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Lakin, Kansas 67860

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7th Grade Pig Dissection

7th Grade Pig Dissection

7th Grade Pig Dissection

7th Grade Pig Dissection

7th Grade Pig Dissection

7th Grade Pig Dissection
7th Grade Pig Dissection
By:  Ms. Hemmert
In 7th grade science this year, we are learning about the human body!  Recently, after many days of practice and preparation, all students had the opportunity to learn even more about the human body through a hands-on fetal pig dissection.  We decided to dissect a fetal pig because pigs have the closest anatomy to humans!  Students did an AMAZING job of practicing science safety, applying their knowledge and showing their understanding of the human body systems throughout the pig dissection.  All students showed great teamwork and patience.  Although a few cringed at the smell, the students had an absolute blast and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

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!

Spring Sports Make Up Dates:

The high school track meet scheduled at Syracuse on Tuesday, April 12 has been postponed to Monday, May 9th at 4:00 p.m.
The Lakin @ Elkhart baseball games have been postponed until Thursday, May 12th at 1:00 p.m.

Calendar Change – May 13th

USD #215 is excited to announce that we will now be hosting the HPL League Track Meet on May 13th.  Due to construction issues, Syracuse will not be able to host this year.  A new schedule for school and programs in the district that day is as follows:

Lakin Middle School Awards Assembly – 9:30 a.m.

Lakin Grade School Music Program – 12:00 Noon


HPL League Track Meet – 3:00 p.m.

As a reminder, the Lakin High School Athletics/Activities Banquet will be held on Sunday, May 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the Kearny County Fair Building.

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.

Greetings from 1st Grade!

By Melody Garcia

Where did the time go?  This year went very quickly.  There is so much to do and learn in first grade. 

First grade has been working very hard.  In math we are working on expanded form, adding two-digit numbers without regrouping, recognizing money and it’s worth.  They also have been trying to understand 2-D & 3-D shapes as well as fractions and time.  We are busy little bees.

In our Success for All reading groups, the students are working on reading fluency, being good team-members and clarifying words.  These are skills that everyone needs in all areas of life.  Reading is so important in math, science, and social studies.  Learning to be a good team member helps us to collaborate and learn from each other.  First graders work very hard on so many things!

We will finish our year with several walking field trips to help us learn more about our community.  We will visit the bank to help us understand saving and spending.  We will go to the post office to mail letters that we have written and we will go to the library to show them to be lifelong readers.

I hope that everyone enjoys the many blessings and opportunities that our community has to offer over the summer to continue learning and staying healthy by signing up for the summer reading program and summer recreational activities.

Kindergarten News

By:  Krissie Christiansen

It’s hard to believe that we are in our last semester of school already!  We have had a wonderful year in kindergarten, but the journey is just beginning for these young people.

In kindergarten we have been busy this past month learning about our universe, plants, insects, and animals.  We are anxiously awaiting our caterpillars to “earn their wings” and love observing our own Ant Farm. 

          Ants are amazing creatures and are like kindergartners in many ways.  Ants are very social creatures just like our class!   Our class LOVES to talk!   Our ants have created their community and depend upon each of its members to function.  We too have developed our own kindergarten community this year by building relationships with each other, helping during learning labs, and just being a kind friend.

          As we approach the last month of school, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my parents.  Your interest in your child’s education is very important.  As summer vacation nears, please make sure to continue reading to and with your child each and every day!   Thank you for a wonderful and memorable year!


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Art students take home awards
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Golfers open season with pair of tournaments
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Baseball, softball get in one of two games
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Girls win Stanton County track, 4th at Cimarron
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Boys track 2nd at Stanton County, 6th in Cimarrron
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Posted Date: 04/11/2016
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