Wildcat News

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Safe, Kind, & Responsible...

Grant Wood Families,

As of Tuesday, October 12th, Wood is serving breakfast starting at 7:30am -- students should continue using door 19 to enter for breakfast. Students arriving for breakfast between 7:30 and 7:39am are to remain in the cafeteria. All students are then directed to their classrooms starting at 7:40am.


The school day starts at 7:55am. All students arriving as of 7:55 should enter at the front door, by the office; breakfast will be offered to late arriving students while supplies last at the office entrance.


Each year, every year, we wish for our working relationship with our families to allow for open communication. For this reason as well as the potential for needed health and safety calls to our parents/guardians - It is imperative that all families have a working phone number on file for when and if our staff need to contact a parent/guardian or emergency contact.


  • Click here to specify your child(ren)'s dismissal plan - walk, bike ride, car line, etc. The form asks 6 brief questions - please answer yes or no, and list the needed names. Your answers are private -only seen by school staff and they will help us provide an added level of safety for our children at dismissal.


Thank you for your continued and ongoing support of our daily commitment to being a Safe, Kind, & Responsible - Wildcat learning community. Thank you for your support in helping our students understand:


  • When being safe, it includes: physical, emotional, and mental safety;
  • Being kind helps us ensure that our actions and words towards ourselves and others are in fact safe; and,
  • The importance of being safe and kind reminds us each day that we all carry the responsibility of creating a positive, supportive, and inclusive learning environment within our community, at our school building and beyond.


**October early dismissal Thursdays, pick up students at 1:55pm - mark you calendars - set your alarms:

  • Oct. 21st
  • Oct. 28th


--> November dates to be aware of:

  • Nov. 2nd (Tuesday) - No School
  • Nov. 11th (Thursday) - Conference Night - more info to come
  • Nov. 17th (Wednesday) - No School & Conference Day - more info to come


Parking lots - for the safety of our students the back parking lot is ONLY for custodians and service vehicles; staff and parents should only use the front parking lot (for any and all parking). Pedestrian/Walking students can arrive at the cafeteria between 7:40-7:55am, using the walkway accessible via California Ave., entering via the gate by Western Rd, or walking around the building following the sidewalk along the playgrounds from the front of the building -- cars should not enter the back parking lot of the school.


DRIVING PARENTS/GUARDIANS: If you are using Western Road for dropping off your children you MUST remain in your car while in the turn about. No cars should be in the turn about unattended. The turn about should ONLY be used like a drop off lane. Consider the lane to follow the curb of the turn about. Only drop off while in the turn about.


*If you would like to park and walk your children to the door you must park your car in the Fairmeadows Park parking lot OR on the east side of Western Road where street parking is allowed according to city parking signs.


Please Do NOT enter or park in the back fenced entrance of the school. Driving and parking there is prohibited and only available to School Maintenance Vehicles. Your support of these safety measures is greatly appreciated.


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Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Student & Family Advocate: Mrs. Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Fischer, fischer.stacy@iowacityschools.org

Attendance Secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office Secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

November 2nd - extension of SAVE and PPEL

On November 2, 2021, the Iowa City Community School District will ask voters to consider the renewal of the Iowa Secure and Advanced Vision for Education Levy (SAVE) and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The no new money renewal of these levies allows the District to complete the promise of FMP 1.0 and to embark on Facilities Master Plan (FMP) 2.0 with no tax increase. This extension of SAVE and PPEL also provides funding for District-wide lifecycle projects that would otherwise pull vital teaching and learning dollars from the District’s general fund. This progress would come with no increase to the current tax rate.


Our District will hold two community information sessions on the extension of PPEL and SAVE. Superintendent Matt Degner will share details about the November 2, 2021 vote and answer questions from participants. The information sessions will be held virtually on the following dates:


You can learn more about our District’s plan at www.IowaCitySchools.org/FMP2.0. We appreciate your engagement in this process and please vote on November 2, 2021. #ICCSDtogether

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TIME ON DREAMBOX LEARNING

For DreamBox to accurately track a student's learning path, students should spend at least 60-90 minutes and complete at least 5-8 lessons per week. They do not need to do this in a single session, but a minimum of 20 minutes per session helps ensure your child has sufficient time to finish a lesson.


Lessons must be completed once started in order for Dreambox's Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology to accurately introduce next best lessons for your student. If your student closes or exits the browser without completing a lesson, DreamBox cannot collect their learning data. The student will then need to redo the lesson from the beginning when they log back in.


Dreambox lessons like all learning is not just about getting the correct answers but also about learning from errors and incorrect answers. Encourage your child to not quit and to use the help features. Student's answers and use of help features actually help DreamBox find the best lesson for them to help reinforce concepts they are struggling with and build upon your child's strengths.

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Lexia (Core 5) Usage Minutes

On average, students can complete a unit in Lexia Core5 in about five minutes. However, the time to complete a unit will naturally vary from student to student. The time it takes an individual student to complete a unit also depends on the complexity of the unit, the number of questions in the unit, and whether the student branches to a different instructional step, including if the student branches to a different instructional step multiple times in a unit.


