East Lansing Schools

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.

Sex Ed Advisory Committee to Hold Open Meeting

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Image: The pledge card handed out by SMART program guest educators in East Lansing High School in years’ past.

The Reproductive Health Advisory Committee (RHAC) of the East Lansing Board of Education will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00PM in the Pinecrest Elementary School Library to discuss District reproductive health curriculum. This meeting is open to the public.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Image: This month's Jazz Night at East Lansing High School, where Michael Dease performed as the Draggoo family-funded visiting artist

This Sunday at 11 am, visitors to the East Lansing Art Festival can hear East Lansing High School’s Jazz Band 1 perform works by Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico, Bobby Timmons, and more. Those who have heard this group know that, under the direction of Dave Larzelere, the ensemble’s sound is of a remarkably high quality for high school musicians.

Council Meets with School Board

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Above: Library Director Kristin Shelley presenting to City Council and the Board of Education last night.

The first half of this week’s City Council meeting was dedicated to a joint meeting with the East Lansing Public Schools Board of Education and was held at the Hannah Community Center. The meeting consisted largely of presentations and involved no apparent points of disagreement among or between the two governing bodies. Topics included the future of the Red Cedar School, enrollment levels, and the proposed City Charter amendment on public land sales.

ELHS Freshman Opens Landscaping Business

Friday, March 20, 2015

Morgan at work.

14-year-old high school freshman Tommy Morgan has opened his own landscaping business, BUD, BRANCH & BLOSSOM LANDSCAPING, LLC in East Lansing.

ASK ELi: New Charter School in East Lansing?

Friday, March 20, 2015

This week in Council Capsule we reported on remarks made to City Council by Brian Shaughnessy, principal and superintendent of the Cole Academy, a Lansing charter school. Shaughnessy told Council that Cole Academy wants to open a new school in East Lansing, with about 200 students, and that they are interested in the Bailey Community Center building (formerly the Bailey School).

SHOW OF THE WEEK: The Wiz at East Lansing High School

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The cast and crew have a pep talk before rehearsal begins motivating everyone to be the best they can be.

As soon as the bell rings for the end of the school day at East Lansing High School, anxious and excited theater students head to the auditorium for rehearsal for their upcoming show. As they scramble to get into costume, you cannot walk a hallway near the auditorium without encountering bubbly students bouncing with energy. They are getting ready for The Wiz, a musical based on The Wizard of Oz.

Council Capsule: March 17, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Image: Centennial sculpture, courtesy City of East Lansing

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmember Kathy Boyle

Absent: Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Susan Woods

East Lansing Teacher Named MSBOA Orchestra Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

David Rosin, the orchestra teacher for MacDonald Middle School and East Lansing High School, has been named Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) Teacher of the Year for 2015. Rosin’s award will be presented on May 21 at the ELHS orchestra concert. The East Lansing Band and Orchestra Parent Association (ELBOPA) will host a reception for Rosin following the concert and presentation.

East Lansing High School Boys’ Swimming Team Headed to Leagues and State

Monday, February 23, 2015

Photo: Captains of the swim team Charley Schertzing and Will Delany at the DeWitt Invitational.

The East Lansing High School Boys’ Swimming and Diving team is in a position to place in the top three teams at the Capital Area Activities Conference Blue League meet this year. The season culminates at Haslett High School on Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28. League preliminaries begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Finals are at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Diving begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26. Admission is $5 at the door. Children five and under are free.