Hills Highlights~ June Update

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A Message From Mrs. TeBockhorst

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Dear Hills Students and Families:

We did it! We journeyed through a difficult year TOGETHER. Thank you for your partnership in this school year. Hard things force us all to grow; even though COVID-19 brought forth some barriers and challenges, it also brought forth growth in different ways. For example, it showed us how resilient and persevering we are. It impressed upon us the importance of working together, being together, and the value that we all give to others.

As I write this newsletter, I am struck with Pride. Pride in the community that I have had the privilege to work with for nine years. A heart and mind full of treasured memories, wonderful celebrations and tremendous growth will remain with me on my next journey. I cannot thank each person enough for believing in me and believing in our Lightning Bolt community. Hills Elementary is a special place, and I feel fortunate and blessed to have had the chance to be a part of it.

This will be my last letter to our community - it does not seem possible or real as of yet! I wish you all the best: seasons of happiness, resilience, health and learning. Keep being #BoltBRAVE and #DoingThis Together! You are in great hands with Mrs. Reagan Boeset, our incoming Hills principal.

Once a Lightning Bolt - Always a Lightning Bolt!

Yours in service,

Lisa TeBockhorst

A Message from Our Incoming Principal - Mrs. Boeset

Hello & Hola!

It is with great excitement that I write this first introduction to you all as the newly appointed principal to Hills Elementary School. Although it has only been a very short time with brief interactions thus far, it is clear that Hills is an incredibly special place to be and I am honored to be a member of the Lightning Bolt Family.

I most recently served as the Clear Creek Amana Middle School STEM Teacher where I worked for the last 6 years to bring an excitement for learning, community connections, and experiential learning to the lives of each of my students. Prior to that I spent 10 years teaching in science classrooms ranging from 6th -12th grade. It is within these positions that I realized how drawn I am to the critical and foundational learning that takes place in elementary classrooms everywhere. It is here where the connection to school is cultivated and I cannot wait to help make that connection a positive one for all Hills Elementary students and families.

Although the ages of my students have varied over the years, my mission has remained the same, to increase the life chances of each and every student I work with. I count my blessings daily for stumbling into my purpose in life. Even on the toughest of days (or years), I know my place in life is in education. I will work diligently to provide the positive, courageous, and responsive leadership you need to continue the greatness that is Hills Elementary, and to inspire progress within your already caring, inclusive, and proud Lightning Bolts community!

Until we get to meet in person, please feel free to reach out to me and share with me a bit about yourself, questions you have, or the best ways I can be the support you are looking for in your child’s journey.

Your Partner in Education,

Go Bolts!

Reagan Boeset

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Summer Opportunity! Be Bolt Brave - Join the BOLT Blast at Home

Chromebooks will remain with students this summer for the purpose of working on Dreambox and Lexia. We encourage that EVERY student to log 500 minutes this summer on each program; this means 20 minutes 5 days per week in each program for half of summer. Special prizes will go to students who reach this goal!

Summer Library at Hills - Summer Book Checkout

Summer Checkout = 10 books at a time!

An important part of the mission of the Hills library is to inspire lifelong reading and learning. And that doesn’t end with the end of the school year. This bag contains up to 10 books that your child has checked out from the Hills Library to enjoy this summer!

There are 3 options for returning the books:

  • Drop off books to the return bin in the Hills Elementary entryway

  • Bring books back to school in the fall.

  • Return books to any ICCSD school in the fall

Check out new books in July!

Library staff will be available to fulfill requests placed for books on the following dates/times during the month of July:

  • Thursday, July 8 10:00 - noon

  • Thursday, July 15 10:00 - noon

  • Thursday, July 22 10:00 - noon

  • Thursday, July 29 10:00 - noon

Book requests can be made by:

  • Placing a hold in the Hills Library online catalog (Destiny) - see directions on pg 2

  • Emailing Mrs. Vincent with your requests: vincent.leanna@iowacityschools.org

  • Calling the Hills library (319-688-1107) during the above dates/times

  • Students who are involved in NCJC and the Bolt Blast can exchange books when they are onsite on the above Thursdays.

Requested books can be picked up during the above times by ringing the bell and saying you’re here to pick up books.

Directions for Book Hold - Scroll Down in the Document

End of Year Slide Show

Wishing you a relaxing, healthy and safe summer! Go Hills Lightning Bolts!

Lightning Bolt News for 2021-2022

This provides information on our staffing changes for next year!

Summer FUN!

Mercer Drive Through Pantry - Check Out the Flyer Below


We are excited to announce that our Grab & Go Meal Program will continue through the summer. The summer program will run from June 21 through August 6, 2021. Meals will be served from noon -1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 1, 2, and 5. Below is the list of summer Grab & Go Meal locations:

  • Garner Elementary
  • Hills Elementary
  • Mann Elementary
  • Northwest Junior High
  • South East Junior High
  • West High
  • Wood Elementary

Watch for information regarding e-Registration for the 2021-22 school year to be released later in June. If you have any questions, please contact the main office of your child’s school.

