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VanGorden, Woodland Announce New Assistant Principals
03/30/2017
Lakota Local Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of two new leaders at VanGorden Elementary and Woodland Elementary for the 2017-2018 school year. Succeeding the current assistant principals, both of which have decided to return to the classroom next school year, are Julie Engelbert at VanGorden and Liz Gruber at Woodland.
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Lakota High School Students Create Award-Winning Artwork
03/29/2017
Lakota’s talented high school art students are bringing home top state and national awards for their drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography and other artwork.
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Local Business Community Experiences Levy Dollars at Work
03/22/2017
The local business community got just a taste of what Lakota students – and their future workforce – are now experiencing in the classroom when it comes to the district’s follow-through on a levy promise to boost instructional technology.
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Two Local 'Heroes of Character' Have Lakota Ties
03/21/2017
Two of the 10 area leaders recently honored as “Heroes of Character” have Lakota ties. Lakota West sophomore Zach Merrill and Lakota Board of Education member Lynda O’Connor were honored with the group at the sixth annual Heroes of Character event on March 15.
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Shawnee, VanGorden Next in Lakota's Expansion of STEAM Labs
03/20/2017
Both Shawnee ECS and VanGorden Elementary recently launched their STEAM labs, designed to bolster early learning and exposure to science, technology, engineering, applied arts & design, mathematics and medical fields.
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Panel Discussion Promotes Open Dialogue
03/20/2017
Sometimes the hardest questions to ask are the ones that can provide the most insight. A recent panel surrounding race relations at Lakota West gave students the option to anonymously ask their questions to adults they respect and interact with every week.
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High School Students Take Home TechOlympics Awards
03/16/2017
Over 500 students from over 50 high schools recently participated in TechOlympics 2017, the largest IT conference for high school students in the nation. Students heard keynote addresses by leaders in IT and education, attended breakout sessions on IT topics, participated in mock interviews, and competed in a variety of competitions. Lakota was well represented by 87 students in attendance from both East and West.
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New FUSE Program Builds Union Fifth-Graders' Interpersonal Skills
03/14/2017
Taking the time to listen to one another and developing authentic relationships may seem like a lost art in these times of social media and text messaging, but last week Union fifth-graders came together as a community to "ignite" their interpersonal skills. It’s all part of a new workshop for elementary students called FUSE.
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Math Competition Stretches Junior High Students
03/14/2017
Lakota students took part in the recent MathCounts competition, as well as the Math Bowl at the University of Cincinnati.
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Deadline for Summer School Registration is April 7
03/13/2017
Summer school registration for students in grades 7-12 closes soon; students that want to enroll in summer school need to submit their registration no later than April 7. This includes all math advancement requests. Registrations will not be accepted after this deadline. Those taking Credit Recovery, OGT, and EOC courses will continue to be able to register after this deadline – see Summer School webpage for details.
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Help Decide Lakota's Educators of Excellence, Nominations Due April 7
03/09/2017
Following with tradition, the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty is partnering with Lakota Schools to recognize and honor excellent educators from the Lakota School District. The organization is currently seeking nominations from the Lakota community.
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College Credit Plus “Intent to Participate Form” Due March 31
03/09/2017
Students who will be in grades 7-12 next fall and who want to participate in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program need to submit an “intent to participate” form to their school guidance office no later than March 31.
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Nominations Sought for Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards
03/08/2017
Nominations are being accepted now through March 27 for the 2017 district Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit award. Please check with each school for nomination forms and deadlines for school volunteer awards.
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Lakota's Digital Learning Week Highlights Technology Strides Since Levy Passage
03/06/2017
Lakota schools recently celebrated National Digital Learning Day through a variety of activities, all focused on using technology to bolster learning. In fact, there were so many related events, the district had to expand it to an entire week.
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Local Business Leaders Visit Heritage, Get Inside Look at Lakota
03/06/2017
Heritage Elementary recently hosted nearly 30 members of the business community participating in the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance’s Leadership21 program. The visit was part of the group’s February focus on educational institutions serving our community.
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Credit Means Recent Fee Reduction Impacts More Students
03/03/2017
Lakota junior high and high school students, who participated in a sport, band, or color guard this past fall, will be receiving a monetary credit to apply to any future Lakota school fee.
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Students Take the Stage for Upcoming Theatre Productions
03/03/2017
Junior High and High School Students will soon be taking the stage for several plays/musicals. Tickets are on sale now.
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Shawnee Students Celebrate Read Across America
Shawnee ECS Celebrates Read Across America Day
03/02/2017
National Read Across America Day was on Wednesday and Shawnee Early Childhood School celebrated it in a big way, turning it into a full week of fun activities.
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Secondary Summer School Registration Now Underway
03/01/2017
Summer school registration is now open for students in grades 7-12. Summer school will be held from May 30 through July 7 (with no classes on July 3 and 4); all classes will take place at the Lakota East Freshman School.
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Lakota Tackles Recruitment Season with Inaugural Job Expo
02/27/2017
A job expo may not be the industry norm for public education. But it’s a strategy Ohio’s eighth largest public school district is taking to help recruit a diverse pool of candidates for both teaching and support positions. Going into the 2017-2018 school year, Lakota Local Schools is gearing up for a busy recruitment season starting with its inaugural Job Expo on Saturday, March 11.
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Lakota Pi Day Features Hands-on Math and Science Activities
02/24/2017
LEADS Pi Day 2017 is almost here! This fun evening is set for Friday, March 10 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Lakota East High School Main Campus. Pi Day will feature hands-on science and math adventures such as robotics, 3D Printers, electromagnetic shocks, a human brain, live animals, and much more.
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Junior High Gifted Programs Partner with UC to Combine Learning, Service
02/21/2017
Gifted students at Lakota’s junior high schools recently competed in a project that stretched their thinking and will benefit a local non-profit. Hosted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center, teams of students were to select a non-profit, then create a T-shirt design to be sold so the proceeds can support that organization.
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Liberty ECS Collects "Pennies for Patients" as Community Service Project
02/17/2017
Penny by penny, coin by coin – the jars quickly filled, thanks to the generosity of students and staff at Liberty Early Childhood School. The recent community service project blasted through the goal, raising $3,488.97, which is a school record.
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Cherokee, VanGorden Students Create 3D Prosthetic Hand to Help Child in Need
02/16/2017
As part of the third grade curriculum for Lakota’s elementary technology class, Cherokee Elementary students learn about the functionality of a 3D printer along with the possibilities of what it can currently print. But perhaps the biggest lesson they’ve learned is how a 3D printer can impact their lives – and the lives of others.
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Lakota to Induct 8 Members into the Athletic Hall of Fame
02/15/2017
The 19th annual dinner and induction ceremony to honor the newest members of the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wetherington Golf & Country Club.
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Lakota School Board Votes to Employ Miller as Superintendent
02/10/2017
The Lakota Local Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to employ Mr. Matthew Miller as the next superintendent of Ohio’s eighth largest public school district this evening. The vote took place during a special meeting where Miller and his family were present.
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Lakota School Board Selects Miller as Next Superintendent
02/10/2017
The Lakota Board of Education plans to take action at a special meeting this evening on the employment of Mr. Matthew Miller as the next superintendent to help lead Ohio’s eighth largest public school district serving about 16,500 students.
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Plains Junior’s Beta Club Earns National Beta School of Distinction Award
02/09/2017
It’s a record year for the Beta Club at Plains Junior School. The club is 127-members strong this school year – the highest count ever. The growth of the group has earned the club the National Beta School of Distinction Award. The Beta Club is an honors and service club open to Plains’ eighth grade students who meet strict academic requirements.
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Lakota First Lego Team Headed to World Championship
02/08/2017
Countless hours of hard work since the start of the school year are paying off for a group of Hopewell Junior students. They are part of the Lakota neighborhood First Lego team called Scientific Touch. Out of 512 registered teams in Ohio, Scientific Touch was one of just two teams that advances on to the First Lego League World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Career Readiness Academy
New Video Features Lakota’s Career Readiness Academy
02/04/2017
Lakota’s new Career Readiness Academy is the definition of personalized education – and one example of Lakota’s commitment to providing a range of options to set students up for success.
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Lakota School Board Narrows Superintendent Search to Two Strong Candidates
02/03/2017
In its search to find the district’s next superintendent, the Lakota Local Schools Board of Education has narrowed its superintendent search to two candidates: Dr. Keith Kline and Mr. Matthew Miller. Both candidates have been invited to participate in a final round interview with the board next Thursday, February 9.
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Lakota West’s Peer Mentoring Group ‘A Safe Place to Share’
02/03/2017
According to Lakota West senior Jada Dunn, the best aspect of participating in the school’s peer mentoring group is that “We get to talk about what’s bugging us and to get others’ perspective. We can share anything as it’s a safe environment and we know there will be encouragement from the others.”
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LEA Announces Scholarship Winners
02/02/2017
The Lakota Education Association (LEA) announced its 2017 scholarships, recognizing the four recipients at the January 20 Lakota East versus Lakota West boys’ varsity basketball game. The union’s scholarship committee awards a total of four $1,000 scholarships in two categories: the LEA Senior Scholarship is given to a senior who has indicated their interest in pursuing a degree in education, while the LEA Member Scholarship is awarded to students whose parents are educators at Lakota.
