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Welcome to North Tama

Welcome from Superintendent David R. Hill:

Welcome to the North Tama County Community School District. North Tama offers your family a tremendous advantage to learn, participate, and belong. The ...more

2017-2018 School Year Calendar

2017-2018 School Year (PDF)



Please remember that dates are always subject to change. The PDF above is an overview of the year, but is not updated as the year goes on.

For the most up to date information, please check the District Activity Calendar further down the page, as it is kept up to date.

2016-2017 School Hours

Elementary, 8:15 to 3:20

JH and HS, 8:15 to 3:25

Bell schedules are posted below.

Junior High Bell Schedule

1st 8:15 – 8:59

2nd 9:02 - 9:46

3rd 9:49 - 10:33

4th 10:36 - 11:20

Homeroom 11:23 –

Redhawk News


Elementary Track and Field Day has been moved to Thursday, May 25, due to the weather.


Softball and baseball apparel orders are due by Wednesday, May 24 to the Main Office.






North Tama Youth Football (NTYF) is a program designed to teach and develop football skills for kids entering into 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades this Fall.  The foundation for these skills are blocking, tackling and a team concept.  


We will compete against other teams in the Marshalltown Football League (MFL) on Saturdays, beginning in September.  ALL games will be played in Marshalltown.  The schedule will be determined by the MFL in August.  The players in 3rd and 4th grade are no longer “weighted”. They will play together regardless of weight.  There will be weight restrictions on who can carry the ball.


The 5th grade kids play together and the 6th grade kids play together (regardless of their body weight).


We would like to invite your future North Tama Football star to be involved with this program for a “weigh in” and sign up on Thursday, May 11th in the North Tama Complex behind the Varsity Baseball field from 6:30pm -7:30pm.  This will be a preliminary weigh in to determine how many players we have.  The official MFL weigh in will be in July in Marshalltown.  MFL will email the information to you of the dates and times.  The signup sheet is online or I will have some at the weigh in.  Cost is $100 per player which includes all of the equipment with the exception of cleats and a practice jersey.  NTYF does have a “recycled cleats” program as well.  Practice jerseys may be purchased. The order forms will be avalible with the shirt order form.  We will also have a North Tama Youth Football t-shirt and sweatshirts order forms that will be avalible before start of practices.  If you are unable to attend the signup on Thursday please contact me to make another signup arrangement. 


The Practices will be held at the North Tama Athletic Complex (East of Traer) in the outfield of the furthest east baseball diamond.  Practice schedules will be determined by the Head Coach of each individual team and subject to change by each Head Coach.    


The NTYF program is operated and coached by volunteers.  We are always looking for people who would like to be involved in this program.  Please contact me with any questions Andrew Knaack 319-404-7659 or facebook: North Tama Youth Football.  You may also go the the MFL website at http://gomfl.org/


Looking forward to an outstanding season of football!



Andrew Knaack




Parents of students going in to grades 3, 7, 9, and 12 in the 2017-2018 school year should have received information emails today regarding required screenings and immunizations their students will need for next year.


The letters are PDFs and can all be found below. Please contact the school nurses (their contact info is on the letters) if you have any questions.



3rd grade requirements


7th grade requirements


9th grade requirements


12th grade requirements


Meningococcal ACWY Vaccines — MenACWY and MPSV4: What You Need to Know


If you need the dental or vision screening forms, those can be found on the Health Information page.



This winter the North Tama Softball program has been holding open gyms for all ages.  The girls that have chosen to come have made great strides as they have worked on their ability to handle the ball, master basic softball fundamentals and have kept in the swing of things.  So what’s the next step…


Like any activity, softball, takes practice so it’s time to beef up our schedule and get in some good practices to get ready for the summer season, which will be here before you know it.  These spring practices will spend time on throwing, fielding, hitting, and pitching/catching.  While a practice may spend more time on one skill then another we will try and touch on all skills every time.  So if your daughter is truly going to improve, attendance at as many of the practices as she can will make a difference across the board for her this summer come game time.


Please see the attached PDF for all of the details about what the spring practices entail, info about our softball coaching staff, and the spring schedule.


                                                REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD

December 19, 2016

7:00 p.m.


1) Call to Order:  Board President Kennedy called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Present were Board members Trisha Kennedy, David Calderwood, Doug Dvorak, Gretchen Pargeon (arriving at 7:05) and Tiffany Feisel.  Popelka and Zobel were absent.  Also present were Superintendent David Hill, Principals Josh Youel and Paul Rea and Board Secretary Terrill Karr.


