East Lansing Schools

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.

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).