Lueken Takes the Gold in Optimist Oratorical Competition

Photo taken earlier in the year at  winning her club level competition. 

Rylee Lueken, a 9th grade Point student, competed in a “virtual” Optimist Oratorical Competition on Saturday, May 16th.  Rylee took gold at the club level back in January, however, with Covid-19 school closures, they held a virtual competition for District or State participants.  Rylee took first place and was awarded a $2,500 college scholarship and is eligible for the international competition in July.  Congratulations Rylee!

Prairie Point Golden Hawk Award Recipients

Congratulations to our Prairie Point 7th grade students Nile Fall, Jayden McManus, Laney Myers, Austin Nederhoff, Anthony Schulte, Autumn Schulte and Hero Winterberg who were recipients of the Golden Hawk Award. The Golden Hawk Award is presented to students that are engaged, active and positive during virtual continuous learning. Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for the award.  

Nile Fall
Jayden McManus
Laney Myers
Austin Nederhoff
Autumn Schulte and Anthony Schulte
Hero Winterberg

Ian Dye Selected to Lead Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy

After an extensive search, the College Community School District has named Ian Dye as the new principal at Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy pending Board approval.  Dye succeeds Kyle Koeppen who accepted the Superintendent position with the Vinton-Shellsburg School District.  

Dye currently serves as the Director of At Risk Programming and Prairie Delta Site Administrator. Prairie Delta is an extension of Prairie High School located on the Kirkwood Community College campus. The program serves students in grades 9-12 in the College Community School District that seek a smaller learning environment than can be found in a traditional high school setting.

“I am excited to see Ian move into this important position,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Wheeler. “Since his hire into the newly created Director of At-Risk position, Ian has consistently delivered positive outcomes through his ability to connect with staff and students in leading complex systems.  I am confident that Ian’s experience as a building leader and district-level leader in our system and other systems will secure continued success for the Prairie Point Community.”  

Prior to College Community Schools, Dye served as the Principal at Sunshine Charter High School in Orlando, Florida. Sunshine Charter is an At-Risk/Drop-Out prevention school designed to help students earn a standard high school diploma and prepare them for post-secondary success. While employed at Sunshine Charter, he served as the Director of Mathematics before being named Principal.  Dye has also served as the High School and Middle School Principal for six years for the Lisbon Community School District.

“Ian brings an extremely valuable leadership skill set along with a variety of experiences that will serve our students and staff well,” said Roderick Wade, Executive Director of Secondary Programs. “His student centered approach and his ability to create positive and meaningful relationships is second to none. He is all about creating and enhancing learning opportunities for all students.” 

Dye, a native of Mount Vernon, Iowa, earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Wheaton College and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with both the students and staff at Prairie Delta,” said Dye.  “This year, we enjoyed an increased credit earning rate, improved attendance and many positive interactions between the members of our learning community. I am excited to be joining the Prairie Point team and partnering with students, staff and families to maximize educational opportunities for our 7th-9th grade learners. I am committed to giving my very best to continue these positive trends and look for ways to sustainably innovate and improve the educational experience for our middle school and 9th-grade Academy students.” 

A search to fill Ian’s current position “Director of At-Risk Programming / Delta Site Supervisor” will begin immediately.

Alliant Energy To Light Tower to Honor Class of 2020

Cedar Rapid-area students honored with light display during Graduation Week

The lights on Alliant Energy’s Cedar Rapids Tower will change to the colors of area high schools as a salute to the Class of 2020.   

High school students come downtown with their families at the end of May to walk across the stage at the Convention Center and get their diploma. The COVID-19 pandemic forced area school districts to cancel or postpone many of those ceremonies.

“In this time of uncertainty, it’s important to remember that brighter days are up ahead,” said Linda Mattes, Vice President of IT and Customer Operations. “This is our way of recognizing the student’s hard work and determination if they can’t be here in person.”

Each Cedar Rapids-area high school’s colors will be on display starting on May 21.

May 21 – Washington High School – Red and blue
May 22 – Jefferson High School – White and blue
May 23 – Kennedy High School – Green and gold
May 24 – Linn Mar High School – Red and black
May 25 – Marion High School – Red and gold
May 26 – Prairie High School – Orange and black  
May 27 – Xavier High School – Blue and silver
May 28 – Metro High School – Purple and black

Alliant Energy wants everyone to have a safe and happy Graduation Day. Visitors downtown to see the lights are reminded to wear face coverings and maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.

