Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winter is Here! Time to Talk Weather-Related School Closings

Winter’s icy breath has come early this year.  It is way too soon for most of us, unless you are a student who relishes snow day school cancellations.  At least we are not alone, for most of the country is unseasonably cold right now.  Thank you Mother Nature!

Nobody wishes a repeat of last winter, but we assume there will probably be at least a few days of missed school due to inclement weather.  The district recognizes the decision to open or close the schools 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:

  • Road condition reports from our transportation and buildings-and-grounds departments - careful consideration must be given to the most dangerous, often rural, roads in the district;
  • Amount of accumulated snow and ice and whether or not it is continuing;
  • School building conditions (electricity, water and heat);
  • Parking lot conditions;
  • Temperature and wind chill, considering many of our children waiting outside for a bus or walking to school;
  • Weather predictions, which we know are not always accurate but must be considered in conjunction with other deciding factors; and,
  • What other school districts in Oakland County have decided.


The final decision is based on the above factors and recommendations from the Directors of Transportation and Buildings-and-Grounds.  In the event the district is closed, the goal is to make the decision and begin notifying families no later than 5:30 a.m.

There are several ways to find out if the school district is closed:

  • Messages sent via School Messenger if you have opted-in to the service;
  • Postings on the district’s website and Facebook page; and, 
  •  Notices that are automatically sent to local television stations, plus WWJ 950 AM and WJR 760 AM radio stations.


Please note, the school district recognizes parents may not feel it is safe to send their child(ren) to school in inclement weather and decide to keep them at home.  They should contact the school to notify them of this decision.   Parents should contact their children’s schools to update their contact information, if necessary.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November 4, 2014 Election results of school related issues





Non-Homestead Operating Tax Renewal - Passed

A very sincere thank you to all who supported the ten-year renewal of the LO district non-homestead operating tax.  This will allow the district to maintain the current instructional and support programs for our students.



School Board Members (uncontested)

4 year terms
Steven Drakos (incumbent)
Jim Weidman (incumbent)

2 year term
Scott Taylor (incumbent)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

141 strong - the LO Dragon Marching Band is heading to the State Finals!

141 LOHS Marching Band Students!
If you walk down the halls of LOHS or drive by the football field during 4th period every day, you'll hear some pretty amazing melodic sounds coming from our marching band students.  Not only do these dedicated student musicians, under the leadership of Mike Steele, practice during school hours, they play after school three days every week and on Saturdays - rain or shine!

Their grueling schedule starts the week after school ends in preparation for the next school year with rehearsals every day the first week and then every Wednesday throughout summer until right before a week-long band camp.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!!
In their first competition this year at the Novi Invitational in September they placed first and earned the Best Music Award.  The next month at the Bands of America Toledo Regional, they were a finalist and placed 7th.  


Clarkston Invitational


Two weeks ago they competed at the Clarkston Invitational and secured a score of 90.250, the highest score in school history, finishing in second place behind last year's state champion, Walled Lake Central and tying for the award for "Best General Effect." 

Troy Athens Invitational


And, at the Troy Athens Invitational this past weekend, the Dragon Marching Band finished in second place, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd for their outstanding performance; the final one before this weekend's State Finals at Ford Field.


The Dragons will then have two weeks until their preliminary round performance at the Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

We should all be very proud of the tireless commitment that our marching band students dedicate to their program.  In addition to their competitions, they never miss performing during half-time at football games, at homecoming and community parades for Memorial Day and the Christmas LO Lighted Parade.

Equally important is the outstanding manner in which they consistently represent our school district and our community.  Let's cheer them on as they approach the State Finals this weekend and then on to the Grand Nationals.  
GO DRAGON MARCHING BAND!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Voters to Decide Renewal of Non-Homestead Operating Tax Levy



This November 4, voters within the Lake Orion Community Schools district will be asked to renew our non-homestead operating tax levy.  Primary residences do not pay this tax.  Also, this is not a new tax - the millage has been in place since Proposal A was passed in 1994, with the last renewal in 2005,  The district is requesting another ten-year renewal.  To learn more and for frequently asked questions, CLICK HERE.

Friday, August 29, 2014

LOHS takes the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS













The Lake Orion High School staff takes the Ice Bucket Challenge and raises over $1200! The staffs of Clarkston High School and Oxford High School are now "on the clock".

Click this link to view the video!