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Lakota Celebrates Board Appreciation Month through Students’ Eyes
02/01/2017
The Jan. 23 school board meeting featured a unique display of appreciation for the service of Lakota’s five Board of Education members – through the eyes of five Lakota students. To help recognize January as National School Board Appreciation Month, three sixth grade language arts classes at Adena, Hopewell and Union elementary schools put in writing their appreciation for Lakota’s school board. With the guidance of their teachers – Kate Chaney, Krista Hoctor and Kelly Law – they found a real application for recent units and then presented their work to the board.
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2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration Information Now Available
02/01/2017
Parent Information Nights Begin Feb. 7... Registration documents and applications for the continuing half-day and all-day kindergarten option are now available.
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High Schools Host National Signing Day Ceremonies
02/01/2017
On February 1, Lakota celebrated twenty-six senior student-athletes’ during the NCAA national letter of intent signing day. Both Lakota high schools held ceremonies to honor the accomplishments of these students who will continue their education while playing a sport in college.
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Summer Fun Fair Promises Over 100 Vendors, More Than $2000 in Prizes
01/31/2017
Are you ready to start thinking about warm weather activities? In just a few weeks, Lakota East and West’s hallways will be lined with nearly 100 organizations offering summer youth activities. It’s all part of Lakota’s fifth annual Summer Fun Fair events taking place on Monday, Feb. 27 and Wednesday, Mar. 1.
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Speech Class Leaves Lasting Impression on Alumni
01/27/2017
The course registration process is now underway for high school students, with Lakota offering a full range of educational paths and classes to students to prepare them for their future. But recent graduates of Dave Honhart’s speech class think students should seriously consider working an elective speech class into their schedules.
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Lakota School Board Announces Interviewees for Competitive Superintendent Search
01/27/2017
The Lakota Local Schools Board of Education has invited eight candidates to participate in the first round of interviews for the district’s top leadership position. All of the interviewees have prior experience in the role of superintendent.
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Lakota Seeking Community Input on 2018-19 Academic Calendar
01/25/2017
The Lakota Calendar Committee is preparing a 2018-2019 district calendar recommendation for the Board of Education. Lakota staff, students, parents and community members are invited to review the current draft before any final recommendation is presented to the school board in late February 2017.
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School Board Announces Candidate Pool for Superintendent
01/25/2017
A letter to the community from Board President Ben Dibble, on behalf of the Lakota Board of Education, announces the candidate pool for the superintendent position.
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Lakota's Vogelmann Shares Insight as Part of Education Panel
01/23/2017
Lakota Acting Superintendent Robb Vogelmann was one of four panelists discussing education during the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance’s Jan. 10 meeting. In addition to Vogelmann, representatives from Butler Tech, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College and Miami University’s regional campuses participated in the alliance’s annual “State of the Schools” panel.
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Career Readiness Academy Offers Personalized, Alternative High School Experience
01/23/2017
Lakota’s new Career Readiness Academy is the definition of personalized education. The program’s first cohort to start the program this school year includes 57 students who report daily for either the morning or afternoon session. For the three hours they are on site, they work mostly on their own and with the one-on-one support of the program’s academic team: an assistant principal, two teachers, an intervention specialist and a career advisor.
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Streamlining District Purchasing Practices Results in Savings, Standardization
01/23/2017
The statistics are impressive: $130,000 saved in just one year through efficiencies in ordering copy paper and another $30,000 saved annually just by centralizing postage. What may be even more remarkable is the paradigm shift that’s had to happen across Lakota’s 25 buildings to make such change possible.
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Hopewell, Liberty Junior Schools’ ‘White Out Toilet Bowl’ Event Benefits Local Senior Citizens
01/23/2017
The scene at a recent girls basketball game at Liberty Junior School was a bit out of the ordinary as stacks of toilet paper rolls surrounded the gym floor. “It really was overwhelming to see, thanks to the generosity of our students, their families and local businesses,” said Liberty Junior Principal Eric Bauman.
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Community, Lakota Students Celebrate MLK Day
01/22/2017
January 16 marked the 18th year that West Chester and Liberty Townships, in conjunction with the Lakota Local School District, hosted opportunities for the entire community to join together in the Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity commemoration of Martin Luther King Day.
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Superintendent Search Extended to Jan. 25
01/20/2017
Lakota’s Board of Education has extended the application deadline for the superintendent position until Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. According to Board President Ben Dibble, “Selecting the leader who will have the vision and skills to continue moving this district in a positive direction is a task we take very seriously. It requires a tremendous amount of community engagement, forward thinking and at times, flexibility in our timeline.”
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Lakota Students Finish Strong in Scholastic Art Awards
01/18/2017
Lakota East and Lakota West high school students made quite a showing in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards, a regional competition that included students from 68 area junior high and high schools.
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Lakota School Board Elects New 2017 President
01/12/2017
Ben Dibble was named president of the Lakota Board of Education at the board’s organizational meeting Monday. Todd Parnell retained his position as vice president. Lynda O’Connor, Ray Murray, and Julie Shaffer hold the other board seats.
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Applications Now Available for All Spring Internships
01/09/2017
This spring, Lakota’s juniors and seniors will have more internship opportunities than ever before. Lakota has partnered with seven area businesses to create unique learning experiences that also offer elective high school credit.
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Lakota Welcomes Two New Healthcare Internship Partners
01/09/2017
Lakota Local Schools is proud to welcome its two newest business partners – Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Liberty Campus) – to its growing portfolio of high school student internships. This brings the district’s total count to 18 local business partners supporting career exploration and regional workforce development among Lakota high school students.
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Students, Community Benefit from Athletic Partners
01/06/2017
Lakota’s new partnership with Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and the Christ Hospital Health Network is the latest in a longstanding tradition to initiate athletic marketing partnerships to increase student services and opportunities in a fiscally-responsible manner.
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Superintendent Search Continues: Application Period Now Open
12/21/2016
Following a series of community input sessions, the Lakota Board of Education’s search for the school district’s next superintendent continues. With a candidate profile now available, the application period for all eligible candidates will extend through Jan. 13, 2017.
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Art Alumni Day at Lakota West
Lakota West Holds Art Alumni Day, Providing Career Exploration Insight for Current Students
12/20/2016
Imagine learning the “inside scoop” from someone who is already working in your field of interest, someone who graduated perhaps just a few years ago from your high school.
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New Student Fanfare Events Put Community Support on Display
12/19/2016
Lakota East High School, both the freshman and main campuses, were among the first scheduled stops in a new series of community fanfare events supporting student achievement.
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Lakota Schools Give Back This Holiday Season
12/16/2016
Perhaps it is the increased need of many area residents during the winter months or the emphasis on helping this time of year. Regardless of the reason, many Lakota schools took on special projects in order to help others.
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Program of Study Expands Options, Supports Career Exploration
12/13/2016
As Lakota high school students gear up for course registration season, they will notice several new options in the 2017-2018 Program of Study.
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Lakota West Students Participate in First Latino Student Summit at UC
12/12/2016
It was a day focusing on empowerment and affirmation, helping students embrace their culture and their future. "I saw different perspectives from Guatemalans, Mexicans, Brazilians, etc., and I felt that I wasn't alone in the goals to achieve academically," states Lakota West senior Isa Arantes, in explaining how she benefited from the recent experience
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Lakota East's Art Exhibit Shows that Art Can Change the World
12/10/2016
The art exhibit features 24 images and 11 languages yet there is one overall message – “We are East.”
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Lakota Band Members Named to All-National Honors Ensembles
12/09/2016
Lakota West’s Faith Ann Santucci and East’s James Leonard recently travelled to Grapevine, Texas to perform alongside the nation’s top high school musicians at the National Association for Music Education’s annual conference held November 10-13.
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Announcing Spring Internships for High School Students
12/07/2016
This spring, Lakota’s juniors and seniors will have more internship opportunities than ever before. Lakota has partnered with seven area businesses to create unique learning experiences that also offer elective high school credit. More than 50 high school students will have the chance to gain hands-on experience in such career paths as OT/PT/speech therapy, marketing, biomedical engineering, podiatry/small business, surgery/physical therapy, and pediatric medical care.
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'Inside Your Schools' Video Series Concludes
12/05/2016
The final installment in Lakota’s new video series, “Inside Your Schools,” is now available. This eighth chapter serves as a wrap-up, summarizing the priorities and principles guiding Lakota’s daily work in the areas of instructional excellence, community engagement and, the foundation of it all, fiscal responsibility and sustainability.
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Ohio Board of Education Honors Lakota with 2016 Momentum Award
12/05/2016
The Ohio State Board of Education recently granted Lakota Local Schools the 2016 Momentum Award. The annual recognition is granted only to districts that received A’s on every growth measure, or value-added component, included on the latest state report card. Lakota was one of only two school districts in Butler County to receive the Momentum Award. Statewide, only 54 of more than 600 school districts earned the distinction.
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Fall 2016 Community Newsletter Now Available
12/05/2016
Several times a year, Lakota produces a community newsletter to help parents and residents stay informed about important district-wide information. The piece is mailed to every household and business in West Chester Township and Liberty Township, the latest for just 17 cents per piece. The fall 2016 edition is now available. If you did not receive a copy at your home or if you need additional copies, please visit Lakota’s Central Office or any school’s main office.
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2017-18 Preschool Enrollment Begins Jan. 4
12/05/2016
Registration for Lakota's tuition-based preschool program will begin Jan. 4. Parents can visit the website for detailed information about enrollment. Preschool applications for the 2017-2018 school year are available online and at Shawnee Early Childhood School, Creekside Early Childhood School and Liberty Early Childhood School. All applications must be received or postmarked by Jan. 31 to be considered for the lottery.
