Iowa City Community School District Foundation


Celebrating 35 Years of Making a Difference



In 35 years, you’ve truly

made a difference.

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Thank You


Patricia Heiden - President

Charlie Funk - President Elect

Ken Brown - Treasurer

Nate Koch - Secretary

Jeff Disterhoft - Past President

Tom Cilek

Janet Godwin

Mark Hamer

Ryan Heiar

Lena Hill

Mike Hodge

Jo Jones

Dave Kriz

John Schneider

Michelle Stalkfleet

Andre Wright

Emily Alward - Legal Counsel

Chris Lynch -

ICCSD School Board of Directors, President

Stephen Murley - ICCSD Superintendent


Susan Brennan - Executive Director

Theresa Weeks -

Director of Operations & Events

Darla Kraske - Gifts Administrator

On behalf of the past and current Iowa City Community School

District Foundation Board of Directors, staff and countless

volunteers over the last 35 years, we would like to thank the donors

and supporters in the community for choosing the area public

schools as the recipients of your generosity. What started out as

an answer to help supplement District funding constraints, has

blossomed into a partnership between the District and the Foundation in an effort to provide the

students we serve with the very best educational experiences available. The projects, opportunities,

programs and events that we have been able to introduce to the student population has happened

because the Iowa City community cares deeply about our schools and the successes occurring within

their walls. Thank you for standing behind our public schools and standing up for the students,

both past and present. It is our distinct privilege to serve the community in this capacity and we are

thrilled to continue working on the Foundation’s mission of enhancing the educational experience

of all students in this District. Our deepest gratitude goes to all of those who have helped us

celebrate this 35th year milestone of supporting our schools – thank you.

With thanks,

Susan Brennan

Executive Director

ICCSD Foundation

1725 N Dodge St

Iowa City, IA 52245

(319) 688-1012

September 2017

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Foundation provides extra

learning for Iowa City students

It’s perhaps easy for parents to overlook, but for 35 years

some 10,000 Iowa City-area residents have pitched in to enrich

the education and lives of the city’s public school students.

Beginning with the donation of the district’s very first Apple IIe classroom computer in 1982,

the Iowa City Community School District Foundation has delivered grants, programs and

faculty support worth more than $12 million, funded by approximately 42,000 individual gifts

from more than 10,000 community donors.

Superintendent Steve Murley said the

Foundation’s board was one of his first

meetings he took upon taking the Iowa

City post in 2010. His previous position in

Wisconsin impressed him with the role

foundation support can play in enriching

students’ educational opportunities and


“I knew the support they could provide to

a district,” he said. “I knew what you could

turn to them for.”

Mr. Murley, who sits on its board, said the

ICCSD Foundation’s role is to build upon the

classroom experience provided through the

district’s budget.

“(District taxpayers) provide all of the core

instruction the students need at every

grade level and every subject, but we

also know there’s a difference between

providing what’s required and the

opportunity for those kids to learn above

and beyond,” he said.

That was the idea behind the Foundation from its

start, according to founding board member Mark Hamer.

Mr. Hamer, an Iowa City attorney, said that in 1981, the school board “commissioned a group

of concerned parents and community members to study ways to add funds to the school

district budget to meet constant budget cuts and shortfalls that were seen as a threat to the

quality of education in Iowa City.”

The resulting study called for a foundation as “the only realistic means to consistently raise

additional funding for the ‘extras’ in the school district budget,” Mr. Hamer said.

While the Foundation’s early projects included support for orchestra and debate team trips,

band uniforms and elementary classroom projects, “the initial focus of the Foundation was

computer technology,” he continued. “Resources for technology, designed to help keep

students up to date and at the forefront of education, were difficult to find.”

The Foundation raised funds specifically for tech support, eventually buying computers for

every school after that initial Apple IIe was passed from school to school for three-week

sessions. That’s continued with the EveryClassroom campaign. > PAGE 6

Our Schools

The Iowa City Community School

District Foundation supports all schools

in the Iowa City Community School

District. The District consists of four

high schools, three junior high schools,

and 20 elementary schools.

