Prairieview School Bulletin for Wednesday, January 23, 2019
How weather alerts work at Waukee Schoools
Questions about the weather alerts you received (or didn't receive)? See if this link helps: https://waukeeschools.org/district/safety-security/closings-delays/
Athletics: 9th grade boys track - see your history teacher!
Any 9th grade boy who wants to participate in Track & Field needs to sign up with your history teacher immediately. All participants need to have a updated physical and concussion form on file prior to the first day of practice. Freshman boys Track and Field will begin on Monday, Feb. 18.
Athletics: 9th grade boys track - meeting schedule
9th Graders who sign up for Boys Track & Field need to attend the 3 following informational meetings: Monday, January 28th, PV Library @ 7:30am. 9th ONLY PV Boys Track informational meeting. Tuesday, February 5th, High School Auditorium @ 3:15pm. 9-12th Grade Boys Track Informational Meeting. Wednesday, February 6th, High School Auditorium @ 6:30pm. Parent Meeting for Boys Track
Calling all filmmakers!
The 5th annual Waukee Film Festival is coming up on May 11 and we want you to enter! Anyone K-12th, staff, and Waukee Community School District Alumni can participate. Go to www.waukeefilmfest.org/register and sign up by Feb. 1; submit your videos by April 1.
Athletics: 8th grade girls track - sign up, want sweats?
Girls interested in participating in track this spring should fill out the sign-up sheet now in the PV back office. Include name and sprint/distance preference as well as what field events you may be interested in. There will be a track meeting 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Mrs. Vandermark's room (Room 316). Any 8th grade girl who wants to order track sweats should see coach Conner or coach Vandermark in room 316 for an order form ASAP. All orders are due by Thursday, Jan. 31. Late orders will NOT be accepted. If you have questions talk to one of the coaches, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athletics: 8th Grade Boys Track meeting - Jan. 29!
There will be an 8th grade boys track sign-up meeting Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the PV gym from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. Any 8th grade boy who wants to order track sweats should see their science teacher (Bleckwehl, Gordon, Roberts) for an order form. Orders may be turned in at Tuesday's meeting and must be turned in by Thursday, Jan. 31. Late orders will NOT be accepted. If you have questions, talk to coach Schneiter, whose office is behind the back office. Or email him at email@example.com.
Speech Team: District contest postponed to Jan. 23
District speech contest was originally scheduled for Saturday, January 19th are postponed to Wednesday, January 23rd. Speech team members should check their email for details. Please contact coach Mrs Haaland at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Waukee Vocal Music Boosters meetings
Waukee Vocal Music Boosters - meet in the Waukee High School room 122 (carpeted vocal music room) the second Tuesday of every month. All parents of Vocal Music students 6th-12th are invited to attend. Questions? Contact Presidents Angie and Amie at email@example.com.
Could you host an exchange student?
Rotary Club of Waukee is looking for host families for our Exchange Student next year 2019-2020 school year. It would be an approximate three month commitment. We are looking to secure three host families over the school year. We do not have any student information at this point, but need host families who are open to hosting either a boy or a girl. Please contact Joyce Wheeler, Youth Exchange Officer for the Rotary Club of Waukee at (515) 240-3013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our decision to host a new student depends on finding new host families soon as our Club Commitment to host is due in February. If you are interested, please reach out to me and we can discuss further.
Foundation Auction Feb. 23
Save the Date for our 2019 Annual Auction Event! Waukee Community Schools Foundation’s Annual Auction Event will be 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Ron Pearson Center.
Mini Med School may give you a peak at what's ahead at APEX
Are you interested in a career in the medical field or would one day like to take an APEX class in this field? Experience it now with Des Moines University's mini-medical sessions starting in February. Learn more about the 2019 programming focused on physical therapy, find the registration form, and more at https://calendar.dmu.edu/event/mini_medical_school#.XDUl6Px7l25.
Athletics: 9th grade boys tennis - Feb. 13
The Boys Tennis Preseason meeting will take place at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the high school media center. Freshmen, if you intend to play for the team this season, attendance is required. Questions? Please contact Coach Eric Wetzel at email@example.com.
Lost anything? Glasses? Headphones? Wedding band/engagement ring set?
A wedding band and woman's engagement ring set were found recently in the PV parking lot. Please call the office to identify and claim it, 515-987-2770. Also, several pairs of glasses have been in lost and found on the secretaries' counters for various amounts of time. Please see if they are yours (or your student's). If you are missing your headphones, please stop in the back office to see Mrs. Johnson. And please check the Lost and Found between the soda machines in the Commons for larger items including jackets, books, notebooks, water bottles etc.
