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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Opening of Lakota Cyber Academy
08/23/2019
In a room packed with business leaders, government officials, school administrators and students, the Lakota Cyber Academy was officially opened for the business of learning. Nearly 50 supporters gathered in the Lakota East Innovation Hub for a ribbon cutting ceremony that included a proclamation from State Representative George Lang and special guest speaker, Lt. Governor Jon Husted.
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Hero Training Kicks Off New Year at Hopewell ECS
08/23/2019
You don’t have to be a grown up to be a hero. Just ask the students at Hopewell Early Childhood School.
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Relationships Trump Curriculum at East, West on First Days Back
08/22/2019
“What can you do on day one that has your kids running back on day two?” posed Lakota East Principal Suzanna Davis at Lakota’s all-staff convocation. Both Lakota high schools answered this question with an exciting line-up that kept students and staff on their feet and engaged with one another all day long.
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Sept. 14: District-Wide Ice Cream Social for New Families
08/22/2019
For 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. The Lakota Outreach Diversity and Inclusion (LODI) department invites all new families to its annual ice cream social on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 1-3 p.m.
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Electric Staff Opening Day Sets Tone for New School Year
08/21/2019
Electric. Rocking. Inspiring. These were just some of the words Lakota staff used to describe the district’s opening day program, where more than 1,700 administrators, teachers and support staff packed into Lakota East’s gymnasium on Aug. 13 to celebrate the start of a new school year.
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WE are In This Together Evident in the Adena Way
08/21/2019
Cheers, high-fives and well wishes. All of these were in abundance at Adena Elementary’s fanfare on the second day of school, showing community and school support for the students.
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Junior Schools Focus on Bringing Students Together
08/20/2019
Building relationships is key at Lakota’s four junior schools. Afterall, students are coming together for the first time from several different elementary buildings.
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Latest Lakota Shouts-Outs: August 9
08/13/2019
There are lots of great things happening around Lakota. Read about national awards and recognition for our students and Superintendent, as well as our technology, curriculum and communication departments.
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VIDEO: School Bus Karaoke - WE are All In This Together
08/13/2019
Lakota’s 1,700-plus staff opened the new school year today with an energetic celebration at Lakota East High School. Following a program packed with student and staff speakers, the morning ended with the premiere of Lakota’s newest video release: “School Bus Karaoke: WE are All In This Together.” The sing-along video sets the tone for one part of Lakota’s new vision statement and this year’s theme - WE are In This Together - by involving Lakota staff, board members, students, parents and community partners in a comedic interpretation of High School Musical's "We're All in This Together."
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First Day Photo Contest: Celebrate the New School Year
08/12/2019
The new school year begins Thursday, August 15. So get ready to capture those special first day moments at the front stoop, at your bus stop, with your carpool group, or in your classroom.
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Lakota Welcomes New Administrators
08/09/2019
As the district prepares to welcome back students for the 2019-20 school year, Lakota welcomes new administrators at several schools, as well as in four key district positions. “In looking ahead to the next school year, I’m excited to welcome this group of administrators to Lakota. While some are brand new to us, others are embracing a new role in the district,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller.
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Lakota Sixth Graders Now Part of 1:1 Program
08/08/2019
When students return to school this fall, sixth graders throughout Lakota Local Schools will have a new tool to enhance their learning: the ‘WE are Empowered’ initiative, introduced to secondary students during the 2018-19 school year, will encompass a new grade of students.
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One Year Later Lakota Sees Benefits of Real World Learning
07/22/2019
One year after being selected as one of five districts nationwide to lead the Real World Learning Challenge Collaborative, Lakota Local Schools is poised to not only be an example for other districts, but continue to expand learning opportunities for its students. The Challenge Collaborative, through Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools, is funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI).
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2019-20 Back-to-School Essentials: All Your Questions Answered
07/12/2019
Beginning Thursday, August 15, Lakota teachers, administrators and support staff will welcome new and returning students for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Here is some important information to keep in mind as you and your family gear up for the new school year. From school supplies to bus routes to teacher assignments, we answer all your questions in this back-to-school FAQ.
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Elementary Students, High School Interns Benefit from Camp Potential
06/21/2019
A free two-week summer camp doubled as a learning opportunity for nearly 40 Lakota elementary students and an internship experience for 10 high-schoolers. or a second year, Camp Potential invited gifted students entering grades 4-6 to participate in eight days of summer learning and enrichment at Hopewell Junior School.
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Lakota Participates in County-wide Safety Drill
06/18/2019
Eleven Butler County school districts, including Lakota Local Schools, participated in a full-scale safety exercise on June 18 at the Ross Local High School and Middle School campus. This is the first time in Butler County history that a safety exercise of this scope has been planned.
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WE are Graduates: Summer 2019 Newsletter
06/10/2019
Several times a year, Lakota produces a community newsletter to help parents and residents stay informed about important district-wide news and updates. The summer 2019 edition, titled "WE are Graduates", was mailed to all residents this week.
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A Look Around Lakota: May/June 2019 Edition
06/07/2019
In this final edition of "A Look Around Lakota" for the 2018-19 school year, Superintendent Matthew Miller shares just some of the highlights and happenings that marked the end of a great year.
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Art Develops Writers in Heritage Kindergarten Class
05/31/2019
Art may be considered one of Lakota’s six daily specials, but it’s finding its way into early learners’ routine far more frequently than every sixth day of the school week. Take, for example, Julie Meno’s kindergarteners at Heritage Early Childhood School.
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Hopewell Students Learn Math through Food Trucks
05/30/2019
Whoever thought food trucks had nothing to do with math hasn’t met Hopewell Junior teachersMatthew Dollard and Kyle Schlensker. Earlier this year, the duo invited a local food truck, East Coast Eatz, to visit their seventh-graders and serve them lunch. But their visit provided far more value than lunch. The owner shared his success story, giving students a lot of food for thought as they began formulating their own mobile restaurants.
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Adena Time Capsule Sends Graduates Back to Sixth Grade
05/29/2019
The end of the school year has many students celebrating the start of summer vacation, but for seniors, they’re also looking ahead to what comes next after graduation...and some are even looking back. Adena Elementary School welcomed back 143 seniors from the class of 2019 to take a walk down memory lane. Six years ago, these seniors filled time capsules while in their final year at Adena and, on May 15, had the opportunity to open them for the first time.
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Project-Based Learning Takes Many Forms at West Freshman
05/28/2019
The energy in Lakota West Freshman’s Innovation Hub after school last week spilled into the hallway as students showcased their last quarter’s work. Their projects may have stemmed from three different classrooms and two different subject areas, but they all had one thing in common: a move toward more personalized and project-based learning.
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Annual Breakfast Celebrates Hard Working Students
05/27/2019
Seventy-four students were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their jobs through Lakota’s Work Study program on May 16 at Wetherington Country Club. The students were celebrated by their families, job coaches, instructional aides and district staff. The program, which has been in place for over 30 years, continues to grow each year.
