The PHS Post

October 25 - 29

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Wear your Student ID All Day - Every Day

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 announcements are shared with you daily.

Hello PHS!

The end of the first quarter is this Friday, October 25 and with Parent/Teacher Conferences this week it is a great time to pause and reflect on your first 9 weeks as a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.

Ask yourself...

  • Am I on track to earn all credits for all of my classes?
  • What has been working for me to stay on track and what hinders my success?
  • Am I able to manage my time?
  • Am I completing tasks and meeting deadlines?
  • Am I asking questions and/or getting the support I need to be successful?

AND, remember to take a moment to CELEBRATE YOU and all of your successes throughout these first 9 weeks.

PHS Families - THIS WEEK - Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 28 from 4pm - 8pm

Parents/Guardians may sign up for a 10 minute video conference with each of your student's teachers or teachers of your choice. Please adhere to the 10 min time limit on these dates. If additional time is needed, arrangements can be made. Conference time is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to get to know your student's teachers, to talk about what support is needed to improve and maintain academic and behavioral performance in school and to stay on track for graduation.

Click on the link here to schedule conferences.

Please remember to schedule conferences with 1st semester teachers only.

If you have questions please contact us - PHS Main Office 319.848.5340, we are here to assist.

Have a great week!
Ms. Thies, Principal

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.

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.

Jostens meetings in HOMEROOM...

Attention Sophomores!

Jostens will meet with Sophomore students on Wednesday, Oct 27 and students will bring home a packet for class rings. Jostens will take class ring orders in the cafeteria on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 8:00 am - 9:00 am and during lunch.

Attention Seniors!

Jostens will meet with Senior students on Thursday, Oct. 28 and students will bring home a packet for graduation apparel. Jostens will take graduation orders in the cafeteria on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm. A cap, gown, tassel, and stole are required for graduation. Please place your order on this date to avoid a late charge.


Sophomores, the Pre-ACT is a practice test for the regular ACT test. You will likely need to take the ACT if you plan on starting at a 4-year college or university as a freshman. If you are interested in taking the Pre-ACT on December 10th, please sign up in Student Services by October 29th. The cost to take the test is $16, payable to the PHS School Store. If you have questions please contact your counselor.

*** Mrs. Amunson (A-G) *** Mr. Reshetar (H-O) *** Mr. Stoffer (P-Z)

Complete your FAFSA NOW - Need Assistance?

Schedule your individual appointment for Tuesday, October 26 - Sign-up here!

FAFSA - Don't Delay...

Seniors, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college!

  • Submitting the FAFSA is the most important thing you can do if you want financial aid.

  • The FAFSA is free,

  • You need to submit a new FAFSA before each academic year in which you want to get aid.

  • Be sure to use a permanent email address on the form, not your high school email, so you can use your FAFSA account throughout college.

Learn more information about FAFSA here!

Schedule your individual appointment for Tuesday, October 26 - Sign-up here!

Click Here for this weeks Activities and Athletics...

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

College and Career Transition

Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to start to get to know many students and what they are thinking about after high school. Seniors have a busy year ahead of them with wrapping up high school and planning for the future. While it may seem overwhelming at times, know that you are not alone. You can always reach out to me and the rest of the student services team for help navigating this process. I am so excited to see what life has in store for you after graduation.

Class of 2022 October Checklist: College, scholarship and financial aid application deadlines are happening! Throughout the rest of 2021 you should be diligently working on your college, scholarship and financial aid applications. Do not wait until the day it is due to submit your applications!

1. Create an FSA ID (student and parent)
    • The FSA ID is an electronic signature you will use to sign the FAFSA and all things financial aid. Students and a parent will need to create an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA.

2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The FAFSA is now open! Students who will be attending college during the 2022-2023 academic year should start filling out the FAFSA.
    • Join us on October 26th from 3 -7pm for our first FAFSA Event of the season! Register here to make an appointment to complete the FAFSA with a FAFSA professional.

3. College Scholarship Service (CSS Profile): The CSS Profile is an additional institutional financial aid form required by some colleges and universities. Do your research. Know if your schools need it.

4. Complete your College Applications

5. Early Action Deadlines: Many of you will be applying to your school’s Early Action Deadlines. Remember, these tend to fall between early November and early December. Not sure if Early Action is right for you? Come chat with Ms. Rawson!

6. Scholarships: Scholarships are a year-round job until you graduate from college. Scroll down to check-out the scholarship list on Xello!

