South East Update


Hello Little Hawk Families

It feels so good to have finally turned the corner into spring! We have had a great start to 3rd trimester despite all of the challenges with our construction. We really do have an special group of students this year who are a joy to work with each year. It is hard to believe that we only have a couple of months left with our current 8th graders! Please check out what is coming yet this spring and as always, do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. We are so grateful for your support!

School Contacts

Main Office- 319- 688-1070

Michelle Cook- Principal-

Emily Dvorak- Assistant Principal-

Aryana Ruiz- Office Manager-

Pam Quigley- Front Receptionist-

Attendance and to report an absence- 319-688-1071

Tonya Burkett- Attendance Secretary-

Guidance Office (Schedule questions, student concerns, etc) 319-688-1073

Tara Andresen- Guidance Secretary-

Brian Ingram- Guidance Counselor-

Jill Coffman- Guidance Counselor-

Athletics- (General Questions- sport specific please email your student's coach)

Nikol Carlson- Athletic Secretary-

Allison Brewer- Dean of Students-


Administrative News and Updates

Daily Announcements

Daily announcements are read each day, and broadcast into classrooms at the beginning of first period.

Announcements can also be found on the South East Jr High website.


Washington, DC trip parent meeting this Wednesday, April 3!

Mr. Merulla will be holding his parent meeting this Wednesday at 7pm, in his room. He will present information about the trip, answer questions, and help with registration. The meeting will last thirty minutes. If you can’t make it, here’s a link to the parent meeting online:

Need to contact Mr. Merulla? He’s at

Spring Conferences!

Spring conferences will be held Wednesday, April 24th! We will have drop in conferences from 4:30-6:00 and scheduled conferences from 6:00-8:00. You can begin scheduling conferences on Monday, April 15th. A reminder message will be sent closer to the date!

Blood Drive!

Each trimester Personal Development students do a volunteer project. To date, students have volunteered more than 850 hours of service in our school and community this school year! Many choose to host a blood drive at school. South East Junior High will host another drive April 10 in the LMC.

Last trimester we had a great turn-out with 26 donors and 23 units of blood collected for patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. We are very proud of our tradition of service for the UIHC through our blood drives. Students work hard to recruit donors in our school and community. We offer a unique value as we are always bringing new donors to UIHC through Personal Development classes as students pass through our school. Please consider participating in this drive and support service in our community at the same time! You can go to this link as the drive gets closer (look for the South East Junior High blood drive) to sign up for a donation time or you can “drop in” on the day of the drive. South East Personal Development students thank you!

Health Information


Per Iowa law, junior high students must have a meningococcal vaccine (to prevent meningitis, a bacteria that infects the brain, blood and spinal cord) and a Tdap booster (to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis/whooping cough). Please check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they had the Tdap booster and meningitis shot and make an appointment if needed. Johnson County Public Health also provides the immunizations at no cost to children with or without health insurance. Please call 319-356-6042 to make an appointment. Please turn in an updated “Certificate of Immunization” before the new school year begins. Your child may not be able to attend school without these required vaccines.


All students who are interested in playing a sport in junior high MUST have a current pre-

participation “sports” physical exam on file at their school. You can turn this in prior to the start of their sport season (or at the start of the school year). A physical exam is good for 13 months from the date of the exam before expiring. Please schedule an appointment with your health care provider now to ensure that your child will be allowed to practice and play when school starts in August. If your child does not have health insurance, free medical care (including sports physicals) is available through the Healthy Kids School-based Health Clinics. Call the Clinic Coordinator at 319-631-3204 (Se habla español; Français parlé). The Clinic is open during the



Iowa law requires that all 9th graders have a dental screen done by a dentist or dental hygienist between the beginning of 8th grade and spring of their 9th grade year. Ask your child’s dentist/ dental hygienist to complete the Iowa “Certificate of Dental Screening” form. Please return the completed certificate to your child's school office. If your child does not have dental insurance coverage or you cannot pay for dental care, contact the Johnson County Public Health I-Smiles Coordinator at 319-356-6045 for assistance.

All forms are available on the district website:

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress

We will be taking our standardized Iowa assessment tests, ISASP on Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17. Students will be testing in their homerooms. We will be testing periods 1-3 on both Tuesday and Wednesday. 8th graders will take the science test during their 6th and 7th period class on Wednesday. We will continue to send information and details as the time gets closer, but a few things to know and remember:

  • These are computerized assessments and will be taken on the Chromebooks. Students must bring their fully charged Chromebook and charger for testing!
  • Tests are as follows: Reading- 60 minutes, Language Arts and Writing- 120 minutes, Math- 60 minutes, Science (8th grade only) 60 minutes.
  • Cell phones and Smart watches are not allowed in a student's possession at all during the testing window. Students are not allowed to have their phone out during a break, if they go to the bathroom, etc. All cell phones should be kept at home, locked in their school or PE locker or handed in to the proctor during testing.

