PCM High School

January Newsletter

PCM High School’s purpose is to develop self-sufficient citizens who are ready for the next stages of life. We will facilitate and foster student growth academically, socially, and emotionally through inclusive and rigorous curriculum. Our students will graduate with an understanding of who they are individually as the best version of themselves and make lasting contributions in their communities.

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to 2023! I'm so excited to kick off the New Year with our staff and students! Please see the information below for a fantastic event the district is hosting that is available to parents to start 2nd semester. I'm looking forward to an amazing 2nd semester!

~Mrs. Souza

Smart But Scattered

PCM proudly invites parents and community members to learn alongside District staff on January 3, starting 8:00 a.m. Dr. Peg Dawson, a nationally-recognized author and speaker, will present Smart but Scattered: Improving Executive Skills to Promote School Success, which focuses on the skills students need to be successful learners and become better organized:

“Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle, they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don’t know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, and notebooks as “black holes.” Students with executive skill deficits present tremendous challenges to both parents and teachers who often find themselves frustrated by children whose problems in school seem to have little to do with how smart they are or how easily they learn. This full-day workshop will give participants a comprehensive overview of the Smart but Scattered model for understanding, assessing, and treating executive skill challenges.”

When: January 3, 2022, 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Where: Middle School Auditorium, Prairie City

What’s included:


Daycare for ages 4 and above

A copy of Dr. Dawson's book "Scattered but Smart" will be provided to all parents who attend. (One per family)

Ready to register?https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnHdmC0H6IYjfxbgsczUyrlD61JTD8CdIPbmXlwC_rRAP5sA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1k710raL2WQwUU1NbpKxOZQuZpqZziYVaRKlAqoqUd0hfLAUkzilbjLlY

January Students of the Month

Tardy Policy

As a reminder heading into the 2nd semester, students will be counted tardy if they have not been called in by parents in the morning. It is still considered a tardy if your student oversleeps and you call them in. See the policy below and thank you in advance for helping to get your student(s) to school on time.

A tardy is defined as any time a student is late for school, whether excused or unexcused. If a parent calls in a student as late to school, it is still considered a tardy (excused). Exceptions will be made for inclement weather, car trouble, documented medical appointments and other emergencies. The administrator and secretary reserve the right to request a medical note for the tardy at any time. If a student is tardy to class two (2) times the student will be required to meet with the teacher of that class and develop a plan for success. At four (4) tardies to a single class the parent/guardian will be required to meet with the teacher to adjust the plan, and a detention will be issued to the student. At seven (7) tardies to the class the student will be issued a one-day in-school suspension. The parent will be notified of the suspension by the principal. Starting at 3 tardies, a student will be given detention every time he/she is tardy. At 10 tardies, the student will be dropped from the class with an X.

Welcome Mr. Warrick!

Mr. Warrick will be joining the PCM High School team this semester. He will be teaching some exciting new Ag courses such as Agribusiness, Ag Mechanics II and Natural Resources. In addition, Mr. Warrick will also be working to improve our Work-Based Learning program at the high school. We are so excited to welcome him to our staff!

Important Dates

1/1: New Year's Day

1/2-1/3: No School

1/16: District Improvement (No School)

2/14 & 2/16: Parent-Teacher Conferences (1 hour early out)

2/17: No School

Excellence for All, Excellence from All

It is the policy of the PCM Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Mr. Jeremy Swink, 7-12 Activities Director, PO Box 490, Prairie City, IA, 515-994-8222, jswink@pcmschools.org.