Prairie High School Drama Presents ~ The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how we remember one of
the darkest periods of our human history. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, to hide in a secret annex space above her father’s former office in Amsterdam, as the Nazis deported the Jews of Holland to their deaths. In her secret attic, Anne comes of age: she laughs, plays, fights with her mother, and falls in love for the first time. In spite of her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Anne’s spirit transcends, as she voices her belief, “in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

Jazz Band Fall Concert

On Thursday, November 14, the Prairie High School Jazz Bands will present their Fall Concert at 7:00 PM in the Concert Hall at Prairie High School. This concert will be the first performance of the twenty-one member Jazz I and the twenty-four member Jazz II during the 2019-2020 school year.

The concert will feature guest vocalist Eddie Piccard. In addition to working as a bus driver for the College Community School District, Eddie is an in-demand performer around the Cedar Rapids area. He frequently performs as a vocalist and pianist in the Eddie Piccard Quartet. This year, Eddie will be recording and performing with Jazz I as a part of KCCK’s Corridor Jazz Project.

Included in this performance will be music from the libraries of the Count Basie Orchestra, Ellen Rowe, Frank Mantooth, Fred Sturm, Stanley Turrentine, Cannonball Adderly, the Buddy Rich Big Band, and Horace Silver.

Admission for the concert is $6 for adults, $4 for students, and $2 for senior citizens. Activity passes are accepted.

Please contact Charles Oldenkamp ( or Deron Jimmerson ( for more details.

Congrats to Jefferson/Prairie Swim and Dive team

It was an awesome week for the Jefferson/Prairie Swim and Dive program. Below are the results and some photos to share.

2019 Regional Diving Results: 
Gabby Kroeze (Senior from Jefferson) placed 5th with a score of 390.20 and Natalie Freeman (Freshman from Prairie) placed 7th with a score of 367.60.
Lourdes Mason (Freshman from Prairie) placed 8th 357.65.
Both Gabby and Natalie will compete in the Iowa High School Girls State Diving Competition this Friday, November 8th in Marshalltown.
2019 Regional Swim Results:
200 Medley Relay:
Jacy Werning (Senior from Prairie), Christine Mudanya (Sophmore from Prairie), Kaitlyn Sellon (Junior from Prairie), and Ramsey Tucker (Senior from Prairie)  qualified in the 200 Medley Relay and finished in 5th place.
200 Free Relay:
Jacy Werning, Lauren Briggs (Senior from Jefferson)  Ramsey Tucker, and Lauren Williams (Junior from Prairie) qualified in the 200 Free Relay and finished in 5th place.
400 Free Relay:
Jacy Werning, Kaitlyn Sellon, Ramsey Tucker, and Lauren Williams qualified in the 400 Free Relay and finished in 3rd place.
Individual Events: 
Lauren Williams qualified in the 200 freestyle event with a 3rd place finish. Lauren also broke a 19-year-old school record.
Lauren Williams qualified in the 100 freestyle with a 2nd place finish. Lauren broke a 25-year-old school record in this event.
Jacy Werning placed 7th in the 100 Backstroke.
The girls will compete in the Iowa Girls High School Association Swim Meet this Friday and Saturday, November 8th and 9th in Marshalltown, IA


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!

Bands of America Super Regional Championships

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 Music for All  in St. Louis, MO.  This event included 69 bands from 13 different states.  They performed on Saturday, October 19, in The Dome at America’s Center, a major event venue that formerly was home to 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.

The students and staff of the Prairie Hawks Marching Band are especially grateful for the continued support of parents, alumni, staff, and community members.  Providing experiences like this would not be possible without a huge support system.  We received many compliments from the hotel staff, bus drivers, gas station attendants, and others along the way.  As directors, we were extremely proud of the way these students represented our school, our community, and our state as the only band from Iowa at this event.

October’s HER Magazine’s Women in Business Conference at Kirkwood Hotel

Kelly Buchanan, Prairie Patron, along with The Gazette and Mount Mercy University  sponsored Prairie students for October’s HER Magazine’s Women in Business Conference at Kirkwood Hotel.  Attendees networked with area professionals in a trade-show atmosphere, heard from a panel of local business women, listened to a keynote speaker and attended a workshop on decision-making. Thank you to The Gazette and Mount Mercy for providing these young women an opportunity to attend this professional conference and luncheon.

Jostens Robocall Concerns to Sophomore Parents

Families of Sophomore Students,

Today we were made aware of a 6:00 AM robocall that was issued by Jostens Inc.  Jostens is our provider of graduation materials including school rings, yearbooks and caps and gowns.  This call was NOT initiated by the College Community School District; however, we took action to follow up on this concern.

In following up on this concern, we discovered it has been a practice to share directory information with Josten’s Inc in their role as a graduation provider.  It is not our practice to share directory information. Information shared, included student names, phone numbers, addresses and emails of sophomores. While the time of the message was delivered in error, being delivered at 6:00 AM, not 6:00 PM, the time of the call was equal to the concern of sharing directory information.

In response to this concern, we have discontinued the practice of sharing directory information with Jostens or any other vendor.  We will work with Jostens and other vendors to require a release of information for families to opt in to receive direct updates from these companies.

It is the practice of College Community Schools only to communicate before 7:00 AM or after 9:00 via phone in emergency and/or extreme priority situations.  We apologize for the concern this vendor call caused and appreciate the faith you have in our team to address the situation and practices moving forward.

Thank you for your consideration and support of your students and College Community Schools.

Steve K. Doser
Community Relations Director

High School SENIORS – don’t miss your last chance to apply for an all-important internship

High School SENIORS – don’t miss your last chance to apply for an all-important internship:




Recap Interns/Internships … 

  1. Gain real-world experience through supervised internships.
  2. Develop employability behaviors / workforce readiness
  3. .  Make informed post-secondary choices
  4. Count as a class / earn elective credit
  5. Connects classroom learning with life outside of PHS

Thank you to our hosts for creating these new positions:

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance – Events & Promotions

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance – Research & Analytics

City of CR Utilities – Laboratory/Analytical

City of CR Utilities – Water/Wastewater Plant Operations/Maintenance

City of CR Utilities – Environmental/Sustainability

City of CR Utilities – Engineering/Construction/GIS

Elplast America – Logistics/Supply Chain

Don Hummer Trucking – Technology Support

Don Hummer Trucking – Human Resources/Marketing

Don Hummer Trucking – Safety & Loss Prevention

Don Hummer Trucking – Operations

Joe Biden Campaign – Presidential Campaign Office

Ashley Hinson Campaign – State Senate Campaign Office

Iowa College Access Network – Marketing/Communications

Iowa College Access Network – Graphic Designer

Select Physical Therapy (multiple locations) – Physical Therapy Intern

Cedar Valley Steel – Marketing

Cedar Valley Steel – Human Resources and Office Administration

Cedar Valley Steel – Construction & Auto CAD

Cedar Valley Steel – Accounting

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