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					wHat’S INSIDE                                                           Feb./March 2010            College CoMMunity SChool DiStriCt
Prairie Crest.............................. 2

                                                                        8th Grade Students Experience Real life Parenting
Prairie Heights .......................... 3
Prairie Ridge ............................. 4
Prairie View .............................. 5
Prairie Creek............................. 6                                “I am not having kids for a long
Prairie Point .............................. 7                          time!” This was a statement from
Prairie High ............................... 8                          a Prairie Point 8th grade student as
Prairie Edge .............................. 9                           he returned his baby simulator one
School Foundation.................... 9                                 morning before school. The open-
District News/Information... 10-12                                      ing of a new school involved lots
                                                                        of new things, including the Baby
                                                                        Think It Over program. This year,
How to REaCH US...                                                      as part of the 8th grade Family and
College Community School District
                                                                        Consumer Science curriculum, ev-
  home page:                                       ery student will take a baby home
Educational Service Center .... 848-5200                                overnight. Reality Works infant
401 76th Ave SW                                                         simulators are fully computerized
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034                                             and give students a realistic parent-
Prairie High School ................. 848-5340                          ing experience including feeding,
401 76th Ave SW                                                                                                   James MacDougall, alyssa anderson, Meagan Stalder, and Hannah Kapler
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034 grds 10-12                                  burping, diapering and rocking.
                                                                                                                  wristband worn by the student par-      reluctant to give their babies back
Prairie Point ............................. 848-5500                        Many schools in the metro area
                                                                                                                  ent. As the students care for their     and others are anxious to go on with
401 76th Ave SW                                                         have offered the Baby Think It
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034 grds 7-9                                                                              infants during the simulation, the      “life without an infant”. Afterward,
                                                                        Over infant simulation for several
Prairie Creek Interm. ............... 848-5310                                                                    level of care registers in the infant’s students are required to write a reac-
                                                                        years. This is the first year Prairie                                                                                        James MacDougall and Brenna Spears
401 76th Ave SW                                                                                                   computer chip. When the babies are tion/reflection on the experience.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034 grds 5-6                                    8th grade students will have the op-                                                                                         ity required to become a parent. In
                                                                                                                  returned the next morning – the in-     Most record that the tremendous
Prairie Crest Elementary ........ 848-5280                              portunity to experience the intense                                                                                          the end, most agree that parenting
                                                                                                                  formation transfers to the computer     responsibility demonstrated by the
401 76th Ave SW                                                         responsibility of parenting a new-                                                                                           is something they would like to put
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034 grds PK-4                                                                             and the printout reveals how well       simulation is NOT something they
                                                                        born baby. Prairie has a set of 12                                                                                           off for a long, long time.
Prairie Heights Elementary ..... 848-5230                                                                         the infant’s physical and emotional     are ready for right now in their lives.
                                                                        ethnically and gender diverse simu-
401 76th Ave SW                                                                                                   needs were met during the simula-           It is a very exciting program and          *Any parent interested in volun-
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034 grds K-4                                    lators. Students pick up their babies
                                                                                                                  tion.                                   the 8th graders have been looking          teering to help check the infants in
Prairie Ridge Elementary ........ 848-5100                              after school and return them the
                                                                                                                      As students return with their       forward to the experience since the        or out during the BTIO simulation
401 76th Ave SW                                                         next morning before school. Each
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034 grds K-4                                                                              babies the next morning, many look      beginning of the school year. Baby         period, please contact Julie Leytem,
                                                                        computerized infant is programmed
Prairie View Elementary ......... 848-5260                                                                        weary and tired, but much wiser         Think It Over educates students as         8th FACS at jleytem@prairi-
                                                                        specifically and matches up with a
401 76th Ave SW                                                                                                   from the experience. Some are           to the extreme level of responsibil-, or 848-5500.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034 grds K-4
Prairie Edge School ................ 298-3406
5400 Kirkwood Blvd. SW

                                                                        21st Century and Digital learning
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404                      grds K-12
Prairie School Foundation ..... 848-5437
401 76th Ave SW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prairie Schools
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034
                                                                        by Ying Ying Chen                             In addition, intricate details      a recipient of 2009 Tech Award in         awarded StEM
                                                                                                                  about every aspect of the game,         Education, a program that honors
                                                                        Executive Director of learning
                                                                        Services                                  helpful pictures and countless links    innovators from around the world          Initiative after-
                                                                                                                  filled the next few screen pages. I     who are applying technology to
The deadline to submit an article for the
May/June 2010 issue is April 5, 2010. Contact
                                                                            Not too long ago, our family
                                                                        purchased a Wii Fit as a gift for a       found more than I needed. Learn-        benefit humanity. He has since            School Grants
Community Relations at (319) 848-5437.                                  relative. My original thought was         ing is literally a few clicks away!     quit his job and is building tutoring         Grant Wood AEA is pleased to
                                                                        to write an article illustrating how          Here is another example of          You Tube videos full time. The            announce the third year of award-
Published four times a year so that citizens of the
                                                                        the digital world intertwines with        21st century learning. While I was      digital environment might have            ing mini-grants to area schools
district may be informed about the programs and
activities of the College Community Schools.                            today’s education. As I tried to          researching on You Tube (youtube.       made it possible for his success,         to provide after-school programs
College Community Schools • Prairie News                                make the connection, I thought I          com) for my next workshop, I ran        but it was his ability to “problem        supporting instruction in science,
Steve Doser, editor; 401 76th Avenue SW,                                better be “credible” if I am going        into a free on-line tutoring program    solve” that sparked the innovation.       technology, engineering and math-
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 • (319) 848-5437
Serving the communities of Cedar Rapids, Ely,
                                                                        to use Wii Fit as part of the illustra-   called Kahn Academy. In this                So, what is the implication for       ematics (STEM).
Fairfax, Shueyville, Swisher and Walford.                               tion. So, I clicked Wikipedia, an         economy, anything FREE sounds           schools? Nowadays, students,                  The grants are designed to help
Board of Education meetings are held on the                             on-line encyclopedia, and typed in        promising. What I learned was           even young in age, are citizens of        schools provide educationally
third Monday of each month. District residents
are invited to attend.                                                  Wii Fit. In one second, the follow-       a modern You Tube legend. It            virtual and digital worlds. They          sound, fun and exciting supplemen-
Board of Education: President–Randy Bauer                               ing showed up instantly:                  turned out that Mr. Khan began to       play virtual games, form social           tal after-school STEM programs to
Vice President–Greg Kelsey
                                                                            Wii Fit is a video game               provide long distance tutoring to       networks and learn or discover            youth in grades 3 through 8.
Dot Pospischil, John Titler, Norm Zahradnik,
Kristie Fisher, Jed Peterson                                            developed by Nintendo for the             his 6th grade niece in 2004. Soon       new knowledge from media other                The recipients receiving mini-
                                                                        Wii console.[5] It is an exercise         more nephews and friends fol-           than textbook. The question for           grants and their years of participa-
                                                                        game consisting of activities             lowed. When scheduling conflicts        school change is not “should we?”         tion include:
The College Community School District provides equal educa-
tion and employee opportunities and will not illegally discrimi-        using the Wii Balance Board               and repeated sessions became an         but “how soon?” Rather than ban-
nate regardless of their age (except for schools) race, religion,
                                                                        peripheral. Wii Fit is currently          issue, he began to construct You        ning digital devices, cell phones         3rd year
socioeconomic status, color, creed, marital status, national origin,
                                                                                                                  Tube tutoring sessions, each took       and social networking, we need              Prairie Creek Intermediate,
sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The district shall   the second best selling video-
take affirmative action in recruitment, appointment, assignment
                                                                                                                  him only 10-20 minutes to make.         to capitalize the power of these            College Community Schools
and advancement of women, minorities and disabled. Inquiries            game in history (among games
regarding compliance with equal education or employment op-             not packaged with a console)              What he did not realize was that        tools and guide our students as             Prairie Point Middle School,
portunities and/or affirmative action shall be directed to Ying
                                                                        with 22.5 million copies sold as          in five short years, his free virtual   they learn to be thinkers, problem          College Community Schools
Ying, Equity Coordinator, College Community Schools, 401 76th
Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404. Inquiries may also be              of October 30, 2009. [6]                  tutoring programs are viewed more       solvers and collaborators in today’s        Hills Elementary, Iowa City
directed, in writing, to the Iowa Civil Rights Department or to
the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, Department                                                 than 35,000 times a day. Kahn is        environment. Every generation has           Community Schools
of Education, Kansas City, Missouri.
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Prairie Crest elementary
Crest Calendar of Events