High Schools

City High School

Liberty High School

West High School

Tate High School

Junior High Schools

North Central Junior High School

Northwest Junior High School

Southeast Junior High School

Elementary Schools

Alexander Elementary School

Borlaug Elementary School

Coralville Central Elementary School

Garner Elementary School

Hills Elementary School

Hoover Elementary School

Horn Elementary School

Kirkwood Elementary School

Lemme Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary School

Longfellow Elementary School

Lucas Elementary School

Mann Elementary School

Penn Elementary School

Shimek Elementary School

Twain Elementary School

Van Allen Elementary School

Weber Elementary School

Wickham Elementary School

Wood Elementary School

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Launched in 2011, EveryClassroom raised $1.7 million to

put basic 21st century instructional technology in, yes,

every district classroom. Transforming the classrooms

in the Iowa City area schools continues today with the

District issuing Chromebooks to every student. This 1:1

initiative is transforming classrooms into digital learning

environments that are so important for today’s students.

“I have had the honor of leading the Support-a-School program for MidWestOne

this past year, and I must say it has been one of the most rewarding experiences

of my career. What started at the beginning of the year as a list of a few ways we

could help, quickly became real initiatives that have not only supported the staff

and students at Alexander, but have left lasting impressions on our bankers. Our

horizons have broadened and we hope that this program continues to expand and

set an example of the real work that can happen when a business comes alongside

a school or organization to solve problems and make a lasting impact.”

Amy Hospodarsky, Community Relations Manager

MidWestOne Bank


“That’s where the Foundation comes in. They

provide the opportunity for the kids to go above

and beyond what they learn in the classroom.”

Stephen F. Murley


Compared to a school-year budget of nearly $274 million,

the $150,000 the Foundation provided last year in grants

and program funding may not seem significant. The key

is in how the added funds are applied.

“That’s where the Foundation comes in,” Mr. Murley

said. “They provide the opportunity for the kids to go

above and beyond what they learn in the classroom.”

Let’s take a look at some of the more notable, and a

few of the often-overlooked, Foundation programs.

The Foundation’s newest initiative, Support-A-School, nurtures

a community relationship that goes beyond financial, as

donors contribute their time to their sponsored school.

Bridging gaps between neighborhood schools and the

broader community, Support-A-School was launched in four

elementary schools in 2016 to improve student performance

and engagement and to build a community support network.

“The strongest component, I feel, was our mentoring program,”

said Alexander Elementary School Principal Chris Gibson.

Employees of school sponsor MidWestOne Bank agreed to

spend at least an hour a week in the school, spending time with

two students.

“We want people to understand these kids are

just fabulous. They’re beautiful, they’re smart, and

if you come here, they will change their mind.”

Chris Gibson, Principal

Alexander Elementary

“Some of the time they just talked about family and friends,

sometimes they just played basketball with them, sometimes

they helped out with tutoring math and English,” Ms. Gibson

said. “It turned out to be just a fabulous experience for our


MidWestOne sponsors brought in lunch for teacher-parent

conference days and bought Alexander t-shirts for every

student – all 450 – last year, Ms. Gibson said.

“That was just a huge community builder, because not all of our

families are able to purchase t-shirts,” Ms. Gibson said.

Support-A-School’s benefits worked both ways.

Support-A-School is the Foundation’s newest initiative.

“The 20 mentors, you can just tell from their faces that they

benefit from it just as much as our students,” Ms. Gibson said.

“We want people to understand these kids are just fabulous.

They’re beautiful, they’re smart, and if you come here, they will

change their mind.” >

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School of the Wild

School of the Wild, the weeklong day camp that

allows students to apply their classroom lessons in

the field, is a prime example of what the Foundation

helps provide, Mr. Murley said.

