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Video: Face Coverings Safety Tips and Tricks
08/05/2020
For everyone's safety this school year, Lakota staff and students will be required to wear a face covering at most times throughout the school day. During planned mask breaks or at other times when students and staff can be at least six feet apart, face coverings will not be required. Lauren Brown, Lakota's Manager of Health Services, shares with the Lakota community some tips and tricks for effectively wearing and caring for your face coverings.
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Daily Health Assessment Important Part of Lakota’s Reopening Plans
08/04/2020
When Lakota opens its doors on August 17, students and staff will notice many changes to help protect the safety and health of our Lakota community. In order to keep our schools open, it will be up to everyone to closely follow new procedures and protocols, including a daily COVID-19 health check.
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Special Mask Promotion in Lakota Spiritwear Shop
08/03/2020
As our families mark off items on this year's non-traditional school supply list, Lakota is offering a special face mask promotion via its online spirit wear shop. The promotion includes a two-pack of "WE are Lakota" 3-ply face masks, including both youth and adult sizes in three different colors: black, grey and red.
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Board Approves Plan A: New School Year Begins Aug. 17
07/31/2020
This afternoon, the Lakota Board of Education met to review the most recent data and recommendations from the Butler County Department of Health surrounding the reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. The Board called today’s special meeting in order to vote on whether or not to move forward with the district’s Plan A, which welcomes back all students for in-person learning with additional safety precautions.
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Notice of Special Board of Education Meeting: Lakota School District
07/29/2020
Notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education, Butler County, will hold a special meeting on Friday, July 31, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. for the purpose of reviewing and approving the re-opening plans for the 2020-21 school year.
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Star In Lakota's Back-to-School Karaoke
07/28/2020
Lakota Local Schools is ramping up for a school year like like no other - and WE need students, staff, parents and community partners to help us get it started on the right foot! Lakota Karaoke 2.0, which follows last year's hit school bus karaoke debut, will feature the Lakota community celebrating a safe and energetic return to school - through song! Submit your homemade music videos until Aug. 5!
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Check Your Lakota Communication Preferences
07/23/2020
Lakota is proud to offer a powerful mass notification system for delivering important school and district news and announcements via email, phone and text message. We encourage parents, employees and community members to take full advantage of the customization options within School Messenger platform. Before the school year gets underway, log into your account to check your preferences.
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Staggered Start for Lakota's 2020-2021 School Year
07/22/2020
Lakota Local Schools has announced the 2020-2021 school year will begin on a staggered schedule for all students, both those attending school in-person and those who have chosen the Lakota Virtual Learning Option.
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Miller Participates in WCPO Virtual Town Hall
07/21/2020
On July 13, Superintendent Matthew Miller participated in a virtual town hall meeting hosted by WCPO, the ABC affiliate in Cincinnati. The television special featured educational leaders from the tri-state area speaking about plans to return to in-person learning amid the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Lakota Names New High School Principals
07/13/2020
Lakota Local Schools announced today that it has hired two new principals to lead Lakota’s two high schools this fall - Ben Brown at Lakota West and Yejide Mack at Lakota East.
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Work Permit Update
07/07/2020
Effective July 7, 2020, Lakota students in need of signed work permits are asked to visit their respective high schools to complete the paperwork. Previously, the COVID-19 shutdown shifted this process to Lakota's Central Office.
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2020-2021 School Year Plans Announced
06/30/2020
At the June 29 Lakota Board of Education work session, Superintendent Matthew Miller presented four different plans for the 2020-2021 school year, including a virtual option that will be available to families who do not wish for their children to attend school in person. “We want our students back in school,” said Miller.
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Lakota Virtual Learning Information Sessions Announced
06/26/2020
After surveying Lakota families at the end of the school year, as well as through a community-wide ThoughtExchange, it is evident that some families may be uneasy about sending their children to school in the fall due to concerns about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). To help meet the needs of families, the district will offer a 100-percent online K-12 education through the Lakota Virtual Learning Option this fall.
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WE are Prepared: Fall 2020 Update
06/23/2020
As Lakota prepares for a potentially different start to the 2020-2021 school year, Superintendent Matthew Miller shared an update with parents and staff on June 23. While we await guidance from Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health and the Butler County Health Department, we want to share the principles guiding our plans and other resources to stay informed as the summer continues.
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ThoughtExchange: Community Shares Input on Responsible Reopening
06/16/2020
“As we continue to build out options and plans for what school can look like in the fall of 2020, what considerations should we keep in mind?” Lakota Local Schools recently posed this open-ended question to its parents, students, staff and community members to gather input on reopening the district’s 23 buildings for the 2020-21 school year.
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Guiding Principles for Reopening Lakota School Buildings for 2020-2021 School Year
06/11/2020
Even before the past school year ended, Lakota began planning for what the 2020-2021 school year might look like based on COVID-19 considerations. How schools reopen in the fall will depend largely on requirements and guidance from Gov. DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education and the Butler County Health Department. Lakota is also using feedback gathered from parents, staff and students, to build out plans for the upcoming school year.
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District Seeking Input on 2021-2022 Calendar
06/09/2020
The Lakota District is soliciting community input on the 2021-2022 district calendar. Lakota staff, students, parents and community members are invited to review the current draft before any final recommendation is presented to the school board.
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NOTICE OF LOGISTICS FOR REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF JUNE 8, 2020
06/05/2020
As we begin our transition to in-person Board of Education meetings again, notice is hereby given that the Lakota Board of Education, Butler County, will meet in person at its normal meeting location, Plains Jr. School, 5500 Princeton Rd, Liberty Township, Ohio on June 8, 2020, with the public continuing to participate virtually. To continue to preserve social-distancing standards to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we will continue the public the ability to view and participate in the meeting via the live video conferencing.
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A Message to the Lakota Community
06/04/2020
To Our WE are Lakota Community: Our students, staff, families and community, as a whole, are rightfully and justly upset by the horrific death of Mr. George Floyd - and the national outcry that’s ensued since his murder. To take a united stand against future injustices, that same reaction and level of emotion needs to be felt and experienced by each and every one of us.
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Drive-In Style Graduation Ceremonies Celebrate Class of 2020
06/03/2020
Lakota’s graduation weekend was marked by seven non-traditional, yet memorable celebrations of both East’s and West’s Class of 2020. Over the course of two days and seven separate ceremonies, nearly 1,100 graduates celebrated the important milestone among their family and friends from the comfort of their vehicles (or parking spaces).
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Final Remote Learning Survey Results Guide Preparation for 2020-2021 School Year
06/02/2020
Ongoing feedback from Lakota parents and secondary students has played an important role in shaping Lakota’s fourth quarter remote learning experience. Surveys went out to parents at the start, middle and end of remote learning. The final survey recently closed, and results will help Lakota prepare for the 2020-21 school year.