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VIDEO: Lakota Looks Back at 2018-19 School Year
05/24/2019
From daily specials and all-day kindergarten to a surge in digital learning and student voice - and everything in between - WE made a lot of progress and memories this past school year. We invite you to take a trip down memory lane and relive just some of the highlights that made the 2018-19 school year one to remember.
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Lakota Business Partner Breakfast Celebrates Success, Looks Ahead to the Future
05/23/2019
On May 3, Lakota Schools welcomed 150 community partners, staff and students to celebrate a successful year and look ahead to the future at its Business Partner Breakfast. Katie Bauer, the district’s strategic partnerships coordinator, wanted to thank the business community for its commitment to the students at Lakota Local Schools.
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West's Clevidence Presents at Innovative Teachers Forum in South Korea
05/22/2019
Collaboration between teachers within a school building happens every day, as well as across the district. But what about collaborating across the country or even the world? Annie Clevidence, an English literature teacher at Lakota West High School recently had the opportunity to do just that.
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West Freshman I.D. Student Conference Encourages Self-Reflection & Inclusion
05/21/2019
A first-ever school-wide conference at Lakota West Freshman School this week encouraged both personal reflection and observation of others’ differences - all to build a stronger culture of inclusion and understanding.
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Summer Break Information
05/21/2019
Look here for a recap of summer updates, including school office hours, summer, school, free lunch program, mental health services, summer assignments and more.
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Plains Engineering Challenge Offers Wide Appeal, Career Exposure
05/20/2019
An aspiring marine biologist, science teacher, graphic designer and astrophysicist at Plains Junior School all found value in a recent group project that challenged them to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. Why?
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VanGorden Students Get Hands-on Lesson about Metamorphosis
05/17/2019
When third-grade teacher Katie Frambes asked, “Chicks are an example of what kind of metamorphosis?” just about every one of her students raised a hand. (The answer: incomplete metamorphosis.)
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Special Ceremonies Recognize the "Top 25"
05/17/2019
All across the district, year-end ceremonies are taking place to honor the academic achievements of our students. At the high schools, the “Top 25” students, representing approximately the upper 4 percent of their graduating class, were recently recognized during some special celebrations at Lakota East and West high schools.
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Arts Find a Place in Core Curriculum at Shawnee
05/16/2019
For teacher Rebecca Striet, the arts don’t have to be limited to the art room every six days. In fact, the Shawnee ECS kindergarten teacher is so committed to intersecting the arts with the core curriculum that she teamed up with colleague Katie Welch to give their 50 kindergartners the invaluable experience of performing a full-scale re-enactment of “Peter and the Wolf.”
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Lakota Shout-Outs: May 10
05/15/2019
So many great things are going on around Lakota. Read about the latest Shout Outs.
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Second Annual Military Commitment Ceremony Salutes 43 Lakota Seniors
05/14/2019
The Lakota community came together on April 30 to recognize 43 students who have made a commitment to enter either a military academy or branch of service after graduation.
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Celebrating the Class of 2019
05/13/2019
It's time to celebrate Lakota's Class of 2019! Graduation ceremonies will take place at Xavier's Cintas Center; Lakota East's ceremony is on Thursday, May 23 at 8 p.m. and Lakota West will hold its event the next evening, May 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are not required to attend.
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Announcing Lakota's 2019 Educators of Excellence
05/10/2019
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, in partnership with Lakota Local Schools, are proud to announce the three recipients of the 2019 Lakota Educator of Excellence Awards.
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Volunteers Honored for their Passion & Support
05/09/2019
End-of-the-year awards programs have already begun – and on Wednesday, the District Parent Council hosted a ceremony to honor some very special people: our volunteers.
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Rotary Swaps Makerspaces for Traditional Dictionary Donation
05/08/2019
A donation from the Rotary Club of West Chester doubled as a hands-on learning experience for some Lakota elementary students. Local Rotarians joined students at Freedom and Cherokee last week to help assemble the new mobile makerspaces that they gifted to each of Lakota’s eight elementary schools.
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Ridge Junior Students Take Lead on First Mental Health Expo
05/07/2019
All that Ridge Junior health teacher Matthew Abshear takes credit for in the school’s first-ever mental health expo is sharing the idea and then turning his students loose.
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'Operation Incubation' Means More Student-Led Impact at East
05/07/2019
A group of students at Lakota East now have a blueprint for how to make more student-led ideas, like the recently transformed “Innovation Hub”, come to life in their school. It’s something that East junior Leo Rolfert and sophomores Michelle Antiri and Courtney Lyden are calling “Operation Incubation.”
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Cherokee Students Lead Statewide K-12 Stock Market Game
05/03/2019
If you’re new to the stock exchange, you might find good counsel in these sixth-graders at Cherokee Elementary: Benjamin Gill, Philip Lee, Evin Lodder and Gavin Halstead.
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Heritage First-Graders' Curiosity Fuels Learning
05/02/2019
Students in Kristin Sellers and Eunice Vogelsang’s first grade classes had a lot of questions when it came to the history of their school.
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Lakota Shout-Outs: April 26 Edition
05/01/2019
Lakota's latest Shout-Outs include a Pulitzer Prize finalist, pitching a perfect game and more!
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Lakota Shares Powerful Learning Strategies to Inspire Advancements in Education
04/30/2019
Lakota Local Schools is sharing powerful learning strategies with a national audience through Innovation Portfolios, a new storytelling platform where school districts can widely share ideas, programs, and implementation practices they’ve designed, supported, and grown in their districts.
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Open Enrollment for the 2019-20 School Year
04/29/2019
Each school year, the Lakota Board of Education can choose to approve the renewal of Lakota's open enrollment policy. Under Board Policy 511, students residing in other Ohio school districts can apply to attend Lakota. Due to the high volume of returning open enrolled students, at this time we are not accepting applicants that are applying for the first time.
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May 1: Lakota Hosts Community Forum for Parents On Grief & Suicide
04/26/2019
As we mourn the tragic loss of one of our Liberty Junior students to suicide this week, Lakota invites all parents to a community forum about grief and suicide on May 1. With so many unanswered questions about how best to support one another, including our children, during this difficult time, the forum will arm adults with information and resources about how we can help our students navigate through this situation and be part of the solution as we move forward.
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Welcoming New Administrators for the 2019-20 School Year  
04/24/2019
Preparation for the 2019-20 school year is underway as Lakota welcomes new administrators at six of its schools, as well as in five key district positions.
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Parents Plan Garden to Remember West Students Lost Too Soon
04/23/2019
Plans for a garden at the main entrance to Lakota West High School is so much more than a beautification effort. The new gathering space, scheduled to begin in July, will be a place for the school community to remember the lives of former Lakota West students lost too soon.
