Wildcat News

May 17-21st; Virtual Family Night; mySAEBERs; ISASPs cont.

Safe, Responsible, & Kind..

Dear Grant Wood Parents & Families:

This week we continue proctoring ISASP tests - OLP 3rd thru 6th grade students remotely (away from the Grant Wood building) for the remainde rof the month of May. We ask our 3rd thru 6th grade OLP families to help ensure that students continue to:

  • Charge chromebooks overnight so that they bring them to school fully charged;
  • Get a good night's sleep (8hrs would be ideal);
  • Eat breakfast;
  • Mentally start test(s) with a positive growth mindset.

Wildcats always strive to do our best each day!

For our on site students, please note the friendly reminders below:

  • School opens for breakfast at 7:40am (Monday-Friday, when school is in session)

~For breakfast, 7:40-7:55am enter cafeteria at door 19

~Students arriving after 7:55am enter at office, door 1

  • Wednesdays are early release days and school dismisses at 1:55pm on Wednesdays.

Here are May dates to mark on your calenders:

  • May 17th-28th ~ ISASP Testing for OLP 3rd-6th Grade - testing remotely

  • Friday, May 21st: on-site student school-issued device distribution (more information to come from Librarian, Ms. Snyder)

  • May 31st ~ No School (Memorial Day)

  • June 11th (Friday) - Last day of school year




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. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

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

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

Congratultions Ms. Yang!!!

ICCSD Orchestra Teacher, Ms. Yang, who works with students from various buildings, including Grant Wood Elementary, was honored and presented with the Linda Jones Emerging Teacher of the Year award by the Iowa String Teachers Association.

Congratualtions Ms. Yang!

Grant Wood Book Madness 2021 - Update

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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

"May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success."

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

"May is Jewish American Heritage Month; The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society."
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(OLP) Book pick up at Grant Wood

All three books are available for pick up by OLP students (or their parents). Please stop by the main office to pick up your book according to your grade level:

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders: Yasmin The Writer

3rd and 4th graders: What Do You Do With A Tail Like That?

5th and 6th graders: Whoosh!

The Grant Wood office is open 7:30am - 3:30pm. You may also call ahead of time to let us know you are coming, 319-688-1180.

...on site student book distribution...

Students enrolled in on site classes will get their book at school, in their classroom.

Hyperlinks to Zoom by grade level in images below

(2021 Spring) mySAEBERs

Dear 2nd thru 6th Grade Families:

During the remaining weeks of the 2020-21 school year, we will again be administering the student universal screener, called mySAEBRS to all 2nd thru 6th grade students, provided through FastBridge Learning®. FastBridge Learning® is the same system we use for our reading and math screeners three times a year. The mySAEBRS screener which we initially adminitered to 2nd thru 6th graders during our winter sccreening this year, asks students to complete a 20-item computer-based questionnaire related to their academic, emotional, and social skills.

Our school’s leadership team will review the screening scores after the testing period is complete and contact parents accordingly regarding results and next steps. Please contact Ms. Maria Martin (Interim-Principal), 319-688-1180 with any questions you may have.

Heart of a Champion (ClassDojo)

With Heart of a Champion on ClassDojo meet the U.S. atheletes who will be taking you on a journey. Learn all about the Olympic and Paralympic games, and the hundreds of sports, thousands of athletes and 200 countries around the world who participate.

Meet two-time Paralympian, Chuck Aoki and a number of other Olympic athletes! Each week, Ms. Maria will share one of ClassDojo's Heart of a Champion videos here.

From Chuck Aoki learn hear how exciting wheelchair rugby can be and how Chuck persevered to get to win big at the Paralympic Games.

Fun fact: Chuck enjoys crossword puzzles, reading, history novels and Minnesota sports.

What is a conundrum? A situation where there is no clear right or good solution. Yet, a difficult choice must be made...

In this conundrum, an airport wants to expand which means more noise but also more jobs. The question is: who should decide if the airport gets to expand? This video ends with a question, leading right into a discussion. Download this worksheet below to help organize your thinking!

