Families filled the auditorium and the open house began with a student led pledge and the Lakeview band playing the national anthem.
“This year at Lakeview the number one thing we are excited about is that we have some of the best students, the best staff and the best parents,” said Principal William Hymes. “I like to say Lakeview is the best kept secret in Natchitoches Parish. This year we hope to see our ACT scores continue to rise. We are top ten in ACT growth in the state. One thing I look forward to covering with parents is that when we graduate our kids they are all college and or career ready through certification in the WorkKeys program. Even in the rain, we have a great turn out of parents tonight which shows the dedication they have to the students and how important education is to the community.”
The crowd buzzed with excitement as Hymes introduced the new football coaching staff.
“This year we took a lot of care in selecting the coaching staff,” said Hymes. “We started with 17 applicants which we narrowed down to eight and then presented the top three choices the schoolboard.”
Counselor Germaine Metoyer-Winn explained recovery initiatives including absences, homework and test recovery. She went over graduation requirements sighting the two paths students can take. At the end of the 10th grade students can choose to continue towards the Tops curriculum or they can switch to the Jumpstart curriculum to obtain certifications in fields like welding and business through the WorkKeys program. Winn showed parents where they could find helpful websites for information on Louisiana Student Standards, homework help, Act prep and testing calendars.
Hymes thanked School Board member Eugean Garner for his effort to implement free school breakfast and lunch for every student.
The School based Health care center reminded parents to give consent so their children can receive health care at the school at no cost to the parents.
After the assembly students and families visited teachers in their classrooms and enjoyed cookies and punch.