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The Laker Anchor newsletter February 2015

Check out the latest edition of The Laker Anchor, a quarterly newsletter featuring news/photos from our beloved school district. Click on the "more" link to see the newsletter (in pdf format). Stay informed! More

Laker FFA shows how it's done at regional competition

Congratulations to all of the Laker FFA! Moving on to state-level competition: the ethanol demonstration team (pictured below - Jarid Heck, Curtis Swartzendruber and Collin Kuhn), public speakers Andrew Davis and [pictured speakers] Faith Malkowski and Seth Randall,  Jenna Smith in job interview, jr high conduct of meeting teams (pictured), one of the Greenhand conduct of meeting teams, and our parliamentary procedure team. Good job and good luck at the state level competition in March! 

Laker Science Olympiad team - the one to watch!!

The Laker Science Olympiad team did very well at the regional competition, even though it didn't quite make it to the state  level.
After a very competitive season, Laker Science Olympiad finished 4th in Region IV competition, missing state finals by only 12 points. Lakers was approached by other competitive teams as the team to watch. "We felt this was a great compliment, since this is only our third year in competition," said coach Deb Hasselschwert. "Overall, we improved our ranking and medal count over last year."
Pictured here is a photo of the team at the regional competition at Delta College.
 Team medal results from regionals:
1st place winners Forensic Science (Morgan Fitzpatrick and Tyler Wolschlager);Compound Machines (Racheal Parrish and Michaela Swathwood)
2nd place winners:  Experimental Design (Morgan Fitzpatrick, Dylan Schember, and Jake Bushey)
3rd place winners:  Dynamic Planet (Tyler Wolschlager and Jake Bushey);Entomology (Morgan Fitzpatrick and Kaitlyn Reinhardt); Geologic Mapping (Tyler Wolschlager and Michaela Swathwood); Mission Possible (Katie Bushey and Dylan Schember)
4th place winners:  Bridge Building (Morgan Fitzpatrick and Kaitlyn Rheinhardt);Bungee Drop (Racheal Parrish and Ryan Hill); It's About Time (Tia Zhahn and Dylan Schember)
5th place winners:  Air Trajectory (Jake Bushey and Tyler Wolschlager); Anatomy and Physiology (Katie Bushey and Racheal Parrish); Scrambler (Brittany Richmond and Sydney Moyer)

More updated photos will be featured on the Laker Science Olympiad tab at the top of the page.

Calendar reminder: March 13 half day (PD day); March 30-April 6 spring break

Laker One Act Theater troupe wins more awards!

After a great performance at the One Act Theater regional competition Feb. 7, Lakers placed third and - unfortunately - will not advance to state finals.  However, the following received awards:
Excellent in Acting: Brady Katshor, Micheal "Lewie" Karle
Excellent in Spotlight Execution: Nick Wolschlager
Excellent in Programs: Josie Born, Galen Miller
Superior in Acting: Megan McGehee

At One Act district competition Jan. 24, the Laker Theater troupe won a number of awards: 
Brady Katshor - Superior in Acting
Michael Karle and Megan McGehee - Excellence in Acting
Katie Schweitzer and Nick Wolschlager -Excellence in Lighting Execution

Great job once again to our super talented Laker Theater troupe! And congrats to Samantha Corrion, our super director!

Lakers receives grant to start strings group

Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has granted Lakers $12,500 to bring in the group The Moxie Strings from January 12 - 13.  During their stay, the trio will be performing for and working with elementary music classes and band classes at the junior high/high school, showing students some basics of the violin. The hope is to get students interested in playing the violin and to start a strings group at Lakers.  The grant also is paying for 17 violins for students to use.

Tutoring times

Tutoring is available on a voluntary basis for all students at the times and locations listed below:

Morning sessions - 7:05-7:45 a.m. M/T/TH/F in Mr. Varner's Room

(School doors open at 7:00 a.m.)

 Afternoon Sessions - 3:05-3:45 p.m. M/T/W/TH in JH Lab and Mr. Grifka's Room

 NOTE: Students attending for eligibility purposes must be present for the entire session.

INFO FOR PARENTS about two-hour delays

On days when there is a two-hour delay, the start times are as follows:
Laker Elementary: 9:42 a.m.
Laker Secondary: 9:50 a.m. 

A TV station typically states the start time  is 10 a.m. This is NOT CORRECT. We apologize for any confusion this has caused parents. We are working to remedy this situation.

Laker Chain Reaction FB page

Check out this Facebook page created by Laker student Galen Miller. It is dedicated to the spirit of the inspirational messages within the Rachel's Challenge program (including Rachel's Legacy and Chain Reaction).More

Want to earn a free season sports pass??

