South East Update


Hello Little Hawk Families

It is crazy to think we are already at midterm of 1st trimester! We have had an excellent start to the year and are so grateful for the opportunity to work with you and your students. We have settled in at about 789 students as of right now. We have 405 7th graders and 384 8th graders.

We have also started construction! McComas Lacina Construction is the general contractor working on our project and Design Alliance is the architectural firm. The first steps in this have been to create an entry way into the courtyard. We have closed off door #19 which is in the lower parking lot and comes in right by the art room and created a temporary corridor directly into the courtyard. This has closed down that hallway to "thru traffic" meaning that students need to take the long way around to get to rooms 130-138. We are working with students on managing their time and recognize that we will need to be patient during this process. They have also fenced off an area on the east side of the building to begin constructing a fire lane that will run along the east between the school and Mercer. They will create a construction lay down area near the NE corner of the building where they be building 2 additional science classrooms and renovating the inside into classrooms with collaborative spaces. We are hopeful that this area could be completed as early as spring break! I will keep you posted on our progress- please let me know if you have any questions.

We have our first opportunity for conferences this month. Please make sure to open the document included in the newsletter for information on the conference format and how to schedule conferences. If you are unable to come in for conferences, please know that you are always free to email or call your student's teachers at any time. Finally, if you are still unable to access your student's Canvas page, either through the directions sent out or by looking at your student's account directly, please let us know so we can assist with that. Following Canvas is a great way to stay in touch with daily work and assignments. PowerSchool will be your go to stop to check grades still so make sure you have your account active!

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you and your student. We feel extremely fortunate to work with such an incredibly supportive community.

Michelle Cook

School Contacts

Main Office- 319- 688-1070

Michelle Cook- Principal-

Emily Dvorak- Assistant Principal-

Aryana Ruiz- Office Manager-

Pam Quigley- Front Receptionist-

Attendance and to report an absence- 319-688-1071

Tonya Burkett- Attendance Secretary-

Guidance Office (Schedule questions, student concerns, etc) 319-688-1073

Tara Andresen- Guidance Secretary-

Brian Ingram- Guidance Counselor-

Jill Coffman- Guidance Counselor-

Athletics- (General Questions- sport specific please email your student's coach)

Nikol Carlson- Athletic Secretary-

Allison Brewer- Dean of Students-

Parent Teacher Conferences! Open document below for all the information!

Midterm Report Cards

We will NOT be printing and sending home midterm report cards this year. These will be loaded into the document vault in your PowerSchool account. If you log into your PS account on a computer, on the left hand menu there is an option that says "Document Vault". Click on that and you will see the midterm report card for your student. You can also just check your student's grades live on PS. You cannot access the document vault from the app but must go in through the website. If you need help with this or cannot access your student's grades, please call or email the guidance office for assistance.

Midterm report cards will be available to be viewed in the document vault on Friday, 10/5/18.

Fall "Non Fund-Raiser"

Your Southeast Junior High PSTO

requests the pleasure of your ABSENCE at our

Fall “Non-Fundraiser”!

Our Fall Non-Fundraiser kicks at the beginning of each school year. Unlike our previous fall fundraisers, this is a NON -Fundraiser and 100% of your donations going straight to our school. No need to sell anything this year – just a donation is all we ask. Any donation is appreciated. The PSTO’s annual expenditures average approximately $30 per student.

The goal for this non-fundraiser is to raise enough money to support all of the extra opportunities that South East provides for our students. This money is used to purchase supplies for fun science and art labs, pay for buses for field trips, uniforms for athletics, extra music and supplies for all of our music programs, items for our PBIS rewards, celebrations and parties, equipment for P.E. classes and so much more!

Each family is encouraged to choose fundraiser options that best fit their personal preferences. We hope the quick success of our fall "Non-fundraiser" will allow us to focus more on supporting education and worry less about making the budget throughout the year.

No Contribution is Too Large or Too Small!

- $10 I am thrilled not to participate in another catalog sales program.

- $30 I am relieved not to purchase magazines that I do not have time to read.

- $50 I am excited to use the Sunday comics to wrap gifts instead of expensive gift wrap.

- $75 I look forward to not spending an evening baking to supply goodies for a bake sale.

- $100 I relish the prospect of not asking friends and neighbors to buy trinkets.

- $150 I am happy to give 100% of this donation to Southeast and not to a fundraising company.

- $200 Thank you for NOT allowing me to chair the fundraising committee!

You can mail your donation to Southeast Junior High or drop it off at the office during school hours. You can also donate online through the South East webpage:

The ICCSD Foundation will channel this donation to South East Junior High.

Thanks again for supporting Southeast Junior High and your students!!!

(Please make checks payable to Southeast PSTO)

If you would like to print a copy of this announcement- please open the PDF form below.

Run for the Schools is October 14th!

Did you know you can earn money for our schools by participating - in several ways:

Volunteer: Sign up to help with the race: Run for the Schools Sign Up

Walk or Run: Register at Run for the Schools Registration (by September 30th for a T-shirt)

Donate: Online at DONATE NOW

The more volunteers, race participants, and donors we have, the more money we earn for our schools!!!!!

For more information or for a downloadable race form, visit

Translators Needed!