“Do you have to have School of the Wild in order to

teach science and ecology? Absolutely not,” he said.

“We can provide that in the classroom, they can get it

out of books, they can get it out of experiments, they

can get it outside on the grounds of the school. But

it’s not even close from an internalization standpoint

for the kids when they get outside. It’s an incredibly

memorable experience for them in ways that’s so

much deeper than the subject knowledge they get.”

Generations of Iowa City elementary students have

looked forward to – and look back fondly upon –

their turn in School of the Wild. Last year, 990 sixth

graders participated.

“Students talked about seeing real deer, and catching

and seeing their first tadpoles, their first turtles,” said

Anita Gerling, Kirkwood Elementary School principal.

“We have more kids from an inner-city background,

and getting outdoors can be a real big thing for

them.” > PAGE 12

School of the Wild, the outdoor classroom experienced by every sixth grader in the District.


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Circle Members

The Superintendent’s Circle is made up of businesses

and individuals who understand and appreciate how

vital an exceptional K-12 public school system is to our

community. This special group of generous donors is

committed to providing ongoing funding support to the

ICCSD schools through gifts to the ICCSD Foundation.

Superintendent Circle members donate $1,000 or more

per calendar year with the goal of making a critical

impact in the schools.

We are grateful to the members of the

Superintendent’s Circle for their contributions to the

ICCSD Foundation. Their generous annual support

enhances programs in all of our schools and allows the

Foundation to make a difference for all children in the

district. If you would like to join the Superintendent’s

Circle, please contact Susan Brennan at (319) 688-1012.

Platinum Level

Annual gifts of $10,000 or more

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F. X. and Linda Cretzmeyer

Timothy J. Dwight, Jr.


Gretchen Rice and Timothy Terry

Scheels All Sports

Gold Level

Annual gifts of $5,000 or more

Loretta Angerer



Current Members through December 31, 2016

Benefactor Level

Annual gifts of $25,000 or more


Hills Bank and Trust Company

Russell & Helen Hirt Memorial Scholarship Trust

Iowa City Road Races, Inc.

MidWestOne Bank

University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Ashman Family Foundation

Ethel and Edwin Barker

Mohammad Bashir

Bennett Brown

Janice Fitzpatrick

Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa

Kenneth K. Kinsey Family Foundation

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McComas-Lacina Construction

Art and Ginger Nowak

Oaknoll Retirement Residence

Penn Elementary PTO

Margaret A. Smollen, M.D.

The P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati


U.S. Bank N.A.


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Silver Level

Annual gifts of $1,000 or more


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Alpla Inc.

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Penny and John Balmer

Heather Bartlett and Dan Gralnek

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Terrance and Susan Brennan

Ken Brown and Amy Kristof-Brown

Business Radio Sales & Service

C and R Pork Farms, Inc

John and Kim Callaghan and Family

Ellen and Richard Caplan

Gregory Cilek

City of Coralville

City of Iowa City

Collins Community Credit Union

Community Foundation of Johnson


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Corridor Kiwanis

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Jonathan and Judy Cryer

Lora and Cole Daily

Jeffrey and Michelle Disterhoft

Peggy Doerge

Courtney Elahee

Richard and Karen Fosse

Charles and Connie Funk

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation


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Eric and Kerri Goers

Luke and Hillary Granfield

Halverson Photography L.C.

