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Honors English Classes Combine Learning with Service
12/15/2017
The 211 students enrolled in honors English at the Lakota East Freshman building have just completed a service learning project which combined curriculum-based learning with community service. This is the third year for the assignment.
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Ridge Student Uses STEM Skills to Improve Flexible Classroom
12/08/2017
A Lakota Ridge team of math and science teachers led by Fritz Prior is seizing the opportunity to pilot a classroom with more user-friendly, ergonomically-designed furniture. Most of the furniture is on wheels, giving students the flexibility to move freely throughout the room for better collaboration on group projects.
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Lakota Preschools Receive ‘Step Up to Quality’ 5-Star Rating
12/08/2017
For the first time, Lakota Local Schools’ preschool program has been awarded five stars by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education’s “Step Up to Quality” (SUTQ) rating program. This quality and improvement rating system evaluates early learning and development programs throughout the state. Ratings are given based on a five-tiered system as a way of recognizing child care programs that meet the state quality standards and exceed minimum health and safety licensing regulations.
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East's Spark Wins 17th National Pacemaker Award
12/07/2017
The Spark, Lakota East High School’s student publication, has once again added to its award shelf. The news magazine, under the editorial leadership of Erinn Aulfinger, Michelle Chu, Emma Stiefel and Lauren Wilson, has been named a 2017 Pacemaker Award winner from the National Scholastic Press Association for the 14th time. The Spark has been named a national print finalist 17 times since 1997.
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Lakota Goes Live on Facebook with Parent Learning Series
12/06/2017
A new learning series open to all Lakota parents makes starting to engage in your child’s education as easy as logging into Facebook. One night a month, beginning in January 2018, Lakota teachers and staff will be available to provide parents with tips and strategies in a live conversation format on Facebook. Sessions will cover a range of topics, including strategies for reading together, interacting with teachers and other school staff, creating a positive learning environment at home, and more.
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#LakotaGivesThanks Gives Way to December's #LakotaGivesBack
12/05/2017
Throughout December, we invite you to share your Lakota stories of service on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all three! To add your post to the growing list of stories, be sure to tag Lakota Local Schools (“Lakota Schools” on Facebook, @LakotaDistrict on Twitter and Lakota_District on Instagram) and include #LakotaGivesBack in your posts.
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East, West Students Learn to 'Be The Difference'
12/05/2017
For sophomores at Lakota East, the recent “Be the Difference Day” will be markedly different than any other day in their high school career. For seven years, the school has partnered with Changepoint Learning, a Tri-state provider of experiential learning programs that promote self-reflection and peer understanding in area schools. At the high school level, they call it “Be the Difference.”
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Shout-Outs for Dec. 1: Special Student and Staff Recognitions
12/04/2017
Special shout-outs go out to East senior Joe Mislansky and to Angie Brown, Lakota's community/parent engagement coordinator.
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Hopewell’s ‘Thunderhawk Studios’ Lets Students Run the Show
12/01/2017
A new after-school club at Hopewell Junior School called “Thunderhawk Studios” is empowering students to shape every aspect of their newfound group.
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'Wonder' Teaches Sixth-Graders More than Language Arts Standards
11/30/2017
Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller 'Wonder' by R.J. Palaccio – including every Lakota sixth-grader. And many of those students recently took a field trip to see the story come to the big screen.
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#GivingTuesday Kicks Off Year-End #GiveLakota Campaign
11/28/2017
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, in partnership with Lakota Local Schools, invites the community to help transform this year’s #GivingTuesday into #GiveLakota!
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Save the Date, Exhibit at Lakota Summer Fun Fair March 5 & 7
11/27/2017
Lakota Local Schools will partner with more than 100 local businesses and organizations to host its sixth annual Summer Fun Fair this March 5 and 7. The event features local organizations with programs and services to keep students in grades K-12 active this summer.
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Lakota East Metals Workshop Creates Artwork, Family Bonds
11/24/2017
The Family Metals Workshop recently held at Lakota East was a first for the district. Parents and students took a two-week class where they worked side-by-side to create keepsake ornaments to take home with them. Before designing their art pieces, parents and students were able to enjoy dinner together.
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"Meet the Families" Night Held for Wyandot, Cherokee 
11/23/2017
The goal of Lakota’s Parent/Family Engagement and Community Outreach efforts is to reach every part of the district. A recent “Meet the Families” Night brought 150 families and Lakota staff together to talk, enjoy a meal and share ideas on topics like building relationships and literacy. Students even got to select new books to take home with them.
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District, Six Schools Receive ODE's Momentum Award
11/21/2017
Lakota Local Schools, including six individual schools within the district, has received the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for 2017. This annual recognition is given to districts or schools that have received A’s on all Value-Added measures on the state report card. In addition, winners of the award must also have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, including gifted, lowest 20% in achievement and students with disabilities.
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VanGorden Rocks Kindness-Inspired Art Project
11/21/2017
A school-wide art project at VanGorden Elementary challenged students and staff, alike, to practice and promote a culture of inclusiveness, positivity, and respect for one another.
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Saluting Our Veterans
11/20/2017
Emotions were high as Adena Elementary closed out its Veterans Day program Nov. 10 with nearly 700 students saluting the more than 80 veterans joining them in the school cafeteria that morning.
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Shout-Outs: Special Student and Staff Recognitions
11/20/2017
Click to read more about special student and staff recognitions for East senior Dustin Horter, Union teacher Greg Clark, Lakota's Director of Curriculum Keith Koehne, and Adena's Helen Vassilou.
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November Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
11/16/2017
Lakota Local Schools is proud to share this next edition of a new monthly video update, "A Look Around Lakota." The November edition features just some of the latest highlights and happenings around Lakota, as shared by Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller.
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#LakotaGivesThanks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
11/15/2017
Through Nov. 21, post one or more photos that best capture the people, places, programs or things that make Lakota a better place. We invite you to share your personal words of thanks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all three!
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IKEA Gives Lakota West Media Center $11K Makeover
11/15/2017
The Lakota West High School community, in partnership with IKEA West Chester, is celebrating a completely refurbished space inside its media center. The global retailer’s in-kind donation of more than $11,000 in mostly furniture, and some lighting and other decorative items, has transformed the space into a more contemporary learning environment for all students.
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Liberty Junior Celebrates 40 Years
11/14/2017
In 1977, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Smokey and the Bandit and Saturday Night Fever were hits at the box office; a gallon of gas cost 65 cents; the New York Yankees won the World Series; and Steve Martin was frequently quoted as saying, “Well, excuuuuuuuse me!” Arguably, one of the best things to happen in 1977 was Liberty Junior School opening its doors to educate students in the Lakota Local School District.
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West Artwork Selected for NYC Photography Exhibition
11/14/2017
High school students throughout the United States answered the call for submissions to show their photographic artwork alongside their peers in an exhibition titled "2017 America." The committee received over 2000 photos from 30 states. Twelve photos submitted by Lakota West students were selected for the exhibition.
