Sioux City North

October 2021 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

The number of students who do not attend school has significantly increased since the pandemic. We know that students and parents are being more cautious when an illness hits their household. That is understood (and appreciated). However, the toll the pandemic is having on motivation, hopefulness, and mental health is just starting to show itself. Many of us have seen this image being shared on social media:

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The education losses resulting from this pandemic and an unanticipated shifts in learning styles have slowed academic achievement. Our district is actively developing, tweaking, and implementing our "Return to Learn" plan. However, no matter what resources or strategies are developed to make up for the learning setbacks and prevent a long-term, national catastrophe, students won’t benefit unless they show up. We are asking for your support in ensuring your student arrives to school on time and ready.

Additionally, North High School is prepared to support your student right now. Here are some of the school-wide interventions we are currently offering:

  1. Study Sessions: Instead of traditional study hall, teachers report students missing work and those students attend class in our Intervention Suite (former office area). Students receive small group support to complete their missing work. Students may also elect to go to the Study Sessions area for teacher support without being referred.
  2. Homework Help and Saturday School: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights each week, students are invited to stay for additional support called "Homework Help". This is a stress free environment where students elect to come and get support and tutoring from staff. One Saturday per month, we offer this same format from 9-Noon.
  3. Covitality Screening: This screening survey is administered to all 9th and 11th grade students in the fall and spring. This provides each student an opportunity to ask for counseling (school based) or therapy (non-school based) services. This screening will take place in the next few weeks. As a school, we look forward to comparing this years results with pre-pandemic surveys.
  4. Focus on Tier I Instruction: Tier I instruction is the "teaching" that happens in classrooms. This year, we are focusing on student engagement. Teachers are receiving additional training on Mondays and other professional development days. This fall, we are focusing on "Opportunities to Respond". We know that the students doing the talking in the classroom are the ones doing the learning. We are focused on increasing the number of students who interact each day in class. The better the engagement, the better the learning.

None of these focus areas can help students if they are not coming to school.


2021 Fall Play - Anatomy of Gray

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Adults - $8

Students - $5

You can purchase and select your seats online:


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October 12 - Volleyball Senior Night

This will be held prior to the varsity volleyball match versus CBAL.

October 15 - Fall Sports Senior Night (Football, Cross Country, Band, Boys Golf, Cheer, Dance, Girls Swim)

This will be held prior to the varsity football game v. WHS at Olsen Stadium.


COVID Testing Consent Forms

Students will receive COVID testing consent forms from their advisory teacher on 10/5 and 10/6. Under our Return to Learn plan, we have ordered rapid tests and are training various staff to administer the test. Testing will not be completed without written and verbal consent.

If this is a service you would be interested in, please sign and return the form. If not interested, please disregard.


North High School Food Pantry

The North High School Food Pantry will continue this school year. We will continue our drive through pantry just like last year. Boxes of food will be passed out outside of the commons (lunchroom) doors. We ask those participating to remain in their cars and to wait to line up after buses have departed the property. The pantry will be open one Tuesday per month.

Food Pantry dates:

Oct. 12

Nov 9

Dec 14

Jan 11

Feb 8

Mar 8

April 5

May 3


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Bullying happens every where - schools, homes, and work. Be sure that your student knows who they can go to in order to report bullying behaviors. They can go to any trusted adult in school. They can also report it online through "Let's Talk". That link is here: Any submission for "North High School" goes right to the building administration.


Never Assume Someone Else Will Report It

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Bullying? Drugs? Weapons? Harassment? Vandalism? Racism? Assault?

If you see something, if you hear something - report it! Through "Let's Talk", those reporting can choose to do so including their name, as a hidden customer, or anonymously. We encourage reporting it by leaving your name or as a hidden customer. If reported anonymously, we cannot follow up with questions or comments.

You can report it here:


Earn Your Silver Cord!

Who is Eligible?

All North High students who would like to help the community and others.

How Do I Qualify to receive the Silver Cord for Graduation?

Students must complete a minimum of forty hours of committee-approved community service in their sophomore, junior and senior years at North High School. You cannot average 40 hours over the three year span; forty hours must be completed within each school year. Our goal is to instill the idea of community service as a life-long pursuit. If students successfully complete the amount of hours necessary they will receive a silver cord to wear at commencement similar to the gold cords worn by academic award winners.

