I hope this June Edublog finds you and your kids resting up and enjoying time as a family as we start the 2021 summer. Except for this week’s coming heat wave, the weather has certainly cooperated for outdoor family activities! We are glad to have the Covid year behind us and look forward to a fresh start in fall 2021. Thank you to our LJSD parents for your continued support and patience as we navigated through uncharted waters – your partnership is what allowed our district to keep in school all five days each week this year. Our families definitely deserve much fun and joy in July😍! Much Gratitude, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
Congratulations to the Class of 2021!
Over the last month, our community has celebrated the class of 2021. Their futures are very bright and we wish them the best in the new adventures they will begin. Please join us in congratulating each of our seniors on this huge accomplishment!
Curriculum Planning for the Future
Parents and community members play a vital role in the education of their children, the Board of Trustees of the Lakeland Joint School District plans to form a District Curricular Advisory Committee to review possible mathematics instructional materials, which may be adopted for the 2022-2023 school year. We are excited to offer this wonderful opportunity. If you are interested in participating please see the application link attached for more information. Thank you for your support!
At the Board meeting on June 24, Dr. Paslay and I requested that the board approve several supplemental resources and materials for use in our classrooms during the 2021-22 school year. All of these can be found in the spreadsheet linked here. Also under Board consideration are three new textbooks: Equine Science, Agriscience, and Modern Livestock and Poultry Production for the FFA program at the high school level. We encourage parents to look through these materials. If you have any questions or concerns you would like to share with the Board members, please feel free to contact them directly or through the Clerk of the Board, Krissy Williams. Thank you for your support of our teachers and students!
Assistant Superintendent, Lisa Sexton
New Policy for Adoption
Our Lakeland Board of Trustees is looking to adopt a new Student and Family Privacy Rights policy. They are asking for public input on this new policy. Please look the policy over and send and questions or comments to Clerk, Krissy Williams email@example.com
As we head into the home stretch of an unprecedented year, I hope our Lakeland families are as grateful as we are that school has been in session all year long. I have been hearing from parents, students, and staff that it is refreshing to have more social interaction and opportunities to celebrate together. We are super excited that all graduation ceremonies will be in-person this year. I know it has been a challenging year for everyone — our world was turned upside down — so I want to remind everyone to pause and enjoy a long weekend to relax and re-energize with your kids. The three day weekend is coming at the perfect time for our students to disconnect for a few days and gather up steam to “finish strong!” We are looking forward to our last two weeks of school before summer arrives. As we celebrate Memorial Day, we honor the Americans who died while serving in the U.S. military and extend a very special thank you to all military men and women, past and present, for everything you have done for our country.
Here’s to many special moments with your family this coming Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
What’s Happening in the Month of May?
This is arguably one of the most exciting months of the school year. Our seniors can see their finish line and are preparing for awesome graduation ceremonies! Our Spring athletes are finishing up their successful seasons, State testing has wrapped up, and the weather is beautiful. This month has been packed full of events and in just a couple short weeks, Summer Break will arrive. Check out just a few of the May events below as well as information on Summer activities in our communities.
Inaugural Senior Signing Ceremony at Mountain View High School
On May 20, in partnership with North Idaho College Job Corps, Mountain View High School students took part in the first Senior Signing Ceremony. Seven Mountain View seniors received scholarships to join North Idaho College’s Job Corps upon graduation from high school. We are thankful for the support that NIC and the community shows for our Lakeland students. The future is indeed very bright for these students! The Coeur d’Alene Press was on hand to capture the event. Check out the article HERE.
THS – Community Appreciation Day
If you were driving around the Twin Lakes, Spirit Lake, or Athol areas on Friday, May 28, you may have seen groups of students working to clean up the community. In the inaugural Community Appreciation Day, over 300 Timberlake High School students and staff worked together to clean the sides of roadways, Mountain View Cemetery, city parks, and other areas. This is a great way to show appreciation to the community they live in and the students and staff did a fantastic job!
