Click here for the 2020 Opportunity Night flyer and event schedule
LAPEER, Michigan — It’s never too late to start planning for life after high school; and, if you listen to Jan Ciaramella talk, it’s never too early, either.
“I encourage all students to start post-secondary education planning early,” said Ciaramella, the lead counselor at Lapeer High School (LHS). “There are many elements to starting early. We encourage students and parents to take their education planning seriously.”
Every winter, Ciaramella organizes the District’s Opportunity Night at LHS to tackle those elements of education planning. It’s a one-stop shop for information on all the incredible academic opportunities available in the District and a resource for transition planning after high school.
“It is vital that parents and students know their options, get accurate information and take advantage of all of the programs and resources available,” she said.
The event is tailored to students at the secondary level, but there is important information available for students of all ages. The event will feature representatives of a wide array of district programs including AP, College on Campus, Lapeer Homeschool Partnership, Advanced Manufacturing, Lapeer Virtual, PLTW STEM, Lapeer Early College and much more.
LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie says the event, first and foremost, is a representation of what the District values.
“It’s a large-scale show and tell of who we are as a district, and the things that are important to us,” he said. “We want to reach every student with high-quality curriculum that engages their minds and provides them with the skills they need to have success today and in the future.”
After a general presentation in the auditorium at 5:30 p.m., students and parents will have the chance to sit in on up to four educational sessions lasting about 25 minutes each in a small group setting. In addition, representatives of the District’s many clubs, groups and departments will be stationed in the cafeteria during the event.
“The variety of quality opportunities we offer will be on full display,” Ciaramella said. “Lapeer Community Schools continually strives to provide meaningful and relevant opportunities for every student. This makes me extremely proud and I’m confident people in our community who come out for this event will feel the same way.”
In addition, there will be staff on hand to help parents and students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 6-7:30 p.m. in the media center. This is a partnership with Oakland University.
“The sooner we can get students to complete their FAFSA, the more likely they will be to receive the financial aid they need to achieve their goals,” Ciaramella said.
For more information on Opportunity Night, visit LapeerSchools.org or contact Jan Ciaramella at (810) 667-2418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.