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Holiday Concerts Hosted by Lakota Junior Highs, High Schools
12/05/2016
Schools across the district will be celebrating the holidays with special choir and band concerts. Read on for a list of the evening programs planned for Lakota's junior high and high schools. The public is welcome to attend any of these events to enjoy music of the season.
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Lakota East's Spark Shines Again at National Journalism Convention
12/05/2016
Lakota East student news magazine, The Spark, garnered armfuls of awards at the recent National High School Journalism Convention held in mid-November in Indianapolis. More than 6,200 high school students from 39 states and four countries attended the conference, which is sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association and its partner, the Journalism Education Association.
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Lakota Grad, Current Student Partner on Autism Advocacy Project
12/05/2016
The Lynx Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Lakota West graduate Megan (McGill) Moore ‘08, will bring a special art song performance to Cincinnati in 2017. An art song is a poem or prose set to music, usually with a singer and a pianist, that lasts about three minutes. Heritage Elementary sixth-grader Rithik Sinhasan is one of the four students selected to take part in the Autism Advocacy Project. Because he cannot speak aloud, Rithik is able to share his voice by spelling out words via the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) or “letterboarding.”
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Community Advisory: East Freshman Site of Dec. 28 Police Training
12/05/2016
In an ongoing effort to partner with local law enforcement in the interest of student safety, Lakota East Freshman is opening up its doors for an all-day police training on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
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Tickets on Sale for High School Theatre Productions
11/27/2016
If you are looking for a fun evening out, check out these upcoming high school theatre productions
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Lakota's Logan Named Ohio's 2016 Outstanding Treasurer/CFO
11/23/2016
Lakota Local Schools Treasurer Jenni Logan was named the 2016 Outstanding Treasurer/CFO of the Year by the Ohio Association of School Business Officials’ (OASBO) Foundation for School Business Management. Logan, a 20-year veteran of school business, received her award Nov. 16 at the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA)’s Capital Conference in Columbus.
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Newest 'Inside Your Schools' Videos Zoom in on Communications, Service
11/23/2016
The next two chapters in Lakota’s new eight-part video series, “Inside Your Schools,” are now available. Please take a moment to learn more about two more priorities guiding our work at Lakota: Communications & Customer Service and Giving Back to Our Community.
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Lakota East Holds Anti-Texting, "Drive to Stay Alive" Campaign
11/23/2016
Lakota East senior Sarah Strack knows firsthand the devastation that distracting driving can cause as her 45-year-old uncle, Mark Sevilla, was killed by a driver who was texting. Loss and the hope to prevent others from going through a similar tragedy led her to spearhead the school’s “Hawks Drive to Stay Alive” campaign.
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High Schools Hold Record-Setting Events for Breast Cancer Awareness, Research
11/15/2016
Lakota West’s 'Volley for the Cure' and East’s 'Hawks for the Cure' events have done more than raise an amazing $150,000 in support of the Susan G. Komen Fund for breast cancer awareness and research.
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Lakota East’s Dustin Horter a Cross Country State Champion
11/14/2016
“It really meant a lot to me to see the entire school here, helping me celebrate,” said Lakota East junior Dustin Horter following a ticker tape parade down the school’s Main Street. With piles of confetti raining down on him to the cheers of his fellow students, the whole event was almost overwhelming.
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'Inside Your Schools' Video Series Features Technology, Diversity
11/14/2016
The next two chapters in Lakota’s new eight-part video series, “Inside Your Schools,” are now available. Please take a moment to learn more about two more priorities guiding our work at Lakota: The Power of Technology & Data and Embracing a Diverse Community.
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Reach In for Reach Out Winners 2016
Lakota Community Stocks Reach Out Lakota Shelves through December
11/14/2016
The annual “Reach In for Reach Out Lakota” food drive, hosted by the Lakota Board of Education, is the single largest source of donations all year long for the local food pantry.
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Text-A-Tip Program Another Avenue for Safety Tips
11/14/2016
Students are often the first people to hear rumors – so why not ensure there’s a way for them to quickly and privately report any safety concerns? That’s the concept behind Lakota’s new “Text-A-Tip” program which will soon be launched.
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East Senior Publishes, Gifts Inspirational Book
11/08/2016
Lakota East senior Erinn Aulfinger is combining her passion for writing with her compassion for helping an up-and-coming generation of Lakota girls.
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Video Summary of Lakota's Community Conversations
11/08/2016
A new video summarizes a busy October of Community Conversations, which focused on themes such as the new superintendent search, the district's evolving partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty, and the role sports should play in 21st century education.
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Chapter 2 of Inside Your Schools
Lakota's Video Series Continues with Chapters 2 & 3
11/08/2016
The next two chapters in Lakota’s new eight-part video series, “Inside Your Schools,” are now available. Please take a moment to learn more about Lakota’s Premier Academic Programs and approach to Financial Planning and Sustainability.
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Junior High Cross Country Teams Rule State
10/31/2016
The 2016 Lakota junior high cross country program has done something that has never been done before: They not only won a state championship, they won both the boys and the girls 2016 OHSAA State Championship.
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Students Invited to Help Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
10/31/2016
The 18th annual Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity event to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. will take place on January 16. There are many ways that students and community members can be part of the celebration. There is a contest for all students in grades K-12 who reside within the Lakota Local School District.
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New Video Series Defines Lakota Experience
10/31/2016
A new video series, “Inside Your Schools,” introduces the priorities that define our work and the areas we value when it comes to creating a personalized experience for all our students. Watch this introductory chapter and stay tuned for more editions over the next few weeks. The complete series will be available at www.lakotaonline.com/insideyourschools.
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Student Model UN Clubs Develop Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving
10/30/2016
The Model Student UN are new clubs at Lakota high schools. The student-led groups typically meet twice a month, acting as an actual United Nations block.
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Five-Year Forecast Extends Positive Financial Outlook for Lakota
10/28/2016
Lakota Treasurer Jenni Logan’s presentation of the five-year forecast at the Oct. 24 school board meeting was packed with good news for Lakota’s long-term financial stability.
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Wyandot First-Graders Become the Teachers
10/25/2016
“Families have an idea of what takes place in an art class, gym class or a music class. But our technology class is a new concept – and who better to teach this new concept than the first-graders themselves?”
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Barbers, Books & Boys
New 'Barber Shop, Books & Boys' Creates Community Support for Literacy
10/25/2016
A pretty simple concept is driving a new community reading program at Lakota for elementary student boys: Read a book while you get your hair cut.
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Indy's Reach In
Creative Activities Support 'Reach In for Reach Out Lakota' Food Drive
10/25/2016
Whether it’s crazy hair and wearing tie dyed clothes or an incentive of a dance party, Lakota schools are incorporating plenty of creative ways to generate donations for the ninth annual district-wide food drive.
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Marching Bands Continue Tradition of Success
10/18/2016
Awards and praise keep pouring in for the Lakota East and Lakota West marching bands, both in their 20th seasons.
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Lakota Students Combat Hunger Through Art, Volunteering
10/14/2016
Hunger remains a local issue, impacting many families and children within our community. That’s why Lakota Local Schools opts to be involved in a special initiative that benefits two food programs that serve our local West Chester and Liberty families
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'Stockings for Soldiers' Service Projects Wrap Up at Many Lakota Schools
10/14/2016
Several Lakota schools recently wrapped up their Stockings for Soldiers projects where they collected items to send to soldiers who won't be home to spend the holidays with their families.
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Connect with Lakota's Superintendent, Treasurer
10/14/2016
Beginning this month, and continuing throughout the year, Lakota’s Acting Superintendent Robb Vogelmann and Treasurer Jenni Logan will begin informal coffee chats out in the community.
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Lakota Fills October with Community Conversations
10/10/2016
October is a busy month for the Lakota Board of Education’s community listening program
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Lakota East Rolls Out New Homecoming Traditions
10/08/2016
Lakota East’s freshman campus started a new Homecoming weekend tradition last Friday. To kick off the weekend’s festivities, about 700 students packed the stands in the school’s gymnasium.
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'Food with Friends' Brings Families Together to Promote Healthy Eating
10/08/2016
Twenty-three families walked away with much more than the ingredients and tools to prepare five meals at the recent ‘Food with Friends’ event held at Woodland Elementary.
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Lakota Gives Back: 'Reach In for Reach Out Lakota' Food Drive Competition
10/07/2016
Starting Oct. 17, you can show your Westside or Eastside pride by taking part in the ninth annual district-wide food drive benefitting Reach Out Lakota. Each year the ‘Reach In for Reach Out Lakota’ food drive, hosted by the Lakota Board of Education, plays off the spirit of the East vs. West football game, pitting Lakota’s East side schools against the West side schools.
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Gifted Services Offer a Range of Resources to Parents, Students
10/03/2016
Gifted Services is offering ongoing sessions to help educate and engage gifted students and their parents.The Hot Coffee and Hot Topics session will be held Friday, October 14 at Lakota’s Central Office, 5572 Princeton Road. Parents of gifted learners in grades K-6 will gather from 9-10 a.m., then parents of students in grades 7-12 will convene from 10:15-11:15 a.m.
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New "Champions for Change" Promotes Inclusiveness, Academic Success for All Students
10/03/2016
When your schools begin to mirror the diverse world surrounding them and the workforce their students will one day enter, that’s something to celebrate. That’s exactly the intent of a new cultural proficiency training program for Lakota staff called “Champions for Change.” A short video has also been developed to describe the program.
