South East Update

March 2020

Meet Your South East Student and Family Advocates!

Nicole Spear


Gabriela Magalhaes


Office: 688-1070

Our mission is to empower the connection between families and schools to ensure a successful learning experience for all of our children. Your Student and Family Advocate (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
  • Connection to school based mentoring program
  • Connection to Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinic
  • Support obtaining sports physicals

The SFA is available daily, following the school calendar, and during other times as needed/by appointment.



Daily Announcements

Daily announcements are read each day, and broadcast into classrooms at the beginning of first period.

Announcements can also be found on the South East Jr High website.


Trimester 3

Trimester 3 will begin on Tuesday March 3. Report cards for trimester 2 will be finalized and hung in PowerSchool

Chromebook Chargers

We have several students and teachers who are missing their chargers - they may have gone home with the wrong person.

It would be a great help if families would check in with their students to ensure that they have both a Chromebook and charger with their name on it. There should also be a blue tag on the bottom with a 6 digit number to identify it.

If a charger or Chromebook has been lost, students can come to the library to get a replacement. Please contact Ms. Sims with any questions.

Student Supplies!!

It is that time of the year when many of our students have exhausted their start of the year supply of pencils, paper, etc. Could you please check with your student to make sure they have what is needed for class! We are running out of extra pencils especially so if you could check to make sure your student has enough writing utensils to finish the year strong that would be greatly appreciated!

Kleenex and Hand Sanitizer

We have exhausted our supply of kleenex and hand sanitizer and would greatly appreciate any donations! Feel free to drop off in the main office. Thank you for all of your continued support!

Live Arts 2020!

On Wednesday, March 11, eighth grade students will have the opportunity to see a performance of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Revelations is a masterpiece of modern dance that uses African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs, and holy blues to explore aspects of the African American experience through dance.

Before the performance, the dance company will demonstrate some of the technical aspects of the show, perform a few excerpts from the company’s repertoire, and provide students to learn some dance moves themselves.

This trip presents a great opportunity to explore and discuss African American history and culture, particularly as it relates to the arts. I’ve attached an overview of the trip, which includes a list of resources on the second page. Some of the resources discuss the history of African American dance and music. These resources are available in Google Drive and on AGC's YouTube channel.


We still have spots in our CASL 8 program for next year! If you are interested, please fill out the Google form below. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Cook at, or any of the CASL 8 teachers:

Rachael Pisarik- Language Arts-

Taylor Schlicher- Science-

Joseph Bailey- American Studies-

Securly Information

All ICCSD-issued Chromebooks are filtered whether the device is on the school’s network or not. For off-campus devices, we filter using the Securly service, which allows the district to block content that is explicit or dangerous, as determined by the district’s technology council, IT department, and as defined in federal law. Parents can add further restrictions for when computers are off campus. Parents are automatically enrolled in this Securly service using the primary email address listed in PowerSchool. If you are not receiving the email and your primary address is correct in PowerSchool, please call 319-688-1000 and dial the extension HELP (4357).

For more information, go to:

ICCSD Securly Parent Portal


DC Trip!

"DC trip final meeting: Mr. Merulla will hold a final pre-travel meeting Tuesday, March 10, at 7pm in his room. He will handout baggage tickets and other items, and go over final plans. It is very important that everyone attend this meeting. Please let him know if you are unable to attend."


We will be taking our standardized Iowa assessment tests, ISASP on Tuesday, April 14th through Thursday, April 16th. Tests will take place during periods 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Thursday and periods 1 through 3 on Wednesday. 8th graders will take the science test during their 6th and 7th period class on Tuesday. We will continue to send information and details as the time gets closer, but a few things to know and remember:

  • These are computerized assessments and will be taken on the Chromebooks. Students must bring their fully charged Chromebook and charger for testing!
  • Tests are as follows: Reading- 60 minutes, Language Arts and Writing- 120 minutes, Math- 60 minutes, Science (8th grade only) 60 minutes.
  • Cell phones and Smart watches are not allowed in a student's possession at all during the testing window. Students are not allowed to have their phones out during a break, if they go to the bathroom, etc. All cell phones should be kept at home, locked in their school or PE locker or handed in to the proctor during testing.

More information will be coming closer to the testing.


Mr. Stimmel Science- Dissecting Owl Pellets


The physical education students will begin third trimester with a fitness unit including fitness testing. We will ask students to perform the Pacer for cardiovascular endurance, back-saver sit and reach for flexibility, push ups for arm strength and curl ups for abdominal strength and endurance. We also take height and weight for growth measures. The spring scores will be measured according to the Healthy Fitness Zones created by the Fitnessgram Test. Our School Improvement Plan is for students to reach the healthy fitness zone in three out of the four tests.

