The PHS Post

September 5 - September 9

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Hello Prairie High!

Labor Day is a sure sign that the school year is in full swing and we all are settling into our new schedules. I hope each of you enjoyed your long weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather today.

The Homecoming dance will be held on September 24th from 7pm-10pm in the PHS Cafe. The PHS Student Council is excited to reveal that the theme is On Cloud 9. 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.

If you are planning to bring 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.

As StuCo releases additional information it will be posted in The PHS Post and on monitors around the school.

Enjoy Every Moment!

Karla Hawley, Principal

Prairie High School

***Please take a moment to read through the PHS Post each week for the latest updates to all things PHS; if you ever have questions please do not hesitate to give us a call.***

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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How has PHS made a difference today?

Our mission at Prairie High School is to make every minute for our students:

  • Productive
  • Healthy
  • Safe

Throughout this school year I encourage families, students, and staff to ask the question: How has PHS made a difference today?

Productive: How have staff and students worked side-by-side building skills and capacity to take on the challenges of tomorrow?

Healthy: How have students been supported throughout school in making healthy choices to set their minds and bodies up for success?

Safe: How has a safe and secure environment been maintained for learning and growth to flourish?

Travis Sprague

PHS Associate Principal

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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.

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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PHS Student Services...

Events and Information

Testing Information

ICAN Support

Student Planning Guides

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GT Corner...

GT Students,

Please check your emails 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

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

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

Why is it important for YOU to participate?

Job Shadow Participants Polling:

✅89% increased awareness of local careers

✅88% were influenced on their career selection

✅68% were positively influenced to live and work in Iowa

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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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

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.

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!

Have questions about college or career planning?

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

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