Important Details:

Documentation: Students MUST document all service activities on the Silver Cord Award Form provided by North High – one form for each site or project, signed by a supervisor at the site. (A note confirming the students’ service signed by the supervisor at the project is also acceptable. It must be attached to the Silver Cord Form). Forms can be submitted to Ms. Larson at North High School at any time during the year. For sophomores and juniors: if you don’t turn in forms by the end of the school year, you may submit them at any time during the following fall. There is no specific deadline for underclassmen to submit forms, although it is best to turn them in as soon as they are completed. Seniors should submit all Silver Cord forms by May 2nd of senior year. Forms may be picked up from the office or can be printed using the links below.

Summer Service: Service hours earned during the summer after the academic year may be applied toward EITHER the prior or following year – student’s choice. (For example, the summer after the sophomore year can apply toward either the sophomore or junior 40 hour requirement or divided between the two as needed). It is recommended that all summer projects be pre-approved in writing by Mrs. Brewer in the main office or a principal to make sure they are acceptable. Summer service that complies with the Silver Cord criteria will be accepted even if students were not able to submit pre-approval forms. Students should pick up blank Silver Cord Award forms before the end of school to use for documentation summer service. Please keep completed forms until you return to North in the fall. The Silver Cord Adviser will be responsible for keeping students’ Silver Cord files.

Important details regarding the Silver Cord Award:

Acceptable service activities: Silver Cord hours must be for providing a SERVICE or meeting a clear NEED for a non-profit agency, church, school, park, charity program, fundraiser or community event. The service should be “above and beyond” one’s usual scope of involvement and could be part of required service for a program such as Scouts or religious education. While some organizations meet during the school day, only hours outside of school time could be applied to Silver Cord service. If there is any question about whether a specific volunteer experience meets the criteria of “providing service” or “meeting a need” students should get prior approval from the Silver Cord Committee by submitting a pre-approval form. The Silver Cord Review Committee makes final determinations regarding service.

Organizations/Activities that have been approved:

Blood Bank/Blood Drives

Food Bank

United Way

Gospel Mission

Friendship Connections

Beyond The Bell


Watchful Eye Foundation

Local church activities


Red Cross

Peer Tutoring/Extended Day


Humane Society

Head Start

Local medical centers

Retirement Homes

Salvation Army

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Habitat for Humanity

Special Olympics

Ronald McDonald House

Junior League

American Heart Association

Art Splash


Mid-Steps Service

Santa House

Political Organizations or Candidates

Important details regarding the Silver Cord Award:

Silver Cord hours CANNOT BE for a relative, or for pay or compensation of any kind. Other activities that would not be acceptable: NHS sports team managing, training or event timing or administration; most NHS music program events; concession stand or fundraising events in which proceeds benefit a NHS program; serving as a camp counselor while receiving free room and board (some exceptions made for camps for children with disabilities); performing in a musical, dance, or theater group unless related to a social cause or charity benefit; participation on committees in which the focus is on one’s own leadership development and does not include outreach to larger community. Court ordered community service hours are not eligible.


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An engaged community makes our District stronger. That is why we have made it easy for you to connect with us whenever it is convenient for you. We encourage you to take advantage of Let’s Talk!, our 24/7 online submission site, by reaching out with your ideas, questions, concerns, and praise. To make a submission, please visit


North High School in the News!


Transfer Policy Updated for the 2021-2022 School Year

To ensure balanced school size, the Sioux City Community School Board adjusted attendance boundaries and the transfer policy. At the beginning of a student's 9th grade year, students must re-submit the request for transfer to attend a school outside of his or her attendance zone. At the end of the school year, all 10-12th grade students were called in to complete the paperwork. Failure to complete this paperwork could jeopardize your student's attendance based on attendance, behavior, and grade/credit completion.

Check your address boundary here:

If you are in the "North High School" boundary, no action needed. If you are in a different high school boundary, complete this form:

For all information about the boundary and transfer policy, please see the information on our district website:


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Junior (Class of 2023) Parents! Immunization Information

Iowa Immunization law requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccination and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whooping cough) vaccination before school starts in the fall. Here is a link to specific requirements:

Iowa law requires that all students entering 12th grade have a Meningococcal vaccination. The requirement is 2 doses of meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when students are 16 years of age or older are required before school starts in the fall.

The Tdap requirement has been in place since the 2013/14 school year and requires a booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis containing vaccine for students entering 7th grade, regardless of the interval since the last Tetanus/Diphtheria containing vaccine. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease that causes violent coughing fits that make it hard to breathe.

The meningococcal vaccine has been required since the start of the 2017/18 school year. Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings. The vaccine is required prior to both the 7th and 12th.

What does this mean for you? You will need to call your physician’s office to make an appointment for these vaccines. You will need to check your home records or call your physician’s office to see what your student’s status is. If you do not have insurance, you can contact the Siouxland District Health Department at 279-6119. Please send a copy of your student’s updated immunization record to the school nurse prior to the first day of school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.


