The PHS Post

September 19 - September 23

PHS Homecoming Week!

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PHS 2022 Homecoming Court...

Desiree DeHaven & Jett Sebetka

Sydney Divoky & Jackson Baedke

Brigid Helgenberger & Connor Groff

Emma Keiper & Landon Ruby

Ava McMenomy & Logan Redig

Jacey Miller & Jack Wagemester

Mia Pendergast & Go Benesh

Caroline Rausch & Mason Trpkosh

Alexys Schares & Maddux Frese

Maya Shelangoski & Michael Reyes

Homecoming Week Information...

Class Schedule for HoCo Week...

  • Monday: 8 period day
  • Tuesday: 8 period day
  • Wednesday: See Court Assembly schedule below...
  • Thursday: 8 period day
  • Friday: Enrichment Day - See schedule below

Homecoming SPIRIT Days...

  • Monday: No School - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday: Jersey Day
  • Wednesday: Country vs. Country Club
  • Thursday: JeanFit vs. GroutFit
  • Friday: Spirit Day - Seniors/black - Juniors/white - Sophomores/orange

Court Assembly - Wednesday, September 21 at 11:15am

  • Juniors and Seniors to the Concert Hall
  • Sophomores to the Theatre
  • After Assembly vote for King and Queen

FUN Friday - Friday, September 23

  • See schedule below...
  • Homecoming Parade @ 1:45pm
  • Powder Puff Football following the Parade - John Wall Stadium

The Homecoming dance will be held on September 24th from 7pm-10pm in the PHS Cafe - the theme this year is On Cloud 9.

Buy your Tickets: It is important to note that tickets are pre-sale only and will be available for purchase for $12 at the PHS School Store from September 15 - 22; tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the gate.

Bringing a guest? Please pick-up a Homecoming Dance Guest Request Form in the Dean's Complex. Forms are due back with approval by Wednesday, September 21 by 4pm.

PHS Homecoming - On Cloud 9

Saturday, Sep. 24th, 7-10pm

Prairie High School Cafe

Watch for additional Homecoming details to come in the next PHS Post.
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PHS Students Earn National Recognition

Two PHS Seniors were named National Merit Semi-Finalists this week!

Congratulations to Elliott Bourgeous and Joshua Levering!

Elliott and Joshua were among the highest scorers on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Semi Final Qualifying Test in Iowa and top 1% in the nation. Finalists will be named in February, chosen after candidates submit an application detailing grades, community and leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards. CONGRATULATIONS!


On September 11th and 12th, 10 Prairie students attended an NCYL Leadership Program. Students were nominated for the National Council on Youth Leadership program by Prairie High School faculty and staff in the spring of their junior year. Nominees completed an interview and a two-day leadership seminar. Congratulations go to five PHS students that are recipients of several awards from the National Council on Youth Leadership in recognition of their leadership and dedication to the community.

Congratulations to...

NCYL Leadership Team - Nessa Audrey Munyemana

NCYL Leadership Team - Mason Trpkosh

Kepros Physical Therapy and Performance Leader of Promise - Sawyer Slezak

Lil Drug Store Products Leader of Promise - Rylee Lueken

Aegon / Transamerica Foundation Leader in Excellence Award - Will Vlasek

Rylee Lueken and Will Vlasek also earned an all-expenses paid trip to the Global Leadership Connection in Washington D.C. in April of 2023.

Congratulations to All!

PHS Juniors attend the Kirkwood College Fair...

All PHS Juniors were invited to attend the Eastern Iowa College Fair on Wednesday, September 14 where there were representatives from 70+ colleges and universities. Students had the opportunity to visit a college campus with many college and career advisors. See pictures for this awesome event.

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.
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College and Career Transitions

Iowa State University CCTC Visit Day Application Now Open! Apply here!