The Iowa City Community School District is looking to hire interpreters and translators to facilitate communication between families and staff on an occasional basis. There is a great need for French and/or Arabic interpreters and translators, but individuals who have expertise in other languages are also encouraged to apply. Individuals must have proficient oral and/or written skills in English as well as the target language. Please apply online at or contact the school district office at 319-688-1000 with questions.

Standardized Testing Update

Orchestra News!

The South East Orchestras are off to a great start! Our first concert will be November 8th with the City High Orchestras. All of our concerts take place in Opstad Auditorium (City High School) at 7:30pm. In August, the South East Orchestras had their inaugural Summer Orchestra Camp. Thirty-six orchestra students from 7th & 8th grade participated in the 2-day camp and six City High Orchestra members helped out as section leaders. At the end of the 2nd day, the orchestra performed a short concert for family & friends. We hope to have even more students participate in this Free Camp next August!

Falling into Step in 2018- Family & Consumer Sciences

This seems to be our theme in the fall as students come back to school and start up their FCS courses. Trimester one brings many new skills for FCS1 students to embark on as they step out of their comfort zone and try some new experiences. For some it is reinforcing their already acquired skills and for others it is the first time to try their hand at sewing, child care, cooking, ironing, hand sewing, money management, table manners and so much more!

We encourage students to keep in step by signing up for FCS electives so they can continue to practice their newly developed skills learned in the FCS exploratory and hopefully turn the skills into lifetime habits!


Foods for Fitness Elective is also in full swing with reading nutrition labels, reading recipes, working together cooperatively in food labs, and learning to research nutrition information.

How can you help?

1. We would welcome donations of fabric (mostly woven), old pillows you no longer use, ½” and ¾” elastic, ribbon, cording, shoe strings, polyester fiberfill, and medium weight interfacing. If you’re not sure- go ahead and send it and we’ll decide what we can use and what we don’t need- we will donate to other departments. Thanks in advance! I

2. Another way is to volunteer during our sewing unit. Email Ms. Grove for dates!

3. You can keep track of our assignments and due dates on Power School as well as my Canvas page. This can benefit your child if you help them meet the due dates.

Questions???Contacting us by e-mail is the fastest.

Norma Grove

Students in Language Arts 7 used VR goggles to help them with using sensory details in writing, all while learning about the difficulty that faces communities without access to clean water.

South East PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

We have had a successful start to the school year. This year the PBIS Committee decided to try a boot camp model to teach the beginning of the year expectations. The first day of school, students spent periods 1-3 with their homeroom teacher and periods 6-8 the second day of school. This format allowed our homeroom teachers a longer period of time to rotate through expectation lessons as well as, build relationships with their homeroom. The feedback we received from staff was extremely positive, and we will continue with this boot camp model next year!

Part of the PBIS process is to share behavior data with our stakeholders. Our PBIS committee will be sharing behavior referral data and interventions we are trying each month. We are happy to share that our behavior referrals for the month of September were down when compared to last year. The classroom is the location with the most referrals, but teachers are applying lots of strategies such as: seating changes, safe seats, 1-on-1 conferences, parent contact, and positive reinforcement to problem solve with individual students.

Lastly, the PBIS committee recently held our first SOAR store of the year, and it was a HUGE hit! We had some amazing items for students to purchase with their SOAR tickets (acknowledgements for positive behavior). In order to keep new items in rotation, we rely on donations. Gift cards to Amazon and Hy-Vee or cash donations are welcomed! Thanks for your consideration!

South East Homework Club

Does your student need help with organization, studying for text/quizzes or completing homework? We have the support for you! After school Homework Club meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-5 PM in the library. Contact Mr. Bailey or Mr. Lankelma if you would like to sign you student up for one or all days per week. Students can also drop by when needed.

Fall Sports Coming to an End and the Start of Winter Sports Season

It's hard to believe that our Fall sports season is coming to an end. Congratulations to the cross country, volleyball and football teams on successful seasons. Our first session of Winter sports will be starting soon, please see dates and schedules below:

Girls Swimming starts October 9th


Boys Basketball starts October 15th

7th Grade Schedule:

8th Grade Schedule:

Please make sure your athlete has turned in a permission to practice form and physical. These forms can be picked up and turned into the main office.

Football and Volleyball Volunteers Still Needed

Please consider signing up to line judge, and/or score keep for 7th and 8th grade football and volleyball games/matches. We still need volunteers for October 1st, 4th and 9th!

Stadium Clean Up: Only Two Dates Left

If you have a student that is out for a fall sport or is planning to participate in one of our winter or spring sports we need your help on 10/21 and 11/24. South East Jr. High is responsible for cleaning the south end zone of Kinnick Stadium . We need all athletes, parents and coaches on hand in order to get this done in a timely manner. Gates open at 7:00 AM. We are usually done by 8:15. If you have a gas leaf blower we encourage you to bring it with you. The more blowers we have the better job we do and the sooner we are done. If you do not have a blower, report to the concourse under the west stands to get brooms and bags. We encourage recycling of all cardboard and plastic items. There are recycling bags available in the west concourse. Please start at the top of the stadium and work down. Move all waste materials to an aisle and then clean the aisles from the top down. All bags of garbage and recyclables should be moved to the concourse area. South East is responsible for the entire south end zone so please stay until we are all done. This a major athletic fundraising activity for South East. The money that we receive helps pay for athletic uniforms and equipment for all sports. Thanks in advance for your help. See you Sunday morning.


South East 2018-19 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 2018-19 Bell Schedule

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.