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*Announcement for Laker Secondary School parents*

A message from Laker Secondary School Principal Brian Keim:
"Dear parents, we are experiencing ongoing technical difficulties with our calling system. Please bear with us as we work to find a solution. Due to these issues, we will be putting eligibility and mandatory tutoring on hold for an additional week following Thanksgiving break. Thank you for your patience, and Happy Thanksgiving."

The Laker Anchor newsletter Nov. 2014

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

Lakers is alive with the "Sound of Music" in November!

The Laker Theater Group will perform "The Sound of Music" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per student (K-12). Witness the wonderful talent we have here at Lakers!


It's a busy busy time for Laker FFA!

The Laker FFA is always doing something -  but November is especially busy! 
* Chickens will be ready to sell in mid-November! Call (989) 453-4600 ext. 261 to purchase a chicken...or two...or more!
*FFA Fruit Sales - orders will be taken until Nov. 21 and the fruit will be delivered Dec. 3.
* The popular Toy Tractor Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 3 at Lakers! Adult admission: $4. Kids ages 6-12:  $1. 

November break

Lakers will not have school  Nov. 24-28. 

Laker Spanish class for adults coming in December

Treat yourself. Broaden your horizons. Maybe even get a promotion at work. How can you do this? Well, it doesn't have anything to do with buying a fancy new involves learning a new language - Spanish! Lakers is offering an adult Spanish class starting in December. It not only will provide benefits for you - proceeds from the cost of the class will help pay for Laker students to go to the Dominican Republic for a community service trip. How awesome is that? For info, click the "More" link.More

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.

Vote for Mr. Wheeler!

Don Wheeler, looooong time ag teacher/FFA adviser, has been nominated for a WSMH Fox 66 Golden Apple award. Vote for Mr. Wheeler  from now until Nov. 30 so he can walk away with the prize! Click this link to vote: VOTE!

Laker Band Christmas concert

Laker Band program Christmas concert - 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the auditorium. 

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

Laker HS Christmas Dance

'Tis the season to get your boogey on and enjoy time with friends. The Laker HS Dance will be 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the high school. Pay at the door.  $6 per person; $10 per couple. 

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
What's New

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 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:


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


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:

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