Kirkwood Newsletter

Friday, January 7, 2022

Kirkwood Eagles SOAR #ICCSDtogether

Kirkwood Eagles S.O.A.R. by

being Safe

taking Ownership
And

showing Respect

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A note from our Principal:

Hello Kirkwood Eagle Families!

Happy New Year - welcome to 2022! I hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable winter break.


With the snow and cold upon us, please familiarize yourself with the District’s Inclement Weather Guidelines. The District makes efforts to notify families of any changes by 9:00 pm the night before a change to the school day. Be sure to keep your contact information on Infinite Campus updated!

We have seen a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the community and across the nation over the last several weeks. Masks remain a requirement for all students, staff, and visitors to our schools. In addition, we highly recommend that all eligible individuals receive the vaccine. For individuals that have the vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get the booster. For individuals 5 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.

Stay warm!

#WeAreKirkwood


Renee Person

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

1/7: College & Career Future Friday, Wear your favorite college gear!

1/17: No School

2/24: Evening Conferences

3/1: No School - Conferences

3/1: Kindergarten Registration

3/14-3/18: No School - Spring Break

4/22: No School

5/3: No School

5/30: No School

6/1: Last Day of School

Winter Weather Guidelines:

Good Afternoon Families and Staff,

Believe it or not, winter weather is right around the corner! As a reminder, the District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing delay, cancellation, and early release decisions can be found on the District’s website at www.IowaCitySchools.org/WeatherGuidelines. Please note the change to the school day if there is a late start issued on a Thursday.

As decisions are made regarding school day changes, the District is committed to providing families with information in a convenient and timely manner. In addition to the notifications that are sent via email, phone, and text, we encourage you to follow the District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We also encourage you to download the District’s mobile app, where you can find everything school and district-related in one spot.

If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

Thank you,

Kristin Pedersen
Director of Community Relations
Iowa City Community School District

Coralville Recreation Pass Replacement information:

I’m writing to inform you that the Coralville Recreation Center will be offering a free Recreation Pass Replacement during the week of January 9-15, 2022. Attached is information about the pass and free pass replacement during the designated week.

The initial pass for drop-in use is free and will continue to be free moving forward. There is $10 fee to replace a misplaced card and we are waiving that fee from 1/09 – 1/15/22. Is it possible for you to share this information with your students and families? We will post signs at the Recreation Center and plan to share on our social media pages regarding the free replacement week.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to assisting our student patrons with obtaining a pass for usage of our facility.

Amy Erickson

Recreation Superintendent

City of Coralville

319-248-1750

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Recess & Winter Wear Information:

Outdoor recess is to be held when the wind chill or air temperature is 0 degrees or higher. Children are to wear proper outer winter clothing. District resources are available to obtain adequate winter outerwear if needed.


A few tips for families who are new to these cold and snowy conditions:


  • Snow pants are like a coat for your legs and pants should be worn under them.
  • Socks are an important layer of protection with boots and shoes.

Morning drop off and afterschool Pick up:

In the morning: Drop off begins at 7:40 AM. Tardy Bell rings at 7:55.

  1. Unload your child/ren anywhere along the Drop off Lane. Do not wait to unload by the front entrance. This will maximize safety and efficiency.

  2. The driver must always remain behind the steering wheel. All families who wish to walk their student to the building MUST use a designated parking spot, NOT the drop off lane. Children should unload curbside for their safety, then the driver proceeds forward to exit the parking lot as traffic allows.

  3. As you enter the parking lot please pull as far forward in the drop off lane as possible leaving room for all families to drop off.

  4. Please utilize the full traffic circle, staying in your drop off lane and behind the car in front of you.

  5. For the safety of all children please DO NOT double park and have your child exit the car! It is very unsafe for children to pass between cars at drop off.



In the afternoon: Pick-up begins at 2:55 PM on M, T, W and F; at 1:55 PM on Th.

  1. Be cautious if arriving before this time, as buses may need access.

  2. As you pull up let the staff member know the name(s) of the child/ren you are picking up. Staff will give you a parking spot number and call your student out to your car.

  3. Attended vehicles must wait in the Half Circle Drive, near the top of the U, until directed to pull forward so staff can call name(s) when time.