February                                Prairie Hawk Preschool Program
9.............PTO Meeting @ 6:15            The Prairie Hawk Preschool          PM programs and Brooke Albright
12...........Valentine’s Day Parties    program is the new four year old        is the paraeducator. Shelly Pinter is
              @ 3:00                    preschool program in our school         one of the Inclusion Program teach-
15...........No School – Profes-        district. It is funded by a grant       ers and has Sara Wirtner, Allie Pike
              sional Learning Day
20...........Fun Fair 11:00-2:00
                                        from the state of Iowa this year but    and Penni Jordan as paraeducators
                                        will be an ongoing state funded         in her room. Peggy Goltz is also
March                                   program after this school year. The     an Inclusion Preschool teacher and
3-12 .......Conferences                 addition of the preschool program       has Shelly Fish and Penny Scott as
5-12 .......Spring Book Fair            results in College Community            paraeducators in her room.
9.............PTO Meeting @ 6:15
                                        School District becoming a Pre-K            Karen Gronemeyer is the
15...........No School –
                                        through 12th grade school system.
16-19 .....Spring Break
24...........Spring Picture Day
                                            All preschool programs are
                                                                                teacher in the half-day 3 year-old
                                                                                Inclusion Program along with             Kindergarteners Hooked on Phonics
                                        taught by a certified early child-      Wendy Kleinschimdt, Miranda                  The Crest Kindergarteners finished up their nine week Jolly Phonics
25...........Kindergarten Round-Up      hood teacher with at least one para-    McDonough and Christine Oshel as
              Night Session 5:00-7:00
                                                                                                                         unit. Jolly Phonics is an early systematic phonics program in which
                                        educator. The program has both          paraeducators.                           students are taught the main 42 sounds of the English language. With
april                                   half-day programs and full-day (6           The preschool program is dedi-       this knowledge they are taken through stages of blending sounds to form
2.............No School                 hour) programs which are inclusion      cated to providing developmentally       words and then to reading. The students were introduced to a sound a day
20...........Kindergarten Round-Up      programs. Inclusion Program teach-      appropriate activities to meet the       with a combination of sounds, motions and songs.
              Day Session               ers have additional certification in    needs of all young children. Daily
22 ..........3rd & 4th Grades Music
              Program @ Concert Hall
                                        Early Childhood Special Education       activities provide experiences in
              1:30/7:00                 and have at least two paraeducators
                                        to help meet the children’s needs.
                                                                                communication, social skills, lit-
                                                                                eracy, math, science, self-care and
                                                                                                                         a New Priority                           period that is a routine. Every-
                                                                                                                                                                  one is different. If a shower or a
                                        The Inclusion Programs serve up         motor development. Children are          by Ellen Gavin RN BSN BC                 bath helps or reading for 15 to 20
                                        to 16 children with up to half of the   supported in developing these skills          Looking for a way to feel bet-      minutes before lying down works
                                        students receiving Special Educa-                                                ter? Are you or a child of yours         to relax you or your child, then
 we love                                tion services. All preschool pro-
                                                                                through individual, small group,
                                                                                large group and adult supported
                                                                                                                         having some days where you find it       do what makes a smooth transi-
                                                                                                                         hard to focus on a particular task?      tion. Find what works. A smooth
 VoCaBUlaRY                             grams meet four days a week.
                                            Prairie Crest is home to four
                                                                                play activities. We are very excited
                                                                                to be able to be a part of the new
                                                                                                                         Feeling a little irritable? One of       transition may include alerting
                                                                                                                         the first things you need to look
 in alternative                         preschool classrooms. Amy Maine         preschool program at College Com-        at is how many hours of sleep
                                                                                                                                                                  your child when bedtime is ap-
                                                                                                                                                                  proaching. Maybe a warning at 30
 Kindergarten (aK)!                     is the preschool teacher for the AM/    munity School District.                  you are getting. Are you getting
                                                                                                                         enough? Is it quality sleep, free of
                                                                                                                                                                  minutes prior to lights out so they
                                                                                                                                                                  can finish up what they are doing
       One of our building goals                                                                                         multiple interruptions? Sometimes
 this year is to increase students’
                                                                                                                                                                  and start their nightly routine would
                                                                                                                         it is hard. Things happen. Illness,      work. This would help a few adults
 vocabulary knowledge. This
 year the students are learning                                                                                          nightmares, babies wake up to feed       too. Be consistent. Every night
 3-5 explicitly taught vocabulary
 words over a two week period.
                                        anti Bullying Prevention Program                                                 in the middle of the night, and the
                                                                                                                         list could go on. There are some
                                                                                                                                                                  aim for the same time when going
                                                                                                                                                                  to bed. Eat right and drink enough
 In October, students listened to       By: Janis Bailey, School Counselor          In addition to Olweus, Prairie       things you can control-sometimes:        fluids during the day so you are not
 the story Too Many Pumpkins.           Prairie Crest Elementary School         Crest also uses Character Counts,        where you are, the temperature of        going to bed hungry or thirsty. If
 This story is about a lady who             College Community Schools           another research-based program.          the room, lighting, noise, and what      you must eat something, limit your
 had to eat pumpkins all the time                                               These two programs work well             time you are getting to bed. I have      food to a small snack right before
                                        are implementing the Olweus Bul-
 when she was a child so as an                                                  together for preventing and stop-        heard a lot of excuses why someone       bed. Get plenty of exercise during
 adult she hated pumpkins, until        lying Prevention Program, a re-
                                        search-based program that reduces       ping bullying, and building good         has not received a good night’s rest.    the day. Not only will it help you
 one day a truck dropped some
                                        bullying in schools. Although this      character traits to keep Prairie Crest   I have given a few myself. There         get to sleep but you will sleep bet-
 pumpkins in her yard and they
 broke into smithereens. During         program takes place at school, we       a safe and peaceful place where all      were probably a few things that          ter. Once you are in bed, try not to
 the first reading of the story the     could use your help by reviewing        children can learn.                      could have been changed during           think about all the things you need
 students listened for enjoyment.       our school’s anti-bullying rules at         In December, Crest focused on        that particular day that may have        to do or think you should be doing.
 When hearing the story the sec-        home with your child.                   the character trait “caring”. We had     made a big difference. What is           This is the best advice for most
 ond time the students listened         1. We will not bully others.            a school-wide food drive to help         your favorite excuse?                    adults. It seems to be more of a
 for the focused vocabulary                                                     stock the food pantry housed at               Fatigue or lack of sleep can        problem the older you become.
 words. The words they listened         2. We will try to help students who
                                           are bullied.                         Prairie View. In guidance classes,       have negative consequences. Ach-             Now, are you wondering how
 for were smithereens and scat-                                                                                          ing muscles, dizziness, nausea,
                                                                                we created a song about Crest being                                               much is enough sleep? There is
 tered. After discussing what the       3. We will try to include students
 words meant, it’s then time to                                                 a caring community, and partici-         headaches, irritability, or inconsis-    no magic number. There are many
                                           who are left out.
 make the words come alive. In                                                  pated in activities to promote peace.    tent follow through with responsi-       individual differences. It is recom-
                                        4. If we know that somebody is          In January, we will focus on the         bilities are some that come to mind.
 AK one of the best ways to help                                                                                                                                  mended that preschool age needs
                                           being bullied, we will tell an       character trait of “respect,” and we     Mood changes, poor memory,
 students remember the words                                                                                                                                      10 to 12 hours. This could include
                                           adult at school and an adult at      will finish up our 3rd and 4th grade     attention lapses, delayed response
 that have been taught is to get                                                                                                                                  the combination of a nap and night
 them moving and actively doing            home.                                units on problem-solving skills.         times, obesity, and increased blood      time sleep. Six to nine years of age
 something with the word. Each              If your child reports any in-           Thank you for being partners         pressure are more results. It af-        roughly needs 10 hours a night
 student was given a small paper        cidents that may be considered          with us in keeping Crest a caring        fects not only your brain but your       with ten to twelve year olds need-
 pumpkin that they were in-             bullying, please do not hesitate to                                              entire body. Age does not matter;
                                                                                community.                                                                        ing a little over 9 hours a night.
 structed to rip into smithereens.      contact us.                                                                      whether you are an adult or a child,
 When finished each student had                                                                                                                                   Teenagers need 8 to 9.5 hours a
 a pile of small orange smither-
                                                                                                                         everyone needs a certain amount of       night. Adult needs range from 7 to
 eens in front of them. While                                                                                            sleep to function to the best of their   9 hours. The idea is really that you
 they were tearing one student
 said “Mrs. Schulte wouldn’t like       News from art                                                                    ability.
                                                                                                                              Here are a few ideas that may
                                                                                                                                                                  will feel better if you make sleep
                                                                                                                                                                  a priority in your life and not just
 it if we scattered these!” To their        The students at Prairie Crest are making some fantastic art this year.       help you or your child get the best      something that you do when you
 surprise that was exactly what         Fourth graders just finished radial bug designs and they look impressive!        sleep possible. First of all, you        have everything else done at the
 we did next! We scattered the          There are some hanging in the hall, feel free to stop in and check them out.     need a good place to sleep. Have         end of the day. Also, your children
 orange smithereens all around          First and second grade will be starting clay after break. Making clay fish       an area that is just for sleeping such   will learn a healthy habit now that
 the room. As a team we worked          and turtles are always a blast and they turn out great! Parent volunteers        as the bedroom. The computer can         will set them up to thrive through
 together to get the smithereens        and visitors are always welcome in the art room. Please feel free to stop in
 picked up.                                                                                                              be somewhere else as well as the         their adult life.
                                        at anytime.                                                                      television. Have a winding down

2 • Feb./March 2010 • Prairie news
                                                                                                       Prairie heights elementary
                                                                                                                                                                  Calendar of Events
Prairie Heights Students Focus on Physical Education Preschool at
By: abby lahr
                                                     Heights                                                                                                      February
   The students at Prairie Heights                                                                                                                                5.............. Kindergarten to Chil-
Elementary have been working                                                                                             Katie Sadewasser & Niki Meade                            dren’s Museum 9:15
hard to stay healthy this year in                                                                                            This year is the first year for      5.............. 4th Grade Prime Time
Physical Education class. One of                                                                                                                                  9.............. PTO Meeting Prairie
                                                                                                                         the preschool program in the Col-
the main emphasis in class has been                                                                                                                                               Heights 5:30 Meal
                                                                                                                         lege Community School District.                          6:15 Meeting
fitness and staying physically ac-                                                                                       Starting a new program has been          8-12 ........ 3rd Grade CAT Testing
tive. Each day the students come                                                                                         challenging, however it has been         12............ 3rd Grade to African/
to class, they participate in jogging,                                                                                                                                            American Museum
                                                                                                                         exciting for us to see the support
stretching, strength-building exer-                                                                                                                                               9:15 – 11:45
cises, and cardiovascular activities.                                                                                    the community has shown. It is
                                                                                                                                                                  12............ Valentine’s Day Parties
The students have talked a lot about                                                                                     wonderful to come to school every                        2:45
how the heart is a muscle and how                                                                                        day and see our preschool students’      15............ No School – Profes-
it is important to exercise their                                                                                        smiling faces ready to learn.                            sional Learning Day
hearts by participating in physi-                                                                                            In preschool a typical day is        18............ Regional Invention
cal activity every day. The Prairie                                                                                                                                               Convention
                                                                                                                         focused on four areas including so-      25............ Title I Parent Night
Heights students have recently           in Physical Education class. Each        students at Heights. It has been a     cial/emotional, physical, cognitive,
                                         month the students have a differ-        wonderful opportunity for these                                                                 6:30 – 7:30
been participating in volleyball and                                                                                     and language development. In pre-
basketball units. They have also         ent sportsmanship goal to work
                                         on. December’s goal was: always
                                                                                  students. They have been able
                                                                                  to interact with many different        school, we teach children at their       March
been working on basic locomotor                                                                                                                                   3-12 ........ Conferences
                                         respect others. The students have        students and work on basic motor       developmental level. This means
movements, striking and kicking,                                                                                                                                  15............ No School –
throwing and catching, cup-stack-        a chart in class where they keep         skills, locomotor movements, and       that we take students at wherever                       Conference Day
ing, jump-roping, and utilizing          track of the days they do a great        basic eye-hand-coordination skills.    level they are at and extend their       16-19 ...... Spring Break
scooters. The Physical Education         job showing good sportsmanship.          Their favorite activities include      learning instead of placing unrealis-
grant, which the College Commu-          When they have 10 great days of          scooters, dancing, playing tag, and    tic goals or goals that are too simple   april
nity District has been a part of the     good sportsmanship, they earn a          playing catch.                         on students.                             1.............. Spring Pictures
past couple of years, has provided       “free choice” day in Physical Edu-           The students have been busy                                                 2.............. No School
the students at Prairie Heights with     cation where they get to choose the      in Physical Education. Although                                                 12-16 ...... 2 for 1 Book Fair 8:30
                                         activity they will participate in as a                                                                                                   – 4:30
many new fun and unique opportu-                                                  they only have Physical Education
                                                                                                                                                                  15............ Multicultural Night 5:30
nities. The grant allowed Heights        class. It has been a good learning       once every four days, the students                                                              – 7:00
to purchase a rock wall, a Dance-        experience for the students to learn     are given a daily physical activ-                                               15............ 2 for 1 Book Fair 8:30
Dance Revolution system, and             about sportsmanship and how to           ity calendar each month to stay                                                                 – 7:00
many other pieces of equipment to        treat others.                            active outside of school. After                                                 20............ 3rd & 4th Grade Music
be used in Physical Education class.         Another new addition to the          winter break the students will be                                                               Program Concert Hall
The students have thoroughly             Physical Education Department            participating in Jump Rope for                                                                  7:00
enjoyed the new and challenging          at Prairie Heights is the Adaptive       Heart, where they will jump rope                                                29............ Kindergarten Roundup
equipment.                               Physical Education class. Adap-          and raise money for the American
     The students are also focusing      tive Physical Education is offered       Heart Association. This is a great         In a typical day, we have a mix-
on exhibiting good sportsmanship         for several of our alternative PE        cause to support and a great way to    ture of teacher initiated and child
                                                                                  stay active.                           initiated learning. Teacher initiated
                                                                                                                         learning is done during large group      Second Grade
Prairie Heights English language learner Program                                                                         and small group activities. Child
                                                                                                                         initiated learning is usually done       Brings History
    Greetings and Happy New Year!        individual needs of my students to       meetings on Saturday to ensure         during center time. Play is the most
My name is Mike Beecher and I
am currently the ELL teacher at
                                         ensure that they are successful in
                                         understanding the classroom mate-
                                                                                  that everyone feels welcome to this
                                                                                  school district. We have held two
                                                                                                                         natural setting for children to learn
                                                                                                                         and explore new skills. During this
Prairie Heights Elementary School.       rial. Whether I am pulling students      already this year and if you ask me,                                            By: Wendy McClain
                                                                                                                         time teachers support children’s             The second grade at Heights
I have been given this wonderful         out of the classroom to work on          they have been very successful.        learning by asking questions to          has been very involved in the
opportunity to tell about the ELL        one-on-one instruction, or push-             I couldn’t let this opportunity                                             new Social Studies curriculum,
                                                                                                                         enhance children’s learning. We as
program in regards to this particular    ing into the classroom to assist the     pass though without mentioning the                                              Bringing History Home, this past
building. As a district this will be     homeroom teacher, my job is to                                                  teachers usually see the most prog-
                                                                                  students that I am honored to work                                              month. Immigration to the United
the fourth year of serving English       take the difficulty of learning a new    with. I have been a teacher for nine   ress during this time.                   States was an exciting unit to
Language Learners. We currently          language out of the academic aspect      years now, and I have never seen a         Preschool is a valuable time for     introduce this curriculum. All sec-
have around 80 students enrolled in      of it. Eventually when students          harder working group of students       children to learn to explore new         ond grade students participated
the ELL program across the district.     don’t need my assistance anymore         than the ones here at Heights.         environments and materials. They         in researching their family origins.
At Prairie Heights, I am currently       they are slowly transitioned out of      These students are always up to the                                             We developed an understand-
                                                                                                                         have the opportunities to engage in      ing of why people immigrated
serving 20 students who represent        the ELL program.                         task even if it requires additional    play with peers their own age. All       from specific areas and what the
10 different countries outside of the        The ELL program here at Col-         work and practice. The accom-          while learning the expectations of       reasons were for choosing to
United States.                           lege Community also provides             plishments that these students have                                             immigrate to the United States.
                                                                                                                         school in a positive environment.
    The goal of the ELL program is       support to other people as well.         made are outstanding and make me       Most of all, preschool is fun for the    Students enjoyed read alouds,
to help support students so they can     We provide training in the winter        proud to be just a small piece of                                               videos of recent immigrants, re-
                                                                                                                         students all while learning in daily     searching passenger manifests
be successful in their studies. You      months to assist classroom teachers      that puzzle. I would encourage you
can imagine how difficult school         to meet their ELL student’s indi-        all to get to know these fantastic     activities.                              and locating ancestry origins on
could be as an elementary student        vidual needs. We also provide sup-       students and the different cultures                                             the map.
if you were also trying to learn the     port to our parents by helping with      they bring with them into our doors                                                 The unit concluded with a dis-
content in a new language. My            the registration process, as well as,    at Prairie Heights Elementary                                                   play of all students’ family ties on
program is designed to meet the          holding our own monthly ELL PTO          School.                                                                         the world map and an Ellis Island
                                                                                                                                                                  simulation. Students traveled by
                                                                                                                                                                  steerage to Ellis Island and went

