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Starting with the 2014-15 school year, students in Lapeer Community Schools (LCS) will have the opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum that promotes critical thinking and creativity.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education in the United States. PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum has been collaboratively designed by teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to hone the real-world problem solving skills in students. PLTW courses will be delivered to students at the District’s Center for Innovation – West Campus, starting in Fall 2014.
LCS will host two informational meetings in January to showcase this program and other academic offerings coming in 2014-15. Zemmer Middle School will host the first at 6 p.m. on January 8. The second meeting will be at 6 p.m. on January 28 at Lapeer East High School.
“PTLW will give students more than just a glimpse into the future; it will help prepare them to not only compete, but thrive in the new economy,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “The project-based model is proven to increase student engagement and achievement, so we’re really excited to be able to offer this to our students moving forward.”
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Thanks to our great community, the McTeacher’s night held December 12 supporting the Rolland-Warner-Zemmer 8th grade Washington D.C. trip was a tremendous success. Teachers from the district greeted customers, worked the registers, served drinks, and in some cases, assisted with preparation of food.
Together, we were able to raise over $400 to help send students to Washington DC for the 2014 eighth grade class trip.
A special thank you to all the LCS staff, students, administration, McDonald’s employees, and members of the Brightsparks Travel Corporation who helped make this fundraiser a great success.
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.
Sara Taylor, a LCS district learning coach, and Ann Robb a LCS kindergarten teacher, will share parent guides and tips to help children with kindergarten transitions.
Please plan on coming to this important workshop January 28, 2014 at the Rolland-Warner Middle School Library. The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. and should last about one hour.
Please click here to RSVP.
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!