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ThoughtExchange: Lakota's Website & Mobile App
06/21/2021
As Lakota works toward offering a new and improved ​website​and mobile app to our school community, we need your help evaluating our current tools. Participate in this ThoughtExchange, which closes July 2!
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Burnside Named New Lakota East Principal
06/21/2021
In a letter to Lakota East High School parents, staff and students on June 21, Superintendent Matthew Miller announced Rob Burnside has been named the new principal of Lakota East High School. Read the message in full here.
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'In the Loop with the Supe' Alternates Between In-Person and Virtual
06/17/2021
Stay "In the Loop with the Supe" at the reinvented version of Superintendent Matthew Miller's monthly coffee chats kicking off July 8 at the MidPointe Library. The once in-person chats transitioned to entirely virtual via Facebook Live during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning in July 2021, the program will begin a rotation between a virtual and in-person format.
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Super in 60: May 2021 Edition
05/26/2021
In this year’s final edition of "Super in 60", Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller provides some year-end highlights in just 60 seconds. This month, we celebrate the return of many end-of-year traditions like field days, the Parade of Graduates and graduation for the Class of 2021. Hear about an inaugural event for Lakota’s new entrepreneurship program and how to stay connected throughout the summer.
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Changes to Elementary Gifted Services Next Year Equals More Services for More Students
05/25/2021
Beginning next school year, changes to the structure of Lakota's gifted services at the elementary grade levels will result in more students being served as well as more services. A professional development plan implemented by a modified team of gifted intervention specialists (GISs) will shift gifted education for math to the traditional classroom, while adding a new opportunity for gifted instruction in English Language Arts plus and increased support for social-emotional learning for all students.
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2021-2022 Academic Calendar Update
05/25/2021
A recent update to the 2021-2022 academic calendar, which changed the line-up for some staff professional development days, forced some changes to scheduled school days for students. The total number of student school days and staff professional development days remain the same. Click to see the changes.
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Celebrating the Lakota Class of 2021
05/25/2021
As the school year came to a close, the Class of 2021 enjoyed time-honored celebrations like the Military Commitment Ceremony, Parade of Graduates, senior picnics, and of course, commencement exercises. Graduation had a more traditional look and feel, returning to Xavier University’s Cintas Center this year. In order to follow social distancing protocols and allow up to four guests per graduate, each school held two ceremonies. All ceremonies were live streamed, giving even more family and friends the opportunity to share this important milestone with Lakota’s 1,280 graduates.
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Summer Break / Back to School Information
05/24/2021
Thursday, May 20 marked the last day of the school year for all Lakota students. Area residents are reminded that many more children will now be outside playing during the day and to use caution, especially in residential neighborhoods. The first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year is Wednesday, Aug. 18. Check the district and school websites, along with social media accounts, throughout the summer for additional information and general Lakota news.
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East, West Entrepreneurs Awarded Seed Money to Kick-Start Business Ideas
05/24/2021
“Students, you have one proud teacher tonight.” These were the parting words from INCubatoredu@Lakota teacher Kevin Keen that closed out the program’s inaugural “Pitch Night” at Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center on May 11. Nine months in the making, the evening spotlighted the top five of 20 new business ideas developed by budding student entrepreneurs at both Lakota East and Lakota West.
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Community Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2021 Lakota Educator of Excellence Awards
05/24/2021
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, in partnership with Lakota Local Schools, is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Lakota Educator of Excellence Awards. The nomination deadline is Friday, Sept. 3 and all honorees will be honored in the fall.
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Garden Project Builds Community at Heritage ECS
05/20/2021
What do Jenny Hutzelman’s second graders say is the best part of a recent project? “Making a positive impact on the community.” – Kinsley “Finding worms!” – Isabella “Getting to work with other people to get things done.” - Cael “Being with Mother Nature.” - Aiden Perhaps the best part of the garden project is that it was the students’ idea.
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Lakota Celebrates 2021 Retirees
05/18/2021
Lakota Local Schools is celebrating 33 employees who will be retiring in 2021. The district has been recognizing each of the individuals on social media throughout the month of May.
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Coffee Chats Continue During Summer Months
05/17/2021
Coffee Chats with the Superintendent will continue during the summer months this year to keep the community informed about all things Lakota. Join Superintendent Miller on Facebook Live (@LakotaSuper) for his next monthly coffee chat on June 2 at 7 p.m.
