South East Update
Hello Little Hawk Families
Main Office- 319- 688-1070
Michelle Cook- Principal- email@example.com
Emily Dvorak- Assistant Principal- firstname.lastname@example.org
Aryana Ruiz- Office Manager- email@example.com
Pam Quigley- Front Receptionist- firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance and to report an absence- 319-688-1071
Tonya Burkett- Attendance Secretary- email@example.com
Guidance Office (Schedule questions, student concerns, etc) 319-688-1073
Tara Andresen- Guidance Secretary- firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Ingram- Guidance Counselor- email@example.com
Jill Coffman- Guidance Counselor- firstname.lastname@example.org
Athletics- (General Questions- sport specific please email your student's coach)
Nikol Carlson- Athletic Secretary- email@example.com
Allison Brewer- Dean of Students- firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative News and Updates
Houses to Homes
Who are the SEJH Student and Family Advocates?
688-1001 ext. 7113
688-1001 ext. 7248
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, free and reduce lunch applications
- Pre-scheduled transportation support
- Connection to School Based Mentoring Program
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.
Coming up- Track season will begin at the end of March. A sport physical is required to participate. If you need help finding a doctor, medical insurance assistance, transportation to appointments or getting into to our Healthy Kids Clinic, please contact Nicole Spear.
Kickers Soccer Club will begin at the end of March also. We have scholarships available to play at a reduced fee.
Do you actively do community service or give back to the community in a different way? Iowa City Area Association Realtors Scholarship foundation is awarding $100 incentive awards to junior high and middle school students within the Iowa City Area Association Realtors service area.
Come to the guidance office to get more information on the application process. Deadline on the application is March 30th.
They Called Her Vivaldi
Each trimester Personal Development students do a volunteer project. To date, students have volunteered more than 850 hours of service in our school and community this school year! Many choose to host a blood drive at school. South East Junior High will host another drive April 10 in the LMC.
Last trimester we had a great turn-out with 26 donors and 23 units of blood collected for patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. We are very proud of our tradition of service for the UIHC through our blood drives. Students work hard to recruit donors in our school and community. We offer a unique value as we are always bringing new donors to UIHC through Personal Development classes as students pass through our school. Please consider participating in this drive and support service in our community at the same time! You can go to this link as the drive gets closer (look for the South East Junior High blood drive) to sign up for a donation time or you can “drop in” on the day of the drive. South East Personal Development students thank you!
Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress
- These are computerized assessments and will be taken on the Chromebooks. Students must bring their fully charged Chromebook and charger for testing!
- Tests are as follows: Reading- 60 minutes, Language Arts and Writing- 120 minutes, Math- 60 minutes, Science (8th grade only) 60 minutes.
- Cell phones and Smart watches are not allowed in a student's possession at all during the testing window. Students are not allowed to have their phone out during a break, if they go to the bathroom, etc. All cell phones should be kept at home, locked in their school or PE locker or handed in to the proctor during testing.
If you have questions, please let us know and again, we will continue to send more information as the time draws closer.
2nd Trimester Grades
3rd Trimester Schedules
Students requesting schedule changes can pick up add/drop slips in the guidance office. Please remember that we cannot change schedules to accommodate lunch shift requests, study hall requests or teacher changes.
The weather challenges along with the construction challenges have definitely required us to dig deeper into our flexibility bank than ever before! We were informed last week that they are ready to begin remodel work on the north side of the main second floor hallway over spring break! This is great news for progress, a bit challenging as we work to find space for 7 classrooms to move to for the remainder of the year. However, in true South East spirit, staff have risen to the occasion with smiles, great attitudes and a willingness to be flexible in where they teach. We are currently working on relocating the following rooms after spring break: Sara Jones (room 228), Katy Doran and Kelsi Salter (room 230), Chris Bartmann and Heidi Anderson (room 232), Joey Lankelma (room 234), Jeremy Negus (room 236), Jayme Skay (room 238) and Dana Phelps (room 235). This will require a bit of shuffling for other teachers as well and we will be doing some room sharing. This is only for the remainder of the year and by the start of the 2019-2020 school those rooms will be completely remodeled and ready for students! I could not be more appreciative of my staff and how they respond to these changes. We are so fortunate to have these role models for our students!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding construction!
Every day I find incredible hope in the way that students find value sharing their collective wisdom - in the questions they ask and experiences and feelings they share, about language learning, with each other. A student remarked the other day, "I was never able to say or understand any of this in the summer, and now look!" It's a good reminder that even when a new subject may seem overwhelming, that there is so much that students have to focus on from what they've learned, and be proud of the risks they've taken. ~ Sra. Ahlers
physical education uniforms. Fitness testing will start right away the first day of the 3rd Trimester. Please be prepared. If you need an inhaler to be able to run the pacer, please have it with you and be ready to complete the fitness testing.
Third time's the charm! - After several cancellations, the SE orchestras were finally able to give their February concert on Valentine's Day. Despite all of the missed rehearsals, the students presented a great concert to a very appreciative crowd. February has also been filled with extra rehearsals preparing for the Kennedy Honors Orchestra Festival on Saturday, March 2nd. Sixteen SE students will be participating in the festival and performing in three different orchestras.
Looking ahead - The 8th grade orchestra will be going on tour and performing at several elementary schools on Friday, March 29th. The 8th grade orchestra will also be going on an educational field trip in late April to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago.
