The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: Sept. 7th-Sept. 13th

West High 2020-2021 Virtual Opening Kickoff

Join us this Tuesday at 10:00 AM for our virtual opening assembly to kickoff the 2020-2021 school year. This event will provide important information as well as a fun start to the year. Can't wait to see you! The link for the event is :

https://iowacityschools-org.zoom.us/j/95154825528

ALL STUDENTS will start classes on Tuesday, September 8th using the schedule listed below. The first class on Tuesday will be at 12:54 PM. Students should have class Zoom invites in their school email or on the landing page of their class's Canvas page by 8:00 AM Tuesday.
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9/3 Parent Webinar

If you were unable to watch the parent webinar, live, here is its recording. Everything you need to know to start the new year is here.
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What You Need to Know to Start the 2020-2021 School Year 100% Online

Welcome parents and students to the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program! Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 8 and over 300 teachers are now getting ready to start a new adventure in learning. Our goal is to provide a rigorous and engaging learning experience for all students. Here is some information as you prepare for the first day of school.


Required Device for Online Learning

All students in grades K-12 need a computer to access the curriculum. The district will supply all students with a Chromebook prior to the start of school. Any student who has not been issued a Chromebook should have went to their home school to check out a device during the distribution on Wednesday, September 2.


While learning at home, all students need a wifi connection to a broadband internet connection. The district will assist families who do not have internet access in their homes. If your family does not have internet service at home, please fill out this form or call (319) 688-1950 during business hours to arrange for district-provided internet access. Once your form is submitted, we will contact a telecommunications provider and assist in arranging for the establishment of service during the 2020-2021 school year. We ask that requests only be submitted in cases where home internet is currently unavailable, as we want to ensure that resources are available for all families in need of service.


Any student who needs a repair or replacement must contact the district tech office so they have a working device by the first day of school. The ICCSD Technology Help Desk is open on business days and will be available to support the use of district-provided technology and to provide limited support with District-provided internet. You can contact the Helpdesk by emailing helpdesk@iowacityschools.org, using the chat option available in the bottom right corner of this site, or by calling (319) 688-1950.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the class schedule for the Online Learning Program?

The schedules for the online learning program were designed to balance screen time and independent learning. On both the junior high and high school level, students have live instruction via zoom on Monday and Wednesday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and check-ins on Friday in all of their classes. Copies of the junior high and high school schedules are included at the bottom of this document or you can click this link for all of the Online Learning Program schedules: Return-to-Learn / Continuous Online Learning Schedules. Here is an overview of the high school weekly schedule:


High School Online Learning

  • Periods 1-4 follow a M-W-F schedule.
  • Periods 5-7 follow a T-Th-F schedule.
  • There are no early-bird classes in the online learning program.


What will students do during “asynchronous” days?

On the days that a class does not meet via Zoom, students will engage in asynchronous learning. This type of learning allows students to work at their own pace in completing assignments and engaging in materials that their teachers provide as part of the ongoing curriculum. This learning may include watching instructional videos, reading curricular materials, completing learning tasks, or working on an ongoing assignment or project. Teachers will have office hours on asynchronous days during the meeting time of their class, so they will be available during this time to answer questions, assist with assignments, and provide overall support to individual students.


What if my student needs help in a class?

One feature of the online schedule is that teachers will have blocks of office hours four days a week. Office hours are open sessions when teachers are available to answer questions, re-teach or clarify a concept, and provide individual and small-group instructional support. On the days when their classes do not meet via Zoom, students can plan that their teachers are available to provide assistance without them having to schedule a meeting ahead of time.


When does school actually start?

School begins on Tuesday, September 8. Since the online classes meet only in the afternoons on Tuesday, junior high students will have their first class in period 5 at 12:56 pm. High school students will also start their first class in 5th period beginning at 12:54. Students will have their first morning classes of the year on Wednesday, September 9 at 8:50 am.


When can I see my student’s schedule on PowerSchool?

The scheduling process required to move 45% of the secondary students online is a painstaking one, requiring hundreds of work hours to hand-schedule 2,000 student schedules.

  • All student schedules should be visible on PowerSchool
  • Given the compressed time to make student schedules, changes may be required to balance out student and teacher schedules up to the first day of school. These changes will not require different courses, only different sections of the same course.


How do I find my virtual classrooms for the first day of school?

  • Log in to PowerSchool to see your class schedule.
  • Log in to Canvas to find each class site.
  • The Zoom link to your classes is located on the Canvas site.



Who will be my student’s classmates in the junior high and high school online program?

  • For the most part, students from all four high schools will be combined in the online classes. Students from the three junior high schools will similarly be grouped together.
  • Exceptions to this are the performing music classes, IEP classes, and classes that are unique to an individual school.
  • Teachers from all of the area schools will be teaching the online classes.


Will all the classes in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program be taught by a teacher? I thought some of the classes would be self-paced Edgenuity classes.

  • Due to the high demand of the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program, 99% of the classes offered will be led by an instructor in the same manner as classes in the on-site program.


What classes aren’t being taught in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program?

  • Classes are more limited in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program.
  • Several junior high 8th grade electives are not being offered due to low enrollment.
  • Specialty classes in Art, Industrial Technology, and Family & Consumer Science are not offered.
  • Several high school trimester electives are also not available in the online program.


How does PE work in the online program?

  • PE classes will meet and they are led by a district PE teacher. This curriculum was written by ICCSD instructors.
  • Students will have mini-lessons on healthy living and they will be led through workouts. During off days, they will be given activities that will raise their heart rates and increase their overall fitness. Students keep track of these activities as a part of this course.


