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  • We believe the primary purpose of Park Rapids Area High School is to provide educational experiences which will enable people to acquireand apply knowledge. By the acquisition and application of this knowledge it is hoped that each individual will be able to meet his or her greatest potential mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and morally. Park Rapids Area Schools are dedicated to offering quality education to students. It is imperative that school personnel, students, parents and other residents work together to refine and maintain the high standard of educational programs in the district.

                                   -PRAHS Student Handbook

     Enrollment Options

    Students attending school in Minnesota have a number of educational opportunities which allow them to enroll in a public school or program located in a district other than the one in which they live. These “graduation incentives” give students alternative ways of getting their high school diplomas. Brief descriptions of some of these options are listed below. For additional information, you should contact your guidance counselor. 

    Area Learning Centers offer alternative programs to help students graduate from high school.

    Minor Parents, Pregnant Minors: Eligible youth may choose from alternative programs to earn a high school diploma. 

    Open Enrollment: A student must submit an Enrollment Options form to the non-resident district before January 15 for attendance for the following school year. 

    PSEO —Juniors and Seniors have the possibility of arranging classes in a vocational school or college while still in PRAHS. The intent of this option is to promote academic excellence and increase options for ambitious students. Features which attract student interests include:

    1. Students interested in this option should start the necessary process with the high school counselor. Two application forms are used: a regular college or tech school application needs to be completed the first semester a student wants to enroll. Another more specific application concerning which courses and their equivalent credits needs to be completed each semester.

    2. Students have a time limit of two consecutive school years in which this option can be used during 11th & 12th grade. One could not use after expected graduation at the end of 12th grade. Similarly, if one first enrolls during 12th grade the limit is one year of option privilege.

    3. The high school counselor and the student should expect to work out the equivalency of credits prior to or during the enrollment process.

    4. Students are not eligible for state post-secondary financial aid while enrolled in the options program. Transportation money is also strictly controlled and therefore available to students who meet state financial guidelines.

    5. Students with PSEO status are high school students taking courses at another location for part or all of the day. Their grades will be recorded by the high school for the honor roll, calculated into the high school grade point average and other special awards. Students are responsible for delivering their postsecondary grades to the high school.

    6. Students are eligible to participate in Park Rapids Area High School extra-curricular activities as long as all other eligibility requirements are met.

    7. Students may go half time or full time PSEO. They may not take PSEO over and above a regular school course load. Students must declare if they plan on doing PSEO by May 1st.

    Organization of Schedule

    Our school year is divided into three trimesters (fall, winter, spring). Correspondingly, marking periods are at twelve -week intervals. Courses will be offered on the trimester plan, each carrying one(1) credit per trimester.

    Park Rapids Area High School is on a seven period day schedule. Of necessity some courses require a pre -requisite and some sequence but many of the courses are independent and non-sequential. A student, through a preregistration program, indicates the courses s/he wishes to carry for the upcoming school year. Students must plan a minimum of 18 credits for the year and list alternates. This is equivalent to 6 classes every day for each trimester during the year. The trimester plan, combined with a seven period day, provides students with more variety and flexibility in subject choice. At the same time it requires more thought and care on the part of the student in making appropriate subject choices.

    Students are urged to discuss their choice of subjects with their parents, their teachers, and school counselor. In selecting subjects, students should give thought to their overall high school program and to their post high school educational -vocational plans.

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  • Monday, May 22, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/22/2017

    Bulletin Monday, May 22, 2017

    1. Seniors--it's time to show us what your future plans are. Going in the military? College? Working? On Tuesday, student council would like you to wear something that represents your next step. Throw on your college apparel, uniform, etc.
    2. Want to play softball Wednesday afternoon? Get a team together and sign up outside Mr. Schumacher's office.  Remember--your team is responsible for all equipment needed.
    3. Are you an MC, a talent show participant, or a Mr. Park Rapids contestant?  If you are, there will be a quick meeting at 1:55 in Mrs. Johnson's room Tuesday.  See Mrs. Johnson if you have questions.
    4. It's time to register for summer softball leagues for June through July. Please register by May 24th if interested. Flyers are available in the office.  
    5. JV softball players meet in the locker room after school today.
    6. Reminder to students and staff: In accordance with state law, students will be asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance weekly. If a student objects to reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, they need to indicate their opposition to their teacher in a timely fashion and special arrangements will be made. Also, proper etiquette, display and respect for the flag of the United States of America must be observed. Anyone who does not wish to participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for any personal reason may elect not to do so. Students and school personnel must respect another person’s right to make a choice.

