Johnson STEAM Academy

September 24, 2021


2021-2022 District School Calendar..... CLICK HERE

Nurtislice School Menus..... CLICK HERE

Infinite Campus.....CLICK HERE

*Sept. 30 - Fall Picture Day

*Oct. 1 - STEAM Discovery Day #1

*Oct. 4 - No School

*Oct. 14 & 15 - Fall Conferences


Clicking the Virtual Backpack button above will take you directly to our school's flyers.

Dismissal Procedures

  • Walkers are picked up on Park Ave. Parents/Guardians need to use the crosswalk to come pick up their children if they park somewhere. There is no parking on Park Ave on the side by our building.
  • Car Riders are picked up at the front doors on 18th St. Students are not be allowed to walk to a car on Park Ave or cross over to the parking lot side of 18th St. Drivers should get in the pick up line and their student will be called to go to the front of the building with car riders
  • Parents/Guardians- please call the school BEFORE 3PM if the regular pick up routine will be different

Donations Needed...

Art Room

We are in need of new (preferably Crayola) 24 packs of crayons. Each student needs to have their own box of crayons to use in the Art Room while at JSA

Kids Fun Event

Donations are needed of individually wrapped candy and/or treasures. Please help us represent JSA at our School District Community Trunk or Treat event. Our theme is JSA Adventure!

All families are invited to attend. Here is the flyer link

Fabric Kids Size Masks

Any sewists out there? With the recent mask mandate, we are in need of fabric kids size masks. We distribute about 150 disposable masks each day.

Thank you!!

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Planting Forward for District Employees tree distribution. Over 2,600 trees are being delivered to two locations and we will need people to help distribute them on October 9 and 10, 2021. We will be loading the small, three-gallon trees into people’s vehicles. The trees are lightweight, roughly 3-5 pounds, and easily fit into most compact vehicles.

The trees will be grouped on the ground according to species. We will need some people to help check in orders (we have a copy to verify) and others to grab the trees and load the vehicles.

If you are interested and available we would appreciate your help with this exciting project. Please note: The time needed for volunteers is not the same on both days.

Please use the below link to sign up to volunteer for Planting Forward-Tree Distribution.

Thank you so much!

Kristine Sorensen
Green Team Coordinator

Family Survey Coming Next Week

Our district values feedback! Families will soon receive a survey to tell us about their experience with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need our families’ feedback.


From the Clinic.....

  • Metro Care Connection School Based Health Centers provide expanded school health services to CRCSD students. The centers are located at three of our district high schools, but all district students PK-12 can take advantage of the services. READ MORE

Mask Mitigation Guidance

Dear CRCSD Families,

As we have responded to the pandemic and worked on mitigation measures, we realize that guidance and proactive measures are helpful so that everyone can see the big picture of managing this time together. We have developed guidance to assist us in determining when we can remove our most recent mitigation measures with face-coverings/masks.

Local and Federal Public Health entities support that schools should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies. Linn County and CRCSD COVID-19 data is reviewed each Thursday afternoon.

The following metrics will be considered in determining when mask requirements for students and staff can safely end:

  1. Upon notification of a change/cancellation of the temporary injunction to Iowa Law that restricts enforcement of masking, CRCSD will no longer require masks be worn by students and staff during the compulsory school day.
  2. Linn County 7 day positivity rate below 14%
  3. Linn County transmission level, as defined by IDPH, below “epidemic level” (currently epidemic level)
  4. CRCSD COVID-19 positivity rate below 2%
  5. Linn County 0-17 age group reported cases below 10%
  6. *Potential Future Determining Factor: Vaccination Status:

a. Students age 12 and over have access to vaccinations

b. Secondary Schools: If our district gains the access to the data to determine a school has better than 50% immunization rate, then we could use that as a determining factor

c. Elementary Schools: When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to students and we have access to the data to determine a school has better than 50% immunization rate, that could be a determining factor

Updated Linn County Public Health data can be found here.

Upon notification of a change/cancellation of the temporary injunction to Iowa Law that restricts enforcement of masking, CRCSD will follow the law.

After the district mask requirement ends, school site specific temporary masking requirements will be considered for students and staff when/if the following occur:

● ≥2% of students are actively COVID-19 positive at an individual school at the time of weekly data collection


● The 5-school-day average daily attendance for illness is ≥8%.

Any school site temporary mask mandate under these circumstances shall last for 10 school days and be extended only if the temporary masking metrics are not met after that 10 days. Any temporary mask mandates for localized outbreaks will be in place for students during hours of compulsory attendance (school day, including pick-up/drop/off and after/before hour PK childcare/wraparound) while indoors, unless additional restrictions are needed or externally ordered.

Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noreen Bush


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Community Resources and Events......

STEM Family Free Night Friday, September 24, 2021 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Join us the last Friday of the month for free museum admission and a STEM activity. Giving all children opportunities to play is the heart of our mission and we're thrilled to once again invite the community into our space for free events.

To maintain our reduced capacity and make social distancing possible, we are only able to admit a total of 200 guests during this 2-hour event. We do this by providing 200 free admissions, starting at 6 PM. Once we have reached our capacity, we will not admit additional guests.

The Iowa Children's Museum

Coral Ridge Mall • Coralville, IA


Community Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 23rd 12:45 1-4 pm

at Kingston Stadium parking lot

*Flyer link HERE or attached at bottom

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BoxTops For Education

Unlock a chance to win big rewards for our school! Scan the QR code on specially-marked participating Box Tops products, then enter the locker combo found on the package for a chance to win over 1 million Bonus Box tops or other prizes. PLUS, one lucky Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 in Box Tops for their school + $10,000 for themselves.

JSA School Programs.....

Safety Protocol

Effective until further notice:

  • No volunteers or parent visitors will be allowed at elementary schools. We will return to the same practice as the 2020-21 school year in contacting schools for student pick up, drop off, or other needs

Jane Boyd Achievement Academy

Jane Boyd is currently enrolling students for our after school program. Click this link and select Achievement Academy Application


2021-2022 Board Members

Bryan Anderson

Brandi Parsons

Corrie Block

The PTA board can always be reached at

Daily Healthy Snacks at School

The USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides students within our elementary school a variety of free fresh fruit and vegetables as healthy snacks each week. The goal is to increase children’s consumption of fresh produce as they continue to be introduced to new and different types through nutrition education and tasting opportunities.

Be sure to ask your child what fruits or vegetables they have been trying in their classroom, what have they tried, any they were surprised they liked, or interesting facts they have learned about related to the food items they taste tested.

Johnson STEAM Academy

Johnson STEAM Academy provides an innovative, respectful, educational environment for all its students. It does this by focusing on academic achievement through a curriculum infused with STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.