is the annual walk/run event that supports our area school-based health clinics and promotes activity and exercise for our students (and adults, too!).

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  • Free Mental Health Services Now a Part of Employee Benefits Package

    The Synchrony Employee Assistance Program (EAP) from Prelude Behavioral Services provides free counseling, education, and referral services to District personnel as an employee benefit. Services include preventive wellness, personal skills training, counseling, and more.

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  • District Donates Desks to Haiti

    A little bit of Iowa has arrived in Haiti. This fall, school desks once used by students in the Iowa City Community School District were donated and delivered for use in schools in the Caribbean nation.

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  • Message to the Community

    It was announced that the Department of Homeland Security rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and will stop processing any new applications for the program. To all of our students who are impacted by this decision – and to their friends, classmates and teachers who are also concerned because of this decision – know that the Iowa City Community School District stands by you.

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  • District Logo Wear Available for Order

    We are excited to introduce an option to buy District logo apparel. We now have our own Iowa City Schools storefront through Land’s End Apparel. Employees have the opportunity to purchase a variety of clothing items with the District’s logo embroidered on the piece.

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