Lakeland Graduate Success Story
We love hearing the stories of how our graduates have found success in the world. We would like to highlight one of our former students and the article that the Coeur d’Alene Press wrote. Mark Schell, a former Timberlake High School student graduated from the United States Air Force Academy as a 2nd Lieutenant on May 26, 2021. Please join us in congratulating 2nd Lieutenant Schell on this incredible accomplishment! Read the CDA Press article HERE
Thinking Outside the Box
Recently, a tenacious group of 2nd graders at Betty Kiefer Elementary took part in a hands on surgical experiment on text. They dissected, interacted with, found evidence, and analyzed the words in their very own surgical suite. What an awesome, interactive way to look at words!
STEAM Camp Sign-Ups Open!
Lakeland is offering two FREE STEAM camps this summer to our students! One will be located at Lakeland High School and one at Athol Elementary. CLICK HEREto get started on signing up for this awesome opportunity! Students will be exposed to a variety of classes (look below), get a t-shirt, and learn some exciting new skills.
Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
As we head into the home stretch of this school year, I reflect on how our incredible staff and students have approached the unknown and uncertainty this year with grace and optimism. Join me in honoring the teachers and instructional staff next week for National Teacher’s Appreciation Week 🥳🤩!! We owe so much gratitude to our teaching staff and every person who helps educate our students. It has been an unprecedented year with challenging circumstances, but our teachers have continued to give 110% to meet the needs of all students. We are so blessed to have the dedicated and compassionate staff in our District – let’s kick this week off by saying how valuable and appreciated our Lakeland teachers are! We will celebrate not only our teachers, but our entire staff that keep this District successfully moving through each day. Much Gratitude for your continued support and encouragement, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
Steam Camp Sign-ups Coming Soon!
An exciting STEAM Camp opportunity is coming to the District this Summer! This will be a Summer camp designed for Lakeland students who havecompleted 1st through 5th grades.We have amazing instructors who have designed engaging topics for your student. STEAM camps will be held at two different locations during the month of June; one at Athol Elementary (June 14-18) and one at John Brown Elementary (June 21-25). There will be no cost for camp and breakfast and sack lunch will be provided each day. Sign-ups will begin next week and the limit for each week will be the first 150 students who register for the program.
Registration for the Summer BASE program begins on May 1, 2021. The registration process is fully online. Summer BASE is a 5 day a week, full-day program for students enrolled in the Lakeland Jt. School District. This affordable program offers fun, daily activities for kids in a safe environment. Free breakfast and lunch will be available every day through our Nutrition Services Program! The BASE Program is also hiring. Your child can attend the BASE Program for free and you can work with an awesome team! Apply today!
Get ready for Summer Book Club! This program is part of the Literacy Project of North Idaho’s Family Literacy program and is open to all families in the Kootenai County area. Parents and their students will work together to enjoy a great book, learn how to read with your child to foster an acquisition of reading skills, and help our students develop a life-long love of reading. This is a great opportunity for parents to read with their child and participate in rich student led discussions of fiction. We are excited to surprise you with another great book this summer! Our suggested ages vary depending on your reader, but generally 3rd grade to jr high school students would enjoy the book club. Summer Book Club runs during the months of June and July. Sign-ups begin on May 13 and can be found by going to the Literacy Project of North Idaho website HERE
Do you have an incoming Kindergartener or know someone who does? On Thursday, May 13 we invite you to bring your incoming student to your neighborhood school between the hours of 9:30am – 4:00pm. You will be able to familiarize yourself with the school and get a head start on preparing for the upcoming school year!
Exciting news! Beginning in the Fall of 2021, Lakeland Jt. School District will transition our Lakeland Online Academy to REACH Academy! The name REACH was formed after the staff of Lakeland Online Academy discussed the most important parts of the Lakeland Online Academy that they had focused on throughout the last year. REACH stands for relationships, enrichment, achievement, community, hybrid. REACH Academy of North Idaho will continue to offer a K-8 online-hybrid option for student-centered learning where home-based education meets in-person instruction from certified Lakeland teachers.
Our Mountain View High School students recently participated in the 9th annual Reverse Job Fair. Students went through a rotation of seven-minute sessions with community members where they spoke about career aspirations and their plans to pursue them. Along with helping students prepare for interviews, this is part of their senior project requirement and an important part of the process of preparing students for life after high school. The Coeur d’Alene Press printed a feature article on the Reverse Job Fair. Click on the picture below to read more.
