Minnesota Revenue offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students, the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips, and musical instruments for school band are eligible.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs – even for parents who don’t owe any taxes. Visit the Minnesota Revenue website for details.

  • The Power of Yet As I ventured through classrooms this past week, I had more than one student come up and share how they used the power of yet. Their pride in sharing this ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2018, 6:26 AM by Brenda Williams
  • It Takes A Village The success of any organization is the precise workings of its many parts. Many parts, one purpose. As our school works to ensure every student belongs at PLHS, and as ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2018, 3:04 PM by Brenda Williams
  • Application for Educational Benefits It’s never too late to fill out the Application for Educational Benefits form. What’s that, you ask? Any child attending Pequot Lakes Schools may purchase a meal through ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2018, 7:50 AM by Brenda Williams
  • Lots to Celebrate in Pequot Lakes Schools There has been much to celebrate in our Pequot Lakes Schools community over the last months. Our enrollment K-12 continues to climb at impressive rates. Pequot Lakes High School ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2018, 2:26 PM by Brenda Williams
  • On the Path to Greatness Before school could officially kick off this year, both Pequot Lakes High School and Pequot Lakes Middle School were presented with separate awards demonstrating that purposeful and strategic hard work ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2018, 2:18 PM by Brenda Williams
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The Power of Yet

posted Nov 7, 2018, 6:26 AM by Brenda Williams

As I ventured through classrooms this past week, I had more than one student come up and share how they used the power of yet. Their pride in sharing this was evident, but what was the true lesson is the honoring that we all learn at different times and in different ways. For this month’s Patriot Perspective, YET will guide the journey through the start of the 2018-19 school year at EV.

Your mindset affects how you approach difficult or challenging tasks. At EV this year, the staff and students are not just learning about growth mindset, but are putting it into action. Growth mindset is the belief that intelligence is something we can grow, and to embrace risk-taking and failures as an opportunity to learn. October’s focus was growth mindset. This year the classroom read I shared was Making a Splash by Carol E. Reiley. The focus is on swimming, mindset, and learning through challenges. It had a message on each page about mindset to add to the story. Students connected the message to challenges at school and adding the power of yet when things are tough. The book shares the message that when we struggle in learning, our brains get stronger - embrace the struggle. We even talked about teaching adults at home, so if you have said, “I can’t do this,” your student may have added the word “yet”

EV continues toward becoming a high reliability school as another area of growth. The first level that must exist in such a school is a safe and collaborative culture. The heart and soul of this rests in our PRIDE expectations and procedures along with staff collaborating in weekly professional learning communities (PLCs). It is with reflection and honesty (growth mindset), that we turn a lens on EVerything we do to see where improvement is needed. We have asked for feedback from staff and parents and in upcoming weeks we will be asking students their thoughts. We celebrate the hardworking staff and all the wonderful aspects of EV. Our goal is not just to be good, but to be great.

To highlight a few additional growth mindset areas at EV, we are implementing Benchmark Advance to provide a rich, rigorous ELA experience for our students. In addition, every classroom has a new interactive board for enriching the learning experience. In kindergarten and first grade, we have implemented a push-in reading intervention that is providing intentional double dip in reading foundational skills to support students. An additional element is the ENVoY training that many of our teachers and paras have had that focus on non-verbals and visuals in all areas of EV. Two of our teachers, Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Mellin, have already achieved certification in ENVoY this year.

Carol Dweck states, “In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So, rather than thinking I’m going to reveal my weakness, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.” At EV we celebrate chances to grow; the yet moments because we know it impacts all we do for EVery child, EVery day!

-- Melissa Hesch, Eagle View Elementary Principal

It Takes A Village

posted Oct 26, 2018, 3:04 PM by Brenda Williams

The success of any organization is the precise workings of its many parts. Many parts, one purpose. As our school works to ensure every student belongs at PLHS, and as the district focuses on a Safe and Collaborative Culture in our High-Reliability Schools efforts, we know that this is only achieved with disciplined and purposeful work on behalf of our students. Many programs in place to ensure this success are not well known by parents and the community. Here’s to shedding a little light on the subject.

