Wildcat News

May 24-28; Virtual Family Night; 6th Grade End-of-the-Year

Safe, Responsible, & Kind..

Dear Grant Wood Parents & Families:

This week we continue proctoring ISASP tests with our OLP students 3rd thru 6th grade. May 25, 26, and 27 we will be proctoring OLP ISASP make ups remotely. Wildcats always strive to do our best each day!

We are now three weeks away from the end of the 2020-21 school year. We ask that you keep the following reminders in mind:

  • 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 May & June dates to mark on your calenders:

  • May 25th-27th ~ ISASP Testing for OLP 3rd-6th Grade - OLP Offsite Make Up Testing

  • May 31st ~ No School (Memorial Day)

  • June 11th (Friday) - 6th grade "closing" celebration; last day of classes for all students (one hour early release)

Our 6th grade end of the year celebration will start at 12pm; more details will be sent directly to our 6th grade families.




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

Title I Reading Support - Survey

Dear Parents,
Your child may have had Title I Reading Support this school year (2020-21). In an effort to better meet the needs of our students and their parents we ask you to consider providing us your feedback by completing this brief survey.

Please think about how the reading program (and its supports) has impacted your child's learning. We value your opinion! Please complete this survey by Wednesday, June 9.
Thank you for your support!

~Mrs. Ahlers, Mrs. McDowell, Ms. Kurtz, & Mrs. Bonner
Grant Wood Reading Teachers

Link to survey: https://forms.gle/qDwhaYvaK3i9Q13R9


Family Reading Night (May 27th)

(OLP) Book pick up at Grant Wood: Books for Kg-4th graders are still available for pick up by OLP students (or their parents). Please stop by the main office to pick up your book according to your grade level:

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders: Yasmin The Writer

3rd and 4th graders: What Do You Do With A Tail Like That?

5th and 6th graders: Whoosh!

The Grant Wood office is open 7:30am - 3:30pm. You may also call ahead of time to let us know you are coming, 319-688-1180.

...on site student book distribution...

Students enrolled in on site classes received their book at school, in their classroom.

Heart of a Champion (ClassDojo)

Through Heart of a Champion on ClassDojo Olympic and Paralympic athletes share their stories of diversity, courage, perseverance, and more! You have the opportunity to meet the U.S. atheletes who will be taking you on a journey into the Olympic and Paralympic games, and the hundreds of sports, thousands of athletes and 200 countries around the world who participate.

Race day for an Olympian means stepping onto the track for your big event, and whatever happens, it's broadcast around the world! Even Olympians get butterflies before a big race! Nine-time Olympic medalist, Allyson Felix, shares how she uses courage on and off the track. https://ideas.classdojo.com/i/courage

Think of a time you used courage. How did you feel before and after? Watch Allyson Felix's video, discuss, and do the suggested activity - with worksheet provided.

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, the Novaroos have wandered into the neighboring country's new forest. The question is: what should happen to the Novaroos? This video ends with a question, leading right into a discussion. Download the worksheet below to help organize your thinking!

(2021 Spring) mySAEBERs

Dear 2nd thru 6th Grade Families:

During the remaining weeks of the 2020-21 school year, we will again be administering the student universal screener, called mySAEBRS to all 2nd thru 6th grade students, provided through FastBridge Learning®. FastBridge Learning® is the same system we use for our reading and math screeners three times a year. The mySAEBRS screener which we initially adminitered to 2nd thru 6th graders during our winter sccreening this year, asks students to complete a 20-item computer-based questionnaire related to their academic, emotional, and social skills.

Our school’s leadership team will review the screening scores after the testing period is complete and contact parents accordingly regarding results and next steps. Please contact Ms. Maria Martin (Interim-Principal), 319-688-1180 with any questions you may have.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

"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."

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

"May is Jewish American Heritage Month; The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society."

Re: Face Covering Update

ICCSD 5/20 Message

Early on 5/20/21, Governor Reynolds signed into law HF 847 which states that school districts can no longer require students, staff, or visitors to wear masks while in school or on District property. The law is effective immediately, therefore, face coverings will now be optional for students, staff, and visitors beginning today, May 20, 2021.

While face coverings are no longer required, we strongly encourage families to have their students wear a face covering, especially if they have not received the COVID-19 vaccination. We also recommend that staff continue to wear face coverings while at work and social distancing is not possible or when staff are in group settings. Bullying and harassment of individuals who choose whether or not to wear a face covering will not be tolerated.

We appreciate your support and flexibility as we continue to navigate this unprecedented school year together.



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.

Planning summer 2021?

United Way Summerships United Way is now taking K-12 applications for Summerships. These Summerships are scholarships for summer programs/activities. A "Summership" scholarship will fund up to $250 of one summer camp or summer activity cost per child.

Click HERE to Print the 2021 Summership Application

For questions regarding the Summerships program or applying, please email Wendy Nolan, Wendy.Nolan@UnitedWayJWC.org or call 319.338.7823.

“Summerships" provide access to summer-time, high quality camps and activities for children who otherwise might not have the opportunity,” explains Katie Knight, President & CEO of United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties.


ICCSD 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.


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.


Youth Summer Bowling League

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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.