Holocaust Stamps Project
Lakeland Gifted and Talented teacher, Laura Spurway has been on a mission over the past two years along with her students to collect stamps as part of the Holocaust Stamps Project. April 8, 2021 marked the day of remembrance for the Holocaust . The #weremember hashtag is a Holocaust memorial initiative that has gained steam throughout the world. The Holocaust Stamp Project has been teaching about history, tolerance, acceptance, and respect for differences since 2009. The projects’ 11 million stamps and 18 collages fashioned from the stamps depict moments and people from the Holocaust. Laura Spurway and her students created a beautiful piece of artwork from stamps collected so far and they will continue to do so. If you would like to donate stamps, they can be clipped from envelopes or new, you can deliver or send them to the Lakeland School District Office @ 15506 N. Washington Street, Rathdrum, ID 83858
May 13, 2021 – Kindergarten Pre-Registration
MAY 28, 2021 – THS Community Appreciation Day
Timberlake High School staff and students are excited to announce their inaugural Community Appreciation Day. Students will set aside lessons, homework, and daily academic life and dedicate themselves in full to serving the greater Spirit Lake/Athol Community.
Monday, May 31 – No School – Memorial Day Holiday
June 4, 2021 – Mountain View High School Graduation – Mountain View Campus – 12:00pm
June 9, 2021 – Lakeland High School Graduation – Real Life Church Post Falls Campus, 7:00pm
June 11, 2021 – Timberlake High School Graduation – Real Life Church Post Falls Campus, 7:00pm
Spring Break is even more important than ever this year – there have been so many changes and new issues that families have had to manage throughout the last year – it is time to unplug, disconnect and take a break! I hope you all find time next week to do something fun, get outdoors, play a game, and truly interact with your family🥳. As we head into the fourth quarter, I am so proud of the hard work and commitment our staff, students, and families have put in to make this such a successful year – a definite team effort! We are extremely grateful to our community for your support of the two-year Instructional Levy, ensuring we continue with the amazing programs and services in our District. Directly following the successful March 9 Levy vote, we held the much-anticipated Student-Led Conferences (SLC). The parent feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and many expressed gratitude that we did not cancel the SLC’s so parents had the opportunity to hear from their kid(s). Our students were able to successfully showcase the great work they do, as well as share growth areas and goals for the year. We look forward to expanding the SLC’s next year to K – 10th grade. Thank you for your support at home as we strive for every single student to grow every day – students taking responsibility for their own growth goals is a key to increasing student self-efficacy (one our District’s stated goals for our graduates)! Have a wonderful break and enjoy Easter with your family – Much Gratitude, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
Instructional Levy Passes – Thank you to the Community!
In a year of unknowns, one thing is certain. Our students will continue to have an exceptional educational experience in the coming years. Because of our community support, the two-year Instructional Levy has passed and our District is grateful! We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who came out to vote on March 9th.
Parents! We Need you Input on Next Year’s School Start and End Times
It’s hard to believe we are already heading into the last quarter of this strange and challenging school year. As we plan for next year, we are interested in your feedback regarding the start and end times for our schools. If you have already taken this survey, thank you so much for providing your input. If you haven’t had a chance yet, the link to the survey is here. We will close the survey on Wednesday, March 31. Thank you, again, for completing the survey. Have a wonderful Spring Break!
Out Goes Winter and in Comes Spring!
As our Winter Sports Season winds down, we celebrate big wins in the District. Lakeland High School won the coveted 4A Sportsmanship Award at the Boy’s State Basketball Tournament and were District 1 and 2 4A IEL champions. Our Lakeland High School volleyball coach Kelsie Badger was recently named 4A State Coach of the Year, the Lakeland High School Cheer Squad was named Grand Champion for 4A High Schools and the LHS wrestlers are celebrating success at State. As Timberlake High School wrapped up their Winter Sports Season, they are celebrating big wins as well! Timberlake Girls won the State Basketball Championship AGAIN, the wrestling team sent 11 athletes to compete at State, and the Cheer squad celebrated a win with Grand Champion for 3A High Schools. Our student athletes are amazing!
