Prairieview School Bulletin for Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Athletics: 8th grade girls track - sign up, order sweats!
Sign up NOW for 8th Grade Girl's track in the back office for any girls interested in participating. The 8th grade English teachers have forms for ordering sweats for the track season. Forms and money will be collected on Jan. 25 and 26 before school in the cafeteria by Coach Conner and Coach Vandermark.
Activity: 9th grade play! Meeting Feb. 9
Be a part of the 9th Grade Play, THE OUTSIDERS! INFORMATIONAL MEETING: WHEN: Friday, Feb. 9, 3:15 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Theatre Arts Center (attached to Prairieview) WHAT: The meeting will discuss Synopsis, Show Requirements, Cast & Crew Registration, Auditions, Rehearsal Schedule, Leadership Applications, and more! Can’t make the info meeting? Email Mr. Jorgensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) Performances will take place on Thursday, May 3rd and Friday, May 4th at 7:00pm.
Athletics: Girls golf — sign up now
Any 9th grade girl interested in playing golf this season needs to sign up in the Prairieview back office. A mandatory team meeting will be held Feb. 26 @ 3:15 in the High School, room 600. All girls need to have a current sports physical and concussion form turned in to office prior to the start of the season, April 19. Questions? Ask Coach Marty Sullivan, email@example.com.
Last day to request schedule change: Friday!
The final date to change schedules for second semester will be FRIDAY, JANUARY 19. If you still would like to request a schedule change, please complete this form: This is a REQUEST form ONLY. There are no guarantees that your request will be granted. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of students but because sections are limited, not all students receive their first choice. Appropriate reason for a schedule change include: a. Approved level changes, b. Computer and/or clerical error, c. Failure to meet a course prerequisite., d. Enrollment in a course to meet graduation requirements., e. Adding a course to replace a study hall. 2. Course change requests will be processed as quickly as possible, in the order that they are received, once fully and appropriately filled out. The final date to change schedules for second semester will be FRIDAY, JANUARY 19. 3. Teacher change requests will not be granted. 4. Check PowerSchool to see if your request was granted. Please allow at least 24 hours (of school days) from the time submitted for your change to be processed.
Class available for families dealing with mental illness
From the nurse: NAMI of Central Iowa is offering a free 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness. Includes an overview of public mental health care and juvenile justice systems, advocacy, evidence-based treatment, problem-solving and crisis management, as well as self-care and stress management techniques for caregivers. The course is taught by trained instructors who have similar experience with their own children. · Wednesday evenings 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 21 – April 25. · Free: Call 515-850-1467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. This flier is attached. This class is only available in Des Moines on these dates. No recordings or other options. The class has not been offered for a few years so its availability is limited.
Join PV Crew - Every Friday after school
Are you looking for a new after school group or club to join? Come check out PV Crew! PV Crew is responsible for creating the Prairie [Re]View, a monthly(ish) school newsletter. We also like to commit random acts of kindness and tackle any big ideas our student members bring. We meet every Friday in Ms. Teff's room - room 312. Want more information? Talk to Mr. C-P or Ms. Teff or contact Ms. Teff via email at email@example.com
Athletics: 9th grade boys, sign up now for soccer!
Please complete THIS FORM to sign up for soccer or to learn more. That link is for all 9th-12th grade boys interested in playing soccer for Waukee this school year. Questions? Email Coach Carlos Acebey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athletics: 8th grade boys track - order your sweats!
Attention all 8th grade boys going out for track - if you want to order gray sweats, pick up an order form rom one of the 8th grade science teachers (Bleckwehl, Gordon, Yeoman). You can wear the gray sweats for practice and at meets. All orders forms and money is due by Wednesday, January 31st. There will NO late orders accepted. Turn the forms and money into Mr. Schneiter in the main office area.
Athletics: 8th grade swimming - sign up now!
Anyone interested in participating in 8th grade boys and girls swimming beginning February 12th needs to sign up NOW in the PV back office and pick up important information.
Sophomore orientation: Jan. 29 and 31
9th grade students and parents: Sophomore orientation will be held in the Waukee High School auditorium on two different nights in January. It is necessary to attend only one night, as the information shared will be the same for both. This orientation will include general high school information and course registration for sophomore year. Please attend one of the following orientation nights: Monday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. OR Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Athletics: 9th grade boys tennis
What: Waukee Boys Tennis Preseason Meeting When: Tuesday, February 13th @3:45 Where: Waukee High School Media Center
Athletics: West Des Moines Lacrosse registration is open
The West Des Moines Lacrosse Club is open for registrations for the upcoming spring season. To register and for more information, visit the club’s website at www.wdmlacrosse.com. The club fields teams for high school boys and girls (grades 9-12) as well as middle school boys and girls (grades 4-8). The club has players from many different schools including Waukee. No experience is necessary. Interested students also have the option of attending a few practices to try the sport before deciding to register. The club has equipment to borrow. Just contact the club via email (email@example.com) about your interest and the club will advise when practices start.
