The Weekly

West High Weekly Newsletter: October 18th-October 24th

Registration for AP Exams has begun and runs through Monday, November 1st.

November 1st is the final deadline for students to order AP Exams. This slideshow walks students and families through the process. Please read this information thoroughly.

By November 1st, all AP students need to complete two steps to order AP Exams. Both steps are required for all students taking AP exams in May.

  • STEP ONE: Students will log in to their MyAP Account and enter the class join code. This will be done during class with the help of the AP teacher.
  • STEP TWO: Students and parent/guardians will submit payment via MySchoolBucks, OR if the student receives free/reduced lunch, the student and parent/guardians will fill out a form in the Guidance Office. Either payment via MySchoolBucks OR an Exam Payment Waiver Form is required for all students ordering exams.

If you have any questions, please refer to this slideshow, contact your student's AP teacher, or contact the Guidance Office at (319)688-1053.

PSTO Zoom Meeting - Oct 20

Please make plans to join us Wednesday, October 20th for our Lunchtime PSTO* ZOOM meeting. Join us here!

* PSTO = Parent, Student, Teacher Organization, and we need YOU!

Go Trojans!

Community information sessions on the extension of PPEL and SAVE

Dear Families, Staff, Students, and Community Members:

On November 2, 2021, the Iowa City Community School District will ask voters to consider the extension of the Revenue Purpose Statement for the Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The no new money renewal related to these funding sources allows the District to complete the promise of FMP 1.0 and to embark on Facilities Master Plan (FMP) 2.0 with no tax increase. This extension of SAVE and PPEL also provides funding for District-wide lifecycle projects that would otherwise pull vital teaching and learning dollars from the District’s general fund. This progress would come with no increase to the current tax rate.

Our District will hold one more community information session on the extension of PPEL and SAVE. Superintendent Matt Degner will share details about the November 2, 2021 vote and answer questions from participants. The information session will be held virtually on the following date:

You can learn more about our District’s plan at We appreciate your engagement in this process and please vote on November 2, 2021. #ICCSDtogether


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District

West High Gear (clothes, masks, tumblers, etc.) Available to Order Now!

Click here for the link to the store. All proceeds for the clothing order will be used to support the Boy's and Girl's Wrestling programs. Some of the clothing is centered on West High Wrestling while other items are just labeled with Iowa City West. The store closes October 25th. Items ordered will be shipped directly to the address that you provide and will arrive by winter break.

Thank you for all of your support.

Kody Pudil

West Student Reem Kirja To Deliver Keynote Addresss

You are invited to attend the first-ever Inaugural Girls State Of The Union Address, to be held virtually on Thursday, October 21st at 6:30 PM. The Girls State of the Union Address is an event for young women and marginalized genders to have a platform to talk about the unique challenges that are currently facing them today. It’s an open dialogue, between parents, business leaders, policy makers and educators, to ask questions of teen leaders from across the United States. West High is incredibly proud that Reem Kirja has been chosen to deliver the keynote address. Reem recently led the successful campaign urging the Iowa City Community School District to officially recognize Muslim holidays in its school calendar.

West High Supply Prepackaged Bag Request

Our West High Supply has been stocked to the brim and is open to all students and staff! The Supply is a free 'store' in the guidance office for the West community to shop for nonperishable foods, clothing, school supplies, and hygiene products. We are supported through community donations, and welcome them at any time. It is open Fridays from 3:45-4:15, or by appointment.

This form is for students/staff that would like a prepackaged bag of items if they don't have the time or aren't comfortable shopping themselves. Items will vary. If you have any questions, please email Student and Family Advocate Annie at
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Resources for the upcoming winter season

As winter approaches, here are some of the most available resources in the community. Read the full West Side Story article here.
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Boys Swimming Meeting

There will be a meeting for all swimmers on Thursday, October 21st at 8:00 pm. It will be via Zoom. Here is the meeting link. Please work on using the online athletic registration system to complete your Physical and Permission to Practice forms ( The forms will need to be completed and approved prior to the first day of practice, 11/8/21. Personalized swim cap orders will be due 10/31 so email Coach Butler ( if you are not able to attend the meeting or if you have any questions.

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Athlete Registration for 21-22 Year:

All athletes must complete the rSchool registration for the 21-22 school year before they are allowed to practice/compete.

Online Registration Link:

Contact Brianna Nigg (, Athletic Secretary, with any questions.

