Solon High School

Monthly Update-January 2021

Welcome to 2021!

Happiest of New Year's SHS families!

I trust your break filled you with renewed hope, relaxation and maybe a little bit of fun in the snow! We know that a change in the calendar year does not erase the challenges we continue to face, however we do know that we will continue to grow stronger as ONE! For me personally, hope is a word that will drive my mindset these next five months. I hope we can all show kindness to each other. I hope that empathy can replace anger and divisiveness. I hope that we can learn to recognize what is truly important and loosen our grip on what is not. This past year is like nothing most of us have ever encountered, but we will work hard to make this next year the best it can be.

Here's to hope this new year, Zach

For ALL things Solon High School please remember to visit this page.

2nd Semester is slated to start Tuesday, January 19th pending snow days :)

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Additional sections/electives 2nd semester

If your son or daughter needs to add a class based on our schedule, please check out the available options. Reach out to Mr. Thompson with questions.

Geology/Meteorology quarter 3

Conceptual Physics (juniors and seniors only) quarter 4

Pre-Calc 1 all semester

American Literature quarter 4

English 10 all semester

English 11 all semester

Creative writing quarter 3

Intro to Psychology quarter 3

Criminal Justice quarter 3

General Sociology 2 quarter 3

Advanced Psychology quarter 4

Revisit Iowa quarter 4

Intro to ACE quarter 4

Art survey quarter 3

Health 1 quarter 3

Health II quarter 4

Intro to Business quarter 3

Business Management quarter 4

Spanish 4 all semester

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From Food Service

If you are quarantined or if by chance we would close down, we will still be providing meals on Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 to 11:30 in the back of the HS in the parking lot by the football field. Please contact me to let me know that you will be coming through the line.

Becky West, Nutrition Director

Solon Community School District

600 West 5th Street, Solon, IA 52333

319-624-3401 ext. 1120

Process Reminders for Contact Tracing

The following provides a review of this process when the school receives notification of a positive case.

1. You will receive an email stating there was a positive case in the classroom. At this time, we begin an investigation into the close contacts and other details surrounding this case.

2. If your son/daughter needs to quarantine you will be called by a nurse. This means both parties were within 6 ft for a minimum of 15 consecutive minutes without masks being worn consistently or correctly.

3. If you don’t receive a phone call from a nurse indicating the need to quarantine, you may receive notification (phone call or email) that he/she was a close contact but does not need to quarantine since masks were worn in the classroom.

***PLEASE NOTE: Johnson County Public Health is calling close contacts not being quarantined due to mask use. They are encouraging families to be on a “light quarantine.” This means while they are allowed to come to school, they should otherwise be home when outside of the school day.

4. If your son/daughter is not a close contact to the positive case, you will receive a final email communication indicating the investigation is complete.

We understand the communication can be confusing at times. Johnson County Public Health follows up on each positive case. Due to the number of cases and possible contacts, they may not be aware of a subsequent exposure at the time they are making the call. This means that while your child may not be exposed from one exposure, they may be from another. Please feel free to ask them questions about the case they are calling you about. When did the exposure take place? Did both individuals wear masks during the exposure?

Please see this document “Quarantine vs. Isolation.” This will help explain the scenarios the nurses talk through when your family is affected by Covid.

Amy Link and Kris Elijah are always happy to help you navigate through this process. Please reach out to either of them with questions.

Middle & High School Nurse

Amy Link, RN, BSN

319-624-3401 x1404

LV & SIS nurse

Kris Elijah, RN, BSN

319-624-3401 x1288

2020-2021 Yearbook

Please use the following link to upload any school candid photos:

*Please note: It allows for a nice variety of picture choices in your yearbook when used. This is a great way to get the most pictures possible for our book this school year and a good way to include our e-learning students too!

We encourage adding a tag to the photo uploads before uploading, so that pictures get categorized correctly in your yearbook. (Examples: Musical, 2nd block Algebra, lunch outside)

Solon Optimist Opportunity Reminder

Don’t forget!

Turn in a paper copy of your Solon Optimists Essay to Ms. Nielsen or Mrs. Stahle by

January 29th, 2021.

Instructions, rules, and applications are outside Ms. Nielsen's room or at .

Anyone under 19 can enter. If you have any questions, contact

Good luck!

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Community ZOOM book Discussion

Anatomy and Physiology students will facilitate small group discussions using Zoom over parts of the book THE BODY by Bill Bryson as a community book discussion. The first discussion went well in December and we have two more opportunities this month on the 7th and 14th. Thanks to the Solon Education Foundation and donors Dr Patrick W. McGonagill and Molly for funding the purchase of multiple copies. Books are currently available for check out at the Solon Public Library or by contacting Mrs. Posekany at the high school. Even if you don't get a chance to read the book, anyone is welcome to participate. Link to the Zoom will be available by emailing a request to Mrs. Posekany at
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Hey Senior families!

We need middle names and a senior picture. Please send those to Michaela Sanderson in the main office.

Dates to ADD to your calendar

We all know how calendars can get filled, so please add the following dates to your to school calendar!

Jan. 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th- 1:45 Dismissals

Jan. 13th- Science Fair

Jan. 15th- End of 1st semester (pending snow days)

Jan. 18th- NO school: Professional learning for our teachers

Jan. 19th- Start of 2nd semester (students will be in their 1st and 3rd blocks from quarter 3)

Jan. 26th- Concurrent enrollment ZOOM meeting at 6:30 covering the following topics.

    • Dual Enrollment

    • 2021 - 2022 Academy Offerings

    • Alternative Concurrent Enrollment

From the Counseling office

Mike Thompson, Solon HS Counselor

Contact Information:

Phone: (319) 624-3401 extension 1117



Activities Schedules

For all things activity related, please use this link to find schedules, locations, dates and times. The live streaming link for all of our events can be found HERE. Any questions can be directed to Casey Hack, district Activities Director.


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