Wildcat News

100% Onsite or 100% Online (no more hybrid)

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Dear Grant Wood Families:

As previously communicated, effective February 15, 2021, the District will no longer offer the hybrid option. Our Wildcats are now enrolled in either:

  • 100% onsite and thus attending school at Grant Wood Monday through Friday; or,
  • 100% Online and attending school virtually Monday through Friday.

The exception to this onsite attendance expectation would be virtual leanring days for our students resulting from inclement weather days; or from the need to quarantine/isolate. Let us all commit to staying safe, and to our health and safety mitigation efforts daily.

  • Wear our masks/face-coverings properly
  • Wash our hands
  • Keep our hands away from our faces
  • Continue to phyiscally distance (and maximize our space)

Also with regards to Safety, parking lot safety is more specifically reviewed below in its own section of the newsletter. We thank all our families for their commitment to being ... Safe, Responsible, & Kind... particularly as we model these expectations for our children. Similarly, for the families whose children walk to and from school, safety in dressing for the weather is of great importance as well. Please let us know if you have any need for winter-wear (boots, snow pants, jackets, coats, sweathers, gloves, knitted caps, scarves).

**Please note that for the onsite schedule, Wednesdays continue to be early dismissal days, dismissing students at 1:55pm




February... Black History Month

February is National Black History Month; let us all strive to not limit ourselves nor our students' learning to an isolated heritage month.

Civil Rights History in Iowa
Maya Angelou's Poem "On the Pulse of Morning"

District Messaging (Wednesday, February 10th):

"As you may be aware, Governor Reynolds’ most recent health proclamation lifted the statewide mask mandate that has been in place for several months. Although this mandate has been lifted, the District will continue to require face-coverings at all times in our buildings and during school activities. This aligns with the most recent guidance from Johnson County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With the increase of students and staff on-site, it will be critical that we remain diligent in adhering to our health and safety protocols. Maintaining these protocols is in the best interest of our students, staff, and families. For comprehensive information on our health and safety mitigation efforts, please reference the District’s updated Return-to-Learn Guide.

Continuing to keep our students and staff safe will be a collaborative effort. Conducting daily health screenings with your children, keeping them home if they are sick, practicing effective hand washing, and wearing a face-covering properly are just a few ways in which families can help prepare for a safe return to 100% in-person learning. Thank you for your support and collaboration. #ICCSDtogether"

Car line & parking lot...

Grant Wood Families,

we thank our Grant Wood parents for the many instances that they have demonstrated being Safe, Responsible, & Kind Wildcats just as our students. Your support is greatly appreciated.

As we increase the number of students onsite Monday through Friday, it is imperative that families given themselves and each other time to navigate the car line and parking lot. At the parking lot, car line, it is imperative that driving parents/guradians remain in their vehicles and not leave vehicles unattended in the car line. This will be of extra importance as we transition to 100% onsite for our onsite enrollment.

Also, please note that you most likely will see a school bus within the car line for the remainder of the winter. Safety in allowing the needed space in front and behind the bus - and safety with regards to movement around the bus is of the utmost importance. Let us all be good models for our children.

  • When you see amber warning lights flashing you must slow your vehicle to no more than 20 mph and be prepared to stop.
  • When you see flashing red or amber warning lights, you are not permitted to pass the school bus and should be prepared to stop.
  • Stop behind the school bus when the school bus stops and its stop arm is extended. Do not pass.
  • Stop no closer than 15 feet from the rear of the bus, and remain stopped until the stop arm is retracted and school bus starts moving again.
  • Proceed with caution.

As previously communciated, due to safety concerns that arose from vehicles in the back lot, families dropping off or picking up students at the back will need to do so at the gate and not from within the lot. Also, while we understand that everyone wants the opportunity for a prompt pick up experience when picking up their children from school, it is important that we respect our neighbors' private property and not use their driveways or block their driveways. This consideration is greatly appreciated by our community as a whole. Thank you!

