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).
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.
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.
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.
Image: Bailey daycare parents' Working Group member Charles Hoogstraten speaks to Council late last year
Former East Lansing mayor Douglas Jester is urging City Council to vote tomorrow night to save the Bailey daycare. In a letter to Council that he has shared with ELi, Jester asks Council “to assist the parents who are attempting to establish a non-profit corporation to operate the program, and to undertake a community process to decide the future of the Bailey Community Center.”
Councilmember Ruth Beier is set tomorrow to make the following motion at Council:
City Council is now set to decide the fate of the Bailey childcare program and the Bailey Community Center next Tuesday. Members of the Bailey neighborhood told Council last night that this means they are essentially also deciding the fate of the Bailey neighborhood itself.
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.
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."
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.
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”?
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).