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Young Learners Wanted! DK/Kindergarten Info Nights Start Next 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 next 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!

School Board Coffee Hour on Friday, February 27

This month's coffee hour with members of the Lake Orion Board of Education will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Crates Coffee House, 1472 S. Lapeer Rd., starting at 11 a.m. Board members Birgit McQuiston and Connie Meech will be there to meet with members of the public.

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 Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA’s activities assist in the development of academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.

Penny War Planned to Benefit Blessings in a Backpack

All Lake Orion elementary schools are participating in a "Penny War" the week of February 23-27 to raise much needed funds for Blessings in a Backpack - Lake Orion.  The building that raises the most money, calculated on a per student basis, will win the coveted Penny War Trophy, to be held by the school for a year!  So, start gathering that spare change and donate to a great local cause.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

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.

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!

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!

Dragon Choral Musicians Perform with State Honors Choirs in Grand Rapids

Earlier this month, five of Lake Orion’s outstanding choral musicians performed with the 2015 State Honors Choirs in front of thousands of people at the Devos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. This is quite an honor, considering a student must be one of the top 30 choral musicians of their voice part in the state to be named to the group. Representing Lake Orion, pictured below from left with high school choir director Bryce Thompson: Julia Donaven, Laura Pavliscak, Tyler Dick, Spencer Walters, Kathryn Linehan Thompson noted each of the students’ attitude, work ethic and excellence in craft. Congratulations!

Lake Orion Signing Day: 8 LOHS Student Athletes Commit to Playing at Next Level
A total of eight Dragon athletes, many of whom have excelled both in academics and athletics, signed scholarship acceptance letters to attend a number of colleges and universities throughout the Midwest and play for their respective teams. The high school recognized five soccer players: Richard Doll, who will be playing at Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne); Jason Inglis, Albion College; Hannah Cady, Western Kentucky University; Marisa Engel, Western Illinois University; and Madison Ham, Grand Valley State University. Dragon football players who will be playing at the next level include Matt Krause, Central Michigan University and Zach Serzo, Lake Erie College. Tori Basso is attending Alma College as a dual-scholarship recipient, playing both golf and lacrosse. Congratulations to these Lake Orion student athletes!


Undefeated! Scripps 7th Grade Boys Baskeball Team Finishes 12-0

The 7th grade boys basketball team at Scripps Middle School went undefeated this year, posting a perfect 12-0 record, including three tough overtime wins. This was the first time a boys team finished with an unblemished record at Scripps. Congratulations to Coach Kelly Stalions and the entire team!

Pictured, back row, left to right: Coach Stalions, Jack Cummins, Kyle Varney, Zach Hay, Max Menig, Mason Slocum, Kaidin Beck, and Peyton Preiskorn. Middle row, left to right: Kadin Collie, Teddy Hirschfield, Casey Coltrin, Willy Houser and Cameron Maupin. Front row: Amaru Abdullah-Raheem.

Trivia Night Raises More Than $20,000 for Blessings in a Backpack - Lake Orion
The Knights of Columbus Hall was packed for last week's Trivia Night benefiting Blessings in a Backpack - Lake Orion, the local non-profit organization that provides food to district students of all ages who may otherwise go hungry on the weekends. More than $20,000 was raised for the organization, enough to feed 200 students for a year, making the night a huge success!  Approximately 1,500 Lake Orion students receives free or reduced-price lunches every school day. Persons interested in making additional tax-deductible donations can send checks payable to Blessings in a Backpack Lake Orion, P.O. Box 321, Lake Orion, MI 48361.

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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