Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

January 7, 2019

Dear Lancer Families,

I hope you had a fun and restful holiday season. We are happy to see our Lancers return today and look forward to helping them finish the first semester strong! We are entering the second half of our year and will have approximately 13 days left in our first semester.  Please do check your child’s grades in Skyward and please do connect with teachers, counselors and administration if you have concerns, questions or need support.

Overwhelmingly, the reason a student succeeds or struggles has to do with being successful in her or his classroom studies.  In terms of passing state tests, and graduating on time specifically, the classroom is where that all starts. The time and effort in the classroom makes the difference as well in terms of post-secondary opportunities!    Further, we need our students to understand that the learning comes from practice, attention to detail and working for excellence.  In essence, having a sense of ownership for their own learning.  Thank you for helping us to reinforce the message that their effort and resilience matters!  Please continue to let us know how we can be of support.

For our seniors, the graduation date is coming ever closer.  We know there are many opportunities for their post-secondary future.  The 2019 Lakes Scholarship Application is now available in the guidance office. There is over $65,000 worth of scholarships to be awarded.  There are scholarships available whether you are going to attend a vocational school, two-year or four-year college so please turn in the application by February 1, 2019.
I want to remind you about our parent events coming up this month which will help to get you thinking about next year for you and most importantly your child.  They include the following (please note there was an error last month and these are the CORRECT dates and times):

10th/11th to 11th/12th Transition Night, PAC, January 16, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Current sophomore and junior, students and families are invited for this information night. There are two identical 30-minute sessions in the PAC – 5:30 pm and 6:15 pm. Local colleges and technical schools are represented in the lobby of the PAC from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Topics will include registration, high school graduation requirements, post-secondary options and requirements, AP and dual credit and CTE options, and student resources both on- and off-campus.

9th to 10th Transition Night, PAC, January 23, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Current freshmen students and families are invited to this event.  This event is to advise families on the transition between 9th and 10th grade. Topics covered include the registration process, high school graduation requirements, university entrance requirements, AP, dual credit and CTE options, and student resources both on- and off-campus.

We look forward to being able to continue to serve our families in 2019 and helping every child succeed.  You are our best partner in that process. Please do let us know how we can be of support and please do share your concerns, questions and celebrations with us!  I can be reached via the main office number at 253-583-5550 or via email at

Karen Mauer-Smith
Very Proud Principal
Lakes High School
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