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Geilenfeld Named Associate Principal at Prairie High School

Geilenfeld Named Associate Principal at Prairie High School

Prairie High School has a new member of its leadership team. Charles “Chuckie” Geilenfeld has been named the new Associate Principal at Prairie High School pending Board approval.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Geilenfeld join our high school administrative team,” said Prairie High School Principal Karla Thies. “He brings many strengths to the leadership team including his passion for the trades. His voice in building career pathways and his can do attitude will be of great benefit to our students.”

Geilenfeld comes to Prairie High School from Christ the King School in Des Moines where he served as the PK-8 building principal.  Prior to Christ the King School, Geilenfeld taught Industrial Arts for 15 years for the Carlisle, Urbandale and Des Moines school districts. Geilenfeld also served in the United States Air Force-National Guard.

Geilenfeld, a native of Oelwein, earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University and his Superintendent’s Licensure from the University of Northern Iowa.

“I am very excited to be a Prairie Hawk and join the team at Prairie High School,” said Geilenfeld. “It is evident on all levels the staff, administration and the community is committed to enhancing learning opportunities for all students. I look forward to getting to know our students, staff and families in the weeks to come and build on the success and tradition that has already been established. I look forward to being a part of this community.”

Workplace Learning Connections – Student Internships

Prairie High School students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through supervised internships with Workplace Learning Connections. Interns develop employability behaviors that prepare them for the workplace and gain insight that will help them make informed post-secondary choices.   Check out our senior spotlights!

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Prairie_Amirah Al-Suleiman_Unity Point

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Visit https://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=38531 for more information.

Class of 2020 Graduation Procedures and Guidelines

Students and Families of the Class of 2020,
The countdown is on to graduation day this Saturday, June 27, 2020. The following letter outlines the procedures for graduates and families to follow, upon arrival and a modification to invited family
and guests. Please read this letter in its entirety and as always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

I am pleased to announce that the restriction of only allowing parents and guardians has been lifted. Each graduate is allowed a total of four (4) guests of their choosing. Please arrive together as there is a sign-in accountability process for COVID-19 at the entrance.

This section outlines the graduation procedures for both John Wall Stadium (weather permitting) and the PHS Concert Hall (alternate location).
Guidelines for the following graduation times:
Graduation 1 – Line-up at 9:25am                                                              Graduation 3 – Line-up at 10:55am
Graduation 5 – Line-up at 12:35pm                                                     Graduation 7 – Line-up at 2:15pm
Graduation 9 – Line-up at 3:55pm                                                    Graduation 11 – Line-up at 5:35pm

John Wall Stadium
● Parking: Park in the PHS main parking lot – Lots A and B
● Graduates: Check-in at the John Wall Stadium ticket booth and get lined up. Honor cords and medals will be passed out here.
● Families and Guests (Four (4) per graduate): Check-in at the NORTH entrance of John Wall Stadium (brick arches). Please arrive together as one member of the group will need to document for each guest. After signing-in, families and guests will take a seat
in the pre-marked section of the stadium.

The Concert Hall at College Community – Prairie High School (Rain Location)
● Parking: Park in the PHS main parking lot – Lots A and B
● Graduates: Check-in at the PHS Main Entrance and proceed to Room 2216 and get lined up. Honor cords and medals will be passed out here.
● Families and Guests (Four (4) per graduate): Enter through the main entrance of Prairie High School and proceed to The Commons and sign-in. Please arrive together, as one member of the group will need to document for each guest. After signing-in families and guests will move to the Concert Hall.

Guidelines for the following graduation times:
Graduation 2 – Line-up at 10:15am                                                         Graduation 4 – Line-up at 11:45am
Graduation 6 – Line-up at 1:25pm                                                             Graduation 8 – Line-up at 3:05pm
Graduation 10 – Line-up at 4:45pm                                                 Graduation 12 – Line-up at 6:25pm

John Wall Stadium
● Parking: Use the Prairie Creek School parking lot on the south side of the stadium.
● Graduates: Check-in at the John Wall Stadium South entrance (near the stadium scoreboard) and get lined up. Honor cords and medals will be passed out here.
● Families and Guests (Four (4) per graduate): Check-in at the SOUTH entrance of John Wall Stadium (near the stadium scoreboard). Please arrive together, as one member of the
group will need to document for each guest. After signing-in, families and guests will take a seat in the pre-marked section of the stadium.

The Concert Hall at College Community – Prairie High School (Rain Location)
● Parking: Park in the PHS main parking lot – Lots A and B
● Graduates: Check-in at the PHS Main Entrance and proceed to Room 2218 and get lined up. Honor cords and medals will be passed out here.
● Families and Guests (Four (4) per graduate): Enter through the main entrance of Prairie High School and proceed to the Learning Stairs and sign-in. Please arrive together,
as one member of the group will need to document for each guest. After signing-in, families and guests will move to the Concert Hall.

