HS Principal's Message

As we enter the 2018-2019 school year, it is an honor and privilege to officially serve as the Indian Lake High School principal.  Our goal is to expand on past success and to offer experiences beyond traditional high school courses.  Although the high school did not receive the 21st Century Grant this year, administrators are in the process of trying to find other funds to continue some, if not all, of the previously funded after school programs: Robotics, Carpentry and Welding, Career Planning, Commit to Be Fit at the YMCA, Reading and Math tutoring, Art Club, and Science Club. 

In addition to earning 22 credits at the high school, students must now complete 1 of 3 pathways to graduation.  The first option and primary focus for all students is to earn 18 points on 7 End of Course Exams.  Students can earn up to 5 points on each exam.  The second option is to earn an Industry Credential through Ohio Hi-Point and to pass the WorkKeys examination.  The final option is to earn remediation-free scores on the ACT, which is now being offered free of charge to all juniors. The class of 2019 is the first group that must meet the new aforementioned graduation requirements without any additional alternate pathways.  We will be meeting with any senior student who has not yet met the 18 required points within the first week of school to get them on a tutoring plan to help them score the points they need to graduate.  

We are extremely proud of the improvements we have made in the graduation rate over the last few years and we have recently reached nearly 100%.  However, we continue to seek ways to increase student performance on the End of Course Exams.  Teacher Based Teams, as well as Building and District Leadership Teams,  collaborate to promote student success.  We have also worked diligently to align our curriculum to new state standards and have integrated numerous interventions including: courses for End of Course Exam intervention, the purchase of online programs to help students prepare for testing, study skills courses, lunch intervention, and content specific professional development for teachers.  

End of Course Exam test results indicate a continued growth on nearly every End of Course Exam.  We continue to work to improve in all areas.  Although, we did see growth in most exams, we still have work to do in order to meet the indicator on the state local report card.  

There is one new staff member for the 2018-19 school year.  Paige Dukowitz will take over the HS Art program.  She is a 2013 graduate of Indian Lake and has one year of experience teaching art at the high school level.  We are excited for her to rejoin our Laker family!

The maintenance and technology departments have worked diligently over the summer to prepare the building for the school year.  The technology department added another mobile laptop cart, new phones in the entire building, and replaced several desktop computers.  We will continue to use the digital forms for parent convenience and to conserve paper and we will continue to use the all-call and texting service as last year. Equipment updates also took place in the kitchen. The competition gymnasium has a new look. We installed televisions below each scoreboard that scrolls advertising. The software that scrolls the advertising also has the ability to play music, show athletes during introductions, and a variety of other options. We hope these changes will add to the experience for our fans and student athletes.  

We continue to provide College Credit Plus offerings and to foster partnerships with local businesses, manufacturers, and the Logan County Chamber to ensure that our students are prepared for college or career.  The high school staff considers it a privilege to educate the youth of Indian Lake and we look forward to collaborating with students, parents, and the community to make 2018-19 a great year!

Kyle R. Wagner

HS Principal