First, let me begin by thanking all the community members who have and continue to invest their time, talents and funding to Pequot Lakes Public Schools. As a result of your contributions, I am proud to share with you that we have one of the finest schools in our region, state and country. I know that sounds fairly lofty, but I have the data to back up these claims. That's why it's great to be a Pequot Lakes Patriot.
President Obama recently unveiled a plan to have every American receive two years of free community college to ensure they had the skills necessary to meet the demands of a competitive global job market. Regardless of how you feel about this concept, no one can disagree that the more skills an individual has, the more competitive they are in obtaining a good paying job in a competitive job market. At Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS), we offer a full Associate's Degree while earning a high school diploma to qualifying students.
As students progress through high school, they experience a number of assessments that measure academic growth and achievement, and predict potential success in career related fields. As many of you may already be aware, there are a number of different assessments that students take these days: MCAs, EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT, PSAT and SAT. All of this can be a bit confusing. The following is a guide to help understand what is being assessed and how to interpret the results. The ACT includes 215 multiple choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours to complete.
Each school year is marked with a few new concepts in programming in an effort to continually make Pequot Lakes Public Schools the best district in the area and state. This school year is no different. At the high school, a couple of new programs are being implemented aimed at improving student achievement and school climate. This year Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) has seven 50-minute periods compared to six 60-minute periods previously.
What a year at Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS)! We’ve had a great year and I thought I would take this opportunity to provide an update on this year and what is being planned for next year. A number of schools are down to the final two to three weeks of school remaining; however, every school is already preparing for next fall. One of the major initiatives that PLHS implemented this year was Ramp Up to Readiness. This program is offered through the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium.
The second annual “Day of Caring” is an event where all the students, staff and volunteers representing Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) give something back to all of our communities for everything they have given us! The event is slated for Wednesday, May 7, and the students and staff of PLHS are looking for those who would like their help. Senior citizens, homebound individuals and those living in the Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Breezy Point, Nisswa, Jenkins and Ideal Corners areas who need assistance completing outdoor household projects are encouraged to apply.
This year Pequot Lakes High School has implemented a grades 9-12 program called Ramp Up to Readiness. This program is aimed at preparing all students for post-secondary success. A number of students graduate annually unprepared for life after high school because they waited until their senior year to form a plan. It’s important as students begin to enter high school that they have properly prepared for their future.
By now most of the public has observed some of the physical changes involving Pequot Lakes High School. Did you know that a number of initiatives are happening inside, too? During the numerous events that were provided to the community to see the changes on the high school campus, I heard over and over: “I hardly recognize the building from when I went to school here.” I think you would be surprised how many changes have happened beyond what you can see, such as those involving program delivery.
Now that I have your attention, let me provide an explanation for this belief statement. Pequot Lakes High School has been selected to participate in the Ramp-Up to Readiness program sponsored by the University of Minnesota. Pequot Lakes was one of 70 schools across Minnesota that applied to participate in this program, beginning in the fall of 2013. The program helps students reach five readiness goals: academic, admissions, career, financial and personal-social.
Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) has increased the number of college offerings through a partnership with Central Lakes College (CLC). This increase will allow students to access more than 80 college credits in every core subject area and a wide number of elective courses. Qualified students who earn 60 credits in 10 different goal areas set by CLC can earn their Associates Degree while attending PLHS.