2007-08 Points of Pride
An incomplete (but
fun and impressive) list of the accomplishments of
district, our teachers and our students this year.
- The district completed a comprehensive strategic plan,
setting priorities for 2007-11.
Lansing High School ranked 6th in Michigan in Newsweek's 2007
Poll of Top High Schools, placing ahead of all other mid-Michigan high
ACT Organization recognized ELHS - and only 380 other high schools across
the country - for the rigor of its core courses.
courses are being aligned with new state curriculum requirements.
teachers developed new graduation requirements for the Class of 2011 and
beyond to bring East Lansing into compliance with new state requirements.
hired a new Director of Technology and a Coordinator of Communications.
programs and textbooks were adopted for K-5 math, 6th grade
social studies and high school economics.
district received an unqualified opinion (the best opinion available) in
its audited financial statements for the year ending June 2006.
- The East Lansing Educational Foundation awarded over
$20,000 to district teachers.
in every school participated in the Sarah Tarpoff Writing Project and/or
the Matt Epling Creative Arts Competition.
from Michigan State University worked in most East Lansing schools.
district purchased two new school buses.
In Our School Buildings:
Physics teacher John Plough received the MSU Green Apple Teaching Award
for alumni who inspire students to study math, science and engineering.
ELHS Quiz Bowl finished as State
Champions and 13th in the nation.
ELHS students were National Merit Finalists and 59 students were members
of the Class of 2007 National Honor Society.
AP Physics students won first place in the Michigan Physics Olympiad.
10th grader Adam Davis received an "Honorable Mention" for his film "The
A-maze-ing Corn" in the East Lansing Children's Film Festival.
Middle School students Rollin Baker and Roan Ma were chosen to participate
in the Mid-West Music Conference in the All-State Orchestra.
Red Cedar Elementary Principal Mindy
Emerson received the MSU Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Educators
from the MSU College of Education.
Donley students were pen pals with MSU
athletes as part of their year-long Read to Succeed program.
The ELHS Theater Program has been
selected by the American High School Theater Festival to perform at the
Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival in 2008.
The East Lansing Educational Foundation
recognized Paul Fagan, June and George Szypula, Lee Griffin, Kevin Kelly,
Rollie and Marilyn Ledebuhr, David Heeke, Marge Andrews and Sandy Gebber
for their many contributions to the East Lansing Public Schools and the
East Lansing community at their annual awards recognition dinner.
School's Jonas Hallstein, Joe Croom, Adrian Berding and Matthew Heeder
took 5th place in the Michigan Elementary Team Chess
MSU chapter of Kiwanis Circle K received a $500 grant to sponsor "Turn off
the TV week" at Glencairn.
from Glencairn and Whitehills formed part of the Human 100 Commemorative
Photo at the kickoff of East Lansing's Centennial Celebration.
ELHS Orchestra students were chosen for
the All-State Orchestra and received invitations to the Youth Arts
The ELHS student PRIDE team worked with
world-renowned sculptor Jim Cunningham allowing him to create a sculpture
for permanent display at ELHS.
Glencairn musicians Caitlin Hegg, Emily
Wibert, and Maeve Pascoe participated in the Capital Area Music Teachers
Association's Student Achievement Testing Program for school-age children
who study piano or voice.
Approximately 150 MacDonald Middle School
students qualified to participate in the Midwest Academic Talent
Search. Of that number
approximately 80 chose to participate by taking the SAT or the ACT.
computers were purchased for Glencairn and Whitehills Schools.
up-to-code playgrounds will be installed at Donley and Marble Schools
during the summer.
Our Students Giving Back:
students launched "Operation Green" to make their school more
earth-friendly and reduced daily lunchtime landfill trash from 12 garbage
bags to two.
first graders raised $700 to help the rhinoceros at Potter Park Zoo.
Cedar students raised over $600 through their Pennies for Patients Program
for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, and raised over $900 for The Heifer
Project through their Read to Feed project.
students held a Penny Drive to raise money for the Rainforest Action
Network's Protect an Acre Program.
20 MacDonald Middle School students tutored 40 - 50 Donley Elementary
students every Thursday after school in the 'Kids Care Too' program.
students ran a Red Cross Food Drive, participated in the Big Brothers/Big
Sisters program and created Valentines For Vets.
Club raised money to run an after school art club for fourth graders. Club members then raised $1,200 for the
school's Reef Tank by selling their ceramics.
Middle School students participated in East Lansing Friends (Elfs), a
program that matched 35 MacDonald Middle School students with
special-needs students to help with social skills.
Twenty-three MacDonald Middle School
students and students from all over the district helped lead their schools
through the Peer Assisted Leadership Program (PALS).
annual Walk The Walk Fundraiser raised money for the school and the Humane
students' "Magnet World"
project raised $150 for animals at
Potter Park Zoo, their Stocking Stuffer Drive collected gift and personal
care items for 35 needy children.
Marble students raised $450 for families in Kenya and first graders
raised $300 for the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
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