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Guest Opinion by LOCS Superintendent: Back to School

August 29, 2012 - In just a few days, our Lake Orion families will wake up to the familiar sounds of early morning alarm clocks, school buses, and the eager voices of our students as they begin a new school year. While Carpenter Year Round Elementary School has been in session since August 1, the remaining ten Lake Orion Schools open their doors on Tuesday, September 4.

And, we're ready to welcome our students and their families to an exciting school year in which we will continue to build on our strengths as a school community. Despite all the changes we hear about in education these days, our students will always remain first. Their education has been, and will continue to be, the basis of all our decisions to realize the district vision and mission of "educating our students for the challenges of tomorrow by providing an exemplary education for all learners."

We look forward to welcoming our returning staff as well as a number of new staff members who will be joining our school family. Teachers and administrators have been engaged in numerous professional learning opportunities throughout the summer and last week eighteen new teachers enthusiastically attended a weeklong orientation to become acclimated to the district procedures and policies as well as become thoroughly familiar with Lake Orion's curriculum for their specific grade/content area.

Steve Hawley, Lake Orion High School's new principal, has been "on the job" since July 1 becoming acquainted with staff, parents and students and getting ready to welcome close to 2600 high school students next week.

This school year we are very excited to introduce the Freshman Academy at Lake Orion High School that will focus specifically on the areas most likely to affect students' success during their initial steps into the high school setting. It is designed to help all students succeed academically by eliminating some of the pressures they often face as they enter high school. Small learning communities and teams will be established within the larger high school to create a smoother transition from middle to high school.

Our theme for the year is Synergy - a term that refers to the combined power of everyone working together to create a greater effect than if they were separate. With the synergy that is created by our dedicated staff, involved parents and supportive community our outcome of student success will definitely be achieved!

Marion Ginopolis

Lake Orion Superintendent

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