Laker parents! Work at a concession stand and earn points toward a season sports pass! Click the "more" link below for more info! For the football playoff game(s), the points will be doubled for those who work at a concession stand. You don't need to work a whole shift to earn points. Remember - the Laker Athletic Booster concession proceeds all go back to our students. Call Agnes at 989-553-1506 to find out more!More

Be a substitute teacher!

We need you! If you've ever thought about becoming a subsitute teacher, now is a great time to do so. Click on the "More" link to get started on the application process with Professional Educational Services Group. Lakers recently increased its pay rate from $75 to $80 a day for its substitute teachers.More
What's New

Laker HS FIRST Robotics team gettin' revved up 


Building a multi-functional robot that can perform some tasks on its own - and doing this engineering feat from scratch - is not an overnight endeavor by any means. The Laker High School Robotics team  has been putting in many, many hours into the robot they'll be taking to upcoming competitions in late February and in March. They meet every day after school for a few hours and they meet on Saturdays. They started the process in early January. According to contest rules, the team has to bag up its robot by midnight Feb. 17. After that, teams are allowed to unbag the robot for a maximum of six hours a week the team has a competition. Teams are allowed to take 30 pounds of a system off the robot to make improvements. Pictured above, Laker science teacher/lead Robotics coach Scott Lebsack (in the blue shirt) talks with team members as two portions of the robot are put together. For more info on what this team does and what the competitions will entail, visit the Robotics page (the tab is listed on top of the page). 

Laker Coming Home Court 2015

Princess Emma Maust and Prince Galen Miller

The Coming Home Court
Austin Parrish, Celeste White        Travis Roestel, Emma Maust

Quin Smith, Kaitlyn Reinhardt   Galen Miller, Chelsea Dickens

Coming Home underclassmen reps

Nick Wolschlager and MacKensie Champagne    Austin Roestel, Hope Bedford

Jim Stork and Karah Marker

A very Smurfy art project...

Anyone who has visited the SRC room at Laker Secondary Schools knows the SRC Coordinator Tina Sears loves The Smurfs. She's got an impressive collection by her desk. Now, thanks to the efforts of talented artist Brady Katshor, there are Smurfs "climbing" the walls - so to speak. Sears and Katshor came up with the idea to have Katshor  paint Smurfs around the SRC room, and in the back of the room, there is a big Smurf with an even bigger message: "Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given." How about that, Gargamel? 

LHS students enjoy valuable job shadowing experiences


Trent C., Tyler S. and Randi R. are three of the several students who have been able to get a real taste of what is involved in career fields that interest them. They both participated in job shadowing experiences set up by Tami Krohn, student services specialist. Krohn works with students and local businesses to set up these valuable experiences. Trent worked with Dr. Ramsey, of Scheurer Hospital Elkton Family Medicine. Tyler's job shadowing experience was with Ken Shemka of WinField, an agronomy business. Randi's was with the Caseville Small Animal Clinic. Laker students who have  had job shadowing experiences get right in the thick of the action (for instance, Randi stood right beside clinic staff as they performed a surgery). Other job shadowing experiences have students inside hospitals, courtrooms, elementary classrooms, etc. Find out more ... read the article in the November 2014 edition of "The Laker Anchor" newsletter. The link is in the "announcements" section above. 

Rachel's Legacy, Chain Reaction -
 Renewing the promise for kindness, compassion


This year, Laker Secondary School students are being re-inspired to continue the chain reaction started with last year's Rachel's Challenge. During the second week of school, all 6-12th grade students viewed the Rachel's Legacy assembly; the next day, about 100 students and 20 adult volunteers participated in the six-hour intensive training session, Chain Reaction. Both the assembly and the training introduced five new challenges. The Chain Reaction training included a mixture of physical activities and small and large group discussion sessions.
Rachel's Challenge facilitators Todd and Keona kept the action flowing throughout the day. By the end of the Chain Reaction training, students were exhausted (physically and emotionally), but it was a very rewarding experience. They learned more about how many people wear masks and don't share their true selves. They realized the importance of reaching out to one another and showing support rather than pre-judging. They learned they're not alone in their life struggles - oftentimes, other students and adults are facing the same challenges and frustrations. Students enjoyed learning more about one another and they learned more about themselves. 
Kudos to all who took part in Chain Reaction - let's keep the chain strong - all year long! 

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 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:


Former Laker teacher Joe Wiley talks about what types of things the students do on the trips and the uniqueness of the trips:

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



   Youth leaders provide positive guidance for students

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