Hills Highlights September 11

#ICCSDTogether #DoingThisTogether #BoltBrave

By Click or By Brick ~ Building Dreams Together

Dear Families,

WE DID IT! Week one of remote/continuous online learning completed. We are grateful for your GRACE and PATIENCE as we have worked through this week together. It has been challenging at times and along the way we have had BIG CELEBRATIONS! It is a pleasure to work through the technology pieces to bring Hills Lightning Bolt learning into your homes.

This year, whether we learn "By the Click" of the computer or within "the Brick" of the building, we are building the future and dreams of our students together. Ivan Welton Fitzwater is quoted as saying, 'The Future of the World is in My Classroom Today." Our Lightning Bolts will continue to receive high quality instruction that will help them build the pathway to their dreams and aspirations through their participation in the Hills virtual or in-person classrooms.

We are also here to support you - families and students with this unique year. Another quote that comes to mind, "When educating students, we must not forget to educate their hearts," Dalai Lama. If there are resources or guidance needed, please reach out to us, as we will do our best to connect you to resources and assist in anyway we can.

We are "ICCSDTogether, DoingThisTogether, and BoltBrave." Thank you for your partnership in this journey.


Lisa TeBockhorst

Hills Principal

Second Materials Distribution

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd, 8am-6pm

301 Main Street

Hills, IA

There are additional learning materials that will be needed for future lesson completion. All students will need more materials, and we respectfully request that families come to their HOME school on Tuesday, September 22nd, between 8 AM-6 PM to pick up needed supplies.

Technology Tips for Daily Log In

It is important that you access your student's schedule each day to join the classroom Zoom sessions at scheduled times.

You can access your student's daily schedule in one of two ways:
1. From the link provided in an email by your student's classroom teacher
2. Via Seesaw (From the Clever Dashboard, scroll down to the Seesaw app and open Seesaw).

For Online Learning Program students, your Weekly Schedule will be in the Weekly Schedule folder of your Online Learning Program class in Seesaw. Click on the folder icon on the right side of your screen next to Journal, and then select the Weekly Schedule folder.

For Standard Enrollment Students (currently online and may move to Hybrid), your Weekly schedule will be in your EL Home Seesaw class. Click on your name in the upper left hand corner, select EL Home. The Weekly Schedule will likely appear right away. If it does not, click on the folder icon next to "Journal" on the right hand side and select "Weekly Schedule".

The schedule might appear verry small and it has the links. You can enlarge the schedule with the magnifying glass. When you place the arrow by the link, blue letters will appear below it. Move the arrow to those letters and it will open the link.

As a reminder, there is a technology guide in the Bolt Binder under the "Technology" tab with step-by-step directions for accessing Clever, Seesaw, Zoom, and other programs.

Our Classroom Teachers and Counselors

Lunches Available

As we have begun the school year in a 100% off-site learning model, there is lunch support available to ALL. The Grab & Go meal program to provide breakfast and lunch to District students is continuing.

The Grab & Go meal sites are outlined below. Meals are served from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Each meal includes breakfast and lunch. Menu information can be found at MealViewer, under the Grab & Go menu. Meals are free and available to all Iowa City Community School District students and children do not need to be present in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child.

Grab & Go meal sites beginning September 8, 2020:

City High School

Hills Elementary School

Liberty High School

North Central Junior High School

Northwest Junior High School

South East Junior High School

West High School

We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended our waiver allowing us to continue to offer free meals to all students. The waiver has been extended through December 2020. While meals are currently free for all students through December under this waiver, it is critical that families still complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application since meals may not be free beginning in January 2021. The District provides free and reduced meals to families that qualify; however, you must fill out an application each year as federal income guidelines change. Please be aware that even if you applied last year, you need to reapply by September 30, 2020, to prevent a potential loss in benefits. If you have already filled out an application or have received a benefits notification from the District’s Nutrition Services Department for this year, NO additional action is necessary. Please contact the Nutrition Services Office at (319) 688-1021 if you have any questions about your student’s meal status or if you are unsure about whether an application is needed at this time.

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, all staff members know every child in the school. We are a warm, caring school community, and we are Struck with Pride!