The PHS Post

September 7 - September 10

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Attention Sophomores and Juniors

Prairie is hosting the PSAT on Wednesday, October 13 at 9:00am.

The PSAT, also known as the Preliminary SAT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. There is no cost to take the test here.

Sign up by September 10th in the Student Services office.

Hello Prairie High!

I hope you were able to enjoy the long weekend and take some time to relax, and enjoy some of the things that you love. September is a busy month with getting back into a schedule for school and Fall activities in full swing. Please remember to take the time to rejuvenate and take care of what you need for your mind and body.

Student IDs...

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7 PHS students will be given a Student ID and lanyard and are to wear their ID at all times. Student IDs are needed to scan in and out of PHS and in the cafe for breakfast and lunch. Students that forget their ID will need to get a sticker from the Main Office for that day. Students who lose their ID will need to have it replaced through the Student Store in the PHS Commons.


Monday, September 13 - Friday, September 17

StuCo has been busy planning for Homecoming 2021 - Please read the following details so you are ready for all of the activities during this very SPIRITED week.

Homecoming SPIRIT Days...

  • Monday: Jersey Day/Favorite Team Day
  • Tuesday: Tacky Tourist Tuesday/Travel Tuesday
  • Wednesday: Twin Day
  • Thursday: Throwback Thursday
  • Friday: Spirit Day

Court Assembly - Thursday, September 16 at 10:20am

  • Juniors and Seniors to the Concert Hall
  • Sophomores to Homeroom for Assembly

FUN Friday - Friday, September 17

  • Pep Assembly @ 12:40pm
  • Homecoming Parade @ 1:45pm
  • Powder Puff Football following the Parade - John Wall Stadium

As always, if we can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact us at 319.848.5340.

Have a great week!

Karla Thies, Principal

Prairie High School

Homecoming Dance 2021 - Enchanted Forest

Hello Prairie Students and Families!

The homecoming dance will be held on Saturday, September 18th from 7pm-10pm in the PHS Cafe and Student Council is excited to reveal that the theme is Enchanted Forest.

  • It is important to note that tickets are pre-sale only and will be available for purchase for $10 at the PHS school store from September 9th-16th; tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the door.

  • PHS students wishing to invite a guest not from PHS will need to complete a Homecoming Guest Request Form available in the Attendance Office and due by the end of the day Tuesday, September 14. All PHS guests must be registered and have approval from their school’s administration before attending Prairie High School dances. Students in 9th grade and below are not permitted to attend. Guests must be enrolled high school students and/or less than 21 years of age.

  • Concessions will be available for purchase during the dance sponsored by the Prairie Booster Club.

  • Read Photography will be available for individual, couple, and group photos. Cash or card accepted.

The Ins and Outs of PHS...

The following are helpful tidbits in navigating PHS:

  1. The PHS school day is 9:00am - 3:45pm - Teachers are in the building until 4pm to provide student assistance at the end of the day.
  2. Students enter PHS through the Main Entrance - a greeter is always there to answer questions and help you navigate where you need to go. The Main Office, Student Services, and Attendance is also located near the Main Entrance if you would have questions or need additional assistance.
  3. School ID - PHS students will wear their ID on a lanyard, around their neck, at all times - This year Student IDs will also be their lunch scan card and scanned as students enter and exit the building throughout the day.
  4. All students driving to school will need to register their vehicle and purchase a Parking Tag for $10. There are 700 parking spaces so tags are limited - please contact Mr. Geilenfeld with questions. Parking registration was part of school registration.
  5. Students park in Lots A, B, C, E, and F (all are labeled on the light posts). Lots A, B, and C are all on the northeast side of PHS. Lot E is located on the south side and Lot F is an overflow lot located near Creek and the baseball diamonds. All parking is first come, first serve. If students park in Lot E or F they will need to walk around and enter through the Main Entrance - there are sidewalks and walkways around the district office for a shorter commute.
  6. Students attending Kirkwood Community College, Iowa BIG, or Prairie Construction will have a special pass to park in Lot E and enter through the Success Center doors after period 2 and period 3. Security will be on hand to allow students in. If these students arrive at another time they will need to enter through the Main Entrance.
  7. All hallways are in order by number - If your Spanish class is in Room 2317 this classroom is on the 2nd floor ( the 2 of 2317) and in the 300 hall (the 3 of 2317) - so if your Biology class is in Room 2216 - You Got It! 2nd floor in the 200 hall. If you have WAM in Room 1814 - You guessed it, 1st floor in the 800 hall. You've got this!
  8. Departments are grouped together in the same hall or near each other for easy access
  9. Stairwells are color coded - Each stairwell is a different color as a path finder - You will find a red, blue, green, and yellow - Use these to help guide your way.
  10. Lockers - If you would like a locker please stop by Attendance and see Mrs. Towe, she will provide you with a locker and lock. You will need to provide a lock for your PE locker.
  11. Open Campus is permitted for Juniors and Seniors only. Sophomores who leave campus, during the school day, will lose their parking privilege.
  12. Students that have an open period in their schedule need to remain in the PHS Commons or on the Learning Stairs located inside the main entrance.
  13. The PHS School Store is located in the PHS Commons. School supplies and water are for sale daily. See Mrs. Schmidt if you have questions about KCC textbooks, course materials, and lunch money.
  14. The Fan Stand will be open, during lunches, to purchase your Prairie Hawk gear - watch for announcements
  15. Daily Announcements are posted around PHS on TV monitors and can be found on the PHS website.
  16. PHS Lunch: Lunch A 12:08-12:30pm, Lunch B 12:35-12:57pm, and Lunch C 1:02-1:24pm

It is Time for National Honor Society (NHS) Applications...

