Lapeer Community Schools hires new principal for Zemmer Campus

Lapeer Community Schools has tabbed Amy Maruca as principal of the Zemmer 8-9 Campus following the resignation of Aaron Shinn earlier this month. Shinn is now principal of Milan (MI) High School.

Maruca, a Washington Township resident, has been the principal of Wolfe Middle School in Center Line since 2005. She spent eight years as a teacher in Capac Community Schools before becoming an administrator. During her time in the classroom, she taught language arts, psychology and public speaking. As a principal, she has developed an engaged learning community with a strong emphasis on project-based learning.

Maruca earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Oakland University.

She will begin in her new role next week.

For more information, please contact Jared Field at

2016 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor inductees announced

Lapeer Community Schools and the Lapeer High School Alumni Association are proud to announce inductees for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor: Rick Burrough (Class of 1982), Connie Helmick-Pfeiffer (Class of 1965) and Gary Phillips (Class of 1986).

All of these inductees have distinguished themselves as tremendous stewards of the education and training they received from Lapeer Community Schools; they are role models for all students.

Rick Burrough

Rick Burrough Lapeer East High School Class of 1982: Eric “Rick” Burrough is a lifelong resident of the Lapeer area who has achieved significant business success during his career. He began his career in the printing and newspaper business working at The County Press and Webco Press. He went to work for the commercial web printing company Michigan Web Press in Davisburg in the late 1980s ultimately being named a partner there in 1990 before taking sole ownership of the business in 1998.

In 2003, as owner and president of JAMS Media, he launched the Lapeer Area View. Wes Smith, Publisher of the View Newspaper Group, credits Burrough with the revival of community journalism in Lapeer County.  “At that time, The County Press was owned by an out-of-state corporation that did not prioritize local news and sports coverage,” Smith said.

Burrough, who purchased the County Press in 2009, has been an ardent supporter of the Lapeer community through advocacy, in-kind donations and sponsorships of local organizations and events. The View Newspaper Group now includes 15 community newspapers with weekly print circulation of 250,000 copies and 100 employees, most of whom work at the company’s headquarters in The County Press building here in Lapeer.

Connie Helmick-Pfeiffer

Connie Helmick-Pfeiffer, Lapeer High School Class of 1965: Throughout her 41-year career working alongside and caring for people with disabilities, Pfeiffer earned the respect and admiration of those in her care and her colleagues. Pfeiffer earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Leadership and Administration from Eastern Michigan University, earning both degrees while working full-time and raising a family.

Pfeiffer spent 21 years working at Oakdale Regional Center in Lapeer. After it closed, she worked at the Clinton Valley Center and the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center (MORC). She retired from her life’s work in 2013. In 18 years at MORC, she trained over 11,000 direct support professionals.

Kym Juntti, Director of Training at MORC said Connie was a favorite among those under her tutelage. “She was deeply committed to teaching positive, proactive strategies that led those we service feeling safer and more valued in this world … not only does she deserve this special recognition, but also a big community ‘thank you’ for representing you so well over the years,” she said.

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips, Lapeer East Class of 1986: Phillips, a strong supporter of the Lapeer Community for many years, is the Director of Chassis Components and Plant Manager at ZF in Lapeer. He has been in this position since 2004, managing 360 employees.

Karen Rosso, who works with Phillips, said his number one priority is his family, so he goes the extra mile to ensure that his employees are able to care for their families. “When one of our own is in need, he will personally ensure that person gets support.”

Phillips is a well-known and respected member of the Lapeer community. He has been involved in the Adopt a Highway program that includes a three-mile stretch of I-69. ZF annually hosts a charity golf outing and is an active supporter of local schools. This support includes annual scholarships to Lapeer graduates, grants to Lapeer Robotics and educational assistance to students interested in manufacturing and skilled trades.

The Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor program is cooperatively sponsored by Lapeer Community Schools and the Lapeer High School Alumni Association.  The award was created to recognize and honor the accomplishments of the outstanding men and women who graduated from our schools.  By celebrating these role models, we inspire today’s students to move forward in their own pursuit of excellence.

A ceremony will be held in their honor at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in the Irwin Board Room at the Administration and Services Center, 250 Second St., in Lapeer.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Joint statement on Battle at the Big House event

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From Lapeer Community Schools and Clarkston Community Schools:

In recent days there has been some confusion surrounding the logistics of the inaugural Battle at the Big House, a series of seven football games featuring some of the state’s top programs. Concerns have been raised about the level of participation of student groups, including marching bands, in the three-day event. The co-sponsors of the event, Lapeer Community Schools and Clarkston Community Schools, are committed to accommodating these groups.

Officials from both host schools are currently working out the details and will communicate directly with administrators from the participating schools.

We look forward to being a part of this great event!

August 13: Lapeer Lightning Football to host Community Open House at new stadium

MJB_3889LAPEER, Michigan — Football fans in Lapeer have a couple compelling reasons to take in the Lightning’s first open inter-squad practice and scrimmage this weekend: They can see this year’s team up close and, while they’re at it, check out the District’s new digs.

Oh, and one more: It’s free for the whole family.

On Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., everyone is invited to the new and improved LCS Athletic Complex (former Lapeer West campus) for the Lapeer Lightning Football Community Open House. This is a great opportunity to see this year’s teams, meet the coaching staffs and tour our state-of-the-art facility.

