The PHS Post

June 3, 2022

Prairie Tradition - Drive your Tractor to School Day!

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School's Out For Summer!

Thank You for a GREAT Year...

PHS Students and Families,

We want to thank you for a wonderful year! We have much to celebrate as we close out the 2021-2022 school year. Our students, staff and families have navigated challenges with poise and perseverance, while our school theme, PHS: Productive - Healthy - Safe has played out academically, socially, and emotionally - We are so proud of our students! Families: Thank you! Throughout the year, your encouragement, partnership and assistance have gone a long way to making this a special place to be.

Enjoy your summer and we will look forward to seeing you in the Fall as we welcome the Class of 2023 - Class of 2024 and the Class of 2025!

Enjoy your summer P-Hawks!

Mrs. Hawley

District Paid Student Internship Opportunities

The College Community School District is excited to announce two district paid internship opportunities for high school students in grades 10-12 for the 2021-2022 school.

Communications Internship (Student Videographer/Editor)
The College Community School District is seeking a talented and hard-working student videographer/editor who is passionate about video production and working collaboratively with the district office, staff, students and our community. Applicants must be able to skillfully and successfully operate broadcast quality video cameras and edit video and audio.
The person is responsible for creating videos that produce meaningful content that inspires, educates, and informs. This position reports to the Director of Community Relations.

TO APPLY: Click here to apply online or to learn more about the qualifications and responsibilities for the videographer/editor paid internship. Contact Community Relations Director Steve Doser if you have questions.

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2022

Technology Internship (Student Computer Technician)
The College Community School District is seeking a talented and hard-working student computer technician. This position will work on break/fix of Chromebooks, basic classroom technology troubleshooting, etc. This position reports to the High School Computer Technician.

TO APPLY: Click here to apply online or to learn more about the qualifications and responsibilities for the computer technician paid internship. Contact Executive Director of Information and Technology Eric Townsley if you have any questions.

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2022
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10th and 11th grade Final Assessments Week...

  • Memorial Day - No School - Monday, May 30

  • Regular Schedule - Tuesday, May 31

  • Final Assessment/Projects/Presentations Period 1, 3, 5, 7 - Wednesday, June 1

  • Final Assessment/Projects/Presentations Period 2, 4, 6, 8 - Thursday, June 2

  • Re-Assessment Day in the AM (½ day students) - Friday, June 3 (Scheduled with individual teachers)

GT Corner...

The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute is an amazing experience for students in grades 8-12, held annually at Iowa State University every April. During this day-long event students are able to explore majors and careers related to combating global hunger & poverty while also presenting their own ideas and solutions to real-world experts and professionals.

Rithvika Sivaprakash participated in this year’s virtual World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute on April 22, 2022. She presented her research related to food security on Dalit women and India’s hunger crisis to a panel of experts, teachers, and peers. She has been named a Borlaug Scholar and has won a $1,000 scholarship to Iowa State University in the College of Agriculture and Life Science. Congratulations Rithvika!


Mrs. Hoffman

Career Corner...

Prairie High School students invested time in their second semester schedules to explore a given career pathway by spending 45 hours in an internship. Students applied, interviewed and were placed in a variety of opportunities with area employers. “Internships are the best way to fully immerse yourself in a career area you want to learn

more about,” said Mary Gudenkauf, Prairie High School Career Services Advisor. “Interns quickly figure out if a particular area is a good fit for them or not. Both outcomes are equally good information to have.”

Juniors and Seniors will apply this Fall for an internship through the Workplace Learning Connection. Please check out 300+ job descriptions at

Congratulations to students who gained important first-hand experience in their areas of interest.

Alexis Detterbeck: Healthcare

Amadi Kalilwa: Electrical work

Dylan Beck: Electrical work

Emma Miller: Theater work

Ivy Tran: Healthcare

Marisa Kelsey: Legal support

Maura Levi: Journalism

Reagen Wilson: Broadcasting

Ella Harmening: Dietary

Emma Miller: Equestrian training

Evan Rossmam: Business

Trae Grabe: Electrical work

Will Vlasek: Engineering

College and Career Transition...

There's still time to FILE the FAFSA! Filing the FAFSA is the single most important thing you can do to get money for college. For most colleges, filing the FAFSA opens up access to grants, scholarships, work study and loans (if you choose to take them).

Why should you complete the FAFSA?

  • There is serious money on the line! Every year, billions of dollars of free money go unclaimed by students who refuse to complete the FAFSA.

  • It's FREE and EASY! There is zero risk in filing the FAFSA. You are not obligated to accept any of the aid offered to you.

Need Help Filing the FAFSA? Schedule a time with Ms. Rawson here.

Have questions about college or career planning?

Reach out to Ms. Rawson at or schedule an appointment here.
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Click Here for this weeks Activities and Athletics...

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

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PHS Daily Schedules - Click Here!

The PHS student school day is 9:15am - 4:00pm daily. Teachers are available from 8:15am to 4:15pm 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 -

Jackie Martin, 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)

Nicole Rawson, KCC College and Career Transition Counselor

Erin Hoffman, Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Josh Bentley, Transition Specialist

Mary Gudenkauf, Career Services: Internships and Job Shadows

Molly Rathe, Counselor - Tanager Services

Karinda Bacon, Counselor - Tanager Services

Jess Fitzpatrick, Community Engagement Specialist

Zeinab Osman, Community Engagement Specialist