If you have questions, please let us know and again, we will continue to send more information as the time draws closer.

Construction Update

We came back from break with a lot of progress being made! It has certainly made for an interesting year but we could not be happier with McComas Lacina Construction for how flexible and awesome they have been to work with. They are great with the kids and have done a good job of working around all 800 of us! We are still on target to have our current areas under construction completed by this summer! They will begin work on the following rooms in June with an expected completion date of August 2019. This will include HVAC updates, flooring, ceiling work, lighting, cabinetry and painting:

Art - room 130

Applied Tech- room 132

Industrial Tech- room 138

Band Room

Orchestra Room

Choir Room



The following rooms will be renovated starting in June of 2019 with an expected completion of Dec. 2019:

227, 229, 231

109, 111, 113

115, 117, 121, 123

The following rooms will be vacated this summer to make room for new admin offices. Newly constructed rooms will be created in the old library space starting in Dec. 2019.

207, 209, 211

We will keep the 10 Plex for next year to help as we continue to move teachers around while work is being done. If you have questions, please let me know!

Class Updates

CASL 8 for 2019-2020

We still have space available for the 8th grade CASL section for the 2019-2020 school year! If you are interested in signing up for CASL 8- please fill out the quick form included. Below is a current description of the program. If you have questions about curriculum, please feel free to contact any of the CASL 8 teachers:

Rachael Pisarik- Language Arts

Joseph Bailey- American Studies

Taylor Schlicher- Science

CASL 8 combines the subjects of 8th grade Science, American Studies, and Language Arts to deliver a collaborative, project-driven school experience. Students in the CASL 8 cohort meet daily during the regular SEJH 1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods. Due to the flexibility of block scheduling, the cohort is able to use these 135 minutes in a variety of ways that best meet the students’ needs. Teachers collaboratively address learning standards while weaving together the core subjects to create project-based units centered around colonization and weather; genetics and healthcare; and immigration and climate change. The result is a learning community that allows time for building quality relationships between students and other students, as well as students and teachers. Students make connections between content areas and apply their learning to experiential experiences, partner with community members, enjoy guest speakers, and a field trip.

I think that this is a great program and it should continue for as long as we can make it last for.” -8th Grade CASL Student

“I believe that it is a better way to learn and more related to real life experience.” -8th Grade CASL Student

Orchestra News

The 8th Grade Orchestra went on Tour on Friday, March 29th. They performed for the elementary students at Twain, Lemme, Lincoln & Mann.

The annual 8th Grade Orchestra trip to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will take place Friday, April 19th. This is always a fun and educational trip that allows students to see performers of the highest caliber from around the world. Thanks to those who provided extra scholarship funds to make it possible for all students to attend!

Both the 7th & 8th Grade Orchestras are hard at work preparing for the end-of-the-year concert which will take place in Opstad Auditorium at City High on Tuesday, May 21st. Hope to see you there at 7:30pm!

Safe Space Paintings

Safe space paintings.

All art classes participated in this project. I asked students to paint a safe space onto an image that I screen printed. The images were then selected and made into quilts for the national display, see below. The 58 students whose work was chosen will receive color photo copies of their paintings later. All work is currently on display in the hallways at SEJH.
The first photo shows some, but not all the artists.
The other 2 show the 3 quilts with the 58 student's work.

The quilts were displayed in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 30-31. See details below!
The quilts will become a permanent part of this exhibition displayed around the nation.
Thank you to Jean J, Terri and Susie Corbin-Muir for quilting the edges.

This info was provided by Tina who is leading the project.

Red Quilt Solidarity Project (#RQSP) Call for ART:

My name is Tina Sparks, and I am in my last semester at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). My BFA senior exhibit is a collaborative quilt project, titled the Red Quilt Solidarity Project (#RQSP), focused on Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and global violence against women. I invite you to participate in this awareness initiative. RQSP is open to all people who wish to speak out about violence against women.
The quilts & panels will initially be displayed on the IAIA campus during the Red Shawl Solidarity Workshop, March 30 & 31, 2019, and also during the opening of the 2019 BFA Senior Exhibit, April 2019. These quilts & panels will also be installed in The Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery July –mid-September, 2019, as a contemplative walking medicine hoop encouraging awareness of victims and their families. The long-term goal for the project is to transport and display the quilts/panels on the national mall in Washington, DC like the AIDS quilt in the 1980's, and possibly in local, national and international museums, galleries, art and community locations. My goal is to see this project become a visual voice including presentations and rallies in order to evoke visibility, funding, and change.
Display dates:
March 27, 2019 – BFA Senior Exhibit and Red Shawl Solidarity Workshop
June 27, 2019 – Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery Installation
February 27, 2020 – Transport and display quilts/panels in Washington, DC

These students paintings are in the quilts.

