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~Week of Jan. 16th - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day~

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Grant Wood Families,

Tomorrow, Monday - January 17th, is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day of recognition - and a no school day. In observance of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American who spent his life advocating for equality in education, career opportunities, justice, and civil rights, you will find some resources below within this newsletter regarding his legacy that you and/or your students can watch/read for reflection, inquiry, and discussion.


Golden Ticket update:

The Wildcat Way - (Being) Safe, Responsible, & Kind

Congratulations to our newest 2022 Golden Ticket class recipient, Mx. Kiche's 6th grade.


Let's continue to make 2022 a year during which we all practice being Safe, Kind, and Responsible: The Wildcat Way. Thank you for your support in helping our students embrace the Wildcat Way during and outside of school hours. A standard to which we hold ourselves as staff and students at Grant Wood:

  • When being safe, it includes: physical, emotional, and mental/psychological safety;
  • Being kind helps us ensure that our actions and our words towards ourselves and others are, in fact, safe; and,
  • The importance of being safe and kind reminds us each day that we all carry the responsibility of creating a positive, supportive, and inclusive learning environment.

We as a school community also reference responsibility with regards to school attendance, completion of school work, and following school expectations, routines, and procedures - all of which is also important for a positive, supportive, and inclusive learning environment.


Weather Safety Note: Our students dressing for winter continues to be important for winter safety - Winter wear is needed not only for walking to & from school but also for outdoor recess: winter coats, gloves, hats, and snow pants. Please reach out to our SFA (Student & Family Advocate), Mrs. Alyssa Palante, 319-688-1180 if you are in need of assistance for your child(ren) with winter wear or gym shoes for PE. Please make sure your student(s) have gym shoes for PE; all students have PE 2-4 times a week depending on their grade level.


Along with the cold temperatures we continue to navigate the impacts of Covid-19; below within the newsletter you will find outlined our District’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols which were updated on January 7th. You can also find the full text to our ICCSD Health & Safety Protocols at our District website.


Mask Requirement: Masks remain a requirement for all ICCSD students, staff, and visitors to our schools. In addition, we highly recommend that all eligible individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals that have received the vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get the booster. Boosters are now available for those age 12 and older. For individuals five 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.


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.


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 related to our District's inclement weather guidelines, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

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JANUARY dates to be aware of:

  • January 17th (Monday) - No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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#GrantWood-RESPONSIBLE

#GrantWood-KIND

#TheWildcatWay

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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: Mrs. Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Fischer, fischer.stacy@iowacityschools.org

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

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

Iowa - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Iowa Department of Human Rights' Office on the Status of African-Americans to host the 33rd annual celebration honoring the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 17, 2022. The virtual event will include Governor Reynolds' Proclamation designating January 17 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the period of January 17–22 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week; video presentations; and the holiday bell-ringing. The event will be streamed via the Iowa Department of Human Rights' Facebook page and is open to the public.


What: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

When: Monday, January 17, 2022

Time: 10:45 AM

Where: Https://www.facebook.com/iowadepthumanrights

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Resources for all - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's Legacy

May 1963, Civil Rights Children’s March (documentary video)

MLK, Jr's 1963 March on Washington's (I Have A Dream) Speech (video)

1963 Dr. MLK, Jr’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail (text)

Dr. MLK, Jr’s Nobel Peace Prize 1964 Lecture (text)

Dr. MLK, Jr's Nobel Peace Prize 1964 Lecture (video)

The Golden Ticket - Traveling Classroom Plaque

Congratulations, to our newest Golden Ticket class recipient, Mx. Kiche - 6th grade! The plaque will be presented to the class as soon as the engraving is complete, later this week.


As explained in December's winter break newsletter, this school year, starting with December, Grant Wood Elementary incorporated an additional recognition system to acknowledge when whole classes are observed meeting school expectations, i.e. The Wildcat Way of being safe, responsible, & kind.


21-22 Golden Ticket class recipients:

Dec. 10th, 2021 - Ms. Rummel's Kindergarden

Dec. 17th, 2021 - Ms. Hamby's 5th grade

Jan. 7th, 2022 - Ms. Ahlers' 4th grade

Jan. 14th, 2022 - Mx. Kiche's 6th grade


The Process:

Random staff throughout the week posses what we are calling golden tickets - these are enlarged laminated yellow tickets. As classes are observed by staff possessing a golden ticket at transition times moving about the school, at recess, in the cafeteria, and in their various classrooms (including Specials) meeting and exceeding building expectations, that class is presented with a Golden Ticket and on Friday mornings the distribution of the Golden Tickets are tallied to determine which class has earned the most golden tickets throughout the week and in turn The Golden Ticket traveling plaque for the following week.


*Students are unaware of which staff members posses the golden tickets on any given day.

