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New to North Polk

Welcome to North Polk Schools! We are so glad you are here! Whether this is your first student joining us in Preschool or Kindergarten, or you just recently moved into the district, we know it can be stressful acclimating to a new school system. Below you will find some helpful information to assist in navigating your way. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out; a staff member will be happy to assist you! Go Comets!


Important Key Contacts to Know:

Superintendent: Michael Kline

Building Principals:
Big Creek Elementary: Amanda Parker
Central Elementary: Kristi Mixdorf
West Elementary: Cory Allison
North Polk Middle School: Jon Richards
North Polk High School: Seth Poldberg

Building Administrative Assistants:
Big Creek Elementary: Julie Patterson
Central Elementary: Sharon Knapp
West Elementary: Anna Moeckly
North Polk Middle School: Jill Frey, Amanda Hupp
North Polk High School: Connie Pitcher, Laura Sarchet


Communication: We are committed to effective communication with all stakeholders, fostering transparency and collaboration throughout our community. The district sends all district communication/ updates on Thursdays via our messenger tool, Blackboard Mass Notifications. This message will go directly to your email. Information is pulled via Infinite Campus, our Student Information System, so be sure to keep that contact information up to date. Building updates will come on Friday via a newsletter to your email inbox and lastly, teacher updates/communications will come on an as-needed basis.


Student Information System: North Polk CSD utilizes Infinite Campus as its web-based Student Information System (SIS), providing a platform for students and parents alike to access a wide range of essential resources. Within this system, you can:

  • Monitor your student's grades and attendance.

  • Update household contact information for seamless communication.

  • Manage school fees and transactions.

  • Facilitate student registration for school.

For more information and a full FAQ page, visit the link here.


School Supply Lists: All school supply lists can be found on our website by visiting the link below. Individual teachers may make additional supply requests during the first week of school and throughout the year. At the high school level, students bring basic supplies of their choosing for classes (pen/notebook). If a teacher requires a specific item for their class, the student will be advised the first week of school (usually listed in the student’s syllabus).
School Supply Lists


School Start Times: The district office will be open on Monday-Friday: from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All schools will start at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m., except for Big Creek Elementary, which begins at 8:20 a.m. and concludes at 3:20 p.m. Every Monday, the district has Two-Hour Late Starts for Professional Learning, meaning all schedules will be two hours later than normal. For example, if your bus stop is scheduled to be at 7:35 AM on regular days, it will now be at 9:35 AM on Mondays.


Report Student Attendance/Absences: 
High School: To report a student's delay or absence at the High School, please utilize the following contact methods: Email at highschoolattendance@northpolk.org or call 515-984-3400, selecting option 1.

Middle School: To report a student's delay or absence at the Middle School, please utilize the following contact methods: Email at jill.frey@northpolk.org or call 515-984-3400, selecting option 2. 

Central Elementary: To report a student's delay or absence at Central Elementary, please utilize the following contact methods:
Email: sharon.knapp@northpolk.org
Phone: 515-984-3400, selecting option 3.

West Elementary: To report a student's delay or absence at West Elementary, please utilize the following contact methods:
Email: anna.moeckly@northpolk.org
Phone: 515-984-3400, selecting option 4.

Big Creek Elementary: To report a student's delay or absence at Big Creek Elementary, please utilize the following contact methods:
Email: julie.patterson@northpolk.org 
Phone: 515-984-3400, selecting option 5.


Lunch Menus: Breakfast and lunch are served each day in all five of our buildings. There are different menus for breakfast and lunch at the elementary level, middle and high school. Click the link here to view the online menu portal. Once you visit the site, you can select the drop-down to select your school. 


School Calendars: The district currently uses two separate calendars, an Academic School Calendar, approved by the school board each year, and an Activities Calendar. Refer to the 2024-2025 school year calendars for important dates such as teacher professional learning days, activity dates, and no school due to holidays. Use the buttons below to 
School Calendar
Activities Calendar


After-school care: The district currently doesn’t offer any before or after-school childcare program. However, if you need this type of coverage, we currently partner with a few providers, some of whom offer wrap-around transportation services. For more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Apparel: If you are looking for some new merchandise to represent North Polk and the Comets, we have partnered with a few print shops to offer this type of apparel to our community. See the links below to check it out!


Transportation: If you requested transportation during the registration process, transportation route information will be open in the parent portal in mid-August. If you need a midyear change in transportation (between September 1st, 2024, and April 2025), please complete the transportation request form on the website at www.northpolk.org. It will be located under the School Registration tab, under the Busing/Change of Address, or the Transportation tab, only during that time window. 


Technology: The district currently utilizes several pieces of technology integrated with our coursework. For the 2024-2025 school year, grades KG-4 will use Chromebooks and will be Classroom 1:1 and in grades 5-12, will be regular 1:1 with students allowed to take their devices home each evening. Students will receive new devices twice in their time at North Polk, once in 5th grade and again in 9th grade. 


North Polk App: The North Polk app provides access to key components and features from our website, including news, activities calendar, Infinite Campus, lunch menus, and more. Parents and students can also view grades, bus information, and lunch balances once signed in. To obtain sign-in credentials for the app (different from Infinite Campus), please contact webmaster@northpolk.org.

Find our app on Android Google Play or Apple IOS store by searching "North Polk Community Schools" or using the links below.
Google Play
App Store

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The North Polk Community School District is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state of Iowa on a percentage basis. We have added over 200 students since the school year 2021-2022. 

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We are committed to continuously improving our services to meet the evolving needs of our students, while also providing them with skills that extend beyond our classroom walls.