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Lakota High School Students Get College Advice through Engineering Pen Pal Program
04/22/2019
Lakota East, West students are getting advice about engineering, preparing for college and more through a pen pal program with the Ohio State University Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
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Real World Learning: Liberty Students Put Research into Action
04/19/2019
When given the creative freedom to tailor a recent research project to their passions and interests, eighth-graders in Andree Philpot’s language arts class at Liberty Junior School ended up creating an impact that reached far beyond their school’s walls.
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After School Homework Clubs Provide Extra Help
04/18/2019
What started as a group of school administrators, teachers and aides traveling to a neighborhood has grown into a popular after school activity. Several Lakota elementary schools are offering extra help for students through homework clubs.
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In-School Therapists Provide Easy Access to Mental Health Services
04/17/2019
The lack of awareness and stigma attached to mental health issues keep the majority of young people from getting help. That’s why Lakota is partnering with MindPeace, a local non-profit that connects its network of professional mental health providers with schools to increase student access to quality, affordable mental healthcare.
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Latest Lakota Shout-Outs: 4.15.19
04/17/2019
There are lots of great things happening around Lakota. Here are some recent special shout-outs to students and staff members.
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Transportation Update: Contract Signed Between Petermann & Bus Drivers
04/17/2019
Lakota Local Schools has been notified that an agreement on an amended contract has been reached between its bus provider, Petermann Transportation, and its drivers. The negotiations have ended and a new contract is in place.
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Agreement Reached: Transportation to Continue
Agreement Reached: Transportation to Continue
04/16/2019
Overnight, an agreement was reached between Petermann Transportation and its drivers. The strike has been avoided. Transportation for any students who utilize Lakota busing will begin this morning, as the bus drivers have agreed to return to work.
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Transportation Video Update from the Superintendent
04/16/2019
Please watch this special video message from Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller, who reflects on the last 24 hours of communications surrounding the negotiations between the school district's busing provider, Petermann Transportation, and their bus drivers. Since sending this morning's communication, we have received the unfortunate news from Petermann that the agreement is still tentative, pending the outcome of another vote this evening. For this reason, we must all prepare for another potential strike.
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Petermann Bus Drivers Announce Strike, No Transportation Until Further Notice
04/15/2019
This evening, Lakota Local Schools was notified that its contracted bus provider, Petermann Transportation, could not reach an agreement in contract negotiations with its drivers. The bus drivers have chosen to strike, effective immediately. This means that beginning the morning of Tuesday, April 16, busing will not be available to any students who utilize Lakota school transportation until the drivers return to work. This includes special education preschoolers and high-schoolers, as well as parochial school students.
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Lakota/BCESC Relocating to VanGorden in August
04/12/2019
The Butler County Educational Service Center and Lakota preschool program will have a new home for the 2019-20 school year; the program will move to VanGorden Elementary School in the fall. The decision to consolidate the program to one school is a result of the recent enrollment study the district commissioned.
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Lakota Military Commitment Ceremony April 30
04/11/2019
Lakota is inviting the community on April 30 to help honor this year's Lakota East and Lakota West graduates who have committed to serve our country through any branch of the U.S. Military.
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Union Students Use Technology to Educate Peers
04/08/2019
Students became the teachers at Union Elementary School thanks to a fifth grade project. Olivia Overberg’s tutorial and enrichment (T & E) students were able to choose a topic of interest that they would then teach to their peers. Working in groups, student choice was at play as they chose a subject to study and then create a documentary to share their results.
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Latest Shout-Outs (March 29, 2019)
04/05/2019
There are so many great things going on around Lakota. Here are the latest shout-outs about our student and staff accomplishments.
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Destination Imagination Hands-On, Collaborative and Fun
04/04/2019
Lakota’s Destination Imagination program is thriving and has grown to 10 teams over the last four years. And while you can measure the program’s success by regional awards won or the number of teams that go on to compete at the state level, the program’s impact on participants goes well beyond competitions.
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Family Heritage Festival an Independence Tradition
04/03/2019
A special tradition at Independence Elementary School has family tradition at its core. For more than 15 years, the school’s Family Heritage Festival has followed a social studies unit on immigration, challenging fourth-graders to explore their own family history. The culmination of the students’ research and creativity is a worldwide culture fair spread across five different classrooms complete with native dress, food and, in some cases, artifacts.
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Ridge Art Club Opens Doors to Cincinnati Zoo
04/02/2019
Without time in her schedule to take an art class this year, Ridge Junior School’s Art Club has given eighth-grader Abby Wilson an alternative outlet for pursuing her passion. It’s also helped her land a spot at the Cincinnati Zoo to showcase her work. Wilson was among just 40 Cincinnati-area youth artists - including very few junior high school honorees - selected to hand-paint a rain barrel with her original winning design.
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East Students Engineer Solutions to Change Lives
04/01/2019
How does Lakota East and Butler Tech engineering teacher Ken Kinch motivate his students? He hands them a project that has the potential to change someone’s life. For East senior Cali Hoffman and the rest of her team, that someone is a four-year-old at Shawnee Early Childhood School who was born without a hand. Since the beginning of the school year, they have dedicated every minute of class - and then some - to create a fully customized and functional prosthetic hand for her.
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Heritage has Heart: Art and Technology Combine
03/29/2019
Every student at Heritage Early Childhood School recently created a heart-themed art project. Not for Valentine’s Day, but to echo the school’s positive behavior initiative, Heritage has HEART. Students earn hearts, either individually or as a class, by demonstrating the aspects of the school’s motto.
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Lakota Earns Auditor of State Award for Fifth Time
03/28/2019
Fiscal responsibility and transparency are top priorities for Jenni Logan, Lakota’s treasurer/CFO. “One of the pillars of our new strategic plan states that WE are fiscally responsible,” said Logan. “This is something that I have always taken very seriously.” Logan’s commitment to fiscal responsibility has earned the district the prestigious Auditor of State Award with Distinction for the fifth consecutive year. One of the highest financial honors at the State level for outstanding financial accountability, the district has also received a clean audit report for the fifth year in a row.
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Students Take Center Stage at 2019 State of the Schools
03/27/2019
A new twist on Lakota’s second annual “State of the Schools” address had Lakota East High School’s Main Street bustling with activity on March 13. A school showcase preceded the more formal address from Superintendent Matthew Miller and his guest speakers, putting on display the innovative learning happening throughout Lakota’s 23 schools. From new learning spaces like a student-inspired greenhouse, a culinary center and the early childhood schools’ new Wonder Labs to digital learning through video conferencing, virtual reality and video production - the K-12 Lakota learning experience came alive for hundreds of visitors. In case you missed it, we captured the whole thing on video!
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March 30 CommUnity University: Tackling the 4Es After Graduation
03/26/2019
Lakota’s monthly learning series, Family & Parent CommUnity University in partnership with Miami University Voice of America, continues Saturday, March 30 from 8 a.m. to noon with a session titled, “You’ve Graduated! What’s Next?” Whether your post-graduation plans include enrollment, employment, enlistment or entrepreneurship, or the “4 Es,” get helpful tips and advice for that next step.
