Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

Hello Lancer Families,

I hope this message finds you well. We are so proud of our students for staying engaged and working hard to finish strong. We know too that there is uncertainty and that makes it hard to focus. We know it has taken courage to keep going and we are inspired by that. While we are winding down, there is still a little way to go and if your child is still working to bring a grade to passing, I do encourage you to reach out to teachers and make sure they know you son or daughter is still working and make sure you know too what needs to be done.

Updates and Reminders

Graduation Ceremony

June 1 and 2, we had our seniors come in and walk across our PAC stage in their caps and gowns.   Truly, it has been heartwarming to give our seniors and their families this opportunity. We are compiling video and we will be airing the compiled ceremony on June 10, 2020 at 5 pm. Links will be sent out for you to view the ceremony. Or you can go to the district website to find the link to the ceremony. We are so very proud of our talented, compassionate, amazing, class of 2020.

Senior Awards Ceremony

We will be having our senior awards ceremony via a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at 6 pm. If you have not yet turned in your awards, you have until June 4 to do so. We need a little time to put things together so please do get that in as soon as possible. We will send out a link to the meeting. If you have received scholarships and awards please do not assume we know, you need to share the information with us and documentation as well. We do want to honor you and we do need your help to do so.

Senior Parade-June 15-Note correction to time-

We are indeed holding a senior parade on June 15 to hand out diplomas and awards for students who have earned them. Please note the time is from 2:30-5:30 pm it is NOT 1-3 pm as stated on the insert in the diploma cover. We do apologize for the mistake. We will be sending instructions and it will be similar to the sign pick up. There will be staff on hand to cheer you on to your futures! We will send out a map and a schedule as we have for the other events.

Last Day of School

The last day of school will be June 17. We are finalizing a schedule for that last week of school and we will get that out very shortly. Again, we so appreciate the way that the vast majority of our students have hung in there and continued to engage and learn. There is still time and for students who perhaps have not quite passed a class yet or who want a higher grade, please keep in communication with his or her teacher and keep working!   Do let us know how we can support you to finish strong.

Starting School Next Year

As we end one school year, we are looking carefully at how we start next school year. Always there is the hope that we could just start school like we usually do. However, we can’t rely on that, we need to be prepared with several options for getting back to school. Please know that we are actively working on plans to be prepared to start school however we need, to keep students learning and support our families. I just wanted my families to know we are being thoughtful about that and will listen to the experts when making our decisions. Hopefully we all get a little summer this year.

We could not have predicted how this school year would play out but we should all take pride in sticking together. We will continue to do so throughout the summer and in to our next school year. Let’s finish strong and then take a breath and rest. We will have plenty more work and learning to do next year too.   I am very proud of all of my Lancers and look forward to continuing to serve you!





Karen Mauer-Smith

Very Proud Principal

Lakes High School


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