Press Releases

School Closure Extended

April 3, 2020

Dear Students and Families, As you may have heard, Governor Reynolds announced on yesterday that schools in Iowa should remain closed through April 30 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. While we are disappointed knowing that it will be several more weeks before we see our students, the safety of our community and state comes…

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COVID-19 Update from Superintendent Reiter

March 17, 2020

Statement:  On Sunday evening, Governor Kim Reynolds announced a recommendation for all schools in the state of Iowa to close for a period of four weeks. This is to prevent and stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVUD-19). The Independence Community School District will adhere to this recommendation. This closure affects all-district programming, including before and after…

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Continuing a Tradition of Excellence: Independence Wrestling finishes another successful season

March 6, 2020

INDEPENDENCE – Decades of last-minute pins, roaring crowds, and unlikely victories support one of Iowa’s best traditions – wrestling. Here in Independence, there is no exception. At Independence, a 67-year tradition of excellence in wrestling was established over time through dedicated athletes and coaches. Most recently, head coach Michael Doyle and his coaching staff have…

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Girls Bowling team places fifth at state

March 6, 2020

March 11, 2020 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Girls Bowling team recently represented the school district at the State Bowling competition, bringing home a fifth place title – and a whole lot of hope for next year. Coach Todd Lamphier says the team faced some tough competition, but was able to perform well under the…

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Independence Band & Choir to host first annual Mattress Fundraiser

March 2, 2020

INDEPENDENCE – If you are looking to replace a bed in your home, now is the time. Independence High School Band & Choir is excited to announce they will be hosting their 2nd Annual one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, April 4th, from 10am-5pm.  For one day only, the high school will be transformed into a…

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Frequently Asked Questions: Proposed 2020-2021 Calendar

February 24, 2020

In an attempt to address some of the questions around the proposed Independence Community School District 2020-2021 calendar, please reference this document for frequently asked questions. 1. Why is the district looking to move to more 90-minute early dismissals? Last year, the school district began implementing 90-minute early dismissals to provide time for teachers to…

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Girls Bowling team to compete at state tournament

February 21, 2020

  February 20, 2020 (Independence, IA) – The 2020 Independence Girls Bowling team made history on February 18, becoming the school district’s first state qualifying team. Of the six schools in their district, the Independence team came out on top at the state qualifying meet with a score of 2487. Coach Todd Lamphier says the…

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ICSD Students Score Well on the PSAT

January 9, 2020

January 9, 2020 (Independence, IA) – The scores are in from the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) test taken recently by 19 Independence Community School District (ICSD) students. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.…

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Independence baseball coaches attend ABCA Convention

January 9, 2020

January 9, 2020 (Independence, IA) – Three of Independence’s baseball coaches recently attended the 2020 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Convention from January 2 to January 5 in Nashville. Coaches Chico Lizarraga, Blake Willenborg, and Austin Czerwiec appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the latest in baseball technology and to grow as coaches. “The…

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Independence to host Varsity Triangular tonight

January 9, 2020

January 8, 2020 (Independence, IA) – Independence wrestlers are gearing up for a big matchup this week. Independence will take on Vinton-Shellsburg and Williamsburg in a Varsity Triangular this Thursday in the Independence High School gym. According to the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association’s latest Dual Team Rankings, Independence and Williamsburg are currently tied…

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