Wildcat News

June 7-11; Last Week of School Year; 6th Grade Graduation

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Dear Grant Wood Parents & Families:

We've reached the last week of this very unique 2020-21 school year. Again, I thank you, our students, and our staff for your resilience and perseverance. We are proud of each of our students. This school year presented us with a high frequency of change and need for adaptability, but it also presented all of us with many opportunities for growth and an array of learning experiences.

We are especially proud of our 6th graders who will be transitioning to the next chapter within their educational journey - transitioning to Junior High (i.e. 7th grade). I envision many more successes in your futures. We hope you never forget your Wildcat strength, and the power of the Wildcat Way: being Safe, Responsible, and Kind.

Families interested in purchasing a 2020-21 Grant Wood Yearbook, can purchase one at the following website: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09863917

The purchasing link will be open through June 11th.


  • June 9th-11th early dismissal at 1:55pm

Wednesday (6/9/21), Thursday (6/10/21), & Friday (6/11/21)

  • School days still open for breakfast at 7:40am (Monday-Friday)

  • June 11th (Friday) - last day of classes for all students, 1:55pm dismissal

*virtual (zoom) webinar 6th grade graduation at 12:30pm

*zoom/webinar link emailed to 6th grade parents





Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Student & Family Advocate: Mrs. Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Attendance Secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office Secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

June 7th-8th OLP (Online) Students - all grades

June 7th and June 8th, Wood OLP families that have not yet swapped out their old chrombook for the new - or that have not yet returned their school materials -please plan to return their school materials as specified on this form (7:40am-3:30pm).

This process will include 6th grade students that will continue in the ICCSD for Junior High - the newly issued chromebook device will be the one that 6th graders will take with them to Junior High (i.e. SEJH).

Again, June 7th and 8th are dates during which Wood students, that have not yet returned their materials and chromebooks, should return their school materials and swap out their chromebook, charger, and chromebook case for the new device that is being issued prior to summer break (no appointment necessary, but needs to be June 7th-8th, 7:40am-3:30pm).

June 11th - 6th grade families...

  • June 11th (Friday) - 6th grade "year-end" celebration

~OLP 6th graders invited to Mr. Dyer's classroom at 12pm

- No parents, nor other visitors, on site - please use webinar

~6th grade families/parents have been provided via email the zoom webinar link for 6th grade "graduation" which will start virtually at 12:30pm

*June 11th, last day of classes for all students (one hour early release at 1:55pm)

Families interested in purchasing a 2020-21 Grant Wood Yearbook, can purchase one at the following website: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09863917

The purchasing link will be open through June 11th.




Final Enrollment Period for 2021-22 ICCSD Online

If you do NOT wish to enroll your child in the ICCSD Online program, you do NOT need to continue reading this message nor complete this form or take any further action.

The Iowa City Community School District has now opened the second and final enrollment period for ICCSD Online for the 2021-22 school year. This enrollment period will be open from June 7-14, 2021. ICCSD Online provides the opportunity for students in grades PK-12 to attend school virtually. For families interested in enrolling their child(ren) in the program who have not already completed the 2021-22 enrollment form, please use the link below to reserve your spot. You will need to complete a separate form for each child you wish to enroll in the program. This enrollment period will be open from June 7-14, 2021.

2021-22 ICCSD Online Enrollment Form: https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a4MjyfDpozbwq7s

If you do not wish to enroll your child in the ICCSD Online program, you do not need to complete this form or take any further action.

JUNE: LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Pride Month is a time when LGBTQ+ community members and their allies come together to raise awareness and celebrate the acceptance of gender identity and diversity, throughout our communties.
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Title I Reading Support - Survey

Dear Parents,
Your child may have had Title I Reading Support this school year (2020-21). In an effort to better meet the needs of our students and their parents we ask you to consider providing us your feedback by completing this brief survey.

Please think about how the reading program (and its supports) has impacted your child's learning. We value your opinion! Please complete this survey by Wednesday, June 9.
Thank you for your support!

~Mrs. Ahlers, Mrs. McDowell, Ms. Kurtz, & Mrs. Bonner
Grant Wood Reading Teachers

Link to survey: https://forms.gle/qDwhaYvaK3i9Q13R9


Tech Support - during Summer

Tech support WILL be available this summer if families need assistance with technology. You can call (319) 688-1000 Ext. 4357 or email helpdesk@iowacityschools.org. You can also use the chat feature on the ICCSD Tech Innovation Blog.

Heart of a Champion (ClassDojo)

Everyone make mistakes; even Olympians make mistakes. Mistakes help us grow. That's why feedback is important to help you/us improve and grow! What is feedback? Lex Gillette shares his unique experience with feedback as a blind track and field Paralympian long jumper! Watch Lex Gillette, four-time Paralympian silver medalist's video, discuss, and do the suggested activity - with worksheet provided.