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District-Wide Book Drive Continues Through October
09/30/2016
Every October, the Lakota community comes together to brighten the holiday season for patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in memory of one of its former students. After 13-year-old Jeff Hayden lost his battle with brain cancer in September 2004, his twin brother and a fellow classmate organized a book drive in Jeff’s honor.
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East Student Selected for Tournament of Roses Parade
09/24/2016
Lakota East senior Allison Zimmerman has been selected to march in the 2017 Tournament of Roses parade.
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Thirteen Lakota Seniors Take Top Honors, Named National Merit Semifinalists
09/23/2016
Thirteen students from Lakota East and Lakota West high schools have earned positions as semifinalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program, recognizing the nation’s most academically talented high school seniors.
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District Benefits From Auditor Giveback
09/22/2016
Thanks to good fiscal stewardship, the Butler County auditor’s office is able to return about $2 million in fee money county-wide - and Lakota is one of the recipients.
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Lakota’s Enrollment Center Turned Data Center Welcomes Families, Saves Money
09/21/2016
One might consider the small building tucked away on the south side of Cincinnati-Dayton Road one of Lakota’s best-kept secrets.
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Lakota Board Lowers Extracurricular Fees to Expand Student Access
09/21/2016
The Lakota Board of Education lowers student fees to promote more student participation, complete analysis of other fees to follow.
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Lakota Gives Back: Another Successful Year of Volley for the Cure
09/20/2016
It was more than a simple night of fundraising at the Sept. 13 Volley for the Cure event held at Lakota West High School. According to Lakota Acting Superintendent Robb Vogelmann, there was a very authentic feeling of community present that night.
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Lakota Sports Legend Named to Miami U's Esteemed "Cradle of Coaches"
09/20/2016
Congratulations to Jason Lindsey, retired Lakota and Lakota East head track and cross country coach, on his recent selection for the 2016 “Cradle of Coaches” class.
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2015-16 State Report Card Requires Reading Beyond the Letter Grades
09/15/2016
The Ohio Department of Education may be back on track in its September release of state report card results for Ohio schools and districts. But the 2015-2016 school year results for Lakota Local Schools, released Thursday, should be read cautiously and with some contextual understanding of the steep challenges all Ohio schools are facing under the new grading scale. Lakota recognizes that the report is just one measurement tool and doesn't draw a complete picture of the Lakota experience, but regardless, we are up for the challenge of increased rigor and rising state targets.
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2015-16 State Report Card Coming Next Week
09/09/2016
The Ohio Department of Education is scheduled to release the 2015-16 state report card results for all Ohio schools and districts onThursday, Sept. 15. For the first time under Ohio’s new format, the report card will assign letter grades to each of the six areas measured by the once-a-year state assessments.
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Continued Increase in STEAM2 Enrollment
09/09/2016
For the third consecutive year, the student enrollment in Lakota’s STEAM2 courses in grades 7 – 12 has continued to increase. For the 2016-17 school year, student enrollment increased by nearly 13 percent over the previous year - from 2,405 students to now 2,711 students.
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Summer Meant National Competition for Many
09/09/2016
This summer numerous Lakota students excelled in major national competitions, exhibiting both their technical and leadership skills.
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Lakota SRO Named "Deputy of the Year"
09/09/2016
Students and staff at Woodland Elementary and Liberty Junior School have long known that their School Resource Officer (SRO) Deputy Jody Green, does an outstanding job.
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Opt-In for District, School Text Messages Today
09/01/2016
Lakota’s new notification system uses something called “short code” texting to send text messages to parent and staff mobile devices, when necessary. This method is highly reliable and fast because it is strictly regulated by the wireless carriers themselves. With that access comes some strict federal requirements for Lakota to gain opt-in verification from those on the receiving end of those text messages – all of our parents, staff and community members.
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First Day of School at Endeavor
Lakota Busing: Smooth Start for One of District's Largest Operations
09/01/2016
When you’re talking 12,000 students on 143 bus routes over a combined 10,000 miles each day, there’s a lot of room for error. Add in other uncontrollable variables like road construction, weather, and traffic, and getting students where they need to be, and when they need to be there, is a tall order. But Lakota’s transportation team, powered by contracted service provider Petermann, rose to the challenge this school year.
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Enrollment Numbers, Capacity Spike for Lakota Preschool
09/01/2016
A few spaces are still available for the 2016-17 school year... Some strategic changes to Lakota’s preschool program this school year allowed the school district to contain costs, while maximizing student service levels and academic programming for even more students.
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Bus Drivers Put Safety Skills to the Test
08/31/2016
The School Bus Driver International Safety Competition invites drivers from the United States and Canada to compete for top honors and recognition within their industry. The event begins with a written test, then contestants get behind the wheel of a bus to put their driving skills to the test in one of three categories—conventional, transit or small bus. More than 65 drivers were invited to put their skills to the test this summer in the 46th annual competition. Lori Robertson, who works for Petermann Bus driving for Lakota Local Schools, placed 5th in the transit category.
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Three Winners in Back-to-School Photo Contest
08/27/2016
With 392 total entries, Lakota’s back-to-school photo contest was a great district-wide celebration of the new school year. Students, staff and even some parents put on display their eagerness for a new start.
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Lakota East's Branson, Fulmer Strive for Top Scouting Honors
08/27/2016
Students Service Projects Address Local Literacy Needs
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Lakota to Host Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit Sept. 15
08/27/2016
Mercy Health's mobile mammography unit will be at Lakota’s Central Office Thursday, September 15, from 1-3:30 p.m.
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Firefighter Memorial Dedication
Lakota East's Student Dedicates Township Firefighter Memorial
08/27/2016
A new memorial honoring firefighters was recently dedicated outside West Chester Township fire headquarters, thanks to the effort of Alden “AJ” Hammer, a Lakota East sophomore.
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Lakota's New Learning Management System Expanding
08/26/2016
Lakota’s partnership with Canvas, a learning management system used by K-12 districts and universities nationwide, is bringing hundreds of Lakota teachers and students a single platform for expanded digital learning.
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Ice Cream Social for New Families Aug. 31
08/24/2016
For those families new to Lakota Schools this year, the district is offering an opportunity to meet other new families and get to know the Lakota community a little better
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Hundreds Take Final Look at Former Union School
08/23/2016
Hundreds of former students and teachers took advantage of the opportunity to walk through their old elementary school one last time.
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Lakota to Ensure Strong Leadership During Superintendent's Medical Leave
08/23/2016
The Lakota Local Schools Board of Education will accept the superintendent’s request for medical leave to ensure that the students and staff of one of Ohio’s largest school districts are well supported and that learning will continue during her absence. Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia’s request for Family Medical Leave, beginning Wednesday, August 24, will be approved at a special board to be scheduled soon. The board will also officially appoint Assistant Superintendent Robb Vogelmann to serve as Acting Superintendent during her absence.
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Notice of Change of Meeting Time for Board of Education 8/22
08/22/2016
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 4:45 p.m
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First Day Fanfare at Hopewell Junior
08/16/2016
On their first day back, Hopewell Junior students were greeted with a fanfare of applause and high fives. Community members joined some district staff for the early morning celebration that formed a tunnel of local support for incoming seventh- and eighth-graders. The welcoming crew greeted waves of students as they stepped off the bus, offerings words of encouragement and support at the start of a new school year.
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Don't Miss Our First Day Facebook Photo Contest
08/12/2016
Lakota's "A New Year, A New You" back-to-school Facebook photo contest is back by popular demand! Snapping that first day photo on your front stoop, at your bus stop, with your carpool group or in your classroom is tradition for our students, parents and staff. Consider submitting your photo and we'll share it with the rest of the Lakota community via our Facebook page.
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Notice of Special Meeting for Board of Education 8/15
08/11/2016
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Lakota Central Office, 5572 Princeton Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011.
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Notice of Special Meeting for Board of Education 8/11
08/10/2016
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education may attend a staff meeting on Thursday, August 11,
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Strategic Financial Planning Yields Lower Student Fees
08/09/2016
Going into the 2016-2017 school year, Lakota parents will notice lower student fees – and in some cases, shorter school supply lists. The reduction, approved at the Aug. 8 school board meeting, can be attributed to a series of strategic operational changes and financial efficiencies.
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Notice of Change of Meeting Time for Board of Education Aug. 8 mtg
08/05/2016
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. to meet in Executive Session.
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Welcome to Lakota’s New Website!
07/29/2016
You’ve probably noticed a new look for our district website. In fact, just about everything about the Lakota website has a dramatic new look and feel. Here are our “Top 10 Tools” to help you make the most of the new site and get to the information you need as quickly as possible.
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Back to School: Your Questions Answered
07/28/2016
It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to a close and beginning Tuesday, August 16, Lakota teachers and support staff will be welcoming back new and returning students. Here is some important information to keep in mind as you and your family gear up for the new school year.
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Original Union Elementary Deconstruction to Begin Mid-August; Open House on Aug. 12
07/20/2016
The bid for deconstructing the former Union Elementary School was approved by the Lakota Board of Education at its July 18 board meeting. The project’s total cost landed at less than half the original estimate. The total cost will be shared with the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.
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New Notification System Offers Convenience, Customization
07/19/2016
If you wish to continue receiving Lakota notifications, please pay close attention to this update. All parents, guardians, staff and community members are required to take action.
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Lakota Announces Four New Assistant Principals
07/18/2016
The Lakota Board of Education approved the appointment of four new assistant principals for the 2016-2017 school year. The newest additions include Mrs. Andrea Blevins at Ridge Junior, Mrs. LeAnna Webber at Hopewell Junior, Mrs. Linda Burwinkel at Cherokee Elementary and Mrs. Nicole Isaacs, who will oversee Lakota’s new alternative high school pilot program.
