One quarter down, three to go! There was a great deal to celebrate our first couple months of the 2016-2017 school year. Our students and staff at our three new elementary buildings have enjoyed teaching and learning in clean, bright, colorful, climate-controlled buildings equipped with the latest in educational technology. Now that Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt are finished, we are counting down to the completion of Lakewood High and look forward to the academic wing opening in January.
We also celebrated in the first quarter the academic accomplishments of our brightest high school students. Once again, Lakewood High had its share of National Merit and AP Scholars. Congratulations to National Merit Semifinalists Ian Bell, Rachel Daso and William Horschke. These students scored in the top 1% in the country on their PSAT taken their junior year. Commended Scholars (top 5% of scorers) were Evan Suttell and Rhianna Zuby. LHS also had 67 AP Scholars, including six who were named National Scholars.
We also celebrated an amazing partnership with our longtime community partner, First Federal Lakewood. First Federal has committed to provide nearly $700,000 to help build an indoor elevated track at Lakewood High. The bank will also match $1 for every $3 raised up to $150,000 to help fund a Community Recreation Facility at LHS. We can’t ask for a better partner than First Federal and we are grateful that they chose to invest in our community and our youth.
The first quarter also brought the release of the State Report Cards. There has been much debate among parents, teachers, administrators, Board of Educations and lawmakers about the value of these grades received on the state assessments. The bright spot for our District was that our Value-Added component grade – an A - continues to show that Lakewood City Schools students gain more than a year’s worth of academic progress each school year.
We think that our students are much more than a grade determined from a test on any one given day. That’s why we prepared a Quality Profile booklet that digs deeper into what a Lakewood City Schools education really entails, the richness of opportunity available to our students. If you have not seen this booklet that was delivered to Lakewood homes, I urge you to view it here to see the breadth and depth of our District.