LCS announces hiring of Interim Associate Principal for the Zemmer Campus

bbennettBarbara Bennett, a skilled educator and co-chair of the Special Education Department at Zemmer, has been named Interim Associate Principal for the Zemmer Campus in 2014-15. The Zemmer Campus will house the District’s eighth and ninth graders starting this fall.

Barb brings with her a strong background and experience with many of the initiatives that have launched at the middle level over the last several years. She has previous teaching experience in the Marlette Community Schools.

“We are very fortunate to have a lot of talent right here in Lapeer,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “We are confident that Barb has the right attitude and skills to be an excellent administrator.”

Bennett earned a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching in 2012 and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education in 2009 from Saginaw Valley State University. She is currently enrolled in UM-Flint’s graduate program for Education Administration.

She has been involved in many district programs including Positive Behavior Intervention Support training, the Accelerated Adolescent Reading Initiative and Before School Intervention.

Bennett lives in Lapeer with her two sons.

Please participate in our Middle School Childcare Survey

Parents –

Please take a moment to fill out our Middle School Childcare Survey. This will help us identify ways we can better serve our school community. It’s online (via Survey Monkey) and very simple to complete.

Please follow this link:

The District of (Advanced) Choices: LCS set to offer more advanced opportunities than ever before

This article originally appeared in the Lapeer County Press on June 13, 2014.


Miranda Gavette

LAPEER, Michigan – Miranda Gavette is redefining sophomoric behavior.

Gavette, who graduated in the top ten in her class at Lapeer East High School this year, is just a few test results away from achieving her goal: entering Alma College this fall as a sophomore. The 18-year-old from Attica is leapfrogging numerous general education requirements at the college level thanks, in large part, to her participation in the District’s Advanced Placement (AP) program.

She is on track to earn at least 24 college credits before her first day of college as a result of an opportunity she calls a “double win” for students.

“There are really two types of students in high school,” Gavette said. “Students who are there to simply get through it and others who really want to use the experience to prepare for college. Students who participate in AP are the second type.”

Gavette started her experience in the 10th grade with AP Government and continued all the way through to the granddaddy of them all as a senior: AP Calculus B-C.

“My class load my senior year nearly killed me, but it was worth it,” she said. “It’s going to allow me to knock a whole year off of college.”

It’s a double win for dad, too.

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Coming August 9: Lapeer Wrestling annual golf outing

lightning athletics copyThe annual Lapeer Wresting golf outing is coming to Lapeer Country Club Saturday, August 9. The four-man scramble will begin at 8 a.m. Golfers must pre-register no later than August 1. The cost is $85 per player including 18 holes, lunch and steak dinner, and numerous prizes.

Click here for the registration information.

Human vs. Machine challenges to highlight July 19 Robo-Con

LAPEER, Michigan – Maneuvering droids through obstacles, taking Human vs. Machine challenges and seeing student-built bots face off on the game field are just part of the fun in store at Robo-Con, happening 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 19 at Lapeer Center for Innovation (Lapeer West), 170 Millville Road, Lapeer.

Along with free admission, families, teens and techies will also get to see a flying robot, also known as a quad copter, and soap box derby practice runs. Organizers say attendees may be exposed to “unintended educational effects.” A talking, life-sized replica of the B9 “Lost in Space” robot and other selfie photo opportunities will be on site. “Geek costumes” are also encouraged.

Currently, The Chimeras Lapeer Robotics Team, which is hosting the event, is holding weekly prize drawings. To enter, “Like” the team’s Facebook page at, and leave a comment. Prizes will be picked up at Robo-Con.

For details, go to

Lapeer High Football: Schedule for 2014 season

lightning footballHere’s the full regular-season schedule for the 2014 Lapeer High School varsity football team:

Game # Date Opponent Location Time
1 28-Aug Rochester Home 7:00pm
2 5-Sep Flint NW Away 7:00pm
3 12-Sep Bay City Central Away 7:00pm
4 19-Sep Saginaw Heritage Home 7:00pm
5 26-Sep Mt. Pleasant Away 7:00pm
6 3-Oct Saginaw Arthur Hill Home Homecoming7:00pm
7 10-Oct Midland Home 7:00pm
8 17-Oct Carman-Ainsowrth Away 7:00pm
9 24-Oct Davison Home 7:00pm

LCS to offer several summer school opportunities

logo no wordsInformation on high school and middle school level summer school opportunities is now available online and in the main offices at our secondary schools.

