Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

Dear Lancer Families,

Happy May Day!  I hope the first day of May includes sunshine and flowers for you! 
While the year is coming to a close, there is still much to do and celebrate.  Please continue to check Skyward to stay on top of your child’s progress and do not hesitate to contact teachers with wonders, questions or concerns.  Please help your daughter or son to understand the importance of perseverance and finishing the year strong; by continuing to work actively towards a successful semester’s end.  

During the month of May, we have a number of important events even beyond the precious time students spend in their classes.  AP testing runs from May 6-May 17. Students have already signed up and need to make their final payments at student accounts by, or before, May 6, 2019.  If you have any questions, please either see Mrs. Yearsley in Student Accounts or Mrs. Simons. Students will be made aware of testing locations, times and what to bring.  They may also check in with their AP teachers if they have any questions.    They have been working hard all year to prepare. I know they will be successful!  Please make sure you know when they are testing and that they get a good night’s sleep and eat a solid breakfast.  

May 6, 2019 through May 10, 2019 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  This is a perfect time to send an email to your son or daughter’s favorite educator with a line or two of thanks for what they do.  If you or your daughter or son have a little time, I know it would be well received.  Thanks for thinking about it!   Truly, it is amazing how a few words of encouragement and appreciation can make your whole day brighter!

May is also a busy and exciting time for our seniors. There are more events/dates listed on the timeline which can be found on our website.  However, below are some in particular, of which families will want to be aware. 

May 3 Senior Awards List is due May 3, in the Guidance Office.  If you get awards after this date, you can still let the Guidance Office staff know about it. You MUST provide documentation of scholarships and awards received with the amount of the scholarship(s) listed, to have it printed in the graduation program. There will be a point when we cannot guarantee the awards list will be printed in the graduation program, but we will take information up to the day before the Senior Recognition Ceremony on May 28, 2019.

May 8 Senior Meeting in the PAC during advisory-review of graduation information

May 8 Caps & Gowns from Herff Jones will be available to pick up at all three lunches.

May 20 Graduation tickets on sale starting May 20, in Student Accounts.  They are $5.00 each and will only be sold to parents, guardians or graduates up until June 5th at noon.  No tickets will be sold at the Dome; need to buy them at Lakes.  No checks will be accepted after May 23. All seniors receive 4 free tickets at graduation rehearsal. 

May 28 Honor Grad/Senior Awards Recognition Ceremony, 7 pm in the Performing Arts Center.  This is where scholarships, awards, senior plaques and certificates of mastery are announced.  A reception will follow and families are encouraged to attend.

On a fun note, please join us for Artasia, our annual celebration of the arts; this event is not to be missed!  Artasia is May 21, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Pathways and Success Buildings. Come see our artists in all their glory; this event includes the performing as well as the visual arts and DECA also has a trade show the same evening and we will get you the times for that, it usually coincides with the times for Artasia.

We are so fortunate at Lakes to be able to serve such amazing, caring and talented young adults!  Thank you for sharing them with us!  Please know you are our best partner in helping our students succeed!  We are always willing to speak with you personally about questions or concerns.  If you would like to come in, an appointment is best and that can be done by calling the main office at 253-583-5550, through this number you may also be connected to our voice mail and we will return your call as soon as possible.  We can also be reached via email. My email address is


Karen Mauer-Smith
Very Proud Principal
Lakes High School 


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