Schedule of evening activities for January 17

ACTIVITIES
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
You are reminded that attendance at any practice/event that continues to run on a day that school is cancelled is considered  non-mandatory.
LAPEER HIGH SCHOOL
Boys’ Swim @ Heritage HS CANCELLED
Freshman Boys’ Basketball Game @ Swartz Creek CANCELLED
JV Boys’ Basketball Game @ Swartz Creek CANCELLED
Freshman Boys’ Basketball Game @ Swartz Creek CANCELLED
Jazz Band Rehearsal CANCELLED
Varsity Girls’ Basketball Game @ home vs. Swartz Creek CANCELLED
JV Girls’ Basketball Game @ home vs. Swartz Creek CANCELLED
CFI-WEST CAMPUS
Jr. Lightning Basketball CANCELLED
Wrestling Practice CANCELLED
Lapeer Youth Wrestling CANCELLED
Cheerleading Practice CANCELLED
Baseball Hitting Conditioning CANCELLED
Walking Program CANCELLED
ROLLAND-WARNER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Archery Club CANCELLED
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
Competitive Cheerleading Practice CANCELLED
Boys’ Basketball Practice CANCELLED
ZEMMER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Boys’ 8th Grade Basketball Practice CANCELLED
8th Grade Competitive Cheerleading Practice CANCELLED
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
LYNCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
MAYFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
Girl Scouts Troop #70161 Meeting CANCELLED
Cub Scouts Pack #144 Meeting CANCELLED
MURPHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
Student Council CANCELLED
Lapeer Lightning 12U Girls’ Travel Softball CANCELLED
SCHICKLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
TURRILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
Good News Club CANCELLED

Lapeer High School Jazz Band to Perform at Michigan Music Conference

LPS_v2_CMYKLAPEER, Michigan — The Lapeer High School (LHS) Jazz Band will perform at the prestigious Michigan Music Conference at 2:30 p.m. on January 21 in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Hotel. The students are under the direction of LHS jazz band instructor, Mr. Daniel R. Hundt. To be considered for this performance, instructors of school bands, orchestras and choirs from Michigan must submit a live recording and a rigorous application. A panel of judges listen blindly to the recordings. When top applicants are selected, the panel reviews letters of recommendation and success history of the band, such as festival scores. The top applicants are then invited to perform. Lapeer is one of only two Jazz Bands selected statewide.  The band has spent many hours selecting and rehearsing music for this special concert.

“This is a tremendous honor, and is a testament to the quality of our entire band program,” Hundt said. “The bands featured at this conference represent the very best of Michigan public schools. Words cannot express how proud I am of these students.”

The performance is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at www.michiganmusicconference.org. Tickets are also available on site at the DeVos box office on the day of the performance, one hour before the event.

“Lapeer Community Schools has a longstanding tradition of excellence in the performing arts,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “Our bands have competed at the highest levels across the state and consistently represented our community with the highest standards of quality for teaching and learning.”

The Michigan Music Conference features school ensemble concerts, performances from Honors Choirs, All-State Bands, and Orchestras; sessions for in-service and pre-service teachers; professional development clinics; hands-on technology workshops; and association membership and business meetings. The 2016 attendance included approximately 9,000 teachers, administrators, students, speakers, and guests.

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Schedule of evening activities for Thursday, January 12

ACTIVITIES
Thursday, January 12, 2017
You are reminded that attendance at any practice/event that continues to run on a day that school is cancelled is considered  non-mandatory.
LAPEER HIGH SCHOOL
Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team Dinner CANCELLED
Freshman Boys’ Basketball Game @ Davison CANCELLED
JV Boys’ Basketball Game @ Davison CANCELLED
JV Girls’ Basktball Game vs. Davison @ Home CANCELLED
Boys’ Swim/Genesee County Meet @ Fenton CANCELLED
CFI-WEST CAMPUS
Wrestling Practice CANCELLED
Cheerleading Practice CANCELLED
Baseball Conditioning CANCELLED
Lapeer Youth Wrestling CANCELLED
Jr. Lightning Basketball CANCELLED
Walking Program CANCELLED
Enrichment Class/Essential Oils CANCELLED
Middle School Robotics CANCELLED
ROLLAND-WARNER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Girl Scouts CANCELLED
Competitive Cheerleading Practice CANCELLED
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
 Lapeer 7th Grade Boys’ Basketball Practice                              (Rescheduled for 1/13/17 @ 2-4 pm) CANCELLED/Rescheduled
Lightning 7th Grade Basketball Practice                                        (Rescheduled for 4-6 pm on 1/13/17) CANCELLED/Rescheduled
Washington DC Candy Bar Fundraiser Collection Friday 1/13/17 @ 9-9:20 am and 11:24 am – 11:34 am
ZEMMER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Boys’ 8th Grade Basketball Practice CANCELLED
8th Grade Competitive Cheerleading Practice CANCELLED
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
MI Future Problem Solving Club CANCELLED
LYNCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
Good News Club CANCELLED
MAYFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
MURPHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
SCHICKLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
Good News Club CANCELLED
Boy Scouts Pack#127 CANCELLED
TURRILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED