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West Criminal Justice Class Welcomes Hamilton County Prosecutor
11/09/2017
If the end goal is an authentic learning experience, there’s no replacement for a live expert source. That was exactly the thought behind Lakota West teacher Diann Adams’ decision to invite Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters into her American Law & Criminal Justice class this week.
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Sixth-Graders Learn Powerful Lessons through FUSE Program
11/08/2017
Sixth-graders at Independence Elementary School were immersed in activities to show how their words and actions impact others on Tuesday. Led by the team from the FUSE Project, students spent the afternoon participating in both large and small group activities designed to show the participants how their words and actions affect others.
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Hopewell Junior Students Exchange Expertise with Local Seniors
11/08/2017
A recent activity that mixed Hopewell Junior School eighth-graders with senior citizens from West Chester’s Activity Center demonstrated that education is a two-way street. For an hour during the school’s advisory period, both groups had the opportunity to share their passion and expertise on two different topics: Tech Time and Chair Volleyball.
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Shout-Outs: Giving Back, Being a Good Role Model and Lots of Championships
11/07/2017
There are always lots of great things happening around Lakota -- here are a few Shout-Outs recognizing some recent special accomplishments.
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Lakota Launches Online Spirit Wear Shop with Limited-Time Promotion
11/03/2017
To celebrate the launch of the district’s first-ever online spiritwear shop - and kick off the holiday shopping season - Lakota is proud to offer the community reduced introductory rates on select district apparel. This limited-time promotional offer continues through Nov. 13, ensuring all orders placed by this date will be delivered before winter break.
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District Food Drive Stuffs Three Buses, Shows Power of 'WE are Lakota'
11/03/2017
The new spin on this year’s district-wide food drive may have played some part in the nearly three bus loads delivered to Reach Out Lakota this week. The community food and clothing pantry estimates that the 10th annual event yielded about 27,000 pounds of non-perishable items.
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Wyandot Celebrates a Special Birthday
11/02/2017
It was the biggest birthday party any of the students at Wyandot Early Childhood Center had ever attended. Last week’s celebration marked Wyandot’s 10-year anniversary, and it drew many guests that once called Wyandot home.
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Lakota East Welcomes Honor Flight
11/01/2017
On October 24th, approximately 250 Lakota East High School students boarded six school buses to head to the Cincinnati/Greater Kentucky International Airport (CVG), not to board a plane, but to welcome home 68 United States veterans.
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Forensics Lab Focuses on Crime Scenes
11/01/2017
Popular shows like CSI or Criminal Minds give you a glimpse into the world of forensics. But with the help of Forensic Detective Mike Steele, students at Lakota’s Career Readiness Academy (CRA) got a hands-on look at how detectives approach a crime scene. Detective Steele (from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office) discussed what happens at crime scenes, and focused in on the primary action at a crime scene – lifting fingerprints.
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Teachers Show How #WEareNetworked throughout Lakota Learning Day
10/26/2017
On Oct. 16th, the teachers became the students during Lakota Learning Day. The day’s theme, #WEareNetworked, set the tone for the day’s professional development sessions. Following a successful PD day in September, Lakota’s curriculum department put the call out to teachers and staff members for not only session ideas, but volunteers to lead them. This resulted in over 100 teachers leading more than 75 separate sessions.
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'Stuff the Pig' Just One of Creekside's Teacher-Led Service Projects
10/25/2017
Creekside Early Childhood School’s teacher-based teams (TBTs) were presented with a challenge at the start of the school year: come up with a way to help or honor people in the community by creating a school-wide event. Last week, one of the teams held a fun event where students and staff wore pink and brought in donations to stuff a cute pig created by the school’s art teacher.
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Upcoming High School Theatre Productions
10/25/2017
Lakota East theatre presents "A Ghost Tale for Mister Dickens" and Lakota West will be performing "To Kill a Mockingbird".
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Lakota West Staff Makes Dance Experiences Extra Special
10/24/2017
Every fall, Nicole Lampe and the rest of the Special Education staff at Lakota West host a special homecoming event. Their students are invited to West to enjoy dinner with their friends in a festive environment with balloons, tablecloths, and even a selfie station complete with fun hats and glasses.
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Lakota Issues First Quality Profile
10/24/2017
Lakota Local Schools is proud to share with the community its first-ever Quality Profile. This new 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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Parent Engagement Programs Take Off, Improve Academic Performance
10/23/2017
When parents are engaged in their child's education, their academic performance improves. It is this belief that drives Angie Brown to always be on the lookout for new ideas to engage parents and their children.
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Plains Eighth-Graders Experience College, Career Choices at 'Discover STEM' Conference
10/20/2017
Plains Junior School eighth-graders accounted for nearly a quarter of the area students who attended the recent Discover STEM Conference, a college and career fair hosted by the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC).
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Calling All 2-6 Grade Readers: LEADS Book Club is Back
10/20/2017
The LEADS Book Club will meet on Nov. 13 in the media center at Union Elementary. The book selection for Rockin’ Readers (grades 2-4) is Frindle by Andrew Clements and the Novel Bunch (grades 4-6) will be discussing Hatchet by Glen Paulson.
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'Listen Up Lakota' Podcast with Superintendent Miller Now Available
10/19/2017
Tune in to WMKV 89.3FM, WLHS 89.9FM Friday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. for a special edition of "Listen Up Lakota." This month's radio interview features Lakota Local Schools Superintendent Matthew Miller and Reach Out Lakota CEO Peyton Gravely discussing the longstanding partnership between both organizations, including the twist on this year's 10th annual district-wide food drive.​​​​​​​
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Students Assign Grades in Annual MLK Day Writing, Art Contest
10/19/2017
As part of our community’s 19th 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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Ready to Read? What Parents Need to Know about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee
10/17/2017
Lakota’s Curriculum and Special Education Departments are hosting an event for parents who wish to better understand the Third Grade Reading Guarantee state law and its impact on K-3 students.
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Community Conversation on Student Stress, Anxiety Oct. 25
10/17/2017
Lakota will hold a Community Conversation on Oct. 25 to discuss the stresses and anxieties on students, and the roles of parents, schools and the community in helping students deal with them.
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Lakota Community Rallies Behind 'Stuff the Bus' Food Drive
10/16/2017
Almost as a symbol of this year's new approach to the annual district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota, the "Stuff the Bus" community drive kicked off at the East vs. West football game Sept. 29.
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October Video Update: A Look Around Lakota
10/12/2017
Lakota Local Schools is proud to share the first edition of a new monthly video update, "A Look Around Lakota." The October edition features just some of the latest highlights and happenings around Lakota, as shared by Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller.
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Child Nutrition Seeking Part-Time Cafeteria Workers
10/10/2017
Are you looking to get more involved with your child's school or other schools around Lakota? Are you looking for work that is flexible and follows school hours?
