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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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Community Conversation: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic
02/19/2021
Many lessons have been learned about educating students through a global pandemic. From remote learning to the creation of the Lakota Virtual Learning Option to a safe return to the classroom for in-person learning, we want to hear from our parents.
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Lakota's Annual Summer Fun Fair Set for March 3
02/19/2021
Let’s put the snow behind us and start looking forward to fun summer activities! Lakota’s annual Summer Fun Fair is set for March 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. -- with a new twist. This year, you will be able to meet ‘face-to-face’ with local organizations offering youth summer programming, all from the comfort of your home.
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Next Coffee Chat with the Superintendent on March 3
02/16/2021
Join Superintendent Miller on Facebook Live (@LakotaSuper) for his next monthly coffee chat on March 3 at 8 a.m. for an update on the school year and to share your questions and concerns.
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Feb. 23: Remote Learning Meal Distribution for In-Person Learners
02/10/2021
With no school on Feb. 24 due to our staff vaccination clinic and remote learning scheduled for Feb. 25-26, we will still offer a pre-ordered breakfast and lunch option for our in-person learning families to cover these days. With the extension of the USDA meal waiver program, all meals will be free and at no cost to the district. Place your order by Feb. 15 for meal pick-up day on Feb. 23.
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Master Facilities Planning Resumes
02/09/2021
In line with Lakota’s strategic plan, which calls for an in-depth assessment of our facilities, the district launched a full-scale master facilities planning process last year. The end goal was to build a plan that protects the district’s most important assets - Lakota’s 25 buildings valued at more than $400 million - and supports the type of learning that will carry our schools into the future.
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New Student Groups Focus on Diversity
02/09/2021
When Elgin Card joined the Lakota Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion (LODI) department as senior director in August, one of his first actions was the creation of student diversity groups at each of the district’s eight secondary schools. “I think it’s important to hear from the students’ mouths,” said Card. “They know what’s good and what’s bad. I want to know how they think we can improve and how we can amplify the good things we do.”
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A Peek Behind the Curtain: Lakota’s School Resource Officers
02/09/2021
From opening up milks at lunch and teaching classroom lessons to leading safety drills and making connections with students, being a school resource officer is a lot more than meets the eye. In this edition of “A Peek Behind the Curtain," you’ll get an inside look at the unique role of Lakota's SROs. While everything they do has student safety at its core, some of the responsibilities that fill their daily workload might surprise you.
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P&G Partners with Lakota on ‘Te Da La Mano Program’
02/09/2021
“As I have moved through my journey, people gave me guidance and help,” said P & G’s Hector Brignoni. “I learned that they were giving me a hand to help and that is exactly what I would like to do.” A new program called P&G Te Da La Mano (“P&G Gives You A Hand”) is designed to do just that.
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Endeavor Sixth Graders Create Kindness Crew
02/09/2021
It all started with an idea. And now two Endeavor sixth graders are bringing that idea to life by forming a new school club called the Kindness Crew. “We wanted to stop bullying and wanted to put more kindness in school,” said student Elle Hensley. Lyla Gully and Elle set up a meeting with counselor Kathy Wiseman and principal LeAnna Webber to discuss their plan. “It was important to us that people don’t feel left out, so they feel like they want to come to school,” said Lyla.
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Lakota Celebrates Black History Month
02/09/2021
The theme throughout Lakota this month is clear - and it’s more than just Valentine’s Day. From bulletin board displays, book studies and trivia to Spotify playlists, slideshows and read-alouds, Lakota students and staff are finding creative ways to celebrate Black History Month.
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Important Update Regarding Feb. 24-26
02/08/2021
At the Feb. 8 school board meeting, Superintendent Matthew Miller announced an adjustment to the school schedule following staff vaccinations on Feb. 24. Read his email here.
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#WELoveLakota February Social Media Contest
02/05/2021
In celebration of Valentine’s Day in February, share what you love about Lakota – with a photo! Think about what you would put on a conversation heart about Lakota: Love My Teacher, Love My School, Love My Team, Love the Chicken Nuggets or ????
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Lakota Schools Receive Purple Star Award for Supporting Military Families
02/01/2021
The Ohio Department of Education has selected Adena Elementary and Lakota East High School as 2021 Purple Star designees for their outstanding commitment to serving military-connected students and families in their schools. To be successful in school and when transitioning between school settings, Ohio’s military-connected youth require particular supports to ensure that their unique social, emotional and academic needs are met.
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Lakota to Host Community Vaccination Clinics
01/28/2021
Lakota Local Schools is excited to partner with UC Health West Chester to help vaccinate our community against COVID-19. The hospital will hold the clinics at Lakota East High School when vaccines become available.
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Important COVID-19 Information: Staff Vaccination Feb. 3 & 24
01/27/2021
On Jan. 26, Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller shared with staff and parents an important update regarding the district's distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination to staff on Feb. 3 and 24, requiring a change to this year's academic calendar.
