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Super in 60: October 2020 Edition
10/21/2020
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 Lakota's Educators of Excellence, the district-wide food drive and recent changes to the academic calendar.
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Nov. 4: Next Coffee Chat with the Superintendent
10/21/2020
We hope you will join Superintendent Miller on Facebook Live (@LakotaSuper) for an update on the school year and to share your questions and concerns. These virtual coffee chats have been very well attended, and to help efficiently prioritize questions and concerns, consider sending in your thoughts via Thought Exchange.
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Honoring Lakota's 2020 Educators of Excellence
10/20/2020
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, in partnership with Lakota Local Schools, are proud to announce the three recipients of the 2020 Lakota Educator of Excellence Awards.
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Lakota COVID-19 Update
10/20/2020
This week marks the start of the second quarter. Lakota’s staff, students and families have proven that they are following the guidelines, wearing face coverings, washing their hands and staying home when they are sick.
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East LEAF Club Reforestation Project Takes Root
10/20/2020
A once wide-open plot of land between Lakota East High School’s baseball fields and Interstate-75 now dawns about 60 trees - all thanks to the advocacy of the school’s LEAF Club and two critical community partners, Cincinnati’s Taking Root and Delhi Nursery.
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Liberty ECS First Grade Detectives Look for Clues
10/20/2020
What do police detectives have in common with first graders? They look for clues. This is what Janet Alsip’s class at Liberty Early Childhood School learned during a recent lesson in reading.
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WOW Gives ‘Women of West’ Social Emotional Boost
10/20/2020
“I was in one of the most accelerated career paths for P&G, yet I couldn’t look myself in the mirror,” shared Helena Alsbury, a chemical engineer and senior director of product supply at P&G. “What I had two years ago was a self-esteem issue.”
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Ridge Jr. Storage Area Transformed into Fitness Center
10/19/2020
An old storage area at Ridge Junior School is a now a place where students and staff can go to improve their physical, social and emotional health. It all started last year when Scott Laman (who was the school’s Athletic Director) proposed turning the area into a fitness center.
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Lakota Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
10/19/2020
National Hispanic Heritage Month took place from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, and schools around the district held their own unique programs to honor the histories, cultures and contributions of those from Latin American countries. Lakota students represent 14 of those Hispanic countries and they make up 9.6% of the student population.
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In-Person Learning Survey: The Results are In
10/19/2020
Lakota Local Schools could not have completed its first quarter, offering both in-person and virtual learning options, without valuable feedback from parents, staff and students. ​ There were 4,180 responses to Lakota’s in-person learning survey that closed on Oct. 12.
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Meet Our School Board Video Series: Michael Pearl
10/19/2020
Lakota Local Schools is excited to introduce our community to the members of the Board of Education. Through December, you’ll get to know more about each of the five members. First up, meet Michael Pearl, the newest member of the Board.
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Words of Wisdom: What Do You Like About Fall?
10/19/2020
What do you love about fall? That’s what we asked students around Lakota for this month’s Words of Wisdom.
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Lakota Board of Education Recognizes OSBA Business Honor Roll
10/19/2020
The Lakota Local Schools Board of Education announced four outstanding business partners as recipients of the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) Business Honor Roll at last night’s school board meeting.
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October's 'Super in 60' Video Update
10/19/2020
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 Lakota's Educators of Excellence, the district-wide food drive and recent changes to the academic calendar.
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LODI Introduces Kinship Connections to Link Lakota Caregivers
10/12/2020
Lakota’s Outreach Diversity & Inclusion (LODI) Department is introducing a monthly program called “Kinship Connections.” Designed for our grandparents and other kinship caregivers of Lakota students, the program is being introduced in response to the feedback district leaders received at a Community Conversation with some members of this group earlier this year.
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Lots of Color in Hopewell’s Creative Alternative to Color Run
10/06/2020
Despite having to completely reimagine this year’s format, at least one thing about a popular after-school event at Hopewell Junior School remained intact: lots of color. But this time, rather than having staff and parent volunteers throw color at them, students spread out on the school’s athletic field and were throwing paint on a blank ceiling tile. All together, the individual tiles will soon form a large display of student expression in the school’s cafeteria.
