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A Message from the Superintendent

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Welcome to Lakota Local Schools! 

As our mission statement says, everything WE do is designed to provide a future-ready, student-centered learning experience for every single child. From our youngest learners to our high schoolers, we are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience.

Our focus is on high academic achievement, exploration and opportunity, as well as individualized measures of success through careful preparation. This emphasis on outstanding instruction is evident at every grade level and includes the introduction of the Portrait of a Lakota Graduate to even our youngest learners.

We provide a safe and secure environment in which our students are able to grow academically, socially, emotionally and culturally. Personalized learning is achieved through tailoring the instructional environment to address the individual needs, skills and interests of the whole child. 

Our students are prepared for their future success through innovative and engaged learning. Leading edge technology, including our #WEareEmpowered 1:1 program which begins in third grade, enhances learning and elevates student readiness for one of the four Es after graduation: Enrollment in higher education, Enlistment in the military, Employment or Entrepreneurship. 

All-day kindergarten and daily specials for students through sixth grade; a seven-bell schedule that includes a dedicated academic advisory period for our secondary students; and real-world learning opportunities that include the Lakota Cyber Academy and INCubatoredu@Lakota, as well as partnerships with area businesses, are just a few examples of how Lakota Local Schools is personalizing learning for our students.

Such programs are possible because the district runs an effective and efficient day-to-day operational budget. We are committed to strong fiscal management practices that have put our finances in a stable operational outlook for the next several years. This is important as we continue to look at leveraging educational offerings for students in a fiscally responsible manner.

Moreover, we could not offer the best possible start for our students without the support of this community. We consider our parents, business leaders and local residents to be our partners. From parents staying involved through our multitude of parent engagement opportunities and corporations invested in our internship programs, to volunteers helping in our schools and Real World Learning opportunities in conjunction with our business partners, these community relationships complement the work our exceptional teachers are doing in the classroom.  

Our district is very active on social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Search for #WEareLakota to join the conversation and learn about the tremendous learning opportunities that are happening in classrooms throughout the district every day.(opens in a new window)

Sincerely,

Matthew J. Miller

Superintendent


 

Join Me: "In the Loop with the Supe"

If you’ve met me or follow me on social media, I hope you can see that one of my top priorities is to get out and listen. I cannot emphasize enough the value I find in getting to know as many students, staff members, parents, residents and community and business leaders as possible. Real conversations are the only way to learn more about this community’s priorities for education.

I hope you'll join me for one of my monthly "In the Loop with the Supe." For an hour, I will be available for drop-in conversation with parents and residents. The program now rotates between a virtual and in-person format and is typically held on the first Wednesday of the month at alternating times to accommodate different schedules. In-person sessions will be recorded and shared via social media. 

Businesses and organizations are invited to host the in-person conversations. Please email lakota@lakotaonline.com to share your interest and check availability. 


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