Activity: Join in on the Waukee Film Fest!
See yourself as a a movie star? Love to make short films with your friends? The 5th annual Waukee Film Fest is for you! Head to waukeefilmfest.org for more information and to register!
Community Education: Parenting with Love and Logic
Need a new parenting approach? Frustrated? Looking for new strategies? This 4-week program is based on the Cline-Fay Love and Logic Philosophy. Learn how to lovingly set limits, reduce power struggles, encourage responsibility, and improve decision-making skills in your children. The Love and Logic approach to parenting can be put into practice immediately and is appropriate for children of all ages. Jason Sanders, a school counselor and certified Love and Logic instructor, will be facilitating the class. Instructor: Jason Sanders W1803 Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm February 6-27 Waukee High School, Media Center $42 individual $54 couple. More info HERE.
Community Education: Knitting 101
Learn to knit a scarf, start to finish! In the first class session, learn to knit stitch and how to cast-on and knit a basic scarf. You will work getting the stitches right and learn how to fix mistakes. The time period between the two classes is your time to knit the majority of the scarf, bringing it close to a finishing point. You will use the second class to learn the purl stitch and also finish the scarf – binding off, adding fringe and weaving in the ends. You will learn all the basics of knitting! Participants need to bring their own supplies to the first class. Supply list available online. Adults and students age 13 and up are welcome. Instructor: Jen Geigley W1805 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm February 7 & 28 South Middle School, Room #408 $34. More info HERE.
Athletics: 9th grade girls soccer
Any 9-12 grade girls interested in playing soccer this spring, please use this form to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lejqGpXnmNjqBc_cGCKVjJFqs0Gszkh35B4Cc8jSs1A/edit
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. More info HERE. W1821a Mondays, 3:15-5:45pm January 22-February 5 Waukee High School, Room #661 $85 W1821b Saturdays, 8:30am-12:15pm March 24 & 31 Waukee High School, Room #661 $85
Community Education: Trumpet Lessons (Grades 6-12)
Private one-on-one lessons for trumpet players! Any skill level is welcome. Students will cover the basics of effective trumpet playing while performing challenging music. Students will advance their knowledge and performance of trumpet playing. Waukee students will use their same lesson book from school band. For any non-Waukee students and adults, lesson material will be supplied. All private lessons are 30 minutes in length, once a week, between the dates below. Adults are welcome as well. *Instructor: Andrew Sowatzke. More info HERE. Available Mondays and Tuesdays Between 4:00-9:00pm January 15-May 22 South Middle School, Band Room #114 W1839a $225 (8 lessons) W1839b $450 (16 lessons) Please contact Andrew Sowatzke to schedule your lessons at (262) 844-7468 or firstname.lastname@example.org. *Andrew has been a private trumpet teacher for 8 years, and holds Bachelor's and Master's degree in Trumpet performance.
Community Education: Herbal Facial Evening
Enjoy an evening of beauty by giving yourself a 5-step facial while unwinding with a cup of herbal tea. A fun activity for you and your friends! Delight and pamper your skin with gentle, natural products. These are easy to make and use no harsh or unsustainable ingredients. The instructor has been making and using herbal products, and teaching classes and workshops on herbal facials for over 20 years. Ages 16+ are welcome. Participants should bring a hair tie and headband. Instructor: Linda Kirkland W1811 Thursday, 6:30-8:00 pm February 8 South Middle School, Room #526 $20. More info HERE.
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. More info HERE. Instructor: Phil Buntenbach W1816a Thursday, 6:00-8:30 pm January 18 South Middle School, Pod #302 $39. W1816b Thursday, 6:00-8:30 pm April 12 South Middle School, Pod #302 $39.
