LSHS Newsletter Semester 2


A note from Principal Murphy

We are at the halfway point of the school year! It has been refreshing having all of our students back in the building this year. For the first time in two years, our students were able to experience our many activities that make High School great. We have a lot to be proud of at Lakeville South High School. As we move into second semester, our staff will continue to work hard to keep Lakeville South a great welcoming experience for ALL students. I appreciate our Lakeville South community and am proud to be a part of such an excellent organization. Thank you for all you do as parents, students, and staff to make Lakeville South an inclusive welcoming learning environment.


Principal Murphy

“Kindness is spreading sunshine into other people’s lives regardless of the weather.”

- Anonymous

Semester Two Schedules

Semester Two starts on February 1st.

Please have your student(s) check their semester two schedule. Make sure they look for:

  • Full course load (6 courses)
  • Courses needed on credit check

Students, check with your Dean if you notice something that is not correct.

The only ACCEPTABLE educational reasons for a schedule change are:

● Seniors who need a course to fulfill a graduation requirement

● An inappropriate level or sequence placement

(i.e. Spanish 3 not 2, AP/Honors to a General Course)

● An obvious error in schedule (i.e. same class twice)

● Prerequisites that have not been fulfilled

● Would like to opt-in to a higher level/ more rigorous version of their current course

(i.e. General Course to AP/Honors)

Schedule changes WILL NOT be made for these reasons:

● Specific teacher request

● Switch sections of the same course to get a different teacher

● Requested change would exceed class size capacity

● Student changed his/her mind

● Desire to have a certain lunch schedule

● Desire to be with friends

● Desire to have a class at a certain time of the day

Final Grades

Semester 1 final grades will be available the week of February 7th on the Infinite Campus portal.

Parent Hospitality

Lakeville South would like to provide opportunities to recognize LSHS Staff for their dedication and commitment to our students once a month.

We have a group of individuals leading the monthly recognitions. This may include organizing a breakfast, lunch, goodie bag, etc. Volunteers will decide what the recognition looks like and recruit volunteers/donations for each event. If you are interested in getting on the Parent Hospitality committee please email

In addition to the monthly recognition, parents will be collecting any denomination gift cards to distribute as prizes among the staff. We would also like to collect some positive notes each month to share with staff.

* There is no sign-up for gift cards or positive notes. Please drop off any denomination gift cards in the Admin Office (marked Parent Hospitality) or mail to: Parent Hospitality Team, Lakeville South High School 21135 Jacquard Ave, Lakeville MN 55044

Registration Info & Parent Meeting

Registration information will be available online starting February 10th. A parent meeting will be held at LSHS Auditorium February 10th.

6:00pm- Incoming 9th graders (current 8th graders)

7:00pm- Current 9th-11th graders

If you can not attend, the presentation from the meeting will be posted on the school website. In addition, students in grades 9-11 will be meeting with their Deans during the week of February 14th to go through the registration process.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held on March 2nd from 7-:15am-9:45am and March 3rd- 4:00pm-7:00pm. More information will be coming out soon in regards to conferences.

Junior ACT

Lakeville South High School administers the ACT to all Juniors free of charge, during the school day, in the winter of their Junior year. This year for our Class of 2023, the exam will be held on March 8, 2022. All juniors are automatically signed up to take the test that day unless a parent has submitted an OPT OUT form. Students are encouraged to do their best and have their scores sent to interested colleges and universities as they can send up to four for free with the test. Its' time to start exploring those possibilities. See Julie in the Career Center if you’d like assistance. If scores need to be sent at a later date, ACT charges $16/test date per report.

Opportunities Day/Senior Job Shadow

On March 8th while 11th grade students take the ACT, our 9th and 10th grade students take part in digital learning day as they stay home and complete online Opportunities Day assignments. 12th grade students are either out performing a Job Shadow requirement or if already completed, then other college/career activities such as finishing applications, applying for scholarships, campus visits, workplace exploration, etc. More details of requirements for this day will be coming out to students and their families closer to the date.


