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Lake Orion to explore going to school year-round

It's no secret that funding for Michigan's public schools is in a place nobody likes. Districts across the state are slashing their budgets by millions of dollars and, at the same time, laying off staff, eliminating positions and even crossing their fingers and hoping for a miracle to come down the pike....more >>

School employees keep packing board meetings

By Joe St. Henry Special Writer for The Review Impassioned Lake Orion school district employees gave the Board of Education pieces of their mind at the last week's meeting. Several took the podium to voice their concerns with proposed cuts to teachers, counselors, staff associates, secretaries and bus drivers for the 2011-12 school year....more >>

Middle schooler honored in Washington DC

Phoebe Holmes, 13, was honored in the nation's capital for her volunteer work, at the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Phoebe along with 101 other youth volunteers from across the country received a $1,000 award as well as congratulations from Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon at the 16th annual award ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History....more >>

Band thanks for docs

Dear Dr. Dr. Edward J. Lis and Dr. Shivajee V. Nallamothu, I would like to thank you for your sponsorship of the Clarkston Marching Band's trip to London to take part in the Lord Mayor's New Year's Day Parade....more >>

Leafing a legacy

One by one Pine Knob Elementary fifth-graders poured a cup of dirt onto the newest tree in front of the school last Friday. The tree was a gift to the school. As it grows, the students will grow with it as they attend middle school, junior high, high school and head off to college or whatnot....more >>

Virtual high school created to generate bucks

Superintendent of Oxford Community Schools Dr. William Skilling has created yet another avenue for the district to generate revenue despite facing cuts in the school aid fund. Beginning the fall of 2011, Oxford High School will have a virtual high school open to any high school student, both nationally and internationally....more >>
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District does admin. shuffle

Oxford Community Television has a chance for a great new reality show. They can let their cameras roll as they follow the daily routines of two principals, Mike Schweig at Oxford High School and Marty Johnson at Crossroads for Youth, along with Todd Dunckley, the assistant principal at Oxford High School, who will trade places beginning with the 2011-12 school year....more >>
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Out of the classroom and into the pond

You can read textbooks, listen to lectures and take tests, but when it comes to actual learning, nothing beats a hands-on experience. That's exactly what Oxford Middle School's sixth-graders got last week when they conducted scientific tests on their pond....more >>
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Around the world in a single day

Clear Lake Elementary students took a break Friday from their usual reading, writing and arithmetic to increase their cultural and global awareness through a special event called "Backstage Pass to the World....more >>
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Born December 24th
1745: Benjamin Rush, American medical pioneer and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1809: Kit Carson, one of the most famous mountain men and scouts in the West.
1905: Howard Hughes, American industrialist, aviator, film producer, and director.
December 24th
in history
1814: A treaty of peace between the United States and Great Britain, terminating the War of 1812, is signed at Ghent, Belgium. The news does not reach the United States until two weeks later (after the decisive American victory at New Orleans).The Battle of New Orleans.
1861: The USS Gem of the Sea destroys the British blockade runner Prince of Wales off the coast at Georgetown, S.C. The Trent Affair.
1862: A Christmas present arrives a day early for the Federal troops at Columbus, Kentucky, in the way of artillery on board the USS New Era.
1914: Over 577,000 Allied soldiers are to spend Christmas as prisoners in Germany.Nurse Edith Cavell.
1917: The Kaiser warns Russia that he will use iron fist and shining sword if peace is spurned.