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. 

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Storm Damage Update

    UPDATE MONDAY, APRIL 14: All Lake Orion schools and buildings are open today, Monday, April 14, with the exception of Blanche Sims Elementary. It is closed.

    As you well know, the storm that went through Lake Orion last night did significant damage to the area including some of our schools.  As of late this afternoon, many of our schools/facilities are still without power and we are checking hourly with DTE as to when power might be restored.  Additionally, there has been some damage to buildings as a result of fallen trees and flying debris.  Our operations staff has been working all day to clear the areas so that upon power restoration driveways are clear to facilitate transportation of students.  

    I have made NO decision to close any schools at this time; however, please tune in to the local media stations in the morning for any cancellations.  Messages will also be sent through school messenger and on the district Website and Facebook pages should cancellations be necessary.

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

    FAQ's regarding school cancellation make-up days

    As you know, winter weather and power outages have caused cancellations at all Lake Orion Schools beyond the six days allowed by the Michigan Department of Education.  A notice of our make-up plan was sent to all parents/staff and is in the Blog post below this. I have had questions about our plan and pose those below along with answers.  Please feel free to add any questions you have in the comment section of this Blog post and I will reply with an answer to your question.

    Q. How many days/hours of instruction are required?
    • 170 days and 1098 hours of instruction are required for the current school year. However, Lake Orion has more days than required; at the elementary level we have 176 days, at the middle level 177 days, and at the high school 180 days. 
    Q.  Why does Lake Orion have more than the required number of days of instruction?
    • We are required to have more days because of a stipulation in the school aid act,  “However, a district shall not provide fewer days of pupil instruction than the district provided for 2009-10. Some districts, like ours, exceeded the 170-day requirement in that school year and have had to maintain more days since then.  
    Q.  How many days have we missed?
    • We have missed 11 days at all schools except Carpenter (9 days) and Oakview (12 days).  These were due to weather and power outages. 
    Q.  How many days are "forgiven" by the state?
    • Six days are forgiven which means that most schools need to be in attendance 164 days; however, because of the school aid act stipulation, Lake Orion must be in attendance 170 days at elementary, 171 at the middle schools and 174 at the high school.  
    Q.  Which days were cancelled?
    • November 18 for power outage (also November 19 for Oakview)
    • December 20 
    • January 2*, 3*, 6, 7, 8, 24, 27, 28  (*Carpenter was not scheduled on these two days)
    • March 12
    Q.  Can we use our "extra" days to count for some of the make-up days? 
    • As of Friday, March 21, this appears unlikely. While the House of Representatives eliminated the stipulation language indicated above in the legislation last week, the Senate put it back in on Friday, March 21.  
    Q.  What if we don't make up the days?
    • If we do not make-up the days, we will lose funding from the state.
    Q.  What if students don't attend school on the make-up days?
    • A district’s daily pupil attendance must meet a minimum 75% pupil attendance requirement in order to avoid a state aid deduction. The percentage of pupil attendance is based upon the actual number of pupils enrolled and scheduled for pupil instruction compared to the number of pupils actually in attendance on that day. 
    Q.  What about the high school seniors?  Do they have to make-up days, too?
    • We are checking with the Michigan Department of Education for direction on how make-up days affect our seniors and will send out information as soon as we know.
    Q.  What about exams?  
    • The high school will be revising the 4th quarter exam schedule and will send out the information very soon.
    Q.  Why don't you cancel the remaining professional development days and use those? 
    • Professional development days are already counted as instructional days.  The law allows schools to count 38 hours of PD time as part of the required number of days of instruction. So eliminating them and having kids come to school on those days will not reduce the number we have to make-up.  
    Q.  Why don't you cancel high school late-start Wednesdays and use that time for make-up?
    • Late start Wednesdays already count as a full day of instruction. Surprisingly, the law does not specify how many hours constitute a day so a partial day counts as a full day.
    Q.  Did the district consider people might already have vacation plans for the extra week students are now in school?
    • We recognize this; however, there is nothing we can do in order to maintain our funding which would have a severe impact on our district.
    Q.  Was there any consideration given to eliminating Spring Break? 
    •  Given the fact Spring Break is only a couple of weeks away and many families have travel plans that were made last fall or earlier, we determined it would be unreasonable to eliminate this vacation period.
    Q.  Is this schedule definite?
    • As of right now, it is.  However, if anything changes in our favor, the schedule will be revised and parents/staff will be immediately notified.   
    • It is important to note that in addition to meeting the required number of days of instruction, we must also meet the required number of hours of instruction. The current make-up plan meets both requirements. 
    Please feel free to add any questions you have in the comment section of this Blog post and I will reply with an answer to your question.