East Lansing Schools

CITY OF THE SMARTS: Math Beyond the Numbers

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Note: ELi is instituting new weekly features! Today is our second installment of our new Saturday feature, “City of the Smarts.” This weekly column will fill you in on geeky pleasures of and brain-enhancing opportunities in East Lansing. If you have news of a local brainy pleasure to share, use our contact form.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: ELHS Marching Band Performs 35th Annual Senior Show Friday

Thursday, October 16, 2014
ELHS Marching Band at Grand Ledge

Note: ELi is instituting new weekly features! Today is our second installation of our new Thursday feature, "Show Of The Week," filling you in on an exciting upcoming entertainment opportunity in East Lansing.

East Lansing High School (ELHS) football game attendees will be in for a special treat on Friday, October 17 as the 100-member ELHS Marching Band performs a half-time show selected by the 20 seniors in the band. Kick off for this season’s last home game is at 7:00 p.m. Admission for the game is $5.

Glencairn Principal Discusses Elementary Reconfiguration Impact

Monday, October 13, 2014
A painting created exclusively for Glencairn Elementary by Ware's niece.

Reconfigurations within East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) for the 2014-2015 school year have not only impacted students, but have left a significant mark on faculty and staff within the district as well. Glencairn Elementary Principal Lorraine Ware is one of those staff members who faced substantial building, student body, and faculty changes. ELi sat down with Ware to discuss what her move from Red Cedar Elementary to Glencairn looks like six months after East Lansing School Board’s (ELSB's) vote in favor of modifying the landscape of ELPS.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: ELHS Students to Play Powderpuff Game for Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Left to Right: ELHS Seniors Joey Wojda, Bryan  Leek, and Brian Darios

Note: ELi is instituting new weekly features! Today we introduce our new Sunday feature, "Random Acts of Kindness." This weekly column will share news of just some of the wonderful philanthropic activities happening all around East Lansing. If you have a "Random Act" to share, use our contact form

On Wednesday, October 22 a group of senior- and junior-level girls from East Lansing High School (ELHS) will compete in a powderpuff football game under the ELHS stadium lights to raise money for breast cancer awareness. 

School Board Candidates Forum Open to the Public

Monday, October 6, 2014
East Lansing High School (photo courtesy of the City of East Lansing)

All members of the East Lansing community are invited on the evening of October 21 to one of the first occasions where all eight candidates running for East Lansing School Board (ELSB) will meet together to discuss issues with residents. Originally scheduled to begin at 6:30pm, this open forum will be held in the East Lansing High School (ELHS) Cafeteria/Student Union from 5:00pm-6:30pm to accommodate parent teacher conferences that same evening.

East Lansing Quidditch Season Underway

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Members of the ELHS Quidditch team

The much-anticipated Quidditch preseason is now underway with regular after-school intra-squad scrimmages taking place at Patriarche Park. Players from East Lansing High School meet after school to break into two teams, pitting the Goslings against the Narwhals. Ordinarily, practice occurs on Friday afternoons, but because so many of the players belong to the marching band and this Friday was the MSU Homecoming game, practice this week took place on Thursday.

Band and Orchestra Car Wash Saturday

Friday, September 26, 2014

The East Lansing Band and Orchestra Parent Association will hold its annual car wash tomorrow, Saturday, September 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at MacDonald Middle School. Suggested donation is $10 per car wash but any level of donation is welcome. Band and Orchestra students will also be out in the community on Sunday, September 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. playing door- to-door for donations in East Lansing neighborhoods.

ELHS Band and Orchestra Students To Carol the Community during Night Out

Friday, September 26, 2014
Several ELBOPA Night Out 2013 Performers; Back L-R: Carl Geiger, Eileen Reeves; Front L-R: Josh Baird-Mejia, Alex Bennett

The community of East Lansing will have the chance to enjoy some impromptu, “surprise” concert venues within their own homes and lawns this coming Sunday, September 28, 2014. For four hours during their annual “Night Out” Fundraiser, groups of four to five East Lansing High School (ELHS) orchestra or band students will join parent volunteers as they “carol” at various homes in the area, providing entertainment and asking for donations to the ELHS music program. 

Former Teacher Helps Fund ELHS Marching Band Purchase

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The East Lansing High School (ELHS) Marching Band will be marching in this Friday’s homecoming parade with some shiny new gear, thanks to a substantial donor in the East Lansing community. 

Up until the 2014-2015 school year, students who participated in the band as sousaphone players were relegated to use old, outdated equipment, which was consistently in need of repair due to the sensitivity of the instrument’s “neck”. ELHS owned six sousaphones, two of which were original to the ELHS building, and all of which were approximately 60 years old. 

East Lansing Water Polo Players Compete Nationally

Monday, September 15, 2014

This summer, the Spartan Water Polo Club participated in the Junior Olympics at Stanford University in California. The club is the largest in Michigan, and the team that traveled to Stanford included boys and girls from both East Lansing and Okemos. Both school districts maintain their own boys and girls water polo teams during the school year, but the Spartan Water Polo Club is a separate and privately funded team.

Enterovirus Is Here

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Enterovirus is sweeping across the Midwest – and according to a local pediatrician, it may now have reached the East Lansing area. We are in the middle of enterovirus season, which runs largely unnoticed each year from July through October despite millions of infections, but the presentation of one particular strain of enterovirus has been garnering the attention of many East Lansing-area experts and laypersons alike for the volume of cases and severity of symptoms being attributed to it.

Earlier School Start Times Bring Changes for Families in the New School Year

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Families with children in East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) have encountered many changes in the 2014-2015 school year, including an earlier start time for high school students. Students now begin their classes at 7:45 am and end at 2:46 pm, a shift that is approximately 15 minutes earlier than previous years. Middle school students start at 8:05 am, finishing at 3:05pm, while elementary aged children don’t begin their school day until 8:45am.

Educational Foundation Tailgate Welcomes Class of 2027

Monday, September 8, 2014
East Lansing Educational Foundaiton tailgate

The East Lansing Educational Fund (ELEF) held its third annual tailgate on Friday, September 5, at East Lansing High School. The event, which according to ELEF’s Michele Hulsgen drew about 200 people, officially welcomed the Class of 2027.

Kate Powers, Kwafo Adarkwa, and ELEF President Mindy Emerson (shown left to right in photo above) were on the serving line to greet guests. The East Lansing High School Marching Band Drum Line performed for those in attendance.