South East Update

October 2019

Hello Little Hawk Families

What a beautiful start to the month of October! I hope everyone is excited for a fall break and has plans to enjoy this beautiful fall weather over the 4 day weekend! Midterms were this week so please make sure you are keeping up with PowerSchool and checking in with your student's teachers if you have questions. We do have fall conferences coming up in a few weeks, but always know that you do not need to wait for conferences to meet with or talk with a teacher. We are happy to work with you as a team to ensure success for your student.

As always, thank you for sharing your most precious gifts with us. It is truly an honor to work with you and your students. Thank you for being a part of our community!

Michelle Cook

School Contacts

Main Office- 319- 688-1070

Rachel Hills- Office Manager-

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-

Hanna Collins- Guidance Counselor-

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

Nikol Carlson- Athletic Secretary-

Allison Brewer- Dean of Students-

Meet Your South East Student and Family Advocates!

Nicole Spear


Gabriela Magalhaes


Office: 688-1070

Our mission is to empower the connection between families and schools to ensure a successful learning experience for all of our children. Your Student and Family Advocate (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
  • Connection to school based mentoring program
  • Connection to Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinic
  • Support obtaining sports physicals

The SFA is available daily, following the school calendar, and during other times as needed/by appointment.



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.


Lost and Found

Lost and found articles are kept in boxes right inside the main office. Please have your student check these boxes if they are missing clothing, water bottles, supplies, etc. Any valuables that are found are kept in the main office. Students can check with one of the secretaries if they are looking for something. At the end of each trimester, all unclaimed items are donated to Goodwill.

Fall Conferences!

Fall conferences will be held Thursday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 23rd. This is a change from earlier communication, we will not be having conferences on Wednesday, October 9th! Conferences will be held in both drop-in format, as well as scheduled times.

Drop in times will be from 4:00-5:30 on Thursday 10/17 and from 4:30-6:00 on Wednesday, 10/23. Drop in conferences are a chance for you to visit teachers for a short 5 minute conference that does not need to be scheduled ahead of time.

Scheduled conferences are pre-scheduled 10 minute conferences and will be held from 5:30-7:30 on 10/17 and from 6:00-8:00 on 10/23. To sign up for a scheduled conference, please click the sign up genius below to select the teacher and time slot. If you have questions about the sign up genius or scheduling, please feel free to call the main office at 688-1070. We are happy to assist you!

Please note that not all teachers are available the entire time each night. A complete list of teacher availability is linked here, and is indicated on the sign up genius.

Sign Up Links:

October 17

October 23

Fall Party!

SEJH's Halloween Party is Friday, October 25th from 6:30-8pm. Join us for dancing, food for purchase, games, and lots more. Costumes are welcome but not required. Entry fee is $3.00. This party is for South East only, so students should also bring their student IDs. All students should be dropped off and picked up in the back parking lot! The only entrance is the door by the kitchen (door 17). All students MUST be picked up by 8:15! There will be no supervision after this time. Please make sure to make arrangements with your student for pick up!


Students are allowed to wear costumes on October 31 to school if they wish. All costumes must be school appropriate. No weapons of any kind are allowed. Students may use face paint, but may not wear masks during the day. Administration will have final say on the appropriateness of any costumes. Any student with a costume that is inappropriate or causing a disruption will be asked to change.



Ms. Eslami Literacy

Hi, Parents & Guardians!

In Ms. Eslami’s 7th-grade Literacy class, we have started reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Students will be given some entire class periods to work, but they will also be required to complete reading as homework (audio of the text can be found on Google Classroom, but students should still follow along in the book). Assignments are on paper, but there will be copies on Google Classroom for students to print out if needed. Students also have a bookmark that has the timeline for due dates, just in case they forget. Here is the timeline if you would like to take a look at it. The goal is to be finished with the novel by October 30th so we can begin watching the movie on October 31st. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. My email address is

Thank you,

Ms. Eslami


In late September, the South East Orchestras received a special treat. Guest performer and local Violist, Tyler Hendrickson, came to SE and performed selections from his upcoming tour featuring works from forgotten composers of the early 20th Century. He will be performing the full set of works in a FREE concert for the public on Saturday, October 5th. The concert will begin at 7pm at the Preucil School of Music Main Campus (524 N. Johnson St., Iowa City). This concert is for the whole family.

The Music Auxiliary Car Wash was cancelled due to thunderstorms. If you were hoping to donate to the music auxiliary at the car wash, please consider making an online donation instead:

Upcoming Fundraiser for the Washington D.C. Trip!

Short's Eastside will be holding a Community Benefit Night for the SE Washington, DC trip on Wednesday, November 20. From 5-close, 15% of all sales, including carryout, will be donated to the SE DC trip.
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South East Junior High After School Clubs

GLOW Club: GLOW is a gay-straight alliance. Our motto is "All are welcome; none are judged." Club members discuss issues related to bullying and equality, make new friends, and encourage everyone to love who they are. The mission of the SE GLOW Club is to educate the community about LGBTQ issues. GLOW Club meets Wednesday's after school until 5 PM with Ms. Jones in room 2025. This club has started.

