The Weekly

West High Weekly Newsletter: January 17th-January 23rd

Rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan 18th! Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door starting at 6pm

Parent/Teacher Conferences this Wednesday, January 19th!

When: January 19, 2022 from 4:15-7:45pm

Where: Virtual via Zoom

Please click this link to sign up for conferences.

Parents/guardians should use their child’s full name as a username, and the child’s birthdate (MM-DD-YYYY) as the password. The dashes must be included.

Video Tutorial:

Conference Meal Sign Up

Winter Conferences are being held Wednesday, January 19. The PSTO has organized another meal for the amazing staff at West High School. We continue to follow COVID pandemic precautions by having the meals catered and served as boxed meals, therefore we are looking to raise funds to support these meals. In total, the PSTO is looking to raise $1,100 which would cover dinner for all 100 staff members at West High. Please show your support and gratitude for our fantastic staff at West High by donating to this effort. Donations can be made online via signup genius or by dropping off/mailing a check to the West High main office. Checks can be made out to “West High PSTO”.

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West High Set to Implement New Bell Schedule

West High will implement a new bell schedule on Jan. 24. Here’s what the new schedule will look like and why this change has been made.

Monday, Jan. 24, West High will be getting a new weekly schedule, with a 37 minute AFT every day except Thursday. This will give more time for students to meet with teachers, retake tests and get a headstart on assignments. This will also create a more regular weekly schedule because there will only be two bell schedules instead of three.

Read the full West Side Story article here.

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COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site Now Open at Liberty High School

(District message sent to everyone on 1/12)

Dear Families and Staff,

We are excited to share that our District has partnered with Nomi Health to offer a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the Liberty High School parking lot at 1400 South Dubuque Street in North Liberty. The site is now open to the public. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Appointments can be made by visiting If you are unable to make an appointment online, you may register at the site.

The drive-thru site will offer both rapid antigen testing (with an average 30-minute turnaround time) and PCR testing (with a 24-48-hour turnaround time). Samples are processed in a CLIA-certified laboratory using FDA-authorized kits. There are no out-of-pocket costs, but those with insurance are asked to bring their insurance card.

Further, we are working with Nomi Health to set up two additional testing sites within our District. We will provide more information to families and staff as soon as those sites are operational.


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District

Band Students Honored

Please help us congratulate the following West High Band students who were selected to the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Bands at auditions last Saturday. We had 22 students audition and these 13 students were selected. This is one of the largest numbers of students selected from a single high school. The students will participate in the Honor Band Festival and concert on Saturday, January 22nd. If you have or know any of the students below, please congratulate them! Thanks!

Honor Concert Band

Violet Clark – Clarinet

Henry Dai – Alto Sax

Elena Garcia – Alto Sax

Yifan Lu – Alto Sax

Sachiko Goto – Trumpet

Audrey Parrish – Trumpet

Sam Abdel-Malek – Trumpet

Lydia Shin – Trombone

Patrick Selby – Trombone

Honor Jazz Band

Minou Emmad – Jazz Alto Sax

Damien Kim – Jazz Tenor Sax

Noah Hahn – Jazz Trumpet

Peter Adams – Jazz Bass

Jam the Gym!

The Iowa Central Tritons will be hosting Kirkwood Community College. The Women's basketball game will begin at 1:00pm and the Men's basketball game will be at 3:00pm.

All high school students and families will be admitted to the game free of charge. Free t-shirts will be given to all high school students in attendance. Students can register to attend the Visit Day at If students are planning to only go to the basketball games in the afternoon, they do not need to register. They can just show up! Also, high school seniors will have a chance to win a free tuition scholarship (valued at over $2,800 per semester) and many more other great prizes!

Plan on joining us at the Hodges Fieldhouse for a day of great basketball. For questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions office at 1-800-362-2793 ext. 1004 or by email at

Panorama Universal Behavior Screening

Dear Families,

During the 2021-22 school year, all 7th-12th grade students will participate in universal social, academic, emotional behavior screening that is designed to help schools identify students who may need additional social, academic or emotional support.

We will be asking your child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online universal screening tool called Panorama SEL Screener. The Panorama SEL Screener asks students to reflect on social, academic, and emotional skills and behavior within a computer-based questionnaire. Students will be completing this survey at school and it should not take more than 20 minutes to complete.

We value that this tool allows us the opportunity to hear directly from students about how they are feeling. We are focused on enhancing universal social, emotional, and behavioral support for all students and we will continue to prioritize these efforts in our building moving forward to better meet the needs of your child and all of our students.

