Principals Message - 2017 3rd Quarter
We have quickly moved into the 3rd Quarter, and a lot has happened in the course of a few months. The second quarter ended with 1,207 students on the Fall Semester Honor Roll. That’s more than one of every three students who have performed at a 3.0 GPA and higher. We are very proud of our students who have challenged themselves with accelerated and Advanced Placement courses and who have been responsible students with their coursework. These students were recognized at a lunchtime rally on February 24th and certificates were distributed to those who “made the grade”. Our attendance rate is down a bit from a year ago, maybe due to the inclement weather or flu, and suspension rates are down considerably from a year ago, and the lowest they’ve been in many years.
We met our criteria for responses from our students, parents, and staff for the Core Survey that is used as a measurement for the climate and culture of our school, and we thank all of those who participated in the survey. The testing season is around the corner and is critical for our 11th grade students. The 11th graders will take the SAT Exam with essay this spring, AP Exams during the first two weeks of May, and the SBAC Exams after the AP Exams. These are critical exams for our 11th graders, and their performance on the exams at the Meet and Exceeds level will qualify them for the Early Assessment Program for the CSU/UC system. Last year our current 12th graders performance on the SBAC was at the highest level of any of the large comprehensive high schools in the Long Beach Unified School District, yes, we had the highest test scores, and our hope is that our current 11th graders can match or exceed the performance of the Class of 2017.
The School of Choice Program is now complete and we are eagerly expecting another strong class of students to join in the tradition and excellence of Lakewood High School. Our two Pathways that attracted the largest group of students, were Health Occupations and Sports Medicine (HOSM), and Digital Media and Communications (DMAC). There are some great things going on with our Pathways, including many new and exciting courses with state of the art equipment that have been recently purchased using grant funds. There will be some great opportunities for our students to have “hands-on” experiences and with industry standard materials.
Measure E is in implementation and the following items are scheduled for Lakewood High School.
Phase 1: HVAC and related work (ceiling mounted projectors, new carpet as needed), to begin Summer 2018 (tentative).
Phase 2: Artificial Track and Field, including new stadium bleachers and potentially a new scoreboard, to begin Summer 2020 (tentative).
Phase 3: Pool and aquatic locker room facility, and demolition of portables nearest North Parking Lot where pool will be located, to begin Summer 2021 (tentative).
Phase 4: Natatorium Repurpose (Conversion to Athletic Fitness Center): Summer 2022 (tentative).
Lastly, please continue your encouragement of your child to strive for their best academically, socially, and with their responsibility of being punctual with all they do. We are so fortunate for the opportunity of a public education, and the investment it plays in our children’s future. With the potential distractions of the internet – the entire world at our fingertips, social media, and all the other aspects of pop culture, our children need our attention and guidance more than ever. Be diligent with the guidance of your child and they will thank you for it, maybe not now, but definitely in the future.
That’s all for now, and remember, to “keep it good in the Wood”.
Mario A. Jimenez and Shawn Abbate, Co-Principals