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Activities and Outdoor Facilities Restriction

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Linn County, Return to Play for Prairie’s off season 7-12 Interscholastic athletics and activities has been delayed. The decision to return will be reevaluated on July 13 with a hope for a possible return on July 20.

Effective July 6, College Community outdoor facilities will open for public use with restrictions. These restrictions and guidelines are in accordance with Linn County Public Health. Please adhere to the following COVID-19 restrictions that are in effect for Summer and Fall 2020 for our outdoor facilities.

Facilities are not open for organized athletic competitions or practices, sanctioned or informal.  The intent of this reopening is for recreational personal/family use or small group recreation.  Group and organization use is still suspended until further notice.

  • No more than 10 people in a gathering
  • 6 feet social distancing
  • Masks are encouraged
  • No unauthorized team practices
  • Do not enter if you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath 

If you have questions or want to report abuse, please contact Prairie High School Activities office at 319-848-5361 to assist us in following up on cases of abuse or not following posted restrictions. Please provide as much detail as possible and report in a timely manner.  Failure to adhere to restrictions could result in re-closing facilities and or restricting use for violators in the future.

We appreciate your ongoing support and patience as we work to navigate and respond to changing guidance during this pandemic. 

Rocky Bennett
Activities Office
Prairie High School

Young Named Associate Principal at Prairie Creek

College Community Schools is pleased to announce that Lindsay Young has been named Associate Principal at Prairie Creek Intermediate School pending Board approval.

Young comes to Prairie from Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy (formally Roosevelt Middle School) where she spent 14 years serving in a variety of roles. Her first 9 years at Roosevelt she taught 7th and 8th grade social studies and Language Arts and served as one of the lead teachers in the Option (Project Based Learning) Program. In addition, she served as an Induction Coach for Grant Wood AEA. Her last four years she served as the Magnet Coordinator and Building Facilitator providing supports for teachers and administrators around instructional best practices and integration of cultural responsiveness. She also facilitated and led professional learning opportunities to support district and building initiatives. 

“Ms. Young brings unique experiences as a magnet school coordinator,” said Prairie Creek Intermediate School Building Principal Jen McDonnell. “She had many opportunities to lead innovative initiatives and those experiences will help support Creek’s current work to meet the needs of all learners. She will be an asset to build our community partnerships and parental involvement.”

Young, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, her Master’s degrees from Western Governors University and her Administrative Licensure from the University of Northern Iowa.

“I am honored to join the College Community School District and the Prairie Creek team,” said Young. “I look forward to helping lead and grow the strong academic community at Prairie Creek Intermediate School. I am passionate about ensuring quality equity and innovative practices for all learners and I am thrilled to be joining a school where student-centered educators work to provide success for all.”  

Scholl to Lead Prairie Delta and At-Risk Programming

The College Community School District has named Angela Scholl as its new Director of At-Risk Programming and Prairie Delta Site Administrator effective July 1, 2020 pending School Board approval. Scholl replaces Ian Dye who was recently named the new Principal at Prairie Point Middle School.  

Prairie Delta is an extension of Prairie High School located on the Kirkwood Community College campus. The program serves students in grades 9-12 in the College Community School District that seek a smaller learning environment than can be found in a traditional high school setting.

“Angie is a wonderful addition to Delta, to our administrative team, and to our school district,” said Laura Medberry, Executive Director of Learning Supports. “She is excited to focus on supporting the students, staff, and families of Prairie Delta in the year ahead and to carry on the vision of creating flexible, responsive programming that meets the needs of our students.”

Scholl, who is in her 27th year in education, currently serves as the Dean of Students/Director of Student Services at Maquoketa Middle School in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Prior to Maquoketa, Scholl served 16 years as an At-Risk Teacher/Program Facilitator and science teacher for the Keokuk Community School and 9 years as middle school science teacher for Glenwood Middle School in Chatham, IL.  

Scholl, a native of Fort Madison, Iowa, earned both her Bachelors and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and her administrative licensure from Viterbo University.   

“I am excited to be joining the College Community School District as the Director of At-Risk Programming and Delta Site Administrator,” said Scholl. “It is an honor and a privilege to become part of a district that has a reputation of being innovative and student-centered. I have spent most of my career working with students and their families who desire an alternative approach to education. I look forward to building lasting relationships and becoming an integral part of the team at Prairie.”

Watch Prairie High School Baseball and Softball Online this Summer

Prairie Hawk Fans!

The Prairie High School activities office is taking the softball and baseball season to a new level to accommodate the current public health and safety measures and conference attendance restrictions

Prairie High School has partnered with Wired Production Group in Cedar Rapids to offer live streaming services for baseball and softball fans to watch the upcoming 2020 baseball and softball home games online. We’re excited to share the professional live video feed with our community this season!

For just $12 per game (including double headers), you will receive a digital ticket to view the game from the comfort of your own home. To watch the games at home, you will need reliable internet access as the games will be available on your mobile device, tablet, or PC via the link you will receive with your digital ticket purchase.

Below are the links to purchase your digital ticket. Click on each link / game you wish to purchase your ticket for and scroll to the bottom and select “Purchase Ticket” to securely process your transaction via the online payment portal. Tickets must be purchased on a per game (sorry, no “season passes” this year). Tickets are available publicly and are not limited to Prairie families.



If you as a parent, business, or organization is interested in advertising with the 2020 baseball and softball live stream, please call (319) 294-9410 with any questions to speak with Nicole. A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales and advertising will be donated back to both the Cedar Rapids Prairie Baseball and Softball Clubs. Wired Production Group is a proud supporter of Prairie athletics. For game reminders and other information, please follow Wired Production Group on Facebook.

