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Steven Gabriel, Principal

October 2013 Student in the Spotlight

Each month we recognize a Lions Club Student of the Month. The student must be a senior, 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. Lauren Bachert was our September Lion's Club Student of the Month. Congratulations Lauren!

Grand Ledge High School will now be a Labels for Education School! Unlike Box Tops for Education, which only allows K-8 schools to sign up, Labels for Education allows public and private K-12 schools to sign up. You can help Grand Ledge High School earn free merchandise such as classroom supplies, computers, audio/visual equipment, physical education equipment, reference books, or musical instruments, simply by collecting Labels for Education participating product UPCs and beverage/sauce caps and turning them in to the box in the main office. You can also help by spreading the word to students and parents. For a complete list of participating products, please visit the Labels for Education website. You can also check out their Facebook page to find out about additional ways to earn Labels for Education bonus points for our school.

If your student turns in a yellow emergency card that notes that a medical condition (asthma, life threatening allergy) with no rescue medication in the office, 911 will be called in the event of an emergency. It is recommended that rescue medication be kept in the school office or be selfcarried/self administered by the student. Prescription medication authorization forms (including the self carry/self administer form) must be signed by parent/guardian & physician, and non-prescription medication authorization form must be signed by parent/guardian. These can be found online under Parent/Student Resource - School Health Information and Forms. In addition, Asthma Action Plans and Allergy Action Plans must also be on file for any student with rescue medication at school (i.e. epinephrine auto-injectors or inhalers) with a parent/guardian and physician signature. Medication forms and actions plans must be updated yearly.

Calculators for Student Use

Students in Algebra 2 and above are expected to have a graphing calculator. Students in Algebra 1 or Geometry are expected to have a scientific calculator. Calculators are available to rent from the Math Help Room. Students first need to complete the rental form and have it signed by a parent/guardian, then stop by room 315 to pick up the calculator. Scientific calculators are available to rent free of charge. Graphing calculators require a $20 deposit and a $10 per trimester rental fee. Rental forms are available outside the door of room 315.

Senior Portrait Requirements

Please check the GLHS website for requirements for senior portraits for the yearbook. Photos are due by October 31, 2013.

Eles Place
Grand Ledge High School and Eles Place will once again be offering a grief and support group for Grand Ledge High School students this year. This program will be offered during the school day, once a week for 8 weeks, beginning November 7th, for one class period, and is designed to help students who have experienced the death of someone important to them. In small group sessions, students will have the opportunity to talk about their feelings and experiences with others who understand, express their feelings through a variety of activities, and learn positive coping skills. Groups will be led by a trained Eles Place staff member, Ms. Tammy Shiflett, and John Mills, School Social Worker at Grand Ledge High School. Eles Place is a non-profit community agency that has been offering grief support groups to children and their families for over 20 years. We at Grand Ledge High School are pleased to work together with Eles Place to offer this very special opportunity to your student. We know that children and teens can be deeply affected by the death of someone close to them, and we have seen childrens behavior, self-esteem, and school performance suffer as a result of their grief. Interested students should pick up a parent permission form for their parents to fill out and return to Mr. Mills in the Student Services Department. Only the first 12 students to return this permission form will be able to join Eles Group. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Mills at 925-5528, or e-mail him at

Spanish Club
Join Spanish Club to experience fun celebrating the Spanish culture and language. The cost is $30 (checks made out to Grand Ledge High School). Our first event will be Capture the Flag at Delta Mills Park on October 6th in conjunction with German and French clubs. Another event to be included in October is a Haunted Corn Maze/Hayride (date is TBD). Each month students will have the chance to participate in one event as well as a meeting, possible events to come are: dinners out, cultural movie night, dancing lessons, running of the bulls, concerts, breakfast club, games, crafts, sporting events, celebrating Hispanic holidays, etc. Events will be posted on Mrs. Britton Smiths bulletin board and sent via Remind 101. To get messages about the club, send a text to 517-649-5288 with the message: @fca4a OR send an email to Meetings will be the first Thursday of the month from 2:45-3:00ish. Contact Mrs. Smith in room 214 about joining.

Mom 2 Mom Sale

The Grand Ledge Publications program is hosting its second annual mom 2 mom sale October 19. A mom 2 mom sale is a large indoor sale where moms sell their children's outgrown, gently used, items to other moms and dads. Items include childrens clothes and toys from newborn to 12 years old, maternity wear, baby carriers, baby gear, cribs, bassinets, bouncers, and items that moms and new baby may need. The sale runs from 9 a.m. until noon. Admission is $1 per person. Seniors and children under the age of 14 are free. Sellers may email journalism advisor Sara-Beth Badalamente at or call (517) 925-5848 to rent a table, and or rack space. Tables are $20.00 (5 feet round) and rack space may be rented for an additional $10.00. All proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for the school journalism program.

You can pick up your 2013 yearbook by contacting Mrs. Badalamente or stopping by her classroom (113) during third and fourth hour. There are a limited number of extra copies available for purchase for those who did not preorder a book. The cost is $80. Interested students should contact Mrs. Badalamente at 2014 Yearbooks are on sale for $65 plus tax. For online ordering, go to the GLHS website home page, left hand side of the page OR checks in the amount of $68.90 made out to GLHS can be brought to room 113 for your order. If you would like to earn a free yearbook, pick up a cookie dough order form in the main office (information is included detailing how to get your free yearbook).

