Grand Ledge High School Newsletter April 2014

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Grand Ledge High School Newsletter April 2014


  • April 2014 Steve Gabriel, Principal

    Important Schedule Adjustments:

    April 25th, 2014 Full Day of School (All students)

    June 6th, 2014

    Full Day of School (All students)

    June 9th, 2014 Full day of School (All students)

    June 10th, 2014

    Full day of School (All students)

    June 11th, 2014 Half day of School (All students)

    Congratulations Keefer!

    Student in the Spotlight Lions Club Student of the Month

    Each month we recognize a Lions Club Student of the Month. The student must be a senior, role model for others and someone that has contributed to the high school in a variety of ways. We attempt to select students that are not usually recognized and since we are allowed only eight seniors per year, it is imperative that we select confident, creditable ambassadors.

    Keefer Johnson was our

    March Lion's Club Student of the Month!

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    Grand Ledge High School District Band Festival

    On Friday, February 28, the Grand Ledge High School Bands performed at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District 8 Band and Orchestra festivals held at Okemos High School. Each ensemble was assessed in their concert performance by a panel of three adjudicators, with an additional adjudicator who evaluated each band in sight-reading. The categories assessed included tone, intonation, rhythm, technique, and interpretation, and the bands were each given a rating, ranging from 1 to 5, with a Division 1 (superior) rating being the highest. All three Grand Ledge High School bands received a Division One rating, The Concert Band repertoire included: Normandy Beach, by John Edmundson; Thus Spoke the Raven, by Gary Fagan; and, Joy!, by Frank Ticheli, and they received 10 "A" grades and 7 "A-" grades, and 3 B+ grades from the adjudication panel The Symphony Band performed Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, by John Philip Sousa; And the Antelope Play, by John Carnahan; and Havendance, by David Holsinger. The Symphony Band received 15 "A" grades, 4 "A-" grades, and 1 B+ grade from the panel. Finally, the Wind Symphony program included: The Purple Carnival, by Harry Alford; Paris Sketches, by Martin Ellerby; and Postcard, by Frank Ticheli, and they received 12 "A+" grades, and 8 A grades. The Wind Symphonys performance received high praise from their adjudicators. The GLHS Bands next performance will be their spring concert on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the GLHS Auditorium.


    Grand Ledge Public Schools will be

    holding a Town Hall meeting in the

    High School Auditorium on

    Thursday, April 17th, from 6:00-8:00pm. Parents are free to

    attend and arrive on time.

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    The Ethel J Armeling Scholarship Vocal Competition was held at the MSU School of Music on Sunday, March 16. Ten singers from the

    Lansing area were chosen to perform, four of them being GLHS choir students. Alex Holly, George

    Marshall, Rachel Rayl and Matt Wilcox performed for the

    scholarship. Rachel Rayl was chosen as the 2nd place winner, earning a

    $500 scholarship! Congratulations to all of these singers.

    Photos for Senior Slide Show are now being


    Please email photos to Krystin Verran at Photos

    will be accepted until April 18th. Pictures must be from your high

    school years.

    No individual photos will be accepted.

    Physical Education Program

    The PE program could use gym shorts and old baseball gloves donated. Donations can be dropped off in the Athletic Office at the high school, just down the hall from the Library.

    2014 Yearbook Release Party The 2014 yearbook will be distributed at the yearbook signing party on May 22 in the cafeteria. Seniors can enter at 4 p.m. and everyone else can enter at 5 p.m. The ending time is 6 p.m. If the student cannot pick up their yearbook on May 22 during the release party, they may pick their books up at lunch of after school only after May 23 in room 113. Contact Mrs. Badalamente with questions More details to come as the event approaches. There are still "extra" yearbooks available to be pre-ordered. Please bring $75 cash or check (made out to GLHS) to room 113 to Mrs. Badalamente to get on the list.

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    AP Exam Schedule



    Grand Ledge High School is now a Labels for Education School!

    You can help Grand Ledge High School earn free merchandise simply by collecting Labels for Education participating product UPCs and beverage/sauce caps! Please turn in any UPCs and caps to the box in the main office. For a complete list of participating products, please visit the Labels for Education website.

    TI Technology Rewards Program The Math Department is collecting points found

    on the backs of new TI calculator packages, which can be redeemed for new calculators.