Not everyone comes to school excited to be here. For some students, the challenges they face in a school make it a place of great difficulty. Whether the need is academic, social, or emotional, Pequot Lakes High School has the supports in place to make success achievable. School skills are those strategies beyond academic learning that students need to be successful; skills such as organization, study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, and workload management. Some students face barriers to success that are a result of non-academic factors. Home life and school life collide in complicated ways for some kids in a way that makes learning algebra a low priority in the mind of a 15-year-old. For these students, strategies for managing emotions, dealing with grief, seeking safe relationships, finding a friendship group, or identifying a trusted adult to confide in. These social-emotional skills are essential for success beyond high school.

To address this variety of needs, Pequot Lakes High School has created system-level programs and individual-level programs to help students learn, grow, and survive. For more consistent needs we have our Focus program. This structured setting helps students to gain skills while assisting with day-to-day tasks of school that can easily overwhelm a struggling student. Students are screened into this intensive intervention program based on need and are taught both school skills and social-emotional skills to help them improve their success in school and beyond. Students are tracked based on their individual growth and eventually move beyond the need for this resource as they gain confidence in their abilities.

For students that experience a traumatic event and find themselves lost in a cycle of emotional confusion, Pequot Lakes Schools is fortunate to have several resources on site to provide assistance. Our school counselors serve as point people for students. The counselor is able to isolate need and refer students to the appropriate resource. Our collaborative workers provide students with skills and resources in cases of financial, emotional, and social needs that limit a student from a successful experience in school. Mental health services are also available to students who experience greater needs. Available within the building, this service addresses the needs that present the greatest barrier to student learning.

Some needs do not require as intensive support and are the more common issues addressed at the classroom level. Teachers implement study sessions, structured reteaching, guided assistance and reassessment in their classrooms outside of class time as a way of helping students struggling with the content. Our tenth-grade teachers have implemented a more intensive intervention for students who demonstrate greater academic needs with a program they call “Lunch Bunch”. This program assigns students to a lunchtime eat and learn session with the student to help get them back on track and ensure success by reteaching content or assisting with learning deficits.

The process of helping a child be successful in school starts at home with a structured and supportive environment and continues in school through the careful integration of many resources. Rarely does one individual take sole responsibility for every need a student may have on the road to success. It truly does take a village to raise a child.

-- Aaron Nelson, High School Principal

Application for Educational Benefits

posted Oct 11, 2018, 7:50 AM by Brenda Williams

It’s never too late to fill out the Application for Educational Benefits form. What’s that, you ask?

Any child attending Pequot Lakes Schools may purchase a meal through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Schools that participate in the School Nutrition Programs accept Applications for Educational Benefits for free and reduced-price meal benefits. These application forms, along with an informational letter, are sent to each household at the beginning of August and may be submitted at any time during the school year.

Approval to receive these benefits is based on a comparison of the household’s income to current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) household income guidelines. Children from families with income between 130% and 185% of the poverty level are eligible for free or reduced priced meals. All that’s required is that you submit an application with your income listed as well as list all the people living in the household. If anyone in your household receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), you are automatically eligible for free meals. Just send in an application with your case number.

Who can apply? Any household can apply at any time if you think your income is within the USDA guidelines. Even if you are not sure, please fill out an application and send it in to your school’s food service department to check. Your application will be reviewed confidentially and you will receive a letter with the outcome.

If your household does qualify, it can help both you and the school district in several ways. For example, the insurance on student chromebooks is less expensive and athletic fees can be reduced for these households. The school can apply for additional educational funds and discounts if the free and reduced percentage is at a certain level. The free and reduced percentage determines the number of hours allocated for Minnesota Reading Corps tutors. The higher the percentage, the more tutors we are provided. Various grants are also awarded based these percentages. The food service department receives funding from both the state and federal governments for each meal served. We receive more funding per meal if the student is considered free or reduced than if this student purchases his/her meals at full price. This helps the food service program continue to offer free breakfast for all students and allows us to continue to purchase locally-sourced products, such as fruits, vegetables, and ground turkey.

All this is in addition to the nutritional and educational benefits each child receives through healthy meals while at school. It takes a lot of energy to fuel a young child’s body and even more as they grow older. So, please, if you have not yet done so, fill out an Application for Educational Benefits and submit it in person or mail to the food service department, as follows.

Pequot Lakes School District
Attn: Patty Buell / Food Service Department
30805 Olson Road
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Forms are available in each school office and online at www.isd186.org Click on Parents, then Menus and then 2018-19 Application for Educational Benefits under the Links section.

