PHS October 2021 Newsletter

Hello Pella High School Families,

September was an action packed month with fall sports and activities well underway. It has been great to see Dutch fans filling the seats at the games and activities! We appreciate your continued support as we navigate the upcoming weeks. October is personally one of my favorite months; the temperatures begin dropping, leaves change colors, pumpkin patches are in full effect, and of course Halloween candy! I also want to take time to thank you for all that you do to make Pella High School an amazing place! The parental and community support that we receive is second to none, and has a tremendous impact on our students' academic achievement and their future success.


Adam Beckel

High School Principal

Parent-Teacher Conferences: October 18th -- Choice of Virtual or In-person Options

High School Parent/Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. Our plan is to have scheduled time slots for conferences. We will use the Calendly tool to schedule times from 4:30 through 6:30 PM, however 6:30 through 8:00 will be an open forum (in-person only). This is the same tool we used last year for virtual conferences.

Conferences Date and Time:

  • Monday, October 18: 4:30 - 8:00 PM

  • Scheduled times (In-Person or Virtual): 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Open Forum (in classrooms): 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Schedule Conferences Here

Click this button to access staff scheduled meeting times from 4:30-6:30 PM

IOWA YOUTH SURVEY Consent letter and Information

Pella High School will be administering the Iowa Youth Survey to all Juniors in homeroom on November 1st. Please review the Parent Notification letter at the link below:
Parent Notification Letter

Please click here to read the notification letter for the Iowa Youth Survey.

Parent Refusal of Consent

Please click here to complete a form to notify the school that you refuse to allow your student to participate in the Iowa Youth Survey.

Interested in the Career Academy Work-Based Learning Opportunities?

Please watch for updates on an upcoming information event that will take place on November 17th. For a brief overview of the Work-Based Learning Opportunities, please view the videos below. We plan to host the event at Pella High School with a large group session in the Auditorium and smaller, breakout sessions in various classrooms. We have updated our "Culinary Arts" program to "Hospitality" and are currently in the process of updating information for that program. Our CNA program has also recently expanded and incorporated William Penn University. Please visit us for details!
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Culinary Arts Apprenticeship
Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship
Engineering Assistant Apprenticeship
Nursing Apprenticeship
Information Technologies Apprenticeship
Welding Apprenticeship

Download the Campus Parent Mobile App (Students have one too)!

Infinite Campus has two mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements, payments and more.

New address? New email? New phone number?

Through the Campus Parent Portal, parents are able to update emails, phone numbers, addresses and emergency contacts through the Infinite Campus parent portal. See the steps below on how to make your updates on the ICPP:

  • Address update: under MORE > ADDRESS INFORMATION

  • Phone & Email update: under MORE > FAMILY INFORMATION

  • Emergency Contact update: under MORE > DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Password & Security Email: under PERSON ICON > SETTINGS

What have we spent on school fees and school lunch?

Through the Campus Parent Portal, parents are able to see a journal on all fees paid to the Pella Schools for school fees and food service fees. See the steps below on how to see that fee journal on the ICPP:


  • Food Service: under FOOD SERVICE > CLICK ON CHILD’S NAME

Financial Aid

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. Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website to begin.

ICAN website

For a free resource in Iowa, you may visit the ICAN website for any assistance about the online filing process and policies.

Senior Release

We are approaching our midterm of the school year and we want to thank both parents/guardians and our students for what is being accomplished in our classrooms. That being said, there will be students who are challenged by the content of our classes. Our senior release policy is any senior who has an F at midterm will lose senior release privileges and will be assigned to iStudy during free periods for the next three weeks to allow those students the opportunity to work on improving his or her grade. If during those three weeks a student provides his or her iStudy instructor with a grade report signed by the teacher showing a passing grade, senior release privileges will be restored. If you have questions about senior release, please contact Mr. Beckel.

ACT Workshop:

As students plan for taking the ACT test, there are multiple ways to prepare. The course work at Pella HS during a students junior year includes much of the content the ACT is testing. In the past, ACT workshops have been held at Pella High School. This year, the workshops will be held virtually, with an instructor from the ZAPS company leading students through 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 2021-22 school year.

There is also a free online ACT test preparation ‘academy’ on the ACT website
Doorway to College

Click here for registration, study tips and stats on the ZAPs workshop benefits.

ACT Registration

Click here for all testing dates and deadlines for the 2021-22 school year

ACT Academy

Click here for online test preparation materials and support

October Dates:

October 1st: Homecoming

October 5th: 6-Week Grade Check

October 6th: 90 minute early dismissal for PD

October 13th: 90 minute early dismissal for PD

October 18th: HS P/T Conference 4:30 - 8:00

October 20th: 90 minute early dismissal for PD

October 22nd: End of 1st Quarter

October 23rd: Begin Quarter
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