Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

A New Tradition: Penncake Day and Panthers Count during Spring Spirit Week

We LOVE our Lunch Ladies!

Thank you to Sara, Brenda and Lee for serving up food with love and smiles everyday!
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Please read this information from ICCSD about plans related to Covid-19/Corona Virus.

I know there are many and varied thoughts and concerns around the corona virus and specifically what will happen related to school. The ICCSD Operations Team is working closely with Johnson County Public Health, Iowa Department Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The district has already instituted changes in food service procedures and custodians will be working diligently through break to clean, sanitize and disinfect every surface.

The most update information will be posted daily on the ICCSD web page. Here is the link:

Parent Nominations for ELP

The yearly screening of students for participation in the Extended Learning Program (ELP), the elementary program for gifted and very high ability students, is underway for the 2020-2021 school year. This program is appropriate for students who are at the highest academic levels in their grade. Students can enter this screening pool by Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) scores, teacher nomination or parent nomination. More information is available on the district website

Only grades three through five are included in this screening process. Kindergarten and first grade students are being screened for ELP services through in-class lessons and collaboration with the classroom teacher throughout the school year. All second grade students will be screened in the Spring. Parents will receive notification about second grade screening when it is scheduled at their child’s school. No parent or teacher nominations are necessary for grades K-2.

If you would like to nominate your third, fourth or fifth grade child to be tested for ELP services, please complete a parent information form. Forms will be available online between February 21 and March 27, 2020, at Paper forms will be available in the school office during the same time. No forms will be accepted after March 27, 2020, at 4:00 PM.

Hey .... families of "baby bolts"

Future Bolt Families-

What is school pride? School pride is the heart of a school. It’s knowing that you’re part of a community of students, staff and parents working together to create positive relationships and foster a sense of belonging. School pride translates into higher expectations of yourself and your surroundings, creates passion that is contagious, and lasts long after graduation.

Since the opening of Liberty High School in 2017, the Liberty community has worked together to build astrong Bolt Nation, to create a sense of togetherness and celebrate successes. As Future Bolts, your kids are already part of creating the Bolt Nation, participating in the Liberty Homecoming Celebration, attending Liberty sports camps and workshops, cheering at Liberty sports, choir and theater performances, and taking part in Liberty sponsored activities and programs. We want to ensure all Liberty students can access the opportunities that Liberty has to offer for many more years to come. The Liberty Fund - run by Liberty families, students and staff – supports co-curricular groups and ensures all students have access to opportunities through collective fundraising.

The Liberty Fund has provided grants to students and co-curricular groups for the past two years acrossa wide spectrum of student needs and interests. The Liberty Fund would not exist without the supportof the Liberty community. To make a tax-deductible donation to support the ongoing work of The Liberty Fund, go to now. You can also leave a lasting legacy at Liberty High School on the Liberty Path of Recognition. Donate $250 or more to The Liberty Fund and receive a personalized, engraved paver at the entrance to Liberty.

Thanks for your consideration and Go Bolts!

For more information, see our website at or email

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Join the Penn Pride for dinner and benefit our school

Here are all of the upcoming PTO Restaurant Nights for the rest of the school year, please be sure to mark these on your calendars and join us for dinner at these local restaurants.

Mosley’s North Liberty: Tuesday, APRIL 7th ALL DAY 11am-12am
125 E. Zeller Street, North Liberty

Pizza Ranch North Liberty: Wednesday, MAY 13th 5-8pm
395 Beaver Kreek Center, North Liberty

Heyn’s Ice Cream: Friday, JUNE 19th 1-5pm
25 E. Cherry Street, North Liberty

Parent Input

Each spring we begin a complicated and thoughtful process for creating class lists for the next school year. One aspect of this is allowing parents to give input related to their child's needs. This is NOT about requesting a specific teacher, but rather an opportunity to tell us about your child's needs.

The form for this input will be shared in the parent newsletter after spring break. Input will be accepted until May 1.

Calling all aspiring teachers!

The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a Teacher Job Fair on Tuesday, March 31. We are looking to hire daily substitute teachers, long-term substitute teachers, and individuals in high need areas such as Special Education, ELL, and more. The District will also be considering applicants for the 2020–21 school year.

To participate in the event, please apply online at
Select the March Teacher Job Fair position along with any others that may be of interest to you.

As a part of the experience, candidates may have the opportunity to interview with ICCSD school and district administrators. If you have any questions related to this event or general employment, please contact Nick Proud at

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SAVE the DATE .... info about Music Performances

1st grade: Wednesday, March 25 2:00

2nd grade: Wednesday, March 25 2:20

3rd, 4th and 5th grades: May 13, Wednesday 8:30 AM

6th graders will perform at their last day of school celebration

Looking Ahead

  • Mar 16 - 20: NO SCHOOL for Spring Break
  • Mar 27: deadline for ELP parent nominations
  • Mar 30 - April 3: School of the Wild for 6th grade
  • April 7: Mosley's 11am - 12am
  • April 16: Science Night
  • April 17: NO SCHOOL
  • April 23: Kindergarten Round-up
  • April 30, May 1 & 2: Wizard of Oz Production
  • May 1: Deadline for providing parent input for next school year teacher assignments
  • May 12: 5th/6th Track & Field Day @ Liberty High
  • May 13: Pizza Ranch 5 - 8pm
  • May 16: Penn @ Kernals game
  • May 29: Last Day of School
  • May29: 6th Grade Promotion Celebration @ 8:15 in the gym
  • June 19: Heyn's Ice Cream 1-5pm
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,