Thank you to our School Nurses
Our school nurses have worked tirelessly this year to keep our students safe and our parents informed. Check out this short video and join us in thanking our school nurse team!
Student-Led Conference Success!
On March 11, our K-9th grade students took part in Student-Led Conferences to showcase the great work they have been doing throughout the school year. SLC’s do not take the place of traditional parent-teacher conferences, but are a way for our students to take the lead in their learning. Students share their outstanding work, improvement areas, growth goals, projects they are working on, and introduce their families to a day in their school life. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive! Next year we will be expanding the SLC day to include 10th grade.
Student–led conferencesempowerstudentsto take ownership for their own learning, authentically assess their academic, social-emotional and behavioral level of performance, and set their own growth goals. The intention is to create intrinsic motivation and boost self-confidence. SLCs improve the quality of knowledge shared, promote student responsibility, self-efficacy, ownership of learning, and help build habits of self-reflection. For parents, an opportunity emerges to engage in richer, more transparent conversations about their child(ren)’s work and aspirations.
Vaccines Available for those 16 and Older
PANHANDLE HEALTH DISTRICT — Individuals who are 16 years of age and older are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine now through enrolled providers within Kootenai, Bonner, Boundary, Benewah, and Shoshone counties. Appointments for the week of March 29 were released by Panhandle Health District this Wednesday, March 24th at 0900. All previous phases are still eligible and encouraged to schedule an appointment if they have not already.
This decision comes after Governor Little made the announcement that in Idaho, those 16 years or older with an underlying health condition will be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning March 29th. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare agreed that different health districts within Idaho may choose to move through the various Group 3 Subgroups at different rates.
“After assessing the situation with our enrolled vaccine providers, we made the decision as a group to move forward in the phases,” said Don Duffy, Health Services Division Administrator for PHD. “We have the supply and available appointments, but have continued to see a decline in demand. At the end of the day, we just want to get people vaccinated who are choosing to receive a vaccine.”
Making an appointment: Online or by phone
Many providers are still utilizing their own vaccine appointment scheduling tools, while others have shifted to using the state’s pre-registry vaccine tool where eligible individuals enter their name and contact information. From the pre-registry tool, providers pull names and directly connect with the person eligible for vaccine.
If you need help by phone with navigating the online appointment scheduling or do not have internet access, PHD’s Call Center can assist you. Call 877-415-5225 Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Weekly vaccine allocations to PHD’s jurisdiction continue to remain consistent. A total of 6,400 Moderna and Pfizer doses will go to enrolled vaccine providers in PHD’s jurisdiction. To-date, over 98,000 total vaccine doses have been allocated to PHD’s jurisdiction.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is for persons 16 years or older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are for persons 18 years or older. PHD will state what vaccine is being administered when individuals register for an appointment on their website.
If you have questions about COVID-19 in our area, call PHD’s COVID-19 hotline Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm, 877-415-5225.
As we finish out February and head into spring🤞🏼, I am reminded how much we have to be grateful for in our District. We have been the only local District to keep students in school 5 days a week this entire year! Our District’s Mission – maximizing student learning and ensuring all students are growing academically, social-emotionally, and behaviorally EVERY day – has remained the focus. Whether in-person or online, our students have benefitted from being in school every day and staying connected to their teachers, staff, and peer group. Many thanks to our staff for their unwavering dedication and the School Board for the supportive stance!
With the goal of increasing voter turnout on March 9, we have been sharing factual information/videos through mail, social media, and our website. We have also hosted several community meetings and met with a number of business owners throughout the District. I truly believe that open and consistent communication will provide our patrons with the facts they need to make an informed decision on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
Much Gratitude for your continued support, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
Big News for the District
Graduation rates have been announced and it is time to celebrate how unique and incredible this District is! 96.7%is a huge achievement, but let’s break it down a little more. For all cohorts (size of the graduation class at the high school) of 171 students or more, Lakeland has the highest graduation rate in the State of Idaho. This is something to celebrate! The other amazing statistic is Mountain View High School’s 5-year cohort graduation rate = 96.4%, soaring above the State of Idaho’s overall graduation rate of 82.1%. Not only does this beat the State Average by a long shot, this is by far the highest graduation rate for any alternative high school in the State. This is a testament to the hard work our staff, students, and parents put in every day and we are so proud!
