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Carpenter Elementary's library recognized as "model" for 21st century

State Superintendent of Schools Brian Whiston (below, left) and State Librarian Randy Riley (below, right) visited Carpenter Elementary School this week to recognize its media center as Michigan’s first “Model 21st Century School Library”. Taken into consideration were the school’s learning environment, teaching expertise and leadership commitment. Superintendent Whiston said Carpenter, under the direction of media specialist Jeannine Crissman (below, center) and Principal Adam Weldon, is leading the way in ensuring students have the 21st Century learning skills needed to be successful. During a special ceremony, Crissman reviewed how media specialists at all of Lake Orion’s elementary schools are collaborating with classroom teachers starting in first grade to closely integrate the use of technology into their curriculum, with a focus on science, social studies and writing, as well as speaking and listening. In addition to all students becoming technology savvy, she said the program is designed to make teachers more comfortable working with the digital tools.


Order your Pink Out 2016 gear today!

This year's Pink Out gridiron battle between Lake Orion and Oxford takes place on Sept. 16, once again benefitting A Mother's Wish, the local charitable organization that supports Oakland County women impacted by breast cancer.  Students, families and community members can order their special edition Pink Out 2016 t-shirts and hoodies today  in time for the big game.  CLICK HERE to access the online store.


Pine Tree Elementary teacher wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Pine Tree Elementary fourth grade teacher Francie Robertson will be visiting the White House next month!  She has been selected as the State of Michigan’s recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for mathematics, K-6th grade level.  Robertson will receive her award at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. on September 8.  She and her husband also will be attending educational and celebratory events, and meeting with members of the Administration.  The winners were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.  She was originally nominated for the award a couple of years ago. 

FREE Event at LOHS: Understanding Assessments and Grading in Schools Today

Lake Orion Community Schools welcomes international speaker Tom Schimmer, who will be speaking on this timely topic on Tuesday, August 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the high school.

Topics to be covered include:  How education research has influenced classroom instruction; Why classroom instruction has changed since you were in school; Why grades are not necessary to learn; How grading and reporting are changing; and how you and your children can be more involved in the learning process together.

Targeted toward parents, community members and educators, the event is free but persons should RSVP by contacting Marysue Schwartzmiller at 248-693-5409 or  Persons also can RSVP via Eventbrite by CLICKING HERE.


LOHS 2016-17 sports starting dates and varsity coach contact information now available

The 2016-17 school year will be here soon.  Lake Orion High School's fall sports teams will be hosting tryouts and getting practices underway next month.  CLICK HERE for the start dates for all of the Dragon athletic teams and coaches' contact info, not only for the fall season but winter and spring, too!

LO School District recognized for academic success, financial accountability by the State of Michigan

Lake Orion Community Schools has always strove to be accountable to our students, families and the community so it is especially gratifying to have received a special notice from the State’s Department of Education this week, informing us that we are being recognized as one of only 58 public school districts out of 540 across the state as “Notably Successful” in the recent Michigan Education Finance Study.  The report states that Lake Orion has achieved the highest measure for Above Average Academic Performance, plus another standard for High Absolute Performance, Growth or Special Population. In the letter from State Superintendent Brian Whiston, he says “Your district was held as the high water mark in helping determine the financial resources needed to help students be academically successful.” Whiston commended the focus, hard work and commitment of the District’s administrators, School Board, teachers, students, parents and the community to sustain a rigorous, high-quality learning environment.  CLICK HERE to read the letter.

LOHS biology teacher helps unearth five million year-old elephant fossil in Florida!

Earlier this month, Lake Orion High School biology teacher Andrea Brook went on a field trip of a lifetime – one five million years-old in the making. She joined a small team of biology teachers, graduate students and scientists from the University of Florida on a paleontology dig, where they unearthed a fossil of an extinct elephant-like animal named Gomphotherium. Over the course of two days in 96 degree heat, Brook and her colleague Rebecca Brewer from Troy High School painstakingly “scraped” away sand and sediment to uncover the end of a leg bone, while other members of the team found other bones of the huge extinct animal a few meters away.  Pictured are Brook on left with Troy High School biology teacher Rebecca Brewer at the Florida dig site.  Last year, Brook was named Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year for the State of Michigan by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Read the Summer 2016 edition of Dragon News!

Important information on the district's sinking fund ballot proposal, restructuring plans, balanced budget for next school year, Carpenter Elementary anniversary, LOHS and Learning Options graduations, Baker College program, Teachers-of-the-Year, the high school's Future Educators program, sports success and more are included in the summer edition of Dragon News! CLICK HERE to read it.


Balanced budget for 2016-17 school year approved by LO Board of Education

Lake Orion's Board of Education approved a balanced budget for the 2016-17 school year during its meeting on Wednesday, June 22.  A number of measures were taken to address a projected $3.9 million shortfall.  CLICK HERE for details on the school district's balanced budget, as well as other key financial information, from Superintendent Marion Ginopolis.

Welcome an international exchange student into your home!

This past school year, Lake Orion High School hosted 17 International Exchange Students from 11 different countries.  We are now looking for families interested in hosting international students for the 2016-2017 school year. Our students are between 14-18 years-old, fully insured, have their own spending money, speak English and must maintain good grades.  Host family requirements include a genuine willingness to share your family's daily life with an international students, maintaining an English-speaking environment, providing a bedroom for the student, preparing three balanced meals a day and being able to pass an interview, home visit and criminal background check. Host families receive 24/7 local and national support, a monthly stipend per student, host family orientation and relationships that last a lifetime.  For more information, please contact Michele Novak, (248) 431 3098,



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