Please urge your child to come prepared with their PE Uniform, that is a T-Shirt with their last name on the back and either sweat pants or shorts and socks and tennis shoes. Thank you for your support.


The 8th grade orchestra is looking forward to going on tour in March and performing for several elementary schools. Congratulations to Tai, Ashley, Esther, Will & Lucas for their successful participation in the South East Iowa String Teachers Association Honors Orchestra in February. Also, Congratulations to Leo, Sylvia, Lisa, Will, Lucas, Esther, Ashley, Tai, & Everett who will be participating in the Kennedy Honors Orchestra in March.
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The ELL (English Language Learner) classes have completed the annual ELPA21 testing that is required by the Iowa Department of Education ((DOE). The results will be used to determine each student's progress in his/her acquisition of English speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. The state also uses the information to determine whether a school/ and/or district is providing appropriate, rigorous instruction.

Student results will be available in early June. Information will be sent home.

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South East Junior High After School Clubs

GLOW Club: GLOW is a gay-straight alliance. Our motto is "All are welcome; none are judged." Club members discuss issues related to bullying and equality, make new friends, and encourage everyone to love who they are. The mission of the SE GLOW Club is to educate the community about LGBTQ issues. GLOW Club meets Wednesday's after school until 5 PM with Ms. Jones in room 2025. This club has started.

Chess Club: Chess Club will start meeting the week of September 10th. Chess club will meet on Wednesday's after school until 5 PM with Mr. Chambers in room 182.

Family Consumer Science Club: FCS Recycle and Redesign will start on December 11th. This club will meet after school Wednesday's from 4-5 PM.

STEM Club: Science Technology Engineering Math Club members will participate in activities that will enhance and extend the middle school STEM curriculum. Subjects will work with robotics (VEX), 3D Design and Modeling (Autodesk Inventor) and power and energy. STEM Club participates in competitions and provides an extra outlet for those who show aptitude and interest in furthering their learning. This club meets on Friday at 8:15 AM with Mr. Negus in room 2033. First meeting will be September 6th.

Geek the Library: What do you Geek? Everyone geeks something, and the South East library supports what you geek! Join Geed the Library in the library to talk about great books, great tech, and whatever else! Geek the Library meets on Tuesday's from 4:00-5:00 PM with Ms. Sims. First meeting 9/05.

Homework Club: Homework Club will meet after school in the library on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-5 PM. Mr. Lankelma and Mr. Bailey sponsor Homework Club. Homework club will begin the week of September 9th. Please listen to announcements for confirmed date or contact Mr. Bailey.

United Action for Youth: UAY provides art activities, games and snacks after school on Tuesday's from 4-5 PM in room starting September, 10th in room 2034.

G! World: This club is for self-identified minority girls. G! World is designed to empower, inspire and educate women through group activities and meaningful discussions, impactful workshops, cultural outings and real world experiences. G!World will be working with students during lunch trimester 1. We will keep you posted on Trimester 2 and 3 meeting times.

Jazz Band: At the beginning of October, SEJH will be holding auditions for their 7th grade and 8th grade jazz bands (two separate ensembles.) These groups meet before school through most of the winter, performing at school concerts and different jazz competitions around the area. Participation is open to any SEJH student interested in auditioning. For more questions, please contact the band director Maddie Madsen.

Yearbook: If you are interested in taking pictures for and creating our 2019-2020 South East Yearbook, consider joining this club. Yearbook will meet on Friday's during Little Hawk Time with Dr. Arnone. The first meeting is on Friday, September 20th.



PSTO Meetings

PSTO will meet three times during the school year. Meetings are from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the SE library. Dates are below:

April 20, 2020


SE Production

We are excited to announce that Ms.Tisinger will be directing a Spring play titled, "The Internet is Distract - OH LOOK A KITTEN!" Performances will be the weekend of May 8th.

PBIS at South East

Our PBIS team is already thinking about our annual celebration on the last day of school. To make this celebration extra special, we do ask for donations from our SE community. As the date gets closer we will send out a sign up genius, but if you are looking to donate, we are always taking Amazon gift cards. Thank you for considering!


Track and Field at South East

Our track and field season will officially start Monday, March 23rd. Please make sure your student athlete has a current permission to practice and physical on file.

Sports Competition Schedules and Information

South East 2019-2020 Calendar Dates to Be Aware Of

Below is a link to a document with calendar dates for the year! Please note that these events are subject to change. This is a live document so will always be updated with the most recent information. Please make sure to check it regularly for changes or additions.

South East 2019-2020 Bell Schedule