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Fall Thought Exchange Closes June 3
06/02/2020
How school looks in the fall will depend largely on requirements and guidance from Gov. DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education and the Butler County Health Department. While we understand that guidance may be released early, we also anticipate that it will most likely change between now and August. Keeping this in mind, district leaders are building out possible scenarios for our students’ safe return to school this fall.
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Mental Health Supports Remain In Place Over Summer
06/02/2020
We all know that mental health needs don’t take a summer break and that our students continue to need support even when they are not at school. That is why our MindPeace partners and therapists are still available to support Lakota students via telehealth (either through a virtual or phone appointment).
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East Holds Reimagined ‘Relay for Life’
05/19/2020
This is the tenth year that Lakota East has held its Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society. This year, though, it looked a little different than in the past. When in-person Relay for Life events were cancelled through the end of June, East decided to pivot to a virtual event to ensure that those affected by cancer could still receive the things they need, especially during these difficult times.
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Lakota Celebrates 2020 Retirees
05/19/2020
Lakota Local Schools is celebrating its 21 employees who will be retiring in 2020. The district has been recognizing each of the individuals on social media throughout the month of May.
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Lakota's Military Commitment Ceremony Honors Seniors
05/19/2020
On May 7, Lakota Local Schools celebrated its 22 seniors who have committed to attending a military academy or enlisting in a branch of the armed services after graduation. While this was the third annual Military Commitment Ceremony for the district, it was the first held virtually. “Regardless of the setting, it was important that we recognize our seniors who have chosen to put service before self after graduation,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller.
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Honoring the Class of 2020
05/19/2020
A senior year like no other of course means honoring the Class of 2020 in unique ways as well. A community celebration on what should have been graduation night for both Lakota East and West high schools, May 20 and 22 respectively, will light the path for our graduates.
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PTO/PTA Activities Bring School Communities Together
05/19/2020
Lakota schools are still relying on the support of their parent-teacher organizations during remote learning to help bring their school communities together.
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Woodland Team, Blue Jacket Captain Create Memorable Moment for Student
05/19/2020
onsidering it came from his all-time favorite sports figure, Woodland Elementary Thomas Kiefer received the compliment of a lifetime last week. “You’d be a big leader in our locker room,” said Columbus Blue Jackets Captain Nick Foligno. “I love your enthusiasm. You’re awesome,” he added, to which Thomas responded, “I think you are, too!”
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Community Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2020 Lakota Educator of Excellence Awards
05/19/2020
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, in partnership with Lakota Local Schools, is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Lakota Educator of Excellence Awards. The nomination deadline, traditionally in the spring, has been delayed until September 4th due to the current health crisis.
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Plains Junior Virtual Awards Include Surprise Presentations
05/18/2020
During normal times, Plains Junior eighth graders would have had several events to mark the end of their junior high years. “Because of the pandemic we couldn’t physically have these celebrations, but we wanted to make sure students knew that their hard work did not go unnoticed,” said Plains Principal Kim Wade.
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Reflections on Remote Learning: Pulse Journal (May 17, 2020)
05/18/2020
Superintendent Matthew Miller shares thoughts on the end of the 2019-2020 school year while looking ahead to the fall in this article as published in the May 17, 2020 Pulse Journal.
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Class of 2020 Graduation Update: May 12
05/12/2020
On May 1, we shared Lakota’s unexpected change of plans for celebrating the Class of 2020. This was a direct response to the governor’s strong recommendations against large, in-person commencement gatherings, now or later this summer, as well as guidelines set forth by the Ohio Department of Education. This latest update reflects enhancements to the original plan in response to student and parent feedback, as well as changing expectations from our local health department.
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Virtual Parades of Graduates Celebrate Class of 2020
05/11/2020
Lakota's "Parade of Graduates" tradition has become an important rite of passage for Lakota East and Lakota West seniors. To carry on this tradition in a virtual format, every weekday from May 11 through May 22 (the last of Lakota's original graduation dates), Lakota is releasing a new video dedicated to each of the elementary schools our graduates may have attended.
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Mental Health Video: Talking About COVID-19
05/06/2020
In the latest installment of this video series, Lakota’s Student Wellness Coordinator Megan Cameron shares some tips for talking about COVID-19 with your children. In this minute-long watch, she provides a list of questions to help guide the discussion.
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The Show Must Go On (even with remote learning)
05/05/2020
Remote learning hasn’t stopped Lakota West’s Acting 2/3 class from finishing a project they started back in January. They just completed “Keeping Up with the King,” a video performance for the annual Project 38 festival hosted by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
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Hope Squad Video Shares Tips for Spreading Positivity
05/05/2020
The Lakota East and West Hope Squads play an important role in creating a school culture of positivity and hope – whether students are learning at school or learning at home.
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Year End Remote Learning Update
05/05/2020
As we enter the last few weeks of school, below are updates regarding assignments, the pick up of personal belongings, Chromebook drop off, refunds and celebrating our graduates.
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Senator Coley Brings Fourth Grade State Government Unit to Life
05/05/2020
“Teachers know a lot, but the senator has actually experienced it,” said Endeavor Elementary fourth-grader Patrick Bramlage, reflecting on his recent lesson about how a bill becomes a law. He and his classmates went straight to the source: Senator Bill Coley. “No offense, Mrs. Veneman,” he added with a laugh.
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Remote Learning Survey Results
05/05/2020
Three weeks into remote learning, Lakota Local Schools asked its parents and secondary students to complete a short survey about the experience. The survey was similar to one sent after the remote learning practice day on March 13.
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Meal Distribution Updates
05/05/2020
While meal distribution for our families will continue through May 20, there are two location changes that go into effect next week.
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Military Commitment Ceremony Premiere May 7
05/05/2020
Join us as WE celebrate our seniors who have made a commitment to enter either a military academy or branch of service after graduation. Lakota Local Schools will host a Facebook video premiere on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. to recognize this group of 22 seniors.
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COVID-19 Health Tips from Your School Nurse
05/05/2020
Adena Elementary school nurse Karen Fogel recently produced this simple and kid-friendly video (in English and Spanish) as a way of sharing tips for staying healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Remote Learning Update: Pulse Journal (May 3, 2020)
05/04/2020
Here is the latest remote learning updated from Superintendent Matthew Miller as published in the May 3, 2020 Pulse Journal.
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Recognizing Special Lakota Volunteers
05/01/2020
End-of-the-year recognitions are looking a little different this year, including the annual Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards sponsored by Lakota’s District Parent Council (DPC). The annual ceremony honors a special volunteer from each school, as well as a volunteer that has made a big impact across the district.
