Altorfer and CAT’s ThinkBig Program

Interested in Learning to Be a Heavy Equipment Technician While Getting Paid to Go to College?

Altorfer and CAT’s ThinkBig Program is sponsoring a college/career event in Cedar Rapids for JUNIORS and SENIORS.  (Note: 9th and 10th graders can also come)
Link to ThinkBig Program:

When: Sat, Oct 12th, 9:00am – 10:30am

Where: Altorfer, 2600 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, Ia  50404
How: Parents should email HR contact, Sarah Markham to register for the free event. Email her at: by OCT 4
What: CAT partners with Illinois Central College and Altorfer to provide classroom learning paired with paid internships.  Tuition assistance is available.

Please see this AltorferHeavyEquipTechEventFlyer2019 for more information.

Questions? Feel free to contact us for more information.

Mary McWilliamsTransition Coordinator
College Community Schools
(319) 848 – 5468 (office & voice mail)
(319) 848 – 5428 (FAX)

Job Shadow application deadline is Friday, September 13

Job Shadows are a fantastic exploration opportunity

Application Deadline is Friday, September 13

Please remind your student to apply online  

CLICK Job Shadows


Students may choose an Exploration Day where a group of students learn about several different careers in a few hours.   Detailed Job Shadow Career Choices List is available under

Students will need parent and school permission along with providing their own transportation to their Job Shadow.  Please contact Mary Gudenkauf at with questions.

Work.  Learn.  Connect. 

Connecting today’s students to tomorrow’s careers.

Prairie Performance

Championship Preparation Leads to
Championship Opportunities

The Prairie Booster Club is proud to continue to sponsor the Prairie Performance training program free of charge to all current 9th-12th grade athletes for the 2019-2020 school year.  Prairie Performance is the unified strength and conditioning program of Prairie HS Athletics. PHS coaches and PE staff work in collaboration with Performance Therapies to implement this elite, year-round training process.  The mission is to engage kids in a continuous process of personal growth, improvement of athletic performance, and minimization of injury.

-Strength training begins Monday, August 26th at 4:00 PM in the PHS weight room.  Strength training continues throughout the school year on Mon., Wed., and Thurs. each week (see calendar).

-Agility training begins Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 AM in the HS south gym.  Agility training session continues Tuesday, Thursday for a six week period preceding the beginning of the winter athletic season.  Three six week sessions will be offered throughout the school year, each preceding the start of the winter, spring, and summer athletic seasons (see calendar).

Prairie Performance will…
1.  Create a TEAM training atmosphere that is built on positive relationships between athletes, coaches, and the community designed to foster personal growth in all of our kids!

2. Increase athletic participation by developing universal training language and practices for all athletes in all sports. Therefore, giving student-athletes confidence that they are being prepared for all athletic opportunities and not specifically trained for one sport.

3.  Improve the performance of all athletes and teams by working together to implement common practices for year-round preparation in the areas of strength, speed and flexibility.

4.  Minimize the risk of athletic injuries by teaching and implementing proper training techniques and processes in all phases of preparation and performance, in and out-of-season.Visit for more information.  Visit FAQs on our website or contact Activities Director Rocky Bennett ( with questions.

High School Job Shadow

High School Parents and Guardians

While school only just started, graduation is just around the corner.  Your student attended a Workplace Learning Connection presentation and learned how to apply for a Job Shadow.  Prairie students who take advantage of this important career exploration experience appreciate the knowledge they gain.  We want to equip them with as much information as possible before they graduate.  Job shadows allow students to rule in, or rule out, potential career areas.  Please support us by encouraging your student to apply.

Students:  click here to learn more about new career choices and view the new video:

Application deadline is Friday, September 13th.  Don’t miss this chance to shadow in a career field of your choice.  Email Mary Gudenkauf in Career Services with questions at

Jump Start Your Future Today

For more information please access:
Thank you in advance,
Mary Gudenkauf
Prairie High School Career Services

End of Camp Band Showcase schedule change

The End of Camp Band Showcase scheduled for Friday, August 23 will not be held on that date. Instead, the band will hold an open rehearsal on Saturday, September 7 from 1pm – 3pm. All are welcome to attend.
The Prairie Hawks Marching Band’s online apparel store is open until August 31. Available items include the logo for the 2019 marching band show “Gothamscapes” or the Prairie Hawks Marching Band logo. A variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts, pullovers, and hats are available. Orders will be delivered to Prairie High School during the week of September 9-13. Orders can be placed at the following link:

Sophomore and New Student Orientation

Sophomore and New Student Orientation

Prairie High School

Thursday, August 22nd

8:30am – 11:30am


This is an opportunity for your Prairie Hawk SOPHOMORE or NEW Student to get acquainted with the high school without the juniors and seniors in the building.  Sophomores and new students will begin their day on the football field at 8:30am. Please drop students off by the field, accessed via the 76th Ave. entrance closest to the digital sign.  Students may be picked up at 11:30 via the same entrance.


Students will spend the morning meeting with homeroom teachers, walking through their schedules, and getting to know what opportunities and activities exist for students to plug into here at Prairie High School. We challenge every member of the Class of 2022 to be involved in at least one activity during their High School career!  We hope the morning with our Sophomores will help them feel welcomed and confident for their first day of school with the rest of the student body on Friday, August 23.


School buses are not running on August 22nd, so we are asking for and appreciate your assistance in providing transportation for students to and from school for this orientation.


We look forward to seeing all sophomores and new students for their first day of school on Thursday, August 22nd at 8:30am.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call the high school at 319-848-5340 x 2050.


PrairieWood Graduates Celebrated

PrairieWood Graduates Celebrated
    On Thursday, May 23, three PrairieWood transition center students completed their post high school training program and were recognized in the district board room.  Family, friends and staff congratulated their efforts, learned about their contributions, interests and next adventures. Pictured are students Justin Perrin, Cheyenne Schwertfeger and Blake Heitz.
     All of the students spent the last year or two with Mrs. Fox and her staff learning how to use the city bus, learning transferrable work skills at a variety of sites in the community, volunteered countless hours for non profits such as Meals on Wheels, Cedar Rapids public libraries, Prairie Elementary buildings, and SAINT cat rescue. The students also learned how to plan, shop for and prepare their own meals and ran a student run business. We wish all three of these graduates the best of luck in the future. Thank you to you and your parents for your commitment to our schools and the district.

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