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North Central Junior High: August Updates

Important Dates:

August 13th: New Student Registration 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

August 13th: Math Placement Test (Guidance Office) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

August 15th: Registration 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

(7th Grade 8:30 am - 11:00 am)

(8th Grade 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm).

August 20th: 7th grade parent orientation 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (W101)

August 21st: ELL Testing 8:00 am - 10:00 am (Library)

August 22nd: 7th grade orientation (students only) 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

August 23rd: First Day of School (Early Release Schedule)

August 26th: All sports parent meeting (NCJH Gym) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

August 26th: Student Make-up Photos 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration Information

North Central Registration Check List

Thursday, August 15th

7th grade: 8:30-11:00am

8th Grade: 12:00 – 2:30pm


E-Registration, through PowerSchool, must be completed each school year so we can ensure up to date contact and emergency information for each of your children in the district, as well as obtain permissions for computer use, video and picture postings etc. If you need your parent ID/Password please contact Carla Brinkman at (**Families failing to E-Register before AUGUST 15th will be asked to go to our library to get this step done before schedules and locker assignments will be given to students.)

ONLINE PAYMENT: Families may pay online during the E-Registration process. ALL students pay a $70.00 textbook rental fee. If your student is in band or orchestra, and rents an instrument through the district, there is a $45.00 rental fee. The only exception to the fees are for students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Families qualifying for reduced lunch will receive a 40% reduction of fees and will pay $42.00. Families qualifying for free lunch will have fees waived. The Fee Waiver form must be completed through E-Registration to have fees reduced or waived.

Optional Fees: High School athletic pass $30.00

Yearbook $20.00

NCJH PSTO $10.00 (any amount is welcome and appreciated)

Any family that does not pay online during E-Registration, will be expected to pay on Registration Day before obtaining schedules and locker assignments. NCJH accepts cash, check or credit card.

LUNCH ACCOUNTS: Money may be placed in your students lunch account during E-registration. You may also visit the website to place money in your students account. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the district’s food services department at 319-688-1021. Free and reduced meal applications are available on the ICCSD website under Department/Nutrition Services/Iowa Eligibility Free & Reduced Meal Information.


SCHEDULES AND LOCKER ASSIGNMENTS: Students will receive final schedules and locker assignments on August 15th during registration. Any schedule change requests may be directed to the guidance office staff during the scheduled registration time or via e-mail at . Schedule change requests will not be accepted before August 15th.

FALL SPORTS: Sign-ups for fall sports (cross country, football and volleyball) will be available at registration. All students must have a completed physical and permission to practice form SIGNED and on file in the main office prior to participating in practices and/or games. Please visit the North Central website at to download the current permission to practice and Pre-Participation Physical Exam form. Turn in SIGNED forms during Registration on August 15th.

STUDENT PHOTOS: It is not required to purchase school pictures, but all students are required to get their photo taken for school ID and yearbook photos. Halverson’s Photography will be set up in the NCJH Upper Gym for photos. The link to order photos through Halverson Photography is:

North Central General Information

  1. New Student Registration/Math Placement Test: Students new to the Iowa City Community School District must take a math placement test prior to registering for classes. North Central will conduct the class sign up and testing for students that will attend NCJH on Tuesday, August 13th beginning at 9:00am. Students should report to the main office. Expect testing to last approximately 1 hour. If you have questions regarding the test you may contact our Guidance Office at 319-688-1213.

  1. 7th Grade Parent Orientation: 7th grade parent orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 20th beginning at 6:00pm in Room W101. Colby Miller, Principal, Karrie Merriweather, Assistant Principal and the Guidance Counselors Tonya McDonough and Bryan Clark will address what parents can expect at North Central. They will be available to answer questions or address concerns parents may have. This meeting will cover much of the same material that was covered during class sign up in January.

  1. 7th Grade/New Student Orientation: 7th grade and new student orientation will be held on Thursday, August 22nd from 1:00-2:30pm. Students will run through an abbreviated day and meet each of their teachers. Students will practice opening lockers and finding classrooms during this time. Students may bring school supplies to place in lockers on this day. (Please arrive by 12:30, if you plan to organize your student’s locker, so orientation can start promptly at 1:00pm). This orientation is for STUDENTS. Parents are asked to drop students off and pick them up at 2:30 pm.

  1. School Supply Lists: Please visit our website at for the 7th and 8th grade supply lists. You may also stop in to the main office for a copy. Our office hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm.

  1. Bus Assignments: The Transportation Department will inform the parent/guardian when school bus route information is ready to view in PowerSchool prior to the beginning of the school year. If you believe your 7th grade student is bus eligible for the 2019-20 school year and have not yet completed the Bus Application, please complete the form and return to the NCJH Main office. 8th grade students do not have to fill out the application if they were bus eligible in 7th grade. You can find the form on the ICCSD website ALL questions regarding eligibility and actual bus assignments should be directed to Esme Davis at the Educational Services Center at 319-688-1187.

