Tibbits benefit dinner - a heartwarming event
A huge "thank you" to all who came out to support the Gabe and Adrian Tibbits family benefit dinner. Approximately 500 people purchased dinners, and the silent auction featured 12 long tables filled with generously donated items. The poinsettia and bake sales also went well. Two more bake sales will take place Dec. 10 and 12 at the Laker Elementary Christmas programs.
Congrats, NHS inductees!
Pictured above are the 2013-14 Laker High School National Honor Society inductees, who were honored at a ceremony in November. Also pictured are the current NHS officers. Pictured in the back row from the left, Lindsey Diebel, Michaela Love, Jennifer Quick, Trent Cunningham, Tori Betterridge, Jordan Maust, Jenna Smith and Ryan Trost. Pictured in the front from the left, Lauren Buschlen, Mariah Cook, NHS Secretary Mia Smith, NHS Representative Alexis Moore, NHS President Rachel Swartzendruber, NHS Vice President Amber Furness, Taylor Jias and Scott Angst.
An artful new entrance - with a nod to history
Laker High School junior Brady Katshor is putting new life onto the art room door at the secondary school—but at the same time, he’s paying homage to the past. The student artist said he wanted to do something to make the door look updated, and he wanted to be a bit comical about it. He decided to paint soft-spoken artist Bob Ross, host of the PBS show “The Joy of Painting.” Ross, who died in 1995, was known for his “happy” paintings of landscapes. Katshor decided to have Ross painting not a landscape, but the original art room door (what it looked like before Katshor started painting). Instead of painting trees and mountains, Ross is painting a “happy little doorknob” in Katshor’s rendition. While Katshor was working on the door, students and staff enjoyed seeing Katshor’s progress day by day, week by week. Great job, Brady!
In memory of Javen...
On Nov. 21, about 100 students, former students and parents met at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the soccer field to pay tribute to Javen Krohn with a lantern launch. Chad Craig, soccer coach, said the 11 p.m. group gathered in a circle after the launch, prayed and then shared their favorite memories and stories of Javen, which brought a lot of smiles and laughs. "It was encouraging to see our students support one another in such a hard time," Mr. Craig said. "(This is) a testament of all that we do at Lakers to create a culture of family and community among our students. (It is) proof that our work is not in vain." Click this link for more photos: J Krohn pics.pdf
Theater class exhibits helpfulness
During November Pride Assemblies for junior high and high school, the theater class performed Rachel's Challenge-themed skits that exemplified what being helpful is about and why it's important - and encouraged students to be helpful whenever they can. On the left, theater students perform a scene in which a student has her arms full of boxes - and others come to help her out. On the right, a tongue-in-cheek version of helpfulness - tossing over some toilet paper into a neighboring bathroom stall to help someone .. (ahem)...in need.
Art, creative writing students combine talents for...
Rachel's Challenge board
To keep the spirit of Rachel's Challenge going, this board full of drawings and poems is displayed at the Laker Secondary School cafeteria. Read more about it here:Rachel's Challenge board.pdf
Virtual puppets on iPads!
Puppet play has taken on a whole new meaning in John Rea's English 9 class. The class is discussing the award-winning novel "Ender's Game," which has been made into a movie that's set to be released Nov. 1. His students - using their iPads - are creating virtual puppet shows using the app Puppet Pals 2 and the puppets are based on characters in "Ender's Game." Students will ultimately create movie trailers using this app, incorporating plot, setting, details, etc. into the trailers. Students have had a great time discovering their own creativity while using the app. Pictured above, Rea listens to a virtual puppet show created by student Ashley B., as Ashley and Rebecca D. and Dillan D. look on, and fellow student Taylor B. (on the left in pink) works on her own virtual puppet show.
Laker 2013 Homecoming memories
Photo credit: Paul Adams, Huron Daily Tribune Photo credit: Agnes Kosinski
Pep assembly - dance team (left), football players fooled by their moms...well, sort of...
Spreading the message
So as not to lose steam after the Sept. 11 Rachel's Challenge momentum to change the school culture for the better, Laker Secondary School students are working on a variety of projects to continually spread the messages from the assemblies. These well-crafted posters are some examples of this. Students are meeting on a regular basis to discuss/carry out projects. The chain reaction continues!
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
Peer tutors make positive difference for young students
What started as a Lunch Buddy program led by Laker Leaders (Laker Junior High/High School students who are seen as positive, active leaders inside and outside the classroom) has grown into a peer tutoring program. In this program, which is an actual class, high school students from the Laker Leaders group visit the elementary for one class period and work with students and assist teachers as needed. They're also required to complete various writing assignments as part of the class. While they may not become teachers someday, those in the peer tutoring program believe it is very worthwhile to spend time being a positive mentor for the elementary students. Pictured are Kate Kretzschmer and Riley Green working with students as peer tutors. Kudos to the peer tutors and Lunch Buddies for the wonderful work they do!
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. This year, the destination was Boston. It proved to be another great and successful trip for everyone.
Laker teacher Tim Blakeney explains what inspired him to make the trips an annual event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae_u9fGUBiw
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: