Principal Message

Lakes Principal Ray Kurtz

Hello Lancer Families,

As we start 2nd semester, here are some upcoming events.

February 15th – We have partnered with Ignite Nation to create an all-day event for our 9th grade students which will help develop Social Emotional skills. Here is a link for more information.

February 22nd – Financial Aid night will go from 5pm to 6pm. This is for all families who have 11th or 12th grade students.

February 23rd – Tolo Dance which will go from 8pm to 11pm in the LHS cafeteria. Tickets are $10 without ASB and $5 with ASB card.

Also, we will begin course registration for the 2024-25 school year. Please begin to talk to your student about what classes they may be interested in taking next year. 

Community Events 

2024 Replacement Levy  

Clover Park School District will have a four-year Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy for voter consideration in the 2024 special election on Feb. 13. The Replacement Levy continues our community’s investment in our students and will continue essential funding beyond state basic education to support student readiness, safety and security, educational technology and extracurricular programs. 

Learn more about what the levy funds: 

Contact community relations at 253-583-5040 if you have questions or need additional information.

Register to Vote

Election Day is Feb. 13! Ballots for the 2024 general election have been mailed.

Make sure you follow the directions to correctly fill out and enclose your ballot in its envelope. Your ballot, which must be postmarked by Feb. 13, can then be dropped off at a drop box location near you – no stamp needed.   

There are three drop boxes in the Lakewood Area at the Lakewood Park and Ride (10417 S Tacoma Way), Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main St SW) and Tillicum Community Center, 14916 Washington Ave SW).

Haven’t registered to vote? There’s still time! Visit https://vote.gov/register/wa/ to register today. You can register to vote all the way up to Election Day if you visit the Pierce County Election Center at 2501 S. 35th St. C, Tacoma, WA 98409.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Join Lakes High School as we celebrate the history and legacy of the Black community throughout the month.

Celebrate important contributions of Black leaders of our district and Lakewood community. CPSD has partnered with the city of Lakewood to celebrate the “Hidden Heroes” in our community to raise awareness for local heroes making a difference. 

This year, we asked students from Harrison Preparatory School’s Black Student Union to share why it is important for them to see Black professionals in various career fields. 

You can hear their answers by watching the four videos shared through the month of February on the city of Lakewood Instagram account (@cityoflakewoodwa). You can also read more about this year’s heroes on the City of Lakewood website.

CTE Month

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides important pathways to success for students and offers them opportunities to personalize their education based on their career interests and unique learning needs. 

CPSD is proud to have a robust CTE curriculum at each of our middle and high schools to support our students as they explore future career options. This month, we’re celebrating the curiosity and determination of our students and CTE staff who do everything they can to ensure students get the most out of their CTE courses. 

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year begins Saturday, Feb. 10! Join the many communities who celebrate this important holiday as they ring in the year of the dragon which symbolizes power, nobility, honor, luck and success.  

Learn more about Lunar New Year, the Chinese Zodiac and important traditional customs.

National School Counseling Week

Feb. 5-9 is National School Counseling Week. Join Lakes High School as we celebrate the counselors who lead our team as we support our students’ emotional and mental health.

Without their contributions, our students would not be able to walk through our doors and strive for academic success knowing they are supported along the way. We honor their work and thank them for helping our students to set goals for career and educational opportunities after high school. Join us in thanking all our counselors for their dedication to our students! 

Presidents Day Weekend

There is no school for students Friday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 19, in honor of Presidents Day. Have a great holiday weekend! Schools will resume Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Learn more about Presidents Day. 

Stay Informed

January Inside Schools

The January edition of Inside Schools is here! Read more about high school programs that enrich student learning, the district's new history curriculum and CPSD's three new board members. 

Inclement Weather Procedures

In the event of a school delay or closure, you will be notified via telephone and email using the school district’s notification system. Local television media may also share this information, but it is important to look for Clover Park School District, not Lakewood School District.

The emergency condition messages most often used by Clover Park School District are as follows:

  • Two Hours Late: This means buses will begin their first route two hours late but at regularly scheduled stops, and schools will start two hours late.
    • NO preschool, ECEAP or Head Start.
    • NO early release or transition programs.
    • NO out-of-district transportation.
  • Schools Closed: This means all Clover Park schools are closed for all students.
    • No transportation will be provided to other schools outside of our district even though they may be open and operating on schedule.
    • All scheduled activities are also canceled.
    • District administrative offices will be open and administrators are expected to report to work as soon as safely possible.

What happens if there is a school delay on a late start Wednesday?