Are there any classes that students will take that are not led by an instructor?

  • The Personal Finance class, which is now a requirement for all high school graduates, will be taught using the Edgenuity interface to students enrolled in this class in the online program. This curriculum is completely developed by ICCSD instructors.
  • Students will still be able to use the Edgenuity system for credit recovery.


What if my student needs a schedule change? What if they don’t have a full schedule in the online program?

  • Although students from all the schools are mixed together in the online program, students will still be supported by their home school. If there is an error in your student’s schedule, please contact the counselor in your home school.
  • Due to a more limited class selection in the PK-12 online program, more students than usual may not have a full schedule. Students may use this downtime as a study hall.


Who do I contact if my student is having a problem in an online class?

  • Students in the online program will continue to be supported by their home school. Please use the following quick guide to determine the best person to seek help in the following situations.
  • If your student is having academic difficulties, please contact your student’s teacher.
  • For help with technology, consult the Help Desk (helpdesk@iowacityschools.org).
  • For help with a student schedule, please consult your student’s counselor.
  • If you have a concern about an online class and you are unable to resolve it with the classroom teacher, please contact Gregg Shoultz, Director of Online Programs at shoultz.gregg@iowacityschools.org.

WHS Events This Week

Click here for the most up to date information for sports events for this week.


Monday- September 7, 2020

  • NO SCHOOL (District Offices Closed)


Tuesday- September 8, 2020

  • First Day of School--All WHS students will follow the 100% Off-Sight Learning Model schedule as show in the image below for at least the first two weeks of the 2020-2021 school year.

Additional Materials and Textbook Pickup Dates by Grade

Additional materials, including textbooks, for ALL students, will be issued during the week of September 14 at your school. Until that time, all students will have access to their materials through Canvas.


    • Monday, September 14, 1:00pm-7:00pm for grade 9
    • Tuesday, September 15, 1:00pm-7:00pm for grade 10
    • Wednesday, September 16, 1:00pm-7:00pm for grade 11
    • Thursday, September 17, 1:00pm-7:00pm for grade 12


Students who have textbooks from the spring of 2020 should plan to return these to school this week. These materials will need to be reissued to students this fall. Students can drop materials off during normal school hours or during the computer pick up times listed above.

Grab & Go Meal Service Update

Dear Families,


As we near the first day of the 2020-21 school year, we want to provide information on school meals for all students beginning September 8, 2020. As was previously announced, we will begin the school year in a 100% off-site learning model. Due to this, we will continue our Grab & Go meal program to provide breakfast and lunch to District students.


The Grab & Go meal sites are outlined below. Meals are served from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Each meal includes breakfast and lunch. Menu information can be found at MealViewer, under the Grab & Go menu. Meals are free and available to all Iowa City Community School District students and children do not need to be present in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child.


Grab & Go meal sites beginning September 8, 2020:

City High School
Hills Elementary School
Liberty High School
North Central Junior High School
Northwest Junior High School
South East Junior High School
West High School


We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended our waiver allowing us to continue to offer free meals to all students. The waiver has been extended through December 2020. While meals are currently free for all students through December under this waiver, it is critical that families still complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application since meals may not be free beginning in January 2021. The District provides free and reduced meals to families that qualify; however, you must fill out an application each year as federal income guidelines change. Please be aware that even if you applied last year, you need to reapply by September 30, 2020, to prevent a potential loss in benefits. If you have already filled out an application or have received a benefits notification from the District’s Nutrition Services Department for this year, NO additional action is necessary. Please contact the Nutrition Services Office at (319) 688-1021 if you have any questions about your student’s meal status or if you are unsure about whether an application is needed at this time.


Thank you again to our Nutrition Services team for their continued dedication to the students in our community. We will provide additional guidance for meal pick-up during the hybrid learning model prior to the District moving into that model. #ICCSDtogether


Sincerely,

Kristin Pedersen
Director of Community Relations
Iowa City Community School District

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District Computer Support & Repairs

In the event that a student is having trouble with a school-issued computer, or if a device is in need of repair or replacement, please contact the ICCSD Technology Help Desk. The Help Desk can be reached by phone at (319) 688-1950, by email at helpdesk@iowacityschools.org, or by using the chat option available during business hours in the bottom right corner of the Technology & Innovation Blog (https://innovation.iowacityschools.org). For detailed technology support information, visit our technology support page.


ICCSD COVID-19 Closure Technology Frequently Asked Questions (This is a live document, and will be updated with questions (and answers) as they arise. Please check back frequently for updates.)

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Home Internet for Students

If your family does not have internet service at home, please fill out this form or call (319) 688-1950 to arrange for district-provided internet access. Once your form has been submitted, we will contact a telecommunications provider and assist in arranging for the establishment of service during the 2020-2021 school year. We ask that requests only be submitted in cases where home internet is currently unavailable, as we want to ensure that resources are available for all families in need of service.


The ICCSD Technology Help Desk is open on business days, and will be available to support use of district-provided technology and to provide limited support with District-provided internet. You can contact the Helpdesk by emailing helpdesk@iowacityschools.org, using the chat option available in the bottom right corner of this site, or by calling (319) 688-1950.

Varsity Bound: Your Gameday Program!

Welcome to The West High Weekly

The West Weekly is an on-line publication by West High School administration and staff and will be distributed on Mondays via email and popular online media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The purpose of The Weekly is to keep the West High Community informed of upcoming events and also report the news of the previous week. If you have some suggestions or ideas of things you would like to see in this publication, please email.

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.