STUDENTS: 3rd and 4th graders were privileged to hear author, Candace Fleming. Seeing and hearing a real person, who seems like someone you might know, helps make being an author seem like a real-life option. She showed the students a notebook that she began writing in as a 4th grader and her first writing award that she received in 5th grade.

TEACHERS: Please make sure you've signed up for a conference.

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.

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.

Invitation to participate in Veterans Day Assembly

Dear Families,

Just a final reminder about our Veterans Day assembly and honored guests. If you have a family member who served or is serving in the Armed Forces please invite them to join us. Send the name of the veteran and the Penn student to whom they are related. That information can be sent to our school counselor, Mrs. Zacek at this email address:

Mrs. Zacek needs this information by the end of the day today, Friday, November 3rd.

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.

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


It's getting COLD. Students go out for recess everyday 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


I appreciate the responses in the last week to this topic. Here is what I have learned: you all are also frustrated with the parents who don't follow expectations.

Here are some of the biggest offenses:

Don't get out of your car in the carline.

Don't park on Dubuque street.

Don't let your kids out on Dubuque street.

Let's all work together to get kids to school safely.

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.

Wishlist items...

Teachers are wishing for

  • gallon size ziplock bags
  • Clorox wipes.
Send to the office if you are able to donate any. We appreciate it!

Looking Ahead

  • Nov. 7: PTO Meeting, 7pm, free childcare for toilet-trained children
  • 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

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