Lockport City School District

May 2022 Points of Pride from Superintendent Bradley

Thank you Ms. Copperthite

Third grade students were celebrating the completion of the book "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo, when a student began to choke. Ms. Renee Copperthite performed the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the obstruction, allowing the student to start breathing. Thank you Ms. Copperthite for being part of the Anna Merritt Elementary School team, taking the CPR training provided by the district, and keeping students safe.

Lockport High School National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

On May 11, 2022, Lockport High School inducted eighty juniors into its chapter of the National Honor Society. These students have achieved excellence in academics and extracurricular activities and exemplify the four pillars of the National Honor Society: service, character, scholarship and citizenship. Congratulations to all inductees and best wishes for continued success.
National Honor Society

Community Wellness Fair

On Saturday, May 14, Lockport City School District FORWARD (STOP School Violence Grant Program) staff and Health and Wellness Department collaborated with twenty-three community organizations and agencies at Cornerstone Arena to present the Lockport City School District First Annual Community Wellness Fair. Over 100 members of the community came out to meet healthcare and family and youth service providers, learn about local services in our community, receive CPR training, watch demonstrations, receive Covid-19 vaccinations, and more. The LCSD cheerleaders ran a cheer clinic and there were fun and games for both children and adults.

Nurturing Fathers Program

The Nurturing Fathers Program encourages personal development and mentoring for fathers and father figures of all ages. Bringing this program to the Lockport City School District is one mission of My Brother's Keeper; to build a better future for our children, one father at a time. LCSD has partnered with the Brotherhood Initiative in Buffalo to offer the Nurturing Fathers Program to its stakeholders. This program is evidence-based and designed to strengthen male and father engagement with children and families in Niagara County and beyond.

College Master Class

Dr. Anael Alston, the Assistant Commissioner of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement Services for the New York State Education Department, is visiting Lockport City School District to offer a 2-Day College Master Class to juniors and seniors. In the first class, Dr. Alston inspired the students and parents in the audience to use their personal narrative to highlight their life’s experiences, goals, growth, introspection, and focus on their learning and development as a person. “This is your opportunity to shine,” he claimed. The theme for the evening was “You are more than your GPA, Test Scores, and Extracurricular Activities". We express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Alston for his vision and support for My Brother's Keeper initiatives. Dr. Alston will be returning May 25. Consider attending the final session if you are a junior, senior, or a parent/guardian. Kindly direct any questions to Dr. Barrett abarrett@lockportschools.net.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. This year, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Month is "Together for Mental Health." Throughout this pandemic, we have faced isolation, turmoil and unrest, and a growing number of Americans experienced mental health symptoms. We’ve learned through this experience that we all struggle during challenging times and need support and access to care so we can thrive.

We are joining the national movement to raise awareness about mental health.

The Lockport City School District FORWARD Team is proud to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

Better Speech and Hearing Month

In celebration of May is “Better Speech and Hearing Month,” the LCSD Speech, Language, and Hearing Department has been working with staff and students to provide tips and strategies to improve language and vocabulary development, speech production, conversation skills, vocal and hearing hygiene, and overall self advocacy skills. Although the month of May highlights these important foundational skills, the Lockport City School District speech department staff is available as a resource throughout the school year. Areas of expertise include: speech production disorders, auditory processing delays, expressive/receptive language difficulties, stuttering/fluency, phonemic awareness, vocabulary and concept development, and pragmatic/social language skills. The speech, language, and hearing team is dedicated to improving students’ abilities to meet academic standards and expectations while improving their ability to communicate within our school environment and community. In line with the Lockport City School District Mission Statement, our speech therapists are working hard to “assure comprehensive learning for all so that each person will be a lifelong learner.” Feel free to reach out to the speech and hearing professionals assigned to your building with any questions and to gain more information.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6, 2022

Teachers and educators play a vital role in the lives of children. Teachers help students to think creatively and encourage students to challenge themselves on a daily basis. Being a teacher requires patience, understanding, and a lifetime of dedication. At this time, it is appropriate that we recognize and appreciate teachers for all that they do.

School Nurse Day May 11, 2022

Lockport City School District nurses are amazing. Thank you to all of our nurses for their comfort, compassion, and care day in and day out.

