Reading Intervention and Kindergarten Kickoff Programs Receive Honors Lake Orion’s Early Literacy Intervention Program for kindergarten and first grade students has received two major awards this spring. The program, which builds reading skills as a vital component of academic success at any age, won top honors in The Oakland Press/Oakland Schools Excellence in Education Awards Recognition Program for 2014. Earlier, the Michigan Association of School Boards recognized the program with a 2014 Education Excellence Award, one of only 20 programs from around the state to receive the coveted honor. Lake Orion actually had three programs among the eight 2014 finalists in The Oakland Press/Oakland Schools competition. Blanche Sims Elementary School’s Kindergarten Kickoff program took third place. The district’s Learning Options High School also was among the finalists. Congratulations are in order for Julie Stucky, director of special education and the reading intervention team; Jennifer Goethals, principal and the Blanche Sims staff; and Drew Towlerton and the Learning Options team. This is the second consecutive year that Lake Orion has won the top honor – Webber Elementary School’s Academic Booster Council won in 2013. “I’m so proud of all our educators who were recognized at the event this year,” said Superintendent Marion Ginopolis. “The judges told me they review the applications without knowing which school districts submit them, which makes the fact that we placed three programs in the finals and won the top honor two years in a row, a testament to our ongoing successful focus on academics.” As part of the district’s Early Literacy Intervention Program, kindergartners are screened at the beginning of the year to determine their reading proficiency and individual plans are developed to meet their needs. Reading interventionists at each elementary school work with students and meet monthly as a group to carefully track each child’s progress. The results? Ninety-five percent of the young students met Michigan’s reading requirements for the age group during the program’s first year. The Early Literacy Intervention Program was expanded into Lake Orion first grade classrooms this year. The Blanche Sims Kindergarten Kickoff program introduces incoming students, some of whom may not have been in preschool, with school routines and expectations. The school’s staff offers the summer program to give incoming kindergarteners the opportunity to practice daily classroom routines and procedures, helping facilitate a smooth transition into kindergarten once school starts.
Pine Tree’s ROCK Club Also Wins MASB Award The Michigan Association of School Boards recognized a second Lake Orion program, the ROCK Club (Responsible, Outstanding, Caring, Kids) at Pine Tree Elementary School with a 2014 Education Excellence Award. Facilitated by teacher Dan Martin, this program was established more than 13 years ago for self-motivated, high-achieving thirdfifth grade boys to be a great influence on others. A year later, a similar club, ROLL (Responsible, Outstanding, Leading, Ladies) was established for girls at the school. The focus is on how to be positive leaders in school and the community. By practicing these skills when they are young, the boys and girls find it easier to use them as they get older. This year’s ROCK Cub has ballooned to 42 boys, with alumni regularly returning to Pine Tree to share their experiences of growing up.
Superintendent’s Message 2013-14: A Year to Remember With the school year winding down, I must say this has been one of the most memorable in my career. The harsh winter weather took its toll on the district, and the April storm that ripped through our community took everyone by surprise. But I will remember this school year mostly because of our ability to prepare the “whole” child for future success. This means assuring each of our students is healthy, safe, supported, engaged and challenged. The community’s Blessings in a Backpack program, which provided healthy food to hundreds of Lake Orion students who may otherwise go hungry on the weekends, more than doubled in size this year— thanks in large part to the generosity of our district families and school staff. Lake Orion also became one of the first districts in the state to implement the nationally recognized Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in all of our schools, helping foster acceptance and a safe learning environment for all students. Oakland County recognized the efforts of nearly 300 Lake Orion High School kids who joined Students Offering Support (SOS) to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues and suicide among their peers and kids in middle school. Their message: it is okay to seek help. Our students also are engaged in the community. This year’s graduating seniors will have accumulated more than 25,000 total hours of volunteer service to a range of well-deserving organizations throughout our region. Many are role models for our younger students, who have already started to continue this legacy of sharing their time and energy. Combined, our elementary, middle and high schools collected more than 20,000 canned goods last fall for Oxford/Orion FISH, the Lions Club and churches in the area that feed the hungry.
