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Suggested Reading

Looking for a good book? No matter what your interest, this flowchart will help you quickly identify a new title to explore. (The image is very large, so be sure to zoom in once it loads.)

Which books should you read? - 101 book suggestions for all readers

And here is a list of 101 titles suggested by the College Board for college-bound readers.

 


 

Blogs from Digital Photography

Mrs. Johnson created this blog to highlight projects and show student work from the high school Digital Photography classes.  If you click on the Our Class link in the right menu on the blog you can access blogs created by the students.


High School Yearbook Information

If you want to order your yearbook or submit pictures to ReplayIt.com or if you need other information about the yearbook, click here to visit ourYearbook Page.


DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS - CLICK HERE

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Athletic Boosters

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Spring Drivers Ed Announcement

Segment II Class Announcement

There will be an informational meeting for the Segment II Driver Education class offered in March at the high school.  The meeting will take place after school until 2:45 pm in Mr. Horning’s room, room 101, in the high school on Tuesday February, 25th.  If you are going to participate in this Segment II class, then you must attend this meeting.  This class is only a three day class:  March 10, 11, and 13.  Classes will be held in Mr. Horning’s room, room 101, immediately after school until 4:15pm.  The cost of the class is $40 and is due the first day of class.

 

Segment I Class Information

There will also be an informational meeting for the Segment I Driver Education class offered in March at the high school.  The meeting will take place after school until 2:45 pm in Mr. Horning’s room, room 101, in the high school on Wednesday March, 12th.  If you are going to participate in this Segment I class, then you must attend this meeting.  Parents are also encouraged and welcome to attend.  The class dates are March 24, 25, 27, 31 and April 1, 3, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 24.  Classes will be held in Mr. Horning’s room, room 101, immediately after school until 4:15pm.  The cost of the class is $295 and is due the first day of class.

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Please contact Mr. Brouillet at (810) 591-4027 or Mr. Horning at (810) 591- 4001 at the high school if you have any questions regarding either the Segment 1 or Segment 2 class.

 

Skill Center Information

Skill Center information for the 2014-2015 school year:

 

LakeVille's New Young Author

Interview by E. Fifield

 

Katelyn is a current ninth grader here at LakeVille Memorial High School with a sweet gentle manner and a quick sharp mind. Today, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing this young lady, about her new book that is being released today, called The Last Emerald.

 

Katelyn wrote the book as part NaNoWriMo, an annual event in which authors challenge themselves to write an entire novel in one month.

 

Here is the interview that was conducted today.

 

Is this the first time you’ve had something published?

 

“Yeah, it is.

 

What made you decide to write a book?

 

“Mr. Petty brought it up to all of the English classes, and I’ve always liked to write. I had many story ideas and wrote them down. The one I ended up going with, just kind of stuck.”

 

Are you excited about the book being published and released?

 

“Yeah, I’m really excited.”

 

What is the story itself, what does it mean to you?

 

Well, it kind of became a piece of me after awhile. The characters just came to me, you kind of get to know them on your own terms and when I finished the book I was kind of sad. Because it was just over, and I don’t know if I’m going to write a sequel or not, but I did leave it on a cliff hanger, so maybe next year I will do another one.

 

Were you scared to have something you wrote published, and out in the public eye?

 

Yeah, I think I was. There wasn’t a lot of time to go through and edit it, so I know there are some mistakes. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed, or say it wasn’t a really good book. I’m just hoping everybody likes it.

 

Did anyone encourage you to work on this project?

 

Oh yeah, in the beginning it was my parents who encourage me to do the program and then it was my best friend who talked me through it, becauseshe likes to write too. We helped each other, she was going to be in the program too, but she didn’t end up finishing her book. We would have these long discussions, like about how the book is going to turn out and she really helped me through my writers block.

 

What do you think was the hardest challenge for writing this book?

 

Well, definitely doing the book in thirty days was not easy, I couldn’t really not type for one night or I would be 1,000 words behind. So it was a kind of thing were I would sit in front of my computer and have no idea what I was going to do, but it came through and it just happened I guess. Yeah, it was really difficult because I started to procrastinate; I only knew how the beginning and the end of the book was going to be. So I think the biggest challenge was thinking up plot twists and filling up the book.

 

Would you do this experience again?

 

Yes, I would like to and hopefully next time I write another book, I will certainly not be doing it in thirty days.

 

Did you like how the book finally came together at the end?

 

I think at the end I really like it. I learned a lot of new things and I just had to kind of go with it I guess.

 

Are there any personal experiences from your own life in the book?

 

No not really, like this is the first time I have ever finished a whole story. It was hard to start writing, but once I started it was hard to stop.

 

Who was it that was an influence for you to keep writing?

 

Oh definitely my mom, she would come up stairs to make sure I was still writing and not playing on my phone. Sometimes I would talk about my ideas with her before I would actually write them, to make sure they were good or not. I actually had to have my mom and dad help me with the process, because I didn’t finish reading the book when we first edited it, because I couldn’t critique myself like that. My parents had a big part in editing it, because it was a surprise for my grandparents for Christmas

 

Are you nervous about anyone from LakeVille reading your book?

 

Yes, I am because I don’t want to be judged, or hear any mean things about it. I’m scared people will think its bad, or not any good. But I think it’s good and I’m sure my friends will like to read it as well.

 

By writing this book, has it given you more confidence?

 

A little bit. Actually in my English class, we read our own stories out loud and give speeches. So that class already gave me the idea to start sharing my ideas with everybody.

 

Can you give us a little summary or description of the book without a spoiler alert?

