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USD 215 Lakin
1003 W Kingman
Lakin, Kansas 67860

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Monday - Thursday

6:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Phone: 620-355-6761
Fax: 620-355-7317
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Grade School and Middle School Supply Lists
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Posted Date: 06/27/2016
Source Page: District News

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State Finance Video
Watch the video for a message concerning the State of Kansas school funding issue. ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 06/04/2016
Source Page: District News

2016 Activities Banquet Slideshow

Middle School 2015 – 2016 School Year Slide Show

The 2015-2016 Lakin Middle School Awards Assembly was held on Friday, May 13th.  Part of the presentation is a slide show put together of pictures of the 5th – 8th grade students from the entire school year.  The video presentation is below:

Preventing the Summer Slide in Young Children

By Deb Hughes

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

School is almost out for the summer!  While many students and families are ready for a more relaxed and fun schedule, it is important to note that students can lose some of the skills they learned during the school year.  The good news is there are many simple fun ways to incorporate the skills into your daily routines to keep your students from sliding backwards in their skills during the summer break.

Below I have listed some fun ways to help your children continue to grow and learn in each of the areas of development.

Gross motor activities increase muscle tone and help students learn where their bodies are in space.  Most of the great gross motor activities happen outside. Swimming, riding bicycles or tricycles, ball play, jumping, running and even playing games such as seeing who can balance on one foot the longest are great gross motor activities that help develop strong muscles.

Fine motor activities help students learn to write and manipulate small objects.  Fun fine motor activities include, play dough, stringing beads to make jewelry, and putting coins into small slots.  Boys often find it fun to play with nuts and bolts while fixing things. All of these things work on finger manipulation and strengthen the muscles necessary to produce good handwriting skills.

Early math ideas include things like counting daily.  Counting can easily be incorporated into daily routines.  You could count the number of forks your family needs for a meal, count how long it takes to get to the grocery store, how many bugs you see, or how many days until a vacation or special day.  Simple ideas like counting before starting a running race or jumping into the pool can help your child from sliding backwards in their skills.  Cooking with your child is a great way to work on counting and measurement skills in a fun and interesting way.  Pointing out numbers in the environment is also a great way to help reinforce the number skills they have learned.  You can also go on number scavenger hunts around town with your children.  You will be amazed how many numbers you can find; at the gas station, grocery store or in advertisements around town.

Early literacy and language skills can be practiced by reading books, playing word games and even singing songs.  Songs provide opportunities for children to hear rhythm and rhyme in an entertaining way.  Picking a topic and making a picture collage out of magazine pictures is a wonderful way to get children to talking and connecting ideas.  They can choose a topic such as a color or even a letter of the alphabet and cut out items that begin with that letter.  Going on a nature walk and discussing what you see can be a fun way to get out of the house and learn without the children even realizing they are learning.  Making a game out of following silly directions helps kids review spatial concepts such as above, below, and between.  Ask your child to put a spoon on top of their head and watch their reaction!  Guaranteed giggles!    I would also encourage you to look into the summer programs at the Kearny County Library. They provide many fun and exciting activities for kids during the summer months.

There are many entertaining, exciting and fun ways to practice skills your kids have learned at school.  Practicing these skills during the summer break will help keep their skills fresh and ready for the beginning of the school year.  Play outside, read, sing, and have a great summer!

Summer Weights

The 2016 Summer Weights schedule has been finalized.  See the link below for dates, times, and more information.

Student athletes – do your best to get to weights every day as a chance to improve in individual activities as well as overall atheleticism.  There will be incentives for perfect attendance, see Coach Bamberger for more information, but rumor has it really cool apparel may be involved!

Summer Weights Schedule

Challenge Award

Lakin Middle School 8th graders and Mrs. Michaelis recently received the Challenge Award for their success on the 7th grade math state assessment taken during the spring of 2015.  The Challenge Award is given annually to high achieving classes and schools signified by their scores on state assessments.  Very few schools receive the award each year, and it is one of the highest honors the Kansas State Board of Education bestows upon its member schools.

The video below highlights the award ceremony held in the Lakin Middle School Gym on Thursday, March 10th.  Mrs. Sally Cauble, our district’s representative to the State Board of Education addressed the crowd, along with Superintendent/Middle School principal Mike Ward, Associate Superintendent/Grade School principal Mindi Brennaman, and middle school math teacher Mrs. Mandy MIchaelis.

Congratulations 8th Graders and Keep Up the Good Work!  To the other classes, the bar has been set extremely high – Good Luck on your state assessments this spring!

Congratulations LMS Honor Choir Participants

On Saturday, January 23rd, seven Lakin Middle School students participated in the SWKMEA District Honor Choir in Dodge City.  Sixth graders Ally Brennaman, Megan Bell, and Kyle Hartman performed with the Elementary Honor Choir and seventh graders Julian Saxon and Bodhi Smith along with eighth graders Braxton Groth and Jordan Brink sang with the Middle School Honor Choir.

It is a great honor to be chosen to participate in the annual concert, and these young students represented Lakin very well!  A huge thank you to Mrs. Sonya Battin for all of her work in auditioning, practicing, and traveling with these students.  Also, thanks to the parents for supporting your kids in their musical endeavors.

Below is a video highlight of the concert featuring two songs from each performance.

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Track performs well at state
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Posted Date: 05/29/2016
Source Page: High School News

Band, Choir showcase talents at spring concert
Members of a jazz combo perform one of two numbers at the spring mucis concert May 12.   Max Dunlap, a 2012 LHS graduate, leads the band in performing "Balladair," one of the band's five numbers ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 05/27/2016
Source Page: High School News

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Calkins New M.S. Principal
Mr. Cody Calkins has been hired as the new Lakin Middle School Principal for the 2016-2017 school year. ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 05/27/2016
Source Page: Middle School News