Grand Ledge High School students call for improvement

By Rachael Daniel
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

High school student Megan Koren loves her teachers at Grand Ledge Public Schools. She always feels supported in her academic journey and applauds their unyielding hard work, but more than anything, she believes they deserve to be treated better by the district. In her opinion, the well-being of her teachers should be a priority in the district’s new strategic plan that focuses on school improvement. The new version of the plan is updated every three years and the 2016 version will be released in June. Assistant Superintendent Andrew George said the strategic plan gives the district the opportunity to ensure its focus is always in the right direction.

New contract approved for Grand Ledge school employees

By DeVinnia Moore
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

On Oct. 26 the employee contract of the Michigan Education Association /National Education Association Unit IV, was approved. This contract is an agreement between the Grand Ledge Board of Education and MEA/NEA Unit Assistants. This includes Teacher Assistants, Health Care Assistants, Bus Assistants, Adventure Club Head Caregivers, and Adventure Club Caregivers. Superintendent of Grand Ledge schools, Brian Metcalf, said this new contract includes an increase of $150,000 more in funds.

Graduation rates are sky-high at Grand Ledge High School

By Paige Wester
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

According to Public School Review, Grand Ledge can’t get any better at graduating its high school students. The Web site reports that the graduation rate at Grand Ledge High School is a perfect 100 percent. Steve Stoll, a Grand Ledge resident, said that the schools here are such a huge focal point of this town. “With Grand Ledge being such a small town, we as parents really get involved with our kids schooling and athletics,” Stoll said. “I always know what is happening with most of the kids because all of the parents are friends as well.”

Stoll, who has had two kids graduate from Grand Ledge High School recently, has seen the success and the few failures the school has had in the last decade.

Police making rounds at Grand Ledge High School

By Peter Nuttall
Living In The Ledge staff reporter

From Columbine, Colo., to Newtown, Conn., and just recently Roseburg, Ore., the unexpected gun violence that occurs at schools, a place where children should be learning, makes the situations that occur almost always a tragic one. And it’s a tragedy that seems to be happening far too often in the United States. Officer Chris Chester, of the Grand Ledge Police Department, is stationed at Grand Ledge High School to make sure Grand Ledge isn’t added to these lists of towns. He monitors and maintains the safety of the students/faculty. Not just at the high school, but also the middle schools, and the elementary schools.

Top 26 GLHS scholars recognized for academic excellence

By Meghan Steingold
Living In The Ledge

At the Sawdon Administration Building on April 28, 26 of the top scholars of the Grand Ledge High School Class of 2015 were recognized for their academic excellence. Families gathered in order to honor the students, with graduation less than a month away.  

For the entire list, you can go to

http://www.glcomets.net/newsannouncements/

 

Mental health in teens at Grand Ledge High School

By Ariel Rogers
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge High School has a student population nearing 1,800 ninth through 12th graders. Students are often overwhelmed with the stress of becoming an adult and planning the future. Kathy Coscarelli is a licensed counselor in the Grand Ledge area. She receives referrals from GLHS for further counseling options for the students. “Kids are so stressed about the future,” Coscarelli said.

Lack of communication may interfere with knowledge of help-rooms

By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter

GRAND LEDGE — The Grand Ledge School Board had a lack of communication informing parents about the intervention program and how it helps students, but plans to get their support. Failure rates in general education subjects decreased 20 to 60 percent due to intervention at Grand Ledge High School, but members of the board realized that the parents’ knowledge of the help-rooms is vital in continuing the decrease. They plan on educating parents about it, possibly by parent-teacher conferences or by informing the teenagers to tell their guardians about the benefits of after-school help sessions. “There are so many things we offer, but some parents have no idea,” said Brody Boucher, board president. Knowledge

Help-rooms are offered in math, science, social studies and English from 7 a.m., through lunch, and close at 4:30 p.m. — with over 1,000 students attending every trimester in each subject.

School year extended in Grand Ledge High School

By Jiabin Liu

Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE ­– Grand Ledge high school extended the last school day to June 10 and will have students attend in the morning. The last day for seniors remains on May 23, and graduation is on May 30. Because of the weather circumstances, Grand Ledge high school closed 11 days throughout the polar vortex. Michigan education law

As specified in Section 101 of the State School Aid Act, to qualify for a school aid, each school district requires a minimum of 170 school days or at least 1,098 school hours. The law allows six days to be forgiven in case of conditions that are not within the control of school authorities such as severe storms, fires, health conditions and infrastructure issues.

Flu season in a Grand Ledge High School special education classroom

By Ariel Rogers
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
GRAND LEDGE – Flu season is around the corner and Grand Ledge High School employees are taking careful precautions to prevent themselves and students from getting sick. Tracey Smith is the special education teacher for the cognitively impaired at GLHS. Most of her students get a flu vaccination each year to keep from getting seriously ill. “Due to the nature of my students’ disabilities, when they get sick, they really get sick,” Smith said. “It typically takes them longer to recover than most people from their illnesses due to their weakened immune systems.”

Precautions
Smith makes sure that the desks are disinfected before students arrive to class after the students leave for the day.