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VIP Thanksgiving coming for Orion Oaks fifth grader Orion Oaks student Hailey Reighard
LOCS after-school athletics/activities canceled for Wed., Nov. 15 LOCS Logo
Inside the Dragons: November 2017 Inside the Dragons
Orion Oaks principal reads all day for BOOK IT! program Orion Oaks principal reads to students

Orion Oaks Elementary experienced a Monday the students will remember for years.

Beginning with principal Drew Towlerton on the school's roof as students arrived -- dressed as a giant Chuck Taylor basketball shoe -- the day eventually connected with every student in the building.

Towlerton accepted the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program Principal Challenge to read from bell to bell and he made the move creatively, reading everywhere from that roof (with a megaphone) to the lunchroom, recess and even with a few bus drivers on the bus at day's end. But the primary focus was classrooms as Towlerton and a few friends from other district buildings appeard in nearly every class throughout the day, reading age-appropriate books and sharing with other students and their reaidng activities.

The students were thrilled and the message was undeniable: National Young Readers Week was a major success in Lake Orion, thanks to Towlerton and the Orion Oaks community.

Inside the Dragons: October 2017 Inside the Dragons
Parent University program featured in Detroit Free Press Parent University on Free Press front
Day One a thrill throughout LOCS Day One
Lake Orion students rank 11th in state in M-STEP results M-STEP reading results
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School supply lists School supplies

Please click here to view a list of common supplies at each grade level. There may be additional items suggested as the school year nears, as every classroom functions a little differently.  

Elementary school meet and greets this week, on Aug. 30 Elementary, middle schools open for visitors one day in late August

A number of Lake Orion Community Schools will host a meet and greet opportunity for the students before the school year begins. It is an opportunity for the students to get familiar with their building before the first day.

Summer school continues through Aug. 3 at Webber A student works at Webber Elementary during summer school

Summer school began at Webber Elementary on July 10 and is continuing through Aug. 3.

Tour of sinking fund projects, July 2017 Sinking fund tour, Summer 2017

Less than a year after passing the sinking fund, the district improvement projects are making major progress. Join us on a video tour of a few sites from this summer's work.

Distinguished Service Award J Potter

Jill Potter, Stadium Drive kindergarten interventionist, selected as distinguished service award winner for the Northeast Quadrant in the County. This award, established in 1990, recognizes the many contributions support persons make in the learning community in Oakland County. Jill will receive a $500 cash award from the Oakland Schools Education Foundation and framed certificate of recognition which will be presented at our June 13th Board of Education meeting.   MORE INFO

Sinking Fund Project Update 4-21-17 Lake Orion Schools

For an update on the status of the sinking fund projects to date, click this link.

Do you have a Screenager? Find out on April 24 Screenagers
Do you find that your student is using a cell phone or playing video games more and more each day? Are they continuously checking their social media? Are they losing sleep or having difficulties paying attention because of these distractions? Are you getting phone calls from the teacher because of too much cell phone usage in the classroom? If you answered yes to any other these questions, then Screenagers is a movie you need to see.
 
On April 24 at 7:00 p.m., the Lake Orion High School PTO will be sponsoring a viewing of Screenagers. This is a documentary about teenagers and the challenges parents face with cell phones, video games and/or technology. The event is open to the entire district. CLICK HERE for a preview!
Superintendent forming LO Legislative Advocacy Committee Lake Orion Community Schools

More legislative actions are having an effect on the financing of our schools, as well as  various aspects of our instructional programs. It is important that our legislators learn the effects, both positive and negative, that their decisions are ultimately having on our students. While educators meet and communicate with our legislators, it is important that they hear from all of our stakeholders. I am inviting members of our community to be a part of a Lake Orion Legislative Advocacy Committee.

If you have an interest in participating in this important initiative, we ask that you complete a short survey indicating your interest and level of preferred involvement. The survey will remain open for two weeks (until April 28). Our goal is to have a broad representation of stakeholders; parents, educators and community members. CLICK HERE to access the survey. Thank you in advance for considering to be a member of the LO Legislative Advocacy Committee.

Marion Ginopolis, Superintendent

Registration open for LOCS Summer Skills Sharpener for incoming K through 5th graders! LOCS Summer Skills Sharpener Program

Lake Orion Community Schools' Summer Skills Sharpener is for incoming kindergartners through incoming fifth grade students and is designed to limit summer learning loss.  Students will learn and play through weekly themes that are an extension of the curriculum from their recently completed grade. All classes are taught by Michigan certified teachers.  CLICK HERE for more information and registration details. 
 

Read the Spring 2017 edition of Dragon News! Spring 2017 Dragon News

There's plenty to read in the Spring 2017 edition of Dragon News, from plans for the District's open houses next month to the successful state student council conference hosted by Lake Orion's leadership class to Teachers-of-the-Year and hot career paths in Oakland County.  There's also more teacher accolades, robotics team news, band and choir honors, Battle-of-the-Books results and the new Wall of Excellence at LOHS.  Finally, see how the District celebrated March is Reading Month and the impressive high school graduation rate, plus winter sports summaries and pictures from around the District.  CLICK HERE to read it!

