WELCOME BACK!

2014-2015 School Year and Pre-Service Information

Exciting Times Ahead!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. I am excited for the new school year that is upon us. Each year brings a chance for new beginnings and a chance to improve for the betterment of our students. I hope you all enjoyed your summer and have had a chance to get away. My family took some short vacations and stayed in the Midwest, but had some great experiences. The Cubs are once again in the cellar, but I am anxiously anticipating the start of a successful Chicago Bears campaign! Michelle, Jodi and I have been busy at school in the front office preparing for the new school year and we are ready to see you all and welcome the students. This year we are opening the year with a theme of Expecting Excellence!


I look forward to seeing you all at 8:15am on Thursday, August 14th for breakfast in the LMC. That morning we will have our faculty meeting followed by the Hills Bank Luncheon. The first day of school is on August 19th and we anticipate an enrollment of close to 800 students. Please read carefully all materials attached to this email/mailing as there are some details on the pre-service schedule you will want to pay special attention to. I wish you all the best with what is left of summer break! Be great!


“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
William Arthur Ward

Please Welcome our New Staff Members!

  • Mike Piper, Keyboarding
  • Dana Phelps, ELL
  • Michele Kopecky, Social Studies
  • Allen Stroh, Special Education

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District Event - Friday August 15th at 1pm

You will soon receive the all district letter with beginning of the year information which includes an all staff gathering at The Marriott Convention Center on Friday, August 15th at 1pm. It is highly encouraged that we carpool to the event. Parking is extremely limited. Please wear your school colors that day as we will be seated by school and introduced in the afternoon. The speaker that afternoon is Dr. Mitch Kelly. Please take a few minutes and watch this video before that day if you are not familiar with his story.

The Hawkeye Way - Mitch Kelly

Degner's Welcome Back BBQ

Friday, Aug. 15th, 4pm

3057 Wintergreen Dr

Iowa City, IA

Bring your families and lawn chairs. We will take care of the food and beverage! Hope to see you all there!
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Thank you!

Thank you to our great custodial staff for their hard work in making our school look great this summer and all year! Please take a minute to say thank you to Sharon, Mike, Shannon, Stephanie, Steve, and Tom!
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New Student Orientation

Monday, Aug. 18th, 12:45-2:30pm

2501 Bradford Dr

Iowa City, IA

Monday morning, August 18th is yours to plan. If you are a 7th grade homeroom teacher, you will be helping with the New Student Orientation that afternoon, so please be in Gym 1-2 by 12:50 PM for our 1:00 PM start –bring your name card from your white binder to identify yourself to the students. Students will be in the building until 2:30 PM.