South East Update

December 2019

School Contacts

Main Office- 319- 688-1070

Rachel Hills- Office Manager-

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-

Hanna Collins- Guidance Counselor-

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

Nikol Carlson- Athletic Secretary-

Allison Brewer- Dean of Students-

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.


Inclement Weather Guidelines

The ICCSD inclement weather guideline can be found here:

Administrators will use Blackboard Connect to notify parents of inclement weather decisions via telephone. School closings are also broadcast on local TV and radio stations. Information will be posted on the district website too.

What if we have a delay of school due to weather? The radio and TV will announce how long the delay will be. It will be stated in terms of 1 hour or 2 hours. If it is a one hour delay, then school will start at 9:50 AM; if a 2 hour delay, school will start at 10:50 AM. We will then run an adjusted schedule throughout the rest of the school day. School buses will run late by one or two hours.

Your student should arrive at school one to two hours later than when you would normally have your student arrive. Therefore, if you drive your student to school and drop him or her off at 8:30 AM on a regular school day, doing so at 10:30 AM would be appropriate when there is a two hour delay. The school will have minimal staff available for supervision of students during these delays and we would appreciate students arriving as close to the actual delay start time as possible.

What if we get released early?

The school district will make a decision about early outs and communicate that via Blackboard Connect. Buses will pick up at the new dismissal time. All after school activities are cancelled in the event of an early dismissal. There will not be any after school supervision in the event of an early dismissal and students would need to be picked up or have plans in place within 15 minutes of dismissal.

How do I get weather updates?

Go to the ICCSD tune in to KXIC, KCJJ, KRUI, Q103, KRNA, WMT, KFMW, WSUI, WHO, KHAK, KCCK, KUNI, KCRG-TV, KGAN-TV, KWWL-TV. The radio stations have been very helpful in getting out the word if there is a change. Station managers request that the public refrain from calling in for information.

We will also have an update message on our school website at

Cleaning out your sports closet?? We have need!

As you are cleaning out things that your student no longer wears or needs for various sporting activities, please consider donating to South East! We have many students who do not have the necessary cleats or accessories for different sports. Below is a list of gently used items we would be happy to take off your hands:

  • Cleats (soccer and football)
  • Basketball shoes
  • Running shoes
  • Track spikes
  • Volleyball knee pads
  • Soccer shin guards

You can drop off to the main office. Thank you in advance for your support of our students!

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress

ISASP results will be mailed home to families on December 13th. An email from the district was sent earlier to all families explaining how to interpret the new test results. If you have questions, please call the Guidance Office.

Winter Conferences

2nd Trimester Parent Teacher Conferences will be January 22nd! We will have both drop in conference times as well as scheduled times available again. A sign up genius and more detailed information will be coming closer to the date.

2019-2020 Registration

It's hard to believe we need to start thinking about next school year already when it feels like we just started this one! After we return from winter break SEJH counselors and administrators will begin visiting 7th grade classes to discuss registration for 8th grade. High school counselors will be coming in January to visit 8th grade classes to discuss 9th grade registration. We will send more information with specific dates as it gets closer. Please remember if you are an 8th grade family attending on a voluntary transfer and do not intend to attend your home school for high school, a new transfer form will need to be filled out and turned into the ESC. If you need help getting a form, please contact the guidance office. Counselors from both City High and West High will be at SE for 9th grade registration as we have students who will attend both schools.

Traffic Pattern Reminders!

With the colder weather we have more parents choosing to pick up and drop off students. It is imperative that we follow the appropriate traffic rules and guidelines to ensure student safety. We have had several close calls lately with students nearly, or in one case getting hit by cars as they drop off. PLEASE follow the guidelines:

  • Cars are not allowed in the bus lane between 8:30 and 8:50, and again between 3:45pm (2:45 on Thursdays) and 4:15pm.
  • There is NO stopping, parking or dropping off on Bradford Dr. directly in front of the school. This has been the most problematic area for us as parents will stop there to wait for their students. The police department and City of Iowa City has designated this as a no stopping/parking zone to ensure student safety. It is also a problem for buses to try and exit onto Bradford with cars parked there. Please abide by the rules.
  • Parents may use the back parking lot- please ensure there is room for special ed buses to get through, or Mercer to drop off and pick up.

Arrival to School

With the colder weather please remember that we have no indoor supervision for students until 8:30a.m. If you must drop your student off before that time, please make sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather.