helping students succeed beyond expected achievement. For the third time in a row, Oakview Middle School was ranked nationally as a top school to watch for its high performance, focusing on academic excellence, efforts to challenge students and provide high quality teachers and resources. Lake Orion High School’s program offering a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses was placed on a national honor roll. Lake Orion’s students also flourished outside of the classroom. Our elementary talent shows provided countless youngsters with the opportunity to shine and enjoy the spotlight. I expect to see many of them performing on the bigger high school stage soon. The community’s middle and high school band and choir programs continued to produce award-winning and state-ranked musicians and singers, while our talented young artists at various grade levels captured plenty of accolades at county, regional and state competitions. Students participating in other competitive programs such as DECA, forensics and robotics programs, among others, expanded their knowledge and flourished, too. Our high school television production workshop and yearbook remain at the top of the state. More than 2,500 of our district’s students participated in athletics this year. Not only did many enjoy success on the field or court, but they learned valuable lessons about accountability and teamwork and built long-lasting friendships. A number have accepted scholarships to play their favorite sports at the next level. I hope you all agree we made great strides in preparing our students for great things to come. Have a safe and fun summer!
Our children continue to shine academically. Lake Orion’s 2014 MEAP scores (grades 3-8) ranked us among the top ten districts in Oakland County in a number of subject areas. We also are ranked in the top 15 percent of all Michigan school districts in 2
Department Briefs New Math Program Builds Connections with Everyday Life After significant field testing in classrooms, teachers across the district have begun to implement a new math curriculum in Lake Orion. In grades K-5, students are now using Math Expressions, while those in grades 6-8 are using Connected Mathematics 3. Both are considered the best for students to gain mastery of the Common Core State Standards, which the state requires districts to follow, as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practices. Following these standards, Lake Orion’s educators developed a customized math curriculum for each grade. Math Expresssions combines elements of standards-based instruction with many of the best traditional approaches for teaching math concepts. Students make sense of mathematics through drawings, conceptual language and real-world examples. In addition to print and digital access to activity books, the program features online math games connected to the lessons. Parents also are provided with online math games, unit overviews and other resources for helping their children at home. Connected Mathematics 3 uses digital tools to engage middle school students, focusing on conceptual understanding, procedural skills and real-world applications for math. The model enables students to investigate and solve problems that foster thinking skills and problem-solving strategies. In the 2014/2015 school year, students will work with ebooks and complete homework, skill practice sessions and assessments online. Parents will have access to unit overviews and other tools via computer. Earlier this year, Waldon Middle School hosted a special workshop for parents to learn more about the new math curriculum and its benefits to students. Principal Randy Groya said turnout was strong, with many parents having questions about the new math approach. Part of the workshop involved walking parents through a lesson to show them how it would be taught and the benefits of the curriculum to foster higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving strategies. Principal Groya said one of the key goals is to build connections between math concepts and their use in everyday life.
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Updates Improve Reliability & Efficiency The Technology Department is facilitating several projects that will have a positive impact for both students and staff. Our server room renovation is almost complete. The server room has expanded in size and now includes fire suppression, a more efficient HVAC system, additional circuits, and a battery backup unit for all devices. The computer deployment project is in full swing with the completion projected for this spring. In addition, the department is in the planning phases of our projector/whiteboard project and on task with this timeline. This summer, network switches in almost every building in the district will be replaced. These are very exciting upgrades which will provide more reliable and efficient technology to everyone. They are being funded by both energy bonds and installment purchase agreements, which must be paid back from the district’s general fund.
