The Horn Piper!

Diverse, Proud and Strong!


Office Hours are 7:30am-3:30pm daily.

School Hours are M,T,W and Friday from 7:55-3:05pm. Thursdays hours are 7:55-2:05pm.

Principal's Corner

It is hard to believe that this is the last Piper of the year! It has been a great year and I want to thank all of you for all of your support in making Horn a wonderful school. The last day of school is May 31st with dismissal at 10:55am.

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Congratulations to Ben Morrilly and Grace Bartlett for being selected for the John Hughes' Leadership Award.

Attendance Boundaries

The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved new elementary attendance areas for the 2019-20 school year. The new boundaries were approved during their November 27 board meeting. The updated maps can be found on the District website at the following link: In addition, the District’s Attendance Area Look-Up links have been updated to reflect the approved boundary changes. The Attendance Area Look-Up links provide school information specific for your home address. The links can be found on the District website at the following link: Junior high and high school students may also be impacted by these changes. Please be sure to check the Attendance Area Look-Up link above to determine if changes to the elementary boundaries have affected your student.

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Voluntary Transfers

The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve changes to the elementary voluntary transfer guidelines beginning in the 2019-20 school year. The updated voluntary transfer guidelines and form can be found at families intending to request a voluntary transfer for the 2019-20 school year, the deadline to submit the form is March 1, 2019. Completed forms should be returned to the following address:

Iowa City Community School District
Educational Services Center
1725 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

Information for future Junior High and High School Students


Per Iowa law, junior high students must have a meningococcal vaccine (to prevent meningitis, a bacteria that infects the brain, blood and spinal cord) and a Tdap booster (to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis/whooping cough). Please check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they had the Tdap booster and meningitis shot and make an appointment if needed. Johnson County Public Health also provides the immunizations at no cost to children with or without health insurance. Please call 319-356-6042 to make an appointment. Please turn in an updated “Certificate of Immunization” before the new school year begins. Your child may not be able to attend school without these required vaccines.


All students who are interested in playing a sport in junior high MUST have a current pre-participation “sports” physical exam on file at their school. You can turn this in prior to the start of their sport season (or at the start of the school year). A physical exam is good for 13 months from the date of the exam before expiring. Please schedule an appointment with your health care provider now to ensure that your child will be allowed to practice and play when school starts in August. If your child does not have health insurance, free medical care (including sports physicals) is available through the Healthy Kids School-based Health Clinics. Call the Clinic Coordinator at 319-631-3204 (Se habla español; Français parlé). The Clinic is open during the summer.


Iowa law requires that all 9th graders have a dental screen done by a dentist or dental hygienist between the beginning of 8th grade and spring of their 9th grade year. Ask your child’s dentist/ dental hygienist to complete the Iowa “Certificate of Dental Screening” form. Please return the completed certificate to your child's school office. If your child does not have dental insurance coverage or you cannot pay for dental care, contact the Johnson County Public Health I-Smiles Coordinator at 319-356-6045 for assistance.

All forms are available on the district website:

Important Dates:

May 3:Coins for Caps (Houses into Homes)

May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6: 8th Grade Jazz Band at 10:30 am in the Gym.

May 8: 6th Grade to visit NWJH at 12:45pm.

Horn Bike Rodeo from 5:30-7:00.

May 10: Mrs. Messersmith's class to host their Pen Pals at 10:30am

May 13:

Breakfast at 7:30am in the Library.

May 14: 3rd Grade to Indian Creek Nature Center at 10:30am.

5th/6th Grade Track Meet at City High School at 11:30am.

PTO Meeting at 6:30pm in the Library.

May 17: Mrs. Witt's class to host their Pen Pals at 10:30am.

Horn Talent Show from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the Gym.

May 20: 1st Grade to the Children's Museum at 9:00am.

May 21: Advanced Orchestra Tour at 8:15am in the gym.

4th Grade Picnic at Kiwanis Park at 10:30am.

May 22: Kindergarten Picnic at Kiwanis Park at 10:30am.

6th Grade ELP Mock Trial at 1:00pm in the Art Room.

May 23: 8:30 Students to visit next year's classes.

1st Grade Picnic at Kiwanis Park at 10:30am.

May 24: 2nd Grade VIP Day at 10:00 in the classrooms.

3rd Grade Picnic at Kiwanis Park at 11:00am.

May 27: No School

May 28: 5/6 Picnic at Kiwanis Park at 11:00am.

May 29: 2nd Grade Picnic at Kiwanis Park at 10:00am

May 30: 8:30am: Awards Ceremony for Grades 3-6.

11:00am: All School Picnic on the back playground.

12:30pm: 6th Grade versus Staff Kickball.

May 31: 8:30: 6th Grade Graduation

10:55am School Dismissal.

May PTO!

Our final PTO meeting is Tuesday May 14th from 6:30-7:30 in the Horn Library. The 5th grade teachers, along with the Special Education team, will be speaking about what is happening in their classes. We will also approve the PTO budget for the 2019-2020 year and vote on the incoming PTO executive board. We hope you will be able to attend.

Staff Appreciation Week

Each day we will celebrate a different group of staff. We invite you to show your appreciation in ways that best suit your family. (Suggestions include cards, goodies, flowers, notes, poems or artwork.)

Monday - Specials Teachers & GWAEA Staff

Tuesday - Homeroom Teachers

Wednesday - Para Educators & Resource Teachers

Thursday - Food Service, Custodians & Crossing Guards

Friday - Principal, Secretaries, Office Staff

PTO will provide a catered lunch on Monday. Donated table service, drinks, and dessert are needed as well as help with set-up and clean-up.

On Thursday, families can stock the staff lounge with store bought and homemade snacks and goodies. go/60b0b4dada722a75-staff2

Wednesday is the annual International Lunch. This is a staff favorite and we cannot do it without your help! Please consider making a traditional family favorite dish for the staff to enjoy. https://www. 10c044da9a92caa8-2013

Horn Garage Sale

The PTO will be holding a garage sale at the start of June. More information to come on where to drop-off items. Spring cleaning? Start collecting any items you're ready to part with and we'll take them to help support Horn School!

We Need You!

PTO is looking for more parents to get involved next year. There are lots of opportunities, big and small, and plenty of help for any newcomers! Contact Laura ( for more information.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or 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 Chace Ramey, Chief Human Resource Officer, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,