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World Affairs Seminar

The World Affairs Seminar is a week-long youth seminar for juniors in high school organized by Rotary International, an international service organization. The vision of the program is to bring better understanding of world problems to young people from around the globe, using current issues as a learning platform. In the course of this study, WAS provides opportunities for participants to discuss issues with other young people from around the world. Emphasis is on promoting better understanding of the causes of international conflict. The idea is if the causes are understood and solutions developed in a cooperative environment, problems are more likely to be solved peacefully.

In the summer of 2022, the event will run from Saturday, June 18 until Friday, June 24. Local Rotary clubs budget funding to pay the participation fee for youth from Iowa City high schools to this event in Waukesha, Wisconsin each summer.

There will be an information zoom meeting about World Affairs Seminar Tuesday, November 9 from 2:40-3:05 during AFT. At this meeting, you will find out the next steps if you are interested and available for the week in June.

Several West students attended WAS last June. They are Nik Sung, Reagan Yamashita, Advika Shah, Alexandra Curtu, Anna Verry, Helen Zhang, Kailey Gee, Caroline Mascardo, Hanah Kitamoto and Iahn Shim. Ask these students about their experience.

Students interested in attending should complete the World Affairs Seminar Nomination form. Students must be logged in to their school email account to self-nominate.

Parent Student Teacher Organization PSTO

All parents and guardians are welcome to help West's Parent Student Teacher Organization PSTO.

Meetings are held via this Zoom Link. PSTO meetings are held on the third Wednesdays at noon. We support our staff with food during conference nights and are in fact in need of a Hospitality volunteer to help coordinate those meals. Even if you aren't able to attend PSTO meetings you are welcome to volunteer and help out via email. We will be sending out Sign Up Genius requests for volunteers and donations.

You can email the or co-president Miriam Timmer-Hackert at with any questions and suggestions.

How can the Student & Family Advocates help your student?

Your SFA can help support school success through sharing information and supporting families with:

  • School and home connections
  • Mental health resources
  • Temporary Living Situations
  • School supplies and winter gear referrals
  • District and Community resources and referrals
  • Navigation of school policies and procedures
  • Help registering your child for school
  • Pre-scheduled Transportation Support

The SFA is available daily, following the school calendar, and during other times as needed/by appointment. Services are free for families. Please contact your school SFA if you have any questions.

If you or someone you know are in crisis, call 1-855-581-8111 or text to 1-855-895-8398 for immediate help 24/7.

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District Message About Mask Requirements (sent to all on 10/08/2021)

Dear Families and Staff,

Today, October 8, 2021, a preliminary injunction was granted regarding the State of Iowa’s mask requirement ban. This preliminary injunction follows the temporary restraining order that was issued on September 13, 2021, and provides school districts in Iowa the ability to require face masks in schools. Based on this decision, the Iowa City Community School District will continue to require face masks for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses.

This decision is based largely on the CDC’s strong recommendation that face masks be worn in schools, regardless of a person's vaccination status. This requirement also aligns with the advice of our local public health experts. We appreciate your support and collaboration in keeping our school community safe.


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District


Dear Families and Staff, (sent to all on 9/14/2021)

On Monday, September 13, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa granted a temporary restraining order regarding the State of Iowa’s current mask requirement ban. The mask ban prevented local school districts, cities, and counties from enacting their own mask requirements. With the restraining order granted, until further notice, school districts in Iowa can require face masks in schools.

Following tonight’s Board meeting, the Iowa City Community School District is implementing a face mask requirement for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses. This decision is largely based on the CDC’s strong recommendation that face masks be worn in schools, regardless of a person's vaccination status. This requirement also aligns with the advice of our local public health experts.

The face mask requirement goes into effect Wednesday, September 15, 2021. While it includes all individuals in our buildings and on our campuses, it also includes spectators at all indoor and outdoor events. Students actively participating in athletic competitions, whether indoors or outdoors, are not required to wear masks. Students and staff on the sidelines or bench are required to wear masks. For individuals who are eligible for face mask exemption, please complete the Face Mask Exemption Form and return it to your school nurse.

As a reminder and in compliance with the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation, students and staff are required to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in loss of bus riding privileges.

We appreciate your cooperation as we continue our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community. #ICCSDtogether


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District

Interested in additional resources and supports? The following resources are available to assist students and families with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. Additional information on Covid-19 and School Age Child Care assistance are also available. Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families
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