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UPDATE on programs/athletics after LOCS closure on Mon., Feb. 12 LOCS closed Feb. 12
LOCS CLOSED ON FRIDAY, FEB. 9, DUE TO WEATHER School closed
ACTIVITIES/ATHLETICS UPDATE Winter
LOCS closed for weather on Mon., Feb. 5, 2018 Snow Day

Lake Orion Community Schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, due to inclement weather and problematic road conditions. The status of activities and athletics will be determined on Monday.

All LOCS schools closed Friday, Jan. 5, due to extreme cold LOCS closed on Jan. 5, 2018
LOCS Winter Break Dec. 21-Jan. 3 Winter Break
LOCS helps LO Lions Club with Christmas baskets Lions food drive
Phone issues resolved at multiple LOCS buildings on Friday, Dec. 15
Oakview Middle School concludes 'Great Kindness Challenge' week Thank you
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
Veterans Day celebrated across LOCS Veterans Day at Carpenter
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.

Homecoming scenes 2017 Homecoming 2017
Inside the Dragons: October 2017 Inside the Dragons
Scripps teacher Melissa Dalton presents in Lansing, eyes national award Melissa Dalton in Lansing, where she presented at a conference
LOCS Classic Cars Classic Cars 2017
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.

Lake Orion Board Member Honored J Weidman receives honor

Congratulations to LO School Board Treasurer, Jim Weidman, honored by the Michigan Association of School Boards and the Oakland County School Boards Association for 16 years of service on the LO School Board.

LOCS and the Lake Orion Public Library present... Dragon Summer Nights

Dragon Summer Nights

 If anyone is looking for a great way to help their child pick out some books from the library, Lake Orion teachers are at the library every Tuesday during the summer. Different LO teachers will be there helping students pick out books.

Safe Routes to School Grant Application Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting on May 15, 2017 at 5:30pm held at 2525 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion in the Board Room.

Open swim hours at Lake Orion High School's pool Lake Orion High School pool

Looking for some fun over Spring Break?  Lake Orion High School's pool will feature open swim hours throughout the week.  CLICK HERE for the schedule. 

LOHS Art Show and Live Auction on Sunday, March 19, from 4-6 p.m. LOHS Art Show

Come see the works of Lake Orion High School’s incredibly talented artists!  The LOHS Art Show and Auction is on Sunday, March 19, from 4-6 p.m. in the high school auditorium and lobby.  The live auction starts at 5 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to buy unique gifts and help support the Lake Orion art program.  All of the students will be there to answer questions, plus this is the only time people will have a chance to bid in the live auction.  A number of scholarships will be given out during the auction. The event is sponsored by Natalie Nance’s family and the Orion Art Center.

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. 

Scripps and Oakview Middle School robotics teams set to compete at Super-Regional in Iowa this weekend! Middle School robotics teams prepare for Super-Regional

Students from Lake Orion’s Scripps and Oakview Middle Schools will be participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge North Super-Regional robotics tournament this weekend in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The teams qualified for the Super-Regional event after several months of community robotics meets. Scripps and Oakview will be competing against some 70 teams from 14 states in Iowa - all playing for a spot in the World Championship in St. Louis later this year. Working with their mentors, students designed and built a robot that uses cellphone technology, as well as metal gears, motors, sensors and game controllers. The robots will compete in the Velocity Vortex, an action-packed game that pits machines against one another in a test of precision and speed.

LOHS Thespian Troupe 2898 presents "The Music Man" by Meredith Wilson, April 20-23

 The Music Man

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.

Lake Orion AD Chris Bell joins 'Real Men Wear Pink' campaign Lake Orion athletic director Chris Bell

Lake Orion athletic director Chris Bell joined the "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign, raising money to fight breast cancer. 

Day One a thrill throughout LOCS Day One
Mid-Winter Break Feb. 19-20 Mid-Winter Break
What's Your Future Path? '17 College Fair on March 6

LOHS 2017 College Fair March 6

For a list of participating educational institutions, CLICK HERE

LOHS Graduation LOHS Graduation

Congratulations to the LOHS Graduating Class of 2017.  CLICK HERE to see a video of the ceremony.

LOHS Band to host first Dragon Invitational Band logo
LOCS closed on Monday, Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Makerfair to be held at LOHS on Feb. 10 Makerfair
Kindergarten information nights for 2018-19 Kindergarten information nights
LOHS Robotics Team 302 competing in State Championship for the first time in five years! LOHS Robotics Team 302 Robot

Lake Orion's Robotics Team 302, currently ranked sixth in the state, is going to the Michigan FIRST Robotics State Championship this week at Saginaw Valley State University.  Competition starts tomorrow, April 12.  The Dragons are hot, with three successful weekends of competition leading up to the Championship.  Team 302 made it to the semi-finals at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional, before competing in the finals at the Lansing Districts and then taking first at the Howell District event.  It has been five years since Lake Orion has qualified for the State Championship.  Good luck Team 302! 

