The PHS Post

March 7 - 11

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Prairie Boys Basketball Advances to Quarterfinals...

The Prairie Hawks play the Cedar Falls Tigers this Wednesday, March 9 at 2pm at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Need tickets? Click Here!

Going to CHEER on the P-Hawks?

Students attending will need a parent or guardian to excuse their absence from school, please call the Attendance line before 11am Wednesday, March 9 at 319.848.5360.

National Merit Scholarship Finalists - Congratulations Christopher Davis and Hazel Alldredge!

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BPA - Business Professionals of America go to State!

BPA Prairie Hawk Highlights...

  • We had one student run for state office – Coilee Hynek. She was elected and is now the 22-23 State BPA Secretary/Treasurer - Congratulations Coilee!

  • Outstanding Chapter Member Award went to Lauren Whinery for always giving it her all in BPA. She is our chapter Vice President, was a campaign manager for our state officer candidate and is always promoting our organization - Congrats Lauren!

  • Students working on their volunteerism/character resume and received their BPA Statesman Torch Award - Congratulations to Grace Hobson, Taylor Lee, Maura Levi, Coilee Hynek and Lauren Whinery.

The following 23 students qualified for Nationals (a few in multiple events):

  • Financial Analyst Team – Jared Hargrafen and Kaden Klein
  • Economic Research Team – Elliott Bourgeous and Zach Cooper
  • Administrative Support Research – Grace Hobson
  • Computer Network Technology – Colin Winborn and Kayden McMaster
  • Computer Security – Colin Winborn
  • Digital Media Production – Kendal Erger
  • Computer Modeling – Coilee Hynek
  • Video Production Team – Lauren Whinery, Caroline Rausch, Ava Werning
  • Broadcast News Production – Ansley Barnes, Ella Beach, Kelsey Taylor
  • Interview Skills – Taylor Lee
  • Digital Communications Concepts – Becca Cross
  • Presentation Management Individual – Jessie Rossenberger, Maura Levi
  • Medical Diagnostics and Coding – Katie Ray, Kristin Gavin, Megan Andeway
  • Health Administrative Procedures – Claire Hays
  • Podcast Production Team – Coilee Hynek, Katie Ray, Megan Andeway, Kristin Gavin

  • Several Students were at the top of their competition and received a medal: Noah Day, Andrew Robinson, Maggie Lueck, Elizabeth Thalacker, Olivia Benson, Taryn Hosek, Mason Trpkosh, Emma Joens, Ben Eckert, Alexa Higginbothem, and Megan Malicoat

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.

CCSD Podcast - PHS Senior Lydia Welch

Check out the latest Prairie Podcast with Prairie High School senior Lydia Welch. Lydia talks about her ‘amazing’ experiences in the Fine Arts. She shares her proudest moments, her friendships and her love for the Fine Arts community.

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

Scholarship Information

Junior Hills Bank Leadership Scholarship

Seniors - February Scholarship List

Events and Information

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

Volunteer Cord Process

Testing Information

ACT Dates

SAT Dates

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

Attention Students...

  • Safety First: Wear your Student ID - All Day - Every Day

  • 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.

GT Corner...

Congratulations to our Poetry Out Loud school winner, Rithvika Sivaprakash!

Seniors, I know that you are busy working on your scholarship applications. Here are some tips to help you out!

1. Type your application. Sometimes scholarships can be handwritten, but it is recommended to type them to be sure everyone can read what you write.

2. Ask your recommenders well in advance of the due date. Many scholarships require letters of recommendation. Please speak with your teachers, coaches, or outside recommenders weeks before your application is due about writing a letter to allow them plenty of time.

3. Be authentic. It is easy to fall into the trap of writing a great story for your application. Scholarship readers would rather you be yourself and be honest over writing a fluff piece. Think of someone you look up to and write your essay to them. This will help with creating an authentic voice in your essays.

4. Provide the most relevant information. It is better to have a short list of meaningful activities and experiences on your application than to have a long list. If you volunteered one time as part of a club, this is not as meaningful as an activity or service that is ongoing.

5. Having a job is just as relevant as extracurricular or volunteer service. If you had to work throughout high school and couldn’t participate in extracurricular activities or volunteer experiences, make sure to talk about the skills/experiences you have gained through employment.

6. Proofread your application & essays. Make sure you have capitalized all proper nouns and use appropriate punctuation. This is a formal application and should be treated as such.

Please reach out if you have questions or need help!

Mrs. Erin Hoffman

Career Services...

What does your future hold? Sign up for an Internship now!

Workplace Learning Connection Video

The Workplace Learning Connection’s winter and spring job shadow application portal drew big application numbers! They had 554 students from 43 high schools sign up for a second-semester job shadow, representing a 17 percent increase in job shadow requests over last winter. Students were able to pick from more than 95 career exploration days offered this spring.

The Fall 2022 internship portal opens Mar. 7, 2022 through Apr. 13, 2022, for current high school sophomores and juniors. Internships are 45 hours in length and students will earn high school credit.

Mrs. Gudenkauf

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College and Career Transition...

Have questions about college or career planning?

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

Click Here for this weeks Activities and Athletics...

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

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PHS Daily Schedules - Click Here!

The PHS student school day is 9:15am - 4:00pm daily. Teachers are available from 8:15am to 4:15pm daily - We encourage you to email teachers directly whenever you are needing assistance.

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