Prairieview School Bulletin for Monday, March 18, 2019
Athletics: 8th grade girls track
1. The sweats are in, please see Mrs. Vandermark in room #316 to pick them up. 2. There will be an optional hurdle and distance runner practice after school in the Prairieview gym on Monday/Tuesday, March 11 and 12, until 4:15. 3. The first days of practice for the whole squad will be after school on Thursday/Friday, March 14 and 15, starting in the Prairieview gym until 4:30. 4. Starting on March 25th track practice will be at the Timberline track, with the shuttle leaving Prarieview at 2:57. Practice will be until 4:30 for runners and 5:00 for hurdlers and jumpers.
Athletics: 8th grade boys track
Questions about boys track should be directed to Coach Fetters, who teaches at South Middle School. His email is email@example.com. 8th PV boys track practice started Monday, March 11th. The track athletes need to take shuttle bus #47, which will be located on the west side of PV School. There is NO return shuttle to PV, so athletes should be picked up at Timberline School at 4:45 p.m.
Silver cord opportunity: Safety City!
Forms are now available on the counters in the front and back offices of Prairieview to volunteer to help Waukee's incoming Kindergartners at Safety City this summer. Please return your completed forms to the PV office. Both 8th and 9th graders may volunteer.
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!
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. It is checked all day long. 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 all attendance issues and student records, 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.
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).
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! Note: The club will NOT meet on Feb. 21 or Feb. 28. It will resume on March 7.
Love art? Join art club!
If you are interested in creating, sharing, and discussing art with fellow artists, Art Club is the place for you! In Art Club you will have the opportunity to improve your own artistic skill set and collaborate with peers to enrich our school community through artistic expression. Art Club is open to all 8th and 9th grade students. You do not need to be taking an art class to participate in this club. We meet in room 504 from 3-4 pm on the following dates: April 4th, April 18th, March 13th, May 2nd, May 16th.
Spring is almost here (hopefully)! New breakfast and lunch menus began on Monday, March 4. Make sure to check them out to see when there will be new items and your all-time favorites! https://www.waukeeschools.org/nutrition/menus/
Event: Cinderella at WHS April 11 to 14
You are cordially invited to attend Waukee Theatre Department's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical "Cinderella"! Join us as Ella searches for her place in the world around her despite the antics of her stepmother and stepsisters; will Prince Topher be inspired by her kindness? A familiar story with a twist, this family-friendly production is one that you do NOT want to miss! This magical production hits the stage April 11 - 14 at Waukee High School. Show times are on April 11th, 12th, and 13th at 7:00 pm with additional matinees on Saturday, April 13th at 1:00 pm and Sunday, April 14th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through whscinderella.com or at the door the day of performance. Please contact director Chelsea Haaland at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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/
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.
iPhone found on bus
Durham recently found an iPhone on one of the buses. It's a gold phone with a clear case and has a picture of an army man with a tower in the background. The student or parent who belongs to the phone may claim it at the bus barn by being able to open/unlock the phone. Questions? Call 515-987-2788, ext. 2804.
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.
Volunteer opportunity: Waukee Community Closet
The Waukee Community Closet needs your help! Please consider signing up to assist shoppers, sort donations, or organize displays. The Closest is run 99% by volunteers. No experience required, and volunteers are always needed! Visit the Waukee Community Closet website http://www.waukeecloset.com/ for more information about how this program benefits our schools and community, and how you can help.
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.
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.
ELP Parent Group: 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. Next meeting: 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: 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/
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: ACT Prep – English & Reading (Grades 9-12)
Experienced Waukee English instructor with Master’s Degree in Education will review grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and style. An emphasis will be placed on finding the shortcuts on the English test, as well as, test-taking tips for this particular section of the ACT. Students will also review the reading test: types of passages, time management suggestions, and how to approach the reading exam. Please purchase the class workbook online through Community Ed. This is the same book being used for the Science and Math review courses. Instructor: Adam Werley W1915 Monday-Wednesday, 3:15-5:15 pm Friday, 3:15-4:45 pm March 25-27, & 29 Waukee High School, Rm #404 $86. https://www.waukeeschools.org/our-district/community-education/
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.
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.