Attention Local Businesses—Our Students Work! The PHASES program services young adults in the Lake Orion Community (18-26 years of age) with disabilities. Part of their schooling is to work in local business and learn how to be a good employee. Currently, students work with TJ Maxx, Goodwill, Buffalo Wild Wings, Mr. C’s Car Wash, Lake Orion Nursing Center, ACE Hardware, and the Palace of Auburn Hills. Students’ basic skills include basic cleaning, stocking, sorting, food prep, and some customer relations. If you are interested in working with these students, call 248-693-5430. Please ask for Karen Marcetti or Katie Wyman. 3
More District News infoSnap Simplifies November Non-Homestead Tax Levy Critical to District’s Operation Student Registration This fall, township voters will have the opportunity to renew the 18 mill nonhomestead tax levy for Lake Orion Community Schools. This levy has been in place since 1994 when Proposal A was passed by Michigan voters, shifting much of the school funding from local property taxes to the School Aid Fund and capping the district tax levy to 18 mills. The last renewal for our district took place in 2005 and expires at the end of the year. Lake Orion Community Schools is requesting another ten-year renewal. School districts in Michigan receive most of their funding on a per-pupil basis, called a Foundation Allowance. This figure varies by district; Lake Orion’s is $7,887 per student. Under proposal A, to receive the full Foundation Allowance from the state, the district must levy the 18 mills on nonhomestead properties. These include industrial, commercial and some agricultural properties and second homes in our community. Primary residences do not pay this 18 mill tax. The ballot will actually ask voters to approve a 20.25 tax levy, which includes 2.25 mill to offset possible reductions in school funding due to Proposal A and potential property value changes. The District can only legally levy up to 18 mills. Failure to renew the non-homestead tax levy will be devastating to the school district. The revenue generated from this levy totals approximately $7 million annually and is used to pay for the District’s everyday expenses. The state assumes school districts are levying the 18 non-homestead mills annually and does not replace lost funding. If the levy is not renewed, our per-pupil Foundation Allowance drops to $6,945. Consequently, Lake Orion Commu-
nity Schools will be forced to reduce and/or eliminate instructional and support programs for students to offset the reduction in revenues.
Teachers of the Year
Lake Orion Community Schools is implementing a new online registration procedure for all new and returning students for the 2014-15 school year. The goal is to make the process more convenient for parents, improve internal record-keeping efficiencies, and reduce paper waste. The infoSnap registration tool was used for the first time this winter by parents registering kindergartners for next school year.
Elementary – Stephanie Kneiding Carpenter Elementary School
Middle – Dan Hunter Waldon Middle School
High School – Jim Manzo Lake Orion High School 4
Parents with returning students will be able to access infoSnap from the District website in July, after each student’s status for next school year is finalized. Once student information is in the system, a portion of the data will automatically transfer to PowerSchool for the following school year, saving parents time and helping eliminate mistakes. A limited number of computers will be available at the schools during summer registration days for persons who do not have access to a computer or the internet. Students and parents also will be able to visit the schools at designated times this summer to tour the buildings, check locker assignments, ask questions, and address other needs. More details on the schedule and using infoSnap to register students will be available in June.
Dates to Remember LOHS Senior’s Last Day: May 30
Senior Academic Awards & Honors Ceremony: June 7 @ 6:30 p.m. (LOHS) LOHS Junior/Senior Prom: June 6 @ 7 p.m.
Learning Options 2014 Graduation Ceremony: June 9 @ 7:30 p.m. (LOHS)
LOHS 2014 Graduation Ceremony: June 10 @ 7 p.m. (DTE Energy Theatre) LOHS Exams: June 16 & 17 (1/2 day, grades 9-11) Last Day of School - LOHS (grades 9-11): June 17
Special Olympics Game Raises Money for Charity
Last Day of School – All Elementary and Middle Schools: June 18 (1/2 day)
Lake Orion High School kicked off its annual Charity Week in March with a Special Olympics basketball showdown against Oxford. The music was loud and fans proud. A packed house cheered on the players during the game, won by the Wildcats 24-20. Thanks to the generosity of the all the students and staff at the game, the Miracle Minute fundraiser generated $1,742 for Blessings in a Backpack. The Charity Week activities, which also included a hypnotist, Mr. LO competition, Jail-in-Bail, Powerbuff volleyball and other in-school events, raised more than $7,400 for the local charity, which provides food for students in our community who may otherwise go hungry on the weekends. Our elementary schools’ efforts to raise funds for Blessings in a Backpack are highlighted elsewhere in this issue.