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Focus on Meeting the Social & Emotional Needs of Virtual Learning Students
10/06/2020
Addressing the social/emotional needs of students is always important, but especially so for virtual learners during the COVID pandemic. ​Students in virtual learning environments such as Lakota’s VLO might feel particularly isolated or lonely by missing out on valuable social interaction and relationship building in the school setting.
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Lakota Cyber Academy Partnerships: A new Wave of Cyber Talent
10/06/2020
The Lakota Cyber Academy is a first of its kind program for high school students. It has been designed alongside industry partners to develop a local pool of talent in one of the fastest growing professions in the world: cyber security.
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WE are Prepared: COVID-19 Update
10/06/2020
Now in its eighth week of in-person learning, Lakota Local Schools continues to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Butler County Health Department (BCHD). Safety protocols continue to be adjusted as needed in order to help stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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New Video Series Debut: A Peek Behind the Curtain
10/06/2020
Take a closer look inside Lakota Local Schools with a new video series called “A Peek Behind the Curtain.” Throughout the year, you’ll get an inside look at different parts of the school day. In this first video, you’ll meet the #DogsOfLakota, the district’s four therapy dogs who are helping students and staff in innovative ways.
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Freedom Elementary Hallway Becomes Stone Age Cave
10/05/2020
How do you get sixth-graders excited about studying the Stone Age? Transform the hallway by your classroom into a cave. Freedom Elementary social studies teacher Regan Hagemeier explained to her students that they would spend the school year travelling all over the Eastern Hemisphere studying world civilizations.
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Lakota School Board's ‘WE CAN’ Food Drive Serves Reach Out Lakota
10/05/2020
The Lakota Board of Education’s annual district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota will run Oct. 12 through Oct. 23, leading right up to National Make a Difference Day on Oct. 24. In true “WE are Lakota” fashion, the district is challenging families, staff and community members to “stuff the bus” with canned goods and other non-perishables needed by our community’s local relief organization.
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New Literacy Lab is on a Roll at Shawnee ECS
10/02/2020
Many Shawnee ECS kindergarteners are saying it is the favorite part of their day. It’s not recess. It’s not lunch. It’s when the Literacy Lab rolls into their classroom.
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October Social Media Contest: Fall Favorites
10/02/2020
Is it jumping into a big pile of leaves? Warm apple cider? Trick or treat fun? Family and friends sitting around a fire pit? We want to know your favorite thing about fall. Lakota’s October social media contest is all about fall fun. Share a photo showing what you like most about fall, and you just might win a prize basket full of Lakota spirit items.
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Academic Calendar Change: Nov. 2-4
09/28/2020
Lakota has made an adjustment to our academic calendar for Nov. 2-4. Traditionally, Lakota’s teachers and staff participate in professional development on Election Day. This decision is part of our safety and security guidelines because 18 of our schools are used as polling locations in our community.
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Technology Zoom Sessions Help Parents Support Student Learning
09/22/2020
How can I help my child who uses Seesaw? How do I navigate Canvas? What are some tips and tricks to make all of this technology easier to use? Whether students are learning virtually or in-person, parents across the district are asking these questions.
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Mask Breaks Reinvent Outdoor Learning
09/22/2020
If it weren’t for “mask breaks,” Wyandot ECS teacher Alison Brunk may have never discovered just what a “treasure trove” of learning opportunities her school’s outdoor classroom has to offer her first-graders.
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INCubatoredu@Lakota Cultivates 100 Future Entrepreneurs
09/22/2020
Kevin Keen can recall several good answers he received after asking his 100 students what they hoped to get out of Lakota’s newest course for budding entrepreneurs. But his favorite was the student who said that she wanted to use the class to “make as many mistakes as possible while there are no real stakes involved.”
