East Lansing Schools

31 faucets with high lead levels found in East Lansing schools

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Image: ELPS Superintendent Robyne Thompson

The latest round of water testing in East Lansing Public Schools has found 31 faucets with lead levels that exceeded the federal action levels. All have been shut off and none were used as drinking water sources.

East Lansing Schools Release Proposed Schools of Choice numbers

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


East Lansing school administrators are proposing a reduced number of Schools of Choice slots for the 2016-17 school year.

In a memo to the Board of Education released Monday, ELPS Finance Director Rich Pugh is suggesting the District open 129 total slots to new Schools of Choice students.

The Board had approved 220 slots last year and ended up with 159 Schools of Choice students.

EL Physical Education Teacher Dedicated to Creating Community and Making Fitness Fun

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Casey Bain, the Physical Education teacher at Marble Elementary School in East Lansing, is a finalist for the Director’s Champion for Health Award, one of the Governor’s Fitness Awards, sponsored by the Michigan Fitness Foundation. The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at a gala awards dinner in Detroit, but to many families in East Lansing, Bain is already a winner.

ELHS Students Cite Pros, Cons of Dual Enrollment in College Classes

Monday, April 11, 2016

Along with many AP courses and other advanced programs, East Lansing High School students have the option to take higher-level classes at local colleges, such as MSU and LCC, a process known as dual enrollment.

Many advanced students take advantage of this opportunity, often upperclassmen, who have exhausted the school’s offerings in a subject area. There are opportunities for taking classes in almost any subject, but the majority of enrolled students take classes in English, World Languages, or Math, which are the tracks the most students finish before their senior year.

ELHS Presents "Legally Blonde, The Musical," Changes Performance Dates

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

East Lansing High School is presenting “Legally Blonde, the Musical” as its spring musical beginning on Wednesday, March 16, at 7pm, and continuing on: Thursday, March 17, at 7pm; Friday, March 18, at 7:30pm; Saturday, March 19, at 7:30pm; and Sunday, March 20, at 2pm. All performances will be at the ELHS Center for Performing Arts, 509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing.

The performance dates had to be changed and reduced because of snow days that prevented rehearsals. The show, originally slotted for seven performances, will now run for five.

ELPS Board Approves Lead Testing at All East Lansing Public Schools

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

East Lansing Board of Education approved testing for lead in all of its buildings last night, with the added hope that the contractor will discover the cause of discolored water in MacDonald Middle School.

The Trustees unanimously approved a contract for $26,200 to Materials Testing Consultants Inc. to test all the drinking water throughout the eight school buildings – a total of 613 sites. Each site will be tested twice, with additional testing possible pending the results, Financial Director Rich Pugh told the Board.

ELPS Board votes on outside sex ed vendors, Social Media Rules for District Employees

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Outside vendors are again allowed to present sex education programs at East Lansing schools. The Board of Education Monday night rescinded their earlier motion banning anyone not employed by the School District from being a part of the sex education classes.

The vote was unanimous and there was no discussion on the issue by the Board.

"Load the Library" Fundraiser Supports Donley Elementary

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On March 24th, 6:30-8pm, Donley Elementary is hosting a fundraiser in order to update and build upon their current library collection/catalog. The event includes a silent auction and family-friendly activities with a theme to honor Dr. Seuss. The event has been in the works since last spring and added to the calendar as of August 2015. Organizers Jeff Powers and Bree Anderson of the Donley PTO aim to make the library accessible for all of the students that attend the school. Why the library? “The library is the heart and soul of the building,” Powers said.

The Spirit of Valentine in East Lansing, Part II

Sunday, February 14, 2016
This is the second part of a feature on Valentine's Day in East Lansing. In case you missed it, Part I is right here.



 Ellie, age 8 and in 3rd grade at Donley, summed it up succinctly when she said “Valentine’s Day is about love.”

The Spirit of Valentine in East Lansing, Part I

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine’s Day: A holiday that can evoke anything from joy and love to fear and loathing, depending on one’s relationship status and overall level of curmudgeonry.  Some readers may be tempted to argue the holiday’s origins or its status as a day dedicated to the commercialization of affection, but set those ideas aside to join ELi as we explore what people—in particular, young people--in town think about and plan for Valentine’s Day.

Your ELi: Bringing Information About Mental Health Resources to the Community

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two student deaths at East Lansing High School in the course of a month have saddened many in the community. At ELi, we feel the impact not only as East Lansing residents but as parents; my son only recently left our public schools and Publisher Alice Dreger’s son is still a student at ELHS. One of our reporters, Danny Kaplowitz, is himself a student at ELHS, and our board Vice President, Vic Loomis, is a graduate of ELHS and has children at the school. I could go on and on with this list.

East Lansing School Board Suspends Efforts to Re-Open Red Cedar for 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

The East Lansing Board of Education voted tonight to rescind its December motion to reopen Red Cedar Elementary School as a pre-K through 5th grade for the fall of 2016.

Instead, they have agreed to create a panel of “teacher leaders” with at least one community member to study the feasibility of putting pre-kindergarten programming at the closed south side school.