Liberty Newsletter: Volume 81

October 15, 2021

Recent District Messages:

Vote on November 2nd

On November 2, 2021, the Iowa City Community School District will ask voters to consider the renewal of the Iowa Secure and Advanced Vision for Education Levy (SAVE) and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The no new money renewal of these levies allows the District to complete the promise of FMP 1.0 and to embark on Facilities Master Plan (FMP) 2.0 with no tax increase. This extension of SAVE and PPEL also provides funding for District-wide lifecycle projects that would otherwise pull vital teaching and learning dollars from the District’s general fund. This progress would come with no increase to the current tax rate.

Our District will hold two community information sessions on the extension of PPEL and SAVE. Superintendent Matt Degner will share details about the November 2, 2021 vote and answer questions from participants. The information sessions will be held virtually on the following dates:

You can learn more about our District’s plan at We appreciate your engagement in this process and please vote on November 2, 2021. #ICCSDtogether

Message on Masks and Vaccines

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District requires universal 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, our 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.

Update on Mask Requirements in Schools (10/8/21)

Today, October 8, 2021, a preliminary injunction was granted regarding the State of Iowa’s mask requirement ban. This preliminary injunction follows the temporary restraining order that was issued on September 13, 2021, and provides school districts in Iowa the ability to require face masks in schools. Based on this decision, the Iowa City Community School District will continue to require face masks for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses.

This decision is based largely on the CDC’s strong recommendation that face masks be worn in schools, regardless of a person's vaccination status. This requirement also aligns with the advice of our local public health experts. We appreciate your support and collaboration in keeping our school community safe.

ISASP Results (10/13/21)

In the spring of 2021, children in grades 3-11 in the Iowa City Community School District completed the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). This assessment is developed by Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa, delivered and supported by Iowa-based Pearson, for the state of Iowa. The assessments are aligned with the Iowa Core standards and provide a clear and accurate assessment of student learning outcomes.

Results are now available to parents through two options:

Option 1 - Infinite Campus: To view your student's 20-21 ISASP scores, log into the Infinite Campus parent portal. Once you are logged in, click "More," then click "Assessment."

  • The large numbers you see (over 300) are your child’s scaled score. You can use this document to find the percentile associated with your child’s scaled score: Iowa Percentile Ranks
  • The letter indicates your child’s achievement level as Advanced (A), Proficient (P), or Not Yet Proficient (N).
  • The smaller numbers (under 100) are your child’s raw score - the number they got correct on the various subtests. We hope to change these scores soon to percent correct, which will be more meaningful to parents. At that point you would be able to use this document to find the average percent correct across the state for comparison: Average Percent Correct Domain Results

Option 2 - ISASP Parent Portal*: The ISASP Parent Portal provides secure online access of individual student results to families. Families will need to first create an account for the portal and then enter the student’s name and date of birth, along with the student’s claim code, in order to access results.

  • The claim code will be found in the Infinite Campus parent portal. Once you are logged in, click “More,” then click “ISASP Claim Code.”

*Please note: As determined by the state, students who completed the ISASP in spring 2021 through remote testing are not included in the final published reports and will not have a report in the parent portal.

As we know, your child’s score on this assessment is only one indication of their achievement and does not represent a complete picture of any one child. If you’d like to talk to someone about your child’s results, please contact your child’s teacher if they are in elementary school or your child’s counselor if they are in a secondary school.

Liberty Features & Information

Every Bolt a Reader

In an effort to help students rediscover the pleasure of a good book and to get them back in the habit of reading, the Liberty library has launched its EVERY BOLT A READER initiative. All students have been to the library with their English classes to check out independent reading books. While some class time is devoted to independent reading, students are encouraged to read 20 minutes a day outside of class. EVERY BOLT A READER challenges them to make the time. Research indicates that children between the ages of 10 and 16 who read for pleasure make more academic achievement than those who rarely read. Progress is seen not only in vocabulary development and spelling but also in mathematics (Sullivan & Brown, 2013). Follow along our reading journey on Instagram or twitter @boltlibrary.

Bolt Journalism

The Live Wire staff has been hard at work posting new stories to the online paper every day. Some of the top trending stories include: Students for Environmental Action, The Untold Story of a Military Kid, and Moving to the US from Brazil.

Click on the links above to check out some of the featured articles, or we encourage you to visit the website on a regular basis to read the what Liberty students are writing about.

AP Exam Registration

Registration for AP Exams has begun and runs through Monday, November 1st.

November 1st is the final deadline for students to order AP Exams. This slideshow walks students and families through the process. Please read this information thoroughly.

By November 1st, all AP students need to complete two steps to order AP Exams. Both steps are required for all students taking AP exams in May.

