We are half way through our school year and we have accomplished so much already. Most notably, our new academic wing at the high school opened to students and staff on Jan. 3! Reviews have been positive and everyone is enjoying the bright new learning spaces and being under one roof again. The building will be open for a public tour on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6-8 pm.
Additional good news is that the new LHS cafeteria will be ready for students this April, ahead of the original August timeline. That will be followed by the performing arts wing opening with the start of school in August. The athletic areas will be ready to go in November to accommodate the addition of the elevated indoor track (made possible by a generous donation by First Federal Lakewood) and a fitness center.
Our students are doing great things as well! Two of our seniors, Ian Bell and Rachel Daso have been nominated as 2 of only 20 Ohio seniors to apply to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. We also had a record number of our art students win top honors in the regional competition of the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Something we have been trying to raise awareness of lately is the new Ohio graduation requirements, which go into effect with this year’s junior class. The old credits-only requirement (as in you need 21 credits to graduate) is now replaced with the curriculum credits coupled with a choice of three different pathways to a diploma that involve scoring 18 points overall on state assessments; obtaining a remedial free ACT or SAT score; or earning industry credentials through Work Key credits. If you are worried your student is not on track or you wish to know where he or she stands on point totals, please contact your student’s counselor. This information is important for some of our middle schoolers as well as some are earning high school credits and taking assessments as early as seventh grade. For more information on this critical component of your child’s education, please visit our web site page on Graduation Requirements.
Finally, this past quarter, we lost someone who had a profound and positive impact on our District in former Superintendent Joe Madak. We owe much of what we all value and take pride in in this District to the leadership of Dr. Madak over his two tenures as superintendent of the Lakewood City Schools. The world will miss his leadership, wisdom, intelligence and compassion.