7. Military or Career Bound? There are so many options within career and military to explore! Learn about all the different routes you could take in the military (National Guard, Reserves, ROTC and more) and figure out what’s right for you. Check out all the different ways to pursue direct employment after high school (apprenticeship, certification program and more)!

Have questions about college or career planning?

Reach out to Ms. Rawson at or schedule an appointment here.

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Career Services...

Internships provide an opportunity to figure out what type of things you want to do, but also what you don’t want to be doing. Such an experience may help you avoid investing money and time in a field, or choose a type of career you have no interest in. One student described, “During my internship I learned that sitting behind a computer and doing computer work is not for me. I learned that I really like to help people with more hands-on work.”

Applications for Winter and Spring Workplace Learning Connection Internships open September 27, 2021 and close November 5, 2021 at 3:00 p.m

Completed applications include:

  1. Student Portion

  2. Parent/Guardian Approval

  3. Teacher Recommendation

  4. School Approval

Once all four components are completed, you will receive an email with instructions regarding your Outside Reference. We anticipate interviews in November.

Remember, the internship program is a class in our Program of Studies. Please ensure your counselor holds a spot in your schedule (just as you do for other classes). Hosts request interns on site at either the beginning or end of the day.

Email Mary Gudenkauf at for more information. She is here to help you identify, investigate and experience a variety of career paths.

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

PHS Counselors @PHawkCounseling

Join us as we focus on these post-high school opportunities over the next three weeks:

CPR - November 3rd and 4th

The National Guard will be certifying Juniors and other students needing CPR in their PE classes. Information will be sent to those eligible this semester - watch your email, as CPR is a graduation requirement.

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English, by high school graduation.

Who: Students enrolled in or have completed (Spanish IV, German IV, AP German). Also, ELL students and Heritage Speakers can see if they earn the award their senior year. Applications are due November 23rd and testing will be early 2nd semester. Please see your current World Language Teacher, ELL Teacher, or Mrs. Amunson for more information.

College Visit Information - Chat with College Representatives here at PHS!

  • Drake University - Oct. 25th @ 8:30 AM
  • University of Northern Iowa - Oct. 25th @ 10:45 AM
  • St. Ambrose University - Oct. 25th @ 10:45 AM
  • Drake University - Oct 25th @ 8:30 AM
  • Briar Cliff University - Oct. 26th @ 8:30 AM
  • University of Dubuque - Oct. 27th @ 8:30 AM
  • Hawkeye Community College - Nov. 1st @ 1:15 PM

Check our Calendar/Website for zoom links, ways to sign up for events & more information.

Volunteer Cord Process

Testing Dates...

ACT Dates

SAT Dates

Sophomores: the Pre-ACT is a practice test for the regular ACT test. You will likely need to take the ACT if you plan on starting at a 4-year college or university as a freshman. If you are interested in taking the Pre-ACT on December 10th, please come sign up with Student Services by October 29th. The cost to take the test is $16, payable to the School Store.

Second Semester Kirkwood Courses

If you are interested in taking second semester Kirkwood courses, either at Kirkwood or online, you can begin signing up on October 25. Registrations will not be uploaded at Kirkwood until November 5th, so if you have a specific course, time, or professor you are interested in, make sure to stop in and see Mr. Stoffer/Mrs. Hoffman between Oct 25 and Nov 5 for the best chance of getting those sections. If you are comfortable signing up in Dual Enroll on your own ( you do not need to stop in unless you have questions.

*This does not apply to courses located at Prairie High School or the Linn County Regional Center. Registration for those courses will happen within the course when it begins.

*If you have not taken Kirkwood courses before and/or haven't applied, I have included a link to apply and a video to help. Please apply before you come in to sign up for courses.

How to Apply to Kirkwood Video and Apply to Kirkwood at

ICAN Support...

ICAN Financial Aid Resources (FAFSA)

Call ICAN 877-272-4692 or visit to set up in person or virtual apt.

Student Planning Guides

ICAN Transition Guide

ICAN College and Career Ready

Prospective Kirkwood Students - Are you interested in attending Kirkwood next year?

Thinking of majors in agricultural science, health, business/information technology, hospitality arts, industrial tech, or nursing?

Check out all of the programs that you can have paid for through the Kibbie Grant (up to 50%) or the Last Dollar Scholarship (100%)!

Kibbie Grant

Last Dollar Scholarship

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GT Corner...

Academic Decathlon is just getting started, but we are still looking for members to join our team! See the flyer below for more information.

Mrs. Erin Hoffman

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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)

Nicole Rawson, KCC College and Career Transition Counselor

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

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.

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