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Fall/Winter Edition Volume 8 Issue 2
South Lyon EastHigh School
David Phillips, PhD
Main Office Fax
Student Services Center
King:: Connor Trapp
Queen: Mackenzie McKeever
Seniors: Sarah Lambi, Nick Hovey, Myles Lambeth, DaShaun
Ragland, Brittany Hill, Stephanie Hollingsworth, Trent Wil-
Juniors: Elizabeth Gudzinski, John Kochanek, Rachel Azure
Sophomores: Emmanuel Garcia
Freshmen: Roy Swartzinski, Megan Nagy
Congratulations to our Homecoming Court
Spirit Week got off to a fun start on Monday, September 29th was Lazy Day, Tuesday was Sports Day, Wednesday Beach Day, Superhero’s Thursday and Black Out Day on Friday, October 3rd. Spirit
Week Lunch activities were Limbo contest on Monday, donut-on-a-string eating contest on Tuesday,
pizza eating contest on Wednesday, Spirit contest on Thursday and Free Face Painting on Friday. The
theme this year was Superhero’s with each class representing their favorite Superhero. Each class dec-
orated a different pathway with the sophomores winning for their “Thor” theme and great decorations!
The fun-filled week culminated with Mackenzie McKeever and Connor Trapp being crowned Home-
coming Queen and King. The Homecoming Dance took place on Saturday ,October 4th.
The South Lyon East Cougar Band has had a very busy fall! They have been working on their marching show since the
first week of August! The show entitled “Atlantis” has been performed at each home football game. On Tuesday, October 7,
they took the show to Marching Band Festival in Royal Oak and received a top rating (1) for their excellent performance.
Congratulations to Matthew Smith, Band Director, and all the instructors and band students for a successful and exciting
The three South Lyon East Choirs have been busy getting ready for the Fall Band and Choir Concert. They started off the
year with Choir Camp on Saturday, September 6 at which all the kids enjoyed “meet and greet” activities, lots of singing and
lots of fun. The day ended with a Road Rally.
Two choir students auditioned for and were selected to participate in Regional Honors Choir. This is a choir made up of
select students in our region. Congratulations to Justine Alexander and Amanda Hackbardt!
The Band and Choir Concert combined their efforts on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium for a fabulous con-
cert. All three choirs performed and the A Capella Choir made its debut as well. The band marched into the stadium and
performed their marching show music on stage to finish off the concert .
SLEHS Junior Sarah Kaljian, was one of only 4 other runners 16 years of age who participated in the
Detroit Marathon on October 19th. Way to go Sarah!!
SLEHS Senior, Aaron Hoorn, won 3rd place in a national photo contest sponsored by the American Asso-
ciation of Physics Teachers for his photo called "Stick or Slick: A Cold Conundrum." In Physics every
year, students are assigned a project to take a picture of an interesting physics phenomenon and write
about the physics that is observed in the photo. Mrs. Lee (SLEHS Physics Teacher) chose the top 12
photos and sent them on to the national contest, which last year included over 600 entries. Physics teach-
ers from around the country attend a meeting in July where they vote on the top photos. Congrats Aa-
SLEHS Junior Adam Caruso qualified for the state finals in boys cross country this year. This was his second trip
to the state finals for cross country. He qualified by finishing 9th at the regional meet at Lake Erie Metro Park with
a time of 17:23. He had been seeded 14th going into the race. On November 1st, he ran in the state finals at Michi-
gan International Speedway, finishing with a time of 17:22. This was the third fastest time ever posted by a Cougar
at Michigan International Speedway.
South Lyon East High School National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on Wednesday,
October 8th. Forty new members were inducted into this prestigious organization. Dr. Pearson was able to
join us for the evening as the keynote speaker. Conducting the installation of new officers was National
Honor Society Advisor Gail Joslin. Newly installed President Megan Renehan then led the induction of new
members. Dr. Pearson assisted Dr. Phillips and Mrs. Bowman in honoring each new member with a mem-
bership card, pin, and National Honor Society candle. Concluding the ceremony President Renehan led the
members in the NHS Pledge with a candle ceremony.. Following the ceremony members and guests ad-
journed to the multipurpose room for refreshments and to pick up their certificates. Congratulations to these
hardworking, dedicated students.
S L EAST NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
In Germany and Austria St. Martin’s Day (Martinstag) is celebrated on November 11th. Children go to
houses with paper lanterns and candles, and sing songs about St. Martin in return for treats. Often, a man
dressed as St. Martin rides a horse in front of the procession. Although there was no horse galloping
through the halls, Frau Huffman’s German students celebrated by singing “Lanterne” carrying their home
made lanterns through the halls and making stops in the offices, where they were rewarded with candy.
