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Carpenter Elementary's library recognized as "model" for 21st century

State Superintendent of Schools Brian Whiston (below, left) and State Librarian Randy Riley (below, right) visited Carpenter Elementary School this week to recognize its media center as Michigan’s first “Model 21st Century School Library”. Taken into consideration were the school’s learning environment, teaching expertise and leadership commitment. Superintendent Whiston said Carpenter, under the direction of media specialist Jeannine Crissman (below, center) and Principal Adam Weldon, is leading the way in ensuring students have the 21st Century learning skills needed to be successful. During a special ceremony, Crissman reviewed how media specialists at all of Lake Orion’s elementary schools are collaborating with classroom teachers starting in first grade to closely integrate the use of technology into their curriculum, with a focus on science, social studies and writing, as well as speaking and listening. In addition to all students becoming technology savvy, she said the program is designed to make teachers more comfortable working with the digital tools.


Pine Tree Elementary teacher wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Pine Tree Elementary fourth grade teacher Francie Robertson will be visiting the White House next month!  She has been selected as the State of Michigan’s recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for mathematics, K-6th grade level.  Robertson will receive her award at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. on September 8.  She and her husband also will be attending educational and celebratory events, and meeting with members of the Administration.  The winners were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.  She was originally nominated for the award a couple of years ago. 

FREE Event at LOHS: Understanding Assessments and Grading in Schools Today

Lake Orion Community Schools welcomes international speaker Tom Schimmer, who will be speaking on this timely topic on Tuesday, August 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the high school.

Topics to be covered include:  How education research has influenced classroom instruction; Why classroom instruction has changed since you were in school; Why grades are not necessary to learn; How grading and reporting are changing; and how you and your children can be more involved in the learning process together.

Targeted toward parents, community members and educators, the event is free but persons should RSVP by contacting Marysue Schwartzmiller at 248-693-5409 or  Persons also can RSVP via Eventbrite by CLICKING HERE.


International Literacy Association honors Lake Orion school district

The International Literacy Association (ILA) presented Lake Orion Community Schools with its Exemplary Reading Program Award for 2016 at a special ceremony in Boston earlier this month. Each year, ILA recognizes a school district for its outstanding reading and language arts program. The organization was particularly impressed with Lake Orion’s Early Literacy Intervention Program, which has also received County and State awards over the past couple of years. Staff members Tamura Oberle and Jillian Knapp, pictured below, traveled to Boston to accept the award and, more importantly, share their insights on Lake Orion's program with other attendees at the ILA conference.

LO School District recognized for academic success, financial accountability by the State of Michigan

Lake Orion Community Schools has always strove to be accountable to our students, families and the community so it is especially gratifying to have received a special notice from the State’s Department of Education this week, informing us that we are being recognized as one of only 58 public school districts out of 540 across the state as “Notably Successful” in the recent Michigan Education Finance Study.  The report states that Lake Orion has achieved the highest measure for Above Average Academic Performance, plus another standard for High Absolute Performance, Growth or Special Population. In the letter from State Superintendent Brian Whiston, he says “Your district was held as the high water mark in helping determine the financial resources needed to help students be academically successful.” Whiston commended the focus, hard work and commitment of the District’s administrators, School Board, teachers, students, parents and the community to sustain a rigorous, high-quality learning environment.  CLICK HERE to read the letter.

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.


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.

Michigan’s Model 21st Century School Library

Carpenter Elementary has Michigan’s first 21st century model library! Carpenter exhibits the tools and vision of how technology can impact learning. CLICK HERE to read the press release from the Michigan Department of Education.


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