Building Successful Futures

May 28, 2015
Elisa Prather Selected as Lake County Teacher of the Year
     Terrace School seventh-grade teacher Elisa Prather is the 2015-16 Lake County Teacher of the Year!
     Lisa's selection was recently announced by Lake County Superintendent of Schools Brock Falkenberg. She will represent Lake County in the upcoming California Teacher of the Year competition.
     Lisa has been teaching for 24 years, the past 10 at Terrace, where her current project is the creation of a large community garden on campus. She has worked with students, staff and community to raise thousands of dollars in hopes of creating a garden and outdoor classroom that will one day provide food to the cafeteria and a great place for hands-on learning for students in all grades. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science, with a chemistry minor, from CSU Chico.
     "One of the most important qualities that Lisa possesses is her willingness to tackle any and all challenges with a willing, can-do attitude. She sees a need and finds a way to fill it, whether it is a curriculum issue or a student issue," says Terrace Principal Jill Falconer.
LUSD Staff Earns Recognition
Congratulations to Elisa Prather who was selected as the
LUSD Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Tracy Colombi who was selected as the
LUSD Classified Employee of the Year!

Congratulations to special education paraeducator Doreen McGuire-Grigg who received the Paula J. Monroe Education Support Paraprofessional of the Year Award from the California Teachers' Association!

Measure T School Improvement Project Update

     The bond project planning is now well under way with the direction of TLCD Architects. The TLCD team has already made several visits to the district campus to study traffic patterns, assess existing facilities, and observe the daily operations of our schools. A Master Planning Committee comprised of the superintendent, school principals, and director of MOT is now working to plan both the scope and schedule of the bond projects that were approved by voters in the November 2014 election.  Subcommittees for each of the individual projects will later be established (i.e., Westshore pool, CLHS fitness facility, Terrace library/media center, technology, etc.) in order to gather input from those who are most familiar with a particular project.    The facilities plan will be completed in August, presented to the school board and then shared with both staff and community members.   

     The Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee also held its first meeting in May and will reconvene again in July to adopt the committee bylaws and approve project expenditures.  It is a very exciting time for LUSD! 

Farewell Retiring Staff
Goodbye and Good Luck to the Following Staff


Jackie Akins               Pam Klier 

Chris Frediani             Jim Rogers
Steve Gentry               Suzanne Terry
Dave Hagberg




  Phil Kirby, Steve Gentry, and Erin  
  Phil Kirby, Jackie Akins, Suzanne Terry, Pam
  Klier, Anita Swanson













  Phil Kirby, Chris Frediani, Jim Rogers
Phil Kirby, Dave Hagberg, Joe Aldridge
Lake County Junior High Athletic League Championship Winners

The Terrace Middle School softball, volleyball and 7th and 8th Grade boys' basketball teams were all Lake County Junior High Athletic League 
winners this year! 
Clear Lake High Sports Teams Score With Grades

Congratulations to the Clear Lake High School varsity boys' cross country, varsity girls' soccer and varsity baseball teams this year for earning North Coast Section Scholastic Championship Team Awards! 

Terrace Middle School Garden Project

     The newly developed Terrace Middle School Garden Project is on a mission to foster improved nutritional practices through cultivation of organically grown produce.  

     Garden Project Coordinator and 7th Grade Teacher Elisa Prather says, "The hope is to get kids to understand the connection between what they eat and where that food actually comes from. Most children do not understand the work required to produce the food that crosses their tables."

     The purpose of the Terrace Garden is for students to grow organic vegetables for the cafeteria, to cultivate native plants, to create a pollinator garden, and to have a "nature escape" on campus. Terrace Middle School's Junior Interact Club adopted the project as their community service project for the year.

     "We started researching health statistics," says Prather. "Students were shocked by the rates of childhood obesity and diabetes in Lake County. We decided to do something about it and soon the idea of the garden project was born." Research shows that children are more likely to eat fresh produce when they grow their own fruits and vegetables.


Clear Lake High School North Coast League Champions
Clear Lake High School athletic teams were the North Coast League Championship winners in five sports this year. Congratulations to the JV volleyball, JV girls basketball, JV baseball, softball (co-champs) and varsity baseball (still undefeated) teams.  Way to go, Cards!

Congratulations to All of Our High School Graduates!
Did you know?

At Clear Lake High School:
  • Out of 100 graduating seniors, 83% will be attending a two- or four-year school next year: 27% (4-year), 56% (2-year), 6% (trade or vocational), 4% (military).
  • 54% met A-G college entrance requirements.
At Natural High School:
  • 19 Natural High School students completed a total of 285 volunteer hours with People Services.
  • 7 students were employed, either on campus or in the community, as a direct result of being in the NHS program.
At Lakeport Alternative School:
  • 3 Lakeport Alternative School students participated in a 100-hour Internship with Aaron Desselle, assisting the LUSD IT Department in repairs, troubleshooting, installation, setting up and dismantling computers and technical equipment at all school sites.

Hero Project Honors School Principals
  Lakeport Elementary Principal 
  Anita Swanson (left) received an
  honorary Hero Project certificate
  from Robyn Bera.
     The Lake County Hero Project honored principals on May 6 for their support of the Hero Project during the 2014-15 school year. Hero Project Coordinator Robyn Bera presented each principal with an honorary Hero Project backpack and official certificate recognizing them as a Hero Project Ally.
     The Hero Project is on a mission to make sure that every child in Lake County has an adult in his/her life who is committed to being the child's number one hero. Each month the Hero Project distributes approximately 10,000 postcards throughout Lake County schools and through partnering organizations. These postcards feature real Lake County families who inspire us all to live happy and be a hero. 
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In Gratitude

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations:

  • Dr. Wayne Scheidemann for donating a large palm tree to replace the one that was vandalized at CLHS.

  • Board member Dennis Darling for continuing to supply bottled water for all meetings held at the district office.

  • The Rotary Club of Lakeport for sponsoring the Top 40 BBQ for CLHS Students of the Month.

  • Lakeport Rotarians Jennifer Strong, Steve Davis and Richard Neils and LUSD Board member Tom Powers for all of their help with the Terrace School garden project.

  • All of our Board members for hosting the annual year-end barbecue!
Thanks to all LUSD staff for making this another successful school year!

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