LHS CLASS OF 2023 SPECIAL EDITION
ORIGINAL 3/1/23 UPDATED 3/13, 4/18, 4/30, 5/8
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
This newsletter is to help you and your family prepare for upcoming events and better plan your end of the year. Keep in mind, many of you have not completed your requirements just yet so keep working hard and remember that habits are easy to form but hard to break!
~ Mrs. Dawn Wylke, LHS Proud Principal
***IMPORTANT DATES ***
Mandatory Safety Field Trip: 4/25/23
Decision Day: 5/1/23
Cap & Gown Pickup: 5/3/23 from 10:00am until 1:00pm in the Art GallerySports Awards: 6/2/23 at 6:00pm in the LHS Auditorium (this was moved from 6/5/23)
Senior Awards: 6/6/23 at 6:30pm in the LHS Auditorium
Last Day of BOCES: 6/9/23
Last Official Day of LHS Classes: Morning of 6/13/23
Senior Walk at Elementary Buildings: Morning of 6/13/23. Details TBD.
Graduation Rehearsal: 6/13/23 at 11:15am Auditorium
Senior Celebration: 6/13/23 from 12:00pm until 1:30pm by the Soccer/Lacrosse Field
Pre-PROM Picture Opportunity: 6/22/23 at 4:30pm by 2023 lawn sign (inside aud foyer if rain)
PROM: 6/22/23 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Samuel's Grande Manor
Graduation: 6/24/23 at 1:00pm at Artpark in Lewiston NY
***YARD SIGNS FOR SENIORS***
Senior Yard sign orders are now being accepted.
● Signs are 24 x18 inches and made of corrugated plastic.
● Signs are double sided with stake included.
● Cost is $20 each. Proceeds benefit senior scholarships.
● Orders ( with payment) must be placed by Thursday, May 11, 2023. Please
bring them to room 202 at LHS or mail to Valerie Hamluk, Lockport High
School 250 Lincoln Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094 ( with time to arrive by the
● Cash or checks ( payable to Lions Paw Boosters)are accepted.
● Signs will be available for pick up in room 202 at LHS beginning on
Wednesday, May 31st. ( based on current turnaround time from the printer)
● If you have any questions, please contact Miss Hamluk at
firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by room 202
● A minimum of 100 signs must be ordered. If we fail to meet the minimum,
your money will be refunded in full.
***PREPARING FOR THE NEXT STEP***
SENIOR SAFETY FAIR FIELD TRIP
Attention Seniors! If you’re planning on going to the LHS Senior Prom this year, you will need to plan on going to the mandatory Safety Fair, sponsored by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department.
When: Tuesday, April 25th
Where: Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Ave.
Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
This is a rain-or-shine event that we will be walking to and from,
so dress for the weather!
Students will report to the first period and will be called down between 8:15 and 8:25.
Questions can be emailed to email@example.com
ACTUAL JOB INTERVIEWS AND PREP PLAN
In June, graduating students will have the opportunity to sign up for interviews with local companies who have full time and part time job openings.
Stay tuned to emails and announcements for more information.
Decision day is May 1st and is quickly approaching! We would like to recognize ALL seniors and share your next adventure (college, work, military, etc.)!
Members of the Class of 2023 will be invited to share their plans right after April break in order to be highlighted in the building displays and in newsletter.
***CAP, GOWN PICKUP & GARB***
If you have not yet ordered your cap & gown, please go to the following website to do so: www.jostens.com.
Just looking for a tassel? See Mrs. Isherwood in guidance. Tassels may be available for $10 while supplies last.
Students who are members of National Honor Society were given their cords last year at the ceremony and told to keep them in a safe place for Graduation. Any student who has been inducted into a Subject Area Honor Society will be given a blue and gold cord to wear at the ceremony as well. Seniors who are members of Lockport Legacy were given an additional charm for their tassel.
Honor students will be given their cowl on May 3rd with their cap and gown.
***DISTRICT DEVICES & MATERIALS***
The Senior Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30pm. Seniors receiving awards and/or scholarships will be individually invited in May. Questions can be directed to Amy Scapelliti in the counseling office. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone number is 716-478-4461.
***GRADUATION REHEARSAL & SENIOR CELEBRATION***
Students should bring their cpas and gowns to school this day!!
8:30 Senior Breakfast Bash in Cafe 104
8:30-9:30 & 11:30-12:30 Flag photo in cap and gown
9:30 - 11:00 Graduation Rehearsal
11:00-12:30 Senior Celebration
12:45 Elementary Visit Parade
CU & GS / RBK & AM
Interested students will participate in the SENIOR PARADE. A group will walk in their caps and gowns through the halls of either George Southard and Charles Upson OR Anna Merritt and Roy B Kelley. The sign ups are below. This event will be about 1 hour in length.
Graduation tickets will also be distributed at this time. All graduates will be given 6 tickets. No additional tickets will be issued. Students are encouraged to ask friends if additional tickets are desired. Students WILL NOT be issued their tickets until their Senior Survey is complete. The link is provided above.
New this year and in partnership with PTSA, we will host a pre-Prom Picture-taking Party. It will be held at 4:30pm at LHS near the lawn 2023 sign. If weather isn't cooperative, we will relocate to the Auditorium Foyer. The purpose of the this opportunity is to provide another chance for prom dates to take photos with the 2023 sign in a more formal way.
All graduates will recess at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony. We request that all guests remain at their seats until all graduates have processed out of the theatre.
On commencement day, students should ensure their graduation gown is steamed and ceremony ready. Tassels and caps should be kept in a safe place until graduation day as we do not have extras. Students will be permitted to TASTEFULLY decorate their caps. All caps will be checked by administration prior to the procession. If a student's cap is deemed inappropriate, vulgar or disrespectful, their cap will be taken and the student will be forced to process without a cap.
We strive to honor our graduates with a ceremony befitting the importance of their many accomplishments, and ask that students dress in a manner that reflects the dignity and prestige of the occasion, and pride in our school and community.
David Johnson is the Senior Director of College Prep at Buffalo Prep. Buffalo Prep is a community-based organization that promotes racial justice and advocates for educational access and equity. David provides direct support and counseling to high school scholars of color to support them in high school and prepare them for their post-secondary journey. David brings ten-plus years of experience in education, coaching, and mentoring. A first-generation college graduate from the inner city of Detroit, David is no stranger to hard work and overcoming barriers. Fueled by the death of his eldest brother to gun violence at a young age, David became empowered to change the narrative around young men of color. David facilitates workshops and training on DEI-related topics in the Buffalo community. David was recently honored by Buffalo Business First as an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness ( IDEA) Champion for his work in DEI. As a former basketball standout, David remains connected to athletics as the Director of Player Development at Daemen University. David earned his bachelor's and master's degree from Daemen University, where he met his wife, Bridgette. They reside in Lockport, NY, with their two sons, Bryce and Cameron.
David is beginning to work with a group of young men in a mentoring capacity later this month. We look forward to hearing about David's journey and advice for our students as they embark on the next phase of their journey into adulthood.
Home of the Lions
Dawn Wylke, Principal
Jason Madden, Assistant Principal
Heather McClain, Assistant Principal
Anthony Molinaro, Assistant Principal