Comet Weekly Update
Thursday, February 2nd
Thursday, March 2nd
Recently at LPS
Our very own Laurie Glass has been named the recipient of the MHSAA 2023 Women in Sports Leadership Award
Laurie is an accomplished Leland alum, proud parent, victorious coach, and dedicated behavior interventionist. She is an influential force in any space. Her excellence in her career has more than earned her this award. Her dedication to her craft and lifting up those around her make her an exceptional role model and example of what it means to be a Leland Comet.
"As a high school junior in 1976, she recruited seven classmates and a coach to form Leland’s first girls sports team – for basketball – and the same group then played volleyball that winter. She was a senior and major contributor when, during their second season, the Comets won the 1978 Class D volleyball championship."
"More than four decades later, Glass is a Michigan legend in that sport – a winner of 1,218 matches with Leland and Traverse City Central and three Finals championships with the Comets."
“Laurie Glass is recognized most on the statewide level for leading one of the most successful volleyball programs in state history. But she is known among her peers most for the way she teaches not only volleyball but life skills to her athletes.”
"Her father Larry Glass coached Northwestern University’s men’s basketball program from 1963-69, and later took over the Leland girls basketball program and led the Comets to a 388-110 record and three straight Class D Finals championships (1980-82) over two tenures from 1977-91 and 2000-05."
"Larry Glass’ lessons still ring true as Laurie passes them on to another generation. One of her favorite sayings from her father was “you can’t take money out of the bank until you put money in” – in essence, a coach can’t expect athletes to accept criticism or a hard ask if that coach first hasn’t invested in them."
"Laurie also coached and parented arguably the most accomplished volleyball player – and perhaps top female athlete across all sports – in Michigan high school history. Her daughter Alisha Glass-Childress graduated from Leland in 2006 with national records for career kills, aces and blocks, and the first two still top those respective lists. Alisha, also an all-state basketball player, went on to star on the volleyball court at Penn State and as the U.S. Olympic team setter in 2016 in helping that team to the bronze medal."
"Glass has spoken multiple times at the MHSAA Women In Sports Leadership Conference and several times at the MIVCA Coaches Clinic, and among various other engagements was the featured speaker at the Nebraska Athletic Association Coaches Clinic. She will receive the Women In Sports Leadership Award during the MHSAA Division 1 Girls Basketball Final on March 18 at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center."
"Glass has served nearly 35 years in education and retired from her duties as a behavior intervention specialist and special education teacher in the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District in 2019. She has returned to the school setting, however, and is in her second year as a behavior intervention specialist at Leland."
2023 WISL Award Honoree Glass Continuing to Create Leaders On Court & Off | Michigan High School Athletic Association
Hailing from one of Michigan's smallest communities, Laurie Glass has made an impact that continues to connect all over Michigan. But her impact on women's athletics began long before a career that has seen the longtime Leland volleyball coach become one of the winningest in her sport in state history.
"Suttmann students Alex Zywicki and John Jackson took action last weekend. They organized a bake sale on Sunday for their Church community at St. Michaels Catholic Church to benefit Cecily. They raised over $650!!!! I am so proud of them and it was a joy to visit their church and see such wonderful people in action. Thank you to both of them, their church, and their sacrament class teacher, John's grandma." - Mrs. Suttmann
"I don't know where I would be without our wonderful student aids and volunteers! Davis is a senior at LPS and is in our classroom every morning. He helps me with daily tasks, plays math games, and helps the kids with their math work. Davis is amazing with the kids! " - Mrs. Suttmann
9th grade biology students modeling mitosis and meiosis with pop beads.
6th grade went on a field trip to Crystal Mountain! They cross country skied the trails at Crystals Nordic Center and hiked the Michigan Legacy Art Park! Thank you Mrs. Kirt, amazing parent volunteers and all who made this possible!
The salmon project is coming along swimmingly.🐟
This week was the last Winter Wednesday of the season! The Leland Gliders skied to the top of the vineyard at 45 North. Afterward Lindy Kellogg served hot chocolate!
