North Scott Jr. High Newsletter

February 2021

Winter Welcome at North Scott Jr High

Congratulation Ms. Cruz for being our QC Teacher of the Week

I nominate Hailey Cruz of North Scott School District in Eldridge, IA. I see this woman put in as much as she possibly can to provide the best environment for her kids. Working between two schools, Ms. Cruz is always thinking/planning for her kids on or off the clock.

Great work and dedication Ms. Cruz! For being our QC Teacher of the Week, Ms. Cruz has been rewarded with a B100 Prize Pack which included a B100 stocking cap, stickers, a Pepsi, a B100 Bluetooth speaker, and more things, plus an awesome cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes!

Read More: QC Teacher of the Week: Hailey Cruz at Edward White Elementary |

Second Semester Updates


  • Free Breakfast & Lunch: Students will continue to receive 1 free breakfast and lunch each school day through the end of the year. Students may still deposit money into their lunch account for additional snacks, drinks, and extras.

  • 2 hour early out schedule every Friday will continue until Spring Break on Friday, March 12th 2021. (This applies to all North Scott Schools) This time will be used for our teachers to prepare to meet the needs of all our students including students who are quarantined.

  • STUDENTS will NOT be able to attend basketball games unless they are issued a ticket for immediate family to NS players. Questions please contact Mr. McGonegle at 563-285-3425.

  • Students have been notified that yearbooks are available for purchase this year. They are $15 and will be distributed on the last day of school. Please login to our Intouch payment system to purchase a yearbook.

Spring Conferences Information

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 12am

This is an online event.

North Scott Junior High SPRING Conferences will be held on Google Meet again this semester on FEBRUARY 25TH & MARCH 1ST. Conference times will be open to sign up for your google meet with teachers on February 4th. Please watch for informational email from our staff. Questions or concerns please contact the Junior High office.

Message from the Nurse

Thank you for providing your student with clean face masks and clean water bottles. Because of your support and our students being responsible young adults, we are able to continue to provide a safe school environment during this pandemic. The CDC/IDPH/SCHD guidelines are still in place even for those of us who are vaccinated or in the process of being vaccinated. The guidelines include: wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance, avoiding crowds, washing your hands as well as washing frequently touched surfaces due to the risk of covid transmission. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe during this pandemic!

Message about Gun Safety

Of the many responsibilities we have in schools, safety has become a major focus. We regularly run drills and trainings to inform our students on the important steps to keeping them safe and secure. In addition to tornado and fire drills, we also conduct ALICE drills to help students plan ways to react in the event there is a real emergency in our school.

We know that parents also do their very best to keep their children safe at home. If you are like us, you benefit from good reminders and lessons about safety measures. We received this free parent's guide to gun safety and we thought that it would be beneficial to share with families who have guns in the home. Thank you for all you do to keep North Scott students safe.

Counselor Corner

Congratulations to our Geography Bee Winners

Congratulations to Honor Band Students

Great Job! Please congratulate them for being accepted to the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band!

Flute: Emilee Allard, Syd Groene

Clarinet: Lani Postel, Kyla Stone, Kennadi Thiessen

Trumpet: Gustavo Perez-Espina (online), Savannah Skinner

Trombone: Zach McMann (online)

Tuba: Kelan Gamet

In addition, Gustavo and Kelan were selected as IBA alternates, which is like All-State for 8th graders.

In a normal year, this would have been an in-person audition in early January and rehearsal/performance day a couple weeks after that. This year, these students submitted video recordings as their auditions, which we all learned can be WAY more stressful!

Thanks for all your support of the Arts at NSJH!

Update from the District


  • Each week we will be providing our current data on COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the district via email.

  • The State Health Department has issued new guidelines for quarantines. Face shields and single layer gaiters are not considered face coverings for the new requirement. Students and staff can continue to wear face shields and gaiter, but these individuals and those within 6 feet of them for 15 minutes or more will be subject to quarantine. IDPH and the district are still recommending 6-foot social distancing in addition to the masking as layers of protection along with all other CDC recommendations. Please note, Scott County is continuing to see widespread community transmission of COVID-19, with our 14-day trendline in cases continuing to rise. The impact of this change in guidance will be closely monitored, and changes may become necessary. We encourage you to continue to work to limit risk within the school setting, including a requirement for masking and social distancing to the maximum extent possible.

    2 hour early out schedule every Friday will continue until Spring Break on Friday, March 12th 2021. (This applies to all North Scott Schools) This time will be used for our teachers to prepare to meet the needs of all our students including students who are quarantined.

    Students who are quarantined and healthy are expected to continue engaging in their education by viewing videos and lessons sent home and completing all assignments. Our teachers are continuing to improve the quality of education being provided to students at home in quarantine, and it is critical that students continue learning if healthy and able to do so. We want to avoid academic gaps as much as possible so student engagement during quarantine is essential.

  • Recent updates from IDPH When to Quarantine

  • We are looking for substitute teachers for the 2020-21 school year. If you have an associate’s degree or a bachelor's degree, you can become a substitute by completing a Substitute Authorization Course. Courses are being offered through Eastern Iowa Community Colleges as our Area Education Agency. If interested, please contact Deana Sorenson at our central office for more information (

North Scott Health and Safety Plan: COVID-19

We are asking that our students and families help us in our efforts to keep school going face to face and our students participating in activities. Just as we are following the health department recommendation inside of school, we are encouraging everyone to do these same things outside of school.

  • Wear a mask in public places

  • Social distance whenever possible

  • Wash our hands

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well

How to Stay Informed

For information on your child's courses, communication, canvas resources and more please


Canvas can be found by:

  1. North Scott School District Website/Canvas Login (bottom of page by Quick Links banner)



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Activities: Boys Basketball, Swimming, Archery, History Day

The link below takes you to the school calendar and it has every event the JH has. If you want to know your child's sports schedule or when your child's concert is, follow the link. You can customize it to suit your child's schedule by clicking on view schedules, then check just the boxes for your child’s schedule & then click view

Get a Mobile App for your phone or set up to have it notify you when something has been canceled or rescheduled.

North Scott Jr. High Calendar

Do you want to see all North Scott Jr. High's events? Go to our building calendar. Be sure to sign up for notifications so will you be informed about changes and cancellations through text and/or email.

February Schedule of Events

February 1st: Alice Discussion

February 3rd: Got Your Back

February 8th: Meet with the Principals 6:00pm

February 10th: Wise Guys

February 12th: Comfort Day

February 15th: No School Presidents Day

February 25th: Conferences 3:30pm-7:30pm

Non-discrimination statement

It is the policy of the North Scott Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its 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 Mr. Kelly Rohlf, Equity Coordinator, 308 N. Main Street, Donahue, IA 52746. Telephone: 563-282-9627