News & Announcements
The Graduation Guide for the Class of 2022 is now available. This booklet is intended to give you information for the end of year ceremonies and commencement for our graduation seniors.
Graduate Service, Inc. supplies our seniors' cap and gowns and graduation announcements.
The time has come for you to submit your senior’s picture for the 2021-2022 yearbook.
Wednesday afternoon, we sent our Lakota West Firebird Softball Team off to Akron for the State Championship Final Four game. The Firebirds (26-4) will play North Canton Hoover (19-6) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2. The Championship Game will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m.
We capture the morning announcements from May 6, 2022 for both the freshman and main campuses.
In 2019, Lakota West math teacher Jenny Circello introduced the concept of a flipped classroom to her students and she hasn’t looked back. In fact, she’s taken it up a notch by creating MESH Workshop with Lakota West English teacher Kelsey Gelhaus. Together, they’re challenging students to own their learning.
The Lakota West Theatre managed to fit 25 years of mainstage productions into two hours last Friday and Saturday night. Together, 18 current students and 12 alumni took a trip down memory lane, playing back some part of all 60-plus musicals and dramas adapted for Lakota West’s stage over the program’s 25-year history.
The program of study for Lakota West Freshman students grew by 40 courses last Tuesday. The resounding theme: “Real World 101.” For a third year, students were given the opportunity to “choose their own adventures.”
A district-wide “Walk 4 Hope” on April 19 underscored the importance of mental health and wellness at all ages. Lakota West’s Hope Squad - a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program focused on spreading positivity and building awareness around mental health - encouraged all Lakota students and staff to “pause” in the form of a midday lap around their building.
“We are One” is a new art installation filling the hallways at Lakota West. The sixty larger than life photos of in-person and VLO students are part of a global participatory art project called “Inside Out.”
Some of Lakota’s oldest and youngest learners shared a unique learning experience last week when Lakota West’s Symphonic Winds zoomed into Alyssa Carr’s Liberty Early Childhood kindergarten class. While COVID has posed many challenges over the past year, it has also resulted in many creative and fun collaborations like this one.
When given the chance to find a problem and solve it, students in Jim McClure’s Engineering Design & Development capstone class looked no further than the halls of Lakota West High School. In the end, their work in the Butler Tech satellite course yielded industry-recognized certifications and viable solutions to two different challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic this school year.
“Put down your phone” is probably something that most teenagers have heard their parents say at one time or another. Would you believe that it’s something that teens are saying to one another? Sarah AbuDakar, a senior at Lakota West, is one such teen.
“I just wanted to give back to the school that gave me so much,” said Lakota West senior Josh Strong, when asked about why he chose Heritage Early Childhood School as the beneficiary of his recent Eagle Scout project.
A month marked by acts of kindness and anti-bullying messages at Lakota West High School culminated in “Duck Duck Hope Week,” where rubber ducks sprinkled all over campus had but one purpose: to send students and staff off to Thanksgiving break on a positive note.
Real World Learning has even more meaning when the project helps a teacher. See how Taylor Blackburn, Jonah Dangel and Amane Ohhashi designed a shoe for English teacher Kendra Herber’s prosthetic leg in their Introduction to Engineering Design class at West Freshman. The class is led by teacher Scott Fetzer and is through Butler Tech’s Project Lead the Way program.
Last spring, just two weeks before Lakota West was set to perform Fiddler on the Roof, COVID-19 happened and the show was cancelled.
Under the leadership of social studies teacher Jennifer Parrett, the small group meets twice a week during the school’s 30-minute advisory time to build community, self-confidence and character. The group is a companion to a similar program for West Freshman’s male students called “Setup for Success.”