"Bridgette and Willa got one last bonus ski invite with the Glen Lake Co-op ski team today at Crystal Mountain. There were 50 girls at the meet and these two were both top ten in Slalom and GS. (Bridgette was 9th and 6th, Willa was 5th and 3rd respectively)." - Mrs. Duncan
"We got to celebrate Maeve at Senior “Night” Saturday afternoon! The Varsity girls won against the Home School Team!" - Mrs. Sluiter
The Middle School teams finished their season Saturday at the Jamboree hosted by Leland! Special thanks to our coach, Lee Neveau, and our assistant coaches, Ellen Keen and Hannah Grinnage.
Our student section ready to “jump right in” and cheer on the Varsity Girls in their district game against St. Mary’s! Go Comets! -Mrs. Sluiter
The varsity girls basketball team left it all on the court this week as they played their last game of the season. They have so much to be proud of! Great job Comets!
Boys Varsity basketball plays their last game of the regular season TONIGHT before District Finals begin March 8th!
Important Information & Events
Wednesday, March 15th - Spring Concert
Monday, March 27th - Friday March 31st - Spring Break, School resumes Monday April 3rd
Wednesday, May 10th - Senior Academic Awards Night
Friday, May 19th - Senior's Last Day
Friday, May 26th - Graduation
Monday, May 29th - No School, Memorial Day
Monday, June 12th - Half Day, 11:30 dismissal
Tuesday, June 13th - Half Day LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Part-time or full-time positions are open. You have the opportunity to work with great kids, and a great team! The starting pay is $21.00 per hour.
LPS - Please share with your friends to help us find great drivers for our kids!
Join the newly formed Parent Teacher Organization!
NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Home
We have a new home! Check out npr.org/studentpodcastchallenge2023 for this year's 5-12 and college contests! Welcome to NPR's Student Podcast Challenge! If you're looking for our college contest We're inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then - with the help of a teacher - compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR.
Youth Outdoor Recreational Soccer Registration Is Now Open
Scholar to Scholar High School Poster Competition!
The College of Education's Office of K-12 Outreach at Michigan State University is pleased to announce our first annual Scholar to Scholar High School Poster Competition!
Our objective is to provide high school students with the opportunity to present research, meet college students, and become more familiar with Michigan State University's College of Education (COE).
The Scholar to Scholar High School Poster Competition is open to any high-school junior or senior that is interested in improving their critical thinking, sharpening their presentation skills, and increasing their college and career readiness.
C3 List of Missing Items
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News From the Counseling Office
Move This World - Social Emotional Learning
To support our students’ social emotional needs and mental health, we are using a video-based social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum from Move This World. I’m excited to share that you’ll be able to access this helpful curriculum at home, too!
Social emotional learning is how students learn to process and manage emotions as well as important social skills. It includes everything from goal setting to stress management, and it provides both children and adults with tools they can use to express themselves authentically and safely. SEL helps students build healthy relationships, communicate effectively, and live a meaningful life.
Below, you’ll find log in instructions:
Practicing social emotional learning at home can help your students:
Identity and recognize their emotions.
Build critical social skills.
Connect with themselves and others.
Navigate challenges they may be experiencing.
Adjust to the new school year.
Move This World is a social emotional learning program delivered through an extensive online library of PreK-12 videos and resources rooted in creative expression that help students, teachers and staff develop a common language to improve communication and build trust. We’re so glad that you’ll be able to access Move This World videos and resources at home, and hope they are helpful for your students and family.
Learn more about how it works here.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions!
News From the Athletic Department
This Weekend in Sports
Thursday, March 2nd
Varsity / JV Boys Basketball @ Frankfort - 5:30pm
Friday, March 3rd
Varsity Girls Basketball @ Districts (Frankfort) - 7:00pm
News From The Cafe
LPS Families can support one another by donating to the LPS "Angel" Account
After two years of all students being allowed to eat school meals for free, due to COVID, the USDA removed the waiver and families that don’t meet strict income thresholds are now responsible for paying for their meals again. Many families are facing growing negative account balances, and simply do not have the means to pay for their children’s breakfasts and lunches.
