Nesting With the Skills to Soar


It is amazing to think that we have already completed semester one and are moving quickly through the school year. I hope you enjoy celebrating some of our many accomplishments highlighted in this magazine; if only I were allowed more pages! I continue to be bursting with pride at the incredible success of our Eagles in the classroom, on the stage, on the courts, in the community, and beyond. Recently, our Math Team took home two honors at the Conference Meet: 2nd place for the Algebra 1 Team and 2nd place for the Junior/Senior 8 Person Team. They will advance to Regionals at Northern Illinois University. The Bowling Team became Regional Champions for the first time in the history of Lakes and moved on to Sectionals on February 11th. In the spirit of recognizing student accomplishments, we have already had three State Walks in second semester to recognize those performing at the highest level. This is a time for the whole school to gather and cheer on their classmates as the Drumline and Color Guard lead them through the main hall. Those honored in January and February were the cast and crew of the play, “As You Like It,” Lincoln Gibbs for being selected to the All State Composer Track, and our Cheerleading Team. It is always a great day to be an Eagle!

On January 12th, LCHS opened our doors to the incoming Class of 2027! Almost 300 families attended this night which started with an introduction to high school to explain our curriculum, course offerings, and daily course schedule. Our newest Eagles were invited to visit over 60 tables to experience our academics, athletics, and activities. Staff members, coaches, advisors, and current students answered questions and supported the Class of 2027 in how to get the most out of their high school opportunities.

We are pleased to announce the return of international travel opportunities for our students. During Spring Break 2024, our World Language and Social Studies departments are planning a trip to Barcelona, Madrid, and Andalusia while the Science department is going to be offering an excursion to Iceland. Educational travel provides our students with opportunities to understand and appreciate different cultures, live their curriculum through real experiences, and increase their own confidence through independence.

I am grateful every day for the opportunity to interact with our students — to celebrate their successes and to support them through their challenges. As we move closer to Spring, it is inspiring to hear the post high school plans of our seniors knowing they are leaving our Nest with the skills to Soar. 

In the Eagle Spirit,
Jori Bowen
Lakes Community High School