Wildcat News

Hybrid Sched. February 8-12; AAA/B, No Class/School Friday

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Week of February 8th - 12th (hybrid), AAA/B, No School Friday

Group A onsite: Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

*Wednesday is early release day, students dismiss at 1:55pm

Group B onsite: Thursday only

*Friday, Feb. 12th is a no-school day for all students

OLP Students: virtual (online) Monday- Thursday

*Friday, Feb. 12th is a no-school day for all students

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

Effective February 15, 2021, the District will no longer offer the hybrid option.




February... Black History Month

February is National Black History Month; let us all strive to not limit ourselves nor our students' learning to an isolated heritage month.

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Langston Hughes

  • Poet, novelist, playwright, and social activist
  • Born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri
  • ...central figure of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and '30s...
  • signature works include poems: "Dreams" and "I, Too"
  • also, books: The Weary Blues (1926) & Not Without Laughter (1930)

To parents who chose an enrollment change...

Class assignments for those that chose an nrollment change to take effect on February 15th will be finalized this week; albeit if the change is from onsite to online or from online to onsite. You will be receiving communciation from your child's new teacher later this week.

*Students already in the hybrid model and staying onsite will begin 100% onsite (5 days a week) on Monday, February 15th.

**Students currently onsite but going online on March 11th (start of 3rd trimester), will attend their current class Monday through Friday starting Monday, Feb. 15th.

***Students currently online but switching to onsite March 11th, will continue online until the end of 2nd trimester and start thier new onsite class on March 11th.

6th grade families, given the number of students enrolled for 100% onsite starting on February 15th, 6th grade class assignment will be as follows:

  • 6th graders in the hybrid cohort A will continue with Mr. Glenn (100% onsite: Monday-Friday starting Feb. 15th);
  • 6th graders in the hybrid chohort B will have Ms. Destiny Rummel as their 3rd trimester teacher (100% onsite: Monday-Friday starting Feb. 15th); and,
  • Mr. Dyer will continue teaching the 6th grade Online Learning program group (100% online: Monday-Friday).

Ms. Rummel is a welcome addition to the Grant Wood family, though she is not completely new. Ms. Rummel previosuly student taught with Mr. Dyer and has been with the District since her graduation from the University of Iowa in December.

Greetings from Ms. Trummel...

Hi, Grant Wood 6th Grade Families!

I am so excited to be joining the Wildcat family for the remainder of this school year as a 6th-grade teacher. My name is Destiny Rummel. In 2016, I graduated from Carroll High School, in Carroll Iowa, and moved to Iowa City to study Elementary Education and American Sign Language. December 2020, after student teaching with Travis Dyer, I graduated from the University of Iowa with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement. I have a 2-year-old husky named, Navie. I’ve been calling Iowa City home for the past 5 years, and have felt even more at home at Grant Wood.

In my free time, I’ve been reading a ton of books. I have a goal to read 52 books this year, 1 per week. Reading for leisure is one of the best ways to practice comprehension and fluency skills and I encourage your child to read each night. I also live a very active lifestyle: teaching fitness classes, as well as bicycling and golfing during the warm months. I will begin coaching track and field later this school year at Liberty High School. Once activities and athletic events are open to the public, PLEASE invite me to support your child outside of school, too.

I am dedicated to the growth, development, and academic success of your child, not only as a student but as an individual as well. My teaching philosophy is to create a positive and nurturing learning environment for all learners. Connecting with students is imperative when creating a collaborative experience in a classroom atmosphere. I have found that as connections grow, engagement within lessons, and discussions increase. I plan to frequently incorporate small group learning across all content areas, and individualized instruction to directly meet the needs of each student.

I will be sending out additional communication as I’d like to set up a time to meet with each family 1 on 1 during the remaining weeks of February. Having an open line of communication with each of you, is my number one priority; together, we are a team. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time. I plan to use Seesaw and email as my primary methods of communication.

I look forward to working with you and your child for the remainder of this school year!

Grit & Grace,

Ms. Destiny Rummel

SAEBERS - Universal Screener

Starting on February 16th, through February 26th, we will be administering a student universal screener, called mySAEBRS, provided through FastBridge Learning®. FastBridge Learning® is the same system we use for our reading and math screeners three times a year. The mySAEBRS screener asks students to complete a 20-item computer-based questionnaire related to their academic, emotional, and social skills.

Our school’s leadership team will review the screening scores after the testing period is complete and contact parents accordingly regarding results and next steps. Please contact Ms. Maria Martin (Interim-Principal), 319-688-1180 with any questions you may have.

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.

Dress warmly

As we continue to navigate winter, please ensure your child is dressed for the elements keeping in mind not only whether or not they walk to or from school, but that when onsite may have outside recess. Do not hesitate to communicate with us if you are in need of any assistance, including assistance with winter-wear (i.e. gloves, coats, boots, etc.). You can call us, 319-688-1180 or email our Student Family Advocate (SFA), Ms. Amber Herring at herring.amber@iowacityschools.org

Drop off, Pick up, parking, & driving...

Grant Wood Families,

we thank our Grant Wood parents for the many instances that they have demonstrated being Safe, Responsible, & Kind Wildcats just as our students. Your support is greatly appreciated.

As previously communciated, due to safety concerns that arose from vehicles in the back lot, families dropping off or picking up students at the back will need to do so at the gate and not from within the lot. Also, while we understand that everyone wants the opportunity for a prompt pick up experience when picking up their children from school, it is important that we respect our neighbors' private property and not use their driveways or block their driveways. This consideration is greatly appreciated by our community as a whole. Thank you!

Similarly, as we transition to 100% onsite with 5 days a week of onsite school - it will be imperative that drivers in the area use extra caution in our immediate and surrounding area - for the safety of our pedestrian students and families. Natually, safety within the parking lot is also the expectation.

At the parking lot, car line, it is imperative that driving parents/guradians remain in their vehicles and not leave vehicles unattended in the car line. This will be of extra importance as we transition to 100% onsite for our onsite enrollment.

Again, we thank our Grant Wood parents for the many instances that they, like our students have demonstrated being Safe, Responsible, & Kind Wildcats. Your support, patience, and understanding is very much appreciated.

Please call Ms. Maria (Principal) with any questions; 319-688-1180.

No Classroom Parties

The District determined we eliminate classroom parties for the 2020-2021 school year and then moving forward. COVID-19 has made us rethink many of our practices The COVID-19 pandemic has brought several health and safety mitigation aspects to our schools this year (i.e. social distancing, restrictions on volunteers, and shared materials). Furthermore, the instructional time we have with students has been impacted, and we know the time we have is critical given the loss of learning that our students have experienced.

*Please note that we will not have Valentine's parties nor exchanges. However, it is important to remember that showing love, compassion, friendship, empathy, and kindness daily remains a Grant Wood goal for which we do not necessarily need a party. Thank you for your support.

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. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

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.

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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

Coding for Kids (Free options)

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.