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Monthly Newsletter Highlights 'Champions for Change' Activities
10/09/2017
The Champions for Change Program is launching a monthly newsletter highlighting the activities of this cultural proficiency training program for Lakota staff. The program, now in its second year, offers staff the skills and strategies they can use in the classroom to better understand potential barriers and partner with families for the best possible outcome for all students.
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Chamber, SPARK Host 'Meet the Candidates' Events for School Board Oct. 18, 24
10/09/2017
Two local groups are hosting "Meet the Candidates" events for this year's candidates to the Lakota Board of Education. Both events are open to any West Chester or Liberty Township resident.
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Lakota Students Selected for All-State and Area Ensembles, Orchestras
10/06/2017
Lakota band students will have a chance to join alongside other talented band students from across the area – and across the state – as part of honor ensembles and orchestras.
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Lakota Local Schools Accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts
10/05/2017
Exciting news for Lakota -- the district was just accepted into the National Network of Innovative School Districts. Only 93 school districts nationwide are part of the league. Here's a joint press release from Digital Promise and Lakota with the details.
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West Athletic Director Named to Ohio Advisory Council
10/03/2017
Lakota West Athletic Director Scott Kaufman is one of seven athletic administrators selected to serve on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s “Athletic Director Advisory Council” for the 2017-2018 school year. He will serve as a representative of the OHSAA District Athletic Board, for which he is a member.
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Liberty Junior School Teacher Named Jennings Fellow
10/03/2017
The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation recently named Mrs. Cheryl Zachry, a science teacher at Liberty Junior School, a "Jennings Fellow." Zachry is one of 13 teachers in southwest Ohio to earn the title in 2017.
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Wyandot 'Little Stars' Build Relationships with East 'Big Stars'
10/02/2017
It's not every day Lakota East juniors and seniors have to squeeze into first grader-sized chairs. But for the remainder of the school year, it will be a ritual every other Wednesday for about 35 East students who have volunteered for the mentorship program.
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Safety a Top Priority at Lakota
09/27/2017
The safety, health, and well-being of Lakota students, staff, volunteers, and visitors is a top priority of the district, and goes well beyond the safe and secure entrance you notice at each school building. It also goes beyond the 10 school resource officers (uniformed law enforcement officers, either deputies from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office or police officers from the West Chester Police Department) that serve Lakota schools.
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Lakota East Lights the Sky to Celebrate 20 Years
09/27/2017
The scene at Lakota East's Sept. 8 home football game, and the week leading up to it, was like no other the school has hosted in its 20-year history. "Over the course of 20 years, a lot of people have been involved in shaping the community we all know as Lakota East today," said East Principal Suzanna Davis. "We wanted to make the 20-year anniversary a big celebration for all those people, past and present."
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Kinetic Vision Engineering Internship Open House Oct. 9
09/26/2017
Kinetic Vision will be holding an open house on Monday, October 9 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. for Lakota high school students interested in applying for their engineering/design paid internship.
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'Dress for Success' Tie Project Teaches Life Skills
09/26/2017
Earlier this month, more than 100 students enrolled in Lakota's alternative high school program, Career Readiness Academy, learned an important life lesson – how to tie a tie.
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Endeavor Students, Staff Have Fun Getting Ready for New STEAM Lab
09/25/2017
Endeavor students and staff are getting ready to launch their new STEAM lab in January, and have had lots of fun the last two weeks getting a preview of what's to come there and raising funds for the new learning space.
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Fall 2017 Community Newsletter Now Available
09/22/2017
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 fall 2017 edition was mailed to all residents this week.
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Six Lakota Seniors Take Top Honors, Named National Merit Semifinalists
09/22/2017
Six 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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Adena Elementary Remembers 9/11
09/21/2017
Adena Elementary School students and staff gathered in the front of the school to remember 9/11 and honor Patriot Day. Principal John Mattingly said, “We have gathered together because it is Patriot Day, an annual observance of September 11th, to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.”
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District-Wide 'Stuff the Bus' Food Drive has New Twist, Kicks Off Sept. 29
09/20/2017
To celebrate the 10th annual district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota, Lakota Local Schools and the Lakota Board of Education are issuing a new challenge this year to the Lakota community, as well as two neighboring communities.
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2016-17 Report Card Shows Substantial Growth in Key Areas
09/18/2017
The Ohio Department of Education recently released the state report card results for Ohio schools. While Lakota Local Schools shows marked improvement in many areas, the results should be read with some contextual understanding of the continued challenges all Ohio schools are facing under the grading scale.
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Student Spotlight: East Football Kicker Helps Kids with Cancer
09/13/2017
Each time East football player Gavin Myers kicks a field goal or an extra point, it means much more than putting points up on the scoreboard.
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Students Learn Powerful Lessons During Wheelchair Basketball Games at Cherokee Elementary 
09/13/2017
Students took away some powerful life lessons during a recent wheelchair basketball assembly at Cherokee Elementary. They learned that: People have more similarities than differences. Tough times may happen but you can persevere despite your circumstance. Being a good friend or family member is really important. And the students had a lot of fun doing it.
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Superintendent Miller Holds First Coffee Chat
09/12/2017
One of the most recent stops in Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller’s ongoing community listening tour was on Wednesday morning at his first Coffee Chat. More than 30 parents and residents gathered at Einstein Bros. Bagels off Allen Road to meet Miller, learn more about his vision for Lakota, and also provide input based on their own experiences.
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Innovation Drives Collaborative Lakota Staff Learning Day
09/11/2017
Lakota students may have been off school last Friday, but the classrooms at Lakota East and West were filled with learners. Lakota staff held its first Lakota Learning Day of the year, and the #WEareInnovators theme guided the day’s activities.
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New Podcast Features Lakota's Financial Communication Efforts through Latest Prospectus
09/11/2017
Lakota Treasurer Jenni Logan recently participated in a podcast all about the district's first financial prospectus. The publication, distributed to West Chester and Liberty residents and businesses last spring, was designed to share with our community an in-depth look at the district's finances in an easy to-understand format.
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Lakota Gives Back: Schools Rally for Hurricane Harvey Victims
09/08/2017
The movement at Lakota West that produced thousands of T-shirts and shoes for the victims of Hurricane Harvey started with a single tweet from Lakota West Principal Elgin Card. Read more about the relief effort at Lakota West and other schools throughout the district.
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Barber Shop, Books & Boys Kicks Off Sept. 5
09/01/2017
All Lakota boys in grades 1-6 are invited to the first “Barber Shop, Books & Boys” program of the new school year Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at X-Quiste Cutz (located at 7324 Kingsgate Way, Unit F in West Chester).
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Creekside Mural Puts School Mission on Display
08/30/2017
A new wall mural greeting visitors to Creekside Early Childhood School is an eye-catching display of the school’s daily mission – to grow creative young minds. Lakota art teacher Teri McElroy designed and painted the mural as a reflection of something happening inside not only her own art classroom, but many others throughout Creekside.
