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SROs back in our schools

At the April 8 School Board meeting, the PLSAS School Board approved the joint resolutions with the Savage and Prior Lake police departments, which formally allows us to re-establish our partnerships with them. Because of this change our SROs were able to return to our schools this week!

Officer Baker (at HOMS, TOMS and Bridges) and Officer Kelch (at PLHS) were thrilled to be back in schools this week forming relationships with our students and are fully immersing themselves in our school communities, to promote positive decision-making, and friendships.

PLSAS Celebrates Equity Services Staff Appreciation Week

This week we are celebrating Equity Services Staff Appreciation Week! The PLSAS Equity Services Staff support the development of learning environments to ensure high achievement for each and every one of our students.

Thank you to the entire PLSAS Equity Services Staff for all they do for our PLSAS students!


April is National Occupational Therapists Month

During the month of April we are celebrating National Occupational Therapists Month and the contributions that the PLSAS Occupational Therapists make in our schools.

Occupational Therapists are key members of a school team. They contribute towards students’ overall ability to participate in daily school activities. They support students' to reach both academic and non-academic achievements by addressing the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory components of performance.

Thanks to all of our awesome PLSAS Occupational Therapists for all of the amazing work that they do!

Annaliese Cundiff named 2024 Athena Award winner

Prior Lake High School senior, Annaliese Cundiff, is the recipient of the 2024 Athena Award.  The Athena Award is given to one senior female athlete from each participating school who has distinguished herself in special individual athletic achievement or superior achievements in one or more sports.

Annaliese has participated on the PLHS Swim & Dive, and Track & Field teams for the past four years where she earned a Varsity letter in both sports in each one of those years. She has achieved 11 diving records and holds the Section 2AA diving record! She was also named captain of both teams during her senior year. Annaliese has been a Board Scholar for the past three years, and is also on the National Honors Society.  Annaliese will be honored at the Athena Awards luncheon on May 3 where she will be presented with the award in recognition of her effort and dedication to athletics.

After high school, Annaliese plans to attend the Air Force Academy where she will be a member of the Dive team while majoring in Political Science and minoring in German.

Community Education names March 2024 Anchored in the Laker Way award recipient

Community Education Services Administrative Assistant Linda Carlson has been named the March 2024 recipient of the Anchored in the Laker Way Award. This monthly award celebrates Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools Community Education Services staff who are anchored in providing a strong foundation of community service, an innovative and supportive leader, a respectful team member, and committed to lifelong learning and excellence.

Here is what Linda’s colleagues had to share:

Linda Carlson is amazing! She is happy to help with any work assignment, from repetitive tasks like sending out daily class rosters and online class emails/links to the critically important job of checking in CE after school classes, making sure that students are where they are supposed to be and instructors have what they need. She takes total responsibility for the volunteers at the Dance with Me Ball and is great working with the students who volunteer to be princesses and princes and finds the perfect costume fit for each one. So, whether it is a kindergartener who doesn't want to stay for an after school class or a high school student volunteering at an event, Linda is wonderful at building relationships with all of our students. She is also an excellent resource when I am brainstorming a new class/event or need input on how to improve a process. Linda lives in Lakeville, but wears her PLSAS CE clothing with pride and even bought more Laker wear!

Linda is always willing to help and goes above and beyond. She is so good with the kids for class check-ins and makes it run smoothly. She is such a joy and I am thankful she is in the office.

Linda is such a pleasure to work with. She is always putting the needs of others first and is willing to jump in whenever needed. She is extremely polite whether answering questions on the phone about a class or from an afterschool student like “why is the sky blue?” She is truly committed to the PLSAS District and serving our community.