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Class of 2020 Graduation Update
05/01/2020
Following the updates and in guidance of Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio and Butler County departments of health, Lakota is facing the difficult reality that a traditional commencement ceremony is not going to be feasible for the Class of 2020. The latest parent communication shares the details around Lakota's plan to honor the Class of 2020, which involves a combination of both formats being permitted by the state and local health officials.
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Students Read to Nursing Home Residents, Firefighters
04/30/2020
Staying at home hasn’t stopped the students in Amy Weisbrot’s class from forging new friendships with members of the community. Once or twice a week, her students hop on Zoom to read aloud to nursing home residents and firefighters.
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Lakota LEADS Announces 2020 Write Challenge Winners
04/23/2020
Lakota LEADS announced the winners of its annual Write Challenge, a district-wide writing contest open to students in grades K-12. Participants submitted a poem, narrative or essay responding to this year’s theme of “progress.”
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Specials Find Special Place in Remote Learning
04/22/2020
At a time when art, music, technology, exercise and creativity are a daily outlet to help offset the emotional toll of quarantine, Lakota’s “specials” teams are rallying to fuel their families’ idea banks. Called choice boards, flexible playlists or menu boards, their guiding purpose is all the same.
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Mental Health Video Series: Modeling Behaviors
04/22/2020
Lakota’s emphasis on social, emotional and mental health has become even more pronounced as students, staff and our families start to feel the toll of our recent break in routine. Throughout this pandemic, Lakota is sharing brief video messages from our mental health experts on what small actions can help support our children and teenagers and keep their minds healthy and happy during these uncertain times.
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Real World Engineering Via Remote Learning
04/21/2020
How do you make the jump from teaching about 130 students in a class that heavily relies on hands-on learning to remote learning? Joe Schorr, a Butler Tech teacher at the Lakota East Freshman building, has figured it out.
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Virtual Coffee Cart Keeps Learning Going
04/21/2020
Before remote learning Brianna, a freshman at Lakota East, would work on vocational skills by taking a coffee cart around to staff throughout the school building. Creative new ways to deliver instruction are emerging and now, just like so much other learning, the coffee cart that Brianna and her regular customers looked forward to each morning has gone virtual.
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Mask-Making: Lakota Gives Back
04/21/2020
“Don your mask, don your cape." It’s a phrase we hear often from Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, about the heroic behavior of physical distancing. Masks can be hard to come by, but the Lakota community is stepping up in a big way to get face masks to those who need them.
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Virtual Author Visit Adds Real World Learning to Novel Study
04/21/2020
When Independence Elementary fourth grade teacher Jenny Garwood realized she and her students would miss out on completing their latest class novel together, she resorted to the next best thing: Zoom. But the virtual class meeting doubled as real world learning when it included one more visitor than can be found on most online book discussions happening these days - the book’s author herself.
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Hopewell Junior NHS Challenged to Continue Spirit of Service
04/21/2020
Hopewell Junior Honor Society members are coming up with creative ways to continue their spirit of service – despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Their advisor, science teacher Mark Bauer, challenged them to share their good deeds with each other in a Google Drive folder.
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Remote Learning Continues through Academic Year
04/20/2020
On Monday, April 20, Gov. DeWine announced that remote learning will continue for all Ohio schools through the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Below is the email from Superintendent Matthew Miller to all parents.
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Remote Learning Update: Pulse Journal (April 19, 2020)
04/20/2020
Here is the latest remote learning updated from Superintendent Matthew Miller as published in the April 19, 2020 Pulse Journal.
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Public Notice to Participate in the April 20 Board of Education Meeting
04/16/2020
On April 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the Lakota Local School District Board of Education will hold its regular meeting virtually. The live stream will be available by clicking the video link included for this meeting located on our Boarddocs page.
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Parade of Graduates - Call for Photo Submissions
04/15/2020
Besides graduation, another important right of passage for Lakota's seniors is the “Parade of Graduates,” which has traditionally brought many of our graduates back to the elementary school where their schooling started. While we are making plans to reschedule some of the other traditional senior milestones closer to the new graduation dates, this is one event that we have decided to reimagine in a virtual format.
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Lakota Reschedules, Relocates Graduation Ceremonies
04/10/2020
After learning that Xavier University has cancelled all events until August, we have identified an alternative location to recognize our graduates. We are pleased to announce that the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be held at Lakota East and West high schools.
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Lakota Staff 'Zoom' into Remote Learning
04/08/2020
During a time when the preferred classroom setting is not an option, Zoom has quickly become Lakota’s go-to tool for keeping staff and students connected. In the district’s first seven days of remote learning, teachers and staff used the video conferencing tool to collectively host more than 1,600 meetings that were attended by more than 10,000 individuals.
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VIDEO: Lakota Experts Share Mental Health Tips
04/07/2020
Lakota’s emphasis on social, emotional and mental health has become even more pronounced as students and staff start to feel the toll of our recent break in routine. In addition to the resources, tips and guidance Lakota experts are sharing with their families to help guide them through this pandemic, Lakota is sharing brief video messages from our full range of mental health experts.
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Morning Announcements Go Virtual Too, Add Routine and Normalcy
04/07/2020
All across Lakota, students are starting their school days at home no different than they would if they were at school. While morning announcements are taking on a slightly different format than normal, they are still being used to take care of business and most importantly, set the tone for the day ahead.
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Plains Junior Students Meet ‘Face-to-Face’ with a NASA Scientist
04/07/2020
Lakota teachers are bringing unique learning opportunities to students, all possible due to our new remote learning environment. Case in point: last week Plains Junior eighth graders got to speak ‘face-to-face’ with a NASA scientist.
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Submit Alternative Transportation Requests for Next School Year by July 20
04/07/2020
To ease the transition to a new school year and honor families’ requests for alternative pick-up and drop-off locations for transportation, Lakota is asking that families submit transportation forms by July 20.
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Lakota March Madness Basketball Tournament Update
04/07/2020
The Lakota March Madness Basketball Tournament has been cancelled due to the recommendations and guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health and the Butler County Health Department.
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Master Facilities Update
04/07/2020
Due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Lakota Local Schools has pressed pause on the process to create a new Master Facilities Plan (MFP). District leaders will continue working on the plan in the coming months. As a result, the scheduled meetings, including the community open houses, have been postponed.
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Fanfares Go Virtual
04/07/2020
Starting your day with cheers and words of encouragement might seem a bit odd in the workplace, but to Lakota students, it’s a beloved tradition called fanfares.
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OHSAA Letter Regarding Spring Sports
04/07/2020
Due to the COVID-19 issue, the Ohio High School Athletic Association had to cancel the remaining winter sport tournaments. This affected many student-athletes throughout the state, including many Lakota students.