Hello PHS parents,

Each fall, eligible juniors and seniors are able to apply to become members of National Honor Society (NHS). In order to qualify for an application, a junior or senior student must have a 3.450 or higher cumulative GPA (current NHS members do not need to reapply). Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee membership. A Faculty Council of high school teachers will determine which applications will be accepted for membership.

I have sent the online application to all juniors and seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.450 or higher. If you believe your child qualifies for an application, please check with them to make sure that they received it. The due date for the application is September 24th. If they have qualified but did not receive an application, please contact me as soon as possible at

Thank you,

Matthew Alexander

NHS Faculty Advisor

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Students: READ your EMAIL...

Attention Students: Please read your email at least once per day, important communications regarding your classes, registration, Activities Office, and other updates and announcements are shared with you daily.

Student Services - We are here for Y-O-U...

PHS Counselors @PHawkCounseling

Do you volunteer? Find out how to earn your Volunteer Cord HERE - Volunteer Cord Process

College/Career Visit Information...


PHS is hosting a ZAPS ACT seminar on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 9am to 3pm

Register here, the cost is $95.00

The ZAPPING the ACT seminar includes:

  • Five hours of focused strategy instruction by a highly trained instructor
  • 24 practice tests for the ACT and ZAPPING the ACT Study Guide
  • Specific strategies for each type of question on the ACT
  • General test-taking methods for lifelong success
  • Test-specific time-management techniques
  • Explanations for each question and answer on the practice tests
  • Unique system for analyzing errors to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Instruction for writing a high-scoring essay

Student Planning Guides...

GT Corner...

Dear Gifted and Talented Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year! My name is Erin Hoffman and I am the Gifted and Talented Specialist at PHS . My office is located in Student Services at the entrance of the building. Students, please stop in at any time!

Students: I am happy to help each of you prepare for advanced testing, such as the ACT and SAT, and to help make decisions about Advanced Placement, college courses, and dual credit classes. I work with students on scholarship searches, college applications and essays, and am always willing to write recommendations. Please know I am available to help with anything you need.

Another way to support you: I work with teachers in offering competitions and contests, such as math competitions and science challenges. If you are interested in a competition group, or would just like to enrich your learning, let me know and I will try to match you with an opportunity!

Sometimes, gifted and talented students just need to share their concerns with someone who understands and will listen. Our high school students are surrounded by caring counselors, teachers, and staff. I am one more person who is here to serve your student. Many of my students I have worked with for years. I hope all my gifted and talented students know that I am one more advocate who they can come to with questions, concerns, or other support.

Families: Please encourage your student to check their email DAILY, and read the PHS Post for announcements.

Students: Be thinking about your PEP academic and personal goals. CHECK your GT GOOGLE CLASSROOM. Listen and look for opportunities that interest you!

Looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Erin Hoffman

GT Services and Supports

Career Services...

In homeroom this week, we introduced Workplace Learning Connection - Job Shadow Sign Ups. Remember, each student who signs up is placed in a shadow. They are virtual or in-person. Make sure to take advantage of this career education experience.

Please see Mary Gudenkauf in Student Services for help or email

Deadline for signing up is Friday, September 24 at 3:00pm.

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Click Here for this weeks Activities and Athletics...

Participate in all PHS activities and cheer on your Prairie Hawks!

PHS Daily Schedules - Click Now!

The PHS student school day is 9:00am - 3:45pm daily. Teachers are available from 8:00am to 4:00pm daily - We encourage you to email teachers directly whenever you are needing assistance.

Need Assistance? We are here to help...

PHS Main Office: 319.848.5340

Ms. Karla Thies, Principal -

Mr. Rocky Bennett, Athletic Director -

Mr. Chuckie Geilenfeld, Associate Principal (Last Names A-L) -

Mr. Ian Kleman, Associate Principal (Last Names M-Z) -

Mrs. Kelly Klekar, Building Facilitator -

PHS Main Office:

Mrs. Brenda Haendler, Main Office 319.848.5340

Mrs. Lori Pleiness, Athletic Office 319.848.5350

Mrs. Debie Towe, Attendance Office 319.848.5360

Mrs. Angie Wagner, Discipline Office 319.848.5340 x2052

Officer Obbink, Student Resource Officer -

Brianna Boston-Kemple, Nurse 319.848.5340 x2011

Student Services: 319-848-5344

Laura Fisher, Counseling Secretary

Angela Amunson, Counselor (Students with Last Names A-G)

Mike Reshetar, Counselor (Students with Last Names H-O)

Clay Stoffer, Counselor (Students with Last Names P-Z)

Erin Hoffman, Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Josh Bentley, Transition Specialist

Mary Gudenkauf, Career Services: Internships and Job Shadows

Molly Rathe, Counselor - Tanager Services

Stormy Hinton, Counselor - Tanager Services

Jess Fitzpatrick, Social Worker