Iowa City Community School District

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  • ICCSD Apple Logo The 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

  • Grab & Go Meal Program Summer Schedule

    We have a few updates to share regarding our Grab & Go meal service program. Since the beginning of our school closures in March, we have served over 250,000 free meals to local children and we are excited to announce that we will be able to continue providing meals to students beyond the end of the school year.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (7/8/20)

    Our Return-to-Learn planning and preparations continue across the District as we look ahead to safely welcoming our students and staff back in August. Our families and staff understandably have questions as to what this will look like and we hope to provide information and clarification to help ease minds as we prepare for our return.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (7/2/20)

    Our planning and preparation for safely returning to school in the fall continue across the District. This week, we shared an update with the Board that included the Return-to-Learn recommendations that have been made to date. This update represents months of work by multiple teams, all focused on preparing for the reopening of our schools for the 2020-21 school year. The Return-to-Learn teams, as well as updates and information on the Return-to-Learn planning process, are available at www.IowaCitySchools.org/ReturnToLearn.

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  • Update on High School Activities

    Beginning July 6, 2020, organized high school activities will be allowed to take place in District facilities and on District property. The activities and athletics are limited to Iowa City Community School District sponsored activities and events for District students in grades 9 - 12. Additional information regarding specific programs will be sent to students by individual schools and coaches/sponsors/directors later this week.

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  • Return-to-Learn Update (6/26/20)

    Yesterday, the Iowa Department of Education (DE) released its Reopening Guidance for Schools. We have been evaluating this guidance to determine its alignment with the Return-to-Learn work which is actively taking place in the District. Our research and planning over the last few months lead us to believe that additional safety mitigation efforts above what the DE is suggesting may be necessary to safely reopen our schools. Although the DE’s guidance provides some clarity, there are still many unknowns when it comes to how school will look in the fall. We will continue to utilize the recommendations from the CDC, IDPH, and JCPH as our plans take shape.

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  • Message to Families

    Today, we have officially reached the unconventional end to this history-making school year. The circumstances over the last two and a half months were something we never could have predicted, and were certainly less than ideal; however, the incredible strength and resiliency of our community have become more apparent than ever. For this, we could not be more proud.

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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? A 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 toward 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
    Interim Superintendent of Schools
    degner.matt@iowacityschools.org

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