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Lakota Remote Learning Update: Pulse Journal (April 5, 2020)
04/06/2020
Here is the latest remote learning update from Superintendent Miller as published in the Pulse Journal on April 5, 2020.
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Altered Meal Schedule for Long Weekend
04/06/2020
When it comes to remote learning, the district will honor its originally scheduled long weekend coming up April 10-13. But a slightly altered schedule will still make emergency food relief available to students who need it.
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'A Look Around Lakota' Video Update: March 2020
04/02/2020
In this first remote edition of A Look Around Lakota, Superintendent Matthew Miller shares just a few of the happenings that have occurred during an unforgettable March.
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Remote Learning Extended through May 1
03/31/2020
On March 30, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement ordering all of Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings to extend their closure to students through May 1 due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. We understand that the Governor’s order to extend the school closure through May 1 presents a challenge to our families. Our district is working diligently to partner with you in furthering your child’s education and well-being in spite of these challenges.
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Remote Learning Begins March 25 for Students
03/20/2020
We know that you have questions about what remote learning will look like during this state-mandated shutdown. Using the feedback we received from you, our teachers, and our secondary students, we have used this week to work out details for remote learning moving forward. Working remotely, teachers will use Monday and Tuesday of next week to continue building out lesson plans for their students. Remote learning for students will begin on Wednesday, March 25.
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Lakota's Preparations for Remote Learning
03/17/2020
Article written by Lakota Superintendent Matthew for the Sunday, March 22 issue of the Pulse Journal: We are in the midst of uncharted territory as a nation, as a state and as a community. As we come to the end of our scheduled spring break, we will not see our students in our classrooms and hallways tomorrow. Instead, we are preparing to launch remote learning throughout Lakota Local Schools.
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Mobile Lunch Program Announced
03/17/2020
With the state-mandated shutdown for our students, we wanted to provide you with some community resources, including the schedule for our Child Nutrition lunch program, and how you can help.
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Coronavirus Update & FAQs: March 13
03/13/2020
Governor DeWine announced on Thursday that all schools in the state of Ohio would be closed beginning at the end of day on Monday, March 16 for a period of at least three weeks. Lakota schools will be closed through April 3 with students returning on April 6, unless otherwise directed by expert authorities. All district activities, including preschool, athletics and extracurriculars are canceled during this time. View a list of frequently asked questions regarding Lakota's response.
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Coronavirus Update from Lakota Schools: March 11
03/12/2020
At Lakota Local Schools, the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and community are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.
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March 13: Important School Safety Exercise
03/09/2020
With the increasing number of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases being reported, we as a district must be prepared for the possibility of an extended closure initiated by either Lakota Local Schools or the Butler County Health Department. Having plans in place to continue educating our students during an extended closure is of critical importance and part of our evolving district safety plans. Just as we practice drills in the event of a fire, tornado or lockdown, Lakota will conduct a remote education exercise. On Friday, March 13, students at Lakota Local Schools will not report to class, but instead will continue their learning remotely from home.
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Submit Alternative Transportation Requests for Next School Year by July 20
03/05/2020
To ease the transition to a new school year and honor families’ requests for alternative pick-up and drop-off locations for transportation, Lakota is asking that families submit transportation forms for the 2020-2021 school year by July 20 to receive busing on the first day of school.
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Hopewell Junior Students Return to Recess in Different Roles
02/28/2020
The playground is as much a learning space as any classroom - and Hopewell Junior School students are now the ones behind some of those lessons. With the start of a new partnership with their neighbors at Hopewell Early Childhood School, the seventh- and eighth-graders are experiencing recess from a whole different perspective.
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Feb. 26 Meeting Recaps Visioning for Lakota's Future
02/28/2020
On Feb. 26 members of the community gathered at Lakota West Freshman to hear the district’s most recent update on the Master Facilities planning (MFP) process. Attendees heard from Superintendent Matthew Miller, Chief Operations Officer Chris Passarge and Educational Visioning Planner Tracy Richter. “We’ve spent the past month meeting with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) to update our building conditions and holding focus groups to hear from our community about what they think education should look like in Lakota,” said Passarge.
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February 2020 Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
02/28/2020
In this latest video edition of A Look Around Lakota, Superintendent Matthew Miller and Lakota East Junior Kara Abney share just a few of the happenings throughout the district during the month of February.
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Heritage First Graders Finding New Ways to Love Their Earth
02/28/2020
It all started with some classroom bean bag chairs that had gone flat. Most people would refill them with styrofoam beans, but not in Stephanie Allan and Rhiannon Wilson’s first grade class. Allan and Wilson team teach at Heritage ECS. They share a passion for lowering waste in their lives outside of school and decided to collect plastic bags over the summer to refill the ‘poof’ chairs. When students saw the teachers stuffing the chairs, they wanted to help.
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Introducing Wonderbus: Lakota's First Mobile Learning Space
02/27/2020
With the rollout of its first mobile learning space, Lakota Local Schools will be giving parents and community members a dose of the Lakota learning experience. The Wonderbus - a former school bus transformed into a “Wonder Lab” or “STEAM Lab” on wheels - will officially roll out at Lakota’s Pi Day celebration on March 6.
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May 9: Lakota Spirit Night at FC Cincinnati Game
02/26/2020
Lakota is excited to announce this year’s Lakota Spirit Night with FC Cincinnati! Lakota families and staff are invited to take advantage of special ticket pricing for the May 9 game. FC Cincinnati will take on New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium. Special activities are being planned to celebrate Lakota’s presence at the game, including a special recognition of Lakota West Girl Soccer State Champions, so come and show your Lakota spirit and support.
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Amazing Race Celebrates International Mother Language Day
02/26/2020
Last week, Lakota high school students took their passports and went on a journey around the world – all in just about an hour. To celebrate International Mother Language Day (February 21), over 2500 students took part in an Amazing Race-style competition to learn more about the languages offered at Lakota.
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Lakota Superintendent Testifies About EdChoice Program
02/26/2020
On Feb. 18, Superintendent Matthew Miller testified before the conference committee about the state’s EdChoice voucher program. The committee is hearing testimony with regards to House Bill (HB) 9 which includes the Senate’s plans addressing the voucher program. Here is Miller’s testimony in its entirety.
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Notes from the Nursing Staff about COVID-19
02/26/2020
We understand that there is concern about illness in our schools especially with influenza, strep throat and COVID-19 (formerly known as Coronavirus). Please be assured that we work closely with the Butler County Health Department to stay up to date with concerns and illness trends in our area.
