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!