Prairie Phoenix Academy Newsletter

May 4, 2023

Letter from the Principal

Greetings PPA students, parents/caregivers, staff, and community,

It is already May and hopefully the weather will become our friend really soon! As we are getting closer to the end of year, please remind scholars to get those artifacts in.

A reminder for seniors to be on the lookout for prom, graduation information, and senior signs popping up in yards.


The 2023 SPEHS Prom, Old Hollywood will be held on Saturday, May 13th at Monona Terrace from 8 - 11 pm. Any Junior or Senior student who would like to bring a guest who is not also a SPEHS Junior or Senior to Prom must complete a guest permission slip. Forms are now available in the Main Office and are due no later than Thursday, May 4 at 4:15 p.m. Here is the link with detailed information about Prom.

As well, summer school information for PPA will be coming out soon. Please fill out this summer school interest google form to express your interest.

Take care,

Ms. Sconiers

One of Cindy’s Goings On… Botany Workshop:

This workshop had a wonderful field trip to Olbrich Gardens on Madison’s East Side. It is a wonderful place to visit, and everyone had a great time. Many of the trees were flowering, and the spring flowers, including tulips, were blooming in abundance! The field trip was a wonderful way to see and experience in person the plant anatomy and diverse world of botany!


This week in Geometry we tested our toothpick bridges. The scholars didn’t predict that these bridges made out of toothpicks and elmers glue would hold much weight. To our surprise a few of these bridges held 20 pounds!

Student Services Update

The first advisory to complete all of their XELLO requirements will have a Pizza party on June 2nd, 2023 - Get Your XELLO ON!



We’re excited to announce our annual scholarship competition opens May 1st!

DreamCatcher Curriculum was founded on the principle that every student deserves a chance to receive a college education in pursuit of their dreams.

Our annual scholarship application opens Monday, May 1st at 8:00 am CST.

In keeping with our founding mission, the DreamCatcher Curriculum Scholarship Committee will prioritize applicants who need assistance the very most. The deadline for submission is May 15th at midnight CST. Award notifications will begin on or before June 30th.

Share this link with students to apply:

Also, encourage students to visit for more information and free resources!

Contact for any questions regarding the application.

Good luck to all applicants... here’s to following that dream!

If you made a purchase with DreamCatcher Curriculum within the last year, THANK YOU! A portion of every sale of our college prep and success curriculum goes to fund our annual scholarship program.

The awards will be sent directly to the college/university of the selected scholarship winners in July 2023. No previous or future purchase is necessary.




JAG participants have been doing quite a bit of adult-ing and career exploration in the month of April! With four field trips to Teddy’s Place, and one to Reality Rocks, students have focused on developing skills in childcare, education, financial literacy, and economics. For those who do not know, Reality Rocks requires students to do intensive academic preparation and then go into a fast-paced environment to practice those skills. Students learn things like: how to budget, what to do if your income changes, the challenges of finding and paying for childcare, and so much more. Students had to interact with dozens of community businesses through these events, sharpening their skills in communication and professionalism. At Teddy’s Place, students learned about the field of childcare, its importance in our community, and learned different techniques for interacting with preschool-aged children. HUGE thank you to Teddy’s Place, who hosted our students for a total of 16 hours and HUGE shout-out to our students who made it all the way through Reality Rocks!!

What's coming up for Community Schools?

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 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.