 

This book is about two twins, Ally and Callie who both are different. Callie is the shy one; she doesn’t really hang out with many people except her best friend Clara. Clara drags Callie shopping to a mall on black Friday, well she buys a $ 2.9 million dollar ring, and so have she has get the money back. They find an advertisement to find an emerald in Columbia, so they fly to Columbia and they search for the emerald, while searching for it they find out interesting things about themselves and their relationship.

 

Any advice you like to share with other young people who would like to be authors one day?

 

Writing is a mental process that takes time, it’s a hard job. You have to spend a lot of time on it, and it can be a strain. Also, you definitely want to be organized, and prepared as much as you can.

 

Counseling Corner

2014-2015 Scheduling Information Letter

2014 - 2015 Course Guide

Scholarship Information

International Exchange High School Student College Day Information - This event for international exchange students and their host families is at U of M-Flint on March 25.

Skill Center information for the 2014-2015 school year:

NCAA Eligibility Quick Reference Guide

Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers - See this site for college applications.

You Can Go! - A College Board resource for college planning

Career Cruising

Federal Student Aid Website

Test Prep Services

GENESEE AREA SKILL CENTER SAVE THE DATE:   CLICK HERE

KETTERING PRE COLLEGE CONFERENCE:  CLICK HERE

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Visiting Artist - Jim Schuessler - September 5, 2013

Jim Schuessler, who graduated from LakeVille in 1991, is a well renowned artist and graphic designer who lives and works out of New York.  His work has appeared in Food Network Magazine and Time Out New York Magazine.  He has done graphic design work for Levis, Calvin Klein, ESPN, and Disney and he designed the logo for the Julliard String Quartet.  (You can visit his site here.)

Mr. Schuessler contacted us because has a strong desire to reach out to our current LakeVille students. He will be speaking to Mrs. Johnson's morning art classes at the high school on Thursday, September 5.  Additionally, his work will be featured in an exhibition opening on Saturday, September 7 at Gallery 194 in Lapeer.  (See the information below for details.)


Mr. Schuessler took some time to answer these questions for us in anticipation of his visit.

Please share some things about where you grew up and which schools you attended.

I grew up in Otter Lake.  I went to Otter Lake Elementary and then to LakeVille for Middle and High School.  I later attended U of M-Flint and then Ferris State University.

Do you have any specific memories of teachers or classes in LakeVille Schools that had a significant impact on you?

There are a couple of teachers who made an impact on me.  One teacher was Mr. Busick (English).  He once told me, "Anyone who tells you these are the best times of your life has probably forgotten what its like to be a teenager."  That really stayed with me, and I think about that when I talk to kids.

Another teacher who made an impression on me was Mr. Schmid (Band).  To hear some kids talk, band was supposed to be for nerds.  But there was Schmid, the supposed biggest nerd of all, setting an example that I follow to this day. Nerds are just people who are unafraid to like what they like. For me it was art, and comics and drawing.

The final person I will mention here is Mrs. Clark.  She was just so smart and charismatic.  She also challenged my thinking.  As a senior she suggested I write a paper on existentialism.  A lot of it was over my head, but the idea that a person is defined by their experiences and decisions came along at the perfect time for me.

Please tell us briefly about your career.  What have been the highlights for you personally?

I got a job at Interlochen Center for the Arts straight out of college.  I was a graphic designer in the marketing department.  It was there that I got my first real look at what it takes to be an artist.  The kids there lived and breathed their art and worked at it day and night. At that point in my life, I didn't understand the effort and dedication it takes to become good at what you do.  I looked at "art " as more of something you either had or didn't have, but you really have to work at it.

From Interlochen, I moved to New York City, where I have been for over a decade.  During that time I've been a graphic designer, an illustrator, a painter and a pattern designer. I've done work for such companies as Levis, Calvin Klein, ESPN, Vogue and Food Network Magazine.

Math, science and standardized tests get a lot of focus in education right now.  Do you have any thoughts about the importance creativity and the arts in education or in a child's life in general?

I think you cannot overstate the importance of art in life, in the community, or in school.  I live in an area in Brooklyn that used to be just a bunch of old warehouses.  Artists started moving there because you could rent a large space for a cheap price.  Next thing you know, the neighborhood gets a cool "vibe" and people start moving there from all over.  Now it's a thriving neighborhood rivaling those in Manhattan.

Look at Detroit, the same thing is happening there.  The art scene is thriving. Detroit's coming back and the art scene will play a big part.  No one talks about that.

I was just in Royal Oak for Arts, Beats and Eats and that's just a big art festival.  Art can enrich a community, and I think that is something that is often overlooked and underestimated.

That's the reason that I am doing this art show in Lapeer.  Let's get the art scene in Lapeer going.  That's not just a call to the artists, its also a call to the community.  Come out and show your support, that's the only way it will work.

What's your one-sentence advice for any student who wants to pursue a career in art or another creative field?

Get to work!  You need to take charge and build your career, your life and your art.  That doesn't mean you need to know exactly what path you are going to take, but it means you have to put in the work.

I didn't figure that out until later in life, and things didn't start working out for me until I did.  I know that's more than one sentence, but "Get to work!" is a little vague.

We would like to thank Mr. Schuessler for the time he took to answer our questions and for visiting with our students!  Please come out to see his exhibit this month in Lapeer.  He will be speaking and attending the reception there on September 7.



 
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Contact Information

Brian Titsworth, Principal

btitsworth@lakevilleschools.org

Kris Myers, Principal's Secretary

kmyers@lakevilleschools.org

12455 Wilson Rd.
Otisville, MI  48463

Phone: 810) 591/538-4050
Fax: (810) 591-3961

School Office Hours
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Monday - Friday

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7:30am - 2:15pm

1/2 Day of School
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