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Principal's Message

3rd Quarter 2019

The wet weather has had its challenges, but has not delayed our Bond Measure HVAC/Modernization work. We look forward to the completion of the Phase 2 of the project and having the 300 and 900 Buildings back for the last few weeks of the academic year. We plan to move back into these building over the Spring Break (April 22nd through the 26th). Phase 3 will also begin at the Spring Break, at the same time we are moving into the 300 and 900 Buildings we will begin work on our Auditorium, Choral Room, Music Room, and the 1st and 3rd Floors of the 800 (Science) Building. Work will begin with our 100 (Office and Library) as soon as school is out on June 14th and the office will be temporarily housed in the 300 Building across the breezeway from the office.


Our Lakewood Campus will have extensive work done over the summer and that will mean many detours and non-accessible areas. With all that is going on we do plan to offer summer school for students in need of credit recovery and those who have an interest in courses for enrichment. There will be more details of summer school course offerings in the near future.


We are very proud of the 1,656 students who made the honor roll for their efforts in the Fall Semester. We had 840 students who made the Honor Roll (3.0 to 3.49 GPA), and 816 students who made the Principal’s Honor Roll (3.5 GPA and above). This is quite impressive if you consider we have just about 3,200 students enrolled at Lakewood High School. Yes, more than half our students are making the necessary sacrifices and efforts to excel to their optimal levels. The honor roll students were honored at a lunchtime rally on February 26th.


This spring will be a very busy time for us as we will host a visiting team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for our school’s accreditation. We look forward to the visit and hopes to have positive and constructive feedback from educators from around the state. We are very proud of the many programs, systems, policies, procedures, and pedagogy that are established at our school, and always with each student’s best interest in mind.


The testing season is around the corner and our 11th grade students will be engaged in SAT and SBAC testing, 12th graders will be taking the state science exam, and all students within the AP program will be taking the AP Exams in early May with their respective AP courses. These are all high stakes testing and critical to the student’s future, as well as being a direct reflection of what the student has learned this academic year and in past years.


Lastly, we encourage all students to be involved in activities at school and to graduate with fond memories of these experiences. As we progress into the Spring Semester, if your child is not involved in extracurricular activities, now is the time to make the move.


That’s all for now, and remember, to “keep it good in the Wood”.


       Mario A Jimenez   Shawn Abbate