Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

Hello Lancer Families,

I hope this message finds you safe and well.  We are heading in to the stretch before break and hopefully some much needed rest for families, our students and staff.  To say these are difficult times is of course an understatement!  I am in awe of the genuine efforts on the part of students and staff to be there for each other.  There are times where we all feel overwhelmed, particularly our young people with life events and school as well.  Our hearts are aching for our students and families and too, we have been so inspired by their fortitude, courage and caring.   We too, are proud of the work our staff is doing to keep students and families supported and cared for.  We are learning every step of the way, and your feedback means a lot and when we return from break we will reach out again to families and our students. Please know too, it is still ok, to not be ok.  It is still ok, to need help and ask for support.  We will work with you and we do want to know.  You can reach out to our admin team, counselors, teachers or contact the main office if you are not sure how best to reach out or with whom you should speak.  Below you will find contact information. 

Celebrations, Shout Outs & Fun Things

Hello Families!  Want to have some fun with your Lakes Lancer?  Next week is Spirit Week and we are inviting all of you to dress up with your Lancer!!  Here are the following days/themes.  Can't wait to see those family photos.  If you want to send them to you might just be featured in  future weekly announcements!!

  • Monday December 14: crazy sock day
  • Tuesday December 15: twin day
  • Wednesday December 16: ugly sweater day
  • Thursday December 17: throwback day
  • Friday December 18: holiday day

ASB Announcements –A sweet message from our wonderful ASB students!

And Still they sing…Our Amazing Choir and their equally amazing teacher! 

SLC Attendance at an all-time high!

Thank you so much for participating so diligently in Student Led Conferences!  We had a 94% attendance rate.  Remember that our Lancers need to have that conference to pass advisory.  IF you still need to have a conference please connect with your advisor or the main office and we will help you facilitate that.  We can even stand in for a parent or guardian if they are unable to make it. 

Updates and Reminders


Lakes Main Office Number


Lakes Administration

Principal: Karen Mauer-Smith:

Assistant Principal: Michelle Gallow (Grade 10):

Assistant Principal: DeWayne Lindh (Grades 11 & 12):

Assistant Principal: Tanya Simons (Grade 9):

Lakes Counselors

Carley Cysensky (Last Names G-NE):

Jose Claudio (Last Names NF-Z):

Trisha Eargle (Last Names A-F):

Graduation Specialist

Garrett Miller:

The Week Before Break

This is just a reminder that the week before break will be used to let students complete work and get caught up as they need to.  There will be no new learning.  There may be some tests, as teachers want students to test while the learning is still fresh but other than that students will have time to complete the work in front of them, get help and get caught up.  The one exception is AP classes as necessary. 

No Work Winter Break

For both students and staff, we are wanting everyone to step away from the computers and work and take a true break.  We may be having a very different break in terms of what some of our traditions might have been.  Too, we can rest and do small things we enjoy.  We will pick it back up on January 4.  Until then, when the virtual bell rings on Friday, December 18, 2020 it is time for some rest!

Please know we are not perfect but we do love our Lancer Family and we are here for you. We will get through this together and with think of our Lancers and miss them every day.  Please do reach out and let us know what you need and too, share your celebrations.  Tell us about the great things your child is doing we would love to know and share.  We love you all Lancers and we are #LancerStrong!



Karen Mauer-Smith

Very Proud Principal

Lakes High School

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