Do you know how to log into PowerSchool?
Parents/guardians, do you know how to log in to check your student's grades and attendance? This link (https://www.waukeeschools.org/students-and-parents/powerschool/) should help you set it up on a computer. After doing that, use this link ( https://www.waukeeschools.org/students-and-parents/powerschool/powerschool-app/) to help you set it up on the mobile app. To create an account you will need an access ID and password for each child. If you do not have an Access ID or Access Password, please bring your photo ID and visit your child’s school or the district office. This cannot be given to parents/guardians over the phone or via email. Students generally know their own PowerSchool username and password, but are welcome to stop in either the front or back office if they do not know it yet.
9th grade boys: Sign up now for soccer!
The official start to the high school boys' soccer season is March 11th. If you want to play you need to complete the form found at the link below. The information gathered is meant for those interested in playing even if not 100% sure of the decision at this time. ALL interested student-athletes including those who have competed in the program previously must complete the form. Thanks. https://goo.gl/forms/qr67P67pUzpUEqGt1 P.S. Completing the form does not obligate you to play, but does ensure that you will be in the know for the upcoming season. We have plenty of check-list items that need to be completed in order to be able to play on day 1. Not signing up means you likely will miss out on pre-season activities and important communication before, during and after the season.
Silver Cord: Resources for freshmen
All ninth graders are invited to participate in the Silver Cord Program! This optional program recognizes students for community service throughout their high school years. Ninth graders are already registered on our website at www.waukeesilvercord.org and can login with their Waukee Schools username and password. For program details, please review our handbook: https://waukeeschools.org/app/uploads/2018/06/18-19-Silver-Cord-Handbook.pdf. Current volunteer opportunities can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_dnjICnh7KVc-FPlY58955IWFWXP500Y5CH2QYxrQBc/edit. Follow Waukee Silver Cord on Facebook and Twitter for new opportunities. Please contact Silver Cord Program Supervisor Sarah Paulsen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Review: End-of-the-day pick-up procedures!
In our continued effort to keep our students safe, please consider changing the manner in which you drop off and pick up your student at Prairieview. We know that many cars get “stuck” on University Avenue unable to turn into our drive. This creates a safety risk to vehicles that are traveling on University Avenue as well as to students who are entering and exiting those same vehicles that have yet to turn onto our drive. We ask you to please take a look at this map. The map outlines in great detail, and in color, where parking and waiting for students is permitted and where it is not permitted. Please note that you should never at any time be parked on University Avenue. There are three parking lots surrounding Prairieview that can be used as waiting areas for students. We have also outlined four exits near those parking areas. Feel free to pull into any empty parking spot while waiting for your student to be dismissed from school if the permitted areas (single lane) on the drive surrounding the school is filled. We encourage you to remind your student to use the designated crosswalks for their safety. We include this information with the sincerest hope that we can make student drop off and pick up a safe and smooth process.
Have an athlete at your home? Bookmark this link
The CIML website is kept up-to-date and this link will show you each day's competitions: https://cimlcentral.org/public/genie/79/school/8/. You may also want to look around that site for full schedules and details of your student's sports events. Families, if your student is in Waukee athletics, the coach for each team should be communicating with students and families about games/meets and times and locations etc. Please reach out to your student's coach(es) as your first point of contact if you have questions. Feel free to share this link with family or friends who like to support your students!
What's for lunch?
Check out the menus to see when there will be new items and your all-time favorites! https://www.waukeeschools.org/nutrition/menus/ As a note for the future, our next menu change will occur on Monday, March 4.
