Comet Weekly Update

Thursday, September 29th

Hello Leland Comets!

Congratulations on wrapping up a joyful September. That went by fast! Before you go searching the attic for your Halloween decorations... take a look at the weekly update for information important to your family!


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Recently at LPS...

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Mrs. Kirt's 6th graders cheering for the jumping salmon in Fishtown!

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LPS Annual Pop Up Farmers Market

As a K-12 school we pride ourselves in those special events that can be planned precisely ~because~ we are small, and in a beautiful, rural community! One of those events is the Leland Public School Farmers Market. Students love to check out the vendors, free samples, and MSU Extension teaching booths. 9 Bean Rows croissants are always the first to sell out. The elementary and middle school students have the advantage on croissants as their classes get to visit the market first. But, don’t worry about the high schoolers… Other school activities such as the spirit week games tend to heavily favor upper class-men. It all works out in the end.
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Grandpa Richard teaches 7th grade world history about the art of gathering food.

Richard Allen, known as "Grandpa Richard", explains the characteristics of Concord grapes to 7th graders. The students learned how to pick out the rotten grapes and to snip in the bundles into small clusters. Of course, they also ate them in the end! They had fun pretending they were gatherers like the early human hunter-gatherers they are studying.
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Peppy's 7th grade science class creates models of different types of volcanoes while studying tectonic plates.

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Ariah Amin and Ellen Schwaiger delivering their slideshow about the Spanish side dish “patatas bravas”.

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Vicki Worth teaching her classmates how to prepare crepes, the traditional French breakfast dish…

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Tyler Kruse teaching us how to write the word America in Japanese characters!

Mrs. Vann’s 8th graders study world cultures in world language exploration class.

Every Wednesday in Mango Language - language exploration class, students work in "Language Families" to practice their chosen language aloud and learn more about the cultures associated. This week, the study topic was cuisine! Language Families learned about the history of certain cultural dishes common in the countries in which their language is spoken.


Every Friday, students share their favorite word of the week… each student stands up in front of the class and teaches everyone a new word with a helpful mnemonic or hand gesture.

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Mrs. Zywicki's freshman science class kicks of food web unit with owl pellet labs!

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Community generously supports annual Dig Abby volleyball event.

Community members including many generous local business donated to the Dig Abby charity event. Each year this event raises money for a local family battling cancer.
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Leland Cross Country says thank you to all of its supporters in the Homecoming 5k Fundraiser.

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"Thank you to all of our generous donors and everyone who joined us this past Sunday for our Fall Fundraising event at Aurora Cellars. It was you all that made it a huge success! We couldn't have done it without you." - The LEF Board

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College Night Wednesday October 12th

College Night is going to be held at NMC on Wednesday, October 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center in Traverse City. There will be over 40 different colleges/universities and military branches represented at this event.


We also have colleges/universities visiting Leland this month.

The schedule is as follows:


October 10 Grand Valley State University at 12:25 in the high school library

October 11 Columbia University at 2:30 in the hIgh school library

October 12 University of Michigan at 1:25 in the high school library

October 18 Alma College at 12:25 in the high school library


We highly encourage HS students to visit with these admissions advisors. If you are applying or plan to apply to any of the above schools, these individuals will be the first person to review your application. This is the time to make the best first impression and show interest. These advisors have a wealth of knowledge about their own college/university but also about the admissions process, financial aid and college life in general. Take advantage of these amazing opportunities!!!

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Buy a 2021-2022 Yearbook Today!

Year books from last school year are here!

They cost $20 and can be reserved by emailing Mr. Knudsen rknudsen@lelandschool.com

They can be picked up in the main office.

News From the Classroom

5 Ways to Support Your Elementary Student in Their International Baccalaureate Curriculum

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What Is IB All About?

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) provides a curriculum framework based on best educational practices globally. It aims to develop young students who are caring and active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. Above are 5 ways you can support your child as a PYP parent.

News From The Athletic Department

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This Weekend in Sports

Thursday, September 29th

MS Soccer vs Glen Lake - 4:30pm

MS Volleyball @ Suttons Bay - 4:30pm


Friday, September 30th

No Events


Saturday, October 1st

Varsity Volleyball @ Chip Hills - 9:00am

Varsity Cross Country @ Bluejay Invite - 9:00am

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Charlevoix - 5:00pm

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THIS Sunday October 2nd is the Leland Athletics Golf Scramble

Calling all golfers! Please save the date for the morning of Sunday, October 2nd, 2022. This fundraiser will be held at Leland Country Club for the girls and boys soccer & golf teams. This scramble is an LPS tradition you can’t miss. If you are not a golfer, there will be other ways to support our athletes through donations and hole sponsorships for businesses and individuals. This event helps raise money for equipment, uniforms, tournaments fees, and travel.Please be on the lookout for further information in coming weeks! Email Clarke Morgan at clarke.g.morgan@gmail.com or Kathy Wheeler at kwheeler@lelandschool.com with any questions.