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Federally-Funded Summer Feeding Program Now Has Wheels
06/16/2016
Looking for a way to provide convenient, nutritious meals to area youth, Lakota Schools decided to take to the road – retrofitting a couple of buses that otherwise would have gone to auction due to their age.
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Lakota Approves Pending Boys & Girls Club Lease Agreement
06/16/2016
At a May 26 school board meeting, the Lakota Board of Education approved the satisfactory evidence of financing for a collaboration agreement established almost two years ago with the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty. The approval sets into motion a long-term land lease that permits the club to build its new, privately-funded facility on a portion of the district’s 9-acre property on Cincinnati-Dayton Road.
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Cherokee, Woodland Announce New Principals
06/08/2016
Lakota Local Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of two new leaders at Cherokee Elementary and Woodland Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year. Cherokee Principal Paulette Grady, who announced her retirement effective July 31, 2016, will be succeeded by Woodland Principal Valerie Montgomery. Replacing Montgomery as Woodland’s new principal will be Hopewell Junior Assistant Principal John Wise.
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New Immunization Requirement for Seventh-Graders and Seniors
06/01/2016
A new immunization requirement for 7th and 12th graders next school year serves as a good reminder that it’s not too early to begin reviewing your child’s immunization needs. For all students entering 7th and 12th grade during the 2016-2017 school year, the Ohio Department of Health is now requiring varying doses of the meningitis vaccine. Supply and demand suggest the vaccine may be...
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Celebrating the Class of 2016
05/30/2016
The sea of confetti at Xavier University’s Cintas Center was a fitting way to celebrate the end of the ceremonies for the 1,220 graduates of Lakota East and Lakota West high schools. During the commencement ceremonies, several graduates addressed their peers and the thousands of family and friends there to support them. They reflected on their high school experiences and talked about the future.
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Critters Help Shawnee ECS Students Learn about Responsibility
Critters Help Shawnee ECS Students Learn about Responsibility
05/02/2016
“Who would want to clean up after this guy?” asked Brian Gill, aka “The Critter Guy” to Shawnee students, referring to a 90-pound tortoise. It seems like a strange question, but there’s an underlying reason. A chinchilla, boa constrictor and hairless rat, along with Pete the tortoise, visited the school recently as part of an educational presentation. And the cute...
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Hopewell's Invention Convention Fosters Creativity, Problem-Solving
Hopewell's Invention Convention Fosters Creativity, Problem-Solving
05/02/2016
On March 23, dozens of fifth grade students at Hopewell Elementary took over the school’s gym, filling it with original gadgets worthy of a viewing on Shark Tank. Working solo or in pairs, the students researched a problem they wanted to address, then designed and created a prototype of their solution as part of the school’s first Invention Convention event. “It was amazing to see...
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Theatre Productions Growing at Junior High Schools
Theatre Productions Growing at Junior High Schools
05/02/2016
Hopewell Junior’s Drama Club is ready to tickle your funny bone through their upcoming production of Doc, Doc Goose! A spoof of old-fashioned nursery rhymes that have been “mashed” up, the show focuses on Dr. Goose who runs a medical clinic in Nurseryland. And it seems as if everything that could go wrong does. It’s chock full of funny freak accidents, such a cow with a sore calf from moon-jumping, a crooked man wanting chiropractic adjustment, a daredevil who burns his seat jumping over candles, and a blonde
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Kindergarten Assessment Days - June 8 & July 26
New Kindergarten Students Kindergarten Assessment Days are June 8 and July 26 at Shawnee Early Childhood School.
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Notice of Special Board of Education meeting - Thursday, May 26
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. for the purposes of an executive session to consider the sale of property at competitive bidding and to discuss details relative to the security arrangements and emergency response protocols. The Board intends to enter open session immediately following executive...
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District, Township Partner on School Safety Training May 25
Simulation at Hopewell Elementary Helps Local Responders, Schools Prepare
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Write Challenge Reception Honors Young Writers Annual Writing Contest Theme was "Reality"
A "Celebration of Writing" was held last week to honor the winners of the annual Write Challenge contest for Lakota students in grades K-12.The competition (sponsored by the Lakota LEADS parent group) encouraged Lakota students to submit narrative essays, personal essays or poetry focused on a theme – this year’s theme was “reality." "LEADS loves the opportunity to bring the Write...
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Graduation Ceremonies Almost Here for Seniors Valedictorians, Salutatorians to Speak at Commencement Exercises Next Week
Graduation ceremonies for Lakota high schools will take place next week at Xavier's Cintas Center. Lakota West's ceremony is on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.; Lakota East will hold their event the next evening, May 20 at 8 p.m.Tickets are not required to attend and doors open to the public one hour prior to the start of each ceremony.Following tradition, each school’s...
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Bond Refinancing Yields Taxpayer Savings
Lakota’s recent efforts to refinance its bonds will save local taxpayers a total of $900,000. “Since we saw the benefit of refinancing our bonds a few years ago and made this a recurring process, the overall savings is up to $6.9 million over the last few years,” said Lakota Treasurer Jenni Logan.“When you’re dealing with a $149.5 million annual operating budget, it might not seem...
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Notice of Change of Time for Regular Board of Education Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. to meet in Executive Session. The draft agenda will be available and can be viewed at https://www.boarddocs.com/oh/lakota/Board.nsf/Public
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Notice of Special Board of Education meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Wetherington Club Board Room, 7337 Country Club Lane, West Chester, OH 45069. The purpose of the meeting is Board Leadership Training and to meet in executive session to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, ...
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High School Students Win Rotary Club's Four-Way Speech Contest
Lakota high school students recently put their speaking skills to the test as part of the annual Four-Way Speech Contest sponsored by the West Chester/Liberty Township Rotary Club. Rotary International adopted the Four-Way Test as a measure for Rotarian interactions at work and in their personal lives. The competition gives students a chance to apply the test to their personal lives...
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Open Enrollment Begins for 2016-17 School Year
The Lakota Board of Education renewed the approval of Lakota’s open enrollment policy for the 2016-2017 school year. Under Board Policy 5113, students residing in other Ohio school districts can apply to attend Lakota. Current open enrollment students receive first priority and can renew their status immediately. These families are guaranteed to maintain their current status if they return...
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Notice of Special Board of Education meeting - April 29, 2016
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Mid-Point Library, 9363 Centre Pointe, West Chester, OH 45069. The purpose of the meeting is Board leadership training. The draft agenda will be available and can be viewed at https://www.boarddocs.com/oh/lakota/Board.nsf/Public
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Lakota Adds Marketing Research Firm to Internship Program Student Opportunities in Marketing & Market Research
“We’re pleased to add this unique dimension to our business partners as marketing and marketing research plays such an important role in strategic business operations,” said Lakota Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia. “In addition to traditional qualitative research methodologies such as focus groups and product tests, digital marketing is a growing business sector, with a high demand for...
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Younger Students Send Notes to Lakota East Prom-Goers Reminders to be Safe, Be a Good Role Model
The hand-written letter, using rainbow colors of marker, was simple in its statement: “Don’t text and drive; take lots of pictures; make good choices; enjoy your dance; be grateful; Shine on!”The advice for a high-school student headed to prom sounds simple enough, but it’s the sender who makes the message so poignant – an elementary student reaching out to an older student to remind...
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Making Wellness a Priority in the Lakota Community Programs Designed for Students, Staff and Families
School wellness goes far beyond providing nutritious meals to students. “We want to change the culture of the Lakota community – students, employees, families -- to get as healthful as possible,” said Chris Burkhardt, Lakota’s Director of Wellness and Child Nutrition. Lakota’s Wellness Committee meets each month to design and implement programs to help fulfill that mission. The committee...
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Notice of Change of Meeting Time for Board of Education - April 22, 2016
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will begin its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. for Innovation Practices and Training. The draft agenda will be available after 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 22, and can be viewed at https://www.boarddocs.com/oh/lakota/Board.nsf/Public
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IKEA "Dress Me Up" Event Pays Off for Students, Lakota Arts
At last year’s "Dress Me Up" event more than $6,300 was raised in less than an hour. Thanks to IKEA generously matching proceeds from the auction and sale of student-decorated dressers and framed art, the 18 participating Lakota schools received funds to benefit their arts programs.And this year's event, which will be held Tuesday, April 26 from 6-7 p.m. at IKEA, should boost art...
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Lakota Celebrates 'Athletic Director of the Year'
Lakota is celebrating an “Athletic Director of the Year” for southwest Ohio. The distinction belongs to Lakota West Athletic Director Scott Kaufman and serves as a nomination for state and national recognition, to be announced in November.“Scott continues to be one of the leaders in his profession,” said Jerry Snodgrass, assistant commissioner for the Ohio High School Athletic...
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Lakota West's Justin Kelley Serves as Teen Ambassador Provides Insight to Attorney General
It was a big commitment to serve on the Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board, but Lakota West junior Justin Kelley felt the benefits would be worth his time and energy. The one-year tenure required periodic meetings, frequent conference calls and plenty of brainpower.And Justin was correct – it was worth it. “Being on the board exposed me to so much,” he says. “I like to be...
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Lakota, Petermann Now Hiring for Variety of School Positions
Lakota, Petermann Now Hiring for Variety of School Positions Teachers, Bus Drivers, Child Nutrition Workers in High DemandIn preparation for the 2016-2017 school year, Lakota Local Schools is now hiring for a variety of teaching and support positions, including full-time, part-time and substitute work. High demand teaching positions include special education (K-12), high school math...
