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Principal's News


Christopher Cummings, Principal
Chris Mercurio, Assistant Principal
Alfonse Davino, Assistant Principal

Principal's Corner
December 2017

December is an exciting time of the year.  Lakeland is pulsing with activity and preparation for a number of events and contests.  Please make sure to come out and see our students in action.  Whether it is on stage, on the court, or on the mat, our students are amazing!

Our students work hard at everything they do, both inside and outside of the classroom.  This work is crucial to their development  and their education. Most importantly, their work in clubs, organizations and sports, mold who they are (as a person).

I know that this time of year is hectic with all of the running around, shopping and celebrations, however, I hope that you can take some time to enjoy this wonderful time of year.  On behalf of everyone at Lakeland, I wish you and your family a joyful holiday and a very happy new year.

Mr. Cummings

Happy Holidays


Our recently renovated main hallway wall with snowflakes hung from up above...

Important Dates:
Dec, 1 & 2– Carolyn Conroy Basketball Tournament
Dec 8– Parents for Lakeland’s Holiday Penny Social 7:00 p.m.
Dec 12– Happy Hanukkah!
Dec 19– Winter Band Concert LHS  7:00 pm.Dec 20– Winter Chorus and Orchestra Concert 7:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

Managing your money. . . .

High School is a great time to give your teenager some real-life lessons in money management.   Here’s how:

  1. Have your teen establish their own checking account. Have them look online or talk to a bank officer about account options. Discuss the importance of keeping receipts and matching them to his/her statement.
  2. Discuss Credit Cards NOW— Explain that credit is a loan that you pay back with interest and that it is not “free money”.
  3. Encourage your teen to set financial goals. Have them put a percentage of their paycheck or other money into a savings or investment account.

Team Up to Warm Up
Help the Spanish Honor Society by donating GENTLY USED hats, gloves, scarves and coats. Donations will be accepted to December 13th in room 152.  These items will be donated to children in need and provide them with warmth this winter.

Worth Quoting
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”—Harriet Beecher Stowe

Spirit Week!
Last week, our IMPACT club worked to celebrate Red Ribbon week in order to provide information and educate students about making positive decisions and to stay off drugs.  The theme for the week was… “Your future is key, so stay drug free”. Thank you to all of our faculty and students who designed and worked on activities for our school community.

AP Exams
This year students will continue to order AP Exams online by registering with Total Registration. The registration window will be open from November 9, 2017 to January 26, 2018.  The price of the exam will be $100. Students enrolled in the course are required to take the exam in May.  Students who score a 3,4 or 5 on their exam(s) may earn college credit.

Guidance News:
Pending appropriation of state funds” the 2018 Series Scholarship for Academic Excellence will be awarded to the top seven LHS Seniors based on their Regents exam scores. Winners must attend a college or university in New York. Congratulations to the following students who qualified for this award:  Tim Callery, Adrianna DeSantis, Dhruv Girgenti, Una McMahon, Michael Nardelli, Ishika Patel and Lourdes Vivanco.

Ryan Chin & Mariam Elzoghby have been selected to represent LHS at the 2018 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar Program next spring. Nicole Guadagno has been chosen as the alternate. Interviews were held and selections were made after students shared their potential leadership ability.

Just for fun
Q: What animal never needs a haircut?
A: A bald eagle!Emoji laugh

Parents Corner

Q– My teen could do much better at school. How do I get him/her to work to their potential?
A– Try asking your child their opinion. How do they feel about his/her performance? If they are bored, maybe they need more challenging courses. If they “don’t care” remind them that being successful in school will help him/her get the college spot or job they want.

Help your teen find ways to enjoy class more. Look for movies on the subjects they are studying.

Also, talk to your teen’s Guidance Counselor about locating a mentor for them to have within the school.  Possibly a teacher, a Coach or an Advisor who could provide an important connection that will motivate them to work harder.

Outdoor fun!snowman
old weather doesn’t have to keep your high schooler from getting outside for fresh air & exercise. She might gather friends for a game of Frisbee or Kickball. Or she could go running or biking. If it snows, suggest that she help her younger siblings build a snowman.

Important Phone #’sHornet

Nurse                 ext. 39105
Guidance           ext. 39156
School Officer   ext. 39164
Mr. Cummings   ext. 39102
Mr. Davino         ext. 39112
Mr. Mercurio      ext. 39104

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