PHS Newsletter

February 2022

Dear Pella High School Students, Families, and Friends,

Hello and happy February! We are off to a great start for the second semester. We continue our new learning with Leader in Me and the Seven Habits. Efforts are focused on shared leadership in our teacher/student action teams. Current initiatives include planning for the upcoming ISASP testing as students work to encourage continued success. Groups are also working on bolstering our positive school culture. Our student leadership also recently hosted the Winter Formal Dance, which had record numbers in attendance, and students seemed to have a great time dancing and playing games. We are very proud of our students and staff, and all that they continue to accomplish.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Thank you,

Adam Beckel


Derek Schulte

Assistant Principal

ACT Test Prep & Registration

As students plan for taking the ACT test, there are multiple ways to prepare. The course work at Pella HS during a student’s junior year includes much of the content the ACT is testing.

An ACT workshop is planned at Pella High School for March 9 & 10. An instructor from the ZAPS company will lead students in a classroom setting workshop with tips and strategies for the ACT standardized test. It is encouraged for juniors to take the ACT test in April or June if they are anticipating attending a four year institution. Visit the Doorway to College website for registration, study tips and stats on the ZAPs workshop benefits.

The ACT registration website has all testing dates and deadlines for the Spring ACT testing dates.

There are also free online ACT test preparation options on the ACT website.

Doorway to College

Click here for registration, study tips, and stats

College Planning and Financial Aid

Pella High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night for junior students and parents to gain insight on the college financial aid process. On Monday, April 11th, please join ICAN at 6:00pm in the PHS Auditorium to learn more.

The planning for post-secondary education greatly hinges on financial aid for families, especially as educational costs continue to rise. The regulations within the financial aid world have changed, and families of seniors are allowed to apply for aid starting October 1st of senior school year. Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website to begin.

The ICAN ( organization is a fabulous resource for families.

It is a free resource in Iowa, for any assistance about the online filing process and policies, please contact them. Virtual appointments are available to assist with any questions or concerns in regards to your family's financial aid process. Junior families, the best time to schedule an appointment for assistance will be in the fall.


Click here to visit the FAFSA website


Click here for a resource for families

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Monday, February 7th 4:30-8:00 PM (Open House Style)

Parent-Teacher conferences are soon approaching. This round will be “Open House” style with teachers available in their classrooms. We value the connection of in-person conferences and welcome parents and families to the building. Our collaboration is key for student success.
Building Map

Building map to help locate rooms

2022-23 School Registration is opening March 1

All district families are encouraged to register all of their school aged children for the 2022-23 school year starting March 1. Have a child turning 4 by September 15, 2022? We need you to register them for preschool too! More details to come in the next few weeks about this exciting annual event, so watch your inbox! Questions about the 2022-23 school registration can be directed to Allissa Grandia by emailing or by calling 641-628-9539.

School Calendar

Semester Two

February 7: No School - Professional Development

February 7: HS P/T Conferences 4:30 - 8:00

February 15: 2 Hour Early Dismissal

February 17: 2 Hour Early Dismissal

February 18: No School

February 22: 6-week grades are due

February 23: Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

March 2: Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

March 3: HS P/T Conferences 4:30 - 8:00

March 9: Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

March 11: End 3rd Quarter

March 14-18: Spring Break

March 21: Begin 4th Quarter

March 22: 9-week grades are due

March 23: Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

March 28-31 ISASP Testing Week

April 6: Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

April 12: 12-week grades due

April 15: No School - Good Friday

April 23: Junior/Senior Prom (Format Pending)

April 27: Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

May 3: 15-week grades are due

May 5: Tulip Time - 11:15 Dismissal

May 6: Tulip Time - 11:15 Dismissal

May 11: Senior Awards Night

May 11: Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

May 18: Seniors Last Day

May 20: Graduation

May 23-25 (9th -11th) : Semester Assessment, Laptop Return, & Student Check-Out

May 25: Last Day of School - 12:30 Dismissal

May 26: Final grades are due

May 26: Teacher Work Day