Similarly, as we transition to 100% onsite with 5 days a week of onsite school - it will be imperative that drivers in the area use extra caution in our immediate and surrounding area - for the safety of our pedestrian students and families. Natually, safety within the parking lot is also the expectation.

Again, we thank our Grant Wood parents for the many instances that they, like our students have demonstrated being Safe, Responsible, & Kind Wildcats. Your support, patience, and understanding is very much appreciated.

Please call Ms. Maria (Principal) with any questions; 319-688-1180.

To those experiencing a teacher and/or enrollment change...

*Students who were in the hybrid model and staying onsite begin 100% onsite (5 days a week) on Monday, February 15th thorugh the end of the school year.

**Students currently onsite but going online on March 11th (start of 3rd trimester), will attend their current class Monday through Friday starting Monday, Feb. 15th; and switch to online on March 11th.

***Students currently online but switching to onsite March 11th, will continue online until the end of 2nd trimester (March 9th) and start thier new onsite class on March 11th (startof 3rd trimester) through the end of the school year.

****Students currently in the online program and whose parents did not opt to make a change to their enrollment will continue in the online program through the end of this school year.

~March 10th is a no school day for all students.

Grant Wood families, given the number of 6th grade students enrolled for 100% onsite starting February 15th, 6th grade will have an extra onsite section taught by Ms. Destiny Rummel (as explained last week).

Ms. Rummel is a welcome addition to the Grant Wood family, though she is not completely new. Ms. Rummel previosuly student taught with Mr. Dyer and has been with the District since her graduation from the University of Iowa in December. Ms. Rummel's welcome letter can be found below - within this newsletter.

Greetings from Ms. Trummel...

Hi, Grant Wood 6th Grade Families!

I am so excited to be joining the Wildcat family for the remainder of this school year as a 6th-grade teacher. My name is Destiny Rummel. In 2016, I graduated from Carroll High School, in Carroll Iowa, and moved to Iowa City to study Elementary Education and American Sign Language. December 2020, after student teaching with Travis Dyer, I graduated from the University of Iowa with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement. I have a 2-year-old husky named, Navie. I’ve been calling Iowa City home for the past 5 years, and have felt even more at home at Grant Wood.

In my free time, I’ve been reading a ton of books. I have a goal to read 52 books this year, 1 per week. Reading for leisure is one of the best ways to practice comprehension and fluency skills and I encourage your child to read each night. I also live a very active lifestyle: teaching fitness classes, as well as bicycling and golfing during the warm months. I will begin coaching track and field later this school year at Liberty High School. Once activities and athletic events are open to the public, PLEASE invite me to support your child outside of school, too.

I am dedicated to the growth, development, and academic success of your child, not only as a student but as an individual as well. My teaching philosophy is to create a positive and nurturing learning environment for all learners. Connecting with students is imperative when creating a collaborative experience in a classroom atmosphere. I have found that as connections grow, engagement within lessons, and discussions increase. I plan to frequently incorporate small group learning across all content areas, and individualized instruction to directly meet the needs of each student.

I will be sending out additional communication as I’d like to set up a time to meet with each family 1 on 1 during the remaining weeks of February. Having an open line of communication with each of you, is my number one priority; together, we are a team. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time. I plan to use Seesaw and email as my primary methods of communication.

I look forward to working with you and your child for the remainder of this school year!

Grit & Grace,

Ms. Destiny Rummel

Grant Wood PTO

Hello Wildcats!

My name is Brooke Engler. I’m the president of our PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization). I have 3 kiddos at Grant Wood. Henry is in 6th grade, Charles is in 4th, and Clara is in Kindergarten. During "normal" years your kids would see me at school and get to know me as Miss Brooke.

I am so grateful to be a part of our PTO the past 5 years. I’m reaching out to see if anyone would like to join. We organize Dine Out fundraisers, Family Movie Night, assist with picture day, hearing tests, school carnival(s), and anything else the school might need help with. While we may not be able to be at the school in person this year as in past years, these can still be items for discussion and planning for the future. The PTO is also open to discussing other items not centered around fundraising.