Chess Club: Chess Club will start meeting the week of September 10th. Chess club will meet on Wednesday's after school until 5 PM with Mr. Chambers in room 182.

Family Consumer Science Club: FCS club will be starting second trimester the week of November 19th. More information to come from Ms. Crandall.

Math Counts: Math Counts members work to prepare for the Chapter and State Math Counts competitions through innovative problem solving to challenging mathematical situations. Math Counts will meet with Ms. Degner from 8:00-8:45 AM. First meeting 9/4.

STEM Club: Science Technology Engineering Math Club members will participate in activities that will enhance and extend the middle school STEM curriculum. Subjects will work with robotics (VEX), 3D Design and Modeling (Autodesk Inventor) and power and energy. STEM Club participates in competitions and provides an extra outlet for those who show aptitude and interest in furthering their learning. This club meets on Friday at 8:15 AM with Mr. Negus in room 2033. First meeting will be September 6th.

Geek the Library: What do you Geek? Everyone geeks something, and the South East library supports what you geek! Join Geed the Library in the library to talk about great books, great tech, and whatever else! Geek the Library meets on Tuesday's from 4:00-5:00 PM with Ms. Sims. First meeting 9/05.

Homework Club: Homework Club will meet after school in the library on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-5 PM. Mr. Lankelma and Mr. Bailey sponsor Homework Club. Homework club will begin the week of September 9th. Please listen to announcements for confirmed date or contact Mr. Bailey.

United Action for Youth: UAY provides art activities, games and snacks after school on Tuesday's from 4-5 PM in room starting September, 10th in room 2034.

G! World: This club is for self-identified minority girls. G! World is designed to empower, inspire and educate women through group activities and meaningful discussions, impactful workshops, cultural outings and real world experiences. G!World will be working with students during lunch trimester 1. We will keep you posted on Trimester 2 and 3 meeting times.

Jazz Band: At the beginning of October, SEJH will be holding auditions for their 7th grade and 8th grade jazz bands (two separate ensembles.) These groups meet before school through most of the winter, performing at school concerts and different jazz competitions around the area. Participation is open to any SEJH student interested in auditioning. For more questions, please contact the band director Maddie Madsen.

Yearbook: If you are interested in taking pictures for and creating our 2019-2020 South East Yearbook, consider joining this club. Yearbook will meet on Friday's during Little Hawk Time with Dr. Arnone. The first meeting is on Friday, September 20th.



PSTO Meetings

PSTO will meet three times during the school year. Meetings are from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the SE library. Dates are below:

October 21, 2019

January 13, 2020

April 20, 2020



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PBIS Rewards App

What Parents Can See and Do

Our School is using PBIS Rewards to help us with our PBIS program. PBIS Rewards is a technology-based PBIS Management System that helps us with our behavior incentive program. You can learn about PBIS Rewards at their website ( Our students can earn rewards throughout the day by meeting our behavior expectations. These rewards are in the form of electronic points. They can redeem these points for privileges, tangible items, access to events, and other similar things.

Our expectation is that we will see overall behavior improve throughout the school and that the number of referrals we have will decrease. PBIS Rewards has a Parent App that will give you some insight into how your child is doing with respect to our PBIS program.

The Parent App will run on most smart devices, including smartphones and tablets. You can find it in the iPhone/iPad App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store. Just search for "PBIS Rewards Parent". We will be sending home your parent PBIS Rewards letter this week, there will be a code to scan to start setting up your account.

Please use the link below to learn more:



Boys Basketball and Girls Swimming

Boys basketball and girls swimming will have informational meetings after school on Monday, October 14th. If you student can't make the meeting, they will need to sign up for basketball or swimming in the main office. Practice for both sports will begin Tuesday, October 15th. Please plan to pick up your athletes at 5:30 PM from practice. If you have any questions, please contact

Sports Competition Schedules and Information

Stadium Clean Up

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. South East Jr. High is responsible for cleaning the south end zone of Kinnick Stadium 10/13, and 11/24. 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.

Step It Up Fundraiser

The District Junior High "Step It Up" fundraiser has come to an end. South East raised around $3,200. On October 21st, we will celebrate with an hour of AWESOMENESS for all 7th and 8th graders. Although the official fundraiser is over, you can still donate to South East through the following ways:

Write a check directly to the SEJH PSTO and send to the main office.

Donate through the Foundation:

Box Tops for Education

South East is collecting Box Tops for Education. This process has been made even easier now that Box Tops has an App. Please check out the link below with directions for getting the Box Tops App and how it works!

South East 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 Bell Schedule