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District Seeking Input on 2022-2023 Calendar
05/12/2021
The Lakota District is soliciting community input on the 2022-2023 district calendar. Lakota staff, students, parents and community members are invited to review the current draft before any final recommendation is presented to the school board.
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Summer Food Service Program Begins May 27, USDA Extends Free Meals through Next School Year
05/11/2021
The Lakota Local School District, in partnership with the Faith Alliance, is participating in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children (ages 1-18 and individuals with disabilities through age 21) - free of charge regardless of income - beginning May 27 through August 5. The final pick-up day will be Aug. 2.
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Student-Led Project at Independence Challenges Others to ‘Spill It Fill It’
05/11/2021
What started as a simple extra credit challenge escalated into a full-fledged social media campaign led by room 209 at Independence Elementary School. Their goal: “To be the creators of the beginning of the end of littering.” It was a class discussion on citizenship and civic participation during a social studies unit about “Rights and Responsibilities” that sparked what the class has since coined the “Spill It Fill It” movement.
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Lakota Announces Class of 2021 Valedictorians & Salutatorians
05/11/2021
Lakota is proud to announce the valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2021.
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Words of Wisdom for Our Graduates
05/10/2021
Graduation is just around the corner for the Class of 2021. With this in mind, some of our younger students are once again proving how wise they are. This month’s Words of Wisdom is all about advice for our seniors.
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Mental Health Support Over the Summer Months
05/09/2021
We all know that mental health needs don’t take a summer break and that our students continue to need support even when they are not at school. ​ That is why our MindPeace partners and therapists are still available to support Lakota students via telehealth or in person (typically at the school).
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Student Shout-Outs Top Off Staff Appreciation Week
05/08/2021
From snack bars to handwritten notes to social media posts, we took time to celebrate Lakota’s 1,700 teachers and staff during Staff Appreciation Week May 3-7.
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A New Twist to Volunteering: Random Acts of Kindness Project
05/07/2021
Did you ever wonder why Lakota high school students volunteer with community organizations as part of their government classes? The 15 volunteer hours even comprise about 20% of a student’s quarterly grade.​
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Staff and Returning Families: Open Enrollment Applications Due May 28
05/07/2021
Each school year, the Lakota Board of Education re-evaluates the district's open enrollment policy and votes on whether or not to approve its renewal. If renewed, students residing in other Ohio school districts can apply to attend Lakota.
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Write Challenge Winners Announced
05/06/2021
The Lakota LEADS parent group recently announced the winners of its annual writing competition. The Write Challenge was open to K-12 students and submissions could be in the form of a poem, narrative or essay.​
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Gifted Services Update
05/05/2021
Changes to the structure of gifted services for the 2021-2022 school year will result in more students being served. “By rethinking the way we work and committing to a multi-year rigorous professional development plan, we’re going to be able to not only serve more students, but also add services,” said Lauren Webb, Lakota’s assistant director of gifted services.
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Submit 2021-2022 Transportation Requests by July 20
04/29/2021
To ease the transition to a new school year and honor families’ requests for alternative pick-up and drop-off locations for transportation, Lakota is asking that families submit transportation forms by July 20 to receive transportation on the first day of school. There are now separate forms for early childhood and elementary school students.
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Super in 60: April Edition
04/28/2021
In each month's edition of "Super in 60", Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller provides the latest district highlights in just 60 seconds. Get the latest on a district-wide Walk 4 Hope; the new partnership with neighborhood bridges to facilitate community support of students in need; the expansion of Lakota's one-to-one technology program; and a celebration of Lakota's graduates who have committed to serving our country.
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East NHS Seniors Leave Legacy: Eco-Classroom Taking Shape
04/27/2021
A group of 120-plus Lakota East seniors are leaving a lasting mark on their soon-to-be alma mater. A new eco-classroom is beginning to take shape just outside of the school’s stadium, all thanks to the leadership of the National Honor Society. When complete, the space will be a fully functional, ADA-compliant classroom with student seating, a whiteboard, Wifi connectivity, overhead shade and beautiful surrounding landscape.
