Always Better: LCS Strategic Initiatives

Always Better: LCS Strategic Initiatives

Think Deeply and Act Wisely

As LCS wrapped up the Deliver the Dream campaign and looked to the future, the administration and board of directors realized it was time to take a hard look at our current realities and plan for our preferred future. The educational landscape has not escaped the rapid change that is sweeping all areas of our world. LCS leadership recognizes our responsibility to think deeply and act wisely to ensure that LCS will effectively prepare our students’ hearts and minds for what’s ahead. Strategic planning is essential to realizing the goal of providing high-quality education while exercising responsible stewardship of our resources.

Planning for a Preferred Future

With this in mind, the LCS Board of Directors appointed Dr. Alan Pue of The Barnabas Group to lead a task force through a rigorous six-month strategic planning process. This group comprised parents, board members, administration and faculty members. Work teams were assembled to assess various aspects of the state of the school, re-affirm agreed-upon core values and forge the development of strategic initiatives for the future.  The task force completed their work in January 2016, and in February the Board of Directors adopted the four initiatives of the strategic plan outlined in this publication.

Projected Additional Expenses Per Grade

Projected Additional Expenses Per Grade

In order to help you plan for the upcoming school year, we have compiled a list of projected additional expenses (some required and some optional) that will come up throughout the year.

Uniform Store/Dress Code

Uniform Store/Dress Code

School Uniforms

All students at Lakeland Christian School must adhere to the school dress code:

Elementary Dress Code (Grades K4-5)
Secondary Dress Code (Grades 6-12)

Uniform shirts which display the school logo are required.

There are two options for purchasing shirts. They may be purchased through the Tommy Hilfiger Uniform Store or Lands’ End School by going to their websites. (Our school’s access number for Lands' End is 900103680.)  

Tommy Hilfiger Uniform Store - Ordering Instructions

The second option is to purchase a short or long sleeve polo shirt on your own. The shirt must be a solid color. It may not have any brand logos, pockets or more than three buttons. Mock polos, shirts with no buttons, cropped sleeves or without sleeves, are not permitted. Shirts not purchased through Lands’ End will need to have the school logo embroidered on them at one of the following approved vendors:

Team Hammer (2328 East Main Street, Lakeland – 863-666-1108)
Hazmore Outdoor Products (1645 North Galloway Road, Lakeland – 863-698-6521)
Williams & Williams Inc. (1145 East Main Street, Lakeland – 863-683-5487)
Executive Cleaners (2127 E. Edgewood Dr. – 863-665-7890)

Throughout the school year and in the summer, LCS will hold used uniform sales.  Watch the website and Weekly Updates for information on dates and times. Contact the Secondary Office or Middle School Office for more information on the used uniform sales.



Authorization for Medication Form - Turn in to School Nurse
This Authorization for Medication form must be completed at the beginning of each school year or anytime a dosage is changed. It must be completed and signed by both the parent and physician.

Over-the-Counter Medication Form - Turn in to School Nurse
This form should be filled out yearly by a parent for any over-the-counter medications (i.e. Advil, Pepto Bismol, etc.) beyond the standard Tylenol that is provided.

Community Service Report Form - Turn in to Secondary Office
LCS does not have a community service requirement to graduate, but it is often a requirement for scholarships. The college admissions process also considers a student’s community service. Beginning after 8th grade, students can record community service hours for their high school transcripts. Students should document their hours and submit the forms to Mrs. Alice Middleton in the Secondary Office.

Athletics Physical and Consent Form - Turn in to Athletic OfficeAll athletes are required to have the following forms on file in the Athletic Department prior to attending any conditioning, try-outs, or practices:

The official FHSAA EL2 – Physical form (Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation).  Signed by student and parent on page 1, and physical examination completed by a physician and signed on page 2.
The official FHSAA EL3 – Form.  Must be signed on all four (4) pages by both student and parent, and parent’s signature on page 1 must be notarized.
Student-Athletes must also watch a video on concussion prior to the first day of practice/try-outs.  A certificate at the end of the course will be issued and that certificate must to brought into the Athletic Office or sent as an attachment in an email to  This video needs to be watched each year AFTER June 1st.

