The PHS Post
November 28 -December 2
Congratulations to all of the PHS students in Mrs. Beatty's and Ms. Widmer's classes who were recognized by the College Community School Board for their hard work in the Prairie Cares Market for providing food boxes to Prairie families each week. In the last 10 months, they have helped give out over 40,000 lbs. of food from HACAP to our Prairie families. THANK YOU for your service!
Safety First! Wear your PHS Student ID - All Day - Every Day!
CHECK THIS OUT - the PHS Assignment Page...
The PHS Assignment Page is a single-stop reference for students and families to stay up to date on what is happening in all classrooms. On the PHS Assignment Page teachers provide a weekly update of daily assignments, long-term assignments and projects, and upcoming assessments and intervention opportunities.
For a more detailed understanding of what is happening in an individual classroom, please talk to your student or reach out to their teacher. Need assistance enrolling in the "Guardian View" of Google Classroom? Individual teachers can assist with this too.
Once every four years, Iowa chapters of Business Professionals of America (BPA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) meet in Des Moines for a United Fall Leadership Conference (UFLC). While promoting leadership through events featuring workshops and activities, the goal is the continued building of high-quality business Career and Technical Student Organization Chapters in
Iowa. Prairie’s chapter representatives traveled to Des Moines November 13th and 14th for UFLC, a coordinated conference featuring the state of Iowa’s Career Tech Student Organizations, BPA, FBLA and DECA.
Participants had the opportunity to hear a keynote speaker, attend breakout sessions on various business topics and collaborate with 700+ CTSO students from all across the State of Iowa. Representing Prairie were Seniors Coilee Hynek who is currently serving as BPA State Secretary, Olivia Benson and Carley Nolte along with Junior Ava Werning.
Prairie’s BPA Chapter boasts the largest in the State and members will head to Des Moines in February to compete against other Iowa schools. Following the State Conference, those competitors who qualify will attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim in April. Prairie’s chapter advisors include Kim Hynek, Mary Gudenkauf and Caleb Rheingans.
Check this Out and Register TODAY!
Please consider participating in the 2023 Drake Physics Prize Examination. Since 1970, Drake has offered this scholarship opportunity to encourage interest in physics, astronomy, and physical sciences, and to give recognition to outstanding high-school students.
Any high school sophomore, junior, or senior can compete in the Physics Prize. A variety of awards are available, however the first place award is an unrestricted four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Drake University!
The Drake Physics Prize Test will cover topics in physics that would normally be studied by students during the first semester of their high-school physics course: kinematics, dynamics (Newton’s laws), circular motion, universal law of gravitation, harmonic motion (simple pendulum and mass-spring systems), impulse, linear momentum, conservation of momentum and collisions, work, energy and conservation of energy, torque, rotational kinematics, dynamics and energy, angular momentum conservation, mechanical waves, and sound.
You can read full details about the scholarship here.
Your students can sign up for one of the following virtual exam times:
Wednesday, February 1, 2023: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST
Wednesday, February 1, 2023: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CST
Thursday, February 2, 2023: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST
Thursday, February 2, 2022: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. CST
Friday, February 3, 2023: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. CST
Friday, February 3, 2023: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m CST
PHS Student Services...
Sign Up for Kirkwood
Kirkwood registration for second semester courses started this week. If you are interested in taking courses, please see Mr. Stoffer to sign up. The sooner that you sign up, the better chance you have in receiving the sections/professors that you want. The deadline to sign up is January 3, but we would encourage everyone to sign up before winter break. Here are a few things to consider:
1. Seniors - if English Comp 2 is on your second semester schedule with Mrs Mullins, you do not need to register for that, you will do it the first few days of the semester.
2. If you are in an Academy at Linn Regional, you are already signed up for second semester courses.
3. If you have never applied to Kirkwood before, the instructions are linked below. Please do that before you stop in to sign up for sections.
4. Below is a linked course list that shows how the courses you select would transfer to Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI.
5. Prairie does not pay for Winter Term courses.
Fall Scholarship List - Make sure to check XELLO for the information and applications!
Events and Information
- ICAN Financial Aid Resources (FAFSA)
- Call ICAN 877-272-4692 or visit www.icansucceed.org/apt to set up in person or virtual appointment
Student Planning Guides
Mercy Urgent Mental Health Care
The start of the school year can cause some anxious feelings for students. This is common. But sometimes those feelings don’t settle down and start to impact life at school and at home.
