Back to School 2021

August 2021: Counselor & Social Worker Introduction

Yay! You're Here!

Welcome to Prairie Ridge! We are excited for this school year and thrilled to see you in person all year long.


Scroll through this newsletter to learn more about your PRMS school counselor & school social worker.

Meet your School Counselors & School Social Worker

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What's Up PR?!

My name is Mrs. Waugh and I am assigned to students with the last names A-G. This school year will mark my 9th year in education, with 4 of those years being served here at Prairie Ridge.


Some fun facts about me include:


  • I was born and raised in Iowa
  • I have one younger brother
  • I love my dog (Cooper) and bitmojis
  • I like playing volleyball, riding bikes, & going for walks
  • I coach track and field
  • I cheer for the Iowa State Cyclones and the Chicago Cubs
  • I am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community


Want to chat with me before school starts? Click here to email me!

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Hello!

My name is Mrs. Northway and I’m assigned to students with last names H-O.


Some fun facts about me:


  • I was born and raised in Des Moines.
  • I graduated from University of Iowa and Drake University
  • My husband and I have 3 children (Hunter, Spencer, and Halle)
  • We spend a lot of time keeping up with our children’s activities
  • I like gardening and landscaping
  • I like watching movies and streaming TV shows
  • I am a Hawkeye fan
  • I work part-time at Ankeny Hy-Vee Prairie Trail Floral Shop


Want to chat with me before school starts? Click here to email me!

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Hello Prairie Ridge!

My name is Mr. Weddle and I am assigned to students with the last names P-Z. This school year will be my 14th year in education. 7 of those years have been here in Ankeny.


Some fun facts about me include:


  • I was born and raised in Iowa
  • I got married last summer
  • I have two brothers and sister
  • My wife and I have two dogs and continuously foster dogs
  • I enjoy being out on the water, hiking, and running
  • I am an Iowa State fan
  • I enjoy streaming various TV series


Want to chat with me before school starts? Click here to email me!

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Hi, PR!

My name is Heidi Zwick and I will be the School Social Worker at Prairie Ridge this year. I will serve all students and work closely with Mrs. Waugh, Mrs. Northway, and Mr. Weddle.


Some fun facts about me include:


  • This is my 11th year in education; 5th year in Ankeny

  • I enjoy biking and other outdoor activities during the summer

  • I have attended all 3 universities in Iowa but I am a lifelong Iowa State fan


Want to connect with me before the school year starts? Click here to email me!

Why Do You Have A School Counselor?

Middle school students are characterized by*:

  • rapid physical growth

  • curiosity about the world

  • emerging & evolving self-identity

*Per American School Counselor Association

Middle school counselors have an impact on these years by*:

  • implementing a school counseling program

  • collaborating with school staff, parents and the community

  • creating a safe, respectful learning environment

  • promoting academic, career and social/emotional development

*Per American School Counselor Association


What do School Counselors do at PRMS?

  • Collaborate with families, teachers, community resources, and administrators

  • Individual check-ins/meetings

  • Host small groups

  • Promote future readiness

  • Supervise lunch

  • Student scheduling

What Can You Talk To Your Counselor or Social Worker About?

  • Being LGBTQ+

  • Bullying

  • Celebrations & Happy Moments

  • Colleges & Careers

  • Drugs / Alcohol

  • Emotions & Feelings

  • Family & Siblings
  • Grief & Loss
  • Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships
  • Mental Health
  • Peer Pressure
  • Race / Ethnicity
  • School Experience & Grades
  • Self-Esteem & Confidence
  • Self-Harm
  • Social Media
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Your Future


Or anything else you can think of! We are here for YOU!
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Parent & Guardian Info:

Parents & Guardians,

Welcome to a special edition of the "Counselors' Quarterly". Each quarter PRMS school counselors aim to send out a newsletter geared towards parents and students. While we aren't sure what the Counselors' Quarterly will look like this year, we will continue to do our best to update you and your students regarding recent happenings as Prairie Ridge, fun news, and upcoming events.


New to Ankeny or Prairie Ridge this year? Check out our New Student Info for Families (COVID-Style), linked here.


Curious about what previous editions of the Counselors' Quarterly looked like? Check them out below:


Further questions for your student's school counselor?