Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

Hello Lancer Families, 

 I hope this message finds you all well and enjoying your weekend. Hard to believe we are already in to the month of March! Spring is coming and as usual March presents us with some interesting weather to say the least! Below you will find celebrations, updates and reminders! 


A Queen has been coronated 

We are so very proud to announce that our own Vivian Llorens Hernandez has been selected as the 86th Daffodil Queen!  Great job Vivian!  We know you have represented Lakes and the Clover Park School District well and will continue to do so! 

Congrats Cassidy on your musical successes 

Cassidy Reibestein performed last month in the All-Northwest Honor Band in Bellevue; one of the best trumpet players in six states' worth of auditions! She also won the First Alternate spot to state at our regional solo & ensemble competition on February 4th.  In January, she was one of our students we sent to the PLU honor band, and in November she participated in the WIBC Honor Band in Seattle.  Making all-northwest is a real accomplishment; it's a tough audition process and it's only held every two years. She was placed first in the honor group's trumpet section and played some great solos at the concert! Congratulations, Cassidy! 

JROTC Accomplishments:Way to Go Lancer Batallion 

  1. Academics.  Team #1 claimed the Third-Place Trophy in a field of 11 teams. 
  2. Physical Fitness.  Teams #1 and #2 once again took the 1st and 2nd team trophies and claimed the Division Champion.  In a division of over 1,00 cadets, Cadets Wyatt Blanchard, Gavin Thiessen, and Kenneth Tantiongco took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Individual Ironman Medals while Cadets Kaitlyn Vasquez and Kynndyl Stott took the 1st and 3rd Individual Ironwoman Medals.
  3. Armed Drill Team claimed the 2nd Place Team Trophy and Tim Moser earned the 2nd Place Commander’s Medal in the first full team we’ve fielded all season. 
  4. Color Guards.  Cadet Maicalewis Nacionales took the Color Guard 1 Commander’s 2nd Place Medal and Cadet Sophia Castro took the Color Guard 2 Commander’s 3rd Place Medal. 
  5. Individual Armed Exhibition Drill. Cadet Anson Reaves took the 1st Place Individual Medal and claimed the Division Championship. 
  6. Dual Armed Exhibition Drill. Cadets Tim Moser and Geo Melander took the 1st place medals and Jacob Malo and Anson Reaves took the 3rd Place Medals for this meet.  Malo and Reave held on to claim the Division Championship title, with Moser and Melander claiming a close 2nd.  Both teams will proceed to the conference championships. 
  7. Dual Unarmed Exhibition Drill.  Cadets Brinasia Chinn and Amara McCorkle surprised the competition by taking the 1st place medals in their debut appearance and Cadets Maica Nacionales and Naomi Luii took the 3rd Place Medals. 
  8. Precision Marksmanship Team once again swept the competition taking the 1st Place Team Trophy with Cadets McAvoy, West, and Dryden taking the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd individual shooter medals respectively.  Great Job! 


Updates and Reminders 

Band is preparing for the Daffodil Parade 

Our band is now preparing to march in the daffodil parade.  If you have not already received some information including dates and timelines, it will be coming very soon!   

Student Led Conferences are coming up! 

Student Led Conferences are a required part of the Advisory Curriculum. Students who do not complete an SLC will not pass Advisory. Students will meet with their parent/guardian and advisor to talk about goals, credits, and graduation plan. SLCs are scheduled for March 15th, 16th, and 17th . Conferences will be 20 minutes and scheduled to start on the hour and half hour. There are both morning/early afternoon and evening options available. You can schedule your conference using the Skyward Family Access home page. To access the Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler, click the Teacher Conferences tab on the left side of the Family Access homepage. 

Progress Reports coming home soon 

We have just completed Mid-Third Quarter and grades will be posted by end of day, Monday, March 6.  You should be receiving a progress report within the next week and please know too, you can always check in Skyward.  If you need help accessing Skyward please don’t hesitate to call the guidance office at 253-583-5587 and they can help you with that! 

On Time and Focused 

We know as we have come back in to this school year some students are still struggling to stay focused for 90 minutes and getting to class on time.  Please let us know how we can support our students to settle back in to these processes!  We are working as a staff too, to use our 90 minutes of instruction in ways which help students have a voice in their learning, to vary instruction and allow for movement.  Please do check in with your child, and we will too about what works best in the classroom for them.  We know we need to engage our learners and they help us to do that when they are on time to class and focused 

2023-24 Budget Workshop: March 7 

Learn more about the 2023-24 budget process by attending a budget workshop on Tuesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. at the Student Services Center located at 10903 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA, 98499. The informative session will also be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel

 Important Safety Presentation on Online Safety and Human Trafficking: March 9  


Middle and high school families: Join us on Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m., at Harrison Preparatory School (9103 Lakewood Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499) for a special viewing of a documentary “Sextortion: the Hidden Pandemic” followed by a panel discussion on online grooming and human trafficking. Panelists will include representatives from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, local law enforcement and Child Protective Services. This event will be presented in person.  Childcare will be provided, and Spanish language interpretation is available for the panel discussion. 


Internet Safety Presentation Available on YouTube 

On March 1, CPSD families gathered for an important presentation about internet safety with useful tips for families of students at every age. A recording of the live-streamed event is now available to view on the district YouTube page for families who were unable to attend: 


CPSD is hosting its annual STEAM Fair for all K-12 students to explore how science and technology are shaping our future. The STEAM Fair will include student project displays, hands-on activities and demonstrations provided by school and community organizations. 

The STEAM Fair will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harrison Preparatory School and Four Heroes Elementary School. 

Students can create a science or engineering project to showcase at the event through either a PowerPoint or tri-fold board presentation. Students should talk with their classroom teacher or science teacher to make sure they are qualified to register. Registration runs through March 5. 

As you can see, for Lakes and the district, Spring is a busy active time.  We are humbled everyday to work with your amazing young people and help them shine! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your celebrations, questions and concerns.  You can reach the main office at 253-583-5550 or I can be reached at [email protected]



Karen Mauer-Smith
Very Proud Principal
Lakes High School