Prairie Announces Tool to Monitor Student Internet Use

Prairie is excited to introduce a new tool to help parents monitor student online safety, Securly.  We’ve been using Securly since last fall to filter all internet access on school devices.  But, this spring Securly has rolled out a new tool to help parents monitor their child’s online activity when using a school device.

Starting on Wednesday, May 3rd, all parents of students in grades 5-12 that have given Prairie an active email address will receive an email from Securly for each child.  This message will show several categories of information about your child’s internet activity for the week.  There’s also a login link that will allow parents to view more detailed information about each child’s use of the internet while using a Prairie device. Please read the LETTER and view the 2-minute video for more detailed instructions.

We encourage you to review the weekly emails and log in to the Securly portal periodically to monitor your child’s activity.  Please use these emails as an opportunity to engage your child in conversation about what you see in the Securly reports — ask them what they are learning on the sites and videos they are visiting.

If you need help with this tool, please contact Securly support at or call the CCSD Technology Department at 848-5240.  If you don’t see an email from Securly on May 3rd, please check your spam folder before contacting support.

Meeting PBIS Goals at Edge

Prairie Edge Elementary students use PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) strategies to assist them with classroom team building and individual goal setting. Students work together by encouraging each other to listen for a “code” word that the teacher uses throughout the day. When they hear the word, students stop what they are doing, raise their hand to show they acknowledge what they should do, and wait for the teacher’s next direction.

Every time they raise their hand for listening and following directions (and giving a little nudge to their peers who might need a cue), they receive a point on their success cards. Points can also be earned by exhibiting the PBIS Expectations in the building: Being Safe, Responsible, and Respectful. At the end of every week, each student can use their success card points to buy unique items from the school store. In addition, at the end of every month, if the classroom has met the number of points set in their monthly goal, the students get to pick a free activity that they all participate in!

Prairie Edge serves students in K-12  and is located at 5400 Kirkwood Blvd in Cedar Rapids. Prairie Edge  believes all students can learn and be successful. Prairie Edge fosters positive relationships through a proactive and predictable environment where students feel safe, respected, and responsible and empowered to achieve academic and behavioral success.

Department of Education Requesting Fine Arts Standards Input

The Iowa Department of Education announced an effort to gather public input on fine arts standards.  Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team, which was convened by the Iowa Department of Education earlier this year, has requested broad public feedback on the National Core Arts Standards which were developed by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards.

Feedback gathered through spring public forums and an online survey will be used to provide guidance to the Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team, whose charge is to recommend fine arts standards to the State Board of Education. If adopted, fine arts standards would be recommended, but not required for Iowa school districts.

Public forums have been scheduled statewide on April 25 and April 27, and an Online Feedback Survey is open through May 12.

Details on the public forums are as follows:

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Meeting location:
Heartland Area Education Agency
6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston

Satellite site:
Grant Wood Area Education Agency
4401 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Meeting location:
Area Education Agency 267
3712 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls

Satellite site:
Grant Wood Area Education Agency
4401 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids

Transportation News for High School & Open Enrolled Students

Attention High School Parents
The transportation department requires students in 10th-12th grade to register for busing each year.  Please follow the steps below if your high school student(s) will need regular busing for the 2017-2018 school year.  Form must be completed by May 15, 2017.

  • Visit
  • Click on resources
  • Click on transportation
  • Choose high school transportation
  • Fill in the blanks and hit submit

Open enrolled Students
All students who live outside of our district boundaries MUST register for busing each and every school year.  Please follow the steps below to register your student(s) for busing for the 2017-2018 school year.  If we do not receive this form we will assume that you have no need for busing.  Form must be completed by May 15, 2017.

  • Visit
  • Click on resources
  • Click on transportation
  • Choose open enrolled transportation
  • Fill in the blanks and hit submit

Please contact the transportation office at 319-848-5204 if you have any questions.

Transportation Department
College Community Schools

High School Students Take Leadership Roles in PBIS Initiatives

Prairie High School is putting a wrap on their first full year of implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention System (P.B.I.S.) initiatives.  Prairie High School first rolled out their PBIS system in January of 2016 with common area expectations (hallway, assemblies, etc.) and have spent the current school year on implementing classroom expectations.  As part, our staff have spent the year learning professionally about Tier I classroom behavior teaching strategies.

One of the unique aspects of PBIS at Prairie High School is the inclusion of students into the leadership and decision making of the program.  Once a month, PBIS Leadership staff members meet with a group of students to find creative ways to acknowledge students through weekly drawings, class, and whole school rewards.  Further, students have been instrumental in the development of the “Pillars of Prairie.”  Our take on the behavior matrix is based on “Take care of yourself, Take care of others, and Take care of Prairie.”  This statement has become the basis of all our work in and outside of PBIS.

