August Review

What We Learned

New Beginnings

We did a lot of "new" things in August. We debuted the new salad bar and we had a guest welcome us back to school in the form of dance. Yet most importantly, we welcomed a new class of Lake Panthers to kindergarten.

Student Voice Debuted

#studentvoice has received rave reviews. If you recall from my Panther Blog, I'm implementing a daily future of student voices - hearing from a student every day of the school year. Each week I will pose a different question to a Lake Panther. The question is asked on the spot with the hope that students give their most honest response. If you have a question you'd like to be asked, please reach out to me as I'd love to have your input.

APTT - Academic Parent Teacher Teams

Our Lake Junior High Staff is looking forward to implementing APTT. The APTT model supplements and elevates the efforts of traditional parent conferences by expanding opportunities for families and teachers to collaborate. The format creates a systematic pathway for teachers to share grade-level information, tools, and strategies that families can apply at home and in the community to accelerate student learning. By implementing APTT, schools take responsibility for engaging in a collaborative process to build strong relationships with their students’ families and to empower those families to make concrete contributions to student growth and achievement.

Junior High Parents, your participation in APTT is what makes this parent-teacher conference model so successful. Please join us the following dates per your child's grade level:

Grade 6 - Tuesday, August 27

Grade 8 - Wednesday, August 28

Grade 7 - Thursday, August 29

All meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner provided by the school. The meeting will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. end time.


We feel very fortunate to be able to offer electives to our students in grades 4-8. And what a great selection we have in Trimester 1. The list of electives includes:

  • Band (grades 5-8)
  • Book Club
  • Creative Writing
  • Fitness
  • Girl Power
  • Leadership
  • School Enhancement
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Debate
  • Supported Study
  • Teen Talk (7th grade only)

Visit with your students about the choices they made.

Coming in September

September is right around the corner. Be on the lookout for news coming home regarding Grandparents Day (Friday, September 6), Spaghetti Feed & Carnival (Saturday, October 12), and more. Also, due to Grandparents Day being held on the first Friday of September, we will be moving the monthly assembly to Friday, September 13.

Spaghetti Feed and Carnival

Saturday, Oct. 12th, 4pm

221 East Yolo Street

Orland, CA

The Lake Panther PTO has begun planning for the biggest fundraiser of the year. While PTO plans and organizes the event, we depend on every parent to lend a hand. Be on the lookout from teacher Reminds and emails from Mrs. Baker regarding ways you can help. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a community to host the Spaghetti Feed and Carnival. Stay tuned!

About us

Lake Elementary is committed to the philosophy that all children are capable of learning. We believe in providing an educational program which emphasizes the development of the whole child. We believe that the individual needs of every student can best be met by providing a stimulating environment based on school staff and community.