Athletes must undergo a physical evaluation each year and must be certified as being physically fit for participation in interscholastic athletic practice or competition before being allowed an opportunity for such participation. This annual physical evaluation must be administered either by a licensed physician, a licensed osteopathic physician, a licensed chiropractic physician, a licensed physician assistant or a certified advanced registered nurse practitioner, and shall be valid for a period not to exceed one calendar year from the date of the practitioner’s signature.

Elementary Library & Technology


The elementary library is located in E285 on the second floor of the Elementary/Middle School building. 


Library Staff:

Crosby MacKenzie (Librarian)
Rachel Roth (Paraprofessional)

Library Services:

LCS Library Collection
To access the Lakeland Christian School Library collection, please use the link below. You may search by keyword, title, author, subject or series.

LCS Library Collection


Student Library Usage
Each week, students in grades K4-5 have a period of time set aside to visit the library. During this time, students may check out books and are taught basic library skills. Students may check out a variety of fiction and nonfiction books or use reference materials in the library. Students have access to several computers that can be used for word processing, PowerPoint, and Internet research. Teachers may reserve the library in order to let classes research for papers and projects.


Encyclopedia Britannica Online
The LCS library has a subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica Online School Edition database. This online encyclopedia includes articles from approximately 400 periodicals. Students using this resource from home should use the following link to access the site: The library also has subscriptions for SIRS, Literature Online and Science Online. Contact the library for user names and passwords.


Accelerated Reader Program

As a participant in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, the LCS library owns a large number of books on the AR list. Elementary students may visit the library to check out AR books and take the AR comprehension tests. AR book lists are also available at Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, the Lakeland Public Library and the Plant City Library.

AR Book Find

Using Home Connect, parents can log on to see their child’s AR test results and more. If you have questions about Home Connect, please contact Mrs. Lynne McNutt.

Click here to access Renaissance Home Connect
Parent’s Guide to Renaissance Home Connect

Summer AR Reading Program

The LCS Library is open on select days throughout the summer for students to earn Accelerated Reading points. Please note that a parent must accompany the student at all times.

Grade level goals:

K5 – 5 points
1st grade – 10 points
2nd grade – 15 points
3rd grade – 20 points
4th grade – 25 points
5th grade – 30 points

Students who reach their goal during the summer will enjoy either a pizza party (Grades K5-2) or a bowling party (Grades 3-5).

Internet Databases

The following websites and databases are paid for by the school and may be used by school families:

ProQuest SIRS and Literature


Science Online


World Book

Parent Resource Center

The LCS library has a special resource section available for the parents of our students. This section includes a number of books and tapes by notable authors such as Dr. James Dobson, Cynthia Tobias, Gary Smalley, Dr. Russell Barkley and many others. Subjects range from mothering to parenting strong-willed children to dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Dance Mat Typing

Dance Mat Typing is an introduction to touch typing designed specifically for children. They will start with Level 1 and build their skills gradually through Level 4.

Dance Mat Typing

Odyssey Mathematics

This program focuses on developing foundational skills to support learners at all levels. It emphasizes repetition and the practice of key skills, reinforcing study habits to sharpen students’ comprehension and featuring engaging activities that use animation, live action and sound to capture and hold students’ attention.

Ticket to Read

This is a self-paced, student-centered online reading program that provides dynamic skills practice and improved reading performance. A motivating and fun reward system keeps students on task to learn critical word attack skills and phonics skills development.


