•   Mr. Bengtson

     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 website.

    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 d’Alene.

    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,

             

    Jeff Bengtson

    Lakes Magnet Middle School Principal