Point and Creek Choir Programs Enjoy Busy Weekend

The weekend of October 5 was a busy time for the Prairie Point and Prairie Creek Choir program. Prairie Point sent 21 young men to Waverly to sing in the Real Men Sing Festival held at Wartburg College. The 8th Grade Treble Choir was invited to perform for the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators Association conference in Omaha which included learning new songs before the conference as well as revived four songs from previous concerts and presented to music teachers at the conference.

Also a part of the same conference was the MKMEA Honor choir which include selected students from Point and Creek.

8th Grade Treble Choir
Select Honor Choir

Prairie Students ThinkBIG with CATERPILLAR

Altorfer, an authorized CATERPILLAR dealer in Cedar Rapids, sponsored a career exploration event for students about CAT’s ThinkBig heavy equipment technician program. 

Prairie High School students learned about the program which includes spending 8 weeks in the classroom at Illinois Central College. Upon completion, students go to an authorized CATERPILLAR dealer to apply their learning through a paid internship. This learning format repeats itself for two years leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree.  Once students complete the training, over 90 percent are offered full time employment at Altorfer.

As an added incentive, 100 percent tuition reimbursement is available.

School Board Votes to Place Revenue Purpose Statement on Ballot

In May 2019, House File 546 was signed into law extending Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) through the calendar year 2050. Under the extension, school districts must vote on a new or amended revenue purpose statement (RPS) prior to the expiration of the current RPS.

The Revenue Purpose Statement is NOT additional funding or taxation for patrons
. The approval of the RPS is necessary to meet the state’s requirements on how districts can spend revenue from SAVE under House File 546.

The College Community School Board voted at their August 19 meeting to call for an election to ask the community to vote on an updated Revenue Purpose Statement. This can only be done through voter approval. This measure will be on the general election ballot on November 5, 2019.  

Click here to learn more about the Revenue Purpose Statement.

Tracy Schipper Receives ITAG Administrator of the Year Award

Tracy is pictured with her colleagues from Prairie.

Congratulations to Tracy Schipper who received the 2019 Iowa Talented and Gifted Association (ITAG) Administrator of the Year award!  The award was presented on October 15 in Des Moines during their annual ITAG conference.

The award is presented to a comprehensive public or private school administrator or to a district office administrator who has exhibited a long-standing commitment to gifted students and their families. This commitment is exemplified by their recognition and support, and respect for the unique and diverse needs of gifted and talented learners through advocacy, education and collaboration among all stakeholders.

Schipper is the Executive Director of Elementary Programs for the College Community School District in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she also serves as the lead administrator for K-12 Gifted and Talented Programs.

Fairfax State Savings Bank receives Governor’s Group Award for Volunteer Service

Congratulations to Fairfax State Savings Bank who received the 2019 Governor’s Group Award for Volunteer Service for College Community Schools. 

Their staff, which includes several Prairie High School alumni, have supported College Community Schools since the creation of our school district in 1954. The Fairfax State Saving Bank received their award from Governor Reynolds at the Governor’s Volunteer Awards Ceremony held at Kirkwood Community College on September 26.

Thank you to the staff at the Fairfax State Savings Bank for their continuous support of College Community Schools!

Pavlicek Receives Governor’s Individual Award For Volunteer Service

Congratulations to Mary Pavlicek for being selected to receive the 2019 Governor’s Individual Award for Volunteer Service for College Community Schools.

Mary is a long-time volunteer at Prairie View and enjoys working with students to help them grow and learn.  Mary received a certificate from Governor Reynolds at the Governor’s Volunteer Awards Ceremony held at Kirkwood Community College on September 26th.  

Congratulations and thank you, Mary!

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 18th.  This will be a fun day featuring guest readers sharing their favorite books with our students.  Last year we welcomed 780 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 kwaychoff@crprairie.org to sign up.

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

College Community Receives Partnership Award From Junior Achievement

The College Community School District was presented the Partnership Award for their involvement with Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa.

For over two decades, College Community Schools has partnered with Junior Achievement to provide instruction in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, career exploration, and citizenship.  In the 2018-2019 school year 3,328 College Community students participated in JA programming.  College Community has eight JA programs implemented in grades k-6. Our secondary students participate in JA’s financial literacy fair, Stock Market Challenge, and Titan Challenge. 

“I have been consistently impressed with Junior Achievement’s programs, their staff, and the great service they provide our students and schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler. “Junior Achievement is constantly reexamining how it can best serve the needs of our Prairie students and schools they work with. They have been and will continue to be a trusted partner.”

Where Are They Now? Meet 1985 Prairie Grad Todd Demoss

What year did you graduate Prairie High School?          
Class of 1985

What activities were you involved in at Prairie?

What is your current position?                 
Associate Vice President – Basketball Operations, WNBA

Where is your place of employment?                   
National Basketball Association – New York, New York

What are your job responsibilities?
Responsible for the WNBA Basketball Operations policies and procedures, coaching/player oversight and discipline, implementation and policing of playing rules, and franchise operating guidelines.  This includes budgeting, league game scheduling, Player and Referee CBA requirements, franchise salary-cap guidelines, arena/facility standards and approval.  Also, work with ESPN/ABC family of networks on National Broadcast schedule and production.

Describe your career/educational path since graduating from Prairie High School.
After graduating the University of Iowa, specializing in sports medicine and exercise physiology (as part of the University of Iowa athletic training program).  I then returned to Cedar Rapids as the head athletic trainer for the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets of the Continental Basketball Association.  This position provided me opportunities to oversee basketball operations, which included learning sales and sponsorship.

During the 1990’s, I served as general manager for professional basketball teams in Columbus, Ohio; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Palm Beach, Florida.

This experience with regard to developing and overseeing teams as start-ups led to opportunities at the league level — heading up team business operations for both the CBA (Phoenix, AZ) and the International Basketball League (Baltimore, MD).

Since 2001, I have worked for the National Basketball Association, first as the president of the Fayetteville Patriots (NBA D League) and then as the head of basketball operations for the WNBA.

What advice would you give to today’s high school graduates?  
With a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, you will be successful in anything you do. 

Anything else you would like to add?
I have wonderful memories from my time at Prairie… my mother and father both worked for the school system, and I am so thankful for them, my teachers/coaches and my friends that started me on this path of life, and to my wife Cynthia who has supported me each step of the way.

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