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Lakota Receives Prestigious Auditor of State Award for Sixth Consecutive Year
09/22/2020
Fewer than 5 percent of all entities that are audited annually earn the Auditor of State Award with Distinction – and Lakota has received the honor six years in a row. Treasurer ​Jenni Logan was virtually presented with the award for the district’s clean audit and excellent record keeping at the Sept. 14 Board of Education meeting. The award recognizes the district’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency.
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Lakota Updates, Expands COVID-19 Dashboard
09/21/2020
Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, Lakota Local Schools will expand the information displayed on its novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) dashboard. The dashboard, which launched on Sept. 8, initially presented the number of staff and students who have tested positive for COVID-19, or are presumed positive by the Butler County Health Department (BCHD) or their doctors. The number of quarantined individuals related to in-school cases is also displayed.
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Whole-Student Activities Prepare Students for the Future
09/18/2020
Each day, Plains Junior students spend ninety minutes in ‘advisory period.’ But what actually is advisory period? ​ Sixty minutes is set aside for typical academic assistance from teachers and continued academic practice, while thirty minutes is devoted to whole-student skill development. ​
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2021 MLK Day Contest Challenges Students to ‘Reinvent Reforms’
09/17/2020
In preparation for our community’s 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. This year’s "Reinventing Reforms" theme challenges students to reflect on what they can do personally, using the resources of this era, to carry on the work started by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Super in 60: September 2020 Edition
09/15/2020
Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller’s newest video series, “Super in 60”, gives parents, staff and community members a 60-second overview of what’s happening around Lakota. View the inaugural edition of “Super in 60.”
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Michael Pearl Appointed to Lakota Board of Education
09/14/2020
The Lakota Board of Education unanimously appointed Michael Pearl to the school board at its Sept. 14 meeting.
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All Lakota Students Eligible for Free Meal Program
09/12/2020
In response to the financial hardship felt nationwide as a result of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an opportunity to provide free meals to all students through an anticipated date of Dec. 31, 2020. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16, student accounts will not be charged for any breakfast or lunch meals that meet the regular meal criteria set forth by the USDA.
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Lakota Board of Education Update: Mr. Parnell's Resignation
09/11/2020
On Sept. 11, the Lakota Board of Education made a statement regarding the reason for former board member Todd Parnell's resignation. Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller shared this statement via a letter to the Lakota community.
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West’s Student Athlete Advisory Board: More than Meets the Eye
09/09/2020
What does a practice look like when it combines student-athletes from 27 different sports? It looks like Lakota West High School’s Student Athlete Advisory Board, better known as SAAB. Every other Sunday, August through May, nearly 60 of Lakota West’s finest student-athletes gather for two to three hours to practice a skill shared across all their sports: leadership.
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VIDEO: Student Words of Wisdom for a Great School Year
09/08/2020
In spite of this year’s unique challenges, our students have some pretty good ideas for how to make it a great school year. Our monthly video series featuring student voice, “Words of Wisdom,” continues this year. Click to hear what Lakota students had to say this month.
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Lakota Gets Feedback from Parents, Students and Staff
09/08/2020
Lakota Local School continues to gather feedback from its parents, staff and students regarding the 2020-2021 school year. “This is new to all of us,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller about the reopening of the district amid the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the mandatory closing in March, the district has invited feedback as it navigated through uncharted territory.
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Lakota's COVID-19 Communication Procedures, New Data Dashboard
09/08/2020
With the return to in-person learning, Lakota is committed to responsibly tracking positive cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) among our students and staff, as well as current quarantine counts in response to such cases.
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West's Volley for the Cure Goes Virtual Sept. 8-25
09/08/2020
Lakota West’s 14th annual Volley for the Cure event may look different this year, but still supports a great cause. The volleyball team is asking fans to put on an old “Volley for the Cure” T-shirt and tune into its full line-up of official “Volley for the Cure” games virtually on Tuesday, Sept. 8, beginning with the freshman game at 4:30 p.m.
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Back-to-School and COVID-19 Updates
09/08/2020
Have you visited Lakota’s Back-to-School webpage recently? The list of frequently asked questions is updated regularly, as information regarding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains fluid.
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