Campus Roads Closed during Homecoming Parade

Prairie’s 2018 Homecoming is Friday, September 21. The homecoming parade will take place on the Prairie campus this Friday starting at 2:00 pm. The parade route (see below) will start at Prairie Hill Elementary and end at Prairie High School. Due to the parade route, campus roads will be closed from 1:00-3:00 pm with no school access.  The buildings that are effected will be Hill, View, Ridge, and Creek.

We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding our homecoming parade. We want to provide safe viewing areas for all to enjoy the parade as we are expecting 6,000-8,000 students and visitors.

Prairie Homecoming Friday, September 21

Prairie’s 2018 Homecoming is Friday, September 21. The homecoming parade (See Below) will take place on the Prairie campus at 2:00 pm. The announcement of the homecoming king and queen will be announced between the sophomore and varsity game followed by the lighting of the P. The sophomore game is at 5 pm followed by the varsity game at 7:15 pm.

Prior to the start of varsity game, we will honor our first responders who will be presenting our Nation’s flag for the National Anthem followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

The ceremonial game ball will be presented by Prairie graduate Jason Kohl.

Special thanks to Ron Harrelson. Since 1998 Ron has organized and provided our school community with amazing fireworks.


Prairie High School Green Bandana Project

Lime green bandanas will soon be tied on backpacks across the Prairie High School campus. It’s a student-led effort to make Prairie High School a more conducive environment for talking openly about mental health. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle and high school-aged students in the United States. A start to reversing this trend is the Green Bandana Project, a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health awareness campaign.

Each student who has attended a Foundation 2 training and has parent permission will receive a green bandana to tie to their backpack.  Students will also carry resource cards with information about contacts for those who may be considering suicide. Lime green is the color associated with mental illness awareness and by tying a bandana to your backpack, students will know that you are a safe person to approach if they need someone to talk to. Students struggling with depression, anxiety or another mental health issues should consider reaching out to the counselors at Prairie High School for help.

Prairie Music Association Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for Bands Across the Prairie
The Prairie Music Assoc. is looking for volunteers to help with their Across the Prairie event on Saturday, September 29.  Prairie’s “Bands Across the Prairie” is Eastern Iowa’s premiere marching band invitational.  We are proud to host this amazing event and would appreciate any volunteers that could help. Please go to to sign up. Thank you!

Prairie Music Assoc. Meeting September 11
The Prairie Music Association (PMA) invites you to attend our monthly PMA meetings where we meet our music directors and hear about the music programs at Prairie. The next meeting is Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 pm in the new band room at the high school.  Every Prairie Parent is invited to come and meet our new superintendent Doug Wheeler and tour the new music and science areas!  Refreshments will be provided!  See you there!

PARKING: You will want to park in the Success Area parking lot, walk all the way down the hall through the new science wing, take a right, and walk down the steps toward the concert hall.  We will have signs!

Prairie High School Key Club Receives “Key” Donation

Courtney Vondracek, a 2018 Prairie graduate, presented a check for $500 to Prairie High School Key Club Adviser Kathy Waychoff.

Because Courtney was awarded a scholarship from Grinnell Mutual Insurance, she was given the opportunity to request a donation for a non-profit or educational group, thus her selection was Prairie High School Key Club.

“Courtney was very involved in Key Club while she was a student at Prairie,” said Waychoff.  “This donation will enable our organization to provide key opportunities that will benefit our school and community.”

Key Club is a student-led organization that provides members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership skills.   In the 2017-18 school year, Prairie High School Key Club’s 136 members volunteered 3,245 hours in our school and community and contributed financially to 10 local non-profit agencies. Thank you to Courtney Vondracek and Grinnell Mutual Insurance.

College Community Schools Reporting on the Habits of Success

The College Community School District values clear communication in regards to what a student knows and is able to do. A standards-based approach to feedback allows us to bring clarity to students and parents about what students are required to know and be able to do at the completion of instruction. Related to a student’s ability to master learning skills and concepts is the habits they display as they learn. Previously in College Community, these habits were reported as “process skills.”

Educational research and best practice call for behavior and academic grading and feedback to be kept separate to elevate the importance and difference between the two. This allows for fair, accurate, and specific feedback on student learning.

The Habits of Success is not a new concept, idea, or initiative. The former language of “process skills” was reviewed and revised into the “Habits of Success” to ensure better clarity and focus of the intent of this method of feedback. This process will also allow for a consistent and predictable method of feedback throughout the K-12 experience.

Habits of Success is about creating a caring, safe and equitable environment for ALL students. We believe in preparing ALL students for post-secondary success. We will inspire and prepare our students for their world beyond school. We believe there are three essential skills students mus have for success: respect, responsibility, and persistence.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Habits of Success. You can also check out our VIDEO which is posted on our district YouTube channel.

Where are they now? Meet Prairie Graduate Amanda Smith


What year did you graduate Prairie High School?

What is your current position?
Medical Device Research and Development Engineer

Where is your place of employment?
Boston Scientific in Marlborough, Massachusetts

What are your job responsibilities?
I brainstorm, design, prototype and test innovative devices to treat unmet medical needs. My focus area is stents and hemostasis for the Endoscopy division.

Describe your career/educational path since graduating from Prairie High School.
After graduating from Prairie, I attended the University of Iowa and majored in Biomedical Engineering. While in college, I had a 6-month internship with Boston Scientific and was offered a full-time position.

What advice would you give to today’s high school graduates? 
My advice for high school graduates is to apply for internships and co-ops in your field during college. Not only does it give you a head start looking for a full-time jobs, but it lets you explore potential career paths and figure out what you like and dislike.  Students still in high school can do this too! While at Prairie, I took Project Lead the Way courses to try out engineering and participated in hospital internships through Workplace Learning Connection to explore healthcare. These helped me select my major for college and set me up for success!

Reminder: Safety at Prairie Football Games

We hope your student’s school year is off to a good start. This Friday, August 31, we host Pleasant Valley in football. Our sophomore game begins at 5:00 pm, followed by the varsity game at 7:15 pm.

Parents we need your help! If you have been to a football game in the fall we are sure you will understand some safety concerns we have under our home bleachers. Congestion from students congregating near the concession stands can become overwhelming, and result in horseplay. While we appreciate students purchasing concession stand items, we need parent support in encouraging your child to return to their seat and not loiter below the bleachers.

District staff will continue to monitor this area as safety is our number one priority for students and our fans. Most importantly, we encourage students to be positive fans, seated in the student section of our bleachers cheering on our teams.

A reminder…Any student PK-6th grade should be accompanied by an adult. Also, students are only allowed to enter the gates once. If they choose to leave, there will be no re-entry unless accompanied by and adult.

Thank you in advance for your support of our programs!

Prairie High School Activities Office


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