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Dr. Lyn Rantz, Principal

Welcome to Prairie Star Middle School!

Home of the Panthers!!

Dr. Lyn Rantz is originally from Lamoni, Iowa and attended Graceland College with a major in History.  She earned her Masters Degree from Pittsburg State University and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University. Her career began in education teaching social studies and coaching volleyball and track in Southwest Missouri.

Dr. Rantz began working for the Blue Valley School District in 2001 at Oxford Middle School as the Assistant Principal.  From 2002-2005, she was at Blue Valley High School as Assistant Principal for Curriculum & Instruction.

She became the principal of Prairie Star Middle School in 2005.  Since then she feels that being a part of PSMS is a very special and positive experience.  From her work with this school community she knows that the student body, faculty, and parents are outstanding.  Her objective is to provide the right learning environment and for every student. She has consistently held herself, her staff and students to two expectations:

  • Always Do Your Best
  • Treat Others as You Want to be Treated

The faculty and staff function as a Professional Learning Community which emphasizes collaboration, continuous improvement, data analysis, and celebrations.  Grade level teams meet daily in reference to four essential questions:  

  •   What do we want students to know? 
  •   How will we know if they have learned it? 
  •   What will we do if they don't learn it? 
  •   What will we do if they already know it?  

Lyn and her husband Micky have three children: Andrew, Taylor and Brett. They enjoy traveling, camping, reading, and sports together. While in middle school Dr. Rantz' mom gave her a quote that has become a favorite to live by: "Believe in your ability! God does, I do, and so do lots of other people".

Dr. Rantz communicates with the parent community with Monday emails, monthly newsletters, PTO meetings, and Parent Coffees with the Principal periodically. She wishes for each and every student a safe and positive learning focused school year.