South East Update


Hello Little Hawk Families

It is hard to believe we are already near the end of the 1st trimester. Thank you for sharing your students with us! We truly count ourselves blessed to be able to work with such an incredible community every day. Thank you for your support and partnership this year. We are looking forward to watching this group continue to grow throughout the rest of the year!

Michelle Cook

School Contacts

Main Office- 319- 688-1070

Michelle Cook- Principal-

Emily Dvorak- Assistant Principal-

Aryana Ruiz- Office Manager-

Pam Quigley- Front Receptionist-

Attendance and to report an absence- 319-688-1071

Tonya Burkett- Attendance Secretary-

Guidance Office (Schedule questions, student concerns, etc) 319-688-1073

Tara Andresen- Guidance Secretary-

Brian Ingram- Guidance Counselor-

Jill Coffman- Guidance Counselor-

Athletics- (General Questions- sport specific please email your student's coach)

Nikol Carlson- Athletic Secretary-

Allison Brewer- Dean of Students-


Remind 101 for Chromebook Charging


We have a number of students forgetting to bring their Chromebooks to school charged. This is causing disruptions in their learning as they are not able to immediately access materials. We are seeing this most often on Monday mornings. You, or your student can sign up to get a text message reminder Sunday evening to charge their Chromebooks before Monday morning!

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Fall "Non Fund-Raiser"

Dear South East Junior High Parents and Guardians,

As your PTSO President, I want to ask you to consider a year-end donation to SEJH for our non-fundraiser fundraiser! For years, SE raised significant funds through their magazine sales to friends and families. However, as magazines have lost popularity, SE struggled to raise funds this way. The PTSO decided two years ago to simply ask for donations directly WITHOUT asking you or your students to sell anything. This is great for two reasons…you aren’t hitting up friends and family AND SEJH receives 100% of the money!

Unfortunately, many of the things that education budgets covered when we were kids…don’t anymore. That means that if our kids want to experience field trips---the PTSO covers much of the cost. We also pay for sports uniforms, many teacher requests for materials, and much more. Each bus for any activity cost $300! I know---it’s crazy.

So here is the deal…I won’t ask you to chaperone one of these Jr. High field trips if you send in a donation

AND in other great news…SouthEast Jr. High is now its own 501(c)3 organization so your donations are tax deductible!

Please mail your check (preferred method) to SEJH PTSO at 2501 Bradford Dr., Iowa City, IA 52240 or have your student drop it off in the office. Credit cards can be taken at

Our families always rise to the challenge when we send out request for conference meals or teacher needs, please help us provide every student exciting educational opportunities by making a donation today.


Brianna Wills

PTSO President, SEJH

No Contribution is Too Large or Too Small!

  • $10 I am thrilled not to participate in another catalog sales program.

  • $30 I am relieved not to purchase magazines that I do not have time to read.

  • $50 I am excited to use the Sunday comics to wrap gifts instead of expensive gift wrap.

  • $75 I look forward to not spending an evening baking to supply goodies for a bake sale.

  • $100 I relish the prospect of not asking friends and neighbors to buy trinkets.

  • $150 I am happy to give 100% of this donation to Southeast and not to a fundraising company.

  • $200 Thank you for NOT allowing me to chair the fundraising committee!


Inclement Weather Guidelines

The ICCSD inclement weather guideline can be found here:

Administrators will use Blackboard Connect to notify parents of inclement weather decisions via telephone. School closings are also broadcast on local TV and radio stations. Information will be posted on the district website too.

What if we have a delay of school due to weather? The radio and TV will announce how long the delay will be. It will be stated in terms of 1 hour or 2 hours. If it is a one hour delay, then school will start at 9:50 AM; if a 2 hour delay, school will start at 10:50 AM. We will then run an adjusted schedule throughout the rest of the school day. School buses will run late by one or two hours.

Your student should arrive at school one to two hours later than when you would normally have your student arrive. Therefore, if you drive your student to school and drop him or her off at 8:30 AM on a regular school day, doing so at 10:30 AM would be appropriate when there is a two hour delay. The school will have minimal staff available for supervision of students during these delays and we would appreciate students arriving as close to the actual delay start time as possible.

What if we get released early?

The school district will make a decision about early outs and communicate that via Blackboard Connect. Buses will pick up at the new dismissal time. All after school activities are cancelled in the event of an early dismissal. There will not be any after school supervision in the event of an early dismissal and students would need to be picked up or have plans in place within 15 minutes of dismissal.

How do I get weather updates?

Go to the ICCSD tune in to KXIC, KCJJ, KRUI, Q103, KRNA, WMT, KFMW, WSUI, WHO, KHAK, KCCK, KUNI, KCRG-TV, KGAN-TV, KWWL-TV. The radio stations have been very helpful in getting out the word if there is a change. Station managers request that the public refrain from calling in for information.

We will also have an update message on our school website at

BoxTops for Education!

"Did you know that Southeast Junior High earns money for Box Tops? Box Tops are found on everyday items you use in your home. Please bring your Box Tops into the office to help us purchase supplies and equipment for the school. Thank you!"

UAY Clothing Drive

The UAY clothing drive ends this Friday, Nov. 9! Bring your gently used pre-teen/young adult clothing to your homeroom! Also- make sure to check the lost and found as all items left this after this week will be donated to the clothing drive!

Minutes from the October PSTO meeting are below!

THANK YOU from your PSTO and SE Teachers!

The SEJH faculty would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the generous parents and guardians that fed us on conference nights.

