The PHS Post
November 14 - November 18
November has proven to be a busy month and as we move into the Holiday Season there is no slowing down.
THANK YOU's go to...
- Mr. Noska and Mrs. Swart for welcoming in and celebrating veterans from PHS and from the local communities.
- Mr. Burnham, Ms. Huber, Mrs. Hoffman and the cast and crew of the Fall Play - Fabulous job!
- Kirkwood Community College will participate in an Active Threat Drill, on the KCC campus, Tuesday, November 15 - communication has been sent to all KCC students. Again, this is only a DRILL.
- No School Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25 - Happy Thanksgiving!
We have so much to be thankful for, take a moment to reflect on all the good around us and remember the core message this time of year - show and give thanks. Thank you for supporting our students, staff, and community!
Be Safe and Have a Great Week!
Mrs. Hawley, Principal
I.H.S.M.A. 2022 Iowa All-State Music Festival auditions - Here We Come...
On Saturday, October 22, a total of 45 students representing the Prairie High School Music Department traveled to Independence, Iowa, to participate in the annual I.H.S.M.A. 2022 Iowa All-State Music Festival auditions. More than 3,500 students from throughout the state auditioned at one of six district sites. Approximately 17% of the students who audition are selected to perform in the 280-piece All-State Band, the 225-piece All-State Orchestra, or the 600-voice All-State Chorus.
Participants will rehearse with acclaimed guest conductors in Ames November 18-19, followed by the All-State Music Festival’s Final Concert in Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University. This final program is recorded by Iowa Public Television and presented numerous times during the holidays.
Two of our students were selected as ALTERNATES:
Camden Beightler - 12 Band, Trombone
Sophia Johnson - 11 Band, Clarinet
SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who will be representing
Prairie High School in the 2022 IOWA ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL:
1st Year All-Staters:
Addison Berg - 12 Choir, Alto
Kaitie Craft - 11 Choir, Soprano
Samantha Mostaert - 12 Choir, Alto
Matthew Murray - 10 Choir, Bass
Austyn Riehle - 12 Choir, Tenor
Pieter Rippentrop - 11 Choir, Tenor
Maya Shelangoski - 12 Choir, Alto
Matthew Urich - 10 Choir, Bass
2nd Year All-Staters:
Jesse Flaherty - 11 Choir, Bass
Tate Joens - 12 Choir, Bass
Josie Koppes - 11 Choir, Soprano
Sawyer Slezak - 12 Choir, Bass
Luke Smith - 12 Choir, Tenor
3rd Year All-Stater:
Alyssa Cassady - 12 Band, Clarinet
Being part of the All-State Music Festival is an honor that only a select few student musicians from around the state of Iowa are able to enjoy! This honor would not be possible without the outstanding music programs at Prairie, including at our elementary, intermediate, and middle levels, and our private lesson program that allows these exemplary students to thrive at their individual instrument or voice. We can all be proud to have Prairie High School well represented in this prestigious event!
Justin Sands and Grace Huber, HS Choir Directors
Josh Hahn and Kelli Swehla, HS Band Directors
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.
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 November and 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)
Upcoming College Visits
*While all students are encouraged to apply to attend the CCTC Visit Days, priority is given to juniors and senior level students who come from backgrounds or identities that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education including: first-generation students, students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, students who receive IEP services and/or students who are English Language Learners.
University of Northern Iowa- November 16th, 2022
Join other students from around the state of Iowa for an exciting opportunity to experience the University of Northern Iowa on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022! This day is designed to give you a chance to learn about the opportunities and services available at UNI. The day will include information about scholarships, student organizations, and the admission process. Apply by November 8th, 2022 for priority consideration.
Have questions about college and career planning?
Reach out to Ms. Rawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment here.
EFFECTIVE STUDYING STRATEGY - TAKE STRATEGIC BREAKS
It’s important to take breaks, but you have to make sure you’re really studying during the study times. Don’t let your mind wander for an hour and then decide it’s time for a break.
Imagine that it’s like weight-lifting: you want to lift hard for a few sets, and then rest those muscles.
Breaks can be bio-breaks (snacks, restroom), or they can be just doing something else. As a sage person says, “A change is as good as a vacation.” Switch the subject you’re studying for a little break.
To do this, try:
Build breaks into your schedule.
Break your studying up into different segments of different content, rather than just “study” in general.
Keep in mind that even chores or practice count as a break from studying. Sorry.
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.
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