Wildcat News

Dec. 14th -18th; Return to Hybrid; Winter Break; Good Reads

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

Grant Wood Families:

Per ICCSD School Board guidance, we will be welcoming our Hybrid Group A and Group B students back to onsite classes during the week of December 14th. This week (Dec. 14th - Dec. 18th) we resume hybrid onsite schedules for A and B groups. Your weekly Sunday phone call from the Principal, Ms. Maria, will inform you which group your child is in for second trimester.


  • Hybrid Group A (onsite classes: Mon., Tues., & Wed.)
  • Hybrid Group B (onsite classes: Thurs. & Fri.)
  • Online Learning Program (virtual/online classes Mon. through Fri.)


Hybrid students reporting to onsite classes this week should bring with them to the school their school materials that were picked up from the office in December. Students whose second trimester materials have not yet been picked up, will find their materials in thier classroom during their designated onsite hybrid day(s). To ensure being prepared for school this week, please make sure to charge your chromebooks overnight and bring them with you to school on your designated onsite days.


For hybrid group students, the days they are at home (i.e. their remote learning days) they should log into zoom to attend morning meeting. Please check your child's weekly schedule to determine if they are to attend any other zooms during their remote learning days. All students should check Seesaw for assignments as well as work off of Dreambox and Lexia daily.


The District's communication on Friday (12/11) also stated that,

"We will continue to monitor the Johnson County [covid-19] positivity rates. Should the rates begin to rapidly rise, we want to prepare families that there may be a need to move to off-site learning mid-week. Of course, we will share any updates and changes as soon as possible."


There will be no classes Monday, Dec. 21st through January 1st, due to winter break. In the year 2021, classes will resume on Monday, January 4th. Please call, 319-688-1180, the Grant Wood office (7:30am-3:30pm) prior to winter break with any questions.


#GrantWoodSafe

#GrantWoodResponsible

#GrantWoodKind


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Week of Dec. 14th - 18th: AAA/BB

Group A onsite: Monday - Wednesday

Group B onsite: Thursday & Friday

OLP Students: virtual (online) all week

Student Materials: 2nd trimester

Online Learning Program students:

For those that have not yet had the opportunity to pick up their child's school materials for 2nd trimester, you may do so on Monday-Friday; Please call ahead if possible: 319-688-1180.


Hybrid Group A and Group B students:

Materials that were not yet picked up will be at the student's classroom for when the students attends his/her/their designated onsite hybrid days this week (Dec. 14th-18th). If you have any questions, please call the office: 319-688-1180.

Jacqueline Woodson Reads "The Day You Begin" | Bookmarks | Netflix Jr

Iowa Dept. of Human Rights - Call 2 Serve, Youth Contest

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Call 2 Serve Youth Contest:

Students First through Eighth Grade are encouraged to submit entries for the 10th annual Iowa Department of Human Rights' Commission on the Status of African-Americans Call 2 Serve contest, promoting the 2021 Martin Luther King Day of Service. Please get your students involved! Prizes will be awarded at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration virtually on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Entries must be postmarked by December 18, 2020

Contest information
Enter the contest here

DHR Copyright Release Transfer
DHR Waiver Release

Call 2 Serve - Contest Cover Sheet

(parent signature required)

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.

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 lessons on Dreambox, and
  • completing lessons 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 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.

Dreambox - Math

DreamBox’s minimum recommended usage is more than 5 lessons per week. Historical analyses show that students completing 5 or more lessons per week grew significantly more than their peers who were completing only 2-5 lessons per week.
DreamBox at Home - Supporting Your Child

Grab & Go Meals:

Grab & Go meals will be available for all Iowa City Community School District students. Each meal includes breakfast and lunch. 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

Coding for Kids (Free options)

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

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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.