Fluency in third Grade Reading                                                                                                                                    through the different areas of
                                                                                                                                                                  processing while there. Students
                                                                                                                                                                  had an exciting and educational
    Students work very hard at           tion, and independent and partner        racy, comprehension, and fluency.
                                                                                                                           Visit College Community                experience that we are sure they
becoming independent readers in          reading. Students also receive extra        What is fluency and how can                                                  will remember as a highlight of
third grade. Students are involved       instruction in skills and fluency as     we help our children become fluent             School District                  their second grade year.
each day with whole class reading,       needed. Our goals for independent        readers?                               home page:
small group guided reading instruc-      reading instruction include accu-                       Continued on page 11
                                                                                                                                                                      Feb./March 2010 • Prairie news • 
Prairie ridge elementary
Calendar of Events
                                         leaving for america – a Student’s                                               How Did those Dinosaurs
February                                 Journey through the Immigration Process
9.............. PTO Meeting 6:15 IMC
12............ Valentines Parties 2:45
                                                                                                                         Get in the library?
15............ No School                                                                                                 by Joy Rude, Ridge
March                                                                                                                    teacher librarian
                                                                                                                             For two weeks
4-10 ........ Spring Book Fair
                                                                                                                         each year, the IMC
9.............. PTO Meeting 6:15 IMC
15-19 ...... Spring Break                                                                                                is literally filled
23............ Kindergarten Round-                                                                                       with a large col-
                Up Night Session                                                                                         lection of wood
25............ Talent Show                                                                                               dinosaur models
                                                                                                                         that were made by
april                                                                                                                    Mr. Jack Neuzil of
2.............. No School                                                                                                Solon. He origi-
8 ............. 3rd & 4th grade music                                                                                    nally created the
                program, Ridge Gym                                                                                       dinosaurs for the
13............ Spring Picture Day                                                                                        students at the School for the Blind in Vinton. The dinosaurs were then
14............ Kindergarten Round-
                                             As a culmination activity to        Prairie Ridge). The rooms were set      stored as a display at the Solon Public Library and schools became inter-
                Up Day Session
22............ Science Fair              the second immigration unit, the        up like Ellis Island (Medical, In-      ested in having an opportunity for their students see the dinosaurs.
                                         students became immigrants dur-         formation, Baggage, Interview, and          Mr. Neuzil or “Jack” as he tells us to call him, freely shares the hours
                                         ing an Ellis Island simulation. The     Passport rooms).                        and hours of hard work he has put into the dinosaurs. He and his friends
                                         students used their knowledge of            The students had their passports    load the dinosaurs into their pickups and deliver them to schools for a two
 CaFÉ                                    immigration to travel from their
                                         homeland, arrive at Ellis Island,
                                                                                 and were and questioned in each
                                                                                 room about their family history,
                                                                                                                         week visit. Jack is passionate about the subject of dinosaurs and enjoys
                                                                                                                         sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with the students. The students
     Third grade students at
 Prairie Ridge Elementary are            and make their way through the          homeland, reasons for immigration       avidly listen to the information he shares, and they are eager to ask him
 engaging in the CAFÉ during             immigration process at Ellis Island.    to America, and their plans to find     questions. It is a great opportunity for our students to get to interact with
 their literacy block. CAFÉ is an        Students first boarded the ship and     a job. Students were also given a       an adult who has a great passion for knowledge and enjoys sharing that
 acronym which stands for Com-           sat in the crowded steerage, except     medical evaluation and had their        passion.
 prehension, Accuracy, Fluency           for the few who were in first class.    belongings thoroughly checked.              It is exciting to witness the reaction of our students and staff who have
 and Expand Vocabulary. Compre-          When they spotted The Statue of         It was difficult for the students to    never seen this huge display. Our IMC always feels a bit empty after our
 hension is understanding what is        Liberty in the distance, they knew      complete their journey but provided     dinosaur friends leave. The dinosaurs will visit the Ridge IMC the weeks
 read. Accuracy is being able to         they were almost there. Next, they      them with a small taste of the im-      of March 22 and March 29. Stop in for a look if you have not yet met Jack
 read the words. Fluency refers          departed the ship and had to find
 to the rate a student is reading,                                               migration process.                      Neuzil’s dinosaurs, and see what your children are talking about!
 focusing on their expression and
                                         their way around Ellis Island (AKA
 accuracy. When working on Ex-
 pand Vocabulary, students know,
 find and use interesting words in
 their reading, writing and speak-
                                                                                                                 In the Prairie Ridge art Room…
 ing. Each student is working on a                                                                               -Notes from Miss Petitt
 strategy that correlates to an area                                                                                 Prairie Ridge 4th graders are learning about what it means to be inspired by an
 of the CAFÉ. They set personal                                                                                  artist. As a class, we developed a definition for the word inspired, to get ideas from
 goals and work in strategy groups                                                                               an artist but not to copy and adding your own artist twist. Beginning this school year,
 to increase their success in read-                                                                              4th grade artists have learned about and been inspired by Grant Wood, Buck Wilder,
 ing, while individually conferenc-                                                                              and Georgia O’Keefe. Currently, students are getting ideas from Andy Warhol and
 ing with the teacher to monitor                                                                                 learning about printmaking.
                                                                                                                     Each artist drew a picture of his/her favorite food after being inspired by Andy
                                                                                                                 Warhol’s piece, 100 Cans. Students then copied their sketch onto a foam block by
 Collaboration &                                                                                                 applying pressure with a pencil into the foam creating indentations. Classroom artists
                                                                                                                 took their foam block and practiced printmaking processes by using a brayer to roll
 Co-teaching                                                                                                     print ink onto their block and push it onto paper. When they peeled their foam off the
                                                                                                                 paper, students were able to see their image.
     Collaboration between Special
 Education and General Educa-
 tion is a key component for
 students in the special education
 programs. College Community is
                                         Fostering literacy Independence through the Daily Five
 very supportive of collaboration        leslie titler, Prairie Ridge title 1    frequency, make greater gains in        you might ask, “What’s new about         in the utilization of these strategies
 and co-teaching between these               Have your kids been coming          reading achievement. These five         this?” The tasks of reading, writing     they are always considered within
 teachers in order to ensure suc-        home from school talking about a        tasks are: 1.To read to yourself with   and spelling have always been a          their position in the CAFÉ. By
 cess for all students.                  café or the daily five? When you        books that are at your just right       part of the structure of school. The     directing each strategy back to its
     Co-teaching brings the special      hear the word café do you think of      reading level, (easy enough to read     difference is that other models have     relevance to the CAFÉ, students
 education teacher into the gen-         a small cozy location with an inter-    with about 98% accuracy) 2. To          had a teacher driven structure, and      receive a visual of the relationship
 eral education classroom rather         esting menu? Does the phrase daily      read to someone, to help you work       the Daily Five is a student driven       of the strategy to reading instruc-
 than pulling the students into the                                              on fluency and oral expression          management structure designed            tion which helps them understand
 special education classroom.
                                         five conjure up an image of your
                                         daily vitamin? Well, all throughout     and to check for understanding the      to fully engage students in read-        the relevance of the strategy. Dur-
 These co-teachers work together
 to plan differentiated strategies       our building, teachers and students     content, 3.To work on writing, by       ing and writing. With the Daily          ing the Daily Five, students practice
 within the lessons. Benefits            have been talking about the Daily       practicing writing daily, students      Five, students are explicitly taught     using these strategies when they
 for special education students          Five and the Café in reference to a     are able to improve their writing       instructional routines so that they      are reading to themselves, or to
 include access to the same cur-         coordinated effort to provide differ-   skills, 4. To listen to reading, by     can increase their learning stamina      someone else. So next time you are
 riculum and instructional methods       entiated reading instruction within     listening to good literature, stu-      and be fully engaged independent         talking about school with your kids,
 as their peers as well as ensuring      the classroom so that we can meet       dents are exposed to new ideas and      learners.                                ask them what they chose to do for
 the least restrictive environment       each student’s instructional needs.     concepts, new vocabulary and im-            So how about that café? CAFÉ         the Daily Five or which reading
 for their learning.                     The Daily Five provides the format      mersed into the pleasure of reading,    is an acronym for the four essential     strategy from the CAFÉ they were
     Sometimes, this model does                                                  5. To work with spelling and word                                                working with. They will be proud to
                                         for that instruction. Research has                                              components for quality reading in-
 not ensure student success. In                                                  work, recognizing spelling patterns                                              share their experiences and you’ll
 these cases, students require           shown that student’s who engage                                                 struction; comprehension, accuracy,
 smaller, quieter settings within        in certain reading tasks with fo-       helps a student become a more           fluency, and extended vocabulary.        get a better glimpse of reading in-
 individualized instruction utilizing    cused instruction and consistent        fluent writer, able to convey their     As teachers present various read-        struction for the 21st century.
 the general education curriculum.                                               thoughts with accurate spelling. So     ing strategies and students engage
 • Feb./March 2010 • Prairie news
                                                                                                               Prairie View elementary
                                                                                                                                                                     Calendar of Events
View lego league                                                                 the More You Read…
Team Qualifies                                                                   the Smarter You Get                                                                 February
                                                                                                                                                                     5.............. PTO Family Activity
                                                                                     We have been reading a lot in Kindergarten. We have started our first
For State                                                                        strategy in the Daily 5. The Daily 5 is a resource that the entire Prairie View
                                                                                                                                                                     9.............. P.T.O. 5:45 Umbrella @
    This is quite an achievement.                                                staff is implementing in their classrooms this year. The first strategy is called                   View - 6:15 Business
Lego League involves the build-                                                  read to self. Read to self is a reading strategy that teaches students how to                       meeting
ing and programming of a robot so                                                read independently. We began by talking about the 3 ways to read a book.            12............ Valentine’s parties
that it will complete the missions
that have been assigned. It also
involves a project presentation on
                                       Prairie Hawk                                  1. read the pictures
                                                                                     2. read the words
                                                                                                                                                                     15............ No school – Profes-
                                                                                                                                                                                     sional Learning Day,
                                                                                                                                                                                     President’s Day
a specific topic - this year’s topic
was transportation - where they fol-
                                       Preschool News                                3. retell the story
                                                                                     We have practiced “reading” all of these
                                                                                                                                                                     8-12 ........ CogAT Testing – 3rd
low the plan/do/study/act cycle and
                                           College Community School              ways. After we learned and practiced the                                            25............ End of 2nd Trimester
then share the results with a panel
                                       District received the State Wide          three ways to read a book, we were ready                                            25............ Title 1 Literacy Night,
of judges. As if this is not enough,
                                       Preschool Grant. This grant pro-          to begin read to self. We made a chart that                                                         6:00

