Wildcat News

Hybrid Sched. January 18th to 22nd (No-School Monday, A/BBB)

Safe, Kind, & Responsible...

Grant Wood Families:

Week of Jan. 18th-22nd (hybrid), No-School Monday, A/BBB

Group A onsite: Tuesday, only

Group B onsite: Wednesday - Friday

*Wednesday is early release day,

students are dismissed at 1:55pm

OLP Students: virtual (online) Tuesday - Friday

*No School Monday, Dr. MLK Jr. Day

...Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Monday January 18th is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. During this day we are called to serve others and to continue our societal commitment to justice and equity for all. While many may readily think of the March on Washington and Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech, I'd like to share with you two quotes from different MLK Jr. sources.

1) April 16, 1963: MLK's Letter from the Birmingham Jail

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds."

2) December 10, 1964: MLK's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

"I accept this award on behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice.... Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."

In addition to honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, this week is also the week of the 59th Presidential Inaguration (Wednesday, January 20th).

*Another important and related event this week will be the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Celebration on Monday, January 18th. This MLK Celebration will take place online on the Iowa Dept. of Human Rights Facebook page starting at 10:45am. During this event Grant Wood 5th grader Emma Revis will be presented with the 1st place prize from the 5th/6th grade division of the Call 2 Serve contest.




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Congratulations Emma Revis...

...on winning 1st place in the 5-6th grade division for the 2021 Dr. MLK Jr. Call 2 Serve contest. This contest is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Human Rights, Office on the Status of African Americans and the State of Iowa MLK Day Planning Committee.

We, at Grant Wood, are proud of you Emma, way to go Wildcat!

Like a Ripple, by Emma Revis

Just like a ripple...

Martin Luther King Jr. started hard

and his statements spread like a ripple.

And, when you think that ripple is gone,

it is really just moving more.

And you don't know it.

And, finally it goes all around,

but, it is still going.

Amanda Gorman: The Hill We Climb

From the 59th Presidential Inauguration Day:

"...brave enough to be it [the light]”

Poet Amanda Gorman reads 'The Hill We Climb'

Message for OLP students

While a more detailed email is being sent to the families of the our Online Leanring Program (OLP) students regarding the statewide reading and math test (FAST) we are using at our school. The Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) is given to every student three times a year to identify students who are performing at or above grade level in reading and math, and those students who might need additional help.

We will begin the winter session of these assessments on February 1st and are asking our Online Learning Program families to sign up for an onsite testing time by January 22 using the signup genius links below.

If we do not hear from you, we will proceed with setting up a virtual testing time for your child.

Safety at back lot

Due to safety concerns arising from vehicles in the back lot, families dropping off at the back will need to do so at the gate and not from within the lot. Please call Ms. Maria (Principal) with any questions; 319-688-1180.

GW Library Update

Don't forget that all students are still able to check out books from our library! See the directions below on how to do it. Email the Teacher Librarian, Mrs. Snyder, with any questions: snyder.janelle@iowacityschools.org.

1.) Click Destiny Discover from Mrs. Snyder's Teacher Page on Clever.

2.) Click Log in (top right).

3.) Click "Sign in with Google."

4.) Click the student's name (if necessary).

5.) Browse books and click on a cover. If you'd like to check it out, click "Hold."

6.) Books will be delivered to classrooms when we are in Hybrid mode & students. Wait for an email to the student account to let you know that it's ready to be picked up in the main office when we are 100% virtual or if students are enrolled in the OLP.

Take a look at this video to see the steps in action!

Grant Wood Library Book Checkout on Destiny Discover

Grab & Go Meals

The Grab & Go meal program will also resume on Monday, Jan. 4th. Menu information can be found at MealViewer, under the Grab & Go menu. Meals are free and will be distributed Monday through Friday (with the exception of No School days) from 11:30 am -1:00 pm at the following locations:

  • City High School
  • Hills Elementary School
  • Liberty High School
  • North Central Junior High
  • Northwest Junior High
  • South East Junior High
  • West High School

Additional Community Resources...

Interested in additional resources and supports?

The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.

Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

No more "snow days" ...District change

Below are some changes to the District's approach to inclement weather days this year. Moving forward, the District will provide online instruction on days when the weather prevents us from having in-person classes. Rather than having our traditional “snow days”, these days will now be considered “virtual learning days”.

Schedules for students in our various models will be as follows on these virtual learning days:

  • Elementary Hybrid (Group A & Group B)
    • On-site students - On-site students will follow the Online Learning Program/100% Offsite Schedule. The times and Zoom links will be sent to parents by the classroom teacher prior to 8:00 am. (This applies to A students on A days and to B students on B days.)
    • Off-site students - Off-site students will log into the morning meeting as scheduled, and complete any asynchronous activities as planned. Off-site students who are receiving synchronous off-site SDI, interventions, or ELL supports will receive those as planned. (This applies to A students on B days and to B students on A days.)

In addition to virtual learning, on days that inclement weather causes hybrid group students to remain at home, (as explained above) the District will provide Grab & Go Meals at the District’s designated sites on these virtual learning days.

ICCSD's Inclement Weather Guidelines

As a reminder, the District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing a

  • delay,
  • cancellation, and/or
  • early release

decisions can be found on the District’s website by clicking HERE. As decisions are made regarding school day changes, the District aims to keep parents connected so that notifications are received conveniently and timely.

In addition to the notifications that are sent via email, phone, and text, we encourage you to follow the District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to ensure that announcements are right at your fingertips. We also encourage you to download the District’s mobile app, where you can find everything school and district related in one convenient spot.

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

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Ms. Maria (Principal) awards PBIS points via ClassDojo

Ms. Martin (Principal) looks to award ClassDojo (i.e. PBIS) points to students which they can then redeem. Points can be earned for:

  • school engagement by participating in class zooms,
  • posting work on Seesaw,
  • completing a minimum of 5 lessons on Dreambox, and
  • completing lessons within targeted time on Lexia....as well as,
  • for reports from parents about students making safe choices and exhibiting kindness.

Ms. Martin also welcomes feedback, suggestions, and discussion ideas regarding what students would like to have as options for redeemng their ClassDojo points.

Please email me at: martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

I shall share your ideas with our Student Leadership Team and teaching staff to determine which ideas we can pursue.

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Coding for Kids (Free options)

Preschool Message

Dear Preschool Families,

The Iowa City Community School District Preschool Program is seeking input from our families to assist in making decisions to improve the program. Please take just a few moments to use the following link and provide your valuable feedback.


Your time and your candid input is greatly appreciated!

No visitors:

For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:

Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Amber, herring.amber@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Attendance secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office secretary: Ms. Lynch, lynch.kelsi@iowacityschools.org

District Message

We continue to keep a close eye on Johnson County COVID-19 positivity rates as well as absenteeism rates related to COVID-19 among our students and staff. We will remain diligent in our efforts to keep our community safe and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
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ICCSD 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 Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000, tabor.jeremy@iowacityschools.org.