Northwest News

October Newsletter

A Letter From the Principal

Hello, Northwest families! Thank you all so much for getting the year off to a great start! Although it has looked different, we are proud to say that it has been successful overall. We welcomed about half of our students back in the hybrid model this past week. Students did a fantastic job wearing masks and following new protocols. Students in the PK-12 Online Program continue to improve and participate more each week.

The month of October is midterm of the first trimester and we will be holding parent teacher conferences virtually! This week you will receive information about signing up for conferences with the teachers you most want to speak with via Zoom. We know that not everyone will have the chance to speak with every teacher, but we are hopeful that with email, PowerSchool, and Canvas that parents can stay up to date on their student’s learning and are able to email or call teachers when needed. Please let us know if you have questions as we work through this process for the first time.

We will also begin our first sports seasons in October! Boys basketball will begin on October 12 and girls swimming will begin on October 19. Each of these will look a little different this year, but we are excited to give it a try. COVID guidelines and protocols will be followed to safely allow participation. More information has been provided via emails and parent meetings for those participating are being set up. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office.

Information about clubs will be coming out soon! Club sponsors plan to host all clubs virtually after school (starting around 5:00). Students will have the chance to sign up online and the Zoom meeting link will be sent to those who signed up. We will share information via email and our school announcements so please have your student check their email in the next week or two!

As we continue through the next month, we know that things could change at any time. Please be sure to continue to follow health and safety protocols to keep our schools safe and open. Wear a mask, stay home when possible and socially distanced when you are out, and wash your hands. As we enter cold and flu season these things will be even more important. It is also important for your students to stay on top of their schoolwork whether they are learning at home or at school. Please ask them about what they are learning and what assignments are due when. If you have questions or your student is feeling overwhelmed, please email your student’s teacher or guidance counselor.

I hope that you are all staying healthy and enjoying the lovely fall weather. Take care and please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything that we can do to support your students or your family!

Elizabeth Bruening, Principal

Welcome Mr. Netty, NWJH Assistant Principal

Mr. Netty has been with the Iowa City Community School District for the last four years serving as the Assistant Principal at Tate High School and the Building Administrator at TREC. Prior to joining the District, Mr. Netty served the students of College Community School District as the Principal of Prairie Creek Intermediate School. He also served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and Athletic Director for the Waterloo Community School District. Mr. Netty has 16 years of high school and junior high English/Reading teaching experience.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Mr. Netty to Northwest Junior High!

Attendance Information

-Please call us at 319-688-1060 when your student will be absent from any classes, for both online only and hybrid students

-Please call the office ahead of time to excuse your student from class

-Please call at least two hours before picking up your student early from school

-We ask that you remain in your car/outside to wait for your child to exit the building

-Attendance messages can be left on our answering machine 24 hours a day

Online Parent Teacher Conferences

Details coming soon

October 14th, 4:15PM-7:45PM

October 22nd, 4:14PM-7:45PM

Reminder: No School

October 9th

November 3rd

Northwest Trojans Apparel

Time to order Northwest Apparel! Visit our store HERE. Orders due by October 12th 2020.

Boys Basketball and Girls Swimming Starts in October!

Boys Basketball and Girls Swimming starts in October! Use the link below to sign up. Hybrid students will practice and play games on the days they attend school. Online students with last names beginning A-K will practice and play games on Cohort A days, M-Z on Cohort B days. Everyone will be required to wear a mask at ALL times with the exception of players on the court during a game.

Swimming practice and home meets will be held at the Coralville Rec Center.

Due to construction at NW, our home basketball games will be played at the Xtreme Arena/GreenState Family Fieldhouse. There will be a limited number of spectators allowed.

Boys Basketball Sign Up

Girls Swimming Sign Up

We must have a current physical and permission to practice on file. Please make sure the physical form has a parent/guardian signature.

Student Physical

Permission to Practice/Heads Up Concussion Form

NWJH Teacher/Staff Recognition

Teacher and Staff Recognition! Say Thank You to your favorite teacher or staff member by giving them a SWAG Award!
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Grab & Go Meals

Meal Service
The District will provide meals for students enrolled in both the hybrid learning model and the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program. All meals, regardless of model, will be free to all students through December 2020.

  • Hybrid Model: Breakfast and lunch will be available through on-site cafeterias for students while they are on campus. Students and staff will follow District health and safety protocols during on-site meal service
  • Grab & Go Meals: Grab & Go meals will be available for any students not on campus. Meals will be distributed Monday through Friday (with the exception of No School days) from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm at the following locations
    • City High School
    • Hills Elementary School
    • Liberty High School
    • North Central Junior High
    • Northwest Junior High
    • South East Junior High
    • West High School

Free meals have been approved ONLY through December 2020. Families requesting assistance should fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application by September 30, 2020. Applications should be submitted online at

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,