The PHS Post

May 2 - 6

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A Week Full of Appreciation...

Springtime reminds us of all the things that we are be grateful for and this week is proof that amazing people are all around us. This week we have A LOT to celebrate...

Teacher Appreciation Week...

With this week being Teacher Appreciation Week I encourage each of you to take a moment and thank your teachers. Truly amazing things are happening here at PHS and our teachers are working hard to make a difference everyday.

National School Nurses Day...

Stop by and say THANK YOU to Mrs. Martin as Nurses Day is Friday, May 6 and National School Nurses Day is Wednesday, May 11.

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CHECK THIS OUT - the PHS Assignment Page...

The PHS Assignment Page is a single-stop reference for students and families to stay up to date on what is happening in all classrooms. On the PHS Assignment Page teachers provide a weekly update of daily assignments, long-term assignments and projects, and upcoming assessments.

For a more detailed understanding of what is happening in an individual classroom, please talk to your student or reach out to their teacher. Need assistance enrolling in the "Guardian View" of Google Classroom? Individual teachers can assist with this too.

Prairie E-Car in the News - Congratulations!

The Prairie Electric Car Team traveled to Hastings, Nebraska. This small but mighty team of 5 brought home 2 trophies. Our new car #400 earned 2nd place and the #401 earned 3rd place.

Then early Sunday morning another team of 10 traveled to the beautiful Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for a 2-day competition. Our #400 car earned first place in Class I and 4th place overall (out of 24 cars) which is based on points earned throughout 4 heats, braking & maneuverability tests .

College and Career Transition...

Congratulations to Nessa Audrey Munyemana (Class of 2023)! Nessa Audrey is Prairie High School's very first QuestBridge College Prep Scholar! QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that works to support and prepare high-achieving students from underrepresented backgrounds to apply to, and get into our nation's top colleges, and possibly attend for free through the National College Match!

Prairie Hawks at the University of Iowa! On April 26th, a group of PHS juniors joined other Cedar Rapids area juniors to spend the day at the University of Iowa campus. Students had the opportunity to learn about some great resources at the University of Iowa including Iowa Edge and TRiO SSS, tour campus, eat in Burge Dining Hall and explore downtown Iowa City. More college visits to come in 2022- 2023!

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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Career Services...

Prairie High School students invest time learning and experiencing through career exploration programs. “You never know what a particular pathway is about until you actually have an opportunity to see and hear more, “said Mary Gudenkauf, Career Services Advisor. “Students are better informed once they engage with local professionals which ultimately guides their planning for life after high school.”

Student Editorial: Maura Levi — The Value of My Internship

My name is Maura Levi, and as a senior at Prairie High School, I have no clue what I want to be when I grow up. My dad jokes that even at 48, he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up either. Throughout high school, I joined clubs, took classes, and even did job shadows hoping that one might hint at a possible dream job I had never considered before. They didn’t. I thought about business after spending time in Business Professionals of America, or a field related to management through the leadership skills I honed as National Honor Society president. However, nothing stuck out as something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Until I did my internship.

Through Workplace Learning Connection, I interned at the Gazette as a sports content intern — a real experience of a real job, complete with collaboration, in-the-field experience, and deadlines. I’ll admit, when my school promoted internships as counting as high school credit, I jumped on the opportunity. Who wouldn’t want to substitute another random class for real-world experience? My internship challenged me to improve my writing skills, change my style, and produce quality work in a limited time. Adapting from five-page papers due in two weeks to 500-word articles due in two hours made things interesting.

I chose this internship because I love to write and love sports. Therefore, I was not expecting my favorite part to not be related to either of those. While the finished article is something I am definitely proud of, my favorite part was interviewing and talking to athletes and coaches. I loved hearing the stories that sparked their passion.

After having six published articles and a byline in the newspaper without any prior training in the field, I know I am capable — capable of handling anything thrown my way. Capable of collaborating with others to get things done on time. Capable of pursuing a career in sports journalism. Through my meetings with WLC, I learned more about myself and how to use my skills in a career.

Being able to balance passion with a profession made me realize how lucky I am that my internship included shadows at sporting events, talking to people about their sports, and learning about the journalism structure. I found a love of sharing people’s stories for everyone to read, something that would not have been possible without this opportunity from Workplace Learning Connection. I know I will take with me all the lessons I learned and translate them into a future career. I will forever be grateful for my school, Workplace Learning Connection, and the Gazette for giving me this opportunity, and I am excited to use this experience to help shape my future.

Interested in learning more about the Workplace Learning Connection Internship Program? Visit their Internship page.

Mrs. Gudenkauf

Congratulations Kelsey Taylor!

Youth for Understanding (YFU) has announced that Kelsey Taylor, a rising junior at Prairie High School, is one of 250 American high school students from across the United States to be awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year. The admission rate to the program is very competitive and is seen as the most prestigious scholarship that High School students can earn. In recent years, the admission rate to the program was less than two percent. Kelsey earned the scholarship through a competition process based on her application, essay, and interview.

Students will be traveling from August 2022 to June 2023. CBYX is a bi-lateral exchange program co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and German Bundestag (Parliament). Since 1983, the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag have funded the scholarship program to help prepare young people for a global future. The program has enabled more than 27,000 students to expand their global perspectives and make new friends. These students are youth ambassadors who share their life and culture with their German hosts thereby building greater understanding of the US and its diversity.