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Woodland's Business Day Takes on a New Twist
02/25/2020
What does it take to get a business off the ground? It starts with an idea. Fifth graders at Woodland Elementary School have been learning about running a business for some time now, but this year the annual event known as Business Day took a different turn.
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Nominations Sought for Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards
02/25/2020
Nominations are being accepted now through March 12 for the 2020 district Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit award. Everyone is encouraged to take a moment to consider nominating a volunteer who is making positive things happen in the district. It is your opportunity to demonstrate your appreciation for the volunteers that truly make Lakota a special place to educate children.
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Community Input in Lakota's Master Facilities Planning
02/24/2020
As Lakota moves forward in creating a new Master Facilities Plan, it is imperative that we include our community in the process. Our next community meeting is on Feb. 26 to discuss results from our recent visioning sessions with students, parents, staff and business & government officials.
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Summer Fun Fair: 110 Exhibitors, Free Raffle with $4000 in Prizes
02/19/2020
Lakota East and West’s hallways will soon be lined with a record-setting number of organizations offering summer youth activities. It’s all part of Lakota’s eighth annual Summer Fun Fair events taking place on Monday, March 2 at Lakota East High School and Wednesday, March 4 at Lakota West High School, both from 6-8 p.m.
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Superintendent to Deliver 2020 State of the Schools March 11
02/18/2020
Superintendent Matthew Miller will deliver the district’s third annual “State of the Schools” address on March 11. The event is open to the entire community.
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Update on EdChoice Voucher Program
02/15/2020
The debate over the expansion of public schools on the EdChoice voucher list continues in Columbus. At this point, the Ohio House and Senate have not come to an agreement on a joint solution as to the prospect of 70-percent of the state’s districts having an eligible school on the list. The enrollment period, which was to open on Feb. 1, has been delayed until April 1, following a vote by the state legislators.
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Lakota Listens: Community Shares Feedback about Facilities
02/15/2020
Immediately following the first Master Facilities community meeting on Jan. 28, Lakota Local Schools launched a ThoughtExchange online survey to gather feedback about the data shared. 
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Liberty, Hopewell Join Forces, Make Friendly Wager to ‘Help Other People’
02/14/2020
A class project that reaches the point of real community impact is called project-based learning. But when that project lives on the next year without any connection to the original class - and in partnership with another school - some might call it pure selflessness.
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East Seniors Bring Back Student Safety Committee
02/13/2020
School safety is the number one priority at Lakota, and some students at Lakota East are stepping up to do their part to make sure their school is as safe as possible.
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Roller Coaster Project Makes Learning Fun
02/13/2020
What’s more fun than riding a roller coaster? How about designing your own coaster? Students in Caroline Smith’s math class took on that challenge, applying concepts like slope, average and angles to an amusement park.
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New ECS Innovation Hubs Filled with Fun Learning Tools
02/13/2020
Virtual reality, robots, green screens, and books? Yes! They are all part of Lakota’s newly unveiled Innovation Hubs at its early childhood schools (ECS). The wait is over for Lakota’s youngest learners as they’ve gotten to explore their redesigned media centers over the past few weeks.
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Union Sixth-Graders Spearhead Greenhouse Renovation
02/13/2020
Union Elementary School had a dilemma. What to do with their greenhouse, which had been built as part of an Eagle Scout project, when it was badly damaged during a storm. Sixth-grade teacher Madison Geiger found out that when you pair that with a lesson about the environment, magic can happen.
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Extreme Makeover Classroom Edition Takes Over Adena
02/13/2020
To the tune of “Move that bus!” from ABC’s former hit home makeover series, Adena Elementary School Principal John Mattingly exclaimed to two lucky fourth grade classes on Monday, “Do you want to see your new classroom?” With that, a stampede of students broke through their two classroom doorways, each concealed by a paper curtain, to find their learning space outfitted with more than $22,000 worth of new furniture and equipment.
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Lakota's School Counselors Wear Many Hats
02/11/2020
National School Counseling Week, always celebrated the first full week in February, is a time to reflect on the unique contribution Lakota’s counselors make to our school communities. From hot button issues like mental health and college and career readiness to lesser known responsibilities covering parent education and staff wellness, Lakota’s counselors are at the center of a lot of critical pieces in a student’s K-12 experience.
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Feb. 26: Next Community Facilities Meeting Discusses Visioning
02/07/2020
Lakota continues to make progress toward building a Master Facilities Plan (MFP) that protects Lakota's most important physical assets and supports the type of learning that will carry our schools into the future. Parents, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the community visioning meeting on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m at Lakota West Freshman.
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Lakota Shout-Outs: Jan. 31
02/05/2020
Lakota's latest shout-outs include award-winning artists & musicians, a student acing an Americanism test and winning a trip to DC, and another student recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit.
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Ohio Department of Homeland Security Visits Lakota
02/03/2020
Representatives from Ohio’s Department of Homeland Security were at Lakota on Jan. 24 to speak with district administrators and students about school safety.
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K-12 Online Registration for 2020-2021 School Year Opens Feb. 1
02/03/2020
Online registration for grades K-12, including Lakota’s all-day kindergarten program, opens Feb. 1 for the 2020-2021 school year. Kindergarten registration extends through April 14. Parents of incoming kindergartners are encouraged to attend the Kindergarten Information Night at the early childhood school in their attendance zone on March 24 at 6 p.m.
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Community Provides Feedback Through ThoughtExchange
02/02/2020
Members of the community recently completed Lakota’s first ThoughtExchange, a new online tool used to gather feedback from stakeholders on specific topics. The district asked, “What are some specific things you appreciate about how Lakota communicates with you and in what areas can we improve?”
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Meet Hopewell Junior's Newest Staff Member
02/01/2020
Are schools going to the dogs? At least one in Lakota is. Hopewell Junior School has welcomed Golden Retriever Zooey with welcome paws...or arms. Members of Lakota’s special services department have been researching different methods to best assist the growing number of students with social and emotional needs. This led to a conversation about bringing a therapy dog into the school. “It was about thinking outside the box and trying something new,” Executive Director of Special Services Andrea Longworth said. While therapy dogs have visited Lakota’s schools for several years, the district has not had one as a dedicated staff member...until now.
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Crime Scene at Liberty Junior Drives Forensics Unit, Student Engagement
01/31/2020
Four weeks after their return from winter break, eighth-graders at Liberty Junior School are still talking about the scene they found on their first day back in science class.
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January 2020 Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
01/31/2020
In our first video update of 2020, Superintendent Matthew Miller shares just a few of the happenings around Lakota Local Schools during the month of January, including: new Innovation Hubs in our early childhood schools; a visit from the Ohio School Safety Center to speak to Lakota students and staff; an opportunity for our community to give feedback during the Master Facilities Planning process; and a special “Starbooks” themed reading week.
