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Holocaust Survivor's Message to West Freshman: Words are Powerful
05/18/2018
The resounding message at Lakota West Freshman from Holocaust survivor Dr. Al Miller last week was loud and clear: “Words are ever so powerful.”
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May Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
05/17/2018
Lakota Local Schools is proud to share this next edition of its monthly video update, "A Look Around Lakota." The May edition features just some of the latest highlights and happenings around Lakota.
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Freedom Students Help Build Monarch Waystation Garden
05/17/2018
Freedom students Pranav Khadkikar, Holden Burgess, and Siddharth Khadkikar came to Principal Lance Green two years ago with a proposal to build a LifeLAB Monarch Waystation garden on school grounds. After getting approval, the students and their families went right to work building the Waystation.
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East Students' Magnified Giving Projects Support Charities
05/17/2018
Honors English students at the East freshman campus have recently completed a project not only for a grade, but for a good cause. The students were tasked to choose a non-profit organization in greater Cincinnati to champion through a research project and presentation.
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Special Guests Share Motivational Messages with Plains Junior Students
05/16/2018
It was motivational Monday when two special guests visited Plains Junior School this week. Amberly Gray, a former Plains student and Lakota West graduate, and Rick Hughes, a retired professional basketball player, spoke to the students about hard work and perseverance.
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East Students Gift Custom Toy Cars, Learn Engineering is Emotional
05/16/2018
The smiles and squeals of joy filling the halls at Cincinnati Children’s Perlman Center on April 27 was all the payback Lakota East sophomore Maddie Barone needed for the countless hours - both during and after class - that she invested in a year-long engineering project.
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Eighth-Graders Get D.C. Send-Off from Congressman Davidson
05/15/2018
At some point during their eighth grade year, Lakota students have a chance to board a bus bound for Washington D.C. to bring American history lessons to life. Liberty Junior students are on their trip right now, and last week Hopewell Junior students had a special guest send them off for their visit to the nation’s capital. Congressmen Warren Davidson addressed the Hopewell eighth-graders, sharing why many of the stops they will make in D.C. are so important.
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Ridge Health Classes Apply Nutrition to Create Restaurants
05/15/2018
Students in Matt Abshear’s health classes at Ridge Junior School had the opportunity to put what they’ve learned into action. The eighth-graders became restauranteurs as they demonstrated their knowledge about nutrition.
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What Would You Like to Learn at Lakota's CommUnity University?
05/15/2018
Lakota Local Schools is excited to announce CommUnity University! The mission of CommUnity University is to provide families and community members with training, resources, and access to skills and services – all to help grow, achieve, and empower greater levels of advocacy for children, schools, and the community. We want to provide meaningful experiences, so we want to hear from you about what topics you’d like to see covered in our CommUnity University.
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Celebrating the Class of 2018
05/14/2018
Graduation ceremonies for Lakota's Class of 2018 will take place at Xavier's Cintas Center. Lakota West's ceremony is on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.; Lakota East will hold its event the next evening, May 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are not required to attend.
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Latest Lakota Shouts Outs (May 11)
05/14/2018
So many great things are going on around Lakota. Read about the latest Shout Outs that include everything from the Top 25 seniors to a student setting a Guinness World Record!
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Lakota, Community Foundation Announce 2018 Educators of Excellence
05/11/2018
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, in partnership with Lakota Local Schools, are proud to announce the three recipients of the 2018 Lakota Educator of Excellence Awards.
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Cincinnati Bengal Visits Hopewell Junior
05/10/2018
Students at Hopewell Junior School were able to spend time with Alex Erickson, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, when he visited their school. Erickson spoke to the group about being persistent, finding success and, of course, life in the NFL.
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New Start and End Times for Grades K-8 in 2018-19
05/09/2018
As announced earlier this year, several new initiatives will be implemented in August 2018, including: all-day kindergarten without a lottery system, daily specials for our K-6 students and 1:1 devices for our junior high school students. Another change will complement these positive shifts for our preschool through junior high school students.
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Over 40 Countries Represented at Hopewell Community's 'Celebration of Nations'
05/07/2018
Hopewell Junior and Hopewell Elementary recently came together for its 3rd annual Celebrations of Nations, honoring the diverse backgrounds found in their community. Families, staff, students and community members gathered for food, fun and sharing.
