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Patriot Parents/Guardians-

The staff of Pequot Lakes Middle School is excited to take part in the journey that is all things “middle level”.  The developmental stage that is the transition between Eagle View and the High School is one that is filled with a daunting amount of change.  Surprising physical development, unexplainable mood swings, interest in independence, new friends and the loss of old ones, exciting activity options, school dances, enhanced academic rigor, discussions of the future, career path exploration, nagging parents/guardians… (you get the point.)  Regardless of the difficulty of the journey, it is one that we must take.  Our children are our highest priority; our role in their development is our covenant.

As we embark on this journey together we should focus on several themes:

“It takes a whole village to raise a child”… Household partnership is a top priority for Pequot Lakes Middle School.  This proverb reminds us of the many elements that influence student success.  Among the range of positive and impactful aspects of a child’s upbringing, research shows that parents/guardians and teachers are atop the list.  Parent/Guardian involvement and teacher-student relationships serve as a strong determiner of student achievement.  We cannot ask our students to navigate their adolescence alone, it is the role of the adults in their life to help nurture and guide them in the right direction.  In teaming our efforts between school and home we can collaborate for the betterment of all of our students.  We should embrace this exciting opportunity together and challenge our students to do their best each and every day.

Every moment is precious… A core belief that is shared at PLMS.  Each minute of every class period is an opportunity to engage and inspire students in a rigorous and enriched environment.  Bell-to-bell engagement is at the foundation of our efforts at PLMS.  It is our hope that this experience extends beyond the walls of PLMS to our students’ home lives as well.  Our students are our greatest investment.    

Values… Our school is anchored in three simple statements.  “Respect”, “Responsibility” and “Integrity” serve as the pillars that support our character education efforts at PLMS.  As we look to sculpt our future citizens it is vital that this mindset extend beyond the walls of school and impact their decision making out in the community.

In closing I would like to remind all who read this that the reward of this journey called “parenting/guardianship” and “teaching and learning” far outweigh the challenges.  There are no greater callings than that of “parent”, “guardian” or “teacher”.  Embrace every opportunity, instill value in every action and lets work together to make this the best experience for our students.

Go Patriots-

Mike O’Neil

Pequot Lakes Middle School Principal



A:   Personalized, Rigorous and Relevant Learning Experience for Each Student

A:  Reflective Teaching Practice to Provide a Rigorous, Relevant and Personalized Learning Experience (HRS Level 2)

Action Plan Goals:   By the end of the 2018-19 school year all curricular areas and teams will continue to actively focus on Student Evidence of Understanding and Teacher Reflection to ensure all students are being challenged at their ability level.  

Action Plan Details:

During the 2018-19 School Year content area collaborative teams will focus on quality formative and summative assessments through reflecting upon past student achievement data and summative classroom assessments.  


  • Implementation of the Unit Planning focus associated with the New Art and Science of Teaching

Continued Efforts:

  • Continued efforts in formative and summative assessment writing

    • End of Quarter Assessments

    • Embedded assessments to inform instruction

  • Weekly PLC meetings

  • Continued building-wide focus on:

    • Domain 3: Reflecting on Teaching (Marzano)

      • Elements 50-52

    • Focussing on:  (What do we want our students to know?  How will we assess if students know the material?   What steps do we take if students do not demonstrate proficiency?  What enriched opportunities can we provide students who have demonstrated proficiency?).

  • Continued use of the  visual guide for the formative cycle process

    • Posted in Classrooms

  • Gifted and Talented enrichment discussions by content areas and through Interventionist support.

  • Purposeful PD focus on assessment

    • Quality in questioning

  • Exposure to test analytic software

    • Scantron

    • Others

  • Data Days

    • Analysis of MCA and STAR data

    • Conducted on the MEA PD day


Specific: Specific to all content areas.

Measurable: Data-driven classroom instruction.

Attainable: A continuation of a building focus.

Relevant: Tied to Marzano’s Frameworks and 4 Corollary Questions.

Time Bound:

Weekly and Quarterly checkpoints.

Moving Forward: Continued analysis and revision of formative and summative assessments.

