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North Central Junior High: September Updates

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Important Dates:

September 5th: No School Labor Day

September 18th: Stadium Cleanup (7:00am Kinnick Stadium South Endzone)

September 21: PSTO Meeting 11:30am - 12:30pm (main office)

September 21: Liberty High Homecoming Parade (5pm)

September 23: Junior High Marching Band Night (7:00 pm Liberty High)

Meet some of our Awesome Staff!

High Reliability Schools- North Central

In order to achieve our goals of excellence and equity for all students, we have adopted a new school improvement model called High Reliability Schools. High Reliability Schools is a framework that supports fulfilling our vision of equitable outcomes for all students. It gives us a common language to name what we’re doing, assess our current reality, align our initiatives, and determine where to go next. It is a vehicle that allows us to balance shared responsibility and autonomy to make decisions that best meet the needs of all our students.

We are excited to get this work started and we are excited to partner in this process with all of you! We value the voice of our school community and we want to make sure that your experiences are reflected in our High Reliability Schools implementation. Throughout the year, there will be multiple opportunities for our students, families, and staff to provide feedback that will inform the work that we do. Please stay tuned for information on these opportunities. We look forward to partnering with you on this exciting new adventure!

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North Central Junior High Fundraiser

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8th Grade Marching Band Events

The 8th Grade Band starts the year working on marching band basics. We have several events in the first few weeks and invite you to cheer them on for all their hard work! Band families - check your email for a message from Mr. Carlo about flip folders and T-shirts for your band student.

- Wednesday, September 21: Liberty Homecoming Parade

- Friday, September 23: Performance with Liberty Band at Pregame before Homecoming Football Game

- Monday, October 17: Marching Band Extravaganza, Liberty Auditorium

North Central Junior High Kindness Wall

Have something wonderful to share about a student/staff in our building? Please share this on our North Central Kindness wall! The messages are anonymous, will be approved by an administrator and will be displayed in our cafeteria. We cant wait to see all the wonderful messages to come!


If your student will be absent for any reason, please make sure you notify the NCJH Main Office (319-688-1210 or via email at by 9:00am on the day of the absence. Emailing teachers does not excuse the absence. If your student needs to leave early, please notify the main office and a pass will be given to your student to leave class early. Students must check out in the main office before exiting the building.


Students are not allowed access to the building before 8:30am. Students wanting to meet with teachers, must get permission from the teacher prior to the meeting, to be let in to the building before 8:30am. The office will not allow students in to the building before that time unless notification from the teacher has been given to the main office. Students will not be allowed up to meet with teachers before 8:15am unless that has also been clearly communicated with office staff.

Chromebook Expectations

The expectation for NCJH students is that all students bring their charged chromebook and charger to school each day.
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North Central Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phone/Personal Technology Policy & Confiscation Procedures

Cell phones: Students may use cell phones during passing time and at lunch while school is in session. All phones must be put away, and ringers silenced before entering the classroom. Phones in use or view during class time may be confiscated by staff (this includes using phones to listen to music). Students who refuse to comply will be subject to additional school consequences. Additionally, students are not allowed to have headphones/earbuds on or in their ears during class. At North Central Junior High School the following steps will be used to enforce the policy:

1. At the beginning of class all teachers/staff will say “secure your phones”

2. Students should have their phones put away and out of sight.

3. If the phone is out or being used, the teacher will confiscate the phone and deliver it to the main office where it will be secured until the end of the day.

4. If a student is refusing to give up his/her cell phone a counselor or administrator will be called and escort the student to the office where the phone will be secured.

5. If a student’s cell phone/device is confiscated three (3) different times, it will be held at school until a guardian comes to school to pick it up. A conference will be requested with student/guardian/admin to discuss possible solutions and/or additional consequences such as:

a. Multiple-day cell/device detention;

b. Trimester long cell/device detention;

c. Yearlong cell/device detention

PSTO Updates

The PSTO (Parent Student Teacher Organization) would like to welcome back our teachers and staff to a stocked NCJH workroom pantry with grab & go snacks and beverages. Help show your support for the teachers & staff by signing up for one or more of the items list below. Please deliver your items to the NCJH main office on Monday, September 12th or Tuesday, September 13th.

PSTO Information:

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Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

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 Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,