List of evening activities for Tuesday, January 10

ACTIVITIES
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
You are reminded that attendance at any practice/event that continues to run on a day that school is cancelled is considered  non-mandatory.
LAPEER HIGH SCHOOL
Freshman Boys’ Basketball Game vs. Rochester @ Home As Scheduled   (4:00 PM)
JV Boys’ Basketball Game vs. Rochester @ Home As Scheduled   (5:30 PM)
Varsity Boys’ Basketball Game vs. Rochester @ Home As Scheduled   (7:00 PM)
JV Girls’ Basketball Game @ Notre Dame Prep As Scheduled   (6:00 PM)
Varsity Girls’ Basketball Game @ Notre Dame Prep As Scheduled   (7:30 PM)
CFI-WEST CAMPUS
Wrestling Practice As Scheduled
Lapeer Youth Wrestling As Scheduled
Cheerleading Practice As Scheduled
Baseball Conditioning As Scheduled
Jr. Lightning Basketball As Scheduled
Walking Program CANCELLED
ROLLAND-WARNER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Boys’ Basketball Practice CANCELLED
Competitive Cheerleading Practice CANCELLED
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
ZEMMER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Boys’ Basketball Practice CANCELLED
Competitive Cheerleading Practice CANCELLED
LYNCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
MAYFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
Girl Scout Pack #144 Meeting CANCELLED
Cub Scout Pack #70161 Meeting CANCELLED
MURPHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Good News Club CANCELLED
Lapeer Lightning 12U Girls’ Travel Softball CANCELLED
SCHICKLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
TURRILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Good News Club CANCELLED
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED

Evening activities for December 13, 2016

DISTRICT ACTIVITIES
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Please be aware that attendance at any practice/event that continues to run on a day that school is cancelled is considered non-mandatory.
LAPEER HIGH SCHOOL
Maier Driver’s Education As Scheduled
Basketball Practice As Scheduled
Army Future Soldier Training As Scheduled
Study Lab – LCHAMPS As Scheduled
Boys’ Varsity Basketball Game @ Carman-Ainsworth As Scheduled
Girls’ Varsity Basketball Game @ Carman-Ainsworth As Scheduled
Wrestling Practice (4-6 pm @ CFI – West Campus) As Scheduled
Swim (3:30 – 5:30 pm @ Lapeer Rec Center) As Scheduled
Bowling (3:30 – 6:00 pm @ Gerlach’s Bowling Center) As Scheduled
Cheerleading Practice (3:30 – 6:00 pm @ CFI – West Campus) As Scheduled
Hockey (3:30 – 5:00 pm) As Scheduled
Basketball Shoot (11 am or 12 pm) As Scheduled
CFI-WEST CAMPUS
Basketball Practice As Scheduled
Wrestling Practice (4-6 pm) As Scheduled
Cheerleading Practice (3:30 – 5:30 pm) As Scheduled
Softball Conditioning As Scheduled
Middle School Robotics As Scheduled
Walking Program CANCELLED
Lapeer Youth Wrestling As Scheduled
Essential Oils Enrichment Class CANCELLED
Testing Out Event CANCELLED
ROLLAND-WARNER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Volleyball Practice CANCELLED
Volleyball Game @ Carman-Ainsworth CANCELLED
Wrestling Practice (@ Zemmer) CANCELLED
Washington DC Cheesecake Fundraiser (Changed to 12/14/16 @ 1 – 5 PM) Rescheduled
ZEMMER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Volleyball Practice CANCELLED
Wrestling Practice CANCELLED
Volleyball Game @ Carman-Ainsworth CANCELLED
LYNCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
MAYFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
Girl Scout Troop #70161 Meeting CANCELLED
Cub Scout Pack #144 Meeting CANCELLED
MURPHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Good News Club CANCELLED
Student Council Meeting CANCELLED
Lapeer Lightning 12U Girls’ Travel Softball CANCELLED
SCHICKLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED
TURRILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Good News Club CANCELLED
City Rec Basketball CANCELLED

Work of LHS sophomore Juliette Woodcum published in American Library of Poetry book

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LHS sophomore Juliette Woodcum

Lapeer High School sophomore Juliette Woodcum didn’t expect to see her name in a national publication anytime soon. In fact, when she received a letter in the mail last summer from the American Library of Poetry, she’d long since forgotten about her submission.