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Lakota VLO Family Takes Learning Cross-Country
01/26/2021
The Piening family likes to think they’ve been “making COVID lemonade” since August. In just five months, the family of five has managed to visit more than 20 cities in 11 different states - all while first-grader Cami, second-grader Daniel and fifth-grader Elle continued their “regular” studies (and then some) at Liberty ECS and VanGorden Elementary. How? They rented their home for a year, replaced their three cars with an RV and hit the road just as their other adventure with Lakota’s first-ever virtual learning option (VLO) was getting underway.
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All About Your School Board
01/26/2021
Have you ever wondered what a school board does? Join Cherokee Elementary fourth-grader Josef Ullman as he dons his detective hat to discover the important role Lakota’s Board of Education plays in the district.
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West Senior Brings LOG OFF Movement to Lakota
01/26/2021
“Put down your phone” is probably something that most teenagers have heard their parents say at one time or another. Would you believe that it’s something that teens are saying to one another? Sarah AbuDakar, a senior at Lakota West, is one such teen.
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International Technology Award Featured in January 'Listen Up Lakota'
01/26/2021
This month’s edition of “Listen Up Lakota,” a monthly radio program powered by 89.3FM WMKV, will focus on the work behind Lakota’s recent international digital learning award. These special guests share how Lakota’s partnership with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has transformed learning: Liberty Junior teacher Moriah Walker, Independence and Woodland innovation specialist Kim Carlson and VanGorden assistant principal and former innovation specialist Jessica Carrelli.
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K-12 Online Registration for 2021-2022 School Year Opens Feb. 1
01/26/2021
Online registration for grades K-12, including Lakota’s all-day kindergarten program, opens Feb. 1 for the 2021-2022 school year. Early kindergarten registration extends through April 1. ​ Parents of incoming kindergartners are encouraged to attend the virtual Kindergarten Information Night at the early childhood school in their attendance zone.
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Super in 60: January Edition
01/25/2021
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 Lakota's newest therapy dog, our community's celebration of MLK Day, School Board Recognition Month and the district's release of this year's Quality Profile.
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Project Helps VLO Second Graders Learn More than Economics
01/22/2021
To culminate their recent Economics unit, Lakota VLO students banded together to learn some real-life lessons about needs and wants.
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Lakota Announces 2021 Summer Fun Fair
01/12/2021
Lakota is teaming up with the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance to hold our annual Summer Fun Fair using a unique online event solution called Remo, where exhibitors can come ‘face-to-face’ with Lakota families to share information about summer programming activities.
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Board of Education Holds Annual Organizational Meeting
01/12/2021
The Lakota Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting on Jan. 11. All school boards in Ohio are required to hold this meeting within the first 15 days of the month. The board members voted to unanimously approve Kelley Casper and Michael Pearl as president and vice president, respectively.
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Changes to Quarantine Protocols, COVID-19 Dashboard
01/12/2021
As Lakota students return to the classroom for in-person learning following winter break, changes to school-related quarantines will be implemented as a result of a State evaluation of virus spread in Ohio’s schools.
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Lakota Releases 2019-2020 Quality Profile
01/11/2021
Lakota Local Schools is proud to share with the community its 2019-2020 Quality Profile. This annual publication, mailed to every household and business in both West Chester and Liberty townships, is designed to provide highlights from the previous school year in light of major priorities and areas of focus driving our daily work.
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Feb. 3: Next Virtual Coffee Chat with the Superintendent
01/09/2021
Join Superintendent Miller on Facebook Live (@LakotaSuper) for his monthly coffee chat on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. for an update on the school year and to share your questions and concerns.
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Jan. 18: Community Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Student Winners
01/06/2021
The entire West Chester Liberty community is invited to attend a virtual edition of the 22nd annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. This year’s student contest, themed “Reinventing Reforms,” challenged students to reflect on what they can do personally, using the resources of this era, to carry on the work started by MLK.
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New Quarantine Guidelines for Second Semester
01/06/2021
On Jan. 6, 2021 Superintendent Matthew Miller updated families on new quarantine protocols. Read his email to families in its entirely here.
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Social Media Challenge: What are You Looking Forward to in 2021?
01/01/2021
With 2020 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to celebrate 2021 with a new social media challenge! Lakota, we want to hear what YOU are looking forward to in 2021.
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USDA Free Meals Program Extended through End of School Year
12/17/2020
In response to the financial hardship felt nationwide as a result of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an extension to its free meals program for all students announced this fall. Originally ending Dec. 31, 2020, all students learning both in-person and virtually are now eligible through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The program is being offered at no cost to the district.