B:  Effective Operations, Continuous Improvement Systems, Professional Development

B1:  Maintaining a Safe and Collaborative School Culture (High Reliability Schools Level 1)

Action Plan Goals:   By the end of the 2018-19 school year PLMS will have achieved HRS Level 1 Certification.

Action Plan Details:

During the 2018-19 school year PLMS will focus on the structures necessary to create a safe and collaborative culture.  


  • Purposeful implementation of baseline HRS Level 1 improvements

  • Continued staff surveying (formally and informally)

  • Addition of student survey data from 2017-18

  • Continuing to plan and prepare for implementing the Parent and Student surveys 5-8 and K-12

    • Developing plans and adjustments relative to the feedback provided


  • Pending the results of the initial audit PLMS staff will build a comprehensive plan to meet HRS Level 1 certification before the end of the school year.



Working to create a safe and collaborative culture.


Based on the results from the HRS Level 1 audit conducted in the fall of 2018-19.


Realistic timelines


A teacher’s work environment is the student’s learning environment

Time Bound:

Within the school year

Moving Forward:

Continuing to recognize the importance of improving within HRS Level 1 before HRS Level 2.

B2: Fidelity in Professional Development for All PLMS Staff

Action Plan Goals:   

To address the need for continuous professional growth, during the 2018-19 school year 100% of PLMS staff will engage in either internal or external professional development opportunities.

Action Plan Details:

During the 2018-19 school year PLMS will require all staff to engage in content or grade level professional development


  • Staff will be continually challenged to grow from learning in our PLC settings, along with reaching out to external PD opportunities (both within ISD 186 and outside of our region.)

  • The Building Leadership Team will continue to evaluate PD requests to ensure staff efforts are in alignment with the goals of the building/district.

  • Concerted effort will be made to allow for the goal setting process to be more efficient and clear by implementing new forms.

  • HRS Level 2 will act as the guide for progress within this area.

  • Goals will be more fluid in nature, allowing staff to not feel limited in their ability to monitor and adjust throughout the school year.

  • Staff participation will be tracked by BLT and Admin.

Professional Development Needs:

  • Quality assessment writing

  • Grading practices

    • Focusing on “Product” not “Process”.

  • Exploring partnerships with regional colleagues and beyond.

  • Staff led PD’s.


Discussion and Reflection at Semester.


Standardizing effective interventions for students.


Analysis of achievement data


Using a model that has been proven successful by one of our Middle Level teams


Impacts all students

Time Bound:

End of the year goal

Moving Forward:

During the 2017-18 school year we will continue to analyze the effectiveness of our Patriot Time

C:  Communications and Partnerships

C: Communication with Households Regarding Student Academic Functioning Skills

Action Plan Goals:   By the end of the 2018-19 school year all PLMS grade level teams will effectively and efficiently communicate regarding the various aspects of a student’s experience at PLMS.

  • Academics

  • Attendance

  • Behavior

  • Character Traits

Action Plan Details:

During the 2018-19 School Year Middle Level teams will be focused on effective and efficient communication with their households regarding their student’s conduct/academic functioning at PLMS.


  • Building-wide implementation

    • Students earn grades in Patriot Time

    • Grade level dialogue from weekly team meetings will dictate the documentation

    • Grades recorded and reported on a quarterly basis

      • Interventionists lead data entry

  • Founded upon “Patriot Pride”:

    • One summary grade for the criteria below:

      • Respect

      • Responsibility

      • Integrity

    • Reporting

      • 3 - Consistently

      • 2 - Sometimes

      • 1 - Rarely

      • Encouraging staff to enter comments to clarify movement in reporting

  • The aforementioned efforts will be used as a part of the larger PBIS presence at PLMS.  


Greater consistency (building wide) will be attained by the end of the school year.


Targeting improved communication with households


Analysis of parent/guardian feedback in HRS Level 1


In alignment with HRS Level 1


Impacts all students

Time Bound:

End of the year goal

Moving Forward:

During the 2018-19 school year we will continue to analyze the effectiveness of our these tools.