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Career Readiness Academy Lands in New Location, Serves More Students
08/30/2017
Lakota’s Career Readiness Academy opened its doors at a new location this year. The refurbished building on Lakota West’s freshman campus replaces its prior home inside Lakota West’s main campus. The move more than doubled its capacity to serve students.
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Coffee Chats with the Superintendent
08/29/2017
Join Lakota’s new Superintendent Matt Miller at his first Community Coffee Chat Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Einstein Bros. Bagels located at 9216 Allen Road in West Chester.
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New to Lakota? Join Us at Our Annual Ice Cream Social
08/28/2017
For those families new to Lakota Schools this year, the district is offering an opportunity to meet other new families and get to know the Lakota community a little better. Lakota’s CommUNITY Ambassadors invites all new families to its annual ice cream social on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 5-7:30 p.m.
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#WEareLakota Back-to-School Photo Contest Inspires Social Sharing
08/25/2017
Hundreds of photos, shared by students, parents and staff, helped chronicle students’ first days back to school this year. The popular back-to-school photo contest celebrated the start of the new year – and the excitement behind Lakota’s new hashtag, #WEareLakota. Popular vote – or total likes on the original social media post – determined the three winning photo submissions on both Facebook and Twitter. Each winner received a #WEareLakota T-shirt.
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East Freshman School Transforms First Day
08/23/2017
Freshmen at Lakota East kicked off the school year in a very non-traditional way. They spent a short time going through their schedules and visiting each class, but after that the ninth-graders spent the day doing small and large group activities, being energized by the message of some guest speakers, and coming together as the Class of 2021 during a special pep assembly.
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Lakota Kicks Off New School Year at 'Opening Day'
08/14/2017
Lakota kicked off the new school year with staff at an Opening Day Celebration at Lakota East on Aug. 11. New Superintendent Matt Miller led the festivities, sharing his top priorities as he settles into his new role: lots of listening and asking questions.
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Bus Routes and ECS/Elementary Teacher Assignments Now Available in HAC
08/10/2017
Bus route and ECS/Elementary teacher assignments for the 2017-2018 school year are now available. You can view bus and ECS/elementary teacher assignments for the 2017-2018 school year on the registration page of Home Access Center (HAC).
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Lakota's Popular Student Fanfare Events Are Back
08/04/2017
Last year’s Student Fanfare events were so popular with students, their families and community members, that we are bringing them back for the 2017-18 school year.
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#WEareLakota First Day Photo Contest
08/03/2017
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, and Lakota’s new hashtag, with our #WEareLakota First Day Photo Contest!
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Adena Announces New Principal
07/31/2017
Lakota Local Schools is pleased to welcome John Mattingly back to Lakota as the new principal at Adena Elementary. Pending school board approval, the former assistant principal will move into his new role for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
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2017-18 Back to School Essentials: Your Questions Answered
07/24/2017
It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to a close and beginning Wednesday, August 16, Lakota teachers and support staff will be welcoming back new and returning students. Here is some important information to keep in mind as you and your family gear up for the new school year.
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Parents & Staff: Update Lakota Communication Preferences in School Messenger
07/24/2017
Lakota Local Schools uses a comprehensive mass notification system, InfoCenter, for delivering important school- and district-wide messages via email, phone and text message. InfoCenter provides parents, guardians and staff with a convenient way to manage their preferences for receiving weather-related, emergency and general notifications from Lakota and its schools.
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Lakota Welcomes New Assistant Principals
07/21/2017
In preparation for the 2017-2018 school year, Lakota is welcoming new assistant principals at two early childhood schools, four elementary schools and one junior high school.
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Three Lakota Junior High Teams Place in Top 10 at National Technology Competition
07/18/2017
In June, ButlerTech sponsored 47 Lakota high school and junior high students to attend a five-day national technology competition in Orlando, Florida. All 47 students advanced to this event as a result of winning the Technology Student Association (TSA) state event in April.
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Lakota Teachers Excel in State Assessment
07/13/2017
Lakota Local Schools is pleased to announce that three district teachers were in the top 100 RESA (Resident Educator Summative Assessment) scorers throughout the entire state.
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Lakota's Endeavor Announces New Principal
06/30/2017
Lakota Local Schools is pleased to welcome a current Lakota leader into her new position as the principal at Endeavor Elementary. Pending school board approval, Ridge Junior Assistant Principal Andrea Blevins will move into her new role for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
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Lakota Students: Share a Staff Shout-Out Video Message
06/30/2017
Our teachers and support staff are the driving force behind Lakota’s daily mission to provide students with the best educational experience. From the front office to the classroom to the cafeteria – and everywhere in between – it’s no surprise that our students have great stories about those Lakota staff who make them smile and have left a lasting impression. That is why Lakota is kicking off the 2017-18 school year in a fanfare fashion for our staff. And we need your help to remind our teachers and support staff exactly why their work makes a difference – in the eyes of the people they serve each day
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Lakota East Freshman Welcomes New Associate Principal
06/23/2017
Lakota Local Schools has hired Rob Burnside as the new associate principal to lead the Lakota East Freshman Campus, pending school board approval.
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Lakota Announces New Curriculum Leaders
06/23/2017
Lakota Local Schools is pleased to announce two new leaders stepping into recently vacated positions on the district’s curriculum team. Pending school board approval, Keith Koehne comes to Lakota as the new Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Lori Brown has been approved by the board as the new Director of Gifted Services.
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Lakota's Union, Ridge Announce New Principals
06/20/2017
Lakota Local Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of two Lakota veterans as the new leaders at Union Elementary and Ridge Junior School for the 2017-2018 school year. Stepping into the principal role at Ridge Junior is Ben Brown, who has led the Union Elementary community for the last five years. Replacing Brown will be Union’s Assistant Principal Kyle Lichey.
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Lakota Receives Auditor of State Award
06/02/2017
A recent financial audit of Lakota Local Schools by the Auditor of State’s office has returned a clean audit report. Lakota’s excellent record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award.
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School Supply Lists Now Available
06/01/2017
Get ready for those back-to-school sales! Supply lists for the 2017-18 school year are now available. Click below to view the lists by school. High school students will receive supply lists from their teachers when school starts.
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Lakota Schools Summer Office Hours
06/01/2017
For parents’ convenience, the main offices at all Lakota schools will only be closed to the public for two weeks out of the summer, from June 26 through July 7. Lakota’s Summer School office will be open during this time and available to assist with summer programming questions.
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Destination Imagination Teams Wrap Up Successful Year
05/31/2017
Eight Lakota teams participated and one place sixth in the State in recent Destination Imagination STEM challenge-based competitions.
