Point Student Council to Hold Blood Drive April 5th

Point Student Council to Hold Blood Drive

Prairie Point Student Council is hosting a blood drive on April 5th from 2:30 to 6:00 in the 9th Grade Project Room, 1929.
Anyone interested in donating for this drive can contact Josh Divoky at jdivoky@crprairie.org to set up an appointment time.  All donations go towards the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center bank and benefit patients in our community.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help out!

Point Receives PBIS Award

Congratulations goes out to Prairie Point Middle School & 9th Grade Academy. Point has been awarded the Honor level of recognition for their outstanding PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) work in the 2015 – 2016 school year by the Iowa Department of Education.

As a recognition school for doing exceptional work, Prairie Point will be recognized at the award ceremony on May 9 in Des Moines.

Ridge Receives PBIS Award

Congratulations goes out to Prairie Ridge Elementary School who has been awarded the Honor Plus level of recognition for their outstanding PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) work in the 2015 – 2016 school year by the Iowa Department of Education.

As a recognition school for doing exceptional work, Prairie Ridge will be recognized at the award ceremony on May 9 in Des Moines.

Heights Receives PBIS Award

Congratulations! Prairie Heights Elementary School has been awarded the Honor Plus level of recognition for their outstanding PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) work in the 2015 – 2016 school year by the Iowa Department of Education.

As a recognition school for doing exceptional work, Prairie Heights will be recognized at the award ceremony on May 9 in Des Moines.

Eilers Named to Academic All State Basketball Team

Coach Jeremy Rickertsen and Jake Eilers

Congratulations to Prairie senior Jake Eilers who was named to the Boys Academic All State Basketball Team by the IA Basketball Coaches Assoc. Jake, along with 20 other students, were recognized at the Boys State Basketball Tournament. As a group they averaged an ACT test composite score of 29.6, 3.98 GPA, and averaged 15.7 points per game.

Prairie Hill Receives PBIS Award

Congratulations to Prairie Hill Elementary School who has been awarded the Banner level of recognition for their outstanding PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) work in the 2015 – 2016 school year by the Iowa Department of Education.

As a recognition school for doing exceptional work, Prairie Hill Elementary will be recognized at the award ceremony on May 9 in Des Moines.

College Community Sets Back to School Registration Dates

The dates have been set for Back to School Registration.  Registration dates for Preschool through 12th grades are as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 2 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 3 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

Packets containing all documents for registration will be mailed out in July to your home. Be sure to read through this information and bring the required materials with you to registration.

Roundabout Project Set to Start this Summer Near Point

Intersection and pedestrian improvements are planned to help support traffic flow for the College Community School District and Kirkwood Community College. The City of Cedar Rapids will begin work to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Kirkwood Blvd and the district’s south access road (Point South Entrance). The project will begin immediately after the school year has concluded.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a roundabout?
A modern roundabout is an unsignalized, circular intersection engineered to maximize safety and minimize traffic delay.

What is the goal of a roundabout?
To improve safety conditions, reduce traffic speeds, improve traffic flow/efficiency, and support future growth of the district.

Will College Community be responsible for paying for the roundabout?
No. The roundabout project, estimated at $2 million dollars, is being funded by the City of Cedar Rapids. The only cost to the school district is for the pedestrian sidewalks which is typical in all city street projects. The estimated cost of the sidewalk is $78,560.

Why is a roundabout the best solution?
Two primary benefits include efficiency and safety.

Efficiency: Roundabouts are effective at moving high volumes of traffic. They are ideal for use near schools when signalized intersections are often not needed during the majority of the day, but peak morning and afternoon times require effective traffic control.

Safety: Roundabouts slow traffic and reduce the severity of crashes. Their counterclockwise flow ensures all traffic moves in only one direction at a time, a maneuver that is easier and safer than traditional intersections. They also require vehicles to slow down to enter the intersection, creating a safer environment for pedestrians.

Why isn’t a traffic signal being considered?
The City evaluated the use of a traffic signal at this location. The analysis indicated that a signal would not be able to handle traffic as efficiently as a roundabout with current or projected traffic volumes during peak times. Traffic volumes also do not meet signal warrants the majority of the day outside peak morning/afternoon times.

What is the project timeline?
The project will be bid this spring with construction starting immediately after school is out.  The project will take place over the entirety of the summer, and is scheduled to open prior to school starting in the fall.

Will sidewalks be included in this project?
Yes, pedestrian sidewalks will be part of the project which is typical in all city street projects.

Where can I find additional information?
You can download educational brochures, watch an information video, and view additional project information on the City’s website: www.cityofcr.com/roundabouts.

Zastrow Qualifies for Science and Humanities Symposium National Competition

Congratulations to senior Madison Zastrow who qualified for nationals after presenting her research at a symposium in Iowa City on Monday, March 6.

Maddie was one of five students from across Iowa who was selected for an expense-paid trip to the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium national competition in San Diego, April 26-30.  She will present her research, “Utilization of Symplocarpus foetidus in Renewable Energy Through Thermoelectric Devices” which is about capturing the heat produced from a skunk cabbage through a device she created (with the idea that the heat then be used as a possible energy source).

Congratulations to the following students who also submitted research for the state competition:

Megan Fear– research regarding the bacteria load on student padlocks from year to year
Cassidy Kline– research on short term memory
Gavin Pash– research on the possibility of protecting veins and arteries from cancer cells

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