South East Update
Hello Little Hawk Families
Main Office- 319- 688-1070
Michelle Cook- Principal- firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Dvorak- Assistant Principal- email@example.com
Aryana Ruiz- Office Manager- firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Quigley- Front Receptionist- email@example.com
Attendance and to report an absence- 319-688-1071
Tonya Burkett- Attendance Secretary- firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance Office (Schedule questions, student concerns, etc) 319-688-1073
Tara Andresen- Guidance Secretary- email@example.com
Brian Ingram- Guidance Counselor- firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Coffman- Guidance Counselor- email@example.com
Athletics- (General Questions- sport specific please email your student's coach)
Nikol Carlson- Athletic Secretary- firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Brewer- Dean of Students- email@example.com
Administrative News and Updates
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: www.IowaCitySchools.org/DistrictMaps.
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: www.IowaCitySchools.org/AttendanceAreaLookUp.
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.
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
- 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.
- The side drive is not for parking! We have to have both lanes open for special ed buses and thru traffic.
Arrival to School
Share Your School Day
You are welcome to come to SE for whatever part of the school day you can manage. You do not have to stay for the entire day, but whatever works in your schedule. You are welcome to stay for lunch, however please know that our lunchroom is crowded so we will be very cozy in there:) If you would like to purchase school lunch, you will need cash as you go through the line. You are welcome to bring in your own lunch, or leave for lunch and come back for afternoon classes. Please also know that parking will be limited so you may need to park at Mercer and walk over.
If you arrive after 8:50 AM, Door #1 (the main doors in the front) is the only access door. After you arrive please sign in at the front desk in the main office and we will help you find your student's class.
Guest are welcome to observe or participate in classes as they get a small glimpse into what student learning looks like each day at South East. Due to space constraints, we ask that only adult guests join us for the day as we do not have space for younger siblings and friends. We would like to protect the instructional day as much as possible. Thank you for understanding!
We hope you can join your SE student for this wonderful tradition!
2nd Trimester Conferences
Check out the digital images of our new spaces! These will be ready for the start of the 2019-2020 school year!
Collaborative Room Space
This open collaborative space will be ideal for cross curricular projects, CASL projects and teachers doing Blended Learning. Students will be able to spread out in flexible groupings and seating to work creatively on projects and assignments!
Collaborative Room Space
Our new library will be an incredible center attraction in the school! The library will be on the second floor of the courtyard addition and will have two different outdoor patio areas for students to enjoy during warmer weather!
Collaborative Room Space
South East Washington, DC trip, Spring Break,2020! Don’t miss out!
As may already know, Mr. Merulla leads a group of students to Washington, DC and colonial Williamsburg, over Spring Break. He travels every other year, and the next trip will be March 17-20, 2020. That may seem like a long way off, but it will be here sooner than you may think!
This trip is open to any 8th or 9th grade student in the year 2020. This includes this year’s 8th graders, who may travel with us as freshman at City next year.
Mr. Merulla is already planning this trip, including the itinerary and fundraising opportunities.
Starting Tuesday, December 4, Mr. Merulla will have information packets available in his room. He will hold a parent meeting this Spring.
For further information, you may contact Mr. Merulla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hour of Code Certificate
Let's Dance 2019! by Cindy Elmer, P.E.
Congratulations to our SEIBA Honor Band Selections!
On January 5th, a group of SEJH Band students auditioned to participate in a prestigious honor band called the "South East Iowa Bandmasters Association Middle School Honor Band" or for short the "SEIBA Middle School Honor Band." This ensemble includes some of the finest middle school musicians from across the southeast portion of Iowa. They will perform at West High School on January 19th at 4:30pm.
SEJH had 13 students accepted into the group! They include; Victoria Acas, Massimo Biggers, Wendy Buchanan, Adam Bywater, Ella Fast, Nora Gibson, Lillian Luensmann, Braeden Marker, Molly Riepe, Eloisa Roach, Monique Schnoebelen, Ella Sherlock, and Kento Yahashiri.
Monique Schnoebelen was selected for an even more prestigious and select group called the "All-Iowa 8th grade Honor Band." This group is comprised of the finest 8th graders from across the entire state of Iowa. They will perform in May at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference in Des Moines.
If you have the opportunity, please come support these students and celebrate all of the hard work and determination that they put into preparing to perform in the band!