Lastly, we have included students in the development of logos, posters, etc.  Each of the posters were developed by Prairie High School Students:

Next year we plan on continuing the implementation of Tier I PBIS structures while continuing our professional learning in those areas.  As a leadership team, we will also pursue the implementation of Tier II and Tier III learning supports for the 2018-2019 school year!

A Record Day for the Prairie High School Band Program

On Saturday, April 8, more than 100 students representing the C.R. Prairie High School Band program participated in the annual Iowa High School Music Association’s Class 4-A STATE Solo and Ensemble Contest hosted here at Prairie High School. Our 93 events earned an impressive total of 64 Division I-Superior Ratings – a new record number of Division I’s in our school’s history!

The 93 entries included 53 solos, 15 duets, 6 trios, 11 quartets, 1 quintet, 2 Flute Choirs, Trumpet Choir, Trombone Choir, and 3 Percussion Choirs!  An impressive school-record number of 64 EVENTS were awarded the state’s top Division I – Superior Rating!

The results of our very successful day of competition are shown below:

0  DIVISION V – POOR Ratings

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded perfect scores for their performances on Saturday:

Natalie Bohnsack (piccolo solo), Megan Grimm (flute solo), Amanda Happel (flute solo), Matalyn Sebetka (piccolo solo), Abby Tiedeman (flute solo), Taylor Umbdenstock (flute solo)

Saxophone Quartet = Alec Bell, Campbell Hoffman, Blake Krapfl, Conner Weyer

Woodwind Quintet = Riley Andreasen, Anne Cerveny, Amanda Happel, Jimmy Kunze, Emily Northup

Additional congratulations to the following students whose events were awarded “BEST-IN-CENTER” for the entire day!

Flute Solo = Amanda Happel
Morgan Eadie = Trumpet Solo

Strong Showing for Prairie at Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Award Recipients Lindsey and Ashley Grady

Congratulations to our 7-12 Prairie students who participated in the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards! Prairie showed a strong representation at the awards ceremony on Saturday, March 11 at The University of Iowa’s Memorial Union!

The following students received awards:

Tia Sebetka, an honorable mention for her short story

Maddy Duffy, an honorable mention for her short story, an honorable mention for a second short story, and an honorable mention for poetry

Payton Kroymann, an honorable mention for a personal essay/memoir, and honorable mention for poetry, and a Silver Key award for poetry

Ellie Boller, an honorable mention for a personal essay/memoir

Hadley Howell, an honorable mention for a short story

Megan Fear, a Silver Key award for a short story, and a Gold Key award for a short story. NOTE:  Megan’s novel is currently being read and critiqued by a publishing house in New York. We will know the status of that entry soon!

​Lindsey Grady (**second year winner),​a Silver Key award winner for a critical essay, and an honorable mention for poetry

Caroline Sherman, an honorable mention for poetry

Tory Slagenweit, and honorable mention for personal essay/memoir

Danica Slaton, a Silver Key award for a personal essay/memoir

Emma Vileta, a Silver Key for poetry

Alyssa Grady, a Silver Key for critical essay, a Silver Key for a critical essay, honorable mention for poetry, honorable mention for poetry, and an honorable mention for a short story

Kyle Cook, honorable mention for a personal essay/memoir

Sydney Vaassen, honorable mention for flash fiction, Silver Key for flash fiction

Congratulations to these students and to all students who participated! We had a great showing for the corridor and in the region.

Prairie Baseball Championship Part of Linn County Exhibit

Prairie’s 2016 class 4A Prairie baseball championship is on display as part of the ‘The Old Ball Game’ exhibit presented by the History Center located on the 3rd Floor Gallery in the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Visitors to ‘The Old Ball Game’ exhibit will encounter over 150 years of baseball history. Through photographs and artifacts the exhibit will reveal the ups and downs of early baseball and the growth of the game in Linn County right up to the present. The exhibit ends August 19, 2017.


Prairie Fest Event Raises $62,000

The Prairie Foundation is pleased to report that Prairie Fest 2017 was an amazing evening of fun and fundraising for our Prairie kids. Through the generosity of over 480 supporters, we raised $62,000 to support College Community School programs for our students. We could not have done this without the contributions of our great Prairie family and friends.

The Prairie School Foundation, established in 1981 is a non- profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of our students and making a difference in their Prairie education. The mission of the Prairie School Foundation is Working Together for a Better Tomorrow.

Click here to learn more about the Prairie School Foundation.

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