Marsha and Mark Hamer

Harold John Dane Jr. Revocable Trust

Hav Life-Johnson County

Hawkeye Title & Settlement

James Hayes

Keith Hemingway

Hodge Construction Company

Horace Mann BASP

Horace Mann PTO

Horn Elementary PTO

Matthew and Delia Howard

Iowa City Landscaping and Garden


Iowa City Masonic Foundation

Fran and Mike Jensen

Jo Lavera Jones and Phillip E Jones

Dr. Martin Jones

Randall and Jean Jordison

Cynthia and Dr. John Kemp

Patricia and John Koza

Shane and Darla Kraske

Sarah and Tim Krumm

Kum & Go Charitable Fund

Sarah and Russell Larsen

Lenoch & Cilek Ace Hardware

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service

Lepic-Kroeger, Realtors

Barcey and Steve Levy

LFMC Foundation

Ellen and Brian Link


Lucky’s Market

Joanne and Michael Margolin

Margaret and Francis McCaffery

McDonald’s - O’Brien Organization

McGrath Automotive Group

Mercy Iowa City

Alex and Cameron Miller

Christopher and Alicia Mitros

Moen Group

Allen Morelock

Stephen and Darci Murley

James and Jean Neumann

Neumann Monson Architects

Loras and Karen Neuroth

Leslie and Mark Nolte

NXT Bank

Optimist Club of North Liberty

Gary and Nancy Pacha

Pagliai’s Pizza

Douglas and Linda Paul

Beth and Jim Peterson

Andrew Piro

Dean and Donna Price

Project Green

RACOM Corporation

Ralph Schultz Family Foundation

Shawn and Troy Reineke

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Bryan and Lisa Ringen

Thomas Roberts

Kirke Rogers

Janet M. Ross and James C. Ross

RSM McGladrey, Inc.

John and Jan Schneider

Wendy Shen and Ke Chen


Kyle and Susan Skogman

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Jason and Kelly E. Smith

SouthGate Companies

Patrick and Janice Staber

Michelle and Donald Stalkfleet

Steindler Orthopedic Clinic

Michael and Connie Storck

Kristin Summerwill

Mercy D’Silva Tate and Eric Tate

Two Rivers Bank & Trust

University of Iowa DeGowin Blood


Van Meter Inc

Craig and Sara VanderLeest

Von Maur Staak Family Foundation

John and Kristine Voreis

Kathryn and Peter Wallace

Carolyn and Hobart Walling

Aaron and Heather Warner

Paul and Theresa Weeks

Doug and Lori Wenzel

West Bank

West Music Company

Victoria and Stephen West

Mel and Lucy Sharafuddin

LaDonna and Gary Wicklund

Jason K. Wilbur

Brianna and Brian Wills

Mark and Mary Beth Wilson

Heather and James Woodin

Zephyr / Imprinted Sportswear, Inc.

Zion Lutheran Church ELCA

Legacy Society

Donors providing for the ICCSD

Foundation in their estate plan

Kathryn and Peter Wallace

Mark T. Brown


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Raised funds to

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$400,000 raised for SchoolNet

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35th Anniversary of the

ICCSD Foundation!!!

ST Run for

e Schools


25th Anniversary

Campaign: Raised $1.3

million for the schools!

FIRST Symphony

Goes to Schools


NEW - $40,000 granted to

establish Makerspaces in our

secondary schools

NEW - 968 8th graders attend

LiveArts@Hancher 2016





hool of the Wild

is launched

EveryClassroom Technology Campaign:

806 classrooms outfitted!



funded in all

6 secondary


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Ms. Gerling first participated in School of the Wild

in 1993 as a staff member at the University of

Iowa’s MacBride Nature Recreation Center. Two

years ago, she surveyed students on the program.

Eighty-six percent said they “learned a lot,” and 91

percent said “the learning experience was fun.”

“There’s a lot of research that

says kids aren’t outdoors as much

as they used to be, and it’s really

good for your brain.”

Anita Gerling, Principal

Kirkwood Elementary

“Outdoor learning sometimes gets pushed to the

side, because we’re all looking at test scores,” Ms.

Gerling said. “We can’t discount how important

that outdoor education piece is. There’s a lot of

research that says kids aren’t outdoors as much

as they used to be, and it’s really good for your

brain.” > PAGE 15

School of the Wild, the outdoor classroom experienced by every sixth grader in the District.


