Welcome Back Lakewood
What an exciting year we’re beginning. We’ll kick off the school year together on our first day of school, August 17th, at our Lakewood Lancers Stadium & Calhoun Memorial Field Dedication at 6PM. We’re excited to introduce our Fall Sports teams and welcome all community members to enjoy this incredible new space you’re providing for our students.
We’re welcoming students back with refreshed classrooms and renovated science labs at the middle school and a new career and college center at the high school. Work will continue after school begins and includes entry vestibules in both buildings to increase safety and new bathrooms and improved facilities for Life Skills classes at LMS.
We’re also continuing to work through the best solution for our elementary buildings. Our Elementary School Planning Team and Finance Task Force, made up of community members, local business leaders and school staff, have worked with experts over the last several months to understand student needs, 21st century learning environments and school financing options so that they can recommend the best solution to the school board this Fall. It has been inspiring to see our community work together to support student learning and achievement.
Facilities are not the only way we’re enhancing student learning at Lakewood. Students at Hebron will be working with Lego Robotics kits to enhance their STEM learning. At Jackson, we’re implementing new curriculum called, Reading Units of Study where teachers will meet weekly with literacy coaches and one another to ensure all students increase comprehension and critical reading/writing skills. At LMS, we’ve adjusted the schedule to allow for “Leaders & Learners” time where staff will work with students to develop our leaders and learners traits. LHS has also made changes to the schedule creating a period in the day that will allow students to participate in new learning activities like internships, leadership and philanthropic clubs and career presentations. These authentic learning experiences allow students to better understand how what they’re learning in the classroom applies in real life situations.
As you can see, it’s an exciting year ahead. Thank you for all you do to support our students’ success every day. Together, we can help them achieve their goals.
Mary Kay Andrews, Superintendent