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North Central Junior High: February Updates

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Important Dates:

Feb 6th-10th: Spirit Week

Monday: PJ Day

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: Dress like the 80's Day

Thursday: Dress like a parent/grandparent or guardian Day

Friday: Team Day

Feb 8th:
Choir Concert 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Liberty High Auditorium)

Feb 10th: School Party 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (NCJH Cafeteria/Gym)

Feb 13th: Show Choir Exchange with North West 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (NCJH Lower Gym)

Feb 15th: Jazz Bands at Liberty Jazz Showcase

Feb 15th: PSTO Meeting 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Main Office)

Feb 17th: No School

Feb 21st: Orchestra Concert 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Liberty High Auditorium)

Feb 24th: Show Choir Competition @ Marion High School

Feb 25th: Show Choir at Liberty High's Swing Show 2:30 pm (Liberty High)

March 1st: Band Concert 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Liberty High Auditorium)

March 3rd: End of 2nd Trimester

Meet Some of Our Awesome Staff!

Registration for 2023-24

9th Grade Registration - Liberty HS fall 2023

Friday, February 3rd Liberty counselor presentations at NC

Email notices go out to parents/students

Monday, February 6 Parent Meeting/Webinar TBA

Friday, February 10

Academic Planning Day at North Central - Students will complete online registration with Liberty counselors

Online registration opens

Online registration closes

8th Grade Registration

For current 7th graders going into 8th grade 2023-24

Monday, February 13th Counselors will present registration information

Via Lit 7 classes - online registration opens

Friday, February 17th Google Doc due/Registration Closes

7th Grade Registration

For current 6th graders going into 7th grade 2023-24

Tuesday, February 21st PARENT Informational Meeting (webinar) 6:00pm

Mrs. McDonough and Mr. Sturgell will visit 6th grade classrooms to present registration information on the following days:

Thursday, Feb 23rd Penn 8:15am

Thursday, Feb 23rd Kirkwood 12:30

Friday, Feb 24th Grant 1:30pm

Friday, March 3rd Deadline for JH Google Forms to be completed on-line

Southeast Iowa Honor Band:

Congratulations to the following students, who have been working since September to audition for the SEIBA Honor Band. This is a new North Central record for number of students selected:

On Flute: Abby Watters

On Clarinet: Clara Frank, Victor Yao, Yuzuka Fujikawa, and Luqmaan Khan

On Alto Sax: Zechariah Ho, Jaimie Johnson, and Macy Van Abbema

On Trumpet: Colin Finch, Miles Poolman, and Olivia Watters

On French Horn: Link Ortman

On Trombone: Cy O'Dell

and on Percussion: Marquita Spading and Melissa Tian

Special congratulations to Abby and Clara, who were also selected for the All-Iowa 8th Grade Honor Band in May!

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Girl's Wrestling!

Inaugural season for the Girls Wrestling team here at NCJH. Still time to sign up for anyone interested.

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Student Artwork

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Food and Drink at School

A reminder that all food and drink (other than water), must be consumed in the cafeteria during breakfast or lunch. There is to be no food/drink in the hallways or classrooms. Food in classrooms is only allowed if your teacher has provided you with a snack. In that case, you must consume the item during that class period and not take it to any other classes. Any students seen with food or beverages, other than water, will be asked to throw the item away.


North Central Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phone/Personal Technology Policy & Confiscation Procedures

Cell phones: Students may use cell phones during passing time and at lunch while school is in session. All phones must be put away, and ringers silenced before entering the classroom. Phones in use or view during class time may be confiscated by staff (this includes using phones to listen to music). Students who refuse to comply will be subject to additional school consequences. Additionally, students are not allowed to have headphones/earbuds on or in their ears during class. At North Central Junior High School the following steps will be used to enforce the policy:

1. At the beginning of class all teachers/staff will say “secure your phones”

2. Students should have their phones put away and out of sight.

3. If the phone is out or being used, the teacher will confiscate the phone and deliver it to the main office where it will be secured until the end of the day.

4. If a student is refusing to give up his/her cell phone a counselor or administrator will be called and escort the student to the office where the phone will be secured.

5. If a student’s cell phone/device is confiscated three (3) different times, it will be held at school until a guardian comes to school to pick it up. A conference will be requested with student/guardian/admin to discuss possible solutions and/or additional consequences such as:

a. Multiple-day cell/device detention;

b. Trimester long cell/device detention;

c. Yearlong cell/device detention


If your student will be absent for any reason, please make sure you notify the NCJH Main Office (319-688-1210 or via email at by 9:00am on the day of the absence. Emailing teachers does not excuse the absence. If your student needs to leave early, please notify the main office and a pass will be given to your student to leave class early. Students must check out in the main office before exiting the building.


Students are not allowed access to the building before 8:30am. Students wanting to meet with teachers, must get permission from the teacher prior to the meeting, to be let in to the building before 8:30am. The office will not allow students in to the building before that time unless notification from the teacher has been given to the main office. Students will not be allowed up to meet with teachers before 8:15am unless that has also been clearly communicated with office staff.


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 (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:

  • Laura Gray, Director of Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness (programming),
  • Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations (employment),, 1725 N. Dodge Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52245, (319) 688-1000; or
  • If you are unsure how to proceed or would like assistance in discussing your options, you may also contact Janet Abejo-Parker, Ombuds, or (319) 688-1312.

Ombuds Office

Students, Families, and Employees - The Ombuds Office is here to help! Visit to learn more!