Hello! My name is Sydney Smyly and I've been a teacher and coach here at Lakes Middle School for 5 years. I LOVE this school. The subjects I teach are 6th grade Language Arts and Reading, Social Studies, and Academic Enrichment. I also coach Cross Country, 8th Grade Girls Basketball, and Track and Field (distance runners).When I'm not at school you will find me out for a run, hiking in the mountains, or spending time with friends and family. I was born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, and grew up in this wonderful school district. I attended Lakes, and my own middle school experience at this school strongly influenced my desire to teach here. There is something special about Lakes.As a teacher, my goal is not only to challenge and grow 6th graders as learners, but also as people. Teaching students the importance of being kind, helping others, being prepared, responsible, and accountable for their learning are skills that they will carry throughout their lives.ADVICE FOR 6TH GRADERS
Join band, choir, or orchestra
Join cross country, wrestling, or any other sport
Play with 7th and 8th graders outside at lunch
Check Skyward regularly!
Leave the cell phone in your LOCKED locker (they will be taken away)
Purchase a binder that zips and bring a pencil everyday
Fill out your agenda daily
Take advantage of retake opportunities (and ask for help when needed)
Be your own self advocate and take ownership of your learning
6th Grade Sporting Opportunities!
Cross Country: Beginning the second day of school. Practice happens each day from 3:00-4:15 PM. Athletes will receive a calendar outlining race locations and time. Please contact Coach Smyly for more information.
Wrestling: Contact coach Carlson for more information.
7th Grade Girls Basketball: Immediately following cross country season, all 6th grade girls are encouraged to try out for the 7th grade team. The season is 6 weeks long, and practices will be held everyday after school from 3:00-4:30 PM. Please contact Coach Barnett or Coach Shanley for more information.
8th Grade Girls Basketball: Following the 7th grade girls basketball season, 6th graders are encouraged to try out for the 8th grade basketball team. Teams are split into an A (varsity) and B (junior varsity) teams. The season is 6 weeks long. Contact Coach Smyly or Coach Barnett for more information.
Track and Field: When students return from spring break, track and field season begins. 6th grade students are strongly encouraged to join the Lakes Middle School track and field team. They can run distance (1,600m or 800m), sprint (100m, 200m, 400m), jump (high jump and long jump), or throw (shot put and discus). Please contact Coach Shanley, Coach Smyly, or Coach Doerr for more information.