According to the CBYX website, the members of this exchange program will learn the German language by being immersed into German culture in addition to attending school in Germany and living with a German host family. Kelsey will live in Germany for approximately 10 months and will gain a new sense of independence and learn about the new culture first hand.

Kelsey Taylor is a passionate language learner who took both German and Spanish her freshman and sophomore year at Prairie. During the next school year, she will live with a German family and attend a German high school. During the program she will have the opportunity to meet with both U.S. Congressional Representatives and German Bundestag members.

Kelsey is very excited to be able to expand her German and become a global citizen. Beth Lillskau, her German teacher said, “I can’t imagine a better candidate for this exciting award. Kelsey has been so committed to learning both the German language and its culture. She will be an amazing ambassador for Prairie and our country.”

Student Services - Here for Y-O-U...

Scholarship Information

Junior Hills Bank Leadership Scholarship

Seniors – April Scholarship List

Events and Information

Check our Calendar/Website for zoom links, ways to sign up for events & more information.

Volunteer Cord Process

Testing Information

ACT Dates

SAT Dates

ICAN Support

ICAN Financial Aid Resources (FAFSA)

Call ICAN 877-272-4692 or visit to set up in person or virtual apt.

Student Planning Guides

ICAN Transition Guide

ICAN College and Career Ready

Are you interested in KCC Courses for Fall 2022?

Sophomore and Junior Students,

If you are interested in taking classes at Kirkwood this Fall 2022, please check in with Mr. Stoffer to learn more about your next steps.

Senior Students and Senior Parent/Guardians:

It is that time of year! Senior students are getting ready to move onto the next chapter in their lives, and we want to celebrate their accomplishments.

Here are a few reminders that were shared at the Senior Photo. Please note that items 1, 2, and 3 are required for graduation.

1) All 5 XELLO lessons need to be completed prior to May 25th. If you need assistance, please come to Student Services and we can help you.

2) You will need to complete the Senior Exit Survey that will be posted in XELLO on April 28th. This is due by May 25th.

3) There is a senior meeting on Wednesday, May 18th in the Concert Hall at 10:30 AM. Caps and gowns will be handed out during this time.

4) Senior Awards Night is on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:00 pm. You will receive notification from Student Services if you are receiving an award on this night.

5) If you are taking a Kirkwood class, please make sure to turn in books and materials as soon as your course ends.

Attention Students...

  • Safety First: Wear your Student ID - All Day - Every Day

  • 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.

GT Corner...

Dear GT Parents,

ACGE is designed to provide an opportunity for parents to learn and share their insights and suggestions for the gifted and talented program. We thoughtfully consider your input. Please consider joining us on the evening of May 2 and RSVP using this link: We look forward to seeing you!


College Community GT Team

Dear GT Students,

It is getting to that time of year that we need to start winding down our PEP work. Feel free to update your PEP with your final reflections and end of year reflection.


Mrs. Hoffman

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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.

Class of 2022...

Senior Graduation Meeting: Wednesday, May 18 at 10:30am
  • PHS Theatre
  • Cap and Gown Pick-up

Senior Awards Night: Wednesday, May 18 at 6pm - Concert Hall

  • Seniors and families are notified if being recognized or receiving a scholarship

PHS Final Assessments for Seniors: May 23-May 25
  1. Senior Assessment - Monday, May 23
  2. Senior Assessment - Tuesday, May 24
  3. Senior Re-Assessment Day - Wednesday, May 25 (Scheduled with individual teachers)

Senior Check-out: Wednesday, May 25 in the PHS Foyer
  • Seniors do not need to see teachers individually
  • Technology Turned-in - Classroom materials Returned (Google Form) - Library - Activities - PHS Store Fees Paid - Main Office sign-off:

    • A - G 8:30am - 10:30am

    • H - O 10:30am - 12:30am

    • P - Z 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Graduation Practice - Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 9:30am -11:30am
  • Alliant Energy PowerHouse

Graduation Walk at Prairie elementary schools - Immediately following graduation practice Thursday, May 26

PHS Graduation: Saturday, May 28 - 12:30pm at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse
  • Seniors to be in line by 12:00pm

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)

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

Prom and Post Prom 2022

THANK YOU to Mrs. Barden and Mrs. Swart for all of your planning to make Prom 2022 - Around the World a huge success!

And, THANK YOU to the Post Prom planning committee and the numerous parents and friends that volunteered throughout the evening to make both events a success.

CCSD Community Open House...

The College Community School District is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a community open house on Thursday, May 19 from 5:00-7:30 pm to showcase recently completed projects at Prairie Heights Elementary, Prairie View Elementary and Prairie High School. The Open House will also include tours of the new agriculture building.

The renovations are part of the $49.5 million bond issue that passed on February 2, 2016 and revenues generated from the state-wide penny tax. Projects addressed classroom space, safety, security, operational costs, and community access.

The College Community School District’s programs are located on an 860 acre site on the SW side of Cedar Rapids. The Prairie campus consists of five elementary schools (K-4), an intermediate school (5-6), middle school (7-9), high school (10-12), Early Childhood Center, and three off-site programs. The College Community School District serves 5,800 students from Linn, Benton, and Johnson counties. The 137 square mile district includes the cities of Ely, Fairfax, Shueyville, Swisher, Walford and SW Cedar Rapids.