Lapeer County Community Foundation grants district’s Project Lead The Way program for robotics

lccf_logoThe Board of Trustees of the Lapeer County Community Foundation (LCCF) recently authorized a grant in the amount of $12,600 to Lapeer Community Schools for the purchase of a dozen VEX Robotics Kits for use in the District’s new Project Lead The Way program (PLTW).

PLTW is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program that will be housed at the District’s Center for Innovation (CFI-West) on the campus of the current Lapeer West High School starting this fall. Matt Olson, the future director of CFI-West, said the program will continue to grow as the District prepares for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

“Thanks to the generous support of the Lapeer County Community Foundation, our students will have state of the art robotics equipment that will help them acquire invaluable skills in engineering and design,” Olson said. “We are so grateful for their investment in our students and excited for the opportunities that will be made available to them in the near future.”

LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie said support from organizations like LCCF are vital to the strategic vision of the District and to the revitalization of the region.

“We know that a large percentage of the jobs of the future are in STEM fields,” Wandrie said. “These jobs aren’t going away. It’s our job, as the largest educational organization in the county, to make sure we are doing our part to prepare students for what’s ahead.”

For more information on how to enroll in PLTW, call Susan Wilmers at 810-667-2400.

Project Lead The Way is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. For more information, visit

The Lapeer County Community Foundation provides grants that enhance the quality of life in Lapeer County.  The Foundation manages endowments totaling over $8 million in 59 funds for a wide range of charitable purposes.

Rolland-Warner Middle School announces Outstanding Citizenship Award winners

Rolland-Warner Middle School was proud to recognize the following students on April 21 for outstanding citizenship. These students display the characteristics of pride, ambition, cooperation and kindness on a daily basis promoting a positive school climate making Rolland-Warner a great place to teach and learn.

For displaying outstanding citizenship throughout the first semester of the 2013-2014 school year these student where awarded the brand new Lapeer Lightning Outstanding Citizenship string backpack. Mrs. Taylor and Mr. West encourage all students to keep up the good work and continue to be positive leaders within the school and community. Rolland-Warner administration looks forward to awarding even more students for outstanding citizenship in the future.

Rolland-Warner Outstanding Citizens

Eighth Grade

Paul Kirschner
William Kirschner
Elizabeth Kroll
Kennith Lueck
Kyle Martindale
Carson Moore
Joseph Schultz
Chandler Sheatzley
Katherine Walker
Elise Whittaker

Seventh Grade

Jessica Aalbertsberg
Mackenzie Andrews
Isabella Banowski
Sydney Bridges
Kimberly Curry
Taya Fisher
Joshua Hundt
Hayley Jackson
Ethan Lilly
Rose Ly
Grant Masterson
Lindsey McNulty
Kristie Mosher
Paige Mullaney
Brianna Opalewski
Leah Ridenour
James Scott
Aurorah Stephen
Emma Tompkins

Sixth Grade

Taylor Aguinaga
Carmyn Barber
Ireland Betzold
Rylee Brown
Hannah Clark
Amina Dada
Taran Desai
Audra Dewitte
Hannah Erla
Kyli Evans
Delanee Germonprez
Mackenzie Giddings
Haylee Greene
Summer Jeffrey
Rebecca Kanthook
Rachel Kroll
Camdyn Labelle
Kameron Lubonski
Alexis Mallett
Miranda Marra
Ava Mroz
Robert Opalewski
Andrew Przekora
Benjamin Schultz
Blair Smith
Veronica Staley
Brooklyn Stone
Marissa Vittone
Victoria Ward
Dominic White

Middle school student councils to attend Leadership Training Institute

On June 11, student council members from Rolland-Warner and Zemmer Middle Schools will participate in a Leadership Training Institute led by student council members. The students will participate in team-building activities throughout the day. The event will take place at the Administration & Services Center.

The students will rotate through Skill Sessions such as Goal Setting, Organizing & Planning, Leadership Styles, or Diversity & Differences. These Skill Sessions will allow the students to gain and share these skills with each other and therefore impact the school population.

If you are currently in a leadership role or have been in the past, and you would like to volunteer your leadership skills or training by serving as a guest speaker or otherwise, please contact Mrs. Prill or Mr. Stevens at R-W or Mrs. Bireta or Mrs. Bjork at Zemmer.

Metamora Historical Society teams with Super Science Investigators to bring Astronomy to the Community


METAMORA, Michigan — “Watch the sky!” and “Look up!” are two of many slogans you will hear at the first annual ‘Astronomy Day Bash’ in celebration of National Astronomy Day on May 10th at the Historic Old Town Hall in the Village of Metamora from noon-10:00pm.  Super Science Investigators have teamed with the members of the Metamora Historical Society to bring families and other groups of sky lovers together to show you how much fun astronomy can be.  “At Super Science Investigators, we believe an exciting educational experience can change a child’s life,” stated Dr. Jeffery Driscoll, Professional Chemist.  “I discovered astronomy on a second grade field trip, under the dark skies of a planetarium, and it changed my life.”

What is Astronomy Day?  Astronomy Day is a celebration of our wonderful universe typically celebrated between mid-April and mid-May, on the Saturday closest to the first-quarter Moon.  Many clubs expand the celebration into an entire “Astronomy Week,” but Super Science Investigators and the Metamora Historical Society are bringing it all together for one exciting day of fun.  Tickets for the planetarium show are expected to sell out, so the community is encouraged to get their tickets early!