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COVID-19: Reporting Cases, Dashboard Update
12/15/2020
The latest COVID-19 communication update covers how to report cases over the winter break, as well as upcoming changes to Lakota's COVID dashboard.
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Board Approves Changes to In-Person Academic Calendar
12/15/2020
At the Dec. 14, 2020 Lakota Board of Education meeting, the members of the Board voted unanimously 4-0, with Michael Pearl absent, to make changes to the in-person learning academic calendar in January.
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Board Approves Contract Extension for Superintendent Miller
12/15/2020
Members of the Lakota Board of Education voted unanimously to extend Superintendent Matthew Miller’s contract for an additional five years, beginning Jan. 2021. The 4-0 vote, with member Michael Pearl absent, took place at the Dec. 14, 2020 meeting.
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Jan. 6 Coffee Chat: Treasurer Takeover
12/15/2020
Join Lakota’s Treasurer/CFO Jenni Logan when she takes over January’s virtual Coffee Chat. Tune into Superintendent Miller’s Facebook Live (@LakotaSuper) on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.
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Debt Refinancing Saves Lakota Taxpayers
12/15/2020
Jenni Logan, treasurer/CFO for Lakota Local Schools, announced that the district will save more than $6 million in interest expense due to recent refinancing of debt. “Just like our community members, we look to take advantage of a low-interest rate market in order to refinance our debt and save our taxpayers money,” said Logan.
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2020 State of the Schools Marked by Real Reflections from Students, Staff
12/15/2020
This year's unique "State of the Schools" format featured both in-person and virtual learning students and staff sharing a lens into the current school year. The Jan. 8 event, which can now be viewed on demand, drew approximately 200 people for the hour-long presentation.
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Notice of Logistics for Dec. 14 Lakota Board of Education Meeting
12/14/2020
Due to the current rise in COVID-19, the Lakota Local School District is pausing its in-person public participation during its Board of Education meetings. ​Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education, Butler County, will meet in person at its normal meeting location, Plains Jr. School, 5500 Princeton Rd, Liberty Township, Ohio on December 14, 2020, with the public participating virtually.
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Bringing 100-Year-Old History to Life
12/14/2020
Lakota East teacher Hannah Martin learned the causes of World War I in high school by memorizing a bulleted list. But she wanted something different for her students.
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New Video Celebrates Diversity & LODI Efforts
12/14/2020
A new video presented by Lakota’s Outreach Diversity & Inclusion (LODI) department features the rich diversity that our students bring to Lakota’s classrooms every single day.
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Board Member Video Series: Meet Brad Lovell
12/14/2020
Lakota Local Schools is excited to introduce our community to the members of the Board of Education. Through December, you’ll get to know more about each of the five members. Meet Brad Lovell, a lifelong community member and former school administrator in Lakota, who is serving his first term on the Lakota Board of Education.
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West Senior Dedicates Eagle Scout Project to Former Elementary School
12/14/2020
“I just wanted to give back to the school that gave me so much,” said Lakota West senior Josh Strong, when asked about why he chose Heritage Early Childhood School as the beneficiary of his recent Eagle Scout project. The project gave a major facelift to one of the school’s outdoor learning spaces where students are able to grow their own plants.
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Lunch and Learn Series Connects ECS Parents, Offers Support
12/13/2020
How can parents stay connected and receive support in these difficult times? “It is definitely difficult not having adults in the school building this year to help build community and connectedness,” said Jen Gillum, counselor at Wyandot Early Childhood School. “The Lunch and Learn Series is helping to bridge that gap.”
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All Students Eligible for Meal Pick-Up During Altered Second Semester Start
12/11/2020
With the altered schedule for the return to second semester Jan. 5-15, all in-person learners will be eligible to pre-order breakfast and lunch meals to cover the remote learning days. While the schedule change does not impact VLO families, students are still invited to register for meal pick-ups following the normal VLO meal program schedule.
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Second Semester Update
12/09/2020
On Dec. 9, Superintendent Matthew Miller shared this update with parents and staff regarding the district's altered plans for returning to school for second semester. The slight change in the academic calendar is in response to a recent survey that returned mixed results regarding a return to in-person learning versus remote learning. The change will allow for a more gradual return from break, giving the district time to review the COVID-19 trends and takes us further from the holidays when increased social gatherings may result in a spike of positive cases.
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Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines
12/07/2020
On Friday, the Ohio Department of Health adopted the recent changes to quarantine guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have been notified that our local health commissioner has also approved these guidelines for Butler County.
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Board Member O'Connor Honored for Service to OSBA
12/04/2020
Lynda O’Connor, member of the Lakota Local Schools Board of Education, was recognized at the Nov. 16 school board meeting for her service to the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA).
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Independence Student Leads ‘Operation Overseas: Treats for Troops’
12/01/2020
Independence Elementary sixth-grader Trevor Earnest drew his inspiration for a recent food drive he organized at his school from his dad, a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force currently deployed in Afghanistan. Called “Operation Overseas: Treats for Troops,” the food drive was designed to not only assist the troops overseas with depleting resources, but also bring awareness to the important work they are doing.