2) Approve Agenda:  Calderwood made the motion to approve the agenda.  Feisel seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.  (Pargeon-late, Zobel & Popelka absent)


3) Spotlight On Education:  Overview of District Finances & 5 Year Financial Projections:  Hill updated the board on the school’s 5 year financial projections.  The district is doing fine according to the projection but still need to look for ways to save money.


4) Public Forum/Correspondence: None


5) Consent Agenda:


a. Approve Minutes of November 21, 2016 Regular Board Meeting


b. Approve Out Of State Field Trip Requests


c. Approve Fundraiser Request:  Cheerleading Fundraiser-Shoe Drive.


d) Approve Amended River Hills Consortium Agreement


e) Approve Inter-Agency Agreements for Special Education Services with South Tama CSD


f) Financial

i. Expenditures to Date and Approval of Bills

            1. Year To Date

            2. Monthly Balances

            3. Detail Check Register

            4. Expenses to Published Budget


g. Personnel:

            i. Resignations:    Justin Keck-Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach  

            ii. Appointments: Mark Reeves-JH Girls’ Track Coach

                                      Justin Keck-Interim Head Girls’ Basketball Coach

                                      Tyson Roberts-Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach

            iii. Termination of Contract: Matthew Hansen-Girls’ Head Basketball Coach


Pargeon made the motion to approve the consent agenda.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.  (Zobel and Popelka absent)


6) Approve Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk/Dropout Prevention (up to maximum of $145,430):

Feisel made the motion to approve the modified supplemental amount for At-Risk Dropout Prevention up to $145,430.  Dvorak seconded the motion.   (Zobel and Popelka absent)


7) Board Discussion on Participation in the Statewide Voluntary Program for 4-Year Old: Hill found out in the past few days that we will not be able to charge tuition for preschoolers (this would have helped offset the start-up cost) and we also cannot use General Fund dollars for this program.  Youel will fill out the application to have a 4-Year old Voluntary Preschool program in hopes we find a way to make this work. 


8) Reports:


a. Elementary Principal:  Youel went over the Iowa Assessment Data-very pleased with the results.  North Tama student Isabella Allen held a fundraiser for Noah Rector and as of this date had raised $945.19!  Lego League won the Global Invention Award with their Exoskeleton project and also won the First Lego League Core Values Award! They will be going to State to present their Global Invention Project. 


b. High School Principal: North Tama is waiting to find out if Gladbrook-Reinbeck will be starting up an Alternative High School.  More information will be available next month on this


c. Superintendent: The January Board meeting will be the fourth Monday not the third Monday due to Martin Luther King Day. 


9) Superintendent Mid-Year Evaluation: The board will meet in closed session in accordance with Iowa Code

Chapter 21.5(1) (i):  Pargeon made the motion to enter into closed session.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Roll call was taken:  Feisel-aye, Popelka-absent, Zobel-absent, Pargeon-aye, Kennedy-aye, Dvorak-aye and Calderwood-aye


Calderwood made the motion to exit closed session.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Roll call vote was taken: Pargeon-aye, Zobel-absent, Calderwood-aye, Dvorak-aye, Kennedy-aye, Popelka-absent and Feisel-aye


10) Adjournment:   Pargeon made the motion to adjourn at 9:08 p.m.  Feisel seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0. (Zobel and Popelka absent)






________________________________________                 ________________________________________


Trisha Kennedy, Board President                                       Terrill Karr, Board Secretary



The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held January 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.in the ICN room


North Tama's Teacher Leadership

North Tama's TLC team created three new positions for the 2016-2017 school year.  We will be utilizing a Student Success Coach (Judy Boerm), an Instructional Coach (Susan Johnson), and Seven Model Teachers (Becky Adams, Levi LaRue, Connie Courbat, Amy Lidgett, Kristi Martin, Lisa Chizek, and Vonna Watson. As a team, the teachers, staff, teacher leaders at North Tama will be able to take students from where they are to where they need to be.  


The team put together a video to explain a little more about the TLC program at North Tama:



District Activity Calendar

Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the North Tama County Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, 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 on the North Tama Website: www.n-tama.k12.ia.us under Parents/Students section.  If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Craig Josh Youel, Elementary Principal, 605 Walnut Street, Traer, Iowa 50675, 319-478-2265, E-mail:  jyouel@n-tama.k12.ia.us.

Contact Us

605 Walnut St

Traer, IA 50675

phone: 319-478-2265

fax: 319-478-2917

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Menus subject to change without notice.

Lunch: $2.25/student

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