Meet the Principal


    Mike O'neilThe 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 extends beyond the walls of the school and impacts 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, teacher, mentor or coach.  Embrace every opportunity, instill value in every action and let's work together to make this the best experience for our students.


    Go Patriots-
    Mr. Mike O’Neil
    Pequot Lakes Middle School Principal
    Ph. 218.568.9358

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