Dear Parents and Guardians,
I’m writing to share information with families about a recent sexting incident at our school. Sexting is best described as depicting and sending photos of a sexual nature over the internet or by cell phone. Last week we learned that a student sent inappropriate pictures to other students by text message. The student invited others to send a photo in response. The Federal Way Police Department was notified and an investigation is ongoing. The student who initiated the incident has been identified and expelled, and the families of all students who were involved in this matter have been contacted by the school.
We want to be proactive and to educate students and families about the dangers sexting can pose. Next week officers from the Federal Way Police Department will visit classrooms to speak with students about cybersafety and the issue of sexting.
Living in a digital age provides conveniences and poses challenges. The ability to quickly send and receive information can make our lives convenient. It can also make us incredibly vulnerable. The key message we want students to know is once something is in the digital world, it never really goes away. You never know if or when something captured in the digital world from your past may come back to haunt you or may be twisted to cast you in a negative light.
Our goal at Lakota is to be supportive of our students and you, their parents. This is a difficult subject to broach with our sons and daughters. I believe it is a difficult conversation worth having. Please take a few minutes to review the CyberSafety Brochure we’ve provided with your son or daughter. I hope this resource will help guide your conversation.
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Cambridge Criteria and Application [2015-2016]
Cambridge Application for the 2015-2016 school year is now available and applications can be turned in starting February 2nd.
Sport Season #3 begins February 2nd!
I would like to remind our students of what they need heading into sport season #2 here at Lakota. Sport season #3 offers the following:
Practice will run from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. All student athletes must have their paperwork turned in prior to participating in a practice. Sports packets can be picked up in the main office, or at registration and include insurance information, emergency contact, and a sports physical form to be completed by the student’s doctor. Physicals are good for two years, so any athlete that has a current one on file will not need one for this year. Some parents find it difficult to get physicals scheduled prior to the start of the season, though there are walk in clinics in Federal way that will provide a sports physical without an appointment, and usually at a lower cost.
It’s important that students wishing to participate in athletics be prepared to participate on the first day. Please feel free to call the main office or my extension (4818) if you would like further information about the upcoming sports season. Go Falcons!
Associated Student Body (ASB) financial data is available for each school in the Federal Way School District.
Last year Lakota achieved Level One Green School certification, focusing on waste reduction, and this year, we continued our quest by becoming one of ten King county schools who completed Green School Level Two certification by engaging in energy conservation practices, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, setting thermostats at 68-70 degrees, and educating the public about energy conservation, among other rigorous criterion. We still had to maintain the progress in waste reduction with our Level One all the while.
Green School Information
On Friday, April 25th, Lakota Tech Academy students joined many other schools from across the region at the University Of Washington Engineering Discovery Days. Engineering departments created displays and activities so local middle school students could be exposed to the excitement and variety of engineering disciplines. Students observed 3D printers, video game design, earthquake simulators, and many others. Some displays were hands on, such as one of the big hits: the station where students could make Oobleck, a type of non-Newtonian fluid. Non Newtonion fluids act like liquid when poured, but act like a solid when force is applied. At another remarkable station, which is shown in the accompanying picture, electrodes were hooked up to a subject’s arm which allowed him to control the robotic hand on the right.