In the event of a two-hour school delay on a scheduled late start Wednesday, there will be no one-hour late start Wednesday. If a two-hour delay falls on a late start Wednesday, your school will start two hours later than a typical non-late start school day (a 2-hour delay is one hour later than a late start Wednesday). Please see the table below for the start time of your student’s school when there is a two-hour delay. 

School Start Times For a 2-Hour Delay

If a two-hour delay has been announced due to inclement weather and/or road conditions, please review the table below to see when your student’s school will start. Schools will dismiss at regular time unless communicated otherwise:

Schools Regular Start Time(non-late start Wednesday)
 2 Hour Delay Start TimeRegardless of Day
High Schools: Clover Park, Lakes, Harrison Prep 7:25 a.m. 9:25 a.m.
Middle Schools: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Thomas 9 a.m. 11 a.m.
Elementary Schools: Beachwood, Carter Lake, Custer, Dower, Idlewild, Lake Louise, Lakeview and Oakbrook 8:10 a.m. 10:10 a.m.
Elementary Schools: Evergreen, Hillside, Meriwether, Rainier, Tillicum, Tyee Park 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Elementary Schools: Four Heroes and Park Lodge 9 a.m. 11 a.m.

Keep Your Contact Information Updated

It is important that families and staff members keep their contact information updated in case of inclement weather or emergencies. Families can update their information in Skyward Family Access or contact  their student’s school to verify contact information. Families can sign up for Flash Alerts to receive the most up-to-date closure notifications. 

Safety First

If you do not feel your student can make it safely to school on an inclement weather day, your student's absence will be excused.

Get Involved!

District Joins Social Media Lawsuit

The ever-present digital age has brought about incredible advancements, but it has also ushered in the influence of social media platforms that significantly impact our students. While these platforms offer some benefits, they are increasingly causing harm to our students, particularly in the areas of mental health, privacy, and safety. 

We are deeply concerned about the negative impacts these platforms have on our students, such as cyberbullying and other related issues. The Clover Park School District Board of Directors recently passed a resolution to participate in a lawsuit against several social media companies. 

The resolution passed by our School Board is grounded in the recognition that excessive social media use is contributing to mental health issues in our community, state and nation. The lawsuit, which is currently taking place, aims to hold social media companies accountable for the harm they have caused. 

As we move forward with this lawsuit, we remain committed to supporting our students in every way possible. We will provide updates on the lawsuit's progress and continue to offer resources to help families navigate the digital landscape. 

Here are some valuable resources to help you navigate your child's online activities and support their safety and well-being: 

  •  Common Sense Media for expert reviews, age-appropriate recommendations, and advice on media usage. 
  • Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between (Common Sense Media): Explore this Common Sense Media article to gain insights into the world of social media and how to manage it as a parent. 
  • CPSD Internet Safety Information Night Video: Watch the CPSD Internet Safety Information Night video to learn more about internet safety and protecting your child online. 
  • Parents' Ultimate Guide to TikTok (Common Sense Media): TikTok is immensely popular among youth. This guide will help you understand and manage your child's TikTok use. 
  • TikTok App Safety (internetmatters.org): Discover tips and resources for ensuring your child's safety on TikTok by visiting internetmatters.org

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can ensure a safer and more positive online experience for our children. 

Learning and Health Resources

Academic Resources 

Conferences are nearing and it is the perfect time to review academic resources that are available for your child to help support them through their academic journey for the 2023-24 school year. You can find information about these resources and more on the Student Page of our district website.  

Paper - Free Online Tutoring (Secondary students only) 

  • Get extra help on assignments and essays with Paper’s 24/7 FREE tutor access! CPSD partners with Paper to provide unlimited assistance to secondary students from highly-trained tutors who can provide quick feedback and real-time answers to challenging questions. Access Paper through the Students page on the district website or by downloading the Paper app on the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

Learning Apps (available for all students)

  • CPSD offers a variety of learning apps to help students learn at their own pace at home. Log into the Clever Portal under the Student Page of the district website to access apps such as Freckle, Zearn and more that can take your student’s learning to the next level.

Hazel Health

Fall weather is known for beautiful changing leaves, sweater weather and crisp autumn nights. It’s also known for the flu, sniffles, allergies, cold symptoms, seasonal depression and much more.

Hazel Health provides students with access to free mental health counseling and virtual on-demand doctor visits without having to leave school during the day, with services available Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s important to monitor your physical and mental health this time of year, so use Hazel Health to help your student thrive. To learn more about Hazel Health, watch this series of short videos.