Superintendent Update, May 25, 2020, 8:00 am

Dear Lakota Families,

Thank you for completing the Lakota Survey.  We will use your input to plan for next year.  If you have not had an opportunity to complete the survey, you may do so here:  As we receive more information and guidance from the state, I will keep you up to date with our plans for next year.


We received good news this week that we are permitted to use the school for athletic training.  Any incoming grade 7-12 students interested in fall athletics, should check the Lakota website toward the end of the week for June training information.  

Middle and High School Textbook, Library, and College Credit Plus Book Return & Personal Item Locker Pick up:

All textbooks will be dropped off curbside.  Please take a picture of the textbooks you are returning.  This will serve as your receipt.  If you have not removed items from your locker, a staff member will bring your items to your car.  The middle school will use the front circle and the high school will use the flag pole area in the parking lot.

K – 12 Chromebook Return:  All chromebooks will be returned in the media center. Please enter through the high school entrance.  The chromebook will be checked to make sure it turns on and no damage has been done.  Please remember the power cord.

Key Dates:

May 26 – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM  & May 27 – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM-  K-11 to submit work (lobby entrance), return chromebooks (Media Center). 

Grades 5-11: textbook drop off (curbside), and pick up unclaimed items from the locker (curbside).

May 28 – Virtual Senior Awards 6:30 PM

May 29 – Links to all Lakota Awards programs will be available to view

May 31 – Commencement @ 2:00.  The Lakota community is invited to view a live stream of the ceremony.  A link will be available on the school web page.



Chad Coffman, Superintendent

Senior Awards Ceremony

We invite our Lakota families and friends to tune in on May 28 at 6:30 P.M. for our live Senior Awards Ceremony.

A link to view the live stream on your phone, tablet, computer, or TV will be posted on the Lakota website and our Lakota social media accounts shortly before the ceremony begins. 

News from the Lakhi Cafe:

We’d like to thank the cooks and cashiers for all they did during the shutdown. Thanks to them, we were able to provide almost 11,500 meals over the 11 week period. 
There are area schools who are continuing to provide meals over the summer. You can search Ohio School Meal Distribution Map or see the information in the flyer below for locations. You will also see information for the P-EBT program provided as a result of the school closure. 
If you have any questions, please email me, at any time. We wish you a safe summer!
Michelle Guzman

Class of 2020 Senior Farewell Parade

The Lakota High School’s Student Council will be hosting a parade on Sunday, May, 31 for the graduating 2020 seniors in honor of their accomplishments. The parade will start at the school following the graduation ceremony and go  to Bradner, Risingsun, Kansas, and Burgoon. For further directions go to

Note to Seniors:  Feel free to decorate your cars prior to the parade. We will be providing window paint for you to quickly decorate your car before we begin. You can drive yourself or have a parent drive so you can wave to people along the parade route. We would love for families to stand outside with posters to congratulate the graduating class when they pass by!

Superintendent Update May 17, 2020

Dear Lakota Families,

The Lakota Local Schools are excited to announce our 1-1 technology initiative for the 2020-2021 school year.  Each student grades 5-12 who is taking classes in the building, will receive a laptop computer to use at school and at home.  In addition, grades 1-4 will have a chromebook cart assigned to each classroom for use during the school day.  The funding the district received from the Federal Government CARES Act is being used to purchase the additional laptop computers needed to go 1-1 for the next school year.  More details regarding the technology will be shared at the beginning of the next school year.

As you know, there are many uncertainties regarding how the next school year will look.  As we plan for next year, your input is very important.  Please complete the following survey to share your feelings and concerns:


Chad Coffman, Superintendent

5th Grade Band

Please check out the following link to learn more about being in band as a 5th grader.  Learn about the benefits of music, how to select an instrument, and complete an interest form. 

If you have questions about 5th Grade Band, complete the Interest Form or contact Mrs. Brower.  


FFA Awards…

This year’s FFA Awards were presented during the Virtual State Convention.  Lakota is proud of this year’s State award recipients:

1st place Beef Production Entrepreneurship, Samantha Wallace.
Gold Rated Treasurer book, Michael Blevins.
Silver Rated Secretary book, Audrey Bender.
State FFA Degree recipients, Robert Hunker and Ethan Klotz.

Winter Sports Awards

The Lakota Athletic Department understands the importance of our students being recognized for their hard work and dedication. We have put together videos from each of our winter sports coaches to honor athletes in their past season accomplishments. 
Please see the following link for videos to each coaches winter awards presentation:
Thank you and Go Raiders!


This is an opportunity for your son to join the “Raider Top Gun Shot Club.” This program provides an opportunity for your son to become more active and to improve upon his basketball skills. This program runs from April 27st to August 31st.

Here is how you become a member of the “Raider Top Gun Shot Club”: 
• Grades 1-6: Make 5,000 shots (41 makes a day)
• Grades 7-12: Make 8,000 shots (65 makes a day)

Go by what grade you’ll be in next year for the 2020–2021 school year

For more information and a record sheet, see the following documents…

Raider Shot Club Cert 2020  (Information and Certification)

SHOT TRACKER 2020 (Print to keep track of Shots Made)

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021

Attention parents and students of any School District in the State of Ohio wishing to attend Lakota Local School District tuition free.  Lakota will once again participate in OPEN ENROLLMENT.  Anyone wishing to participate in this program may apply online at on the district homepage.  

In addition to a completed online application, you must provide a proof of residency, such as a utility bill that can be scanned and emailed directly to

Non-resident students can make application to attend the Lakota Local School District at no cost.

Applications will be accepted from April 1st at 8:00 a.m. thru April 30, 2020. Any student wishing more information on the Open Enrollment process may call the district office at 419-986-6650 Ext. 4302.


Kindergarten Screening for April has been Postponed

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions put in place by the Governor of Ohio, we will need to cancel our April 2nd and April 3rd Kindergarten Screenings. Since we are uncertain as to when we will be able to return to school, new screening dates have not been set at this time. We will contact families as soon as we reschedule in order to proceed with the registration process. Should you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact me at 419-986-6640, Ext. 5102 or by email at


Dana Ward, Elementary Principal

Kindergarten Registration Information

If you have a child who will be five years of age before August 1st of this year, he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten.  

Kindergarten screening has been postponed.

**Note:  Preschool registration does not use FinalForms and is a separate process that will be shared with parents and community members soon. Registering your preschooler using the above link will not register them in the district for preschool.

School Messenger for Alerts…


Dear Parents/Guardians of Lakota Local Schools,

We believe it is important to communicate with our families.  One way we do that is with our instant message system. We are using a company called School Messenger.

The phone numbers and emails that will be used initially are the contacts listed in our student information system.  If you would like to be able to change how you are contacted please contact your child’s school office.