Wildcat News

April 19-23; Arab American Month; Kindergarten RoundUp (May)

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Dear Grant Wood Parents & Families:

Schools are a community institution that bring together people from multiple walks of life with varying experiences and ideas. At Wood we continuously work at learning together and about each other. In the midst of the learning, inevitably, there are moments when diffferences among the various personalities arise, reminding us of the importance of practicing healthy and positive ways to address our differences. We at Wood aim to foster a positive tone for our school culture and among all our Wildcats! We also regularly discuss and practice being Safe, Kind, and Responsible.

We seek to nurture a welcoming Safe, Kind, and Responsible learning environment for all. As mentioned last week, with Spring comes an excitement and eagerness to be outside. Unstructured time is an area during which we need to be extra intentional with our efforts of being Safe, Kind, and Responsible. Everyone's support in this endeavor to generate a positive climate for all of our wildcats is greatly appreciated.

Please note the friendly reminders below:

  • School opens for breakfast at 7:40am (Monday-Friday, when school is in session)

~For breakfast students enter at door 19 for breakfast, 7:40am-7:55am

~Students arriving after 7:55am must enter through the office, at door 1

  • Wednesdays are early release days and school dismisses at 1:55pm on Wednesdays.

Here are some April & May dates to mark on your calenders:

  • April 26th-30th ~ ISASP Testing for 3rd-6th Grade

(100% on site enrollment students)

  • May 5th ~ Kindergarten Round Up (virtual via zoom, 2:30-3:30pm)
  • May 3rd-14th ~ ISASP Testing for 3rd-6th Grade

(100% online enrollment students: testing in bldg)

  • May 17th-28th ~ ISASP Testing for 3rd-6th Grade

(100% online enrollment students: testing remotely)

  • May 31st ~ No School




Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Student & Family Advocate: Ms Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Attendance Secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office Secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

PBIS invests in proactive prevention. Some of the strategies include:

  • Ongoing recognition of appropriate behavior—including verbal praise & documented recognitions, as well as ClassDojo points reedemable for tangible rewards
  • Proactive intervention—identifying the behaviors expected in all settings
  • Active teaching & reteaching—teachers, students, families and community members often work together to teach and model appropriate behavior
  • Clear, consistent responses for inappropriate student behavior
  • Additional support for students with more significant needs
  • Collecting and using data to inform decisions

More PBIS information available here.

New staff - Ms. Khyana Edwards (Paraeducator)

Hi , my name is Ms. Khyana! I was born & raised right here in Iowa City & actually attended Grant Wood Elementary for a bit before transferring to Shimek Elem.. I am currently taking online courses through Harris-Stowe State University, which is in St. Louis, Missouri. I have a passion for working with children & plan to pursue education, my major is currently criminal justice. I enjoy reading and walking my dogs, Nyx & Huxley in my free time.

I am so excited to be apart of the Grant Wood team & to get to know all of the children here at Grant Wood. Go Wildcats!

Quarantine Guidelines - Update

On April 14th the ICCSD communicated Board-approved updates to the District's quarantine protocols; full emails dated April 14th and April 19th.

As we move forward, the District will follow these COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols:

  • An individual is considered a close contact when they have been within 6 feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes.
  • Quarantine is no longer recommended if a potential exposure occurs while both the infectious individual and the close contact(s) are wearing face coverings consistently and correctly.
    • The decision regarding the correct wearing of a face covering and whether a close contact must quarantine is made during the District’s contact tracing process.
  • If it is determined that an individual needs to quarantine due to close contact, there will be two options for exposed individuals with NO symptoms to reduce their 14-day quarantine.
    • A close contact may return to school after 10 days without a test OR
    • A close contact may return to school after 7 days with a negative test. The test must be taken within 48 hours of the end of quarantine. This information must be shared with the school nurse before returning.
    • Everyone must still monitor for 14 days for symptoms and exclude themselves if symptoms develop and contact their healthcare provider.
    • A parent/guardian may choose to keep their child in quarantine for the full 14 days and those absences would be excused.
  • Individuals who are a close contact due to exposure to a household member are required to quarantine for at least 14 days.
  • Individuals who have COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days and be fever-free for 24 hours before returning

These new protocols take effect immediately.

US State Department celebrates Arab-American Heritage Month

Poetry, Autism Awareness, and Arab American Month

April is not only a month to acknowledge and celebrate the power of Poetry, but also a month to raise awareness on Autism as well as celebrate the contributions and achievements of Arab Americans.