SLEHS Spanish classes celebrated the Day of the Dead. This is a Spanish holiday centered on honoring
loved ones who have passed away. Altars are created in the loved one’s memory, constructed of photo-
graphs and personal items that reflect who the person was when he/she was alive. Students in Ellen
Harrington’s, Jon Cadwallader’s and Donna Mahon’s classes formed groups and chose a famous, but
dead, person to honor. Each group created a special altar and gave a brief presentation/explanation to
Course selections and the scheduling process for the 2015-2016 school year begins February 3rd. Frist, a
scheduling video will be presented to all students with step-by-step directions. Parents will be able to access
this video on the SLEHS homepage. Students will be utilizing a program in Career Cruising called “Course
Planner” to schedule classes. Your child will be bringing home step-by-step directions on how to enter their
classes in the Course Planner. After course selections have been submitted, students need to print out their
course request sign-off sheet and return it to Student Services no later than Friday, February 13th.
EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS
9th graders just completed updating their Educational Development Plans by entering new goals, tentative-
ly selecting classes for 10th grade, completing the career matchmaker survey, and selecting careers that
10th graders just completed updating their Educational Development Plans by entering new goals, tenta-
tively selecting new classes for 11th grade, and by reviewing their Ability Profiler. .
11th graders just completed updating their Educational Development Plans by entering new goals, tenta-
tively selecting new classes for 12th grade, and completing the career selection assessment.
Students are able to log-in to their EDP at anytime. Parents can start discussing course options for next year.
Course Planner includes all four years of high school, which allows students to plan course work for their entire
high school career. All course descriptions are available on course planner.
Future Senior Parent Night—SLHS—January 14th 7:00-9:00 pm
Oakland Technical Center—Wixom Campus Open House—
January 22nd 5:00-8:00 pm
Curriculum Fair at SLEHS—February 5th 7:00-8:30 pm; meeting
at 6:30 pm for freshmen parents and students
College Goal Sunday*—February 8th—2:00-4:00 pm
*for more information go to www.micollegegoal.org
Electronic Request for Transcripts for College
Juniors & Seniors:
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Your transcript will be electronically sent to the college within 24 hours.
If you have questions, please call the Counseling Office at 248-573-8711.
Monday 5 School Resumes 2:30-3:30 pm
Wednesday 14 Future Senior Parent’s Night (SLHS) 7:00 pm
Wednesday 21 SIP Meeting 2:30 pm
Tues-Thurs 20-22 End-of-Semester Assessments (1/2 Day Schedule)
Tues-Thurs 20-22 Testing Out of Classes
Thursday 22 End of 3rd Marking Period
Thursday 22 OSTC Open House 5:00 pm
Friday 23 Records Day for Teachers (am); No School for Students
Thursday 5 Curriculum Fair; Pathways and Commons 7:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday 11 SIP Meeting 2:30 pm
Mon-Fri 16-20 Mid-Winter Break
Tues-Thurs 3-5 ACT/MME Testing (Juniors)
Wednesday 11 Curriculum Day for Teachers; No School for Students
Thurs-Sun 12-15 Spring Musical; “Beauty and the Beast” 7:00 pm
Friday 13 End of 4th Marking Period
Tues-Thurs 17-19 ACT/MME Make-up Testing
Wednesday 18 SIP Meeting 2:30 pm
Fri-Sun 20-22 Spring Musical; “Beauty and the Beast” 7:00 pm
Friday 3 Good Friday—No School
Mon-Fri 6-10 Spring Break
Wednesday 22 Career Fair –10th Graders 1st-3rd Hours
Tuesday 28 Graduation Auditions 2:30 pm
SL EAST HIGH SCHOOL CALENDARSL EAST HIGH SCHOOL CALENDARSL EAST HIGH SCHOOL CALENDAR
Friday 1 Testing Out of Classes—Applications Due
Friday 1 End of 5th Marking Period
Mon-Fri 4-15 AP Testing
Friday 15 Prom (Plymouth Manor) 7:00-11:00 pm
Monday 18 Choir Concert 7:00 pm
Wednesday 20 SIP Meeting 2:30 pm
Thursday 21 Cedar Point Trip (Physics) All Day
Monday 25 Memorial Day—No School
Tuesday 26 Band Concert 7:00 pm
Friday 29 Seniors Last Day of School/Senior Video
Tuesday 2 Senior Honors Night 7:00 pm
Wednesday 3 Underclass Honors Program Cougar Hour
Saturday 6 Graduation 6:00 pm
Tues-Thurs 9-11 End-of-Year Assessments (1/2 Day Schedule)
Thursday 11 End of 6th Marking period and Last Day of School
Friday 12 Records Day for teachers (am); No School for Students
Mon-Wed 15-17 Testing Out of Classes
SL EAST HIGH SCHOOL CALENDAR
Standing SIP Agenda
October 22, 2014
Administration: Dr. David Phillips
Staff Members: Pete Schmitz
Parents: Pam Bagosy, Michelle Brown
9th Kara Mekjian, Jay Sha
10th Fischer Connell
11th Rachel Azure, Charles Marchand
12th Sarah Lambi
Announcements – Dr. Phillips commented on these recent events: Curriculum Night
Homecoming Activities-Great Job Student Council!
