Superintendent's Message


Mike Barnes

Welcome to the new school year! We are so excited to begin the year with our new strategic vision - Vision of a Lakewood Graduate - in place. Our teachers, administrators, and support staff will now be engaged in the exciting work of bringing the vision to reality. 

The input that we gathered from the community that contributed to the development of this vision came from Listen and Learn sessions, facilitated discussions and online and telephone surveys administered in March and April of 2019. Our teachers, administrators, support staff, and community said loud and clear that for our graduates to be prepared for the future they need to be: critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, collaborate with others, demonstrate empathy, have a growth mindset, and possess global awareness/citizenship.

Why is this Vision important? The Vision of a Lakewood Graduate moves LCS students and staff members to look beyond the high-stakes testing environment and to help our students develop skills, abilities, and habits of mind to succeed and compete in this complex and rapidly changing world. The Vision of a Lakewood Graduate transforms a traditional organizational vision from a set of words and sentences on a page to a concrete set of outcomes that our District and stakeholders can expect to see in our graduates. The Vision of a Lakewood Graduate will assist our District in providing all students the opportunity to develop each competency of the Vision to his or her fullest potential. 

In addition to input related to the Vision through the online and telephone surveys, our stakeholders told us that:

  • 77% rate the schools’ quality as excellent or good (phone survey)

  • 94% highly rate the quality of education and three-fourths said quality education is better or about the same as it was a few years ago (online survey)

  • 73% say the District employs high-quality teachers (phone survey)

The community also shared areas of focus that we will prioritize to ensure that we provided the kind of education that our community expects and values for the betterment of our students’ futures:

  • Ensuring students can use critical thinking skills

  • Providing a well-rounded educational experience that meets the needs of every kind of student

  • Increasing the graduation rate by helping students at every level

  • Making sure students are college and career ready

    • Helping students find internships and develop career skills

    • Expanding career and technical educational opportunities

    • Expanding STEM classes to prepare students for in-demand fields

  • Keeping educational technology and other learning materials up-to-date

  • Supporting teachers, paying them competitive salaries, and providing them with opportunities to keep our education high quality

WIth our new Vision in place, we are eager to begin working on these priorities and will continue to keep our stakeholders informed of our progress and how we are continually striving to support the whole child and every child.

Michael J. Barnes, Ed.D




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