The PHS Post
September 26 - September 30
Homecoming week was a great success! From the festive decorations (thank you Cheer and StuCo), to the fun dress up days, the WIN over Ottumwa - Let's Go!, and the dance - Everyone was on Cloud 9. Thank you to students, staff, and families that supported throughout the week, it wouldn't be possible without YOU!
This week's PHS Post brings a lot of new information, please read through all of the following as you will not want to miss out on important dates and information, AND lots of pictures from the past week.
Enjoy every moment!
Jostens Orders for Seniors and Sophomores...
- Senior Homeroom: Wednesday, September 28 Jostens will meet with Seniors regarding Graduation Apparel - Order Packets will be sent with Senior to take home - orders will be taken during lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 5
- Sophomore Homeroom: Tuesday, October 11 Jostens will meet with Sophomores regarding class rings - look for an order packet to come home - orders will be taken during lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 19
PHS Picture Day...
PHS Student Picture Day: Tuesday, Oct. 4 - 7:30 - 3:45 during English class. All Sophomores and Juniors are required to get their photo taken. If you would like to order photos, here is the online link . Students may also pick up an order form in the PHS Main Office. If you are writing a check, please make checks payable to HR Imaging.
***Delta Students will have their photos taken on Oct 14 @ Prairie Delta from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.
PHS Student Services...
US Service Academies Senior Deadline 10/22
Events and Information
- ICAN Financial Aid Resources (FAFSA)
- Call ICAN 877-272-4692 or visit www.icansucceed.org/apt to set up in person or virtual appointment
Student Planning Guides
Mercy Urgent Mental Health Care
The start of the school year can cause some anxious feelings for students. This is common. But sometimes those feelings don’t settle down and start to impact life at school and at home.
Mercy Urgent Mental Health Care is available to all Prairie students and is conveniently located at the Mercy Prairie Creek office east of the Prairie Campus.
This service is free to all Prairie students and the referral process is simple. If you’d like more information or to schedule an appointment, please reach out to your student’s school counselor. All counselors’ contact information is available at this link.
We are grateful to the Mercy organization for their partnership with College Community Schools.
College and Career Transitions
University of Northern Iowa Multicultural Visit Day - Apply here!
On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa, Prairie High School will be taking a group of students to UNI’s Multicultural Student Visit Day. This day is specially-designed for students of color, with these unique highlights:
Hearing from current UNI students of color
Visiting the Center for Multicultural Education and meeting its staff
Meeting with an expert from the student’s major of interest
Learning about specific scholarships available for students of color
The visit also includes a tour of campus and dorms, lunch in a dining center, an admissions presentation and more!
Space is limited. Priority will be given to students who register by September 29th, 2022.
Sign-Up to attend a FAFSA Workshop: The FAFSA opens up on October 1st, 2022. Submitting and completing the FAFSA is one of the single most important things you can do to open access to various forms and sources of financial aid. College admissions and financial aid professionals encourage all families, regardless of income, to submit and complete the FAFSA as there are financial aid opportunities for everyone. For example, Future Ready’s Last Dollar Scholarship covers any remaining gap between federal and state grants/scholarships and tuition and qualified fees for students enrolled in an eligible program, regardless of financial need! Questions or concerns? Contact Ms. Rawson at email@example.com or 319-848-5340 x 2061.
Saturday, October 1, 2022: Cedar Rapids Area FAFSA Workshop, Cedar Rapids Public Library (450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401), 9:30am - 12:30pm. Sign-up here.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2022: Prairie High School FAFSA Workshop, Prairie High School Presentation Room, 3:00 - 6:30pm. Sign-up here.
More events will be scheduled in November and December, stay tuned!
FAFSA Prep Checklist:
Both students AND a parent must create an FSA ID. An FSA ID is a username and password that will be used to access and sign the FAFSA electronically. The FSA ID will stay with you for life, so make sure to use an email that you will have access to after leaving PHS. Write down your username and password somewhere secure.
Start collecting the following documents:
Parent and Student SSN# or Alien Registration #'s
Parent 2021 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned
Student 2021 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned (if applicable)
Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
Have questions about college or career planning?
Reach out to Ms. Rawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment here.
GT Parents: Thank you so much for attending the District GT Parent Night on the evening of September 12th. We appreciate your support!
EFFECTIVE STUDYING STRATEGY - TEST YOURSELF
Washington University in St. Louis did a study to figure out if it’s more effective to study flashcards by taking out the cards you’ve mastered or leaving them all in and studying the ones you know and don’t know together.
They found something surprising: it didn’t matter at all. What DID matter was frequent testing that kept all of the words fair game in all of the quizzes. It turns out that one of the most effective study techniques is to give yourself mini-test experiences.
To do this, try the following:
Creating actual or virtual flashcards and then practicing them - Think Quizlet!
Do any problems you can find in the textbook or online
Take practice tests, if possible
Career Services: Internships and Job Shadows
Juniors and Seniors can sign up for Winter & Spring Internships through Workplace Learning Connection starting Monday, September 26th. Check out www.kirkwood.edu/wlc/internships for more details. Students can earn elective credit for participating in 45 hour experiences with local employers.
The Iowa Labor Center is offering a pre-apprenticeship program to area high school students. Students in 11th and 12th grades interested in apprenticeships in the building trades after high school are encouraged to attend this class. See https://laborcenter.uiowa.edu/preapprenticeship-program for more information and to apply.
Please contact Mary Gudenkauf, Prairie High School Career Services for additional information and thank you for supporting this student-focused exploration program.
Class of 2023 - Submit your Senior picture to email@example.com...
Need Assistance? We are here to help...
Mrs. Karla Hawley, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Rocky Bennett, Athletic Director email@example.com
Mr. Travis Sprague, Associate Principal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Rich Jackson, Dean of Students (Last Names A-L) email@example.com
Mrs. Kelly Klekar, Dean of Students (Last Names M-Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
PHS Main Office and Dean's Complex...
Mrs. Brenda Haendler, Main Office 319.848.5340
Mrs. Lori Pleiness, Athletic Office 319.848.5350
Mrs. Debie Towe, Dean's Complex/Attendance 319.848.5360
Mrs. Angie Wagner, Dean's Complex 319.848.5340 x2052
Officer Janae Obbink, Student Resource Officer email@example.com
Mrs. Jackie Martin, Nurse 319.848.5340 x2011 firstname.lastname@example.org
PHS Student Services...
Mrs. Laura Fisher, Counseling Secretary 319.848.5344
Mrs. Angela Amunson, Counselor (Students with Last Names A-G) email@example.com
Mr. Mike Reshetar, Counselor (Students with Last Names H-O) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Clay Stoffer, Counselor (Students with Last Names P-Z) email@example.com
Mrs. Erin Hoffman, Gifted and Talented Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Nicole Rawson, Kirkwood: College and Career Transition Counselor. email@example.com
Mr. Nick Norris, Grades 7-12 Transition Specialist
Mrs. Mary Gudenkauf, Career Services: Internships & Job Shadows firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Karinda Bacon, Counselor - Tanager Services
Ms. Kerry Kilker, Community Engagement Specialist