there are two other interviews
                                       vides opportunity for children to         included jobs for the students and jobs for                                         March
with a panel of judges regarding
                                       experience a preschool setting and        the teacher. While we are reading to our self
                                                                                                                                                                     3.............. Report cards go home
teamwork, and robot program-
                                       help prepare for kindergarten. Mrs.       the students need to:                                                               3-12 ........ K-6 Conferences
                                       Naaktgeboren is the regular ed                ❖ read quietly
ming. As you can see, it is a very                                                                                                                                   9.............. P.T.O. 5:45 Umbrella @
                                       preschool teacher, and Mrs. Stim-
extensive process. Our students                                                      ❖ sit in one spot                                                                                Crest- 6:15 Business
                                       mel is the early childhood inclusion
placed first in the area of ‘Under-    preschool teacher.                            ❖ read right away                                                                                meeting
                                                                                                                                                                     11 ............ Late night conferences
standing the Core Values of Lego
                                           The preschool classrooms at               ❖ read the whole time                                                                            – childcare provided by
League’. They will be going to the
                                       View have been working on Cre-                ❖ build our stamina                                                                              PTO
Iowa Championship at Iowa State                                                      We described stamina as building up to a goal. It is like running at the        15............ No School
                                       ative Curriculum Standards. One
on January 16th.                                                                 track (which they have all done). We asked them if they could run around            16-19 ...... Spring Break
                                       standard the preschool has focused
                                       on is socialization. Interacting          the track 15 times? Of course they said no. We could only run around it             23-4/16 ... Spring MAP
                                       and conflict solving are important        1 or 2 times. We would need to practice every day if we wanted to reach             24............ Spring Pictures
                                                                                 our goal. Our goal is to build the amount of time each child spends read-           25............ Old Creamery Theatre,
                                       skills to learn at the preschool level.                                                                                                        afternoon @ Concert
                                       Each week we implement an activ-          ing independently each day. We began by reading for 3 minutes and add a                              Hall
                                       ity that focuses on team building to      minute every few days. In order to build our stamina all students need to be        ................ Play Station Night 5:00-
                                       enhance their learning.                   focused on reading and read the whole time.                                                          8:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                     26............ Para meeting with Ann,
                                                                                                                                                                                      project room – 10:30-
                                                                                                                                                                     31............ CADRE meets 12:30-
                                       Bringing History Home in 3rd Grade                                                                                                             4:00, meet at Ridge or
                                          In January the third graders at Prairie View will begin their first Bringing History Home Unit. This will be a
                                       very exciting time filled with rich learning for the students. This Social Studies unit focuses on Slavery and Segre-         april
Congratulations students:              gation. Students will build a timeline to understand when slavery took place in the United States. They will learn            1.............. Paraprofessional
Haley Michel                           that even when slavery ended life was still very difficult for African Americans because of segregation. Students                             Appreciation Day
Max Laue                               will have many opportunities to read rich literature and will learn about the Jim Crow Laws, the 15th Amendment,              2.............. No School
Jena Davis                             and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.                                                                                            15............ 3rd & 4th grade Musical,
Robert Laue                                                                                                                                                                          7:00 p.m. – HS Concert
Jenny Alliman                                                                                                                                                                        Hall
Walker Halapua                                                                                                                                                       22............ Kindergarten Roundup
Shane Smyth                                                                                                                                                                          Parent Night Session
Issie Dalton                                                                                                                                                         26............ Kindergarten Roundup
                                                                                                                                                                     27-30 ...... Book Fair
Quinn Langfitt
Coach- Ron Laue, Julie Zastrow
and Rockwell mentor Bruce Dalton

                                       Fourth Grade                                                                                                                   Bucket Filling
                                       Fillers                                                                                                                        In 2nd Grade
                                           Fourth grade students have                                                                                                      In second grade we have
                                       been busy filling buckets around                                                                                               been focusing on being bucket
                                       the world. Students are studying                                                                                               fillers. Each grade level at
                                       the prevalence of poverty and its                                                                                              Prairie View is working on mak-
                                       effects on people, and created a                                                                                               ing good choices and by that
                                       PowerPoint presentation to demon-                                                                                              we are filling others’ feelings
                                       strate their learning. After reading                                                                                           buckets and making them feel
                                       a related article about world hunger                                                                                           good. If students are making

    Congratulations to Alyssa Klein,
                                       in Weekly Reader, students were
                                       inspired to organize a bake sale to       Junior achievement comes to                                                          bad choices and being mean
                                                                                                                                                                      they are being bucket dippers.
daughter of Chris and Jeff Klein,
and 4th grader at Prairie View for
being chosen for her t-shirt design
                                       raise money to give to UNICEF to
                                       help feed hungry people around the        Prairie View                                                                         We also celebrate bucket fill-
                                                                                                                                                                      ing by wearing special Prairie
                                                                                                                                                                      View bucket filler t-shirts every
                                       world. Both students and parents              First Graders at Prairie View have been involved in Junior Achievement
to be put on Prairie View’s annual     volunteered to bake and donate            for the months of November and December. Volunteers from local busi-                 Wednesday. Bucket filling
Walkathon t-shirts! The PTO spon-      items, and students made posters to       nesses came into our classrooms to teach our students about families and             integrates seamlessly into our
sored BBF (Bucket Fillers Forever)     advertise the sale and to teach the       different roles in the community. First graders have learned about needs             Olweus bullying program. Be a
Walkathon was a huge success           rest of the building about hunger         and wants, maps and map skills. They have also role played various jobs in           bucket filler and make yourself
again this year!                       and poverty. What a great example         the community. We have truly appreciated the time these volunteers have              feel good.
                                       of bucket filling in action.              committed to our first graders and their learning.
                                                                                                                                                                          Feb./March 2010 • Prairie news • 
Prairie Creek intermediate
Calendar of Events
                                                                                  Fifth Grade Science – Food and Nutrition Sixth Grade
2 & 3 ....... Fifth Grade Dental
                                                                                                                           vestigating properties of foods, and
                                                                                                                           becoming aware of carbohydrates,
                                                                                                                           proteins, fats, and vitamins as com-
                                                                                                                                                                        Throughout this fall students
                Presentations                                                                                              ponents of food. They are using          have completed a lot of ‘basic’
 2............. PTO Meeting                                                                                                indicators to test for acid, vitamin
15............ No School – Profes-
                                                                                                                                                                    math operations. You may remem-
                                                                                                                           C, sugar, and fat in foods. Fifth        ber some of the charts and data
                sional Learning Day
                                                                                                                           graders learn to read ingredient lists   homework like, stem and leaf, line
March                                   Science students using the microscopes.                                            and nutrition labels to analyze dif-     plots, etc. We then ventured into
2.............. PTO Meeting                                                                                                ferent foods, and explore healthy        place value with regular numbers
3.............. Author Visit                                                                                               nutrition. Additionally, they are        and decimals. Exponents were
                Report Card Sent
                Home with Student
                                        Sixth Grade                                   Prairie Creek fifth graders
                                                                                  are currently studying Food and
                                                                                                                           learning to become more informed
                                                                                                                           consumers, by being able to gather
                                                                                                                                                                    added, making this a challenge
                                                                                                                                                                    for some. Adding and subtracting
3 / 4......... Evening Conferences
                3:30-7:30               Science News                              Nutrition in science. This module
                                                                                  consists of four investigations that
                                                                                                                           information about food products.
                                                                                                                              As with all FOSS science units,
                                                                                                                                                                    decimals was not too difficult for
                                                                                                                                                                    the students that remembered to
10/11 ...... Band Fundraiser                The Microworld science unit                                                    students are working to build their      “LINE UP THE DECIMALS”.
                Pick-Up 3:30-8:00                                                 help students understand what food
                                        is off to a “big” start in a small                                                 scientific thinking processes to         Then, of course we had to multi-
15-19 ...... No School                                                            is, what it is made of, and how sev-
                                        way. Students are sharpening their                                                 conduct investigations and build         ply and divide. There is nothing
23............ MAP Testing through                                                eral nutrient groups contribute to
                                        observation skills and identifying                                                 explanations through observing,          wrong with the traditional meth-
                April 16                                                          healthful nutrition.
                                        key properties that can only be                                                    communicating, comparing, orga-          ods. Hang in there parents, you
                                                                                      Students are observing and in-
april                                   discovered using their five senses.
                                        Since they have learned that magni-
                                                                                                                           nizing, and relating information.        will get the ‘lattice and partial
1.............. Para-professional                                                                                                                                   quotient’ method some day. Vari-
                Appreciation Day        fication happens with clear curved                                                                                          ables, formulas and spreadsheets
                                        surfaces, they have been using tools
2.............. No School
6.............. PTO Meeting
17............ Honor Band
                                        like hand lenses, acrylic spheres
                                        and cylinders, jars of water, and
                                                                                  International Festival of trees                                                   were next. This was pretty well

                                                                                                                                    The Prairie Creek Winter
                Performance at Coe      various microscopes to look at the                                                      Party was a celebration of
18............ Volunteer Appreciation   world around them up close.
                Week                                                                                                            countries and cultures. Each
                                                                 After many                                                     class chose a country to study
19............ Administrative
                Assistant Day
                                                             opportunities                                                      and the focus was on cus-
                                                             to view stable                                                     toms, traditions, crafts, and
                                                             objects students                                                   holidays. The glass display
                                                             were given                                                         cases around the building
                                                             a more chal-                                                       were filled with decorated
                                              Volvox         lenging target                                                     trees and artifacts showcasing      received and had a lot of practical
Student Messages                        to observe. Using high-powered
                                        microscopes, these scientists had
                                                                                  holidays around the world. Included in the displays were posters prepared
                                                                                  by the students with pictures and information highlighting interesting facts
                                                                                                                                                                    data collection and computer ap-
     There are times when a             to find and draw their view of three      about the country. Students researched religions, holidays, clothing, tour-           Most students are currently
parent needs to get a mes-              moving organisms, the Volvox,             ism, currency, maps, population, language, and food. Food served at the           on Unit 4. This unit involves
sage to their child…example:            Blepharisma, and Vinegar Eel. Not         parties came from many ethnic origins. Students were invited to prepare a         all kinds of fraction work. Stu-
needing to pick up your child           an easy task, as these critters are       dish from the country studied or a recipe from their personal ethnic roots.       dents go from writing equivalent
early for an appointment, or            fast! Many rewarding moments,             They were treated to sushi, fried rice, crabmeat ragoons, kolaches, Ger-          fractions to multiplying mixed
wanting to pick your child up           though, when we could hear the            man-chocolate cupcakes, and egg rolls. Others brought a Christmas treat           fractions. There are a lot of steps
afterschool instead of hav-             excited exclamations, “I see it!” or      that was a family tradition such as almond bark or Rice Krispie Christmas         involved in these processes such
ing him/her ride the bus, etc.          “There’s one!” ring out over and          trees. It was an excellent learning opportunity and a lot of fun too!             as: finding common denominators,
It is best to communicate               over in the lab.                                                                                                            greatest common factors, simpli-
this through a written note                                                                                                                                         fying, and renaming. Students will
which should be shown to the                                                                                                                                        need some strategy for remember-
teacher and then delivered to
the office. It is understand-
                                        Here’s what is Happening in Fifth Grade Math                                                                                ing and completing these steps.
                                                                                                                                                                    There will be a lot of practice in
                                            Percents, decimals, and fractions     also can convert improper fractions      able conclusions from data. These        class. Some of the skills in this
able that on occasion you will          are the current concepts studied in       to a mixed number and vice versa.        are real-world skills that enhance       unit should have been mastered
have a unplanned time that              math. Students can convert a frac-        These are important skills as they       students’ ability to think critically    in 5th grade, such as converting
you will need to pick up your           tion into a decimal in a variety of       will be needed in an upcoming unit       about information that is presented      fractions to decimals and percent-
child. If you have to call in to        ways and then change the decimal          when fractions are then added and        to them in school and in the media.      ages. Most students will remem-
the office with a message, we           into a percentage. Students first         subtracted. This has been a fun          Throughout their lives, students         ber this but some could still use
ask that you do so by 1:45.             estimate a decimal value for the          unit for students as they are using      will need to be able to look at given    some practice. As always - student
All messages are written up                                                                            the skills they     information or observations and          knowledge of their basic facts is
and delivered to your child by                                                                         have developed      draw conclusions from it that make       tremendously important in order
a student messenger. Mes-                                                                              throughout their    sense.                                   to keep up and not be slowed
sages are delivered beginning                                                                          learning.               With the spiraling curriculum in     down when learning new skills.
at 2:00 each day. It is very dif-                                                                          Fractions,      our math classes, these skills are re-   Any help parents can give at home
                                                                                                       decimals, and es-   visited throughout the year in their     will be greatly appreciated.
ficult to deliver a message by
                                                                                                       pecially percents   daily work. This helps students              Coming up…. Break out your
dismissal time when a call is
                                                                                                       tie in naturally    practice and retain their newly          compasses and protractors. Up
received after 1:45. The end                                                                           to data analysis.   gained mathematical knowledge.           and coming lessons will involve
of the day can be hectic with                                                                          Students will be        At home, please continue to          a lot of Geometry. Remember
students switching classes,                                                                            collecting data     encourage your child to complete         Geometry? Angles, parallel lines,
getting homework assign-                                                                               and organizing it   their homework nightly. There are        shapes, transformations? That
ments, going to lockers, etc.                                                                          into bar graphs,    also many resources available on         reference book that you have at
and with your help we can                                                                              line graphs,        the internet for extra practice or       home might come in handy. Good
help make the end of the day                                                                           pie charts, live    enrichment, such as the National         luck.
procedures run smoothly and             fraction and then solve by find-          plots, and stem and leaf plots.          Library of Virtual Manipulatives, at         Any opportunity to make real
                                        ing an equivalent fraction with a         They will also be analyzing data         , or BBC Skillswise at http://www.
in the process get messages                                                                                                                                         life connections with the concepts
                                        denominator of 10 or 100. Finding         presented in these types of graphs           you see coming home will make
delivered in a timely fashion.          the percentage from the decimal           and determining how sample size                                                   math relevant to the Real world.
                                        can then be determined. Students          affects our ability to draw reason-
 • Feb./March 2010 • Prairie news
               Prairie Point Middle School & 9th grade Academy
Students Experience Rigor and Relevance througth                                                                           Points of Interest!

