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April 12-16; SFA Padlet; Poetry Month; Kindergarten Round Up

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Dear Grant Wood Parents & Families:

It has certainly been a rainy weekend; I hope everyone has had opportunity to enjoy your the weekend. There is no school this Friday (April 16th) for all students. With each week of April we near the testing dates for the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). Below you will see some dates pertaining to when our on site enrollment students will be testing and when our online enrollment students will be testing as well.

Along with ISASP, ICCSD 3rd through 6th grade students are also completing Conditions for Learning survey. Also, by the end of April, all 6th graders are taking their Math Placement Test for JrHigh planning. And, in May, all elementary students will be initiating the Spring FastBridge screening window, which will again include the mySAEBERs screener for 2nd-6th graders.

Along with our continued learning, it is a busy end of the year. On May 5th, ICCSD Elementary schools, Grant wood included, will be hosting our virtual Kindergarten Round Up - more information to come in upcoming newsletters and emails.

Please continue to mark you calendars the following reminders regarding our mornings and afternoons at Grant Wood:

  • School opens for breakfast at 7:40am (Monday-Friday, when school is in session)

*Please remind students to enter at door 19 for breakfast, 7:40am-7:55am

*Students arriving to school after 7:55am must enter through the office at door 1

  • Wednesdays are early release days and school dismisses at 1:55pm on Wednesdays.

Here are some April & May dates to also mark on your calenders:

  • April 16th ~ No School this Friday
  • April 26th-30th ~ ISASP Testing for 3rd-6th Grade

(100% on site enrollment students)

  • May 5th ~ Kindergarten Round Up (virtual via zoom, 2:30-3:30pm)
  • May 3rd-14th ~ ISASP Testing for 3rd-6th Grade

(100% online enrollment students: testing in bldg)

  • May 17th-28th ~ ISASP Testing for 3rd-6th Grade

(100% online enrollment students: testing remotely)

As mentioned last week, with Spring comes an excitement and eagerness to be outside, during recess and during non-school hours. It is our goal to have Grant Wood students aspire always to embody our building expectations of being Safe, Kind, and Responsible in our classrooms, throughout our building/campus - while outside as well.




Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Student & Family Advocate: Ms Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Attendance Secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office Secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

April - National Poetry Month (2021, 25th anniversary)

"Poetry can allow kids to paint sketches of their lives, using metaphor, imagery and symbolic language to describe painful experiences, or parts of themselves that they're not ready to share. Poetry allows kids to put language to use-to make it serve a deep internal purpose, to break rules along the way (grammar, punctuation, capitalization -- think of e.e. cummings) and to find voice, representation, community perhaps."

~Elena Aguilar (2013)

Maya Angelou reads Life Doesn't Frighten Me
Autism Speaks

April - World Autism Month: Throughout the month, Autism Speaks focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support.

Kindness Connections: Savannah chats with Holly Robinson Pete about Broadway and building her craft
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Student & Family Advocate - Alyssa Palante

Ms. Alyssa's Corner - Padelt (click here)

2021 Kindergarten Round Up (District Message)

The Iowa City Community School District will hold a Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2021, and who will begin Kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year.

Date and time:
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
2:30 - 3:30pm

For those who have registered their student, your elementary school will send you a Zoom link for this meeting.

*Grant Wood will send the zoom link to Grant wood families (at a later date, closer to May 5th).

If you have not yet registered your child for Kindergarten, please contact your neighborhood elementary school and they will be happy to assist you. You will need the following documentation to complete the registration process.

Requirements at registration:

1. Verification of your child’s birth date (Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.)

2. Child’s immunization records

3. Proof of residency (examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.)
If you do not have the needed documentation, please contact your school for assistance.

1. Verification of your child’s birth date (Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.)

2. Child’s immunization records

3. Proof of residency (examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.)
If you do not have the needed documentation, please contact your school for assistance.



ICCSD Online Registration for 2021-22 year

District message (4/9/21):

Earlier this week you received an email that included this link for interested families to enroll students in ICCSD Online for the 2021-22 school year. This email is a reminder that enrollment in the program is due on Monday, April 12 at 11:59 pm.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the availability of vaccines, the District will allow for another enrollment period this summer. In order for us to effectively prepare, it is important that we have an accurate estimate of the number of students who will attend ICCSD Online next year.

Registrations are due by Monday, April 12, 11:59pm.

*If you have already registered your child for ICCSD Online for the 2021-22 school year or if you plan to have your student attend in-person schooling next year, you do not need to take any further action.

There are three ways to learn more about ICCSD Online.

Josten's Yearbook - Grant Wood

Josten's now has a web page set up for Grant Wood families to order their 20-21 yearbook.

The cost of the yearbooks is $6.50. The link to the Josten's page will be live through April 16th - here it is: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09863917

Nominate a Teacher...