Apply by September 21st for priority consideration

Join other Cedar Rapids area high school students for an exciting opportunity to experience Iowa State University on Wednesday, September 28th, 2022! This day is designed to give you a chance to learn about the opportunities and services available at Iowa State. The day will include information about scholarships, student organizations, and the admission process. *Please note that space is limited for this specific visit. This visit is designed for current seniors. If space allows, the visit will be opened up to eligible juniors. We will do our best to accommodate all who are interested. If you are not eligible or selected to go on this visit, there will be future opportunities to visit Iowa State. Priority will be given to students who submit this form by September 21st, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria:

- The CCTC Visit Day is open to students who come from backgrounds or identities that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education including: students of color, will be the first in their families to obtain a 4-year college degree, students from low-income backgrounds, students who receive IEP services and/or students who are English Language Learners

- Have a minimum 3.0 GPA

- Currently have a D or higher in all courses

Attention Senior Families: Prepare to complete the FAFSA! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1, 2022. The FAFSA is the form seniors will need to complete to be eligible for any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education. Many colleges will also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get.

FAFSA Prep Checklist:

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

Prairie High School will be hosting FAFSA Workshops throughout the fall to support students and families in completing the FAFSA. Dates and registration information coming soon!

Iowa College Access Network’s (ICAN) “College Planning Week” will run September 19 - 25 and will culminate with the Golden Door College Fair in Altoona, IA on September 25th, 2022. Each night will highlight a grade level and feature speakers from ICAN, colleges and universities and current college students. Learn more and register at

  • Tuesday, September 20th - Junior Night

  • Wednesday, September 21st - Sophomore Night

  • Thursday, September 22nd - Freshman Night

Have questions about college or career planning?

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

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Click Now! PHS Daily Schedules...

The PHS student school day is 9:15am - 4:00pm. Teachers are available from 8:15am to 4:15pm daily - We encourage you to email teachers directly whenever you are needing assistance. The PHS Main Entrance opens for student arrival beginning at 7:30am.

PHS Student Services...

Senior Students and Families,

Thank you for attending the Senior presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday this past week. We shared information about FAFSA, college planning, scholarships, transcripts, and more.

Two of your XELLO lessons should be completed:

  • 12th Grade Graduation Plan and ICAP Review Lesson
  • Work/Life Balance

Seniors, please make sure to schedule a time to meet with your counselor in the next two weeks and make sure to fill out the attached Google Form.

Events and Information

Testing Information

ICAN Support

Student Planning Guides

Available NOW...

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.

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GT Corner...

GT Students,

Please check your email or GT classroom to sign up for a beginning of the year meeting with me. We will discuss your goals for this year and ways that I can support you.


Mrs. Hoffman

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Career Services: Internships and Job Shadows

Students, are you one of the 319 high schoolers who started an online application for a Workplace Learning Connection Job Shadow?


Participation in work-based learning experiences, such as job shadows and internships, gives students the opportunity to explore a career interest, discover local opportunities, gain confidence, build connections, and plan for their future. Students get all of this without any monetary commitment. We've found that these experiences also help increase motivation and improve retention while helping students develop responsibility, maturity, problem-solving skills, self-confidence, and self-discipline.

Shadows take place during the school day, 2-4 hours. Both in-person and virtual are offered.

Opportunities are divided into six pathways:

1. Agriculture/Food/Natural Resources

2. Science, Tech, Engineering & Manufacturing

3. Business, Finance, Marketing, Management

4. Health Sciences

5. Human Services

6. Information Solutions

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

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Need Assistance? We are here to help...

PHS Administration...

Mrs. Karla Hawley, Principal

Mr. Rocky Bennett, Athletic Director

Mr. Travis Sprague, Associate Principal -

Mr. Rich Jackson, Dean of Students (Last Names A-L)

Mrs. Kelly Klekar, Dean of Students (Last Names M-Z)

PHS Main Office and Dean's Complex...

Mrs. Brenda Haendler, Main Office 319.848.5340

Mrs. Lori Pleiness, Athletic Office 319.848.5350

Mrs. Debie Towe, Dean's Complex/Attendance 319.848.5360

Mrs. Angie Wagner, Dean's Complex 319.848.5340 x2052

Officer Janae Obbink, Student Resource Officer

Mrs. Jackie Martin, Nurse 319.848.5340 x2011

PHS Student Services...

Mrs. Laura Fisher, Counseling Secretary 319.848.5344

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

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

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

Mrs. Erin Hoffman, Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Mrs. Nicole Rawson, Kirkwood: College and Career Transition Counselor.

Mr. Nick Norris, Grades 7-12 Transition Specialist

Mrs. Mary Gudenkauf, Career Services: Internships & Job Shadows

Ms. Karinda Bacon, Counselor - Tanager Services

Ms. Kerry Kilker, Community Engagement Specialist