Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

Dear Lancer Families,

                Second Semester is in full swing and we have had a strong start! We look forward to helping all of our Lancers finish strong this year. We are also beginning to look towards next year and making scheduling choices. Please do ask your son or daughter about their schedule and how the choices he or she is making or that you all make together, fit in to their choices for post-secondary options after high school. Shortly, students will be given a course registration request sheet in their advisory class, over the next month they will be going in to computer labs to enter their registration requests for next year.

Please do note that the requests help us build our master schedule around student need. Counselors review the requests and the graduation requirements so that we ensure each student has what he or she needs to graduate. Either before or during orientation days this summer, students and families will have an opportunity to review schedules and request any necessary changes for graduation requirements.

Our seniors are getting ready this month for our senior presentations which will occur on the same days as student led conferencing, March 11-13, 2020. The times will also coincide with conferencing, approximately, 11:40-2:20 pm and again from 5:00-7:20 pm on March 11 and 12. On March 13 conferencing and presentations will run from 11:40-2:20 pm. Seniors will be given the rubric and scheduling information in their advisory this month to help them prepare. Please do ask your son or daughter about their presentation and their plan to prepare. Each senior will be given a specific timeframe and location for their presentation. They are responsible for attending classes in the mornings on those days as is everyone else. We can always use volunteers to be judges for these presentations and it is so much fun to hear how much our seniors have accomplished and where they are going! Please do contact Dave Miller in the career center at dmiller@cloverpark.k12.wa.us. We would love to have you. Concurrently, freshmen, sophomore and junior students will be participating in student led conferencing. Your son or daughter should be contacting you in early March during advisory to schedule those meetings.

We are looking forward to a positive semester and working with each child to help he or she succeed. Please do encourage your son or daughter to reach out to us if they have concerns, questions or need help in anyway. They can make an appointment to reach out to their counselors or during lunches they can stop by and check in if they are available. As an administrative team we are committed to being problem solvers for and with our Lancers. We much prefer being proactive about that than when a young person is either feeling like the problem is now too hard to resolve or they are beyond frustrated. The counselors feel the same. We also do have access to Greater Lakes Counseling, your grade level counselor can help connect your child. Further, we have for our military students, a Military and Family Life counselor available and we can provide you a connection to her as well. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us and let us know how we can better support your child, further please do share your celebrations with us too! I can be reached at kmauersm@cloverpark.k12.wa.us. Thank you as always for sharing your amazing young people with us every day!

Sincerely,

Karen Mauer-Smith

Very Proud Principal

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