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Dine Out for Education began in 2011;

this fall begins our 7th year of the event;

a fall and spring Dine Out day is held

every school year.

On Dine Out days, school families and community members are

encouraged to dine out at one (or more!) of the participating

restaurants/businesses that partner with the ICCSD Foundation for

the event. Participating establishments donate back 10% of their

sales that day to the ICCSD Foundation.

To date, Dine Out has raised over $106,000 for the

ICCSD schools. 64 restaurants have participated over

the years, with 24 of those being 5 Year partners.

The 2018 Dine Out for Education date is April 5th.

2017-2018 Dine Out Partners:

Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt/

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Iowa City

Billy’s Hi Hat, Iowa City

Blackstone, Iowa City

BlueBird Café, Iowa City

Bluebird Diner, North Liberty

Bread Garden Market, Iowa City

Carl & Ernie’s, Iowa City

Coach’s Corner, Iowa City

El Banditos, Iowa City

El Cactus Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Coralville

El Cactus, North Liberty

El Dorado Mexican Restaurant, Coralville

Forbidden Planet, Iowa City

Ghurtie’s Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt Cafe, Coralville

Gus’ Food & Spirits, Coralville

Heirloom Salad Co., Iowa City

Hudson’s Southside Tap, Iowa City

Joseph’s Steak House, Iowa City

Marco’s Pizza, North Liberty

Midtown Family Restaurant, Iowa City

Midtown Family Restaurant 2, Iowa City

Mirabito’s Italian Restaurant, North Liberty

Molly’s Cupcakes, Iowa City and North Liberty

Mondo’s Saloon, Iowa City

Mosley’s Barbeque & Provisions, Iowa City

Oasis Falafel, Iowa City

Orchard Green Restaurant, Iowa City

Pagliai’s Pizza, Iowa City

Reds Alehouse, North Liberty

ReUnion Brewery, Coralville

Rocky O’Brien’s, North Liberty

Short’s Burgers Eastside, Iowa City

Stella, Iowa City

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Visiting Author

The Visiting Author program brings a children’s book writer into

elementary classrooms to talk about their work, instilling a love of

reading. The program rotates yearly so every child in the district’s

elementary schools has at least one visit from an author.

“Teacher-librarians and classroom teachers prepare for the

author visit in amazing ways,” Devin Redmond, teacher-librarian

at Coralville Central Elementary, said. “Because of this, student

comments afterward show depth, thoughtfulness and authentic

awareness of the craft.”

Ms. Redmond said teachers look forward to the authors’ visits as

much as their students.

“We all see, firsthand, awestruck student

faces as they come face-to-face with a

‘real-life author!’”

Devin Redmond, Teacher-Librarian

Coralville Central Elementary

Delia Ray, 2016 Visiting Author, shown here with Coralville Central students.

“We all see, firsthand, awestruck, student faces as they come

face-to-face with a ‘real-life author!’” she said. “The funny thing

is, though, that once the kids hear the author’s presentation and

see how they had to start, practice, fail, and then keep going, it

makes the idea of writing or illustrating less scary. It makes the

kids more willing to try.” > PAGE 17

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“Hills Bank and Trust Company has had the privilege of being

a part of the Visiting Author Program from the beginning, 35

years ago this year! Every year, we have enjoyed helping bring

a popular children’s author to the area. It’s been amazing to

see the excitement the children share in meeting an author

they’ve read and to see the seeds of imagination take root

from the visit. Our hope is that these visits encourage our

community’s youth to dream big and that people can do

extraordinary things if they set their minds to it.

Hills Bank is appreciative to be able to invest in our

communities, especially our next generation. We also

encourage parents to help invest in education with our

Classroom Cash program. There is no cost to the customer;

it’s just a great way to make a difference in our schools.

