Comet Weekly Update
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Friday, May 19th
Recently at LPS
TODAY was the Seniors LAST DAY! Congrats Class of 2023
PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION RECRUITS NEW MEMBERS
Last week was a busy one for Leland’s new Parent Teacher Organization. In addition to electing officers for the 2023-24 school year and celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, DEI Committee Co-Chair Nikki Rothwell and Membership Chair Emily LaDrig (pictured above from left to right) recruited several new members at the school’s annual Día del Niño celebration. Whether you have an hour a semester, an hour a month, or an hour a week to give to our K-12 kiddos, this group would love for any interested parents, guardians, grandparents, or teachers to fill out this membership form. In lieu of an all-member meeting in June, committees will be getting together in the next two weeks to establish goals for next year and would love to include anyone who is interested. Photo credit: Sarah Mills
10th grade locals history and culture field trip!
9th graders go to MI Career Quest
"Today Michele Aucello from the Glen Arbor Arts Center led our middle school Spanish students in a workshop to create fairy doors in the style of famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. We learned about Gaudí's use of color, form, pattern, and movement to create unique structures ornately decorated with ceramics.
The doors we created in Gaudí's style will become part of the summer-long fairy house installation at the Glen Arbor Arts Center from Memorial Day to Labor Day this year. Head to the Arts Center this summer to find your door and celebrate art in the style of Gaudí from around the world! Students' artwork will be returned at the start of the new school year. " - Dr. Nan
Comets out in the world making a difference!
6th grade field trip to Grand Rapids!
Welcome to our new K-12 Principal - Kile Charnes!
" I am thrilled to announce that Kile Charnes will be joining LPS on July 1st as the new K-12 principal. Kile brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our community and has built a network of positive regional and local relationships that will help enhance our programming and advance our strategic plan goals.
Kile will be taking over the reins from Dr. David Botbyl who has been serving LPS this year as the interim principal. Dr. Dave, as he is affectionately called, has done a tremendous job this year and will be working with Kile during the transitional period in June.
Kile will be joining us from Mesick Consolidated Schools where has been serving as the elementary principal since 2017. Prior to that, Kile served for four years as the middle and high school principal, athletic director, director of transportation, and dean of students at Buckley Community Schools. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Saginaw Valley State University where he earned his K-12 teaching certificate in physical education and health/biology, and a K-12 school administration certificate from Central Michigan University where he earned his Masters of Arts in School Administration. Kile was also a founding teacher at Traverse City College Preparatory Academy where he also served as athletic director.
Kile has extensive experience in all aspects of K-12 administration that will support our small community school’s vision and mission. He has served his community and schools in diverse roles from coaching Little League baseball, football, and basketball to serving as his district’s Homeland Security Coordinator and overseeing curriculum development. He commented that, “I am excited for the opportunity to work with the students, staff, and community of Leland Public Schools. Leland Schools has a strong tradition of excellence in academics, the fine arts, and athletics, to name a few, and I can't wait to get started in helping to grow these programs even more. I look forward to meeting everyone, building positive relationships, and continuing to make Leland Public School a leader in education. Go Comets!”
Kile and his wife, Samantha, are the proud parents Ellie,15 and Miles 13. Kile will be here on Thursday, May 18th, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm for an informal meet and greet in the high school library for our parents, students, and community to get to know him. That night, we also have the fifth grade IB culminating exhibition at 6:00 pm in the upstairs elementary school followed by the high school Cabaret at 7:00 in the PAC if you can make any or all of these exciting events at LPS. Welcome, Kile!"
" Estoy encantado de anunciar que Kile Charnes se unirá a LPS el 1 de julio como el nuevo director de K-12. Kile aporta una gran cantidad de experiencia y conocimientos a nuestra comunidad y ha creado una red de relaciones regionales y locales positivas que ayudarán a mejorar nuestra programación y avanzar en los objetivos de nuestro plan estratégico.
Kile tomará las riendas del Dr. David Botbyl, quien ha estado sirviendo a LPS este año como director interino. El Dr. Dave, como se le llama cariñosamente, ha hecho un gran trabajo y trabajará con Kile durante el período de transición en junio.
