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 Barb Smith, Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program coordinator (pictured), visited Laker High School Dec. 3 to speak during two assemblies (one for the high school, one for the junior high) about the program and what students can do if they feel they need help or if they believe a friend/family member needs help. She shared risk factors and warning signs - and how some of the warning signs might not be what people would expect (such as abnormal sleep patterns or giving prized possessions away). She noted one of the risk factors is mental health disorders and that 1 out of 10 high school students suffers some type of depression. She shared several stories of young men and women who became victims of suicide and explained that those who commit suicide are not trying to end their life - they're trying to end their pain.
A local woman, Mary, shared her tragic, heart-wrenching story about her son, Matt, who committed suicide five years ago. Her story brought tears to many in the audience. "Suicide is one of the biggest mistakes you can make," Mary said. "Once you take your life, you can't ever get it back. Don't ever think you won't be missed. You'll be missed more than you can imagine." For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program, click on the "more" link.
Laker High School will be hosting a "Silent Night" basketball game on December 18. The Lady Lakers will be taking on the Reese Rockets for the last home game before Christmas Break. Come on out and support our team by wearing your Christmas colors. We also will be passing a Santa hat during the game to help raise money for the Huron County Safeplace.More
The Laker FFA is always doing something!
*FFA Fruit Sales - the fruit is in. Call 989-453-4600 ext. 261 for info.
* 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.
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.
Click on the "more" link for more information on this position at Laker Secondary Schools.More 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 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
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.
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.
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:
.Need help? Call 1-800-273 -TALK (8255)
Click here for the Yellow Ribbon website.
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