The Lakota Board of Education adopted the District’s most recent five-year forecast, as presented by Treasurer/CFO Adam Zink at the school board’s Nov. 20 special meeting. Despite uncertainties in factors like local tax revenue tied to the state’s pending HB187 legislation, the forecast projects an 11th consecutive year of balanced budgets through FY24.
To kick off the non-fiction unit in her fourth grade ELA class, Heather Honican wanted to do something fun to whet her students’ appetites for biographies, auto biographies and informational books.
The Lakota School Board’s Master Facilities committee held its quarterly meeting on Nov. 17. Responding to a request from the Board at the last meeting, Chief Operations Officer Chris Passarge updated the committee on enrollment data and capital improvement projects.
On Nov. 13, four groups of Lakota students traveled to Columbus to showcase their achievements at the Ohio School Boards Association’s Capital Conference. The Student Achievement Fair at the Capital Conference gives school districts around the state the opportunity to highlight what their students have accomplished at school through unique programming.
The best learning often starts with a really good question. And if you’re a kindergartner in Anne Gibson’s class at Wyandot Early Childhood School, you get 30 minutes nearly every day to do just that.
It’s a little something Gibson likes to call “Inquiry Workshop” - a time when her students get to not only be curious, but also become the experts. And while she may orchestrate the actual subject matter to align with whatever science or social studies kindergarten standard is up next, her students essentially write the lesson plan from there. It’s all the makings of a personalized learning experience.
Did you know that the Dyslexia Resource Guide is available in six languages? These include Arabic, Chinese, English, Nepali, Somali and Spanish for both the text and audio versions.
An expansion of Lakota’s College Credit Plus (CCP) course options next school year means that a wider range of students will have the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, not to mention a residual impact on one component of the district’s state report card.
Eligible students can now register for Lakota's Special Olympics basketball. The deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 1.
The Lakota Board of Education hosted a Community Conversation on Nov. 8 for parents and staff to discuss special education in the district. Now in its 12th year, the Community Conversation program is an opportunity for district leaders to gather input and feedback from parents, staff, students and community members on a variety of topics.
Lakota's 2024 Secondary Summer School, scheduled for May 28 through July 3, will be offered virtually this summer with the option for both zoom and in-person help sessions.
Successful. Variety. Opportunity. Inclusivity. Data.
These aren’t necessarily words you might associate with a physical education class, but they are words students use to describe their experience in Dan Wallace’s class.
Lakota’s Community Curriculum Advisory Team (CCAT) held its regular meeting on Nov. 16. Using themes derived from the community-wide ThoughtExchange launched earlier this school year, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Lori Brown shared the topics for the evening, including curriculum adoption, professional development and changes to the program of studies.
Lakota West’s Cyber Academy students recently had the opportunity to discover more about one of the oldest modern encryption techniques, the Enigma machine.
The 60-pound machine was carried on the backs of soldiers during the war. Rotors in the machine scrambled the output alphabet by using one of the oldest, and still highly prominent, ciphers, the Caesar cipher.
Just one quarter into the school year, and the first cohort of Lakota East and Lakota West American Sign Language (ASL) IV students are already sharing their skills and sprinkling joy all around their community. But the biggest impact of the course’s community outreach requirement seems to be on the ASL students (and teachers) themselves.
“Everything about it just made me happy,” said West senior Josh Curry, recounting his class’s recent visit to St. Rita School for the Deaf. “It was so cool to be completely immersed in the culture. I loved everything about it.”
St. Rita’s is one of several destinations the ASL teaching team has lined up for weekly outings this year with their students enrolled in Lakota’s second College Credit Plus (CCP) level course for ASL.
Lakota Local Schools will make a shift in its academic calendar on April 8, 2024 due to Butler County’s proximity to the total solar eclipse pathway. Students will not have school but staff will report for a professional development day.
For the first time since joining the school band program in sixth grade, Lakota West junior percussionist Lang Chen participated in the Oct. 10 band concert - not from his normal spot on stage among his fellow bandmates - but from the audience.
The concert also marked the first time the student composer had heard a real band - his own classmates, for that matter - perform live one of the hundreds of musical arrangements he has written.
WE want to know how our parents, staff and community members prefer to stay informed about Lakota Local Schools. This new bi-annual survey will help us gauge the effectiveness of our communications to the Lakota community.
For the 16th year in a row, Lakota students and staff answered the challenge to “stuff the bus” with food items that Reach Out Lakota desperately needed to restock its shelves and serve a client base that continues to skyrocket.
The approximately 27,500 donations resulting from this school year’s district-wide food drive almost exactly met the 2022 record-breaking total, which came during a year when pantry visits were trending 32 percent higher than the year prior. This year, the relief organization’s visits are once again topping their 2022 visits by another 33 percent.
Congratulations to Independence Elementary, the top collecting school for two consecutive years that generated over 4,300 donations!
The Lakota Board of Education invites parents, staff and community members to attend its next Community Conversation about Special Education. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Lakota West Innovation Hub.
Did you know October is Dyslexia Awareness month? Learn more about Ohio's Dyslexia Guidebook from the Ohio Department of Education.
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