Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

Dear Lancer Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun and restful holiday season. We are happy to see our Lancers return and look forward to helping them finish the first semester strong! We are entering the second half of our year and will have approximately 18 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 2020 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 January 31, 2020.  Students have to turn in an application to be eligible for any of these scholarships. 

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 15th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Current sophomore and junior, students and families are invited for this information night.  There will be an information session in the PAC from 5:30 to 6:15 pm. Local colleges and technical schools are represented in the lobby of the PAC from 5:30 – 7:00 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 8th at 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.


Feb. 11 Replacement Levy

Get the facts and remember to vote!


On Tuesday, Feb. 11, voters in Clover Park School District will vote on a Replacement Levy to continue support for educational programs and operations.


The state has passed legislation to fund basic education, which includes reading, writing and math. The Replacement Levy funds the actual cost of educating our community’s children and renews funding to support student readiness, safety and security, educational technology and more.

The Replacement Levy continues our community investment in our students. It will maintain essential funding beyond state basic education to support educational programs and operations:

Student Readiness

  • Student readiness programs and interventions
  • Class size maintenance
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate testing
  • Textbooks and library materials
  • Extracurricular transportation
  • Staff training


Safety and Security

  • Security enhancements at schools
  • Security officers and safety support staff
  • Nurses and counselors
  • Student safety, mental health and behavior intervention supports


Educational Technology

  • Updated technology to support effective instruction and student learning
  • Software, programs and services
  • Develop students’ 21st century skills


Extracurricular Activities

  • Music, art and performing arts beyond state basic education funding
  • Athletics, activities, clubs and programs


This is not a new tax. The Replacement Levy is a renewal measure that will replace the current levy, which expires in 2020. Approval of the Replacement Levy would maintain the current 2020 tax rate of $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value over the four years of the measure. The district only collects up to the amount approved by voters, nothing more.


Get the Facts and Vote: Information is available online, Please remember to vote by Feb. 11.


We look forward to being able to continue to serve our families in 2020 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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