West High School's Weekly Updates: June 7th-June 13th
Congratulations to the Class of 2021 graduates of Iowa City West!
The Truths I Seek (a tribute to the class of 2021 By Katy Nahra)
When I know something isn’t right, do I start with an apology?
I am not the speaker you deserve,
----I am the one that speaks before you, but Never for you.
I do not represent you
I represent a group of people who are INVESTED in you.
What have I taught you that you MUST know?
On a litany of generosity
A scale of 1 to kindness
I’ve learned NOT to ration my compassion--let it flow
Have I taught you this?
Will my dreams come true?
Dream weavers often fabricate
Visions of gold.
What lines your eyelids at night?
Be careful what you pursue,
The dream may end up chasing you.
What should I believe in?
A shared vision of truth and
Common humanity based upon love
Time doesn’t heal all wounds,
Where do I fit into the world?
Comparison’s a vicious Venn Diagram of superficial stereotypes
Let the compass inside you, guide you
The ONLY thing you can be is true.
What should I pursue?
I seek to be guilty of slow judgment
And Innocent of devouring false narratives
For I am not deficient because I pause
I may be a slow speaker but I AM a deep thinker
Sometimes we must stop trying to be understood
And recognize the common good.
What happens when I fail?
Adversity isn’t just conflict
It is when you have given every part of yourself over
For a greater good
And just when you are ready for rest,
Someone asks you for more, so you reach deeper
Into your soul,
You reach higher, beyond your limits,
You grab onto a lifejacket which looks a lot like
Your conscience, but hugs like your truest friend
And you jump into the deep end with both eyes fixed upon the shore
So you can stay grounded while pretending not to drown.
But when you emerge from the water
Bruised, yet braver
Sometimes in the arms of others
You don’t walk away, not yet, you look back to the
Velvet undertow and rethink every stroke
Reassessing each scenario
Rearranging what you always knew to be true
Admitting your weaknesses,
And with your mouth full of apologies, Your head full of new strategies
you plunge into the depths again
Promising to do better this time.
What if I am scared of change? (scared to go?)
Life IS in fact uphill both ways.
The road that leads you away and
The road that brings you back home.
As you go,
Build bridges of benevolence,
Mend every broken fence with forgiveness,
And scatter gratitude likes dandelion seeds,
So that all roads are open to you.
Will we be okay?
Whatever we are today we are far away from where we ought to be.
I can’t prophesize, but I hypothesize about a rebirth
A regenerated generation,
That uses deliberation as its armament
And baffles with a bigger promise
Not yet realized.
It is our unconquerable resiliency
That makes us human.
Will I be rewarded for my hard work?
Forget the accolades you seek--
Seek the truth,
Even these words I speak--
From the experiences I’ve shared and witnessed
First hand, because I am not alone.
We are none of us, alone.
Instead, focus on
What is good,
Which is what is understood
to be sincere.
What can I expect from life?
This is the day,
When we applaud you,
and drape decorations and distinctions upon you
And hold our breath because
Our hope lies within you.
Today is the day when
My pupils become my peers
When I wish you peace, hope and love,
And all the things that money can’t buy;
A few good friends and the will to try--
To be a little better every day.
I wish you a lifetime of daydreams
And moments to stop and think.
If you, like me, seek the truth,
Then remember all you have been through
And how truly strong you are.
When adversity rings twice, and it will
Combat yourself with knowledge,
Garnish yourself in humanity,
Raise up your voices,
and please remember to
Make good choices.
Pancake Day is Back!
Save the Date!
Iowa City Athletic Booster Club Pancake DaySaturday, October 23rd
The Pancake Day fundraiser helps raise money that supports student athletes, coaches and programs. Every year Pancake Day raises approximately $30,000 to support athletes and athletic programs at City, Liberty and West High Schools as well as North Central, Northwest and South East junior high schools. This is nearly one-half of the total money raised by the Iowa City Athletic Booster Club annually. With the cancelling of this event last year and the loss of other fundraising revenue as a result of additional cancellations, we need your help more than ever! Your support would be greatly appreciated.
If you have questions about donations or ticket purchases, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for your continued support!
Make an online donation to the Iowa City Athletic Booster Club here.
End of School Year Information (Message sent to families on 6/2)
As we near the end of the 2020-21 school year, we are beginning to receive questions regarding the last day of school. As a reminder, the final day of classes for students is on Friday, June 11, 2021. We will release one hour early on Wednesday (6/9/21), Thursday (6/10/21), and Friday (6/11/21).
We are excited to announce that our Grab & Go Meal Program will continue through the summer. The summer program will run from June 21 through August 6, 2021. Meals will be served from noon -1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 1, 2, and 5. Below is the list of summer Grab & Go Meal locations:
- Garner Elementary
- Hills Elementary
- Mann Elementary
- Northwest Junior High
- South East Junior High
- West High
- Wood Elementary
Watch for information regarding e-Registration for the 2021-22 school year to be released later in June. If you have any questions, please contact the main office of your child’s school.
Iowa City Community School District
online only schedule for the last 3 days of school this week-out at 3:00pm each day Wednesday 6/9, Thursday 6/10 & Friday 6/11
Congratulations to the 2021 journalism seniors and next year's Trojan Epic and West Side Story staffers!
SFA Assistance Available in the Guidance Office:
Your SFA can help support school success through sharing information and supporting families with:
- School and home connections
- Mental health resources
- Temporary Living Situations
- School supplies and winter gear referrals
- District and Community resources and referrals
- Navigation of school policies and procedures
- Help registering your child for school
- Pre-scheduled Transportation Support
The SFA is available daily, following the school calendar, and during other times as needed/by appointment. Services are free for families. Please contact your school SFA if you have any questions.
If you or someone you know are in crisis, call 1-855-581-8111 or text to 1-855-895-8398 for immediate help 24/7.
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