    Events:   Home:      Away: Girls golf at Blueberry Pines, Boys tennis in Fergus Falls

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  • Friday, May 19, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/19/2017

    Bulletin Friday, May 19, 2017

    1. Please return all library books TODAY.  Check through your locker and hand in any that you have.  Fines will be given for books not returned.
    2. Seniors that are purchasing their iPads must sign up and purchase them today.
    3. McDonald’s is hiring for all shifts. It is a great place to work with fun people to learn responsibility, gain work experience, get discounts on food and earn a yearly bonus. Application forms are available in the counselor’s office.
    4. It’s almost that time of year—the talent show and Mr. Park Rapids Pageant. Both will be held on Wednesday, May 24th. Mr. Park Rapids contestants need business attire, “talent”, and will be given a question to answer on stage.  Interested in the talent show or to be part of Mr. Park Rapids? See Mrs. Johnson.
    5. There will be a softball tournament on Wednesday, May 24th, during the activity time.  Make sure that you have all your own equipment.  None will be supplied by the school.  Questions? See Mrs. Johnson.
    6. Everyone has a role in preventing suicide. Use your personal sources of strength to help others in need. Who are three people you would go to if you were going through a difficult time?  Help connect others to support.  Text the word “life” to 61222 if you want to help a friend or if you are going through a rough time. Make it ok, break the silence, ask for help.
    7. It's time to register for summer softball leagues for June through July. Please register by May 24th if interested. Flyers are available in the office.  
    8. JV softball players meet in the locker room Monday after school.
    9. Reminder to students and staff: In accordance with state law, students will be asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance weekly. If a student objects to reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, they need to indicate their opposition to their teacher in a timely fashion and special arrangements will be made. Also, proper etiquette, display and respect for the flag of the United States of America must be observed. Anyone who does not wish to participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for any personal reason may elect not to do so.  Students and school personnel must respect another person’s right to make a choice.

    Events:   Home: Baseball with Frazee, Boys tennis triangular at Depot Courts     Away:

     

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  • Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/18/2017

    Bulletin Thursday, May 18, 2017

    1. Seniors interested in attending Senior Slam on May 25th at the Detroit Lakes Community Center - tomorrow is the deadline to sign up and pay. Forms are in Mrs. Johnson’s room and the office. Make memories with your classmates one last time before graduation.
    2. All library books need to be returned to the media by tomorrow.  Please look through your lockers and return any that you have.  Fines will be given for books not returned.
    3. It’s almost that time of year—the talent show and Mr. Park Rapids Pageant. Both will be held on Wednesday, May 24th. Mr. Park Rapids contestants need business attire, “talent”, and will be given a question to answer on stage.  Interested in the talent show or to be part of Mr. Park Rapids? See Mrs. Johnson.
    4. There will be a softball tournament on Wednesday, May 24th during the activity time.  Make sure that you have all your own equipment.  None will be supplied by the school.  Questions? See Mrs. Johnson.
    5. You may think everyone smokes marijuana, but they don’t. You may think taking pills at parties is normal, but it’s not. According to the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey, MOST of park Rapids students don’t use marijuana or other illicit drugs. Marijuana and illicit drug use can alter your coordination, judgment, and memory-which means your school work, athletic performance, and relationships with family and friends will be affected.
    6. For the next two days, you will have the opportunity to write an "I Choose" positive message in your social classes.  Students who participate will be eligible for prizes that will be awarded next week. 
    7. On Friday all staff and students are encouraged to wear a We Decide t-shirt, Hubbard in Prevention t-shirt or a Be Kind t-shirt.  Those wearing a t-shirt will also have an opportunity to win prizes.
    8. The following athletes received All Conference distinction at the conference Trap Competition yesterday - Ean Voigt, Charlie Walsh, and Cole Girtz. Shawn Ohm – 2nd place JV high score. Congratulations to all team members.
    9. It's time to register for summer softball leagues for June through July. Please register by May 24th if interested. Flyers are available in the office.  