Replacement Instructional (Supplemental) Levy = Tuesday, March 9th
In just a little over one week, voters will head to the polls where they will see the Replacement Levy on the ballot. This two year Levy is a renewal of the current Levy expiring this year. After a tax shift at the State level changed the funding mechanism for our Idaho public schools, in 2008 the LJSD began asking the community to support Supplemental Levies every two years. Local tax dollars, by way of Supplemental Levy, make up 26% of the yearly budget for our schools. The positive is that our local tax dollars go to our local schools – more local control.
Dear Parents and Patrons of the Lakeland Joint School District,
For our District to be healthy and continue to perform at the exemplary level, we need to maintain a strong support system within our community and provide you with timely, factual information. As promised, twice per year, at midyear and end of year, we will report back to the community how your levy tax dollars are being spent to improve the learning environment and increase student achievement. We appreciate the community’s ongoing support and will continue to publish the semi-annual report to maintain healthy transparency.
While the LJSD is known for its academically rigorous educational program, priority on school safety and security, and fiscally responsible approach, this fall has definitely presented our district and its families with unprecedented challenges–academically, socially, and economically. Our entire educational system, as we know it, was turned upside down last spring and we were also forced to cut 6% from our district budgets. Our district responded in a predictably Lakeland way – school and home worked together to maintain the focus on what was best for students. While we were able to maintain our instructional integrity through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year with staffing and programs, the budgetary holdbacks forced the district to place several programs on hold until funding is restored. Nonetheless, our District has been a shining example of individualizing educational opportunities to meet families where they are – we developed a fully online education program for all students K-12, as well as provided in-person learning at all 11 schools 5 days a week all year! What a blessing the Lakeland Joint School District has been for our community! This unparalleled approach to meeting the needs of all students was only accomplished through the collaboration and commitment of our dedicated staff, generous parents, and local patrons.
Please take a few minutes to read the Accountability Report linked in the image below. Thank you for your continued support, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent of Schools
Twice every year, Superintendent, Dr. Meyer publishes an accountability report to provide the community with an opportunity to view the progress in the District. Using taxpayer dollars fiscally and responsibly with a transparent approach is the goal we set to achieve. Click on the image below to check out the Mid-Year Accountability Report.
Jumping into 2021!
We are off to a great start in the new year. Our first semester has come to a close and we are looking forward to warmer weather and an awesome second semester. Our students are deep into learning and have been successful in navigating this unusual year. We thank our parents and community for the unwavering support they have provided this year!
On March 9, 2021, the District will have a Replacement Instructional Levy on the ballot.
This $9.52 million Levy is a renewal and continuation of current District-wide educational, athletic, and extracurricular programs
The Lakeland Board of Trustees voted to run a levy that would not increase your District tax rate
With the tremendous growth in our community, the school tax rate continues to decline and we anticipate a flat impact to our taxpayers. What can you do now? The window is open to request your absentee ballot and register to vote if you haven’t already. It is important to note that you must request a new absentee ballot each year. We are continuously updating our website with important information that you should know about the upcoming Levy. Our District remains one of the top in the state because of the strong community support we receive.
How Does this Levy Affect your Taxes?
We want our community to have a clear understanding of how the Replacement Levy will affect your taxes. Our CFO, Brian Wallace has a short video to explain the School District taxes on your yearly statement. Check it out!
Mountain View High School Students are Commissioners in the Making
Recently, seniors from Mountain View High School attended a mock planning and zoning hearing as part of their Government Class. Learning about their civic responsibility is just one of the valuable lessons learned for this course. The Coeur d’Alene Press ran an excellent article about our seniors experience. Click on the picture from the Coeur d’Alene Press below to read more.
Presidential Scholar Nominees
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. This year, three of our Timberlake High School seniors have been nominated for this prestigious award. Please join us in giving them a huge CONGRATULATIONS for their hard work and dedication to academic excellence.
