STUDENTS: We had a visitor on Wednesday: SAMMY. Sammy is a trained therapy dog who will be listening to students read every Wednesday morning. Thanks to Kathryn Dorsey for your time and for sharing SAMMY with us.

TEACHERS: Teachers are preparing for upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences. They're looking forward to talking with you, getting to share about your child's learning and hearing your insights. Please make sure you've signed up for a conference.

Our goal is that 100% of our students are represented. We want every child to have the privilege of knowing people who care about them are talking together.

Fun Night was FUN and profitable.

What an amazing success! Thanks to our PTO, parents and staff for working together for our students. Preliminary results are that the PTO raised over $13,000!!!!

HALLOWEEN Parade and Parties

We will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The whole school will be on parade at 2:00 pm. Well be outside on the playground if weather permits or through the gym. Parents are welcome to come to watch.

Teachers will provide more specific info about their classroom parties.

Please remember: dressing up is fun. Let's keep it fun. No weapons, even play weapons, are allowed as part of costumes.

Check the Lost and Found Bins when you're here for the Halloween Parade or conferences. They are located at the south doors.


Parents, please remember that staff are outside for the sole purpose of keeping all the children safe. They're not trying to make your life difficult. We do know the line takes some time, but we think keeping kids safe is more important than being fast. We've given the process a lot of thought, but we're open to your observations and new ideas. Please email Principal Heffner if you have something to share.

Please help keep kids safe by:

- paying attention to the adults providing supervision and following their directions

- only load and unload your children on the sidewalk side of your car and not from the moving lane

- use the cross walks

*Remember, students may enter the building through the south doors at 7:30 am and the carline moves very quickly until about 7:45, especially if drivers are pulling forward to the furthest open space.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Nov. 9 and Nov. 15

Conferences are coming up soon. Please use this link to sign up for a time to meet with your child's teacher. We think this is a very valuable conversation.


It's getting COLD. Students go out for recess if unless the windchill is below zero. It's time to get that winter gear out if you haven't already :)

Announcement from our District Parent Organization:

On Wednesday, November 8th, Northwest Junior High will host the monthly District Parent Organization (DPO) meeting from 6-7:30 pm. The guest speaker will be Iowa City Community School District Special Education Director Lisa Glenn who will provide an overview of the work currently underway in the Special Education department. In addition, questions will be addressed that have been submitted from the community over the last month.

The DPO will also have their monthly reports from the Iowa City Community School District Foundation and the District administration team.

Northwest Junior High is located at 1507 8th Street in Coralville and is accessible to wheelchairs. Northwest’s Nutrition Services team will try to provide food, so RSVPs are appreciated. You may RSVP for the meeting at

The District Parent Organization will provide childcare for the meeting. If you require this service, please complete the information at the following link:

For more information about the District Parent Organization please visit For more information about a new Special Education support group please contact Renee Speh at

Looking Ahead

  • Oct. 31: Halloween Parties and Parade
  • Nov. 9: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 2:10 - 7:10
  • Nov. 15: No School- Parent-Teacher Conferences, 7:55 - 7:05
  • Nov. 22, 23, 24: NO SCHOOL for THANKSGIVING

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 Kingsley Botchway II, Director of Equity, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,