-- Patty Buell, Food Services Director

Lots to Celebrate in Pequot Lakes Schools

posted Sep 28, 2018, 2:26 PM by Brenda Williams

There has been much to celebrate in our Pequot Lakes Schools community over the last months. Our enrollment K-12 continues to climb at impressive rates. Pequot Lakes High School was recognized as one of the top schools in the region by the readers of the Brainerd Dispatch. Here at the Middle School, there’s a little-known recognition that was brought to our attention when the MN Department of Education released the 2017-18 MN Comprehensive Assessments results to the general public.

Pequot Lakes Middle School received a “2018 School of Excellence” award in the category of “Reading Growth Overall.” To speak simply, this means that students in grades 5-8 made very notable gains over their previous year’s achievement and performed in the top 5% of schools statewide. With approximately 2,400 schools in the state, that puts us in pretty elite company.

As we celebrate our school’s progress, I also know that as a principal, I often field questions from parents about the importance or relevance of standardized testing of our children. Outside of the obvious measurement tools rating individual student achievement in proficiency scales (exceeding, meeting, partially meeting, and does not meet standard), student performance acts as an indicator of student learning as a part of our 5-8 system. Your child’s performance, factored as a point of data into their graduating class, is perhaps the most well-vetted indicator of student learning that will occur over the course of a school year.

As we gear up for our first professional development day in 2018-19, we will be diving deeply into our MCA results (in Reading and Math and Science as well) to look where we can continue to improve our instructional practices. We use long-term trends in student performance on these assessments to provide valuable feedback to our educators about the scope and sequence of their instruction, and ultimately reflect upon the effectiveness of their pedagogy. The test itself is broken down into segments, providing our educators with the ability to look explicitly at student achievement on specific state content standards. We are excited about this day, and how we can use our student performance from last year to inform our instructional practices in the present.

As I pen this article I am reminded that there is a fine line between “tooting our own horn” and being proud of the achievements of our students and our staff. We entered the school year with a modo of “Effective and Reflective Teaching.” This year’s focus encourages our staff to live in constant reflection upon the effectiveness of their craft, frequently asking questions like, “What student evidence shows me that my students truly understand the material?” or “Clearly some of my students have already demonstrated mastery of content. What kind of enrichment can I provide these learners?.” This is what top-performing educators do, and it is the expectation of every educator at PLMS.

Being recognized in the top 5% of schools in the state in reading growth is something we are proud of. It undoubtedly sets a high bar of expectations for our school and the other core departments. These stellar results help us to recognize that we should feel fortunate to work with phenomenal families who make learning a top priority, that we are grateful for our hard-working teachers, and ultimately that our middle school staff are thankful for our students that show up and give their best version of themselves every day.

-- Mike O'Neil, Middle School Principal

On the Path to Greatness

posted Sep 20, 2018, 2:18 PM by Brenda Williams

Before school could officially kick off this year, both Pequot Lakes High School and Pequot Lakes Middle School were presented with separate awards demonstrating that purposeful and strategic hard work pays off when we stick to it with dedication, focus and resilience. The Brainerd Dispatch announced in late August that Pequot Lakes High School was voted the #1 Best School in the Brainerd Lakes Area in their annual Best of the Brainerd Lakes survey! While the award was a surprise, the news was not. The team at PLHS has been working methodically and diligently in recent years to expand and streamline course and activity offerings, to develop digital curriculum resources, and to implement a personal learning plan system that results in a personalized learning pathway for each Patriot. The community investment in updated facilities, increases in technology access for students, and time for teachers to work collaboratively to build a repository of resources is the foundation upon which the PLHS staff has developed the high school of choice in central MN. The staff at PLHS should be extremely proud of their hard work and the community should be very proud to see their investments paying off and showing excellent results.