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Support Positive Behavior In Siouxland Youth

Make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of Sioux City Community School District students. Your 2021 Big Give gift will support the District's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (P.B.I.S), a three-tiered framework that encourages and ensures student success - something that is important to today's students more than ever before. P.B.I.S teaches our students about behavior expectations and strategies they can use to reach their highest potential.

Your gift will ensure that students have incentives available to keep them engaged and on the road to success.

Financial donations will aide in the purchasing of awards and/or incentives. Donations of gift certificates, coupons and swag are also welcomed.


Attendance and Calling Students in Absent

Student attendance is crucial to learning. There are also statutory requirements with which parents must comply. Please refer to the Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook to review the District’s attendance policy. Parents/guardians should notify a student’s school regarding an absence within the first hour of the school day. If an absence is not reported, and a student does not attend school, the student’s household will be contacted by the school office to report the absence home and inquire about the reason for the absence. Parents may be notified by phone call, email, and/or text. Limited information will be available by text message, so parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the school, review voice messages, and refer to email for extended information.

A parent or guardian must call the school within 24 hours of the absence. For example, if your student is absent Thursday, you will have until 4:00 pm on Friday to call. Messages can be left for excusing of absences. After 24 hours, students will be marked truant and may face consequences for them. Students who have any truancies will not be eligible for dances. Be sure to communicate absences with the main office at 712-239-7001. Students with unexcused absences will initiate automatic calls and text messages to inform parents/guardians.

Parents/guardians that download the Infinite Campus application available for Android and iPhone can also elect to get notifications pushed to a mobile phone with attendance updates from the school.

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Parking and Driving Expectations

It is the responsibility of all visitors, students, and staff to safely drive to and on campus. Here are a few pieces of information about driving and parking on campus for new parents/students and those who need a refresher:

  1. Park in designated areas. All allowed parking spaces are indicated by white lines. All vehicles must be within two lines when parked.
  2. Students must park in the first main lot and spaces along the drive. The rear parking is designated for staff and visitors.
  3. Parking in the fire lane is not tolerated due to safety. This may mean visitors and students will need to walk a bit to get to the front door.
  4. The parking lot is filled with pedestrians. Speed should not exceed 10 mph.
  5. ADA entrances and handicap accessible parking is located in two places. They are along the commons beneath the skywalks and behind the building in staff parking.
  6. Parking permits are not required to park on campus.


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Snow Days and School Calendar

The 2021-2022 Calendar has been set and is available here: There are snow days built in this calendar. Please use this calendar when planning vacations. Please also consider leaving a few days, after the end of the year, as possible school make up days.


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The words above are the most common words within the communication of our Let's Talk system. When you utilize the "Let's Talk" feature (the link for which is always at the bottom of the newsletter) the message goes right to the building administration. The average response time is 7.2 hours with a satisfaction score of 9.6 out of 10. Whether you have a question, comment, concern, or praise, feel free to connect with North High on Let's Talk. This is a district wide resource and is available at all schools and departments. If you do not know who to message we can help direct your request to the appropriate person.


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Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress Results

Instructions on accessing ISASP scores are available on our website at



ACT Information

We expect students to continue their education after high school. The ACT is one of the college entrance requirements of many schools. Here is the latest information on the upcoming tests:

Visit here to sign up and log in!

Future Test Dates:

September 11, 2021

October 23, 2021

December 11, 2021

February 12, 2022

April 2, 2022

April 5, 2022 (Free test for all Juniors at North High School)

June 11, 2022

July 16, 2022*


North High School Class of 2022 Graduation

Saturday, May 28th 2022 at 11am

401 Gordon Drive

Sioux City, IA

North High Graduation will be held at the Tyson Event Center on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM. The doors will open at 10:00 AM. The event will last to approximately 12:15 to 12:30 PM. West High graduation follows ours. We ask that parents take pictures at the venue before the event and clear the spaces after for the next group of parents. Bobier Studios will also be taking pictures at the event for an optional keepsake. Order forms will be provided to seniors.
Activities Calendar

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Let's Talk

Have a question, comment, or concern and don't know who to go to? Click her and we will help route it to the right place.

Report Discrimination, Bullying, Harassment, or Hazing

Bullying, harassing and hazing behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices. The District is required by Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities, or employment.

Inquiries or grievances under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to Dr. Dora Jung, Director of Student Services & Equity Education/Title IX Coordinator at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, or both. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.

About Us

Sioux City North serves over 1,600 students as one of three comprehensive high schools in Sioux City, Iowa.