The PHS Post
January 17 - January 20
Congratulations Ambassadors and Focal Point!
Important Update: PHS Semester 2 Attendance Protocol
As Semester 2 begins, we would like to remind you of the following information regarding attendance.
In our goal to increase student attendance, we continuously monitor unexcused absences and skipped classes. As we move into the second semester, we want to make you aware that any student who accumulates 10 unexcused absences, which includes skipping classes, within an individual course will be dropped from that course and ineligible to receive credit for the semester.
In any given semester, this change would affect a small percentage of PHS students but it is important for all students and families to be aware. We understand that some absences are unavoidable and ask that you call PHS on the day in which your student is not attending and the reason for their absence at 319.848.5360. Your student’s daily attendance information is also available in the Campus portal.
If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s attendance, please contact the PHS Main Office 319.848.5340.
Please take the time to have a conversation with your student about the importance of following parking expectations at Prairie High School. As the the weather becomes cooler, there has been an increase in the vehicles parking illegally, leading to unsafe driving conditions in all parking lots. Parking spots are clearly marked and it is important that all drivers abide by the expectation that these are the only spots in which vehicles should be parked. When students park beyond the markings, it prevents safe traffic flow and increases the risk of accidents to occur. There are ample designated parking spots available in Lots A, B, C, and E for those that have been issued a parking pass. For those that are still on the waiting list for a parking pass, there is space available in Lot F.
Students who are unable to follow safe driving and parking expectations at Prairie High School will be given a warning for the first offense and a $25.00 parking ticket that will be changed to the student’s InTouch account for any further offense. If multiple violations occur, students will risk having their parking privileges revoked.
Thank you for partnering with Prairie High School in this effort to promote safe driving and parking on campus!
Dean of Students (A-L)
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.
Congratulations to all of the PHS students in Mrs. Beatty's and Ms. Widmer's classes who were recognized by the College Community School Board for their hard work in the Prairie Cares Market for providing food boxes to Prairie families each week. In the last 10 months, they have helped give out over 40,000 lbs. of food from HACAP to our Prairie families. THANK YOU for your service!
Registration Dates for the 23-24 School Year
PHS Student Services...
2nd Semester Important Dates
Last day to ADD a class is Monday, January 23rd
Last day to DROP a class is Monday, January 30th
This drop date includes both PHS and Kirkwood classes
January Scholarships - On Xello
Seniors, here are a few scholarships that just opened up that you can work on over break. Some of them are need based, so make sure you have your EFC from your FAFSA ready to upload.
The Greater Cedar Rapids Scholarships are now available on XELLO
Due Date to Student Services: Feb. 15th 2023
Please see each scholarship for eligibility requirements:
- Merveaux Academic Excellence $500.00
- Glidden Community Service $500.00
- Outstanding Student Leader $500.00
- College Opportunity $500.00
- Kalous Opportunity (renewable for 3 years) $1,000.00
- Prairie Golf $1,000.00
- Kleiman Nomination Application Only (Potential $5000 renewable)
Prairie General Applications - Due March 19, 2023
Prairie Internal Scholarships Application now on XELLO
Prairie Internal Kirkwood Scholarships Application now on XELLO
Fall Scholarship List - Make sure to check XELLO for the information and applications!
National Scholarships-Student Scholarship Organization
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.
7 Things NOT to do while Studying: Tip 3 - Mnemonics have limited value
Mnemonics (like “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” to remember the Order of Operations) are memory tricks, and they work for recall, but not for understanding. In German, they are called an “Eselbruecke” which literally means “donkey bridge” – irrelevant but fascinating. Mnemonics come in lots of flavors, like names (Pvt. Tim Hall for the names of the essential amino acids) or songs (Anyone wanna sing the preposition song to the tune of “Jingle Bells” with me?). Even diagrams are mnemonics, as are rhymes such as “30 days hath September…”
If that’s the case, why would they have limited value? Because they are shallow. They only help with the most superficial form of learning, and we’re not asked to do that as often as we are analytical learning. If you just have to learn a list of things, they’re great. If you have to understand the material, use a different technique.