Kile se unirá a nosotros desde Mesick Consolidated Schools, donde se ha desempeñado como director de primaria desde 2017. Antes de eso, Kile se desempeñó durante cuatro años como director de escuela intermedia y secundaria, director deportivo, director de transporte y decano de estudiantes en Buckley. Escuelas Comunitarias. Tiene una Licenciatura en Artes de la Universidad Estatal de Saginaw Valley, donde obtuvo su certificado de enseñanza K-12 en educación física y salud/biología, y un certificado de administración escolar K-12 de la Universidad Central de Michigan, donde obtuvo su Maestría en Administración Escolar. Kile también fue miembro fundador del personal de la Academia Preparatoria de Traverse City College, donde también se desempeñó como director deportivo.
Kile tiene una amplia experiencia en todos los aspectos de la administración K-12 que apoyará la visión y la misión de nuestra pequeña escuela comunitaria. Ha servido a su comunidad y escuelas en diversos roles, desde entrenar béisbol, fútbol americano y baloncesto en las Pequeñas Ligas hasta servir como Coordinador de Seguridad Nacional de su distrito y supervisar el desarrollo del plan de estudios. Comentó que, “Estoy emocionado por la oportunidad de trabajar con los estudiantes, el personal y la comunidad de las Escuelas Públicas de Leland. Leland Schools tiene una sólida tradición de excelencia en lo académico, las bellas artes y el atletismo, por nombrar algunos, y no veo la hora de comenzar a ayudar a que estos programas crezcan aún más. Espero conocerlos a todos, construir relaciones positivas y continuar haciendo de Leland Public School un líder en educación. ¡Vamos, cometas!
Kile y su esposa, Samantha, son los orgullosos padres de Ellie, 15 y Miles 13. Kile estará aquí el jueves 18 de mayo, de 5:00 a 6:00 p. m. para un encuentro informal en la biblioteca de la escuela secundaria para nuestro padres, estudiantes y comunidad para conocerlo. Esa noche, también tendremos la exhibición culminante de IB de quinto grado a las 6:00 p. m. en la escuela primaria de arriba, seguida por el Cabaret de la escuela secundaria a las 7:00 p. m. en el PAC, si puede asistir a alguno o todos estos emocionantes eventos en LPS. ¡Bienvenido Kile! "
- Stephanie Long
Important Information & Events
Friday, May 19th - Senior's Last Day
Friday, May 19th - Harbor Night
Tuesday, May 23rd - English III-B trip to North Manitou Island (10:30am-3:10pm)
Thursday, May 25th - 8th Grade class field trip to the Dune Climb, Glen Haven, and Clay Cliffs
Friday, May 26th - Graduation
Monday, May 29th - No School, Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 31st - Grade 5 South Manitou, 8-3:00
Wednesday June 1st - Grade 4 to Fort Michilimackinac
Friday, June 2nd - LEF Booster-thon for elementary kids K-5 from 12pm -3pm at Hancock.
Tuesday, June 6th - Grade 5 Whale Back Nature Trail FT
Tuesday, June 6th - Grades 1/2 Sleeping Bear Dune Climb
Tuesday, June 6th - Grades 3/4 to South Manitou Island
Thursday, June 8th - Grade 5 Mackinac Island
Friday June 9th - Tuesday June 13th - Final Exams MS & HS
Friday, June 9th - MS Field Day, Hancock Field
Friday, June 9th - Grade 11 to Michigan Adventure (may move)
Monday, June 12th - Half Day 11:30 dismissal
Tuesday, June 13th - 5th grade Graduation Old Art Building
Tuesday, June 13th - Half Day LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
5th graders have been working hard on their final PYP culminating exhibition projects. This event marks the end of their time in the PYP and is a wonderful community event to celebrate our learners on a job well done.
We’re excited to inform you that our 2023 Senior Shout Out submissions are now open! Submit your graduate’s photo and a brief congratulatory message for their opportunity to be featured in this keepsake publication of 2023 seniors.
We encourage anyone who would like to congratulate an area high school graduating senior to participate, whether you are their parents, grandparents, employer, coach, teacher, etc., this is a very special opportunity for you to celebrate and honor them.
Don’t wait – the submission deadline of May 30, 2023 is fast approaching!
Lastly, make sure to mark your calendars for June 11, 2023 when you will have the opportunity to pick up the 2023 Senior Shout Out print publication in the Sunday edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Traverse City Record-Eagle
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.
