Prairie Performance Summer Training Opportunities

Prairie Athletics is pleased to offer summer training opportunities for all 2018-2019 7th-12th grade Prairie athletes.  These opportunities are provided by Prairie athletic coaches in partnership with Performance Therapies staff.  Please see the resources linked below for information and registration.

The strength training program is free and offered to all 9th-12th athletes, girls and boys.  The agility training program is a fee-based program and offered all 7th-12th athletes. However, any student with a financial hardship that would like to participate may request a scholarship by making the request with the head coach of their sport.  These sessions begin Wednesday, June 6th.  For any additional information please contact Prairie H.S. Athletic Director Rocky Bennett (

Summer Training Information

Summer Training Online Registration

Prairie Performance Website

College Community Names Stephanie Van Hemert Principal at Prairie Edge

Stephanie Van Hemert has been named the Principal at Prairie Edge starting July 1, 2018. Van Hemert replaces Ivan Gentry who resigned to accept the Director of Special Education for the Waterloo Community School District.

Van Hemert has been with College Community for nine years. She is currently the Special Education Strategist at Prairie Edge. Prior to Edge she has served as a Special Education Teacher at Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy and at Prairie High School.

In her current position at Edge, Van Hemert is the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Internal Coach and works with Four Oaks to coordinate student placements throughout the year. In this role she works closely with students to support their academic and behavioral success.

“I know Stephanie’s current experience and her background in the middle school and high school setting will be such a benefit for our district,” said Superintendent John Speer. “She has the experiences we were looking for and great passion for helping students reach their academic and personal goals.”

Van Hemert is no stranger to Prairie. She is a native of Shueyville, Iowa, and a graduate of Prairie High School.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Mt. Mercy College, a Master of Science in Education Leadership from Drake University, and a Master of Arts in Special Education; Autism Spectrum Disorders from St. Thomas University.

“I am excited for my new role at Prairie Edge, said Van Hemert. “The staff here is committed to helping students academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. I’m looking forward to supporting the students and staff in our building as we continue down this path of helping all students achieve at high levels.”

Prairie Edge is the College Community’s off-site school located on the Four Oaks campus.  Prairie Edge serves students in grades K-12 who have a severe behavior disability.

Prairie Delta Hosts Junior Interviews

Prairie Delta Alternative High School’s 11th grade students took part in Junior Interviews on Tuesday, May 1st.  Students prepared resumes, discussed and practiced interviewing before sitting down with a local business volunteer to conduct a one-on-one interview.  The Junior Interview Project helps students learn the life skills needed for a successful job interview.  They review their resume, talk about goals and receive constructive feedback to help them hone their interviewing skills.


Outstanding Results from the IHSMA State Large Group Contest

On Saturday, May 5, nearly 160 students represented Prairie High School in their performances with the Symphonic Band and the Wind Symphony as part of the annual I.H.S.M.A. State Large Group Contest hosted at Linn-Mar High School in Marion.

Following an outstanding performance, the Prairie High School Symphonic Band was awarded a Division I “Superior Rating” for their performance!  This is the eighth time in the past thirteen years that the Symphonic Band has earned the state’s top rating! The Prairie High School Wind Symphony also received a Division I Superior Rating for their performance, including perfect scores from two of the three judges!  This is the 31st time in the past 32 years that the Prairie High School Wind Symphony has been awarded the state’s top rating!

Where Are They Now? Meet 2003 Prairie Grad Ben Waychoff

Name:  Ben Waychoff

What year did you graduate Prairie High School? 2003

What is your current position and place of employment?
Research Systems Manager, Consumer insight, Measurement & Analytics for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

What are your job responsibilities?
I lead the team responsible for managing active Guest surveys and the organization of the resulting data for the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, and Adventures by Disney.

Describe your career path since graduating from Prairie High School.
I started with the Walt Disney Company in 2004 as a Fantasyland Merchandise Host as part of the Disney College Program.  After finishing that internship program I returned to Iowa and kept working for Disney as a Campus Representative for the Disney College Program as I finished my degrees.

After finishing my Associates and Bachelor’s degrees, I returned to Florida on a Professional Internship as a Coordinator for Disney Internships and Programs recruiting.  I then completed a second Professional Internship as a Mechanical Engineering Intern with Business Integration and Planning supporting Magic Kingdom Support Engineering.

