Building Successful Futures


August 2015
Staff Welcome Back Breakfast Celebrated
About 180 staff 
members attended our annual Welcome Back Breakfast on August 12th, including teachers, custodians, transportation and kitchen staff, LUSD School Board members and representatives of the Lake County Office of Education. 

The opening address was given by Erin Smith-Hagberg, District Superintendent, who encouraged staff to "never underestimate the influence you have on students." 

  A video presentation welcomed back staff and highlighted LUSD student success stories, including graduates who went on to such diverse careers as Washington State Trooper, recording engineer, dance instructor, doctor and nurse.

Special attention was given to one graduate who is currently a teacher at Lakeport Elementary School. 

Thanks to our wonderful staff! We're looking forward to another great year at LUSD!
Keeping Our Students and Staff Safe
Safety on the LUSD campus remains our top priority, so the District Safety Committee, led by Terrace Middle School Assistant Principal Allen Carter, will continue to meet monthly. We began our focus on safety by conducting an evacuation drill for the entire district during the first full week of the school year. Each school will also soon be given new emergency flip charts to be posted in each classroom and office.
As a reminder, all employees are expected to wear their identification badges while on the LUSD campus during the work day.  If you are new to the district (or misplaced your badge from last year), the district office will create a new one for you. Please call the district office staff at 262-3000 to arrange a time for stopping by to get your new badge.

Terrace Middle School Garden Project - Look at What We've Grown!

Check out some summer picks from the Terrace Middle School Garden!


Veggies, veggies, everywhere!
Busy students picked zucchini all summer long.
Students harvested cucumbers, green beans, snap peas and basil!
Welcome to Our New Staff Members!

Lakeport Elementary      
Terrace Middle School         Clear Lake High School
   Deni Dillsaver                        Nicole Andre                         Matt Levesque

   Alysa Sutter                           Shannon Aloia                        Jodie Smart-Maize

   Jodi Howe                              Lauren Rapinchuk                  Kim Tejeda Lankford

   David Thorley                        Carol Marinaro

   Danielle Taylor                                                                            District

   Barbara Showalter                                                                 Nicolas Chavez


Staffing Transitions
The following staff members have transferred into new roles at different sites and will continue to do great work for LUSD students:

Trish Wiggs, from Lakeport Elementary School Secretary to Clear Lake High School Attendance Secretary

Tami Carley, from Student Services Secretary to district office Superintendent's Secretary

Patricia Marigo,  from Terrace Middle School Secretary to Student Services Secretary

Sandy Mayer, from Lakeport Elementary Attendance Secretary to Terrace Middle School Attendance Secretary

Becky Lawler, from Terrace School Teacher to Clear Lake High School Teacher
Clear Lake High School Implements Changes
There are a number of changes at Clear Lake High School including new leadership,
new teachers and new staff. Additionally there are a couple of programmatic
changes that will benefit our high school students. CLHS has partnered with Mendocino College to offer a dual enrollment statistics class taught by Ms. Shawna Byrns. Students taking the class will receive high school credit as well as four units of college math credit. For most majors, statistics fulfills the general education requirement for mathematics. CLHS looks forward to expanding its partnership opportunities with Mendocino College.
CLHS freshman enjoying lunch during orientation.

In addition, new principal Marty Wilkes has instituted the return of Freshman Orientation. The transition from middle school to high school is a big one, and to ease that transition the Associated Student Body (ASB) was tasked with creating a memorable, useful orientation for new students.

Freshmen were presented with riddles to identify each teacher as well as conquering the dreaded locker opening procedure and having a chance to experience the daily lunch process. Based on feedback from staff and students, orientation was a rousing success!
Measure T Bond Update
TLCD Architects has been working with the district all summer to complete the Master Facilities Plan for our Measure T bond projects. Each of the proposed projects has been analyzed to determine the scope and timeline of the individual projects. The Master Plan will be completed and then presented to the school board in September. The superintendent will also be making presentations on the Master Facilities Plan to staff at each of the schools.

Terrace School's front wing
The Terrace School accessibility project on the front wing of classrooms was prioritized
so that the district could close out the old modernization project with the Division of State Architecture (DSA). Without official DSA closeout, the district could not begin any new projects at the school site. 

The classrooms now have new door entries, rain gutters and sidewalk drains that will allow our middle school students to walk under the roof overhang when it rains.

The Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) held its second meeting July 29th.  The committee approved bylaws and bond expenditures. The next CBOC meeting is scheduled for October 15th, and the public is welcome to attend. 

LUSD staff and community members can stay informed about the progress of the bond projects by accessing the Measure T Bond webpage on the district website.
District Summer Maintenance Projects Completed
While the majority of our staff and students were relaxing during summer break, the
LUSD campus was buzzing with activity as our exceptional custodial and maintenance crew readied the buildings and grounds for the new school year. In addition to the annual deep cleaning of buildings, a number of enhancements and repairs were completed at each of the schools. Those included replacing the pea gravel at the Terrace Middle School playground with wood chips, hanging new stage curtains and installing a new projection system in the Marge Alakszay Center, remodeling the Terrace school office, and replacing all fluorescent light bulbs with LED lamps at Clear Lake High School, Lakeport Elementary and the Alternative Education Center. Thanks to the hard work of our crew, our campus is cleaner, safer and much more efficient!

See more photos from the Terrace Construction
Project by visiting the school's Facebook page!
Schools of Hope Seeks Volunteers
Schools of Hope is a volunteer reading program that builds early literacy skills to help children succeed in school and life. Through the Schools of Hope program at Lakeport Elementary School, volunteer tutors work one-on-one with first-grade students to build critical reading skills. Last year, the reading program served 23 students with 12 volunteer tutors. 
Applications are being accepted now, so we're searching for community members who are willing to commit a couple of hours each week from October through May. All tutors are provided with materials and training. If you know of any potential tutors, please encourage them to call the district office at 262-3000. 
Helping Students to Build Successful Futures for Themselves
Terrace Middle School is inviting parents of seventh- and eighth-grade students to join them on Friday, August 28th, from 2:30-3:15 p.m. in the Marge Alakszay Center to kick-off the Reach Higher Initiative and support students as they commit to graduate. 

The program will feature four amazing presenters, including Steve Hixenbaugh of Mendocino College, along with local graduates Jennifer Strong, Ernesto Padilla and Ronnie Cruz. Their stories will inspire students and pump up the energy as students envision their futures. Terrace students will have additional opportunities to take part in the Roadtrip Nation curriculum to further explore interests and create their own virtual road map. 

Terrace students will have opportunities to explore questions such as, "Who am I?" and to identify influences on their lives, create their own definitions of success, develop support networks, tackle self-doubt, and dive into exploring careers with the help of their clever and inspirational staff. We hope you will support our initiative and support the idea of students taking control to build a successful future for themselves. 

The Hero Project's Superhero Scramble
The Hero Project is back for another year! Our first challenge begins in September. Be sure to visit the Superhero Scramble Obstacle Course at the Lake County Fair from September 3-6. Children under age 10 are invited to conquer the course for free!

In Gratitude
Thank you to the following individuals and organizations:
  • The Lakeport Enhanced Education Foundation for donating $500 toward the purchase of beverage containers for staff.
  • Consultant Mike Adams for donating tickets to the Soper Reese Theatre.
  • TLCD Architects for donating a $50 gift certificate to Copperfield Books.
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