    Points can be turned in to

    Mrs. Rice or Mrs. Heriford.

    Parent Teacher Conferences

    High School Conferences are scheduled for April 22nd and 24th from 5-8pm. Use the link below and follow the instructions

    to schedule your conferences!

    Week One May 5 Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology May 6 Computer Science A, Spanish Language and Culture, Art History May 7 Calculus AB/BC, May 8 English Literature and Composition May 9 English Language and Composition, Statistics, Studio Art

    Week Two May 12 - Biology, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism May 13 US Government and Politics, French Language and Culture, Human Geography May 14 - German Language and Culture, US History, European History May 15 Macroeconomics, World History, Microeconomics May 16 Comparative Government and Politics, Spanish Literature and Culture

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    Spring Dress Code Reminders

    Any clothing that exposes bare skin (as described below) may not be worn. Such clothing that exposes bare skin is distracting in a school setting. Clothing that is distracting, may include, but not be limited too, items such as see through garments, halters, backless dresses or tops, tube tops, bare midriff tops, short shorts or short skirts, etc. Cover-up clothing such as jackets, coats, and sweaters worn over such apparel may also be deemed inappropriate for school. Exposed cleavage is not acceptable. A good guideline for appropriate shorts/skirts length is past the fingertips when arms are extended down; however, staff may still determine the item inappropriate for school.

    Tri-Countys Got Talent Show

    The talent show will be held at DeWitt High School

    on April 26th.

    The show celebrates Alcohol Awareness Month!

    Need to rent a calculator for math class?

    Calculators are available for checkout from the Math Intervention Center.

    Scientific calculators are free and only require a parent signature. Graphing

    calculators are available for a $20 deposit and a $10 rental fee. The

    deposit is returned when the graphing calculator is returned.

    Checkout forms are available outside room 315.

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    ACT Testing

    Registration is May 9th and test date is

    June 14th. Our school code is 231675 and the cost is $36.50 for ACT No Writing and

    $52.50 ACT Plus Writing.

    Eleventh Annual

    Showcase of Music

    Come one, come all to the eleventh annual Showcase of Music, April 2, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Grand Ledge

    High School Auditorium. The Showcase will feature musicians from our elementary, middle and high school general, choral and

    instrumental music programs. The Grand Ledge Music Booster Association, who financially

    supports music in all of our schools, sponsors the Showcase of Music. The concert is FREE, however,

    there is an opportunity to give a freewill donation to GLMBA at the door. Please join on Wednesday,

    April 2nd for the entertaining evening of music.

    Attention current GLHS Sophomores and Juniors:

    There are still 2014-2015 Career

    Preparation Center openings at LCC in the following classes:

    Auto Technology - AM & PM CADD/Pre-Engineering - AM Computer Graphics, Animation &

    3D - AM & PM Construction Technology - AM Criminal Justice - AM & PM Emergency Services/Fire Science -

    AM Financial Management I & II - AM Mechatronics & Robotics - AM Welding - AM & PM

    If you would like to sign up, please meet with your counselor!

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    Charlotte, Michigan March 22, 2014 On Saturday, March 22, 2014, over 3,000 band and orchestra students from Michigan high schools performed at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Associations (MSBOA) State Solo and Ensemble Festival. The festival took place at eight locations around the state, including Charlotte High School where 32 events from Grand Ledge High School performed. These students were evaluated by adjudicators from around the state, in the areas of tone, intonation, rhythm, technique, and interpretation. The tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade soloists were judged in three areas of proficiency: a prepared solo, five memorized scales, and sight-reading. The scores in each category are combined to give a total score of 85 to 100, resulting in a First Division (or Superior rating), or 70 to 84, resulting in a Second Division (or Excellent rating). Proficiency Three is a higher difficulty level than Proficiency Two, and Proficiency Two is more demanding than Proficiency One. Grand Ledge High School soloists receiving a First Division Rating (Superior) included: Nicholas Osborn 95 on Proficiency III Oboe Diana Thompson 95 on Proficiency III Flute Carson Williams 87 on Proficiency III Horn Andrew Zakerski 96 on Proficiency III Snare Andrew Zakerski 89 on Proficiency III Marimba Noah Ford 88 on Proficiency II Marimba Ryan Gerhardt 93 on Proficiency II Bassoon Michelle Hart 91 on Proficiency II Flute Kayleigh Merz 85 on Proficiency II Alto Saxophone

