Next Year’s At-A-Glance Calendar – REVISED

The College Community School District discovered an error in the 2018/2019 calendar.  Historically, the College Community School District aligns spring break with Kirkwood Community College.  It was discovered after publication that the spring break shown on our calendar was mistakenly set one week prior to Kirkwood’s spring break.

The District has corrected this error and the correct spring break dates, March 18, 2019 through March 22, 2019, have been added to the district calendar.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Please click the link below for the new revised calendar.



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!

Thanksgiving Activities

Prairie Heights students and staff participated in a variety of Thanksgiving activities in the days leading up to the holiday break.

Turkey math!

Book buddy classes got together to create Thanksgiving crafts.

Classes shared snacks while watching a Thanksgiving movie, created turkey snacks or ate “Thanksgiving dinner” together.

Students made lists of things they are thankful for.

Second and third graders Disguised a Turkey and wrote about it in computer lab.

Teachers expressed appreciation for their students.

Heights had attitude of gratitude! Happy Thanksgiving!

Upcoming Heights PTO Events

November 30th – Heights PTO is partnering with Barnes & Noble – Cedar Rapids, for a fun holiday fundraising event.  Give the gift of reading this holiday season and earn funds for our school.  Bring the kids to create crafts and enjoy books read by Heights teachers and principal while you shop.  See the attached flyer for details.

Heights B&N flyer

December 3 –  Heights PTO is hosting the 2nd annual “Heights Holiday Market” vendor event from 1-4 PM.  Approximately 30 vendors, crafters, and artisans will be participating in this shopping event.  Heights PTO will also be selling spirit wear.  There is sure to be something for everyone.   Please see the Heights PTO Facebook page for event details and a list of vendors/crafters.

Did you know that breakfast is served daily and is available to all students?

Breakfast includes a choice of a main item, toast, fruit, 100% juice, and milk. Breakfast is $1.50 for students in grades K-12. Reduced price is $0.30.

Breakfast at Heights is served in the cafeteria from 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM.

Parents are always welcome to join their students for breakfast!! A guest breakfast is $1.75.

Breakfast and lunch menus can be found at

Literacy Night – Wild About Reading!

Prairie Heights 3rd Literacy Night was held on Oct. 24. Families were able to purchase a pizza supper. Proceeds went to the library for more RAFT and I Can Read books. These are high-use short books! Then parents were able to choose from a variety of sessions  including each grade level presenting reading and writing strategies at school and at home, info on resources that can be used at home, and how to be involved in our PTO. Meanwhile, students made crafts and did other literacy activities. At the end of the evening, families met in the gym. A Photo Booth and animal cracker treat were available and each child attending picked out a free book to take home! Big thanks to all who attended and staff members who volunteered their time to make the evening a success!

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