     Events:   Home:      Away:

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  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/17/2017

    Bulletin Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    1. Seniors interested in attending Senior Slam on May 25th at the Detroit Lakes Community Center, the deadline to sign up and pay is Friday. Forms are in Mrs. Johnson’s room and the office. Make memories with your classmates one last time before graduation.
    2. All library books need to be returned to the media by Friday, May 19th.  Please look through your lockers and return any that you have.  Fines will be given for any that are not returned.
    3. McDonald’s is hiring for all shifts. It is a great place to work with fun people to learn responsibility, gain work experience, get discounts on food and earn a yearly bonus. Application forms are available in the counselor’s office. Apply soon!
    4. The weight room will be closed Thursday morning due to Mr. Schumacher having a meeting.
    5. A lot of youth think using prescription drugs to get high or to take the pain away is safer than using illegal drugs, but it's not.  Using these drugs can have serious side effects that can cause depression, confusion, and anxiety.  According to the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey.  MOST Park Rapids students report they have not used prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them in the past month. 
    6. Over the next three days, you will have the opportunity to write an "I Choose" positive message in your social classes.  Students who participate will be eligible for prizes that will be awarded next week. On Friday all staff and students are encouraged to wear a We Decide t-shirt, Hubbard in Prevention t-shirt or a Be Kind t-shirt.  Those wearing a t-shirt will also have an opportunity to win prizes. 
    7. The softball team ended the regular season with a 4-1 win over section rival DGF. Seeding for play offs happens this Saturday.
    8. The girl’s golf team won the meet at Castle Highlands last night which made them the Northern Pines Conference champions for the 2017 season. The team was led by Drew Hilmanowski who was the top player for all the teams. Assisting Drew were all-Conference teammates Olivia Wallace, Sabela Valverde Andrade, Chloe Johnson and Olivia McDonald. Nice going girls - on to Sections!

    Events:   Home: Choir Concert - two performances, 5:30 and 7:30     Away:

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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/16/2017

    Bulletin Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    1. SENIORS:   Please turn in your Post High School Survey to the high school office.   Also, please make sure all your fines are taken care of before senior check out day.
    2. All library books need to be returned to the media by Friday, May 19th.  Please look through your lockers and return any that you have.  Fines will be given for any that are not returned.
    3. This morning, 30 students took the Trig Star Test that is put on by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. Our top three finishers were: in 3rd place winning $50 is Jake Dickinson, in 2nd place winning $75 is Katelynn Warmbold and in 1st place winning $200 is Ellery Overmyer. Thank you to all who woke up early to participate. 
    4. Congrats to the following student council members for the 2017-18 school year: student body president, Matt Benson; student body vice president, Bradley Graham; student body secretary, Jordan Klemmer; senior class president, Kennedy Carlson; senior class vice president, Blake Higgins; senior class secretary, Landen Burlingame.  The junior class officers are:  president, Whitney Steffel; vice president, Coral Johnson; representatives, Preston Renneberg, Kinley Nordin, Abby Eystad, Spencer Fritze, Helena Skadberg, and Julia Johnson.  Representing the sophomores next year are Kaelei Olson and Danielle Brakefield.  Mrs. Johnson would like to encourage even more people to run for student council next year, and she hopes that if you didn't earn a position this year, you will try again next. 
    5. Today is the Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse.  Not drinking before age 21 is smart. Why? Because alcohol affects every organ in your body, including your brain.  It can hurt your success in the classroom and on the sports field and cause problems with your friends and family.  Want to fit in?  According to the 2016 Positive Community Norms Survey, at our school, MOST students would rather not drink alcohol when hanging out with friends.
    6. On Wednesday, in your social classes, fill out the "I Choose" handout.  Selected handouts will be displayed in the We Decide corner.  Tell the other students of Park Rapids Area High why you choose to be healthy and happy. 
    7. The girl’s golf team shot their lowest score of the year in taking second place at the Mid-State conference meet at Headwaters yesterday. Leading the Lady Panthers were Honorable Mention players Drew Hilmanowski, Olivia Wallace and Sabela Valverde Andrade who all shot 88. Other scorers were Olivia McDonald and Madison Johnson. Nice going.
    8. The softball team claimed the Mid-State Conference Championship last night with two wins over Staples-Motley.  Scores were 15-3 and 13-1 in 5 innings.  The Panthers are now 19-0. 
    9. If you weren’t at the drama banquet, please pick up your awards in the office.
    10. Reminder to all athletes – reservations for the athletic banquet are due tomorrow, May 17th.

