Thank You Prairie Community!

I wanted to take a moment to thank our students, staff, families and communities for their recent support of the $54M bond referendum.  This is truly an exciting day for our current and future students.  Achieving nearly 85% of voters saying “YES” for this project is overwhelming and a testament to the great support College Community Schools has and continues to have from the communities we serve.

We will begin the planning process immediately for the construction of a new intermediate building for our 5th and 6th grade students with a goal to complete this project within 3 years, then begin work to renovate the current Creek building to house our 9th grade center and Prairie Delta.  We do not take this level of support lightly and will continue to be transparent and fiscally responsible as we accomplish these projects in response to this referendum.  I look forward to sharing project highlights as they develop in the coming years.

A special thank you goes to the current and past members of the district facilities advisory committee whose work culminated in the development of the 10-year site master plan which generated the purpose and vision for both recent bond referendum projects.

Again, the big winners of this referendum are our current and future students!  On behalf of our students, thank you for your support and trust.

In Service,

Dr. Doug Wheeler
Superintendent of Schools

Vote Tuesday, March 3 – Every Vote Counts!

Vote Tuesday, March 3 – Every Vote Counts!

ELECTION DAY: MARCH 3, 2020

Polls Open From 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Eligible voters may vote at the following locations depending on their county of residence.

POLLING LOCATIONS

Linn County
College Community Schools District Office
Ely Public Library
Fairfax Public Library

*Johnson County 
Shueyville Community Center
Swisher Public Library
Solon Library
*Johnson County residence may only vote at their general election polling location.

Benton
Walford Community Center

College Community Board of Education has called for a special election to be held on March 3, 2020 for the sale not to exceed $54 million. Funds generated from the passage of the bond referendum in conjunction with SAVE dollars, would help alleviate capacity issues at Point and Creek as enrollment continues to grow. Voter approval would allow the district to construct a new 5/6 building on 80 acres directly south of Prairie Point.

Funds generated would also allow significant renovations to Creek in preparation for our 9th graders and district programs. Taxes will not be increased for these projects. This project was part of the committee’s original 10 year facilities plan.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Tuesday’s March 3 bond referendum.

Prairie Wrestlers in State Finals

Prairie Senior Austin Kegley

The Prairie Hawks were well represented in the 2020 state wrestling tournament championships.  Seniors Austin Kegley (120 lbs.) and Ashton Stoner-DeGroot (195 lbs.) each earned the right to compete for a state championship by pinning their way through their respective state bracket. 

Prairie Senior Ashton Stoner-DeGroot

It was the first time since 2014 that the Hawks boasted multiple finalists.  Austin and Ashton were both defeated in their title pursuit and finished runner-up.  The senior duo concluded their stellar careers having each earned three state medals.  They were joined at state by teammates state qualifiers Blake Gioimo (106 lbs-Freshmen), Hunter Kalous (113 lbs-Junior), and Johnny Washburn (145 lbs-Senior). 

The Prairie Hawks team finished in 12th place, just four points short of a top ten finish.   

College Community to Launch Agriculture Education and FFA Program this Fall

College Community Schools is pleased to announce that beginning in the fall of 2020, we will be implementing an Agriculture Education and FFA program. An exploratory course will be offered to students at Prairie Point Middle School.  An Introduction to Ag course will be offered in the first year to students in grades 9-12.  Expanded course offerings are being planned as the program develops and grows.   

In April of 2019 an Agriculture Education Advisory Committee was established with membership of current CCSD teachers and administrators, local farmers, area Agriculture Industry Leaders, and other local supporters. This committee commissioned a survey to current students and families about interest in Agriculture Education. Results of this survey showed a strong interest in providing an Agriculture Education program.

“We are extremely excited to offer an Agriculture Education and FFA program for our students” said Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler. “As our enrollment continues to grow, we need to examine expanded programming for students and programs that are highly relevant to our local economy.  Cedar Rapids is the largest grain processing city in the world and 20% of local jobs are tied to the agriculture industry. This is one of several program pathways we are examining to bring relevance to help our students become active and successful contributors to our community. I am overwhelmed by the amazing support that our community has given to the realization of the Ag program.”

