East Lansing Schools

EL School Board Moves Forward to Re-Open Red Cedar

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The East Lansing School Board took a major step toward reopening the shuttered Red Cedar Elementary School on Monday Night, adopting a resolution to appoint a committee charged with “initiating innovative educational programming in fall 2016 for pre-k through grade 5 at Red Cedar, as mandated by the 2012 resolution, and on or after the Fall of 2016, but no later than the Fall of 2017, at Donley.”

Red Cedar Elementary May Re-Open

Monday, September 28, 2015

The doors of Red Cedar Elementary School may be reopened under some form of alternative programming, according to a proposal under discussion by the East Lansing Board of Education.

Board member Kath Edsall introduced a proposal to initiate pre-Kindergarten through 5 programming in the closed elementary school. The motion, to be brought back to the board for action Oct. 12, also included some alternative programming at Donley Elementary School.

ELPS Sex Ed Advisory Board Hopes to Make Big Changes

Monday, September 28, 2015

From left, Dori Leyko, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Bree Anderson, co-chair; Mary Ellen Vrbanac, sexual education director; ELSH seniors Aiden Foster-Fishman and Isabella Ndlebe; parent Melissa Fore

After a spring rocked by controversy and national media attention, the East Lansing Sex Education Advisory Board is ready to get down to business and revamp the curriculum for elementary, middle and high school.

Sex Ed Advisory Board Meets Tonight

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tonight is the first meeting of the Sex Education Advisory Board for the East Lansing School District.

The board will discuss the school’s sex ed curriculum at 7 p.m. in the board room of the lower level of the East Lansing High School, 509 Burcham Drive.

In its July meeting, the East Lansing Board of Education approved the creation of the advisory board to include 16 members, two of whom are pupils in the school district. It was not clear this morning the identities of the members.

Other meetings of the board will take place Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. 

Pickleball Keeps East Lansing Residents Active

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Walking away from a conversation with Ruth Beier, one thing is certainly clear: the East Lansing City Council Representative loves Pickleball. But many might be left wondering, what Pickleball is.

ELHS Boys Soccer cruises to 4-0 win over Holt, improves to 4-0 in conference

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Andrew Person throws the ball in during the first half of a conference game against Holt High School

The Trojans scored one goal (Zach Lane) in the first half and the other three in the second half (Josh Wolfinger, Quinton Hay, and Ian Carroll respectively) as they cruised to a 4-0 win over the Holt Rams.

Starting a new year of high school: It's Complicated

Monday, September 21, 2015

The passage of Labor Day and first snap of cold weather mean one thing for students across the state of Michigan: back to school.

As alarms are set, assignments are hurried through, and backpacks are packed, the return to school is different for each student. Right here in East Lansing, I found a vast diversity of thoughts on coming back to the hallowed halls of ELHS.


School Board Discusses Second Grade Crowding and New Communication Procedure

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Superintendant Robyne Thompson speaks at last night's meeting

Students are feeling a little squeezed in some of the classrooms in East Lansing Elementary schools and the administration may be forced to move some students to ease the pressure.

Dr. Robyne Thompson, Superintendent, told the East Lansing Board of Education Monday night that second grade classroom levels have “exploded” this year, especially at Pinecrest and Marble schools.

Updated: Consent Workshop for Teens Offers Education, Fun and Open Dialogue

Monday, September 14, 2015

Update: The following message was posted this morning on the ELHS Students for Gender Equality public Facebook page: "the event Party with a Purpose: A Call for Consent, is changing a bit. Originally the event was to be held at ELPL. However protesters have heard about the event and have been harassing the library, threatening to protest. (The library has been supportive of us, so no worries there.) However, in an effort to create a safe environment where everyone will feel comfortable we have to switch venues.

ELHS Men’s Soccer: Meet the Captains

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The East Lansing High School Men’s Soccer team captains. From left to right: Chris Wallace, Quinton Haye, Ian Carroll, and Zachary-Michael Lane

Council Appears Set to Approve $1.4 Million TIF in 3-2 Vote

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Above: Artist’s rendering of the planned building at 565 East Grand River Avenue, at the northwest corner of Bailey Street and Grand River Avenue. (Does not show the controversial plaza, which would use the current third lane of Bailey Street, closest to the building.)

EL School Board Announces Scott as New Marble Principal

Monday, August 24, 2015

Incoming Marble Elementary Principal Sarah Scott

In two weeks, Marble Elementary School students and parents will be greeted by a new face as they enter their school.

Sarah Scott, most recently principal of Valley View Elementary school in Bellevue, was approved by the East Lansing Board of Education Monday night as the new principal of Marble Elementary.

Scott replaces Dori Leyko as principal. Leyko has been promoted to Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Her appointment was also made official by the board Monday.

ELHS Principal Resolves Newspaper Issues, ELPS Board Introduces New Curriculum Director

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Evan Hoopingarner (L), 2015 graduate of East Lansing High School and former co-editor of The Portrait, addresses the East Lansing Board of Education, along with East Lansing High School Principal Coby Fletcher. Board member Erin Graham is at right.


East Lansing High School’s school newspaper will not be placed under prior review by the school administration this coming school year, and may even be considered to be a “public forum” in the future – giving its student journalists the highest standard of protection under the U.S. Constitution.

DIGGING IN: Children and Plants Grow Together In Marble Elementary School’s Garden

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The intersection of art and education is on full display in Marble School’s Garden. Created in what was once a sparse stretch of grass framed by Marble Elementary's brick walls, the garden has become a central part of the school itself and of students' interaction with their world.

I spoke with former Marble teacher Marlene Cosgrove, one of the original organizers of the garden who is still in charge of its maintenance, to learn more about this East Lansing attraction.

A Productive Year for East Lansing High School’s Students for Gender Equality

Thursday, June 11, 2015

East Lansing High School’s Students for Gender Equality Club was created in May of 2014, when its co-presidents Brianna Wells, Aiden Foster-Fishman, Sarah Hansen, and Sara Faverman, identified what they believed to be clear gender biases within a cyber safety presentation given by the High School. “We then decided to create a club to combat these and bring awareness to the school,” says Co-President Hansen.