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

Lapeer High School commencement to return to Dort Federal Event Center

PrintLAPEER, Michigan –Lapeer High School’s commencement ceremony will return to the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint in 2017. The venue, located off I-69 in Flint, hosted commencement ceremonies for Lapeer East and West before the 2015 high school consolidation. The last two ceremonies have been held at Oakland University’s O’Rena in Rochester.

Superintendent Matt Wandrie met with a group of student leaders from Lapeer High School last month to discuss their recommendation to move the ceremony back to Dort Federal. Since that meeting, Wandrie toured the facility with members of the LHS administration and the Board of Education to assess its condition. Since the District moved commencement to Oakland, the new owners of the facility have poured millions of dollars into renovations.

“Our past concerns with the condition of the facility have been alleviated, and we’re excited about once again holding our ceremony closer to home, at a larger venue,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “We listened to the concerns of the students, took a fresh look at the facility and were impressed by what we saw.”

The Dort Federal Event Center now has state-of-the-art lighting, a high definition Jumbotron screen, upgraded seating and a renovated foyer. The facility has more seats, more space for staging graduates and a standalone parking area.

The Class of 2017 commencement ceremony will be held June 4 at 2 p.m.


French summer exchange students arrive in Lapeer


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Two students who take French with Madame Newton in Lapeer Schools,  Shelby Agnew from LHS and Asheigh Wilson from Zemmer, welcomed two sisters, Capucine and Charlotte Creach from Brittany, France to their homes for three weeks.  The French girls have come to Michigan to become fully immersed in the lives and the language of their host families and look forward to the many everyday activities that await them.  Some examples of activities with which they will be joining their host families include: dance competitions, going horse back riding, and attending a Tiger’s game. They also will be joining Madame Newton for a Detroit River Cruise to learn about the French history of Michigan.


Ashleigh Wilson greets Caroline after her 8 hour flight from Paris

This summer experience will help the Lapeer students to feel a sense of pride in sharing their traditions, create memories that will build lifelong friendships with someone from across the globe as well as enrich their entire family as they bring another culture into their homes along with their new French “sibling”.

What a great experience awaits them. This is a program that has been ongoing in Lapeer for the past 20 years.   Lapeer’s French teacher Madame Newton, who is responsible for finding the host families in Lapeer, said “many families find hosting a student to be an enriching opportunity that motivates them to utilize the French language skills they have spent many years studying, both in middle and high school, to travel to France and meet their new French family.  I encourage my students each year to take this opportunity and look forward to more students hosting in the future.”   

Christine Newton, a twenty-nine year veteran French teacher, who strongly believes in this authentic learning experience for her French students, helps find hosting families for Xperitas a company that provides English language immersion programs in the U.S. for students from around the world. For U.S. families, these programs offer an opportunity to bring the world to their doorstep and learn about another culture while sharing their own with an international student.

To Find out more about hosting contact Madame Newton at