North Scott Jr. High Newsletter

November 2020

NSJH Conferences: Nov. 2nd

Our second date for fall conferences will be Monday November 2nd. We believe that we have designed conferences this year in a way that will best meet the needs of our families. You will have the choice to receive information from your child’s teachers by simply watching videos or by asking for follow-up in an email or through a Google Meet. Please take the time to read and follow the directions below.

  1. Please watch this video about Canvas. This video includes grading practices and in-depth view of the grades page in Canvas. This will provide caregivers with an in-depth look at how to analyze their child’s grades in Canvas.

  2. On page 2 of this document, all teachers created a video which will address what the students have been learning, what they will be learning about throughout the year, and a quick look at their individual Canvas pages. This will help caregivers to understand how teacher pages are set up differently.

  3. If you do not seek any further information from teachers, we thank you for your continued support to a great 20-21 school year. Do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher at any point in the year.

  4. If you would like more feedback from your child’s teacher, there are two options to choose from. You can sign up for a 5-minute Google Meet or an email response. Please Fill out this form to make your choice.

    • For those who select a Google Meet, more directions will be sent to you via email after you fill out the form in part 4. Also, caregivers will be able to sign-up for a time of your choice for the Google Meet through a PTC fast sign-up link, which will be sent to you via email.

  5. Our counseling staff is available to join your conference time and or set up a specific time to meet with your family and student if preferred. Please reach out to schedule a time that is convenient.

    • Holly Leinhauser 7th grade counselor- 563 285 3417

    • Sarah Riley 8th grade counselor- 563 285 3418


Starting November 2nd students will be able to access their lockers before and after school. During the cold and winter months students will be able to store their coats and winter gear in their assigned lockers. Students have also been instructed to power down all cell phones and electronic devices and keep in their lockers during the school day. This is our school policy and students are expected to follow this procedure.

Attendance Reminder

  • The attendance office may be reached at (563) 285-3197. An answering machine is available on this line 24 hours a day. A parent or guardian should call before 9:00 a.m. with two symptoms for absence due to illness. If symptoms are Covid19 related you will be required to speak with our school nurse for clarification on return to school. For students with appointments during the school day, please call the guidance office to explain the absence or send a note with the date, reason, student's full name, and signature of parent or guardian. All students must sign out in the main office if leaving during the school day, and sign in upon return.
  • Students with appointments are asked to return to school with a signed Doctors note and date and time of appointment.
  • Any student absent from school and/or any class without the knowledge and consent of the parent/guardian and approval of the school administration will be considered truant. This includes leaving the building/campus without permission. To be reinstated, a conference may be required during regular school hours among the parents and the school administration. Students must contact teachers for make-up work missed the day following the truancy and must turn work in the following day. Failure to do this will cause the student to receive no credit for assignments or tests.

  • Examples of unexcused absences include oversleeping, finishing homework, missing the bus, work, leaving the building without permission, arriving to class more than ten minutes late without an approved reason, hair and/or cosmetic appointments.

    School administration has the final authority to determine whether an absence is excused or unexcused.

For more information on Attendance requirements please CLICK HERE to be directed to our website.

American Education Week (Show you Care)

American Education week is November 16th-20th. If you would like to help celebrate our wonderful staff here at the North Scott Junior High please fill out this google form and learn how your contribution will be shared with Teachers, Aides, Building Staff, and Administrators.

Angel Tree Gift Registration

The North Scott Food Pantry will be offering their Angel Tree Gift Program once again this year. If you are in need of assistance this holiday season, please complete the attached form and give to school nurse no later than November 2nd, 2020.


Q&A with the Principals

Monday, Nov. 16th, 6pm

This is an online event.

We believe that parents/guardians play an important role in the success of our students and our school. In trying to improve communication between parents/guardians and the school we will be offering a Q&A with the Principal's. This will be a time for school officials and parents to discuss topics that are most relevant to parents. We would like to thank everyone that participated in last months Q&A. We had a great turn out and hope to continue our progress in October.

We will send an invite to join through google meet for a 6pm start time closer to the event date. Thank you

Message from the Nurse

Flu Shots

Junior High students do not have the opportunity to get their free flu shots at school like the elementary buildings. It's not too late to get a flu shot. Call your primary care physician's office or take advantage of getting vaccinated at one of the area pharmacies.


A special thank you to our JH students and their families! Your support with following the CDC guidelines of wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent handwashing, cleaning frequently used surfaces and staying home when you're ill, has been successful. We have made it through the first quarter! Many of us are suffering from Covid Fatigue but are reminded to keep following the CDC guidelines, especially as we enter cold and flu season. This Covid -19 Pandemic will end. We need to continue to follow the guidelines and not let our guard down so we can remain healthy here at school and at home.

Counselor Corner

Every North Scott Junior High student is participating in Social Emotional Lessons on Fridays. Unit One (Create relationships with adults that support success) just wrapped up. In this unit, students explored what healthy and unhealthy relationships with adults look and sound like, students identified adults in their lives that support their success, students learned about and practiced advocacy skills, and students discussed sympathy, empathy, and compassion. Here is one of the videos our North Scott Junior High staff created for this unit.

Friday, October 30th, all students took a social/emotional screener. Counselors will use this data to evaluate needs for the counseling program and to identify possible groups and individual solution-focused sessions.

Update from the District


  • 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 the end of the first semester on Friday, January 15. (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 Cheryl Shuppy 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)



For information on how to set up/use your parent Canvas account:

Go to

Camp Kesem

To our friends at North Scott Junior High School:


Camp Kesem is aimed at supporting children with a parental figure who was or has been diagnosed with cancer. We foster a supportive environment with a number of fun events throughout the year, including our main event, which is a summer camp for the kids. Most importantly, everything that we offer is ABSOLUTELY FREE to the families in an effort to support as many families as possible. Our camp is for children ages 6-18, but younger children and their families are welcome to attend our other events throughout the year.

The links to our national website and to a video from our chapter can be found in our signature below, and I have attached an interest form for any families looking to get involved to fill out. Alternatively, if you have any questions for us, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Interest Form:

CKLAM (Camp Kesem Love And More),

Frizz and Squirt

Ellie "Squirt" Turk and Kelsie "Frizz" Tingle

Outreach Coordinators

847.440.4688 chapter number

This is not a North Scott School District publication. It is being distributed through the school district as a community service of the district to inform you of other community activities or services available.


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.

November Schedule of Events

November 2nd: Conferences 3:40-7:00pm

Angel Tree Deadline for Registration

November 9th: PD Day No School

November 10th: Girls Basketball Gray vs. Clinton

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12th: Girls Basketball Red vs. Clinton

November 16th: Girls Basketball Red vs. Williams

November 17th: Girls Basketball Gray vs. Clinton

Nov 16-20th: American Education Week

November 23rd: Girls Basketball Red vs. Walcott

November 24th: Girls Basketball Gray vs. Wood

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break No School

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