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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.

Read More about Recap: Nov. 2023 Five-Year Forecast
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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.

Read More about Wyandot Kindergartners Write their Own Lesson Plan
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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.

Read More about CCAT Recap: Curriculum Adoption and Program of Studies Explained
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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.    

Read More about Unlocking Secrets of History: Lakota West's Cyber Students Explore a WWII Enigma Machine
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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.

Read More about ASL Community Outreach a Sure Sign of Real-World Learning
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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.

Read More about Student Composer Gets Big Break at West Band Concert
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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!

Read More about ‘Stuff the Bus’ Matches Last Year’s Record-Breaking Total

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