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Freedom Sixth-Graders Present Ted Talks
03/19/2019
Most adults have probably watched, or at least heard of, Ted Talks. Elementary students? Not so much. However, sixth-graders at Freedom Elementary School have not only watched Ted Talks, they’ve presented the short, powerful speeches in front of their peers.
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Speaker Series Gives West Creative Writers New Perspective
03/19/2019
“Writing is hard work." “Just get it on paper.” Coming from someone who writes for a living, these words seemed to carry a lot of weight for the Lakota West students sitting in Eileen Washburn’s creative writing class last week.
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Early Childhood Students Go Sledding without Snow
03/18/2019
Lack of snow didn’t stop students at Hopewell and Shawnee early childhood schools from getting some sledding in last week. Students paired up in teams to race sleds they built during a unique class collaboration.
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Lakota Shout-Outs (March 8, 2019)
03/14/2019
So many great things going on around Lakota. Here are the latest Shout-Outs about students and staff!
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Celebrating Lakota Learning Day
03/12/2019
It’s not just the classrooms that look different… rows of desks have been replaced with flexible seating options like comfy chairs and standing desks. But learning has taken on a whole new look as well. Last week, Lakota turned National Digital Learning Day into Lakota Learning Day to celebrate these changes.
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March 13: Students Take Center Stage at State of the Schools
03/11/2019
“Students tell our story best,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. That’s why students will take center stage at Lakota’s second annual “State of the Schools,” happening Wednesday, March 13.
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Help Honor Lakota's Educators of Excellence, Nominations Due April 5
03/05/2019
Following with tradition, the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, in partnership with Lakota Local Schools, is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Lakota Educator of Excellence Awards. Outstanding educators can be nominated to receive this honor by students, colleagues, parents or any community member who wishes to acknowledge an educator’s exceptional effort. Nominations are not limited to classroom teachers. Award recipients may be any person (teacher, administrator, counselor, support staff, etc.) working with young people in the Lakota School District.
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Online Registration for 2019-2020 Kindergartners Now Open
03/01/2019
Open registration for Lakota’s all-day kindergarten program opens today, March 1, and run through April 5. For the first time, Lakota will be offering incoming families the convenient option to register online. All students are eligible for the all-day kindergarten option, with the option to enroll in the half-day program, if desired.
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Chemistry Project Finds East a Place on International Art Piece
03/01/2019
An historical international fixture hanging in the Science Teaching Complex at the University of Waterloo Canada will forever be stamped with the artwork of a Lakota East student.
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A Look Around Lakota: February Video Update
03/01/2019
Please enjoy the next edition of our monthly video update, A Look Around Lakota. Superintendent Matthew Miller shares just a few of the highlights from around the district.
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Union Celebrates Black History Month through Music
02/28/2019
Students at Union Elementary taught a valuable history lesson through music this week. “In the classroom, it’s easy to get caught up in the more technical side of music like rhythms and instruments,” said first year Union music teacher Delaney Roberts. “But students aren’t always exposed to the historical side of music.”
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Student-Created Mural Captures Spirit of Community at Wyandot
02/28/2019
You can’t help but notice the beautiful mural in the cafeteria at Wyandot Early Childhood School. After all, it is 20’ high by 80’ long – and includes a paper doll representation of each student and staff member, nearly 700 in all.
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East, West ASL Programs Make Strong Statement at Center Court
02/28/2019
The scene at center court before the East vs. West boys basketball game on Feb. 8 was something American Sign Language teachers Katie Nicol and Jessica Frye had only imagined. But it wasn’t until West junior Lauren Petersen approached them with the same vision that it actually became a reality.
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Mock Interviews Prepare CRA Students for Next Step
02/27/2019
Sitting down for your very first interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially with questions like these: “Tell me about yourself.” “What are three words you would use to describe yourself and why?” “What is one of your greatest weaknesses?” They are tough questions to tackle, but students at Lakota's Career Readiness Academy (CRA) are prepared to answer them.
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Lakota Shout-Outs: Feb. 22
02/26/2019
There are lots of great things happening around Lakota. Here are some recent special shout-outs to students and staff members.
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Summer Fun Fair Promises Over 100 Vendors, Free Raffle with $5000 in Prizes
02/25/2019
Lakota East and West’s hallways will soon be lined with over 100 organizations offering summer youth activities. It’s all part of Lakota’s seventh annual Summer Fun Fair events taking place on Monday, March 4 at Lakota East High School and Wednesday, March 6 at Lakota West High School, both from 6-8 p.m.
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East, West Go Orange and Gold for Dragonfly, Raise More Than $10K
02/20/2019
The student sections at two crosstown basketball games on Jan. 25 may have been painted two different colors, but their mission was the same.
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Nominations Sought for Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards
02/20/2019
Nominations are being accepted now through March 22 for 2019 Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit awards.
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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Theater Productions
02/19/2019
It’s time to mark your calendars to see Lakota’s talented students in their upcoming theater productions. This year’s spring lineup includes something for everyone.
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Student Videos Welcome Sixth-Graders to Ridge 
02/15/2019
The transition from sixth to seventh grade can be daunting. Ridge Junior School teacher Alexandra Cook tasked her students to help ease the way. Cook used the video production unit in her Media Design and Communications class as an opportunity to get her students involved. The project: create a video to welcome incoming seventh graders to Ridge.
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Plains Puts Digital Spin on Traditional Language Arts Unit
02/15/2019
A digital spin on a traditional language arts unit got Plains Junior School students outside of the four walls of their classroom in more ways than one.
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Latest Lakota Shout Outs
02/14/2019
So many great things are going on around Lakota. Read about the latest Shout Outs that highlight our talented artists, musicians and athletes.
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Students Tour the World With Multicultural Events
02/14/2019
Students at Cherokee Elementary and Creekside Early Childhood schools went on a world tour recently. Events at both schools were an opportunity to celebrate the different heritages of their students and learn about different cultures.
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Spontaneous Food Drive a Glimpse into LODI's Year-Long Efforts
02/13/2019
Lakota schools may have been closed last Friday for inclement weather, but Central Office was bustling with volunteers - and mounds of canned goods. After three consecutive days of no school, including school-provided breakfasts and lunches, Lakota’s Outreach Diversity and Inclusion (LODI) department organized a spontaneous food drive to provide emergency relief to 55 area families. Using staff email and the viral power of social media, the district put out a call for support and within just two hours, the front lobby at Central Office was overflowing with donations.
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New High School Schedule Adds Seventh Bell, Gives Students More Flexibility
02/12/2019
More opportunities for Lakota high school students is on the horizon. As registration season opened at the end of January, the district announced expanded options for its seventh class period.