Lake Orion Students Score MEAP Success Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Education released the results of the 2013 Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) that took place statewide last fall for students in grades 3-9. Lake Orion students exceeded both the state and Oakland County averages, finishing among the top ten districts in all subject areas. When comparing the 28 school districts in Oakland County, our students finished strong:
2nd in Reading (grades 3-8) 8th in Mathematics (grades 3-8) 4th in Science (grades 5 and 8) 6th in Social Studies (grades 6 and 9) 6th in Writing (grades 4 and 7)
Additional MEAP information may be found at www.michigan.gov/mde; individual school information is available on www.mischooldata.org.
Middle School Students Beat National Average on EXPLORE/ACT Tests Students at all three of Lake Orion's middle schools - Oakview, Scripps and Waldon - scored higher than the national average on the 2014 EXPLORE/ACT student assessment in every category - English, math, reading and science. The tests were administered in March. District eighth graders have been taking this test for several years; this was the second year for seventh grade students. Scripps Principal Dan Haas said research has shown there is a direct correlation between how students score on the EXPLORE/ACT and how they score on the ACT test their junior year. He stressed Lake Orion’s focus on reading and math benefit students taking the tests. In addition, the Middle School Concept enables students to focus on core subjects, helps them build confidence in testtaking and gives teachers the opportunity to work with students on an individual level who may be struggling in certain subject areas, he explained. 5
Oakland County Proclamation Recognizes SOS Program
Oakland County Commissioner Michael J. Gingell recently presented a proclamation to the Lake Orion School Board recognizing the contributions of the high school’s "Students Offering Support" (SOS) program in helping students deal with stress and mental health concerns. The peer-to-peer group recently introduced the program to eighth graders in the district, too. In addition, other school districts have met with our students to discuss how to build similar programs in their communities.
LOHS Teacher Named Leadership Advisor of the Year
Pictured (left to right): High School Assistant Principal Chris Bell, Oakview Middle School Teacher Carl Zoolkoski, High School Teacher Amy Redman, students Austin Jones and Emma Berkel and County Commissioner Gingell.
LOHS students recently attended the Michigan Association of Student Councils and Honor Societies Conference in Traverse City. At the conference, teachers and students were honored for their achievements and contributions. Lake Orion social studies teacher Lori Hogan received a long-deserved honor when she was named 2014 Leadership Advisor of the Year. Lori is considered one of the best student leadership advisors in the state; she lives and breathes student leadership.
LO Students Experience Nature in Kentucky State Park
LOHS Students are National Art Award Winners
In April, students and parent volunteers interested in biology, environmental science, and geology ventured to National Bridge State Park in Kentucky, with science teacher Tim Polonkey. Each year, the Lake Orion teacher assembles a group of young people who are committed to challenging themselves and learning about natural sciences among the sandstone escarpment of the Red River Gorge. This year the group enjoyed nearly perfect weather, carpets of spring wildflowers and many challenging climbing approaches and routes. New discoveries for the group included a bio-luminescent (glow-in-the-dark) pill bug, a rare species of newt found swimming in a 20-foot overhanging waterfall and that gravity is a force to be reckoned with while climbing with only one’s fingertips!
Four LOHS students were recently honored as National Scholastic Art Award winners. They are:
Nick Sally—Silver Key Portfolio
Jayme Jones— Silver Key Portfolio
Craig Matola—Gold Key in Ceramics
Jon Monat—Gold Key in Digital Art
These national winners will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 6th.
Scripps Student Wins Regional Spelling Bee Nikhil Dwibhashyam, an eighth grader at Lake Orion's Scripps Middle School, won the 19th Annual Oakland Press Regional Spelling Bee earlier this year. Nikhil prevailed after 21 rounds featuring the County’s 90 top middle school spellers. He will be traveling to Washington D.C. this month to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where he will have the opportunity to win a $30,000 cash prize, U.S. savings bond and trophy.