The final touches are being placed on Fitzpatrick Field, the new home of Lapeer Football and Lacrosse. This project represents the final stage of a three-year process that has brought one of the state’s best outdoor athletic facilities to Lapeer. This include our brand new turf field, track and team rooms.

“We could not be more proud of how this project has come together,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “We are so grateful for the generosity of our community partners. Without them, there’s no way this ambitious undertaking would have gotten off the ground.”

Lapeer varsity football coach Mike Smith will give the community an update on the program and share important information with parents. Freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams will all be featured at the open house.

For more information, contact Jared Field at


August 26: Lapeer Football to take on Clarkston at Big House in Ann Arbor

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LAPEER, Michigan — Lightning will strike Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on August 26, as the Lapeer High School will take on Clarkston in the feature game of the Battle of the Big House.

Kickoff between the two powerhouse programs is 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $10 at LHS starting Monday, August 15 (no passes will be allowed). They will also be available on the day of the game.

LHS will also have commemorative t-shirts for sale next week as well.  Parking will be available at the stadium after 5 p.m. for $5 and at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School for $10.  Tailgating will not be allowed at either location.

We are expecting a huge turnout from our community! Get your tickets soon and come help the Lightning electrify the Big House.


Lapeer High’s Ian English qualifies as National AP Scholar; 76 recognized for AP excellence

LAPEER, Michigan — The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 2.5 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

At Lapeer High School:

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Ian English, LHS Class of 2016, is the second student in the history of Lapeer Community schools to be recognized as a National AP Scholar.

One student qualified as a National AP Scholar by earning at least a four on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Ian English serves as only the second student in district history to achieve this level of recognition.

Thirteen students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Natalie Austin (11th), David Bellinger (11th), Ian English (12th), Marshall Gaunt (11th), Anne Grossbauer (12th), Ashley Hayden (11th), Nellie Heller (11th), Zachary Martindale (12th), Alexa Ringle (11th), Hannah Schultz (12th), Alicia Wagner (11th), Gabrielle Young (12th) and Austyn Zelinski (11th).

Twelve students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Lily Bourret (11th), Kellee Byard (11th), Kara Daniels (11th), Shayla Fisher (11th), Zachary Fritz (12th), Kathleen Gariglio (12th), Carly Kerchen (11th), Anastasia Mausolf (12th), Jacob Niman (12th), Ava Strasser (11th), Kane Sweet (10th), and Lukas Williams (11th).

Fifty-one students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Jordan Abdelhak (12th), George Aftimos (11th), Emily Alexander (11th), Erika Barker (11th), Stephen Bonesteel (12th), Lydia Bontrager (11th), Amy Brennan (12th), Jonathon Bright (11th), Christian Cerny (12th), Logan Chamberlain (12th), Morgan Chown (11th), Kayla Conger (12th), Jessica Creason (12th), Emily Curlett (11th), Malia Eastman (12th), Ryan Hays (11th), Travis Herr (12th), Mackenzie Hirth (11th), Nathan Jasper (10th), Allison M. Johnson (12th), Paul Kirschner (10th), William Kirschner (10th), Connor Lafferre (12th), Keegan Lieberman (12th), Jacob Mazur-Batistoni (12th), Rylei Mcallister (12th), Madeline Mello (11th), Rachel Metter (12th), Elizabeth Monville (12th), Savannah Morgan (12th), Taylor Olko (12th), Kamryn Pacholski (12th), Elizabeth Pence (12th), Ryan Prchlik (12th), Marissa Pruitt (12th), Ethan Regulinski (11th), Sarah Ridenour (11th), Noah Sauger (12th), Jacob Schlaud (11th), Joseph Schultz (10th), Miranda Shelly (11th), Cole Silva (10th), Natalie Smith (11th), Peter Stinson (11th), Samantha Thick (11th), Isabella Tindall (11th), Anne Tunison (10th), Jonpaul Wallace (12th), Mason Wnuk (11th), Timothy Wurster (12th), and Shelby Young (12th).

Ten students qualified for the AP Capstone Diploma by receiving scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams. The AP Capstone Diploma recipients are Amy Brennan (12th), Ian English (12th), Zachary Fritz (12th), Travis Herr (12th), Zachary Martindale (12th), Hannah Schultz (12th), Jonpaul Wallace (12th), Timothy Wurster (12th), Gabrielle Young (12th) and Shelby Young (12th).

Two students qualified for the AP Seminar and AP Research Certificate by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. The AP Seminar and AP Research Certificate recipients are Christian Cerny (12th) and Jacob Mazur-Batistoni.

Through 37 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps millions of students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Start/end times for 2016-17 school year

Here are the start and end times for the 2016-17 school year:

  Start Time End Time

Elementary Schools

Lynch, Mayfield, Murphy, Schickler, 8:24 3:20
Turrill Year-Round 8:44 3:40
*Rolland Warner Campus (Grades 6-7) 9:24 4:05
*RW year-round program – for summer only and any days when regular school is not in session 8:39 3:24
Zemmer Campus (Grades 8-9) 7:40 2:25
Lapeer High School (Grades 10-12) 7:25 2:10