The PHS Post

December 13-17

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

Hello PHS!

The Winter Break countdown is on and we are having a little F-U-N as we countdown the next 7 days.

Monday, December 13 - Holidays at the Beach

Tuesday, December 14 - Anything but a Backpack

Wednesday, December 15 - Holiday Gear Head to Toe

Thursday, December 16 - Dress as your favorite Holiday Character - No masks please

Friday, December 17 - Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest - Win a Gift Card

Monday, December 20 - Festive Hats and don’t forget the Crazy Holiday Socks

Tuesday, December 21 - Comfy “Jammie” day - Don’t forget your robe - Brrr! It is COLD outside!

Be Safe and 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.

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Career Services...

Partnering with Workplace Learning Connection to Support Workforce Development

For the last 23 years, Kirkwood Community College’s Workplace Learning Connection (WLC) has been working to connect students and educators with local businesses and organizations in an effort to develop Iowa’s future workforce through relevant, quality work-based learning experiences. WLC work-based learning services inform, prepare, and better align local students to local careers.

Engaging in WLC job shadow, internship, and career event opportunities is a great way for businesses to address their current and future workforce needs. By providing job shadow and internship opportunities, businesses can develop relationships with potential future employees, creating a funnel for more qualified candidates down the road. In addition, in the short term, hosting an intern provides businesses the opportunity to bring in an extra set of hands, new ideas, and a student eager to help with projects. Supporting work-based learning gives your business the chance to increase student awareness of career opportunities within your business or industry sector.

“I’m committed to career exploration as a tool in workforce development because when we bring students, industry, and educators together, everyone benefits,” said Kate Robertson, economic development executive director for Benton Development Group. “Providing work-based learning opportunities wouldn't be possible without the partnership with Workplace Learning Connection. We can bring the local community and businesses to the table, but Workplace Learning Connection does the nuts-and-bolts work needed to place a student with a business, providing structure, information about insurance coverage, and a lot more. It’s a great partnership and one I look forward to strengthening. Iowa needs young people contributing to the success of our state, and one of the best ways to make that happen is to acquaint them with the great career choices they have near family, friends, and their home communities.”

By the Numbers

  • 92% of job shadow and internship students said their experience increased their awareness of local career opportunities

  • An average of 75% of job shadow and internship students said their experience positively influenced their decision to live and work in Iowa

  • 38% of the school year 2020 – ‘21 interns were offered additional opportunities or employment by their business host post internship. A 31% increase over the prior year!

Businesses and industries across the state are struggling with workforce issues. Hosting internships and job shadows through Workplace Learning Connection is another vital and viable way to help address these workforce issues, providing both long- and short-term benefits.

WLC makes it easy to get involved in work-based learning and there are many ways to engage. To learn more about how you can help students discover their passions while developing your future workforce, please visit

College and Career Transition...

FAFSA Completion Challenge

Prairie High School is challenging the Class of 2022 to reach or exceed the state of Iowa's FAFSA completion rate from last year. Last year, 61% of Iowa seniors completed the FAFSA. I am confident the Class of 2022 can crush this goal. Game on, Class of 2022. We got this!

Pro Tip! Complete the FAFSA by December 21st, 2021 and be entered into a raffle to win gift cards to local shops and restaurants, college swag or the grand prize of FREE Prom tickets! Have questions or need help? Contact Ms. Rawson at or schedule a meeting here.

Seniors, have you been accepted to college? Enlisted in the military?

Enrolled in an apprenticeship program?

We want to celebrate your accomplishments by announcing your acceptances, enlistments and enrollments over the loudspeaker each Thursday for the entire school to hear! You've worked hard, celebrate it. To have your accomplishments announced, please complete this Class of 2022 Post-Secondary Celebrations form for each acceptance or enlistment or enrollment. Entries received by 1:00pm on Wednesdays will be announced on Thursday.

Please note: We know many of you do not yet know where you will be attending or what you will be doing after high school. That's okay! These announcements are simply to celebrate the options you have right now. Later in the spring, we will celebrate your post-secondary decisions.

Have questions about college or career planning?

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

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Click Here for this weeks Activities and Athletics...

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

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

PHS Counselors @PHawkCounseling

Events and Information

Testing Information

Second Semester Kirkwood Courses

If you are interested in taking second semester Kirkwood courses, either at Kirkwood or online, you can begin signing up now. 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.

ICAN Support

Student Planning Guides

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GT Corner...

Students, make sure to get those Scholastic Arts and Writing Award entries and submission forms turned in before December 8th! We have several GT Mentorship opportunities at elementary buildings, please let me know your interest and availability.

GT Parents, we have our upcoming ACGE meeting, please consider joining us on December 9th. Please RSVP using this link. Hope to see you there!

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

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