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October 23, 2023

Dear Lakewood Schools Families,

Last Thursday marked the end of the first quarter of the school year. It’s beyond comprehension that our school year is already one-quarter of the way completed!

At Convocation for staff on August 21 and in my opening message for the year, I shared the outcomes of our Strategic Planning process and that we must commit to live our new vision of “Reimagining education, instilling community pride, inspiring future success.” I am proud to say that all district staff have strived to live this vision so far, as well as our new mission of making Lakewood “a family-friendly, inclusive community dedicated to empowering every learner through innovation, collaborative problem-solving and consistent communication.” In addition, the action teams focused on each goal area have been meeting to help further deliver on our new vision and mission.

On September 14, the Ohio Department of Education released its 2023 Ohio Schools Report Card. We are proud to say that Lakewood Local Schools earned a 4-star overall rating (rated on a 5-point scale) – 5 stars in Progress, 4 stars in Gap Closing, and 3 stars in each Early Literacy, Achievement, and Graduation. Many parts of the report card reinforce the great work our students, teachers, and principals are doing in our schools, and some parts we must continue to improve but, as with most student data, it encourages us to dig deeper and look at more data about our students’ progress and programming. To witness a more complete picture, please talk to your children, other students, educators, and families about what is happening in our buildings each day. I also encourage you to visit our District website, subscribe to our newsletters, and follow our social media channels. If you are interested in learning more about the State Report Card, visit the ODE’s webpage.

Finally, October is School Safety Month and National Bully Prevention Month. Student and staff safety is a top priority in our district and certainly something we focus on the entire year. Our district staff are always open to conversations with students; however, if a student does not feel comfortable talking with our staff in person, we also have an anonymous Safety Tip Hotline available for students to report safety concerns. To learn more about the resources at Lakewood or to report an anonymous concern, visit In addition, parents/guardians should never be afraid to call the school to report a safety concern. Additional information and resources can be found at And

Thank you for your continued support. It’s Lancer Time!

Dr. Mark Gleichauf

Superintendent, Lakewood Local Schools

Reimagining education, instilling community pride, inspiring future success.

State of the Schools Reports

State of the Schools February 16, 2023

Dr. Gleichauf and local municipalities share an update on the 2022-2023 school year.

State of the Schools February 2, 2022

Dr. Gleichauf shares an update on the 2021-2022 school year.

State of the Schools February 17, 2021

Dr. Gleichauf shares an update on the 2020 - 2021 School Year.