National Geographic Bee Tests Students Scripps Middle School students recently competed in a nationwide contest to test their knowledge of geography. The contest was open to students in grades four through eight. Top classroom winners went on to compete at the team level. Winners representing each team participated in the school-wide final championship round held in January. Congratulations to eighth-grader Jake K. (champion), eighth-grader Nikhil D. (runner-up), and sixth-grader Sophia A. (third place). Jake may advance to the state contest. 6
Elementary Schools Unicorns of Doom Win Middle
School Battle of the Books!
Carpenter Elementary students were transported to Sochi for the Winter Intersession in February. It was filled with non-stop art, games and activities focusing on the Olympic Games, athletes, Russian culture and broadcasting.
In February, 126 middle school students in Lake Orion participated in the annual Battle of the Books competition. Twenty-two teams from Oakview, Scripps, Waldon, and Oakland Christian met to show off their knowledge of the seven selected books. The biggest stars were the students, who whizzed through the challenging trivia questions. At the end of the day, The Unicorns of Doom from Scripps walked away in first place.
There were many special visitors during the week, including a dog sled team from Holland and Olympic Ice Dancer Jerod Swallow. Students learned about the different types of sleds and dogs, and they got to see Swallow’s Olympic torches.
Pine Tree Kindergartners are Stuck on Reading What happens when a class of kindergartners reads 1,200 books? They win a bet and get to duck-tape their teacher to a wall! Just ask Pine Tree kindergarten teacher Jennifer Heck, who was stuck to the wall by her young learners and friends just before Spring Break using every color of duck tape they could find.
ONTV brought Carpenter their own Olympic Games on the big screen. They showed the students what is needed to broadcast events like the Olympics. Students were able to film, report, and produce a mini event.
Native Nerds Win Elementary Battle of the Books! The Native Nerds from Paint Creek Elementary won this year's Battle of the Books sponsored by the Orion Township Public Library. The Native Nerds finished with a 100 percent perfect score!
During physical education class, all students got the opportunity to try Carpenter’s own Olympic events, including bobsledding and curling. They also participated in opening and closing ceremonies, tried ice skating at the Onyx in Rochester and made their own Olympic t-shirts.
Elementaries Wage Penny Wars! A whopping $14,322.74 was raised by the students, teachers and families at Lake Orion's seven elementary schools during their "Penny Wars" this winter benefitting Blessings in a Backpack. This charitable organization provides food for children in our community who may otherwise go hungry over the weekend. The competition for the top school was fierce, but Carpenter Elementary came out on top with a total donation of $3,572. Mr. Lincoln would be so proud!
Oakview Sets State Standard for Middle Schools Earlier this year, Oakview Middle School became the first middle school in Michigan to be recognized as a “National School to Watch” three times – 2006, 2010 and now, 2014. The distinction comes from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform (middlegradesforum.org), which started the Schools to Watch program in 1999. This organization identifies schools across the United States that meet its criteria for high performance – academic excellence, challenging students to use their minds well, responsiveness, sensitivity to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescents, and social equity, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources and support. 7
Learning comes naturally at Moose Tree Nature Preserve, one of the educational gems of Lake Orion Community Schools. This unique facility is nestled on 35 acres of woodlands and wetlands adjacent to Webber Elementary School. Students and families throughout the region are invited to visit the nature preserve, which features a breathtaking wildlife gallery and learning lab. A broad range of native animals and reptiles, meanwhile, call Moose Tree’s forests, swamps and streams home. The nature preserve is dedicated to environmental science and teaching children the value of conservation and biodiversity. Moose Tree features year-round programming facilitated by a naturalist, with the assistance of district educators and others that is grade-appropriate and aligned with State of Michigan standards for environmental science education.
Wildlife Comes Alive The centerpiece of Moose Tree Nature Preserve is its large wildlife gallery. The room’s walls visually depict the region’s natural evolution and there are more than 30 mounted animal displays and live exhibits. The gallery is bathed in natural light thanks to expansive windows that overlook the forest below. Animal and conservation experts visit the preserve each year. Outside, two miles of scenic trails take visitors through a mature forest and three separate wetland environments. It is common to spy deer, wild turkey, frogs, snakes, birds and other animals and reptiles, as well as a wide variety of plants and trees that make up the ecosystem. Explorers may even find the nature preserve’s namesake tree. The trails are open to the public year-round at no charge.