Leland Public School’s Food Service Department has an Angel Account set up for anyone who would like to make a donation to help students with meal debt. With your help, we know that we can make a big difference! By making an anonymous monetary donation to the Angel Account, you would become one of our angels, and make a difference in the life of a student today.
Donating is simple:
1. Go to https://leland.familyportal.cloud/
2. Click “my account,” and log in with your email address and password. If you do not have a family portal account follow the prompts to set one up.
3. Under “My Account” click “Add Person”
4. ID Number: 7777
First Name: Account
Last Name: Angel
5. Under “My Account” click “Deposit” and follow the prompts.
The funds will immediately be available for the food service department to disperse to those families in the most need.
We can also take a cash or check (made payable to Leland Public School) donation that can be dropped off at the main office.
The food service department sends you a big THANK YOU for considering helping our students in need.
New March Menus!
Manage lunch money at the link below.
News From The Nurses Office
LPS has take home Covid tests
News From The Library
Around the County
2023 Cedar Polka Fest Junior Royalty Program
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are happy to announce our first-ever opportunity for first-grade families from Leelanau County to be ambassadors for their school, our community, and the Polka Festival, through our Junior Royalty program. We hope that the information below provides you with an overview of our program and the opportunities it holds for your child so you can consider with confidence submitting your child's name for their school drawing to hold this special role for the 2023 Cedar Polka Fest. Schools across Leelanau County will be selecting one boy and one girl from their first-grade class to serve as representatives for the 1st year of the Junior Royalty Program.
If you choose to submit your child's name into their school drawing for this role, you can expect the following for your child from the Cedar Polka Fest Junior Royalty Program:
• A Polka-tastic outfit! Both Princes & Princesses will receive an official Polka-Fest royalty outfit consisting of a polo & khakis. Princesses will also receive a dress for parades and formal events. And of course, all royals will receive a crown and a personalized sash.
• A fun-filled Royal Experience! Specific events and schedules are to be determined based on community partnerships. Since this is our first event, we can’t wait to partner with local businesses and hold special events just for our royalty to hang out and receive that royal treatment! Such as Polish Heritage Night at Turtle Creek Stadium!
• A Pizza Party to celebrate the children and their hard work!
• An official portrait of your Junior Royal.
• Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities exclusively for our Junior Royalty Program participants!
Prior to choosing to submit your child's name, please consider the following information and responsibilities of the royal families to determine if you are able to make this commitment for your child and school community:
• One informational meeting, held in May to discuss float, parades, Junior Royalty scheduled events, and other items, such as photos and attire. We will try to keep this meeting to an hour! • Photo Session - this is a 30-minute time commitment to get the royalty photos taken at the Polka Fest Office in May on a Saturday morning.
• Coordination of the float building process. All float-making materials will be provided by the festival (just bring your creativity!)
• The ability for an adult to join your child throughout scheduled royalty events, encouraging them to have fun and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
• Kindness toward partner royal family and festival staff and prioritization of the children.
If your child is to be selected to represent their school, it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardians to partner with the Polka Fest, and Junior Royalty Directors to help build the Polka Fest Junior Royalty float.
41st Annual Cedar Polka Fest August 24th-27th 2023
We recognize that that is a lot of information and encourage you to reach out with any questions. The deadline for schools to submit a boy and girl representative for their school is April 14, 2023, so please be in touch with your school leadership team if you are interested in submitting your child's name for
the program. We are so excited to put our excellent Leelanau County schools and students in the spotlight and celebrate the unique things that each student body brings to our community! Thank you for considering entering your child's name into your school's drawing for our Junior Royalty Program in celebration of our 41st year.
Cedar Polka Fest Director
9104 S Kasson St.
Cedar, MI 49621
Leelanau Children's Center Now Enrolling!
Help The Leelanau Children's Center provide year round child care for our community by sharing this job posting!
Application deadline is March 13th.