Service learning Project                                                                                                   February
                                                                                                                           1.............. 3:05 p.m. – Girls Basketball 7th (H- Point S. Gym) 8th (T)
                                                                                                                                           4:30 p.m. – 9th Boys Black Basketball (H) IC West Green
                                                                                                                                           6:00 p.m. – 9th Boys Orange Basketball (H) IC West Gold
                                                                                                                                           6:00 p.m. – 9th Girls Basketball (T) IC West
                                                                                                                           4.............. 3:30 p.m. – 7th & 8th Wrestling (T) IC North Central
                                                                                                                                           4:00 p.m. – 9th Boys Black Basketball (T) Cedar Falls Peet
                                                                                                                                           4:00 p.m. – 9th Boys Orange Basketball (T) Cedar Falls
                                                                                                                           6.............. 9:00 a.m. - Boys 9th Boys Orange Basketball (H) CR Jeffer-
                                                                                                                                           son Blue
                                                                                                                                           10:30 a.m. - Boys 9th Boys Black Basketball (H) CR Jefferson
                                                                                                                           9.............. 3:30 p.m. – 7th & 8th Wrestling (T) Roosevelt
                                                                                                                                           6:30 p.m. – Men’s Winter Choral Concert in the Concert Hall
    Tis the season for giving! Mrs.      about the fate of abandoned and          project. A handful of students in                        8:00 p.m. – Women’s Winter Choral Concert in the Concert
Freel’s class at Prairie Point em-       abused animals. The class decided        other classes donated their time to                      Hall
braced this feeling, by creating a       to create a fund raising project sell-   help sell the candy before and after     11 ............ 3:30 p.m. – 7th & 8th Wrestling (H- Point N. Gym) SE Iowa
service learning project for the Ani-    ing candy bars and granola bars and      school. The students raised $523,                        City
mal Control shelter of Cedar Rap-        donate the proceeds to a local shel-     over 100 lbs. of food, over 100 lbs.                     7:00 p.m. – 9th Point/HS Band Concert in the Concert Hall
ids. The idea originated in social       ter. They created a budget, decided      of cat litter, 60+ toys, treats, blan-   12............ 4:00 p.m. – 9th Boys Black Basketball (T) CR Xavier Silver
studies class when a student asked,      on a selling price, and advertised       kets, towels, and medical supplies.                      4:00 p.m. – 9th Boys Orange Basketball (T) CR Xavier Navy
“What can we do?” after reading          the project by creating a video and      The class made a special trip to         14............ Happy Valentines’ Day!
a current events story about 400+        posters. Three students volunteered      the shelter to deliver the donations     15............ President’s Day - No School! (Professional Learning Day)
Pit bulls looking for homes after        an evening of their time to work the     and meet some of the four-legged                         5:30 p.m. – Booster Club Meeting in HS Cafeteria
being rescued from a dog fighting        concession stands at a Prairie bas-      friends they helped out.                                 5:00 p.m. - Boys 9th Boys Orange Basketball (T) CR Wash-
ring. They researched information        ketball gamer raising $100 for their                                                              ington Red
                                                                                                                                           6:30 p.m. - Boys 9th Boys Black Basketball (T) CR Washing-

Family Career and Community                                                       Belin Scholars                                           ton Blue
                                                                                                                           16............ 3:30 p.m. – 7th & 8th Wrestling (T) Harding
                                                                                                                           18............ School Dance
                                                                                      On October 18, three of our
leaders of america                                                                Prairie Middle School and Ninth
                                                                                  Grade Academy students were
                                                                                                                           20............ All day – 7-9 Jazz Bands - Jazz Festival – Site to be an-
                                                   ary at Prairie Point. Nine     honored in an awards ceremony at         22............ 6:30 p.m. – PATT meeting in the Presentation Room
                                                   schools from the sur-          the University of Iowa’s Memorial        23............ 3:30 p.m. – 7th & 8th Wrestling (H- Point N. Gym) Linn Mar
                                                   rounding area will attend      Union. This ceremony is an annual        25............ 3:30 p.m. – 7th & 8th Wrestling (H- Point N. Gym) LaSalle
                                                   and students will have the     event for the Belin-Blank Interna-                       7:00 p.m. – 7-9 Jazz Band Concert in the Concert Hall
                                                   opportunity to compete in      tional Center for Gifted Education       26............ Afternoon – 7-9 Jazz Band at the Coe Jazz Summit
                                                   categories such as illus-      and Talent Development.
                                                   trated talk, service project                         The follow-        March
                                                   presentations, interviews,                       ing students were      1.............. 3:00 p.m. – 9th Boys (select) Track – Wartburg Indoor @
                                                   interior design, etc. Ninth                      honored: Malcolm                       Waverly
                                                   grade students Chelsea                           Johnson, grade         2.............. 3:30 p.m. – 7th & 8th Wrestling (T) Taft
                                                   Montgomery, Tatiana De-                          eight, for High        6.............. All day – 7-9 Jazz Bands - Jazz Festival – Site to be an-
                                                   lima and Joslin Kaleka will                      ACT scores ac-                         nounced
                                                   compete this year from                           crued as a seventh     8.............. 3:00 p.m. – 9th Boys (select) Track – Wartburg Coed @
                                                   Prairie.                                         grader; Nathanael                      Waverly
                                                                                                    Smale, grade eight,    9.............. 3:30 p.m. – 7th & 8th Wrestling (H- Point N. Gym) McKinley
                                                       The 22 members from                          for being accepted                     5:00 p.m. - 9th Girls Track Demon Indoor at Iowa City (U of I)
                                                   Prairie High School and                          into and having        11 ............ 3:30 p.m. – 7th & 8th Wrestling (H- Point N. Gym) Franklin
                                                   the 9th Grade Academy                            participated in the                    5:00 p.m. - 9th Boys Track Demon Indoor at Iowa City (U of I)
                                                   were busy during the                             summer leadership      15............ 4:00 p.m. – 9th Girls (select) Track–ISU Indoor Classic at
                                                   months of November and                           program at the U                       Ames
    FCCLA is very active at Prairie
                                         December with fundraisers and ser-                         of I known as the                      4:30 p.m. – 9th Boys Track-MVC Indoor @ UNI in Cedar Falls
in grades 9-12. The acronym stands
                                         vice. In November, FCCLA spon-                             Iowa Governor’s                        5:30 p.m. – Booster Club Meeting in HS Cafeteria
for Family Career and Community
                                         sored a free Veterans Day Breakfast                        Institute; and         15-19 ...... Spring Break!
Leaders of America. FCCLA is
                                         to honor veterans in the College                           Justin Livingston,     16............ 4:00 p.m. – 9th Boys (select) Track–ISU Indoor Classic at
an organization affiliated with the
                                         Community School District. In De-                          grade nine, for hav-                   Ames
Family and Consumer Science cur-
                                         cember, students baked and donated       ing been accepted into and having                        4:30 p.m. – 9th Girls Track-MVC Indoor @ UNI in Cedar Falls
riculum and welcomes any student                                                  participated in the summer program
                                         25 dozen sugar cookies for the                                                    19............ 2:00 p.m. – 9th Boys Track – Central College Indoor @ Pella
who has taken at least one course in                                              at the U of I known as the Blank         20............ 10:00 a.m. – 9th Girls Track – Central College Indoor @ Pella
                                         Young Parents Network Christmas
FCS. Students have the opportunity                                                Summer Institute in the area of          22............ 3:00 p.m. – 9th Boys Track – Dickinson Relay @ UNI
                                         party. Also, students assembled 50
to run for office, participate in club                                            Math Problem Solving.                    23............ 11:00 a.m. – 9th Girls Track-Indoor State @ UNI in Cedar
                                         quarts of Christmas cookie mixes
fundraising activities and compete                                                    Malcolm, Nathanael, and Justin                       Falls
                                         and 50 pints of hot cocoa mix to
in STAR events at the district and                                                were recognized as representing          24-31 ...... MAP testing (9th 24, 25, 31-8th 24, 25, 31-7th 29, 30)
                                         sell as a fundraiser before the holi-
state levels.                                                                     the “top 1%” from across Iowa in         25............ 4:30 p.m. - 9th Boys Track Relays at Washington, IA
    This year, Prairie senior, Matt                                               these categories. Both Malcolm and       27............ 11:00 a.m. – 9th Girls Track–Jefferson Early Bird @ Kingston
                                             Upcoming events include the
Moore is the FCCLA District                                                       Justin will receive a $2,000 scholar-    29 ........... 7:00 p.m. – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
                                         District STAR Events on January                                                   30............ 7:00 p.m. – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
vice-president, elected last fall at                                              ship, should they choose to attend
                                         28, State Conference in late March,
the District Meeting. As a result,                                                the University of Iowa.
                                         and other opportunities that help
Prairie will host the District STAR                                                   Parents of these students are
                                         members develop leadership skills
Event Competition in late Janu-                                                   Neil and Theresa Johnson, Swisher;
                                         and make a positive impact in their                                                                     Visit College Community School District
                                                                                  Charles and Sondra Smale, Ely; Lar-
                                                                                  ry and Denys Livingston, Walford.                                    home page:
                                                                                                                                                                         Feb./March 2010 • Prairie news • 
Prairie high School
Calendar of Events on the web
                            School From the Principal
Yearbook News: Prairie High Greetings and the faculty reviewed them dur- dent should take at least 6 classes                                                          allow our students to earn credit
Senior Photos:                                                 from the
                                                                                ing our January professional learning
                                                                                days. I am happy to report that our
                                                                                                                             and PE. All students are required
                                                                                                                             to be enrolled in at least 5 classes.
                                                                                                                                                                      both here at the high school and
                                                                                                                                                                      at Kirkwood. Classes offered for
    Senior photos are due to
Joleen Dake February 5, 2010
                                                               office. As       students continue to do a very good          College classes (we pay the tuition)     the 2010-2011 school year include
to C 231, no exceptions. Pho-                                  you read         job on their tests. You will be re-          are also available if you qualify and    Fundamentals of Communication,
tos must be vertical wallets that                              this, we are     ceiving a detailed report in the mail        have your own transportation. If         Humanities, Composition I, Intro-
feature just the senior. All shots                             off and run-     regarding your student’s scores.             you are the parent of a junior stu-      duction to Sociology, Europe-Age of
must be waist up or head/shoul-                                ning with            I would like to update you on            dent, it is vital that you visit with    Revolution, and Composition II.
                                        Mark Gronemeyer,
der shots. Electronic copies                                   our second       some of the things that are hap-             them about their course load their           Internships are also available
will be accepted, but only if they      Principal
                                                               semester         pening at the high school. We are            senior year. We expect all seniors to    for junior and senior students and
are burned on a CD at high              schedule.                               in the midst of scheduling for the           take at least five classes but recom-    provide in-depth career explora-
resolution. See Joleen Dake at              I would like to remind you of our   2010-2011 school year. Our guid-             mend that they take a full academic      tion. More information regarding or 319-          upcoming academic awards assem-         ance counselors met with students            load (six classes) to prepare them for   internships is available from Mary
848-5343 with any questions.
                                        bly. Our winter academic awards         in grades 10 and 11 recently to talk         post-secondary education. Research       Gudenkauf in the Guidance Office
2010 Yearbooks:                         assembly will be held on Tuesday,
                                        March 2, 2010. The awards present-
                                                                                about and chart ITED scores. They
                                                                                also talked to each grade level about
                                                                                                                             indicates that seniors should take
                                                                                                                             the most rigorous course offerings
                                                                                                                                                                      – application deadline for a summer
                                                                                                                                                                      internship is April 1.
   Letters will be sent home via
Jostens on how to purchase the          ed at this assembly will have been      classes for the 2010-2011 school             the school has in order to prepare           This is also an early reminder of
2010 yearbooks. They will be            earned during the first semester of     year. Our guidance counselors are            them for college, whether a two year     our Spring Parent/Teacher Confer-
$50 and there will be options           this school year. If you son/daugh-     conducting individual conferences            or four year school. We will again       ences at the high school. These will
available for purchase through          ter is going to receive an award, you   with each student to assist them             be offering our Arts and Sciences        be held on Tuesday, March 30 and
the website http://jostensyear-         will be notified by mail.               in the registration process. Please          Academy through Kirkwood Com-            Thursday, April 1. Conference times or 1-866-282-1516                 Our Iowa Test of Educational De-    remember we have an 8 period day             munity College here at Prairie High      are from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                                        velopment (ITED) scores are back        and we recommend that each stu-              School. These Academy Classes            Please mark your calendars.
2009 Yearbook
    If you would like to purchase
last year’s yearbook, there is a                                                                                                                                         2010 Prairie Relays, april 21
limited supply available. The
cost is $55 and can be pur-                                                                                                                                            Dedicated in Coach
chased through Joleen Dake in
C 231. You can contact her at                                                                                                                                            Hawkins Honor or 319-                                                                                                                                            Coach Robert Hawkins guided the
                                                                                                                                                                      Prairie Track program through many
                                                                                                                                                                      successful seasons. Coach Hawkins
Counselor’s                                                                                                                                                           was the head boys track coach for
                                                                                                                                                                      20 years (beginning in 1977) after