Genesis Alachan

Sophia Andersen

Jack Ayers

Deon Brown

Kaitlyn Brown

Madelyn Brown

Julio Chavez

Koiyo Davis

Will Dickson

Jack Edwards

Anden Eldeen

Brody Elgin

Lauryn Essien

Josie Fullenkamp

Chistian Garces

Caleb Garringer

Leah Goodvin

Elisabeth Hachtman

Annika Harvey

Natalie Hawk

Cecelia Hennager

Josie Hermiston

Sam Hopson

Sarah Horrell

Connor Jakob

James Kardos

McKenzie Knebel

Oliver Kniss

Sam Kueter

Kaelyn Langdon

Anastacia Laux

Mara Maas

Maya McAbee

Sam McDowell

Catalina Medellin

Shariah Meeks

Issac Miller

Bernadette Moore

Lucas Naylor

Ben Platte

Ryan Potter

Greta Raitt

Lucas Ralston

Bennett Ruhinda

Cale Seaton

Shyla Small

Henry Smith

Konnidta Someth

Jenna Stone

Amara Tilley

Ramata Traore

Liam Venzke

Tabitha Vogel

John Weigel

Iris Williams

Eliza Woodard

Zoe Wyckoff

Sandy Zolano

Upcoming Science Field Trip

On Wednesday, May 1 all 7th graders will be participating in a field trip to Lake Macbride State Park. Students will be dismissed from their first period classes at 9:10 and will load the buses out front, at Mercer, or outside the wood shop doors—depending on what group they are in. During the field trip, students will make observations and collect data based on the biodiversity and water conditions in the park. They’ll use this data to determine whether Macbride is an example of a healthy environment. We should all be back to South East by 3:00 and students will attend their normal classes for the remainder of the day. Students may bring a lunch from home on the field trip or request a sack lunch from the cafeteria that will be charged the normal price for a hot lunch.

PSTO Information


Open Positions for 2019-2020

PSTO has the following positions still open for next year! Please consider signing up to help. Meetings are 3x/year. If you have questions regarding the commitment needed, please email and let us know.

President- Heather Bright

Vice President - NEEDED

Secretary- Sara Moninger

Treasurer- Renae McKay

DPO Rep- Tea Ho

Hospitality Committee Chair- NEEDED

Box Tops- Morgan Langfitt

8th Grade Party Chair- Heather Bright and Renae McKay

Please email

PBIS and Other Supports

PBIS March Data

March Referral Data:

  • 21 total referrals
  • 10 from the classroom, 6 from the hallway, 2 from bathroom, 1 from outside, lunch and locker room
  • 76% of the referrals successfully made contact home
  • 2 referrals requested SAC intervention, 10 requested follow up from administration, 2 for documentation purposes only, 6 other
  • Last year we had 12 total referrals for the month of March

PBIS Rewards App

We are in the process of switching over to a electronic behavior acknowledgement system called, "PBIS Rewards." This online system will take the place of our paper acknowledgement system known as our SOAR tickets. Your students may have downloaded the free PBIS student reward app on their phone, and they can also access their information from their chromebooks or any desktop computer. If you would like to have access to your students online behavior system, please email Allison Brewer at She can help you get the parent app or desktop version set up. This would allow you to see who, when and for what expectations your student is receiving positive acknowledgements.

PBIS Dontations

Our PBIS committee relies heavily on donations to purchase items for our SOAR store and for special student acknowledgements. We are so thankful to those who have already donated this year, but with almost 800 students, we go through our donations quickly! If you would like to donate to PBIS, please click

Little Hawk Time Community Opportunity

Do you have an interesting profession, story or skill you would like to share? We are looking for community members to come in during Little Hawk Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 1:13-1:45 PM to share with our students. If you would like to explore this opportunity, or have ideas please email Allison Brewer:

South East Homework Club

Does your student need help with organization, studying for text/quizzes or completing homework? We have the support for you! After school Homework Club meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-5 PM in the library. Contact Mr. Bailey or Mr. Lankelma if you would like to sign you student up for one or all days per week. Students can also drop by when needed.


South East Track and Field

It's not too late to join track! Please make sure your athlete has a current physical and permission to practice form turned in to the main office, these forms are needed to participate. Please the practice and meet schedules below.

Track Practice Schedules:

7th and 8th Grade Girls

MTWF: after school-5:30

Thursday: after school-5:00

7th Grade Boys

MTWF: after school-5:40

Thursday: after school-4:50

8th Grade Boys

MTWF: after school-5:30

Thursday: after school-5:00

Track Meet Schedules:


South East 2018-19 Calendar Dates to Be Aware Of

Below is a link to a document with calendar dates for the year! Please note that these events are subject to change. This is a live document so will always be updated with the most recent information. Please make sure to check it regularly for changes or additions.

South East 2018-19 Bell Schedule



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