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Parade of Graduates POSTPONED
05/16/2021
The Parade of Graduates has been postponed until Tuesday, May 18 due to weather.
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District Seeking Input on 2022-2023 Calendar
05/12/2021
The Lakota District is soliciting community input on the 2022-2023 district calendar. Lakota staff, students, parents and community members are invited to review the current draft before any final recommendation is presented to the school board.
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Summer Food Service Program Begins May 27, USDA Extends Free Meals through Next School Year
05/11/2021
The Lakota Local School District, in partnership with the Faith Alliance, is participating in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children (ages 1-18 and individuals with disabilities through age 21) - free of charge regardless of income - beginning May 27 through August 5. The final pick-up day will be Aug. 2.
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Student-Led Project at Independence Challenges Others to ‘Spill It Fill It’
05/11/2021
What started as a simple extra credit challenge escalated into a full-fledged social media campaign led by room 209 at Independence Elementary School. Their goal: “To be the creators of the beginning of the end of littering.” It was a class discussion on citizenship and civic participation during a social studies unit about “Rights and Responsibilities” that sparked what the class has since coined the “Spill It Fill It” movement.
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Lakota Announces Class of 2021 Valedictorians & Salutatorians
05/11/2021
Lakota is proud to announce the valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2021.
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Words of Wisdom for Our Graduates
05/10/2021
Graduation is just around the corner for the Class of 2021. With this in mind, some of our younger students are once again proving how wise they are. This month’s Words of Wisdom is all about advice for our seniors.
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Mental Health Support Over the Summer Months
05/09/2021
We all know that mental health needs don’t take a summer break and that our students continue to need support even when they are not at school. ​ That is why our MindPeace partners and therapists are still available to support Lakota students via telehealth or in person (typically at the school).
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Student Shout-Outs Top Off Staff Appreciation Week
05/08/2021
From snack bars to handwritten notes to social media posts, we took time to celebrate Lakota’s 1,700 teachers and staff during Staff Appreciation Week May 3-7.
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A New Twist to Volunteering: Random Acts of Kindness Project
05/07/2021
Did you ever wonder why Lakota high school students volunteer with community organizations as part of their government classes? The 15 volunteer hours even comprise about 20% of a student’s quarterly grade.​
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Staff and Returning Families: Open Enrollment Applications Due May 28
05/07/2021
Each school year, the Lakota Board of Education re-evaluates the district's open enrollment policy and votes on whether or not to approve its renewal. If renewed, students residing in other Ohio school districts can apply to attend Lakota.
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Write Challenge Winners Announced
05/06/2021
The Lakota LEADS parent group recently announced the winners of its annual writing competition. The Write Challenge was open to K-12 students and submissions could be in the form of a poem, narrative or essay.​
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Gifted Services Update for 2021-2022 School Year
05/05/2021
Changes to the structure of gifted services at the elementary level for the 2021-2022 school year will result in more students being served. “By rethinking the way we work and committing to a multi-year rigorous professional development plan, we’re going to be able to not only serve more students, but also add services,” said Lauren Webb, Lakota’s assistant director of gifted services.
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Submit 2021-2022 Transportation Requests by July 20
04/29/2021
To ease the transition to a new school year and honor families’ requests for alternative pick-up and drop-off locations for transportation, Lakota is asking that families submit transportation forms by July 20 to receive transportation on the first day of school. There are now separate forms for early childhood and elementary school students.
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Super in 60: April Edition
04/28/2021
In each month's edition of "Super in 60", Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller provides the latest district highlights in just 60 seconds. Get the latest on a district-wide Walk 4 Hope; the new partnership with neighborhood bridges to facilitate community support of students in need; the expansion of Lakota's one-to-one technology program; and a celebration of Lakota's graduates who have committed to serving our country.
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East NHS Seniors Leave Legacy: Eco-Classroom Taking Shape
04/27/2021
A group of 120-plus Lakota East seniors are leaving a lasting mark on their soon-to-be alma mater. A new eco-classroom is beginning to take shape just outside of the school’s stadium, all thanks to the leadership of the National Honor Society. When complete, the space will be a fully functional, ADA-compliant classroom with student seating, a whiteboard, Wifi connectivity, overhead shade and beautiful surrounding landscape.
