The Weekly

West High Weekly Updates: September 13th-September 19th

Message from Supt. Degner on new mask requirements.

Dear Families and Staff,

On Monday, September 13, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa granted a temporary restraining order regarding the State of Iowa’s current mask requirement ban. The mask ban prevented local school districts, cities, and counties from enacting their own mask requirements. With the restraining order granted, until further notice, school districts in Iowa can require face masks in schools.

Following tonight’s Board meeting, the Iowa City Community School District is implementing a face mask requirement for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses. This decision is largely based on the CDC’s strong recommendation that face masks be worn in schools, regardless of a person's vaccination status. This requirement also aligns with the advice of our local public health experts.

The face mask requirement goes into effect Wednesday, September 15, 2021. While it includes all individuals in our buildings and on our campuses, it also includes spectators at all indoor and outdoor events. Students actively participating in athletic competitions, whether indoors or outdoors, are not required to wear masks. Students and staff on the sidelines or bench are required to wear masks. For individuals who are eligible for face mask exemption, please complete the Face Mask Exemption Form and return it to your school nurse.

As a reminder and in compliance with the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation, students and staff are required to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in loss of bus riding privileges.

We appreciate your cooperation as we continue our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community. #ICCSDtogether


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District

District Message on 9/11 Anniversary (sent on 9/10/21)

Dear Families and Staff,

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that unfolded in our country on September 11, 2001, we want to take a moment to honor those that lost their lives on that historic day. Unfortunately, this tragedy continues to have an impact on our country, most recently witnessed through the bombing last month when 13 U.S. troops lost their lives at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. It is important to take time to recognize how these events continue to impact individuals both nationally and locally.

While we understand that these events provide the opportunity for teachable moments within our classrooms, we also recognize that these events can affect students, staff, and families in varying ways. Below please find a list of local and national support services that are available to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you or someone you know is in need of support.

Voices Center for Resilience: Voices Center for Resilience (VOICES) is a non-profit organization that assists communities in preparing for and recovering from traumatic events and provides long-term support and resources that promote mental health care and wellness for victims’ families, responders, and survivors.

Tuesday's Children: The goal at Tuesday’s Children is to ensure that families who have suffered losses due to the events of 9/11, post-9/11 military service, or other acts of mass violence and terrorism always have a comforting place to turn to for support and community.

9/11 Memorial and Museum: The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance.

Additional Local Support Resources:

Please know that we as a school district family are here for you, as well as these dedicated local and national resources listed above. #ICCSDtogether


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District

SFA Assistance Available in the Guidance Office

Your SFA can help support school success through sharing information and supporting families with:

  • School and home connections
  • Mental health resources
  • Temporary Living Situations
  • School supplies and winter gear referrals
  • District and Community resources and referrals
  • Navigation of school policies and procedures
  • Help registering your child for school
  • Pre-scheduled Transportation Support

The SFA is available daily, following the school calendar, and during other times as needed/by appointment. Services are free for families. Please contact your school SFA if you have any questions.

If you or someone you know are in crisis, call 1-855-581-8111 or text to 1-855-895-8398 for immediate help 24/7.

PSAT Registration Is Now Open!

The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered to sophomore and junior students on Wednesday, October 13th at 8:00am at West High School.

The PSAT is a nationwide exam given each Fall that helps students prepare to take the full and more complete SAT exam. The SAT is one of two standardized exams that colleges may require for admission. The PSAT is completely voluntary, but is highly recommended for the following groups of students:

  • Sophomore students who are currently enrolled in Honors and/or AP courses, and/or sophomores who plan to take the SAT for college admission purposes within the next year

  • Junior students who intend to take the SAT for college admission purposes, and/or those who wish to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Competition

Registration is currently open and will close on Friday, September 24th. This is a firm deadline. Students can register by completing this form and submitting payment. The cost of the exam is $20. If you applied for and receive free lunch, please reach out to your counselor prior to submitting payment.

Full details about the exam have been emailed to sophomore and junior students and their parent/guardian. Please check your email and thoroughly review the information and registration instructions provided. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

West High Parent Student Teacher Organization Meeting: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 12pm - 1pm

Dr. Dan Diekema ( ), Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, will present on Covid and answer parent questions. We will start the meeting with the Principal's report at noon and have Dr. Dieckema on the schedule for 12:30. We particularly asked him to focus on teens, Delta, and the vaccines.

Click here for the current draft of the agenda.

Investment Team Interest

Please fill out this form if interested in joining the Investment Team!

Questions? Please email


Athlete Registration for 21-22 Year:

All athletes must complete the rSchool registration for the 21-22 school year before they are allowed to practice/compete.

Online Registration Link:

Contact Brianna Nigg (, Athletic Secretary, with any questions.

Club West

Please send membership dues and forms for Club West (West High’s Booster Club) to the athletic office or purchase online at Club West will have a booth set up at all home football games to purchase merchandise and memberships. Funds raised for Club West go directly to our athletic programs (uniforms, equipment, supplies, etc.)

14 on the 14th Monthly Virtual College Fairs

14 on the 14th monthly virtual college fairs with 14 liberal arts colleges! Designed for prospective students, our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to get to know our institutions in-depth at their own pace.

On the 14th of each month, September through December, we will come together to offer "15 Minutes of Tips" for the college application process followed by an hour-long virtual college fair. Each institution will have its own Zoom room for students to meet with an admission officer and when available a current student or alum. The format is the same every month with different opening topics and tips.

14 on the 14th: Liberal Arts College Across the U.S.

Virtual College Fair

7:45 p.m. - 9 p.m. Eastern Time

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Parent Student Teacher Organization PSTO

All parents and guardians are welcome to help West's Parent Student Teacher Organization PSTO.

Meetings are held via this Zoom Link. PSTO meetings are held on the third Wednesdays at noon. We support our staff with food during conference nights and are in fact in need of a Hospitality volunteer to help coordinate those meals. Even if you aren't able to attend PSTO meetings you are welcome to volunteer and help out via email. We will be sending out Sign Up Genius requests for volunteers and donations. Dr. Stacey Klutts has written an article on Delta and Covid in kids that will be discussed at our September 15 meeting at noon.

You can email the or co-president Miriam Timmer-Hackert at with any questions and suggestions.

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Interested in additional resources and supports? The following resources are available to assist students and families with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. Additional information on Covid-19 and School Age Child Care assistance are also available. Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families
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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,