Prairie Phoenix Academy Newsletter

April 21, 2023

Letter from the Principal

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

We are well into the fourth quarter of the school year, time has really flown by. We are preparing for end of the year events, prom, and graduation. With that being said many students are working hard to complete their artifacts to close out the year. Students are working to engage in learning activities and thinking about the next school year. There is so much positivity going on.

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.

Students are invited to the Determination to Succeed Workshops.

Take care,

Ms. Sconiers

Home Construction

While some students continue working on their miniature model houses, we’ve also started building a life size house out of cardboard! So far we have 2 walls completed with a window and will soon be adding the additional walls before starting on the roof. Students are learning life skills AND geometry skills!

One of Cindy’s Goings On… Botany Workshop:

In this workshop we have been looking at plant anatomy, social justice surrounding growing food, and analyzing the wonderful book by Michael Pollan “The Botany of Desire”. The book gives wonderful history of the natural world and how humans, plants and pollinators have coevolved to support each other. Scholars will be working on growing plants and planning gardens as soon as we have cooperative weather!


In Geometry we have been focusing on triangles-the strongest shape there is! We used the Pythagorean Theorem to find unknown sides of right triangles. We used the Pythagorean Theorem to see how steep different roller coasters are. We are not making bridges, using the idea that triangles are the strongest shape, to see who can build the strongest bridge using toothpicks and glue.

Introduction to Photography

In this workshop we have been learning about the basics of how cameras work, how photographers compose an interesting photograph, and have been building a portfolio of work! Students have been working hard to take good looking photographs around the building and have been trying out new techniques to capture the moment. We will be looking at how we can edit photos to best show our skills in the near future as well!

Solar Energy with Mary

STEM in ACTION! We are learning how to use the tools of the solar system installation trade! We used a Pyranometer to measure sunlight and will be testing solar panels next week (please let us have some more sunny days!) to see how much energy they collect in different conditions. The overall goal is to design a solar photovoltaic system for a location in Sun Prairie and calculate how much energy savings it will produce.

GEDO Update

We’ve had 17 graduates so far this school year, and many more are only one test away from graduation! We only have 1 ½ months left of school, so it’s crunch time!

Student Services Update

Seniors, please pick up your senior packets from Sheri Mclean’s office!

JUNIORS! Check your email for your junior meeting with your school counselor, Annetta Wright!

Advisories, look out for the XELLO Competition! Coming Soon! The first advisory to complete their XELLO requirements will receive a Pizza Party!

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.