Each activity is marked with a colored unit meter that shows how far the student has progressed in that activity. The color of each unit meter indicates the area of reading the activity targets: Phonological Awareness, Structural Analysis, Vocabulary, Phonics, Fluency/Automaticity, and Comprehension. As students complete units in an activity, the sections of the unit meter will fill in.

I-Smile at School

I-Smile at School is a free service provided by Johnson County Public Health for Wildcat 2nd, 3rd, and 6th graders this year. It aims to decrease tooth decay in elementary-aged children. Your student/s heard a presentation about I-Smile last week and consent forms* for your student to receive dental services are due Wednesday, October 13.


*Let us know if you need a copy of the consent form - particularly if your have not seen the one provided to your student, or if that copy was misplaced.


Dental treatment for those who have signed up will begin Tuesday, October 19 throughout the school day. Please do not hesitate to contact Missy Ringnalda from JCPH if you have any questions. Her email is: mringnalda@johnsoncountyiowa.gov

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HEALTH & SAFETY: MASKS

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District requires universal mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.


In addition, our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.

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PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

PBIS invests in proactive prevention. Some of the strategies include:

  • Ongoing recognition of appropriate behavior—including verbal praise & documented recognitions, as well as ClassDojo points reedemable for tangible rewards
  • Proactive intervention—identifying the behaviors expected in all settings
  • Active teaching & reteaching—teachers, students, families and community members often work together to teach and model appropriate behavior
  • Clear, consistent responses for inappropriate student behavior
  • Additional support for students with more significant needs
  • Collecting and using data to inform decisions


More PBIS information available here.

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Other IMPORTANT 21-22 notes:

  • Parking lots - for the safety of our students the back parking lot is ONLY for custodians and service vehicles; staff and parents should only use the front parking lot (for any and all parking). Pedestrian/Walking students can arrive at the cafeteria between 7:40-7:55am, using the walkway accessible via California Ave., entering via the gate by Western Rd, or walking around the building following the sidewalk along the playgrounds from the front of the building -- cars should not enter the back parking lot of the school.
  • DRIVING PARENTS/GUARDIANS: If you are using Western Road for dropping off your children you MUST remain in your car while in the turn about. No cars should be in the turn about unattended. The turn about should ONLY be used like a drop off lane. Consider the lane to follow the curb of the turn about. Only drop off while in the turn about.

    *If you would like to park and walk your children to the door you must park your car in the Fairmeadows Park parking lot OR on the east side of Western Road where street parking is allowed according to city parking signs.

    Please Do NOT enter or park in the back fenced entrance of the school. Driving and parking there is prohibited and only available to School Maintenance Vehicles. Your support of these safety measures is greatly appreciated.

  • Families needing assistance should enter at the office (door 1); Buildings are closed to visitors and volunteers and cannot enter the building beyond the office - we are happy to help you with your questions in the office;
  • Kindergarten students like all other students arriving 7:40-7:55am are to enter at door 19, into the cafeteria; however will continue to dismiss at door 18 (back of building) - unless family is picking up at front car line, then the student will be called over the walkie-talkie to be walked to car line by a staff member.
  • Walking students will be able to exit campus in a variety of directions from the front or back of the building - pedestrian parents should approach a staff member to have their child's name called (via radio) for their child to meet them at a "safe" distance from others.
  • IMPORTANT CAR LINE NOTE: Please remain in your car (do not leave your car unattended in the car line) - also please advance in the car line when indicated to do so by Wood staff. Students will not be allowed to approach cars along the walkway at the steps and railing going towards the street. All students being picked up at the car line will sent to the car line via the gate at the driveway on the far west side of the parking lot.
  • We ask that you practice extra caution when entering, driving in, and exiting the front parking lot. Please do not enter your vehicle onto the back parking lot of the school.

Monitoring Children's Internet Use

Did you know that parents have the ability to monitor and see your child(ren)'s internet activity on District devices, and to set additional limits beyond those established by the District?


ICCSD is entering its fourth year of using Securly, a service that filters internet access on District devices and also includes the SecurlyHome Parent Hub, which parents can use to monitor internet usage, receive usage notifications, and establish limits on what your child can access. Limits parents can set include turning school-issued devices off at parent-determined times (such as bedtime).


You may have already received an email from Securly when your child was issued their 1:1 device. You can access Securly at https://www.securly.com/parent-login, and your login email will be the primary email address listed for your child(ren)'s contacts in PowerSchool. If you have trouble accessing Securly, please verify your primary contact email in PowerSchool or contact your child's school to do so (Grant Wood, 319-688-1180). You can also contact Securly support if you've confirmed your email in PowerSchool and are still having trouble accessing Securly.

Health & Safety - Protocols

The Iowa City Community School District is committed to student and staff health and safety. The District is aware that the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the Delta Variant, remains present in the community. For the 2021 - 2022 school year, the following enhanced health and safety guidelines will be implemented to help protect students, staff, families, and our entire school community. The below guidance supplements the District’s standard policies, procedures, practices, and school rules.