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“Nurse’s Needs” Service Project Empowers Hopewell ECS Students
01/30/2020
While the inspiration for a recent service project was just steps outside of a Hopewell ECS first grade classroom, the lasting impact of their work reaches much further.
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Solar Array Project Will Leave Lasting Environmental Impact
01/29/2020
Lakota East’s National Honor Society is taking on a different type of service project this year – one they hope will leave a lasting impact at the school and in the community. The group tackled the question: In a school of our size and a district of our size, how can we make a sizable environmental impact?
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Lakota's Master Facilities Planning Process Loops in Community
01/29/2020
On Tuesday night, the community had its first opportunity to hear the results of an intensive review of Lakota’s school buildings presented alongside the district’s student enrollment projections. The analysis lays the groundwork for a multi-year Master Facilities Plan (MFP) that hasn’t been updated since the early 2000s.
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Math Concepts Come Alive in 'Candytown Village'
01/27/2020
“I like to do things differently,” said Union Gifted Intervention Specialist Amy Alexander. “I like to have my students start with the dessert and have their veggies at the end.” Instead of projects being the ‘dessert’ where students demonstrate mastery at the end of a unit, she often starts math lessons with a project. Alexander finds that students can learn a lot just by playing around with new concepts. Then, after ‘dessert’, students do exercises and worksheets (aka veggies) using the knowledge they gained from the project.
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Lakota Shout-Outs: Jan. 17
01/24/2020
Lakota's latest shout-outs include a milestone on the basketball court, over 200 art awards and recognition of Lakota's Board of Education.
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Liberty Kindergartners Chip Away at 100-Plus Question Bank
01/17/2020
Have you ever wondered why boxes are made of cardboard, why tigers have stripes, how skyscrapers are made or who invented numbers? These quandaries - and so many more - are what fill the minds of kindergartners in Christa MacFarlane’s class at Liberty Early Childhood School. The best part of all: They’re getting answers.
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West Journalism Class Launches Online News Site
01/17/2020
Journalism class is back at Lakota West High School this year, but with a twist. “The students didn’t want to sit in a traditional English class,” teacher Mary Mahoney said. “So I threw my lesson plans away.”
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Ridge Junior Students Redesigning the Way Information is Shared
01/17/2020
School announcements are coming to life over at Ridge Junior School thanks to this year’s video announcements. Principal Ben Brown wanted to give students a chance to “tap into the personal learning aspect of students following their interests during RISE time.” RISE time is the school’s advisory period and is an acronym for Realize, Innovate, Serve and Empower.
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#LakotaGoesGreen: Super Cheetahs Take on Challenge
01/16/2020
What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin? The Super Cheetahs, a team of Cherokee fourth-graders, took on this challenge as part of a FIRST LEGO League competition.
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GE Program Brings New Learning Opportunities to Six Lakota Schools
01/15/2020
Sixth grade science classes at Endeavor are using 3D printers to make crystals for a presentation on rocks and minerals. Lakota East high school students are using 3D printers for projects in nearly every subject area -- they even used their creativity and knowledge of 3D printing to make ornaments for a holiday tree in the school’s Innovation Hub. Examples like these are happening more often now thanks to the GE Additive Education Program.
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WE are Personalized: Winter 2020 Community Newsletter
01/14/2020
Several times a year, Lakota produces a community newsletter to help parents and residents stay informed about important district-wide news and updates. This issue brings Lakota’s emphasis on “Personalized Learning” to life, sharing examples of the district’s four different “plays” in action.
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Staying Healthy During Flu Season
01/13/2020
Keeping our students healthy during this time of year can be a challenge, but Lakota has put many safeguards in place to keep illnesses from spreading.
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Master Facilities Planning: Community Meeting Jan. 28
01/11/2020
Lakota’s strategic plan calls for an in-depth assessment of our facilities, with the end goal being to build a plan that protects our district’s most important assets and supports the type of learning that will carry our schools into the future. The first community meeting on Jan. 28 will share data that the committee has gathered so far to help devise a plan.
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Lakota’s First ThoughtExchange Gathers Input on Communication
01/09/2020
Lakota is introducing a new online platform to regularly engage our community and gather input on different topics. The tool encourages you to share your own thoughts by answering a single question and then rate others’ thoughts according to how strongly you agree. Participate in our first ThoughtExchange to help us continue improving our communication efforts.
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Jan. 20: Community Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Student Winners
01/08/2020
The entire West Chester Liberty community is invited to the 21st annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20. The March for Unity will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Union Centre’s Clock Tower and conclude at Lakota West, where the program, beginning at 11:15 a.m., will lead into a free lunch donated by local restaurants.
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The Facts about EdChoice
12/31/2019
The State of Ohio’s EdChoice scholarship program has been in the news a lot lately. This voucher system was originally created to provide financial assistance to families with students attending “failing” public schools so that they might attend a private or parochial school. This system has morphed into something detrimental, without much publicity, and with a bigger cost to our local taxpayers.
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Junior High Choirs Share Sounds of the Season
12/20/2019
The sounds of the season can be heard throughout our community, thanks, in part, to Lakota’s four junior school choirs. While all four programs perform holiday concerts at their schools, the choir directors all agree that it is important to give back to the community.
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VIDEO: Student Choice Equals Higher Engagement in East, West ASL
12/20/2019
Modeled after the options they are now giving their students, the American Sign Language (ASL) teaching team at both Lakota East and Lakota West high schools have come up with their own “playlist” of lessons to share among their classes.
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Lunch & Learn Series Prepares West Seniors for Life after High School
12/19/2019
Life after high school can mean enrollment, employment, military enlistment or venturing into entrepreneurship (the 4Es). Lakota West is helping its seniors prepare for these paths by holding Lunch & Learn events throughout the school year.
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Community Partners Help with Construction Unit at Lakota Wonder Labs
12/19/2019
As one Butler Tech high school student looked around Creekside Early Childhood’s Wonder Lab, he kept saying, “I wish I had this when I was in first grade.” Elementary Wonder Labs are filled with equipment to help Lakota’s youngest learners explore and create using concepts that apply to engineering, science and technology.
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Union Fourth-Graders: “Kids Can Really Do A Lot When We Work Together”
12/18/2019
The process started months ago with the question: “How do we put on the play Matilda that is both entertaining and makes sense?” From there, Union Elementary fourth-graders led the creative process in all aspects of play production: acting/dancing, lighting, sound, special effects, prop-making, scenery-creating and playbill writing.
