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!

America Reads Day 2017

On Oct. 20, we welcomed parents, grandparents, community members and upper-grade students for America Reads Day. This yearly event showcases the importance and fun of reading. Students are thrilled to have someone they know come to read a book to their friends. “Celebrity” readers are also a big hit. THANK YOU to everyone who shared this day with us.

Come Read At Prairie

“America Reads – Reading is Contagious” is a challenge to improve literacy in elementary and intermediate school age children.  We all know how important reading is in a child’s education and a great way to model reading is being a guest reader on America Reads day!

America Reads will be observed at all five Prairie elementary buildings and Prairie Creek Intermediate on Friday, October 20th.  This will be a fun day featuring guest readers sharing their favorite books with our students.  Last year we welcomed 620 special reading guests on our campus to celebrate the sharing of reading.

Please consider joining us as a guest reader! If you have elementary or intermediate aged children and want to read in their classrooms, please contact your child’s teacher for their schedule.  If you don’t have a connection to a particular classroom, we will find a place for you. Contact our District Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Waychoff, at 848-5224 or by email at to sign up.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the students at Prairie schools!

Fall Parade and Parties

The Fall Parade and Parties will be on Oct. 31 starting at 2:45. Students may wear school appropriate costumes for the parade and party but costumes are not required.  Students should not wear their costumes or face/hair paint to school. They will be given an opportunity to change into their costumes before the parade.

More details will be shared by your student’s teacher!

If parents don’t want their children to participate in any of these activities, they should send a note and student(s) will be provided an alternative activity.

Heights Celebrates Homecoming

Having a central campus where all of our buildings are relatively close together allows us to participate in district-wide activities like the Homecoming parade!

Heights students showed their Prairie Pride all week with special dress up days. Book Buddies got together to color animal masks to take to the parade, reflecting this year’s building theme “Wild About Learning”.  Our parade entry was Heights is Wild About the Hawks! Everyone could get a temporary face tattoo on Homecoming Day thanks to our PTO.

Because we are fairly close to the beginning of the parade route, students, staff and family guests walked together across the street to take our places. It was exciting to see Police Pal Shannon as one of the parade marshals! We loved the marching band, fire trucks and fancy cars. We cheered extra loud when our walkers, truck and wagon went by!

It was a warm day so our air conditioned rooms felt good after the walk back across the street.

Thanks to everyone who helped make Homecoming 2017 memorable!

Walking over to the parade!
We made masks with our Book Buddies and sat together at the parade!
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Police Pal Shannon
The band was great!

Walk back up the hill after the parade.

Educators Matter

What makes your teacher, your student’s teacher, or a College Community teacher special?

At CCSD, we believe educators matter and play an important role in our community. All of us have been impacted by a teacher and we’d love to hear your perspective. Please use the link below to tell us how you feel!

Educators Matter


Ms. Spaight talks about books with her students.

Staff eagerly wait for the first bus to arrive on the first day of school!

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