We plan to participate in this screening two times during the 21-22 school year (winter and spring). West High will participate in this screener on Wednesday, January 26. We are asking that all of our students participate in the surveys, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs. If you are concerned about your student participating in the Panorama screening process or want additional information, please contact Assistant Principal, Jenny Eustice (


Mitch Gross

Registration Information for WHS (in the building only-not ICCSD online) '22-'23 school year

Registration for the 2022-23 school year will take place from Wed, Jan. 26th- Friday, Feb. 18th.

All students will complete their registration online through Infinite Campus

Registration Timeline

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Academic Planning Day (teachers provide course information and distribute

registration forms) Online registration opens

Jan 26-Feb 4

Current juniors can schedule appointments with their counselor

Feb 7-Feb 11

Current sophomores can schedule appointments with their counselor

Feb 14-Feb 18

Current freshmen can schedule appointments with their counselor

Friday, Feb. 18

Online registration closes - paper forms should be turned into Guidance Office by this date

**Information regarding process for scheduling appointments with counselors will be provided closer to the start of registration**

ICCSD Online (100% online only school) Open Enrollment for the 2022-23 School Year

(District message sent to everyone on 1/13)

Dear Families and Staff,

The Iowa City Community School District is offering ONE enrollment period for ICCSD Online for the 2022-2023 school year. ICCSD Online provides the opportunity for students in grades K-12 to attend school virtually. The 2022-2023 school year will begin on August 23, 2022.

This enrollment period will be open from January 5-16, 2022, and is open to all PK-11th grade students. To enroll in the ICCSD Online program, please fill out the ICCSD Online Enrollment Form. Students who sign up during this time are guaranteed a spot in the program next school year. Families that enroll after the deadline will be placed on a waitlist. These requests will be processed intermittently and will be filled on a first come first serve basis and will only be approved if space is available.

We are requiring families to make a year-long commitment to ICCSD Online. Online learning has proven to be great for many families and students but it is not for everyone. Please check out the ICCSD Online website to ensure your awareness of what we are offering for programming and classes and our expectations for families and students. Not all classes offered in our secondary schools are offered in the online program. Please check out the courses at ICCSD Online. Further, while many classes are offered with a live teacher some of these courses are offered in an asynchronous format. These classes may be delivered through Edgenuity and require students to self-pace in the course.

ICCSD Online is fully accredited and serves students in grades PK-12 in a virtual learning environment. To learn more about the program, visit Specific questions about the program can be emailed to or you may call (319) 688-1370.


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District

Upcoming yearbook deadlines:

  • Jan. 28: Senior photo submission DIRECTIONS
  • Feb. 25: Last day to buy a yearbook DIRECTIONS
  • To confirm we received your senior photo, see if you already purchased a yearbook, etc., visit
Questions? Reach out to yearbook adviser at
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Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa will be hosting a few informational Zoom sessions

The team at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa will be hosting a few informational Zoom sessions over the next few months to provide information to students and parents on opportunities to take courses through Kirkwood. Below are the dates that have set so far and all presentations will start at 6PM.

· 1/25

· 2/3

Zoom link for all presentations:

Greg Yoder

School Counselor

West High School

Iowa City, IA 52246

Ph: 319-688-1053

Fax: 319-688-1058

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Girls Track and Field Coaching Positions Open at WHS

WHS is looking for 2 Girls Track and Field assistant coaches for the upcoming season in the off chance you might be interested in coaching this spring.

The first official day starts February 21st, you will get some free awesome gear, get out of school early :), get to see some pro athletes run, jump or throw at the Drake Relays and also get to help shape some West High students into amazing track and field athletes.

We are looking for anyone that can work with distance, sprints, jumps or the hurdles. Our Throwing coach position is already filled.

If you know of anyone that might be interested please feel free to forward this to them as well!

You can apply at these links and/or contact Mike Parker at or Mr. Huegel in the athletic office for more information or if you have any questions!

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Athletic Equipment/Uniforms

If you/your student have any athletic department issued equipment, bags, uniforms, warmups, etc. in your possession, please turn those in to the athletic or main office at your earliest convenience.


Athlete Registration for 21-22 Year:

All athletes must complete the rSchool registration for the 21-22 school year before they are allowed to practice/compete.

Online Registration Link:

Contact Brianna Nigg (, Athletic Secretary, with any questions.

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Parent Student Teacher Organization PSTO

All parents and guardians are welcome to help West's Parent Student Teacher Organization PSTO.

