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ATTENTION: Scripps Road closure at school complex

Scripps Road will be shut down from M-24 east to Maria Drive (Roundtree Sub) for construction safety reasons for about three weeks, starting July 6. According to the County, the work will be done no later than July 27. The closure is related to the Beacon Square project underway at the corner of M-24 and Scripps Road. A detour will be set up that routes traffic to Stadium Drive. The District will keep the gates open between Scripps Road and Stadium Drive in order to help with traffic.

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.


Overview of 2016 LOCS Building and Site Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal

Looking for an overview of the 2016 Building and Site Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal? CLICK HERE or on the image below to access a PowerPoint presentation on the subject.  It explains how our district is currently funded, the State's expectations for schools to address their facility needs, details on the sinking fund levy, long-term facility repairs, renovations and replacement projects that would be completed at each school, differences between a sinking fund and bond millage, which Oakland County districts currently use sinking funds, how much it will cost the average taxpayer and steps to acquire an absentee ballot if one will be unable to attend the polls on August 2.  Additional information is available by clicking on the button to the right.

Information on 2016 Building and Site Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal Now Available

On August 2, voters in the Lake Orion School District will be asked to consider a building and site sinking fund ballot proposal. A dedicated source of funding is needed for long-term facility repairs, renovations and replacement projects. This work will help provide the district’s 7,600 students, staff members and community with safe and functional educational facilities.  The proposed 2 mill sinking fund would generate approximately $3.5 million annually for ten years.  About one-third of the State's public school districts currently have a sinking fund in place to address their facility needs, including 12 of 28 districts in Oakland County.  CLICK HERE for detailed information on the ballot proposal and what the sinking fund would help address the district's facility needs.

LO Schools Public Forum Set for Thursday, July 21, at the Orion Center

Parents, community members, district staff and others interested in the future of the school district are invited to attend the second public forum for 2016, on Thursday, July 21, 6-8 p.m., at the Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road.  A number of subjects will be discussed during the meeting, including Phase 2 of the District's reorganization, future programming, the fiscal year 2017 adopted budget and the upcoming building and site sinking fund ballot proposal on Aug. 2.

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,


LOHS Pool Open Swim Schedule for June/July

Beat the heat and have fun at the Lake Orion High School natatorium pool this summer.  CLICK HERE for a schedule of open swim times. $5 for adults/teens; $4 for children 12 and under/senior citizens. Kids 2 years-old and under are free with parent. Discount punch cards for multiple visits are available.  For more information, call 248-814-1715.




LO Lacrosse Coach Brad Thomas Named D1 Coach of the Year!

Lake Orion boys’ varsity lacrosse head coach Brad Thomas was recently named D1 Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Association. The Dragons won this year’s OAA Red Title, finishing undefeated in league play and a 16-4 overall record. The team lost in the state regional semi-final playoffs. Lake Orion moved to the league’s highest division just three years ago after two successive White Division titles. In addition, several players received All-League, All-Region and All-State honors. Congratulations to the entire lacrosse program.

Introducing Lake Orion High School's Class of 2016!

A total of 540 seniors from Lake Orion High School's Class of 2016 walked across the DTE stage on June 7 to receive their diplomas and become the latest alumni of the state's sixth largest high school. The festivities included talented performances by the school's choir and bands, as well as heartfelt and lighthearted speeches on living fearlessly, the legend of the dragon, class hi-jinx, stepping out of one's comfort zone and growing into adults by students and administrators. Superintendent Marion Ginopolis even recited lines from a popular Miley Cyrus song on butterflies and Principal Steve Hawley thanked seniors for his dance moves. Family and friends cheered every student during the memorable night.  CLICK HERE to see more sights from the ceremony.

2016 Graduates of LO's Learning Options High School are Awesome!

A record 47 graduates of Lake Orion's Learning Options High School were given the charge to "be awesome now" as they imagine the many places they will go upon graduation on Monday night during a special ceremony at the high school. Guest speaker and former Learning Options supervisor Drew Towlerton cited Dr. Seuss and Kid President during his address, which drew plenty of laughter from the students, family and friends. Superintendent Marion Ginopolis, School Board President Scott Taylor and current Learning Options head Kristin Sliwinski also acknowledged the graduates' hard work and provided words of congratulations and good luck in the future, which includes jobs, college, military service, the police academy and more.

Summer School Programs

Click HERE to see our Summer School Programs for High School and Middle School Students.  The preferred method of payment is via PaySchools.

Carpenter Elementary celebrates 20th Anniversary as one of Michigan's first balanced-calendar schools!

Students at Carpenter Elementary were joined by district administrators, School Board members, teachers and parents from the past and present on June 3 to mark the school's 20th year of balanced-calendar learning during a special ceremony.

Mrs. Rose Edwards, the school's first Principal and one of the key drivers of the long-time school's transition, was the guest of honor. She joined former Principal Kerri Anderson and current Principal Adam Weldon at the podium. They, along with Superintendent Marion Ginopolis, highlighted the success of the school and its leadership role in promoting balanced-calendar learning across the state.  Carpenter students presented Mr. Weldon with a special time capsule to be buried and opened in 20 years, plus released more than 50 butterflies, symbolizing the year-round academic and social growth of the school's students. CLICK HERE to view more pictures from the event.

Melissa Dalton named Michigan World Language Association's "Middle School Teacher of the Year"

Scripps Middle School modern language instructor Melissa Dalton was recently named "Middle School Teacher of the Year" by the Michigan World Language Association. The judges were particularly impressed with her dossier, work in the classroom and the recommendations she received in support of her nomination. Ms. Dalton has worked at Scripps since 2002. She will be formally recognized later this fall at a special awards ceremony in Lansing. Congratulations!

Lake Orion seniors recognized at 2016 Academic Honors Night

On May 31, 321 members of the LOHS Class of 2016 were recognized at the high school's annual Academic Honors Night. 133 received Cum Laude cords (GPA 3.3-3.699), 64 received Magna Cum Laude cords (GPA 3.7-3.899) and 114 received Summa Cum Laude cords (GPA 3.9 or higher). Every student was honored by the Board of Education, which manages the District's Lamp of Learning Program.

During the event, more than $64,000 in local scholarships were awarded to our seniors. In addition, Lake Orion's graduating class is awarded several million dollars in academic and athletic scholarships from individual colleges, universities, technical schools and military academies each year. Students who received such support to further their education after high school were recognized at honors night.

Lake Orion's commencement ceremony for the 533 members of the Class of 2016 is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, June 7, at DTE Music Theatre in Clarkston.


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