Free Meal Program Continues Through the End of the School Year
Reminder to our community that the District will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to all children in our community five days a week!
As we begin holiday break, I am reflecting on just how much we have accomplished in 2020. With the help of our strong families and dedicated Lakeland staff, we have successfully kept our students in school five days a week!! While this has not been an easy feat and many obstacles have had to be addressed, I am so proud of our District’s commitment to provide a stable educational environment for our students. We are blessed with the flexibility and gratitude families have shown towards everyone in the District. Though 2020 has thrown us personal and professional challenges we never would have imagined, the support shown to our schools is something we can all be proud of. During the next two weeks, I hope you find time to relax, decompress, and enjoy your family and our many blessings. We look forward to a bright new year and a great second semester!
Sending well wishes for a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! Much Gratitude, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
Fall Season in our Schools
We have finally seen some snow in this very mild fall season and our students take full advantage of the fun that this weather brings. The holiday spirit is in full swing and has brought a brightness to this difficult year. Check out just a few of the awesome happenings going on over the past few weeks in Lakeland!
Reminder About Grab & Go Meals During Holiday Break
Our Child Nutrition Services staff wants to remind families that during holiday breaks, there will be no Grab & Go Meal pick ups. School resumes on Monday, January 4, 2021 and Grab & Go Meals will start again and continue through the end of the school year.
Veterans Day Celebrations in the District
Veterans Day looked a little different this year in our District. Instead of assemblies in each school to honor our veterans and invite the community in, there were in-class celebrations, virtual assemblies, and other creative celebrations. Check out a couple of these video programs below.
The Lakeland High School Volleyball Team traveled to Kimberly, Idaho last weekend and went undefeated the entire tournament! The team, coaches, and families were so amazing during the entire tournament that the team also won the Sportsmanship Award, which is a great honor. We cannot say loudly enough how proud we are of this team. Way to go Hawks!
Check out the very kind email from a volunteer at Kimberly High School that spoke to the great things from everyone representing our District:
First let me answer what I assume is the question on your mind Who is this guy??”. My wife (Kathy) and I were handling admissions (ticket takers) at the State Volleyball Tournament in Kimberly last weekend. Congratulations to the team and coaches on the win. I didn’t get to see much of the play but I was very impressed with what I did see. We also what to congratulate the team, fans and other “Lakelanders” on receiving the Sportsmanship Trophy. We were, indeed, very impressed with the behavior and demeanor of all involved. Some little things that stood out. As the team and others entered the building they all clearly showed me their ID badges and pronounced names clearly. Nearly all replied to my “thank you, good luck”. The fans also were courteous and friendly during any interaction I had with them. We were impressed with the mask compliance. You have no idea how many times Kathy and I had to remind people to get mask on and keep the nose covered. We got a number of disgusted looks and rude comments from some of the fans. The Lakeland Hawk fans in the bleachers were very supportive of the team and ALWAYS very positive and respectful! At the end of the day Saturday several fans and players thanked us for our time. We were very impressed! Overall, your community should be very, very proud of Lakeland High, the players and coaches and the fans who were there cheering them on. Please convey our thoughts to the players, coaches and other support staff, and the community at large.
Thank you, it was a pleasure to serve you. I sincerely hope that we did a good job on our end and that you all enjoyed your time at Kimberly High School.
Dr. Dave Makings
Congratulations to our Newest FFA Students!
Timberlake High School FFA students competed in the recent North Idaho District FFA competition in Greenhand Knowledge. The team of Carlene Ross, Ethan Howard and Gracie Haeder placed second!! This is a huge accomplishment for these freshmen students!
March 9, 2021 Replacement Instructional (Supplemental) Levy
In the next few months, the District will be sharing out information via our Website and through the mail, creating mini-videos to answer questions we most frequently receive, and working to educate our community on this upcoming Levy. This is a REPLACEMENT of the current Instructional Levy in our District (not an additional levy). We encourage the community to call the District Office with any questions they may have. Check out the postcard coming soon to your mailboxes HERE!