Meetings are held via this Zoom Link. PSTO meetings are held on the third Wednesdays at noon. We support our staff with food during conference nights and are in fact in need of a Hospitality volunteer to help coordinate those meals. Even if you aren't able to attend PSTO meetings you are welcome to volunteer and help out via email. We will be sending out Sign Up Genius requests for volunteers and donations.

You can email the or co-president Miriam Timmer-Hackert at with any questions and suggestions.

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Resources for West immigrant and refugee families

Iowa City counseling for refugees and immigrants:

Iowa City Sudanese Community Center:

Coralville refugee support:

Linn/Johnson refugee and immigrant association:

Iowa City immigrant resource guide:

State-based resource guide:

How can the Student & Family Advocates help your student?

Your SFA can help support school success through sharing information and supporting families with:

  • School and home connections
  • Mental health resources
  • Temporary Living Situations
  • School supplies and winter gear referrals
  • District and Community resources and referrals
  • Navigation of school policies and procedures
  • Help registering your child for school
  • Pre-scheduled Transportation Support

The SFA is available daily, following the school calendar, and during other times as needed/by appointment. Services are free for families. Please contact your school SFA if you have any questions.

If you or someone you know are in crisis, call 1-855-581-8111 or text to 1-855-895-8398 for immediate help 24/7.

West High Supply Prepackaged Bag Request

Our West High Supply has been stocked to the brim and is open to all students and staff! The Supply is a free 'store' in the guidance office for the West community to shop for nonperishable foods, clothing, school supplies, and hygiene products. We are supported through community donations, and welcome them at any time. It is open Fridays from 3:45-4:15, or by appointment.

This form is for students/staff that would like a prepackaged bag of items if they don't have the time or aren't comfortable shopping themselves. Items will vary. If you have any questions, please email Student and Family Advocate Annie at

Resources for the upcoming winter season

As winter approaches, here are some of the most available resources in the community. Read the full West Side Story article here.
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West Student Government to Hold Student Listening Sessions

Student representatives from West Student Government are holding open discussion listening sessions for those who are interested.

Students may attend during an open hour, study hall, or lunch for as long as they would like; the goal is to make students feel heard. West Student Government aims to increase student input and transparency through these conversations.

If you would like to meet with a representative, please contact one of these members to find a convenient meeting time:

Miguel Cohen Suarez (

Iahn Shim (

Caroline Mascardo (

Advika Shah (
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West High Graduation - Sunday, May 29 at 7:00PM

The Class of 2022 graduation dates have been changed to reflect the new district calendar. Read the full WSS article here!
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District Message About Mask Requirements (sent to all on 10/08/2021)

Dear Families and Staff,

Today, October 8, 2021, a preliminary injunction was granted regarding the State of Iowa’s mask requirement ban. This preliminary injunction follows the temporary restraining order that was issued on September 13, 2021, and provides school districts in Iowa the ability to require face masks in schools. Based on this decision, the Iowa City Community School District will continue to require face masks for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses.

This decision is based largely on the CDC’s strong recommendation that face masks be worn in schools, regardless of a person's vaccination status. This requirement also aligns with the advice of our local public health experts. We appreciate your support and collaboration in keeping our school community safe.


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District


Dear Families and Staff, (sent to all on 9/14/2021)

On Monday, September 13, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa granted a temporary restraining order regarding the State of Iowa’s current mask requirement ban. The mask ban prevented local school districts, cities, and counties from enacting their own mask requirements. With the restraining order granted, until further notice, school districts in Iowa can require face masks in schools.

Following tonight’s Board meeting, the Iowa City Community School District is implementing a face mask requirement for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses. This decision is largely based on the CDC’s strong recommendation that face masks be worn in schools, regardless of a person's vaccination status. This requirement also aligns with the advice of our local public health experts.

The face mask requirement goes into effect Wednesday, September 15, 2021. While it includes all individuals in our buildings and on our campuses, it also includes spectators at all indoor and outdoor events. Students actively participating in athletic competitions, whether indoors or outdoors, are not required to wear masks. Students and staff on the sidelines or bench are required to wear masks. For individuals who are eligible for face mask exemption, please complete the Face Mask Exemption Form and return it to your school nurse.

As a reminder and in compliance with the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation, students and staff are required to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in loss of bus riding privileges.

We appreciate your cooperation as we continue our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community. #ICCSDtogether


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District

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Interested in additional resources and supports? The following resources are available to assist students and families with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. Additional information on Covid-19 and School Age Child Care assistance are also available. Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families
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Non-Discrimination 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,