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Lakota East's Engineering Club Project Offers Mobility, Freedom
05/29/2017
Students from the Butler Tech Introduction to Engineering Design class at Lakota East and the school’s Engineering Club may have been pleased with their recently completed project – but the children and their families who received the projects could hardly contain their excitement.
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Lakota's Newest Tradition a Huge Success for Seniors, Elementary Students and Parents
05/28/2017
Lakota’s new “Parade of Graduates” was wildly popular with all who attended – from the graduating seniors who appreciated the support and encouragement to the elementary students who lined the halls and greeted the older students with high-fives, cheering and lots of enthusiasm.
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Lakota Encouraging Literacy Over Summer Break
05/26/2017
Lakota's informal literacy initiatives make books available to students outside of the classroom and incorporate parental involvement.
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Family, Friends Gather to Honor Lakota Graduates
05/25/2017
Streamers and confetti filled the air at Xavier’s Cintas Center last week in celebration of Lakota’s Class of 2017. Lakota East held its ceremony on Thursday to honor its 692 graduates, with Lakota West hosting its commencement exercises the following evening for 608 graduating seniors.
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Lakota Teachers Honored for Exceptional Commitment, Compassion
05/25/2017
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty led the charge in naming the 2017 recipients of the Lakota Educator of Excellence Award this week. The highest staff honor, directed by community nominations, were presented to: Cynthia (Cindy) Sorrell, first grade teacher at Wyandot Elementary School; and Jennifer Akers, music teacher at Hopewell Junior School.
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Woodland Sixth Graders Best in STEM Competition
05/17/2017
Woodland Elementary’s sixth-grade team of Jasmine Baker, Grace Bradley, Veronica Geiger, and Sydney Kerlin topped the state in the 15th annual eCybermission competition. The contest is one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program.
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Lakota East's Choirs Perform at Disney, Earn State Superior Ratings
05/15/2017
Six Lakota East choirs - with a total of 183 parents, students and chaperones - recently returned from a weeklong trip to Disney World where they participated in the annual Disney choral festival. The Singing Thunderhawks performed in concerts and were judged by professional musicians and college professionals from across the nation. Choirs from throughout the US were represented at the three-day event.
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Open Enrollment Registration Information for 2017-18
05/15/2017
Each school year, the Lakota Board of Education can choose to approve the renewal of Lakota’s open enrollment policy. Under Board Policy 5113, students residing in other Ohio school districts can apply to attend Lakota. Additionally, the Board of Education set its district cap for the upcoming school year during their April 10, 2017 Board meeting.
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Lakota's "Transition to Work" Program Bolsters Skills, Independence
05/10/2017
For many of the attendees at Lakota’s annual work study student appreciation breakfast, it is the highlight of their year. It’s a special event, not only for the students being honored and their families, but also for the employers who support the program.
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Barb Bossu Awards Celebrate Volunteer Spirit, Dedication to Lakota
05/09/2017
During the annual Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit awards, volunteers from each Lakota school were recognized for their positive spirit, dedication to the students and true examples of caring and commitment. The awards were established in 1990 in memory of a dedicated Lakota parent, Barb Bossu, to commemorate her enthusiastic spirit and giving nature.
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Lakota East, West Honor the "Top 25"
05/08/2017
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% of their graduating class, were recently recognized during some special celebrations.
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Write Challenge Reception Honors Lakota Writers
05/05/2017
A "Celebration of Writing" was held last week to honor the winners of the annual Write Challenge contest for Lakota students in grades K- 12. The competition (sponsored by the Lakota LEADS parent group) encouraged Lakota students to submit narrative essays, personal essays or poetry focused on a theme – this year’s theme was “risk."
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Authentic Learning Experiences Engage Students
05/04/2017
Designing bridges, buying and selling stocks, planning a dream backyard – all tasks you associate with engineers, stockbrokers, and architects. But elementary students across the district are engaging in these activities as part of the initiative to incorporate authentic learning experiences into instruction.
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Celebrating the Lakota Class of 2017
04/28/2017
Graduation ceremonies for Lakota's Class of 2017 will take place at Xavier's Cintas Center. Lakota East's ceremony is on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m.; Lakota West will hold their event the next evening, May 19 at 8 p.m. Following tradition, each school’s valedictorian and salutatorian will have an opportunity to address their peers, family and friends in attendance.
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VanGorden Partners with Junior Achievement to Share Lessons on Entrepreneurship
04/26/2017
Junior Achievement (JA) works with Lakota on a number of programs to help promote business education – everything from coordinating job shadowing field trips for junior high students to teaching classroom lessons on economics and business concepts to elementary students. This year, all VanGorden Elementary fourth-graders get to participate in a five-week program on entrepreneurship. Volunteers from JA visit for an hour once a week, sharing their workforce experience and presenting the lessons and activities prepared by Junior Achievement.
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New Program at Cherokee Focuses on Building Community, Boys' Leadership Skills
04/25/2017
According to Cherokee Elementary Counselor Audrey Young, the “three H’s” form a solid foundation for young males. Through a new program designed for 4-6 grade boys, she says, “We focus on heart, humility and honesty, helping these students understand their relationships with others and their own selves.”
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Parents, Community Invited to Lakota's New Parade of Graduates
04/24/2017
Imagine a procession of graduating seniors, dressed in their caps and gowns, parading past cheering elementary-aged students who are lining the halls of their school. On Monday, May 15, that is exactly what will take place in each Lakota elementary building.
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East Freshman Students Hone Philanthropy Skills Through Magnified Giving
04/21/2017
How do you choose? How can you select one out of the many worthwhile causes to support? “We all have limited resources, so part of the process of donating your time and financial support is learning how to select where to allocate your gifts,” explains Heather Campbell-Liberman, teacher at Lakota East Freshman. That’s why she incorporates a charity research project into her class.
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West Choir Wins $1000, Featured in Car Commercials
04/21/2017
Lakota West's choir recently accepted a $1,000 check from Jake Sweeney Automotive in recognition of their winning the company's 100 year jingle contest. In addition to the donation, which will be used to support the school's performing arts groups, the choir is being featured on radio and TV advertisements for the car dealership.
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After Prom Previews Open to the Community
04/19/2017
If you haven’t been to a Lakota After Prom Preview before, make it a point to do it this year. Lakota East’s theme is “Road Trip” and the school’s Main Street will be transformed with city skylines, campsites, and even the Golden Gate Bridge! Lakota West will become one giant carnival, complete with boardwalk games, jugglers, carnival food and more.
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Community Partners Help Independence Elementary Celebrate Character and Career Day
04/12/2017
This year, Independence put a new twist on its character education program and 32 community partners volunteered to help.
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Lakota Welcomes SanMar to Business Internship Program
04/07/2017
Lakota Local Schools is proud to welcome SanMar Corporation as the newest member of its business internship program, adding to its growing portfolio of high school student internships. This brings the district’s total count to 19 local businesses supporting career exploration and regional workforce development among Lakota high school students.