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Heritage Debuts StoryWalksⓇ for In-Person and VLO Families
12/01/2020
What can in-person and virtual learning students do to experience the same thing? This is the question that Heritage Early Childhood School Assistant Principal Natalie Jimenez asked herself. The answer? StoryWalksⓇ.
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COVID-19 Updates: Snow Days, Mask-Wearing
12/01/2020
With December comes winter weather and potential snow days. Lakota Local Schools will continue its practice of using calamity days for all students, both in person and those enrolled in the Virtual Learning Option, should it be deemed necessary to close or delay school due to inclement weather.
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Meet Our Board Members: Kelley Casper
12/01/2020
Lakota Local Schools is excited to introduce our community to the members of the Board of Education. Through December, you’ll get to know more about each of the five members. Meet Kelley Casper, a former teacher and proud Lakota parent who has served on numerous committees at the district level since 2005, including District Parent Council, strategic planning, redistricting and levy committees.
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First Semester Exams Canceled for High School Students
12/01/2020
End of semester exams for students in grades 9-12 have been cancelled for the first semester this school year. Grades for the first and second quarters will be weighted equally at 50% to determine first semester grades.
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Lakota Gears Up for Virtual State of the Schools Dec. 8
11/30/2020
Lakota’s annual “State of the Schools” event returns next Tuesday, Dec. 8, giving parents, students, staff and community members a 45-minute overview of the district’s top priorities, as they related to current and future work. Although virtual, the event maintains its purpose to keep the community informed about the current and future outlook of our schools.
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West Hope Squad Ends Anti-Bullying Month with Duckloads of Positivity
11/30/2020
A month marked by acts of kindness and anti-bullying messages at Lakota West High School culminated in “Duck Duck Hope Week,” where rubber ducks sprinkled all over campus had but one purpose: to send students and staff off to Thanksgiving break on a positive note.
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Media Design & Communications Project Connects VLO Students
11/27/2020
Hundreds of K-2 virtual learners are having some fall and winter fun, thanks to some Hopewell and Liberty junior high VLO students. Students in Moriah Walker’s Media Design & Communications class recently took on a project to create activity books full of coloring pages, word searches and math puzzles for younger VLO students at Hopewell and Wyandot early childhood schools.
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WE Can: Persevering through a Pandemic
11/19/2020
On Nov. 17, Lakota celebrated a very important milestone: three months of in-person learning. A special live video premiere featured students and staff sharing all that they’ve overcome so far this school year.
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VanGorden’s ‘Team Togetherness’ Helps Celebrate Diversity
11/17/2020
The transformation of the VanGorden Elementary lobby is now underway. The school’s new Team Togetherness Committee is overseeing the project that highlights the diversity of its students and staff.
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Engineering Students Help Others Through Real World Learning
11/17/2020
Real World Learning has even more meaning when the project helps a teacher. See how Taylor Blackburn, Jonah Dangel and Amane Ohhashi designed a shoe for English teacher Kendra Herber’s prosthetic leg in their Introduction to Engineering Design class at West Freshman. The class is led by teacher Scott Fetzer and is through Butler Tech’s Project Lead the Way program.
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Lakota Marching Bands Triumph Over Tenacity, Not Trophies
11/17/2020
While their performance schedules were nowhere near their normal load, both Lakota East and Lakota West’s marching bands have something big to celebrate: they finished their seasons. “Several times, we thought that the season would be shut down by the current events of the pandemic,” remembered Lakota West Band Director Andrew Carr. But against all odds, regulations were loosened just enough to give them some semblance of a season. And with it came a new realization.
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Dec. 3 Virtual Community Conversation: Diversity & Inclusion
11/17/2020
Lakota’s Outreach Diversity and Inclusion (LODI) department will host a Dec. 3 Community Conversation that challenges students, staff, parents and community members to discuss the current opportunities and challenges.
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Meet Our School Board Video Series: Lynda O'Connor
11/17/2020
Lakota Local Schools is excited to introduce our community to the members of the Board of Education. Through December, you’ll get to know more about each of the five members. Meet Lynda O’Connor, a member of the Board of Education since 2008.
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Plains Pilots Peer-Run ‘Sources of Strength’ Program
11/16/2020
A pilot program at Plains Junior is just the start of a three-year health and wellness plan for all Lakota seventh and eighth grade students.
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MLK Day Celebration, Student Contest the Focus of November 'Listen Up Lakota'
11/16/2020
This month’s edition of “Listen Up Lakota,” a monthly radio program powered by 89.3FM WMKV, will focus on West Chester Liberty’s “Live the Dream” MLK Day celebration and student contest.
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