Homecoming 2023

Welcome to Iowa School for the Deaf Homecoming ’23! We’re pleased to again invite non-enrolled students who are deaf or hard of hearing to campus- it’s been awhile and we’ve missed you! Join ISD students for this FREE, unique weekend of interaction/socialization, activities and fun!

Friday & Saturday, Jan. 20 & 21, 2023

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Link to K-12 flyer (activities for students only)

Link to flyer for Saturday Homecoming (events open to the public):

Friday, Jan. 20 public events:

  • 10.30 a.m. Pep rally and royalty coronation at Lied Multipurpose Complex (LMC)  gym
  • 4 p.m.: Minnesota vs. Heartland Christian girls basketball
  • 5.30 p.m.: Minnesota vs. Metro boys basketball
  • 7 p.m.: Iowa vs. Heartland Christian girls basketball

Saturday, Jan. 21 public events:

  • 8 a.m. Iowa School for the Deaf Alumni Association meeting
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: ISD Museum open- Administration Building, second floor
  • 10 a.m.: Iowa vs. Metro boys basketball
  • 11.30 a.m.: Royalty introduced; ISDAA Hall of Fame introduced
  • 1.30 p.m.: Iowa vs. Minnesota girls basketball
  • 3 p.m.: Iowa vs. Minnesota boys basketball
  • Events (for high school students only) after the games
  • Events (for alumni only) after the games (Contact ISDAA here)

Link to ISD’s livestream.

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STUDENTS ONLY- REGISTER BY JAN. 11

***The grade students are in indicates which activities they may attend. Please see next paragraph for clarification. ***

Link to registration for ALL non-ISD students, regardless of grade. (There is only one registration for everyone.)

If it is past Jan. 11 and you are still interested in attending, contact the activities director :

Questions? Contact Tyler Kerger, activities director:

Text 402.916.0447  | Videophone: 712.274.3957 | or email HERE .

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What does this statement mean: “The grade a student is in indicates which activities they may attend.” ?

  • Are you registering a HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT? High school students who don’t attend ISD are invited to arrive Friday, Jan. 20 starting at 7:45 a.m. at the Lied Multipurpose Complex for activities. ISD is offering four free pick-up shuttles in Iowa (Sioux City, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids). It is the student’s/family’s responsibility to transport the student to the pick-up/drop-off location. However, these shuttles may not arrive back at campus in time for the morning and possibly, afternoon, activities held on Jan. 20. All shuttles will arrive in time for evening activities and meal. Students who are not being transported to ISD for this weekend must find their own transportation to campus. While staying at ISD, lodging, meals and all activities are free. If ISD picks up your students for this weekend’s activities, ISD will also transport them back to the same location during the day on Sunday, Jan. 22.Who may stay in the dorms? High school students who live 45 miles or more from Iowa School for the Deaf may stay overnight in the dorms Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21.

 

  • Are you registering a MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT/GRADES 6, 7, 8 ? Middle school students who don’t attend ISD are invited to arrive Friday, Jan. 20 starting at 7:45 a.m. in the Lied Multipurpose Complex for activities. Although they may arrive after 7.45 a.m., keep in mind, activities end for middle school students at 1 p.m. Middle school students who do not attend ISD must find their own way to and from Iowa School for the Deaf for Friday events. No non-ISD middle school students will be staying overnight on campus. ISD shuttles are not providing transportation to non-ISD middle school students. Middle students, if accompanied by an adult, may attend basketball games Saturday, Jan. 21.

 

  • Are you registering an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K – 5th grade) STUDENT? Elementary students who don’t attend ISD are invited to arrive Friday, Jan; 20 starting at 9 a.m. in the Lied Multipurpose Complex for activities. Although they may arrive after 9 a.m., keep in mind, activities end for elementary students at 1 p.m. Elementary students who do not attend ISD must find their own way to and from Iowa School for the Deaf for Friday events. No non-ISD elementary students will be staying overnight on campus. ISD shuttles are not providing transportation to non-ISD elementary students. Elementary students, if accompanied by an adult, may attend basketball games Saturday, Jan. 21.

 

I don’t sign/I don’t sign much. Will I understand what’s going on?

At Iowa School for the Deaf, you will find students just like you. Some use their voices, some sign, some use a combination of both voice and sign. Have you ever tried to text someone while talking to another person at the same time? Probably, your text wasn’t entirely clear, and maybe you left some words out when you spoke. Neither person received rich communication from you because you could not completely focus on either typing or speaking.

At ISD, we find students who rely on American Sign Language do best when we turn off our voices and use only sign language. Our students who use their residual hearing to learn do best when we only speak and do not sign. When we sign and speak at the same time, the information gets a little fuzzy. We believe you deserve the complete picture. So, don’t worry! If you see teachers, residential counselors and others who are using sign language only, you will get the message in English, too! Extra interpreters will be with you during the weekend to help facilitate communication with students who do not sign at all or who are not fluent signers.

 

Can parents and teachers attend?

Contact the activities director: Text 402.916.0447  | Videophone: 712.274.3957 | or email HERE .

 

What are your rooms and buildings like?

Those who’ve been at our camps are familiar with our spacious dorm rooms and 24-hour supervision by ISD residential counselors. Boys and girls have separate dorm buildings. Registered nurses will be staffing the health center around the clock during this weekend. Meals will be offered on campus (no charge). Wanna take a peek? Click on the numbered circles to begin your tour HERE.

 

What should I bring?

Dorm rooms have beds, dressers and desks. Bathrooms are located just down the hall. With unpredictable winter weather, bring comfy clothes, coats/hats/gloves, sweatshirts, undergarments, shorts, socks, swimwear and towel, sleepwear, athletic shoes, shower flip flops if you have ’em, pillow, bedding or sleeping bag, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, etc., and a comb.