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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Congratulations to two of our PLHS seniors who have been named semi-finalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program!

Allison Hilzendeger and Maria Lopresto qualified for the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Congratulations and good luck to these two scholars as they move forward in the competition!


School Board Unofficial Election Results

Unofficial results for the Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools (PLSAS) School Board race have been announced on the Secretary of State’s website. Voters in PLSAS re-elected incumbent Enrique Velazquez, while newcomers Lisa Atkinson, Amy Bullyan and Jessica Olstad were elected for their first term on the Board. 

Four PLSAS School Board member seats were on the General Election ballot, with four year terms running January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2026. Click here for the Secretary of State’s website results.

The newly elected Board members will join existing Board Directors Julie Bernick, Amy Crosby and Mary Frantz. School Board Director Stacey Ruelle did not seek re-election. 

These results are unofficial until the School Board canvases the election results on November 18 at 7:30 a.m. at the District Services Center, 4540 Tower Street SE, Prior Lake.

Savage Fire Department visits Glendale

Savage firefighters visited the Glendale kindergarteners!

In honor of Fire Prevention Week on October 10th, the Savage Fire Department visited Glendale Elementary School to talk to kindergarten students about Fire Safety. The firefighters demonstrated how they put on all their equipment and gave the students an opportunity to sit in the fire truck too!

Welcoming Families at Hamilton Ridge

The 2022-23 school year marks a new stage for Hamilton Ridge Elementary by welcoming our families to be a part of the school day for the very first time. Hamilton Ridge opened as a school community in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic. Safe Learning Plans consisting of social distancing and visitor restrictions left our parents and families at the door. Currently families  are encouraged to volunteer in classrooms, chaperone field trips and now come to lunch with their children!

Starting October 24, families were invited to join their children for lunch in the cafeteria. The very  first two families to join students for lunch toted to-go bags from Subway and Jersey Mike’s. Having families in the cafeteria gives a positive buzz to the lunchroom dynamic and now Hamilton Ridge can participate in this long-standing elementary school tradition.

The principal, Sam Fredrickson, is also taking steps to include families. His goal for Hamilton Ridge is to promote the idea that public schools should serve all students and support all families. To better learn family wants, needs, and suggestions, Fredrickson is offering a monthly Coffee with the Principal event at 10:00 a.m. on the first Friday of each month. He is also making regular calls to families to learn more about their child(ren)’s experiences at school. It is through these connections with families, Fredrickson hopes to learn about how Hamilton Ridge can meet the needs of all students.

The Hamilton Ridge community may only be in its third year, but it will grow tremendously with the tradition of supporting and  partnering with families.