As we near the end of 2018, I reflect on this year with pride for the progress, success and generosity of our Lakeville Area Schools community.
2018 has been a year of progress for Lakeville Area Schools. This fall, to ensure the success of each and every child, the Board of Education developed and adopted a new strategic plan. The plan will help us better meet the individual needs of all students and will help us address the challenges we anticipate over the next three years.
From academics to athletics, arts, activities and beyond, this was a year of success for our students. For some students, success meant mastering new concepts in class. For others, success meant pursuing a new club, performing on the playing field, or giving back through community service. As a district, we are proud of each and every one of our students as they continue to grow and pursue their goals, and we are honored to support them as they achieve success in many different ways.
The community’s generosity this year has been vital to the success of our students. A new partnership with the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce, called Lakeville Works, has connected our students with Lakeville Area businesses through a variety of career pathways for students to engage in their passion areas. From our PTOs and volunteer groups to the individuals and organizations who have supported the Ready, Set, Achieve! back-to-school readiness event and other giving opportunities with their time, treasure and talent, thank you for your generous support to help our students achieve their hopes and dreams.
Across our schools and buildings, students and staff have given back generously to our community to provide essential support for those in need, as well. From toy collections to food and clothing drives to volunteering and community service projects, I am so proud of the generosity and kindness of our staff and students. No matter the school or district building, Lakeville Area Schools is certainly “student focused, community connected.”
Thanks to the Lakeville Area community, we have many reasons to celebrate this year. On behalf of the entire Lakeville Area Schools administration and Board of Education, may your holiday season be filled with love, joy and peace. I look forward to the many celebrations to come in 2019.
Michael A. Baumann