You can email Food Service Director Shawna Seitter @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you are
interested in donating your leftover lunch balance at the end of the school year!
The food service department sends you a big THANK YOU for considering helping our students in need.
Register with following link ~ (Must register each session separately):
Concussion Forms: (Must print out form and complete. Turn in with insurance and camp fee)
Calling all LPS Alumni! Please fill out the form below
We are looking to start an alumni section in the weekly update as well as become more connected between the school and alumni in our community. Please add your information to the form below to get connected!
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News From the Counseling Office
Some additional information after the college prep parent meeting last week.
"I have included some websites that are very useful in college exploration as well as some application information.
By using the link below, you'll find a list of all 84 public and private, 2-year and 4-year colleges in Michigan. You can find institution-specific information, such as admissions and financial aid, by navigating through the tabs at the top of the page. (This is being updated as colleges are updating their info).
The website below is a list of colleges that have stated commitment to provide all admitted US citizens and US permanent residents with a financial aid package that covers 100% of their calculated financial need.
Below is the common application step by step tutorial. The official common application opens August 1st.
I have also attached the Free Michigan College Application pdf from this year. It will change a bit for the fall but at least you have a general idea of dates.
Hope you find this helpful and please let me know if you have any specific questions. Have a great week. "
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
Thursday, May 18th
Friday, May 19th
Varsity Girls Soccer vs Buckley (Parents Night) - 5:00pm
Saturday, May 20th
Varsity Track @ MHSAA Regionals (Marion) - 10:00am
News From The Cafe
Eat the rainbow! The salad bar was looking extra beautiful this week!
Manage lunch money at the link below.
News From The Nurses Office
We are thrilled to announce the expansion of School Nursing and Mental Health support at Leland Public Schools for the School Year 2023/24, with the addition of a School Wellness Program (SWP)! While I, Stephanie Burns, have provided nursing services to LPS to this point with a focus on infectious disease and COVID19, I will continue to serve the school community in an enhanced role in the school-linked but stand-alone health clinic located within the school-COMET CLINIC, designed to serve students. In addition, a full-time mental health therapist will be supported by the SWP to provide counseling for students during the school day and after as appropriate.
The SWP is a liaison between school, students, parents, and health care providers on almost all issues related to the health and well-being of students. Here are a few more points--
- The SWP is funded by MDHHS and offered to schools by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department.
- The SWP provides a full-time nurse and mental health provider to serve students K-12, with a goal of reducing missed school time and improving mental and physical health to promote academic success.
- The SWP works in conjunction with school districts to enhance (not replace) health services already available through the school.
- As the SWP is separate from the school, consent is required for services and FERPA and HIPAA guidelines must be considered when coordinating care for students.
- The School facilitates student access to SWP services through:
- integration into the school community,
- communication with parents/students/staff,
- coordination with SWP to develop processes for student referral and communication back to the school about student visits with SWP providers,
- coordination with the SWP to implement school-wide activities that improve health of students
- The SWP is not a Primary Care Clinic and doesn’t provide well-child visits, sports physicals, birth control, abortion information/referral, or prescription medication services. This SWP clinic can however, provide some limited over-the-counter medications for common non-emergent ailments with parent consent.
We know you will have many questions, and we are eager to share more information. This is just a start to share the good news with you and help to understand some specifics of the clinic going forward. Have a wonderful end to the 2022/23 school year!
LPS has take home Covid tests
News From The Library
Book Fair Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered or shopped at our Scholastic Book Fair last week! It was a huge success.
End of the Year Due Dates
Last day for book checkout is Friday, May 26.
Books need to be returned on/before Monday, June 5*.
Last day for elementary class visits is Friday, June 9th.
Around the County
Community Resource from the Traverse City Noon Rotary Club JJ Beckett Access-ABILITY Committee
Traverse City Noon Rotary Club JJ Beckett Access-ABILITY Committee is looking to share a community resource that is available to persons with disabilities. The committee's primary focus is to assist individuals to overcome limits caused by a disability and improve access to a fuller life.
Attatched is an application includes all of the information for applying.
The JJ Beckett Acccess-ABILITY Committee is an initiative funded by Rotarian Club Members – this is not a Rotary Charities program.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out via this email or cell 231.649.2752.