DIvided lunches. I felt a disconnect with my personal and school life where for me and everyone else it sucked. I felt like my needs as a human were neglected. Great academics but come on blue valley district.
Prairie Star is like, The best school ever! We have the nicest staff, Friendly and helpful, and it's a great school. The teachers find ways to make the curriculum exciting for you and really want to give you the least homework possible. They offer 5 types of music classes; Jazz band, Regular band, Prairie Star Singers, Choir, and Orchestra. PSMS also offers two different foreign languges at both begining and continuing levels, Spanish and French. They also offer Food and Consumer Science (You cook and sew in this class) and Technology Education (Working with wood, technology, ect.) and Art Class, and Speech and Drama (Acting and Speech class) and lastly Computer Technology (a computer and typing class.) Also at Prairie Star, You get one study hall class for 45 minutes every other day. On select Tuesday's (usually 1 or 2 each month) all students get out of school at 1:10 PM. Dr. Lynn Rantz is a very good principal and has a great balance of strict and niceness to her. If you live 2.5 miles (or farther) away from PSMS, You can get AM and PM bussing for free. PSMS is a very good school for everyone.
The school's staff and teachers are very kind and compassionate. They make learning fun and exciting. The teachers really care about you and really want you to learn so you can be at your best. They don't just teach you because they're getting payed for it. If you don't understand something the teachers will take time after school to help you. There are plenty of after-school activities like basketball, football, volleyball, broadcast, the PSMS newspaper and more. The students are welcoming and happy. Everyone fits in and no one is ever left out. The learning environment is comfortable. We did the best on the state tests this year too. The whole time I've been at PSMS, I haven't seen anyone get made fun of or talked down to. I love this school.
It's a terrific school with a great staff and a good administration. The administration isn't overly warm and fuzzy like an elementary school. I personally like that because it prepares the kids for high school, but that tends not to go over well with some of the parents whose kids need constant coddling. And the teachers and administration generally don't tolerate nonsense from the kids. Again, this doesn't go over well with some of the parents whose kids are 'misunderstood' and/or 'independent.' I am delighted that my kids are at Prairie Star.
Prairie Star Middle is a better school than its same-named elementary. Principal and staff seem to work harder to promote acceptance of diversity; there is a culture of kindness that permeates all levels of student activity; students with 'differences' seem to be more accepted generally than in the elementary school. Individual teachers take the initiative to support students they see needing help academically and socially. New principal is doing a good job, in my opinion. We are pleased so far after one year there.