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WE are Pushing Boundaries: Winter 2019 Community Newsletter
02/05/2019
Several times a year, Lakota produces a community newsletter to help parents and residents stay informed about important district-wide news and updates. The piece is mailed to every household and business in West Chester Township and Liberty Township for just 16 cents per piece. The winter 2019 edition, titled "WE are Pushing Boundaries", was mailed to all residents this week. If you do 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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Superintendent to Deliver State of the Schools March 13
02/04/2019
Superintendent Matthew Miller will deliver the district’s second annual “State of the Schools” address on March 13. The event is open to the entire community.
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Mobile Dentist to Visit Lakota Elementary, ECS Schools
02/04/2019
Last week, 21 Freedom Elementary students got a full dental exam with x-rays -- without having to leave school. Lakota’s new partnership with the Primary Health Solutions Mobile Dental Program made it possible.
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2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration Underway
02/01/2019
Open registration for Lakota’s all-day kindergarten program is now open. All students are eligible for the all-day kindergarten option, with the option to enroll in the half-day program, if desired.
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Creekside Economics Unit Teaches the Value of Hard-Earned Dollar
02/01/2019
A lot of lessons were wrapped up in a recent economics unit that tasked Creekside ECS second-graders with just one homework assignment over winter break: household chores.
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Q&A with Lakota's Second Career Educators
01/31/2019
For these five Lakota educators, K-12 education was a second or third stop in their career paths. But in the end, the decision to push their own professional boundaries has landed them in a place where they were meant to be.
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Lakota Students Big Winners in Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Contest
01/31/2019
Lakota high school students were big winners in the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with 99 students amassing 187 individual awards. “I’m not quite sure but these could be record-breaking results,” said West Visual Arts Teacher Stephanie Gauer.
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Regional Bus Tour Stops at East to Show Student Voice in Action
01/30/2019
Lakota East High School was one of just four stops on a bus tour designed to showcase innovative learning spaces around the Greater Cincinnati region. Hosted by the Hamilton County Educational Service Center (HCESC), the tour gave 55 local educators and students an inside look at each school’s journey to redesigning their spaces and leading change.
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Inaugural 'WE are Lakota Honor Choir' Performs for the Community
01/29/2019
With the return of daily specials this school year for grades K-6 has come yet another opportunity for sixth-graders to take their music skills to the next level. “Music is an art form that needs to be performed,” explained Hopewell Junior School choir teacher Jennifer Akers. “Yet most of our students come to us in seventh grade with no concept of what an evening choir performance looks like."
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Playtime is More than Meets the Eye at Wyandot ECS
01/28/2019
For the kindergarten team at Wyandot Early Childhood School, right up there with reading, writing and math is open playtime - which is exactly why they’ve created something this year called “Play Workshop.”
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Students Share Words of Wisdom at 20th Annual MLK Day Program
01/25/2019
“The common ground is that we are all Americans. The human pyramid is a reminder that we are one. It doesn’t matter what you look like. You are an important piece of the pyramid. If one falls, we all fall, but if we stand strong together, we can do anything together.” These were the words of Wyandot Early Childhood School first-grader Nicci Back, as she explained her winning painting in this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. student writing and art contest.
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Student Reimagines, Transforms West Freshman Innovation Hub
01/24/2019
Lakota West freshman Lora Broz did more than just reimagine her school’s media center, recently turned Innovation Hub. She made her vision a reality, rolling out the red carpet for her classmates’ return from winter break and just in time for the school’s rollout of Chromebooks to every student.
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West Chester Hospital Medical Series Takes Off at East, West
01/24/2019
his week’s spotlight on the rehab services industry blazed the trail for a first-ever 10-week medical speaker series that UC Health West Chester Hospital is hosting at both Lakota East and Lakota West high schools.
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Indy Third-Graders Explore Passions with Personal Learning Projects
01/23/2019
Did you know that human DNA is 50 percent identical to the DNA of bananas? Third grade students at Independence Elementary School learned interesting facts like this and more while researching their Personal Learning Projects (PLP).
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One-to-One Initiative Launches at High Schools, Freshman Campuses
01/15/2019
Students at the freshman buildings and high schools returned from winter break only to receive one more present. Nearly 4,000 district-owned Chromebooks were distributed to students in grades nine-through-eleven as part of Lakota’s WE are Empowered initiative.
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Lakota Launches into 2019: Here WE Go Social Media Contest
01/04/2019
Lakota is launching into 2019 and has a lot to look forward to in the new year! We'd love to hear from the Lakota community about what you are trying new this year or what you are looking forward to in 2019.
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Lakota District, Five Schools Receive ODE's Momentum Award
01/03/2019
Lakota Local Schools, including five individual schools within the district, has received the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for 2018. Additionally, two schools received the All A Award.
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East, West Collaborate to Expand ASL Holiday Tradition
12/28/2018
Since 1993, Lakota West American Sign Language teacher Gwen Trujillo has been challenging her ASL students to learn and sign a holiday song from start to finish for their peers. But a new twist introduced this year by ASL teachers Katie Nicol and Jessica Frye transformed the tradition into a learning experience for ASL students at all levels.
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West Chester Hospital Hosts High School Medical Speaker Series
12/21/2018
Both Lakota East and Lakota West high schools are partnering with UC Health West Chester Hospital to bring students a 10-week medical speaker series that kicks of Jan. 9.
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December Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
12/21/2018
Please enjoy our next installment of A Look Around Lakota. This month's edition takes you into our schools to highlight some of the many happenings in our district, including the new strategic plan, the Lakota Cyber Academy, and service learning.
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East's Student Voice Efforts Highlighted on National Stage
12/21/2018
Empowering student voice is something in which schools in Lakota excel. Just ask Dr. Blaine Alexander from the Arkansas Leadership Academy. Recently, administrators, teachers and students who are passionate about empowering student voice gathered at the University of Arkansas to participate in the Student Voice Institute.
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Lakota's Youngest and Oldest Students Build Special Bonds
12/20/2018
Liberty ECS second-grader Isaiah Givens greets Assistant Principal Caryn Gross each day with a hug and a countdown that goes something like this: “Seven more days until Big PAWS! I wish we had it every single day!”
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Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration
12/19/2018
The entire West Chester Liberty community is invited to the 20th annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21. 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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Students Lead Way in Giving Back this Holiday Season
12/18/2018
Learning through service is a year-round occurrence in Lakota classrooms. But during the holiday season, it takes a front row seat in many of our schools.
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Lakota School Board Approves New Strategic Plan 
12/17/2018
At its Dec. 10 meeting, the Lakota Board of Education unanimously approved a new three-year strategic plan for the district. “This new strategic plan has been designed to be a blueprint for Lakota’s future,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. “It reflects where we are now and where we want to go.”