Attention Northwest Junior High Future 7th Graders

2021 May Video

NWJH Summer Prep Opportunity for Transition to Junior High

We will be offering our Summer Prep program again this year! I have an interest form I would like for you to include in your parent newsletters for 6th grade families, if you can. Completing the form does not guarantee a spot. We will be following up during the summer to confirm enrollment. The top of the form has all of the details for the program. There is no cost for the program this year! Please let me know if you have any questions. The link to the survey is below:


6th Grade Families

Hello 6th Grade Students and Families!

Please find information below about a fun summer opportunity offered to all current 6th grade students in ICCSD.

Last summer, with a generous grant from the Iowa City School District Foundation, we launched an online summer course titled "Four Important Messages About Math." Over 400 6th graders from ICCSD enrolled in the course.

Because it was so popular, we are offering the course again this summer. All students who complete the course will win prizes provided by South East Junior High and the Iowa City School District Foundation. The course starts June 21, but you can sign up now! Please sign up for the course at this link: https://iowacityschools.instructure.com/enroll/9KKNFN

Kindergarten Registration - Still Open - WE ARE LOOKING FOR KINDERGARTENERS!

Please call Hills School 319-688-1105 to register a student for kindergarten!

We would like to encourage only one family member to come on-site for registration due to COVID-19 health and safety requirements. To encourage social distancing we would like families to sign up for a registration time at their school by completing the following form: https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_50hQpMrT52zBEk6.

Requirements at registration:

  1. Verification of your child’s birth date [Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.]
  2. Child’s immunization records
  3. Proof of residency [Examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.]

If you do not have the needed documentation, please come to registration and we will assist you.

Please note, registration may take up to 45 minutes.

Online Preschool Registration

YOU CAN STILL REGISTER......The online Preschool Application for the 2021-2022 school year is open. Hills School has 7 Shared Vision Preschool Grant spots yet to fill.

The link to the application can be found at Iowacityschool.org

Click on the Preschool link; full day programming.

See the flyer below.

NCJC Summer Programming at Hills School

West High Summer Camps

District Feedback

Dear Families,

The Iowa City Community School District has shared a significant amount of communication over the past year and has used many different tools to provide information. We want to know what worked for your family and if you have suggestions for future communication from your child’s school and the District.

Please take a few moments to provide your important feedback here: https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_barI7PX4teBHaPc

We appreciate your time and your candid feedback as we work to strengthen and expand the critical school-to-family communication channels.


Kristin Pedersen

COVID-19 Safety Protocol Update

The District continues to work closely with Johnson County Public Health (JCPH), as well as local health experts and our municipalities, regarding COVID-19 safety protocols. After receiving local guidance and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that schools continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies, the Iowa City Community School District will continue to require face coverings through the end of the 2020-21 school year. This requirement includes all District facilities and all District events.

In addition to continuing to require face coverings, the following COVID-19 prevention strategies will also remain in place within the District: Physical distancing, frequent hand washing or sanitizing, facility cleaning, and contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine when necessary.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, approximately 50% of Johnson County residents are fully vaccinated. The largest population not yet vaccinated includes children and teens below the age of 16. We play a large part in protecting the portion of our community that remains vulnerable to the virus. We believe our mitigation efforts have been effective up to this point and, with 16 school days remaining, we feel it is critical to stay the course to ensure a safe conclusion to the school year.

As always, we will continue to collaborate with local health experts and evaluate any new guidance both nationally and locally that is released. We will share additional information regarding safety measures for summer programming as it becomes available. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we near the end of this uniquely challenging school year. #ICCSDtogether

ICCSD Online Learning Program - One Last Chance!

Dear Families,

The Iowa City Community School District has now opened the second and final enrollment period for ICCSD Online for the 2021-22 school year. ICCSD Online provides the opportunity for students in grades PK-12 to attend school virtually. For families interested in enrolling their child(ren) in the program who have not already completed the 2021-22 enrollment form, please use the link below to reserve your spot. You will need to complete a separate form for each child you wish to enroll in the program. This enrollment period will be open from June 7-14, 2021.

If you do not wish to enroll your child in the ICCSD Online program, you do not need to complete this form or take any further action.

2021-22 ICCSD Online Enrollment Form: https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a4MjyfDpozbwq7s

High School Families: Families with students in grades 9-12 for the 2021-22 school year will receive additional information regarding a part-time enrollment option in ICCSD Online. This option will serve students looking to participate in both online and on-site classes.

ICCSD Online is fully accredited and serves students in grades PK-12 in a virtual learning environment. To learn more about the program, visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/ICCSDonline. Specific questions about the program can be emailed to iccsdonline@iowacityschools.org or you may call (319) 688-1000.


Gregg Shoultz
Director of PK-12 Online Learning
Iowa City Community School District

Hills Elementary School

Welcome to Hills Elementary, where town and country meet! Home of the Lightning Bolts, our small school environment allows for individual attention and support for our lifelong learners. At Hills Elementary, staff members know every child in the school. We are a warm, caring school community, and we are Struck with Pride! #BOLTBrave