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Woodland Tech Squad Puts Student Voice into Action
05/04/2018
Woodland Elementary School’s Tech Squad made its debut appearance at the school’s April staff professional development session, sharing their plan for classroom support with teachers. The Squad consists of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. Their primary mission is to help support their peers with digital learning in the classroom.
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Lakota Shout-Outs: April 27
05/04/2018
There are lots of great things happening around Lakota. Here are some recent special shout-outs to students and staff members.
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Lakota Hosts National Thought Leader for Future Ready Schools
05/03/2018
Over 100 instructional leaders around Lakota - and some from neighboring districts - gathered to learn from a national icon in classroom innovation and leadership last week. Lakota hosted the special visit from Thomas Murray, the digital learning and advocacy director for the Alliance for Excellent Education.
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Lakota Honors Volunteers for Service to Schools, District
05/02/2018
One of the presenters at Wednesday’s Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards referenced a favorite Woody Hayes quote: “You win with people.” Presenter after presenter shared the same sentiment, detailing all the things made possible at their school because of the selflessness of their volunteers. Twenty-three of the district’s most standout volunteers were awarded the coveted “Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Award” for their service and dedication to their school community.
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Share Why 2017-18 is a Year to Remember
05/01/2018
Now that the 2017-18 school year is coming to a close, it's time to look back at all of those memories and milestones that happened this year. Show us in photo form what made this a year to remember - it can be a special achievement, a memorable class or activity, or a person that really made a difference this year.
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April Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
05/01/2018
Lakota Local Schools is proud to share this next edition of its monthly video update, "A Look Around Lakota." The April edition features just some of the latest highlights and happenings around Lakota, including Lakota's first-ever Military Commitment Ceremony, the formation of Hope Squads at both high schools and the launch of a new tip line through Safer Schools Ohio.
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Lakota Adds 24-Hour Safety Tip Line
04/30/2018
Lakota Schools is adding another layer to its safety and security protocols. The district has partnered with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety to bring the SaferOH tip line to the Lakota community.
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Lakota Adds Safety Tip Line
04/30/2018
Lakota Schools is adding another layer to its safety and security protocols. The district has partnered with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety to bring the SaferOH tip line to the Lakota community.
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Combining Technology and Project-Based Learning Across Grade Levels
04/24/2018
The commitment of a mother-son teaching duo to combine technology and project-based learning created positive learning experiences spanning multiple grade levels. Based on the stages of child development, Lakota East psychology teacher Jared Haynes challenged his students to develop a how-to manual for parents. Students developed videos and websites to help guide parents through the stages of infancy to the teenage years. To put their theories behind moral reasoning development to the test, they also created a series of questions that they shared with students in Jenny Haynes’s technology classes at VanGorden Elementary.
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Junior Achievement's Job Exploration Day Reaches 1,000-Plus Eighth-Graders
04/20/2018
By the end of the school year, about 1,000 Lakota eighth-graders will have visited a local business for a taste of what their future career might entail. It’s all part of Lakota’s continuing partnership with Junior Achievement to bring students a “Job Exploration Day”. More than 500 students from Plains and Ridge junior schools participated in the job shadowing event at one of 20 partner businesses late last month. Students at Hopewell and Liberty junior schools will enjoy the same experience next month.
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Career Readiness Science Club Takes on Sustainable Garden Project
04/19/2018
Career Readiness Academy (CRA) Science Club students are not just talking about topics like going green, eliminating waste, and reducing chemicals found in foods. They are working together to take on a major project that addresses all three topics - creating a sustainable garden using chemical-free, pesticide-free resources and materials.
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Earth Day Event Promises to Build CommUNITY
04/18/2018
Lakota families are invited to help build commUNITY on Earth Day 2018. Together with the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance, Lakota Local Schools will host a family friendly afternoon on Sunday, April 22 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Square at Union Centre in West Chester.
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First Military Commitment Ceremony Recognizes Seniors
04/17/2018
Lakota Local Schools held its first annual military commitment ceremony on April 5. Thirty-three seniors from both Lakota East and West high schools, who have committed to entering either a military academy or branch of service after graduation, were recognized before a near capacity crowd at the Lakota East Freshman building. (A video and Facebook album of the event are now available.)