Corner                                                                                                                                                                serving for 7 years as the fresh-
                                                                                                                                                                      man/sophomore coach, then 5 years
                                                                                                                                                                      as assistant head coach. He was also
10th Grade Important Dates
 Registration for 2010-2011                                                                                                                                           the head girls coach for 5 years dur-
 school year February and March                                                                                                                                       ing the mid 1980’s. During the fall,
                                                                                                                                                                      Hawkins started our cross country
 Big Career Explorations Unit in           On November 3rd, 2009, the Minervian chapter of National Honor Society inducted 54 new members,                            programs and was the only coach for
                                        the largest number ever in Prairie High School’s history.                                                                     both boys (beginning in 1972) and
 Spring MAP March 23rd –                                                                                                                                              girls (starting in 1982).
 April 16th 2010
                                                                                                                                                                          During his tenure, Hawkins pro-
 Winter Awards March 2nd 2010
11th Grade Important Dates
                                        library Footnotes                                                                                                             duced many conference and state
                                                                                                                                                                      champions, as well as top 10 teams
                                            The PHS Library’s Book Club                                                                                               at the State Meet. He was the head
 Registration for 2010-2011             has selected Greg Mortenson and
 school year February and
                                                                                                                                                                      of a program that saw district growth
                                        David Oliver Relin’s Three Cups of                                                                                            that took us from a smaller class 3A
 March                                  Tea for its next book discussion. It                                                                                          school and a part of the East Central
 Spring MAP March 23rd –April           tells the true story of Mortensen,                                                                                            Iowa Conference, to a 4A school in
 16th 2010                              a mountaineer, who stumbled into                                                                                              the Mississippi Valley Conference.
 Winter Awards March 2nd 2010           an impoverished Pakistan vil-
                                        lage in 2003 after failing to climb                                                                                               While growing up, Hawkins
 ACT testing Dates February 6th,        K2. Moved by their kindness,                                                                                                  gained notoriety for his speed as a
 April 10th, and June 12th 2010         he promised to return and build a                                                                                             runner at Keokuk High School. He
 ACT practice test February 15th        school. Over the next ten years,                                                                                              later was a 400m ace for the UNI
 followed by parent meeting at          Mortenson built 55 schools, es-                                                                                               Panthers.
 6:00pm                                 pecially for girls, and against the                                                                                               Many people have been influ-
                                        oppression of the Taliban. Three                                                                                              enced by their time spent with Robert
12th Grade Important Dates              Cups of Tea won the Kiriyama            Veterans and their guests enjoy breakfast.                                            Hawkins. Our track and cross coun-
 Winter Awards March 2nd 2010           Prize and is a New York Time’s                                                                                                try programs have a very strong foun-
 Check with Mr. Stumpff to make
 sure you have passed MAP/
                                        Bestseller. We’ll be discussing it at
                                        our next Book Club meeting.             FCCla Hosts Veterans                                                                  dation thanks to his endless efforts
                                                                                                                                                                      for our district. Please help us cel-
 ALT’s for graduation                       The Anime Club has been meet-           The Prairie FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of Amer-                   ebrate this dedication. The meet on
 230 Reading, 230 Language              ing to watch and discuss Anime and      ica) hosted their third annual breakfast for area veterans on November 11.            April 20th, begins at 4:30 and goes
 Arts, and 241 Math                     Manga. The group has also given         The event was well attended and a breakfast of baked egg dish, fruit and              through approximately 9:00. The
                                        book title and series suggestions       rolls was enjoyed by all veterans and their guests. HyVee of Wilson Av-               dedication ceremony will be some-
 Start collecting information for Se-   to both the high school and Prairie     enue donated the rolls. A special thanks to Fairfax State Savings Bank for            time between 6:00 and 7:00. If you
 nior Presentation May 19th 2010
                                        Point libraries. Thanks to the An-      their generous donation to offset the costs of the breakfast.                         have any information for a short bio
 Visit Guidance Website for             ime Club members for their help             Dan Bubon, Assistant Principal chaperoned on the November 10th
 current scholarships                                                                                                                                                 or stories to be included in the cer-
                                        in developing high quality graphic      honor flight and shared his experience about accompanying veterans to
                                        novel sections in our libraries.                                                                                              emony, please contact Bill Schwarz
 Senior Awards May 26th 2010                                                    view the World War II memorial.                                                       at
 @ 7:00pm                                   A second semester meeting
                                        schedule for both clubs will be com-        Thanks for all who attended. If we missed you and wish to be included
 Graduation May 29th 2010 at
                                        ing out soon.                           next year please contact any Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.
 • Feb./March 2010 • Prairie news
                                                                                                                                                              Prairie edge
                                       Hy-Vee awards Prairie Edge a New large Smart Board lunch Buddy
                                       By Kathy Miller
                                          Prairie Edge students and staff
                                                                          possible to award a Smart Board to    on how to use the Smart Board in
                                                                          other area schools. This year alone 8 the classroom to obtain the maxi-
                                                                                                                                                  Program K-6
                                                                                                                                                                            This year’s “Lunch Buddy”
                                       got a wonderful surprise in Decem-         Smart Boards have been given away          mum benefit for student learning.          program has been going strong
                                       ber. Mr. Scott Youngberg from the          to schools in the Cedar Rapids and         With the Iowa Core Curriculum              since October. We are excited
                                       Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee contacted             Marion-area.                               and the need to embed 21st Century         to announce that we have some
                                                                                      A Smart Board looks like a             Skills into our instruction, the Smart     new volunteers from Clipper
                                       us that we had won a Smart Board.                                                                                                Wind. We continue to have
                                       Hy-Vee, in conjunction with Proctor        whiteboard that you see in every           Board will give us the capacity to
                                                                                                                                                                        volunteers from Cedar Rap-
                                       and Gamble had a contest and Prai-         classroom. However it is very dif-         use this technology with our instruc-      ids Bank and Trust, College
                                       rie Edge won. Proctor and Gamble           ferent and has many capabilities           tion so students can see how this          Community Education Service
                                       purchased the Smart Boards with            for classroom use. They are a front        types of equipment might be used in        Center, Crystal Group, Edward
                                       a product procurement agreement            projected interactive whiteboard that      the workplace as well as the class-        Jones, Ely Rotary, Fairfax Bank,
                                       with Hy-Vee.                               has the capabilities of a computer. In     room.                                      Jane Boyd, and The Young Par-