As we shift into Thanksgiving break, I am reminded just how much we have to be grateful for. Despite this being the most challenging year I can remember in education, our District’s families have coalesced to face this overwhelming pandemic together. People in our District have been respectful of the LJSD Reopen Plan and have done their best to follow the guidelines. This has allowed us to stay in a consistent Yellow Level of Operation, with students being able to attend five days a week in-person, if parents desired. This is not true with other districts throughout the state. The consistency and support for our students has truly been a blessing. Although we have had several hurdles to overcome and an uptick in cases recently, our families continue to reach out to staff to offer support and appreciation for their dedication and continued compassion. This is truly a special place to be. Next week, please take the opportunity to look back on our year so far and acknowledge just how many positive blessings we have in this District, even in the most difficult of times. I hope you take the time to really enjoy your family and take a break from the daily demands of our lives. This is the perfect time to model rest and rejuvenation for our kids so they know how important it is to unwind for the week. Thank you for supporting the District and working together to provide the best education for each and every one of our students. Much gratitude for the LJSD family, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
1-1 Chromebook Rollout — Completion This Year!
In order to best meet the needs of all students in the district, whether that is in-person, blended learning, or completely online, we have stepped up the 1-to-1 Chromebook program started three years ago. Initially funded by Instructional Levy dollars, we have used the CARES funds to expedite the 1-1 Chromebooks for students. We made this decision based on the possibility of having to move to the Orange Level of Operation, which would require our students to have Chromebooks in order to participate in their classroom from home every other day. Although we have been able to stay in the Yellow Level of Operation, 5 days a week in-person, we continue to utilize the Chromebooks as a tool in the classroom, as well as at home, with online learning, homework assignments, or in self-quarantine. Thankfully, this proactive planning will ensure our students are prepared for whatever educational circumstances this year may bring. The delivery date continues to be moved back due to Covid issues with the manufacturers, but you will hear more specific information from your building principals once the Chromebooks arrive.
CHANGE to Transportation Guidelines
Due to a shortage of both bus drivers and buses to transport our student riders, we are unable to maintain the two students per seat limit we hoped to maintain during the pandemic. As outlined in the parent permission to ride waiver, bus transportation is on a voluntary basis and we will always attempt to do the best we can with the number of drivers and bus routes to maintain social distancing. Parents who are not comfortable with the number of students on the bus are able to transport their children instead. Due to the new circumstances, I am recommending a change to the transportation section of the LJSD Reopen Plan at the next Board meeting, Tuesday, December 8. If you would like to ask about your child’s bus route, please call the Transportation Department at: (208) 687-0221
If you want to review the transportation waiver from the beginning of the year, I have included it here: Transportation Waiver
PAUSE on Grab and Go Meals
Reminder to families that during the upcoming holiday breaks (November 23-27 & December 21 – January 1) there will be no Grab & Go Meals services for children in our District. For more information, visit our Nutrition Services Website.
Free Testing Available for COVID -19
There are free COVID-19 tests available for students whose parent/guardian may be uninsured. If this is the case for your family, you may contact our head nurse, Judy Gerstenberger @ firstname.lastname@example.org. She will assist you in accessing testing.
I am writing today to ask for your help. The number of student COVID cases, as well as the number of students who are required to self-quarantine from close contact, has suddenly spiked in the last week (16 confirmed student cases). I know we all share the same goal – keeping students in school with their teachers in a safe and healthy environment. In order to sustain the learning environment in the Yellow Level of Operation, we need to work together to encourage our students to follow precautionary measures to keep our schools open. While we certainly ask students to adhere to the expectations outlined in the LJSD Reopen Plan (maintain social distance of 6 feet or follow the recommendation to wear a mask if you are unable to do so and wash your hands often), kids listen and trust their parents and we would really appreciate your help in reinforcing the “why” with your kids. We want all students to have the option of daily in-person learning (staying in Yellow), as well as participation in athletic events, graduation, prom, etc. Thank you for helping us remind students of the expectations which will help keep our schools safe. We know this will take all of us working together and we appreciate your support and understanding.
Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
Would you like a COVID Test and cost is a problem? We have vouchers for students and staff who are uninsured or underinsured – contact Nurse Judy at email@example.com or 208-683-2231
What is Contact Tracing and How Does it Work?