Additional Information:

● It is recommended that all graduates and all guests wear masks while in the stadium. ***If the ceremony is held in the Concert Hall all graduates and guests will be required to wear a mask. Please have these on upon entrance to the ceremony.
● Each graduation will last approximately 30 minutes and be live-streamed – the YouTube link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpcj8Py7lSM
● Graduates please do not forget your cap, gown, tassel, stole, and cords.
● Please be on time, as we are on a tight schedule and will begin on time for eachceremony.
● We ask all parents to exit the stadium/concert hall immediately following the ceremony, as we will sanitize between ceremonies.
● Please do not bring noisemakers.
● If you decorate your mortarboard, please keep your design within the dimensions of the board and appropriate.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us 319.848.5340 ext.0 or at kthies@crprairie.org.

Take Care and Be Well,
Karla Thies, Principal
Prairie High School

PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Individual Student Scholarship, Awards, and Recognition Presentation

Congratulations to our Prairie High School seniors who received individual student scholarships and awards. Congratulations for all your hard work and accomplishments! Click here to view individual students’ scholarships, awards, and recognition presentation for the class of 2020!

Community Based Scholarship and Awards Presentation
Prairie High School would like to thank the community for their support of our 2020 seniors. Click here to view the Community Based Scholarship and Awards presentation for the class of 2020.  Congratulations seniors on  your outstanding accomplishments!

A Reminder for  PHS Student Pick-up and Drop-off

Reminder  HS check out  – PHS Student Materials Pick-up and Drop-off…

The 2 week schedule for student material pick-up and drop-off for PHS is below.

  • Enter through the New Main Entrance – please wear a mask
  • Students will be able to pick-up belongings in Locker Rooms. Hall Locker contents will be in the PHS Foyer.
  • Students will not be allowed in classrooms – Contact individual teachers by Friday, May 15 if you have left belongings in a classroom. Teachers will collect these items and bag them for pick-up during the scheduled times below.
  • Students will receive a check out sheet and are responsible  for returning Textbooks – Library Books – Calculators – Other Classroom Materials and will be charged if not returned by Friday, June 5.

Seniors you will need to complete your “check-out” sheet before your Diploma will be released:

  • Return all Technology – Cord – Case
  • Textbooks – Calculators – Library Books – Other Classroom Materials
  • All Fees and Fines Paid
  • AP Textbooks Returned
  • Athletic/Activity Uniforms and Equipment Returned
  • Musical Instruments and Uniforms Returned

If you have questions or need special assistance please email kthies@crprairie.org.

Dates Students by Last Name Times Dates Students by Last Name Times
Tuesday May 19/26 A-G 11-2pm
Wednesday May 20/27 H-O 11-2pm May 20

May 27

A-L

_________

M-Z

4-6pm

_________

4-6pm

Thursday May 21/28 P-Z 11-2pm

 

May 15, 2020 Letter to Students and Families of the Class of 2020

May 15, 2020

Students and Families of the Class of 2020:

In our last communication on April 23, 2020 regarding graduation commencement for the class of 2020, we stated our goal to
make every available attempt to provide the Class of 2020 with a celebration for the great work they have accomplished at
Prairie. Furthermore, we stated our hope that delaying and/or modifying these events, can assist us in providing some sense of
normalcy and closure for our seniors.

While announcements related to our state’s response and restrictions regarding COVID-19 within the past few weeks gives us
great hope for providing a more regular experience for graduation commencement, at this time we do not feel that we can
provide this on May 23rd. Therefore, the purpose of this communication is to inform you that we will move to our previously
announced Plan B for graduation. We feel that this plan will allow us to hold a graduation ceremony with smaller groups of
students and their families and allow for CDC guidance related to social distancing. This plan is as follows:

Changes to events and details will be announced by June 19, 2020
● Prom/Post Prom – Friday, June 26
Seniors and their guests only – parents/guardians ONLY
○ Grand March – Prairie Performing Arts Center at 6pm
○ Prom/Post Prom – Prairie High School from 7pm-12am

● Graduation Commencement – Saturday, June 27 beginning at 10:00am
○ Prairie High School – John Wall Stadium (PHS Gym if                     indoors)
■ If CDC restrictions make it feasible to allow for an audience, we will only allow parents/guardians to attend the
ceremony. Tickets will be issued and family arrangements will be considered in the number of tickets issued.
■ If CDC recommendations continue with gathering restrictions we will hold multiple ceremonies throughout the day.
Seniors will have a graduation ceremony with a smaller subset of the graduating class. An assigned time will be given to individual graduates by June 12, 2020. Please keep your entire day open, after 10:00 am, if multiple ceremonies are held, you will be assigned to one of these ceremonies.

Please note the change in time – to beginning at 10:00 am. In preparation for the need for small groups for a class of 400, we will need to do several ceremonies that day. On Friday, June 12th, you will receive information related to your actual time for graduation
commencement.

Our goal continues to be providing each graduate, and their parents, the opportunity to have their ‘moment’ when they
hear their name read, to walk the stage, and receive the diploma.