George Southard Elementary School Musical

Congratulations to the Geroge Southard Elementary School learning community for an outstanding performance of "Adventure Away"! We are fortunate to have so many talented students in the Lockport City School District. Special thanks to all those involved in making the production so successful.
GS Musical Cast

Lockport High School Jazz Ensemble

Congratulations to the Lockport High School Advanced Jazz Ensemble who performed at Williamsville North High School for the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Major Organization Festival. Musicians were evaluated at level 6 difficulty and received a Gold with Distinction rating; the highest level of difficulty with the highest possible rating.
LHS Jazz Ensemble

DECA Nationals

During the school year, approximately 100,000 of DECA’s 160,000 high school student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local, regional and state titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development. The top state winners put their talents to the test during the program’s final round at the national competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Representing Lockport High School at nationals were seniors Jesse Nowicki and Aden Benson, and juniors William Lewandowski and Daniel Fiegel II. DECA is a class that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Cystic Fibrosis Walk

LHS Robotics Team, Warlocks 1507, participated in the Lockport Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk on Saturday, May 14, raising over $1,000 to donate to this cause which is focused on fundraising to support research towards a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Robotics team started participating years ago when one of their past mentors' sons died from this disease and the team did the walk originally in his honor. Thank you for making us proud and contributing to a great cause.

Aaron Mossell Junior High School Page Turners

Congratulations to Aaron Mossell Junior High School Page Turners team, winners of the 2021-2022 Genesee Valley BOCES Page Turners Championship Competition held at Pavilion Central School. Page Turners is a literature-based competition where students answer questions regarding books they have read. Pictured is the team of Emma Kranz, Nyema Campbell, Icess Britton, Taylor Filarowski and Olivia Browning with coach, Mrs. Cleveland.

Athletic Department Donation Drive

On Saturday, May 24, 2022, the Lockport City School District Athletic Department held a Donation Drive to benefit the residents of Buffalo's East Side neighborhoods in honor of the innocent victims of the Tops Market shooting. There was an overwhelming turnout, filling one van to the ceiling, and another half way full of household items, canned goods, personal hygiene products, bottled water, diapers and wipes. Thank you to our Lockport community for coming out to show your support!
Lockport Lions Donation Drive

NYSPHSAA Spring Scholar Athlete Teams

Congratulations to the Lockport City School District sports teams who were recognized with the NYSPHSAA (New York State Public High School Athletic Association) Scholar Athlete Team Award for achieving academic excellence while actively participating in varsity level interscholastic athletics during the Spring 2022 season. We are proud to announce that we had 100% of the LCSD varsity teams qualify as Scholar Athlete Teams in the Spring 2022 season. Congratulations to: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Boys/Girls Track & Field, Boys Tennis, and Unified Basketball.
Spring Scholar Athletes

Pray for Ukraine

Health students at Aaron Mossell Junior High School and Lockport High School Bible Club (with co-advisor Scott Mariglia) and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club just completed our "Pray for Ukraine" sticker fundraiser for a total of $300 which will be donated to the "Love Does" foundation created by Christian author and activist Bob Goff.

SkillsUSA State Competition

The New York Association of SkillsUSA is a Career Technical Student Organization serving students in High School and College Post-Secondary. Affiliated nationally with SkillsUSA, NYS SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. On April 27-29, seven proud Lockport students represented our school and community by competing in the state competition held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

Top Photo
  • Madison Hessel (Bronze) Nail Care
  • Olivia Brien (Bronze) TV Video Production
  • Alyssa Tomaino (Bronze) Cosmetology Quiz Bowl
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  • Tyler Halifax (Bronze) Information Technology Services
  • Zachary Luick (Gold) Electronics Technology
  • Kayla Guerin (Silver) Internet of Things
  • Natalie Harris (Silver) TV Video Production

May in our Schools

Superintendent's Message

As you can see, May has been a very active month. Thank you to all those involved in coordinating activities that showcase our students, programs, and district. This is also a time to acknowledge the incredible efforts of all people associated with the Lockport City School District learning community during the 2021-2022 school year. This may have been the most challenging school year for many people. It was an all hands on deck year with custodial, maintenance, and clerical staff members keeping buildings clean, safe, organized, and prepared for daily teaching and learning. Teachers and other support staff members found even more creative ways for keeping students and parents engaged in teaching and learning, and administrators continued to guide the way by rolling up their sleeves and becoming even more deeply involved in day to day operations. Other support staff members remained alert and ready to make shifts and adjustments as needed. Thank you to parents and community partners for your patience and support. A special thank you to all Board of Education members for being available as necessary and providing direction on a variety of matters this school year. As the calendar turns to June next week, it is a pleasure to announce that Lockport High School’s graduation will return to Artpark on Saturday, June 25 at 1 pm with Joshua Vacanti as the keynote speaker. Best wishes for a safe and peaceful Memorial Day holiday. Special thanks to the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedoms.