The PHS Post

September 21 - September 24

Student ID All Day - Every Day

This Week at PHS...

Wowza! Look at us beginning the 5th week of school and there has been so much excitement - Pep Assemblies, Activities Fair, Homecoming Festivities plus all of the activities and athletics. What a GREAT start to the school year! We THANK YOU P-HAWKS!

This week is yet another week with a lot going on each day. Please see the following previously announced daily schedules as a reminder for each day:


  • Regular Schedule - 8 periods


  • NWEA MAP Literacy Assessment for Grades 10 and 11 - 9am start time
  • Grade 12 - 2 hour late start (See schedules linked below if needed)
  • Block Schedule beginning at 11am FOR GRADES 10-12 - Periods 1-3-5-7


  • NWEA MAP Math Assessment for Grades 10 and 11 - 9am start time
  • Grade 12 - 2 hour late start (See schedules linked below if needed)
  • Block Schedule beginning at 11am FOR GRADES 10-12 - Periods 2-4-6-8


  • Regular Schedule - 8 periods
  • Picture Day - See below for additional information

**Students missing the NWEA MAP assessment during the above assessment sessions will make-up the assessment during the regular school day later this month.**

PHS Daily Schedules - Click Now!

The PHS student school day is 9:00am - 3:45pm daily. Teachers are available from 8:00am to 4:00pm daily - We encourage you to email teachers directly whenever you are needing assistance.

PHS School Photos...

Friday, Sept 24 during your English class - Don't have an English class? Stop by before school between 7:55am - 8:55am.

HRImaging emailed information to order online -

If you prefer, order forms/payment envelopes are available for pick up in the main office.

***LAST WEEK to APPLY: National Honor Society (NHS) - Check your email***

Click Here for this weeks Activities and Athletics...

Participate in all PHS activities and cheer on your Prairie Hawks!

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Students: READ your EMAIL...

Attention Students: Please read your email at least once per day, important communications regarding your classes, registration, Activities Office, and other updates and announcements are shared with you daily.

Student Services - We are here for Y-O-U...

PHS Counselors @PHawkCounseling

Seniors, please set up a time to meet with your counselor, if you haven’t already.

Do you volunteer? Find out how to earn your Volunteer Cord HERE - Volunteer Cord Process

College/Career Visit Information...


PHS is hosting a ZAPS ACT seminar on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 9am to 3pm

Register here, the cost is $95.00

The ZAPPING the ACT seminar includes:

  • Five hours of focused strategy instruction by a highly trained instructor
  • 24 practice tests for the ACT and ZAPPING the ACT Study Guide
  • Specific strategies for each type of question on the ACT
  • General test-taking methods for lifelong success
  • Test-specific time-management techniques
  • Explanations for each question and answer on the practice tests
  • Unique system for analyzing errors to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Instruction for writing a high-scoring essay

Student Planning Guides...

ICAN Support

ICAN Back on Track Events

  • Junior Night Sept. 21st - 5:30
  • Senior Night Sept. 23rd - 5:30

Virtual Link To Join

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GT Corner...

Dear Gifted and Talented Students/Parents/Guardians in Grades 10-12,

As mentioned in the previous PHS Post, I am here to support students and I offer a variety of opportunities and competitions for students to participate in. Here is a list of all of the opportunities students can take advantage of: GT Services and Supports.

Students, I have posted a meeting schedule in your GT Google Classroom to discuss your goals for this year and how I can support you. Please set up a time to come to talk with me!

Thank you!

Mrs. Erin Hoffman

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Career Services...

Don’t miss out, this is your LAST chance to sign up for a fall/spring job shadow experience! Every student who applies is placed in a job shadow. Job Shadow Sign Ups. Job Shadows are virtual or in-person. Make sure to take advantage of this career education experience.

Please see Mary Gudenkauf in Student Services for assistance or email

Deadline for signing up is Friday, September 24th at 3:00pm.

Parents, as students are signing up for these experiences, make sure to check your email for a confirmation. The emails are from Workplace Learning Connection and they sometimes go to your Junk/Spam folder. Thank you for your help with this!

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Need Assistance? We are here to help...

