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.

Committee Studies Enrollment Growth

IMG_1067OPN Architects updated the District Facilities Committee regarding the College Community School District’s 10-year facility plan on Thursday, January 29. The facilities committee which consists of parents, teachers and administrators has spent the last 17 months studying the facility needs of the district. The committee studied enrollment data, county population growth and reviewed the needs of each school building.

College Community continues to grow. This school year, the District enrolled 5,105 pre-K through 12 grade students. Enrollment projections adopted by the Facilities Committee estimates that by 2024 the District would exceed 6,000 students.

Creek Guys Read Club

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Prairie Creek’s Guys Read club meets once a month to talk about books chosen by the boys and to do an activity together connected to a book.  This month’s activity was to see which group could make the tallest tower using paper, plates, and cups. February’s book choices will be The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Guys Read is a national organization founded by author Jon Sciezcka to promote reading for boys. The only rules are to read a book and have fun. We also host events for the whole school, like Star Wars Reads Day and Hunger Games Day.

All 5th and 6th grade boys at Prairie Creek are welcome to attend. Meetings are usually the last Thursday of the month in the Creek Library from 2:45-4:00p.m.

For more information about Guys Read Club contact Prairie Creek teachers Ernie Cox and Marcus Hora.

Future City Event

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Students from Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy competed in the Future City event on January 24. The Future City event, which was held at Prairie Point is a national project-based learning experience where 6th – 8th grade students imagine, design, and build cities of the future.

Twelve Prairie Point students along with parents, mentors, engineers, educators, and other experts, competed with a total of 48 teams across the state of Iowa. They researched and solved engineering problems while they designed their version of a future city.

Congratulations to Team Naluca (Caden Boyd, Luka Elgas and Natalie Wicks), Team Vigilatus (A.J. Kozich, Zach Rosenberger and Daniel Soloman) Team Agropros (Jonah Jimmerson, Huy Nguyen, and Mithiles Sivaprakash), and Team Primarus (Travis Gibbs, Molly Kilker and Pete Lande) Team Primararus took 3rd place in the state of Iowa!

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