Vote November 5 – Revenue Purpose Statement

At the school board meeting on August 19th the school board voted to call for an election on November 5, 2019, to ask the community to consider the approval of an updated Revenue Purpose Statement. This can only be done through voter approval. The Revenue Purpose Statement currently allows the school district to spend the funds raised by the penny sales tax (SAVE) in any way Iowa law allows. This will expire in 2031. If voters approve the Revenue Purpose Statement in November, the school district will continue to be able to spend the penny sales tax (SAVE) funds as Iowa law allows for the duration of the penny sales tax (SAVE).

This will absolutely not raise your taxes. This is an extension of the current Revenue Purpose Statement which will allow the school district to continue to spend the funds as allowed by Iowa law. This is not a vote on the penny sales tax (SAVE). The state legislature has already set the rate at a penny. It is a vote to extend our current Revenue Purpose Statement language for the duration of the penny sales tax (SAVE). Failure on the Revenue Purposes Statement will also not lower taxes. The penny sales tax is collected either way.  

How have the Penny Sales Tax (SAVE) funds been used in the past?
In the past, these funds have been used toward general obligation debt which has lowered the overall tax levy. SAVE funds have also been used to fund the construction of new buildings and numerous renovation projects. Here is a list of projects funded with SAVE funds.

  • Property Tax relief
  • Early Childhood Center
  • Prairie High School Renovations
  • Elementary Buildings and Renovations
  • Technology
  • Interior Road Repairs
  • Playgrounds
  • Campus Building Repair and Renovations
  • Athletic Facility Updates
  • Land Acquisitions
  • Student Built House Lot

Prairie Hawks Marching Band Competes in St. Louis

Congratulations to the students and staff of the Prairie Hawks Marching Band and Color Guard who participated in the Bands of America Super Regional Championships presented by the Music for All in St. Louis, MO. on October 19.

This event, which included 69 bands from 13 different states, performed in The Dome at America’s Center (formally the home of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams).

Each band was evaluated and provided with feedback from 7 adjudicators in the areas of Music and Visual Performance, as well as Music and Visual General Effect.  The Prairie Hawks were awarded with a “Division II” rating in their first-ever performance at a Bands of America event.  Our students were also able to observe and watch performances of several top-notch band programs from across the country.  This was a great opportunity for our students and staff to not only receive feedback from a national-level panel of adjudicators, but also to be inspired by watching other high school marching bands performing at an extremely high level.

Congratulations Prairie All State Musicians

On Saturday, October 26, fifty-three students representing the Prairie High School Music Department traveled to Independence, Iowa, to participate in the annual I.H.S.M.A. 2019 Iowa All-State Music Festival auditions.

More than 6,000 students from throughout the state auditioned at one of six district sites. Approximately 17% of the students who audition are selected to perform in the 279-piece All-State Band, the 227-piece All-State Orchestra, or the 601-voice All-State Chorus. Participants rehearse with acclaimed guest conductors in Ames November 21-23, followed by the All-State Music Festival’s Final Concert in Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University. This final program is recorded by Iowa Public Television and presented numerous times during the holidays.

Congratulations to the following students who will be representing Prairie High School in the 2019 Iowa All-State Music Festival:

1st Year All-Staters:

Molly Benke – 10 Choir, Soprano

Josie Dalton – 11 Band, Trombone

Mari Dawley – 12 Choir, Soprano

Leah Deimerly – 10 Choir, Alto

Jonah Jimmerson – 12 Choir, Tenor

Isabella Koch – 12 Choir, Soprano

Kyle Kolsrud – 12 Choir, Bass

Ryan Neubauer – 12 Band, Percussion

Will Schipper – 11 Choir, Tenor

Karaline Schulte – 12 Choir, Alto

Luke Urich – 11 Choir, Tenor

Ciara White – 11 Choir, Soprano

Emily Zaehringer – 11 Choir, Soprano

2-Year All-Staters:

Carlo Dannenfelser – 12 Band, Bassoon

Max Fare – 12 Choir, Bass

Amanda Grimm – 11 Choir, Alto

Justin Haren – 12 Choir, Tenor

Cole Hurley – 11 Choir, Tenor

Marlee Johnson – 11 Choir, Alto

Payton Kroymann – 12 Choir, Alto

Ashley Lappin – 11 Band, Clarinet

Shaw McDonough – 12 Choir, Bass

Two of our students were selected as Alternates:

Sophia Chadima – 10 Choir, Alto, 2nd Alternate

Luka Elges – 12 Band, Tuba, 1st Alternate

Being part of the All-State Music Festival is an honor that only a select few student musicians from around the state of Iowa are able to experience. This honor would not be possible without the outstanding music programs at our elementary, intermediate, and middle schools levels!

