North Central News
North Central Junior High: September Updates
September 5th: Stadium Cleanup (7:00am Kinnick Stadium South Endzone)
September 6th: No School Labor Day
September 10: Hancher Field Trip: Step Afrika (7th and 8th grade)
September 16th: No School
September 29: PSTO Meeting 11:30am - 12:30pm (main office)
Meet some of our Awesome Staff!
My name is Amanda Solomon, and I will be teaching Earth Science and 7th Grade Science at NCJH this year. Prior to this year, I have taught high school science at Bettendorf High School and Prairie High School, as well as middle school science in Aurora, Colorado. I grew up in Manchester, Iowa, and I went to the University of Iowa. I recently moved back from Colorado, and I am so excited to be back in the area and part of the ICCSD! Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, traveling, and recently, trying to learn how to golf.
My name is Abby Gaedtke and I am entering my second year at North Central Junior High, my first year teaching math here. I had the wonderful opportunity to be North Central’s building substitute last year where I got to know all of the wonderful staff and students the building already has to offer. I am so excited & lucky to be joining the building full time this year! My fiancé is currently going to law school at the University of Iowa, so we are really looking forward to our favorite time of year - Hawkeye football season! Along with supporting the Hawks, I love to coach nearly every sport, my favorites being lacrosse and basketball, as well as work on DIY crafts and projects. I am very lucky to share my passion for math with these wonderful students and I look forward to watching each student grow not only as students, but as an individual as well. In my classroom you can expect lots of exploration of academic content, collaboration to reach goals and respect for each other and themselves. Thank you for letting me be a part of this school, this wonderful community, and your students' lives!
Hello. My name is Heidi Tafolla and I am currently the new 7th grade literacy teacher at NCJH. Although I am a newbie at NC, this will be my 30th year of teaching! I have previously taught elementary grades 1-6, and college courses in reading development. I am very excited to be teaching at the junior high level this year. I have four children. My oldest 2 girls graduated from IC West High, and my son just recently graduated from IC Liberty. I have one daughter still at home, a sophomore at Liberty. My husband, kids and I enjoy hanging out at home where we have a lot of countryside and nature to explore. We also like to ski or hit the beach when it's vacation time. I love teaching and helping students be their best selves. It's great to be at NCJH for the 21-22 school year!
8th Grade Marching Band
Come see your North Central 8th Grade Marching Band in action during the Liberty Homecoming festivities! The band will march in the Liberty Homecoming Parade on Wednesday, September 29th, and with the Liberty Band during the pregame show at Liberty's Homecoming football game on Friday, October 1st. They are ready, and excited to play for a live audience again!
Sports Information for Parents
If your student will be absent for any reason, please make sure you notify the NCJH Main Office (319-688-1210 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9:00am on the day of the absence. Emailing teachers does not excuse the absence. If your student needs to leave early, please notify the main office and a pass will be given to your student to leave class early. Students must check out in the main office before exiting the building.
STUDENT DROP OFF
Students are not allowed access to the building before 8:30am. Students wanting to meet with teachers, must get permission from the teacher prior to the meeting, to be let in to the building before 8:30am. The office will not allow students in to the building before that time unless notification from the teacher has been given to the main office. Students will not be allowed up to meet with teachers before 8:15am unless that has also been clearly communicated with office staff.
CELL PHONE POLICY
North Central Cell Phone Policy
Cell Phone/Personal Technology Policy & Confiscation Procedures
Cell phones: Students may use cell phones during passing time and at lunch while school is in session. All phones must be put away, and ringers silenced before entering the classroom. Phones in use or view during class time may be confiscated by staff (this includes using phones to listen to music). Students who refuse to comply will be subject to additional school consequences. Additionally, students are not allowed to have headphones/earbuds on or in their ears during class. At North Central Junior High School the following steps will be used to enforce the policy:
1. At the beginning of class all teachers/staff will say “secure your phones”
2. Students should have their phones put away and out of sight.
3. If the phone is out or being used, the teacher will confiscate the phone and deliver it to the main office where it will be secured until the end of the day.
4. If a student is refusing to give up his/her cell phone a counselor or administrator will be called and escort the student to the office where the phone will be secured.
5. If a student’s cell phone/device is confiscated three (3) different times, it will be held at school until a guardian comes to school to pick it up. A conference will be requested with student/guardian/admin to discuss possible solutions and/or additional consequences such as:
a. Multiple-day cell/device detention;
b. Trimester long cell/device detention;c. Yearlong cell/device detention
The PSTO (Parent Student Teacher Organization) would like to welcome back our teachers and staff to a stocked NCJH workroom pantry with grab & go snacks and beverages. Help show your support for the teachers & staff by signing up for one or more of the items list below. Please deliver your items to the NCJH main office on Monday, September 13th or Tuesday, September 14th.
PSTO Information: https://www.iowacityschools.org/domain/1340
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District strongly encourages universal indoor 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, the 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.