The Prairie School Foundation has partnered with the district to raise funds for staffing and program costs to provide a strong Ag Ed program for district students. We have begun to receive commitments from business, groups, and organizations to help support the new program. We will provide additional information regarding our partners as details become finalized. If you wish to support this fundraising effort, contact Prairie School Foundation Director Randy Rummery, rrumery@crprairie.org.

“I am so excited about the addition of an Ag Education/FFA program and the opportunity to expose our students to the hundreds of possibilities within the ag industry,” said Prairie Parent and program advocate Niki Freese. “Ag is more than just the traditional farmer, in fact, the majority are not traditional farmers. Today, an Ag-related job can mean a career in information technology, software development, natural resources, finance, education, sales, food science, food processing, biology, turf management, landscape design, engineering, research and Ag economics, horticulture, and so much more. Here is our chance to help our students discover the countless Ag related vocations available.”   

The College Community School District is a growing school district that serves approximately 5,800 students from Linn, Benton and Johnson counties. The 137 square mile district includes part of southwest Cedar Rapids, the cities of Ely, Fairfax, Shueyville, Swisher and Walford.

College Community Seeking Bus Drivers

College Community School District is seeking school bus drivers for the 2019-20 school year.  We are looking for responsible and mature candidates who enjoy working with children to join our team!  WE ARE HIRING @ $17.67/hr!  Please see the information listed to apply.  

College Community School District

School Bus Drivers

PART TIME

Approximately 20-30 hours per week

$17.67/hr bus drivers

Paid training and holidays

Confidential criminal history and drug testing are required

Must have acceptable driving record

Contact the Transportation Department at 848-5204 for further information or apply in person at the Transportation Department on campus.

E.O.E.

Kindergarten Registration is Now Open

College Community Schools Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. To attend kindergarten round-up your child must be registered by the deadlines listed below:

Alternative Kindergarten- March 1, 2020

Kindergarten- March 15, 2020

Please fill out the Preliminary Registration and more information will be sent to you. For more information about Alternative Kindergarten or Kindergarten you may visit our College Community School District AK and Kindergarten Information Page.

Prairie Poms Make History

Congratulations to our Prairie Poms who made history as they progressed to the Finals round of the Large Varsity Pom division at the NDTC Nationals Championship in Orlando, Florida. The team competed two routines, Jazz and Pom. They earned their way to the semifinals in the Large Varsity Jazz division, and progressed to the finals in Pom, earning 10th place in the Nation! We are proud of you!

Seniors

Mikayla Bosch

Makayla Hofland

Sydney Lympus

Karli McClure

Lexi McKernan

Emily Sellner

Lindsey Weig

Juniors

Marissa Hernandez

Taylor Johnson

Emma March

April Rieff

Sophomores
Ella Flatgard

Elise Garman

Bailey Heathman

Erin Musselman

Freshman

Clara Achey

Sydney Divoky

Annika McClure

Emma Papesh

Caroline Rausch

Berkley Wessels

Head Coach- Paige Beatty 

Assistant Coaches Sarah Havel and Briana Havel 

Activities Office – Lori Pleiness

Koeppen Named Superintendent at Vinton-Shellsburg

Prairie Point Middle School Principal Kyle Koeppen has been selected as the next Superintendent for the Vinton-Shellsburg School District effective July 1, 2020.

“My family and I are excited about the new opportunity, said Koeppen, “I truly loved my position at Prairie and was fortunate to work with so many outstanding teachers and staff members. I was very appreciative of all the opportunities to learn and grow at College Community.”

Koeppen joined the College Community School District in 2013 as the Associate Principal and Activities Director at Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy. In 2016 he was named Principal at Prairie Point, a position he has served for the past four years.

“This is a great opportunity for Kyle,” said College Community Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Doug Wheeler. “Kyle’s dedicated service and commitment to our students and families is greatly appreciated and we wish him well. A search will begin immediately to find the best candidate to lead our students, staff and families.” 

Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy currently serves 1,350 students in grades 7-9.

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