Current ParentsFrequently Asked Questions
How do I contact the BIG Staff?
We see ourselves as partners and supporters with you in the education of your son/daughter into a healthy, confident, and “future-ready” adult. As a result, we want and need to hear from you and connect anytime you want to work with us in that endeavor.
In general, please feel free to contact Iowa BIG staff with any questions, issues, or ideas you may have. The best place to start is with one of the staff from your child’s “family table” location. Typically this is the first place to start related to items like: your student’s academic/attendance/behavioral standing; issues/concerns with other students; to provide insight or information to help us do the best job we can for your child, etc.
If you have other issues, please use the following guide to make the appropriate contact:
- Transportation issues – firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Seyfer
- Concerns about a partner interaction – Amanda Zhorne email@example.com
- A concern with a staff member – Trace Pickering firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I stay in the loop on what’s happening at BIG?
We utilize Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and our website to share news and information about what students are doing at BIG. Please follow us on all social media platorms
How do I check my student’s progress?
Students have 24/7 access to our assessment and project software system called Project BBQ. It is on this site that your son/daughter has access to how they are progressing on their course standards, their 21st century skills – called Universal Constructs, and their project work.
We encourage parents to regularly ask their daughter/son to show them their BBQ page. The staff focuses on building the student’s ability to take responsibility for managing their learning. This includes keeping parents informed. Staff share progress during reporting periods and if-and-when they have any concerns. Please feel free to reach out to BIG staff if you have any concerns or want a quick update.
What are BIG’s expectations of my child and me?
The Parent Compact lays out the expectations for students and parents. Additionally, students and staff sign a Memorandum of Understanding each year. In a nutshell, students are expected to attend regularly, communicate constantly, engage fully, and find projects that inspire and motivate them.
What does the BIG Calendar look like?
BIG is a shared program between Cedar Rapids, College, and Linn Mar Community schools. As a result, we must work to meld 3 district calendars together as best we can. Our Boyson road location is a melding of the Cedar Rapids and Linn Mar calendars and the NewBo location is a melding of Cedar Rapids and College Community.
What courses are being offered?
Attached is the current list of courses available to students attending BIG during the 2019/2020 school year. These often change or are adjusted each year.