Community Education: Fencing (Grades 2-12)
Fencing is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA. Youth Enrichment League fencing is designed to engage beginners through advanced students. Students will receive world class instructor as the curriculum is designed by a former olympic fencer. Students will get a physical workout while learning honor, manners, and respect in the sport of fencing. Safety is a priority and all equipment is provided. Get in the game! Instructor: Youth Enrichment League staff. More info HERE. W1830a (Grades 2-5) Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15pm January 9-March 20 (no class 1/23, 1/30, 3/13) South Middle School, Commons $108 W1830b (Grades 2-5) Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15pm March 27-May 22 (no class 4/24) South Middle School, Commons $108 W1830c (Grades 6-12) Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm January 9-March 20 (no class 1/23, 1/30, 3/13) South Middle School, Commons $135 W1830d (Grades 6-12) Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm March 27-May 22 (no class 4/24) South Middle School, Commons $135
Community Education: Broadway Master Clinic (Grades 6-12)
Does your student have a passion for singing and acting? In this clinic, students will study and practice audition techniques, song interpretation and broadway basics. Students will take their audition and performance skills to the next level! Students will perform for each other and have a few mock Broadway auditions as well. Students will need to bring a 3-ring binder, pencil, and recording device to the clinic. A phone with a recording option is OK. Clinic taught by Whitney Edgar, who has been performing professionally, in conjunction with teaching for 8 years. She holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Tennessee and is a graduate of Simpson College in Music. Whitney has extensive training in Broadway. She has studied with Grammy and Emmy Award Winning Musical Director, Arranger, Conductor and Composer, Paul Bogaev. More info HERE. W1826a Tuesdays, 7:15-8:30pm January 16-March 6 South Middle School, Room 122 $49 W1826b Tuesdays, 7:15-8:30pm March 20-May 8 South Middle School, Room 122 $49
Community Education: Voice Lessons (Grades 6-12)
Develop your singing voice to its full potential by learning the essential foundations of singing resulting in a freely-produced, well-supported, well-focused sound. Sing anything by learning HOW to sing! Lessons will also help singers to prepare for Opus, All-State, Musical Theatre, jazz and show choir auditions. All private lessons are 30 minutes in length, once a week, between the dates below. *Instructor: Jacqueline Thomson. More info HERE. Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays Between 3:30-7:30pm January 15-May 17 Waukee High School, Room #123C W1840a $225 (8 lessons) W1840b $450 (16 lessons) Please contact Jacqueline Thomson to schedule your lessons at (515) 720-5198 or email@example.com. *Jacqueline, having sung throughout the United States and Europe, 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.
Daddy Daughter Dance Feb. 17
The After-Prom Committee will hold a Daddy Daughter Dance to help raise funds to support the 2018 party. Dads or Dad-like friends are invited to bring their favorite Valentine (ages 2-22) on Feb. 17 to Prairieview School, 655 SE University, Waukee, IA from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost to attend the dance is $30 per couple with an additional $10 fee for each additional daughter. Register online using RevTrak: https://waukee.revtrak.net/daddy-daughter-dance/.
Essential phone numbers for Prairieview
Add this number to your contacts for someday when you need it: 515-987-2757. That is our attendance line. Please leave a voicemail there with any information regarding your student being late, absent or leaving school early. If you need to talk with a live person about these issues, call Student Services Secretary Jeni Adams at 515-987-2772. If you have any other concerns or questions, call Building Secretary Hope Johnson at 515-987-2770. NOTE: If you Google the school or ask Siri to call for you, you will most likely be connected to the back office, which is fine, but will delay processing. Thank you!
Community education: Great Beginnings for Families
Join us for a fun, informative series of workshops for parents/caregivers of infants – kindergarteners that will provide the skills and understanding necessary to raise healthy young children. We will explore the key principles of child development, positive discipline and guidance, helping children cope with anger and conflict, encouraging learning through play, along with building strong families and temperament. For parents and children ages 0-5. Cost is per family, and childcare will be provided. Instructor: ISU Extension and Outreach staff W1801 Thursdays, 6:30-7:45 pm February 1-March 1 Grant Ragan Elementary, Media Center & Commons $10. https://www.waukeeschools.org/commed/
Wondering about weather/snow day alerts?
The district website has information all about weather-related school cancelations. Families who are NEW to the Waukee District may want to opt-in to the notification system. Families who were in the district last year and received notifications do NOT need to opt-in again. All those instructions are here.
Save the date! 9th grade orientation
Current 8th graders! Orientation to get ready for 9th grade will be at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Monday, Feb 12th. Families, do you have a current 7th grader at home? Orientation to get ready for 8th grade will be at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Monday, Feb 5th. All sessions will be at the Theatre Arts Center on the west end of Prairieview. Students whose last names start with A-L should attend the early session each night, students whose last names start with M-Z should attend the late session. However, if a conflict makes it impossible to attend the assigned session, you may attend the other one. More information will be shared closer to those dates. Note for current 9th graders: We have not yet received information about 10th grade orientation dates from Waukee High School.
Save the date! Spring Conferences
Prairieview conferences will be Feb. 20, 21, 22.
