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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message – 3rd Quarter

The latest school shooting on February 14th, has left many of us angry, frustrated, and scared for the safety of our children. At our February PTSA meeting we discussed our procedures for Lockdown in the event of an active shooter on a school campus. On Friday, February 23rd we tested our emergency safety announcement in the event of a lockdown, and we will be providing a lesson to our students prior to our next lockdown drill on March 7th. Please know we are making every effort to ensure our students are knowledgeable on what to do in the event there is an active shooter on campus. Many people are asking, what can be done to avoid a school shooting? We truly believe that students can’t sit idle when they hear other students making threatening comments. If students see or hear something, they need to say something. Many school shootings have been foiled because students said something to adults on campus. Students need to follow their instincts and intuition when they hear threatening comments, and speaking up may save lives. Your children are our children, and we want them to come to school and learn in a comfortable and safe environment.


We are very proud of the 1,501 students who made the honor roll for their efforts in the Fall Semester. We had 772 students who made the Honor Roll (3.0 to 3.49 GPA), and 729 students who made the Principal’s Honor Roll (3.5 GPA and above). This is quite impressive if you consider we have just under 3,150 students enrolled at Lakewood High School. Yes, almost half our students are making the necessary sacrifices and efforts to excel to their optimal levels. The honor roll students will be honored at a lunchtime rally.


When we consider what enhances the high school experience, it is without question that involvement in extra-curricular activities including; athletics, band, dance, color guard, drill team, choir, Academic Decathlon, clubs and organizations, etc., is the answer. Students who are involved in extra-curricular activities tend to have higher GPA’s, and a strong classmate support base that is so important to student success. We encourage all students to seek out the many opportunities that Lakewood High School has to offer. There truly is something for everyone, and if there isn’t something that a student finds engaging, they can write a constitution to start a new club on campus. Colleges love to see students who have “gone the extra yard” to start a club, especially those clubs that involve community service. Gaining acceptance to the most desirable colleges in the country has become extremely competitive, and being involved in extra-curricular activities in addition to maintaining a high GPA, with AP courses on the transcript, and strong SAT or ACT scores is a must for admission to the quality universities around the country.


We encourage all students to be involved in activities at school and to graduate with fond memories of these experiences. As we progress into the Spring Semester, if your child is not involved in extra-curricular activities, now is the time to make the move.


That’s all for now, and remember, to “keep it good in the Wood”.