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Lakota East Quads Make National News, All Accepted to Several Ivy League Schools
04/06/2017
Congratulations to the Wade brothers, Lakota East seniors who all have been accepted to Ivy League schools. Read on to see the news coverage about the Wade brothers.
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Summer Internship Options Continue Expanding
04/05/2017
For many students, summer break is a time to relax from learning, perhaps working a part-time job and relaxing with friends. However, for some Lakota high schoolers, it is the perfect opportunity to sharpen their professional skills while learning the inside scoop about careers of interest to them.
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Lakota's March Madness Tournament Sets Records
03/31/2017
Lakota’s March Madness Charity Basketball Tournament just wrapped up its 18th year – and is still setting records. The tournament gives Lakota’s elementary schools a chance to form their own basketball teams, and compete against one another for a chance at the championship trophy for each grade level.
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VanGorden, Woodland Announce New Assistant Principals
03/30/2017
Lakota Local Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of two new leaders at VanGorden Elementary and Woodland Elementary for the 2017-2018 school year. Succeeding the current assistant principals, both of which have decided to return to the classroom next school year, are Julie Engelbert at VanGorden and Liz Gruber at Woodland.
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Lakota High School Students Create Award-Winning Artwork
03/29/2017
Lakota’s talented high school art students are bringing home top state and national awards for their drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography and other artwork.
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Local Business Community Experiences Levy Dollars at Work
03/22/2017
The local business community got just a taste of what Lakota students – and their future workforce – are now experiencing in the classroom when it comes to the district’s follow-through on a levy promise to boost instructional technology.
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Two Local 'Heroes of Character' Have Lakota Ties
03/21/2017
Two of the 10 area leaders recently honored as “Heroes of Character” have Lakota ties. Lakota West sophomore Zach Merrill and Lakota Board of Education member Lynda O’Connor were honored with the group at the sixth annual Heroes of Character event on March 15.
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Shawnee, VanGorden Next in Lakota's Expansion of STEAM Labs
03/20/2017
Both Shawnee ECS and VanGorden Elementary recently launched their STEAM labs, designed to bolster early learning and exposure to science, technology, engineering, applied arts & design, mathematics and medical fields.
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Panel Discussion Promotes Open Dialogue
03/20/2017
Sometimes the hardest questions to ask are the ones that can provide the most insight. A recent panel surrounding race relations at Lakota West gave students the option to anonymously ask their questions to adults they respect and interact with every week.
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High School Students Take Home TechOlympics Awards
03/16/2017
Over 500 students from over 50 high schools recently participated in TechOlympics 2017, the largest IT conference for high school students in the nation. Students heard keynote addresses by leaders in IT and education, attended breakout sessions on IT topics, participated in mock interviews, and competed in a variety of competitions. Lakota was well represented by 87 students in attendance from both East and West.
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New FUSE Program Builds Union Fifth-Graders' Interpersonal Skills
03/14/2017
Taking the time to listen to one another and developing authentic relationships may seem like a lost art in these times of social media and text messaging, but last week Union fifth-graders came together as a community to "ignite" their interpersonal skills. It’s all part of a new workshop for elementary students called FUSE.
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Math Competition Stretches Junior High Students
03/14/2017
Lakota students took part in the recent MathCounts competition, as well as the Math Bowl at the University of Cincinnati.
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Deadline for Summer School Registration is April 7
03/13/2017
Summer school registration for students in grades 7-12 closes soon; students that want to enroll in summer school need to submit their registration no later than April 7. This includes all math advancement requests. Registrations will not be accepted after this deadline. Those taking Credit Recovery, OGT, and EOC courses will continue to be able to register after this deadline – see Summer School webpage for details.
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Help Decide Lakota's Educators of Excellence, Nominations Due April 7
03/09/2017
Following with tradition, the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty is partnering with Lakota Schools to recognize and honor excellent educators from the Lakota School District. The organization is currently seeking nominations from the Lakota community.
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College Credit Plus “Intent to Participate Form” Due March 31
03/09/2017
Students who will be in grades 7-12 next fall and who want to participate in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program need to submit an “intent to participate” form to their school guidance office no later than March 31.
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Nominations Sought for Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards
03/08/2017
Nominations are being accepted now through March 27 for the 2017 district Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit award. Please check with each school for nomination forms and deadlines for school volunteer awards.
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Lakota's Digital Learning Week Highlights Technology Strides Since Levy Passage
03/06/2017
Lakota schools recently celebrated National Digital Learning Day through a variety of activities, all focused on using technology to bolster learning. In fact, there were so many related events, the district had to expand it to an entire week.
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Local Business Leaders Visit Heritage, Get Inside Look at Lakota
03/06/2017
Heritage Elementary recently hosted nearly 30 members of the business community participating in the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance’s Leadership21 program. The visit was part of the group’s February focus on educational institutions serving our community.
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Credit Means Recent Fee Reduction Impacts More Students
03/03/2017
Lakota junior high and high school students, who participated in a sport, band, or color guard this past fall, will be receiving a monetary credit to apply to any future Lakota school fee.
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Students Take the Stage for Upcoming Theatre Productions
03/03/2017
Junior High and High School Students will soon be taking the stage for several plays/musicals. Tickets are on sale now.
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Shawnee Students Celebrate Read Across America
Shawnee ECS Celebrates Read Across America Day
03/02/2017
National Read Across America Day was on Wednesday and Shawnee Early Childhood School celebrated it in a big way, turning it into a full week of fun activities.
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Secondary Summer School Registration Now Underway
03/01/2017
Summer school registration is now open for students in grades 7-12. Summer school will be held from May 30 through July 7 (with no classes on July 3 and 4); all classes will take place at the Lakota East Freshman School.
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Lakota Tackles Recruitment Season with Inaugural Job Expo
02/27/2017
A job expo may not be the industry norm for public education. But it’s a strategy Ohio’s eighth largest public school district is taking to help recruit a diverse pool of candidates for both teaching and support positions. Going into the 2017-2018 school year, Lakota Local Schools is gearing up for a busy recruitment season starting with its inaugural Job Expo on Saturday, March 11.
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Lakota Pi Day Features Hands-on Math and Science Activities
02/24/2017
LEADS Pi Day 2017 is almost here! This fun evening is set for Friday, March 10 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Lakota East High School Main Campus. Pi Day will feature hands-on science and math adventures such as robotics, 3D Printers, electromagnetic shocks, a human brain, live animals, and much more.
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Junior High Gifted Programs Partner with UC to Combine Learning, Service
02/21/2017
Gifted students at Lakota’s junior high schools recently competed in a project that stretched their thinking and will benefit a local non-profit. Hosted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center, teams of students were to select a non-profit, then create a T-shirt design to be sold so the proceeds can support that organization.
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Liberty ECS Collects "Pennies for Patients" as Community Service Project
02/17/2017
Penny by penny, coin by coin – the jars quickly filled, thanks to the generosity of students and staff at Liberty Early Childhood School. The recent community service project blasted through the goal, raising $3,488.97, which is a school record.