Through Heart of a Champion on ClassDojo Olympic and Paralympic athletes share their stories of diversity, courage, perseverance, and more! You have the opportunity to meet the U.S. atheletes who will be taking you on a journey into the Olympic and Paralympic games, and the hundreds of sports, thousands of athletes and 200 countries around the world who participate.


Who is someone you trust to give you feedback? Why?

Grab & Go Meal Program - Summer

Grab & Go Meal Program will continue through this summer. The summer program will run from June 21 through August 6, 2021. Meals will be served from noon -1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 1, 2, and 5. Below is the list of summer Grab & Go Meal locations:

  • Garner Elementary
  • Hills Elementary
  • Mann Elementary
  • Northwest Junior High
  • South East Junior High
  • West High
  • Wood Elementary

What is a conundrum? A situation where there is no clear right or good solution. Yet, a difficult choice must be made...

In this conundrum, the efforts of the town bring the lake back to life and the town is reborn! We challenge our thinking a bit extra with this conundrum! The question is: who deserves the most credit? Why? This video ends with a question, leading right into a discussion. Download the worksheet below to help organize your thinking!

2021-22 Registration update

ALL ICCSD families:

Watch for information regarding e-Registration for the 2021-22 school year to be released later in mid-June.

Please remember that the ICCSD is switching from PowerSchool to Infinite Campus. The upcoming communication regarding e-registration will no longer reference PowerSchool but rather Infinite Campus.

ICCSD note Re: Vaccines for 12+ year olds

ICCSD email dated May 13th, 2021:

As of May 13th, children ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in this younger age group. This is the only COVID-19 vaccine available to children at this time. Through our partnership with Johnson County Public Health (JCPH), we are providing information to families on how eligible children can receive the vaccine. We would also like to provide resources for those who wish to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and children.

If you or your eligible family members would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, below are local resources for scheduling an appointment:

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost; however, vaccine providers may charge an administration fee, which is covered by most insurance. For uninsured patients, this fee is covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

For individuals seeking information about the COVID-19 vaccine, you may visit the JCPH, Mercy, or UI Health Care vaccine information websites. In addition, UI Health Care will host a Facebook Live Q&A with infectious disease specialist Melanie Wellington, MD on Friday, May 14, at noon. Visit www.facebook.com/uichildrens to watch the live Q&A and submit your questions. Specific information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and children can also be found here https://uichildrens.org/health-library/covid-19-vaccines-your-child.

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Iowa Dept. of Human Rights Newsletter - Update

To find a vaccine provider near you. visit Vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX), or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY: 888-720-7489) for assistance.

COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of immigration or health insurance status

The CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older to get a COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are free to all people living in the U.S. regardless of immigration or health insurance status. You will not receive a bill for a COVID-19 vaccine. However, your vaccination provider may bill your insurance company, Medicaid, or Medicare for an administration fee. You cannot be denied a vaccine if you are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee.

Read more from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health: English | Spanish

At-home learning resources: Dreambox & Lexia

Both of these resources will continue to be available to our students this summer through June 30th. An update for access after June will follow later in the summer.

"Four Important Messages About Math"

Hello 6th Grade Students and Families!

Allow us to provide you information about a fun summer opportunity offered to all current 6th grade students in ICCSD.

Last summer, with a generous grant from the Iowa City School District Foundation, we launched an online summer course titled "Four Important Messages About Math." Over 400 6th graders from ICCSD enrolled in the course.

Because it was so popular, we are offering the course again this summer. All students who complete the course will win prizes provided by South East Junior High and the Iowa City School District Foundation. The course starts June 21, but you can sign up now! Please sign up for the course at this link: https://iowacityschools.instructure.com/enroll/9KKNFN

Contact me with any questions,

Kate Degner (degner.kate@iowacityschools.org)

Joey Lankelma

Heidi Anderson

Summer: Bowling, BOOST, & Swim

7th grade Immunizations - required

  • Two vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)
  • Students are not allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of a MCV vaccine according to Iowa law

Please check your 6th grade child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccines (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.

  • Johnson County Public Health also provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045
  • If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment
  • If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse, Megan Colgan (colgan.megan@iowacityschools.org).

Planning summer 2021?

United Way Summerships United Way is now taking K-12 applications for Summerships. These Summerships are scholarships for summer programs/activities. A "Summership" scholarship will fund up to $250 of one summer camp or summer activity cost per child.

Click HERE to Print the 2021 Summership Application

For questions regarding the Summerships program or applying, please email Wendy Nolan, Wendy.Nolan@UnitedWayJWC.org or call 319.338.7823.

“Summerships" provide access to summer-time, high quality camps and activities for children who otherwise might not have the opportunity,” explains Katie Knight, President & CEO of United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties.


ICCSD City High is excited to be able to safely offer camps this summer! Registration for City High summer camps will become active on May 1st. Please direct your questions to City High athletic department at and contact Mr. Phillip Hansen, hansen.phillip@iowacityschools.org or call 319-688-1045.


