LSHS Quarter 1 Newsletter


Message from Principal Murphy

Dear Lakeville South Cougars,

Quarter 1 has officially come to a close. We have much to be thankful for in our Lakeville South community. Our students and staff have enjoyed many accomplishments and I am proud to share some of them with you in this newsletter. I appreciate our partnership in making Lakeville South a truly special place to be.


Quarter 1 grades will be posted on Wednesday, November 9th after 3:00pm. As a reminder Quarter 1 grades account for 45% of the students overall Semester grade. When Quarter 2 begins parents and students will also start to see the overall Semester grade. Please keep in mind the Semester grade will change as Quarter 2 grades are entered. If you have any questions or concerns about your student's grade please reach out to their teachers and/or Dean of Students.


Shaun Murphy

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Weekly Annoucements

Please take time to read our weekly announcements on the school website and Schoology pages for students and families. These are posted every Friday. We encourage you to check them out for the latest Lakeville South news!

Attendance Matters

Research has shown that attendance habits established early in the school year persist over the whole year.

Students who missed fewer than 2 days in September continued to average fewer than 2 days

absent each month.

Students who missed 2 to 4 days in September were 5 times more likely than those who missed fewer than 2 days to be chronically absent for the year.

Nearly 9 out of 10 students who missed more than 4 days in September were chronically absent that year.

Attendance at the beginning to school year is key to success throughout the school year!

Lakeville South Attendance

Student absences, early dismissals or late arrivals MUST BE reported by a PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN via email, phone call or a written note. All students MUST check-in at Attendance on their way in/out of LSHS other than for schedule exceptions (i.e. hybrid or on-line class, student aide hour or PSEO). Our new scanning system is NOT connected to Attendance portal, therefore all students will need to check with our Attendance desk when coming or going for other reasons.

ALWAYS include the following information:

  • Student’s First and Last Name
    • Please include spelling of names when leaving a voicemail
  • Student's grade
  • Your relationship to the student
  • A call back number and/or email that we have on file for you
  • Date(s) or time(s) the absence will occur
  • Reason for absence MUST BE INCLUDED (i.e. dentist, doctor, illness, etc.)
    • If student is ill, we will need specific symptoms.
  • When submitting a note, please SIGN and DATE the note.
    • Please try not to use post-it notes, ripped corners of paper, index cards or notebook paper.

Attendance Email:

24 Hour Attendance Voicemail:

Academic Seminar Attendance

Academic Seminar on Thursdays is an important part of how we at Lakeville South support students. We do not have an open campus, thus students are not allowed to leave during this time. We would also appreciate parents not excusing their students if not selected as it is an opportunity for students to connect and excel learning.

Parent Portals- Campus & Schoology

How do I get an account?

Infinite Campus Parent Portal accounts are set up for parents/guardians when you enroll in any school in the district.

  • If you recently enrolled, look for an automated email from, sent within a few days of when you enrolled your student(s). Follow the Parent Portal access instructions in the email.

I’m not sure if I have an account

  • Check if you have a Parent Portal account.

  • If you have not set up an account, please contact the school office where one of your children attends to set up a time to show your ID and receive your instructions in person. You can also send a picture, scan or fax of your photo ID to, and instructions will be emailed back to you.

I forgot my username or password

Usernames and passwords can be set or changed using the Forgot Username or Forgot Password option at the Infinite Campus Parent Portal login page, without needing to contact support. If you are still having difficulty logging in, please request assistance by emailing


If you need language help to understand this document, call 952-232-3076 or email

Parents can also access Schoology, our learning platform. Instructions are here: Schoology Parent Information.

Cougar Support Team

The CST, or Cougar Support Team at Lakeville South High School works hard to address the variety of needs that create barriers to education for all of our students.

They are committed to STUDENT SUCCESS because when students are struggling with emotional, academic, or family issues, it can be a challenge to be fully engaged at school. They are here to help!

Student Support QR codes are available to scan in various areas around the school, otherwise the Student Support Request Form can be completed via the students Class of Schoology pages. You can also visit their website for more information: .

Equity Liaisons

Lakeville Schools is committed to eliminating barriers within our school system and ensure access to an inclusive learning environment that affirms and supports success for all students. The following individuals are available at Lakeville South in room B176 to help as school success liaisons.

Elibeth Osorio- at South on Mondays
School Success Liaison

Aimee Gish-Meier-at South on Tuesdays
American Indian School Success Liaison

Suleka Omar-at South on Thursdays
School Success Liaison

Regina Smith-Duffy-at South on Fridays
School Success Liaison

Senior Newsletter

The Senior newsletter was shared back in August with reminders about important information in regards to college applications, transcripts, letters of recommendation, FAFSA, etc.