Mercy Urgent Mental Health Care is available to all Prairie students and is conveniently located at the Mercy Prairie Creek office east of the Prairie Campus.
This service is free to all Prairie students and the referral process is simple. If you’d like more information or to schedule an appointment, please reach out to your student’s school counselor. All counselors’ contact information is available at this link.
We are grateful to the Mercy organization for their partnership with College Community Schools.
College and Career Transitions...
Sign-Up to attend a FAFSA Workshop: The FAFSA opens up on October 1st, 2022. Submitting and completing the FAFSA is one of the single most important things you can do to open access to various forms and sources of financial aid. College admissions and financial aid professionals encourage all families, regardless of income, to submit and complete the FAFSA as there are financial aid opportunities for everyone. For example, Future Ready’s Last Dollar Scholarship covers any remaining gap between federal and state grants/scholarships and tuition and qualified fees for students enrolled in an eligible program, regardless of financial need! Questions or concerns? Contact Ms. Rawson at email@example.com or 319-848-5340 x 2061.
More events will be scheduled in December, stay tuned!
FAFSA Prep Checklist:
Both students AND a parent must create an FSA ID. An FSA ID is a username and password that will be used to access and sign the FAFSA electronically. The FSA ID will stay with you for life, so make sure to use an email that you will have access to after leaving PHS. Write down your username and password somewhere secure.
Start collecting the following documents:
Parent and Student SSN# or Alien Registration #'s
Parent 2021 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned
Student 2021 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned (if applicable)
Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
Have questions about college and career planning?
Reach out to Ms. Rawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment here.
Career Services: Internships and Job Shadows...
Internships and Tours Help Students Explore Careers in Manufacturing
This month we are focusing on Advanced Manufacturing Careers. This past summer in conjunction with the Workplace Learning Connection (WLC) internship program, Prairie student Takeshi Fottral, Class of '24, worked with MSI Mold Builders as a mechanical/design engineering intern. Throughout his experience, he learned about the company, the industry, and careers in this field.
“I liked the variety of things that I did at MSI Mold Builders,” Takeshi said. “I got involved on the shop floor and in project management. There are so many things to do from start to finish. I really liked how the internship was set up to show that range of work to high school interns.”
Takeshi worked alongside two Prairie High School and former WLC interns. Will Vlasek Class of '23, completed a WLC internship with MSI Mold Builders last spring, and continued working for MSI over the summer. Jake Smith, Class of '16 interned with WLC at MSI in the summer of 2014 and is employed there now. Jake mentored both Will and Takashi.
MSI Mold Builders has been a great WLC partner through the years. Beyond hosting interns, they also host a "Engineering and Machining Careers in Advanced Manufacturing" job shadow day. MSI leaders participate in career speaker events and career fairs, and this month they were a tour location as part of our Career Discovery Tours. Career Discovery Tours are designed to expand knowledge about manufacturing, engineering, and industrial technology careers. Area companies open their businesses to help students understand what’s created in Eastern Iowa. Students learn about applied science careers, training, resources, and the education required to gain employment in the industry.
Our second semester internship application process is underway and due October 28th. Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to consider this important exploration opportunity where you work in exchange for course credit. Check out 300+ job descriptions at www.workplace-learning.org. Please check in with Mary Gudenkauf in Career Services to learn more about jump-starting your future with an internship.
Please contact Mary Gudenkauf, Prairie High School Career Services for additional information and thank you for supporting this student-focused exploration program.
Class of 2023 - Submit your Senior picture to email@example.com...
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Mrs. Karla Hawley, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
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PHS Main Office and Dean's Complex...
Mrs. Brenda Haendler, Main Office 319.848.5340
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PHS Student Services...
Mrs. Laura Fisher, Counseling Secretary 319.848.5344
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Mrs. Erin Hoffman, Gifted and Talented Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Nicole Rawson, Kirkwood: College and Career Transition Counselor. email@example.com
Mr. Nick Norris, Grades 7-12 Transition Specialist
Mrs. Mary Gudenkauf, Career Services: Internships & Job Shadows firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Karinda Bacon, Counselor - Tanager Services
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