April 2023


Our school district has requested a Needs Assessment Survey conducted by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). The survey is designed to help us assess our strengths and areas of needed improvement, with a focus on improved student achievement. We would like your opinions and judgments in response to the brief survey linked below. The survey takes an average of 9 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. 

Just click the link below, or paste it in your browser and follow the instructions. Thank you for your participation and helping to make improvements for our students. Please reach out to the school with any questions. 


Construction to our front high school parking lot is scheduled.  Our project will commence on May 30th.  We will continue to communicate throughout the month of May, but we wanted to share the following map which displays both phase 1 and phase 2 access to the Diamond Trail Fitness Center.  Thank you for your patience during another phase of construction.  

High School

Changes for 2023-24

HS students and families, 

We are excited to announce some changes for the 2023-24 school year. 

Industrial Technology 

Starting in 2023-24, these courses will be offered to students by veteran teacher, Darin Arkema. 

Beginning this week, Mr. Shipley and Mrs. O'Halloran will be meeting with each of the classes (incoming freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors) to discuss course offerings. Following those conversations, students will have the opportunity to fill out a survey (google form) to indicate their interest in taking industrial technology courses for 2023-24. 

Spanish Instruction

Beginning next school year, our spanish instruction will transition to 100% online instruction. This will occur using a platform called Edgeniuty (sometimes referred to as E2020). Courses will be self paced and overseen by a certified teacher. The courses will NOT have any video conferencing component, but will rather focus on learning activities designed for students to complete on their own. For attendance and scheduling purposes, students will be assigned to a study hall where they will be expected to work on these courses. Spanish I, II, III  will continue to be available to students, while adding French, Chinese, German and Latin to the courses available to our students. 

For more information about our new online foreign language program click here: Parent Resources (Foreign Language)

As always, please contact us with any questions you may have. 

Jennifer O'Halloran ohalloran@lshawks.com, 6-12 Counselor

Aaron Shipley shipley@lshawks.com, HS Principal

DMACC Reminders

Don't forget, DMACC online course registration is open for next year (FALL 2023)!! If your student is considering online classes through DMACC, have them follow the link for course registration: https://dmacc.link/OLCAReg. 

Students are only registering for Fall classes at this time. Also, the form says course choice-1, course choice-2, etc. Only register for the classes that you would like to take. 

For a full list of DMACC online classes check out the Course List. Registrations must be submitted by 3:30pm on Friday, May 26, 2023. Registrations will not be accepted after that date. 

-Mrs. O'Halloran

Elementary and Middle School

Mark Your Calendars

Grandparents' Day - Wednesday, April 26th

K-6 Track & Field Day - Friday, April 28th

K-2 & 5th/6th Band Concert - Thursday, May 4th

LSCEF Walk-a-thon - Friday, May 5th

Community Service

Middle school teachers and students have been participating in a number of volunteer activities throughout the year to support one of the school board goals focused on community service.  With warmer weather ahead coupled with the start of the little league season, staff members worked together with local officials to organize one final project to give back to our  communities.

On Wednesday, April 19th, all 6th-8th grade students participated in an afternoon of service by cleaning local parks and community spaces.  The 6th grade students worked to clean up the Sully park near the ball fields.  Students raked leaves, picked up trash, and cleaned the sand volleyball court.  Our 7th graders improved many areas including the farm field just east of the school, the L-S softball field, and alleyways between businesses on the Sully square.  The 8th grade students traveled to Killduff to complete various projects at the ball field and local park.

After they returned to school, students met with their Hawk Huddle advisors to reinforce the ideas of citizenship and service to others.  We are proud of the students for their hard work and hope they take advantage of future opportunities to make a positive difference.

Scientific Creations

Students in 2nd grade were recently given the challenge to work together to create a tower from notecards and paperclips.  The activity was part of a larger study on properties of objects and how those properties can be changed to serve different purposes. 

Through teamwork and experimentation, students discovered that by folding, cutting, and bending the notecards, they could be used to create different shapes that were strong enough to form a solid base.  Once their base was created, the students had to decide how to add additional layers that were balanced to create a tower that was at least one foot in height.  The kids did a great job persevering  through this difficult task and are ready for the next challenge - building a structure that is strong enough to hold the weight of a hard cover book.  Have fun!