Lakota Shouts-Outs: August 9

Latest Lakota Shouts-Outs: August 9
Posted on 08/13/2019
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Lakota Students Win National Technology Awards

Several Lakota students walked away with top awards at the Technology Student Association's (TSA) national conference in Washington, DC this summer. The team from Ridge Junior/Butler Tech took first place in the "Off the Grid" competition, while Ashley Reed (Ridge Junior/Butler Tech) placed sixth in the "Flight" category and Lakota West/Butler Tech senior James Wright placed sixth in the "CAD-Engineering" category. 


East Track & Field, Softball Teams Celebrated

A community celebration was held in June to honor the Lakota East track & field State Champions and East softball State Runner-up for ending their seasons on such a high note. Congratulations again to these student-athletes and their coaches!


Lakota Video Wins International Telly Award

Somos Lakota was one of just seven videos in the "Branded Content General Education" category to win an international bronze Telly Award. The video, produced in partnership with SpotOn Productions, portrayed the personal experiences of Lakota students in the ESL program to help staff adopt more culturally responsive teaching practices.


Lakota's Technology Department in the Spotlight

Lakota’s continued work with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) fast tracked the district to become one of just eight districts worldwide to pilot the new ISTE District Partnership. Chief Technology Officer Todd Wesley and his team were recognized for their district-wide roll-out of the partnership at the ISTE conference in June.

Lakota's WEareEMPOWERED initiative was also the featured cover story in a recent K-12 TechDirector magazine. View the magazine article that shows how Lakota is empowering student learning with technology.

A big thank you to Lakota's technology team for their work in helping to roll out 3,126 #WEareEMPOWERED student devices to Lakota's seventh- and ninth-graders, all in support of personalized learning!

Superintendent Miller Presented with National Communication Technology Award

At its annual conference last month, the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) presented Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller with the 2019 Communication Technology Award for Superintendents. The award recognizes a superintendent for leadership in redefining, upgrading and integrating cutting-edge communication technology to expand outreach and engagement with stakeholders. Click here to view a video spotlighting how Superintendent Miller uses technology to share the Lakota story.


District Receives National Award for Personalized Learning

Lakota was honored as one of Ed Elements’ national award recipients at the 2019 Personalized Learning Summit in May. The “Team Habits for Team Success Award: For Building a Responsive Team” recognized the district for its swift action in establishing a structure that promotes organization-wide leadership in support of personalized learning. 


Building and Grounds Crew Tackled Big Projects this Summer

Lakota's building and grounds crew took on all of the usual projects to get the buildings ready for the first day of school, but went and above and beyond transforming all of the elementary media centers into Innovation Hubs. Equipped with cutting-edge digital tools, these hubs will serve as an extension to our classrooms and will continue to provide students with access to books and other online resources. The team was also busy getting preschool classrooms ready at VanGorden for our youngest learners.