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Announcements
*We've got Laker spirit, yes we do! We've got the spirit, how 'bout you?


***UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:
April 29 - Laker student council blood drive, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., high school gym - for students and the public
May 3: Prom
May 14: Laker FFA banquet
May 15-18 - High school musical "Bye Bye Birdie"
May 26: Memorial Day- no school
June 4: Underclassmen and senior awards
June 6: Graduation, 6:30 p.m.
June 11: Exams (half day)
June 12: Last day of school (half day)
***FFA plant sales starting April 26! Hanging geraniums only. The greenhouse hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Price - $12 each; 5 or more - $10 each.
Laker bracelet order formCheck out this ultra-cool charm bracelet! What an awesome gift for a Laker loved one - or yourself. Click above for an order form. Those interested in ordering should contact Tracy Potter or Susan Dubs at Laker Secondary Schools - (989) 453-4600 option 1. 


***The Laker High School Student Council is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 29 in the high school gym. Participants must be at least 17 years old and have a photo ID to donate. Those who are 16 years old can donate, but only with parents' permission (permission forms are available at the Laker Secondary School office). Students - please sign up at the secondary school office to donate. The blood drive also is open to the public. 
Nominate a Laker teacher here!FOX 66 is once again hosting The Golden Apple Award, which recognizes hard working teachers who go above and beyond their job (which describes all of our Laker teachers). The winning teacher, announced during “FOX66 News at 10” in June, will receive a FOX66 Golden Apple Award and will be recognized for their tremendous work on FOX66. All nominations MUST be complete and turned in by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.
***Congratulations to the members of the Laker varsity boys and girls basketball teams who made it on the 2013-14 GTC West basketball All Conference Teams.
Boys' first team: Paul Zwemmer; girls' first team: Kayla Deering
Girls' second team: Brooke Chaplinski, Brittany Hatfield, Mariah Cook
Girls' Honorable Mention: Taylor McGathy
Boys' Honorable Mention: Jared Schuette and Aaron Christy

**Our Laker HS concert band has made history! It received a I rating during the TFOTA festival March 13 - the first time the high school concert band has received a I since 2007 and the first time since 1997-98 that both the marching band and concert band have received I's at their respective festivals! 
I'm thankful for Lakers...Click the link above to watch a great video featuring some of our students!
Click here for more info...
Laker High School is accredited through AdvancEd, which allows the school to provide the highest level of educational excellence and is a distinction of quality.  Find out more by clicking on the link above!
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A new tutoring program is being offered at the Epicenter in Pigeon 
every Tuesday from 3:30-5:00. 
See Casey in the lunchroom for more info!!
***The Scheurer Wellness Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to noon each day.
Rachel's Challenge websiteRachel's Challenge is starting a chain reaction at Lakers - the assemblies had a big impact on our students. Want to know more about this program? Click on the link above and/or visit the "What's New" section of the home page of the Laker website for an article and photos! Also, check out the EPBP Laker Facebook page for photos/info. We're ready to accept the challenge!
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Laker Dynasty shirts $15Check out the new Laker Dynasty shirts for $15 each at the Laker Secondary School office. Click the above link for info and to see what the shirt looks like.
**A reminder from the Laker Technology Dept. -  if a student removes his/her school iPad case or screen protector and the device is damaged, the student is responsible for full reimbursement. Those with questions about this policy can contact Scott Miklovic at smiklovic@lakerschools.org. Thank you!
What's New

"Bridging" the gap



Lakers took part in the MDOT Bridge Challenge this year for the first time. Two teams traveled to Lansing to join more than 300 other teams in the competition that involved designing bridges, testing the strength of these bridges and presenting a PowerPoint presentation to a panel of engineers. The Laker teams included (pictured from the left) Holly T., Morgan F., Dylan S., science teacher/team adviser Deb Hasselschwert, Josie B., Katie S. and Emilio C. Lakers didn't place in the top three, but the teams were chosen to do a demonstration during the awards ceremony. The teams learned a lot and had a good time. The goal of this program is to engage students in solving real-world problems, connecting students to the work world ("bridging" the gap between classroom work and the world outside) and inspiring them to consider careers in transportation and civil engineering.

Book reviews for the screen

  

Recently, John Rea's ninth-grade English class completed book review presentations for the Markus Zusak novel “The Book Thief,” which was made into a movie in 2013. However, these were not your book reviews from yesteryear; students used their iPads for the presentations. To complete the assignment, they used an app called Touchcast, 
which is a new medium that looks like video, but feels like the web. Students used TouchCast to add various items from the web (video, graphics, images, Twitter feeds, polls, news headlines, etc.) to their video presentation. These items are added “live” as the video is playing, making the video interactive. The students’ presentations had to incorporate various themes of the book. It’s a whole new way for students to share what they’ve learned about a subject.
Pictured above, Rea talks with Bailey K. about his book review. Corbin G. adds items to his presentation in Touchcast. Ashley B. and Alexis H. work together on creating the video portion of their book reviews.


Hello to the stage, "Bye Bye Birdie"! 

  

Members of the Laker Theater Troupe are preparing for the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," which will be performed May 15-18. The student actors/actresses are practicing lines, lyrics and even some dance steps! The production is directed by Samantha Corrion.

First Robotics team wraps up first year

 

During its second competition, which took place March 21-22 in Midland, the Laker First Robotics team ended up placing 21st out of 40 teams - quite a feat considering this is a new team! The team beat two other local teams from Harbor Beach and Ubly. Congrats to this hard-working team - we're proud of all of you!
Click the link below for some video footage from Midland - it gives an idea of what the Aerial Assist competition was like. Lakers' team number is 5156.
First Robotics competition

 Rachel's Challenge moves students to start chain reaction

 

The student reactions to the emotionally-charged Rachel's Challenge presentations Sept. 11 were immediate. Many students had tears in their eyes. Students also could be seen in the hallways sharing high fives, hugs and words of encouragement. The goal is to keep these positive incidents going all year, every year, which is why Lakers also has a Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, which met for the first time Sept. 11 after the assemblies. Pictured, students link arms to form task groups during the FOR Club meeting. The task groups met to discuss projects to work on to help improve the school environment by eliminating various types of negativity, such as student cliques being critical of other cliques. The 100-member FOR Club, which includes students in grades 6-12, has some great ideas! Get ready to be wowed!  
   
                        
            Laker HS students getting plenty of credit! 

Click on the link to read about the very beneficial College Direct program, a dual enrollment program that Laker students have taken advantage of to get a head start on earning their college degrees: College Direct.docx

              
 

 

    Laker HS special education students enjoy annual trip

Each year, high school special education students embark on a spring trip just for them - a trip to a big city where they learn about the history of the U.S., along with learning about themselves. It's a valuable experience for the students and it's an opportunity not many - if any - Michigan high schools offer for their special education students. In 2014, the destination is New York City; in 2013, the group went to Boston. 


 Laker teacher Tim Blakeney explains what inspired him to make the trips an annual event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae_u9fGUBiw

 


Laker teacher Joe Wiley talks about what types of things the students do on the trips and the uniqueness of the trips:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7J5hXtpg78


 Click here to read more about this important excursion:  special education trip.docx

 

 

   Youth leaders provide positive guidance for students

 

Pictured above are Ryan Badgerow, Arin Shupe and Casey Turner, youth leaders who regularly visit students at Laker Secondary Schools. Click below to read the article:



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