The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), Ebooks and Audio Books which may be viewed online or downloaded for 90 days, Tumble Puzzles & Games, and TumbleResources for teachers and students.  To access the TumbleBookLibrary, click the link below and use the following login credentials:

Username: lakelandcs
Password: books


Parent Ambassador Program

Parent Ambassador Program

The purpose of the Parent Ambassador program is to serve as a resource for newly enrolled families – sharing important school information and inviting them to a variety of events that will help them get to know other school families.  Parent Ambassadors are available to be contacted by new families who have questions about the programs or events of Lakeland Christian School.

Contact Information for Parent Ambassadors, 2017-2018

If you are interested in becoming an LCS Parent Ambassador, please contact Mrs. Julie Rice, Director of Enrollment, at

Welcome Wednesday Resources

Welcome Wednesday Resources

We believe that the testimonies of and personal invitations from our current LCS families are the best marketing tools we have for recruiting new families for Lakeland Christian School.

The 2016-2017 Welcome Wednesday dates are set, and we need your help promoting these Admissions Open House events. Please view the following links and start thinking about who you want to invite.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Mrs. Julie Rice, Director of Enrollment, at 863-688-2771 or


2017-2018 Secondary Curriculum Guide

To view the curriculum and class offerings for grades 6-12, click the link below:

2017-2018 Secondary Curriculum Guide

LCS Student Honor Code

The LCS Honor Code has been established to provide specific expectations of what attitudes and actions are essential in building a school culture that will contribute to the flourishing of all members of the community. Students are expected to contribute to fostering a school community that will reflect the glory of God by personally committing to comply with these standards and by encouraging one another to do so as well.  

Read the full Honor Code at the link below:

LCS Student Honor Code

Family Handbooks

Family Handbooks

Lakeland Christian School was founded in 1954 by a group of Christian businessmen who were convinced of the need for a Bible-centered educational program. The Board of Directors, then as now, focused on three crucial elements for the school: one, that all subjects must be taught in conformity to the standards and principles of the Bible; two, that every teacher must be a born-again Christian with an on-going, mature walk with Christ; and three, that the academic training provided by the school would be of a high quality.

The purpose of the school is to come alongside the home and church and assist in teaching young people to think and behave in a Christian manner. This approach dictates a high level of expectation in every area of the school’s program.

The school is very supportive of parents and realizes that in the area of character, they are the major instructors. In order for the school to do its job well, we select families that have the same goals for their children as the school. In that way we can be mutually supportive and hence effective. We consider the supervision of your child and your involvement with the school as essential ingredients in his/her success.

We look forward to a close and happy relationship as we assist you in “training up a child in the way he should go”. (Proverbs 22:6)

Elementary Handbook, 2016-2017
Secondary Handbook, 2016-2017

Acceptable Use Policy for Students

Acceptable Use Policy for Students

Lakeland Christian School’s information technology resources, including email and Internet access, are provided for educational purposes. The following rules are intended to provide general guidelines and examples of prohibited uses but do not attempt to state all required or prohibited activities by users. Adherence to the following policy is necessary for continued access to the school’s technological resources:

Failure to comply with the policy and rules may result in loss of computer and Internet access privileges, disciplinary action and/or legal action.

Read the Acceptable Use Policy For Students

Articles and Resources from Dr. Sligh

Articles and Resources from Dr. Sligh

LCS Headmaster Dr. Mike Sligh writes a special column in each edition of the Viking, a quarterly publication of Lakeland Christian School. Here are reprints of some articles that deal specifically with the importance of Christian schooling.

Read Dr. Mike Sligh’s past Viking articles:

To view old editions of The Viking, click here.

Why Christian Schooling?


