Northwest News

October Newsletter

Principal's Letter

Hello Viking Parents and Guardians,

October is an exciting month for a couple of reasons: parent-teacher conferences on the 4th and 11th, as well as our first all school dance party Friday the 13th. Please check this Sign Up Genius from PSTO for these events, and thank you in advance for your donations.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Conferences will be two different days from 4:30 pm- 8:00 pm in the MPR. Parents with students last name A through L ,come to conferences Oct. 4th and parents with students last name M-Z, come Oct. 11th. All conferences will take place arena style in the MPR. We will utilize a different format for the next set of conferences. We are asking parents to be mindful of the length of their conferences and try to limit conversations to around 6 minutes. Please set up a specific appointment time outside of conferences if you need to speak with a teacher at length about a matter.

School Dance Party Requirements

October 13th from 7pm- 9pm is the first dance party of the year. FYI: Students with more than 10 unexcused tardies will not be allowed to attend the Oct. 13th dance. In addition, students with multiple behavior referrals may be restricted from attending or may need a parent present in order for them to attend. Students and parents will be notified before the dance.

Iowa Assessments

Assessments will take place the week of October 23rd. We have an altered schedule that will be placed on the NW website by the end of this week. Please make sure your student has a good night’s rest and breakfast in the morning. NWJH serves breakfast every morning in the cafeteria starting at 8:35 am.

Circles for Restorative Justice

I will co-host a community circle October 18th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Coralville Library. Please join me to talk about things that are important to us as a community. All stakeholders are welcome. In addition, if you are interested in being a circle keeper, we have training dates coming up November 14th-16th and 17th-19th from 8am-4pm. Kay Pranis, trainer and writer on Peacemaking Circles and restorative justice, will lead both trainings in Iowa City. Please email me ASAP if you are interested. Availability is limited.


The next PSTO meeting will take place Wednesday October 25th from 6pm-7pm in the choir room at NW. Please join us as we plan to host the District Parent Organization meeting in November, as well as work on the not for profit status.

Have a wonderful October,

Laura Cottrell, Principal

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Wednesday October 4th, 4:30-8:00 PM, Last Names A-L
  • Wednesday October 11th, 4:30-8:00 PM, Last Names M-Z

Parent Teacher Conferences for this trimester will be held arena style in the MPR.

Parent Meeting for Girls Swimming and Boys Basketball

Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 7:30pm

Northwest Junior High, Little Theater

Information Meeting for parents of students participating in Girls Swimming and Boys Basketball following the Parent Teacher Conferences

Home Game Reminder

Please remember to use Door #2 at the west side of the building to enter for all home games.

Fall Sports 2nd Season

Girls Swimming Begins Tuesday October 12th

Boys Basketball Begins Monday October 16th

Sign up in the main office! Students need to have a current physical on file, and permission to practice/heads up concussion form turned in.

Spooky All School Party & Dance

Friday, Oct. 13th, 7-9pm

1507 8th Street

Coralville, IA

$5 Admission

(No costumes allowed)

Bring your school ID!

Sign up HERE for donations and volunteering!

ICCSD Flu Clinic

The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) will once again be offering flu vaccination clinics in all of our schools. Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older.

Flu Clinic Schedule

NWJH Stadium Cleanup-All Athletics Students and Parents

Sunday, Oct. 29th, 7-8:30am

825 Stadium Drive

Iowa City, IA

Thank you to all that helped out at our last Stadium Cleanup!

If you have a son or a daughter that is out for a fall sport at Northwest, we need your help! Northwest Jr. High is responsible for cleaning the south end zone of Kinnick Stadium. We need all athletes, parents and coaches on hand in order to get this done in a timely manner. Gates open at 7:00 AM.

NWJH Band News


The Northwest Junior High Bands are off to a terrific start!!! The NWJH 8th grade band had their first-ever marching experience Friday, September 22 with the tune “Build Me Up, Buttercup” with the West High School marching bands and Alumni Band for half-time. It was wonderful to have approximately 400+ musicians on the field!

Both 7th and 8th grade jazz bands have auditioned and started this last week. Mr. Brown will be working with the 7th grade jazz band rehearsals on Monday/Wednesday and the 8th grade jazz band on Tuesday/Friday mornings. Lots of exciting possibilities with these ensembles!

Several 7th & 8th graders have expressed interest in auditioning for SEIBA Honor Band. They are diligently working on scales and etudes for a home audition in November. We are able to take only 21 NWJH students to Fairfield in January for the auditions.

Finally, we would like to extend a special welcome to Janis Deyak for representing the NW Bands with the Music Auxiliary this year.


Jane Triplett

Northwest JH Bands

Viking Time Enrichments begin in October!

  • Hip Hop & Power
  • Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  • Crochet Club
  • Arm Knitting
  • A Day in History
  • Breathing & Anxiety
  • Poetry Aerobics
  • Yearbook Photography

Attendance Reminders

  • If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call the attendance line at 319-688-1061 in the morning, with the student's name and reason for the absence.
  • If you child is going to be picked up early, please call the attendance line before school starts with the student's name, reason, and time of pick up. The office will prepare a pass for the student with the time they are leaving. This will allow the student to leave class with limited interruptions.
  • We have voicemail that allows you to leave us messages at any time to inform us of absences.

Check Out These Clubs!

Monday Clubs

  • Knowledge Masters will be meeting regularly on Mondays 4:15-5:15 in room 103.

KMO has completed its recruitment testing and has added 9 new 7th graders and 4 new 8th graders. The 2017-18 team will be a total of 22 members.

Our competitions will be the on Nov. 13 and Dec 4

  • Drama Club-4:00pm-5:00pm in the Little Theater.
  • Sewing Club-4:05pm-5:05pm in room 112
  • Art Club-4:15pm-5:15pm in room 106
  • Game Board Society-4:15pm-5:15pm in room 211

Tuesday Clubs

  • Chess Club-7:45am-8:30am in the LMC
  • Yearbook Club-4:00pm-5:30pm in room 214
  • MathCounts 2-4:05pm-5:30pm in room 236

Wednesday Clubs

  • Homework Help-4:00pm-5:00pm in the LMC
  • Northwest Passage-4:00pm-5:00pm in room 215
  • Mathcounts 1-4:05pm-5:30pm in room 236
  • UAY Art Club-4:15pm-5:45pm in room 106

Friday Clubs

  • Colors Club- 4:00pm-5:00pm, room 219

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Run for the Schools

Sunday, October 15!

The 20th annual Run for the Schools race, which raises money for the Iowa City Community School District and Regina Catholic schools, is October, 15, 2017. Races include Half-Mile and Mile Fun Runs, 5K and 10K Run/Walks, and a Half-Marathon Run. Sign up individually or as a family. Register by September 30th to get a Run for the Schools T-shirt!

There are 3 ways for you to participate and earn participation credit for your school:

Run or Walk in the race – Register now or get more information at

Volunteer to help on race day! Volunteer RFTS Sign Up

Make a donation for Run for the Schools to the ICCSD Foundation at Run for the Schools Donation