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P/T Conferences - SchoolSoft Scheduling Procedure


Please see the attachments below regarding Parent/Teacher Conferences and our new SchoolSoft scheduling procedure.










LOCS after-school athletics/activities canceled for Wed., Nov. 15 LOCS Logo
Inside the Dragons: November 2017 Inside the Dragons
Eight LOHS student-athletes sign a national letter-of-intent Signing Day fall
Sophomore Parent Meeting - College, STEM, and Job Opportunities

November 20, 7 PM,  in the LOHS auditorium.  Meeting with sophomore parents to discuss four opportunities for students to earn college credit and/or job/career training while still in high school.  The following programs will be discussed:

  • Career/Technical Education (CTE) (Automotive Technology, Business Administration, Computer Programming, Engineering, Finance/Accounting, Future Educators, Marketing).
  • Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC) (Auto Tech, Collision Repair, Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts/Hospitality, Machining, Mechatronics, Welding, Health Sciences, Computer Networking, Web Development, Entrepreneurship, Agriscience and Environmental Technologies, Visual Imaging).
  • Early/Middle College Program:  Partnership with Baker College that allows students to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business Management or Computer-Aided Design/Engineering one year after high school—for FREE.
  • Advanced Placement Courses:  College-level courses in math, science, English, social studies, art, world languages, and computer science.  Students may earn college credit if they take and excel on the AP test.
LOHS PTO Presentation

Please join the Lake Orion High School PTO for a presentation on Straight Talk with the DEA Drugs and Kids.

Monday, October 23, 2017 in the high school Kiva @ 7:00 pm.

The Lake Orion High School PTO is honored to welcome Special Agent Calvin Higgins Jr. of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Special Agent Higgins is a frequent lecturer in the southeast Michigan area, with a passion for engaging families and teens in forthright discussion of drug abuse trends and practical drug policy solutions.  This eye-opening talk will include the latest information regarding the current opioid & fentanyl epidemic.  Learn more about how drug abuse impacts the lives of its youngest victims, as well as the work being done locally/nationally to address this issue. Special Agent Higgins brings three decades of law enforcement experience to share with parents at LOHS. DO NOT MISS what every parent needs to know.

Pizza will be available starting at 6:30 pm.



Inside the Dragons: October 2017 Inside the Dragons
LOCS Spotlight: Vicky Stringer LOHS English teacher Vicky Stringer
LOHS Homecoming Events

Sunday, October 15th

  • 3:30pm Parade Downtown Lake Orion - no charge
  • 6:30pm Activity Night at the football field  - no charge

Monday, October 16th

  • PJ Day - dress up day at school
  • Power Puff Practice Junior/Senior girls 3:00 - 5:30pm

Tuesday, October 17th

  • Hypnotist Show in the Auditorium - 7:00pm
  • College Day - dress up day at school
  • Powder Puff Practice Junior/Senior girls - 3:00 - 5:30pm

Wednesday, October 18th

  • Class T-shirt day - on sale at all 4 lunches for $10 beginning October 3rd
  • Power Puff Practice Junior/Senior girls 3:00 - 5:30pm

Thursday, October 19th

  • Support a Cause Day = dress up day at school
  • Powder Puff game at the football field - 7:00pm $5.00 charge to get in

Friday, October 20th

  • Homecoming Game at the football field - 7:00pm $5.00 tickets
  • Dragons Unite day - dress up day at school
  • Pep assembly - during the school day at 1:30pm
  • King and Queen crowning at halftime fo the game

Saturday, October 21st

  • Homecoming dance at LOHS - 7:30pm
  • Tickets on sale at all lunches everyday for $20.00
  • Prices go up to $25.oo on Wednesday, October 18th


Board of Education Lamp of Learning Academic Ceremony

The Board of Education’s Lamp of Learning Academic Ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 26 at the High School. Invitations were emailed on Sept. 11 via SchoolMessenger to the parents of students who earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or better during the 2016-2017 school year. Please check your email for the details. If you did not receive an invitation and you believe your student is eligible, please check your junk/spam folder first, and then contact julie.olko@lok12.org in the administration office or call 248-693-5414 for questions.