While other students find their passion on an athletic field or in the concert hall, she has a passion for the written word.

“I knew it was a long shot, but I figured that there was no harm in putting some extra time into a piece and submitting it,” said Juliette, who was encouraged to do so by her teacher at the time, Mrs. Amy Conger.

As it turned out, it wasn’t as long a shot as she thought. Her work, entitled “My Best Friend,” is now included in the Library’s publication of young adult poetry. Less than 20 percent of the writers who submitted their work were included in the publication.

At the end of the poetry unit with Mrs. Conger, students, including Juliette, were encouraged to enter the contest. She sent her submission and didn’t think twice about it. After all, it wasn’t her first foray into the competitive field of creative writing (she wrote her first piece in Kindergarten, a Halloween-themed story in the style of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You see?) and it wouldn’t be her last.

“Once I started my freshman year at Zemmer, I took Mrs. Conger’s Creative Writing course,” said Juliette, who is a member of the OMNI Council, Key Club and serves as a Lightning Ambassador at LHS. “I had similar classes, but none were like the class she taught. I really had to push myself to do better and better with every passing day.”

Her teacher was not at all surprised by the outcome.

“Juliette is a critical and creative thinker who takes pride in her written work down to the last detail,” said Conger. “She also put forth great effort to provide meaningful feedback to classmates about their poems and stories to ignite their thinking and help inspire them to be better writers.”

For Juliette, her passion for writing is something that will stay with her forever. She can scarcely remember a time when it wasn’t a part of her life.

“When it comes to writing, I’ve had a pencil in my hand since my motor skills allowed it,” said Juliette, who writes every day and aspires to become a professional writer.

Two years ago, she wrote a piece about her goals for college that was on display at Saginaw Valley State University throughout her eighth grade year.

“Perhaps someday my novels will stand alone in bookstores and be sold across the nation,” she said.

There’s no doubt Mrs. Conger will be the first one in line.

 

 

 

Mayfield Elementary students are charged up about coding

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Fourth grade students at Mayfield Elementary utilize Code.org resources to learn the basics of coding. 

LAPEER, Michigan — Every other Wednesday night, as many as 40 headphone-clad elementary students are packed into the computer lab at Mayfield Elementary. Wielding creative minds and fast-moving mice, the students are enmeshed in a discipline that one could not have imagined being taught in elementary school just a few years ago.

The students are learning about computer science and, more specifically, coding.

According to veteran educator Elizabeth Willette, who started the Coding Club this school year, students as young as Kindergarten are learning how to think like computer scientists. They have to troubleshoot, problem solve and, ultimately, become proficient in the language of technology.

In human-to-human communication, small mistakes often do not prevent messages from being received and understood. When communicating with a computer, however, very small mistakes in long lines of code can be terminal. That means that students must fix errors before moving forward. Find them. Fix them. And carry on.

Thanks to Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science, students can take advantage of a plethora of free resources aimed at sparking an interest in the lucrative and growing field of computer programming and software development.

“It’s a tremendous resource for our students,” Willette said. “And the best part: most of it is free.”

Code.org is the organization behind the popular “Hour of Code” campaign that offers free one-hour-long tutorials tailored to students across the globe. Each student who participates in the “Hour of Code” receives a Certificate of Completion from the organization. The goal is to expose all students, for at least one hour, to the creative juices that can flow out of engagement in computer science.

“When you really think about it, computer science ranks right up there with art and music as an outlet for creativity.” said Willette, whose ultimate goal is to get coding into more of the District’s elementary schools.

Getting the students interested, she says, is not the hard part. Having enough space and technology to accommodate that interest is more challenging.

“By this time next week, we may have as many as 50 in the club,” she said.

She also noted, with obvious delight, that many of the students are coding at home. She can track their progress using a web-based assessment tool. (She also monitors the process of her nine-year-old grandson in Japan, who is also totally into it.)

Students can also log in and play (and critique) video games created by students their age using the Gamestar Mechanic coding software.

Perhaps the best thing to come out of the creation of Coding Club is the collaboration that is happening between students. Many of her club members have introduced other students to the craft and helped them get started.

Willette’s children and grandchildren all share her passion for technology, and she’s excited to share it with students of all ages.

If you are interested in supporting Coding Club, or just want to know more, contact Elizabeth Willette at ewillette@lapeerschools.org.