With your support this summer, we hope to continue this service as we move forward with the Prairie High School athletics programs in the 2020-2021 school year. Please share this message with your family, friends, and other high school baseball and softball supporters. 

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact info@wiredproductiongroup. Thank you for supporting our high school student athletes.

Message from Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler and the College Community School Board

Prairie Students and Families:

In the weeks since the tragic death of George Floyd, we have heard the pain and anger of our students and the greater community.  Our students’ safety and emotional well-being is our top priority; racism and inequity has a profound and lasting impact on our students and community at large.  We support the right of our students, staff and families to express their frustration and pain and recognize our responsibility to listen. With the closure in place throughout the final weeks of the school year, we greatly missed the opportunities that we would have otherwise had to come together and fully process the impact that these events have had on our schools.  This letter is no replacement for that conversation; however, our students and community want and deserve to know that these issues are in our thoughts and planning as a district. 

First and foremost, for our students, staff and families, we want to be clear that the College Community School District does not tolerate or support systems of inequity or racism in any form.  As a district, we are committed to eliminating systemic inequity and injustice in policy and practice wherever it exists.  We are proud of the diversity of our district and want each and every student to know they are welcome, safe and supported in our schools.

As an organization, the vision and guidepost for our efforts with students and families is “Success for All.”  Realizing this vision will require us to keep our hearts and minds open to the perspectives of those that experience overt and systemic injustice and racism as we continue to examine our own system.  Public education is a right and a shared experience for all children and is not immune to structures and systems of inequity and racism.  Our public educators will continue to work to understand and respond to the current conversations at the local, state and national level and be a barrier to racism and inequity wherever it exists. 

It is clear that this is a time to listen and learn; our community desires to be respected and heard.   We are committed to working with our students and our greater community in processing these events to identify actions that can be taken now and in the future.  As a district we commit to engage and create opportunities for meaningful dialogue and involvement that moves us to better understanding.  We are committed to moving beyond written policies of equity and access to taking meaningful action.  We are committed to learning and improving.  And, we are committed to engaging our staff, students and families in the identification of our current reality related to equity and to the creation of structures and strategies to eliminate inequity in our system.

Due to the uncertainty of the coming months, specifically how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and how we return to learning in the fall, we are unfortunately unable to share specific immediate and planned actions at this time.  Beginning immediately and throughout the summer, we will work to identify how to best support our students and structure opportunities for conversation and learning within our schools.  We believe this is the work of our entire school system.  To learn how best to facilitate this conversation given the current public health situation, we have established this LINK to gather ideas on how to start and continue this conversation with our community.  

This communication is the start of an ongoing conversation intended to lead to action.  Thank you for your time, consideration and support of our students. 

In Service,

Doug Wheeler, Superintendent

College Community Board of Directors

Free Bags of Books to Be Distributed June 11

College Community Schools in conjunction with the Prairie School Foundation, United Way, Toys for Tots, Parent Teacher Organizations from Creek, Crest, Heights, Hill, Ridge and View will be giving away brand new books for students in grades K-6.

Books will be distributed on Thursday, June 11 at the following locations from 10:30 AM – Noon and 5:30 – 7:00 PM:

Kirkwood Estates

J Street Apartments

Gateway Gardens

Inn Circle

Ely Library

Fairfax Library

Swisher Library

We hope to see you!

Technology Needs and Access Survey

Prairie Families:

The Iowa Department of Education, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office, has created a technology access survey for families and households. The survey will provide the state and College Community Schools with important information to understand the specific technology needs of families and students, including access to broadband internet and devices for online learning. 

The survey is open June 3 – June 24. Please complete the survey by clicking TECHNOLOGY ACCESS SURVEY. If you are not able to access the survey online, paper copies will be available in the College Community School District Office (8005 Prairie Spirit Lane Drive SW). If you have questions, please contact the technology department at 319-848-5240.

To help meet the technology needs of all families, we encourage you to complete the survey prior to June 24. 

Technology Department 
College Community Schools

Building Volunteers of the Year

We are very fortunate to have the help of wonderful volunteers at Prairie Schools.  We had 852 active volunteers reporting 10,531 hours in support of our students and staff during our school day as of April 1st for the 2019-20 school year.  We were well on track for over 12,000 reported volunteer hours but then the Covid 19 virus stepped in and interrupted everyone’s lives.  We thank you all for your dedication to the education of Prairie kids and look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Each year every Prairie school selects one person or group who has shared their time and talents making a difference with our students and staff. We would like to recognize and celebrate these volunteers for their hard work.  These Building Volunteers of the Year for 2019-20 will receive a plaque with our sincere appreciation.

Congratulations to:

Christine Dyson – Prairie High School

Prairie Archery Club Board – Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy

Nancy Zahn – Prairie Creek Intermediate

Deanna Reynolds- Prairie Crest Elementary

Nicole Fowler – Prairie Heights Elementary

Julie Bauer – Prairie Hill Elementary

Pam Railsback – Prairie Ridge Elementary

Natalie Wittenburg – Prairie View Elementary

Summer Learning Resources

Summer is a great time to relax and recharge, but it’s also an excellent chance for students to continue learning and practice concepts that were taught during the school year. Continuing learning throughout the summer is especially important given the school closure we experienced this year. The linked resources are intended to support enrichment and/or continuity of learning during the summer. All activities are optional.

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Math Mat
Movement Mat
Reading Mat

Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Resource List

Summer Resource List

Summer Resource List

Summer Resource List

Summer Resource Page

Summer Resource Page