Freshman First Day a success at LOHS Freshman First Day at LOHS
Student enrollment

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LOHS band members spending week at camp Band camp preparations
LOHS Graduation LOHS Graduation

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

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

2017 LOHS Senior Exam Schedule 2017 LOHS Senior Exam Schedule

Please CLICK HERE to view the 2017 LOHS Senior Exam Schedule.  This will affect the schedule of all students.

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

 The Music Man

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!
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


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

LOHS donates $5,000 to Cell Phones for Soldiers

Thanks to strong student participation and the generosity of local businesses, Lake Orion High School's "Cell Out for Soldiers" in January raised a total of $5,000 for the national Cell Phones for Soldiers charitable organization. This group provides phones and calling cards to soldiers overseas so they can stay in-touch with their loved ones back home. Earlier this month, the school's Leadership Workshop class that managed the Cell Out presented a symbolic check to Principal Steve Hawley and the high school staff to thank them for their support. Pictured, left to right, J.P. Gurgel, Andy Poulos, Ryan Kolp, Jessica Laconis, Emma Modock, Chelsea Turk, Maddison Stephens and Principal Hawley.

LOHS Cell Out for Soldiers donation of $5,000

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.

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

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

REMINDER: LOHS Class of 2021 Welcome Night & Activities Fair, Thursday, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Freshmen First Day

A whole new world of learning opportunities and more await freshmen entering Lake Orion High School this fall.  Current eighth grade students and their families from the community are invited to a special Welcome Night & Activities Fair on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.  You will have the chance to meet building administrators, counselors, department representatives, club advisers and other members of the staff.  This is a great opportunity to see firsthand why Lake Orion High School is one of the most dynamic and engaging in Michigan.  CLICK HERE for more details.

Winter Break schedule for LOHS OTech students

Lake Orion students are excused from OTech on Thurs., Dec. 22 and Fri., Dec. 23.  However, students in cosmetology or other “hourly credit” programs are STRONGLY encouraged to attend OTech on Thurs. and Fri. to keep up with their class requirements.  Some students can even log additional hours on these dates - students should check with their OTech teacher for more information.  OTech does not resume classes after the holiday break until Mon., Jan 9.  However, students must then attend classes at Lake Orion High School on Jan. 4-6. A summary of the OTech/LOHS schedule is as follows: Thurs., Dec. 22 through Tues., Jan. 3:  Off OTech, Off LOHS; Wed., Jan. 4 through Fri., Jan. 6:  Attend LOHS, Off OTech; Mon., Jan. 9:  Attend OTech and LOHS.  OTech students’ families will be contacted via email and/or telephone during the holiday break to notify them of district-provided transportation options for classes at the high school the week of Jan. 4.  Please watch for an email and/or telephone call from District transportation.  Call the OTech campus at (248) 209-2000 or LOHS at (248) 693-5420 if you have questions or concerns.  Please note the high school office is closed from Dec. 22 until Jan. 4.

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. 

Learn about the LOHS Early/Middle College program! Lake Orion Early Middle College Program

Lake Orion High School’s Early/Middle College program affords our students the opportunity to get a jump on college and earn an associate’s degree, free of charge, only one year out of high school.

Lake Orion currently is one of only a handful of districts in Oakland County that will provide such an opportunity to high school students. Those in this program will begin their course of study in their junior year, taking college-level classes that will apply toward both their high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree. CLICK HERE to learn more.

LOHS tenth-grade students will meet on Tuesday, January 31, fourth hour, for a short presentation on the District’s Early/Middle College program. There will be a parent meeting regarding the LOHS Early/Middle College program on Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 p.m., in the high school Auditorium.

Scheduling for 2017-18 School Year

Curriculum Handbook Scheduling 2017-2018

Scheduling 2017-2018 School Year

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.

AP Testing Schedule AP Exam Schedule

The AP exams will be taking place May 1st through May 12th.  Please click HERE to view the full schedule.

Online Registration

Parents please use this LINK to complete your online registration once you receive a Snapcode from your building.

College Recruiter Visits

Please click HERE to sign up for onsite college visits.



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. 

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.

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. 

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.