    Events:   Home: Baseball with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton     Away: Boys tennis in Crookston, Boys & girls track at Staples-Motley, Softball in Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Boys & girls golf at Castle Highlands

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  • Monday, May 15, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/15/2017

    Bulletin Monday, May 15, 2017

    1. SENIORS:   Please turn in your Post High School Survey to the high school office.  Also, please make sure all your fines are taken care of before senior check out day.
    2. Seniors interested in attending Senior Slam on May 25th at the Detroit Lakes Community Center – the sign up forms are in Mrs. Johnson’s room and the office. Please sign up and pay by Friday, May 19th. Come and make memories with your classmates one last time before graduation.
    3. McDonald’s is hiring for all shifts. It’s a great place to work with fun people to learn responsibility, gain work experience, get discounts on food and earn a yearly bonus! Application forms are available in the counselor’s office. Apply soon.  
    4. This week is National Prevention Week.  We Decide in partnership with Hubbard in Prevention will be planning activities to highlight the various areas of prevention. Today is the Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use: Know the Truth, despite tobacco use on TV, in the movies, music videos, billboards, and magazines- most teens, adults, and athletes DON'T use tobacco.  According to the 2016 MN Student Survey, MOST Park Rapids students report NEVER using tobacco.  Get involved-join a team, try out for a play, be in a club.  Be tobacco FREE. 
    5. It’s almost that time of the year—talent show and the Mr. Park Rapids Pageant. Both will be held on Wednesday, May 24th. Mr. Park Rapids contestants need business attire, “talent”, and will be given a question to answer on stage. Interested in the talent show or to be part of Mr. Park Rapids? See Mrs. Johnson.
    6. Congratulations to the following students for their performance at the National BPA conference last Wednesday through Saturday: Taylor Harvey - 10th out of 64 in Banking & Finance, Dan Walsh - 24th out of 64 in Banking & Finance, Per Jorgenson - 13th out of 70 in Accounting, Sam Massie - 24th out of 66 in Spreadsheet Applications, Emily Dean - 30 out of 61 in Legal Office Procedures, Jack Bateman, Emily Dean, Madison Steffel and Matt Benson - 22nd out of 28 in Small Business Management Team. These are EXCELLENT results at the national level!!! Thanks for being such great travel partners and representing Park Rapids BPA so well!
    7. The softball team defeated Perham Friday 12-1 in 5 innings.  The team broke a school record for home runs in a season and broke a school record for straight wins at 17.  Tonight the softball team will finish its Mid-State conference play traveling to Staples-Motley.
    8. If you weren’t at the drama banquet, please pick up your awards in the office.
    9. Reminder to all athletes – reservations for the athletic banquet are due by Wednesday, May 17th.

    Events:   Home: Boys & girls golf at Headwaters     Away: Baseball in Wadena, Softball in Staples-Motley

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  • Friday, May 12, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/12/2017

    Bulletin Friday, May 12, 2017

    1. Attention seniors:   PLEASE TURN IN YOUR POST HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SURVEY TO WENDY IN THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE TODAY. Also, make sure all your fines and lunch payments are paid before senior check out day.
    2. Seniors interested in attending Senior Slam on May 25th at the Detroit Lakes Community Center – the sign up forms are in Mrs. Johnson’s room and the office. Please sign up and pay by Friday, May 19th.  Come and make memories with your classmates one last time before graduation.
    3. McDonald’s is hiring for all shifts. It’s a great place to work with fun people to learn responsibility, gain work experience, get discounts on food and earn a yearly bonus! Application forms are available in the counselor’s office. Apply soon.  
    4. Looking for a great summer job? Loons Nest resort located on Fish Hook Lake is looking for cabin cleaners to work Saturdays from 8-2 for 12-14$/hour depending on experience.  Check out the employment board in the commons for more information.  
    5. The softball team defeated Wadena Deer Creek last night 11-0 in 5 innings.  Tonight the softball team has their last regular season home game against Perham starting at 5:00. 
    6. Reminder to all athletes – reservations for the athletic banquet are due by Wednesday, May 17th.

