April 23, 2023
Update from Superintendent Shuldiner
Dear Lansing School District Community,
I hope this newsletter finds you well. As always, it is a pleasure to be writing to you all. Today, I want to wish everyone a happy Earth Day. Though it was actually yesterday, I thought I would dedicate this week's newsletter to the idea of being green.
As you can imagine, a school district is a very large consumer of oil, gas, and electricity. We also produce tons of waste and refuse. I would like to believe that the good we create for society outweighs our "pollution," but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't focus on ways to help be better stewards of the environment. We as a society and certainly as a school district should be promoting both big and small ways to be greener. Some schools have student recycling leaders, others make sure to check that all lights are off before they leave for the day. Some buildings make sure to close their windows on cold days, other locations have even talked about composting and reusing materials.
From the central office, we have been trying to put in LED lights throughtout the district, which are both brighter and more efficient. We have tried to encourage recycling and keep a check on our energy usage. As we look to build new schools, we are looking at using geo-thermal heating, better insulated windows, and more efficient HVAC systems. But the big idea we are looking into is bringing solar power to the district. So many of our schools have huge grass fields. Of course, I love having so much land for the students to play on, but some of our schools have space enough for both solar and soccer fields. We are also looking at new or rebuilt buildings having roof-top solar. We are even thinking about parking lots having solar panels. At this point, the technology is quite good, and we think as a district we can greatly reduce our costs, as well as help the environment, if we start to consider producing solar energy.
The other way we can really reduce our energy usage is just through normal cleaning and maintenance. Some of our schools haven't had their duct work cleaned in years. Some of our classrooms have articles blocking vents and piping. Some of our buildings have antiquated controls that cause inefficient use of power. All in all, we have many little tweaks and big changes we look forward to bringing to the district to be a better citizen of society. And I ask that you all do the same. Sometimes just turning off your lights, or powering down your computer can make a difference. If there is a draft in your room, let's patch it up. If there are dioramas displayed on classroom vents, let's move them somewhere else. If there is a crack in a window, please let us know. I appreciate that the crack might've been there for 15 years, and no one took care of it. But please, give the district a chance to make it right. Your room will be better, the kids will be safer, and we will be greener.
If any school district members, staff, family, or students, have any ideas as to how we can be more environmentally friendly, please don't hesitate to contact us. It is only together that we can change this district for the better.
Thank you so much for all of your incredible support of our district. Together, we will do great things for the children of Lansing.
Benjamin Shuldiner, Superintendent
Lansing School District
Meet Our Featured Students!
This week, we are breaking our standard format and featuring not one, but THREE talented students! Analeigh Garza, and Emily Barrera-Castro from Lewton Global Studies and Spanish Immersion and Jameson Matthews from Kendon Elementary submitted their exceptional artwork, and were selected for exhibition in the Ingham Student Art Exhibit at the Michigan Education Leadership Group!
Julia Naccarato, who serves as a Lansing School District K-3 Art Integrationist and K-7 Support Staff and Art Specialist at Lewton is thrilled with her students and provided some information about each of them:
Grade 5, Lewton
Analeigh always has a smile to share, she is kind and creative. Her skills as an artist have grown, she is willing to take artistic chances and enjoys creating art. This piece was also showcased on NBC's Studio 10 Countdown To Spring! Analeigh is looking forward to the art gallery opening night.
Grade 3, Kendon
Jameson is such a fun loving, hard-working artist. He always tries his best to create and use his skills to make amazing artwork. He practiced several skills to create this gorgeous cardinal piece with several layers and steps. Jameson is quite responsible and makes an effort to help others.
Their artwork will be on display through April of 2024 in the Student Art Exhibit at the Michigan Education Leadership Group which is located at 1001 Centennial Way, Lansing, MI 48917!
Staff Feature of the Week
Marisol Garcia, Spanish Speaking Family Advocate
I am the parent of a Lansing School District student and have lived in Lansing most of my life. During my childhood I was raised in a border town across from Coahuila, Mexico. My life experiences have fueled my advocacy on behalf of underserved populations. I was previously employed with the state of Michigan as a Migrant Service Worker and am happy to now be a part of the Special Populations Department. Through personal cultural barriers and as a nontraditional student I earned my BA in Human and Community Services from Siena Heights University. Most of my free time is dedicated to my passion of serving as a liaison to communities and organizations that provide resources to our bilingual/Spanish speaking communities. As the new Spanish Family Advocate, I am honored for the opportunity to offer guidance and support to our families. In this new role I look forward to expanding support to our bilingual communities.
It's That Time of Year Again!
The Lansing School District food truck came out of storage on Wednesday! It's first stop? Serving lunch to high school students arriving at their CTE courses at the Hill Center!
Stay tuned for future dates and locations!
Spring Soccer Opportunity!
Summer Tennis Opportunity
If you prefer to enroll in person, the staff at the Dr. Eva L. Evans Welcome Center will be happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the enrollment process.
Dr. Eva L. Evans Welcome Center
2400 Pattengill Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910
Questions About Enrollment?
Call us at (517)755-2820