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2019 Year in Review

January

LOCS hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, honoring the life of Dr. King and embracing the mission of service that meant so much to him.

Lake Orion High School held its fourth annual Cell Out for Soldiers event. LOHS had 1,938 students hand over their phones for the school day on January 18, with a $1 donation shared for each participating student.

Despite an unusually high number of snow days, LOCS students and staff tried to make the best of the challenges. Superintendent Marion Ginopolis embraced the moment, producing snow angels to announce one day's closure.

February

LOCS recognized a Teacher of the Year at each level, with Stadium Drive's Erin Kawamoto representing the elementary schools.

LOCS recognized a Teacher of the Year at each level as Waldon's Nick Coccia was the middle school honoree.

LOCS recognized a Teacher of the Year at each level, including LOHS' Dave Whitaker the high school representative.

March

The LOHS men’s powerlifting team won its fourth state title in program history on March 9, edging Ionia for the MHSPLA State Powerlifting Championship. 

LOHS powerlifting

Scripps Middle School cafe worker Kris Hafner was named the LOCS Support Staffer of the Year. Her connection at Scripps boosted the hundreds of students' spirits every day.

Pine Tree Center students produced the school's first concert, involving all the students as part of the presentation.

April

The first "Decision Day" at Learning Options High School celebrated the seniors moving on to the next phase of their lives (video starting at 1:47).

Orion Oaks Elementary held its first Day Of Service, assisting with projects throughout the community (video starting at 6:48).

May

The Dragon Broadcasting program was named the nation's best by the National Federation of High Schools, the first time time receiving this honor.

NFHS award celebration

LOCS Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance John Fitzgerald was named the Oakland County School Business Officials Administrator of the Year.

John Fitzgerald award

LOCS is a trend-setter with its elementary STEM program and the district coaches who guide teachers and students. The innovative program was highlighted on Channel 4's "Live in the D."

LOCS at Live in the D

June

Learning Options High School held its graduation celebration for 47 students at Lake Orion High School.

Lake Orion High School held its graduation celebration for 570 students at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

The PHASES program held its completion ceremony for its seven students in the first year of the Pine Tree Center.

The Lake Orion High School boys golf team also made history, capturing the Division I state title for the first time in program history.

Waldon Middle School students testified before a state House committee in Lansing, producing a bill to make the wild turkey the state's game bird.

July

Lake Orion High School introduced a new assistant principal, Gretchen Hynes. 

 

LOCS alum Jeff Heath returned to host his annual football camp for Lake Orion students.

 

August

Incoming middle school students took the walkthroughs of their new schools.

 

Lake Orion High School freshmen students were introduced to the building and their new daily routine.

 

LOCS welcomed a bevy of new staff members covering the entire district.

 

September

The first day of school was energized and busy across the district with everyone getting a fresh start.

 

Webber Elementary students and staff held a Day of Service, helping improve their school and community.

 

Academic success was celebrated by the Board of Education at the Lamp of Learning events.

2019 LOHS Lamp of Learning

 

October

LOHS celebrated its two National Merit Scholarships semi-finalists.

 

The Lake Orion community embraced the Homecoming spirit with the annual parade.

 

Lake Orion Community Schools added three more individuals to the LOHS Wall of Excellence.

 

After his students exceeded the fall fundraising goal, Blanche Sims principal Ken Nuss spent a night on the school's roof.

2019 Blanche Sims Principal on roof sleepover

 

Elementary, middle and high school students and staff represented the district on Channel 4's "Live in the D," discussing the virtues of the Positivity Project.

 

During National Principals Month, the LOCS administrators shared what they love about they jobs.

 

November

The LOHS Band completed the best state finals finish in its history, finishing second overall at the MCBA Finals.

 

Orion Oaks and Carpenter Elementary schools continued their annual support of veterans with the ceremonies around Veterans Day weekend. Stadium Drive Elementary students raised money and made cards for veterans.

2019 Orion Oaks/Carpenter Veterans Day

 

The first noticeable Bond work was fully implemented at Lake Orion High School with the extended learning spaces, the evaluation of a classroom setting.

 

December

Webber principal Jennifer Goethals was recognized as the MEMSPA Region 7 Principal of the Year.

Pine Tree Center students produced their own books, including the text and the illustrations.

 

The LOHS Choir spent the holidays performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall.

2019 LOHS Choir at DSO

 

The LOHS Leadership class hosted the Orion Oaks Elementary fifth-graders for "Dragon Day," where leadership traits were shared.