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Principal's Message

Photo of PCE PrincipalPrairie City Elementary is located in Prairie City, Iowa. It is a PK-5th grade building with 2 sections of each grade level. PCE serves approximately 265 students each year. Prairie City Elementary provides programs and services to support the needs of students with disabilities as well as those that need enrichment and extension. PCE partners with Iowa Reading Corps to provide reading interventions to students through the use of a trained volunteer. Integrative Counseling Services also partners with Prairie City Elementary to provide mental health counseling services on site for enrolled families. The PTO is a strong partnership between parents and teachers at PCE that helps to provide opportunities for family engagement while also providing teachers with educational materials for their classrooms.  Prairie City Elementary is full of kind and hard-working teachers and staff that are dedicated to making the school the best possible place for students to find success while experiencing the joy of learning. 
Teachers and staff at PCE believe both academic and social-emotional skills are equally important in providing a quality education for students so a multi-tiered system of supports is available to meet the needs of all students in those areas. The PCE teachers and staff team together every day to provide high impact evidence-based instructional practices designed to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of the students within a positive, safe and collaborative learning environment. Prairie City Elementary implements a Positive Behavior Intervention System of supports to teach, reinforce and support appropriate student behavior while learning to live the Mustang Way. Living the Mustang Way means to be responsible, respectful, safe and kind in all that you do.  The PCE community will continuously improve and collaborate to have all students be engaged and reflective lifelong learners. This is evident as teachers and staff continually collaborate and reflect on instructional practices and make adjustments when needed to ensure students are learning the expected standards at each grade level. 
Stephanie Ver Helst