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LO Middle Schoolers Named to All-State Band

Several Lake Orion eighth graders were named to Michigan’s Middle School All-State Band earlier this year.  Pictured with their instruments, left to right, Cole Harris, Scripps, honorable mention; Gabriella Tapley, Scripps, selected member; Lindsey Smiles, Scripps, honorable mention; Jaclyn Holmes, Oakview, selected member; Emily Pauzus, Waldon, honorable mention; Navreet Singh, Scripps, selected member; and Emma Farrell, Scripps, honorable mention.  In addition, Waldon seventh grader David Kaufman also received an honorable mention.

Young Learners Wanted! DK/Kindergarten Info Nights Start This Week!

It's almost time to enroll Lake Orion's youngest learners in school! Developmental kindergarten and traditional kindergarten information nights at the district's elementary schools start this week, with resident student registration on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  CLICK HERE for more information and the open house schedule.  Welcome to our newest Dragons!

District's Art Students Create Mosaics for Children's Hospital of Michigan Opening in Troy

Lake Orion art students from all three middle schools and the high school, recognizing the healing power of art, created beautiful seven-foot tall glass mosaics this winter for the new Children's Hospital of Michigan, opening in Troy later this year. The project was led by district art chairperson and Waldon Middle School art teacher Jessica Kropog.

Lady Dragons Bowling in State Championship Tourney this Weekend!

Lake Orion’s girls’ varsity bowling team will compete in the State Championship Tournament this weekend at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights. The Lady Dragons qualified by finishing third among 15 teams at last weekend’s MHSAA Regional Tournament. Earlier this year, they scored impressive wins in the Oakland County Bowling Tournament; the Tri-County Tournament, featuring the best high school bowlers in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties; and the OAA League Championship.  Junior Tryna Gladstone also qualified for the state individual tournament by rolling consecutive scores of 196, 235, 172, 191 and 191. In addition, Lake Orion’s Andrew McKenzie qualified for the men’s individual state championship by bowling games of 194, 224, 179, 202, 170 and 211.

School District Names Teachers-of-the-Year!


Lake Orion Community Schools announces the Teacher-of-the-Year honorees for 2015 - one from each level: elementary, middle school and high school.  The winners - Teresa West (top), Orion Oaks Elementary, with Principal Ken Nuss; Matt Moede (middle), Scripps Middle School, with Principal Dan Haas; and Julia Dalrymple (bottom), Lake Orion High School, with Principal Steve Hawley. Congratulations to these outstanding educators and role models, who now move on to represent Lake Orion at the county level. Go Dragons!

LO Varsity Cheerleaders Take Regional Title; State Finals Next Weekend

Lake Orion's varsity competitive cheerleading team knocked off four other ranked squads to take its first regional title since 2011 yesterday in Novi. The Lady Dragons led the competition from start to finish and now compete in the state D1 finals next weekend in Grand Rapids.  

Dragon Swimmer Sets State Record at OAA Championships

It was a historic night at Lake Orion’s natatorium on Feb. 27, as Dragon swimmer Devon Nowicki set a new state record in the 100-yard breaststroke event at the OAA championships. His time was 54.31.  Congratulations Devon!

LO's Stop N’ Shop School Store Recognized with Gold Level Certification

Lake Orion High School’s Stop N’ Shop student-managed store was among 285 school-based enterprises in the United States that received Gold Level Certification (or Gold Level Re-certification) this year by DECA’s national governing body.  The high school store will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida later this year.  Students who worked on the certification were Deven Bernier, Brendan Kelley and Sarah Simpson with the assistance of advisor Julia Dalrymple. DECA’s activities assist in the development of academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.

District Refinances School Bonds, Saving Taxpayers $3.6 Million

Taking advantage of a favorable interest rate environment, earlier this month Lake Orion Community Schools refinanced existing bond debt issued in 2005 and worth $28.3 million. Lake Orion’s Board of Education approved the transaction last fall.

Taxpayers will see a total savings of about $3.6 million as a result of this transaction. This includes direct savings of $2.3 million and a cost avoidance of about $1.3 million that the district would have had to borrow from the state’s School Bond Loan Fund to repay parts of the earlier bond.

Future Engineers Tour General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights

Lake Orion High School pre-engineering students toured the General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) maneuver collaboration center (mc2) in Sterling Heights earlier this year. STEM program advisor Jim Stuef took 16 “Intro to Engineering” students to the facility, where they had an opportunity to learn more about the advanced military vehicles and weapon systems developed there for the United States and its allies, as well as ask plenty of questions about potential career opportunities in this area. GDLS engineers were impressed with the pre-engineering students and welcomed them back any time!

Winter is Here! Weather-Related School Closings

Winter’s icy breath is here.  Nobody wishes a repeat of last winter, but Superintendent Ginopolis and her team recognize there will probably be at least a few days of missed school due to inclement weather.  The district also knows the decision to open or close the district in such situations has a big impact on families.  Our top priority when making such choices is the safety of our students and staff.  A number of factors are considered when making the decision to close our schools due to the weather conditions.  Click Here

Winter 2015 Edition of Dragon News Now Available!

A parent workshop, bond refinancing, winter weather, a baby sturgeon, free software, math night, national band and choir honors, a special holiday party, sports plus plenty of pictures and more in the Winter 2015 issue of Dragon News, available by clicking HERE.





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