As we move toward the end of another school year and attending the awards, recognitions and year-end programs, I want to reflect on some of the fabulous opportunities our students are able to take advantage of every school year. As I attend a variety of programs, performances and classroom demonstrations throughout the year, I am continually amazed at the academic, creative, service-oriented and athletic opportunities available to our students.
From middle school drama clubs to robotics and coding clubs in the elementary schools and more than 70 clubs at the high school, there is something for every student. These opportunities not only enhance our students’ school experience and help develop more well-rounded young people, but research shows that they improve academic performance as well. Students who are engaged in activities beyond the classroom do better in the classroom! These opportunities would not exist without our dedicated staff giving their time, most often on a volunteer basis, to advise our many clubs.
A great example of the rich opportunities available is our electric rock orchestra, The Lakewood Project. It was the first of its kind in the country for a high school and recently the group went on an a three-day Ohio tour to share its unique brand of music with three other school systems. The group taught clinics to middle school and high school students during the day then were joined by those same students in a concert that evening. How neat is that?!
Just as our school district prides itself on educating every child to our best ability, no matter the circumstance or challenges presented, so we believe there is an enrichment opportunity available for any child who seeks it, even those who may not have traditionally been able to participate in the past. The Sparkle Squad at the high school is a good example, where students from our MILES program cheer alongside our varsity cheerleaders.
Take a look at these links below for just some of what we offer:
LHS Clubs (not full list)
Harding Middle School clubs
Garfield Middle School clubs