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A Lot of Cool Things Happening at Pequot Lakes High School

posted May 5, 2017, 3:10 PM by Brenda Williams
By now most people have heard that this will be my final year as the Principal at Pequot Lakes High School. It’s going to be a tough move for me and my family, primarily due to the awesome people we’ve connected with; however, we will also be leaving some very cool programs at Pequot Lakes Public Schools.

Some of these programs are Robotics, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and applied learning opportunities at the high school. The PLTW program allows students to explore career opportunities, from engineering to computer-integrated manufacturing. The Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) spaces and programs allow opportunities for students in the areas of science and technology that rival some of the metro school districts! Thank you local citizens for your support in making this happen for our students.

Another cool happening involves the many opportunities available in college-level and technical education courses. This coming fall, students will have access to over 80 college credits at Pequot Lakes with an Associates Degree only requiring 60 credits. Students at Pequot Lakes High School continue to have a lot of opportunities that allow for rigorous coursework in preparation for post-secondary. In addition, students can earn pre-engineering and engineering credits through the University of Minnesota. Opportunities like these didn’t exist ten years ago; however, partnerships with technical and community colleges and universities now allow students access to college prep and college credit courses for all qualified students. In particular, I would like to recognize Central Lakes Community College for their willingness to partner with Pequot Lakes High School. Registration is being held right now for the 2017-2018 school year, so if you’re considering coming to Pequot Lakes High School next fall you should come in to register.

Finally, we are going to miss how closely our schools and community are connected. This coming week is the Day of Caring. This project will consist of all members of our staff and 543 students in grades 9-12 spending the day volunteering across our communities. We strive to give something back to all of our communities in return for the investment all of you have made in providing a quality educational program here at Pequot Lakes High School. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 9:00am-2:00pm with an alternate date of May 4. We are always looking for opportunities to help residents with small projects they are physically unable to do themselves. Transportation will be provided and there will be no cost associated with this opportunity. If interested please contact Diane in the high school office at 568-9210.

-- Chip Rankin, High School Principal