Order your 22-23Yearbook!

The yearbook staff has been working hard to train for and produce this year's edition of the Catamount. They have added pages to expand the book to nearly 290 pages! Use the following link to purchase a book while supplies last:

Order Your 2023 Yearbook Here

(or simply go to to order)

Safety Sweeps

Lakeville Area Schools has a responsibility for the health and safety of our students during the school day and at school-sponsored events. We are committed to a proactive approach to safety and health, which includes prevention measures such as emergency safety drills and canine sweeps that are held throughout the school year. These measures help us mitigate serious risks to health and safety of students, staff and visitors.

Emergency safety drills educate and prepare students and staff on how best to respond in the event of a real emergency. When these drills occur, staff and students work together through procedures and scenarios to learn how they should react in a real emergency. We do not plan activities during drills that cause fear with our students.

Canine sweeps help maintain a safe environment free of alcohol and drug use, lessen usage, and help educate students on the serious harm caused by using substances. In partnership with the Lakeville Police Department, sweeps are always conducted in a way that avoids contact between students and a canine. Following sweeps, law enforcement partners provide school administration with prevention-based feedback including what went well and what areas of improvement exist.

We believe it is important families are aware of these measures that take place throughout the school year, and we want to thank you for your support as we work to keep our students, staff and school community safe and healthy.

Parent Hospitality

Thank you our Parent Hospitality group for providing events for a staff this year! The meals for conferences were very much appreciated. If you are willing and able to donate funds to help this group meet their funding goal for this year please see the link below. Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far!


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Veterans Day Event

Friday, November 11th is Veterans Day. Lakeville South is looking forward to hosting veterans from 7:30-8:00am to greet students as they enter the building. Thank you to our Vets for your service!

21-22 Academic Award Winners

This Academic Lettering Award is given to students who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom at Lakeville South High School. Students who qualify for an Academic Letter are given a Lettering Certificate. If they wish to add or begin lettering, they will need to purchase a first time letter "L" (Lakeville) patch or continue on with their series of lettering bar, pin, numbers, etc. Lettering patches can be purchased at any athletic store.


  • Students must obtain an overall GPA of 3.7 or higher, for two consecutive semesters, or one full year to be eligible for an Academic Letter

  • Applicant completes the online application below
  • Applicant must check which year they wish to apply
  • Applicant’s qualifications will be verified
  • If granted an Academic Letter, students will receive their Letter Certificate from Julie Peterson in the Career Center.


Congrats Lisa Smith

Congrats to Lisa Smith, PE and Health Teacher of the Year for winning this years MN Shape Teacher of the Year. She was honored at ceremony at Lakeville South.
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Rotary Student of the Month (October)

James Nida was our October Rotary Student of the Month. James is academically at the top of his class and a leader at Lakeville South High School. He is a three sport athlete participating in Soccer, Alpine Skiing and Tennis. He is a State Champion in Alpine Skiing, Captain of our Alpine Ski team, Senior Class Officer and a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, DECA and our mentorship program Cougars Leading Cougars. He is beloved by our staff and his fellow students. He was selected by his peers to be our 2022 Homecoming King. Through all of these exciting experiences and accolades, James has continued to be kind, humble and keep a focus on volunteering and service. Congratulation James!

National Merit Commended

We also excited to announce students who have been named commended students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition. Congratulations to these students!










Student of the Quarter Awards

Each department selected one or two students that represent Cougar Pride. This could be a student who is showing thoughtfulness, responsibility, hard work, perseverance, growth, and/or academic excellence. These students will receive a certificate and write up from the teacher who nominated them this week! Congrats to the students named in the video below!
LSHS Student of the Quarter 1, 2022

Activities & Athletic Updates

Thank you to all of the parents, student-athletes, fans, sponsors, coaches, staff, and community members for making this Fall season of Cougar Activities such a success. Below is a summary of how some of our groups have performed.

Homecoming Highlights

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Lakeville South High School deans serve as the main contact for students and families regarding all school-related issues. Deans are assigned to students according to the alphabet. If you have any questions regarding schedules, lockers or other items, feel free to call your Dean.

Dean Contact Information

Amy Eidelbes 952.232.3339 (

Kristin Johnson 952.232.3335 (

Nick Fox 952.232.3332 (

Rick Cradit 952.232.3334 (

Special Education Supervisor

Karey Heim (

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