Northwest News

April Newsletter

Northwest MathCounts Team Wins 2018 State Competition! Sends Two to the National Competition in Washington DC!

Northwest Math Club won the 2018 State MathCounts Competition held in Ankeny on March 22.

Akhil, Ashley, Bill, Owen, and SangHyuk were all top ten finishers. Ashley Seo, Bill Chen, Owen Fiedorowicz and SangHyuk Im made up the State Champion team of four. SangHyuk Im and Bill Chen will be part of the four person Iowa Team that will compete at the National Competition in Washington DC May 12- May 15.

The Vikings continued their tradition of success with six of the top eleven individuals. In the last eight years the Northwest Club has produced 23 out of 32 National Finalists drawing from 130 Iowa MathCounts Schools.

The Northwest State Finalists are pictured below: Row 1 left to right: SangHyuk Im, Cade Benson, Thomas Keen, Owen Fiedorowicz, and Ashley Seo. Row 2: Luca Chackalackal, Andy Luo, Akhil Bharanidhar, Miles Clark, Bivan Shrestha, and Bill Chen.

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Congratulations to the April Students of the Month (7th Grade): Sachiko Goto, Alex Filerio, Rosemary Timmer-Hackert, Alicia Walker, Zola Gross, and Willow Oleson.

(8th Grade) : Joseph Polyak, Luca Chackalackal, Joslin Gembo, Dhruvin Patel, Linda Reyes,-Alcaraz, and

Liz Morgan.

These vikings were nominated by their teachers for exhibiting the Viking Virtues of being safe, responsible, and respectful. They were rewarded with a NWJH t-shirt, a NWJH decal, and V-square tickets.

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Upcoming Events!

Northwest Speech and Debate Club

Monday, April 9th, 4:15pm

NWJH Cafeteria

Do you…

  • like to argue?

  • want to be a better public speaker?

  • want to have fun?

Are you...

  • interested in acting?

  • passionate about a cause?

  • interested in current events?

Join NWJH Speech & Debate Club!
Kick off meeting on Monday, April 9th in the cafeteria
4:15-5:15 PM

IEP/504 Binder Making Night

Wednesday, April 11th, 6pm





Last All-School Tropical Party & Dance!

Friday, April 13th, 7pm

1507 8th Street

Coralville, IA

Last All-School Tropical Party & Dance!

Friday, April 13th


$5 Admission Fee

Bring your student ID or get a hand stamp Friday in the Main Office

Snacks available for purchase

Parent Volunteers Needed - See PSTO email for link to sign up!

Iowa City West 5th-9th grade Boys & Girls Track Camp (Saturdays)

Saturday, April 14th, 9:30am

Iowa City, IA, USA

Iowa City, IA

Track Camp will be offered again this year! Saturday track camps will be held from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. The coaches and athletes from West High will assist track and field athletes, in addition to their normal TEAM practice to get better at the sport of track & field. It is just an hour, BUT, they will get a FULL HOUR of instruction, work, and tips and pointers to help them be at their best on the track or in the field.

Here is the link to sign-up :

Principal's Message

Hello Viking Parents and Guardians,

Third Trimester is off to a great start! I am really excited to share the news that we will be using a system called “Yondr” to improve teaching and learning by making our school a phone-free learning environment.

We understand that cellphones have great utility, but cellphone use has increasingly become a source of distraction, anti-social behavior and conflict both at home and at school. As a result, we will pilot "Yondr" to determine the effectiveness and benefits at NWJH.

I want to thank the following teachers who have agreed to pilot "Yondr" with their classes: Travis Meade, Seth Schroeder, Autumn Williams, Jess Harris, Ed Sheridan, Will Kapp, and Dan Hill.

We are continuing are areas of focus:

1. Cell Phone Rules enforced and poster visible w/consequences for all classrooms

2. No passes issued during the 1st 10 minutes of class

3. The Library is no longer being used as "thoroughfare"

4. Teachers will use new library passes to send their students to work in the library/

students need passes while on errands

5. Breakfast will cut-off earlier at 8:46 a.m. unless a circumstance calls for admin exception

Thank you for your continued support,

Principal Cottrell

Non-Discriminatory Policy

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. If you believe you have (or your child has) been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the District Equity Director, at 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000.