Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

Dear Lancer Families,

Welcome to the start of another wonderful school year! We sincerely look forward to a great year with our Exceptional Lancer Students! Our counselors are working diligently to ensure that schedules are accurate and in line with what every student needs for graduation. Please know, this process takes a little time over the first weeks of school and we will continue to work and communicate as we complete the process to do what is best for every student.

We have some important dates for our staff and students coming up in the Fall and we want you to be aware of them. Our first Late Start Wednesday will be, September 18, 2019. Our classes will begin at 8:25 am on Late Start Wednesday’s and students need to be on campus by approximately 8:20 am to be in class on time.

We will be holding our traditional Tennis Shoe Conferencing after our first progress reporting period. The conferencing will be held Thursday, October 3, from 5:00 pm-7:30 pm. We will be serving a spaghetti dinner in the leadership room beginning at 4:30 pm and running until 7:00 pm. You may stop in before or after you meet with teachers to grab a bite to eat.

These meetings are designed to be five minutes in length and you can sign up to schedule a longer meeting at another time. The teachers will be seated at tables on the avenue and they will be prepared to share progress and tips for success. You will receive your child’s progress report that night if you attend and have an opportunity to speak with teachers, otherwise, the progress reports will be mailed home over that weekend. We sure would love to see you to make a connection early in the year to build upon!

Our seniors who still need to meet math or ELA state tests for graduation will be taking the ACT on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. All of our juniors and freshmen will be taking the PSAT on October 16, 2019. Also, on October 16, Students in grades 10 and 12, who choose to, may take the ASVAB, students will receive information on signing up for the ASVAB when we get closer to the testing date.

In an effort to help students understand the importance of learning time in the classroom, we have a program called Start on Time. The program includes holding students accountable to being in every class on time and ready to learn. In an effort as well to keep student in class and focused there are no passes either the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of class. Of course, if there are extenuating circumstances we will make adjustments. Students who are tardy unexcused two times will receive a warning; students who receive three unexcused tardies will receive a lunch detention. You will be notified if your student is struggling to get to class on time.

We are looking forward t o a fantastic year and we want to partner with you for the success of your child. Please feel free to reach out with your questions, concerns and celebrations. You can reach us by calling the main office at 253-583-5550 and you can reach me directly via email at

Very Proud Principal
Karen Mauer-Smith

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