ACSI Christian School Comment: The Christian School Difference


ACSI Schools: The Best Choice for Your Child


Dr. Sligh recommends the following articles:

  • How to Guard Sabbath for your Children, Gospel Coalition - A worthy read for over-scheduled families who try to “do it all,” seeking some benefit for children from a fast-paced life.
  • Shed the Superman Cape - As parents, we all want to be approachable, credible leaders for our children. Dave Benzel offers some practical guidelines to assist us in offering effective leadership in the home. It seems to me that there are many biblical principles at work here though they are not identified as such. A stimulating piece for parents to read and discuss with one another. Enjoy!
  • “Children in Worship — Mom Tested Tips” - Blog Post by Jason Helopoulos - The mission of LCS includes preparing our students for a lifetime of worship. We need to start this process when our children are young. Here are some ideas on why this is important and some practical tips for how it works “in the pew.”
  • “Children in Worship — Let’s Bring it Back” - Blog Post by Jason Helopoulos - The mission of LCS includes preparing our students for a lifetime of worship. We need to start this process when our children are young. Here are some ideas on why this is important and some practical tips for how it works “in the pew.”
  • TV Tips for Parents - Article by Eric Metaxas, a co-host of BreakPoint Radio. The article discusses the correlation between excessive TV viewing and antisocial behavior in young people.
  • How Much Sleep Does My Student Need? -  Sleep is critical to healthy development, and like most things, the habits we learn in childhood carry through to our adult lives. That’s why it’s so important for parents to teach their children healthy sleep habits and promote restful sleep. This guide explains how much sleep your child needs, sleep problems affecting different age groups, and how you can help your child get better sleep.


Dr. Milton Uecker Presentations – September 2009

In September 2009, Dr. Milton Uecker presented a seminar entitled “A Parent’s Role in Supporting a Child’s Early Education.”  Dr. Uecker is the Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Columbia International University. He is best known for his expertise in the field of early childhood education.

Dr. Milton Uecker Presentations:

Family Internet Safety Resources

The technology that is common in the world today can have a profound effect on all of our lives, even beyond aspects or behaviors that we would readily identify as "unsafe." The challenge for all believers today is to be good stewards of the technological resources available to us to accomplish God's purposes as best as we can, while trying to intentionally shape our habits of use to reduce their potential harmful effects. Some parents, recognizing that their children lack the maturity, temperament, or know-how to individually shape their own use of technology, have found it useful to enlist resources that are designed to help them supervise and set limits for their children's use of technology. In the best scenarios, these are not viewed as tools for mere surveillance or control, but as tools that help parents better encourage and support their children in developing their own positive habits of use.

We would like to make our families aware of the following resources and techniques for improving the safety of their child's interactions on the internet, especially on mobile devices. We encourage families to try these out themselves to determine their quality; LCS has not directly tested them, though we are only choosing to share tools that have been well-reviewed by other technology specialist websites.


Circle with Disney and Circle Go

Circle with Disney is a device you connect to your home network that can filter and monitor device activity, as well as pause the home internet for times like meals and create time limits for internet usage. Circle Go extends these abilities to students' cell phones (we don't recommend the use of Circle Go with students' school iPads because the technology it uses would allow students to circumvent the school's wifi content filters).

Price: $90 for Circle with Disney; $10 a month for Circle Go (10 devices)


OpenDNS Filtering

Your home Wifi can be set up to filter content that students access. Free filtering solutions often-times only filter out the most obviously dangerous websites, but even that is safer than nothing. Directions for setting up your home wifi with OpenDNS with Family Shield are here: You can also set children's mobile devices to use the Family Shield when accessing cellular data by using the app DNS Override (

Price: Free (DNS Override 1.99 in-app-purchase per device)



Bark connects to your child's social media accounts to monitor them for cyberbullying and inappropriate interactions. When the service detects something dangerous or harmful happening in your child's social media accounts, it would alert you to what is going on. Bark can monitor 22 different social media services including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Youtube.

Price: $99 annually (or $9 monthly)



Mobicip replaces the default browser on mobile devices with its own filtered browser, and also allows monitoring of web browsing and app use. Additionally, it can schedule times when internet access is blocked for the device.

Price: Free for basic uses (essentially, the filtered browser); $39.99 per year for 5 devices for management and supervision features.

