Building Successful Futures
November 2014
LUSD Offers an Exceptional Music Program


Lakeport Unified School District offers a variety of music programs to encourage musical involvement at all age levels. Research confirms the many benefits of music education. It can boost brain activity, improve memory, build social skills, and even improve test scores. We strive to provide a quality music program, beginning in elementary school, to support and encourage music involvement for interested students.


While the majority of music programs are geared toward high school and middle school students, value is placed on exposing children to music in elementary school. Music Director Jenni Ingram works diligently to keep the music program fun and engaging for all grade levels by offering various learning experiences and performance opportunities. Other staff actively involved in music education in various capacities are Nick Reid, Adam Evans, and Lisa Olson. Winter concerts showcase the hard work and commitment of students and they are scheduled as follows:


  • Terrace Middle School - December 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
  • Clear Lake High School - December 10th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Lakeport Elementary School - December 16th at 7:00
Photo provided by Trett Bishop  


Teacher Receives Stars of Lake County Award  



Sixth grade teacher Angie DeMaria was awarded the prestigious Stars of Lake County "Volunteer of the Year" award on November 8th. After losing both her mother and father to cancer, Angie decided she wanted to "fight back" against the disease that has taken far too much from her.  


Starting out as team captain in 2009 for the Relay for Life of Lake County annual event, Angie inspired others to join her in raising over $4000 for the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission. Since that first year, Angie has continued to serve in a variety of leadership roles.  Her dedication and hard work contributed to significant growth both in community participation and funds raised through the event.


In 2014, Angie became the event chair of the Relay for Life of Lake County, leading over 500 volunteers. Since Angie started volunteering, she has been instrumental in helping raise over $500,000 for the American Cancer Society. Angie contributed over 400 hours in preparing for the 2014 event, including the 48 hours that she stayed awake on the track during relay weekend motivating other participants and keeping the activities on schedule. She has transformed the "Relay for Life of Lake County" in such a way that the event received state recognition for its success. Angie is dedicated to seeing an end to cancer in her lifetime. Congratulations on a well deserved honor!    



Cardinals Attend "Careers in Construction"
Forty-eight Clear Lake High School students attended the Careers in Construction Expo at the Veteran's Hall in Santa Rosa to learn about the range of careers in  building and engineering trades. Woodshop teacher John Moorhead has been coordinating this trip for several years and appreciates the hands-on demonstrations and exhibits that expose students to a wide array of career options in fields such as welding, construction management, architectural design,     and civil engineering.
Students were also able to operate and learn about large construction equipment such as backhoes, excavators, boom lifts and more. Each student was given the opportunity to build small tool totes out of sheet metal using a riveting gun, hammer drill and a jackhammer.    
The event was hosted by North Coast Builders Exchange and a variety of regional businesses and unions.   
Clear Lake High School student Robert Torres learns how to operate a backhoe during the 
"Careers in Construction Expo"
In Gratitude
Lakeport Unified School District is grateful for the support of our community! 

* The "Modernize Lakeport Schools Committee" worked tirelessly to pass Measure T which will fund school modernization projects to improve the learning environment for our students and teachers. Committee members include Jennifer Hanson, Dan Comacho, Lori Erickson, Agustin Merodio, Linda Slockbower, and Tina Scott.  A special thanks to Lori Holmes for her leadership as committee chair.

* Retired assistant principal Bob Mayer is volunteering to coordinate the annual "Christmas for Kids" program to help ensure that children in the District have the experience of opening gifts on Christmas morning.

Welcome to LUSD

New Staff Members:


* Roel Pena (RJ), night custodian at Lakeport Elementary

* Cheryl Thomas, cafeteria worker at
Lakeport Elementary   




CLHS Interact Club Assists Lake County Hunger Task Force
 to "Stuff-a-Bus"  

The Clear Lake High School Interact Club sponsored a canned food drive in October as part of the Stuff-A-Bus project. There were 428 cans of food donated over 2 weeks in English and government classes. This totaled 458 pounds of food donated to the Lake County Task Force by students. The fifth annual Stuff-a-Bus event was in honor of Make a Difference Day sponsored by the Lake County Hunger Task force, The Lake Transit Authority, and NCO Community Action. GREAT JOB, CARDS!!!!    


Interact President Christopher Vincent, Club Adviser Steve Newnham and Vice President Quincy Woodward rallied students to donate canned food.


Annual Lake County Teacher of the Year and Excellence in Education Awards
First grade teacher Kristen Hiatt and retired paraeducator Vivian Feola were honored as the LUSD nominees at the 2014 Lake County Teacher of the Year and Excellence Education Awards Program 

CLHS Eagle Scout Receives Recognition From the Governing Board

Clear Lake High School Senior Leon Fred was recognized at the November board meeting for completing community service work required to earn the rank of
  Eagle Scout. Leon painted and refurbished the softball dugouts at

 Clear Lake High School.       
CLHS Students Express Gratitude
Students at the high school were encouraged to participate in the CLHS Thankful Project by writing a short statement describing what they are thankful for. Nearly all students participated. Mr. Evans and his "ROP professional computer applications  students" created 19 posters including statements made by students with their names at the end of each statement. The posters are hanging in the quad at CLHS and are featured on the CLHS Website   Many students have been observed thoughtfully reading what their peers are thankful for.
Congratulations CLHS JV Volleyball Team!
2014 League Champions

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