Classroom Teaching Moose Tree Nature Preserve features a classroom lab setting, designed to provide students and teachers with hands-on opportunities to explore environmental science. The lab area seats up to 35 people and is equipped with all of the equipment needed for a variety of lesson plans. The lab also is wired for computers and projection equipment. All Lake Orion elementary school classes visit Moose Tree at least once a year to complement their traditional classroom learning. Students and teachers outside of our district also are welcome to visit the nature center. There is a small charge per student for out-of-district classes. In addition, Moose Tree offers a number of science-based classroom sessions for homeschool students. For educators who may not be able to schedule a fieldtrip to the nature preserve, Moose Treeâ€™s outreach program brings its unique curriculum directly into their classrooms. The visits include specific lesson plans and last up to an hour. The wildlife gallery and learning lab also provide an ideal setting for teachers to collaborate and share ideas in a unique learning environment. The facility regularly hosts professional development sessions for district educators and is available for similar activities for other teachers throughout the region.
Community Programs Pre-registration is re-
Pre-school programs, including Knee-High Naturalists (ages 3-5)
quired for all Moose Tree events. Call 248-6935436, or visit www.lakeorion.k12.mi.us (click on Community Education link).
Family programs, including the Earth Day Cleanup and monthly Movies at the Moose events Summer camps, both week-long and day camps for students entering kindergarten through fourth grade Scouting meetings, providing opportunities to earn badges (pins and patches included) Halloween Spooktacular, offering children and their families a fun, family-friendly holiday experience in the woods behind the nature preserve Sneak Peek Saturday, giving residents a chance to start the school year by visiting the nature preserve, complete self-guided hikes, scavenger hunts, crafts and other activities
Hours of Operation: School Year
Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Moose Tree Nature Preserve provides a memorable setting for childrenâ€™s birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, and graduation parties, as well as for business and community meetings. The facility can be transformed to accommodate the needs of different groups. Kitchen services are not available on-site, but caterers are welcome.
First and third Saturdays most months, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Summer Hours Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stadium Drive Accolades
Arts & Athletics State Solo and Ensemble Music Students Shine The LOHS band program was very successful at the State Solo and Ensemble festival held at Lapeer East High School. In order to qualify, each of these students had to earn the highest rating at the District festival which was held in January. All 29 Lake Orion entries earned either the top or the second-highest rating, with 23 of those earning the top rating from their judge. Performances of solos by 9th graders and by ensembles are given a rating of First Division (Superior), Second Division (Excellent), ranging down to Fifth Division. All 10th-12th grade soloists perform a proficiency exam which includes their prepared solo (50% of the score), scales (25%), and sight-reading music that they have never seen before (25%). Scores go up to 100. Proficiencies range from Proficiency I to III, with III being the most challenging.
Phoebe Holmes earned a score of 97 on flute, Proficiency II
Ryan Capoullez earned a score of 94 on clarinet, Proficiency I
Caitlyn Ulery earned a score of 94 on flute, Proficiency II
Lauren Harris earned a score of 90 on clarinet, Proficiency I
Ceci Arce earned a score of 89 on clarinet, Proficiency II
Josh Arnott earned a score of 89 on marimba, Proficiency II
Allison Mailloux earned a score of 87 on clarinet, Proficiency I
Kelly Conlon earned a score of 85 on alto saxophone, Proficiency I
Alexis Savard earned a score of 85 on euphonium, Proficiency I
Emily Cole earned a score of 83 on marimba, Proficiency I
Aseem Sachdeva earned a score of 81 on snare drum, Proficiency II
Kayla Bruner earned a score of 78 on trumpet, Proficiency I
9th Graders earning first division solo ratings were: Hanna Pendergrass - piano Emmaline Boullin - clarinet Alex Fillmore - alto saxophone Sydney Wilson - alto saxophone Bellina Gaskey - clarinet Stephanie Coachman - clarinet
In recognition of the Lake Orion school district’s commitment to music and the arts, The Young Americans performing arts troupe presented a $500 check to Stadium Drive Elementary School of the Arts. A large number of students from Stadium Drive participated in a recent theater workshop and performance hosted by The Young Americans. Pictured (left to right): Ms. Megan Firis, theater teacher; Mr. Ben Geredman, community education enrichment supervisor; Mr. Rob Murray, Stadium Drive principal; and Ms. Elizabeth Simms, music teacher.