  • STEP ONE: Students will log in to their MyAP Account and enter the class join code. This will be done during class with the help of the AP teacher.
  • STEP TWO: Students and parent/guardians will submit payment via MySchoolBucks, OR if the student receives free/reduced lunch, the student and parent/guardians will fill out a form in the Guidance Office. Either payment via MySchoolBucks OR an Exam Payment Waiver Form is required for all students ordering exams.

If you have any questions, please refer to this slideshow, contact your student's AP teacher, or contact the Guidance Office at (319)688-1354.

Picture Retakes/Makeups

School pictures retakes/makeups will be taken during the school day on Thursday, October 21. These pictures will be taken in the commons during all lunches. Order forms are available in the main office, or you can click on the link below to order online.

Senior Apply Day 2021

On October 13 & 14 Liberty High seniors had the opportunity to receive assistance on starting their college applications. The Liberty High Counseling team and college/university representatives provided one-on-one and small group college application assistance throughout both of these days in the Liberty library. If any seniors were unable to attend and would like assistance, we encourage them to schedule a time to meet with their school counselor.
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Extracurricular Activities

Student Led and Acted Production (S.L.A.P)

"THIS SATURDAY and SUNDAY ! Come see Liberty's Student-Led and Acted production of Almost, Maine! A series of vignettes taking place at the same time and place, Almost, Maine explores love, loss, and hope. Shows are this Saturday, October 16th at 7pm, and Sunday October 17th at 2pm and 7pm in the Liberty Auditorium. Purchase your tickets at the door! Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $5 for students. Don't miss it!"
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Liberty Choir Concert & Honors

On Wednesday, October 6 the music department held their fall choir concert. After an entire school year of not being able to hold choir concerts, it was great to have students singing in the auditorium once again.

Additionally, Liberty High had four 9th grade students who were accepted into the ICDA OPUS Honor Choir for this year:

  • Madeline Austin- Soprano 1
  • Miriam Terwilleger- Soprano 2
  • Lukas Acas- Tenor
  • Asher Bonner- Tenor

Congratulations on this exciting honor!

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New Activity- Color Guard

The Liberty Marching Band is excited to add a Color Guard to their ranks for the 2022 season, which will be open to ANY interested Liberty High School student! Students in the color guard spin flags to choreographed routines to enhance the musical performance of the band. There will be three Color Guard clinics open to any interested students in grades 8-11 to learn the basics, try spinning a flag, and prepare students to audition for the 2022 Liberty Color Guard. These will be taught by color guard coach Amanda Carlo. The first clinic will be on Wednesday, November 10 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Liberty Band Room. More information on the next two dates (one in December and one in January) will be coming soon. Attendance at all 3 clinics is not required in order to audition or participate in guard, but we highly encourage attending all 3.

If you are interested in trying Color Guard, please fill out this form so we can keep you updated on clinic dates and answer any questions you have (! If you have questions please reach out to Coach Amanda Carlo at ( or Band Directors Nick Carlo ( and Ryan Arp (

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IN SHOC Begins its Service Week

The Interact Students Helping Our Community (IN SHOC) Club at Iowa City Liberty High School has been active in serving local community events. Students have volunteered for Homes for Humanity, Team Breast Friends, the North Liberty Food Pantry, and at several school events, including a thank you letter writing campaign for nurses at the University of Iowa City Hospitals and at St. Luke Hospital in Cedar Rapids. We are also planning our meal preparation for the Ronald McDonald House, with our first meal being served on November 10. A committee was also formed to organize and implement the Eastern Iowa Light the Night Event that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students will collect "Change for a change" for one week in school from October 18-22, and host an 8:00 P.M. walk on Thursday, October 21st at the Liberty High School track. Students are also making tie blankets to raffle to supplement the fundraiser. Our goal is to raise $2300.00 to represent the 23,000 lives that are lost to these cancers each year.
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Bowling Team Sign-Up Meeting

Anyone interested in joining the joint Liberty/West bowling team should plan on attending an informational meeting in the cafeteria on Thursday, November 4 after school.

If you are unable to attend or have questions, please contact Coach Mike Mellecker at

Boys Swimming & Diving Team

Similar to the girls team, the boys compete on a combined Iowa City West/Iowa City Liberty swim team.

Meeting message:
Boy's swim season starts November 8th! There will be a meeting for all swimmers on Thursday, October 21st at 8:00 pm. It will be via Zoom. Here is the meeting link: Please work on using the online athletic registration system to complete your Physical and Permission to Practice forms. The forms will need to be completed and approved prior to the first day of practice, 11/8/21. Personalized swim cap orders will be due 10/31, so email Coach Butler ( if you are not able to attend the meeting or if you have any questions.