Kindergarten KRU & Hy-vee Kids Fit

Ms. Rummell's kindergarten class (KRU) participated in the Hy-vee Kids Fit challenge and was selected to perform at the University of Iowa's Women Basketball Hawkeye game on Sunday, January 16th. Some students from other grades accompanied.
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Health & Safety (ICCSD)

Masks remain a requirement for all students, staff, and visitors to our schools. In addition, we highly recommend that all eligible individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals that have received the vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get the booster. Boosters are now available for those age 12 and older. For individuals five 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.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinics for 12 & Older

We are excited to announce that, through our partnership with the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) and Johnson County Public Health (JCPH), we will hold two clinics for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for individuals 12 years of age and older. The clinics are open to the public and are for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses only. The brand of COVID-19 vaccine that will be administered is Pfizer. To sign up for an appointment, please use the appropriate link from the schedule below.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authorized the administration of the booster shot for all three brands of the COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Eligible individuals must meet the following criteria.


You are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine booster if:

  • You have received both your first and second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and it has been five months since your second dose was administered.
    OR
  • You have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and it has been two months since the dose was administered.


This COVID-19 vaccine booster graphic is a helpful resource for determining eligibility. Individuals will be asked to show their original vaccine card when obtaining the booster.


Additional information regarding the guidance on COVID-19 boosters can be found on the CDC’s website. As a reminder, first and second-dose COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to all individuals ages 5 and older. For those who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.

Jan. 12th - Update re: Partnership with Nomi Health

We are excited to share that our District has partnered with Nomi Health to offer a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the Liberty High School parking lot at 1400 South Dubuque Street in North Liberty. The site is now open to the public. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Appointments can be made by visiting nomihealth.com/iowa/. If you are unable to make an appointment online, you may register at the site.


The drive-thru site will offer both rapid antigen testing (with an average 30-minute turnaround time) and PCR testing (with a 24-48-hour turnaround time). Samples are processed in a CLIA-certified laboratory using FDA-authorized kits. There are no out-of-pocket costs, but those with insurance are asked to bring their insurance card.


Further, we are working with Nomi Health to set up two additional testing sites within our District. We will provide more information to families and staff as soon as those sites are operational.

Health & Safety (Quarantine & Isolation) UPDATES

During the week of January 3rd the CDC released updated COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance for K-12 schools. This guidance has also been adopted by IDPH and JCPH. On Monday, January 10, 2022, our District will transition to these updated protocols, which are detailed below. While the CDC has modified quarantine and isolation guidance for schools, we continue to require masks for all students, staff, and visitors to our schools. In addition, we highly recommend that all eligible individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must follow the below protocols:

  • Stay home for five days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, you can return to school on day six.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • The same protocols apply for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals testing positive for COVID-19.


If you have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual in your home and you are fully vaccinated and boosted (for those eligible), you are not required to quarantine. However, it is recommended that you wear a mask around others for ten days, monitor for symptoms, and be tested for COVID-19 on day five. Unvaccinated individuals who have a household exposure to someone with COVID-19 must follow the below protocols:

  • Stay home for five days.
  • If possible, take a COVID-19 test on day five.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and continue to stay home.
  • If you have no symptoms after five days, you can return to school on day six.
  • Please Note: The above bullets also apply to vaccinated individuals that are eligible for the booster but have not yet received it and those that have not fully completed the initial vaccination process (individuals that have received one of two doses).


If your child is currently out due to COVID-19 isolation or quarantine, you will be notified separately of any changes to their return to school date. As always, parents have the option to keep their child home for the full ten days if they choose.


We are also excited to share that our District has partnered with Nomi Health to offer a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in the Liberty High School parking lot. The site will be open to the public beginning Monday, January 10, 2022. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Appointments can be made by visiting nomihealth.com/iowa/. If you are unable to make an appointment online, you may register at the site. We are hoping to add additional testing sites at two other schools within the next few weeks. Information on those sites will be shared soon.


As we shared previously, masks remain a requirement for all students, staff, and visitors to our schools. In addition, we highly recommend that all eligible individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals that have received the vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get the booster. Boosters are now available for those age 12 and older. For individuals five 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.

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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TIME ON DREAMBOX LEARNING

For DreamBox to accurately track a student's learning path, students should spend at least 60-90 minutes and complete at least 5-8 lessons per week. They do not need to do this in a single session, but a minimum of 20 minutes per session helps ensure your child has sufficient time to finish a lesson.


Lessons must be completed once started in order for Dreambox's Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology to accurately introduce next best lessons for your student. If your student closes or exits the browser without completing a lesson, DreamBox cannot collect their learning data. The student will then need to redo the lesson from the beginning when they log back in.


Dreambox lessons like all learning is not just about getting the correct answers but also about learning from errors and incorrect answers. Encourage your child to not quit and to use the help features. Student's answers and use of help features actually help DreamBox find the best lesson for them to help reinforce concepts they are struggling with and build upon your child's strengths.