In 2019, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) issued a congressional resolution for NAAHM to be recognized on a national scale. “It is my hope as a strong and proud Arab American in Congress that our nation can uplift our contributions in the United States by supporting Arab American Heritage Month,” Tlaib, a first-generation American, said about the resolution. “Our history here in the U.S. is rooted in our love for freedom and equality, as well as access to opportunities to help our neighbors thrive.... From the agriculture sector to medicine and beyond, we have been at the forefront in building our country without losing our rich culture.” (Insight Into Diversity, 3/16/2021)

On April 9, 2021 "Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague has proclaimed the month of April as Arab-American Heritage Month in Iowa City." (City of Iowa City, 4/9/2021)

For more information continue reading Wildcat News and read the District Cultural Diversity & Equity Newsletter (linked here and below) as well.

Austism Speaks

World Autism Month - youtube series between people on the spectrum and the things they love the most, to celebrate the diverse interests within our community.

Kindness Connections: Andrew Zimmern cooks with Genesis, an aspiring chef on the spectrum

Children Are Like Flowers, by Angela Charles

Earth Day is April 22, 2021

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Student & Family Advocate - Alyssa Palante

Mrs. Alyssa's Corner - Padelt (click here)

Mrs. Alyssa Palante is proud to be a ildcat and Wood's Student Family Advocate; she has created the padlet linked here and above with an array of resources as well as her contact information. Please do not hesistate to reach out to Mrs. Palante with your questions.


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2021 Kindergarten Round Up (District Message)

The Iowa City Community School District will hold a Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2021, and who will begin Kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year.

Date and time:
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
2:30 - 3:30pm

For those who have registered their student for 2021-22 Kindergarten, your elementary school will send you a Zoom link for this meeting.

*Grant Wood will send the zoom link to Grant Wood families (at a later date, closer to May 5th).

If you have not yet registered your child for 21-22 Kindergarten, please contact your neighborhood elementary school and they will be happy to assist you. You will need the following documentation to complete the registration process.

Requirements at registration:

1. Verification of your child’s birth date (Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.)

2. Child’s immunization records

3. Proof of residency (examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.)
If you do not have the needed documentation, please contact your school for assistance.

1. Verification of your child’s birth date (Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.)

2. Child’s immunization records

3. Proof of residency (examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.)
If you do not have the needed documentation, please contact your school for assistance.

*Grant Wood Elementary, 319-688-1180



What is a conundrum? A situation where there is no clear right or good solution. Yet, a difficult choice must be made...

In this conundrum, voters write in Nova Sweet as their next president, but she's not old enough. The question is: what should the country do next? This video provides you some information to help you discuss the question. Download this worksheet to help organize your thinking!

Planning summer 2021?

City High is excited to be able to safely offer camps this summer! Registration for City High summer camps will become active on May 1st. Please direct your questions to City High athletic department at and contact Mr. Phillip Hansen, hansen.phillip@iowacityschools.org or call 319-688-1045.


7th grade Immunizations - required

  • Two vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)
  • Students are not allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of a MCV vaccine according to Iowa law

Please check your 6th grade child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccines (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.

  • Johnson County Public Health also provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045
  • If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment
  • If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse, Megan Colgan (colgan.megan@iowacityschools.org).
Mr. Emmert Mustache's Podcast Episode for 6th Graders

This podcast episode offers the SE class of 2027 (current 6th graders) some nuggets of wisdom and Library Talk with Ms. Sims.

Monitoring Children's Internet Use

Did you know that parents have the ability to monitor and see your child(ren)'s internet activity on District devices, and to set additional limits beyond those established by the District?

ICCSD is entering its fourth year of using Securly, a service that filters internet access on District devices and also includes the SecurlyHome Parent Hub, which parents can use to monitor internet usage, receive usage notifications, and establish limits on what your child can access. Limits parents can set include turning school-issued devices off at parent-determined times (such as bedtime).

You may have already received an email from Securly when your child was issued their 1:1 device. You can access Securly at https://www.securly.com/parent-login, and your login email will be the primary email address listed for your child(ren)'s contacts in PowerSchool. If you have trouble accessing Securly, please verify your primary contact email in PowerSchool or contact your child's school to do so (Grant Wood, 319-688-1180). You can also contact Securly support if you've confirmed your email in PowerSchool and are still having trouble accessing Securly.

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Tech Support & Help Desk Assistance

Students and families are welcome to reach out to Tech Support for any issues. Feel free to check out the link below and get the help you need:


Have questions on how your child is using technology this year? Check out this FAQ:


ICCSD HelpDesk

Hours: 7:30AM to 4:30PM Monday - Friday.


Phone: (319)-688-1950

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)

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

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Palante, palante.alyssa@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

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.