As a component of the Career Portfolio, the job shadow is a required activity for graduation from the Lakeville Area Public Schools. Seniors are typically given the time out of school on Opportunities Day to complete this assignment. This year we will be using March 8th as the official day set aside for Seniors to do this, or one of the other alternate activity choices for the Class of 2022. There is some flexibility with this date, so perhaps any upcoming days off of school would work better for some students or employers, so feel free to start your planning during any upcoming time-off from classes and possibly even perform all parts of the job shadow earlier than the May deadline. Information can be found on the JOB SHADOW page of our website. If you have any questions or need some assistance, please consult with Julie Peterson in the Career Center or check with your Dean.

Senior Diplomas

Class of 2022, we will use your name as listed in Infinite Campus to order your diploma. Please double check that your name is listed as your full legal name that would be on your birth certificate. Please contact Angie Beschorner at if your name is not correct for diploma ordering.

Senior Scholarships

The 2021-2022 Local Senior Scholarship Application will open this week. Watch your Schoology account for more information.

Applications will be due by 3pm on March 18, 2022. Contact Heather Allen with any questions:

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: .

Lakeville South Food Pantry

LSHS offers the opportunity for families of our students to visit our food pantry! This pantry is stocked with canned goods, snacks, box dinners/sides, breakfast foods, hygiene products, and more that is available for free for families that could use a little support. In order to visit the food pantry, please call McKenna Dennstedt (the Family Support Worker with 360 Communities) to schedule a time that would work best to shop. or text/call (612) 440-6014. Thank you!

Equity Update

February is Black History Month. Regina Smith-Duffy, School Success Liaison, has been creating a Black History Calendar for the past five years. Each year she has strived to highlight new Black/African American people that represent their history. Click here for the calendar. Thank you Regina for all you do for our Lakeville South students and families


Preserve your student's school year memories with the 2022 LSHS Yearbook. Go to to purchase before it is too late! The yearbook staff has been working all year to make sure that the 2021-2022 will always be remembered! Go to today and reserve a copy of this 275-page student publication!

Wondering if you have already ordered a yearbook? Email with questions.

Superintendent Search

Now through February 10, the Board of Education and School Exec Connect, the district’s contracted superintendent search firm, are seeking input from students, staff, parents/guardians and community members in Lakeville Area Schools to develop a ‘New Superintendent Profile’. The purpose of this input is to determine the challenges, strengths and goals of our district, and what characteristics or skills you believe are important in a superintendent.

Provide your input:

Take the ‘New Superintendent Profile’ Survey

(Español) (Soomaali)

This survey is voluntary and your responses are anonymous. Please submit your input by February 10.



Jacob Welch (November)

November Rotary Student of the Month went to an outstanding talented student/athlete, Jacob Welch. His resume is very impressive. Over the course of his academic career, Jacob has taken numerous AP courses and Honors Courses. He has met the requirements to

participate in our National Honors Society. He qualified as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Jacob competes in Alpine Skiing and he serves our band program as a Drum Major. Regardless of how many things Jacob has on his plate, he has managed to maintain an extremely high GPA, which will allow him to be accepted into almost any college.

Paul Donner, LSHS Assistant Principal/Dean states while working with Jacob at LSHS, he has been most impressed with his ability to provide service above self, no matter how busy he is. He routinely sees him at events, supporting his peers, leading our band, and even supporting our staff.

He finds time to volunteer for his church and to teach youth at band camps.

Whatever the activity or cause, Jacob commits his time with a positive attitude

and naturally leads his peers.

Jacob Welch is highly motivated in all of his pursuits and is committed to holding

himself to high standards. He has made a positive difference at LSHS as a

successful student/athlete. Mr. Donner looks forward to seeing what the future holds for

Jacob Welch.

Mariam Hassan (December)

The December Rotary of the Month aware went to one of our top student leaders. She is an outstanding young woman and leader at Lakeville South. Mariam has a 4.3 GPA and ranks 6th in the class of 424, which puts her in the top 5% of this year's graduating class.

