East Lansing Schools

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 The Board of Education Monday night rescinded their earlier motion banning anyone not employed by the School District from being a part of the sex education classes.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.

ELPS Board of Education to Vote on Rescinding Red Cedar Reopening Plan

Friday, February 5, 2016

The East Lansing Board of Education will vote Monday whether to pull back on the planned reopening of Red Cedar Elementary School, and create a pair of “teacher leader” panels to study future programming in the District.

The Board agenda, released Friday afternoon, includes as the top agenda item:

Two Deaths in One Month Rocks ELHS, Community

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Two East Lansing High School students have died in the space of a month. Both were young women: freshman Sydney E. Zaban on January 13 and Olivia Amy Nokken on February 2.

ELHS Principal Coby Fletcher contacted ELHS parents following both deaths; both letters state that a student died, express condolences and indicate that ELHS staff is prepared to provide support to students.

Lead Persists at Glencairn School Despite Fix

Thursday, February 4, 2016

East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) Superintendent Robyne Thompson notified parents yesterday that in spite of replacement of plumbing suspected of leaching lead at Glencairn Elementary School, water coming to one sink is still testing positive for high levels of lead.