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Notice of Change of Time for Regular Board of Education Meeting - April 08
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. to meet in Executive Session. The draft agenda will be available after 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 8, and can be viewed at https://www.boarddocs.com/oh/lakota/Board.nsf/Public We welcome comments and questions at Board Meetings....
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Lakota Community Conversation Tackles Character Education on April 21 Join the Character Council of West Chester/Liberty
Lakota Local Schools and the Board of Education, in partnership with the West Chester Liberty Community of Character Committee, will host its next Community Conversation on the topic of “Character Education: A Community Task.” The meeting is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, April 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. Across all grade levels, character development is a cornerstone of...
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Finishing Touches Taking Place for April 26 "Dress Me Up"
With paint brushes whirling, students are busy applying the final touches to their artwork, in preparation for IKEA’s “Dress Me Up” event, slated for Tuesday, April 26.For a fourth year, IKEA West Chester, in partnership with Lakota’s art teachers, is hosting “Dress Me Up,” a community art fundraiser that benefits Lakota’s art program. There are two types of artwork being created –...
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Notice of Special Board of Education meeting - March 24
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. The purpose of the special meeting is to approve an overnight student field trip.The draft agenda will be available and can be viewed at https://www.boarddocs.com/oh/lakota/Board.nsf/Public Jenni L. LoganTreasurerJLL/mjf
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More Lakota Students Discovering Destination Imagination Two Teams Move on to State Competition
Most parents and students don’t know what Destination Imagination (DI) is. And that’s what motivated Lakota parent Christine Westendorf to try to grow the program this year.“DI is such a wonderful program,” said Westendorf. “It is completely designed around STEAM and teaches kids so much -- teamwork, persistence, problem-solving, how to build and paint and sew and use tools. It also...
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Behind-the-Scenes Heroes of Lakota Sports: Athletic Trainers
Lakota is known for its stellar sports teams, with many local, regional and state champion teams covering a wide range of sports. Yet, they all have one commonality: the support and care of our athletic trainers.During March, athletic trainers across America are being recognized for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and stay healthy and active as part of the National...
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Students Design Logos with a Purpose Project Brings New Look to Child Nutrition
Who better to create a new logo for Lakota's Child Nutrition department than the students themselves? That’s why Chris Burkhardt, director of child nutrition, decided to challenge students in grades 3-6 at Union Elementary to develop a new logo. “Since the artwork will need to reach out and motivate our students, it just seemed like a natural fit to have them provide insight. At...
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Lakota Well Represented at Regional Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Lakota's top spellers!Kyle Dao – sixth grade at Heritage ElementaryHusna Kider - eighth grade at Hopewell JuniorMaghul Obaid - sixth grade at Hopewell ElementaryWill Rueter – sixth grade at Independence ElementaryKaydn Schmidt – fifth grade at Woodland ElementaryAs reported in an earlier story, Woodland fifth-grader Kadyn Schmidt was one of the younger competitors at...
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Lakota High School Artists Selected for Governor's Art Exhibition
Seven pieces of art created by Lakota high school students have been selected for the 2016 Governor’s Art Youth Exhibition. The pieces were selected from an original pool of more than 11,500 entries coming from Ohio’s 1000-plus public and private high schools. Only 300 art pieces – or just 2.6 percent of all entries – made it into the show. Those pieces from Lakota include: Jordan...
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2016 Write Challenge Focuses on 'Reality' K-12 Writers Can Compete in District's Annual Contest
Is your student a budding Shakespeare? Or the next Elizabeth Barrett Browning? If so, the 2016 “Write Challenge” is an excellent way for them to blossom as a young author. This year’s contest theme is “reality” and it’s is open to all Lakota students in grades K-12. “We encourage students to interpret the topic any way they want,” said event organizer and Lakota LEADS past-president...
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Sold Out Crowd Attends Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
"The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is one of the most gratifying events hosted in the district all year long," said Stu Eversole, Lakota's former athletic director who chaired the event. "It unifies Lakota, not just East and West, but old and new."Ten new members were inducted into the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame last night, bringing its membership total to 186. The ...
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Vicki Curtis Foundation Supports Professional Development Changes Emphasize Co-Teaching Initiatives
John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Such synergy has long been evident in the Vicki Curtis Fund for Students and Teaching Excellence and will be retained as the type of support changes. “For 2015-2016, there will no longer be a scholarship awarded to an individual staff member based on a nomination but instead, a donation will...
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TechOlympics 2016 a Success for Lakota Students
Lakota’s high school students always bring home top awards from TechOlympics, Cincinnati’s premiere high school technology competition and expo. This year was no exception.TechOlympics was held in downtown Cincinnati on Feb. 19-21, and gave students the opportunity to network with professionals from top local companies, develop professional skills, learn about hot topics in technology,...
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Fifth-Grader Represents Lakota in Regional Spelling Bee
According to the National Spelling Bee, more than 11 million students will participate in this year’s contest, culminating in the national competition. Along the way, the pool of students quickly declines, with most eliminated at the local bee which is held at individual schools or the semifinals, which is a computer-based spelling and vocabulary test. Those students who make it...
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New Multi-Cultural Celebrations Debut at Wyandot, Liberty Early Childhood Schools
Two of Lakota’s early childhood schools – Liberty and Wyandot – debuted their first-ever family multicultural celebrations last month. Between both schools, hundreds of families participated in the festivities. “We have so many different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds that we thought it would be interesting and enlightening for our students and their families to experience all...
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Lakota Adds Three New Partners to the Internship Program Student Options to Explore Financial, Biomedical Fields are Numerous
Lakota Local Schools is proud to welcome its three newest business partners – the Center for Foot Care, First Financial Bank and Valley Central Bank – to its growing portfolio of high school student internships. This brings the district’s total count to 15 local business partners supporting career exploration and regional workforce development among Lakota high school students. “For...
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Independence Elementary Student Group Making a Big Impact
The group has the perfect name: Team Inspire. And each day that is what this group of Independence Elementary sixth-graders do. Whether it is showing kindness to fellow students, helping with new student orientations or collecting shoes and soccer balls for children in the Dominican Republic – this group of Independence sixth-graders sure does inspire those around them.Team Inspire was...
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Lakota East Presents Sandy Wilson's The Boyfriend
Join us at Lakota East High School’s Liberty Theatre for a trip back to the Roaring 20’s. The Jazz Age lives on in The Boy Friend, a light romantic spoof of 1920’s musical comedy. Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, this romantic comedy tells the story of English heiress, Polly, who is longing for only one thing: a boyfriend. Polly’s father, convinced any boy who isn’t...
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Hopewell's Community Celebration of Nations Event
Hopewell's Community Celebration of NationsApril 20, 6:00-8:00pm. Location: Hopewell Junior School, 8200 Cox Rd., West Chester, Ohio Hopewell Community’s Celebration of Nations is quickly approaching. The April 20th event is intended for all and aims to help students (Hopewell Junior and Hopewell Elementary) embrace their own cultural heritage while growing in their understanding...
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HJS Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Award Nomination
Every year the Lakota District Parent Council honors a volunteer from each Lakota school withthe Barb Bossu Volunteer Award. If you know someone who deserves to be honored with thisaward, please fill out the form found under the Hopewell Junior forms and publications link, PTSO tab on the HJS web page and return it to the HJS Office or send an email with the...
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Need Ideas for Summer Fun? Lakota's Summer Fun Fair Set for Feb. 29 & Mar. 2
New this year: Free Raffle with Over $2,000 in Prizes! Each year, Lakota’s Summer Fun Fair events get bigger and better than ever – and this year is no exception. Lakota will host its fourth annual Summer Fun Fair events on Monday, Feb. 29 and Wednesday, March 2, connecting over 100 local organizations with families looking for recreational and educational activities for the upcoming...
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Schools Celebrate Black History Month Junior and High Schools Partake in Variety of Ways
Woodland Elementary’s Multiple Disabilities Unit studied Ruby Bridges as part of their focus on Black History Month. The class even had its own Ruby look alike as third grader Nya Billingsley dressed as her new role model.Sixth grade students at VanGorden Elementary enjoyed a living history visit from Harriet Tubman, as Peggy Warner shared Tubman’s story of the Underground...
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Lakota West's Performance of 'Mary Poppins' Takes Flight
It was Mary Poppins herself who said, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and - SNAP - the job's a game!”Memorizing the dialogue, songs and dance routines of a musical can be a major undertaking but, for Lakota West’s Theatre, it’s also a lot of fun. Especially for three West seniors whose final show at the high school will be this...
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Lakota Celebrates Digital Learning Day Fifth Annual Event Encourages Technology
Teachers and their creative use of digital tools are shaping modern learning for students at all 22 Lakota schools every day. One day a year, the district joins the nation to celebrate and showcase this “digital learning” on Digital Learning Day.This year’s Digital Learning Day fell on Feb. 17, with every building joining the celebration with a focus on digitally-enhanced lessons,...
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Lakota Earns Positive Marks on State Report Card Any Testing Data Helps to Individualize Instruction, Maximize Student Success
With today’s release of the remaining 2014-2015 state report card results, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) provided Lakota Local Schools and other Ohio school districts with more valuable data. The results are just one piece to a larger picture of the district’s academic progress and individual student growth. “We have some good news to share in this year’s report card, but the...
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Lakota Adds Three New Partners to Internship Program Student Options to Explore Financial, Biomedical Fields are Numerous
Lakota Local Schools is proud to welcome its three newest business partners – the Center for Foot Care, First Financial Bank and Valley Central Bank – to its growing portfolio of high school student internships. This brings the district’s total count to 15 local business partners supporting career exploration and regional workforce development among Lakota high school students. “For student...