Classroom Cash empowers parents and community members

to earn money for the school or school district of their choice

by making a purchase with a Hills Bank debit card or business

debit card. With every purchase, Hills Bank makes a donation

back to the school at various times throughout the year. To

date, the Hills Bank Classroom Cash program has given over

$373,000 to the Iowa City School District.”

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How did your gifts impact the

Iowa City Community

School District this year?

The Iowa City

Community School

District Foundation


Our 26 schools benefited from 9 programs and 9 grants totaling more than


Enhancing the educational

experiences of all students

in the district through

fundraising, collaboration, and

community partnerships.

9Apple Grants of

$1,000 each

to all Title I buildings and

Tate High School

Students taking part in clubs,

competitions and explorations

in STEM disciplines with 410 7th

graders going on the first Lake

MacBride Ecology Field Day




awarding more than


Buses to transport every 8th grader to Hancher

for LifeArts 2016 - students attended Step

Afrika! (in partnership with Any Given Child)




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alone to participate in

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Apple Grants

Most students likely aren’t aware of them, but Apple Grants

can go a long way toward the district’s goal of equitable

opportunity, said Grant Wood Elementary Principal Joe Divoky.

“The district does a great job of providing funds with

upgrades, but sometimes it’s nice to go above that,” Mr.

Divoky said.

Grant Wood Elementary has received a $1,000 Apple Grant

in each of the past six years, according to Mr. Divoky. The

annual grants have funded playground improvements,

tablet computers and iPads, and sometimes just basic

classroom supplies.

“We’ve used it to supplement classroom needs for our

teachers, so they don’t have to pay for it out of pocket,” he

said. “It’s not enough to operate on but it’s definitely enough

to help supplement some of the other sources we have.”




Liberty High School, North Liberty


About 1,000 eighth graders attended a live performance

of Step Afrika! through the Foundation’s LiveArts@

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“Talk about a performance that was awe

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studies classroom learning with a world-class

performance in a world-class venue.”

Brady Shutt

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“Talk about a performance that was awe inspiring and

that connected their social studies classroom learning

with a world-class performance in a world-class venue,”

curriculum coordinator Brady Shutt said. “We simply

could not provide those life-changing experiences without

the Foundation.”

Members of the dance troupe showed the students how

they incorporated the paintings of Jacob Lawrence into their

performance, building upon classroom discussions before

the Hancher show.

“Having partners like the ICCSD Foundation is priceless,”

Mr. Shutt said.

LiveArts@Hancher was coordinated through Any Given

Child, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the

Performing Arts, to assist communities in planning to

provide an equitable arts education for all students. >

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“Symphony Goes to School is an incredible way to expose a young

audience to live performance - not just any live performance, but

the beauty of symphonic music. In today’s environment many

students would not get the chance to experience a symphony, and

we think the Symphony Goes to School program shares a range

of musical experiences and what’s possible. The program does a

superb job inviting students to this experience this before they

have an opportunity to join school band and orchestra. It allows

them to see some of the ways they could be music makers in their

own right for the rest of their lives.”

Ryan West, Senior Vice President

West Music Company

Symphony Goes to School

The program also builds upon the historical success of Symphony

Goes to School, which brings a classical orchestra to City High’s Opstad

Auditorium every fall for performances before nearly 1,100 third- and

fourth-graders. New this academic year, the Symphony program will be

held at the brand new Voxman Auditorium on the University of Iowa

Campus. The School of Music will be performing several pieces that will

be familiar and beloved for the District students.


Makerspaces combines technology and craft in district junior and

senior high schools, affording every student in each school the

opportunity for hands-on learning, problem solving, creativity,

collaboration and critical thinking.

The program began three years ago with basic craft materials,

evolving quickly based on recommendations from students and

educators. Materials include components for building electric circuits

and even entire robots. Makerspace labs are also stocked with green

screens and virtual reality glasses.

The Makerspace at South East Junior High logged more than 1,100

student visits last year.

“The majority of our materials are also

able to be checked out by teachers to

use in their classrooms.”

