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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 Meet Students According to Their Needs and Ability Level

Action Plan Goals:   By the end of the 2016-17 school year 100% of curricular areas and teams will be actively focusing on Student Evidence of Understanding and Teacher Reflection to ensure all students are being challenged at their ability level.  

Action Plan Details:

During the 2016-17 School Year content area collaborative teams will commit to focusing on Marzano’s Domain 3: Reflecting on Teaching and the Four Corollary Questions (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?).


  • Weekly PLC meetings

    • Wed AM’s

    • 3 meetings/month

    • Accountability:

      • Weekly Focus

      • Quarterly Focus

    • Group “norms” established to create a safe and collaborative culture

  • Building-Wide Focus on:

    • Domain 3: Reflecting on Teaching (Marzano)

      • Elements 50-52

    • Continued Four Corollary Questions Professional Development (DuFour)

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

    • Posted in Classrooms


Weekly and Quarterly reporting sessions to colleagues in the PLC setting.


Specific to all content areas


Data-driven classroom instruction


Starting small and gradually building into a larger focus


Tied to Marzano’s Frameworks and 4 Corollary Questions

Time Bound:

Weekly and Quarterly checkpoints

Moving Forward:

Continued focus for all content areas in 2016-17

B:  Effective Operations, Continuous Improvement Systems, Professional Development

B:  Grade Level Teaming and Support of Response to Intervention (RTI)

Action Plan Goals:   

Capitalizing on the Middle Level Teaming model in order to drive standardized and effective Tier 1 interventions.

Action Plan Details:    

During the 2016-17 school year PLMS will use data collected from the 2015-16 SIP to drive changes in the RTI process.


  • Team meetings standardized

    • Common:

      • Team note format grades 5-8

      • Meeting norms established

      • Reporting structure to Interventions Team

  • The final team meeting of every month will be devoted to Interventions

    • A tracking document will be used by teams to monitor efforts

    • Tracking will also occur from year to year

      • Data analysis relative to:

        • D/F rates

        • Behavioral referral rates/locations

        • SPED referrals

        • 504 referrals

  • District exploration of the RTI Module for student tracking in Skyward

  • Creation of communication/reference tools for staff

    • Classroom intervention idea lists

    • Tier 1, 2, 3 clarity

    • Child Study/SPED Referral support


Monthly Intervention reflections built into the Team Meetings run by the Intervention Team.


RTI Foundation


-Achievement Data (D/F Rates)

-Discipline Data (Referral Rates)

-SPED/504 Referrals


Realistic timelines


Interventions that fall in Tier 1 and their influence on all students.

Time Bound:

Monthly and Quarterly reflections

Moving Forward:

Grade level teams, Interventionists and Office Staff will continue to monitor the effectiveness of this Intervention.  

C:  Communications and Partnerships

C1: Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Implementation

Action Plan Goals:   To better align with PBIS programming at the classroom and school-wide levels.

Action Plan Details:

During the 2016-17 school year PLMS will implement professional development in alignment with effective classroom behavioral interventions and also work to coordinate a stronger building-wide PBIS structure.  


  • Development of a PBIS team

    • Including BLT and non-BLT members

  • Analysis of longitudinal behavioral  data

  • Power of relationships/rapport

  • Check system discussion with staff

  • Continued PD for EA’s

  • Increased use of PBIS matrix school wide (halls, classrooms, office, etc.)

  • Exploration/Piloting of Student Skills/Behavior grading methods in Skyward

  • Quarterly efforts to gather for school-wide assemblies

  • Further connections with community and organizations

  • Continued positive promotion of school events/activities with households


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

Quarterly “Pep-fests” in alignment with our school mission.


Targeting our district’s pillars of student conduct


Analysis of discipline data


Developing our PBIS structure for the Middle Level


Impacts all students

Time Bound:

End of the year goal

Moving Forward:

During the 2016-17 school year we will continue to analyze the effectiveness of our PBIS program and work to align with the ideals of the model.

C2: Patriot Time Interventions as a Support System for Student Needs

Action Plan Goals:   

To effectively use the Patriot Time segment of a student’s day to support interventions for all students.  

Action Plan Details:

During the 2016-17 school year PLMS will take a critical look at the effective use of Patriot Time and standardize all grade levels.


  • Standardizing Patriot Time Grades 6-8

  • Support of:

    • Ramp Up

    • Reach Program

  • Quarterly Grouping of Students Based on MCA Math/Reading

    • Low performers and Partially Meets

      • grouped to their content area teachers

    • Enrichment

  • Example of a Weekly Schedule:

    • Monday: Channel One- Ramp-Up/Homework

    • Tuesday: Intervention Groups

    • Wednesday: Homework/Independent Reading

    • Thursday: Intervention Groups

    • Friday: Teacher Choice/Activities


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 2016-17 school year we will continue to analyze the effectiveness of our Patriot Time