Construction Update

We are making great progress on our renovation project! All administrative offices, including guidance and student family advocate offices will be moving to our new spaces after winter break. The main entrance will also be open again after winter break providing a warm welcome to all students and visitors. As we vacate the old library, work will begin on transforming this space into new classrooms and an additional collaborative space.

The art hallway is open. We are so excited to have this back open as it will help greatly with passing time and traffic flow. The final phase of this project will be completed by the summer of 2020 and all teachers will be back into their permanent classrooms by the start of the 2020 school year.



Stream Tables!

Thanks to the City of Iowa City for sharing their stream tables with our science department! Students worked on seeing how water can shape landscapes as a part of their Geology on Mars unit!

Update from Liz Eslami

Hi, all!

I just wanted to let you know that my little girl is due January 2nd, and I will be taking maternity leave once she arrives. Lisa Wilson will be taking over my 7th and 8th grade classes. Her email is If you have any questions or concerns after winter break, please reach out to her. I do ask that you wait until I take my leave if at all possible before reaching out to her.

When I am on leave, 7th grade classes will be covering a variety of short stories and 8th grade classes will be reading the book Night by Elie Wiesel, and then they will move into a persuasive writing unit.

Thank you,

Ms. Eslami

Colonial Shark Tank

Eighth grade CASL students, their teachers, and a panel of SHARK investors participated in Colonial Shark Tank in November. Students analyzed fictitious scouting notes from five colonial locations in a “reimagined” New World. They combined their understanding from the content areas of science (wind patterns, ocean currents, and climate), social studies (colonization), and language arts (analytical and persuasive writing), to create a weather report and deliver a “pitch” to investors asking for financial support of their new colony.

Congratulations to Claire S., Liv L., and Connor J., winners of the Shark Tank!

Finalists included Dawson M., Matt H., & Jack D. and Jakari F., Ilan T., Brody E., & Murphy F.

A special thank you to the community judges, Mr. Fred Newell, Dr. Mitch Kelly, Mr. Brad Kelly, and Mrs. Michelle Cook, as well as North Dodge Hy-Vee, who donated nine dozen cookies to the event.

Ms. Stanley's Language Arts Class

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian. We're focusing on these three Essential Questions:

1. How does one’s cultural identity (i.e., expression) present opportunities and/or obstacles for that person? How can we create equal opportunities for all?
2. When a person's individual choices are in direct conflict with his/her culture or society, what are the consequences?
3. How do we determine the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation?

Follow Our Amazing Art Program on Social Media

Follow the art room on Facebook and Instagram!

SEJH Art Iowa City (facebook)

Artsejhic (Instagram)

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Polar Bear Club Starting

Polar Bear Club will begin meeting after school now in Mr. Smith's classroom. This is a winter RUNNING club that will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 until spring break. Anybody is welcome, not just cross country and/or track and field athletes. The focus of this club is winter fitness. However, it is meant to be more social for the kids and less stressful (more hot cocoa and candy canes and no racing!). Students can join anytime between now and spring break, are welcome to come when they are available and skip when they are busy/tired. Students must come prepared with winter running clothes including a hat and gloves every single day and parents should be aware that we always run off campus, typically toward City High or on the path behind Hy-Vee. Students must also have a current physical turned into the office. Please consider donating hot chocolate and/or candy canes! Contact Andrew Smith @ with any questions.

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:

January 13, 2020

April 20, 2020



November PBIS Data and Winter SOAR Celebration

We had 42 entries in our behavior referral system. Out of the 42 entries:

*12 entries were for documentation purposes only, no follow up requested

*5 entries were followed up on by administration

*10 entries were dealt with in our SAC (Student Advisory Center)

*3 entries requested re-entry meetings with student and teacher

*11 entries fell into the "other" category

*The classroom was the location with the most referrals, followed by hallway, then other

On Friday, December 20th we will hold our annual Winter SOAR celebration during the last hour of school. This is a great time to acknowledge positive behaviors, academics and other student accomplishments the first part of the 19-20 school year. We do rely on donations to make this party extra special. If you are willing and able to donate, please use the sign up genius link below!



Boy's Swimming and Girl's Basketball

Boy's swimming and girl's basketball have officially begun. We are in need of parent volunteers for home games/meets. If you are available and willing, please sign up below:

Boy's Swimming:

Girl's Basketball:

Wrestling will start in January, with more information in the January newsletter and on our South East social media.

Sports Competition Schedules and Information

Box Tops for Education

South East is collecting Box Tops for Education. This process has been made even easier now that Box Tops has an App. Please check out the link below with directions for getting the Box Tops App and how it works!

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