With internships done I moved into a full-time role as a Monorail Pilot with Disney Transportation.  Over the next few years, I held several roles within Disney Transportation Operations Support, starting with Statistical Associate, then System Administrator, Workload/Staffing Analyst, and Workload/Staffing Manager.  In the past year I’ve moved over to Consumer Insight, Measurement & Analytics as the Research Systems Manager, leading the Data Services team.

What advice would you give to today’s high school graduates?
Be flexible.  Be open to new opportunities.  Have fun!

Freshman Students Visit College Campuses

L-R: Ja’lancia Robinson, Kiana Stephens, Amelia Nakurutimana

Campus tours for Prairie Point’s freshmen concluded on Thursday, May 3. Over 300 freshmen took advantage of an opportunity to visit the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, Coe College, or participate in a building trades apprenticeship tour.

Students were able to sample campus life, meet current students, learn about entrance requirements and financial aid options, explore post-secondary areas of study, and connect their experiences to career options.

Creek Team Places at State Problem Solving Competition

Congratulations to the team from Prairie Creek Intermediate School who was awarded 4th place at the State Future Problem Solving competition in Ames on April 13-14, 2018.  The theme for the state bowl was Cloud Storage.

The team created their skit on Friday and then performed it on Saturday. Congratulations to Sophia Johnson, Natalie Koopman, Anna Reisen, and Carlie Robertson!

Beth Uthoff Selected as Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Prairie senior Beth Uthoff who was selected as the Youth Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of East Central Iowa on Friday, April 27. Beth has been an outstanding community volunteer giving her time to many area non-profit agencies.

At Prairie High School Beth is the Vice President for Key Club and has been instrumental for raising funds for a Water Well Project in Africa.

April 2018 Construction Update

Below is a April 2018 update on our construction projects. Phase I work includes a new cafeteria, science wing, band and choir rooms, varsity locker room and concessions additions.


  • Exterior metal framing is ongoing and 95% complete.
  • The roof is 99% complete
  • Kitchen Flooring tile has been installed
  • Servery wall tile installation has started
  • Terrazzo flooring installation is completed in the servery area
  • Dry wall installation is complete in the server and kitchen areas
  • Painting continues with 70% completion
  • Kitchen food service equipment is currently being installed
  • Servery food service equipment will be installed in May
  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing finishes is ongoing
  • Walk in coolers and freezers have been installed
  • Ceiling installation In the cafeteria area has begun
  • Terrazzo flooring installation in the cafeteria to start in late June
  • Installation for metal panels on the east exterior canopy will begin in late May
  • Cafeteria windows on the east side will be installed in May
Exterior View of the Cafeteria
Interior View of the Student Dining Area
Student Food Stations
Kitchen Food Service Equipment Being Installed


  • Finish work (painting, sealing, flooring, cabinets, lighting) has begun and will continue through April. Approximately 90% complete
  • Window installation is 100% complete
  • Exterior doors to be installed in May
  • VCT flooring has been completed
  • Painting work is 90% complete
  • Ceiling grid is 90% complete
  • The science wing is on target to be completed in June.
Science Room
Science Room
Shared Teacher Collaboration Space
Science Hallway Looking into the Existing High School


  • Band Area:
  • Painting work has started with 80% completion.
  • Installing doors and frames is ongoing. .
  • Exterior brick is 100% complete.
  • Cabinet installation is 95% complete
  • Ceiling work is 50% complete.
  • Sound proof folding partitions been installed
  • Flooring installation to begin in early May
  • Window frames have been installed
  • Acoustical wall paneling installation has begun.
  • 13 practice and ensemble rooms are 90% complete.
  • Wood cloud ceiling installation to begin in May
Acoustical Wall Paneling Installation
Band Office
Practice Room
View of Band Room from the 2nd Floor
  • Choir Area:
  • Painting work has started with 80% complete.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in 95% complete.
  • Flooring installation to begin in early May
  • Window frames have been installed
  • Acoustical wall paneling installation to begin in May
  • 13 practice and ensemble rooms are 90% complete.
  • Wood dance flooring to be installed in the mirror room in June
  • Carpet installation to begin in May
Mirror Room
Choir Room
Practice Rooms – Door Installation
Choir Office


  • Ceiling installation 100% complete.
  • Finish work is ongoing
  • Lockers have been installed
  • Locker room painting work is 95% complete
  • Flooring installation is complete
  • Ceiling installation is 100% complete
Varsity Locker Room Being Painted
Varsity Locker Room
Tile Work in Varsity Restroom


  • Walk in cooler has been installed
  • Finish work is ongoing
  • On target to be completed by June
Hallway View of Concessions Area
Walk-In Cooler in Concession Area

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