We're all learning

STUDENTS: It is a season of preparation! Many students are working on culminating projects that involve research and preparing a product to share with others. Students really enjoy having a choice about the type of product they create to show their learning. Our 2nd through 5th graders also spent time in Music this week preparing for their concerts next week. (See below for the times) And 5th and 6th graders were still running and jumping and throwing during PE in preparation for the District Track and Field Meet. Our students will compete on Monday afternoon.

TEACHERS: Yesterday we used our professional development time to begin preparing for creating class lists, to wrap up our Implicit Bias training and to review individual Career Development Plans. We appreciated having Superintendent Murley out to visit.

Mrs. Krueger honored with the district's SHINE Award!

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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

Buy One Get One Free BOOK FAIR!

Penn Families,

We are still in need of volunteers to work the book fair. We are excited to be able to offer an excellent opportunity to Penn students and their families to purchase books at half price from Scholastic. The book fair will take place May 14th-May 16th after school until 6:00pm. To help make this a success we need volunteers to work the book fair. Please take a look to see if there is a time slot that works for you. Thank you for all you do!

Jessi Benest

Penn PTO

Check out the 2018 AGC 6th Grade Animation Project!

Any Given Child-Iowa City, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, uses local arts resources to provide equitable access to diverse, interactive, and inspiring arts experiences for every K-8 student in the Iowa City Community School District.

Check out our awesome and artistic Panther PRIDE about 2 minutes into the video!

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

Click the link for info and to apply

Looking Ahead

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

May 14-16: Half Price Book Fair, after school till 6pm

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,