PHS October Newsletter

Hello Pella High School Families,

We know that you have been receiving an abundance of emails, but we still want to keep you informed on what is going on at PHS (outside of COVID updates!). September was a busy yet fun-filled month. We have been able to enjoy many sports and fall activities. Our athletic and performing arts programs have seen great success, and we were able to enjoy a "normalish" homecoming week. There were a few small adjustments here and there, but it was still great fun!

Our administrative team at Pella High School is very appreciative of the continued support that we have received form parents, families and the community. Thank you for all that you are doing to support our students and staff! GO DUTCH!!!

Adam Beckel


Derek Schulte

Assistant Principal

Matt Fouch

Activities Director

Interested in the Career Academy Work-Based Learning Opportunities?

Please watch for updates on an upcoming information event that will take place on November 30th. For a brief overview of the Work-Based Learning Opportunities, please view the videos below.
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Culinary Arts Apprenticeship
Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship
Engineering Assistant Apprenticeship
Nursing Apprenticeship
Information Technologies Apprenticeship
Welding Apprenticeship

Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 9th -- Virtual Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences at the high school will be on Monday, November 9th, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. All teachers will be sharing out a link to sign up for a time to have a virtual conversation using the Calendly App.

Download the Campus Parent Mobile App (Students have one too)!

Infinite Campus has two mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements, payments and more.

New address? New email? New phone number?

Through the Campus Parent Portal, parents are able to update emails, phone numbers, addresses and emergency contacts through the Infinite Campus parent portal. See the steps below on how to make your updates on the ICPP:

  • Address update: under MORE > ADDRESS INFORMATION

  • Phone & Email update: under MORE > FAMILY INFORMATION

  • Emergency Contact update: under MORE > DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Password & Security Email: under PERSON ICON > SETTINGS

What have we spent on school fees and school lunch?

Through the Campus Parent Portal, parents are able to see a journal on all fees paid to the Pella Schools for school fees and food service fees. See the steps below on how to see that fee journal on the ICPP:


  • Food Service: under FOOD SERVICE > CLICK ON CHILD’S NAME

Financial Aid

The planning for post-secondary education greatly hinges on financial aid for families, especially as educational costs continue to rise. The regulations within the financial aid world have changed, and families of seniors are allowed to apply for aid starting October 1st. Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website to begin.

ICAN website

For a free resource in Iowa, you may visit the ICAN website for any assistance about the online filing process and policies.

Senior Release

We are approaching our midterm of the school year and we want to thank both parents/guardians and our students for what is being accomplished in our classrooms. That being said, there will be students who are challenged by the content of our classes. Our senior release policy is any senior who has an F at midterm will lose senior release privileges and will be assigned to iStudy during free periods for the next three weeks to allow those students the opportunity to work on improving his or her grade. If during those three weeks a student provides his or her iStudy instructor with a grade report signed by the teacher showing a passing grade, senior release privileges will be restored. If you have questions about senior release, please contact Mr. Beckel.

ACT Workshop:

As students plan for taking the ACT test, there are multiple ways to prepare. The course work at Pella HS during a students junior year includes much of the content the ACT is testing. In the past, ACT workshops have been held at Pella High School. This year, the workshops will be held virtually, with an instructor from the ZAPS company leading students through tips and strategies for the ACT standardized test. It is encouraged for juniors to take the ACT test in April or June if they are anticipating attending a four year institution. Visit the Doorway to College website for registration, study tips and stats on the ZAPs workshop benefits.

The ACT registration website has all testing dates and deadlines for the 2020-21 school year.

There is also a free online ACT test preparation ‘academy’ on the ACT website
Doorway to College

Click here for registration, study tips and stats on the ZAPs workshop benefits.

ACT Registration

Click here for all testing dates and deadlines for the 2020-21 school year

ACT Academy

Click here for online test preparation materials and support

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