With the recent surge in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, there have been several questions surrounding contact tracing. What does contact tracing really mean?
Contact tracing is the process used to understand how an infectious disease is spreading in our community. The purpose of contact tracing is threefold: to find out how an individual became sick, find out who else might have been exposed, and protect others from being infected.
In order to keep our students and staff safe, our School Nurse team works tirelessly to conduct effective contact tracing. When we have individuals who have tested positive or have been in close contact with anyone who tested positive within our schools, the nurses notify these individuals and advise them on how to move forward.
Schools cannot and will not release information regarding positive students if that individual could be identified through an announcement.
Per Idaho laws, the Health District is required to notify schools of positive cases among students or staff. Health Districts are also required to notify the school of close contacts of confirmed positive cases if those close contacts attend that school.
Updated Definition of “Close Contact” from CDC
Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
Now that we are settled into the routine of school again, we can take a deep breath and look back at the amazing start to our school year! I am so proud of our staff and all they have collectively done to maintain stability and a welcoming environment for our students, despite the very real challenges posed by the Covid, social distancing, etc. As parents, I know how much you value the dedication and compassion our staff demonstrates on a daily basis for our Lakeland family. The 2020 parent survey you just completed showed that once again, our parents value our teachers and staff first and foremost, followed by overall district functioning and the family atmosphere. Thank you for giving us your feedback – I have linked in the survey results below for your information. We know this has been an extremely challenging time for everyone as we navigate a worldwide pandemic, and we certainly have areas to improve upon to better serve our families, but we are reminded of the reason the Lakeland District Family is SO strong — your comments reinforced the fact that we are only going to get through this TOGETHER 😁💖. Thank you for being a flexible and supportive part of our school community, while simultaneously holding us to the high standards you expect from the District. Your feedback is invaluable and very much appreciated. Much Gratitude as we head into the month of appreciating our blessings (November), Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
Our fall sports season is winding down and we want to acknowledge how proud we are of all of our athletes. This season has faced many cancellations and rescheduled events, along with some unexpected weather and our athletes have found success through it all! Join us in wishing our athletes luck in the remainder of their season!
Election Day Coming Up!
Greetings! Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is Election Day! With our strong focus on student safety and school security, we wanted to assure our parents that we are being mindful of the current tension around our national election next week and we are being intentional about how we structure our day; especially at our five schools which happen to be polling places. Access to the polling locations will be provided in a way that keeps students and voting patrons separated at all times. Administrators and safety personnel will be onsite to greet our patrons and ensure that the voting experience is pleasant and positive for everyone. Warm Regards, Lisa Sexton, Assistant Superintendent
For more information on your polling location, registering, candidate information, and other resources –CLICK HERE
Save the Date! March 9, 2021 Replacement Instructional Levy
On Tuesday, October 27, our Lakeland Board of Trustees were presented with options for the upcoming Replacement Instructional Levy. They will revisit this topic at the November 10, 2020 Board Meeting as the District continues to move forward with planning. You can view the presentation below and if you have questions or feedback, please send those to firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to remind our families that our Nutrition Services Team offer free Breakfast and Lunch five days a week to our students. If you have a student that attends school via the Lakeland Online Academy, you can still pick up free breakfast and lunch daily at our two designated sites. Breakfast and lunch will not be available on non-school days including holiday weeks where school is closed. Go to the Nutrition Services page on the District website for more details. Check out the info below!
Fall Reopen Plan
Over the last month, the LJSD Board of Trustees approved amendments to the LJSD 272 Fall Reopen Plan. These changes include updates to students returning to school, essential workers, and level of operation wording changes. You can view the plan HERE.
There are a variety of open positions available in our District in our BASE (Before and After School Enrichment Program), custodial, transportation, athletics and support staff departments. These positions are part-time and full-time. Check out our open positions HERE.
THS Alumna creates a Positive Message for Current Students
THS Class of 2020 Alumna, Freya Von Till, created this video for the THS student body and class of 2021. Thank you for the positive message Freya! We don’t know what this year will hold, but we want all of our students to enjoy and learn every day!