"Bridging" the gap
Lakers took part in the MDOT Bridge Challenge this year for the first time. Two teams traveled to Lansing to join more than 300 other teams in the competition that involved designing bridges, testing the strength of these bridges and presenting a PowerPoint presentation to a panel of engineers. The Laker teams included (pictured from the left) Holly T., Morgan F., Dylan S., science teacher/team adviser Deb Hasselschwert, Josie B., Katie S. and Emilio C. Lakers didn't place in the top three, but the teams were chosen to do a demonstration during the awards ceremony. The teams learned a lot and had a good time. The goal of this program is to engage students in solving real-world problems, connecting students to the work world ("bridging" the gap between classroom work and the world outside) and inspiring them to consider careers in transportation and civil engineering.
Book reviews for the screen
Recently, John Rea's ninth-grade English class completed book review presentations for the Markus Zusak novel “The Book Thief,” which was made into a movie in 2013. However, these were not your book reviews from yesteryear; students used their iPads for the presentations. To complete the assignment, they used an app called Touchcast, which is a new medium that looks like video, but feels like the web. Students used TouchCast to add various items from the web (video, graphics, images, Twitter feeds, polls, news headlines, etc.) to their video presentation. These items are added “live” as the video is playing, making the video interactive. The students’ presentations had to incorporate various themes of the book. It’s a whole new way for students to share what they’ve learned about a subject.
Pictured above, Rea talks with Bailey K. about his book review. Corbin G. adds items to his presentation in Touchcast. Ashley B. and Alexis H. work together on creating the video portion of their book reviews.
Hello to the stage, "Bye Bye Birdie"!
Members of the Laker Theater Troupe are preparing for the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," which will be performed May 15-18. The student actors/actresses are practicing lines, lyrics and even some dance steps! The production is directed by Samantha Corrion.
First Robotics team wraps up first year
During its second competition, which took place March 21-22 in Midland, the Laker First Robotics team ended up placing 21st out of 40 teams - quite a feat considering this is a new team! The team beat two other local teams from Harbor Beach and Ubly. Congrats to this hard-working team - we're proud of all of you!
Click the link below for some video footage from Midland - it gives an idea of what the Aerial Assist competition was like. Lakers' team number is 5156.
First Robotics competition
Rachel's Challenge moves students to start chain reaction
The student reactions to the emotionally-charged Rachel's Challenge presentations Sept. 11 were immediate. Many students had tears in their eyes. Students also could be seen in the hallways sharing high fives, hugs and words of encouragement. The goal is to keep these positive incidents going all year, every year, which is why Lakers also has a Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, which met for the first time Sept. 11 after the assemblies. Pictured, students link arms to form task groups during the FOR Club meeting. The task groups met to discuss projects to work on to help improve the school environment by eliminating various types of negativity, such as student cliques being critical of other cliques. The 100-member FOR Club, which includes students in grades 6-12, has some great ideas! Get ready to be wowed!
Laker HS students getting plenty of credit!
Click on the link to read about the very beneficial College Direct program, a dual enrollment program that Laker students have taken advantage of to get a head start on earning their college degrees: College Direct.docx
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 is 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: