East Lansing Schools

ELPS Teachers, Parents Push for Teacher Contract

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

On Monday at the final East Lansing Public School (ELPS) Board meeting of 2014, members of the Facebook page “We Support ELPS Educators” were once again calling for a “show of support” from parents, students, and the community for ELPS teachers whose contracts are still under negotiation despite months of mediation.

East Lansing Students March, Rally to Protest Racial Injustice

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Yesterday, a group of about 150 East Lansing High School students rallied after school to protest racial injustice in the wake of grand jury acquittals in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. In a spirited but peaceful procession, the students and supporters marched from the ELHS campus to Abbot Road chanting slogans such as "I can't breathe," "No Justice, No Peace," "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," and "Black Lives Matter."

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Girl Scouts Lead Annual Toys for Tots Drive in East Lansing Schools

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Approximately 300 East Lansing Girl Scouts will take part in an annual toy drive this December, making announcements in their schools, creating advertisements, sorting toys at the warehouse and encouraging friends and family to donate toys. Daisy Scout girls as young as five and as old as high school age Ambassadors have participated in the Toys for Tots drive for almost a decade. Last year alone, they helped fill eight collection bins for the organization.

CITY OF THE SMARTS: Knowing What "Secure in Place" Means

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Image: ELPD's Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez, courtesy ELPD

This past week, East Lansing experienced two “secure in place” orders from the local police, including one on Monday involving the East Lansing Public Schools and another on Tuesday at MSU. What trips these orders? What do “secure in place” and “lockdown” orders really mean?

To find out, I talked to Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez of the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD).

What does it mean when ELPD or MSU Police recommends people “secure in place”?

Monday's "Secure in Place" Order Shows Need for Improving Emergency Communication

Friday, November 28, 2014

Image: ELPD's Captain Jeff Murphy, courtesy of ELPD

On Monday, an online threat to schools triggered a “secure in place” order at the East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS). ELi Twitter follower Ross Fort asked us to find out why the order went only to the public schools and not the private schools in East Lansing.

The answer has been provided to us by Captain Jeff Murphy of the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD).

EL Orchestra Director Rosin Performs with Jazz Trio Tonight

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Fred Knapp Trio, a Michigan-based “swinging instrumental jazz trio putting their unique spin on classic standards” will play tonight, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Moriarty’s Pub in Lansing. The performance is part of Moriarty’s Jazz Tuesday at Moriarty’s, and celebrates the Trio’s new CD How Deep Is the Ocean. The music starts at 7:00 pm, and there is no cover.

East Lansing Schools Experience Brief "Secure in Place"

Monday, November 24, 2014

Parents of children in the East Lansing Public Schools were notified by email today of a "secure in place" order occurring throughout the district. Residents subscribed to the local emergency notification system, NIXLE, were also alerted. The order began at 11:45 am and lasted for about 45 minutes.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Twelve Angry Jurors at ELHS

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Most of us remember the movie Twelve Angry Men as a gritty, black-and-white drama centering on jury deliberations in a homicide trial. The jurors are not named, but numbered, and Henry Fonda plays Juror #8 who gradually persuades the other eleven jurors that there is reasonable doubt. The lengthy and intense deliberation exposes the biases of individuals with a volatile mixture of backgrounds and personalities, most of which seem remarkably fresh despite the fact that the play was written sixty years ago.

East Lansing Parents and Students Plan Pep Rally to Support Teachers

Sunday, November 9, 2014
ELPS Educator support T-shirts ready for distribution

East Lansing teacher contract negotiations have extended into November, and some East Lansing parents are looking for ways to support teachers during a tumultuous time. Jodi Spicer, parent of children at Marble Elementary School and East Lansing High School, created the public Facebook group “We Support ELPS Educators” on October 31 as a way to share ideas. As of Sunday morning, 500 people have joined.

CITY OF THE SMARTS: The Gear Girls gear up for Saturday competition

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Photo courtesy of the Haslett Robotics Club

Saturday is a big day for the “Gear Girls”. This local, all-girl competitive robotics team is geared up to compete November 8 in a Regional Qualifier against 29 other teams for the chance to go on to the state First Lego League competition. 

School Board Election Results Unclear - UPDATE

Thursday, November 6, 2014

This article was updated to add the final three paragraphs at 4:45 pm, Thursday November 6.

Results are still somewhat unclear concerning the November 4 East Lansing School Board election.

At 3:03am, MLive posted an article indicating that “East Lansing races [were] too close to call” at the time, but named Kate Powers, Karen Hoene, Yasmina Bouraoui and Nell Kuhnmuench as the winners of four open seats.

East Lansing School Board Election Winners - Why Are They Excited?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

In a very close election, preliminary results (16 of 17, or 94% of the precincts reporting) show that Kate Powers, Yasmina Bouraoui, Karen Hoene, and Nell Kuhnmuench have won the four available seats.  If this result holds, it would mark a clean sweep by the four female candidates.

An article with complete covereage of these election results will be published shortly.  For now, here are the answers we received from the four apparent winners when we asked them "What about education in the East Lansing School District excites you the most?"

School Board Candidates Defend PAC Endorsement

Monday, November 3, 2014

Two school board candidates who have been endorsed by the PAC “Neighborhoods 1st” are objecting to criticisms of this relationship by a third candidate not endorsed by the PAC.

Links to All ELi Questions, and School Board Candidate Answers

Monday, November 3, 2014
East Lansing High School

In an effort to provide the community of East Lansing a closer look at candidates running for School Board in the upcoming November 4 elections, ELi gave every candidate the opportunity to answer a list of questions regarding their goals and ideas for improving education in East Lansing.

PAC Involvement in ELPS Board Election Questioned

Friday, October 31, 2014

The involvement of Neighborhoods 1st, a local Political Action Committee (PAC), in the East Lansing school board elections is raising questions, including questions about the slate of four candidates endorsed by the PAC: Yasmina Bouraoui, Karen Hoene, Nell Kuhnmuench, and Jeff Wrey.

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