Laker seniors enjoy valuable job shadowing experiences
Tyler S. and Randi R. are two 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. Tyler's 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.
Deadly distractions...Laker grad shares eye-opening info
Did you know...
If you text while driving (which is illegal), you are 23 times more likely to be involved in a vehicle crash. If you talk on the phone while driving (which is not illegal), you are six times more likely to be involved in a crash. And...traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for those ages 15-20. These were some of the facts shared during a very serious presentation by Brenda (Buschlen) Hoffman, a 1990 Laker graduate. She is a Michigan State Trooper and she came to Laker High via invitation. After showing some videos and speaking about distracted driving and the tragic consequences that can result, she took some questions from the audience. She also polled the high schoolers, asking how many of them had ever texted while driving. Quite a number of students raised their hand. Hopefully, the presentation will help reduce that number as much as possible.
Prior to her distracted driving presentation, Hoffman gave a career presentation about being a state trooper and opportunities in law enforcement.
11-1 - Be Proud of What You've Done!
It's been an awesome season...one that won't be forgotten!
AND...Congrats to ALL of our awesome teams for working hard and representing Lakers so well. We are proud of all of you for doing things "The Laker Way."
National Honor Society members inducted
Congratulations to our newest National Honor Society inductees:
Back row (L to R): Rebecca Dubs, Jake Bushey, Aaron Maust, Justin Elliott, Matthew Bowen.
Third Row (L to R): Michelle Schulze, Chloe Rosa, Brooklynn Fritz, Kaylee Wiese, Jarid Heck, Karoline Bushey, Megan McGehee.
Second Row (L to R): Ryan Hill, Seth Bowles, Amanda Gettel, Cierra Shetler, Joy Bonke.
Front Row (L to R): Kimberly Holzwart, Chelsea Dickens, Kaitlyn Reinhardt, Brittany Hatfield, Seth Randall.
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: 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: