ORIGINAL 3/1/23 UPDATED 3/13, 4/18, 4/30, 5/8


Hello Class of 2023. The time has come for us to celebrate your accomplishments and recognize those of you who have worked hard to prepare yourselves for the next journey life has to offer you. Please pay special attention to dates and times as well as future newsletters for updates as they become available.

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


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 Gallery

Sports 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


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

vhamluk@lockportschools.net 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.



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 amolinaro@lockportschools.net


Sometime in May we will be offering interview prep workshops to individuals interested in learning how to best interview for college programs, jobs, etc...

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.

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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.

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Cap & gown pickup will take place on May 3, 2022, from 10am - 1pm. Students can pick their items up in the Art Gallery nearest door 3. Please note that Door 3 is locked. Students come who have already graduated should sign in at Door 1 and proceed to the Art Gallery.

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.


The Lockport Schools Federal Credit Union is sponsoring the Inspiration Celebration. This is an event that supports our graduating class with an opportunity to recognize the staff member(s) at LHS who have made a difference to them over their time here at the high school. Us the button below to identify a LHS staff member who has been a source of support to you. The entries are due by May 19th.


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The Athletic Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, June 2nd at 6:00pm. Athletes receiving awards will be individually invited closer to that date. Please see Chelsea Gailor in the Athletic office with questions. Her email is cgailor@lockportschools.net and her phone number is 716-478-4474.

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 ascapelliti@lockportschools.net and her phone number is 716-478-4461.



Graduation rehearsal is MANDATORY and will be held on Tuesday, June 13th which is technically the last day of classes at LHS. See the tentative schedule of activities for seniors for June 13th.

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.


The Prom will be held at Samuel's Grande Manor on Thursday, June 22nd, 2023 from 6pm - 10pm. Students MUST be on track to graduate on June 24, 2023 in order to purchase/attend the Prom. The ticket price is still being determined and will be shared at a later date. The Prom theme is RED CARPET.

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.


The Graduation Ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 24th, 2023 at 1pm at Artpark in Lewiston. All graduates should plan to arrive when the gates open at 12:15pm. Seating for guests is on a first come, first served basis. The auditorium doors will close promptly at 1pm while the graduates are processing. Please note that taking pictures from the aisles is strictly prohibited by Artpark. Pictures of each graduate will be taken during the ceremony by our district photographer. Order forms for these pictures will be available for students at the graduation rehearsal. The pictures are then available for pickup at LHS in the attendance office the week after graduation.

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.


Please join me in welcoming our 2023 Commencement Speaker, Mr. David Johnson.

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