  4. Pull as far forward as possible.

  5. Your child/ren will be directed by a supervisor to meet you once your car has pulled all the way forward.

  6. When all of your children are secured in their seatbelts, exit the parking lot safely.

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ICCSD Online Program Enrollment for 2022-2023:

The Iowa City Community School District is offering ONE enrollment period for ICCSD Online for the 2022-2023 school year. ICCSD Online provides the opportunity for students in grades K-12 to attend school virtually. The 2022-2023 school year will begin on August 23, 2022.

This enrollment period will be open from January 5-16, 2022, and is open to all PK-11th grade students. To enroll in the ICCSD Online program, please fill out the ICCSD Online Enrollment Form. Students who sign up during this time are guaranteed a spot in the program next school year. Families that enroll after the deadline will be placed on a waitlist. These requests will be processed intermittently and will be filled on a first come first serve basis and will only be approved if space is available.

We are requiring families to make a year-long commitment to ICCSD Online. Online learning has proven to be great for many families and students but it is not for everyone. Please check out the ICCSD Online website to ensure your awareness of what we are offering for programming and classes and our expectations for families and students. Not all classes offered in our secondary schools are offered in the online program. Please check out the courses at ICCSD Online. Further, while many classes are offered with a live teacher some of these courses are offered in an asynchronous format. These classes may be delivered through Edgenuity and require students to self-pace in the course.

ICCSD Online is fully accredited and serves students in grades PK-12 in a virtual learning environment. To learn more about the program, visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/ICCSDonline. Specific questions about the program can be emailed to iccsdonline@iowacityschools.org or you may call (319) 688-1370.


Sincerely,

Matt Degner
Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

ISASP Results

Dear Parents,

In the spring of 2021, children in grades 3-11 in the Iowa City Community School District completed the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). This assessment is developed by Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa, delivered and supported by Iowa-based Pearson, for the state of Iowa. The assessments are aligned with the Iowa Core standards and provide a clear and accurate assessment of student learning outcomes.

Results are now available to parents through two options:

Option 1 - Infinite Campus: To view your student's 20-21 ISASP scores, log into the Infinite Campus parent portal. Once you are logged in, click "More," then click "Assessment."

  • The large numbers you see (over 300) are your child’s scaled score. You can use this document to find the percentile associated with your child’s scaled score: Iowa Percentile Ranks
  • The letter indicates your child’s achievement level as Advanced (A), Proficient (P), or Not Yet Proficient (N).
  • The smaller numbers (under 100) are your child’s raw score - the number they got correct on the various subtests. We hope to change these scores soon to percent correct, which will be more meaningful to parents. At that point you would be able to use this document to find the average percent correct across the state for comparison: Average Percent Correct Domain Results

Option 2 - ISASP Parent Portal*: The ISASP Parent Portal provides secure online access of individual student results to families. Families will need to first create an account for the portal and then enter the student’s name and date of birth, along with the student’s claim code, in order to access results.

  • The claim code will be found in the Infinite Campus parent portal. Once you are logged in, click “More,” then click “ISASP Claim Code.”

*Please note: As determined by the state, students who completed the ISASP in spring 2021 through remote testing are not included in the final published reports and will not have a report in the parent portal.

As we know, your child’s score on this assessment is only one indication of their achievement and does not represent a complete picture of any one child. If you’d like to talk to someone about your child’s results, please contact your child’s teacher if they are in elementary school or your child’s counselor if they are in a secondary school.

Sincerely,

Diane Schumacher
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
Iowa City Community School District

Protocol for Switching Between Onsite/OLP and OLP/Onsite:

Beginning today, the district is moving to a "Enrollment Exception Form" to make changes from OLP and Onsite. The ONLY changes allowed at this time are those that fall under an exception otherwise the family needs to enroll their student(s) onsite (with the exception of the new family). You will notice that the COVID exception is no longer available and that the IEP-FAPE exception will only be considered online to onsite.

OLP to 100% Onsite Exceptions

  • Students receiving Special Education services (only allowed if this has gone through an IEP team because the provision of FAPE cannot be provided in the online environment)
  • Students who are McKinney-Vento eligible

100% Onsite to OLP Exceptions

  • Students who are McKinney-Vento eligible
  • Students who are homebound

Committment to Student Health & Safety

The Iowa City Community School District remains committed to our COVID-19 health and safety practices. The well-being of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. We are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines to ensure we can safely, effectively, and consistently provide access to learning and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The District’s measures are meant to keep our community safe, but they are only fully effective if we are diligent and responsible in adhering to them. For further information on our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/HealthandSafety



Message on Masks and Vaccines (9/15/21)


To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District requires universal mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.


In addition, our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.

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