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Military Commitment Ceremony Honors 26 Seniors April 28
04/27/2021
We invite our community to join us on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. as we celebrate the 26 seniors who have made a commitment to enter a branch of service after graduation. Due to COVID restrictions, the in-person ceremony will be exclusive to Lakota’s senior honorees and their families, but the district will live stream the program on West Chester Township’s YouTube channel for the larger community to enjoy.
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Honoring the Class of 2021
04/27/2021
With May right around the corner, celebrations to honor the Lakota East and Lakota West Class of 2021 are set to have a more traditional look and feel, albeit with some modifications due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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WE Walk 4 Hope: District Pauses for Mental Health
04/27/2021
A district-wide “Walk 4 Hope” on April 19 underscored the importance of mental health and wellness at all ages. Lakota West’s Hope Squad - a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program focused on spreading positivity and building awareness around mental health - encouraged all Lakota students and staff to “pause” in the form of a midday lap around their building.
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District's 1:1 Device Initiative Expands to Grades 3-5
04/27/2021
Lakota’s WE are Empowered program continues to grow for the 2021-2022 school year with one-to-one (1:1) access to learning devices expanding to all students in grades three through five.
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Lakota Board of Education Update
04/26/2021
​The following statement was read by School Board President Kelley Casper at the April 26, 2021 Board of Education meeting:
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Junior High Classes Share Memorable Virtual Learning Experience
04/25/2021
Virtual learning teachers faced big challenges at the beginning of the school year. “Building relationships with students has always been a cornerstone of my in-person classes, so creating a comfortable, positive, encouraging online environment was extremely important to me as I began the school year,” said Plains Junior science teacher Erin Middendorf. “I was worried it was going to be especially difficult for the new seventh-graders, who were not only new to virtual learning, but also to junior high.”
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Lakota Announces Launch of Neighborhood Bridges' 'Gateway for Kindness' Program
04/22/2021
Lakota Local Schools is proud to announce the launch of neighborhood bridges’ “Gateway for Kindness” program - a resource to facilitate community support of students and families in need within the Lakota school system. As a tool for teachers, counselors and social workers, neighborhood bridges Lakota will involve the surrounding community to aid in meeting the essential needs of at-risk and underprivileged students as a way of removing barriers to learning.
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May 5: Coffee Chat with the Superintendent
04/21/2021
Join Superintendent Miller on Facebook Live (@LakotaSuper) for his monthly coffee chat on May 5 at 8 a.m. Get an update on the end of this school year as well as a look ahead to the fall. You'll also have the opportunity to share your questions and concerns.
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A Peek Behind the Curtain: Virtual Learning
04/13/2021
Take a closer look inside Lakota Local Schools with a video series called “A Peek Behind the Curtain.” This time, you’ll get an inside look at the inaugural year of Lakota’s Virtual Learning Option (VLO) from the perspective of students, parents and teachers who experienced it firsthand.
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East ASL Club Creates Unique Summer Reading Program 
04/13/2021
In a “normal” year, mentors from the Deaf Institute visit houses during the summer to read books to children using American Sign Language (ASL). Like many other plans, the coronavirus has made the organization rethink its summer reading program. “Normally, people go to houses and sign books because so many parents of deaf children don’t sign or are learning to sign themselves,” explained Lakota East ASL teacher Jessica Snyder.
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Military Commitment Ceremony Honors 24 Seniors April 28
04/13/2021
Join us as we celebrate our seniors who have made a commitment to enter either a military academy or branch of service after graduation. Due to COVID restrictions, the in-person ceremony on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. will be exclusive to Lakota’s 24 senior honorees and their families, but the district will live stream the program on West Chester Township’s YouTube channel for the larger community to enjoy.
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Students Transform Liberty Junior into Memorial Site
04/13/2021
During the days leading up to spring break, Liberty Junior was the site of 350-plus student-created monuments or memorials honoring the likes of Princess Diana, Jackie Robinson, Amelia Earhart and even Seabiscuit. For the first year ever, all eighth-graders participated in the joint venture between the school’s social studies and language arts department.
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Wyandot ECS Embraces Peace Project
04/12/2021
It’s been challenging to make connections this school year due to COVID protocols, but that isn’t stopping the entire Wyandot Early Childhood School community from working together on a new initiative called the Peace Project.
