Wildcat News

Resume classes (Jan. 4-8, Wk: AA/BBB); Happy New Year, 2021!

GW: Where Great Things Happen Every Day!

Grant Wood Families:

Happy New Year! With the start of 2021 we resume our 2nd trimester classes.


Week of Jan. 4th-8th: (hybrid), AA/BBB

Group A onsite: Monday - Tuesday

Group B onsite: Wednesday-Friday

OLP Students: virtual (online) all week

...Safe, Responsible, & Kind...


Let us all work together to increase our students engagement with their schooling throughout the 2021 year. During virtual days let's make sure our children log into their scheduled zooms - this equates to them being in attendance, starting with morning meeting at 8am for Kindergarten through 5th grade and Specials at 8am for 6th graders.


Let's encourage and support our students to also commit to working on their Dreambox math lessons, their Lexia Literacy lessons, and their various assignments on Seesaw as well.


For students on hybrid schedule let's also commit to in-person attendance during their assigned days, according to their co-hort days (i.e A/B days).


I am confident that we at Grant Wood can not only meet these epxectations but exceed them. Grant Wood Wildcats are Kind, Safe, and Responsible.


#GrantWoodSafe

#GrantWoodResponsible

#GrantWoodKind

Library winter reading programs

Both the Iowa City Public Library and the Coralville Public Library are running some quick, fun winter reading programs. Ms. Snyder told our Wildcats about these programs during Library Specials. Ms. Snyder also added the information to students' Library Seesaw Classes! 😊❄📚


CVL Chilly Challenge (K-12) thru Jan. 18th

ICPL Winter is BEARY Cozy (Ages 3+) thru February 12th

Grab & Go Meals

The Grab & Go meal program will also resume on Monday, Jan. 4th. Menu information can be found at MealViewer, under the Grab & Go menu. Meals are free and will be distributed Monday through Friday (with the exception of No School days) from 11:30 am -1:00 pm at the following locations:

  • City High School
  • Hills Elementary School
  • Liberty High School
  • North Central Junior High
  • Northwest Junior High
  • South East Junior High
  • West High School

Additional Community Resources...

Interested in additional resources and supports?


The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.


Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

No more "snow days" ...District change

Below are some changes to the District's approach to inclement weather days this year. Moving forward, the District will provide online instruction on days when the weather prevents us from having in-person classes. Rather than having our traditional “snow days”, these days will now be considered “virtual learning days”.


Schedules for students in our various models will be as follows on these virtual learning days:



  • Elementary Hybrid (Group A & Group B)
    • On-site students - On-site students will follow the Online Learning Program/100% Offsite Schedule. The times and Zoom links will be sent to parents by the classroom teacher prior to 8:00 am. (This applies to A students on A days and to B students on B days.)
    • Off-site students - Off-site students will log into the morning meeting as scheduled, and complete any asynchronous activities as planned. Off-site students who are receiving synchronous off-site SDI, interventions, or ELL supports will receive those as planned. (This applies to A students on B days and to B students on A days.)


In addition to virtual learning, on days that inclement weather causes hybrid group students to remain at home, (as explained above) the District will provide Grab & Go Meals at the District’s designated sites on these virtual learning days.

ICCSD's Inclement Weather Guidelines

As a reminder, the District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing a


  • delay,
  • cancellation, and/or
  • early release


decisions can be found on the District’s website by clicking HERE. As decisions are made regarding school day changes, the District aims to keep parents connected so that notifications are received conveniently and timely.


In addition to the notifications that are sent via email, phone, and text, we encourage you to follow the District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to ensure that announcements are right at your fingertips. We also encourage you to download the District’s mobile app, where you can find everything school and district related in one convenient spot.


If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

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Ms. Maria (Principal) awards PBIS points via ClassDojo

Ms. Martin (Principal) looks to award ClassDojo (i.e. PBIS) points to students which they can then redeem. Points can be earned for:


  • school engagement by participating in class zooms,
  • posting work on Seesaw,
  • completing a minimum of 5 lessons on Dreambox, and
  • completing lessons within targeted time on Lexia....as well as,
  • for reports from parents about students making safe choices and exhibiting kindness.


Ms. Martin also welcomes feedback, suggestions, and discussion ideas regarding what students would like to have as options for redeemng their ClassDojo points.


Please email me at: martin.maria@iowacityschools.org


I shall share your ideas with our Student Leadership Team and teaching staff to determine which ideas we can pursue.

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Coding for Kids (Free options)

Preschool Message

Dear Preschool Families,

The Iowa City Community School District Preschool Program is seeking input from our families to assist in making decisions to improve the program. Please take just a few moments to use the following link and provide your valuable feedback.

https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnhCx9eRXxQs5yB


Your time and your candid input is greatly appreciated!

No visitors:

For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:


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

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Amber, herring.amber@iowacityschools.org

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

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

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

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

Office secretary: Ms. Lynch, lynch.kelsi@iowacityschools.org

District Message

We continue to keep a close eye on Johnson County COVID-19 positivity rates as well as absenteeism rates related to COVID-19 among our students and staff. We will remain diligent in our efforts to keep our community safe and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
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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 Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000, tabor.jeremy@iowacityschools.org.