Kirkwood Newsletter

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Kirkwood Eagles SOAR #ICCSDtogether

Kirkwood Eagles S.O.A.R. by

being Safe

taking Ownership
And

showing Respect

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A note from our Principal:

Hello Kirkwood Eagle Families!

Spring Conferences are right around the corner. We look forward to welcoming your family into conversation virtually (we will still be in a Zoom format) to celebrate your scholar's successes and share opportunities to grow. Please look out for communication to be coming from our office and your scholar's teacher(s). Stay warm!

#WeAreKirkwood


Renee Person

Class Wide Celebrations:

With upcoming Spring holidays around the corner, we wanted to reshare the message Superintendent Degner sent to families back in September regarding classroom celebrations:

Last year, COVID-19 forced us to rethink many of our practices within the school day including our classroom celebrations, such as fall, winter, and spring parties. The decision to do away with elementary classroom celebrations last year provided time for us to reflect on the overall classroom party concept. Our work around equity is at the forefront of everything we do, and in recent years we have looked at participation in our classroom parties through an equity lens. For cultural or religious reasons, many of our families opt for their students not to participate in one form or another. For those that do participate, access for all students is not the same (i.e. lack of costumes, food, cards, etc.). It is for those reasons that we will continue with the practice of no classroom parties moving forward.

We understand that celebrations are an important part of our students’ school experience. Each of our schools will continue to find inclusive ways to have classroom and school-wide celebrations, that don’t fall around holidays, throughout the school year. While these may look different, they will continue to be part of our system of support. We strive to make all students and families feel welcome and included in all aspects of our school day and our school community.

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

2/4: College & Career Future Friday, Wear your favorite college gear!

2/24: Evening Conferences

3/1: No School - Conferences

3/1: Kindergarten Registration

3/4: College & Career Future Friday, Wear your favorite college gear!

3/14-3/18: No School - Spring Break

4/22: No School

5/3: No School

5/30: No School

6/1: Last Day of School

Sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences:

Beginning February 10th families can sign up for conferences. This spring, all Iowa City Community School District elementary schools will hold parent/teacher conferences virtually. Virtual conferences will be held on the following dates.

  • February 24, 2022: 2:45pm-7:00pm

  • March 1, 2022: 7:45am-7:00pm

You may sign up for a conference with your child’s classroom teacher through the Conference weblink below:

https://myschoolsystems.com/iowacityschools/Kirkwood/conferences.php

To further assist, here is a Parents Video Tutorial.

You will enter your scholar’s first and last name and use their birthdate as a password (MM-DD-YYYY). Once logged in, the first page the parent will see is a listing of the classes and teachers the student is enrolled with. The family can schedule an appointment with each teacher by clicking the button on the right of the line. Once you have signed up for a conference, you will receive an email confirmation along with a link to the Zoom meeting.

We want all families to participate in parent-teacher conferences! Interpretation services are available.

If you would like the option of receiving information regarding your scholar's progress in specials classes, (art, library, music, and/or physical education) you can sign up for a virtual conference with any of the specials teachers. Please contact the Kirkwood office by November 4, to have your scholar’s specials teacher(s) added to your conference schedule which will allow you to schedule a time with them in advance.

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Recess & Winter Wear Information:

Outdoor recess is to be held when the wind chill or air temperature is 0 degrees or higher. Children are to wear proper outer winter clothing. District resources are available to obtain adequate winter outerwear if needed.


A few tips for families who are new to these cold and snowy conditions:


  • Snow pants are like a coat for your legs and pants should be worn under them.
  • Socks are an important layer of protection with boots and shoes.

Morning drop off and afterschool Pick up:

In the morning: Drop off begins at 7:40 AM. Tardy Bell rings at 7:55.

  1. Unload your child/ren anywhere along the Drop off Lane. Do not wait to unload by the front entrance. This will maximize safety and efficiency.

  2. The driver must always remain behind the steering wheel. All families who wish to walk their student to the building MUST use a designated parking spot, NOT the drop off lane. Children should unload curbside for their safety, then the driver proceeds forward to exit the parking lot as traffic allows.

  3. As you enter the parking lot please pull as far forward in the drop off lane as possible leaving room for all families to drop off.

  4. Please utilize the full traffic circle, staying in your drop off lane and behind the car in front of you.

  5. For the safety of all children please DO NOT double park and have your child exit the car! It is very unsafe for children to pass between cars at drop off.



In the afternoon: Pick-up begins at 2:55 PM on M, T, W and F; at 1:55 PM on Th.

  1. Be cautious if arriving before this time, as buses may need access.

  2. As you pull up let the staff member know the name(s) of the child/ren you are picking up. Staff will give you a parking spot number and call your student out to your car.

  3. Attended vehicles must wait in the Half Circle Drive, near the top of the U, until directed to pull forward so staff can call name(s) when time.

  4. Pull as far forward as possible.

  5. Your child/ren will be directed by a supervisor to meet you once your car has pulled all the way forward.

  6. When all of your children are secured in their seatbelts, exit the parking lot safely.

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ISASP Results

Dear Parents,

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.

Sincerely,

Diane Schumacher
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
Iowa City Community School District

The MidWestOne Art show is back!

Calling all artists, if you would like to be part of this great art show please read & follow the directions below. Kirkwood can send 50 pieces, so we will send the first 50 submissions we get. Due to Mrs. Wade by Thursday Feb.17th (last day of the week Mrs. Wade is at Kirkwood). Thank you!!!

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Committment to Student Health & Safety

The Iowa City Community School District remains committed to our COVID-19 health and safety practices. The well-being of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. We are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines to ensure we can safely, effectively, and consistently provide access to learning and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The District’s measures are meant to keep our community safe, but they are only fully effective if we are diligent and responsible in adhering to them. For further information on our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/HealthandSafety



Message on Masks and Vaccines


Masks remain a requirement for all students, staff, and visitors to our schools. In addition, we highly recommend that all eligible individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals that have received the vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get the booster. Boosters are now available for those age 12 and older. For individuals five 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.

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, Tabor.Jeremy@iowacityschools.org.