JCSD E-Connection

Board updates, news, and events from the around the district

Week of April 20, 2020

Thank you for checking out the JCSD E-Connection! In this newsletter, you will find links to Johnston Board of Education items/decisions, news, and commendations from around the district, and important information for parents/guardians.

All attempts are made to be as accurate as possible at the time of publication. Questions, comments, or concerns can be emailed to the JCSD Communications department at jcsdcomm@jdragonmail.us.

Raising Healthy Dragons YouTube Live Webinar: Coping, Well-being, & Stress

Wednesday, April 22nd, 5:30-6:15pm

This is an online event.

Jen Ulie Wells, PhD from Please Pass the Love will join Johnston School District’s student well being coordinator Chris Wilson in an important discussion regarding the well-being of young people in our community during this difficult time.

Parents and community members will have a chance to learn more about how our current normal is impacting the emotional health of young people as well as practical strategies families can use to promote wellness and manage stress.

You can watch the webinar live on YouTube - search for Johnston Community School District and view the live event, starting at 5:30 p.m. Log on to YouTube to comment or ask questions during the event.

Note: This event was originally planned to be live on Facebook. Due to technical difficulties, the event has been moved to YouTube

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District News & Announcements

2019-20 Lunch Account Balances

With school buildings now closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, we’d like to inform families of what will happen with their lunch account balances.

Non-graduating student

The account balance will remain in the student lunch accounts to be used next school year. Questions can be emailed to cspring@johnston.k12.ia.us

Graduating senior lunch account balances

  1. Remaining lunch money will be transferred into a sibling’s account.
  2. If the senior does not have a sibling in district, an email or phone call will be made to the parent to make arrangements for a refund check or option to donate remaining money to a student in need.

Iowa, Johnston Graduation Rates Climb with 2019 Figures

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement after new figures released by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics show Iowa’s 2019 high school graduation rate has reached a record high of 91.6 percent – a slight climb since 2018. In Johnston, the high school graduation rate tops out at 96.8 percent, well above the state average.

“More Iowans are graduating high school better equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century economy,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Whether it’s through computer science, STEM or work-based learning, we are changing the way our students learn and removing barriers that exist for underserved communities. Today’s announcement is an important milestone, but our work continues to guarantee student success well beyond high school.”

Read the full story here.

Board Highlights from April 20, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the April 20, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.


Raising Healthy Dragons Event Update


Approval of 2020-21 Board Meeting Dates (Approved)

Approval of Contracts for Administrators and Non Union Employees (Approved)

Approval of Resolution Pandemic Response and Emergency Suspension of Policy (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer provided an update on the JCSD No School Grab-n-Go Meals. In week four, meals given out totaled 8,160 over the three locations. The number of meals distributed continues to go up each week.

Superintendent Kacer then introduced Dr. Nikki Roorda (Executive Director of Teaching & Learning) and JCSD Instructional Coaches Janice Arthur and Jessie Todd to explain the JCSD Continuous Learning Plan, Phase 2. This is the body of work that outlines the Voluntary Online Learning for students in the district. The team walked through the CLP document and the respective school Google sites where work and lesson plans are housed. This plan was designed to work in the short or long term; with the Governor's school closure announcement, it will carry students through the end of the school year.


Due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions, all in-person board meetings have been moved to conference line or virtual meetings. Access information is published with the agenda on the Friday before the meeting. Meetings are also livestreamed at https://team1sports.com/johnston/.


Persons are encouraged to send questions, comments and suggestions to our board members. Each board member can be reached by email: Justin Allen; Dr. Jeanie Kerber; Jennifer Chamberland; Dr. Alicia Clevenger; Katie Fiala; Steven Hopper; and Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher.

Johnston Community School District

JCSD Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Johnston Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its 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 the district’s Associate Superintendent, Dr. Bruce Amendt, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa 50131, (515) 278-0470, bamendt@johnston.k12.ia.us.