Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

Dear Lancer Families,

I don’t know about any of you but March sure got here fast! Staff and students alike are working hard here at Lakes to reach their goals. We have a number of exciting events and opportunities coming up so I will get right in to sharing them.

Our seniors are getting ready this month for our senior presentations which will occur on the same days as student led conferencing, March 13-15, 2019. The times will also coincide with conferencing, approximately, 11:40-2:20 pm and again from 5:00-7:20 pm on March 13 and 14. On the March 15 conferencing and presentations will run from 11:40-2:20 pm. 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 We would love to have you. Concurrently, freshmen, sophomore and junior students will be participating in student led conferencing.

As we head in to the last half of the year, we will hold an information night for senior parents on Tuesday March 5, 2019. The meeting is just to give you a heads up on dates, processes, and events for seniors as they finish their high school journey. The sessions will include information about upcoming senior presentations, graduation and due dates on the senior time line. There will be two sessions. The information in each session will be the same so you only need to attend one session. A Herff Jones representative will be there to answer questions as well. Session 1 will start at 5:30 pm and session 2 will start at 6:15 pm. We look forward to seeing our senior families there. Students are welcome as well should they choose to attend!

Mid-Quarter progress reports will be coming home next weekend. Please remember that you can check your child’s grades any time through Skyward. If you need help getting in to Skyward, please contact our guidance office at 253-583-5587.

We have rescheduled our Lancer Family Round Table Community Conversation and Dinner for Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Please join us for an evening of engaging, discussing, thinking, reflecting, and sharing. We will eat dinner and participate in conversations with our guest speakers, with topics ranging from building resilience in your student to transitioning to college successfully. We look forward to seeing you on March 20th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. We will also provide child care for the meeting portion of the event.

We hope to be seeing a lot of you this month and we are always grateful for our opportunity to work with your wonderful young people! Please do let us know about your questions, concerns and celebrations! I can be reached directly at Thank you for being such an important part of the Lancer Family!

Karen Mauer-Smith
Very Proud Principal
Lakes High School

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