Lake Orion High School
Welcome to Week #15
Hello LOHS Dragon Families,
We hope you have been enjoying this year's newsletters to keep everyone informed. Please note, this will be the last one for the 2022 year. So, from all of us here at LOHS, we would like to wish everyone a wonderful and joyful holiday season.
If you missed the previous newsletters, don't fret, we have them available for you on the LOHS Newsletter page.
Looking for the Full High School calendar? You can find it on our website under About LOHS tab.
- December 15 - Winter Choir Concert 7pm
- December 22 - Start of our Winter Break
- January 13, 2023 - Cell out for Soldiers
- January 16, 2023 - MLK Day Celebration 6:30pm
A Message from Dr. Haas
Yesterday, December 12th, an email went out from Dr. Haas regarding vaping concerns at Lake Orion High School. If you missed the email, please see the attached letter.
Sign-Up for LOHS Staff Holiday Cookie Buffet
Our staff at Lake Orion High School is tremendous and the holidays are one time of the year to let them know how thankful we are for their dedication to our kids! They work long hours... coming in early, staying well past dinnertime, not to mention the countless evening and weekend hours spent grading, assessing and compiling lesson plans! All this work leaves them little time to plan for the holidays with their own family, so LOHS families would like to help them out by providing cookies. We are requesting 2-3 dozen cookies from our families that would like to donate. For allergy purposes, please also bring in a copy of the recipe! Deliver them to LOHS Dec. 19 and 20 between 7am-3pm. The staff will get to partake in a buffet of cookies, creating a platter to take home to share with their families this season! (When delivering, there will be a table at the front doors for drop off). Please sign up so that we may plan ahead and thank you in advance for sharing the joy of the season with all our teachers and staff!
Thank you Pita Way!!
The LOHS Parent Group and Lake Orion High School Staff would like to give a huge shoutout to Pita Way in Lake Orion for generously donating the dinner to our staff at conferences last Thursday, December 8th! And thank you to all the families who donated all the delicious deserts and snacks! Our staff was so appreciative of all of it!
Attendance Blurb #9
Tardies: YES….They are a big DEAL!
Schools stress the need for students to get to school and class on time and with good reason. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education on truancy, which is connected with tardiness, show that school attendance is a major factor when it comes to school success and student behavior.
Problems with Tardiness - The most crucial learning hours of a school day are the morning hours, because they are when students are most attentive. Students who are tardy miss the beginning of their morning classes, and they also cause a distraction when they arrive late to class.
Academics and Achievement - Students who are frequently tardy have lower GPAs, lower scores on standardized assessments, and lower graduation rates. Chronic tardiness in elementary and middle school is also linked to failure in high school.
Behavior Problems – National data tells us that students who are frequently tardy have higher rates of suspension and other disciplinary measures. Tardiness causes students to feel disconnected with school, leading to behavior problems and dropouts.
Job Performance - Students who are frequently tardy to school are also more apt to be fired from a job for showing up late.
Effect on Others - When students are tardy, they negatively impact their teachers and other students. Teachers are often required to allow tardy students to make up work, which often requires them to restructure their lessons or re-teach missed material. Tardiness also takes other students' attention away from a teacher's lesson, leading to more behavior problems and missed instruction.
LOHS Service Projects
Annual Can Food Drive
Our annual Can Drive is approaching quickly!
We are kicking it off Wednesday, November 30th and it will continue until Friday, December 16th. Encourage your students to participate! Students will be competing with the other 1st hour classes for a chance to earn a hot breakfast (pancakes & bacon)!
Students should bring the non-perishable food to their 1A class. They’ll also have a few opportunities per week to drop the cans off before school.
Clothing/Essential Items DRIVE
LOCS COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
December 12th - January 12th , 2023
In honor of MLK, every year the DEI Committee selects a charity organization to support. Please consider donating to our districtwide Clothing / Essential Items Drive to support WAVE PROJECT (Welcoming All, Valuing Everyone), an organization that provides portable showers and clothing / essential items to the homeless community. To learn more, visit waveproject.org and check out this short news story about WAVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNAdhW9iZkU
All students in the district have learned about WAVE Project, which was founded by our own Mr. Todd Gordon, Choir Director at Scripps Middle School! Help our district collectively give generously to support the good work of WAVE Project. 100’s of items are needed weekly to supply their Essentials Van.
WAVE’s wish list can be found on Amazon:
Donations can be dropped off to:
Elementary – Classroom, Middle School – Star Room, High School – Career Center.
High School students must attach submission form to track classroom competition. Forms can be found in students’ email or the Career Center.
Thank you for supporting WAVE Project!
Dec 16, 2022 Deadline for Senior Yearbook Ads
The Dragon Yearbook would like to offer you the opportunity to congratulate your graduating senior with a Senior Parent Ad. See "2023 Senior Parent Ads" for information and instructions on how to place an ad. The deadline is Friday, December 16, 2022. We encourage early submissions because space is limited. Please contact Stephanie Orth, Dragon Yearbook Adviser, at Stephanie.Orth@lok12.org or 248-693-5420 if you have any questions. Ads submitted after this deadline cannot be guaranteed a place in the yearbook.
New College Scholarships for Michigan Students Announced
Governor Gretchen Whitmer launched a new webpage to help the graduating class of 2023 apply for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship and lower their cost of college by thousands of dollars a year. Students should talk to their parents or guardian, gather documents, and fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to save up to $8,250 over three years as they earn their associate degree at a community college, up to $20,000 over five years at a private college, or up to $27,500 over five years at a public university.
For more information on how to get your Michigan Achievement Scholarship, visit Michigan.gov/MIStudentAid.
Just a reminder that Sendmoneytoschool.com has been replaced by lakeorion.familyportal.cloud. Please visit the site to set up a lunch account for your student. There is a tutorial at the bottom of the Family Portal page that walks you through the process of setting up an account. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year are listed below:
High School Prices
Breakfast Meal Price $2.00
Lunch Meal Price $3.50 - $3.75
For more information regarding our food program, please visit the Foods and Nutrition page
School Dismissal Manager
We have started utilizing School Dismissal Manager (SDM), a program for parents to communicate early student departures. LOHS successfully used the SDM program last year. It is accessible on either computer or smartphone, allowing parents the opportunity to officially submit an early dismissal request without calling the school.
On approximately September 22, you should have received a communication from School Dismissal Manager with additional details. Parents are encouraged to check their designated email accounts. Also, be advised the message might be redirected to your “junk” folders. The welcome email from SDM provides all relevant information necessary to activate and begin using your account.