One week after the announcement from the Brainerd Dispatch, the MN Department of Education released statewide results from state accountability tests last spring, and Pequot Lakes Middle School earned accolades for being in the top 5% of schools in MN for overall reading achievement! Once again, the award was a surprise but the news was not. The teachers and school leadership teams at Pequot Lakes Middle School and Eagle View Elementary have worked very hard in recent years to build a robust system of interventions and enrichments to ensure all students are learning at high levels, and the needle is starting to move. All of our schools are now implementing the leadership practices of a High Reliability School, establishing metrics on practices critical for success, and monitoring progress methodically over time. They are working towards being certified in the five levels of a High Reliability School: Safe and Collaborative Culture, Effective Teaching in Every Classroom, Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, Standards-Referenced Reporting, and Competency-Based Education. The ultimate long-term result of this hard and deliberate work is students learning more and achieving at higher levels.

The school board of Pequot Lakes Schools adopted and implemented a strategic plan in 2013-14 calling for a rigorous, relevant, and personalized learning experience for each student. At that time, our schools didn’t have structured and empowered leadership teams in place or a cohesive system for developing and evaluating instructional staff. As a result of bold and strategic decisions by the school board and strong principal leadership, Pequot Lakes Schools now has three highly effective leadership teams in place that are leading methodical, focused, and research-based approaches to improving results on many fronts. And the results are starting to come in…

As we kick off the 2018-19 school year, the Pequot Lakes Schools community can be more proud than ever that our schools continue to improve and outperform most school districts. Our high school was voted the #1 Best School in the Brainerd Lakes Area and our middle school is in the top 5% in the state in overall reading achievement. There is no question - it is a great day to be a Patriot!!!

-- Chris Lindholm, Superintendent of Schools

Take a Walk through School Budgeting Process

posted May 31, 2018, 1:18 PM by Brenda Williams

Depending on who you are talking to, budgeting is one of those things that you really don’t want to do, but you do it anyway because it’s good for you and your family. It’s like taking vitamins, getting that flu shot or giving the cat a bath. Budgeting is an ongoing task as life happens and something the majority of us can improve on every day. According to a Gallup Poll, “only thirty percent of Americans prepare a detailed written or computerized household budget each month that tracks their income and expenses.” For many of us, two-thirds of Americans, do not budget. Budgeting and sticking to a budget is essential, especially in school finance. So, what does budgeting look like in the world of school finance? Allow me to share with you the roadmap to a fiscally sound and responsible District that places conservancy as a high priority when it comes to our taxpayers' dollars.

A budget requires a reliable roadmap that results in good stewardship of public funds. As simple as budgeting might sound, the work behind the scenes is an integral part of impacting the work we do every day in our schools to ensure we are making a positive difference in the lives of our students, families, community members and employees.

The school budget process and timeline run on a fiscal year, July 1st to June 30th each year. As we work through the budget process and timeline at a macro level there are multiple years involved in the process; in fact, three years. It begins in the fall of each year with levy projections and a finalized levy in December. The levy impacts the school district budget a full calendar year later. Starting in January, after the levy is finalized, and through February, resource tools and content experts provide data to aid us in projecting enrollment for the next school year, which also is a factor in the amount of revenue we receive. Eighty percent of our funding for each school year comes in the form of state aid which is based on an average daily membership of students in our classrooms multiplied by an amount designated by the State of Minnesota and the Department of Education. An accurate enrollment projection is key to knowing how much money we will have to work within any given year.

In early spring, meetings with principals and department leaders take place to build an expenditure budget that meets the needs of the District for the upcoming year. In May, the School Board sees the preliminary budget for the first time and provides input and direction for finalizing a budget by June 30th, which is state law. The goal every year is to establish a balanced budget (money coming in equals money going out). Another important part of school finance is having the capacity to rely on a savings comparable to 15% of our annual expenses to safeguard from having to make cuts in the budget when funding is not at a level that supports the needs of the District. As the new school year begins, continuous monitoring of revenue coming into our bank account and approval and payment of expenditures is all part of a day’s work. In the event there are changes to be made to the budget throughout the year, there are options to revise the budget based on several factors, one being most prevalent is the actual number of students in the fall compared to the enrollment projected back in January of the previous year. If enrollment is higher than projected, additional revenue will be a factor and if the opposite is true, less revenue. Ongoing due diligence is important to track these types of changes throughout the year. In our world of school finance, reasonable budgeting supports our mission to “inspire a passion for learning to ensure success for every student.” Warren Buffet, business magnate, investor, and philanthropist says, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Together, let’s plant a tree!