Parent pick-up procedures, with map
A refresher from the email sent by Principal Juley Murphy-Tiernan: Parents/guardians have been stopping and waiting in both lanes in front of the building for their student. This is not okay. The only lane that parents/guardians should be stopped and waiting in, is the right lane. The left is for traffic to S-L-O-W-L-Y pass through. If you arrive at PV and there are no spots in the right lane for you to stop and wait for your student, try to pull ahead in front of the Theatre Arts Center until the entire lane is filled. Next, check the parent pick-up lane on the west side of the building. If you are heading north, this may be the best spot for you to choose! HERE is color-coded Google map for your convenience. Please note that those lanes marked in green are areas in which it’s okay for you to park and wait. That lane marked in red, you have to leave open. Parents/guardians are also allowed to wait for their student(s) in open parking spots in the staff lot. Students will then be asked to use the designated crosswalks to access the parking lot. Please know that the lot really clears out between 2:55 and 3:00 p.m. WHS does not dismiss until 3:00 pm. So, there is a window of opportunity that alleviates some congestion for some.
Student need a pass? Have them stop at the front desk.
If your student will be leaving school for an appointment or any other planned reason during the school day, please ask your student to stop at the front desk to pick up his or her pass. This can be done before school, during passing periods or at lunch time. This will help minimize interruptions to the school day, more efficiently use our office resources and ensure that students will be waiting for you in the office at the needed time. As you can imagine, a school of 730 teenagers has LOTS of comings and goings each day. Thank you, Prairieview families, for your support!
Do you know what your children are eating?
Check out this greatschoolcafe.com. Create an account - it will let you sign up through Waukee Community School District and you can even download the App to your phone. This is a super way to see daily what kids are purchasing. Also, it's a great way to daily track your balance at the touch of your App. You can even receive low balance notifications via text and set any restrictions to your student's account that are flagged on our cash register terminals. Thank you!
How do you know what's happening at Prairieview?
The district website http://www.waukeeschools.org/ and the Prairieview page http://www.waukeeschools.org/school/prairieview-school/ and email directly from the school and the district office are our primary systems of communications. Facebook helps share some of our good news and timely reminders: https://facebook.com/WaukeePVS/. LIKE our page and adjust notifications to see more from Prairieview. Also find us at @waukeePVS on Instagram and Twitter.
Athletics: Sign up now for 9th grade girls track!
Attention girls in grades 9-12, if you are interested in being part of the 2018 Waukee HS Girls Track & Field team, please sign-up as soon as possible using the link below. An apparel order, important dates, and other season info will be sent to you in late November after completing the sign-up. If you have any questions, email Coach Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org. WGT&F SIGN-UP LINK Follow us on Twitter: @WHS_Girls_TF First official practice is Monday, Feb. 12. A parent-athlete-coach meeting is also scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Go Warriors!
Order your PV yearbook today!
It’s never too early to purchase your yearbook on RevTrack. The link to the yearbook purchasing page is here: https://waukee.revtrak.net/school-payments-5/Prairieview/Prairieview-School-Yearbook/. As for delivery, because we want to include summer sports, your children will receive their yearbooks in the first month of school, next year. If you have any questions, please email the Publications teacher, Mr. Cumings-Peterson, at email@example.com.
Families, send us your school event photos!
My name is Drew Cumings-Peterson. I’m the teacher responsible for helping students complete the yearbook. We do our best to take pictures of as many student activities (sports, music, theater, etc.) as possible, but since our students do not have driver’s licenses, we cannot make it to everything. With that in mind, I’m asking for your help. If you’re at an event for your student and have a good camera (not a cell phone), we’d greatly appreciate it if you’d take as many pictures as possible and, when you get home, upload them to the website we use to complete the yearbook. The email address is: http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=2044700. If you follow the instructions on the website, you can upload and tag pictures so that we know where they belong. Thank you for helping make the yearbook a special artifact for your eighth and ninth graders!
Activity: Gamers meet Thursdays after school
Tabletop Gamers is an open classroom for all types of games: board games (including chess), card games, dice games, role-playing games, miniature games, strategy games, handheld games... or whatever games someone brings in. Come learn a new game or bring your own and teach us how to play! Thursdays, 3 to 4 p.m., in Prairieview, Room 713. Contact: Mark Finken, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast and Lunch Key Points for Students
For 8th and 9th grades - Charging is not allowed – students are not allowed to have a negative balance when paying for any food. Please make sure you have a way of paying for your meal. To make a complete meal please take a FULL serving of fruit or vegetable. If not, you may be sent back or charged separately for all menu items. Students on the Free/Reduced Lunch Program may also eat breakfast for free or reduced price. If you have specific questions, you may email email@example.com.
Activity: 9th Grade Individual Events Speech Team
The Iowa High School Speech Association opens a competitive season for individual speaking events each winter (Acting, Solo Musical Theatre, Radio News Announcing, Spontaneous Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Poetry, Prose, and more). Schedule varies throughout January through March. Learn more at our website: http://www.waukeeactivities.org/speech-team-grade-9/. Contact: Kelly Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org.