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Parents Coordinate Science Program to Foster Learning
The kindergarten students focused on sound and vibration, learning about echoes and sound waves. Yet, for many, the best part was sharing the learning with their partner, as recent programs at both Creekside and Liberty Early Childhood schools allowed students and their parents to experiment and learn side by side.The Curie Newton program, which is coordinated by the schools’ PTOs and...
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Lakota to Induct 10 New Members in the Athletics Hall of Fame
The 18th annual dinner and induction ceremony to honor the newest members of the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday, March 17. This popular community event will welcome the following 2016 Inductees: Taylor Candella, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Cross Country & Track)Joey Clark, Lakota Class of 1995 (Baseball & Wrestling)Joshua Colliver, Lakota West Class of...
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Ridge Junior's "Power of the Pen" Group Going Strong for 11 Years
The following is an article about the writing club at Ridge Junior. Who better to write the story than the writing club themselves..."Power of the Pen" is a unique opportunity for junior high students all across the state of Ohio to show off their writing skills.When students compete at the district and regional levels, they are given a writing prompt which they must turn into a...
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Five Lakota Students Named National Merit Finalists
The Lakota School District is proud to announce that five Lakota East and Lakota West high school students who were named semifinalists advanced to the next level in the 2016 National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship programs.At Lakota West the National Merit finalists are Jacob Harrison, Tiger Li and Lukas Leininger. At Lakota East they are Chris Pitaniello and Kaylee...
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Summer Internships Available for Rising Juniors and Seniors
This summer, Lakota’s rising juniors and seniors will have more internship opportunities than ever before. Lakota has partnered with 10 area businesses to create unique learning experiences that also offer elective high school credit. All together, 44 high school students will gain hands-on experience over the summer in such career paths as local government, business, financial...
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Schools Celebrate Black History Month Wide Range of Programs, Events and Learning Held Throughout District
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate African Americans’ heritage and their many contributions to our nation and our world. District-wide, schools are hosting unique programs, events and activities to help students of all ages participate in the month-long celebration. In this edition, we’ll highlight just some of the action from our early childhood and elementary...
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Plains Sweeps GMC Girls Basketball Crowns
Congratulations Ladies, Coach Mueller and Coach Gleim for a well deserved GMC Championship.
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Council Links Schools and Parents with District District Parent Council Seeking Nominations for Annual Barb Bossu Awards
Since 1994 Lakota’s District Parent Council (DPC) has connected area parents, sharing insight and information between the schools and superintendent. The group’s purpose ensures solid two-way communication – meeting on a regular basis to act in an advisory capacity to the district. “I think of it as being a liaison, trying to share information and concerns between the schools, the...
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Burkhardt Earns Second National Food Service Award Named One of Five ‘School Nutrition Heroes’
Lakota’s Director of Wellness and Child Nutrition Chris Burkhardt was honored with his second national food service award this school year. Burkhardt was one of just five “School Nutrition Heroes” named nationally by the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) to represent the many professionals who have dedicated their lives to serving the needs of their school district and...
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Celebration of Good Character at Creekside Also a Service Project
As the level of balls rise in the entryway window display at Creekside Early Childhood School, it means only one thing: Students are grasping the meaning of being safe, respectful, responsible problem-solvers. The display is the school-wide indicator of positive behavior. Whenever a student is recognized as practicing one of the school’s core values, they get recognized on morning...
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"Fullest Potential" Recognizes Effort, Consistent Work at Endeavor
Endeavor Elementary School's "Fullest Potential Awards" is a tradition of celebrating exceptional dedication and hard work. The community recently honored their most committed students.“There's more to success than making the honor roll or receiving the highest grade,” explains Patricia Constable, assistant principal. “There's something to be said about doing your best and making...
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Scholastic Writing Awards Go to Lakota West Seniors
Two poems written by Lakota West seniors received awards in this year's Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Their works were selected from thousands of entries across the Midwest region.Allison McGovney - Silver Key award for her poem titled “The Trapped Creator”. Tania Aho – Honorable Mention for her poem titled “Momma”.Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have...
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February 9th Parent/Teacher Conferences Rescheduled
Due to inclement weather the parent/teacher conferences that were scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th, 4:00-7:30pm have been rescheduled. The new date for parent/teacher conferences is February 25, 4:00-7:30pm. Appointment times have not changed. If you have questions or are not able to keep your appointment, please contact the Hopewell Junior School main office at...
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Event cancellations for Tues, Feb. 9
Below is a listing of the various events at Lakota schools that have been cancelled due to today's weather:Hopewell Junior -Conferences that were scheduled for this evening, are cancelled. They will be moved to February 25 from 4-7:30pm. We will roll over the schedule so times will remain the same. If that time does not work for you on the 25th, please give us a call and we will...
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Early Childhood Schools Practice Kindness
he details may differ, but the purpose is the same: All four of Lakota’s early childhood schools are participating in the Great Kindness Challenge, which focuses on curbing bullying and building compassion and understanding.Creekside held its kindness challenge in December, with suggestions on ways to act kindly shared each day on school announcements. According to Jennifer Russell,...
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West Chester Hospital Speakers Bring Careers to Life for Heritage Students
What does an infection control professional do? Students at Heritage Elementary can provide you a solid answer, thanks to several presenters from West Chester Hospital who recently spoke with the students about their careers.Faye Harp, assistant principal at Heritage, says, “We were able to host a variety of professionals at West Chester Hospital who shared their STEAM2-related medical...
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Ridge Program Promotes "Success Through Integrity" Bright Builders Develops Leadership Skills, Friendships
For a group of seventh- and eighth-graders at Ridge Junior School, the most difficult part of playing a recent game of Jenga wasn’t removing blocks but answering the discussion questions printed on them. For example, one student’s block posed, “What do you wish your parents knew about you?”Through a new ten-week after school program called “The Bright Builders,” students develop...
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Student-Athletes Celebrate National Signing Day
In recognition of this year’s National Signing Day on Feb. 3, Lakota East and Lakota West high schools honored student-athletes who will continue their athletic careers at the college level.The two ceremonies were attended by family, friends, administrators, coaches, teachers and other Lakota staff.LAKOTA EASTThe Lakota East Athletic Department held its ceremony Wednesday morning, ...
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Help Decide Lakota's Educators of Excellence Teacher, Staff Nominations Due March 4
Following with tradition, the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty will recognize and honor excellent educators from the Lakota School District later this year. The organization is currently seeking nominations from the Lakota community. The Lakota “Educator of Excellence” award is made possible with generous support from the Community Foundation. Two awards will be given: one...
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West's NHS Group Hosts Sadie Hawkins Winter Dance Proceeds to Benefit Boys & Girls Club
Last fall, Lakota West’s National Honor Society group was searching for one big event to help raise money for a local charity. Just two months later, it’s been accomplished.This past weekend, the group held the school’s first Sadie Hawkins dance (where girls ask guys) to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.Over 300 students enjoyed a fun evening, with all of the proceeds from...
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CHANGE OF TIME:Regular Board Meeting to be held by Lakota Board of Education
NOTICE OF CHANGE OF TIME OF REGULAR MEETING Lakota Local School DistrictBoard of Education Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. to meet in Executive Session. The draft agenda will be available after 4:00 p.m. today and can be viewed at...
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9th Gr Registration Info Night @ West Fr Aud 6:30pm for all parents & students
9th Grade registration information night at West Freshman in Auditorium for all Plains 8th Grade Parents and Students
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2016-2017 Placement Input Forms Due April 14, 2016
Adena Elementary Class Placement for 2016-2017 Each spring, Lakota elementary school administrators and teachers spend a significant amount of time preparing class lists for the upcoming year. The first priority for class placement in all Lakota elementary schools is to create well-balanced classrooms for all students. In order to accomplish this goal, many factors must be taken into...
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Lakota Students Can Earn Free College Credit Ohio Launches New College Credit Plus
Lakota Students Can Earn Free College Credit Through New ProgramLakota is offering the new College Credit Plus (CCP) as another option for students in grades 7-12 to earn college and high school credits at the same time. The courses are offered through agreements with local public universities with the CCP option being free for students. Students may take courses during fall, spring...
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Union Elementary Celebrates "100 Days Smarter" with a Big Donation to Reach Out Lakota
To celebrate being “100 Days Smarter”, Union Elementary challenged each of its 25 classrooms to bring in 100 items during a four-day food drive to benefit Reach Out Lakota.This is the second year for the program, and Union families more than met the challenge. “We didn’t just meet our school goal – we blew it out of the water!” said Principal Ben Brown. “In just four days, we collected 4,019...
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Kindergarten Registration Now Open Documents Available for Half-Day, Full-Day Kindergarten Options
Registration documents and applications for the continuing half-day and all-day kindergarten option are now available. Lakota’s kindergarten classes are held at its four Early Childhood Schools, and a parent information night is scheduled at each school as follows:WyandotFeb. 9 @ 7:00 p.m.ShawneeFeb. 18 @ 6:30 p.m.CreeksideFeb. 25 @ 7:00 p.m.LibertyMarch 3 @ 7:00 p.m.These Kindergarten...
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Engineering Class Launches into the Stratosphere High Altitude Balloon Flight a Success
Engineering Class Launches into the Stratosphere High Altitude Balloon Flight a Success
It’s quite a project when you have technical advisors from the Air Force, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). And that’s exactly the group of consultants that students in the Introduction to Engineering Design class interacted with to plan their recent high altitude balloon launch.