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2019-2020 Preschool Registration Open through Jan. 31
12/12/2018
The registration application for Lakota's tuition-based preschool program is now available and will run Jan. 3 through Jan. 31. An informational meeting for parents will be held on Jan. 23 at Liberty Early Childhood School at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium.
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Save the Date, Exhibit at Lakota Summer Fun Fair March 4 & 6
12/11/2018
Does your business or organization offer a summer program or activity that’s perfect for kids? Are you looking for ways to keep your kids active this summer? Lakota Local Schools will partner with more than 100 local businesses and organizations to host its seventh annual Summer Fun Fair this March 4 and 6. The event features local organizations with programs and services to keep students in grades K-12 active this summer. Vendors range from summer camps, learning centers and childcare facilities to athletic leagues, art programs and local parks and recreation.
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Adena Has High Hopes for New Greenhouse Learning Space
12/07/2018
Adena Elementary has big plans for a new greenhouse just gifted to the school by Eagle Scout hopeful and Lakota West Freshman Matthew Hollowell.
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East Teacher's Passion Project Delivers Engineering, Technology Career Day
12/06/2018
It’s not every day that the school gymnasium doubles as a holding place for robots, augmented reality, a topographical sand pit, model bridges and other representations of career paths marked by technology and engineering skills. But on Nov. 16, this was the scene at Lakota East High School as about 15 local businesses put their best work on display.
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Lakota Shout Outs: Nov. 30
12/05/2018
The latest Lakota Shout Outs go to the Lakota East Marching Band, some Women of Excellence with Lakota ties, and a Lakota West student photographer who won the grand prize in a local contest. Congratulations to all!
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ECS Students Start the Day Calm, Focused and Ready for Learning
12/04/2018
Every single day, over 600 Wyandot students start their morning calm and focused, ready for learning. Many other Lakota early childhood students begin their school day the same way. It’s because of a program called Mindful Music Moments.
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'Above the Line' Volunteers Build Special Relationships
12/04/2018
Each day from 10:45 to 11:50 a.m., you’ll see Plains Junior students building special relationships by working together on academic activities, getting some exercise in the gym and moving through the lunch line side-by-side.
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#LakotaGivesBack on Social Media
12/04/2018
This December, as we celebrate the season of giving as the ultimate example of what is encouraged in our schools all year long, help us highlight all the ways Lakota staff, students, parents and residents care for one another and give back to the community. Look back on the last year and help us recap the many acts of service that have happened all year long.
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Lakota to Launch New Cyber Security Academy 
12/03/2018
Computer hackers beware! A new wave of cyber security analysts will be coming from Lakota Local Schools. Beginning in the fall of 2019, the new Lakota Cyber Academy program will launch for sophomores, juniors and seniors.
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Lakota Students Collaborate to Solve Real World Challenges
11/26/2018
Three school districts joined together with Butler Tech to put real-world learning into practice at an event known as Project Chaos. Approximately 100 students from Lakota, Loveland, Middletown and Butler Tech worked together to offer solutions on how best to solve the problem of making transportation available to everyone.
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Student-Athletes Recognized During Signing Events
11/21/2018
Lakota East and West Athletic Departments hosted their first college athletic signing events of the year on Nov. 14, the first day of the NCAA National Letter of Intent signing period for fall sports (except football). Congratulations to these student-athletes who signed early commitments to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.
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#LakotaGivesThanks on Social Media
11/20/2018
As we count down the days to Thanksgiving break, Lakota is asking staff, students, parents and residents to help us count all the ways we are blessed as a school community. Looking back at the last year, who or what gives you a good reason to be thankful for your Lakota experience?
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Sport Stacking at Shawnee, Hopewell Exercises Brains & Bodies
11/20/2018
In addition to being part of a worldwide event, students at Shawnee and Hopewell early childhood schools got to exercise both their bodies and their brains in gym class last week.
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November Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
11/20/2018
Please enjoy this next edition of "A Look Around Lakota." In this month's video update, Superintendent Matthew Miller is joined by Treasurer Jenni Logan to provide a special update about Lakota's recent five-year financial forecast. Plus, see more district-wide highlights from November!
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#GivingTuesday Kicks Off Year-End #GiveLakota Campaign
11/19/2018
The Community Foundation of West Chester Liberty, in partnership with Lakota Local Schools, invites the community to transform #Giving Tuesday into #GiveLakota this Nov. 27, in support of The Lakota Schools Foundation.
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Lakota Students & Staff Present, Perform at State Conference
11/19/2018
Lakota Local Schools was well represented at the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference. The annual event, held in Columbus, includes three days of in-depth learning for school administrators and board members from across the state.
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New Student Groups Take Action this Veteran's Day
11/16/2018
Veteran’s Day gave two new student groups at the high school an opportunity to shine, but most importantly, do what they set out to do this school year: honor our local veterans. Although the recent Tri-State Honor Flight brought the Patriotic Firebirds and East Veterans Network together in a unique way last month, both groups are forging their own path. Even just a few months after their inception, both have several impactful programs underway, not to mention even bigger plans for the future.
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New Netflix Series Features Plains Junior Family
11/16/2018
Several Plains Junior seventh-graders will make their first television appearance on a Netflix documentary series called “Dogs” premiering on Nov. 16. Although not the focus, their parts support an emotional story about Plains Junior seventh-grader Corrine Gogolewski and her family. They were followed by a production crew for an entire month last fall while she and her twin sister, Carly, were sixth-graders at Endeavor Elementary. They follow the family’s journey through receiving, training and welcoming Corinne’s service dog, Rory, into their family.
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Cherokee Student One of Only Six Tri-State "Heroes of Character"
11/13/2018
The standing ovation Cherokee Elementary sixth-grader Landyn Bomar received from a gymnasium full of his classmates last week demonstrated that his depth of his character went far deeper than the words expressed in a recent nomination letter from his former teacher, Todd Overbeck.
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Liberty Junior's 'Hawk's Choice' Offers Over 30 Learning Activities 
11/12/2018
Advisory period at Liberty Junior School looked a little different last week. Encouraging teacher voice, student voice and student choice were all a part of creating an event called Hawk’s Choice.
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Lakota East's 4E Day 'Not Your Grandma's Career Day'
11/08/2018
For the first time, Lakota East dedicated an entire afternoon to encouraging students to explore the full range of post-graduation options available to them. Called “4E Day,” the event tapped into 70-plus local professionals representing career paths involving one or more of the 4Es Lakota promotes to all students: employment, enrollment, enlistment and entrepreneurship.
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Cherokee Sixth-Grader Youngest of Only Six Tri-State “Heroes of Character”
11/07/2018
Cherokee Elementary sixth-grader Landyn Bomar was among just six students in the Tri-State honored at the Oct. 25 Heroes of Character Celebration. Hosted by the Character Council, which serves Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, the event honors youth and adults who consistently demonstrate outstanding character traits in their everyday lives. Landyn was the youngest recipient of all six student honorees.