Community Education: ACT Prep – Math (Grades 9-12)
Instructor teaches high school math in Waukee. This class will focus on test taking strategies for the math portion of the ACT. We will review math concepts commonly found on the ACT and take and discuss several practice exams. Please purchase the class workbook online through Community Ed. This is the same book being used for the Grammar, Science, and Reading review courses. Instructor: Jay Winter W1916a Thursdays, 3:15-5:45 pm January 24, 31, February 7 Waukee High School, Rm #661 $86 W1916b Thursdays, 3:15-5:45 pm March 28, April 4, 11 Waukee High School, Rm #661 $86. https://www.waukeeschools.org/our-district/community-education/
Community Education: Instant Guitar
Have you ever wanted to learn to play the guitar but time and money for private lessons has kept you away? Then this class is for you! This one-time 2 ½ hour class will teach all the basics of playing the guitar so you can play your favorite songs right away. No past experience with music or the guitar is required. Designed for beginners, the emphasis is on having the correct tools and instruction to have fun learning chords and strumming patterns, not technical perfection. This interactive class uses an easy-to-use instruction manual and plenty of hands-on experience to help you feel comfortable knowing you have the proper tools and instruction to enjoy your guitar for years to come. Bring your acoustic guitar. Ages 12+ are welcome. Fee includes a workbook. Instructor: Phil Buntenbach W1901a Tuesday, 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 5, South Middle School, Pod #302, $39. W1901b Tuesday, 6-8:30 p.m. April 16, South Middle School, Pod #302, $39. https://www.waukeeschools.org/our-district/community-education/
ELP Parent Group: Jan. 28 & April 1
The ELP Parent Group is a parent-run, district-wide outreach group open to all interested parents and staff. The purpose of the group is to support the needs of gifted learners through a parent and gifted education partnership. The objective of meetings will be centered around engagement, communications, and connections. If you have questions, please contact the group facilitators at ELP.email@example.com Group Facilitators: Kate Boonstra, Tracy Scott, Meredith Jones. Upcoming meetings: Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Students, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center, 295 SE Ashworth Rd, Waukee, Top Hat room. Free. Technology, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 1, at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center, 295 SE Ashworth Rd, Waukee, Top Hat room. Free.
Community Education: Voice Lessons (Grades 6-12)
Develop your singing voice to its full potential by learning the essential foundations of singing. Sing anything by learning HOW to sing! Students will learn to sing classical art songs and arias in English, Italian, German and/or French while developing their full potential and produce a well-supported, well-focused and freely produced sound. All private lessons are 30 minutes in length, once a week between the dates below. Available Monday-Friday Between 3:30-6 pm January 7-May 16 (No lessons 1/22-25, 2/11, 3/18-22, 4/22) Waukee High School, Rm #122 or 123 W1908jta $225 (8 lessons) W1908jtb $225 (8 lessons) Instructor: Jacqueline Thomson. Please contact Jacqueline Thomson to schedule your lessons at (515) 720-5198 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jacqueline has been on the Voice Faculty with Simpson College and NYU's CAP 21 Studios; her students have won numerous competitions, awards and college scholarships. https://www.waukeeschools.org/our-district/community-education/
Community Education: Fencing (Grades 2-12)
New and returning students invited. Join this fast growing Olympic sport. Each Youth Enrichment League (YEL) fencing class follows four basic components: Teaching, Practicing, Moving, and Playing. Hall of Fame Olympic Fencing Coach Ro Sobalvarro crafts our lessons and curriculum. Students pair up and practice the fencing move or concept, rotate partners and repeat. Students are then asked to mock-fence using only the moves taught so far. Students fence with multiple fencers at their skill level. All equipment provided. Sign up today to think, learn, and play well with YEL! Instructor: Youth Enrichment League Staff Session 1: W1925b (Grades 6-12) Tuesdays, 7:15-8:45 pm January 29-March 12. South Middle School, Commons. $120. Session 2: W1926b (Grades 6-12) Tuesdays, 7:15-8:45 pm April 2-May 21 (no class 4/23) South Middle School, Commons $120. https://www.waukeeschools.org/our-district/community-education/
Community Education: Flute Lessons
Register now for individualized lessons that fit the needs and musical desires of any and all flutists! Whether you're looking to enhance your tone and technical ability or you want to learn repertoire for a recital, audition, ensemble or just for fun, together we can create an enriching musical plan to reach your goals. For students in grades 5-12. All private lessons are 30 minutes in length. Packages of 8 or 16 lessons are available. *After the first lesson, students will purchase a lesson book for approx. $10. Please contact Jackie Jones first for availability at email@example.com Instructor is Shuler Elementary music teacher, Jackie Jones. Mondays or Tuesdays, between 4-8 pm January 14-May 13 (No lessons 1/21, 3/18-3/22) Shuler Elementary, Rm #516 W1919jja (8 lessons) $242.00* W1919jjb (16 lessons) $378.00* https://www.waukeeschools.org/our-district/community-education/
Community Education: Blast the Winter Blues (Grades 6-8)
Do you need something fun to keep you busy throughout the winter? Try Blast the Winter Blues! Each time we will start off with a low impact way to get our hearts beating, (such as power walking with music, yoga, kickboxing or dance-offs) and then spend the rest of our time with a fun activity to keep our brains sharp and hands busy (such as smash journaling, brain busters, cup stacking, rock painting, karaoke, and cookie decorating). Instructor is Waukee Middle School Teacher, Kelly Reinhold. W1918 Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm February 5-March 12 Waukee Middle School, Media Center and Small Gym $49. https://www.waukeeschools.org/our-district/community-education/
Financial Planning for Special Needs Families
We know you focus on making sure your child has the quality of living they deserve. What happens if you are no longer able to provide the financial resources yourself? How do you know if you have structured their finances in a way that ensures they are still able to receive needs-based benefits when they reach the age of majority? Properly structured supplemental funding can protect benefits and help provide a higher quality of living for that person. Instructor: Dennis Burns. W1900. 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, South Middle School, Rm #305 $12. https://www.waukeeschools.org/our-district/community-education/
To report an absence, late arrival or early pick-up
For any information related to whether or what time your student will be at school, please leave a voicemail on our Attendance Line: 515-987-2757. Save that in your phone as it is the number you will need most often. If you have an urgent absence come up and you will be at Prairieview less than 30 minutes after your call, call Jeni Adams, student services secretary, who handles student records and all attendance issues, at 515-987-2772. If you have questions or concerns that are not related to an appointment, tardiness, leaving school early or an absence, call Hope Johnson, building secretary at 515-987-2770.
