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Rolland-Warner and Zemmer Middle School will compete in a volleyball match to raise money for Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that supports American soldiers that have been injured in the line of duty. The two schools’ Service Learning classes will be hosting this event at 4:15 p.m. on December 18, 2013. All participating students will wear camouflage shirts during the game.
The schools will donate all of the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. If you would like to help donate, the money should either go to Rolland-Warner or Zemmer Middle School. We would like the people who attend this game to wear camouflage to support our troops.
Please come out to support our troops and our teams!
Late last week, a family in need in our school district was helped by the quick-thinking of a staff member and the generosity of a local business. On Friday, Zemmer Middle School CI teacher Lisa Yderstad went to Home Depot in search of a washing machine for a family that had fallen on hard times. Their son has had multiple hospital stays and the parents haven’t been able to work.
Yderstad asked a Home Depot sales associate if there was something that they could do to help the family. The associate, Mary Lou Ballinger, relayed the information to a store manager (Jessica Browning) who called Yderstad back to let her know that they could purchase a brand new washer for only $100.
The surprise didn’t end there.
“I was floored,” Yderstad said. “When I went back to Home Depot to purchase the washer later that evening, I was told by Steve Schwartz (manager) that Mike Abdelheck (head store manager) had said that the washer would only cost me $50, the amount that we had raised from donations. Again, I was completely blown away.”
Browning stayed late to get all the details as well as delivery/installation coordinated, also at no cost.
“Home Depot is an amazing corporation that doesn’t forget about the individuals in our town and shows that they are willing to go above and beyond for those in need,” Yderstad said.
Thank you to the following Home Depot employees for going above the call of duty to help one of our families:
Mary Lou Ballinger
Nearly two million Americans are addicted to prescription opioids, a family of drugs that includes the commonly prescribed Vicodin and OxyContin. Two recent university studies, including by the University of Michigan, further demonstrate the prevalence of these painkillers among adolescents and their potential for leading to chronic substance abuse.
The UM study demonstrated that prescription drug abuse starting in adolescence can lead to long-term abuse. About a third of the opioid-abusing 18-year-olds studied continued misuse into their early- to mid-20s. Twelve percent of those aged 18 to 24 reported non-medical use of opioids. Teens mostly use these drugs to experiment or get high.
However, young adults who continually use prescription drugs non-medically often engage in other destructive behaviors. We know that from our own reporting.
On December 5, 2013 Lapeer Community Schools Superintendent Matt Wandrie talked to WMPC Radio about the future of the District, including the 2014-15 transition to one high school and the Center for Innovation – West Campus.
Please visit McDonald’s on Main Street on December 12, 2013 and allow our esteemed educators to serve you while supporting the Rolland-Warner-Zemmer 2014 Washington D.C. trip. Teachers will greet customers, work the registers, serve drinks, and in some cases, assist with preparation of food.Guaranteed to be there include the following Lapeer Community Schools Staff: Mrs. Jennifer Taylor, Ms. Emily Campbell, Mrs. Melissa Campbell, Mrs. DuAnne Cook, Mr. Steve Elzerman, Mrs. Darlene Gannon, Mrs. Anne Prill, Mr. Chris Prill, Mr. Wyatt Stevens, Mr. Dave Sweeney, Mrs. Jill Thomas, Mrs. Sally Wolfer and more!
Thank you for your support!
When: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Where: McDonald’s, 486 S. Main (M-24 McDonald’s)
Rolland-Warner Middle School’s First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team, Mechanical Mayhem, won regionals in the alliance division last weekend and will compete at the state championship at Marshall Middle School December 20-21.
FTC competitions engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), academic disciplines that are at the forefront of the 21st century economy.
According to the program’s website, FTC is about “teaching students the value of hard work, innovation and creativity. It goes beyond competition by teaching teenagers the importance of working together, sharing ideas and treating each other with respect and dignity.”
Congratulations are in order for the following students and their coaches/mentors:
Mentors for Team: Austin Mullaney from East High School; Brain Sarratt recent graduate from West; Dan Jackson, Dad; and Jennifer and Steve Malson.
To everyone involved: Awesome job! Keep it up!
Stephanie Wilcox and Tim Waelde, two recent Lapeer West graduates, are currently pursuing teaching degrees in music education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. They perform with the Symphonic Band under the direction of Mr. Scott Boerma. This photo was taken at Miller Auditorium at WMU following their most recent concert on Sunday.
It’s great to see our former music students and graduates from Lapeer being successful and doing great things at the university level. Way to go!
This morning I had a great opportunity to speak to a group of 20 local realtors about Lapeer Community Schools: where we’ve come from, where we are and where we’re going. One of the best parts of my job as superintendent is engaging the community in dialogue about the role LCS will play in the future of this community.
I equipped these individuals with information, and avenues to even more information, that will aid them in their encounters with prospective buyers. In the future, our goal is to make Lapeer Community Schools a destination district. We want this district, and what it offers to families, to be reason enough to move here — setting aside all the great things we know about this community.
Lapeer is a safe community, a generational community filled with pride that runs deep. Moving forward, we want to increase our visibility, enlarge our role in the community, to build a even stronger foundation for the future. To do this, we need more advocates (like those who attended our presentation this morning) to be informed about the revitalization of LCS.
As Lapeer Community Schools moves closer to the 2014-15 consolidation of East and West High Schools, district officials are seeking applicants for coaching positions at Lapeer High School and the middle level starting with the 2014 fall sports season.
On Tuesday, all fall coaching positions were posted internally and externally.
“We are really excited to get this big piece of the puzzle in place in the coming months,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “This is a great opportunity to get involved in the lives of student-athletes and to play a vital role in the future of Lapeer Community Schools.”
Application materials and copies of all related forms can be found on the District website (LapeerSchools.org) by clicking on the “Be a Coach” tab. Anyone interested in being considered for a coaching position must send the items listed below to the Human Resources Department by 4 PM Friday, December 6, 2013:
- Letter of Interest
- 2014-2015 Athletic Coaching Application Narrative (Varsity or Sub-Varsity)
- Application for employment as Interscholastic Coach must be on file with the District. If application is more than two-years old, a new application should be completed or updated work and coaching experience should be provided in letter of interest.
Pursuant to Lapeer Community Schools Board of Education policy, the District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities.
Christen Thompson, a student at Lapeer West High School, is the second winner of our PaySchools monthly drawing. Christen received a $20 gift card to Kohl’s.
For all new PaySchools enrollees, your student will receive a one-time stipend of five (5) free meal credits upon initial deposit of a minimum of $25.00 per student for joining the program.
Five meal credits equal: elementary $11.25; middle school $12.50; high school $13.75. After one month in the program, all new students enrolled in PaySchools, who make a minimum deposit of $25.00 per month, per student, will receive a credit of two (2) free meals.
For every $25.00 deposit made per student, each month, your student will be entered into our monthly Grand Prize drawing. The more money you deposit into PaySchools, the more entries your student will receive into the contest.