School Board Recognizes America Reads Bookmark Winners

L-R Addy Dunham, Aubrey Langton, Jayden Miller, Levi Grames, Cooper Kivell, Caleb Holst, Tyler Holst, Aubrey Hoefer, Mya Hoefer
Not pictured: Caroline Dahlem, Jordyn Johnson, Josie Johnson, McKenna Hoeger

Several of our Prairie students were recently recognized by our School Board for their winning bookmarks in the America Reads Bookmark Contest.  Each student received a certificate from the School Board and were congratulated for their work.

Community and Career Steering Committee Meets To Discuss Career Pathways to Maximize Student Opportunities

Members of the Community and Career Steering Committee met on October 23 to discuss career pathways and opportunities for students.  The committee is charged with increasing students’ community and career experiences in order to prepare them for post-secondary success.  The October 23 agenda included information from Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, an agricultural education program update and a presentation on the vision for a Career Pathway.

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa shared information about their Work and Career Readiness Pathway program. The JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway provides an avenue for students to develop a clear understanding of the courses they need to take in high school and helps to prepare them for their chosen career.

Eric Townsley, Executive Director of Information and Technology, provided an update on developing an agricultural education program.  College Community Schools is in the discovery phase of developing a program with the ultimate goal of having a full time Agricultural Education Teacher/FFA Chapter Advisor. The program would expose students to the opportunities in Ag careers including the bio and tech sciences.

Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler gave a presentation for the vision for the Career Pathway Development Process with the goal of providing opportunities and learning experiences to maximize student success.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 11 in the District Board Room from 12:30-3:45 pm.

Community and Career Steering Committee Members

Executive Director of Secondary Programs
Executive Director of Information and Technology
Community Relations Director
Workplace Learning Connection
High School Principal
Point School Counselor
High School Counselor
High School Counselor
Career Development Specialist
Transition Coordinator
High School Industrial Technology
Point Business Education
Director of At-Risk Programming and Delta Site Admin

Students Share Internship Experiences with School Board Members

L-R: Emma Lynch, Caleb Manternach, Morgan Norem, Maddie Rigdon, Joel Kelsey

Prairie High School partners with Workplace Learning Connection in providing students opportunities to gain real-world experience through supervised internships and job shadows. Interns develop employability behaviors that prepare them for the workplace and gain insight that will help them make informed post-secondary choices. College Community School Board recognized a small group of interns who participated in job shadowing and internships.

October Designated Gifted and Talented Awareness Month in Iowa

October is Gifted and Talented Awareness Month in the state of Iowa. Governor, Kim Reynolds has signed a Proclamation declaring this month of awareness. The mission of the College Community Gifted and Talented program is to recognize the academic and affective strengths and needs of all gifted learners, actively supporting their growth. Click here to learn more. 

Trunk or Treat at Prairie

Prairie High School Key Club and Best Buddies are partnering to bring you the 6th Annual Trunk or Treat. This is an opportunity for our elementary students to trick or treat in a safe environment. It will be held in the bus loading zone between Prairie High School and Prairie Crest on Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30-6:30 pm.  Bad weather location is the Prairie Crest Elementary gym. Free will donations for Unicef will be accepted. Hope you and your little goblins can join us for a fun event! 

Prairie High School Salute to Military Service Veterans Recognition November 7

Prairie High School is hosting a Veterans Recognition Event on Thursday, November 7th to recognize the service and sacrifice of our community members that served in the United States Armed Forces. All veterans that live, work, and are involved in our community are invited to attend.

Veterans are asked to RSVP by using one of the following contacts • 319-848-5340 (ext. 2099)

9:30-10:20 AM Veterans Breakfast – PHS Study Hall Rooms
Click Map for location and parking.

• Upon arrival please park in front of the district office (red lined spots)
• Breakfast will be provided
• Veterans are asked to arrive early enough to enjoy breakfast and socialize
• Please arrive no later than 10:00 AM to prepare for the recognition program

10:25-10:58 AM Recognition Program-Concert Hall at College Community
• Welcome
• Presentation of Colors
• National Anthem
• Message
• Recognition of Veterans

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