I can’t remember a school year flying by quite so
rapidly. We are less than three weeks
from the end of the 3rd quarter and Spring Break. Between now and the end of the year, there is
a lot happening and I want to take a minute to share some with you.
Hopefully by now, you have had the opportunity to hear about
the upcoming Levy and Bond elections to be held on Tuesday, March 14th. The Maintenance and Operations Levy helps
support all of the wonderful things we are able to do in the Coeur d’Alene School
District and accounts for nearly 22% of our operating budget. By state law, M&O Levies can only be
approved for two years before expiring.
For this reason, we are once again asking our voters to renew these
essential funds. Also this year, we will
be asking the voters to approve a bond which will be used to finance building
improvements, remodels, and new construction.
The State of Idaho does not pay for new school buildings, remodels, or
improvements. A Construction Bond is the
ONLY way for our community to fund these needs.
The proposed bond would ultimately benefit all of the nearly 11,000
students in our district. A new school,
remodels and additions will free up classroom space across the district, while
improvements at Lakes Magnet Middle School, Lake City High School, and Coeur
d’Alene High School will benefit current and future students for years to
come. At Lakes, we are hoping to finish
the renovations started nearly 10 years ago.
This Bond would allow for upgrades in the gym, band and choir rooms,
wood shop, office, and the library/computer room, as well as some updates
throughout the entire building. Even
with the successful passage of the Levy and Bond, we will NOT need to increase current tax rates. We urge everyone to get out and vote on
TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH. For more
information on this important vote, please visit cdaschools.org and navigate to the Levy and Bond portion of the
On Saturday April 8th, Lakes will once again host
and sponsor the amazing Multicultural Faire from 10:00-2:00. Be sure to stop by our gymnasium where you
will find incredible food and wonderful entertainment from around the
world. There will be plenty of music,
art, food, and dance to experience and celebrate the diversity of Coeur
After we return from Spring Break, our Lakes students will
begin the final round of ISAT testing for the year. Each student will take two tests in Language
Arts and 2 tests in Math. In addition,
our 7th graders will take an additional Science exam. These tests are used for placement decisions
for the upcoming year, but also help us see how we are doing as a school. It is important that each student give their
best effort on these tests. Although no
single test can ever measure all the great things we are doing at Lakes, we are
excited to see the student growth we know will be there.
It’s been a wonderful year at Lakes Magnet Middle School,
and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for all of us.
Thanks for your support,
Middle School Principal