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PHS Profile, Fight Song, History

Words to Panorama Fight Song - (using Michigan Fight Song;
Cheer, Panorama Panthers
Cheer as we go for glory
We will come out the victors
Cheer, Panorama Panthers
Cheer as we go for glory
At Panorama High! 
Panorama High School Profile document shared with colleges as seniors request their transcripts to be sent to various post-secondary institutions
Panorama Community School District Profile
Panorama Schools is a progressive district serving 800 students from the communities of Panora, Yale, Jamaica, Bagley and Linden, including the Lake Panorama area. The Panorama communities support our excellent facilities as evidenced by the successful passage of two bond issues in 1997 and 2007, while still maintaining a low tax rate.
The district’s attractive PK-5 building, built in 1998, includes the addition of four early childhood classrooms in 2010 and an innovative outdoor play space that encourages children to explore their natural environment. The 6-12 building, extensively renovated in 2010, proudly showcases several new spaces: 644-seat auditorium, art room, industrial technology area, fitness center, and 8 new classrooms. Both buildings have geothermal technology to provide cost- and energy-efficient air control. Summer of 2015 Physical Education and Athletic Locker Rooms completely renovated and upgraded, also Sports Complex enhanced with new 8 lane track and field event areas, new guest and home bleachers, new Concession/Storage/Restrooms and sound system.
Academically, our students excel in meeting or exceeding Iowa’s proficiency levels. A high percent of students earn college credits from area colleges while still in high school (online, at college campus, & with HS staff). Students experience success as independent learners through involvement in Project CRISS (Creating Student Independence through Student-owned Strategies). Most recently, the district has implemented Iowa’s Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) initiative, which provides clear, research-based standards for quality instruction and learning.
The district offers students a caring environment, excellent facilities, and top-notch curriculum. Located in rural Guthrie County only 40 minutes from Des Moines, families who choose to educate their children at Panorama Schools enjoy the best of both settings!
Panorama High School 
Address: 701 West Main Street, Panora, Iowa 50216
Superintendent: Shawn Holloway
Principal: Mark Johnston
Assistant Principal: Thad Stanley
Athletic Director: Mark Johnston (Erin Ambrose assisting)
Guidance Counselor: Chris Webner
School Colors: silver, light blue, dark blue
Mascot: Panthers
Race/Ethnicity (2011-12): African American 1.5%, Caucasian 95%, Hispanic 2%, other 1.5%.
Grades 9-12 (grades 6-8 share building)
Average Students Per Grade Level: 55
Portion of Students Participating in Extra Curricular Activities with Competitions; Fine Arts 30%, Sports 40%, Academic 10%
Grading Scale: A 100-90, B 89-80, C 70-70, D 69-60, F 59 & below
Grade Point Scale: 4.0 (no weighted courses)
Grade Point Average: annual range of 2.90 – 3.50
Portion of Students Qualifying for Free or Reduced Lunch: 33%
Portion of Students Earning College Credit Prior to Graduation: 90%
ACT Composite: local annual average range: 21-23
Portion of Graduates Attending to 4 year College or University: 45%
Common 4 year colleges attended: University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, Grandview College, Central College, Buena Vista University, Simpson College
Portion of Graduates Attending 2 year or less College or Institution: 50%
Common 2 year or less colleges and institutions attended: Des Moines Area CC, South West CC, Iowa Central CC, Kirkwood CC, Indian Hills CC, AIB College of Business, Creative Center (Omaha)
Single digits of graduate seniors annually join various branches of U.S. Armed Forces
Core Required Courses: Career/Business Exploratory, English 9, 10, 11, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra2, Physical Science, Biology, World History, U.S. History, American Government, Physical Education
Core Elective Courses: 
Creative Comm, Speech, Literature, Journalism, Creative Writing, 
Horticulture I (science), Animal Science I (science) Environmental Biology, Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, Chemistry, Physics
Social Studies
Modern U.S. Problems, Psychology, Society Issues, World Issues, Spanish 1,2,3,4
Elective Vocational Courses
Art Fundamentals, Graphic Design, Drawing 1&2, Ceramics 1&2, Painting 1&2, Commercial Art
Begin Agriculture, Animal Science 1&2, Horticulture 1&2, Agri Welding 1 &2, Natural Resources & Conservation, Agri Machines 1&2, Agri Marketing, Ag Finance, Agri-Technical Communication, 
Food Science, Introduction to Agri-Foods, Food Product Processing, Single Survival, Career Leadership
Personal Finance, Business Theory, Accounting 1&2, Marketing, Investments, Computer Processing, Marketing, Business Law, Yearbook
Industrial Technology
Basic Industrial Technology, Small Engines, Construction, Home Repair, Residential Wiring, Woods, Computer Aided Drafting & Design  
Fine Arts
Band, Chorus, Music Theory, Jazz Theory, Jazz Choir, Contest Preparation
College Courses Delivered by HS Staff with Partner Des Moines Area Community College:
  1. AGB331/Agribusiness Management
  2. AGS114/Survey of Animal Industry
  3. AGH106/Intro to Horticulture I
  4. ART133/Drawing
  5. ART143/Painting
  6. COM703/Communications
  7. EGT400/Introduction to Engineering & Design
  8. FLS241/Intermediate Spanish I & FLS242 Intermediate Spanish II
  9. MAT772 & MAT773/Applied Math I & II
  10. PHY160/College Physics (New in 2018)
  11. PHS166/Intro to Meteorology (new in 2017)
Also - MAT211/Calculus (Western Iowa Technical Community College)
Panora was the original county seat of Guthrie County for many years. Finally losing the battle to retain that status in 1876, Panora became the location for the Guthrie County High School using the empty courthouse as the first school building while the new building was being constructed in 1876. Another beautiful but bigger county school (referred to as the "new" high school in the photo) was constructed on Panora's town square in 1897 and welcomed many students until the county school closed its doors in 1931. The building was then home to Panora and Panora-Linden High students before being replaced with a new building on the west edge of town in 1974. In 1991, the abandoned high school building, which was listed on the National Historic Register, was razed and replaced with a community center.