Procedures for picking up students, dropping off items
When picking up a student early for dismissal, parents need to come into the office to see the secretary in the front office. This is part of our system to keep students safe. Also, please tell your students to pick up their passes in the morning or during passing periods if they know they are leaving. This helps with not having to disturb classroom learning to distribute dozens of passes each day. If you choose to drop off items your students forgot to bring, please put the item on the shelf under the TV in the front office, label it with your student's name and text your child to come pick it up. We know that students often learn best when they experience the natural consequences of their lack of preparation but we understand that once in a while parents bail them out. Thank you for helping your students develop these essential life skills.
Order your 18-19 PV yearbook today!
Have you ordered a yearbook for this year yet??? If not, you're gonna want to do so before March because this year's book is gonna be awesome! The cost is $30 on RevTrak. Go to "School Payments," then "Prairieview" then "Prairieview School Yearbook."
Tabletop Gamers and Chess Club: Thursdays
Tabletop Gamers and Chess Club is a space to play chess, board games, card games, roleplaying games, dice games, or handhelds. We meet Thursdays from 2:50 to 3:45 p.m. at Prairieview in Mr. Finken's room (713). It's a casual environment. No sign up needed. Attend whenever you feel like stopping by. Chess boards provided. Bring a game you want to try out, or check out one of ours!
HyperStream Club - open to 9th graders
The Waukee High School HyperStream Club is looking for new members, open to grades 9-12, to help with many technology and career-related projects, competitions, and job shadowing opportunities this year. The club works in the areas of cyber defense, gaming, app development, robotics, graphic design, video production, marketing, communications, community service and many more. No experience necessary to participate. Find out how HyperStream activities and our professional mentors can help you with your future in any career field! Questions? Email Russ Goerend at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @WHSHyperStream.
Reading Club - Wednesdays during lunch
What: Eat lunch and read in a quiet, comfy space. When: Every Wednesday during all 3 lunches. Where: Mrs. Findlay’s room (804).
When is my lunch?
We will have three lunches this school year, all three will have both 8th and 9th graders. A Lunch will eat before their 4th period class. B Lunch will eat after 4th period and before their 5th period class. C Lunch will eat after their 5th period class. To determine which lunch you will have, you need to know the names of your 4th and 5th period teachers. With those names in mind, please check these instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P-bQ70mfo-2vM807H02JMQq5TUYKpwJTYeK23brp8-A/edit?usp=sharing. Given that, we are finding some students whose schedules do not follow the listed options. If your student falls into that case, please email building secretary, Hope Johnson, as email@example.com, or call the main PV office at 515-987-2770, so we can check and adjust the schedule if needed.
Class schedules for Prairieview
All regular schedules are available here on the Prairieview page of the Waukee website. Hint: You may want to bookmark that so you can easily find it when planning appointments.
Parking options for PV student drivers
Unfortunately, we do not have any designated parking available for our students. Spaces that were available for our students in past years will now be reserved for Waukee High School upperclassmen who purchase parking permits. There are not enough spaces for all of the WHS students, even with the addition of a new parking lot. The district recognizes that this causes problems for some of our families, especially those whose students have before- or after-school practices or rehearsals. These families have some options: 1) Students may park at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center (WILC), 295 SE Ashworth and then board a shuttle to the high school. Details about pick-up times are being worked out. That information will be made available to you as soon as it is determined. 2) Park in a nearby neighborhood. 3) Carpool with upperclassmen on their athletic team/activity group if that's an option. 4) Park together with other team members and walk together.
Admission costs for athletics events
The CIML Conference gate admission charges for this school year will be $3 to attend 8th grade events and $4 to attend 9th grade events. Varsity Football games will cost student $6. These prices will apply for both students (K-12) and adults.