Please Welcome New Staff At Heights

Darsha White, Nurse

Please meet our new nurse, Darsha White. Welcome to Heights, Darsha!  “I live in Ely with my husband of 21 years, Jay, and 19 yo daughter, Jenna (Sophomore at Grand View University in Des Moines), 17yo Prairie Senior Kendall, 14yo Prairie Freshmen Jensen (we call him JJ) & our mutt Shiloh. I graduated from the U of Iowa and worked at UIHC for a number of years before moving to Albuquerque then back to Ely. Last year I did a lot of subbing as a school nurse in the district. I even spent a couple days here at Heights when Julie was absent. My kids are pretty active (soccer, cross country, track, golf, tennis, etc) but in my spare time I run (2 marathons, 4 half-marathons & countless 5k’s), golf, hike, garden, & read. I’m very excited to be joining the Heights team and I look forward to meeting each of you and getting to know everyone. I’ll try to stop by to introduce myself to each of you but if you’re in the office before then give me a quick 6′ HELLO!”


Alex Carls, Art Teacher

Ms. Carls is joining us from the Springville Community School District and will be teaching art (in a remodeled art room!) Welcome, Ms. Carls. We are excited for you to join our family!

“I am so excited to be joining the Prairie Heights community! I graduated from Wartburg College in 2012 and spent the last 7 years teaching a blend of PK-12 art in the Springville CSD. I love to develop and encourage the artistic process for students while we have fun making artwork, messes, and memories. I spend my free time creating art, hanging out with family and friends, and being followed around by my super happy dog Bain. I can’t wait to meet you all and start our art adventures!”
Shannon Greenlee, Speech-Language-Pathologist
We are excited to welcome Mrs. Shannon Greenlee to our family. She will serve as our speech-language pathologist. Welcome to Heights, Mrs. Greenlee!
“I’m so excited to work and learn with you and your students this year. I LOVE my job as a speech language pathologist and am starting my 6th year as an SLP. I received my masters degree from the University of IL and began my career at a small school in western IL. My husband’s job took us to Knoxville, TN for 3 years and now to the Iowa City area. We absolutely love being back in the Midwest! Under typical circumstances, you can find us enjoying country concerts, trying new restaurants, and playing with our cockapoo, Paisley! I look forward to a great year!”


You may complete the annual online volunteer registration for for the 2020-21 school year now! With rapidly changing Covid-19 circumstances, we are not sure what volunteering at Prairie Schools will look like when we resume school, however, we will keep you informed of any changes in our volunteer program. You may still complete the annual form now so you are ready to go!
This annual form is required of all Prairie volunteers and needs to be completed once per school year. Please remember that you must be an approved volunteer to chaperone field trips with your child. Because the safety of our students, staff, volunteers and visitors is important to us, all volunteers are checked against a national sex-offender database and will have a criminal background check performed as part of the registration.
The volunteer registration process will take you to a very short orientation. After you read through the orientation information, click on the link at the bottom of the page to be taken to the registration form to complete and submit. This orientation information is helpful to long-time volunteers and those that are new to volunteering at College Community Schools.


If you are interested in volunteering with our Early Childhood Education Program, which includes preschool, please contact the Early Childhood Center at 319-848-5296.

Registering to Volunteer for the 2020-21 School Year – Important Information

The annual registration form required to volunteer for AK-12 programs and events at College Community Schools has been delayed a bit for the 2020-21 school year. We are excited to showcase our NEW DISTRICT WEBSITE  in August and volunteer registration will be available at that time.


If you are interested in volunteering with our Early Childhood Education Program which includes preschool classrooms, please contact the Early Childhood Center at 319-848-5296.

100th Day!

Feb. 1 was the 100th day of school this year!  Students celebrated the day with a variety of special learning activities.

Kindergarten students brought in collections of 100 items and then shared about what they brought. Speaking in front of their class builds confidence and language development. Other kindergarten activities included making special hats, seeing what they would look like at age 100 and then writing about it, doing 10 sets of 10 different exercises, and counting out 10 pieces of 10 different snacks.

First grade students also made special hats, strung 100 pieces of cereal into necklaces, and stacked 100 cups.

Second grade activities included making a trail mix snack of 10 sets of 10 different ingredients. Thanks to everyone who donated, there was extra for future snack times!

Third graders were digitally transformed into 100-year olds and then wrote about what they wanted to have accomplished in their lives by the time they were 100.

The 100th day of school is always fun at Prairie Heights!


From Thanksgiving Break to Winter Break, all Heights students have been learning in computer lab about computer coding! This is part of the Hour of Code. Millions of people of all ages participate in this yearly event which introduces coding skills.

Here is the Symbaloo (online bookmarks) we used:

Code 2017 Symbaloo

Kindergarten and first grade students can click on their teacher’s tile and then sign in with their secret picture from the login card sent home. Students in 2nd to 4th grade can click on the Code Studio tile ( to sign in with their school email address and password. Then they can continue the course we started in lab.

All students can explore more activities by clicking on the Hour of Code tile (

or the Made With Code tile (

Or the holiday-related tiles!

There are also apps that explore coding. Here are some that we have on our iPads. All listed are free. Listed from easiest to more challenging. They are also available for Android devices.

  • Daisy the Dinosaur
  • Cargo-bot
  • Scratch Jr.
  • The Foos (ages 6 – 8)
  • Kodable (ages 6 – 8_
  • Hopscotch (ages 9 – 11)
  • Tynker (ages 9 – 11)

Coding helps develop creativity and innovation,  as well as critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. And it’s fun! Parents – give it a try, too!

CCSD 8th Annual Think B4 U Speak Week

Think B4 U Speak Week will be held January 15-19, 2018

The College Community School district focuses on anti-bullying efforts and ways to make our school community safer.  This year, during the week of January 15th,  CCSD is celebrating our 8th annual district-wide “Think B4 U Speak Week”.  This special week is dedicated to recognizing the importance of taking a collective stand against bullying, and working together to continue to establish a community that is both a safe and exciting place to be a part of.  We will celebrate the conclusion of the week with a district-wide “Kindness Day” on Friday, January 19th.  If you would like to order the shirt that has been designed for Think B4 U Speak Week, please fill out the attached form and return to school.  These are the shirts we will be wearing for “Kindness Day” on Friday, January 19th.

***The shirts will also have #weareprairie on the front below the design***  If you would like to take a look at the shirt design in color, please look at:

All orders are due by December 20th.  Please make checks payable to College Community Schools

2018 Think B4 U Speak Shirt Order Form


On Nov. 29 Prairie Heights students and staff travelled to downtown Cedar Rapids for a special performance of “Annie” at Theatre Cedar Rapids (TCR).  This fantastic experience was made possible by support from our PTO and the TCR corporate sponsors for this production. THANK you!

We enjoyed seeing the story of plucky and positive Annie told through acting, singing and dancing. The special surprise at the final curtain-closing was awesome!

Heights goes to Annie at TCR!
Students wait eagerly for the musical to start!
All of our seats were great!

This is the 4th year we were able to provide our students with a live theater experience. Thank you again to everyone who made it possible!

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