FUN NIGHT TONIGHT 5:45 - 7:45pm

Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

Together ... learning, acknowledging and celebrating

Together .... we learn, practice and demonstrate expected behaviors. Then, we acknowledge and celebrate when we see students demonstrating expected behaviors.

At Penn we are caring, respectful, responsible and ready.

Establishing expectations is critical to creating a culture of learning. Well-defined expectations provide clarity for students, parents and staff.

We have determined basic behavior expectations for every common area. This means we have defined what it looks and sounds like to be caring, respectful, responsible and ready in every area of the building.

School staff focuses on noticing and acknowledging when students demonstrate appropriate, expected behaviors. We acknowledge positive behaviors by giving students a PAW. A paw is really just a small piece of paper with a paw print on it. Students then put their name on the paw and put it in the paw container in their classroom. Teachers then can draw from the jar for special privileges and sometimes prizes. Of course, parents, you may also find some paws in your laundry. :)

One way we celebrate following expectations is with our Big Burrito Award. Each teacher nominates one student per month who has consistently demonstrated caring, respectful, responsible and ready behaviors for the Big Burrito Award.

We're proud of all these students who were nominated by their teacher.

August Big Burrito nominations:

Evelyn Metz, Andrew Achenbach, Eden Rogers, Savannah Chidister, Jack Gullickson, Chase Hansen, Finley Loes, Farrah Coleman, Omar El Abiad, Cristiano Pratt, Maddy Leibold, Gabbi Swift, Carsten Willer, Ella Nesham, Alex Moore, Jerimiah Washpun, Alison Dill, Sam Lieu, Keagan Rios, Olivia Mosier.

You ALL make us proud!

And the lucky August winner of the burrito gift certificate (donated by Pancheros) was: Ella Nesham!

PICTURE DAY on FRIDAY, September 27

Envelopes for ordering will be sent home with students on Tuesday.


Liberty High School is really pumped up for Homecoming festivities next week!

Parade on Thursday at 5:45 pm (watch for info from PTO about representing Penn).

Spirit dress up days in case you want to participate.

Monday- Red, White and Blue Day

Tuesday- Double Denim Day or Wear all Gray Day

Wednesday- Decade Day

Thursday- Panther Purple - so you'll be ready for the parade

Friday- Bolt Out Day, but it is also picture day at Penn, so you choose. :)

Hy-Vee Fit Kids event at Kinnick

Hy-Vee and the University of Iowa sponsored an amazing, albeit hot, event for all 3rd graders in the ICCSD. Students learned about teamwork and problem solving and being healthy. Meeting Herky, the cheerleaders and waving to the UI Children's Hospital were big highlights.

Follow the district Healthy Snacks Policy

Please follow the healthy snack policy established by the district for daily snacks AND for birthday treats

Here is the link for all the detailed info:

This is necessary even for birthday treats.

Treats that do not align with the policy will not be served.

Please do not put the school staff in the position of being the "bad guy" on your child's birthday celebration.

Band and Orchestra

After School Band:

Advanced Band (6th grade) - Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 starting September 24

Monday Beginning Band (mostly 5th grade) - Mondays from 3:30-4:30 starting October 21

Wednesday Beginning Band (mostly 5th grade) - Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 starting October 23

After School Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra will meet on Wednesdays, starting October 2nd, from 3:30 to 4:30.

Beginning Orchestra will meet on Tuesdays, starting October 22nd.

Both groups will meet in the Orchestra Room (W107) at North Central Junior High.


Mileage Club is a great, voluntary opportunity for kids to get moving during recess. We encourage them by punching their mileage club card every time they make a lap. This is why we need volunteers ... to punch the cards and encourage the children. Could you help?

The mileage club is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during lunch recess. Please take a look to see if you can help. Thank you!

Looking Ahead

  • FUN NIGHT: Friday, September 20, 5:45 - 8:00 pm
  • Picture Day: Friday, September 27
  • PTO: Tuesday, October 1, 7-8 pm
  • OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, October 3rd, 5 - 6:30pm
  • NO SCHOOL: Oct 4 and Oct 7
  • Pick up your PTO fundraiser items, October 29, 3:15-5:30
  • McTeacher night at McDonalds, October 29, 5-7pm
  • Halloween Parade: Thursday, Oct. 31, 1:20 - 1:40pm
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: Nov. 14, 2:10pm - 7:10pm
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: Nov. 19, 7:40am - 7:10pm (No School)