The Month of May

End of the Year Message from the Superintendent

Dear parents,

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

Photo courtesy of the Coeur d’Alene Press

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 HERE to 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.


Planning for Summer

Spirit Lake Parks and Recreation – Summer Activity Information

Rathdrum Parks and Recreation – Summer Activity Information

Kroc Center Coeur d’Alene Summer Camps

Hayden Parks and Recreation – Summer Activity Information

Community Library Network – Summer Activities

North Idaho Family Summer Camp Information

Education Info Center – Activities Guide for North Idaho


Emergency Broadband Benefit for low income families – CLICK HERE

    • 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;

LJSD Employment Opportunities

Need Skyward Assistance?

2020-2021 Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Free and Reduced FAQ’s

Zone Transfer/Open Enrollment Form 

LJSD Technology Resources for Parents Website – CLICK HERE

Food Bank locations in Kootenai County – CLICK HERE

IdahoPTV’s Youtube Channel

LJSD Website

Cruising into May

Superintendent’s Message

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 have completed 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!

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Apply for BASE:

Summer Book Club 

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

Kindergarten Registration

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!

Find your home school:

REACH Academy!

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.

Save Your Spot for REACH Academy HERE

Want more information? Check out the website HERE

Mountain View Students Learning Valuable Skills

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.

Photo courtesy of Devin Weeks, Coeur d’Alene Press

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


Coming up

  • 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


LJSD Employment Opportunities

Need Skyward Assistance?

2020-2021 Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Free and Reduced FAQ’s

Zone Transfer/Open Enrollment Form 

LJSD Technology Resources for Parents Website – CLICK HERE

Food Bank locations in Kootenai County – CLICK HERE

IdahoPTV’s Youtube Channel

LJSD Website