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Lakota Superintendent Joins Governor DeWine’s School Safety Working Group
12/18/2019
Lakota Local Schools Superintendent Matthew Miller has been named to Governor Mike DeWine’s new School Safety Working Group. Governor DeWine called for the creation of the working group in August when announcing the development of the Ohio School Safety Center, a new statewide office focused on assisting educators and law enforcement in preventing, preparing for, and responding to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm. The working group, which will be led by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, will evaluate current issues regarding school safety and advise the Ohio School Safety Center on its work.
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2020-2021 Preschool Registration Open through Jan. 31
12/17/2019
The lottery application for Lakota's tuition-based preschool program at VanGorden Elementary is now available and registration will run Jan. 6 through Jan. 31. An informational meeting for parents will be held on Jan. 16 at VanGorden at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
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Service Learning Project Gives East Freshman English Classes Sense of Purpose
12/16/2019
Two different English classes at Lakota East Freshman learned as much about their community this past quarter as they did about reading, writing, researching and presenting. The two service learning projects are both examples of project-based learning in action.
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Lakota District, Five Schools Receive ODE's Momentum Award
12/12/2019
Lakota Local Schools, including five individual schools within the district, has received the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for 2019. Additionally, two schools received both the All A Award and Overall A Award. This annual recognition is given to districts or schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year.
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Lakota Enrolls in State Funding Program to Kick Start Master Facilities Planning Process
12/11/2019
At the Dec. 9 school board meeting, the Lakota Board of Education approved a resolution to enroll the district in Ohio’s Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP). Hosted by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), enrollment is required to gain the OFCC’s support and partnership in ultimately building a master facilities plan that if approved, will be financed in part by the Commission.
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Know the Facts About EdChoice
12/10/2019
The state of Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship, or voucher program, began as a way to provide options for students whose local public schools were considered to be “failing” or “underperforming” by the state. However, the program has expanded to include students attending not only passing but thriving public schools.
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A Look at Lakota's Five-Year Forecast
12/10/2019
At the Nov. 18 school board meeting, I presented the five-year forecast for Lakota Local Schools which looks ahead through fiscal year (FY) 2024. The forecast documents the prior three years’ financial performance, as well as a five year projection. We use the forecast for long-range planning and as a management tool with regards to how we do business.
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Lakota Shout-Outs: Dec. 6 Edition
12/09/2019
The latest edition of Lakota Shout Outs include West's Marching Band making history, elementary mathletes taking home top prizes, and Lakota employees giving back to local causes.
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December Social Media Challenge: #WEareRecharging
12/06/2019
As we gear up for the holidays, we want to know just how Lakota students, staff and their families are planning to relax and recharge over the upcoming winter break. What are you doing to enjoy time with friends and family and come back ready to take on second semester? Throughout December, we invite you to share your winter break plans and highlights on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all three!
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French Club a Big Hit at Independence Elementary
12/06/2019
“Répétez, s’il vous plait” greets you when you walk into the Innovation Hub at Independence Elementary School on Mondays. Why? Twenty-nine students are participating in a new after-school club led by Lakota East French teacher Tiffany Ashley. Wanting to expose younger students to a new language, Ashley reached out to the Independence PTA to see if they would be interested - and they whole-heartedly agreed.
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Station Rotations Personalizing Learning
12/06/2019
Walking into Heather Blaylock’s seventh grade science class at Plains Junior School, you might see a group of students wiggling a piece of string. Or stretching out a Slinky. Or watching a video on their Chromebooks. Why? They’re expanding their knowledge and putting what they’ve learned about wavelengths into action as part of a personalized learning technique called station rotations.
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Real World 101 Offered 27 Sessions at West Freshman
12/05/2019
Last week, West Freshman students took part in the school’s first ever “Real World 101”. It was a day of learning, self-discovery and preparation for the future. Students were able to choose from 27 different sessions, everything from finance basics to mock interviews to college applications/scholarships.
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Introducing INCubatoredu@Lakota: ‘Shark Tank’ for High-Schoolers
12/04/2019
Lakota is the second school district in Ohio - and one of just 120 nationwide - to make “Shark Tank” a class for its high-schoolers next school year. Families are invited to get a sneak peek at an upcoming information session on Dec. 12.
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Latino Family Literacy Project Takes Off at Creekside
12/03/2019
As the saying goes, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Such was the inspiration behind a new family literacy program designed specifically for Spanish-speaking families at Creekside Early Childhood School this year.
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A Look Around Lakota: Nov. Video Update
12/02/2019
In this month’s video edition of A Look Around Lakota, join Superintendent Matthew Miller as he shares just a few of the highlights at Lakota Local Schools during November, including using Skype for a real world learning experience, a look inside our elementary schools' innovation hubs, building relationships with "Talk to me Tuesdays”; and a closer look at how flexible playlists are helping our teachers personalize learning for our students.
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Words of Wisdom: What are you thankful for?
11/28/2019
Each month, we ask students for some words of wisdom. In this video, students share what they are thankful for.
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Woodland Team Transforms Thanksgiving Turkeys into Real World Math
11/22/2019
Some fifth-graders at Woodland Elementary have made it easier for local shoppers to calculate just how much turkey they need to buy for Thanksgiving this year. And they did it all by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. It’s a little bit of project-based learning, real world learning and personalized learning all rolled into one lesson that Woodland teachers Christina Butler and Jakeb Knight dreamt up this year for the 150-plus math students they share. The final products live on in the storefront of a longtime local favorite, Steve’s Meats & Deli off Cincinnati-Dayton Road.
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Lakota Shout Outs: Nov.15, 2019 Edition
11/20/2019
The latest edition of Lakota Shout Outs include a state championship, two 'Women of Excellence', a teacher of the year, and some outstanding student-athletes signing letters of intent to play their sports at the next level.
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Lakota Local Schools Board Votes to Reinstate Freshman Transportation
11/19/2019
At its Nov. 18 meeting, the Lakota Board of Education voted unanimously to reinstate transportation services for freshman students, effective for the 2020-21 school year for students living outside of neighborhoods with walking paths or sidewalks that lead to schools.
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Lakota Learning Blog: Portrait of a Graduate Our 'North Star'
11/18/2019
The genesis of Lakota’s “Portrait of a Graduate” started with this simple request: “Describe the ideal Lakota graduate.” We figured that if everything WE do is designed to create a future-ready, student centered learning experience, then we should start with the end in mind.
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Personalized Learning Video: The Flexible Playlist
11/18/2019
Personalized learning does not discriminate on the basis of grade level or subject area. Case in point: Lisa Sizemore’s second grade class at Wyandot Early Childhood School.  As part of Lakota’s move toward more personalized learning, Sizemore introduced flexible playlists into her Math Workshop this year. Playlists give students a list of options from which to choose, each activity reinforcing a skill or concept they’ve learned in a different way. 
