Katie Dunlap
Megan Barnes
Jessie and Anita Munoz
Joel Goldstein
Wendie Perry
Our Principal: John Tolan
Office Staff: Dena Tams and Penny Hampton; Counselor: Neesha Turner
Mark Emerson
Reading Teacher: Sophia Thompson; TItle I Teacher/Child Development: Susan Brecht; Paras: Melissa Kohler, Sherri Anderson
First Grade Teachers: Emily Manley (Becky McIntosh - Long Term Sub) and Kimberly Garcia
Deb Sloan
Zanah Larson
Katherine McDermitt
Special Ed Teacher: Jen Azure; Paras: Yolanda Conrad, Julie Youngren, Annette Howell, Nicole Woolridge, Annie Girdner
Speech Therapy
Library: Ellen Lester and Marilyn Ricker
Holly Wagner and Sophia Wright
Second Grade Teachers: Lena Wheeling and Kylee Goodwin
Fifth Grade Teachers: Darren Hendrickson and Tory Weimer
Structured Learning Team: Kelsie Collins, Sara Huffman, Tina Christensen, Jenifer Kidwell
Fourth Grade Teachers: Tausha Tams and Rachel Robinson
Our Kindergarten Team: Merlie Smith, Margaret Spence, Justinn Droke, Patty Claude, Sarah Swanson
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Community Involvement

Conscious Discipline

Currently the La Grande School District is in the process of implementing a program called Conscious Discipline. You might have heard something about this program through your student's teacher! So what exactly is Conscious Discipline??? Basically, it is an informed way of dealing with conflict through social and emotional learning.  These strategies are great for use in the classroom as well as in the home! We are excited that Eastern Oregon Head Start will be offering a series of classes on Conscious Discipline which are free to the public.  This is a great opportunity to learn skills that will benefit our Island City families.  If you are interested, you can contact Eastern Oregon Head Start.

Counselor's Corner!

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Hello Island City Families! Growth Mindset...What is the buzz all about? Staff and students at Island City Elementary School are focusing on a Growth Mindset this year. Check back here on the website or follow us on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/Island-City-Elementary-PTO-172279706122709/ for more helpful and exciting information about how to support a Growth Mindset at home. 

According to the Big Life Journal's How to teach Growth Mindset to kids: The 4 Week Guide, a "Growth Mindset occurs when we believe our intelligence and abilities can be improved upon with effort and the right strategies. A willingness to confront challenges, a passion for learning and viewing failure as a springboard for growth are all characteristics associated with a growth mindset. Not surprisingly, this type of mindset is strongly linked to greater happiness and achievement in life. In contrast, those with a fixed mindset believe their intelligence and abilities cannot be altered in a meaningful way. As a result, mistakes are often seen as failures rather than opportunities to grow and learn. When stuck in a fixed mindset, we may fear new experiences, avoid risks, and feel the need to repeatedly prove ourselves over and over."

We would love for you to ask your student how they are developing a Growth Mindset! This week our motto is, "I am a Leader!"  Having reminders in the home to keep working hard will definitely help us to reinforce this valuable learning strategy!

- Neesha

Building Character


Our monthly character trait that Island City students are working on for January is ACCEPTANCE.  On a daily basis we are working on instilling in our students their ability to show kindness and acceptance to one another.  We want them to show interest and concern for others. We also want them to be friendly and considerate so that all students feel at home in our school.  Our teachers are closely watching their students to see who is best projecting ACCEPTANCE on a daily basis.  These students will be recognized during one of our Monday Morning Meetings in the near future.

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Announcements & News


Fourth and Fifth grade girls basketball will begin on January 15th.  Practices and games are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:40 to 3:45. The cost is $15 to participate.  The girls program will last five weeks and will end on February 14th.  The boys program will begin shortly thereafter.