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Over 200 Lakota Students Take Part in Honor Flight Tri-State
11/06/2018
Over 200 Lakota students honored 75 veterans as they participated in Honor Flight Tri-State’s last flight of the year on Oct. 23. The morning began bright and early for a group of about 20 Lakota West students, as they headed to CVG airport at 3:30 a.m. in order to welcome the veterans and their guardians to their flight. The event was organized by the school’s new club, Patriotic Firebirds. Advisor Kristin Henley explains that the purpose of the group “is to support Firebirds who have joined the military or who are in the process of joining the military, their families and all veterans.”
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Lakota Leads Crosstown Food Drive, but Three Communities Win
11/05/2018
The longstanding tradition behind Lakota’s annual food drive, hosted by the Lakota Board of Education, helped the district bring home a win in the inaugural match-up against neighboring school districts Mason and Middletown. But the real winners were all three communities that collectively brought in more than 53,000 items for their respective relief organizations.
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Nov. 17 CommUnity University: Understanding Gender-Expansive Youth
11/01/2018
Lakota’s new monthly learning series, Family & Parent CommUnity University in partnership with Miami University Voice of America, continues with a session focused on understanding the complexities of gender-expansive youth. In the spirit of love, curiosity and respect, Lakota parents, staff and residents are encouraged to attend Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at Miami VOA Learning Center, located at 7847 VOA Park Drive.
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New Junior School Elective Explores Media and Communication
10/29/2018
Creativity and communication have Lakota’s junior school students thinking about media in a whole new way. Media Design and Communication, a new English elective, gives students the opportunity to explore communication through a wide variety of tools and media. Students are also challenged to apply media and communication to real world learning.
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Endeavor Turns Tradition Upside Down for Future-Ready Experience
10/24/2018
When the sixth grade teaching team at Endeavor Elementary was seeking a future-ready experience for their students, they looked no further than one of the school’s longest standing traditions - an annual field trip to Camp Kern.
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Welding Engineer Helps Connect the Dots on Industrial Revolutions
10/24/2018
Which invention had a bigger impact on our world - the steam boat or the light bulb, the telephone or the elevator, the 3D printer or the smartphone?
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Wyandot Students Partner with Canadian Second-Graders
10/23/2018
The world is getting a little smaller for Wyandot second-graders in Melissa Riehle’s class. That’s because they are participating in the 9th annual Global Read Aloud (GRA).
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October 2018 Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
10/23/2018
Please enjoy this next edition of "A Look Around Lakota." In this month's video update, Superintendent Matthew Miller shares just some of the highlights and happenings around Lakota in October.
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High Schools Kick Off Theater Season
10/23/2018
Lakota high schools are getting ready for their first theater productions of the school year. Get your tickets now to see our talented students present these top-notch plays: James and the Giant Peach, Jr. and Radium Girls.
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One-to-One Chromebook Pilot Expands to High Schools
10/22/2018
Lakota Local Schools is excited to announce the district is expanding its one-to-one (1:1) technology pilot to both Lakota East and Lakota West students in January.
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Lakota Offers 'E+R+O' Parent Training Oct. 25 & Nov. 8
10/19/2018
Has your son asked you to “press pause?” Have you heard your daughter say that something is “above the line?” Are you wondering what it all means? Lakota Local Schools is offering parents two opportunities to learn what E+R=O is all about and why we are teaching it district-wide.
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Liberty ECS Celebrates 90 Years
10/16/2018
Liberty Early Childhood School, in partnership with the Liberty Township Historical Society, celebrated the school’s 90th birthday on Sept. 16. The school welcomed past and present students, parents, teachers and residents to bear witness to the opening of a time capsule buried in 1976 following the building’s restoration.
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Students Become Archaeologists in Indy's Innovation Lab
10/15/2018
Fourth grade archaeologists in Susan Smith’s class took over the new Innovation Lab at Independence Elementary this week. They rotated between four hands-on stations using ingredients like cookie dough, bread and gummy candies to learn about trace fossils, molds and casts, and fossil creation.
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MLK Day Writing, Art Contest Encourages Students to 'Find a Common Ground'
10/12/2018
In preparation for our community’s 20th annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all Lakota students are invited to participate in a contest that promotes self-reflection about diversity and inclusion in our community and nationwide.
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Oct. 20 CommUnity University Focuses on Mental Health
10/11/2018
Lakota’s new monthly learning series, Family & Parent CommUnity University in partnership with Miami University Voice of America, continues with a session focused on students’ mental and emotional health. Lakota parents, staff and residents are encouraged to attend Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at Miami VOA.
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West's Fourth Annual Cultural Fair Has New Twist
10/10/2018
Students in the English Language Learners (ELL) program at Lakota West had an opportunity to share about their cultures and home countries at the school’s annual Cultural Fair. Guests were able to hear about what life is like in many different countries from 35 student presenters.
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Hopewell Junior Community Profits from Inaugural "Color Run"
10/09/2018
Who knew that combining colored corn starch, community and competition could result in more than $18,000? The final fundraising figure was a welcome surprise for the school and PTSO leaders behind Hopewell Junior School’s inaugural “Color Run” on Sept. 28.
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First High School Open Houses Welcome Future Families
10/08/2018
Lakota is welcoming future and prospective students to visit its two high schools on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 for the district’s first open house. “We are excited to invite both up-and-coming students and families who may be considering Lakota to visit our open houses,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. “We are proud of the high quality, student-centered education we provide and want others to see what exactly that looks like.”
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Howl-o-ween Photo Contest Spotlights Best-Dressed Pets
10/03/2018
Pets are the second best-dressed to kids on Halloween - so we’re dedicating this month’s social media photo contest to them. Share your funniest, funkiest and most creative “Howl-o-ween” photos with the rest of the Lakota community.
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September 2018 Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
10/01/2018
Lakota Local Schools is proud to share this next edition of its monthly video update, "A Look Around Lakota." The September edition features just some of the latest highlights and happenings around Lakota.
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New Child Nutrition Website Offers Interactive Menus
09/28/2018
Lakota’s new and improved Child Nutrition website makes it easier than ever for parents to keep health and wellness top of mind. Now available from the district website, the new tool features interactive menus that allow visitors to view nutritional information just by scrolling over individual menu items, plus more health and wellness tips and resources.
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Lakota Issues 2017-18 Quality Profile
09/28/2018
Lakota Local Schools is proud to share with the community its 2017-2018 Quality Profile. This annual publication, mailed to every household and business in both West Chester and Liberty townships, is designed to give every Lakota resident a quick look at the major priorities and areas of focus driving our daily work.
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Ten Lakota Students Named Among National Merit Semifinalists
09/26/2018
Ten 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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One-to-One Junior High Chromebook Pilot Underway
09/25/2018
To the delight of 2,579 Lakota students, the district’s one-to-one technology pilot is now up and running at all four junior schools. Over the course of four days, district-owned Chromebooks were distributed to eager students ready to start using their devices.