From the ELL Department
Mr. Smith's Science Class!
Soon we will be doing a 4 day lab on osmosis using raw eggs. Students will strip the shell off of the egg using acetic acid leaving just the cell membrane. Eggs will then sit in isotonic (vinegar), hypertonic (corn syrup), and hypotonic (water) solutions over night. Students will then find the mass of the eggs to calculate water gained/lost over night through osmosis! Finally, we will conclude our metabolism unit with a 6-7 day project designing health bars. Students will use an online simulation to design the bars based on different needs of people. They will use background information from the Metabolism unit as well as new information on glycemic index in their decision making. Mr. Byler and I will be having students taste the different ingredients (an important factor in the design!) and then actually making and eating the health bars!
We will finish up March by moving into our "Matter and Energy in Ecosystems" unit. This unit will focus on photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and the carbon cycle. One of the first labs I just completed will have students observing photosynthesis in plant leaves in varying amounts of light. Students will use pressure to pack the leaves with carbon (sodium bicarbonate) making them sink in water. Then, if/when the leaves use that carbon through photosynthesis they will become more buoyant and begin to float (as long as they produce more through photosynthesis than they are using through cellular respiration!).
Washington D.C. Trip!
"The South East 2020 Washington, DC trip is now only a year away! Mr. Merulla will be presenting the trip to this year's 7th graders in their Global Studies classes and to 8th graders in their American Studies classes during the week of March 25-29, the week after we return from Spring Break.
Mr. Merulla will hold a parent informational meeting the following Wednesday evening, April 3, at 7pm, in his classroom, room T11 in the temporaries.
Just park in the back lot, and come on in.The meeting will last no more than thirty minutes. Mr. Merulla will present the details of next year's exciting trip, as well as stay after to answer any questions. You may also register for the trip at that time, if you wish. This will be the 6th South East DC trip Mr. Merulla has led, and every one has been an incredible experience."
If you'd like to know more before the meeting, contact Mr. Merulla at email@example.com, or have your son or daughter stop by for an informational packet.
The Wild, Wild, Wildest West!
Slick and wealthy Richard Coldheart must marry Polly Wanda Cracker to control the Cracker property. However, it's Polly's sister, Prunella, who wants to marry him! Meanwhile, our hero, Sheriff Wayne John, has his hands full surviving the hilarious antics of well-meaning but no-too-bright Deputy Doowrong. When a bundle of villains, including Snydley Dastardly, Kid Kid and Calamity Jan, attempts to take over the town things really go crazy!
The SE Drama Department presents The Wild, Wild, Wildest West Thursday and Friday, March 7th & 8th at 7:00pm in the SE LGR. Ticket are $5/adults and $4/students and can be purchased at the door.
You don't want to miss this adventure that takes you back to the 1880s in Low Humidity Chasm. (Aren't you tired of Westerns taking place in Dry Gulch Canyon?}
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 https://iccsdfoundation.org/choose-a-campaign/
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.
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!
PBIS and Other Supports
PBIS February Data
The PBIS Committee would like to share our behavior data for the month of February.
- February Behavior Referral Data:
- 28 total behavior referrals
- 22 from the classroom, 5 from the hallway, and 1 from the locker room
- 64% of the referrals successfully made contact home
- 6 referrals requested SAC intervention, 5 requested follow up from administration, 12 for documentation purposes only, 5 for re-entry meetings
- Last year we had 33 total referrals for the month of February
As we begin our final trimester of the 18-19 school year, teachers will be reviewing and re-teaching classroom behavior expectations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Our PBIS committee relies heavily on donations to purchase items for our SOAR store and for special student acknowledgements. We are so thankful to those who have already donated this year, but with almost 800 students, we go through our donations quickly! If you would like to donate to PBIS, please click https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4cadab2ba0fd0-pbis1
Little Hawk Time Community Opportunity
Building Character in Kids
South East Homework Club
MPORTANT- PANCAKE DAY IS COMING!! The annual Pancake Day fundraiser for the purpose of supporting the athletic programs at South East Junior High, Northwest Junior High, North Central Junior High, City Highl, Liberty High, and West High Schools is coming up April 14th from 6:30am-2:00pm. Mark your calendars to attend the 54rd Annual Pancake Day!! Funds raised are used at Southeast Junior High and City High to help purchase needed equipment and supplies for our teams. Nearly 30% of our annual equipment budget comes from this single fundraiser. You can support this important fundraiser in several ways:
By a direct tax deductible donation. You can donate online at: http://www.iccsdfoundation.org/pancake-day/ .
By purchasing and selling tickets for our event. Simply put, the more tickets we sell, the more money we make. Each student athlete should have received five tickets to sell. Tickets can also be purchased online: http://www.iccsdfoundation.org/pancake-day/ or can be purchased at the door.
By providing a donation to the event of food or supplies, or by providing an item for the raffle. Please contact Carrie Watson (email@example.com) for information.
Sign up to help at the event. We need about 60 volunteers for this event:
We are still looking for volunteers to help announce wrestlers and keep time at our home meets. Please consider signing up below!
South East Track and Field
South East 2018-19 Calendar Dates to Be Aware Of
South East 2018-19 Bell Schedule
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, Botchway.firstname.lastname@example.org.