JCSD E-Connection

Board updates, news, and events from the around the district

Week of August 16, 2021

Thank you for checking out the JCSD E-Connection! In this newsletter, you will find links to Johnston Board of Education items/decisions, news, and commendations from around the district, and important information for parents/guardians.

All attempts are made to be as accurate as possible at the time of publication. Questions, comments, or concerns can be emailed to the JCSD Communications department at jcsdcomm@jdragonmail.us.

District News & Announcements

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Welcome Back, Dragons!

The start of the 2021-22 school year is almost here! Whether you are new to our district or have been part of Dragon Nation for many years, we are excited to have you with us!

As a reminder, grades K-12 start school on August 23; preschool starts August 30. Teacher assignments and bus route information are posted within Infinite Campus. Please take a look at those to help everyone in your family prepare for a good first day.

Many buildings have their back-to-school events this week; masks are optional and supported for all in our facilities. Video options are also offered for those who cannot attend in person. Please check with your school for complete details.

We hope you have a wonderful school year! Go Dragons!

Dance It Out With the Johnston Mini Dance Team Camp!

Come move and groove with the Johnston Varsity Dance Team! Students will learn a fun, upbeat dance that will be performed at the halftime of the 10th grade football game on Friday August 27th. Camp will take place in the student’s school gymnasium after school on Thursday August 26th from 4-6pm. All students need to be picked up by 6 PM each day. Registration includes a camp t-shirt and snack. End of camp performance will take place on Friday August 27th – approximately 5:30 PM. Parents who want to watch the performance will be required to pay the admission fee to get inside the stadium.

Cost: $35

Date: 8/26 (performance on 8/27)

Time: 4-6pm

Register here https://johnston.ce.eleyo.com/search?q=dance&redirected_yet=true or by calling Johnston Community Education @ 515-278-0552

Calling All Johnston Alumni!

We are restructuring the Johnston Alumni Association and need to update our alumni database with current contact information! Membership is free!

Click here to enter your email and receive NEW updates on upcoming alumni events, including a golf outing, high school tours, and a reunion football tailgate! Stay up to date on news and events by following the Johnston Alumni group on social media:

Board Highlights from August 16, 2021

The full agenda of the August 16, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


    • 2021-2022 Graduation Ceremony Discussion
    • Activities Update
    • First Reading of Policies 603.6 Physical Education and 606.2 School Ceremonies and Observances


    • Approval of Student Handbook Updates (Approved)
    • Approval of Johnston Middle School Track Improvements Project Change Order (Approved)
    • First Reading of Policies 701.2 Transfer of Funds, 803.1 Disposition of Obsolete Equipment, 401.4 Employee Complaints, 401.14 Social Media Responsibility, Regulation 401.14R1 Social Media Responsibility, and 411.3 Classified Employee Letters of Assignment (Approved)
    • First Reading of Policies 401.18 Conducting Background Checks, 410.1 Substitute Teachers, 411.8 Classified Employee Probationary Status, 413.2 Classified Employee Retirement, 401.10 Employee Expression, and 412.3 Classified Employee Group Benefits (Approved)
    • First Reading of Policies 604.1 Private Instruction, 604.10 Online Courses, 200.3 Responsibilities of the Board of Directors, 206.1 President, 206.2 Vice President, and 401.5 Employee Records (Approved)
    • First Reading of Policies 213 Public Participation in Board Meetings, 213.1 Public Complaints, 302.5 Superintendent Evaluations, and 303.6 Administrator Evaluations (Approved)
    • First Reading of Policies 501.14 Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Sending District, 501.15 Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Receiving District, and 505.5 Graduation Requirements (Approved)
    • First Reading of Policies 502.3 Student Expression and Student Publications, 502.3R1 Student Expression and Student Publications Code, 504.3 Student Publications, and 504.3R1 Student Publications Code (Approved)


    Superintendent Laura Kacer went over Polk Co. COVID positivity rates and shared a slide on nationwide spread levels of COVID. She then spoke about FERPA regulations in regards to classroom and grade-level notifications for close contacts of a positive case. Due to it being identifiable when a very small number of students in a class are out with a communicable disease, grade-level notifications will be sent to families and maintained on a district COVID dashboard.

    District-wide ISASP results have come in. Johnston, like most districts, is seeing a pandemic slip in terms of year-over-year scores. However, Johnston scores remain well above the state averages for percentages of proficient and above proficiency test scores. Buildings will continue to dig into their data for building-wide plans over the next year. Parents will be receiving electronic access to test scores the week of Sept. 6, 2021.


    Board meetings are held in person at the District Office, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston. All public comments must be read in person. The board meetings are livestreamed and available on demand at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. September board meetings will take place on September 13 and 27, beginning at 6 p.m.


    Persons are encouraged to send questions, comments and suggestions to our board members. Each board member can be reached by email: Justin Allen; Dr. Jeanie Kerber; Jennifer Chamberland; Dr. Alicia Clevenger; Katie Fiala; Steven Hopper; and Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher.

    Johnston Community School District

    JCSD Non-Discrimination Statement

    It is the policy of the Johnston Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its 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 the district’s Associate Superintendent, Dr. Nikki Roorda, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa 50131, (515) 278-0470, nikki.roorda@johnston.k12.ia.us.