After unveiling of new high school, increase in Holt students but test scores remain near state average

Delhi Township Supervisor John Hayhoe leaned back in his chair at Tim Horton’s gazing out the window listing off the positives of Delhi Township and Holt when he came to a mid-thought remembrance. “The one thing we do have that’s a nice draw is Holt Schools,” Hayhoe said. “People actually move in to Holt so their kids can go to the local schools.”

Holt High School stands alone in what appears to be an old field. It’s a sprawling structure of brown brick and slanted roofs, reminiscent of multiple supermarkets placed next to each other. After what Hayhoe labeled as a “tough bill to pass” the bonds were sold through a millage and construction began in 2000 and concluded for the start of the 2003 school year.

Schools of choice option gains popularity in Michigan, benefits Meridian

By Katie Dudlets
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

In Michigan, the number of students in schools of choice increased from 66,560 in 2005-06 to 115,209 in 2012-13, an upsurge of 73 percent. Schools of choice enrollment also made up a larger percentage of the state’s overall student population, rising from 3.7 percent of 1.8 million students in 2005-06, to 7.1 percent of 1.6 million students in 2012-13. Administrators in Meridian Township are seeing a similar trend. “We do have many students that are interested and go ahead and make applications for schools of choice for Haslett [High School], and not only Haslett, but for Haslett Public Schools,” said Haslett High School Principal Bart Wegenke. “I think we’re probably about 18 to 20 percent schools of choice [students] for this district.”

According to Joshua Cowen, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University, this increase in the program’s popularity is not only a trend in Michigan, but in the nation as well.

Gender doesn't matter: Haslett High's girls basketball team is embraced by the community

By Tamar Davis
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — The Haslett High School girls basketball team has been on fire for the last two seasons. With this season coming to an end due to a crucial loss to East Lansing High in the first round of the playoffs, the Vikings kept their heads up high as they look to improve and become a team to be highly-scouted. With all of their success, the Vikings have made a statement as to how girls basketball is just as important and entertaining as boys basketball. Coach Robert Currier believes his girls received a great amount of attention from the community and doesnt think things would be different if it were the boys basketball team. “Our community shows so much support for our team,” said Currier.

Bath High School is small in numbers, but large in opportunity

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — Bath High School has a graduation rate of 87 percent with about 70 percent of those graduates moving on to college, according to Bath High School Principal Matt Dodson. When looking at post-high school life, there are a few options students can look into. If they obtained adequate American College Testing (ACT) scores and were able to earn a sufficient grade-point average (GPA), their first choice may be to attend a college or university, but it takes more than good scores to be prepared for the collegiate environment. “We have a state-approved computer science program and our computer science courses are articulated with Lansing Community College (LCC), so our students get college credit for their high school courses,” said Dodson. “We also run a media production course.”

“All of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) classes and Automated Accounting are articulated to LCC,” said Bath Computer Teacher Gloria Bond. “That means that students who take these classes as a junior or senior and earn an 80 percent get credit for the classes at LCC.

Electronic cigarette trend reaches Grand Ledge High School

By Rachael Daniel
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Alternative forms of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes or “e-cigs” and also herbal vaporizer pens have become increasingly popular among smokers as a way to step away from the traditional cigarette, but according to senior Taylor McCrackin, the revolution has made its way to Grand Ledge High School. According to McCrackin from MigVapor, students are not just using them outside and around the school, but e-cigarettes are making appearances inside the classroom as well. “I’ve definitely seen people in class smoking. It’s not frequent, but I’ve seen it,” McCrackin said. Senior Deb VanDeVusse has first-hand experience with the issue.

Phys ed cuts hit schools

Capital News Service
LANSING – When it comes to K-12 education, the subjects that get measured by the government are the ones that get priority during the school day – leaving physical education classes in the dust, according to Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association (MEA). “It’s just reality.” Cook said. “Positions get cut. You lose your art, music and physical education because those are not on the statewide tests. How do you test for physical education, for crying out loud?

Preuss Pets is not just a store. It's a classroom, too

By Cynthia Lee
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

The Preuss Pet store  has been active for 30 years, offering a wide selection of marine and fresh water animals, small animals like gerbils, ferrets, guinea pigs, and a large variety of reptiles. The store also offers more than the chance to adopt an animal, but to learn about them as well. The pet store has a education department collaborating with schools with science fun day, as well going to school classrooms to expose students to live animals. “The educational services Preuss Pets offers a way of bringing fresh faces to Old Town,” said Austin Ashley, who is the community director of Old Town Commercial Association. Ashley added, “They offer educating the community on animals and their well-being.