Prairie Phoenix Academy Newsletter

January 5, 2023

Letter from the Principal

Welcome back and Happy New Year! It’s been great connecting with students, families, and staff this week. As we begin the new year, I want to share gratitude with all of you and thankfulness for supporting us at PPA.

As a reminder we have some activities coming up: Family Bowling at Prairie Lanes on 1/6/23 5-7pm and Culver’s Share Night on 1/23/23 5-8pm.

Take care,

Ms. Sconiers

Math Activities


Scholars have been busy creating art while learning about interior and exterior angles, geometric constructions and how tessellations work!

How kids grow

In our recent Child Development workshop, PPA scholars studied how children use play to learn important coping skills that help the human population adapt and survive as adults. Then they made toys based on what they learned, applying knowledge of tools and materials science as well as brain science.

Classroom Adventures

A group of PPA students traveled to Sun Prairie East High School for the annual Reality Rocks event. Students practiced navigating through life’s challenges by being assigned a career, salary, and other circumstances. Students had fun making decisions at different stations and learned about economics and life skills in the process.

Cindy's Book Study

PPA scholars and I have been reading, writing about, and having in-depth conversations regarding the memoir by Shaka Senghor titled Writing my Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison. It is an unique and personal story of forgiveness, hope, second chances, and needed social justice reform. We are learning and analyzing the types of structure and care that are necessary to build and support a healthy and thriving community of loved and needed individuals.

Student Services Update

Students interested in taking a JEDI virtual courses through please see your school counselor, Annetta Wright.

The Sun Prairie Local Scholarship application is now available: Seniors please see Ms. Annetta to help you apply.

Seniors, please pick up your senior packets from Sheri Mclean’s office!

JUNIORS! Check your email for your junior meeting with your school counselor, Annetta Wright!

Check out the 2023 PPA Junior Presentation

Advisories, look out for the XELLO Competition! Coming Soon! The first advisory to complete their XELLO requirements will receive a Pizza Party!

JAG Happenings

Field trip to Eclipse Automotive

Finishing up financial literacy

GEDO Notes

GEDO2 is going really well so far this school year. So far, we have six graduates, and three students only have one test left. On average, the “pass rate” for tests this year is very high, and is a testament to the hard work of our GEDO2 students. Keep up the good work everyone!

What's coming up for Community Schools?

WI Harvest of the month

Dates to remember: Jan 6, 2023 night of free bowling at Prairie Lanes from 5-7pm.

Jan 23, 2023 BSU of PPA will be joining Culver's for a Share Night

Feb. 1, 2023 families can join us for our BSU Black History Month Luncheon

Do you have an idea for programming? Do you need a space to conduct a class? cooking? workout, seminars or more............well Prairie Phoenix Academy is the place for you. We look forward to opening our doors after hours to accommodate your needs. Please reach out to PPA Community Schools Coordinator Ms. Tenisha Winn for details.

Bus Information

Reminders For Morning Bus Riders

As cold and snowy weather is upon us, here are a few reminders for students riding the bus in the mornings:

  • Arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pick up time.

  • Wait on the sidewalk or close to the curb if there aren’t sidewalks. Stay out of the road and others’ yards.

  • Don’t cross the road until the driver signals and the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board.

Students must have their bus tag with them when riding the bus. Replacement bus tags can be picked up at the school. A photo of the bus tag on their cell phone is acceptable. Students may be denied if they don’t have a bus tag and the driver doesn’t recognize them.


Recordatorios para los que viajan en autobús por la mañana

Debido a que el clima frío y nevada se avecina, aquí hay algunos recordatorios para los estudiantes que viajan en autobús por la mañana:

  • llegue a la parada de autobús al menos 5 minutos antes de la hora programada de recogida.

  • espere en la acera o cerca de la acera si no hay aceras. Manténgase fuera de la carretera y de los patios de los demás.

  • no cruce la calle hasta que el conductor haga la señal y el autobús se detenga por completo antes de intentar abordar.

Los estudiantes deben tener su etiqueta de autobús con ellos cuando viajen en el autobús. Las etiquetas de autobús de reemplazo se pueden recoger en la escuela. Se acepta una foto de la etiqueta del autobús en su teléfono celular. Los estudiantes pueden ser negados si no tienen una etiqueta de autobús y el conductor no los reconoce.