• Welcome to the Panthers First Program Homepage

  • Connection is Key!

    This is our founding principle for the Panthers First program at Park Rapids Area Schools. 

    Students and alumni are more likely to succeed when they feel connected to their school and community. School and community connection is the belief by students that adults and other students in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals. School and community connectedness requires positive adult/student relationships and physical as well as emotional safety.

    Have questions or want to know how to get involved in Panthers First? Feel free to contact the Panthers First Committee by Email or call 218-237-6442.

  • Fall Orientation

    Welcome to High School 9th Graders! Fall Orientation takes place on the first day of school and is dedicated to only 9th graders and their upperclassmen peer mentors. Get ready for a full day of fun activities, guided by your mentors, around a specific theme - the 2021 fall orientation theme was the Olympics! The mentors will take you through the school to get you used to the high school and a run through of your 1st trimester schedule, meet your new teachers and compete against them in competitions throughout the day, learn about the handbook along with resources and personnel available to you at the high school, and best of all - get tips from your mentors on how to have an awesome high school experience! After Fall Orientation, your mentor will be checking in with you throughout the year and will invite you to attend other Panthers First activities! You are never alone at Park Rapids Area High School! Let the new school year begin!

  • Spring Meet & Greet

    Welcome to the High School 8th Graders! Spring Meet & Greet takes place towards the end of the school year and is dedicated to only 8th graders and their upperclassmen peer mentors. This day is open to any 8th grade student who is thinking of attending Park Rapids Area High School in the fall. This day is all about Panther Pride and welcoming you to our high school! Get ready for a day full of fun activities guided by your mentors - at the 2020 Spring Meet & Greet we had a MASSIVE Scavenger Hunt! You will have a chance to meet all of your new teachers, get a tour of the school, learn about the many different types of classes you can take at our high school, and find out how to get involved in activities. Not only that, your mentor can help you with class registration and answer any questions you may have about high school. We can't wait meet you and welcome you to our Panther Community!

  • Mentorship & Training

    Congratulations on being selected to be a Mentor! We are so happy you are joining our team! Student Mentors are notified of their staff nomination to be a peer mentor in early spring. Mentor Training takes place late summer, just before school starts. Mentors receive a mentor uniform and a handbook to guide them through the process. Mentors have access to assistance/guidance provided by the Panther First Committee and are checked with on a regular basis throughout the school year. During training, mentors receive a walk through of all activities and are able to create resources for their mentees, not to mention participate in fun mentor only activities with the committee!

    Community Career Mentors, please stay tuned for more information or visit Business & Community Partnerships.

  • "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."

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