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Laker FFA - another State Star!

Congratulations to Emma Maust  - FFA State Star in Agribusiness! She was selected during the state convention in mid-March at MSU. She's continuing the strong tradition of FFA State Stars from the Laker chapter! All of the Laker FFA! did a great job at the state-level competition  - we're very proud of our team! Check out the "announcements" section of the FFA page for more Laker FFA successes at the convention - featuring two local grads.


Laker Fine Arts shines at TFOTA festival

 The Laker Fine Arts program excelled at the band and choir festival in Caseville March 17. The choir earned straight Is (woo hoo!!) and the high school band earned straight 1s (oh yeah!). The junior high band received a II rating overall. Way to go! "The students were excited and thrilled with their performances.  It was a great night,"  said our Band Director Samantha Corrion. Indeed! We're so very proud of all of you!!!

Take a trip to the stars with Laker Drama!

Click the link for more information. Pictured are Shaylnn Smith, Galen Miller and Brady Katshor rehearsing lines.



Laker tech bond election coming May 5

The technology bond proposal on the May 5 ballot will raise the same amount of money as the previous technology bond, but for nearly half the millage - .27 mill compared to .48 mill. 
For more information on this proposal, visit "The Laker Wave news blog" page (see the tab above, next to the "Our Schools" tab) and/or click the "more" link for a brochure.

Today's powerful potential.  Tomorrow's top-notch technology. The lifeline to the future is in our hands.


The Moxie Strings to perform with Laker strings group

The Michigan-based group The Moxie Strings will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. April 22 in the Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker High School auditorium. The new 24-member Laker Strings Club members will be performing with the group. The Laker group includes players from fourth grade through 12th grade.

The Moxie Strings first came to Lakers earlier  this school year to jump start the strings club as part of a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. They performed for elementary and secondary students.

The grant also paid for the purchase of close to 20 violins.

Since then, the Laker strings group has taken off, and the group practices once a week after school under the direction of Samantha Corrion, band director.

During their stay, the Moxie Strings will be working with the Laker strings group and performing assemblies. They also will be having dinner with strings group  members before the concert.

Everyone is welcome to attend the concert.

The Laker strings group members include Lindsey Steele, Lauren Scaddan, Heidi Keim, Hannah Keim, Savannah Schultz, Rachel Schember, Nicole Hagan, Lydia Esh, Bryn Esh, Cheyanne Kociba, Chris Potter, Andrew Davis, Derek Moreno, Joy Bonke, Madelyn Rusch, Sayge Ackerman, Tia Zhang, Aubrey Dickens, Martha Moreno, Galen Miller, Ella Esh, Josie Born, Michaela Love and Kim Holzwart.

FFA Greenhouse opening April 27

Spring has sprung! The Laker FFA greenhouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday starting April 27. If someone  needs to come earlier, he/she can call the ag room at (989) 453-4600 ext. 261 and arrange a time to meet someone at the greenhouse. Prices are $12 per plant or $10 each for a purchase of five or more plants. The plants are hanging geraniums. The ending date is May 9.

Laker FIRST Robotics team rocks at competition

A big congrats goes out to our FIRST Robotics team. It took 18th out of 40 teams after 80 qualifying matches during the competition in Midland in mid-March. This is quite a feat for this young team (in its second year). Way to go! The hours of hard work really paid off. Here is a pic of  the team members who were at the competition. 



Laker flutist chosen for all-star band!

Josette Born, a flute player with the Laker HS band, has been selected to be part of the 120-member Dana Wilson All-Star Band that is slated to perform April 16 at Western Michigan University. She was nominated to perform in this band by our Band Director Samantha Corrion and she was officially selected to perform by WMU music professors. The band features high school band students from all over Michigan. Kudos to you, Josette! 

Elkton Lions breakfast to benefit baseball, golf teams

Click the link below to see more info. Thank you for your support!More

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.

Have an idea/suggestion?

If you have an idea/suggestion regarding a program at the junior high/high school, either academic or extracurricular, please contact a teacher (click here for a listing of addresses) or contact Principal Brian Keim.  We welcome your input!

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.

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
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Laker prom is around the corner!

6:30-11:30 p.m. May 2 @ Franklin Inn

Tickets ($35) on sale now through April 24. 

Bringing books to life


As  part of March is Reading Month, Laker High School students from the theater class perform children's books for Laker Elementary students. Each theater student picks a book, memorizes it and performs it, while a classmate videotapes the performance for critiquing purposes. Children enjoy seeing their favorite books come to life. The theater class is taught by Samantha Corrion. Pictured here are Megan M., Josie B. and Nick W. performing for second graders.

A dose of reality - Laker HS anatomy class

takes Scheurer tour




Students in Scott Lebsack's anatomy class visited Scheurer Hospital for a very informative tour in March. They learned about various departments and what employees do in these departments. Students even had a chance to "suit up" to enter the surgery area. Thank you to Scheurer Hospital for providing such a valuable experience for our students!

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

Strings springing into full swing




The after-school violin group at Lakers, which includes students from upper elementary through high school, is now more than 20 members strong and the group meets once a week. Some  members meet with the group's director, Samantha Corrion (band director, pictured above)), one additional time per week for extra practice.  Fellow teachers Deb Hasselschwert (pictured below) and Stephanie Segroves also help out with the violin group in small group settings. This group was made possible through a MCACA $12,500 grant received earlier this year that paid for 17 violins and paid for a visit from The Moxie Strings, a dynamic and fun Michigan-based performance group. The plan is to have the Moxie Strings visit one more time this school year to work with students in this strings group. We're super excited about this great opportunity!





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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Yellow Ribbon program
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Click here for the Yellow Ribbon website.
Mission Statement
Laker High School will develop in all students the ability to live and learn in an ever-changing and diverse world; to master academic and technological skills; to communicate, cooperate and work as a team; and to think critically and be effective problem solvers.

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. Click this link for more info: AdvancEd