Together We Make a Difference- Liberty Volleyball Program Supports Team Breast Friends

“Together we make a difference” was the theme of the Liberty Volleyball Program’s Pink Match vs. Dowling Catholic. The September 30th match saw an extremely large crowd that fully supported the event by purchasing t-shirts, eating baked goods, donating to the Mad Money Dash, and buying raffle tickets. Team Breast Friends speaker, Molly Miller, addressed the crowd, sharing her personal fight with breast cancer and explaining the work that their organization does to support people who are underinsured or uninsured. Following warm ups, the Liberty Strings, led by Annie Savage, played the National Anthem. Between Sets 1 and 2, the Liberty Dance Team, coached by Katie Melloy, performed an energetic routine. Truly, various groups at Liberty came together to make this a special fundraising event.

In past years, the Liberty Volleyball Program raised as much as $2,500.00; however, because of COVID concerns, a Pink Match was not held last year. To make up for the loss, the teams set a goal of collecting $3,000.00 this year. The goal was met as $3,002.03 was raised for Team Breast Friends.

The Liberty Volleyball Program would like to thank the parents who worked diligently to make this night a success, area businesses who donated raffle items, teachers who promoted and supported the event, and the “Pink Pack” student section who rocked the gym! We know it takes a community effort to reach success. Together, we make a difference!

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Trojan Bolts Girls Swim Team

Heading into the conference championships on 10/14 and 10/16, Liberty has 4 swimmers with automatic qualifying times:

Carlee Wilkins- 100 backstroke

Kolby Reese- 200 Freestyle & 500 freestyle

Makala Hajek- 200 IM

Lauren Trent- 500 Freestyle

Sam Klein is currently ranked 6th in the 11 dive category and 13th in the 6 dives. Additionally, the Trojan Bolts are currently ranked 2nd in the state as a team.

Iowa City Music Auxiliary Fundraiser

Costco in Coralville is teaming up with the Iowa City Music Auxiliary to help raise money for Iowa City Community School District music students in grades 5 through 12! The funds raised will help purchase sheet music, equipment, entry fees, busing, and more for students in band, choir, and orchestra.

Visit for more details and to place orders.

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Thank You LHS PSTO & Families

The Liberty High Parent-Student-Teacher Organization sent out a request of snacks for teachers to enjoy while conducting their virtual conferences on Wednesday October 6 and 13. We were overwhelmed with the amount of donations we received and our entire faculty is grateful for the support!

THANK YOU Liberty High Families!

Streamlined Recycling at Liberty

ICCSD and Liberty have partnered with Johnson County Refuse to begin a more streamlined recycling program at Liberty high. Beginning on October 5th, new recycling bins were placed throughout the school to collect recyclable items.

Recyclable items include:

  • Newspapers, including inserts, flattened cardboard and chipboard
  • Glass food and beverage containers; clean, no lids
  • Aluminum, steel and tin cans; please rinse
  • Magazines, phonebooks, and mixed paper
  • Plastic food and beverage containers labeled numbers 1-7

NOT recyclable:

  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed papers or waxed coated cardboard
  • Wrapping or tissue paper
  • Disposable diapers, tissues, paper towels
  • Hard cover books, paperbacks, catalogs
  • Anything that contained automotive products
  • Any paper with food, fertilizer, etc.
  • Windows, light bulbs, mirrors, ceramics, drinking glasses, crystal, etc.
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North Liberty Blood Drive

The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center is looking for life-saving blood donors. Although the pandemic continues to alter our lives, the need for blood remains constant and DeGowin is working hard to ensure a strong blood supply is on hand for our patients in need. If you can help, please consider scheduling an appointment at your earliest convenience. There are opportunities to donate at the University of Iowa DeGowin Donor Center (Elevator B, Level 2), at various community blood drives, or at the City of North Liberty Blood Drive. The blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, October 23 rd and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In order to maintain social distancing, donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment before coming to donate. To sign up, visit and click “Start Your Donation

Today” or call 319-356-2058.


  • Have a photo I.D. (Student/Work ID or Driver’s License)
  • If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, it is important to provide the manufacturer when you come to donate. We encourage you to bring your vaccination card to your donation appointment. In most cases, there is no deferral time for individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Please note, donors and staff are required to wear a face mask when they come to donate. Per CDC guidance, masks are still required in high-risk areas, including hospitals and blood donation areas. If donors do not have a face mask, they will be provided with one when they arrive.
  • Be at least 17 years old or 16 years old with signed parent/guardian consent.
  • 16-year-old donors need a DeGowin Consent Form filled out by a parent or legal guardian. You will hand this form to registration when you come to donate.
  • Eat a FULL meal within 4 hours before donating.
  • Drink plenty of fluids before donating.
  • Be in general good health.
  • Bring a list of current medications.
  • Bring a list of places visited outside the United States in the last three years, including dates traveled.
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Cold & flu– symptom free for 5 days. (Please note the flu shot is not a deferral.)
  • The DeGowin Blood Center has implemented a number of safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep both our donors and staff as safe as possible.

