Wildcat News

May 3-7; ISASP tests - OLP; Kindergarten RoundUp; AAPI Month

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Dear Grant Wood Parents & Families:

Before providing updates and reminders about ISASP testing, let us recognize our Wildcats for finding a way to help our community in a healthy and selfless way. Grant Wood Wildcats walked over 450 miles raising $500 for Iowa City Hospice through their month-long Walk for Dignity event. A special shout out goes to Ms. Destiny Rummel who coordinated our entire building on this endeavor; and, another shout out goes to Ms. Bargo's 5th grade class who walked over 60 of the miles accumulated by our Wildcats from March 27th through April 25th.

This week we continue proctoring ISASP tests on site; for this reason we ask our 3rd through 6th grade families scheduled to take ISASPs this week to help ensure that students continue to:

  • Charge chromebooks overnight so that they bring them to school fully charged;
  • Bring to school both chromebook and charger/cord;
  • Get a good night's sleep (8hrs would be ideal);
  • Eat breakfast at home or at school (line at school opens at 7:40am);
  • Bring a positive growth mindset.

Wildcats, let's do our part and do our best each day!

Please also note the friendly reminders below:

  • School opens for breakfast at 7:40am (Monday-Friday, when school is in session)

~For breakfast, 7:40-7:55am enter cafeteria at door 19

~Students arriving after 7:55am enter at office, door 1

  • Wednesdays are early release days and school dismisses at 1:55pm on Wednesdays.

Here are additional May dates to mark on your calenders:

  • May 3rd-7th ~ on site ISASP make up tests in building
  • (3rd-6th grade 100% online enrollment students)

  • May 3rd & 4th ~ in building OLP ISASP Testing - 3rd Grade OLP that signed up for on site testing

  • May 5th ~ Kindergarten Round Up (virtual via zoom, 2:30-3:30pm); zoom link will be e-mailed separately 5/3, 5/4, & 5/5

  • May 6th & 7th ~ in building OLP ISASP Testing - 4th Grade OLP that signed up for on site testing

  • May 17th-28th ~ ISASP Testing for 3rd-6th Grade

(100% online enrollment students: testing remotely)

  • May 31st ~ No School (Memorial Day)

  • June 11th (Friday) - Last day of school year




Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Student & Family Advocate: Mrs. Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Attendance Secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office Secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3rd - May 7th)

(Presidential) Proclamation on National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, 2021

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week this very unique year, you are invted to right-click on your child's teachers' names below to copy their email address and send the teachers a note of appreciation.

If you run into any difficulties with these hyperlinks, please go to the Teacher Pages within our Grant Wood school website.

Ms. Ryan --------------------------------------- Mr. Munoz ---------------------------------------- Mr. Malone

Ms. Langford -------------------------------- Ms. Reisdorph ----------------------------------- Ms. Newman

Ms. Jepson ---------------------------------- Ms. Schneider ------------------------------------ Ms. Clark

Ms. Townsend ------------------------------ Ms. Wantock ------------------------------------- Mr. Farrey

Ms. Fischer (Ms. Piehl) ---------------- Mr. Feldman --------------------------------------- Ms. Fobian

Mr. Williams --------------------------------- Ms. Duthie ------------------------------------------ Ms. Hinkel

Ms. Teale ------------------------------------- Ms. Schebler -------------------------------------- Ms. Bonner

Ms. Fey ---------------------------------------- Ms. Bargo ------------------------------------------- Ms. McDowell

Ms. Rummel --------------------------------- Mr. Dyer --------------------------------------------- Ms. Sabiiti

Ms. Kurtz -------------------------------------- Mr. Glenn ------------------------------------------ Ms. Daufeldt

Ms. Kesten ----------------------------------- Ms. Snyder ---------------------------------------- Ms. Ogilvie

Ms. Seaton ----------------------------------- Ms. Knoop ---------------------------------------- Ms. Ahlers

Ms. Grenko ---------------------------------- Ms. Sebring --------------------------------------- Ms. Yang

Ms. Adams ---------------------------------- Ms. Mangan

Below you will find a poem composed by the thoughts our students shared with Ms. Maria

Wildcat Teachers:

Each day you greet us

with sunshine, even on cloudy days

Throughout the year

you inspire for the day & tomorrow

The lessons you teach

connect us to each other

The ideas in our minds

grow like flowers

At Grant Wood -

we learn & grow together.

Thank you for all that you do and Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

"May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success."

2021 Kindergarten Round Up - May 5th, 2:30pm

The Iowa City Community School District will hold a Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2021, and who will begin Kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year.

Date and time:
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
2:30 - 3:30pm

For those who have registered their student for 2021-22 Kindergarten, your elementary school will send you a Zoom link for this meeting.

*Grant Wood will send our zoom link to Grant Wood families (May 3rd, 4th, & 5th via email).

If you have not yet registered your child for 21-22 Kindergarten, please contact your neighborhood elementary school and they will be happy to assist you. You will need the following documentation to complete the registration process.

Requirements at registration:

1. Verification of your child’s birth date (Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.)

2. Child’s immunization records

3. Proof of residency (examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.)
If you do not have the needed documentation, please contact your school for assistance.

