News from Lakeside High School
by Lakeside High School Staff
Mrs. Katrina Long
The High School Band has been busy these last few weeks of school. On April 6, six instrumental solos competed at the Regional Solo Festival held in Concordia. The contest is open to 1-3A schools. They are judged based on technique, tone quality, expression etc. They can receive anywhere from a I rating to a V. If the student receives a I rating, then they advance on to the State competition in Wichita. This was an outstanding year for our instrumentalists. Five of the six advance on to the State contest on Saturday, April 27. The students ratings are as follows: Alexis Koops- clarinet – I; Joshua Arnoldy-alto sax – I; Carridy Storer-flute – I; Jacob Long-french horn – I; Isaiah Miller-flute – I; Drake Koops-tenor sax – II. All the students did a great job of preparing and performing. They have a lot to be proud of! We are also very lucky to have two great accompanists that play piano for the kids. Stacy DeBey played for five of the kids and Lynn Koops played for one. They do a wonderful job!
Next, the High School Band traveled back to Concordia on Wednesday, April 17, for the State Large group contest for 1-4A schools. I am proud to announce that our students received three straight one ratings from the judges. This is very difficult to do because of the grading format that they use now. The kids performed beautifully and I am happy for them that all their hard work and effort paid off! I hope that you will continue to encourage the students to stay involved in band. It took the whole group to do what they did and every student played such an important role in the success!
Mrs. Katie Long
The school year is quickly coming to an end! We have finished the year by attending the Fort Hays State University Art Exhibition and Conference. A group of 8 art students went to the show and viewed artwork by other high schools. We also toured the art department at the college and saw many demonstrations of art techniques, spoke with painting and ceramics professors, and saw art done by graphic arts design students. It was a fantastic experience and I think the students got lots of new ideas for art class. We are finishing the year by working in printmaking. Students will carve their own printing plates and make their own print editions.
ENGLISH I: The English I students have been improving their writing skills. Before spring break, they worked on correcting dangling and misplaced modifiers, writing in parallel structure, and revising wordy sentences. Now they are applying those skills as they are completing a research paper. The students studied what is considered plagiarism and how to avoid it, along with evaluating the credibility of websites on the Internet. In connection with the Internet, they are also using the Kansas Library System for newspaper, magazine, and encyclopedia articles related to their topics. They will be composing a 3-4 page paper using their research, including correct use of in-text citations. Their final draft is due Friday, May 3. This class will finish the year by reading The Odyssey.
STANDARDS ENGLISH: The Standards English students completed several lessons that worked on sentence structure in their writing by correcting dangling and misplaced modifiers, writing in parallel structure, and revising wordy sentences. They also completed a unit on confused usage of words in our language. They are now reading The Red Badge of Courage, a Civil War novel about a young soldier who agonizes over the decision to be a deserter or a fighter. The students enjoyed the movie made from the book. The class continues to write in journals two days a week.
It is hard to believe that the year is almost to a close. I would like to thank the Kindergarten parents for all of your help this year. It has been quite a year for me in more ways than one. Thank you for your support in the classroom and out. Please join us for our graduation program/ceremony on May 14 at 2:30pm in the LHS lunch room. A short reception will follow. We will present, History: Past, Present, and Future. Please continue the reading over the summer. Each child will bring home their little phonics readers and their vocabulary sheets. Please review them periodically. The city library is once again having their summer reading program. These Kindergarteners have done a great job reading. Keep up the good work and stay ready for first grade!!!
FCCLA: FCCLA returned from State Leadership Conference in Wichita with a Gold Award for their Community Service. Only four schools in Kansas received this award. Joshua Arnoldy was installed as the state officer- VP of Corporate Relations and Finance for 2013-2014 year. District B officers were also installed: Cheyenne H. VP of STAR events and Carridy Storer as VP of Public Relations. The Spring Fling Banquet was held and awards, installation of new officers and a powerpoint of the years events was viewed by all. Seniors, Bailie, Tam, Alexis and Mercedes were honored for their years of membership. New officers include: President-Carridy, !st Vice-Makinlie, VP of Records-Cheyenne, VP of Finance-Madison & VP of FCCLA Week & Power of One-Ambrosia. Knowledge Bowl team members: Josh, Carridy, Katy, Makinlie and Madison have been practicing and preparing for Level III competition at Nashville, TN July 6-10th. Best of Luck to them.
Food Preparation: Students have completed a unit of cake decorating and are planning food demonstrations for their final project.
Consumer & Personal Finance: Students are completing a unit on car buying, insurance and budgeting. They also completed their job interviews with various community members conducting the interviews.