    Laura Schramm 94 on Proficiency II Flute

    Trevor Spitzley 95 on Proficiency II Bass Clarinet Jackson Sykes 92 on Proficiency II Tuba Jonah Weller 98 on Proficiency II Trombone David Allen 97 on Proficiency I Trumpet Troy Anderson 93 on Proficiency I Trombone Noah Dudley 98 on Proficiency I Trombone Miranda Zoglio 94 on Proficiency I Flute Rachel Arking 9th grade Alto Saxophone Ben Hedlund 9th grade Trombone Eric Thompson 9th grade Trumpet Ensembles that received a First Division Rating (Superior) included: Trumpet Duet David Allen and Jacob Hoskins Clarinet Quartet with Djembe Tristan Kingsley,

    Alex Holly, Trevor Spitzley, Mike Failing, and Andrew Zakerski

    Clarinet Quintet David Weiss, Hannah Legal, Kara Krupp, Jessica Krawczyk, and Maddie Allen

    Trombone Quartet Jonah Weller, Noah Dudley, Jaren Scoggins, and Troy Anderson

    Woodwind Chamber Ensemble Laura Schramm, Avery Riggs, Nicholas Osborn, Rebecca Albert, Trevor Spitzley, Hannah Legal, Ryan Gerhardt, Audrey Searles, George Marshall, Rachel Krahulik, Jared Babcock, David Allen, and Zach Richardson

    Woodwind Quintet Laura Schramm, Tristan Kingsley, Rebecca Albert, Ryan Gerhardt, and Carson Williams

    Soloists receiving a Second Division Rating (Excellent) included: Maddie Allen 82 on Proficiency II Bass Clarinet Noah Ford 82 on Proficiency II Snare Jaren Scoggins 79 on Proficiency II Trombone Nathaniel Fellows 84 on Proficiency I Tuba David Weiss 82 on Proficiency I Clarinet Nathan Buchweitz 9th grade Euphonium Out of the several thousand students who participated in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival, around two hundred of them are selected for membership in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Band and Orchestra. Nicholas Osborn, Trevor Spitzley, Jonah Weller, and Andrew Zakerski were all selected to be members of these two elite groups. In addition, the Chamber Woodwind Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, and Trombone Quartet were selected as Outstanding Ensembles by their State adjudicators. Finally, Grand Ledge High School was fortunate to have Jonah Weller recognized as Outstanding Soloist by his adjudicator. Jonah, as well as, the Chamber Woodwind Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, and Trombone Quartet now have the opportunity to perform as part of the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, held on the campus of Western Michigan University, May 8 10, 2014.

  • Grand Ledge High School 820 Spring Street

    Grand Ledge, MI 48837 Phone: (517) 925-5815 Fax: (517) 925-5829

    A dministration

    Steven Gabriel, Principal Seniors

    Sara Hamelink, Assistant Principal

    9th and 10th Grades

    Blake Wegenke, Assistant

    Principal 11th and 12th

    Laura Wyble, Student Success Coordinator

    Warren Lester, Student Success Coordinator

    Scott Millbrook, Dean of Students 9th & 10th

    Maria Capra, Dean of Students 11th & 12th

    Main Office

    Cindy Bouchard, Receptionist

    Ashley Howe,

    Principals Secretary

    Elaine Yuvan, Bookkeeper

    A ttendance Office

    Mary Ann Eveleth, Attendance Secretary

    Student Services

    Dawn Anderson, 9th & 10th Grade Counselor

    Stacy Woodworth, 11th & 12th Grade Counselor

    John Mills, EISD Social Worker

    Nancy Folkertsma, Secretary

    Lisa Nelson, Secretary nelsonl@glcomets.nets

    High School Library

    Minda Schneider, Secretary

    Grand Ledge Parent Group

    Candy Little, President

    A thletic Office

    Steve Baker, Athletic Director

    Terrie Westman, Athletic

    Department Secretary

    Website Address Change! The Grand Ledge Public School website address has changed! We are now

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