Experience helps students take ownership

the year interviewing for their positions within the class. Those interviews are conducted with school administrators and community volunteers (thank you the Grand Ledge Business Alliance and Grand Ledge Rotary Club for their help and support). After the interviews, the class is organized into teams: human resources, accounting, sales and marketing, and web design. It runs much like a business would. This format allows for leadership positions within the class. For example there is a CEO, a CFO, and a CAO who oversee vice presidents for each department and work with the teacher to deliver monthly task lists and meet deadlines. I have teamed up with Virtual Enterprise International and Junior Achievement to deliver this curriculum. The VEI network provides students with an online platform to compete in a virtual economy with more than 5,000 other schools internationally. Although none of the money and items exchanged are real, the students take a sense of ownership in their product line, website, sales, and business nonetheless. This program allows students to experience all facets of starting and running a business, including writing a business plan, product development, production, distribution, marketing and sales. This workplace simulation provides an environment for students to develop soft skills that will be crucial in any industry. The interaction and teamwork to accomplish goals is essential. As a teacher, I am passionate about this class because of the response I have seen in my students so far. I made the career change from the business world to education to make a positive impact on young people and help them create a passion for their future. This class has been a great way for me to do just that. My students are excited, confident, and ready to compete. I have witnessed students who normally are shy and reserved embrace public speaking, leadership roles and push themselves to step out of their comfort zone. Teaching Entrepreneurship helps talented young adults take ownership of their futures and create something they are proud of, which brings a big smile to my face!

Written by Lucas Schrauben, Grand Ledge High School teacher.

As educators continue to create successful strategies to challenge students and engage them in their learning, one motivating way we can promote innovation and selfownership is through entrepreneurship. Peter Drucker famously said one way to predict the future is to create it. That is exactly what students at Grand Ledge High School are getting a taste of this year in their Entrepreneurship course. As a former entrepreneur in college (I started an advertising publication for students by students) and then as a district manager for an international grocer after college, I have experienced how an entrepreneurial spirit can set people apart in their profession. Specifically, that spirit includes the unique ability to take an exciting idea you have and create a vision, develop a plan of action, implement a process to effectively move your idea forward, all the while maintaining a positive attitude and passion to see it through. I believe that expanding opportunities for students to learn about entrepreneurship in high school empowers them to make an impact on their area of interest after high school. Moreover, it can spur them to think about their college majors or career objectives entrepreneurially, rather than relying on traditional paths in their chosen fields, something that is important in todays rapidly changing job market. The Entrepreneurship class at Grand Ledge High School is rooted in student ownership. The class is as a capstone course for our business department, which offers accounting, web design, and an award-winning marketing class. This course is a simulated business environment. Under the guidance of a teacher, the students partner with local business leaders to create and manage business ventures while strengthening academic skills. With an emphasis on college and career readiness, students begin

Practice ACT (Sylvan Learning Company)

A practice ACT will be offered the morning of October 26th in the GLHS library. In addition to the practice ACT that will be scored for your student that day, Sylvan will be teaching strategies on how to perform better on the test. The cost is $20 if paid by October 25th and $25 the day of the test. Contact Mrs. Badalamente for details at

TI Technology Rewards Program

The Math Department is collecting points found on the backs of new TI calculator packages (see below), which then can be redeemed for new calculators. Points can be turned in to Mrs. Rice or Mrs. Heriford. Thank you!

Diving Anyone?
Anyone interested in diving should email the swim coach, Ian Townsend at : or the team captain, Rachel Kehren, at for more information.

2014 Michigan Music Conference

The Grand Ledge High School Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at the 2014 Michigan Music Conference. The MMC is an annual "inservice/convention" for Michigan music educators held in DeVos Place, Grand Rapids. This will be the Wind Symphony's ninth performance at a state or national conference since 1983. The Wind Symphony's performance will be on Friday, January 17, at 4:15 p.m. in the DeVos Performance Hall.

Adult Water Aerobic

Water aerobic classes began Wednesday, September 4th @ 8:30 pm. Classes run Monday & Wednesday's all school year, unless no school. Basic exercises are performed in the water for about an hour then 15 minutes for free time at the end if you like. Cost is $5.00 to drop in or $50.00 for a 16-class punch card. For more information please call 925-5373. Open Swim at Grand Ledge High School Pool Open Swim began Wednesday September 4th and will run all school year (unless no school) on Wednesday's 6:30-8:30 pm and Saturday's 1:30-3:30 pm. Children under 7 need to be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3.00 a person or $9.00 for a family of the same household. You can also purchase 10 swim passes @ $25.00 for individual or $75.00 for family. For more information please call 925-5373

Looking for a way to support GLHS? Why not donate a few dollars to a worthy cause that will directly impact current students at GLHS! Just click on this link to see the various projects. Remember, all contributions are tax deductible as DonorsChoose is a 501(c)3 charity. The federal tax ID # is 13-4129457.

Grand Ledge High School Administration

820 Spring Street Grand Ledge, MI 48837 (517) 925-5815 fax: (517) 925-5829 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 9 & 10th Maria Capra, Dean of Students 11th & 12th

Grand Ledge High School Student Services

(517) 925-5900 fax: (517) 925-5934 Dawn Anderson, 9th & 10th Grade Counselor Stacy Woodworth, 11th & 12th Grade Counselor

John Mills, EISD Social Worker Nancy Folkertsma, Secretary Lisa Nelson, Secretary nelson@glcomets.nets

Grand Ledge High School Library

(517) 925-5855 fax: (517) 925-5938 Minda Schneider, Secretary

Main Office
Cindy Bouchard, Receptionist Flora Wilson, Principals Secretary Elaine Yuvan, Bookkeeper

Grand Ledge High School Athletic Office



Steve Baker, Athletic Director Terrie Westman, Athletic Department Secretary

Grand Ledge Parent Group

Candy Little, President

Attendance Office
Mary Ann Eveleth, Attendance Secretary