Also, new this summer is a two-week Academic Camp for sixth graders where fun will be the focus and learning will be the outcome!

Information to download:

• Sixth Grade Academic Camp flyer

• 2014 MS Summer School

• 2014 HS Summer School

• 2014 HS Registration

Rolland-Warner staff and students give back

Doris Rolland photo with student council June 2014Four years ago when Rolland-Warner Middle School opened, Burns & Doris Rolland (one half of the namesake of the school) started an endowment to help defray the costs of extra opportunities for students to experience arts and culture outside of their school day.  Since then, the money has continued to grow.  This year, the Rollands said they would match any funds that were raised for the endowment in 2014.  Yesterday, at the 8th grade awards ceremony, staff and students had a chance to give back.  The Rolland-Warner staff raised money by donating $5 to wear jeans and dress in Rolland-Warner spirit gear several times this year.  They donated $300 to the endowment.  The Rolland-Warner student council raised $500 over the course of the school year to be able to give to this fund as well.  Mrs. Rolland was able to attend the ceremony and students and staff presented her with the two checks on Thursday, June 12.

First Community Meetings for Homeschool Partnership coming June 16-18

We are excited to announce the first several community meetings for the new Lapeer Homeschool Partnership. We would like to invite any community members in Lapeer and surrounding communities who are currently homeschooling their children. These meetings are tailored to anyone who may be interested in supplementing their students education with unique experiences specifically designed by and tailored to our homeschooling community.

This is also a great opportunity to meet our Lapeer Homeschool Partnership director, Michon Periso.  Michon is a longtime advocate of homeschooling and has proudly homeschooled her own children for over twenty years. She will be integral in helping to develop our program.

The Lapeer Homeschool Partnership will be located at the Cramton Campus on Lake Nepessing Road just south of I-69.

Dates and Times for Community Meetings
June 16 – Noon and 7 p.m. at Hunters Creek Community Church (2471 Metamora Rd., Lapeer)
June 17 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Hillside Discipleship Church (4025 N Lapeer Rd, Lapeer)
June18 – 3 p.m. at the Marguerite De Angeli Library (921 W. Nepessing St., Lapeer)

Can-do attitude: Lapeer community supports robotics team at can drive

Chimeras can drive picLAPEER, Michigan – Thanks to the Lapeer community, the recent bottle and can drive at Lapeer’s Webco Press was a success.

The area resounded with horns honking in support for the team and mountains of garbage bags filled with returnable cans and bottles. The drive was also a chance for locals to drive student-built robots. The event raised more than $750 in donations from returnables, plus contributions from local organizations and community members. Team members appreciate Lapeer Community Schools and The County Press, L.A. View, and other media outlets for helping to spread the word, as well as the community spirit showed by Kroger and multiple other businesses and organizations where fliers were posted or handed out.

Team members say they are grateful for the generosity of the Rotary Club of Lapeer and Lapeer’s Sky Electric, organizations who gave donations during the event, as well as Webco for the use of their parking lot. Since the Chimeras FIRST Robotics Team 1684 doesn’t require members to pay fees ─ despite thousands of dollars in team costs ─ team members rely solely on donations and fundraisers to build robots and travel to competitions.

The FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of a varsity sport with hands-on training in science and technology to help high school students discover how rewarding a career in engineering or technology can be. Every student on a FIRST robotics team has a chance to turn pro, and the experience gained often leads to college scholarships and opportunities. To learn more about the Chimeras Team 1684, go to or find The Chimeras FRC Team 1684 on Facebook. To learn more about FIRST Robotics, go to

Cutline: Members of Chimeras FIRST Robotics Team 1684 of Lapeer demonstrate driving a student-built robot for local residents during the team’s May 31 can drive at Webco Press. The event netted more than $750 in donations from returnables, plus community contributions for the team, which funds robot-building and competitions solely through fundraisers and donations.


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