Building Successful Futures


October 2015
LITE Team Advances District Technology in the Classroom

The Lakeport Innovative Technology Educators (LITE) Team has been busy providing support for LUSD teachers. Approximately 65 LUSD teachers attended a half day training provided by the LITE Team on August 10. Teachers were asked to choose classes to support their needs and interests in a variety of topics including Google Classroom, use of available software programs and technology resources, and troubleshooting issues with technology. The teachers all appreciated the opportunity to practice the skills needed to expand the use of technology in Lakeport Unified.

LITE Team members Melanie Sturr, Shanna Lee, Nicki Goodwin and Kristen Hiatt have recently been providing individual support for teachers who want to expand the use of Google Classroom. Google Classroom is an application that allows teachers to efficiently share assignments and information with students. It also allows teachers to provide feedback about student performance on assignments in real time. Students can also work with one another on assignments that are completely computer based. Teachers who are interested in implementing Google Classroom are encouraged to contact Joe Aldridge, director of Student Services, to arrange for individual support from a LITE member.
Students Run for Literacy
Members of Terrace Middle School's Girls on the Move club participated in the Annual Vineyard Run for Literacy to support the Lake County Literacy Coalition. Club advisor Ingrid Larson (far left) and school psychologist Jessica O'Donnell (far right) joined the group for the run Sunday, Oct. 11. The run is held in conjunction with the annual Harvest Festival at Steele Wines, Kelseyville.

Free Flu Shots Available Friday

WHAT: Free Flu Shots are being offered by Costco and the SISC Health Smarts Program

WHO: All employees, retirees and dependents. Retirees and dependents are eligible for free flu shots if enrolled in a SISC health benefits plan. Dependents must be at least 9 years old to receive a flu shot.

WHEN: Come any time on Friday, October 16, between Noon and 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: District Office Board Room

WHY: It is recommended that everyone get a flu shot every year to stay healthy

If you have questions, please email Helena Hallum at

Students Get First-Hand Glimpse of College

A group of Terrace Middle School and Clear Lake High School students attended the free "My Future My Way" workshop at Mendocino College Lake Center, Lakeport, on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Students were able to learn about attending college and earning college credit. The LUSD students also had an opportunity to explore career possibilities including nursing, firefighting, computer science, law enforcement, automotive, and sustainable construction. 

LEEF Awards Grants
Each year the Lakeport Enhanced Education Foundation (LEEF) board members spend countless hours raising funds to support our students' learning.  LEEF recently announced the recipients of a number of grants throughout the district, including:
     * $5,000 to be used toward the purchase of 25 Chromebooks for the first grade
        students at Lakeport Elementary School

     * $1,500 to be used toward the purchase of new side stage curtains for the Marge
        Alakszay Center 

     * $369 for a set of novels to be taught in the CLHS freshman English class

     * $500 to support the Girls on the Move club at Terrace Middle School
    * $600 to purchase quilt making supplies for students in the Lakeport Community
       Day School class

    * $2,000 to be used toward the purchase of a professional camera for the students in        the creative communication class at Clear Lake High School.

The next LEEF board meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 27,  6:00 p.m., in room 5 at Terrace Middle School.  Anyone who is interested in assisting with events or serving as a board member is welcome to attend.  We continue to appreciate the LEEF board members and the time they commit to enhancing our students' education!
Food Services Department Conducts Taste Test
On October 1, LUSD Director of Food Services Jackie Courtney and Dietetic Intern Erin Lassig conducted the first of monthly taste tests at Terrace Middle School. Two students from each class were selected to serve as culinary judges. They were each treated to samples of both ham and vegetable quiche and cold chicken pasta salad.

The kids completed a rating of the dishes after tasting them and were also asked for suggestions about how to make the selections more appealing to students. The first taste test revealed that the majority of the kids loved the quiche, but didn't care for onions in pasta salad.

The Food Services Department intends to include the foods that were popular with the kids in the monthly school menu.

Thank you to Jackie and Erin for organizing the taste test and continually working to improve the nutrition of our students!
Measure T Bond Update

TLCD Architects will be presenting the district's Master Facilities Plan to the school board at a special meeting scheduled for October 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the district office.  All staff and community members are invited to attend.  The public can stay informed about the progress of the bond projects by accessing the Measure T Bond webpage on the district website.
Updates on Hero Project

The Hero Project is coming to the end of its first challenge term this year. Have you taken the Read/Advocate POP15 Challenge yet? Take the challenge at! Every family who completes the challenge will receive a free book for every child under 8 years old, and any child under 5 years old will get a subscription to Imagination Library. Make sure to check out the Hero Project booth at the Heroes of Health & Safety Fair on Saturday, October 17, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and get your free family photo and backpack!
In Gratitude
Thank you to the following individuals and organizations:

Clear Lake High School Sports Foundation for its donation of $750 to be used toward the repainting of the goal posts at the Don Owens Stadium.

Plumas Unified School District for the donation of a Donaldson diesel particulate filter thermal regenerator valued at $12,000.

Owners of The Attic in Mendocino for their donation of historic photographs (class of 1914 and boys basketball team of 1912).

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