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Building Relationships with Hopewell Junior's "Talk to Me' Tuesdays
11/18/2019
“What I love about this school is that everyone is on board that building relationships is the centerpiece of education,” said Hopewell Junior math teacher Kyle Schlensker. “It’s a goal that falls outside of curriculum and standards, but it’s key to our students’ success.”
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Lakota Students Take OSBA Capital Conference By Storm
11/15/2019
With more than 9,000 attendees, the Ohio School Board Association’s Capital Conference is a highly anticipated event for educators across the state. One of the highlights of the three-day event is the Student Achievement Fair. Each year, 100 booths display innovative learning opportunities from schools throughout Ohio. This year, Lakota Local Schools held five of them.
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Three Communities Win in ‘Stuff the Bus” Crosstown Competition
11/15/2019
The longstanding tradition behind Lakota’s annual food drive helped the district bring home a win in the second annual “Stuff the Bus” crosstown competition against neighboring school districts Middletown and Hamilton. But the real winners were all three communities that collectively brought in more than 15,000 pounds in donations for their respective relief organizations, a total determined thanks to the support of Planes Moving & Storage.
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Digital Resources Give a New Look to Speech Therapy Sessions
11/15/2019
If you stop into Brittany Schafer’s fifth-grade speech therapy session, you’d be surprised at how engaged her students are – and at how much she can cover in just 30 minutes. New resources are changing the look of traditional speech therapy sessions. While Schafer still uses flash cards, worksheet exercises and games like Apples to Apples, Lakota teachers now have access to new digital resources that can transform the way they teach and the way students learn.
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WWII Expert Makes Dr. Seuss Relevant to High School English
11/15/2019
Now that they’ve studied some of his 400-plus political cartoons, students in Marian Weber’s American Literature class at Lakota West will likely never look at a Dr. Seuss book the same. “We’ve all read his children’s books, but I never realized there were deeper meanings beyond all the rhymes,” said West junior Sergio Negroe, noting his surprise at finding out Dr. Seuss’s first career as a controversial political cartoonist later used children’s books to subliminally apologize for his former missteps.
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Why are You Thankful? November Social Media Contest
11/04/2019
As we begin to count down the days to Thanksgiving break, Lakota is asking staff, students, parents and residents to look back over the last year and let us know who or what makes you thankful for your Lakota experience. Post your photos that best capture the people, places, programs or things that make Lakota a better place.
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East, West ASL Students Sign Together During Lab Days
11/01/2019
“In real life, you aren’t just sitting down practicing sign language. You are doing what we are doing right here, having a conversation,” said West ASL II student Riley Sutherland. In true #WEareLakota and #WEareInThisTogether fashion, Lakota East and West ASL students came together this week for Halloween-themed Lab Days.
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Student Engagement 'Sky High' for Save the Bees Project
11/01/2019
Did you know that bees are attracted to caffeine and can be trained to sniff out bombs? Or that they are confused by noises coming from cell phones? These are just some of the facts fifth-graders at Independence Elementary School learned during their project based learning (PBL) assignment “Save the Bees.” During her unit on ecosystems, teacher Laura Brown thought it would a great opportunity to try PBL for the first time.
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Words of Wisdom: Helping Others
10/31/2019
From our district-wide "Stuff the Bus" food drive to "Hawks for a Cure" to Stockings for Soldiers, this month has been all about making a difference and helping others in our community. It's why we dedicated this month's social media challenge to celebrating "National Make a Difference Day" and now, this month's “Words of Wisdom” video to the importance of helping others.
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A Look Around Lakota: October Video Update
10/31/2019
Join Superintendent Matthew Miller as he shares just some of the highlights and happenings throughout Lakota Local Schools during the month of October.
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Ridge's Advisory Period Focuses on Building Relationships
10/31/2019
Brown approached the school’s innovation specialist, Tiffany Rexhausen, during the district’s “Wednesday Workouts” learning sessions this summer. He wanted to reimagine his school’s advisory period and enlisted Rexhausen to help. Now known as RISE, Brown envisioned a program embedded in the day to encourage his staff to continue building relationships with their students.
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Heritage ECS Pilots Mixed-Reality Game, Learns Design Process from Inventor
10/30/2019
Heritage Early Childhood School students are the first in Ohio to try out a new interactive learning tool called Norilla. The mixed-reality game bridges physical and virtual worlds, encouraging students to experiment with 3D objects as they learn basic Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills, along with simple physics principles like base, height, weight and width.
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Place Value Rap Video Takes Learning to New Levels
10/29/2019
About this time every year, Gifted Intervention Specialist Erin Maddox shows her fourth-graders a rap video to help them learn about number place value.
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MLK Day Program Adds ‘Celebration of Unity Expo’ to Feature West Chester, Liberty Cultures
10/29/2019
In the spirit of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s values and ideals surrounding diversity and inclusivity, our community’s annual observance of Martin Luther King Day will include a new component this year. The “Celebration of Unity Expo” - to be held in conjunction with the regular MLK Day "Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity" march, program and lunch on Jan. 20 - invites individuals or families to share information about their culture with their West Chester and Liberty township neighbors.
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Woodland Service Learning Project Puts Students in the Driver’s Seat
10/25/2019
What happens when you give a group of sixth-graders the freedom to lead their own community action project? They fill half their classroom with 1,500-plus donations for the Animal Friends Humane Society and facilitate a special celebrity dog appearance for the winning class.
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Lakota Shout-Outs: Oct. 18 Edition
10/23/2019
In this edition: Lakota wins a technology & innovation award, plus our golf, soccer, and cross country teams celebrate championships.
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Real-World Learning: Apply Now for Internships, Apprenticeships & Volunteering Opportunities
10/23/2019
Lakota now offers a number of new internships, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities to help students prepare for their future beyond high school. These real-world learning experiences range from HVAC apprenticeships to a marketing internship to volunteering in a hospital environment.
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‘Flipping’ the Classroom: Math ‘On Demand’ Empowers West Students
10/21/2019
What happens when you “flip” a classroom? Lakota West math teacher Jenny Circello can attest to the benefits of this more personalized approach to learning that puts students in the driver’s seat.
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The 'Game of Life' Teaches East Seniors Valuable Life Skills
10/18/2019
Do you know how to change a tire? Manage a budget? Write a resume? Lakota East seniors are getting the chance to learn these and many other important skills in a new course called the “Game of Life”. For 12 weeks during XH (extra help period), students can participate in this inaugural sprint course.
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'The Little Mermaid Jr.' Reaches Beyond the Stage
10/18/2019
Who knew that pool noodles, straws and bottle caps could be transformed into seahorses and colorful underwater plants? The beautiful sets in Lakota East’s upcoming ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ were created from these seemingly ordinary recycled materials.
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