College Community Schools Recognizes School Board Members

The Iowa Association of School Boards has designated May as School Board Recognition Month. As citizen leaders, College Community board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities. All Iowa citizens should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the crucial role these elected public officials play in the education of our children.

“I am grateful and amazed at the support and dedication our school board members have for the College Community School District,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Wheeler.  “Their commitment to serving the needs of our students, staff and community is unwavering, especially in this unique COVID-19 crisis.” 

The seven members of the College Community School District Board of Education establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. To accomplish these goals, board members contribute thousands of hours each year leading their districts. Whether it be crafting policies, hiring administrators, listening to staff and student concerns, or advocating with legislators, board members always keep their eyes on the goal of student achievement.

The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members spend leading in their districts. They are continuous learners so they can keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, they are deeply involved in community and school activities, and they create, read and study countless reports, agendas, proposals and other information to guide difficult decisions.

Join our school community as we recognize the following board members for their contributions and year-round commitment to improving student achievement and doing what is best for all Prairie students.  

Serving on the College Community School District Board

Randy Bauer (District #3), Angela Ehle (District #4), Todd Hahlen (District #5), Jim Hodina (At-Large), Greg Kelsey (District #1), Dawn Kousheh (At-Large) and Jed Peterson (District #2).   

College Community – Update Your Student(s) BUsing Needs

In preparation for the 20-21 school year we are asking parents to update their student(s) busing needs.

*Do you have a 10th-12th grader?  Will they need busing?  This must be requested every year.

*Do you need daycare?  This must be requested every year.

 *Do you have a split household?  Must be requested every year.

 *Are you open enrolled?  This must be requested every year.

*Have you moved?  You must update your address with the district in order for busing to be established.

We will automatically route for all K-9 students to/from their primary address listed in our system.

Please follow the directions below that will help you register your student for the 20-21 school year.  We must have all requests by August 1, 2020.  Thank you for making sure that your student is properly registered for busing.  We hope to have all busing information listed in your parent portal account by August 1st.  Please check this location prior to the first day of school.  Routes will change over the summer so please do not assume that busing is the same as last year.

Click on Resources

Click on Transportation

Choose the Appropriate Link or Links for your Student(s)

Fill in the form and make sure to hit submit.


Click on Resources

Click on Forms

Choose the address change form and fill in the blanks.  Make sure to hit submit when finished.

Please contact the College Community Schools Transportation Office at 319-848-5204 if you have any quetions.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week – Thank You Prairie Volunteers!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 19-25 and we want to thank Our volunteers who generously give of their time and talent to create relationships and provide support and encouragement to our students and staff.  

Volunteers give of themselves and bring their life experiences, skills, abilities, compassion, intellect and humor to enhance the educational experience of our students.  For that, we sincerely thank you.  We strive for “Success for All” at College Community Schools and our volunteers are a big part of that success. We wish we could thank you in person but for now, our wish for you is to be healthy and safe.  

College Community Schools – School Closure Update: April 17, 2020

On Friday, April 17, Governor Reynolds announced the extension of the school closure through the end of the school year. Her announcement also included cancellation of spring sports activities. Now that we are aware of the Governor’s announcement for school closure through the end of the year, we will release more details in the near future regarding senior activities such as prom and graduation to families who are affected. 

Click here to find specific information about our approved plan for Continuous Learning for PK-8th grades and 9th-12th grades. If you have any questions about our Continuous Learning Plan, please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal. I have also included a VIDEO MESSAGE for Prairie families. Past video messages can be found on our distict YouTube channel.

Extending the school closure through the end of the year will impact our system in multiple ways, all of which we will continue to carefully review. We will be working to make decisions and develop plans and will share those as soon as they are available. As always, our families will be at the center of all of our decision making. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility as we work through this health crisis together.

In Service,

Doug Wheeler, PhD
Superintendent of Schools 

Prairie Seniors Featured On KCCK

Prairie seniors, Ryan Neubauer and Brody Joens were recently featured on KCCK 88.3. The radio station has been featuring an hour-long “Guest DJ” program to showcase high school jazz programs from the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.  Each of these groups also participated earlier this year in KCCK’s Corridor Jazz Project, where Prairie Jazz I recorded with jazz vocalist Eddie Piccard.   

Ryan and Brody were interviewed “virtually” by KCCK’s Dennis Green and selected a playlist of music for the hour.  The music they selected represented a great variety of jazz history and the different personalities of the performers. If you didn’t catch them live, you can visit the KCCK webpage to listen to the archived recordings from each school.  Click here for the KCCK interview.

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