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College Community to Host Bond Issue Town Hall Meetings

College Community Schools is hosting a series of Town Hall Meetings in our local communities. The town hall meetings are an opportunity for district patrons to learn about the proposed March 3, 2020 bond referendum as part of our 10-year facilities plan. College Community staff and school board members will be on hand to share information about the proposed project and answer questions.

Date:              Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time:              5:00 – 6:30 PM
Location:      Prairie Creek Intermediate School Library – 401 76
th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Date:              Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time:              5:00 – 6:30 PM
Location:      Prairie Creek Intermediate School Library – 401 76
th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Date:               Monday, February 3, 2020
Time:               9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location:      Ely Public Library – 1595 Dows Street, Ely, IA

Date:              Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time:               6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location:       Ely Public Library – 1595 Dows Street, Ely, IA

Date:               Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time:               5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location:       Fairfax Public Library – 313 Vanderbilt Street, Fairfax, IA

Date:               Friday, February 28, 2020
Time:               11:00 – 1:00 PM
Location:        Fairfax State Savings Bank – 409 Vanderbilt Street, Fairfax, IA

Date:               Monday, February 24, 2020
Time:               5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location:      Shueyville City Hall and Community Center – 2863 120
th Street, Shueyville, IA

Date:              Wednesday, January 29, 2020 
Time:               8:30 – 10:30 AM
Location:       Kava House and Cafe – 122 2
nd Street SW, Swisher, IA

Date:              Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time:              5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location:      Kava House and Cafe – 122 2
nd Street SW, Swisher, IA

Date:             Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time:             5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location:     Walford City Hall and Community Center – 120 5
th Street N, Walford, IA

Prairie Edge Students and Work Readiness

Students from Shelly Mesch’s Work Readiness class at Prairie Edge have been preparing for life after high school and the world of work.  The class content centers around career exploration including training or skills needed to land their dream job. Classroom coursework included soft skills, workplace communication, teamwork, ethics, professionalism, resume writing, earning money and taxes, and interviewing.   

The culminating activity was a mock interview with Mrs. Gudenkauf, CCSD Career Specialist, where students answered situational questions. Immediately following the interviews, Mrs. Gudenkauf provided real time feedback to the students reinforcing their strengths and made suggestions for next time. The students worked very hard to prepare for this activity and enjoyed having the opportunity to share their learning.

Celebrate Completion of Phase II at Prairie High School – Prairie High School Open House January 30

Community Open House January 30 from 5:30-7:30 PM

The College Community School District is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a community open house on Thursday, January 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The open house at Prairie High School will showcase recently completed projects as part of Phase II of the $49.5 million generated by the bond to add classroom space, improve safety and security, reduce operational costs, and increase community access at both Prairie High School and our three oldest elementary schools.

Phase II included the following additions and renovations at Prairie High School.

  • New main entrance and commons area
  • New high school main office
  • New guidance office
  • Additional classrooms
  • Student Collaborations Rooms
  • New School Store
  • New Fitness and Weight Room
  • Gender balanced locker rooms
  • Renovated classrooms

Phase III work has already begun at Prairie High School which includes additional renovations and updates. Construction at Prairie High School is scheduled to be completed in May 2020.

Elementary improvements have begun to address safety and security, finishes, and mechanical systems. Work began last summer at Prairie View Elementary School which included adding interior walls. Work will begin at Prairie Heights Elementary School in the summer of 2020.
College Community previously held an open house on November 5 and 8, 2018 to celebrate the completion of Phase I construction projects at Prairie High School. Phase I included the following additions at Prairie High School:

  • Cafeteria
  • Science Rooms
  • Instrumental and Vocal Classrooms and Rehearsal Spaces
  • Varsity Locker Room
  • Concessions

Prairie High School staff, administrators, students and representatives from OPN Architects will be available to answer questions about the new additions and renovated areas as you tour the facilities. Students will also be available to assist with tours and share their experiences in our new spaces.

Prairie Key Club Keeping Busy to Help and Support Others

Prairie High School Key Club continues to offer opportunities for its members to provide service to others. This year Key Club has 146 sophomores, juniors and seniors. These students have volunteered 1,327 hours so far this school year at events at our schools and in our community. 

In addition to seeing these student volunteers at all kinds of Prairie events, you will see them at Gems of Hope, YPN, Families Helping Families, HACAP, our local libraries and many more local organizations. 

The month of December has been especially busy and fulfilling for its members as they have been working on a couple of special projects. Key Club members made 120 holiday cards for local veterans, half of the cards have been sent to the Veterans Home in Marshalltown and the other half to the VA Hospital in Iowa City. 

Another project for its members was donating 40 tie fleece blankets to the Catherine McAuley Center for their Transitional Housing Center.  Each person at the housing center will receive a blanket to keep.  Over the past five years, Key Club has made and donated 215 blankets for the Catherine McAuley Center.

“Helping other people, helping our community, and helping special causes is what we do,” said Key Club Advisor Kathy Waychoff. “We have wonderful students who clearly understand the value of volunteering and serving other people.”

Prairie High School Key Club was established at Prairie High School in August 2011. It is a student-led organization that offers members opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.