Although the event is limited to one day, Super Science Investigators guarantee educational excitement through a full day of discovery!  The professional staff will take you on an interactive tour of the solar system in the state-of-the-art digital portable planetarium show, which seats up to 50 people.  You will be guided through some of the most interesting and breathtaking images including spiral galaxies and globular clusters.  Many hands-on science stations await you from microscopes and balloon helicopters to dinosaur bone discovery and bubbles/hydrogen bonding.  You will have the opportunity to observe the sun with their professional grade solar telescopes.  And weather permitting, you will be able to take a tour of the planets and deep space, watch the moons of Jupiter cast shadows on its surface, and tour Saturn’s rings and view the polar ice cap on Mars!

Need help with your personal telescope?  The staff encourages you to bring your telescope(s) to the clinic/location designed for Q&A and viewing tips as well.  Tickets ($10 per person) are available at the door of the old town hall or you may order in advance(online) at which guarantees you a seat in the planetarium!

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Mayfield Elementary Data and Game Night draws 150

data and game night1From Lisa Pasek, Learning Coach at Mayfield Elementary:

Did you know that playing games can build interpersonal skills like sharing, dealing with conflict, and good sportsmanship, as well as create a sense of accomplishment— not to mention increase reasoning and problem solving skills?

We were thrilled to host nearly 150 people for our Data and Game Night on April 15. During the “Dinner and Data” portion of the evening, Mr. Goetz provided information on the various assessments and how parents can interpret both the data about their own children as well as how Mayfield is doing as a building! Families had some really thoughtful questions about the MAPS and MEAP data to better understand these “snapshots” of their children’s progress.

During Game Time, it was great to listen to the laughter and the conversations and to see the families enjoying some real quality family time! Door prizes drawings were done every 20 minutes for McDonald’s certificates and movie tickets and, at the end of the evening, every family left with games to enjoy at home!

We want to THANK everyone who was able to make it to Data and Game Night! It was truly heartwarming to see the families having fun, making some great memories, and building deeper relationships with each other, as well as with us, as a Mayfield family!

Thanks to everyone who attended. A good time was had by all!

June 7: Murphy Elementary’s Drive for Education Golf Scramble

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2014 Murphy Elementary Drive for Education Golf Scramble

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Metamora Golf & Country Club

7:30 a.m. Registration begins, 8 a.m. Shotgun Start

Register Your Team:
$75 PER PERSON — ($300) PER TEAM


18 Holes of Golf with Cart
Coffee & Donuts
Hot Dogs, Chips & Beverage
Give-a-ways & Team Picture


First and Second Place Prize Money
Vegas Hole
Skins Game
Longest Drives
Hole in one
Closest to the pin
50/50 Raffle
Raffles for great golf courses & other door prizes!


Contact Murphy Elementary at (810) 538-2345

All proceeds will benefit the wonderful students of Murphy Elementary School

Registration Form

Sponsorship Form


Sign up for the 2014 Laps for LINKS 5K Run/Walk

laps for linksPlease join us this year for the District’s Laps for LINKS 5K run/walk and spaghetti dinner. The dinner will be held at Rolland-Warner Middle School on Friday, April 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased at the door.

The race will begin and end at Rolland-Warner on Saturday, April 26. The race will begin at 9 a.m. You may register in advance or the day of the race.

Event Forms:

Application Form
Spaghetti Dinner Form
T-shirt Order Form

Chimeras robotics team earns Judges’ Award in Lansing meet

Chimeras Robotics rematch scoreboard - LansingLAPEER, Michigan – Going into last weekend’s Lansing robotics competition, Lapeer’s Chimeras played with heart, despite knowing those district scores wouldn’t carry them to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics State Championship.

After the Lansing elimination rounds, Team 1684 emerged ninth out of 40 teams, spurring the Chimeras into district quarterfinals, where they won two out of three matches. Teams and fans held their breath when judges announced the need to replay a hard-won match, due to communication issues. Team 1684’s blue alliance dominated, winning 237-150 in the rematch, which left audience members hoarse from cheering (see the video here).

Despite getting knocked out of district semifinals, Team 1684 walked away with the Judges’ Award, an honor earned for “unique efforts, performance, or dynamics” which merit recognition by FIRST district judges.

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.

To learn more about Team 1684, go to To learn more about FIRST Robotics, click here.

Lapeer West artists take home numerous awards at GFAC exhibit

Congratulations to the following West artists who received special recognition at the Young Artists Today exhibit sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council. Their work is on display at the Flint Public Library through April 30.

Best of Show: Mary Proulx
Second Place: Aleena Dababneh
Third Place: Jessica Laidler

Honorable Mention: Grace Dorsey, Isabel Fahim, Kelly Greenman, Shawney Kamicka, Shannon Morse, Jackie Richards, and Stephanie Stothers

Teacher of the Year: Jeff Bolzman

Lapeer West took 10 of the 13 awards given by the Greater Flint Arts Council.

Great job West Art Department!

East percussionist named a Michigan Youth Arts Distinguished Scholar

LAPEER, Michigan – Dave Piontkowski, a percussionist with concert and symphony bands at Lapeer East High School, has been named a Michigan Youth Arts Distinguished Scholar and invited to participate in the 52nd annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival, May 8-10, 2014, in Kalamazoo.

Nearly 1,000 Michigan high school student-artists have been invited to attend this year’s Festival. The students, chosen from more than 250,000 across the state, are selected via a rigorous adjudication process adhering to exacting artistic standards. The invited scholars represent multiple artistic disciplines, including creative writing, dance, media arts, instrumental and vocal music, music composition, theatre, and visual art.

“Michigan Youth Arts is honored to host this annual event because it not only encourages artistic excellence at the high school level, but also creates an awareness of the importance of art in the lives of Michigan residents,” said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director. “The extraordinary talent of our Distinguished Scholars, whether as vocalists, actors, dancers, musicians or artists, is something of which the entire state can be proud.”

2014 marks the 52nd anniversary of this three-day event, featuring workshops and master classes for the students, alongside more than 20 student performances and exhibitions that are open to the public.

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