First Day 2017-2018

We’re off to a great start to the 2017-18 school year! Teachers were eager to meet students. Students were ready to learn!

Our building theme this year is “Wild About Learning”. Look for jungle related items around the building when you visit us!

Staff wait for the first bus!

Here come the students!


Ready to start!


First graders with their classmates in the gym. Meeting Ms. Becker!


Second graders getting reacquainted in the gym.


Staff and families in the front entry. Wild About Learning!


The College Community Schools Transportation Department would like to invite all incoming kindergarten and 1st grade students and their families to attend the “back to School Busing Ride-A-Long” portion of Open House on Monday, August 21, 2017.  Your attendance at this event is not required, but strongly recommended so your child can be better acclimated to the busing procedures and meet their bus driver prior to the first day of school.

Attached is detailed information about what will happen at this event.  We look forward to seeing your kindergarten and first grade students at open house.

Back to School Busing Ride-A-Long

Important Message from Nutritional Services

Beginning this year, Nutritional Services will not be available at registration. If you feel that you may qualify for free or reduced meals, please complete the application included in your registration packet. Only one application is needed per household. If you would like to be considered to have your households school fees waived, please complete the Fee Waiver form included with the application. If your household has been directly certified through the state, you will receive a letter from Nutritional Services. An application is not needed if your household has been directly certified. However, you will need to complete a Fee Waiver Form if you would like to be considered to have your household’s school fees waived.

Once Nutritional Services has received your completed application, it will be processed and a letter will be mailed to notify you of the determination of free, reduced or if you do not qualify. If you have questions or need assistance completing the application, please call Ginny Scott at 319-848-5337 or email at

Morrison to Lead Prairie Heights Elementary School

College Community Schools Superintendent John Speer, named Tracy Morrison as Principal at Prairie Heights Elementary School. Her appointment is effective July 1 pending Board approval. Morrison is replacing Matt Russell, who accepted the Associate Principal position at Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy.

“Ms. Morrison is a veteran administrator with over 19 years experience as a curriculum coordinator and building administrator, said Speer. “She is exceptionally skilled at building strong relationships with students, parents, and staff and we could not be more excited to have her join our administrative team and begin her work with us at Heights.”

Morrison comes to the College Community School District from the Maquoketa Valley Community School District. During her tenure at Maquoketa Valley, she was involved in a variety of leadership positions. From 1998-2011 she was the School Improvement Coordinator, from 2009-present she has served as principal for students in grades AK-8. Prior to her leadership roles, she was a 4th grade classroom teacher.

In 2009, Morrison was named Central Office Administrator of the year by the School Administrators of Iowa and in 2017 received the Breaking Barriers for Teaching and Learning Award presented by the Maquoketa Valley Middle School.

Morrison holds a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Northern Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from William Penn.

“I am excited to get started and meet the students, parents, and staff at Prairie Heights Elementary School,” said Morrison. “College Community is a wonderful school district, and I look forward to becoming a part of their family and connecting with the students, families, and staff in the upcoming months.”

Field Trip Season!

In the past month,  each of the grade levels has spent time away from school on field trips. Students learned in a variety of locations in eastern Iowa. From Culver’s Garden Center and Bever Park to Ushers Ferry. From the Linn County Waste Agency and Indian Creek Nature Center to Wickiup Hill and the Amana Colonies. From Camp Wapsie to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. Students had learning experiences that expanded on what they had learned in class. Thanks to the PTO for funding these excursions and parents who were able to go along to help supervise.

Here are some images of Prairie Heights kids out and about!

Kindergarten at Culver’s Garden Center
Kindergarten fun on the big chair at Culver’s Garden Center.
Kindergarten students plant a flower for Mom at Culver’s Garden Center
2nd grade at Indian Creek Nature Center Amazing Space
2nd grade at Indian Creek Nature Center
2nd grade at Linn Co. Solid Waste Agency
2nd grade at Linn County Solid Waste Agency
3rd Grade at Amana Colonies
3rd grade at Amana Colonies bakery
3rd grade scientists at Wickiup Hill Learning Center
3rd grade at Wickiup Hill Learning Center

Student Scientists Study Living Creatures

Several grade levels are studying living creatures during science time!

Kindergarten studied goldfish and guppies! They had a lot of fun observing and discussing the parts of a fish and what they need to live. What little scientists they are!

Close observation!
What do fish do?

2nd grade started an insect unit! They have milkweed bugs, mealworms, silkworms, and caterpillars! They built habitats for our milkweed bugs and observed our caterpillars forming their “J’s shapes”! They hope to have butterflies, soon!

3rd grade is studying crayfish! They are observing and learning body parts and behaviors. They observed crayfish structures (including the pincers which grab hold when sleeves get too close!)

Watch out for the pincers!

The Mayor and Ben Franklin

On Tuesday, April 18th Prairie Heights was graced with the presence of CR Mayor Ron Corbett and Benjamin Franklin as part of Money Smart Week. It was proclaimed throughout the city! Students read the proclamation and listened to stories from Ben Franklin. In turn, Wells Fargo supplied all the students with kites and we went out to fly them! Kids had a great day!

Postcards and Maps

Mrs. Oehlerich’s first grade class has been studying maps in social studies.  In order to learn more about using maps in an authentic way, the class asked for postcards to be sent to them from around the world.  To this date, the class has received over 150 postcards from 44 states and 13 different countries.  It was fun to receive postcards from friends and family.  The class used the postcards to find each location on the map.  They also were able to learn more about the area by reading the caption on the postcard.  Students will be putting the postcards into a scrapbook to show all of their learning.

Over 150 postcards displayed in Mrs. Oelherich’s room!

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