Please consider participating in the 2023 Drake Physics Prize Examination. Since 1970, Drake has offered this scholarship opportunity to encourage interest in physics, astronomy, and physical sciences, and to give recognition to outstanding high-school students.
Any high school sophomore, junior, or senior can compete in the Physics Prize. A variety of awards are available, however the first place award is an unrestricted four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Drake University!
The Drake Physics Prize Test will cover topics in physics that would normally be studied by students during the first semester of their high-school physics course: kinematics, dynamics (Newton’s laws), circular motion, universal law of gravitation, harmonic motion (simple pendulum and mass-spring systems), impulse, linear momentum, conservation of momentum and collisions, work, energy and conservation of energy, torque, rotational kinematics, dynamics and energy, angular momentum conservation, mechanical waves, and sound.
You can read full details about the scholarship here.
Your students can sign up for one of the following virtual exam times:
Wednesday, February 1, 2023: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST
Wednesday, February 1, 2023: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CST
Thursday, February 2, 2023: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST
Thursday, February 2, 2022: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. CST
Friday, February 3, 2023: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. CST
Friday, February 3, 2023: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m CST
College and Career Transitions...
Did you FAFSA? It is NOT too late!
What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the single most important form to fill out to be considered for multiple types of federal financial aid (grants, loans, and work study). However, did you know that completing the FAFSA is often required to be considered for many different scholarship opportunities, regardless of income.
For example, the Last Dollar Scholarship is available to students regardless of income and provides up to full tuition benefits for in demand careers at select colleges. The only thing a student needs to do is complete the FAFSA and be enrolled in a qualifying program!
There is zero risk or obligation in completing the FAFSA!
How Can I Complete the FAFSA?
Schedule a Virtual FAFSA Appointment with ICAN here.
Schedule and In-Person FAFSA Appointment with ICAN here.
Schedule an In-Person FAFSA Appointment with Ms. Rawson here.
Or, on your own here.
What Do I Need to Bring to My FAFSA Appointment/Complete the FAFSA?
Students AND Parents need to create an FSA ID prior to their FAFSA appointment or completing the FAFSA
Copy of 2021 Federal Tax Returns (Parent AND Student)
Copy of 2021 W2 (Parent AND Student)
Social Security Number/Alien Registration Number, Date of Birth, Date of Marriage/Divorce (Parent AND Student)
Records of any untaxed income
Child support paid/received
Have questions about college and career planning?
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Career Services: Internships and Job Shadows...
- All About Internships You gain real-world experience through a 45-hour supervised internship where you earn elective credit in exchange for your time. Internships count as a class.
- Why Do an Internship? There’s no better way to learn skills related to your future career and the workplace in general. Even if your internship isn’t directly related to what you want to do for a living, it will still help you develop important workplace skills like teamwork, organization, and public speaking. Other reasons to pursue internships include:
- Learning about a field before you commit to it. Invest in yourself and get an inside look at jobs in a field you’re considering. Figure out sooner than later if they’re a good fit..
- Improving your resume. Employers/Colleges/Universities/Military/Trades all expect to see varied experience with accomplishments and skills you’ve learned. An internship is a great place to get that experience.
- Networking. It’s tough for high school students to network when they’re not in their chosen field yet. Internships let you meet people at all levels of the company where you’re interning, and those connections can be valuable.
- Getting job offers. Sometimes internships can lead to full-time employment. However, even if they don’t, they’re a great way to get your foot in the door in general.
- Earn elective credit. Consider an internship a class outside of school, based 100% on your career interest area. Internship experiences guide your post-high school plans by knowing first-hand what areas of work you might enjoy and what areas you don’t. Both are equally valuable.
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