She is also involved in a variety of school activities where her leadership skills shine. Anytime we are looking for leaders, or someone to represent South, Mariam’s name comes up. Mariam’s interest in public health and pre-med has led her to be a member of the Lakeville South HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) group. She is also a Vice President for the MN State HOSA group. As a member of this group, she is able to connect and share ideas with others who are also passionate about healthcare and leadership.

Beyond school activities, Mariam also finds time to volunteer and work. Whatever the activity or cause, Mariam commits her time to helping others, sharing her kind spirit, and leading by example.

Dean Johnson was honored and proud to have Mariam represent Lakeville South.

Noah Anderson (January)

Amy Eidelbes, LSHS Assistant Principal/Dean was honored to present the LSHS Rotary Student of the Month to, Noah Anderson.

Noah is an outstanding student, athlete, and more importantly a role model at Lakeville South High School. He consistently demonstrates strength in excellence, commitment, determination, and self-advocacy. Noah plans to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering. He has demonstrated he is college-ready by maintaining a GPA of 4.4, and successfully completing many honors and college prep courses.

Noah has the ability to manage a very rigorous course load, maintain a high GPA, and

be involved in many activities. He is a Cross Country runner and swimmer, where he

was selected by his peers to be a captain, and he participates in Track and Field.

Noah is a member of our National Honor Society, where he has served many

volunteer hours helping others. Finally, he also finds time to work as a swim

instructor at Wise Swim School.

Dean Eidelbes is confident that Noah will continue to be a leader and put service above self in

where his life path takes him.

Students of Quarter

LSHS Student of Quarter Q2 2022

AVID Highlights

A big part of AVID is the service projects our students participate in the. This year our students have been involved in multiple service projects. The Cards for Veterans service project produced 180 cards (among all schools) for veterans that were distributed at the Yellow Ribbon Veterans Dinner in November.

In the fall our hard working AVID volunteers braved the rain and cool fall temps to hand out treats and treasures at Lakeview Elementary School's Fall Festival.

Also in the fall our AVID9, AVID10, and AVID11 students spent part of their day off from school packing up weekend snack bags for elementary students who will be participating in Targeted Services programs.

Thank you AVID students, teachers and staff for all you do!

National Honor Society

On November 1, Lakeville South inducted 134 new members to the National Honor Society. These members were chosen based on their excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Since that time the new members have spent a great deal of time partaking in service projects. We are very proud of this group.

They hosted a food drive that collected over 250 bags of food for the LSHS food shelf and local shelves.

Two groups from NHS packed 120 boxes of food at FMSC, feeding 91 children for a year.

Many in the group assembled 60 blankets. They were delivered to The Lewis House organization.

Thank you NHS for all you do for Lakeville South and our community.

Winter Week -February 14th-18th

Dress up days:

Monday: Valentine colors

Tuesday: Snow gear

Wednesday: Cozy

Thursday: Summer Get Away

Friday: Winter colors 9-Gray, 10-white, 11-purple, 12-blue

Movie/Game night:

Monday, Feb 14th 7pm

Ice Age playing in the auditorium

Board games and some outdoor games to play with friends

Thursday, Feb 17th: 4th hour

Trivia with a chance to win Gopher Hockey Tickets!

All week: Scavenger hunt with clues given each day.

Activities & Athletic Updates

Click the link below for a newsletter highlighting all our athletic and activity updates!

Student Services Contact Information

Dean Information-

Amy Eidelbes

A-E 952.232.3339 (

Kristin Johnson

F-Le 952.232.3335 (

Nick Fox

Li-Rog 952.232.3332 (

Paul Donner

Rol-Z 952.232.3334 (

Dean Assistants-

Angela Beschorner

Heather Allen

Parent Portals- Campus & Schoology

Having access to Infinite Campus is very important. It is the place to update contact information, see student grades and attendance.

If a parent is not able to access their Parent Portal please have email Heather Allen at and let her know if you are new to the district and this is an initial set-up or if you need to reset your portal because you are not able to get in this year.

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

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