Yours in Service,

Douglas Wheeler
Douglas Wheeler, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Karla Thies
Karla Thies
Prairie High School Principal

Letter to Students and Families of the Class of 2020

Students and Families of the Class of 2020:

Friday, April 17 Governor Reynolds ordered the closure of all Iowa Schools for the remainder of the year to
continue to combat COVID-19. The purpose of this letter is to outline our plans related to senior events. Again,
this is not the senior year any of us hoped for. This plan is intended to make every available attempt to provide the
Class of 2020 with a celebration for the great work they have accomplished at Prairie. It is our hope by delaying
and/or modifying these events, we can provide some sense of normalcy and closure to our seniors time at Prairie.

Participating in the commencement ceremony is not a requirement to graduate high school. Commencement is a
celebration of completing graduation requirements and qualifying for a diploma. Therefore, regardless of when
commencement is held, students have graduated when students complete their requirements. Graduation is the
completion of state and local graduation requirements to receive a diploma. Graduation will be certified on May
23, 2020. Deadlines for submitting work related to graduation requirements will be Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
Once graduation requirements are complete, the student has graduated.

It is our hope that social gathering restrictions allow for a regular experience for these senior activities, but we will
adjust procedures based on the posted CDC recommendations and state-level directives for the time that the
event occurs. Our priority is to hold some version of an in-person commencement. Given the reality of the current
situation, prom/post prom will be very unlikely, but we do not want to eliminate the possibility of prom if, in fact, it
can be held.

This document outlines the contingency planning for these events. Please be aware that all announcements
related to these events will come through school communication channels and/or official school social media.
Again, this is an unfortunate situation for our seniors; however, the intent of this plan is to do everything within our
power and planning to celebrate the class of 2020.

Yours in Service,
Douglas Wheeler, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Karla Thies
Prairie High School Principal

If you have any questions,  please contact kthies@crprairie.org

 

 

Prairie High School Class of 2020 May Celebrations – Prairie Friday Night Lights

Prairie High School Class of 2020 May Celebrations

We will be celebrating the SENIOR CLASS of 2020 at Prairie Friday Night Lights during each of the following
dates beginning at 8pm (dusk). We will follow all CDC recommendations regarding social distancing. All
attendees will stay in their vehicle for the duration of the “parade”. This is a family event to celebrate your PHS
graduate.

● May 1 – Congratulations Seniors – Yard Sign Pick-Up and Senior Names on Jumbotron
● May 8 – Senior Pictures highlighted on the Jumbotron
● May 15 – Senior gift from The Prairie Schools Foundation and Senior Activities Recognition on the Jumbotron
● May 22 – Cap and Gown Night – Senior Awards Night – Recognition on the Jumbotron

Pick-up Jostens Orders of Graduation attire and materials – Friday, May 15 from 11am – 2pm.

Prairie Students Attend Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference

Prairie Students Attend Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference

Prairie High School’s BPA Chapter competed at the annual State Conference in Des Moines in February.   BPA is the leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in finance, marketing, business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA has more than 51,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states. 

Prairie’s chapter sent 60+ participants to State.  Following State, we were preparing for the National Leadership Conference scheduled in Washington DC in May which unfortunately was canceled this year.  Prairie’s chapter members:

Alexis Barden                                  Zach Barden                       Grant Beach

Andrew Bickford                           Alec Brockmeyer             Sierra Buscher

Ty Costigan                                       Alexandra Day                  Noah Day

Ella Flatgard                                    Carson Frazee                    Laurel Gammon

Camden Ganzeveld                     Kristin Gavin                      Amanda Grimm

Michael Guckenberger             Claire Habel                        Peyton Hanlin

Bailey Heathman                          Emma Heggen                    Zach Hilleman

Grace Hobson                                Sydney Hoffmann             Emma Joens

Jensyn Jones                                   Nate Keiper                          Joel Kelsey

Spencer Kirk                                    Max Lampe                          Taylor Lee

Jenna Leggatt                                  Maura Levi                           Carter Lins

Emma Lynch                                     Braxton Martin            MackennaMatson

Kayden McMaster                       Caleb Miller                     Tanin Moores

Jacob Moser                                    Nate Nisley                      Morgan Norem

Garrett Pientok                            Katie Ray                           Carli Reittinger

Maddie Rigdon                             Isaac Rubsam                  Tanner Sanders

Shaylin Schares                            Sadie Schmidt                 Jonathan Servey

Trevor Stoltenberger                Trinity Suchan                Will Thalacker

Maguire Venable                         Preston Venable             Jacy Werning

Jaymeson Westphal                   Lauren Whinery             Evan Williams

Hunter Williams                           Colin Winborn

 

Competitors preparing for Nationals in Washington DC included:  

Grant Beach                                   Andrew Bickford              Laurel Gammon

Amanda Grimm                         Michael Guckenberger       Nate Keiper

Sadie Schmidt                              Jacy Werning

 

BPA is a “co-curricular” organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering curriculum based on national standards.  For more information on joining BPA, please email a Prairie High School advisor; Kim Hynek; khynek@crprairie.org, or Mary Gudenkauf; mgudenkauf@crprairie.org or Matt Sima; msima@crprairie.org  We look forward to building on our success and encourage students interested to consider joining this great organization.