It is the unofficial start of summer! School is out and nearly 700 Prior Lake High School and Bridges Area Learning Center students have been launched into the world, poised to do great things after receiving their diploma on June 7.

The class of 2019 has accomplished so much.

  • More than 100 graduates are school board scholars, earning a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher.
  • Forty PLHS students signed national letters of intent to play a sport at the collegiate level.
  • For the first time, PLHS held a Future Educator Signing Day in which 10 seniors who plan to be teachers signed ceremonial letters of intent.

This class of 2019, like so many graduates before them, represent the culmination of years of support from many PLSAS teachers and staff — early childhood through grade 12 — who are dedicated to preparing students for success and helping them reach their full potential.

Last fall, we kicked off the 2018/19 school year with the theme "We are PLSAS: Ideas Matter." Throughout the school year, staff have listened to students, parents, community members and one another, all in an effort to constantly get better in order to best serve all students.

Here is just a small example of some great ideas from this school year:

  • Junior naturalists from Jeffers Pond Elementary flipped the script of learning at the District Services Center staff meeting and gave adults a lesson in recycling.
  • Middle school students made contact with the International Space Station and were able to speak live with an astronaut.
  • Fab Lab students at PLHS teamed up with elementary special education staff to help design products to create a more inclusive learning environment, including sensory tables designed with wheelchairs in mind.
  • Staff in Child Nutrition Services and Kids’ Company worked hard to make sure every child had multiple adult connections every day and set aside time to recognize student achievements and work with kids on special projects.

Every day in every school, there are ideas big and small that help to shape the lives of students and positively impact their education. The class of 2019 is a product of the dedication of hundreds of teachers and support staff who care about our students and are working together to bring them to their ultimate achievement: high school graduation.

As graduates begin their summer and get ready for post-secondary education, military or the workforce, my hope is that they look back at PLSAS with many fond memories and know they have the ongoing support of nearly 1,200 staff behind them.

We celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates, and we celebrate the friends and families of our graduates who have guided them and loved them along the way. Congratulations, Lakers!

Correction: A previous version of this article included an incorrect number of graduating board scholars. It has been updated. 

Dr. Teri Staloch is the superintendent of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools.


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