Intermediate                               During an assembly with all
                                       students and staff present, Mr. Scott
                                                                                  the classroom a teacher can use it to
                                                                                  enhance instruction and be interac-
                                                                                                                                 The teachers are extremely excit-
                                                                                                                             ed about the opportunity to have and
                                                                                                                                                                        ents Network.
                                                                                                                                                                            The “Lunch Buddy” program
                                                                                                                                                                        was designed for our students to
D.a.R.E. Class                         Youngberg, Mr. Pat Lamb, Ms.
                                       Connie Heidemann and Ms. Angie
                                                                                  tive with classroom discussion and
                                                                                  input from students. Students will be
                                                                                                                             use this technology to enhance their
                                                                                                                             teaching and student learning.
                                                                                                                                                                        have positive experiences with
                                                                                                                                                                        an adult and continue to develop
    Ms. Leah’s class at Prairie        Kirchner presented the large Smart         able to use the Smart Board for proj-          We want to thank Mr. Youngberg         positive character traits as an
Edge is currently involved in the      Board to the school. They explained        ects and presentations as well as to       and all of the employees at Hy-Vee         individual. Each student is as-
D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance                                                    be a part of the ongoing classroom         for the gift and the opportunity to        signed a buddy to eat lunch with
                                       how Edge won the contest and the
Education) program. The students                                                  work and instruction.                                                                 and play games with two times a
                                       plans for future contests where more                                                  bring the Smart Board technology           month here at Prairie Edge.
in her class will be educated by Of-   Smart Boards will be awarded to                In January Grant Wood AEA              capabilities to our school.                    If you would like to be a
ficer Jim Teahen from the Marion       other schools in the area. Proctor         Technology consultant Kathleen                                                        lunch buddy a couple times a
Police Department. They will           and Gamble’s goal is continue this if      Goslinger will be training the staff                                                  month, please contact Leah
cover important topics on alcohol,                                                                                                                                      Gass at 319-298-3406 or email
tobacco, and marijuana prevention                                                                                                                             
along with peer pressure and some
personalized topics based on cur-      7th and 8th Grade News
rent classroom concerns. The class-
es will be based on the D.A.R.E                                        The 2009-2010 school year is flying by! Our 7th-8th grade class is finishing a sew-              Intermediate Youth
decision making model of Define,
Assess, Respond and Evaluate.
                                                                    ing unit and will soon be starting a cooking unit. We continue to use best practice
                                                                    across academics, and began using quick writes after watching Channel One News.                     Nutrition Class
                                                                    The students not only enjoy watching the “news”, but also writing in their journals.                    This past October, Lynne
    D.A.R.E classes extend for                                                                                                                                          Rechterman from the Iowa State
eight weeks and will end with a                                     Before the Holidays, the students were taught how to make a greeting card using                     University Extension visited our
graduation ceremony for each child                                  i-photo and Grant Wood’s i-clip art. After planning each card individually, the stu-                classroom to educate us on
who completes the program. Each                                     dents then “designed” a Get-Well card for our paraeducator (who had hurt her foot),                 nutrition. This was a four week
student who participates in the                                     and also “designed” a Happy Holiday” card for a significant adult in their life. The                long program that educated the
                                                                    students also used their writing skills for the enclosed greeting, as well as prior knowl-          5th and 6th graders in Ms. Leah’s
graduation ceremony will earn a                                                                                                                                         room on healthy eating, the food
D.A.R.E t-shirt and a certificate of                                edge in addressing an envelope.                                                                     pyramid and good hygiene.
completion.                                                         Rose Biderman, teacher                                                                                Prairie School Foundation
Prairie Fest 2010 – You’re Invited! Saturday, March 27
                 Gearing Up for Kids                                               Mark your calendar for Saturday,        ties possible.                             business and individual supporters.
                                                                               March 27 and make plans to attend               We are pleased to announce that        The evening will also include a buf-
                                                                               Prairie Fest – Back in Black 2010.          South Slope Cooperative Communi-           fet dinner prepared by the Kirkwood
                                                                               The event will be held at the Kirk-         cations Company will be the event/         School of Culinary Arts. Last year
                                                                               wood Center for Continuing Educa-           entertainment sponsor for Prairie          the auction included a variety of
                                                                               tion located directly across the street     Fest 2010. “We are very excited to         items such as Prairie Street signs,
                                                                               from the Prairie campus!                    have South Slope as our title spon-        lifetime and family athletic passes,
                                                                                   Prairie Fest is the Prairie School      sor again this year,” said Foundation      vacation packages, home décor, Kin-
                                                                               Foundation’s annual fund-raiser             Director Steve Doser. “South Slope         nick Stadium bricks, autographed
                                                                               dinner/auction/ dance event which           has been a wonderful partner to the        athletic items just to name a few. Im-
                                                                               proudly provides financial support          College Community School District          mediately following the auction you
                                                                               directly to the College Community           and their support of our teachers and      can kick off your shoes and dance the
                                                                               School District. This past fall the         students is truly outstanding.”            night away.
                                                                               Foundation allocated $30,000 to all             The event begins with social hour          To place your reservation or to
                                                                               Prairie Schools. Help us “gear up”          at 4:30 pm. This is a great time to        donate items for the auction, please
                                                                               to provide our students and teachers        look over the more than 400 silent         contact Steve Doser, Foundation Di-
                                                                               with the resources necessary to             and live auction items that are gener-     rector, at 848-5437.
                                                                               offer the best educational opportuni-       ously donated by hundreds of area

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Prairie District news
 Continued from page 1
                                        technology Services offered for Students
StEM Initiative                             Starting second semester, Col-          during the school day. Students             students to login to the College
   Novak Elementary, Linn-Mar           lege Community Schools is excited           will not have unsupervised          htm                                      Community Wireless (WiFi) net-
   Community Schools                    to offer four new services for all          access to these services.               Following is a brief descrip-        work. This, in conjunction with the
2nd year                                students to help better prepare them        However, parents should             tion of each of the new services         Google accounts will give Prairie
                                        for the 21st Century. We will offer         discuss the appropriate use of      that will be available:                  students increased ability to col-
   Clear Creek Amana Middle
   School, Clear Creek Amana            access to the Infinite Campus Por-          these resources in your home            A Google Documents account:          laborate and learn at the highest
   Community Schools                    tal, a Google Documents account,            outside of school hours.            This account will make it possible       levels. We can now offer the op-
   Lemme and Grant Wood
                                        a Google email account, and access      ›	 Skills needed for using the          for all Prairie students to have         tion for students to bring their own
   Elementaries, Iowa City              to the College Community wire-              accounts will be scaffolded         access to word processing, spread-       computer to school. All personal
   Community Schools                    less (WiFi) network. The account            through computer lab and class-     sheet, and presentation software         devices that use this service need
   Lincoln Elementary, Washing-         credentials for all four systems will       room work.                          anywhere there is a web connec-          to have up to date antivirus and
   ton Community Schools                be identical, so keeping login in-      ›	 Staff will work together to cre-     tion. Google Documents will en-          malware programs installed and
                                        formation confidential will be very         ate meaningful opportunities for    able greater collaboration between       working. While Prairie will assist
1st year                                important.                                                                                                               with investigations, homeowner’s
   Kirkwood Elementary, Iowa                                                        using these accounts to enhance     students and teachers as well as
                                                                                    learning and to engage students     giving students a simple, safe, and      insurance will be liable for all lost
   City Community Schools
                                                                                    in 21st Century skills. These op-   easily accessible place to store their   or damaged personal devices.
   Mount Vernon Middle School,
   Mount Vernon Community                                                           portunities will be determined      electronic schoolwork. They can              An Infinite Campus account:
   Schools                                                                          based on readiness.                 access their work from anywhere          This account will allow students to
                                                                                ›	 We will explicitly teach students    there is a network connection.           login to the Campus portal to check
    Funding for these mini-grants
originated from a $200,000                                                          how to use and keep passwords           A Google Gmail account: In           their schedule, grades, attendance,
competitive grant authorized by                                                     and identification information      addition to a Google Documents           and behavior, etc… This account
the Iowa Legislature in 2007 and                                                    private.                            account, all students will receive an    will only allow students to see their
awarded to Grant Wood AEA by                                                    ›	 Media Specialists will be the        email account from Google as well.       own data and not household or sib-
the Iowa Department of Educa-                                                       building contact person for user    Google provides filtering for spam       ling data. Here is the link: https://
tion. Governor Culver presented
                                                                                    names and passwords that will       and content for these accounts. All
the grant to Grant Wood AEA                                                                                             student accounts will end in @ccs-       pus/portal/collegecommunity.jsp
during a presentation held in                                                       be supplied by the technology
                                                                                    department.                We believe these ac-       This link will also be available on
August 2007. This year and last             While these accounts will be                                                                                         the district website.
year, the funding came through                                                      At the secondary level, imple-      counts will become useful tools for
                                        available immediately for our 5-12                                              communication and learning and               To see the School Board Policy
the Regents, Iowa Mathemat-                                                     mentation of these accounts will be
ics and Science Education               students, we will move ahead at a                                               know that the majority of students       related to these exciting new op-
                                                                                less structured. Students will be
Partnership Grant (IMSEP) ad-           somewhat different pace with our                                                can handle them appropriately. If        portunities for students, please go
                                                                                given more flexibility and freedom
ministered by the University of         elementary age students. Elemen-                                                you wish to monitor your student’s       to
                                                                                to use these accounts to further
Northern Iowa.                          tary principals and staff members                                               account, you may request the ac-         board/policies/600/605_06.pdf
                                                                                their education at Prairie. Howev-
    Schools are asked to recruit        will have the opportunity to con-                                               count password at any time. Please       If you have questions, please do not
                                                                                er, we strongly recommend that all
a diverse student population to         sider how these accounts can best                                               contact your building office or          hesitate to contact me by phone,
                                                                                parents have conversations about
participate in these after-school       be used with our youngest students.                                             librarian for this information. We       848 5419, or by email, cbarnum@
programs. Each site accommo-                                                    appropriate and safe use of these
                                        The following list provides some                                                will also disable the account for
dates up to 30 students and pro-                                                new services. Here is a link sup-
                                        context for ways these accounts                                                 your child if you request it.            Craig Barnum, Director of Information
vides weekly hands-on learning                                                  plied by the Federal Government
                                        will be used at the elementary level:                                               A Prairie Wireless Network           and technology Services
activities. In addition, schools                                                that concisely and efficiently sums
are asked to form partnerships          ›	 Account use will be controlled       up online safety for children http://   Account: We can now allow                College Community Schools
with local businesses, and sup-            by teachers and technology staff
port organizations such as ISU
Extension, the University of
Iowa, Workplace Learning Con-
nection, Science Station, Rock-
well Collins, the Iowa Children’s
Museum and the Grant Wood
                                        21st Century and Digital learning                                      Continued from page 1
AEA Van Allen Science Teach-            its challenges and we have always       collaboration and creativity.           ◆ Infrastructure: In 2009, we            important support we need from
ing Center to help meet desired         needed thinkers, problem solvers            Are we there yet? Of course           are launching a system that will       you is your understanding of the
outcomes.                               and collaborators. The differences                                                support, manage and monitor            urgency for change. The education
                                                                                not. The most important reason
    Grant Wood AEA has hired a          are how we acquire knowledge,           is “there” is an ever-changing            all student and faculty on-line        system in the past, even with its
Teacher-In-Residence to provide         the global context, and the pace of                                               accounts and digital communi-          great success in our times, will not
increased support and profes-
                                                                                target. The pace of change is our
                                        change.                                 biggest challenge. We need new            cation (blog, wiki, podcasting         be sufficient for the next generation.
sional development for teachers
and support personnel as they               College Community is trying         equipment, new skills and most            etc…).                                 Secondly, parents need to develop
connect the after-school activi-        very hard to meet today’s challenge.    importantly new minds to engage in      ◆ Teacher Training: We are               new knowledge and skills to help
ties to the district’s daily curricu-   A few weeks ago, a 6th grade class      constant new learning. To face the        offering 10 after school train-        your child develop healthy habits
lum and instruction.                    wanted to convince their principal      challenge, our district has devel-        ing sessions to help teachers          and attitudes for 21st century learn-
    Jim Thornton, former admin-         about lifting a chewing gum ban.        oped very vigorous plans:                 develop effective teaching             ing. Here is a free resource for
istrator from the Cedar Rapids          Rather than suppress their desire for   ◆ Vision building: Several advi-          strategies via digital tools.          parents: Net Cetera: Chatting with
School District is coordinating         expression, their teacher turned this       sory committees are working on      ◆ Parental engagement: We                Kids About Being Online is a guide
the grant on behalf of Grant            topic into a problem solving proj-          21st century curriculum, digital                                             for parents as they teach and help
                                                                                                                          have been using various chan-
Wood AEA. Thornton explained,           ect. Students learned to examine                                                                                         children navigate the Internet. This
“The funding has allowed area
                                                                                    literacy, student assessment and      nels to communicate with par-
                                        and cite credible research, formu-          teaching standards to guide the       ents. Prairie News, E-message          guidebook addresses several topics,
students the opportunity to work                                                                                                                                 including safe use of social net-
on exciting projects and cur-           late persuasive writing, collaborate        school improvement process.           and our web site are common
riculum in their community. They        on their class blog, brainstorm stu-    ◆ Equipment: Within the next 3-           ways for district level com-           working Web sites, cyber bullying,
explore STEM careers, have              dent accountability plan and prac-          5 years, we are aiming to equip       munication. Our principals and         and the importance of protecting
worked with engineers, and              tice public debate. The process of          all classrooms with video/audio       teachers can use other tools such      computers from viruses and other
actually see how science and            doing the work was respectful, mo-          projection and wireless internet      as blogs and e-mails to com-           malicious software. It is available
mathematics is applied, when            tivating and highly engaging. Most          access. We are also moving            municate with you closely. On          at, the
solving real world problems.            importantly, the students developed         toward the goal of one-on-one         January 28, we hosted a district       federal government’s online safety
We need a new generation of             skills and learning processes that                                                                                       website.
                                                                                    computing. This will become           parent meeting to introduce the
mathematicians and scientists to        will help them survive and thrive in                                                                                         Of course, you can use Kahn
meet the economic needs of our                                                      possible and sustainable with         new opportunities and policy
                                        the future. This is a perfect exam-         the new school board policy that      that support digital learning and      Academy, a one person academy,
state and nation.”
                                        ple on how today’s teacher needs to         allows for individual computers       communication.                if
    For more information, contact
Jim Thornton at (319) 373-1084.
                                        teach to instill motivation, meaning,       in schools.                           What can parents do? The most          you need any tutoring!

