South East Update


Hello Little Hawk Families

Welcome to 2019! We are thrilled to be back from a wonderful winter break and look forward to all of the exciting days ahead with our Little Hawks! Please scroll through to find a lot of information about conferences, upcoming dates and cool things happening in your students' classes. Thank you as always for your continued support and partnership!

School Contacts

Main Office- 319- 688-1070

Michelle Cook- Principal-

Emily Dvorak- Assistant Principal-

Aryana Ruiz- Office Manager-

Pam Quigley- Front Receptionist-

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-

Jill Coffman- Guidance Counselor-

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

Nikol Carlson- Athletic Secretary-

Allison Brewer- Dean of Students-


Administrative News and Updates

Boundary Changes

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:

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:

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.

2018-2019 Registration

On Friday, Jan. 11th SEJH administration will meet with all 7th grade students to discuss registration for next year. Look for forms to come home Friday.

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.
  • The side drive is not for parking! We have to have both lanes open for special ed buses and thru traffic.

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.

Share Your School Day

You are invited to attend our 23rd annual Share Your School Day on Thursday, February 7th! Designed to give our SE parents or guardians over age 21 the opportunity to experience a day in the life of their SE student, Feb. 7th will begin with students and guests signing in at the table in the main foyer before 8:50 AM and heading to 1st period. This will be a normal day of instruction for our students.

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!


Midterms are right around the corner on Tuesday, Jan. 15th. As we did 1st trimester, we will post midterm report cards in the document vault in PowerSchool. We will not be printing hard copies except upon individual request. You can always check PowerSchool at any time for up-to-date grades for your student!

2nd Trimester Conferences

2nd trimester conferences will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd from 4:30-8:00. Please open the document below for information about scheduling. We look forward to seeing you!

Construction Update

Check out the digital images of our new spaces! These will be ready for the start of the 2019-2020 school year!

Class Updates

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

Orchestra News!

In December, the South East Orchestras performed at the ICCSD Jr. High Festival at the University of Iowa's Voxman Music Building. Students performed for the other junior high orchestras in the district and for parents and community members.They worked with Clinician, Samuel Stapleton, and also received written comments. Thanks to all the parent volunteers who helped transport instruments for this educational festival.

Hour of Code Certificate

SEJH is proud to have received an official Hour of Code Certificate for our work with the entire 7th grade class!
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Let's Dance 2019! by Cindy Elmer, P.E.

The Physical education department is offering the dance unit this winter. For the second year we will be using You tube as a resource for our free dances. Students will self-select from a variety of dances including: Hip Hop, Tap, Indigenous, Latin, Step, Modern Line , and Ballet. Students choose a type of dance and watch the dances. They will choreograph a dance with a sequence of 6 dance movements. Students may do a solo or partner or group dance. When they are ready with their dance with 6 movements, they use Flipgrid to record one to two minute choreographed performance. Teachers view students video Flipgrid and if students desire they can go public with it when we hold our finale viewing called the Digital Dance Showcase. This unit could be the beginning of a social lifetime activity moving to the rhythm of the music. We hope you will encourage your child to work hard and enjoy the dance. Maybe they will even let you see their dance. Go dance Little Hawks.

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!

Blood Drive

Please see the information below about the South East Blood Drive on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

South East Musical!

South East musical is coming soon! Auditions are being held after school January 15th & 16th. Mark your calendars and journey with us to The Wild, Wild, Wildest West on March 7th and 8th at 7:00pm in the SE LGR. You won't want to miss it!

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.

PSTO Information

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

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.


Brianna Wills

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!


BoxTops for Education!

"Did you know that Southeast Junior High earns money for Box Tops? Box Tops are found on everyday items you use in your home. Please bring your Box Tops into the office to help us purchase supplies and equipment for the school. Thank you!"

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 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.

Thank You!

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

Does your student need help with organization, studying for text/quizzes or completing homework? We have the support for you! After school Homework Club meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-5 PM in the library. Contact Mr. Bailey or Mr. Lankelma if you would like to sign you student up for one or all days per week. Students can also drop by when needed.


Winter Sports, Round 2!

Our second session of Winter sports, girls basketball and boys swimming has started. Please see schedules below.

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:

Boys Swimming


South East 2018-19 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 2018-19 Bell Schedule

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.




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