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Cherokee, VanGorden Students Create 3D Prosthetic Hand to Help Child in Need
02/16/2017
As part of the third grade curriculum for Lakota’s elementary technology class, Cherokee Elementary students learn about the functionality of a 3D printer along with the possibilities of what it can currently print. But perhaps the biggest lesson they’ve learned is how a 3D printer can impact their lives – and the lives of others.
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Lakota to Induct 8 Members into the Athletic Hall of Fame
02/15/2017
The 19th annual dinner and induction ceremony to honor the newest members of the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wetherington Golf & Country Club.
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Lakota School Board Votes to Employ Miller as Superintendent
02/10/2017
The Lakota Local Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to employ Mr. Matthew Miller as the next superintendent of Ohio’s eighth largest public school district this evening. The vote took place during a special meeting where Miller and his family were present.
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Lakota School Board Selects Miller as Next Superintendent
02/10/2017
The Lakota Board of Education plans to take action at a special meeting this evening on the employment of Mr. Matthew Miller as the next superintendent to help lead Ohio’s eighth largest public school district serving about 16,500 students.
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Plains Junior’s Beta Club Earns National Beta School of Distinction Award
02/09/2017
It’s a record year for the Beta Club at Plains Junior School. The club is 127-members strong this school year – the highest count ever. The growth of the group has earned the club the National Beta School of Distinction Award. The Beta Club is an honors and service club open to Plains’ eighth grade students who meet strict academic requirements.
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Lakota First Lego Team Headed to World Championship
02/08/2017
Countless hours of hard work since the start of the school year are paying off for a group of Hopewell Junior students. They are part of the Lakota neighborhood First Lego team called Scientific Touch. Out of 512 registered teams in Ohio, Scientific Touch was one of just two teams that advances on to the First Lego League World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri.
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New Video Features Lakota’s Career Readiness Academy
02/04/2017
Lakota’s new Career Readiness Academy is the definition of personalized education – and one example of Lakota’s commitment to providing a range of options to set students up for success.
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Lakota School Board Narrows Superintendent Search to Two Strong Candidates
02/03/2017
In its search to find the district’s next superintendent, the Lakota Local Schools Board of Education has narrowed its superintendent search to two candidates: Dr. Keith Kline and Mr. Matthew Miller. Both candidates have been invited to participate in a final round interview with the board next Thursday, February 9.
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Lakota West’s Peer Mentoring Group ‘A Safe Place to Share’
02/03/2017
According to Lakota West senior Jada Dunn, the best aspect of participating in the school’s peer mentoring group is that “We get to talk about what’s bugging us and to get others’ perspective. We can share anything as it’s a safe environment and we know there will be encouragement from the others.”
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LEA Announces Scholarship Winners
02/02/2017
The Lakota Education Association (LEA) announced its 2017 scholarships, recognizing the four recipients at the January 20 Lakota East versus Lakota West boys’ varsity basketball game. The union’s scholarship committee awards a total of four $1,000 scholarships in two categories: the LEA Senior Scholarship is given to a senior who has indicated their interest in pursuing a degree in education, while the LEA Member Scholarship is awarded to students whose parents are educators at Lakota.
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Lakota Celebrates Board Appreciation Month through Students’ Eyes
02/01/2017
The Jan. 23 school board meeting featured a unique display of appreciation for the service of Lakota’s five Board of Education members – through the eyes of five Lakota students. To help recognize January as National School Board Appreciation Month, three sixth grade language arts classes at Adena, Hopewell and Union elementary schools put in writing their appreciation for Lakota’s school board. With the guidance of their teachers – Kate Chaney, Krista Hoctor and Kelly Law – they found a real application for recent units and then presented their work to the board.
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2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration Information Now Available
02/01/2017
Parent Information Nights Begin Feb. 7... Registration documents and applications for the continuing half-day and all-day kindergarten option are now available.
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High Schools Host National Signing Day Ceremonies
02/01/2017
On February 1, Lakota celebrated twenty-six senior student-athletes’ during the NCAA national letter of intent signing day. Both Lakota high schools held ceremonies to honor the accomplishments of these students who will continue their education while playing a sport in college.
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Summer Fun Fair Promises Over 100 Vendors, More Than $2000 in Prizes
01/31/2017
Are you ready to start thinking about warm weather activities? In just a few weeks, Lakota East and West’s hallways will be lined with nearly 100 organizations offering summer youth activities. It’s all part of Lakota’s fifth annual Summer Fun Fair events taking place on Monday, Feb. 27 and Wednesday, Mar. 1.
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Speech Class Leaves Lasting Impression on Alumni
01/27/2017
The course registration process is now underway for high school students, with Lakota offering a full range of educational paths and classes to students to prepare them for their future. But recent graduates of Dave Honhart’s speech class think students should seriously consider working an elective speech class into their schedules.
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Lakota School Board Announces Interviewees for Competitive Superintendent Search
01/27/2017
The Lakota Local Schools Board of Education has invited eight candidates to participate in the first round of interviews for the district’s top leadership position. All of the interviewees have prior experience in the role of superintendent.
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Lakota Seeking Community Input on 2018-19 Academic Calendar
01/25/2017
The Lakota Calendar Committee is preparing a 2018-2019 district calendar recommendation for the Board of Education. Lakota staff, students, parents and community members are invited to review the current draft before any final recommendation is presented to the school board in late February 2017.
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School Board Announces Candidate Pool for Superintendent
01/25/2017
A letter to the community from Board President Ben Dibble, on behalf of the Lakota Board of Education, announces the candidate pool for the superintendent position.
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Lakota's Vogelmann Shares Insight as Part of Education Panel
01/23/2017
Lakota Acting Superintendent Robb Vogelmann was one of four panelists discussing education during the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance’s Jan. 10 meeting. In addition to Vogelmann, representatives from Butler Tech, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College and Miami University’s regional campuses participated in the alliance’s annual “State of the Schools” panel.
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Career Readiness Academy Offers Personalized, Alternative High School Experience
01/23/2017
Lakota’s new Career Readiness Academy is the definition of personalized education. The program’s first cohort to start the program this school year includes 57 students who report daily for either the morning or afternoon session. For the three hours they are on site, they work mostly on their own and with the one-on-one support of the program’s academic team: an assistant principal, two teachers, an intervention specialist and a career advisor.
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Streamlining District Purchasing Practices Results in Savings, Standardization
01/23/2017
The statistics are impressive: $130,000 saved in just one year through efficiencies in ordering copy paper and another $30,000 saved annually just by centralizing postage. What may be even more remarkable is the paradigm shift that’s had to happen across Lakota’s 25 buildings to make such change possible.