1. Verification of your child’s birth date (Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.)

2. Child’s immunization records

3. Proof of residency (examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.)
If you do not have the needed documentation, please contact your school for assistance.

*Grant Wood Elementary, 319-688-1180



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Hyperlinks to Zoom by grade level in images below

What is a conundrum? A situation where there is no clear right or good solution. Yet, a difficult choice must be made...

In this conundrum, AstraBike only has money to grow one of their teams and the competition is fierce! The question is: Which team should AstraBike grow? Why? This video provides you some information to help you discuss the question. Download this worksheet to help organize your thinking!

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Quarantine Guidelines - Update

On April 14th the ICCSD communicated Board-approved updates to the District's quarantine protocols; full emails dated April 14th and April 19th.

As we move forward, the District will follow these COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols:

  • An individual is considered a close contact when they have been within 6 feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes.
  • Quarantine is no longer recommended if a potential exposure occurs while both the infectious individual and the close contact(s) are wearing face coverings consistently and correctly.
    • The decision regarding the correct wearing of a face covering and whether a close contact must quarantine is made during the District’s contact tracing process.
  • If it is determined that an individual needs to quarantine due to close contact, there will be two options for exposed individuals with NO symptoms to reduce their 14-day quarantine.
    • A close contact may return to school after 10 days without a test OR
    • A close contact may return to school after 7 days with a negative test. The test must be taken within 48 hours of the end of quarantine. This information must be shared with the school nurse before returning.
    • Everyone must still monitor for 14 days for symptoms and exclude themselves if symptoms develop and contact their healthcare provider.
    • A parent/guardian may choose to keep their child in quarantine for the full 14 days and those absences would be excused.
  • Individuals who are a close contact due to exposure to a household member are required to quarantine for at least 14 days.
  • Individuals who have COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days and be fever-free for 24 hours before returning

These new protocols take effect immediately.

PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

PBIS invests in proactive prevention. Some of the strategies include:

  • Ongoing recognition of appropriate behavior—including verbal praise & documented recognitions, as well as ClassDojo points reedemable for tangible rewards
  • Proactive intervention—identifying the behaviors expected in all settings
  • Active teaching & reteaching—teachers, students, families and community members often work together to teach and model appropriate behavior
  • Clear, consistent responses for inappropriate student behavior
  • Additional support for students with more significant needs
  • Collecting and using data to inform decisions

More PBIS information available here.

Student & Family Advocate - Alyssa Palante

Mrs. Alyssa's Corner - Padelt (click here)

Mrs. Alyssa Palante is proud to be a ildcat and Wood's Student Family Advocate; she has created the padlet linked here and above with an array of resources as well as her contact information. Please do not hesistate to reach out to Mrs. Palante with your questions.


Planning summer 2021?

City High is excited to be able to safely offer camps this summer! Registration for City High summer camps will become active on May 1st. Please direct your questions to City High athletic department at and contact Mr. Phillip Hansen, hansen.phillip@iowacityschools.org or call 319-688-1045.


7th grade Immunizations - required

  • Two vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)
  • Students are not allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of a MCV vaccine according to Iowa law

Please check your 6th grade child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccines (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.

  • Johnson County Public Health also provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045
  • If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment
  • If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse, Megan Colgan (colgan.megan@iowacityschools.org).
Mr. Emmert Mustache's Podcast Episode for 6th Graders

This podcast episode offers the SE class of 2027 (current 6th graders) some nuggets of wisdom and Library Talk with Ms. Sims.

Monitoring Children's Internet Use

Did you know that parents have the ability to monitor and see your child(ren)'s internet activity on District devices, and to set additional limits beyond those established by the District?

ICCSD is entering its fourth year of using Securly, a service that filters internet access on District devices and also includes the SecurlyHome Parent Hub, which parents can use to monitor internet usage, receive usage notifications, and establish limits on what your child can access. Limits parents can set include turning school-issued devices off at parent-determined times (such as bedtime).

You may have already received an email from Securly when your child was issued their 1:1 device. You can access Securly at https://www.securly.com/parent-login, and your login email will be the primary email address listed for your child(ren)'s contacts in PowerSchool. If you have trouble accessing Securly, please verify your primary contact email in PowerSchool or contact your child's school to do so (Grant Wood, 319-688-1180). You can also contact Securly support if you've confirmed your email in PowerSchool and are still having trouble accessing Securly.

At-home learning resources

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Tech Support & Help Desk Assistance

Students and families are welcome to reach out to Tech Support for any issues. Feel free to check out the link below and get the help you need:


Have questions on how your child is using technology this year? Check out this FAQ:


ICCSD HelpDesk

Hours: 7:30AM to 4:30PM Monday - Friday.


Phone: (319)-688-1950

Additional Community Resources...

Interested in additional resources and supports?

The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.

Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

Coding for Kids (Free options)

No visitors:

For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:

Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Attendance secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

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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.

ICCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

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 & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000, tabor.jeremy@iowacityschools.org.