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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.

Laker Anchor newsletter April 2015

Click the "more" link for the latest edition of the Laker Anchor newsletter.  Keep up to date on  your beloved Laker Schools! More

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.  


Band awards to be given in June

Band awards will be given at 6:30 p.m. June 1 at the secondary school.

Senior, underclassmen awards night June 3

Seniors and underclassmen will have an awards night June 3. Dessert will be at 6:15 p.m. and the ceremony will be at 7 p.m. 

Laker volleyball camp coming in June

Bump, set, spike! Learn the tools of the volleyball trade at the Laker Volleyball Camp. Registration due by June 12. (NOTE: To view these images in a larger size, right click on each image and select "Open image in new tab." From there, you also can print out the flyer, registration form and release form.)

Laker HS artists to have work displayed at PA Farmers Market

Laker Secondary School art teacher Ward Donovan was asked by the Thumb Arts Guild (TAG) to submit four pieces of student artwork to the TAG Memorial Day Weekend show in Port Austin (during the opening of the Farmers Market).  The show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 23-24) on Arch Street (between M-25 and W. State Street, near the middle of the market). Two of the pieces Mr. Donovan chose are pictured here. 
The green expressionist acrylic painting is by junior Joseph McArdle. The red and blue piece is a pastel drawing by Sydney Nuncio, another Laker junior. Congrats to these student artists - their works will be viewed by thousands of people!  


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 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

Laker FFA - another State Star!

Congratulations to Emma Maust  - FFA State Star in Agribusiness! She was selected during the state convention in mid-March at MSU. She's continuing the strong tradition of FFA State Stars from the Laker chapter! Brandon Krohn and Kelsey Robinson are FFA State Star finalists in Production Ag and Ag Placement, respectively. All of the Laker FFA did a great job at the state-level competition  - we're very proud of our team! Check out the "announcements" section of the FFA page for more Laker FFA successes at the convention - featuring two local grads.


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!

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.

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
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

Yellow Ribbon program
Need help? Call 1-800-273 -TALK (8255)
Click here for the Yellow Ribbon website.
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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.   



Congrats to our 2015 Val and Sal!


Stacey Elliott and Kalyn Wurst

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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



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 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:


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

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