An additional, non-technological, resource for helping parents think biblically through the broad issues of the role of technology in their homes is the book The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch.

As is always the case, a determined actor can find ways around any digital tool meant to ensure children's safety, which is why parents' have such a critical role in actively engaging their children in conversations about dangerous and harmful uses of technology. There is no automatic, hands-off, solution to keep children safe, but active and well-equipped parents can certainly make a difference.

Reporting Misconduct and Abuse

In compliance with the Florida Statutes listed below LCS displays the required posters (see link below) for employees, implements the Code of Ethics protocol with all teachers, and provides the following contacts for reporting misconduct and abuse.

  1. Headmaster: Dr. Mike Sligh
  2. Secondary Principal: Dr. Keith Overholt
  3. Elementary Principal: Mrs. Luci O’Byrne

Employee’s failure to report cases of abuse or misconduct carries a penalty up to and including termination. Protection for those who report abuse are described in Florida Statutes 39.203 and 768.095.

Section 1006.061(1), Florida Statutes requires each district school, charter school and private school that accepts scholarship students under section 220.187 or section 1002.39 to post in a prominent place a notice that pursuant to chapter 39 all employees and agents of the district school board, charter school or private school have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.

Section 1006.061(2), Florida Statutes requires each district school, charter school and private school that accepts scholarship students to post at the school site and on the schools’ internet site (if available) the policies and procedures for reporting alleged misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety or welfare of a student. The notices must include the contact person to whom the report is made and the penalties imposed on those instructional personnel or school administrators who fail to report suspected child abuse or misconduct by other instructional personnel or school administrators.

Driver’s Education Resources

Driver’s Education Resources

Below are some valuable resources and information for student drivers.

Features include of the following links include:

  • Florida teen car insurance premium pricing information
  • Advice for Florida drivers from policy experts such as state insurance commissioners, highway safety officials, and the AAA
  • Extensive car insurance premium info in Florida
  • Tips for parents on how much it’ll cost on average to add a teen driver to their policy, what teen driver behaviors will trigger steep rate hikes, and how a car’s make and model can greatly influence what they pay in insurance


Insurance Guide to Teen Driving in Florida
Crashes, Car Insurance and Beyond: The High Toll of Distracted Driving
Car Insurance Guide for New Drivers & Their Parents


If you have questions, please contact Mark Kirby, Driver’s Education teacher, at

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

LCS could not function without volunteers. From the fathers who serve tea at the kindergarten Mother’s Day event to the faithful concession workers who hand out pizza and hot dogs in Viking Stadium to the parents who chaperone field trips to the faithful weekly classroom workers…every single parent and grandparent is a valuable resource to Lakeland Christian.

The list of ways our families serve here is endless. Here are just some examples of what volunteers do on the campus:

  • Serve as classroom readers
  • Welcome Wednesday tour guides
  • Room Moms
  • Elementary center helpers
  • Golf tournament coordinators
  • Concessions workers
  • Ticket sale workers at athletic events
  • Field trip chaperones
  • Auction coordinators
  • Grading for teachers
  • Decorating bulletin boards
  • Helping students with reading
  • Hosting AR parties
  • Assisting on Grandparent’s Day
  • Special event coordination (Jr/Sr Banquet, Homecoming, Back to School Bash, Pre-Grad party, etc.)
  • Volunteer assistant coaches
  • Odyssey of the Mind coaches
  • Lunch monitors
  • Guest speakers in the classroom and in chapel
  • Spring Art Festival helpers

The faculty, staff and administration of Lakeland Christian School is thankful for each one of the volunteers who choose to give of their time and gifts as we educate children in the light of God’s Word.

If you are looking for ways to get involved, visit the Parent Resource or Support LCS sections of the LCS website, contact your child’s teacher or principal. You can also call the school offices at 863-688-2771.

Engage Magazine

Engage - Current Issue

Summer 2017