  LOHS Robotics Team 302LOHS Robotics Team 302 Prep

Information on Middle and High School Summer Learning Classes Lake Orion Community Schools

Lake Orion students in middle and high school can now register for summer learning classes.  A variety of options are available, including credit recovery and credit foward programs, special middle school options and Algebra Readiness.  CLICK HERE to access more details on the summer program and registration forms.

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.

Friday, Jan. 12: LOCS MS/HS releases early, elementaries closed LOCS
Special Girl Dance info LOCS
Maker Fair a huge success Maker Fair
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. 
 

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

Freshman First Day a success at LOHS Freshman First Day at LOHS
LOHS senior John Klee honored by U.S. Army All-American Marching Band John Klee honored, invited to U.S. Army All-American Marching Band
Open letter from Superintendent Marion Ginopolis on safety procedures Open letter from Supt. Marion Ginopolis
Scripps Middle School's Melissa Dalton named "World Language Teacher of the Year" for Central States Region Melissa Dalton receives award

Scripps Middle School teacher Melissa Dalton (pictured, on left) was named the “World Language Teacher of the Year for the Central States Region” earlier this month. She competed against teachers from Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.   In 2016, Dalton was named the Michigan World Language Association’s Middle School Teacher of the Year.   This is the first time a teacher from Michigan has received the coveted regional honor.  This fall, Dalton will be competing for the National Language Teacher of the Year Award from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 

LOHS Michigan Merit Exam and State Testing on April 11-13, 2017 LOHS Testing Week April 11-13

Students at LOHS will be taking the Michigan Merit Exam and other State Tests on April 11-13, 2017.  CLICK HERE for additional parent information.  CLICK HERE  for a detailed schedule for the testing days and other important information.

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!
2017 Lake Orion "Excellence in Transportation" honorees announced 2017 LOCS Excellence in Transportation Winners

Excellence in Transportation is a prestigious award given to Oakland County School bus drivers. This year’s recipients from Lake Orion are Chad Sylvester (pictured, right) and Tim Clouse. Both Chad and Tim have given selflessly of themselves to assist LO Transportation and its’ drivers.

Chad has been a Lake Orion bus driver for five years. He has participated in two bus rodeos, a driving skills course competition. This has included a special-needs rodeo, as well as one for traditional school buses. Both were serious challenges with the many skilled bus drivers. Chad placed ninth in each competition and will participate in the 2017 rodeo. He also is a “Buster” team member who visits Lake Orion Schools to teach students bus safety.

Tim is a retired investment advisor with JP Morgan Chase and Anixter. Lake Orion Schools has been fortunate to have Tim as a bus driver for the past three-and-a-half years. A graduate of LOCS himself, he married his high school sweetheart and felt blessed to have all four of their children graduate from Lake Orion. Tim said that driving for Lake Orion is the best job, less stressful than his previous jobs.

Congratulations Chad and Tim for your excellence in transportation!

Summer school program Summer School 2017
Ten LOHS students sign to play college sports LOHS Signing Day
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.

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

Oakview's Melissa Kempski honored with Make IT Happen award Oakview's Melissa Kempski
Scripps' Heather Schott named LOCS Middle School Teacher of the Year Heather Schott
"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.

 
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

LOHS band members spending week at camp Band camp preparations
Lake Orion police donate $2,000 to Blanche Sims Elementary Police present check to Sims principal Ken Nuss
2018 School Board Recognition Month School Board Appreciation Month
LOHS' Melissa Wilson named LOCS High School Teacher of the Year Melissa Wilson
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!

13 LO student-athletes sign to play at next level

On April 12, another group of Lake Orion student-athletes signed to continue their athletic careers at the next level. The ceremony was led by Principal Hawley and included remarks from the coach of each sport. Congratulations to these Dragon athletes and their families!

Pictured, back row, left to right: Margaret Hastings, track, Depaul University; Taylor Eaton, track, Western Michigan University; Jack Everts, cross country, Wayne State University; Taylor McCarty, football, Wayne State University; Dallas Cleary, track, Northwood University; Tanner Robertson, swimming, Wayne State University; front row, left to right: Delaney Bryce, basketball, Trine University; Abygal Barnewold, lacrosse, Lawrence Tech University; Lindsay Wightman, volleyball, Oakland University; Gwyneth Broadbeck, lacrosse, Adrian College; Michael Jarvis, track, Grand Valley State University; Eric Dietz, lacrosse, Stevenson College; and John Moll, wrestling, Wabash College.

LO student-athletes sign to play at next level

 

Blanche Sims' Andrea Wayne named LOCS Elementary Teacher of the Year Andrea Wayne
Kinder Kick-Off at Blanche Sims Elementary Kinder Kick-Off
Anonymous Mrs. Claus continues wonderful tradition, with dresses for Paint Creek students Dresses
LOHS has 10 selected for regional honors choir State Honors Choir
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.