Chelsea Sims, Teacher-Librarian

South East Junior High


On Your 35th Anniversary

Proud Supporter

of Our

Community Schools

“Students are welcome to use materials before school, after school,

during any study hall times they may have,” Chelsea Sims, South

East teacher-librarian, said. “The majority of our materials are also

able to be checked out by teachers to use in their classrooms.”

“The importance of play for student learning, and the chance to

explore, try, fail, and try again in a low-risk environment is something

traditional classrooms don’t often include,” Ms. Sims noted. n

2258 Heinz Rd, Iowa City (319) 337-8040

Makerspaces combines technology and craft in district junior and senior high schools.

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Our story scratches only the surface of the

ICCSD Foundation’s support for Iowa City schools.

Staff and teacher recognition shows appreciation for

district teachers and support staff with the

SHINE award program and the annual

Silver Salute celebration. Silver Salute recognized

33 25-year honorees and 11 retirees during a reception

held in May. Nominations were submitted by students,

parents, other staff members, businesses

and community members.

“Oaknoll has proudly sponsored the ICCSD Foundation’s Silver

Salute and Everybody’s Business breakfasts since 2011. Silver

Salute honors our school district’s retiring teachers and those

who have served for 25 years or more. The teachers we honor

have mentored, coached, challenged and encouraged their

students. They’ve shared their interests and passions, and in

doing so, have made an incredible difference in the lives of

so many young people. We’re pleased to be able to assist the

Foundation with this recognition event.”

Steve Roe, Executive Director


The Foundation

provides such

critical everyday

support as:

16 Family Resource Centers

Bucks 4 Books Program

Kindergarten Tree Program

Ginsberg Artist in Residency

Any Given Child

STEM Initiatives nurture students’ interest in science,

technology, engineering and math, from class activities to

national competitions. West High and Northwest Junior High

teams were top-ranked nationally in 2014.

“The school district foundation plays a critical role in our district, funding

initiatives that district budgets just cannot cover. Over the last 10 years,

ACT has been proud to contribute to projects closely aligned with our

mission, such as the Complementary Learning Program, Every Classroom

Campaign, and most recently, STEM and robotics programs in the

secondary schools. ACT congratulates the foundation on their 35 years of

serving students, and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

Marten Roorda, CEO


SHINE Award Sponsors

Deery Brothers Ford Lincoln


Nanci Kohl State Farm

MidWestOne Bank

Boyd P. Murray State Farm

NXT Bank

Thank You Partners


Community Foundation of Johnson County

Hills Bank and Trust Company

Lucky’s Market

MidWestOne Bank



University of Iowa Community Credit Union

West Music

Support-A-School Partners in the

2016-’17 School Year

Alexander Elementary: MidWestOne Bank

Hills Elementary: Hills Bank

Kirkwood Elementary: University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Wood Elementary: Two Rivers Bank and the University of Iowa


on your

35th Anniversary!

Hodge Construction

is a proud supporter

of the Iowa City

Community School

District Foundation

711 South Gilbert Street

Iowa City, Iowa 52240


Congratulations Iowa

City Community School

District Foundation, on

35 years of educating

our area youth.

We appreciate

your commitment!

Member FDIC


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Molly was my third-grade teacher. Whenever one of her students had a birthday,

she would bake us cupcakes. Just about everyone who tries them thinks they’re the

best cupcakes ever.

In honor of Molly, we donate part of our profits to help our local schools. So eat up!


Chief Egg Cracker (and Molly’s Cupcakes Founder)

Brownies, Bars,

Cookies, Cakes,

Pies, Cheesecakes,

Eclairs, Ice Cream,

all made fresh

right in our

bakery. No boxed

mixes, ever.




Iowa City



District and


since 2012.

14 South Clinton Street

Iowa City


620 Pacha Parkway, Suite 4

North Liberty


215 East Third Street

Des Moines


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