-- Heidi Hagen, Business Manager

It’s a New Season; Slow down?

posted May 14, 2018, 1:44 PM by Brenda Williams

As a lifelong resident of Minnesota, it has always amazed me how fast the weather can change. I’ve often heard the question, “Don’t like the weather,” which is followed immediately with “wait 5 minutes.” It is really hard to argue with that premise here in our area when a trip south down 371 from Pequot Lakes on Friday would have shown you thick ice on all the lakes and on Monday that same drive would have shown you folks in pontoons, lapping lakeshore waves and the inclination that another season is upon us.

With the seasonal change of open water, green grass and the morning serenade of the local bird community, comes with it a plethora of new activities, opportunities and events to fill our time during this glorious season. The fisher folks are readying all their equipment, the ball players are patting their mitts, the boaters are readying their motors, all in the name of enjoying the short window it seems we have for those things. It’s no secret; time goes fast, really fast. Just recently I crowned the second of my children into the “double digits” category. A seemingly forgotten benchmark for many, but for this Dad, a reality check into how fast life really goes.

We are all excited to embrace the warmth, enjoy the surroundings and get busy experiencing all we know and love about Minnesota, the outdoors and the great opportunities we have in our area. I do, however, challenge you to slow down and spend some time reflecting on those things near and dear to you. You might find yourself not “catching” on your next adventure with rod and reel or fetching your ball from the woods along the local fairways, but don’t let those small hiccups define the experience. Take in all you see, cherish all you experience and share that moment with others. We get so busy chasing one thing to the next, we often forget to truly “experience” what we are taking part in. We are fortunate to live in a place with a vast variety of outdoor resources and opportunities. There is no better place to slow down and take it all in as a way of appreciating where we are and what we have. I hope as you read this, you look out your window and see bright sunshine….. And if not, “wait 5 minutes.”

-- Rich Spiczka, Community Education Director

Patriot Foundation Kickoff and What’s With All This Foundations Talk?

posted May 14, 2018, 1:42 PM by Brenda Williams

The Patriot Foundation board is excited to announce its official kickoff celebration scheduled for Friday, May 18th at 6pm on the Breezy Belle!! Stay tuned for ticket and raffle information and additional event details!

The Patriot Foundation is being relaunched in response to many requests during the Thriving Communities Initiative journey for ways to better support our successful schools. The Foundation’s purpose is to provide scholarships for Patriot graduates and to build an ever-growing endowment fund that will support innovation, grants, and the many effective programs of Pequot Lakes Schools well into the future. All friends and alumni of the Patriots are encouraged to participate and donate to the Patriot Foundation endowment fund. Watch for more information on the May 18th kickoff event!

Along with the Patriot Foundation, students in our district are supported by the wonderful work of the Patriot Activities Club (PAC) and the Pequot Lakes Parent Teacher Association (PTA). PAC contributes thousands of dollars each year to student activities so our Patriot students can participate in activities such as speech contests, athletic tournaments, robotics competitions, and youth athletic leagues. Thousands of volunteer hours in our concession stands result in funds that directly benefit our programs and student activities. Likewise, the PTA contributes thousands of dollars every year to fund elementary and early middle school field trips, playground and recreational equipment, technology equipment, teacher professional development, and classroom learning opportunities. PTA is also well known for dedicating countless volunteer hours both during the school day and for after-school activities. The dedication and support of our PAC and PTA leaders, volunteers, and donors is astounding and a true example of Patriot Pride!

So what is the Greater Pequot Lakes Community Foundation (GPLCF)? Also a result of the Thriving Communities Initiative process, the foundation is an umbrella organization focused on growing an endowment fund to support efforts centered on quality of life, economic development, and workforce development well into the future in our community. The goal of the GPLCF is to facilitate collaborative efforts to make this an even better place to live, work, and play. The GPLCF board invites you to consider donating to the community endowment fund and also to consider how you might partner with others on a local project to better our wonderful community! Please reach out to the City of Pequot Lakes with questions or donate on the Community Philanthropy page of the Initiative Foundation website.

The residents, businesses, and organizations in this community are incredibly generous when provided with an opportunity to give towards something they believe in. I encourage everyone to consider supporting the Patriot Foundation, PAC, PTA, and/or the Greater Pequot Lakes Community Foundation. Together, we are a stronger community!