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May 3 'Parade of Graduates' a Community Affair
04/16/2018
As a way of recognizing the Class of 2018 as role models for their younger counterparts, Lakota is gearing up for another “Parade of Graduates.” On Thursday, May 3, all 10 of Lakota’s elementary schools will welcome a group of this year’s graduates in fanfare fashion.
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K-9 Units Perform Drug Search as Part of Safety and Security
04/12/2018
There are many different components included in the safety and security protocols at Lakota Schools. In addition to the safety drills practiced throughout the school year, periodically our partners at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office bring in K-9 units to perform drug searches at the high schools and in the student parking lots.
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K-9 Units Perform Drug Search as Part of Safety and Security
04/12/2018
There are many different components included in the safety and security protocols at Lakota Schools. In addition to the safety drills practiced throughout the school year, periodically our partners at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office bring in K-9 units to perform drug searches at the high schools and in the student parking lots.
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Lakota Welcomes Hope Squads to School Safety Program
04/11/2018
Lakota Local Schools, in partnership with Greater Cincinnati’s Grant Us Hope, is proud to bring Hope Squad to students at both Lakota East and Lakota West high schools. Preparation for full implementation in the 2018-19 school year is beginning now with student, staff and parent informational meetings. Lakota is one of over 20 schools in the Greater Cincinnati region to pilot the national school-based peer-to-peer suicide prevention program in southwestern Ohio. Hope Squad members are students nominated by their peers who are then trained to identify at-risk students, provide friendship and seek help from an adult.
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Lakota Welcomes Hope Squads to School Safety Program
04/11/2018
Lakota Local Schools, in partnership with Greater Cincinnati’s Grant Us Hope, is proud to bring Hope Squad to students at both Lakota East and Lakota West high schools. Preparation for full implementation in the 2018-19 school year is beginning now with student, staff and parent informational meetings.
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New Adena Resource Pantry Meets Student Needs
04/02/2018
Just a few weeks after its inception, a former closet turned resource pantry at Adena Elementary is already stockpiled with hundreds of different snacks, school supplies and hygiene items.
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‘LakotaBranchesOut’ Photo Contest Celebrates National Volunteer Month
04/02/2018
In recognition of National Volunteer Month, help us share the many ways Lakota students and staff branch out to volunteer their time and talents in our community. Get creative and share a photo that demonstrates the individual or organization you like to support. Participate all month long on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by tagging Lakota’s account and #LakotaBranchesOut.
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Liberty Junior Club Takes Drumming to a New Level
03/30/2018
After noticing a few students who used their pencils as drumsticks on their desks, Liberty Junior teacher Dave Schreier told them about a bucket drum performance he had seen. “I went out and picked up a couple of buckets and started messing around with it. After a few weeks, I brought it in and played some simple beats that took me weeks to learn. A couple of the kids picked the beat up in less than five minutes!”
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Cherokee Third-Graders Get Hands-On Lessons from Mounted Patrol
03/29/2018
Last year, Cherokee’s SRO Captain Katie McMahon visited third grade classrooms to talk about police horses to help students prepare to write essays on the benefits of police horses. This year she brought more than pictures to show the students – she brought two deputies and their horse, Reggie, from the Butler County Mounted Patrol.
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MidPointe Bookmobile Rolls Out to Lakota
03/27/2018
Lakota’s continuing partnership with the MidPointe Library is putting a new spin on the traditional school media center experience. MidPointe’s “Library on Wheels” program - originally designed to help reach parts of their service area without a physical branch as well as patrons physically unable to visit their branch - recently rolled out a bookmobile. The vehicle rolls up to most Lakota school buildings once a month, parking outside for most of the day as classes take turns coming aboard to peruse the monthly selections.
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Lakota Schools Holds First State of the Schools
03/22/2018
Lakota Local Schools held its first annual State of the Schools address on March 13. Approximately 200 people filled the seats on Lakota West High School’s Main Street to hear Superintendent Matthew Miller and his guest speakers talk about district accomplishments and future plans.
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Lakota High School Students Win National Art Awards
03/22/2018
Six Lakota high school students have won national awards in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition. Only a very small percentage of the 346,000 works of art submitted receive national awards. Gold medal recipients will have their artwork displayed in New York City. Award-winning students, their parents, and their art teacher are invited to attend the National Award Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.
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Lakota Learning Team Launches New Blog
03/16/2018
Lakota educators will be the voice behind the all-new “Inside La