Be a Gallon Grad!

  • The UI DeGowin Blood Center invites any high school student that is eligible to donate, to join our Gallon Grad Program. The program was created to honor high school students who go above and beyond, donating a gallon of whole blood and/or platelets prior to graduation. DeGowin recognizes any student after their eighth donation by presenting you a certificate of achievement and a red cord at your school’s senior-award night. For more information, contact Jessie Cunningham at

VNA Flu Vaccine Clinics

Once again this year, the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will hold flu vaccine clinics at Iowa City Community School District schools. The VNA flu clinic schedule can be found here: VNA Flu Clinic Schedule

The clinics will offer:

  • Flu Shots (QIV)
  • Covid vaccine (Pfizer)
  • High Dose Flu (for ages 65+ years): Available upon prior request. Call the VNA at (319) 337-9686 to reserve a dose.
  • Pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23 & PCV13): Available upon prior request. Call the VNA at (319) 337-9686 to reserve a dose.

To comply with OSHA regulations and CDC guidelines for Healthcare Organizations, all individuals participating in VNA flu clinics are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The VNA will directly bill your medical insurance company. Please bring your current medical insurance card with you. The vaccine will be available at no charge to children enrolled in Medicaid or children who do not have insurance. Please note, Medicaid for adults will not be accepted this year.

Please visit or contact the VNA at (319) 337-9686 for any questions.

Cultural Diversity & Equity Newsletter

Each month the District Cultural Diversity & Equity team produces a newsletter. Click here to access the October Cultural Diversity & Equity Newsletter. You can also visit our District Equity website for additional information and links to previous newsletters.

Run for the Schools, Oct. 24

This year's Run for the Schools will be held on Sunday, October 24. There will be an in-person and virtual option for participants. This year we will have food/coffee/smoothie trucks and a live band playing at the Chauncey Swan Park.

Interested in participating? Sign up for the race here.

There is still a need for volunteers to make this event happen. Here is the signup to help out this year!

Liberty Lightning Virtual Spirit Store

Take a moment to check out the new Liberty High Spirit Store provided by BSN Sports. This store offers a large number of options for Liberty gear. You can search by your favorite brand and customize your own items.

Check it out by clicking on this link: or by clicking the image below.

The Green School House Effect

The Iowa City Community School District began partnering with Green Iowa AmeriCorps (GIA) in the fall of 2019. This school year, two full-time GIA members, Lisa Stark and Meg SmolikHagen, will be working with the District on sustainability-related projects such as developing a model composting and recycling program, supporting school gardens, increasing prairie habitat, environmental/sustainability-related education outreach, as well as a monthly newsletter.

Please check out this month’s issue of their sustainability newsletter The Green School House Effect here: We encourage you to subscribe to the newsletter to follow their work and find ways to get involved!

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The Liberty Fund

The Liberty Fund is so grateful for the community members who have funded and advocated for the students and staff at Liberty High School over the past few years. At a time when everything felt uncertain, we found encouragement knowing that Liberty families cared about our mission of ensuring that students have access to a broad and rich learning experience and that all students have access to these opportunities at Liberty.

The Liberty Fund is a Liberty specific foundation dedicated to raising funds to enhance learning opportunities and in support of all Liberty groups that provide these experiences to Liberty students. You are able to make donations to The Liberty Fund year round. Donate at The Liberty Fund Website or email for more information at

Thank you for your support!

Liberty High PSTO

Liberty High PSTO (Parent Student Teacher Organization) welcomes all new and returning families to Liberty for the 2021-2022 school year. Please follow us on Facebook: Liberty High PSTO to stay up-to-date.

During the school year the PSTO meets once a month. Short presentations on relevant topics will occur at each meeting as well as reports on things happening at Liberty are shared by an administrator. Due to health and safety concerns, the Liberty PSTO meetings will be held virtually on Zoom until further notice. Click Here for the Monthly PSTO Zoom Link

Meeting dates for 2021-2022

  • Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 5:00 PM: Topic- iJAG presented by Kerry Kilker
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5:00 PM: Topic- Counseling Supports presented by Troy Bergmann and Shelby Bryce
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 5:00 PM


If you have any questions, please send them to

The PSTO has an ongoing fundraiser with our Amazon Smile account. Please consider using this with your next Amazon order.

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 Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,