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Hopewell, Liberty Junior Schools’ ‘White Out Toilet Bowl’ Event Benefits Local Senior Citizens
01/23/2017
The scene at a recent girls basketball game at Liberty Junior School was a bit out of the ordinary as stacks of toilet paper rolls surrounded the gym floor. “It really was overwhelming to see, thanks to the generosity of our students, their families and local businesses,” said Liberty Junior Principal Eric Bauman.
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Community, Lakota Students Celebrate MLK Day
01/22/2017
January 16 marked the 18th year that West Chester and Liberty Townships, in conjunction with the Lakota Local School District, hosted opportunities for the entire community to join together in the Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity commemoration of Martin Luther King Day.
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Superintendent Search Extended to Jan. 25
01/20/2017
Lakota’s Board of Education has extended the application deadline for the superintendent position until Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. According to Board President Ben Dibble, “Selecting the leader who will have the vision and skills to continue moving this district in a positive direction is a task we take very seriously. It requires a tremendous amount of community engagement, forward thinking and at times, flexibility in our timeline.”
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Lakota Students Finish Strong in Scholastic Art Awards
01/18/2017
Lakota East and Lakota West high school students made quite a showing in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards, a regional competition that included students from 68 area junior high and high schools.
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Lakota School Board Elects New 2017 President
01/12/2017
Ben Dibble was named president of the Lakota Board of Education at the board’s organizational meeting Monday. Todd Parnell retained his position as vice president. Lynda O’Connor, Ray Murray, and Julie Shaffer hold the other board seats.
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Applications Now Available for All Spring Internships
01/09/2017
This spring, Lakota’s juniors and seniors will have more internship opportunities than ever before. Lakota has partnered with seven area businesses to create unique learning experiences that also offer elective high school credit.
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Lakota Welcomes Two New Healthcare Internship Partners
01/09/2017
Lakota Local Schools is proud to welcome its two newest business partners – Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Liberty Campus) – to its growing portfolio of high school student internships. This brings the district’s total count to 18 local business partners supporting career exploration and regional workforce development among Lakota high school students.
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Students, Community Benefit from Athletic Partners
01/06/2017
Lakota’s new partnership with Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and the Christ Hospital Health Network is the latest in a longstanding tradition to initiate athletic marketing partnerships to increase student services and opportunities in a fiscally-responsible manner.
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Superintendent Search Continues: Application Period Now Open
12/21/2016
Following a series of community input sessions, the Lakota Board of Education’s search for the school district’s next superintendent continues. With a candidate profile now available, the application period for all eligible candidates will extend through Jan. 13, 2017.
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Lakota West Holds Art Alumni Day, Providing Career Exploration Insight for Current Students
12/20/2016
Imagine learning the “inside scoop” from someone who is already working in your field of interest, someone who graduated perhaps just a few years ago from your high school.
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New Student Fanfare Events Put Community Support on Display
12/19/2016
Lakota East High School, both the freshman and main campuses, were among the first scheduled stops in a new series of community fanfare events supporting student achievement.
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Lakota Schools Give Back This Holiday Season
12/16/2016
Perhaps it is the increased need of many area residents during the winter months or the emphasis on helping this time of year. Regardless of the reason, many Lakota schools took on special projects in order to help others.
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Program of Study Expands Options, Supports Career Exploration
12/13/2016
As Lakota high school students gear up for course registration season, they will notice several new options in the 2017-2018 Program of Study.
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Lakota West Students Participate in First Latino Student Summit at UC
12/12/2016
It was a day focusing on empowerment and affirmation, helping students embrace their culture and their future. "I saw different perspectives from Guatemalans, Mexicans, Brazilians, etc., and I felt that I wasn't alone in the goals to achieve academically," states Lakota West senior Isa Arantes, in explaining how she benefited from the recent experience
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Lakota East's Art Exhibit Shows that Art Can Change the World
12/10/2016
The art exhibit features 24 images and 11 languages yet there is one overall message – “We are East.”
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Lakota Band Members Named to All-National Honors Ensembles
12/09/2016
Lakota West’s Faith Ann Santucci and East’s James Leonard recently travelled to Grapevine, Texas to perform alongside the nation’s top high school musicians at the National Association for Music Education’s annual conference held November 10-13.
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Announcing Spring Internships for High School Students
12/07/2016
This spring, Lakota’s juniors and seniors will have more internship opportunities than ever before. Lakota has partnered with seven area businesses to create unique learning experiences that also offer elective high school credit. More than 50 high school students will have the chance to gain hands-on experience in such career paths as OT/PT/speech therapy, marketing, biomedical engineering, podiatry/small business, surgery/physical therapy, and pediatric medical care.
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'Inside Your Schools' Video Series Concludes
12/05/2016
The final installment in Lakota’s new video series, “Inside Your Schools,” is now available. This eighth chapter serves as a wrap-up, summarizing the priorities and principles guiding Lakota’s daily work in the areas of instructional excellence, community engagement and, the foundation of it all, fiscal responsibility and sustainability.
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Ohio Board of Education Honors Lakota with 2016 Momentum Award
12/05/2016
The Ohio State Board of Education recently granted Lakota Local Schools the 2016 Momentum Award. The annual recognition is granted only to districts that received A’s on every growth measure, or value-added component, included on the latest state report card. Lakota was one of only two school districts in Butler County to receive the Momentum Award. Statewide, only 54 of more than 600 school districts earned the distinction.
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Fall 2016 Community Newsletter Now Available
12/05/2016
Several times a year, Lakota produces a community newsletter to help parents and residents stay informed about important district-wide information. The piece is mailed to every household and business in West Chester Township and Liberty Township, the latest for just 17 cents per piece. The fall 2016 edition is now available. If you did not receive a copy at your home or if you need additional copies, please visit Lakota’s Central Office or any school’s main office.
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2017-18 Preschool Enrollment Begins Jan. 4
12/05/2016
Registration for Lakota's tuition-based preschool program will begin Jan. 4. Parents can visit the website for detailed information about enrollment. Preschool applications for the 2017-2018 school year are available online and at Shawnee Early Childhood School, Creekside Early Childhood School and Liberty Early Childhood School. All applications must be received or postmarked by Jan. 31 to be considered for the lottery.
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Holiday Concerts Hosted by Lakota Junior Highs, High Schools
12/05/2016
Schools across the district will be celebrating the holidays with special choir and band concerts. Read on for a list of the evening programs planned for Lakota's junior high and high schools. The public is welcome to attend any of these events to enjoy music of the season.
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Lakota East's Spark Shines Again at National Journalism Convention
12/05/2016
Lakota East student news magazine, The Spark, garnered armfuls of awards at the recent National High School Journalism Convention held in mid-November in Indianapolis. More than 6,200 high school students from 39 states and four countries attended the conference, which is sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association and its partner, the Journalism Education Association.
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Lakota Grad, Current Student Partner on Autism Advocacy Project
12/05/2016
The Lynx Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Lakota West graduate Megan (McGill) Moo