By now, most people have probably seen the significant changes associated with the construction project involving Pequot Lakes Public Schools. The changes are simply amazing and will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the overall programming across the school district. Examples at the high school would be the new science suite and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) lab that opened this fall. The science suite consists of four new rooms that allow students to have a balance of instruction and demonstration along with labs without leaving the room. This new facility allows students the opportunity to actually set up experiments or projects in a way that wasn’t possible in the old facility. Students can take an array of courses from chemistry to forensics. The same holds true in the new PLTW lab that assists in the instruction of engineering, robotics and computer integrated technologies. This program allows students to explore career opportunities, from engineering to computer integrated manufacturing. These new rooms 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 change that is taking place isn’t visible, but it involves the increase in college and technical education opportunities. This coming fall, students will have access to over 80 college credits at Pequot Lakes, with an Associate’s Degree only requiring 60 credits. Students at Pequot Lakes High School continue to have many 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 have allowed students access to college prep and college credit courses for all qualified students. In particular, I really want to recognize Central Lakes College for their willingness to partner with Pequot Lakes High School. Registration is being held right now for the 2013-2014 school year, so if you’re considering coming to Pequot Lakes High School next fall you should come in to register.
The third change I would like to share with you is a new project called “A 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 want 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 Thursday, May 9, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with an alternate date of May 10. Currently we are in the planning phase and are soliciting ideas from all community members on how we can help. Transportation will be provided and there will be no cost associated with this opportunity. If interested contact the high school office at 568-9210.
(Chip Rankin is the principal at Pequot Lakes High School.)