Building Successful Futures


January/February 2016
Lakeport Elementary Promotes Parent Involvement
Family Math Night at Lakeport Elementary School took place January 28 and was a great success! Parents and students enjoyed fun and educational math games and activities. Students were able to share computer activities they have been using in their classrooms. Snack and take home prizes topped off the evening.  

The elementary staff is now in the process of planning the upcoming Family Reading Night, previously known as "Turn Off the TV Night," which is scheduled for Thursday, March 3rd from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  It will be another fun learning activity designed for participation of the entire family.
LUSD Counselors Support Students and Staff
At our January school board meeting, Ingrid Larsen, Terrace Middle School counselor, Jodie Smart-Maize, Clear Lake High School intern counselor, Paul Larrea, Clear Lake High School counselor, and Ashley Hansen, school psychologist, presented information on the specific counseling services that are offered at the various sites.  With the increased funding from supplemental concentration grants, our support staff are now able to offer improved response time for students and parents in need, grief counseling and peer mediation. They also deal with substance abuse issues and help students dealing with anxiety and depression.  Academic counselors are increasing their focus on those participating in independent study along with college and career counseling. These enhanced counseling services align with state and national standards and are proving to increase student achievement.  We appreciate their dedication and support for LUSD students and staff.

Annual Fundraiser To Be Held
Save the date for LEEF's annual Party with a Purpose!
The event is Saturday, April 16th at Lewis Hall at the Fairgrounds.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with dinner, auction and dancing to follow.
New this year - food provided by Fresh and Bangin,
With dancing to the tunes of the FUNKY DOZEN!
Tickets are $50 each or a reserved table for ten is $500.
Tickets are available at CLHS, TMS or Linda's Hallmark.
No-Host Bar - no children under 18 please
All proceeds benefit the programs and students at Lakeport Unified School District.  
To donate an auction item or for more information, please contact Jill Falconer at Terrace Middle School or Amy Wind at Clear Lake High School.

School Board Recognizes Volunteer Counselor
Ingrid Larsen, school counselor at Terrace Middle School, and JodieSmart-Maize, intern counselor at Clear Lake High School, introduced Michy Brown, grief counselor from Hospice. Michy was recognized for the support services she provides for Lakeport Unified School District students. She has helped students and staff deal with many types of grief. Michy has led groups of students through the grieving process, giving them a safe place to heal. She has trained staff members and students alike on coping skills, learning how to accept a loss and move forward. She has offered support to staff members as well, so they in turn can help their students and families. LUSD is grateful for Michy's hours of service and support!

School Board Recognizes Retiring Clear Lake High School Soccer Coach
Glenn Meyer, athletic director for Clear Lake High School, introduced Paul Larrea, girls varsity soccer coach at the January school board meeting. Paul was recognized for his years of service in the soccer program at Clear Lake High School. Coach Larrea had an impressive record with the soccer teams during his tenure with many winning seasons, playoff participation and scholar athlete teams. While soccer was the main focus for Coach Larrea, he also coached tennis, baseball and kept the scorebook for basketball and track, and took on other duties in the sports department as needed. Clear Lake High School was fortunate to have such a dedicated coach on staff for so many years.  
Presentation that Informs, Empowers and Inspires!

Measure T Bond Update
The LUSD Board approved the contract with TLCD on February 11th to begin the design process for the Clear Lake High School food services project and the Terrace Middle School library/media center. Committees for each of the projects are being formed to gather staff and student input to assist the architects with determining the needs of each site.
A plan is being developed to temporarily relocate classrooms at TMS this summer so that eight rooms can be demolished and space created for the new library/media center.
Lakeport Elementary School classrooms will also be modernized this summer with new furnishings to meet 21st century learning. Furniture samples will be arriving the first week of March and displayed in the school library for both staff and students to examine and give input for the selection process.
The plans for the Terrace playground accessibility ramp are also currently in the design process and that project will begin as soon as school ends in May. The LUSD campus will be a busy construction zone this summer!

The public can continue to stay informed about the progress of the bond projects by accessing the 
Measure T Bond webpage on the district website.
Lakeport Schools Collaborate to Offer Career Day to Local Students
LUSD will be hosting a Career Day event on Monday, March 7th from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., in collaboration with the Lakeport Rotary Club and local professionals. The event will be for 7th-12th graders at Terrace Middle School and Clear Lake High School.

Lakeport school counselors and educators expect this collaborative event to improve students' confidence and expand their knowledge of career choices. In addition to hearing about how local professionals came to their current careers, students will learn about required schooling and skills. Students will have follow-up opportunities to learn more about careers with new options such as "Pizza with a Professional" luncheon meetings and coordinated job shadowing opportunities.

The career speaker series will offer students "passports" to tour different career paths and partake in the fun career fair in the MAC auditorium. This event was planned with assistance from local the Lakeport Rotary Club and Lake County Office of Education. Students will start their day with ample preparation to develop appropriate questions for their presenters and end with a fun-filled activity at Terrace and Rally at Clear Lake High School. They are hoping to excite students about future career choices and give practical information about being successful in the new economy.

"Pizza with a Professional" opportunities will take place on campus. Students will be grouped with professionals in a career field of their interest. Students will gain further knowledge of necessary training and skills to be successful in their careers and learn more about the daily duties. Job shadowing opportunities will be coordinated with the local Rotary Club of Lakeport. Students will experience the actual job sites, get exposure to the daily job duties and a firsthand glimpse of a day in the life of career fields.

For more information about Career Day, please contact the middle school or high school counselors. At Terrace Middle School contact Ingrid Larsen at (707) 262-3024 or At Clear Lake High School contact Paul Larrea at (707) 262-3010 or or Jodie Smart-Maize at
CLHS Students Participate in Speech Contest
Left to right: Carina Martinez, Takumi Mitchell, 
Isabella Mattina, Lexi Burke and teacher Pam Bradley
Congratulations to the Clear Lake High School students that participated in the Lions Club speech contest. Lexi Burke won the speech at the local club level and will be progressing to the next level this Tuesday. All the students did a remarkable job on their speeches and all were quite a credit to the high school. The speeches were rich and deep with wisdom beyond their years, and their poise was outstanding. 
In Gratitude
Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for their support of LUSD:

*The Lake County Arts Council for its support of the Poetry Out Loud competition at Clear Lake High School!

*North Coast Opportunities (NCO) for donating equipment and supplies in the amount of $8,930.38 to the Food Services department for participating in the Farm to Schools program!

*AmeriGas propane for their donation of $440.84 to the Lakeport Alternative Education Center to fund attendance incentives for the students! 
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