The District will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates and make adjustments as needed. Johnson County’s Transmission rate is currently High.


ICCSD layered prevention strategies, including washing hands, social distancing, and staying home when sick are paramount for all in the school community. The District’s policy, procedures, and these enhanced health and safety guidelines apply to all Iowa City Community School District schools and facilities, District activities, programs and events, BASP, mission and community partners, and community use of District facilities.


Elementary-age students do not currently have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to this, it is highly recommended that all elementary staff and students wear a mask.


Contact Tracing:

The District will continue to work with Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) in their contact tracing efforts. When notified of a positive COVID-19 case, communication will be sent to the individuals identified as close contacts in district buildings. JCPH will then contact these individuals and provide quarantine/isolation guidance. Families will be required to follow JCPH quarantine guidance and should contact their school attendance secretary to report any absence due to quarantine.


    Quarantine/Isolation:

    According to Johnson County Public health guidance, individuals exposed to a positive COVID-19 case will be asked to quarantine for 10 days and monitor for the development of symptoms, regardless of their vaccine status. Please note, parents/guardians have the option to keep their child in quarantine for the full 14 days and those absences would be excused. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate at home for 10 days.


    Exception to quarantine: Close contacts do not have to quarantine if both the COVID-19 positive individual and the close contact wore well-fitting masks consistently and correctly the entire duration of the exposure, regardless of vaccine status. For additional information on quarantine and options for a shortened quarantine period please visit the Quarantine Protocols page on the District website.


    • Singleton student quarantine: Students will join the morning meeting and small group Reading and Math lessons through Zoom. All assignments will be posted to SeeSaw. We will continue to explore other options (i.e. building substitutes, academic support teachers, etc.), but will begin the year as such.
    • Classroom quarantine: Students will join morning meetings and be provided synchronous instruction in reading, math, science/social studies, and specials through Zoom. All assignments will be posted to SeeSaw. Pull-outs will happen at the same time as regularly scheduled with their onsite teacher (ELL, ELP, SpEd, Title, Academic Support).


    Students and staff are encouraged to stay home when sick, when COVID-19 symptoms are present, or when determined to be a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.


    For more details relating to the ICCSD Health and Safety Protocols go to: https://www.iowacityschools.org/healthandsafety

    Birthdays and Food updates:

    The ICCSD is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. In line with that goal, changes are being made to our District’s Wellness Policy regarding classroom snacks birthday treats and classroom celebrations.


    NOTE: While the policy detailed below does allow for some approved foods, at this time given the extra precautions due to Covid-19, we will be acknowledging birthdays without food/snacks brought from home.


    NO food birthday-celebrations in school/classrooms

    In line with our District’s Wellness Policy, student birthdays will be acknowledged in the classrooms with a special acknowledgement. Please note these birthday celebrations will not involve food. If food is sent to school for birthdays the food items will need to be returned home.


    SNACK & CELEBRATIONS :

    When food is served to students in the classroom as a snack or during a classroom celebration, the following rules apply (ICCSD Wellness Policy 507.9):

    • allow only fresh fruits/vegetables or purchased foods with the ingredients listed (no homemade foods).
    • allow only foods that meet the Healthy Food Guidelines/ Smart Snacks. (the only exception to this would be food-tasting related to district-approved curriculum lessons)
    • not allow foods with peanuts or peanut butter, or foods that were made in a factory where cross-contamination may occur.
    • food that does not meet the guidelines will be sent home.

    The ICCSD Wellness Policy Classroom Snacks and Celebrations is a complete list of approved foods including where the approved food items can be purchased.

    (B)ASP: After-School Program

    The Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County will continue providing after-school care at Grant Wood this academic year. However, its enrollment is at capacity and new students will be added to the waitlist until further notice.


    Also, the Grant Wood BASP at this time will not be having Before-School care at this time, but it may do so later on in the school year.



    Families interested in ASP should email, Ms. Allison Fuhrmeister, allison-fuhrmeister@ncjc.org.

    Grab-and-Go Meals

    The USDA has extended The ICCSD's waiver allowing us to continue to offer free meals to all students through the 2021-22 school year. All meals, whether served in schools or at Grab & Go sites, are free. Please review the USDA’s public release for free school meals for more information.


    While meals are currently free for all students under this waiver, it is critical that families still complete the Free and Reduced Application. The Free and Reduced Application ensures that eligible families have access to qualifying benefits such as P-EBT Cards and reduced transportation costs. The application must be completed each year as federal income guidelines change. Please be aware that even if you applied last year, you need to reapply again as soon as possible, to prevent a potential loss in benefits.


    Beginning August 23, 2021, the Grab & Go meal program will resume. Meals will be served on school days from noon-1:00 pm at the following locations:

    • Hills Elementary
    • North Central Junior High
    • Northwest Junior High
    • South East Junior High


    *Please be aware that meals for Grab & Go will NOT be served at Wood.

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    ICCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

    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, howard.eric@iowacityschools.org.