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Military Commitment Ceremony Honors 26 Seniors April 28
04/27/2021
We invite our community to join us on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. as we celebrate the 26 seniors who have made a commitment to enter a branch of service after graduation. Due to COVID restrictions, the in-person ceremony will be exclusive to Lakota’s senior honorees and their families, but the district will live stream the program on West Chester Township’s YouTube channel for the larger community to enjoy.
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Honoring the Class of 2021
04/27/2021
With May right around the corner, celebrations to honor the Lakota East and Lakota West Class of 2021 are set to have a more traditional look and feel, albeit with some modifications due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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WE Walk 4 Hope: District Pauses for Mental Health
04/27/2021
A district-wide “Walk 4 Hope” on April 19 underscored the importance of mental health and wellness at all ages. Lakota West’s Hope Squad - a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program focused on spreading positivity and building awareness around mental health - encouraged all Lakota students and staff to “pause” in the form of a midday lap around their building.
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District's 1:1 Device Initiative Expands to Grades 3-5
04/27/2021
Lakota’s WE are Empowered program continues to grow for the 2021-2022 school year with one-to-one (1:1) access to learning devices expanding to all students in grades three through five.
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Lakota Board of Education Update
04/26/2021
​The following statement was read by School Board President Kelley Casper at the April 26, 2021 Board of Education meeting:
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Junior High Classes Share Memorable Virtual Learning Experience
04/25/2021
Virtual learning teachers faced big challenges at the beginning of the school year. “Building relationships with students has always been a cornerstone of my in-person classes, so creating a comfortable, positive, encouraging online environment was extremely important to me as I began the school year,” said Plains Junior science teacher Erin Middendorf. “I was worried it was going to be especially difficult for the new seventh-graders, who were not only new to virtual learning, but also to junior high.”
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Lakota Announces Launch of Neighborhood Bridges' 'Gateway for Kindness' Program
04/22/2021
Lakota Local Schools is proud to announce the launch of neighborhood bridges’ “Gateway for Kindness” program - a resource to facilitate community support of students and families in need within the Lakota school system. As a tool for teachers, counselors and social workers, neighborhood bridges Lakota will involve the surrounding community to aid in meeting the essential needs of at-risk and underprivileged students as a way of removing barriers to learning.
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May 5: Coffee Chat with the Superintendent
04/21/2021
Join Superintendent Miller on Facebook Live (@LakotaSuper) for his monthly coffee chat on May 5 at 8 a.m. Get an update on the end of this school year as well as a look ahead to the fall. You'll also have the opportunity to share your questions and concerns.
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A Peek Behind the Curtain: Virtual Learning
04/13/2021
Take a closer look inside Lakota Local Schools with a video series called “A Peek Behind the Curtain.” This time, you’ll get an inside look at the inaugural year of Lakota’s Virtual Learning Option (VLO) from the perspective of students, parents and teachers who experienced it firsthand.
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East ASL Club Creates Unique Summer Reading Program 
04/13/2021
In a “normal” year, mentors from the Deaf Institute visit houses during the summer to read books to children using American Sign Language (ASL). Like many other plans, the coronavirus has made the organization rethink its summer reading program. “Normally, people go to houses and sign books because so many parents of deaf children don’t sign or are learning to sign themselves,” explained Lakota East ASL teacher Jessica Snyder.
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Military Commitment Ceremony Honors 24 Seniors April 28
04/13/2021
Join us as we celebrate our seniors who have made a commitment to enter either a military academy or branch of service after graduation. Due to COVID restrictions, the in-person ceremony on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. will be exclusive to Lakota’s 24 senior honorees and their families, but the district will live stream the program on West Chester Township’s YouTube channel for the larger community to enjoy.
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Students Transform Liberty Junior into Memorial Site
04/13/2021
During the days leading up to spring break, Liberty Junior was the site of 350-plus student-created monuments or memorials honoring the likes of Princess Diana, Jackie Robinson, Amelia Earhart and even Seabiscuit. For the first year ever, all eighth-graders participated in the joint venture between the school’s social studies and language arts department.
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Wyandot ECS Embraces Peace Project
04/12/2021
It’s been challenging to make connections this school year due to COVID protocols, but that isn’t stopping the entire Wyandot Early Childhood School community from working together on a new initiative called the Peace Project.
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