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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message – Fall 2018

Pardon our dust! This summer we began our HVAC/Modernization project funded by the Measure E Bond. We anxiously look forward to our school’s metamorphosis. The 200 Building is currently under construction while our school is currently undergoing trenching and boring to provide the necessary electrical power to our buildings across the campus. We currently have a maze of fencing throughout the campus and it is a bit challenging to get to some buildings or classrooms on campus, and ingress and egress to campus is limited, but we should have most of the fencing down and access to all classrooms by the start of school. The 200 Building is scheduled to be completed by mid-November, and Phase 2 will be the most challenging with both the 300 and 900 Buildings being concurrently worked on. This will require us to re-locate classes to other rooms, but we are confident with our planning team that we will make this happen seamlessly.

When students return to the refurbished buildings they will find the following:

  • Air conditioned rooms
  • Fresh paint
  • New windows and window coverings
  • New ceilings with updated cost efficient lighting
  • Wireless mounted projectors
  • Special whiteboards that will facilitate projected images or video
  • Wireless sound system and teacher microphone

Construction aside, we are looking forward to opening our doors for the 2018-19 Academic Year. Teachers are in place with their classrooms even though we have one less building that is currently under construction. We have begun to review data to determine our learning targets, and have started professional development with our staff to provide our students cutting edge pedagogy and instructional methodologies. We have implemented engaging Career Technical Education courses to connect students to the importance of the curriculum, and we are very pleased with the increases in the CORE Survey and our efforts to ensure our students and parents needs are being met. After two consecutive years of having the highest SBAC English test scores of all the large comprehensive high schools, and competitive math scores with the other high schools, this past year we had a decrease in our SBAC test scores. We are beginning to strategize a plan for this area of growth, and we are confident we will have strong improvement for the 2019 SBAC administration.

In addition, to the many things going on as we approach the opening of school, we are going through our accreditation this year with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We have a good deal of work ahead and we look forward to these challenges.

We are very excited with our incoming Class of 2022. We haven’t seen this many Freshmen involved in extra-curricular activities in several years. We are very excited with the potential that this class brings and how they will complement the rest of our student body.

At Lakewood High School just about half the student-body is involved in extra-curricular activity. We encourage student involvement and foster these experiences to provide students with life long memories. Please join your child and become involved at our school. There are many opportunities for involvement with our PTSA and the myriad of booster groups on campus.

Ultimately, we anticipate students to graduate from Lakewood with the highest level of academic skills, employability skills, character building experiences, great memories, life-long friendships, a strong growth mindset, and a level of confidence that affords them an attitude of, “I can achieve at anything”.

We look forward to seeing you at the many school activities and events, and on behalf of the Lakewood High School Staff, thank you in advance for your support of our school and your child.

And remember, to “keep it good in the Wood”.

In closing, please be involved in our school.