Michigan Youth Arts Festival All three middle schools and the high school had art pieces selected to go to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Only 100 pieces of art are selected from across the state, and a select group from these pieces is also selected as part of the governor’s traveling show which is displayed around the state. The following students were in the top 100: Rebecca Zimmerman - LOHS student -Top 100 and Governor’s traveling show Caitey Robertson - LOHS student -Top 100 Myka Flint- LOHS student -Top 100 and Governor’s traveling show
9th graders earning a second division solo rating were: Morgan Herron - oboe
Chase McBride - Oakview student- Top 100
There were also 8 ensembles that earned the top rating and two that earned the second-highest rating.
Tazmin Driscoll - Oakview student- Top 100 Amanda Dion - Oakview student- Top 15 Peri Kiefer - Waldon student- Top 100 Camila Greig - Scripps Student-Top 100
Dragons Drum Up State Championship!
Lake Orion’s Winter Concert Percussion team made a lot of noise this season, winning the state championship at the MSGC State Finals at Saginaw Valley State University. Believe it or not, this was the team’s first year competing in the competition. The high school’s Winter Marching Percussion team also was impressive, with a fifth place state finish. Our Winter Color Guard squads also competed, with A Guard finishing sixth in the state and Junior Guard landing in seventh place. Great job Dragons!
Middle School Hoopsters Go Undefeated Oakview Middle School's 7th grade girls' basketball team went undefeated this fall, outscoring their opponents by more than 30 points per game and finishing 120. This was the first athletic team in the school’s history to not lose a game.
Varsity Cheer Team Finishes Fourth in State
Elkins Sets State Powerlifting Records
The Dragon varsity competitive cheer team took Oakland County by storm this winter, en route to finishing fourth at the 2014 MHSAA Division 1 state finals in Grand Rapids, accumulating a total score of 777.70. During the season, Lake Orion won the OAA Red Division League Title, Division 1 District Title and finished third in the regional competition, which qualified the team for the state finals.
Lake Orion athletes more than carried their weight at the state powerlifting finals this winter. The boys team, led by senior Trent Elkins, finished fourth out of 44 teams, while the girls finished ninth out of 41 teams. The Dragons placed six boys and five girls on the all-state powerlifting teams. Elkins was the star of the meet, setting four state powerlifting records en route to winning the state championship in his weight class. He squatted 605 pounds, bench pressed 420 pounds, dead lifted 615 pounds for a total of 1,620 pounds lifted.
Student-Athletes Sign to Play Their Sport in College Dragon pride shined on February’s national signing day for collegebound student-athletes. A total of six students committed to playing sports at the next level during a special ceremony at the high school. Accepting football scholarships: Kyle Bell, Adrian College; Chris Leigh, Lehigh University (Pa.); Corey Ester, Wayne State University; and Trent Elkins, Adrian College. Joe Romsek is playing wheelchair basketball at Edinboro University in Pa. and David Diaz is running track at Rice University in Texas. All of these Dragon student-athletes have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Dragons Grind Way to Hockey Quarter-Finals Lake Orion’s varsity hockey team skated to the MHSAA State Quarter-Finals this winter, capturing a Regional Championship along the way. The team finished the 201314 season with an overall record of 19-7-3, second in the OAA Red Division. The Dragons also won the Traverse City Thanksgiving Tournament Championship for the first time. A number of players were named to the OAA Red AllLeague Team, All-State Second Team and All-State Academic Team.
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