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West Hallways Filled with New Art Installation
04/06/2021
“We are One” is a new art installation filling the hallways at Lakota West. The sixty larger than life photos of in-person and VLO students are part of a global participatory art project called “Inside Out.”​ West photography student Martin Philip explains the meaning behind the project.
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Super in 60: Lakota's Latest in 60 Seconds
03/23/2021
In each month's edition of "Super in 60", Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller provides the latest district highlights in just 60 seconds. Get the scoop on year-end senior traditions like prom, graduation and Parade of Graduates, two state champions, the continuation of Lakota's Master Facilities Planning process and all things registration season.
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Celebrating the Class of 2021
03/23/2021
Lakota is excited to announce plans to celebrate the Class of 2021 including Prom, Parade of Graduates and Graduation. All events will be held with safety protocols in place. Our schools will be sharing more details with students and parents. While we know that these events will look different than in years past, we are excited to be able to continue these traditions for our seniors.​
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East Students Spread Positivity During Hope Week
03/23/2021
“Kindness should be free.” “Smiles are free.” These two statements, made by Lakota East sophomore Caitlyn Spaulding and junior E.J. Upton, succinctly describe the Hope Week celebrations at both main campus and East Freshman.
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April 22: Community Conversation on Resiliency
03/23/2021
Resiliency is an important topic for discussion, especially during a pandemic in which we have collectively experienced loss, toxic stress, and trauma. Children and adults have all been impacted in some way. How do we strengthen our ability to recover more quickly from life events, and how do we help our children?
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Educational Visioning Process Puts Lakota One Step Closer to Master Facilities Plan
03/23/2021
The most recent series of community listening sessions, focus groups and a ThoughtExchange reinvigorated Lakota’s Master Facilities Planning (MFP) process, which was paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through all these opportunities, participants were asked to reflect on lessons learned from the pandemic that might alter Lakota’s original visioning exercise completed over a year ago.
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COVID-19 and Spring Break
03/23/2021
While the number of positive COVID-19 cases across the district have been much lower since the return from winter break, it is important to remember that our policies regarding students and staff who are symptomatic, have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case or are awaiting test results have not changed.
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April Kindergarten Readiness Series for Early Registrants
03/22/2021
Parents of incoming kindergartners who are enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year by the April 1 early registration deadline are invited to join one or more sessions in this special four-part "Kindergarten Readiness" virtual series.
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Words of Wisdom: Why are You Lucky to be in Lakota?
03/22/2021
In this month’s Words of Wisdom, students from across the district share why they feel lucky to be in Lakota. You can join in the conversation on social media using the #Lucky2BNLakota.
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Plains Production Just What the Students Ordered
03/22/2021
This year’s theater production at Plains Junior may have stood in stark contrast to the musical spectacle the school normally stages, but it was just what students needed. “I turn to music, dancing and acting to relax and unwind,” said eighth-grader Mackenzie Nitz. “I needed that more than ever with the pandemic this year.”
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Behind the Curtain: Music in Our Schools
03/22/2021
It's National Music In Our Schools month! In this edition of "A Peek Behind the Curtain," you'll get an inside look on how music is still very much a part of Lakota Local Schools - even during a pandemic.
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West's Symphonic Winds Shares Love of Music with Kindergartners
03/19/2021
Some of Lakota’s oldest and youngest learners shared a unique learning experience last week when Lakota West’s Symphonic Winds zoomed into Alyssa Carr’s Liberty Early Childhood kindergarten class. While COVID has posed many challenges over the past year, it has also resulted in many creative and fun collaborations like this one.
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April 14: Next Coffee Chat with the Superintendent
03/16/2021
Join Superintendent Miller on Facebook Live (@LakotaSuper) for his monthly coffee chat on April 7 at 3 p.m. for an update on the school year and to share your questions and concerns.
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Summer School Registration Open through April 9
03/11/2021
Lakota's Secondary Summer School program provides an opportunity for students who will be in grades 7-12 for the 2021-2022 school-year to earn original and recovery credit. Students may also participate in summer sessions for select math courses to qualify for advanced math placement the following school year (upcoming seventh- and eighth-graders).
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2021-2022 VLO Registration Now Open
03/11/2021
Enrollment for the 2021-2022 Lakota Virtual Learning Option (VLO) will remain open through the April 9 deadline. Learn about all the opportunities to get educated about the VLO and make the most informed decision possible.
