OHS student takes on Type 1 diabetes

Kaitlyn Mattiello, a high school senior in Oxford Schools Early College (OSEC) program, found a unique way to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes – golf. She recently organized an outing at Devil’s Ridge Golf Club in Oxford to benefit Type 1 diabetes research as part of her Capstone project through the OSEC program. For […]

OES students earn bicycles as rewards for reading

Four lucky students at Oxford Elementary School were rewarded with a shiny new bicycle for actively reading throughout the month of March, which is National Reading Month. The third, fourth, and fifth-graders packed into the school cafeteria May 10, anxious to find out if their reading efforts had paid off. Four bikes sat on the […]

Art show features works of OHS seniors

A giant panda, a ceramic cat with a face of flowers and detailed self-portraits were a few of the unique creations found at the annual Senior Art Show May 10 at Oxford High. Twenty OHS seniors and one junior featured a collection of artwork they had created throughout their high school careers. Each student used […]

District to beef up security

Plans to update security measures across the Oxford school district in 2016-17 – including at the high school press box, which was recently vandalized twice – were announced at a board of education meeting last week. The district will work in conjunction with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and insurance providers for the updates to […]

District recognizes teacher, support staff award nominees

Some of Oxford Schools’ best and brightest staff were announced by district principals for the 2015-16 Teacher and Support Person of the Year Awards at a school board meeting held last Wednesday. Nominated as Leonard Elementary’s Teacher of the Year was Shannon Kage, a first-grade teacher. “When you get to sit down in Shannon’s class, […]

OES student works to keep kids warm in winter

Michigan winters are widely known for being long, cold and brutal. For some families, keeping warm is a daily struggle. Alex VanHaren, a fourth-grader at Oxford Elementary School, has been working to ease that struggle for local students. Last winter, Alex came up with a solution for children without appropriate winter wear. He created a […]

Schools work to correct overpay error involving 55 staffers

Fifty-five staff members within the Oxford Community Schools were each paid between $200 and $800 extra throughout the course of the 2015-16 school year due to a human/systemic error, according to district staff. The salary schedule within the district builds in “steps” with automatic pay raises going to teachers based on their years of experience […]

Lightning’s Harrison earns top coaching honor

Longtime Coach Michael Harrison of the Oxford Lightning Girls (OLG) basketball team was recently presented the 2016 Youth Sports Coach of the Year Award from the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (mParks). Harrison was one of the founders of the basketball program, which is offered through the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department. He has […]

Donation adds land to Addison park

Residents of Addison Township can look forward to an expansion of Watershed Preserve Park thanks to a donation from James Fitzpatrick, of Lake Orion. Fitzpatrick sold his property, which is next to the park, to the township at a greatly reduced rate. The 2.5-acre site is located on the west end of Haven Rd. and […]

Strummin’ on the ol’ banjo is a family tradition

In 1947, then-U.S. President Harry S. Truman declared the banjo to be “America’s national instrument.” To Ernie May, of Oxford, the banjo represents more than a nationally-revered instrument – it represents tradition. Ever since the age of 13, May has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by strumming the banjo. Forty-six years […]