New teachers at LOHS bond on ropes course Ropes course
LOHS Thespians thrive, earn 'excellent ratings' at festival Thespians
The LOCS 2018-19 school year calendars LOCS Logo
Lake Orion successfully hosts Student Council State Conference in Grand Rapids!

Lake Orion's student leadership class set the bar to a new high as host of this year’s Michigan Association of Student Councils State Conference in Grand Rapids earlier this month.  Our students arranged for Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio to be a keynote speaker at the event, which included 2,000-plus high school leadership students from more than 100 schools across the state. This was the first time Coach Dantonio had ever addressed such a large group of teenagers and his message to push through challenges and “win” every day fit perfectly with the crowd, made up of leaders in their schools and communities. He shared his own leadership experiences with the students, stressing the importance of setting goals and the importance of communication. Lake Orion’s leadership class planned the entire weekend event, from establishing the theme “Free to Lead” to selecting the speakers and organizing group exercises and small group presentations. Several LO students also were recognized individually, including Lindsey Hodge, Unsung Hero Award; Madison Stephens, Ryan Kolp, Emma Modock and Jessica Laconis, Award of Excellence; and JP Gurgel, Exceptional Service Project Nominee.

LOHS Leadership Workshop Class at State Conference

Football opening day, Aug. 7 Football opening day

Lake Orion 2017 football opening day

Football season opened Monday, Aug. 7 with the players and coaches eager to get started. New coach John Blackstock began practice around 8 a.m., though players arrived earlier and were ready to begin. Click below for our video of the action.

LOCS literacy coach Kate DiMeo named Excellence in Education teacher of the week Kate DiMeo
Pine Tree Elementary's Melissa Kempski named Michigan's PBS Digital Innovator for 2017

Melissa Kempski, Pine Tree Elementary’s Technology and Library Specialist, was selected as Michigan’s PBS Digital Innovator for 2017.  She is now part of a prestigious group of educators recognized for their “thoughtful integration of technology in the classroom”.  Melissa will work with other honorees from around the country and the Public Broadcast System over the next year to share ideas for creating change in America’s classrooms.  In June, she will be attending the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Summit in San Antonio, Texas. 

Pine Tree Elementary's Melissa Kempski and students

 

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

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.

Student enrollment

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Twelve LOCS band students recognized with All-State honors Waldon Middle School All-State Band
Kindergarten information for 2018-19 Reading with Kindergarten

Kindergarten Information Nights for Residents

Date/Time: March 7, 2018, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Schools: Blanche Sims, Carpenter, Orion Oaks, Paint Creek, Stadium Drive, Webber

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating School fruit, milk
LOHS students thrive in the Scholastic Art Awards Alexandra Flak
Literacy 4 Real conference held July 24-25 at Scripps Middle School Literacy conference at Scripps

Lake Orion Community Schools hosted a two-day literacy conference at Scripps Middle School for area teachers. The conference began Monday, July 25 with 20 different sessions, spread over two days. More than 100 elementary school teachers, literacy interventionists and coaches participated in the conference from Hartland, Berkley, Clarkston, Oxford, Romeo, Southfield, East Lansing and Warren, plus other local private schools.

Orion Oaks teacher Scott Maxfield named WNIC Teacher of the Week Orion Oaks teacher Scott Maxfield
LOCS Board backs Pine Tree as special education facility Pine Tree Elementary
50 years later, Martin Luther King Jr. resonates in Lake Orion Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018
LOCS Spotlight: John Blackstock Coach John Blackstock
Cell Out for Soldiers an overwhelming success Cell Out for Soldiers
On the blog: Supt. Marion Ginopolis explains weather closure process LOCS Superintendent Marion Ginopolis
LOHS' television broadcasts headed to the MIPA Hall of Fame TPW class
LOCS Asst. Supt. Heidi Mercer named MSTA Administrator of the Year Heidi Mercer
Inside the Dragons: November 2017 Inside the Dragons
Eight LOHS student-athletes sign a national letter-of-intent Signing Day fall
LOCS Spotlight: Vicky Stringer LOHS English teacher Vicky Stringer
Parent University program featured in Detroit Free Press Parent University on Free Press front
Initial LOHS Wall of Excellence class officially inducted Wall of Excellence
Michaela Collins named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist Merit Scholarship semifinalist Michaela Collins with principal Hawley and associate principal Sarah Budreau
LOHS welcomes international students International students 2017-18
LOHS: By the Numbers LOHS: By the Numbers
Lake Orion students rank 11th in state in M-STEP results M-STEP reading results
Sinking fund construction work nearly complete Summer 2017 sinking fund construction
The Positivity Project comes to Carpenter Elementary Positivity Project
M-STEP results for 2016-17 school year M-Step results
Mini School Daze Camps available for half/full days off