Magazine Sales Begin

Annual Fundraiser Supports Students

One Fundraiser--Many Ways to Participate

Northwest holds one fundraiser each year to support all of our student clubs, performing music groups, athletic teams. Money from the magazine also supports the purchase of science equipment, calculators, classroom technology and even PE equipment. We do not allow our individual groups to hold fundraisers such as popcorn or candy bars. Instead, we try to fund all of our extra programming through this sale. Please help your son or daughter by participating in our fundraiser. There are many ways you can support the sale:


  1. Renew or purchase a magazine subscription or try a Photo Memory product. NW will earn 45% of the purchase price and you will support reading in your home. You can purchase with a check, or simply go online to purchase a subscription. Visit www.gaschoolstore.com & click “Shop Now” to pay with a Credit Card! Use our Online ID Number and Print the Confirmation Page: 2596351
  2. Help your son or daughter send out postcards and email notices to friends who live out of town. All students will come home on Wednesday evening with a packet and they are asked to come up with 8 physical addresses and 8 email addresses for friends or family who live outside of our school district.
  3. If magazines aren't your thing, we are also selling delicious, high quality frozen cookie dough this year. These cookies are fun and easy to make.
  4. If you are not in the market for a cookie or a magazine, students can also get credit for sales for every $10 donation to the school. A check made out to the school is a great tax-deductible way to support Northwest.


Follow this link to read more about sale and to learn how to purchase items online: Magazine Sales Letter and to help your son or daughter plan for the sale and to help them win prizes, see the Magazine Promotion Flyer.


Finally, parents we still need more help to process orders and help with prizes. Go to Signup Genius and sign up for a time to help.

Late Breaking Northwest News

Band Hits the Ground Marching

We are off to a solid and very busy start in the NWJH band room this year. All the 7th grade instrumentalists have now finished their initial sight reading exam. We have handed out and explained the rotating lesson schedules to the students and have been running lessons for two weeks now. Attendance has been good and it appears that most of the students have a good grasp on understanding the rotation of their lesson times. It is very important that parents look at the schedule (found on our NWJH Band website) and help by reminding the students to attend their band lessons on the appointed day. The reason that we rotate the lesson times is to keep the students out of academic trouble by taking them from a different class each week. Plus we are far more likely to keep the classroom teachers happy!


We are very fortunate to have Mr. Joe Scheivert joining us this year. He will be working with many of our low brass students and conducting with both 7th and 8th grade bands as a long term sub for Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown is long term sub for Mr. Rich Medd, who is on leave for health reasons at West High. Mr. Scheivert is an amazing conductor and has many things to offer our program.


The 8th grade band recently gained marching experience with the North Central Band and West High School Trojan Marching Band during halftime of the September 19 game. The bands learned "Give Up the Funk" for the performance and seemed to really enjoy the evening. They will perform the same tune in an indoor concert on Tuesday, October 28 in the West High Auditorium. Please join us for an evening of marching music!


We urge all parents to support the Iowa City Music Auxiliary by joining the organization. Much of the support for our music programs comes from the Auxiliary and we are most grateful. Northwest has always done a good job of this and we want to keep up that tradition of support. One way to support the Music Auxiliary is with the annual Car Wash scheduled this Saturday, October 27. Please find the Music Auxiliary website or contact and music director for more information.

NW Junior High Marching Band

Information Literacy Bootcamp

Students have access to more information than ever before, but we often do not make time to explicitly address strategies for effectively locating and using this information in a meaningful way. In order to address this concern, the Literacy teachers and librarian collaborated in order to present our first annual, Information Literacy Boot Camp in the library. Students spent 9 days working on important information literacy skills that will serve as the groundwork for the research they will be doing throughout the year in Global Studies, Language Arts and Science. Our hope was that all of our students would begin their 7th grade year with experience in designing research questions, using effective keywords for searching, note-taking, and citing sources. As they engage in different research projects throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to build on this foundation and deepen their understanding of the research process.

Garden Club Sells at Farmers Market

Community Potluck Planned

Mr. Loots and Mr. Kleese’s 8th Grade Language Arts classes will be having a community potluck on Friday, September 26th in the Northwest Junior High Cafeteria from 5pm to 8pm. We ask that you and your student bring something to share, whatever is most financially realistic for you: a main dish, side dish, beverage, an arrangement of flowers for a center piece, fresh fall vegetables, a friendly poem. Family, guardians, friends, and students are all invited. If you'd like to participate and would like some help in doing so, please let Mr. Loots or Mr. Kleese know by dropping them an email at loots.mike@iowacityschools.org.

Outdoor Lunch Provides Change of Pace

Volleyball, Football Seasons Underway, Volunteers Needed

We are hosting several football and volleyball games this Fall and we need parents to help us keep score and keep statistics. Use these links to sign up for these important volunteer positions:

Volleyball: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ea9a82aa13-nwjh1

Football: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/football52

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, October 1st - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:45-7:00, NW Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, October 8th - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:45-7:00, NW Multipurpose Room

Friday, October 17th - First All-School Party

From the Family and Consumer Science Department

FCS7--Hands-on activities are going on in the kitchen and sewing rooms. We have electronic babies (Baby, Think it over Dolls), checkbooks, sewing machines, sergers, and computerized embroidery machines for creative projects. Our current students are sewing up a storm! There's FUN in the kitchen, too! Yummy recipes are being prepared and we have no LEFTOVERS. Foods that are GOOD for you can TASTE GOOD! Donations of lightweight cotton WOVEN fabric, thread, buttons and stuffing are always appreciated.

Food for Fitness--We are promoting healthy eating, especially our snacks. Here's a short poem I like:

Snacks, snacks and more snacks.

Are they healthy or are they fat?

Read the label and get the facts!

Please encourage your children to "LOOK BEFORE THEY EAT", too much of anything can cause health problems!

Northwest Sewing Club

You may join us through out the year. We meet on most Mondays at 3:30 in Room 116.

Mrs. Hanes

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