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Announcements

Secondary school office open Wednesdays

During the summer, the secondary school office will be open every Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. School tours and enrollments are welcome at any time. 

Lakers hires new agriscience teacher

Laker grad Haley Schulz has been hired as the new agriscience teacher/FFA adviser. She majored in environmental studies and agriscience at MSU. She has experience with the state and national FFA organization and has worked with Northern Thumb Crop Consulting LLC and Michigan Farm Bureau. We're proud to have Haley join our staff! 



Summer School Information

Summer School registration forms are available.  If you have failed a class, are credit deficient, or are looking for an enrichment opportunity, please click on the above link.

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Laker HS is a bronze-medal recipient!

U.S. News and World Report has named Laker High as a bronze medal school. Only 20 percent of schools across the nation were deemed as bronze schools - this is a great honor. It's based on the fact that Laker students performed better than the state average on the 2012-13 Michigan Merit Exam reading and math assessments. The performance of economically disadvantaged students was factored in, as well. Kudos to our hard working, dedicated staff and students for this honor. For more information, visit this website.



Congrats to the 2015 Val and Sal!

 

 

Stacey Elliott and Kalyn Wurst


 

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Three Laker seniors receive Hueschen Scholarship!

Three Laker seniors are the recipients this year of the Gordon W. and Loyse B. Hueschen Science Scholarship. They are Kaitlyn Reinhardt, daughter of Jason and Patti Reinhardt of Pigeon; Cody Voelker, son of Eric and Pauline Voelker of Pigeon; and Kalyn Wurst, daughter of Chris and Shelly Wurst of Bay Port. This prestigious scholarship - only available to Laker High students - provides up to four years of full tuition, fees, room and board to MSU. The seniors need to be entering a qualifying science program at MSU in order to be considered for this scholarship and they need to meet other academic standards.  Congrats to all of these families!

Laker Secondary School receives wellness award

Laker Secondary School has received a Michigan School Wellness Bronze Award for the work it does to promote student wellness every day, including services offered through the Laker Wellness Clinic.

A special ceremony for winning schools took place May 13 at the Michigan State Capitol building, where Lakers received a plaque and a certificate. We are so appreciative of Scheurer Hospital for partnering with us in offering many of the wellness services students receive.


Pictured below are state Sen. Phil Pavlov, nurse practitioner Brenda Kretzschmer and RN Brooke McNabb from Scheurer Hospital/Laker Wellness Center, Laker Secondary School Principal Brian Keim and state Rep. Edward Canfield.



In addition, Laker Secondary School and the Laker Wellness Center are featured on the  Michigan Healthy School Success Story website. Click on the "more" link below to view the article.  


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The Laker Job Shadowing program - it's the real deal!

Find out more about this awesome program that puts our high school students in the driver's seat. Click on the "more" link for a video that features some of our students who have enjoyed job shadowing experiences. This is one of the many opportunities for our students that makes us "Uniquely Lakers."More

Laker memorabilia possibilities

Coffee cups, pens, flags ... which of these Laker memorabilia items would you want to purchase? Prices are to be determined, but would be reasonable. For some items, there are multiple designs. Let us know what you would be interested in. Click on the "more" link to see the items. Email Traci at tweisenbach@lakerschools.org with your favorites (including your favorite design choice). You are not purchasing anything at this time - just voting! Your input will decide what items are purchased by the school in the future. Thank you for your time! More

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!

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

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

Laker Anchor newsletter June 2015

Click on the "more" link to read the latest edition of the Laker Anchor quarterly newsletter.More
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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


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What's New

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

 


Former Laker teacher Joe Wiley talks about what types of things the students do on the trips and the uniqueness of the trips:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7J5hXtpg78

 

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

 

 

   Youth leaders provide positive guidance for students

  
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