Brenna Eldeen

Tom Mentz

Gosia Clore

Tammy Anson

Alexandra Ackerman

Kristy Dilanni

Svetlana Acas

Bridget Brenton

Mandi Bozarth

Roland Racevskis

Sarah Hachtman

Merfat Mohamed

Shannon McMahon

Leah Cronk

Jon Garfinkel

Amy Rood

Erin Rindels

Linda Hand

Jody Harmsen

Stefanie Riepe

Phuong Tran

Jenny Nace

Shellie Miller Kettelkamp

Lauren Naeve

Heidi Weaver

Khalid Saeed

Tobi Drake

Beth Pfohl

Hannah Sadler

Kelli Kucera

Noemi Ford

Osman Mahdi

Diane Platte

Cindy McDowell

Paul Sueppel

Tara Martin

Brooke Brewer

Angie Bywater

These heartfelt meals do so much to rejuvenate teachers on long days at work!

1st Trimester Report Cards

The end of the trimester is Nov. 15th. All grades are final by the end of the day Nov. 16th. Report cards will not be printed, but will be loaded into the document vault in PowerSchool by Nov. 20th. If you need a hard copy of your student's report card, please call the guidance office.

Translators Needed!

The Iowa City Community School District is looking to hire interpreters and translators to facilitate communication between families and staff on an occasional basis. There is a great need for French and/or Arabic interpreters and translators, but individuals who have expertise in other languages are also encouraged to apply. Individuals must have proficient oral and/or written skills in English as well as the target language. Please apply online at or contact the school district office at 319-688-1000 with questions.

Food For Fitness

Food for Fitness's favorite final food labs of the trimester. Learning that America's favorite food - Pizza can be healthy with some modifications and all the food groups represented : whole grain crusts, veggies, low fat meat, fruit, low fat mozzarella cheese. Ninja Blender frozen yogurt disappeared in minutes with a two-fold purpose of learning to use food processors and making healthy frozen yogurt options of mixed berries, mango, strawberry, and banana flavors .

Construction Update!

We are moving right along with our construction progress! They are working hard on getting the courtyard ready for the 3 new classrooms as well as the addition on the NE corner of the building. We are very grateful to our students and staff for their patience and flexibility as we continue to make adjustments in the building. We have had to relocate some of our classrooms in the last couple of weeks to the 10 Plex as well as sharing space inside so that they can continue work on the courtyard addition. I will keep you posted as we move along!

South East PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

The PBIS team has analyzed our October behavior referral data, and would like to share a few highlights:

  • Overall, compared to last year, total behavior referrals are down for the month of October.
  • Last year in October, we have 19 major referrals and 17 minors. This year in the month of October, we had 5 majors and 14 minor referrals.
  • The classroom is still the most prevalent location for behavior referrals.

Based on this data, the PBIS team is in the process of creating a special acknowledgement system to reinforce classroom behaviors/expectations. This plan will be rolled out the second week of November and run through Winter Break.

Lastly, the PBIS team works really hard to find affordable and desirable items for our SOAR store. At the SOAR store, students can turn in their SOAR tickets or electronic points and "purchase" rewards for their positive behavior. We are always taking donations, if you are interested in donating to the SOAR store, please click here

PBIS Rewards App

We are in the process of switching over to a electronic behavior acknowledgement system called, "PBIS Rewards." This online system will take the place of our paper acknowledgement system known as our SOAR tickets. Your students may have downloaded the free PBIS student reward app on their phone, and they can also access their information from their chromebooks or any desktop computer. If you would like to have access to your students online behavior system, please email Allison Brewer at She can help you get the parent app or desktop version set up. This would allow you to see who, when and for what expectations your student is receiving positive acknowledgements.

South East Homework Club

Does your student need help with organization, studying for text/quizzes or completing homework? We have the support for you! After school Homework Club meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-5 PM in the library. Contact Mr. Bailey or Mr. Lankelma if you would like to sign you student up for one or all days per week. Students can also drop by when needed.

1st Winter Sports Season Has Begun!

Our first session of Winter sports, boys basketball and girls swimming has started. Please see schedules below. We are in need of scorekeepers/timers for both sports. Please consider signing up below.

Girls Swimming


Boys Basketball

7th Grade Schedule:

8th Grade Schedule:

Volunteer Sign Up:

7th Boys Basketball

8th Boys Basketball

Girls Swimming

Stadium Clean Up: LAST DATE!

If you have a student that is out for a fall sport or is planning to participate in one of our winter or spring sports we need your help on 11/24, a Friday night game. South East Jr. High is responsible for cleaning the south end zone of Kinnick Stadium . We need all athletes, parents and coaches on hand in order to get this done in a timely manner. Gates open at 7:00 AM. We are usually done by 8:15. If you have a gas leaf blower we encourage you to bring it with you. The more blowers we have the better job we do and the sooner we are done. If you do not have a blower, report to the concourse under the west stands to get brooms and bags. We encourage recycling of all cardboard and plastic items. There are recycling bags available in the west concourse. Please start at the top of the stadium and work down. Move all waste materials to an aisle and then clean the aisles from the top down. All bags of garbage and recyclables should be moved to the concourse area. South East is responsible for the entire south end zone so please stay until we are all done. This a major athletic fundraising activity for South East. The money that we receive helps pay for athletic uniforms and equipment for all sports. Thanks in advance for your help. See you Saturday morning.


South East 2018-19 Calendar Dates to Be Aware Of

Below is a link to a document with calendar dates for the year! Please note that these events are subject to change. This is a live document so will always be updated with the most recent information. Please make sure to check it regularly for changes or additions.

South East 2018-19 Bell Schedule

Daily Announcements

Daily announcements are read each day, and broadcast into classrooms at the beginning of first period.

Announcements can also be found on the South East Jr High website.




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 Kingsley Botchway II, Director of Equity, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,