PHS Main Office: 319.848.5340

Ms. Karla Thies, Principal -

Mr. Rocky Bennett, Athletic Director -

Mr. Chuckie Geilenfeld, Associate Principal (Last Names A-L) -

Mr. Ian Kleman, Associate Principal (Last Names M-Z) -

Mrs. Kelly Klekar, Building Facilitator -

PHS Main Office:

Mrs. Brenda Haendler, Main Office 319.848.5340

Mrs. Lori Pleiness, Athletic Office 319.848.5350

Mrs. Debie Towe, Attendance Office 319.848.5360

Mrs. Angie Wagner, Discipline Office 319.848.5340 x2052

Officer Obbink, Student Resource Officer -

Brianna Boston-Kemple, Nurse 319.848.5340 x2011

Student Services: 319-848-5344

Laura Fisher, Counseling Secretary

Angela Amunson, Counselor (Students with Last Names A-G)

Mike Reshetar, Counselor (Students with Last Names H-O)

Clay Stoffer, Counselor (Students with Last Names P-Z)

Erin Hoffman, Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Josh Bentley, Transition Specialist

Mary Gudenkauf, Career Services: Internships and Job Shadows

Molly Rathe, Counselor - Tanager Services

Stormy Hinton, Counselor - Tanager Services

Jess Fitzpatrick, Community Engagement Specialist

Zeinab Osman, Community Engagement Specialist

The Ins and Outs of PHS...

The following are helpful tidbits in navigating PHS:

  1. The PHS school day is 9:00am - 3:45pm - Teachers are in the building until 4pm to provide student assistance at the end of the day.
  2. Students enter PHS through the Main Entrance - a greeter is always there to answer questions and help you navigate where you need to go. The Main Office, Student Services, and Attendance is also located near the Main Entrance if you would have questions or need additional assistance.
  3. School ID - PHS students wear their Student ID on a lanyard, around their neck, at all times - This year Student IDs will also be their lunch scan card and scanned as students enter and exit the building throughout the day. This is a security measure - all staff and students wear IDs.
  4. All students driving to school will need to register their vehicle and purchase a Parking Tag for $10. There are 700 parking spaces so tags are limited - please contact Mr. Geilenfeld with questions. Parking registration was part of school registration.
  5. Students park in Lots A, B, C, E, and F (all are labeled on the light posts). Lots A, B, and C are all on the northeast side of PHS. Lot E is located on the south side and Lot F is an overflow lot located near Creek and the baseball diamonds. All parking is first come, first serve. If students park in Lot E or F they will need to walk around and enter through the Main Entrance - there are sidewalks and walkways around the district office for a shorter commute.
  6. Students attending Kirkwood Community College, Iowa BIG, or Prairie Construction will have a special pass to park in Lot E and enter through the Success Center doors after period 2 and period 3. Security will be on hand to allow students in. If these students arrive at another time they will need to enter through the Main Entrance.
  7. All hallways are in order by number - If your Spanish class is in Room 2317 this classroom is on the 2nd floor ( the 2 of 2317) and in the 300 hall (the 3 of 2317) - so if your Biology class is in Room 2216 - You Got It! 2nd floor in the 200 hall. If you have WAM in Room 1814 - You guessed it, 1st floor in the 800 hall. You've got this!
  8. Departments are grouped together in the same hall or near each other for easy access
  9. Stairwells are color coded - Each stairwell is a different color as a path finder - You will find a red, blue, green, and yellow - Use these to help guide your way.
  10. Lockers - If you would like a locker please stop by Attendance and see Mrs. Towe, she will provide you with a locker and lock. You will need to provide a lock for your PE locker.
  11. Open Campus is permitted for Juniors and Seniors only. Sophomores who leave campus, during the school day, will lose their parking privilege.
  12. Students that have an open period in their schedule need to remain in the PHS Commons or on the Learning Stairs located inside the main entrance.
  13. The PHS School Store is located in the PHS Commons. School supplies and water are for sale daily. See Mrs. Schmidt if you have questions about KCC textbooks, course materials, and lunch money.
  14. The Fan Stand will be open, during lunches, to purchase your Prairie Hawk gear - watch for announcements
  15. Daily Announcements are posted around PHS on TV monitors and can be found on the PHS website.
  16. PHS Lunch: Lunch A 12:08-12:30pm, Lunch B 12:35-12:57pm, and Lunch C 1:02-1:24pm

Senior Photos...

Due February 4, 2022

A high resolution jpg or png file (oriented vertically) should be sent along with a senior quote to

Questions about senior photos should be directed to Rachel Bennett at If you would like to set up a FREE senior photo session with a PHS photography student, please contact Mr. DuPont at

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