Non-Discrimination Statement: 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 the Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,

Building Renovations are almost complete!!!

Our building additions/renovations are almost complete. The following are being added:

6 New Classrooms

1 New Choir Room

2 Classrooms Reconfigured

Expanded Media Center

Expanded Kitchen/Cafeteria

New Gymnasium

New Locker Rooms

New Restrooms

Redesign Of Our Parking Lot

New Practice Field

We should be ready to go on the first day of school. Take a look at the progress.

North Central Administration


Lauren Adams------------------------Family Consumer Science

Sajidah Alnajar-----------------------Special Education

Jessica Bovey------------------------Special Education

Suzanne Delgado-------------------Math

Emma Finger--------------------------Personal Development

Nate Price------------------------------Special Education



Dear North Central Families,

The Iowa City Community School District is proud to provide all students in grades 7-12 with a Chromebook for educational use at school and home for the 2019-2020 school year. We are excited for the opportunities being “1:1” will provide for our students to increase their learning, engagement, and 21st century skills. In anticipation of this, we want to inform North Central families what to expect.

Sometime during the first two weeks of school, all students will be provided with a Chromebook, charger, and case. Each item will be checked out to the student just like a textbook. Like other materials, students will be able to take their Chromebooks home with them, and carry them between classes. Students will be responsible for bringing their Chromebooks to class each day, charged and ready to use.

The use of Chromebooks throughout the school day will depend entirely on the teacher’s lesson plans. Some days, students might use their Chromebooks in every period. Other days, they may be using pencil and paper instead. We view access to Chromebooks as an excellent tool for providing rich educational opportunities. All teachers will be using “Canvas,” an online learning management platform, to post class information. More information on how families can access this via the Canvas Parent app will be available at registration.

At home, families will have access to our district’s filtering software through Securly, a cloud-based web filtering site. This tool provides families a way to monitor student usage at home, as well as keep them in the loop about what websites students are visiting during the school day. Families can sign up to receive weekly updates.

We have listed a few of the basic expectations and ways families can support students below. For detailed information about the rollout, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit and click on “Major Projects.”

We appreciate your support in this exciting new opportunity!

Basic Student Expectations:

  • Bring your Chromebook to school charged every day.

  • Keep your Chromebook safe by carrying it in the provided case.

  • Screens are very breakable

    • Be careful to carry your Chromebook with the lid closed

    • Don’t close anything inside it (for example, a pencil).

  • Chromebooks are sensitive to extreme temperatures, so don’t leave them in the car.

  • Follow teacher expectations for use of your Chromebook in class.

  • Be a good digital citizen.

How can Families help?

  • Talk with your student about your expectations for computer use at home. How much “screen time” are you permitting? What do you consider acceptable use of their school device?

  • Locate a safe place for your student to charge the Chromebook overnight. Find a spot away from food and drink, out of reach of pets or small children, and up off the floor.

  • Sign up for updates from Securly to monitor your student’s internet use as needed.

  • Download the Canvas Parent App to monitor your student’s assignments.

  • Please report any loss or damage to the school - most repairs can be done on site without any fees. Intentional damage will be dealt with as a behavioral issue and consequences may differ.


Please join us during the monthly meetings! The Parent Student Teacher Organization (PSTO) meetings usually run less than an hour. The regular day and time will be set in August. Meetings are open to all. Feel free to read the minutes under the "Parents" tab of the NCJH website or through the link in Mr. Miller's monthly online newsletter.

2019-2020 PSTO Officers: President - Amy Bartachek Secretary - Jacqueline Marquardt Treasurer - Candy Dominy Hospitality - Amy Burcham DPO Representative - Jacqueline Marquardt

If you are unable to attend meetings, look for ways to volunteer and support our teachers in the sign-ups emailed throughout the school year. Any and all support is appreciated!

Questions: Contact Amy Bartachek at

During the 2019-2020 school year we are asking each family to donate $10 or more to North Central Junior High PSTO. Money collected is used throughout the school year: to offer up to $100 per teacher in classroom supplies of the teacher’s choice, pay for portions of teacher conference meals, and offer each staff member a small token of appreciation at the end of the school year. To donate, simply add the donation to the cart during online registration or offer cash or check written to NCJH PSTO and bring it to the office. All are welcome to the monthly PSTO meetings. Minutes are posted on the NCJH website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact NCJH PSTO at

PSTO Updates:

Music Auxiliary

Non-Discrimination Policy

Non-Discrimination Statement: 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 the Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,