LAPEER, 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.
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!
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.
Lapeer East will host the Lapeer Chamber’s Community Spring Expo on April 27, 2014, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. This will be an awesome showcase for our community and a great number of our students will be involved.
Throughout the day there will be great demonstrations and entertainment by groups like: Dance Station, KMAI Karate, Tir Na N’Og Irish Dancers, Zumba demos, and several groups from the District including: Honors Choir, middle school band and drama, elementary talent and kindergarten reading.
Everything is FREE – from the Popcorn and Balloon animals, to the Face Painting and Photo Booth! And Home Depot will be hosting a FREE workshop for kids from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.!
Click on the flyer for more information.
See you there!
Matt Olson calls it the power of proximity. Starting this fall, Lapeer Community Schools will bring more advanced academic offerings within reach of all students than ever before – convenient, close to home and chock-full of opportunity.
The fall 2014 consolidation of East and West High Schools gave the District the opportunity to repurpose the West High School facility as a one-stop-shop for a variety of innovative options for secondary students.
The opening of the Center For Innovation – West Campus will be a watershed moment in the history of Lapeer. CFI will embody what Lapeer Community Schools is all about: choice and opportunity.
“The purpose of the CFI is to push students to think beyond the standards and goals that are more prevalent in a traditional school,” said Matt Olson, Director of CFI-West. “We challenge our kids to stretch their potential to position them to be at the front of the pack when applying for college or going into the workforce.”
One great example of this is CFI-West ‘s College on Campus program that opens up dual enrollment possibilities for more students than ever before. Instead of handing students a college course book and a road map out of Lapeer, the program will bring university professors into the District to teach college-level courses inside a traditional high school schedule.
“When we bring the colleges to our campus, students are far more likely to access the program,” Olson said. “The prospect of being able to access these programs right here in Lapeer is very exciting and I’m sure this will lead to many students considering options that they may never have looked at otherwise.”
In addition to our already thriving AP program, LCS will have more college courses offered and taught in person on our campus than any other school in our region.
This same principle of proximity applies to the District’s new STEM program (Project Lead The Way) as well as many other current and future programs at CFI. They are new, nearby and tailored for students with a wide-range of interests.
The teaching approach at the CFI varies in each program, but Olson likes to point out the common thread that traces through all of them: students will be challenged.
“We represent a different manner of instruction that will challenge our students to think more independently and creatively than they perhaps ever have,” he said.
And there’s more to come.
‘A focal point’
CFI-West will be the home of all future magnet concepts for the District, an incubator of creativity that will filter throughout the District.
This fall will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Lapeer Community Schools. From this point on, our school district will be more unified than at any point in its history. Students starting elementary school in the fall will navigate the entire K-12 experience alongside the familiar and friendly faces who were there from the beginning. Exiting elementary school, our 5th graders will transition to our 6-7 campus at Rolland-Warner as a group, then to our 8-9 campus at Zemmer and finally to a unified Lapeer High School.
Over the course of the last several years, we have found many new and creative ways to support our students, staff and the entire school community during this transition. We engaged our community in a process that identified the District’s colors and mascot for the future. We were proud to be able to announce something entirely new, the Lapeer Lightning, as well as a color scheme that pays homage to our history (Navy Blue from Lapeer West and Kelly Green from Lapeer East). Because of our strong belief in unifying the district under the banner of One Lapeer, we thought it best to utilize our Lightning colors and imagery district-wide. Over time, we will phase out the use of individual mascots and colors at our elementary and secondary schools.
One great example of the benefits of unifying is our new K-12 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Working with our leadership teams and parent groups, we have created a new PBIS pledge (pictured right) that will stay with our students throughout their careers, B.O.L.T.S:Be: Organized Leaders Trustworthy Successful
In addition, starting in the 2014-15 school year, students at all levels will be involved in events and spirit week opportunities that will bring us closer together as a school district.
These are exciting times for Lapeer Community Schools, and we hope that you will take an active role in helping us through this historic transition to One Lapeer.
The Aktion club, comprised of the Post High students at Maple Grove, have concluded their book drive with the help of the students of Zemmer Middle School.
Lisa Yderstad’s students organized the drive at that site with students in that building collecting over 1,300 books. Patrick Lothrop’s iConnect students won the book drive competition collecting 328 books. In total, students at Zemmer and in the Post High program collected 1,535 books for the Family Literacy Center.
Mr. Lothrop’s students will be rewarded with a pizza party after spring break and will have a ceremony to present the books to the Family Literacy Center.
Awesome job students!
A positive first school experience is an important step to building a life-long love of learning and a great relationship with school. In this workshop, participants will learn about the essential academic and social skills needed to support a child’s beginning school experience.
Come join our panel of principals, learning coaches, and kindergarten teachers for an opportunity to ask questions regarding our early fives and kindergarten programming.
This important workshop will be held April 29, 2014 at the Zemmer Middle School Library, 1920 W. Oregon St., Lapeer. The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. and should last about 90 minutes.
On Wednesday morning, a group of students from Kristen Hansen’s American Sign Language (ASL) class at Lapeer West High School paid a visit to Mayfield Elementary. Mrs. Schabel’s third graders and Mrs. Forgione’s first graders were were excited about the opportunity to learn from the older students.
The students put a lot of time and effort into the creation of an ASL kit to accompany some of the young students’ favorite storybooks. The kit included a student-produced video along with worksheets and flash cards for use in the classroom.
In the video, the students demonstrated how to sign various vocabulary words, including many words used in the stories.
Thank you to all the students and staff members who made this awesome experience possible.
Click here for photos from the event.