LOHS Teacher-of-the-Year Nominations now being accepted 2016 LOHS Teacher of the Year Jennifer Howe

It's that time of the year again, when the LOHS family selects its Teacher-of-the-Year.  Principal Steve Hawley, pictured with last year's winner Jennifer Howe, is excited to congratulate yet another of Lake Orion's best educators. CLICK below to access the 2017 nomination form, which has to be turned in by January 27.

2017 Teacher of the Year Nomination

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

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.

9th Grade Supply List 9th grade supply list 17-18

Please click on the picture for the 2017-18 9th Grade Supply List


*Please note:  10th - 12th Grade will be given a supply list (if necessary) the first day of school.

LOHS Band to host first Dragon Invitational Band logo
LO DECA students shine at State Competition

Several Lake Orion students placed high at the DECA marketing and sales skills State Competition this past weekend. Leading the Dragons was Allison Anker (pictured below), who placed second in the Business Services Marketing category, plus earned a coveted spot on DECA's State Executive Council for next school year. This included giving a speech to 4,000 people during the opening session. Nick Peters and Hailea Haddon won second place in the Sport Promotion Plan project category, while Sydney Hough took second in Hospitality Professional Selling. Erin McGraw grabbed second place in Principles of Hospitality and the combo of Nick Butterworth and Judy Cossio grabbed a medal in Travel and Tourism Marketing. Adviser Julia Dalrymple said she was proud of all the Lake Orion students who participated in the State Competition.

Allison Anker LOHS DECA


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

LOHS Photo/Schedule Pick up Days

 August 21st -  Seniors          9:00 - 1:00pm
 August 22nd - Juniors           9:00 - 1:00pm
 August 23rd - Sophomores     9:00 - 1:00pm
 August 24th -  Freshman      9:00 - 1:00pm

August 28th - Make Up day - All Grades  10:00 - 2:00pm

Parent University program featured in Detroit Free Press Parent University on Free Press front
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.

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!

LOHS Summer Office Hours

Lake Orion High School Summer Office Hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday  9:00-1:00pm    Friday - closed

The office will be closed the w/o July 3rd - July 7th.


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
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

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

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.

Initial LOHS Wall of Excellence class officially inducted Wall of Excellence
Early/Middle College Program application deadline extended to April 13 Baker College

The deadline for LOHS Early/Middle College applications has been extended to Thursday, April 13, 2017.  The Lake Orion Early/Middle College is a partnership between Lake Orion Community Schools and Baker College.  Students earn their high school diploma and an associate's degree simultaneously during their 11th, 12th, and 13th years, free of charge.  Current tenth-grade students are eligible to apply for this program.  CLICK HERE for addition information.

Michaela Collins named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist Merit Scholarship semifinalist Michaela Collins with principal Hawley and associate principal Sarah Budreau
LO seniors perform with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

Lake Orion seniors Sean DePalma, Emily Granzow and Gina Tress (below) performed with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band at the Army All-American Bowl game in San Antonio, Texas on January 7.  This prestigious band is made up of 125 senior from across the United States, selected for their excellence and dedication.  They practiced ten hours a day for five days to learn the pregame and halftime shows.  This is was the third year in a row that Lake Orion was represented in the All-American Marching Band.  Congratulations to these outstanding band members!

Lake Orion seniors perform with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

Day One a thrill throughout LOCS Day One
LOHS welcomes international students International students 2017-18
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.
New teachers at LOHS bond on ropes course Ropes course
LOHS: By the Numbers LOHS: By the Numbers
Date of 2017 LOHS graduation ceremony changed 2016 LOHS Graduation Ceremony

Due to an unforeseen conflict with the DTE graduation venue, the District been notified that the scheduled Lake Orion High School 2017 graduation ceremony date of June 13 cannot be honored. The new graduation date has now been officially confirmed for Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The high school staff is working closely with Balfour to produce graduation announcements that indicate the corrected graduation ceremony date. In addition, the Senior All-Night Party has been rescheduled to follow graduation on June 14. More information will be forthcoming on these matters. The District apologies for any conflicts this schedule change may cause.

LOCS Spotlight: John Blackstock Coach John Blackstock
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!