For more information you can reach me by email: tristan2915@yahoo.com

SAEBERS - Universal Screener

Starting on February 16th, through February 26th, we will be administering a student universal screener, called mySAEBRS, 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 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.

School Photos - Grant Wood

For Grant Wood, Student and staff pictures are tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 5th. This date will hold as long as the COVID-19 positivity rate in Johnson County remains below 10% for 14 consecutive days. This is something that the District is tracking daily.

We at Grant Wood will send more information about the exact protocol of the day and picture-taking in the next two week's newsletters.

Kindergarten Registration - March 10th

The Iowa City Community School District will hold Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 school year for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2021.

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 7:40 a.m. - 7:10 p.m.
Place: At your child’s elementary school

We would like to encourage only one family member to come on-site for registration due to COVID-19 health and safety requirements. To encourage social distancing we would like families to sign up for a registration time at their school by completing the following form: https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_50hQpMrT52zBEk6.

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 come to registration and we will assist you.

If you are unable to register your child on March 10, 2021, please contact your child’s school. Please note, registration may take up to 45 minutes.

*Grant Wood Elementary, Office: 319-688-1180

Dress warmly

As we continue to navigate winter, please ensure your child is dressed for the elements keeping in mind not only whether or not they walk to or from school, but that when onsite may have outside recess. Do not hesitate to communicate with us if you are in need of any assistance, including assistance with winter-wear (i.e. gloves, coats, boots, etc.). You can call us, 319-688-1180 or email our Student Family Advocate (SFA), Ms. Amber Herring at herring.amber@iowacityschools.org

ICCSD (Elem.) Voluntary Transfer Guidelines

Dear Elementary Families:

This is a reminder that families intending to request a Voluntary Transfer for the 2021-22 school year must fill out a Voluntary Transfer form. The deadline to submit the form is March 1, 2021. Completed forms should be returned to the following address:

Iowa City Community School District
Educational Services Center
1725 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

The Voluntary Transfer guidelines generally limit transfers at the elementary level, however, there are a few exceptions. The guidelines and the form can be found at www.IowaCitySchools.org/VoluntaryTransfers.

If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

ICCSD's Inclement Weather Guidelines

As a reminder, the District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing a

  • delay,
  • cancellation, and/or
  • early release

decisions can be found on the District’s website by clicking HERE. As decisions are made regarding school day changes, the District aims to keep parents connected so that notifications are received conveniently and timely.

In addition to the notifications that are sent via email, phone, and text, we encourage you to follow the District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to ensure that announcements are right at your fingertips. We also encourage you to download the District’s mobile app, where you can find everything school and district related in one convenient spot.

If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

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

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Amber, herring.amber@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@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

No more "snow days" ...District change

Below are some changes to the District's approach to inclement weather days this year. Moving forward, the District will provide online instruction on days when the weather prevents us from having in-person classes. Rather than having our traditional “snow days”, these days will now be considered “virtual learning days”.

Schedules for students in our various models will be as follows on these virtual learning days:

  • Elementary Hybrid (Group A & Group B)
    • On-site students - On-site students will follow the Online Learning Program/100% Offsite Schedule. The times and Zoom links will be sent to parents by the classroom teacher prior to 8:00 am. (This applies to A students on A days and to B students on B days.)
    • Off-site students - Off-site students will log into the morning meeting as scheduled, and complete any asynchronous activities as planned. Off-site students who are receiving synchronous off-site SDI, interventions, or ELL supports will receive those as planned. (This applies to A students on B days and to B students on A days.)

In addition to virtual learning, on days that inclement weather causes hybrid group students to remain at home, (as explained above) the District will provide Grab & Go Meals at the District’s designated sites on these virtual learning days.

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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)

District Message

We continue to keep a close eye on Johnson County COVID-19 positivity rates as well as absenteeism rates related to COVID-19 among our students and staff. We will remain diligent in our efforts to keep our community safe and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
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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.