News From The Cafe

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MS & HS remember to bring your ID to lunch! It takes everyone doing their part to make the line go fast!

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NEW! Check out the delicious selections to look forward to on the October breakfast and lunch menus!

News from the Nurse's Office

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Read & Sign Parent/Guardian Medical Consent Policy

Parents/guardians must provide consent for their minor child for nursing care provided by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department School- Based Nursing Program (SBNP). Students without a signed parent/ guardian consent will not be seen, except for a student’s first visit to the school-based nurse, when staff will call the parent/ guardian before providing any services, for a one-time-only verbal consent. The waver is linked below.

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Vaccine Clinic Held at LPS

Our Vaccine Clinic will be held on October 10th from 3-6pm. The BLDHD will offer all vaccines(childhood 0-18), including Flu vaccine, and all teachers/staff/and students will be eligible. Appointments will be needed, as no walk-ins will be available. Autumn will be sending out promotional materials for parents in the next couple of weeks. This is a great opportunity for our LPS community and we are really looking forward to it

News From The Media Center

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We are currently at 2,055 books checked out as a school! Great job LPS!

Thank you Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Olson & Mrs. DeFour!

The media center staff is thrilled to have students back in both libraries! Mrs. Anne Clark and Mrs. Claire Olson have returned and are also joined this year by Mrs. Emily DeFour! We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!


As the school year begins, we are spending time each week during elementary library class visits reminding students what our library procedures and expectations are. We want to encourage our students to be principled learners who take good care of their library books and return them on time. Some students still have missing books from past school years and we would appreciate it if those books can be returned promptly so that other students may read them.


This year we are trying to reach our goal of 20,000 books checked out as a school. In the first six days of school, the libraries have checked out a total of 960 books. We are updating the count on a flip chart each morning in the elementary library so students can see how close we are to reaching our goal!


  • Kindergarten students may have 1 book checked out at a time.
  • First and second graders may have up to 3.
  • Students in third grade and above may have 5.

Around The County

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Are you a HS student interested in the finer details of what it takes to go to college? Check out college night!

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Join MS Youth Group at Pedaling Beans or HS Youth Group at Roman Wheel!

Middle School (Wyldlife) started meetings on Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30pm at Pedaling Beans.

High School (Young Life) started meetings on Sundays from 6:45 - 8:00pm at Roman Wheel.


Please contact Carol Hoag at (989) 941-1882 with any questions.

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Interesting in learning to row at Lake Leelanau Rowing Club?

For middle and high school students interested in learning to row, the Northwest Michigan Youth League is offering a rare opportunity for local Leelanau schools to form small teams and row for free with the Lake Leelanau Rowing Club (LLRC) at the historic Fountain Point resort in Lake Leelanau.

An article in the Sept. 8 issue of the Leelanau Enterprise (linked below Sports section, p12) provides details about the club and the opportunity. It’s a great organization, in a beautiful setting.

We already have one student who currently rows at LLRC. It would be great to get a team of four or more students from LPS to row together – for free! And since LLRC/Fountain Point is already on the LPS after-school bus route, transportation is convenient.

LLRC also is open to adults that wish to row/learn to row, separate from the student scholarship opportunity. For more information, the LLRC contact is listed below. If you’d rather talk to a Participating LPS parent, contact Susan at omena4076@gmail.com or 231-386-2600 (cell).

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Local All Star Drivers Education

Allstar Drivers Ed will be hosting a Segment 1 and Segment 2 class soon! Locations include Suttons Bay and Traverse City. Please check the Allstar Website for more information.
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Leelanau VFW Holiday Gift Assistance Program

Register with this program for assistance with holiday gifts.
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Leelanau Children’s Choir and Youth Ensemble Auditions

Schedule Auditions for Leelanau Children’s Choir and Youth Ensemble at 231-883-SING


The group is made up of singers from all over the county including Leland, Glen Lake, Montessori, Northport, St. Mary's and homeschooled students.