2021 Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award

The Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award...

...honors outstanding educators who foster an active learning environment in their virtual or on site classroom and create opportunities for students to imagine, create, discover and explore.

Nominate an educator that has "overcome stressful circumstances, limited resources, and new technologies to connect with children and continue providing an engaging educational environment.... Any educator who has made a significant contribution to student-centered active learning is eligible for the award. Nominations can be submitted from parents, educators, administrators, students, and community members."

Nominate an educator that

  • "fosters an "active learning" environment."
  • provides "innovative & impactful lessons or activities."
  • "demonstrates a spirit of cooperation, responsibility, and respect"

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 16, 2021.

What is a conundrum? A situation where there is no clear right or good solution. Yet, a difficult choice must be made...

In this conundrum, there are 5 astronauts selected to go on a mission to Mars but a leader has not yet been selected. The question is: Of these 5 team members who would you pick to be the leader? Why? This video provides you some information to help you discuss the question. Download this worksheet to help organize your thinking!

Conditions for Learning - District Message

Dear Families and Staff,

The Iowa City Community School District is getting ready to administer an annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions for Learning to students in grades 3-12. This survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Our District will conduct the survey between April 5-May 28. All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey (Survey) to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Our work to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.

Iowa measures conditions for learning by asking the real experts each year - our students. This is their chance to make their voice heard, and we intend to listen. Studies have shown this work matters. Improving skills such as solving problems, working out conflict, and working with other people in a group has led to double-digit increases on achievement test scores, improved classroom behavior and improved attitudes.

All public schools in Iowa will use an online survey to assess the conditions for learning in their school for students in grades 3-12. Student responses will be confidential, and individual response data will not be available to anyone in the survey platform or in reporting. Each attendance center will receive aggregated data annually at the building level to support alignment of professional development with identified culture and climate needs.

We will ask your child to simply fill out a confidential Survey. The Survey will focus on issues ranging from student safety, to positive student relationships, to school rules and how they are enforced. A high rate of participation by students in completing the Conditions for Learning Survey is important for obtaining the most complete school climate data for our school. Support from you in communicating to your students that this is their chance to be heard and to be part of the effort to improve conditions for learning at their school is critical.

Thank you for partnering with us to improve conditions for learning in our schools throughout the state. Included is an overview of this opportunity, as well as:

1) An information summary about the Survey

2) A written refusal form if you do not want your child/children to participate in completing the Survey

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you again!

Planning summer 2021?

City High is excited to be able to safely offer camps this summer! Registration for City High summer camps will become active on May 1st. Please direct your questions to City High athletic department at and contact Mr. Phillip Hansen, hansen.phillip@iowacityschools.org or call 319-688-1045.


7th grade Immunizations - required

  • Two vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)
  • Students are not allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of a MCV vaccine according to Iowa law

Please check your 6th grade child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccines (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.

  • Johnson County Public Health also provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045
  • If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment
  • If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse, Megan Colgan (colgan.megan@iowacityschools.org).
Mr. Emmert Mustache's Podcast Episode for 6th Graders

This podcast episode offers the SE class of 2027 (current 6th graders) some nuggets of wisdom and Library Talk with Ms. Sims.

Monitoring Children's Internet Use

Did you know that parents have the ability to monitor and see your child(ren)'s internet activity on District devices, and to set additional limits beyond those established by the District?

ICCSD is entering its fourth year of using Securly, a service that filters internet access on District devices and also includes the SecurlyHome Parent Hub, which parents can use to monitor internet usage, receive usage notifications, and establish limits on what your child can access. Limits parents can set include turning school-issued devices off at parent-determined times (such as bedtime).

You may have already received an email from Securly when your child was issued their 1:1 device. You can access Securly at https://www.securly.com/parent-login, and your login email will be the primary email address listed for your child(ren)'s contacts in PowerSchool. If you have trouble accessing Securly, please verify your primary contact email in PowerSchool or contact your child's school to do so (Grant Wood, 319-688-1180). You can also contact Securly support if you've confirmed your email in PowerSchool and are still having trouble accessing Securly.

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Tech Support & Help Desk Assistance

Students and families are welcome to reach out to Tech Support for any issues. Feel free to check out the link below and get the help you need:


Have questions on how your child is using technology this year? Check out this FAQ:


ICCSD HelpDesk

Hours: 7:30AM to 4:30PM Monday - Friday.


Phone: (319)-688-1950

Additional Community Resources...

Interested in additional resources and supports?

The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.

Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

Coding for Kids (Free options)

No visitors:

For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:

Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Attendance secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

District Message

We continue to keep a close eye on Johnson County COVID-19 positivity rates as well as absenteeism rates related to COVID-19 among our students and staff. We will remain diligent in our efforts to keep our community safe and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
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ICCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

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 Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000, tabor.jeremy@iowacityschools.org.