    Events:   Home: Softball with Perham     Away:

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  • Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/11/2017

    Bulletin Thursday, May 11, 2017

    1. Reminder to seniors: Please make sure all your fines and lunch payments are taken of before senior check out day.
    2. There will be a senior class meeting in the commons today at 1:00.
    3. Seniors interested in attending Senior Slam on May 25th at the Detroit Lakes Community Center – sign up forms are in Mrs. Johnson’s room and the office. Please pay and sign up by Friday, May 19th. Come and make memories with your classmates one last time before graduation.
    4. Still looking for a summer job?  The DAC Recycling Center is looking for an interested Park Rapids student for employment.  The position would pay 10$/hr.  The employee would be asked to help pick up recyclables from the numerous businesses in town, while also doing lawn maintenance at the DAC.  If interested, see Mr. Schafer.  
    5. Want to get ahead of your competition and stay injury free, sign up for summer strength and conditioning. Early bird fee ends tomorrow, so sign up ASAP through community ed. Fliers are in the office. Any questions ask Angel.
    6. Reminder to students that drive to school – Recently there have been several school bus sign violations that have been reported to law enforcement. If a bus has the stop sign out or lights flashing, you must stop. This type of violation is taken very seriously by law enforcement.
    7. It's almost that time of the year--the talent show and the Mr. Park Rapids Pageant.  Both will be held on Wednesday, May 24th.  Mr. Park Rapids contestants need business attire, "talent", and will be given a question to answer on stage.  Interested in the talent show or to be part of Mr. Park Rapids?  See Mrs. Johnson.
    8. Starting next week weight room will open at 7:00 am on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday's for the remainder of the school year.
    9. The girls golf team tied for second yesterday at the Pre-Section meet held at Bemidji. Leading the Lady Panthers was Drew Hilmanowski who took fourth overall. Also scoring were Chloe Johnson, Madison Johnson and Olivia McDonald. Nice going girls!

    Events:   Home: Baseball with East Grand Forks     Away:   Boys golf at Blackduck, Softball in Wadena

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  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/10/2017

    Bulletin Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    1. Still looking for a summer job?  The DAC Recycling Center is looking for an interested Park Rapids student for employment.  The position would pay 10$/hr.  The employee would be asked to help pick up recyclables from the numerous businesses in town, while also doing lawn maintenance at the DAC.  If interested, see Mr. Schafer.  
    2. Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center is hiring dining hall assistants and housekeeping/cabin cleaning staff. They will have a table set up in the commons during both lunches tomorrow for interested students to fill out applications and to interview.
    3. McDonald’s is now hiring for all shifts. It is a great place to work with fun people to learn responsibility, gain work experience, get discounts on food and earn a yearly bonus. Application forms are available in the counselor’s office. Apply soon.
    4. Want to get ahead of your competition and stay injury free, sign up for summer strength and conditioning. Early bird fee ends May 12th, so sign up ASAP through community ed. Fliers are in the office. Any questions ask Angel.
    5. Reminder to students that drive to school – Recently there have been several school bus sign violations that have been reported to law enforcement. If a bus has the stop sign out or lights flashing, you must stop. This type of violation is taken very seriously by law enforcement.
    6. The softball team trailed Pequot in the bottom of the 7th last night before a home run sent them into an 8th inning.  In the 8th inning the team brought in the winning run to prevail 11-10.  In the second game the Panthers won 20-8 in six innings.  The team is now 15-0.
    7. Congratulations to the boys track team for their third place finish at the true team section meet. Also congratulations to the girl’s team for their first place finish. They are true team section champs for the second year in a row and will represent section 8a at the state meet!
    8. The girl’s golf team was successful again last night by winning the Northern Pines Conference meet in Blackduck. The team was led by meet medalist Chloe Johnson followed by Drew Hilmanowski and Sabela Valverde Andrade. Keep it up.
    9. Starting next week weight room will open at 7:00 am on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday's for the remainder of the school year.
    10. Student council members who didn't vote today, stop by Mrs. Johnson's room.
    11. No food or beverages in the We-Decide area.
    12. Car key found outside by the bus loop. Claim in the office.

    Events:   Home:       Away:   Girls golf in Bemidji

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  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    Posted by Ardell Rice at 5/9/2017

    Bulletin Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    1. There will be an important student council meeting for current members tomorrow morning at 7:55 in Mrs. Johnson’s room. We will be voting on scholarships and other awards!
    2. Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center is hiring dining hall assistants and housekeeping/cabin cleaning staff. They will have a table set up in the commons during both lunches on Thursday for interested students to fill out applications and to interview.
    3. Reminder to students that drive to school – Recently there have been several school bus sign violations that have been reported to law enforcement. If a bus has the stop sign out or lights flashing, you must stop. This type of violation is taken very seriously by law enforcement.
    4. No food or beverages in the We-Decide area.

    Events:   Home: Varsity True Team track, Softball with Pequot Lakes, Boys tennis with Perham   Away:   Baseball at Pequot Lakes, Boys golf at Blueberry Pines, Girls golf in Blackduck

     

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