We're all learning

STUDENTS: Yesterday recess became an extension of Science as kindergartners discovered that the roly poly bugs and worms they learned about in Science actually live in our playground. The children were excited to find them and the teachers were thrilled to hear all that they remembered from their Science lessons.

TEACHERS: Always learning. There is always more to learn about learning. During our Thursday professional development time, Penn teachers joined the teachers from Garner and VanAllen at the Kirkwood Regional Center to learn more about reading and developing questions to stretch comprehension.

Does your student need tutoring for reading?

We are able to offer FREE tutoring for students who are reading at a level below what is expected for proficiency. For more information please contact Barb Musson at

THANKS for your support!

We raised $353.43 to support Lillian, her family and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. That's a lot of coins!

Leadership Award

Aiden Gillespie and Will Thompson, 6th graders, were honored with Hills Bank's John R Hughes Community Leadership Award. CONGRATULATIONS!
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You are invited to attend your child's music performance on May 16



3rd. 8:15

Orff Clubs 10:00

5th grade 10:15

4th grade. 1:00

Orff clubs 1:30

2nd 1:50

Enrollment #s and class sections for next year

This is the time of year that we start planning for the fall. An important part of this process is determining the number of sections for each grade level, making class lists and assigning teachers. The number of classes we have at each grade level is determined by the number of children who are registered. So, it is critical that we have all the info possible. Please encourage everyone you know to make sure their incoming kindergartner is registered. Also, if you know of anyone moving to the area, have them call the office and share basic info (student ages/grades, address). They won’t be able to actually register until August, but it will help us now to know. And finally, if you know you are moving out of Penn, let Becky know that too. 319-688-1150

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"Pay to Ride" Bus Program

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Iowa City Community School District Transportation Department would like to notify you of the 2018-19 Pay to Ride Program.

The Program details are listed below:

Program details

  • The program is provided on a space-available, time-available, first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited according to capacity as determined by the District, and is available to students in grades K-12.
  • The program is only available on existing bus routes and at existing stops. No additional routes and or stops will be considered for pay-to-ride students after the deadline.
  • Buses provided specifically for special education students are not eligible for this program.
  • Bus stop locations and times are assigned by Durham School Services.
  • Availability of seats and location of bus stops is subject to change based on changes in enrollment, boundaries, and other factors determined by the District or Durham, and can occur at any time. When changes to routes or stops occur, families utilizing pay-to-ride busing will be notified at the same time that the families of eligible students are notified.
  • Students must be picked up and dropped off at their assigned location only. Pick-up and drop-off must be at the same location.
  • Requests for a change in a student’s bus stop will only be honored if the student’s address has changed.
  • No guest students will be allowed to ride along with pay-to-ride students.
  • All students riding the bus are subject to the rules and regulations of conduct and safety established by the District and Durham. The District and Durham use video cameras on school buses as a means to maintain a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Refunds will be granted for any unused full trimester purchased for the current school year.
  • No refunds or rate adjustments will be made for days buses cannot operate because of weather or other circumstances beyond the control of Durham or the District.
  • Payments can be made online via the District’s website or by mailing a check. Fee is charged on a per year basis.

Payment and Fees for Service

  • Pay-to-ride fee is:
    • $432 per student, per year, round trip
    • $260 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for reduced price lunch
    • $0 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for free lunch
  • Full payments must be made in advance no later than June 14, 2018, to be included on a bus roster for the start of the school year.

Application Due Date: June 1, 2018

Payment Due: June 14, 2018

· Applications will be accepted after the due dates while capacity remains on existing routes. (Note: Students will only be assigned to existing bus stops and routes; buses will not be re-routed to accommodate requests.)

  • Students are not eligible to ride until payment is received and application is approved.

Application Process

  1. To apply for pay-to-ride busing, please download the following form:
    • Pay-to-Ride Student Transportation Application

  1. Payment can be made online or checks should be made payable to Iowa City Community School District

  1. Mail or bring your application and payment, if paying by check, to the following address:

Iowa City Community School District

Att.: Esme Davis

1725 N Dodge Street

Iowa City, IA 52245

  1. Iowa City Community School District will begin processing applications upon receipt, in the order they are received. Each application and payment will be kept on file until it is determined the student is eligible for a seat on the bus.

If you are interested in participating in this pay-to-ride program please return the application no later than June 1, 2018 and payment must be made in advance no later than June 14, 2018, to be considered for a bus roster for the start of the school year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or by phone.

Mileage Club is still needs help

We currently do not have enough volunteers to run mileage club for all grades or for all days. We at least need 1 person per shift with 2 people for kindergarten. If anyone else can help, please sign up here

Looking Ahead

May 14: 5th and 6th grade Track & Field Meet at City High @ noon

May 16: Music performances for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Times listed above.

May 21 - 25: 6th graders attend School of the Wild

May 30: LAST DAY of SCHOOL; Dismissal 1 hour early at 1:55pm

May 30: 6th grade Celebration @ 8:15am

Non-Discrimination Statement

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,