Math Students Receive Recognition

In November, 2014, fifteen Prairie High School students participated in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). Last year, all teams received recognition.

This year, we are again extremely pleased with the results!  The HiMCM is an international contest sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.  The contest is also supported by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences.

In the contest the students compete on a team and use applied mathematics to solve a real world problem.  Teams have 36 hours to develop their mathematical model and write a paper detailing their methodology, explaining the math model they created, and examining the assumptions their model makes and the accuracy of their model.  At the end of their 36 hours they submit their solution paper which is evaluated by a group of experts that rate their work.  The results of those ratings were just released.

The team of Austin Schrader, Ben Boldt, Austin Fisher, and Mitch Lorenz earned a Meritorious rating, which places them in the top 25% of the hundreds of entries submitted worldwide.  The team of Breanna Dykstra, Hannah Halstead, and Billy Aiello earned Honorable Mention.  Two teams were noted as Successful

Participants in this very rigorous contest, they were Kelsey Levi, Jason Niccolls, Katie Gilbertson, and Paul Danker as well as Hailey Moore, Ryan Roltgen, Hannah Gregor, and Calvin Wong.

Special thanks to Dr. Rick Spellerberg from Simpson College and to the Prairie Coaches; Nate Miller, Brooke Silbernagel, and Lori Danker.

 

 

Limited Seats Available

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Limited Seats Available for Prairie Fest 2015

Seats went fast for Prairie Fest 2015! As of Monday, February 9th, we reached our seating capacity, however, we have been working with our hosts and have been able to add some additional seats. Join us March 28th for dinner, dancing and the opportunity to bid on hundreds of items in our live and silent auctions. Last year’s event raised over $60,000 and we hope you will join us to make this year’s event an even bigger success.

A limited number of tickets will be available starting at noon on Friday, February 13th at www.prairiefoundation.com on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have questions, please contact Prairie School Foundation’s Operations Manager Kathy Waychoff at 848-5224.

History Night at Point

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The English 9 Oral History paper asks students to interview a family member or individual from the community about an event in that has affected them, and write a first or third-hand account from that individual’s perspective. On Tuesday, February 3 students were able to share their paper and research during Oral History Night.

The freshmen class covered many historical events, including The Great Depression, WWII, the Korean War, JFK’s assassination, and 9/11. Students also captured such life-changing events that included overcoming disabilities and cancer, losing a loved one in a tragic event, and surviving car crashes.

Pride of Prairie Nominations

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Nominate Someone Today Who Represents the Pride of Prairie

This prestigious award is presented annually to recognize and show appreciation for the individual(s) who exemplifies spirit and commitment to Prairie Schools.  The Pride of Prairie Award is presented at Prairie Fest, which will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at The Hotel – Kirkwood Center on the corner of 76th Ave and Kirkwood Blvd.

To nominate someone, submit a letter or email listing your name and contact information along with the name of the nominee(s). It is important that you state why this person or persons are deserving of the Pride of Prairie Award and how he or she has shown spirit and commitment to Prairie Schools. The Pride of Prairie Selection Committee will chose the recipient of the Pride of Prairie based on your words.

All nominations may be mailed or emailed to Foundation Operations Manager, Kathy Waychoff at kwaychoff@prairiepride.org.   Nominations are due Friday, February 20, 2015 at 9:00 am. 

Past Pride of Prairie Award Recipients

2014   Kathy Waychoff
2013   Greg and Debbie Erenberger
2012   Charter Foundation Members
2011   Al Soukup
2010   Julie Farmer
2009   Patti Jo Scheel
2008   Marilyn Miller
2007   Tom & Linda Carver
2006   Craig & Karen Vondracek
2005   Ken Hanzlik
2004   Vicki Hyland
2003   Mick Starcevich
2002   Becky & Roger Neuhaus
2001   Glenn Selzer
2000   George Chadima
1999   Pam & Larry Langton
1998   Phyl Britcher
1997   John Randles
1996   Sandy Flatgard
1995   Bonnie Becicka
1994   Joanne Chadima
1993   Ed Hielers
1992   Florence & Bill Glass
1991   Ron Nove
1990   Nancy Cook
1989   Larry Hardin
1988   Jack Hayes
1987   Joyce Anderson
1986   George Joens
1985   Mary Hynek

Prairie Fest 2015

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It’s time to register for Prairie Fest 2015!  Join us for a night full of fun on Saturday, March 28th at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. This year’s theme for the Prairie School Foundation sponsored event is Saturday Night Fever so come dressed in your favorite 70’s attire and get your groove on with Unique Events DJ. Last year’s event sold out so purchase your tickets now!