Iowa City Kickers - Soccer

This Tuesday, June 1, early soccer registration will open up for IC Kickers - Soccer. This soccer club is open to K - 12 grade boys and girls. Financial help is available for those who qualify. Early registration closes on July 15.

Once your child is registered and fees are paid, your work is done. The coach will contact you in the Fall (September). 3rd-12th grade players will be provided with a team jersey, shorts and socks.

K-2nd will need to purchase the red/white team jersey at the concession stand for $20. It can be worn for 3 years. All players will need to have shin guards and cleats.

The team will have a practice each week and all games will be on Saturday at the Kickers Soccer Complex. Click here or on the link below to register.

If you need help registering, please email Ms. Becky at ogilvie.rebecca@iowacityschools.org for assistance with the registration process.

Early Soccer Registration for Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Tech Support & Help Desk Assistance

Students and families are welcome to reach out to Tech Support for any issues. Feel free to check out the link below and get the help you need:


Have questions on how your child is using technology this year? Check out this FAQ:


ICCSD HelpDesk

Hours: 7:30AM to 4:30PM Monday - Friday.


Phone: (319)-688-1950

Monitoring Children's Internet Use

Did you know that parents have the ability to monitor and see your child(ren)'s internet activity on District devices, and to set additional limits beyond those established by the District?

ICCSD is entering its fourth year of using Securly, a service that filters internet access on District devices and also includes the SecurlyHome Parent Hub, which parents can use to monitor internet usage, receive usage notifications, and establish limits on what your child can access. Limits parents can set include turning school-issued devices off at parent-determined times (such as bedtime).

You may have already received an email from Securly when your child was issued their 1:1 device. You can access Securly at https://www.securly.com/parent-login, and your login email will be the primary email address listed for your child(ren)'s contacts in PowerSchool. If you have trouble accessing Securly, please verify your primary contact email in PowerSchool or contact your child's school to do so (Grant Wood, 319-688-1180). You can also contact Securly support if you've confirmed your email in PowerSchool and are still having trouble accessing Securly.

Student & Family Advocate - Alyssa Palante

Mrs. Alyssa's Corner - Padelt (click here)

Mrs. Alyssa Palante is proud to be a ildcat and Wood's Student Family Advocate; she has created the padlet linked here and above with an array of resources as well as her contact information. Please do not hesistate to reach out to Mrs. Palante with your questions.


PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

PBIS invests in proactive prevention. Some of the strategies include:

  • Ongoing recognition of appropriate behavior—including verbal praise & documented recognitions, as well as ClassDojo points reedemable for tangible rewards
  • Proactive intervention—identifying the behaviors expected in all settings
  • Active teaching & reteaching—teachers, students, families and community members often work together to teach and model appropriate behavior
  • Clear, consistent responses for inappropriate student behavior
  • Additional support for students with more significant needs
  • Collecting and using data to inform decisions

More PBIS information available here.

Mr. Emmert Mustache's Podcast Episode for 6th Graders

This podcast episode offers the SE class of 2027 (current 6th graders) some nuggets of wisdom and Library Talk with Ms. Sims.

Quarantine Guidelines - Update

On April 14th the ICCSD communicated Board-approved updates to the District's quarantine protocols; full emails dated April 14th and April 19th.

As we move forward, the District will follow these COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols:

  • An individual is considered a close contact when they have been within 6 feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes.
  • Quarantine is no longer recommended if a potential exposure occurs while both the infectious individual and the close contact(s) are wearing face coverings consistently and correctly.
    • The decision regarding the correct wearing of a face covering and whether a close contact must quarantine is made during the District’s contact tracing process.
  • If it is determined that an individual needs to quarantine due to close contact, there will be two options for exposed individuals with NO symptoms to reduce their 14-day quarantine.
    • A close contact may return to school after 10 days without a test OR
    • A close contact may return to school after 7 days with a negative test. The test must be taken within 48 hours of the end of quarantine. This information must be shared with the school nurse before returning.
    • Everyone must still monitor for 14 days for symptoms and exclude themselves if symptoms develop and contact their healthcare provider.
    • A parent/guardian may choose to keep their child in quarantine for the full 14 days and those absences would be excused.
  • Individuals who are a close contact due to exposure to a household member are required to quarantine for at least 14 days.
  • Individuals who have COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days and be fever-free for 24 hours before returning

These new protocols take effect immediately.

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Additional Community Resources...

Interested in additional resources and supports?

The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.

Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

Coding for Kids (Free options)

No visitors:

For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:

Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Attendance secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

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The Iowa City Community School District remains committed to our COVID-19 health and safety practices. The well-being of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. We are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines to ensure we can safely, effectively, and consistently provide access to learning and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The District’s measures are meant to keep our community safe, but they are only fully effective if we are diligent and responsible in adhering to them. For further information on our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/HealthandSafety.

ICCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000, tabor.jeremy@iowacityschools.org.