-- Chris Lindholm, Superintendent of Schools

STAY UP TO DATE WITH EVER-CHANGING SPRING SCHEDULES

posted May 14, 2018, 1:40 PM by Brenda Williams

While Mother Nature is taking its own sweet time, spring games and meets will be underway soon. As with any Minnesota spring, the likelihood of postponed or cancelled events will be high. Over the past five years on average we have had 50 rescheduled/postponed or cancelled events during the spring season. If you are interested in keeping up to date with the spring sports schedule and all the changes that go with it, this article is for you!

I will share two items with you that will help you keep up to date on the spring sports schedules. Both can be found on the school website www.isd186.org under the Activities and Athletics page.

Once you are there, choose “SCHEDULE” and then “PL ATHLETIC SCHEDULE”. You are now on the rschools page where you can find all the spring sports schedules by date or team. The first item I wish to bring your attention to is on the lower right portion of the page. Below the monthly calendar you will see an option titled “GET THE MOBILE APP”. Simply click on this and follow the prompts. Once you get the app on your phone you will have access to our schedules in as few as two moves. This will allow you to have all of our schedule information at your fingertips.

Secondly, while on the same page, choose the “NOTIFY ME” icon. Follow the prompts selecting the specific sports you wish to stay in touch with. This feature will allow you to get a notification any time the schedule is modified. The notifications will range from field location changes to time changes or postponements and cancellations. I feel you will find this to be very helpful in staying up to date with an ever-changing schedule.

Hopefully this will help you stay up to date with the spring schedules. As we head into a new season, keep this in mind, “Let the players play, let the coaches coach, let the officials officiate and let the spectators BE POSITIVE!”

-- Marc Helmrichs, Activities Director

Ice on Opener?

posted Apr 17, 2018, 4:47 PM by Brenda Williams

Spring? At Pequot Lakes Schools, we are suffering from full-blown Cabin Fever. We are entering week four of indoor training for outdoor sports. The golf team has played every simulation of video golf, the baseball and softball teams have perfected the indoor grounder, and the track team is trying to figure out how to pole vault in the athletic center. We are hoping the weather cooperates soon; the gym gets small with five sports teams trying to share space.

When the weather does turn, we will be facing a barrage of games and meets that have been rescheduled from early April. Add to that busy schedule a series of spring award activities and graduation, and you have a whirlwind of activity that will wear out your eraser with all our changes. We will do our best to post the updates on our Athletic schedule and the High School calendar page.

Pequot Lakes High School has been a cauldron of success this past year and we are looking forward to anticipated success of our spring activities. Recently, our Robotics team competed in the Minnesota Land of 10,000 Lakes regional competition, bringing home first place of 60 teams and qualifying for World Competition in Detroit. The team continues to fundraise for the trip to Detroit at the end of April; consider donating through the following link: https://pequotlakes.revtrak.net/robotics-team-donation#/v/Robotics-Team.

Spring also brings our annual Day of Caring service learning activity for students. The Day of Caring is an opportunity for Pequot Lakes students to give back to the communities of Crosslake, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, and Nisswa by providing labor to community organizations or the elderly. We are in search of projects large and small and welcome your ideas by going to this link, https://goo.gl/forms/LzAkJSXm8Ksnuxt03, or by calling the High School office at 568-9210.

The wild weather of Spring struck on both the band concert night and the choir concert night. It was fortunate that we were able to arrange performance at our Festival of the Arts celebration on March 27th. So many people here that night to help us celebrate our artists. What a fun event and many thanks to the community for your patronage. Consider coming to see the PLHS Spring Play on April 13 and 14. It will be a Wizard of Oz musical.

As the calendar turns to April and the weather eventually warms, we will be carefully making preparations for the annual graduation ceremonies. Friday, May 25th will be an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of a very talented group of seniors. This year’s graduation speakers will be Alexia Miller, Dylan Lerfald, Jack White, and Clare Ganley with the class selecting Spanish teacher Mr. Wagner to be their graduation guest speaker. While we welcome the opportunity to launch these young men and women into the life of adulthood, we will miss the many familiar personalities that have filled our halls for the past several years.

While we continue our patient wait for spring, we welcome back the snowbirds and Patriot supporters who are excited to see what success awaits our Pequot Lakes students in the months that remain of school.  Go Patriots.

-- Aaron Nelson, High School Principal

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