Click Here to purchase your tickets!

Proceeds from the event support the Prairie School Foundation and their efforts to enhance educational opportunities for all Prairie kids!

 

Empowering Women Conference

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Three Sixty Blue Sky Events, hosted an Empowering Women conference at Hotel Kirkwood on Wednesday, February 4. Keynote speaker and award–winning author Jackie Camacho-Ruiz led a working-luncheon attended by 16 Business Professionals of America (BPA) students and 300+ area business representatives.

Following the keynote presentation, a panel of area professionals discussed their entrepreneurial paths and success stories. Prairie students gained insight on tips for developing business plans and networking among community members.

Bond Election Set for April 7

College Community Announces Bond Election to
Accommodate Student Growth and Improve Facilities

In the summer of 2013, the College Community School Board called for the formation of a committee to create a ten year facilities plan to address the District’s enrollment growth.

The Facilities Advisory Committee consisted of parents, teachers and administrators from every school building on campus. The committee, along with architects and engineers, assessed the conditions of all buildings, looked at class size projections, space utilization and census predictions for the District in developing a plan to accommodate district student growth for the next 10 years.

After extensive work, the committee made a recommendation to the Board outlining steps to address enrollment growth, overcrowding and buildings in need of renovation. The Board adopted the facilities committee plan proposal in November 2014.

The ten year plan is divided into two phases. Both of which require a bond referendum. Phase I includes renovations to the High School, three elementary schools (Crest, Heights and View) and to begin renovation work on the intermediate school (Creek). Phase II will include building a new intermediate school with continued renovations to Creek.

Both phases I and II will alleviate overcrowding, as the committee determined that the High School, Point, and Creek face overcrowding issues, as well as provide needed updates in our oldest buildings.

A special Board meeting was called after district patrons turned in petitions requesting the Board set a bond election to begin to address District facility needs. On February 5, the Board set an April 7, 2015 bond vote for $49.5 million dollars.

If approved, funds would be used to address phase I of the ten year plan which include renovations to the High School, three elementary schools (Crest, Heights and View) and to begin work on the intermediate school (Creek).

This school year, the District enrolled 5,105 pre-K through 12 grade students. Enrollment projections estimate that by 2024 the District will exceed 6,000 students.

Fab Five at Concert Hall

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Prairie High School’s “Ambassadors Show Ensemble” performed at the 21st Annual Fab Five Show Choir Extravaganza on Tuesday, February 3rd.  The Prairie community was happy to host this year’s edition of Fab Five in the Concert Hall where close to 1,000 tickets were sold. The Ambassadors Show Ensemble consists of 50 singers, 21 instrumentalists, and 18 crew members.

The participating schools for Fab Five were Jefferson, Kennedy, Linn Mar, Prairie and Washington.

On January 31st, The Ambassadors won the Davenport North Show Choir Invitational and garnered captions for Best Vocals and Best Choreography.

 

Point Students Receive Honors

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 Cedar Rapids area Middle & High School Schools, along with several Prairie Point 8th grade students, entered the Optimist International Essay Contest in December. Congratulations to:

 Gold Medalist

Anna Alldredge

Silver Medalists

Mackenzee Albert, Alexa Barnes, Dylan Burrows, Delaney O’Brien

Bronze Medalists

Abby Boone, Connor Rains, Jared Tjelmeland

Honorable Mention

Bertena Johnson, Alexis Haggstrom, Isaac Quinn, Jenna White

The official topic for the 2014-2015 school year was: “Optimism Should Be a Priority” In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship! Club winners advance to the Zone Level before moving on to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. Our Gold Winner, Anna Alldredge, will present her essay at a local club meeting as well as move on to the Zone Level.

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