10 • Feb./March 2010 • Prairie news
                                                                                                                                Prairie District news
                                                                                      Exciting News!                                                                  YEaRBooKS
                 Volunteer Spotlight                                                  Class of 1960 to Celebrate 50th Class Reunion                                   NEEDED!
                                                                                                                               Have you heard the exciting news?
    We have a lot of opportunities            tary students or help this event                                             The Planning Committee of the 50th
for volunteers at College Commu-              run smoothly.                                                                Reunion of the Prairie High School Class
nity Schools this spring including –       ◗	 Prairie Ridge Science Fair on                                                of 1960 announces that October 15th and
◗	 PTO Fun Fair at Crest on                   April 22 – Listen to students                                                16th 2010 have been set for an exciting
   Saturday, February 20 from                 share new knowledge gained                                                   week-end. Plans may include a vineyard
   11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We need               from their science experiment           setting, golf and mini golf activities, music and dancing, evening dinner and
   volunteers to serve food and               at this non-competitive event.          program, and many opportunities for everyone to partake and enjoy.
   staff children’s games.                 ◗	 Prairie Point Middle School                 Save the dates and prepare yourself to participate. The Classes of 1959
◗	 Prairie Crest Book Fair on                 Career Day. Share your oc-              and 1961 are graciously invited to attend as well. Spread the word and
   March 8-12 from 9:00 am to                 cupation with Middle School             prepare for your direct involvement. More information will be coming to             Thanks to those who have
   6:00 pm. Volunteers can sign               students exploring career paths.        you soon.                                                                       helped us in our quest to com-
   up for shifts to cashier at the         ◗	 We have an ongoing need for             Ideas and any suggestions are welcome and should be directed to                 plete a full set of Prairie High
   Book Fair.                                 regular classroom volunteers                                                                                            School Yearbooks. We are still
                                                                                         Loren Jansa,, Phone: 319-362-9368
◗	 Prairie Crest Career Enrichment            and library volunteers across                                                                                           missing just a few years and
                                                                                         Marilyn Lefebure,, Phone: 319-396-4753                  could use your help. If you have
   Day in May. This is an oppor-              the district.
                                                                                         Judy Havlicek Stevenson,,                            a yearbook from the graduating
   tunity to share your career with           To sign up to help with any of             Phone: 319-393-7555                                                          class of 1981, 1986 or 1987 that
   elementary students.                    the above projects, please contact
                                                                                         Karen Meskimen Volesky,, Phone: 319-396-8209                    you would like to donate, please
◗	 Prairie Heights Elementary              Kathy Waychoff, Volunteer Coor-                                                                                            contact Kathy Waychoff in the
   Multicultural Event on April 15.        dinator, at 848-5224 or by email at           Len Kulish,, Phone: 319-447-4464
                                                                                                                                                                      Educational Service Center at
   Share your culture with elemen-                    Verne Svec,, Phone: 319-373-2127                                 848-5224.
                                                                                                                                                                          If you don’t want to part
                                                                                                                                                                      with the yearbook, we would
Prairie high School cont.                                                                                                                                             love to make a copy for the ar-
                                                                                             Prairie Point               cont.                                        chive. We will gently copy your
College Community Schools Eligibility Rules                                                                                                                           yearbook and return it to you.
The following applies to athletes, fine art, and extra-curricular activities:                Congratulations to the following Prairie Point                               Yearbooks are available in
                                                                                                                                                                      the High School library for use
9 Week Grading Period – Students                 passing 4 classes or 2.0 credits,           band students who were selected for honor                                in planning your reunion!
   must be passing 5 classes or 2.5              students not passing 4 classes will         bands so far this school year:
   credits. Students not passing 5               become ineligible until the next se-
   classes will be ineligible until next         mester grading period. This applies         Iowa Bandmasters association all-Iowa Eighth Grade Honor Band
   grading period for the sport/activ-
   ity they are participating in.
                                                 twice a year, mid school year and
                                                 the end of the school year.
                                                                                                Jordan Barrow
                                                                                                Kathryn Langenberg
                                                                                                                          8th Grade
                                                                                                                          8th Grade
                                                                                                                                         Trombone                     School Delays
Semester Grading Period – There               State Rule – Students receiving an
                                                                                                Michael Lamparek
                                                                                                Collin Powell
                                                                                                                          8th Grade
                                                                                                                          8th Grade
                                                                                                                                         Tuba (alternate)
                                                                                                                                         Trombone (alternate)         and Cancellation
   are two Semester Grading Rules,
   one CCSD Rule and one State
                                                 “F” becomes ineligible for 30
                                                 calendar days. Students involved
                                                                                                Nathanael Smale
                                                                                                Jacob Sprengeler
                                                                                                                          8th Grade
                                                                                                                          8th Grade
                                                                                                                                         Percussion (alternate)
                                                                                                                                         Trumpet (alternate)          Information
   Rule, also referred to “Scholarship           in a sport/activity, rule applies at        Northeast Iowa Bandmasters association Honor Band                            As we enter the new school
   Rule” or No Pass/No Play Rule.                semester grading, students who are             Meleah Baloch             8th Grade      Oboe                         year be mindful that delays and
   Both are applied to the student dur-          not involved in any sport/activity             Jordan Barrow             8th Grade      Bassoon                      cancellations are probable. As
   ing this grading period.                      rule applies for one calendar year             Skylar Kiekhaefer         8th Grade      Baritone                     early as possible, weather and
                                                 from that grading period.                      Michael Lamparek          8th Grade      Tuba                         road condition information is
CCSD Rule – Students must be                                                                    Kathryn Langenberg        8th Grade      Trombone
                                                                                                Mark Northup              8th Grade      Alto Saxophone
                                                                                                                                                                      gathered from various sources,
                                                                                                Collin Powell             8th Grade      Trombone                     including city, county, state
Prairie heights elementary cont.                                                                Mitch Renwick
                                                                                                Nathanael Smale
                                                                                                                          8th Grade
                                                                                                                          8th Grade
                                                                                                                                         Bass Clarinet
                                                                                                                                                                      agencies, meteorologists, and
                                                                                                                                                                      personal inspection by school
Fluency in third Grade Reading Continued from page 3                                            Jacob Sprengeler
                                                                                             Marion Junior High Honor Band
                                                                                                                          8th Grade      Trumpet                      personnel. The safety of our
                                                                                                                                                                      students and employees is the
    Fluency includes accuracy (decod-         7. Create instructional routines.                                                                                       overriding, deciding factor when
                                                                                                Alec Balta                7th Grade      Alto Saxophone
ing words correctly), speed (correct              What can we do at school and at                                                                                     cancelling or delaying school.
                                                                                                Jimmie Bragdon            7th Grade      Trombone
words per minute), expression (does the       home to help develop fluency? It is im-           Jordan DeMeyer            7th Grade      Trumpet                      Superintendents decide whether
reader’s voice show surprise, a ques-         portant to read aloud in order to model           Sam Drysdale              7th Grade      Alto Saxophone               schools will open on inclement
tion, etc.?), phrasing, and awareness of      fluent reading. It is important to expose         Kinzie Farmer             7th Grade      Percussion                   weather days but the parent/
punctuation. The phonemic awareness           children to many different genres (non-           Annabelle Fewell          7th Grade      Alto Saxophone               guardian may decide whether
and phonics work done in earlier grades       fiction, fiction, mysteries, historical fic-      Chase Gordon              7th Grade      Tuba                         this is safe for your child to
help lead to fluency. We want readers         tion, etc.). Taped books can be a good            Hannah Halstead           7th Grade      Flute
                                                                                                                                                                      attend on a particular day.
to become fluent so that they can under-      model for children. Other ideas are us-           Jarod Kral                7th Grade      Baritone Saxophone
                                                                                                Brianna McAtee            7th Grade      Flute                            Always check the following
stand what they are reading. Compre-          ing poetry, Reader’s Theater, repeated
                                                                                                Hailey Moore              7th Grade      Oboe                         listings for delays or cancella-
hension, of course, is the goal.              readings of familiar text, and setting            Jacob Sherman             7th Grade      Tuba                         tions:
    Dr. Timothy Rasinsksi, author of          fluency goals. Students are tested on             Sebrina Webster           7th Grade      French Horn                  Website:
The Fluent Reader, lists seven compo-         fluency throughout the year, and teach-           Zach Zimmerman            7th Grade      Tuba
nents of effective fluency instruction:       ers are continually learning how to               Janae Aune                8th Grade      Oboe                         Radio                 Television
1. Teach accuracy in word recognition         improve instruction. During collabora-            Adam Ewing                8th Grade      Tuba                         WMT (1600 AM)         KGAN
    (decoding and vocabulary).                tion this year, third grade teachers are          Cam Frieden               8th Grade      Alto Saxophone               KHAK (98.1 FM)        (Channel 2)
2. Model fluent expressive oral reading       working with Mrs. Little to improve               Calyn Gimse               8th Grade      Tenor Saxophone              KDAT (104.5 FM) KWWL
    for students.                             instruction in phonics and phonemic               Malcolm Johnson           8th Grade      Baritone Saxohpone           KRNA (94.1 FM)        (Channel 7)
                                              awareness. We believe that by con-                Sneha Madhavaram          8th Grade      French Horn                  KZIA (102.9)
3. Repeated reading (practice) of                                                               Bonnie Ruble              8th Grade      French Horn                  KGYM (1600 AM) KCRG
    authentic texts.                          tinuing with best practices in fluency                                                                                                        (Channel 9)
                                                                                                Dalton Simonsen           8th Grade      Percussion                   KCCK (88.3 FM)
                                              instruction, by encouraging reading at
4. Assisted reading (scaffolding or                                                             Zach Strahan              8th Grade      Tuba                         KCJJ (1630 AM)
                                              home, and by setting goals, we will see           Kayla Tjelmeland          8th Grade      Percussion
    guided)                                                                                                                                                           KXIC (800 AM)
                                              students improving throughout the year            Ian Voels                 8th Grade      Baritone
5. Focus on phrased reading.                  and developing into independent and                                                                                     KKRQ (100.7 FM)
6. Be sensitive to text difficulty.           fluent readers.
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Prairie District information                                                                                                                           Feb./March 2010 • Prairie News • 12

                                                   Do you have a child who will start Kindergarten next year?
                                                                             (Students must turn 5 by September 15, 2010 to enroll)

                                                                                            Kindergarten Enrollment Form Fall 2010
                                                         If you have a child who will be starting kindergarten in the fall, please complete this form and mail it to:
                                                                   College Community Schools • ESC/Kindergarten Enrollment
                                                                   401 76th Avenue SW • Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
                                                         Registrations are due March 1 to ensure a building assignment prior to Kindergarten Round Up.
                                                         Please note: We will not start to assign buildings until March 2010.
                                                         The registration packet will come from your assigned building.
                                                         Building Placement
                                                         The district office determines building placements. The key factors that are considered when assigning students
                                                         to one of our four excellent elementary schools are class size and the demographic composition of the student
                                                         body. The district’s goal is to ensure all four elementary schools have similar student populations. College
                                                         Community’s central campus allows us to balance both the student demographics and resources to the benefit of
                                                         all children and building assignments are critical steps to this balancing effort.
                                                         We currently have a child attending (circle one):             Crest   Heights   Ridge       View
                                                         Parent(s) Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________________

                                                         Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

                                                         City, State, and Zip Code: __________________________________________________________________________________________

                                                         Home Telephone: _____________________________ Daytime Telephone: __________________________________________________

                                                         Student Name: Last: ______________________________________ First: __________________________________________________

                                                         Male: _______ Female: _______ Date of Birth: _______________________________________________________________________
                                                         ____________ ELL (English Learner Language) services needed

                                                         _______ Please register me for the Alternate Kindergarten program. Alternate Kindergarten is an optional half-
                                                         day program designed to address the needs of our younger five-year olds. Students with birthdays between June
                                                         1 and September 15 may be prospective alternative kindergarten students. All AK students must turn five prior
                                                         to September 15, 2010. Due to a limited number of openings, not all enrollment requests will be granted.
                                                         The deadline for registering in the AK program is February 12, 2010.

                     College Community School District
                     401 76th Ave SW
                     Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034

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