194NOW: October 26, 2023
Student Focused. Community Connected.
Check out the FIRST Show and Tell of the 2023-24 School Year!
In this special report, Cullen (4th grade, Lake Marion Elementary) and Valli (4th grade, Eastview Elementary) have the inside scoop on the Nov. 7 Referendum regarding Highview Elementary. Principal Akin of Eastview Elementary and Principal Domstrand of Lake Marion Elementary are LIVE on the scene at Highview Elementary to show viewers a never-been-seen-before look inside the new building.
District to host Referendum Community Meeting on Oct. 30
School district residents, families and staff are invited to an upcoming Referendum Community Meeting on Monday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., at the District Office, 17630 Juniper Path, Suite A, Lakeville. The meeting will be hosted by Superintendent Dr. Doug Van Zyl who will share comprehensive information about the upcoming Nov. 7 referendum.
Background: On Nov. 7, Lakeville Area School district residents will vote on whether to approve funding to staff and operate Highview Elementary, the new elementary school opening Fall 2024. The request also includes a second question for funds to attract and retain highly-qualified staff, and to expand K-12 mental health, behavioral and academic support services. The referendum request is in response to continued student and community growth, putting pressure on existing elementary school space, and to foster academic excellence for all of our growing K-12 students.
To learn more about the upcoming referendum, including its implications and voting information, the school district encourages all residents, families, and staff members to visit the referendum website or join the community meeting on Oct. 30: www.isd194.org/GrowingTogether.
As we near the end of the 1st quarter of the 2023-24 school year, we want to take the time to remind parents/guardians of the importance of school attendance, how you will be notified about your student’s attendance, and how to report your student’s absence.
Attendance matters. Being in school, on time, every day is critical for your student’s success in school. With just two missed days each month, students can easily fall behind and have less academic success over the course of the school year and their academic career. Absences can also impact entire classrooms if teachers have to slow down learning to help students catch up.
It is recommended that students miss no more than nine days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation. Families can help their students succeed at all grade levels by building the habit of good attendance early in elementary school and paying attention to their attendance in middle and high school to keep them on track.
Please visit isd194.org/attendance-matters to learn more about student attendance notifications and how to report your student’s absence.
Thank you for your support in ensuring your student is in school, on time, every day.
Lakeville South High School Teacher is Recipient of the American Geographical Society's 2023 Geography Teacher Fellowship
The American Geographical Society (AGS) announced Leah Hood at Lakeville South High School has been selected as the 2023 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow.
According to the AGS, teachers are selected from across the United States and will receive special opportunities to support their teaching activities throughout the year. Hood is one of 42 teachers selected this year.
“It is a tremendous honor for AGS to name Ms. Hood as a 2023 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow. Ms.Hood joins an exclusive group of the finest geography teachers in the United States,” Dr. John Konarski, CEO of the American Geographical Society, said in a press release from the AGS. “We are looking forward to welcoming and working with her and the other AGS Geography Teacher Fellows in New York City this November.”
OLE Students Celebrate Unity Day in Art Class
Students at Orchard Lake Elementary honored October being Bully Prevention Month with a project in art class. Each student painted a rock orange, and then painted a positive message on their rock. On Oct. 17, Unity Day, students wore orange and took a photo with their rocks. Students will now spread their kind messages at home by hiding their rocks and when someone finds it, they have to hide it for the next person.
LSHS Marching Band Earns Third Consecutive State Championship Title
On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Lakeville South High School Marching Band earned their 3rd consecutive state championship title at the 19th annual Youth in Music Marching Band Championships.
The Cougar band competed alongside 35 high schools bands from Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin at U.S. Bank Stadium.
In addition to being named the Class AA State Champions, the LSHS Marching Band earned Visual Champion, Color Guard Champion and Percussion Champion.
And congratulations to LSHS senior Jane Stiers for earning one of nine Youth in Music scholarships.
Join us for a kindergarten welcome event on November 2!
Calling all incoming kindergarten families! Families with children who will be five or older by September 1, 2024 are invited to attend one of our Kindergarten Welcome Events this fall.
This is the first opportunity for parents/guardians to learn about the Lakeville kindergarten experience. Elementary school principals will share a general overview of kindergarten, including readiness and expectations.
Our next fall Kindergarten Welcome Event will be held virtually on Thursday, Nov. 2.
View additional event dates and register for a Kindergarten Welcome Event at bit.ly/194K2024.
Watch this video for helpful tips to get your child ready for kindergarten.
For additional information, go to isd194.org/Kindergarten.
Oct. 24 Board of Education Meeting Recap:
Among other items at the Oct. 24 regular school board meeting, the Board of Education:
Heard and Fiscal Year 23 Audit Acceptance Report, which presented a clean audit;
Approved a joint powers agreement with the City of Lakeville to share fiber optic lines;
Approved a property sale agreement with U.S. Home LLC (Lennar) to sell district property located on the north side of Kenwood Trail Middle School; and
Heard an update on the Nov. 7 Referendum, which included an invite to residents, families and staff to attend an upcoming informational meeting on Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the District Office for stakeholders to learn more about the request.
The meeting recording can be viewed on LETV or YouTube. For meeting materials, please visit Boardbook. Regular business meetings are conducted on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.