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November Newsletter

A Letter From the Principal, Kimberly Fitten

Greetings NWJH Families.

The month of October flew by and November is here. We are 12 weeks into the school year and have seen our students do some amazing things. Our first dance was a success (despite a little DJ snafu), and I want to say a big thank you to all of our wonderful parent volunteers who assisted with supervision. I would also like to thank our PSTO for the concession items which helped raise money to support PBIS student celebrations.

I have been speaking with many families about the desire to see an 8th grade celebration at the end of the year. This is a huge undertaking and the planning would need to begin immediately. One of our goals this year is to build relationships outside of our building and work collaboratively with parents; it would be helpful to know your thoughts on holding an 8th grade celebration. Please take some time to fill out this quick poll to get your input.

In an effort to keep the line of communication open we have decided to offer stakeholders the ability to give feedback anytime; we are open to ideas and input that will help us meet our level 1 HRS goals and build and connect with the NWJH community. Please feel free to use this QR code (it will also be placed on our website) and let us know your thoughts.

Everyone deserves mentors! I believe that being a principal means being a continuous learner; last month my mentors came to visit and loved interacting with NWJH students and staff. They will be in the building throughout the year to continue to assist me in being the best I can be for Northwest.

Last week I was able to experience a junior high band concert like no other. Wow! Our kids are really good! Thank you to our music department and our very talented students for making it a memorable experience.

Construction Update: Families, please do not drop your students off in the front of the school after 8:30am. The buses start coming and you will not be able to get out. Please follow the sign.

Thank you for being in community with us!


Kimberly D. Fitten

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Important Dates

November 8th-No School

November 10th-AVID Field Trip

November 15th-AVID Field Trip

November 17th-End of 1st Trimester

November 18th-No School

November 22nd-7th Grade Field Trip-STEAM Institute

November 23rd, 24th, 25th-No School

November 29th-Jazz Band Concert @ CCPA, 7:00pm

The Northwest JH PTO 2022 webstore is now open!

Store Close: 11/13/22

Orders Back: 12/2/22

Thanks for teaming up with Elite Sports to get your Northwest JH PTO Gear!

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Reporting An Absence

When a student is going to be absent from school, a guardian must email or call the school the morning of the absence or at least two hours prior to the absence. Please email your absence to: OR call (319) 688-1060. Voice messages are checked throughout the day. Students leaving early will receive a pass to be excused from class. We appreciate advanced notice as it reduces the amount of classroom interruptions.

Student Council-Run for the Schools

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7th Grade Field Trip-STEAM Institute November 22nd

STEAM Institute was developed 11 years ago as a collaboration with University of Iowa Health Care and Workplace Learning Connection to provide interactive experiences with a heavy STEM focus.

STEAM Institute provides an engaging platform to start the conversation about career self-

discovery. It begins with Find Your Spark! a video by Kathleen Andersen from University of Iowa’s Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology where she explains how to think about career exploration in a very fun and creative way. This is viewed in classrooms prior to arriving at STEAM Institute. It includes discussion points and an activity to help students identify their natural path that aligns with their aptitude and interests. At STEAM Institute students participate in three interactive sessions hosted by businesses and organizations related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and/or Math. This provides a window into the world of careers, and STEAM Institute interactive sessions connects them to community opportunities.

Please contact Northwest if you do not want your student to attend.

Notes from the Nurse:


As the colder weather approaches, so do the typical cold weather illnesses including influenza. Please be aware that we have had some respiratory and stomach related illnesses in the community already this year. You can help to prevent the spread of these illnesses!

  • Please keep your children home if they are not feeling well or have a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting. Keep them home for 24 hours after these symptoms are resolved without the use of medication. (Please check with your child’s health care provider before giving any medication to stop diarrhea or vomiting—it may not be recommended and could potentially lengthen the time your child is ill.)

  • The most effective illness prevention is thorough and frequent hand washing. Hand sanitizer kills some germs, but often does not kill the germs that cause most diarrhea and vomiting illnesses. Remind your students to wash their hands often with soap and water—especially before and after eating, using the restroom, and touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.

  • Encourage “covering your cough” in your elbow, not your hand.

  • It is important that your child is well rested and eating healthy foods to help their immune system work properly.

  • If you haven’t already, schedule an appointment for the influenza vaccine.

  • Finally, when reporting an absence for your child due to illness, please state the nature of their illness or symptoms they are experiencing. This will help us to track excess absences in the building. Please call the main office (319-688-1060) to report any absences. Voicemail is available to leave a message if school is not yet in session.

Required Immunizations for Junior High:

There are still students who are lacking the required immunizations for Junior High. Please make sure to check your email for any messages sent about immunizations. There have been several notifications sent already this year to those who still need immunizations.

Meningococcal Vaccine
Per Iowa law, 7th-grade students are REQUIRED to have a meningococcal vaccine after the age of 10 years old (to prevent meningitis, a bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord). According to the new state law, students that have not received the immunization will not meet the mandatory immunization requirement and no grace period to catch up will be given. Students will not be able to come to school after the Department of Public Health's audit of records if parents have not provided documentation that their child has received the meningococcal shot. This applies to 8th graders who have not had their vaccines as well.

Tdap Vaccine
7th-grade students are REQUIRED to have a Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough) after the age of 10 years old. Your student may have already received these shots during their regular physical exam.
You can check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they had the Tdap booster and meningitis shot and make an appointment if needed. Please turn in a new “Certificate of Immunization” that shows documentation that these vaccines were given. Johnson County Public Health also provides immunizations at no cost to children with or without health insurance. Please call (319) 356-6042 to make an appointment.

Please contact the school nurse if you have questions regarding immunizations, or contact your student’s physician or healthcare provider to make sure they are updated on these and all required immunizations.

Junior High Immunization Requirements

Iowa Immunization Requirements Brochure

Andrea DeLarm, MSN, RN
Northwest Junior High School Nurse

NWJH Basketball and Swimming Apparel Store

Donate to Northwest

We need your help! Northwest depends on monetary donations to help fund our student activities throughout the school year. Please consider a donation to Northwest HERE.

We appreciate your support!

Coralville Rec Center Pass

Any student entering the Coralville Recreation Center must scan in to use the facility. Students can come to the Recreation Center front desk with the attached form filled out and signed by parent/guardian to have a pass created at no charge. We will contact the parent/guardian by phone at the time of issuing the pass, to verify permission to do so and to take the student’s picture. Or the parent/guardian can accompany the student to Recreation Center to acquire the pass.

We ask that all students to wait for rides after school at NWJH or scan into the Recreation Center to use the facility. We would like to stress that students are not permitted to wait in our entryway or parking lot for rides. The Coralville Recreation Center is a place of business, with multiple programs serving all of the community. It is important that we keep the front entry area, sidewalk and parking lot clear for all patrons coming and going from the facility. We ask that all students scan in and use our gyms, game rooms, or participate in our free weekly activities planned for students using the facility after school.. The Rec center opens at 9:00am. Questions-please call 319/248-1750.

Coralville Rec Center Facility Pass Application

Before and After School Drop Off-School Hours

Students are not allowed in the building prior to 8:35 am. Students are to leave the building by 4:10 p.m. unless they are meeting with a teacher or are involved in a supervised after-school activity. Buses depart promptly at 4:05pm. We do not have staffing available before or after these times for supervision. On Thursday, students must be out of the building by 3:10pm, buses depart at 3:05pm.
School Year Calendar

Early dismissal day will be on Thursdays, with Junior High ending at 3:00pm.

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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,