Works in Progress Show!
South East Show Choir and Jazz Bands are presenting their Works in Progress on January 24th at 7:00pm in Gym 1/2 at SE. This is a free concert to hear what our students have been preparing. This will be the first concert of the year for each group.
Fall "Non Fund-Raiser"
Dear South East Junior High Parents and Guardians,
As your PTSO President, I want to ask you to consider a year-end donation to SEJH for our non-fundraiser fundraiser! For years, SE raised significant funds through their magazine sales to friends and families. However, as magazines have lost popularity, SE struggled to raise funds this way. The PTSO decided two years ago to simply ask for donations directly WITHOUT asking you or your students to sell anything. This is great for two reasons…you aren’t hitting up friends and family AND SEJH receives 100% of the money!
Unfortunately, many of the things that education budgets covered when we were kids…don’t anymore. That means that if our kids want to experience field trips---the PTSO covers much of the cost. We also pay for sports uniforms, many teacher requests for materials, and much more. Each bus for any activity cost $300! I know---it’s crazy.
So here is the deal…I won’t ask you to chaperone one of these Jr. High field trips if you send in a donation
AND in other great news…SouthEast Jr. High is now its own 501(c)3 organization so your donations are tax deductible!
Please mail your check (preferred method) to SEJH PTSO at 2501 Bradford Dr., Iowa City, IA 52240 or have your student drop it off in the office. Credit cards can be taken at https://iccsdfoundation.org/choose-a-campaign/
Our families always rise to the challenge when we send out request for conference meals or teacher needs, please help us provide every student exciting educational opportunities by making a donation today.
PTSO President, SEJH
No Contribution is Too Large or Too Small!
$10 I am thrilled not to participate in another catalog sales program.
$30 I am relieved not to purchase magazines that I do not have time to read.
$50 I am excited to use the Sunday comics to wrap gifts instead of expensive gift wrap.
$75 I look forward to not spending an evening baking to supply goodies for a bake sale.
$100 I relish the prospect of not asking friends and neighbors to buy trinkets.
$150 I am happy to give 100% of this donation to Southeast and not to a fundraising company.
$200 Thank you for NOT allowing me to chair the fundraising committee!
PBIS and Other Supports
PBIS December Data
Every month, our PBIS (positive behavior intervention and supports) team looks at our referral data. We use this data to help determine areas to re-teach, support and reinforce behavior expectations. Please see a snapshot of our December data.
Here's a quick snapshot of our December behavior referral data:
- 35 entries were made in the discipline referral form.
- 9 of the 35 are what we categorize as major behaviors.
- 14 entries were for documentation purposes only.
- 3 entries were for documentation and follow up from administration.
- 77% of the referrals successfully made contact with parents/guardians. Are goal is to always keep parents/guardians informed about their student and their success behavior or academic at South East.
- The classroom had the highest number of referrals.
For comparison, last year in December, we had 12 major referrals and 27 minor referrals.
The PBIS Committee focused on classroom behaviors the month of December, we are hoping to see an impact in our January data. We will continue to work through our Homeroom lessons to reinforce classroom behavior expectations.
PBIS Rewards App
We are in the process of switching over to a electronic behavior acknowledgement system called, "PBIS Rewards." This online system will take the place of our paper acknowledgement system known as our SOAR tickets. Your students may have downloaded the free PBIS student reward app on their phone, and they can also access their information from their chromebooks or any desktop computer. If you would like to have access to your students online behavior system, please email Allison Brewer at email@example.com. She can help you get the parent app or desktop version set up. This would allow you to see who, when and for what expectations your student is receiving positive acknowledgements.
I heartfelt "thank you," to those of you who donated items for our SOAR Winter Party. The students had a blast! It was a great way to celebrate their awesome behavior before break!
South East Homework Club
Winter Sports, Round 2!
7th grade girls basketball schedule:
8th grade girls basketball schedule:
Boys swimming schedule:
Please consider signing up to keep score at home games/meets. We can really use your help!!! Please use the links below.
7th grade girls basketball score keeping:
8th grade girls basketball score keeping:
South East 2018-19 Calendar Dates to Be Aware Of
South East 2018-19 Bell Schedule
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.
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 Kingsley Botchway II, Director of Equity, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, Botchway.firstname.lastname@example.org.