JCSD E-Connection

Board updates, news, and events from the around the district

Week of January 13, 2020

Thank you for checking out the JCSD E-Connection! In this newsletter, you will find links to Johnston Board of Education items/decisions, news, and commendations from around the district, and important information for parents/guardians.

All attempts are made to be as accurate as possible at the time of publication. Questions, comments, or concerns can be emailed to the JCSD Communications department at jcsdcomm@jdragonmail.us.

District News & Announcements

Dan Loy Named Iowa Teacher of the Year Finalist

Congratulations to Beaver Creek teacher Dan Loy, who was named a finalist in the Iowa Teacher of the Year program! Loy is a fifth grade teacher with a passion for creating a safe community for all learners to engage, grow, and have fun. Read more about his classroom philosophies here.

Mark Your Calendars: 2020-21 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-12 Registration

2020-21 online school registration opens in February for both new and existing families – this will include 2-year old, 3-year old, and 4-year old preschoolers, developmental kindergartners (DK), kindergartners and students entering grades 1-12. All registration information is located online and viewable here.

  • 2-year-old and 3-year-old preschool registration opens February 5 @ 8 a.m. (Online and in-person)
  • 4-year-old preschool registration opens February 12 @ 8 a.m. (Online and in-person)
  • Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration opens February 19 (Online)
  • Grades 1-12 registration opens February 19 (Online)
JCSD Digital Backpack

For camps, clubs, after-school activities - and so much more - check out community offerings in the JCSD Digital Backpack.

Board Highlights from January 13, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the January 13, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.


New Club Request - JMS Dungeons and Dragons Club

CIP Plan Sharing (Horizon, Beaver Creek Elementary)

TLC report

JHS Parking Lot Safety

Taxable Valuation Data for FY21


Approval of New Club - JMS GSA Club (Approved)

Approval of Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk Dropout Prevention (Approved)

Approval for Submission of Johnston's Portion of the Allowable Administrative Grandwood Costs (Approved)

Approval for Submission of Johnston's Portion of the Allowable Administrative Woodward Academy Day Costs (Approved)

Approval of School Budget Review Committee Application to Charge Administrative Costs (Approved)

Resolution Setting Hearing on Disposition of Real Property (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer reported on Goal #4: Strategic Plan. Laura shared the multiple sources of student, staff, and community data available to help shape the action statements. The cabinet will meet with Dana Schoen (Heartland AEA) to work through the data..


Board meetings are held at the district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. The remaining January board meeting will take place on January 27, at 6 p.m. Meetings are also livestreamed at https://team1sports.com/johnston/.


Persons are encouraged to send questions, comments and suggestions to our board members. Each board member can be reached by email: Justin Allen; Dr. Jeanie Kerber; Jennifer Chamberland; Dr. Alicia Clevenger; Katie Fiala; Steven Hopper; and Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher.

Johnston Community School District

JCSD Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Johnston Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its 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 the district’s Associate Superintendent, Dr. Bruce Amendt, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa 50131, (515) 278-0470, bamendt@johnston.k12.ia.us.