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Board of Education Update
03/11/2021
A lawsuit was recently filed against the Lakota Local School District Board of Education in the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.
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Technology Promotes Innovative Teaching, Personalized Learning
03/09/2021
“It’s not just about filling our teachers’ toolboxes with lots of technology tools. Just because we have this new tech tool or that new tech resource, doesn’t mean we have to use it. Instead, the focus is on learning over digital. We look at what we need to teach, and then look for any tools that can help each student learn,” said Heidi Adams, one of Lakota’s Innovation Specialists.
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Community Conversations Reveal Lessons Learned
03/09/2021
Nearly 100 people participated in last week’s series of community conversations focused on lessons learned about education during a pandemic. School board members and district leaders listened in on both small and large group discussions over three days that included parents, secondary students and staff.
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Bridge Challenge Builds Teamwork, Puts Learning to the Test
03/09/2021
Alfredo. Bolognese. Carbonara. When you think of fettuccine, a bridge might not be one of your first thoughts, but it is for students taking physical science at East Freshman. “Our goals are engineering based,” explained teacher Larry Honigford. “The difference between engineering and science is that science addresses the fundamental concepts and ideas. (They) can then be applied in engineering, which is trying to address a problem.”
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Master Facilities Planning: Involving the Community
03/09/2021
While the facilities planning process was underway last year, the work was paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MFP committee, made up of district leaders, school board members and VSWC Architects, began meeting in November and has begun to re-engage the community in the process.
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March Social Media Challenge: #Lucky2BNLakota
03/09/2021
Why do you feel lucky to be in Lakota? Take this month’s social media challenge and you could win a pot of gold in the form of Lakota spirit gear.
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Still Looking for Summer Fun Activities?
03/08/2021
In case you missed last week’s virtual Summer Fun Fair, there are still several ways you can learn about youth programming this summer. While an in-person event would have been preferred, Lakota was able to team up with the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance to hold this year’s 2021 Summer Fun Fair.
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Virtual Learning Option Available for 2021-22 School Year
03/04/2021
Lakota Local Schools is pleased to announce that its Virtual Learning Option (VLO) will be available to district families for the 2021-2022 school year. This fully-online learning option is available to all enrolled students in grades K-12, offering families the opportunity to continue their exemplary Lakota education with the flexibility of learning from home.
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2021-2022 Preschool Registration Open through March 29
03/01/2021
The 2021-2022 lottery application for Lakota's tuition-based preschool program in partnership with the Butler County Educational Service Center is now available. Registration for the program, hosted at both VanGorden Elementary and Liberty ECS, will be open through March 29.
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$145K Grant Aids Virtual Students with Internet Connectivity, Provides District Savings
02/23/2021
Lakota Local Schools was proud to put to work a recent grant that covered the entire cost of 180 new Chromebooks complete with integrated Internet capability. Most of the devices have already been deployed to Lakota’s fourteen K-6 schools for students lacking a device and Internet connectivity to access digital resources while learning at home.
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February Master Facilities Plan Update
02/23/2021
In March 2020, the Lakota Master Facilities Plan (MFP) committee pressed pause on its work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee reconvened in November to continue this important process, as outlined in Lakota’s strategic plan. The last time Lakota completed a modified MFP was in 2008. The last comprehensive plan was completed in the early 2000s.
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Super in 60: February 2021 Edition
02/23/2021
Got 60 seconds to spare? In each month's edition of "Super in 60", Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller provides the latest district highlights in 60 seconds flat. Get the latest on Lakota's staff COVID-19 vaccinations, Black History Month activities, Master Facilities Planning and important upcoming events like Summer Fun Fair, Community Conversations and registration for next school year.
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Words of Wisdom: What Do You Love about Lakota?
02/23/2021
What do you love about Lakota? That’s what we asked students around the district in this month’s Words of Wisdom.
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West Students Engineer Solutions to COVID Challenges
02/23/2021
When given the chance to find a problem and solve it, students in Jim McClure’s Engineering Design & Development capstone class looked no further than the halls of Lakota West High School. In the end, their work in the Butler Tech satellite course yielded industry-recognized certifications and viable solutions to two different challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic this school year.
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