Sizzling summer renovations
This summer, the science labs and the cafeteria/student center at the secondary schools are being revamped. The science classrooms will be much larger, allowing for updated lab areas. The cafeteria also is being enlarged and it will include windows to add some natural light. These improvements will be awesome once they are finished - just wait and see! These renovations are possible because of the sinking fund, which was approved by voters.
Attendance and grade perfection
2015 Laker grad and valedictorian Stacey Elliott achieved perfect attendance and all As during her high school career. Great job, Stacey! She is working two jobs this summer and in the fall, she'll be attending Ferris State University to major in pharmacy.
The Class of 2015 celebrates!
About 80 seniors received their diplomas and proudly tossed their green and white caps into the air June 7 for the 55th annual Laker High School graduation. One very special diploma recipient received two standing ovations - ag teacher/FFA adviser Don Wheeler. He received an honorary diploma to honor his 40-plus years of service to the district. "Welcome to the family," said Superintendent Bob Smith as he handed the diploma to Mr. Wheeler. Close to 20 teachers participated in the ceremony as a way to show support for their students.
Senior projects spread positivity
Seniors in Karen Smith's Senior Strategies class created a list of projects to complete during the month of May, and each project is designed to somehow improve the school and/or surrounding communities. Pictured here, seniors work at the eighth grade breakfast, creating games for the upcoming Relay For Life event (where the Laker Anchor of Hope team will be), leading fifth graders in a tour of the secondary building and educating them on some items they'll need to get used to, such as how to work a lock, and conducting an anti-bullying lesson/activity for fourth graders. Other projects include paintings (one displayed at the high school, one displayed at the junior high), landscaping at the Ray McGathy memorial in Bay Port, singing/playing instruments for Country Bay residents in Pigeon, and helping complete various maintenance projects around the school campus. Great job to all of the seniors who completed these great projects!
FFA celebrates another awesome year
Close to 600 people attended the Laker FFA spring awards banquet May 20, and the popular event brought in almost $10,000. The evening started off with awards, FFA state degrees, a silent auction and the labor auction. The activity then moved to the auditorium, where more than 50 scholarships were awarded to FFA members and many more awards were given, such as Star Discovery, Star Greenhand, Star Chapter, Outstanding Senior, and more. Emma Maust was honored for being chosen as the State Star in Agribusiness. Brandon Krohn and Kelsey Robinson were honored for being State Star finalists. Sixteen Laker FFA members received state FFA degree awards and 11 juniors received the State Outstanding Juniors award. Near the end of the award event, Don Wheeler was honored for retiring after 43 years of service as the Laker ag teacher/FFA adviser. Mr. Wheeler gave a brief speech, sharing the story of the day he was interviewed by then-Laker Superintendent Harry Brunet. At the end of his address, he said, "This is my home." Laker Superintendent Bob Smith announced Mr. Wheeler would be receiving an honorary Laker High School diploma. Smith said even though Wheeler didn't graduate from Lakers, he is and always will be a Laker. Congrats to Mr. Wheeler and to all of the Laker FFA members for a job very well done!
One fabulous Fine Arts Night
The Laker Secondary School cafeteria became an art museum and the auditorium turned into a concert hall for the Fine Arts Night May 14. An art show showcased creative projects (drawings, paintings, sculptures and more) from junior high and high school students. All of the bands performed (from fifth grade on up), along with the choir. Theater students performed, and actors/actresses from "The Sound of Music" reviewed some fun songs from the musical - in fact, some audience members sang along during one of the songs (upon encouragement from the student performers). The event showcased the wonderful student talent at Lakers. The night also included a new feature - a "museum" that included poems written by Julie Stoyka's English students about the Holocaust. Students imagined the emotions people likely experienced during the Holocaust and they wrote the poems based on those emotions.
Laker Strings Group receives 2 standing ovations!
The Laker Strings Group performed with The Moxie Strings during two assemblies and one evening concert April 22. These performances marked the first time the group played for the public. They did a marvelous job and The Moxie Strings members were very impressed with how far the 24-member group has come in such a short period of time! The after-school group started practicing once a week a few months ago, after the initial visit from The Moxie Strings. The group received some lessons from the Moxie Strings before the performances. The Strings Group was made possible because of two grants and a donation. We are so proud of this great group of musicians!
A "Uniquely Lakers" feature
"PE" class with a Laker twist - thanks to Coach G!
Find out how physical education teacher/coach Adam Grybauskas takes student athletes - and non-athletes - to new levels of physical ability by using weight training and other techniques not typically seen in a high school physical education class. It truly does make a difference. Click on the link below for the story.
Coach G classes.pdf
A Uniquely Lakers feature
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 2015, the group went to Chicago. In 2014, the destination was 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
Click here to read more about this important excursion: special education trip.docx
Youth leaders provide positive guidance for students
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