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Quarantine Guidelines - Update

On April 14th the ICCSD communicated Board-approved updates to the District's quarantine protocols; full emails dated April 14th and April 19th.

As we move forward, the District will follow these COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols:

  • An individual is considered a close contact when they have been within 6 feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes.
  • Quarantine is no longer recommended if a potential exposure occurs while both the infectious individual and the close contact(s) are wearing face coverings consistently and correctly.
    • The decision regarding the correct wearing of a face covering and whether a close contact must quarantine is made during the District’s contact tracing process.
  • If it is determined that an individual needs to quarantine due to close contact, there will be two options for exposed individuals with NO symptoms to reduce their 14-day quarantine.
    • A close contact may return to school after 10 days without a test OR
    • A close contact may return to school after 7 days with a negative test. The test must be taken within 48 hours of the end of quarantine. This information must be shared with the school nurse before returning.
    • Everyone must still monitor for 14 days for symptoms and exclude themselves if symptoms develop and contact their healthcare provider.
    • A parent/guardian may choose to keep their child in quarantine for the full 14 days and those absences would be excused.
  • Individuals who are a close contact due to exposure to a household member are required to quarantine for at least 14 days.
  • Individuals who have COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days and be fever-free for 24 hours before returning

These new protocols take effect immediately.

Planning summer 2021?

United Way Summerships United Way is now taking K-12 applications for Summerships. These Summerships are scholarships for summer programs/activities. A "Summership" scholarship will fund up to $250 of one summer camp or summer activity cost per child.

Click HERE to Print the 2021 Summership Application

For questions regarding the Summerships program or applying, please email Wendy Nolan, Wendy.Nolan@UnitedWayJWC.org or call 319.338.7823.

“Summerships" provide access to summer-time, high quality camps and activities for children who otherwise might not have the opportunity,” explains Katie Knight, President & CEO of United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties.


ICCSD City High is excited to be able to safely offer camps this summer! Registration for City High summer camps will become active on May 1st. Please direct your questions to City High athletic department at and contact Mr. Phillip Hansen, hansen.phillip@iowacityschools.org or call 319-688-1045.


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.

Student & Family Advocate - Alyssa Palante

Mrs. Alyssa's Corner - Padelt (click here)

Mrs. Alyssa Palante is proud to be a ildcat and Wood's Student Family Advocate; she has created the padlet linked here and above with an array of resources as well as her contact information. Please do not hesistate to reach out to Mrs. Palante with your questions.


Youth Summer Bowling League

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7th grade Immunizations - required

  • Two vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)
  • Students are not allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of a MCV vaccine according to Iowa law

Please check your 6th grade child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccines (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.

  • Johnson County Public Health also provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045
  • If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment
  • If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse, Megan Colgan (colgan.megan@iowacityschools.org).
Mr. Emmert Mustache's Podcast Episode for 6th Graders

This podcast episode offers the SE class of 2027 (current 6th graders) some nuggets of wisdom and Library Talk with Ms. Sims.

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.

At-home learning resources

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Tech Support & Help Desk Assistance

Students and families are welcome to reach out to Tech Support for any issues. Feel free to check out the link below and get the help you need:


Have questions on how your child is using technology this year? Check out this FAQ:


ICCSD HelpDesk

Hours: 7:30AM to 4:30PM Monday - Friday.


Phone: (319)-688-1950

Additional Community Resources...

Interested in additional resources and supports?

The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.

Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

Coding for Kids (Free options)

No visitors:

For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:

Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Palante, palante.alyssa@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

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

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

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The Iowa City Community School District remains committed to our COVID-19 health and safety practices. The well-being of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. We are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines to ensure we can safely, effectively, and consistently provide access to learning and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The District’s measures are meant to keep our community safe, but they are only fully effective if we are diligent and responsible in adhering to them. For further information on our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/HealthandSafety.

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 Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000, tabor.jeremy@iowacityschools.org.