Price Lab's Legacy, As Remembered by the Community

Price Lab has a long legacy in Cedar Falls, in Iowa and beyond. This is a place to share your memories and thoughts.

For the parents, students, teachers and community of Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls, it has been a hard few months.

They have fought to keep their school open. Now, there are only a few days left before the planned closure.

But the school has a long history stretching back far before the drama of budget cuts, lobbying, protests and lawsuits.

We want to hear, from you, the community, about your memories of Price Lab. What have you loved about it? Students and alumni - what teachers inspired you there? Teachers and teacher education alumni - what students will always stick in your memory?

Share your thoughts, your rememberances, your memorials, in the comments.

We pulled together a photo gallery of images related to the school. But because Patch hasn't been around much longer than the drama has, most of our photos are from protests. We know there are other images of the school to be shared. Please, add them to the photo gallery. Just click the "Upload photos and videos" button.

We'll see you at the end-of-year picnic.

Lyn Countryman May 26, 2012 at 06:04 PM
The lab school has always been about: 1) Involving students in a community of learning; 2) melding theory with practice for university pre-service teachers; 3) Defining cutting edge innovation in teaching and content and sharing this collaboratively with others; 4)engaging in systemic research to benefit education in Iowa.
Lyn Countryman May 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Working at the lab school has expanded my mind about what schools should be about, blew the top off what I thought was possible in an educational setting, has allowed me to work with some of the top teachers this state has to offer, and has changed me for the better.
Kathryn huber May 29, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Nu was my home for 13 years. It has also put food on the table, helped me make two years of prom dresses, taught me French and Spanish, gave me two state cheerleading titles, a lead in the school musical, developed my leadership skills, cared for me as a crying kindergartner, and shaped me in to the person I am today. My parents have both given their hearts and souls to this school and I am so proud to be and allumni of Northern University High School.
Margaret Creeden May 29, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Price Lab is my home. I started attending this school as a four year old in pre kindergarten with Mrs. Hoffman. I moved on to kindergarten with my favorite teacher of all time, Mrs. Bromwich. She brought me out of my shell and made me realize that everything was going to be okay. As I moved forward in school I realized that this school was going to be more than just okay. Throughout my experience here I have been taught by some of the best teachers in the state, I have witnessed by school win four state titles in basketball, one in golf, one in cross country, one in girls track, my school made 5 consecutive trips to the state jazz competition, trips to the state track tournament, and so much more. I have been a part of a family who knows how to come together when times get tough. We have worked together to prove that without our school, UNI's mission will not be fulfilled. We've showed our state legislators that Price Lab is what education should look like. We've written petitions that got over 5,500 signatures, we've held rallies around campus to make our case clear, we've spoken at meetings with our legislators, we've spoken to the media and made it clear to them that we weren't going to let anything happen to our school without putting up a fight. I've spent 13 years here. Reality hasn't hit yet, I can't believe I won't get an NU diploma..but I will take what I have learned here at NU High into my new schools with pride.
Noah Johnson May 29, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I came to MPLS during second grade, and some of the most influential relationships in my life began in this building. People that have inspired me, believed in me, or even motivated me to become better- following personality clashes, all came into my life through this school. MPLS gave me so many opportunities, and though it is only fair to acknowledge that similar opportunities might have been available at another location, such would be mere speculation. The school did good in my life- That is not speculation. It is a shame to see the University cut itself off at the legs, forsaking what distinguishes it from other similar institutions. Equally, it is sad that the school will not be around for future students. Perhaps, most personally depressing is that we face losing one of the repositories of memories shared by those of us who have attended or worked at MPLS. On the walls of MPLS are the records of our many achievements- athletic, academic and otherwise. Though plaques can be moved, the same cannot be said for- in example- the many names that have been inscribed upon the walls backstage of Butzier Auditorium, a place near and dear to my heart. I did not only grow up in MPLS, but like many others, I also grew into myself as a person. Though I am saddened, as this chapter of our mutual story closes, more so I am grateful. Grateful to have known you and to have shared this time together.
Martin Watson May 29, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I went to visit MPLS as a teacher from England. We were guided there because of the exceptional reputation it had. I was able to take back some of the core values and translate them into my school. It was a wonderfully inspiring place and I came back with a different view of the USA from that visit. Having come acroos the globe to see MPLS I can honestly say that the world of education has lost a wonderful place. I am just glad I was able to experience it and take a bit of it back into Tendring Technology College.
Alison Gowans May 30, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Thanks for sharing the photos Laura!
Doug Shaw May 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
This is a video my daughter and I made when all this started. http://www.youtube.com/embed/jr1X7BAbUzk
Doug Shaw May 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I remember Francie coming home from Pre-K all excited, because she learned "Give me Five at P L S! Respect! Learning! Responsibility! Attitude and Integrity!" And then, in Kindergarten, her sometimes asking me about the words, and shades of meaning. She once wanted to know the difference between "integrity" and "honesty" and we talked about it, and then she burst out crying because evidently she had cheated against me in a game a day ago, and she didn't realize that was going against good character. She just finished first grade, and we have many memories of me walking her to school, holding her hand, and sometimes talking about those five words.
Doug Shaw May 30, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I remember days of arriving to Kindergarten, and her teacher surrounded by children, making eye-contact with my daughter, and yelling, "Francie! Come in! We're doing PHYSICS!" And seeing the happy, excited, look on my daughters face as she RAN into her classroom.
Alison Gowans May 30, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Five, ten, twenty years from now - what do you want people to think of when they hear the words, "Price Lab" or "NU"?
Carole Fishback May 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Price Lab empowered creative thinking in my daughter - it was her second attempt at a lab school (Freeburg was first before it too was closed) and a noticeable change in her priorities emerged, her ability to problem solve, think outside the box, have relationships with her teachers she could readily turn to. She was particularly fond of the k-12 access they had in mentoring younger kids for reading so when she left today, she was 'blown away' by the sound of so many sobbing boys and girls in the 6th grade wing...lined up to hug their teacher. For my part, I'm grateful for the 'fly on the wall' experience I got thru playing embedded photographer over the last few weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed observing the connection students had with their teacher, the inclusive environment so share a link to some of those here. There are countless schools out there in Iowa that owe this school a big thanks for what they invested in their programs...we all will be affected by its absence but gifted forever with what we received. I was invited by a Patch reporter to share my slideshow and photo links...enjoy! http://animoto.com/play/K8yQIAduiEiGQeCFh4ouGQ http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolzcorner/collections/72157629894821768/
Alison Gowans May 31, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Thanks for sharing those Carole!


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