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.

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.  

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!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lake Orion programs win Oakland Press/Oakland Schools 2014 Excellence in Education Award

Tonight was the Oakland Press/Oakland Schools Excellence in Education Awards Recognition Program at which Oakland County's top educational programs are honored.  Eight finalists were selected from the entire county and Lake Orion had  three of the eight  programs in the running; Learning Options High School,  Blanche Sims Elementary Kindergarten Kickoff, and the Districtwide Early Intervention Reading Initiative.  
Three programs were selected as top honorees. I am so proud to announce that the Blanche Sims Kindergarten Kickoff program was selected as 3rd place and our Early Intervention Reading Initiative won 1st place!
In addition to recognition and lots of photos in an upcoming Oakland Press, 3rd place program receives $500 and a plaque and 1st place program receives $1000 and a plaque.
This is the second year in a row that a Lake Orion academic program won 1st place; last year Webber Elementary's Academic Booster Council won 1st place. 
Congratulations to  Heidi Mercer, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for her leadership and to Drew Towlerton and the Learning Options staff, Jennifer Goethals and the Blanche Sims staff, and Julie Stucky and the intervention staff!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Schedule for Make-Up Days

Recent legislation has reduced the number of days that the LO schools must make-up as a result of cancellations due to power outages and winter weather conditions.

All elementary schools (including Carpenter) and all three middle schools will be in session as follows:

  • All day: Friday, June 13, Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17
  • Half-day a.m.: Wednesday, June 18 (last ½ day of school)
Lake Orion High and Learning Options will be in session as follows:

  • All day: Wednesday, May 7 - No late start for all students, including seniors
  • All day: Wednesday, June 4 - No late start for grades 9-11
  • All day, Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13 for grades 9-11
  • Half-day a.m./Exams: Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17 for grades 9-11(last ½ day of school)
    • High School Seniors last day of school has not changed; it is May 30th
    Individual school principals will send specific information about end-of-the-year activities.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: This schedule is predicated on no additional school cancellations.