2017-18 school year calendars now available Lake Orion Dragons

Lake Orion elementary, middle school and high school calendars for the 2017-18 school year are now available.  CLICK HERE

Reminder: Lake Orion Schools-of-Choice open houses taking place on Tuesday, March 21 Lake Orion SOC Program

The award-winning Lake Orion Community School District has extended its Schools-of-Choice program for the 2017-18 school year.  Out-of-district families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to two special open houses taking place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  The first is at Orion Oaks Elementary School at 6:00 p.m., with the second at Waldon Middle School starting at 7:00 p.m.  The application period runs from April 10 through May 9, 2017.  For more information, CLICK HERE. 

New Dragon spirit wear available on online community store, including special packages!

Looking to upgrade your Lake Orion Dragon gear this spring? Lake Orion Community Schools and Custom Threads have new spirit wear items for all ages available through the online community store, CLICK HERE. This includes a number of special promotional packages offered through Custom Threads, including Spring Break wearables and gear. Order now and they will be ready for vacation. Need another reason to buy Dragon gear? 10 percent of the dollar amount from each order online is given to the District as part of our relationship with Custom Threads. Go LO!

Spring Break PackageFamily T-Shirts PackageHis Her Outerwear PackageSweatshirt Package

LO Schools-of-Choice 2017-18 application period now open LO Logo

Lake Orion Community Schools is now accepting applications for out-of-district students in kindergarten through eighth grades, as well as Learning Options High School, for the 2017-18 school year through May 9, 2017.  For more information, CLICK HERE or visit Go2LO.com.

"Helping Your Child Manage Change" Resources Happy Kids

In an effort to assist parents with the transition of their children to new schools next year, Lake Orion's elementary family school coordinators and middle school counselors held a district- wide presentation on February 22 at the high school called “Helping Your Child Manage Change”. CLICK HERE for a copy of the presentation given and other resource information that were distributed to persons in attendance.

 
Building and Site Sinking Fund Project Update LO Building and Site Sinking Fund Update

From roof replacements and paving/concrete repairs to heating and cooling updates and new flooring, plus other needed mechanical projects, work is underway throughout the Lake Orion School District being funded by the voter-approved Building and Site Sinking Fund.  For details, CLICK HERE.

LO School District announces its 2017 Teacher-of-the-Year Award recipients!

Lake Orion Community Schools today announced the recipients of its 2017 Teacher-of-the-Year Awards, representing the District's elementary, middle school and high school programs. Pictured: Nancy Secor, kindergarten teacher, Paint Creek Elementary School, with Principal Lauren Smith; Kelly Cerny, sixth grade social studies teacher, Scripps Middle School, with Principal Dan Haas; and Kevin Kopec, government teacher, Lake Orion High School, with Principal Steve Hawley. Congratulations!

LO 2017 Elementary TOY Nancy Secor, Paint Creek ElementaryLO 2017 Middle School TOY Kelly Cerny, Scripps Middle SchoolLO 2017 TOY Kevin Kopec, Lake Orion High School

"Helping Your Child Manage Change" - a special presentation on Feb. 22 at Lake Orion High School Helping Your Child Manage Change

A reminder that Lake Orion families are invited to attend a special presentation in the high school Kiva on Wed., Feb. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., on ways to help children best handle the transitions coming next fall, with many of them attending new elementary and middle schools. The evening is being hosted by our middle school counselors and elementary family school coordinators. Persons seeking additional information or who have questions should contact Marysue Swartzmiller at marysue.schwartzmiller@lok12.org. Please RSVP by Feb. 15, if possible. The resource information presented till be available on the District website after the event.

2017-18 Kindergarten Info Night on March 9 LOCS Kindergarten Information Night, March 9, 2017

Lake Orion's kindergarten information night for 2017-18 is on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m., at the district's elementary schools for next year. The District will be offering both full-day traditional kindergarten and developmental kindergarten.  The curriculum, including Lake Orion's award-winning early literacy intervention program, meets standards set by the State of Michigan.  Resident student registration is on Thursday, March 23.  CLICK HERE for more information.

District transition plan details available; parents encouraged to attend PTO meetings Lake Orion Community Schools
A number of events are being planned to support families with the transition activities occurring in our district over the next several months. CLICK HERE for details.  In addition, people are invited to attend PTO meetings to meet other parents at their new buildings and learn about their new schools.  CLICK HERE for a schedule of upcoming PTO meetings across the district.
Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges! Optimist International

Optimist International is conducting its annual student writing contest, open to young people in elementary, middle and high school under the age of 18. The contest is designed to give students room to develop their own views around a central idea. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship. This year’s topic is “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges”. Entries are due by February 3, 2017.  CLICK HERE for more details.

Winter 2017 edition of Dragon News is now available for reading! Cover of Winter 2017 Dragon News

The Winter 2017 edition of Dragon News includes information on the School Board’s final restructuring decisions, an update on the first building and site sinking fund projects, the District's 2016 M-STEP assessment scores, Lake Orion's top 40 ranking among the state’s school districts, Orion Area Youth Assistance resources, the outgoing Board members, fall sports review and more.  CLICK HERE to read it!

 

District moving forward with planning for first building and site sinking fund projects School parking lot paving and concrete enhancements

Planning for the first wave of building improvements to be made with funds from the successful passage of the building and site sinking fund is well underway.  The work, to be launched this spring, includes partial roof replacements, paving and concrete improvements, HVAC systems, new boilers, new chillers, pool control systems and other energy efficiency upgrades to a number of buildings.  CLICK HERE for more details.