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Lexia (Core 5) Usage Minutes

On average, students can complete a unit in Lexia Core5 in about five minutes. However, the time to complete a unit will naturally vary from student to student. The time it takes an individual student to complete a unit also depends on the complexity of the unit, the number of questions in the unit, and whether the student branches to a different instructional step, including if the student branches to a different instructional step multiple times in a unit.


Each activity is marked with a colored unit meter that shows how far the student has progressed in that activity. The color of each unit meter indicates the area of reading the activity targets: Phonological Awareness, Structural Analysis, Vocabulary, Phonics, Fluency/Automaticity, and Comprehension. As students complete units in an activity, the sections of the unit meter will fill in.

PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

PBIS invests in proactive prevention. Some of the strategies include:

  • Ongoing recognition of appropriate behavior—including verbal praise & documented recognitions, as well as ClassDojo points reedemable for tangible rewards
  • Proactive intervention—identifying the behaviors expected in all settings
  • Active teaching & reteaching—teachers, students, families and community members often work together to teach and model appropriate behavior
  • Clear, consistent responses for inappropriate student behavior
  • Additional support for students with more significant needs
  • Collecting and using data to inform decisions


More PBIS information available here.

Other IMPORTANT 21-22 notes:

  • Parking lots - for the safety of our students the back parking lot is ONLY for custodians and service vehicles; staff and parents should only use the front parking lot (for any and all parking). Pedestrian/Walking students can arrive at the cafeteria between 7:40-7:55am, using the walkway accessible via California Ave., entering via the gate by Western Rd, or walking around the building following the sidewalk along the playgrounds from the front of the building -- cars should not enter the back parking lot of the school.
  • DRIVING PARENTS/GUARDIANS: If you are using Western Road for dropping off your children you MUST remain in your car while in the turn about. No cars should be in the turn about unattended. The turn about should ONLY be used like a drop off lane. Consider the lane to follow the curb of the turn about. Only drop off while in the turn about.

    *If you would like to park and walk your children to the door you must park your car in the Fairmeadows Park parking lot OR on the east side of Western Road where street parking is allowed according to city parking signs.

    Please Do NOT enter or park in the back fenced entrance of the school. Driving and parking there is prohibited and only available to School Maintenance Vehicles. Your support of these safety measures is greatly appreciated.

  • Families needing assistance should enter at the office (door 1); Buildings are closed to visitors and volunteers and cannot enter the building beyond the office - we are happy to help you with your questions in the office;
  • Kindergarten students like all other students arriving 7:40-7:55am are to enter at door 19, into the cafeteria; however will continue to dismiss at door 18 (back of building) - unless family is picking up at front car line, then the student will be called over the walkie-talkie to be walked to car line by a staff member.
  • Walking students will be able to exit campus in a variety of directions from the front or back of the building - pedestrian parents should approach a staff member to have their child's name called (via radio) for their child to meet them at a "safe" distance from others.
  • IMPORTANT CAR LINE NOTE: Please remain in your car (do not leave your car unattended in the car line) - also please advance in the car line when indicated to do so by Wood staff. Students will not be allowed to approach cars along the walkway at the steps and railing going towards the street. All students being picked up at the car line will sent to the car line via the gate at the driveway on the far west side of the parking lot.
  • We ask that you practice extra caution when entering, driving in, and exiting the front parking lot. Please do not enter your vehicle onto the back parking lot of the school.

Birthdays and Food updates:

The ICCSD is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. In line with that goal, changes are being made to our District’s Wellness Policy regarding classroom snacks birthday treats and classroom celebrations.


NOTE: While the policy detailed below does allow for some approved foods, at this time given the extra precautions due to Covid-19, we will be acknowledging birthdays without food/snacks brought from home.


NO food birthday-celebrations in school/classrooms

In line with our District’s Wellness Policy, student birthdays will be acknowledged in the classrooms with a special acknowledgement. Please note these birthday celebrations will not involve food. If food is sent to school for birthdays the food items will need to be returned home.


SNACK & CELEBRATIONS :

When food is served to students in the classroom as a snack or during a classroom celebration, the following rules apply (ICCSD Wellness Policy 507.9):

  • allow only fresh fruits/vegetables or purchased foods with the ingredients listed (no homemade foods).
  • allow only foods that meet the Healthy Food Guidelines/ Smart Snacks. (the only exception to this would be food-tasting related to district-approved curriculum lessons)
  • not allow foods with peanuts or peanut butter, or foods that were made in a factory where cross-contamination may occur.
  • food that does not meet the guidelines will be sent home.

The ICCSD Wellness Policy Classroom Snacks and Celebrations is a complete list of approved foods including where the approved food items can be purchased.

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ICCSD Health & Safety Mask Requirement

Masks remain a requirement for all students, staff, and visitors to our schools. In addition, we highly recommend that all eligible individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals that have received the vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get the booster. Boosters are now available for those age 12 and older. For individuals five 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.

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 Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, howard.eric@iowacityschools.org.