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Students Learn Powerful Lessons from Poverty Simulation
Students Learn Powerful Lessons from Poverty Simulation
For Lakota East sophomore Taylor Tuazon, a recent class exercise was “one of the most stressful things (she’s) ever done, but also one of the most impactful.” An hour-long poverty simulation, facilitated by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, thrusted Taylor and about 65 of her AP U.S. History classmates into different familial roles – the single head-of-household parent, the primary caregiver grandparent, the uncle suffering from a severe illness, or the child with significant financial responsibilities, for example. In family units of three or four, students had but one task: survive. Every 15 minutes represented a week. Families were challenged to do pretty ordinary things like go to work, go to school, find childcare, pay their mortgage, buy groceries, pay their utilities or go to the doctor. The challenging part: It all had to be done with very limited resources and time. Limited transportation options, little to no income, restricted social services...
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Liberty ECS PTO Presents Christopher & Jeanette Canyon
Author/Illustrators, Christopher & Jeanette Canyon will be visiting our students on Monday, March 21. They have also agreed to do an evening assembly for families at 6:30 pm. Please join us for a free, fun night of learning about how to be an author/illustrator! Visit their web page @ http://www.jeanetteandchristophercanyon.com/OfficialWebsite/Welcome.html
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Hopewell Junior High Students Host Leadership Retreat for Sixth-Graders
Hopewell Junior High Students Host Leadership Retreat for Sixth-Graders
Hopewell Junior student council members have been honing their leadership skills all year long, and on Saturday they hosted a leadership retreat for sixth-graders from Union and Hopewell Elementary schools. The retreat had a super hero theme and was titled “Calling All Super-Leaders.”
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Hopewell Inventors Take on National Competition Students Compete Against 300+ Youth
Hopewell Inventors Take on National Competition Students Compete Against 300+ Youth
Thanks to their strong placing in the regional qualifier, eight students from Hopewell Elementary ventured to Washington D.C. last weekend for the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). The event, which is by invitation only, was the first ever national Invention Convention and featured about 300 student inventors from across the United States who displayed their critical thinking skills through innovative and entrepreneurial activities which apply solutions to everyday problems.
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Hundreds Participate in Job Exploration Day Junior Achievement Participation Multiplies
Hundreds Participate in Job Exploration Day Junior Achievement Participation Multiplies
“As an organization, Junior Achievement believes in the boundless potential of young people and in the power of partnership and collaboration,” states Carol Lucio, executive director of Junior Achievement OKI Partners, Inc. “We want to help inspire and prepare young people to succeed.” This is the third year that Lakota junior high school students, along with students from Hamilton and...
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Ukulele Art Project Supports Children's Hospital Ridge Junior Students' Artwork Raising Funds for Music Therapy Program
Ukulele Art Project Supports Children's Hospital Ridge Junior Students' Artwork Raising Funds for Music Therapy Program
Ukulele Art Project Supports Children's Hospital Ridge Junior Students' Artwork Raising Funds for Music Therapy Program Art has been known to impact lives in many ways and now, thanks to Ridge Junior students, there’s one more way in which original artwork is positively helping others.
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Excellence in Action Group Offers Chance to Serve Others
Excellence in Action Group Offers Chance to Serve Others
It’s come a long way in just a few months – from its founding back in January, Hopewell Junior’s Excellence in Action has already been busy making a difference to several community groups and to its members. How busy? From creating Valentine’s cards for Meals on Wheels recipients, to coordinating donations for the Animal Friends Humane Society, from participating in the...
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Science Lab at VanGorden Connects Students from Different Grade Levels
Science can be fun and educational at the same time – and, thanks to students at VanGorden Elementary, it’s a great way to interact with students at other grade levels. Students in Shelly Jerome’s advanced science class recently created science lab stations, complete with numerous hands-on activities to stimulate learning. Then, they presented the information to the school’s second...
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Students Perform Comedy "Doc, Doc Goose" Based on Familiar Nursery Rhymes
Students Perform Comedy "Doc, Doc Goose" Based on Familiar Nursery Rhymes
This week, Hopewell Junior School’s drama club presented its second – and final – production of the year. “Doc Doc Goose” is a comedy based on favorite and familiar nursery rhymes. The final performance will take place this evening (April 15) at 6 p.m. In the fall, the club performed “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, so the group was looking for something a bit more lighthearted...
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Plains Beta Club Makes Blankets for Foster Care Program
Plains Beta Club Makes Blankets for Foster Care Program
The transition to a new foster home can often be a difficult experience for children. When children are placed with a foster family, their belongings are many times transported in trash bags. When the Beta Club members at Plains Junior heard this, they knew they had to help these children transition to their new homes. So the Beta Club partnered with the Warm Welcomes Outreach...
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 "Celebration of Nations" Shows True Collaboration Hopewell Communities Share Food, Facts, Fun
"Celebration of Nations" Shows True Collaboration Hopewell Communities Share Food, Facts, Fun
The atmosphere was one of festivity, unity and joy as Hopewell Junior and Hopewell Elementary combined to host their first annual Celebration of Nations Wednesday night. Families, staff, parents and students gathered to share food, facts and fun as they appreciated a range of diverse backgrounds in their community. “This, quite possibly, was the most exciting event that I have...
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Community Foundation Announces 2016 “Educators of Excellence"
Community Foundation Announces 2016 “Educators of Excellence"
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty led the charge in naming the 2016 recipients of the Lakota Educator of Excellence Award this week. The highest staff honor, directed by community nominations, belongs to: Todd Caulfield, sixth grade teacher at Cherokee Elementary; Tracey Kornau, physical education teacher and varsity girls volleyball coach at Lakota West High School; and Jeff Rouff, principal at Hopewell Junior.
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Ohio Journalist of the Year and Runner-Up Hail from East
As if managing the production of an 80-plus-page student publication every month isn’t enough, Lakota East senior and Spark magazine co-editor Maddie Weikel also finds time to write for it. In fact, it’s something she manages to do often enough, and well enough, that she earned the distinctive honor of this year’s “Ohio Journalist of the Year” from the Journalism Education Association...
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Lakota East Freshmen's Cardboard Canoe Showcases Design Skills, Teamwork
The boats weren't quite state-of-the-art, but they were durable and maneuverable. And, for the most part, they stayed afloat - at least long enough to make it a good race.On May 6 Lakota East Freshman held the second annual Cardboard Canoe Regatta, with plenty of fun and learning involved. Students in Ken Kinch's introduction to engineering design course, which is offered in...
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East Computer Science Students Put Skills to Work Project Serves Needs of Two Partner Organizations
“It’s pretty awesome to see my work being used in a meaningful way, rather than just sitting untouched on a flash drive somewhere,” said Lakota East senior Bobby Yost. For nearly ten years, students in the second-year computer science course at Lakota East have tackled a large-scale programming project. Early on, the task involved designing computer games. In more recent years, they’ve...
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High Schools Honor the "Top 25" Events Held for Top Students in the Class of 2016
High Schools Honor the "Top 25" Events Held for Top Students in the Class of 2016
Over the last few weeks, all across Lakota year-end ceremonies are honoring the academic achievements of our students. At the high schools, the “Top 25” students, representing approximately the upper 4% of their graduating class, were recognized during some special celebrations
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Ceremony Honors Devoted Lakota Volunteers Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards an Annual Event
Ceremony Honors Devoted Lakota Volunteers Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards an Annual Event
For a few hours this past week, some of Lakota’s most devoted volunteers had to take a little time off. They were invited to attend the annual Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards ceremony to be recognized for generously donating their time and talents to Lakota. Members of Lakota's Board of Education and Assistant Superintendent Robb Vogelmann were on stage to help honor these special...
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Final Signing Days Honor Student-Athletes
Final Signing Days Honor Student-Athletes
Lakota East and West high schools recently held their spring athletic signing days, honoring student-athletes who will continue their athletic careers at the college level. The two ceremonies were attended by family, friends, administrators, coaches, teachers and other Lakota...
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Hopewell Elementary Celebrates New Rain Garden Space Benefits Student Learning, Local Water Quality
Hopewell Elementary Celebrates New Rain Garden Space Benefits Student Learning, Local Water Quality
A new rain garden at Hopewell Elementary is doubling as an outdoor classroom for student learning and a storm water management system for improved water quality in a neighboring creek that feeds into the Ohio River. The project, dedicated with a school and community ribbon cutting on Friday, April 29, filters and slows large amounts...
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Celebrating Lakota Teachers and Staff Schools Host Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Activities
Celebrating Lakota Teachers and Staff Schools Host Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Activities
It’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, and all across the district Lakota’s teachers and staff are being celebrated for the energy and passion they bring to work each day.“Because I spend a lot of time in the community, I know how much our staff is appreciated by others,” said Superintendent Karen Mantia. “Over and over when I’m talking to community members, someone tells me about a...
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Contech Employees Beautify Schools for Earth Day Company's Mission of Service Helped Several Schools
Contech Employees Beautify Schools for Earth Day Company's Mission of Service Helped Several Schools
As part of their corporate values, Contech Engineered Solutions focuses on collaboration and responsibility. The company, which is headquartered in West Chester, encourages their employees to engineer solutions that help build, support and sustain land development projects while protecting the land. And recently, Contech employees shared their expertise with several Lakota...
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Safety Message About Lakota Athletic Events
In the interest of student safety – especially in light of recent events with neighboring school districts – we wanted to proactively share this guidance with you.
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