Student athletes in grades 7-12 and parents are encouraged to attend a Proactive Coaching Seminars on June 14 and June 15 at Prairie Point. Each session is geared for a specific audience (student athletes, parents and coaches). This is an exciting opportunity to help build teams and community! We expect all students in sports, clubs, or activities to attend.
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College Community Schools Superintendent John Speer, named Tracy Morrison as Principal at Prairie Heights Elementary School. Her appointment is effective July 1 pending Board approval. Morrison is replacing Matt Russell, who accepted the Associate Principal position at Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy.
“Ms. Morrison is a veteran administrator with over 19 years experience as a curriculum coordinator and building administrator, said Speer. “She is exceptionally skilled at building strong relationships with students, parents, and staff and we could not be more excited to have her join our administrative team and begin her work with us at Heights.”
Morrison comes to the College Community School District from the Maquoketa Valley Community School District. During her tenure at Maquoketa Valley, she was involved in a variety of leadership positions. From 1998-2011 she was the School Improvement Coordinator, from 2009-present she has served as principal for students in grades AK-8. Prior to her leadership roles, she was a 4th grade classroom teacher.
In 2009, Morrison was named Central Office Administrator of the year by the School Administrators of Iowa and in 2017 received the Breaking Barriers for Teaching and Learning Award presented by the Maquoketa Valley Middle School.
Morrison holds a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Northern Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from William Penn.
“I am excited to get started and meet the students, parents, and staff at Prairie Heights Elementary School,” said Morrison. “College Community is a wonderful school district, and I look forward to becoming a part of their family and connecting with the students, families, and staff in the upcoming months.”
JUNE 6, 2017 TENNIS COURT PROJECT UPDATE: New tennis courts and additional parking are being constructed directly south of Prairie High School to accommodate phase I of construction projects.
Members of the Johnson County Cattleman’s Assoc. along with staff cooked burgers and brats for the entire staff on the last day of school today. This year marked the 17th consecutive year the Johnson County Cattleman’s Assoc. has volunteered to cook for our staff. Thank you Johnson County Cattleman’s Association!
Superintendent John Speer and members of the Board of Education recognized retirees & staff members for their years of service on Wednesday, May 31. There were 20 staff members who retired this year totaling 420 years in education. Thank you for your years of service and for sharing your gifts and talents with our students and staff.
Congratulations to the following retirees:
Joni Adkins-30 years
William Bellmer- 11 years
Cheri Brummer-17 years
Kathie Cink-41 years
Debbie Erenberger-21 years
Jackie Fossum-28 years
Deb Hammer-16 years
John Kostle- 20 years
Dave Markham-15 years
Brenda McGurk-29 years
Anne Miller-15 years
Gail Murphy- 15 years
Rose O’Rear- 18 years
Pat Otero-38 years
Mary Palmer-20 years
Thia Rolfes- 10 years
Sheryl Sanders-34 years
Sue Skala-21 years
Janice Studt-21 years
Charlie Zach-28 years
We are fortunate to have the help of wonderful volunteers at Prairie Schools. In the 2016-17 school year, we had 1,212 active volunteers giving 17,613 hours in support of our students and staff. Thank you all for your dedication to the education of Prairie kids!
Each year every Prairie building selects one person or group who has shared their time and talents and made a difference at their schools. These outstanding volunteers were recognized at the End of School All Staff Assembly on May 31st. Congratulations to –
Kelly Buchanan – Prairie Edge
Russ Bush – Prairie High School
Julie Copeland – Prairie Point Middle School & 9th Grade Academy
Denise Smith – Prairie Creek Intermediate
Anne Speer – Prairie Crest Elementary
Cheryl Krob – Prairie Heights Elementary
Danielle and Tina Hill – Prairie Hill Elementary
Prairie Ridge PTO – Prairie Ridge Elementary
Brooke Arp – Prairie View Elementary
Jennifer Sebetka will receive the 2017 Governor’s Individual Award for Volunteer Service for her work with College Community Schools and PHS Key Club will receive the 2017 Governor’s Group Award for Volunteer Service. Congratulations Jennifer and PHS Key Club!
Prairie Creek Intermediate School celebrated their student’s talents by hosting Fine Arts Night on Tuesday, May 23. The evening included a variety of solo & ensemble instrumental performances from 6th grade students. The evening also highlighted a wide range of 5th and 6th grade student artwork.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. This change requires that all students enrolling in 7th and 12th grades have the Meningococcal vaccine before school starts this fall.
Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings and typically affects older teens and young adults.
All students entering 7th and 12th grades must have proof of having the Meningococcal vaccine before school starts in August, unless the student has a Certificate of Immunization Exemption. Below is more detailed information.
Point Letter to Parents
Secondary Vaccine Requirement Q & A
Iowa Department of Health Information
Wanted to provide you with an update regarding road access and closures on the Prairie campus starting this summer. With construction projects at Prairie High School and the construction of the roundabout on Kirkwood Blvd, there will be limited access points when entering the campus. The projects will begin at the conclusion of the school year. Below are some of the temporary changes.
- District Office Temporary Entrance: To access the District office this summer, please enter through the high school’s main entrance. Signs will be posted.
- Service Road Closed: The perimeter service road west of the high school will be closed during construction.
- South Entrance Road Closed: The south entrance at the intersection of Kirkwood Blvd and the district’s south access road (Point South Entrance) will be closed.
- Summer Campus Map: CLICK HERE for the summer construction campus traffic map indicating access points on the Prairie Campus.
And as a reminder….Students/Staff/Parents/Visitors are all asked to drive and park only on roadway surfaces and parking lots while on the District Campus. The walkways between Crest and View, Crest and Ridge, and multiple playground areas are sometimes mistaken as drives. Walkways are not as wide as campus roads and those near playgrounds present a danger to pedestrians when vehicles are near.
College Community has unveiled a ‘Construction Central’ site which is located on the district homepage, www.prairiepride.org. Construction Central serves as a one-stop resource for parents, students, staff, district patrons and the general public to stay informed during all phases of construction projects at College Community Schools. The site will provide construction news updates, renderings, photos, and campus traffic flow maps.