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Lakota Food Drive
Make a Difference and 'Stuff the Bus' for Reach Out Lakota!
09/24/2018
There’s another new twist to the annual district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota. “We have asked neighboring districts to join the cause with us,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “Lakota will go up against Mason City Schools and Middletown City Schools, with each district working to pack a school bus with the most canned goods and other needed items.” Each district’s final collection will go to a local relief organization serving their communities.
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Lakota Updating Alumni Directory Information
09/21/2018
In the coming weeks, Lakota alumni may be contacted by phone call, postcard and/or email to verify personal information for an upcoming alumni directory. Lakota is working with an outside firm called PCI to update alumni information for this directory and future alumni engagement efforts. Thank you for your assistance in helping us make sure our alumni data is as accurate and current as possible.
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Peachjar Partnership for Digital E-Flyers Improves School-to-Home Communication
09/19/2018
Lakota is committed to educational excellence, which includes ensuring that parents stay informed about important district- and community-sponsored activities and events that enhance their child’s life. In an effort to improve parent and community engagement, Lakota is now using Peachjar to send digital flyers directly to our families.
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2017-18 Report Card Shows Continued Growth in Key Areas
09/19/2018
The Ohio Department of Education recently released the state report card results for Ohio schools, including an overall letter grade for each district. Lakota Local Schools showed marked improvement in key areas, earning a final grade of ‘B’ by the State.
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Adena Resource Pantry Expanding to All Lakota Schools
09/14/2018
“Only when students’ most basic needs are met can we expect for them to learn and thrive at school,” said Angie Brown, Lakota’s parent and family engagement coordinator. It’s a simple concept that set a big idea into motion at Adena Elementary last school year. With the support of its community liaison and PTO, the school established a resource pantry that has since been stockpiled with hundreds of snacks, school supplies and personal hygiene items for students who need them throughout the day.
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Student Voice Transforms East Locker Bay
09/13/2018
It all began during a Lakota East Student Advisory Council meeting last school year. The 20-plus members of the group and East administration started discussing the idea of flexible classrooms as learning spaces and how to incorporate them at Lakota East.
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September Contest Encourages Social Media Video Shout-Outs
09/13/2018
To whom or what do you owe a super start to the new school year? This month’s social media contest encourages students, staff and parents to post a video shout-out recognizing that person or program that has made all the difference in helping start the 2018-19 school year off on a positive note.
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Limited-Time Back-to-School Promotion in Lakota's Online Spirit Wear Shop
09/10/2018
To celebrate the start of a new school year, Lakota is proud to offer the community reduced rates on select district apparel in its online spirit wear shop. This limited-time promotional offer ends Sept. 21.
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A New Learning Space for Junior Schools
09/10/2018
Students at all four of Lakota’s junior schools are discovering that their media centers have been reinvented. Innovation Hubs, previously known as media centers, provide a flexible space for teachers and students to collaborate, innovate and learn.
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Lakota Shout-Outs: August 24
08/31/2018
Here are the latest Lakota Shout-Outs including high school students earning a top ACT score and the American Legion recognizing several of our students.
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Lakota Ice Cream Social for New Families Sept. 15
08/31/2018
For 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. The Lakota Outreach Diversity and Inclusion (LODI) department, along with the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance’s Leadership 21 class of 2018, invites all new families to its annual ice cream social on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 1-3 p.m. The gathering will take place at Heritage Early Childhood School, located at 5052 Hamilton-Mason Road in Liberty Township.
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A Look Around Lakota Video Update: August 2018
08/31/2018
Please enjoy this back-to-school edition of "A Look Around Lakota." In this first edition of the new school year, Superintendent Matthew Miller shares just some of the highlights and happenings of Lakota's first two weeks back.
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Students, Staff Welcome First Day of School
08/23/2018
Lakota Schools welcomed back its 16,500 students in a very unique way this year. Superintendent Matthew Miller encouraged school leaders and staff to focus on building relationships with the students, instead of opening text books, for the first two days of school.
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Lakota Launches Family & Parent CommUnity University
08/23/2018
Lakota Local Schools announces its first-ever Family & Parent CommUnity University hosted by Lakota’s Outreach, Diversity & Inclusion (LODI) department, in partnership with Miami University Voice of America. The new monthly learning series, led by expert Lakota staff and community partners, is designed to provide training and resources to parents, relatives, staff, community members and others who play a role in helping educate our youth.
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A New Year: Lakota Staff Say 'Here WE Go'
08/22/2018
You know it’s a special occasion when all 1,700 Lakota staff members come together under one roof. Lakota staff opened the new school year together at Lakota West High School on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Banners and T-shirts with the words “Here WE Go” weren’t the only things setting the tone for the upcoming year.
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Celebrate the New School Year with Our First Day Photo Contest
08/09/2018
Our back-to-school photo contest is back by popular demand – and with a new twist. Lakota staff, students and parents are invited to help celebrate a new school year, with our #WEareLakota First Day Photo Contest. And this year, you can use our new custom frame for your photos!
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Lakota Learning Blog: An Educator, Mentor, Teammate From Day 1
08/08/2018
Mrs. Dunn loves you. Mrs. Dunn’s room is safe. Mrs. Dunn believes in you. This is just a sampling of the sentiments Lakota West language arts teacher Bethany Dunn wants her students to walk away with after their first couple days in her class. It stands in stark contrast to how she viewed the start to a new school year when she first started her career 13 years ago.
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Increased School Resource Officer Presence, New Visitor Management System Latest in Safety-Security Initiatives
08/07/2018
Lakota Schools has announced several new safety and security initiatives since the spring. Most recently, the district has committed to hiring eight additional school resource officers (SRO) for the upcoming school year, bringing the total number to 18. This will allow full-time law enforcement coverage at every Lakota school campus.
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Lakota Welcomes New Administrators
08/07/2018
In preparation for the 2018-19 school year, Lakota is welcoming new administrators at six of its schools, as well as in two key district positions. “It’s exciting to welcome such a strong group of new administrators to the district. While some are brand new to Lakota, others are returning home,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. “I’m looking forward to seeing how our students will benefit from their leadership and the fresh ideas they will bring from their former positions and districts.”
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Lakota Partners with MindPeace to Increase Student Access to Mental Health Services
08/02/2018
A new partnership between Lakota Local Schools and MindPeace will increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare.
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Lakota SRO Named Deputy of the Year
07/25/2018
Deputy Doug Hale was named Deputy of the Year by Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones on July 18. Hale was recognized for his years of service and outstanding performance.
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Lakota Increases Number of School Resource Officers
07/25/2018
In another demonstration of its commitment to the safety and security of its students and staff, Lakota Local Schools has committed to hiring eight additional school resource officers (SRO) for the upcoming school year, bringing the total number to 18. This will allow full-time law enforcement coverage at every Lakota school campus.
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