NHS Induction – Prestigious ceremony took place on October 8th. New officers and members were
inducted under the guidance of advisor, Mrs. Joslin.
Academic Awards – Nice ceremony. Unfortunately our guest speaker, Kim Russell could not at-
tend due to an injury incurred by her father.
Fall Concert – excellent performances by our expanding Choir and Marching Bands.
Upcoming Events – Dr. Phillips reviewed current and future events. Fall Testing – Practice ACT, October 22
Parent/Teacher Conferences-Thursday, October 23, 3:00-9:00 p.m.
Pink-Out game vs. Pinckney – Friday, October 24
Staff Development Day, No School – Tuesday, November 4.
School Improvement/NCA-Update/Annual Report October had several topics where school improvement related topics were addressed:
South Lyon East High School will be up for an external review for AdvancEd accreditation next school
year. The Steering Committee has met (October 21)and will begin discussions with the remainder of the
staff at the next staff meeting. Five committees have been created to look at the five standards were we
must rate ourselves and provide evidence or our status. More information, including the need to survey
parents, students and staff will be an ongoing topic at future SIP meetings.
The Bond Committee continues to meet in preparation for the May ballot. The proposed Bond plans are
not anticipated to increase taxes for residents.
Robotics – No report this month.
Budget Discussion – Dr. Phillips shared that audit has taken place and according to the official 6/30/14 state-ment, SLEHS was under budget by over $18,000. To get a better handle on expenditures during the year, a process has been designed by Amy Finlayson, principal’s secretary to track purchases in direct line
with departmental budgets. The system is working well.
Code of Conduct – Dr. Phillips expressed concern that running in the halls has become an issue again. He pointed out that the design of SLEHS creates many blind spots due to corners at every hallway. We had
a teacher get hurt last year and apparently there have been some students experiencing or just missing
collisions this year. Dr. Phillips referred the issue to the Student Council for dialogue on how we will
address the situation. Several ideas surfaced during the SIP Meeting. Student Council will place the
issue on their next meeting agenda and report back to SIP.
We will be looking for a specific outline for reporting services by the Key Club and Mr. Engel.
In September, Mr. Grieves submitted a proposal to the SIP Committee requesting recognition of Latin Club students
who have successful met the rigor of the International Exam, to be awarded a school letter. A brief discussion
regarding one activities letter to encompass all of the activities and clubs was suggested. There was no objections to
the idea and could be discussed at a later date.
In calling the question of the committee, all was in favor of the proposal, there were no opposition. The motion
Mrs. Bagosy had a request by another parent to open for discussion appropriate participation at Dances. The concern
was primarily focused on inappropriate dancing.
Dr. Phillips acknowledged the concern but also stated it is not a simple matter to supervise. He informed the
group that 650 students attended the Homecoming Dance and 80% of them were dancing immediately in front of the
DJ. The first concern is confined space…students congregate and dance very close to a point where passing through
is difficult if not possible. If anything there is a concern for safety in the event an evacuation would be needed. With
the tight space chaperones cannot get the minority of students that may be dancing inappropriately. And if
they did, students would most likely continue once the chaperones moved on. It then becomes an exhausting game
Of catch me if you can. The administration does not want to create an environment of sanction and authority. He
Stated it would ruin the atmosphere where the majority of students are participating appropriately. Many schools
have tried several measures, some with varying degrees of success but not entirely.
Dr. Phillips also stated he was concerned with the inadequate lighting at the dance.
Dr. Phillips sought input from the students. When asked if they felt they were in a position of taking away or
adjusting something the students wanted, the consensus was yes. It was decided to open the topic for dialogue at the
Student Council level as well. Rachel made a note to place it on the next agenda.
Pete Schmitz suggested that coaches be more consistent is announcing which students are to released from classes.
When there are no announcement it puts teaches in a bind to release students on their word. It becomes a matter of
trust and liability. The information will be shared with the AD, Mr. Beutel. Rachel requested that Mr. Ross monitor
students that are speeding around the parking lot at around 6:50 in the morning. Rachel noted that Mr. Ross stations
himself in one spot to sell day passes but wondered if he could somehow note the vehicles involved. There was a
concern with the drop off loop where parents are stopping in the middle and letting students off away from the curb.
It blocks traffic and students run between cars to get to the sidewalk, a potential safety issue. Sarah wondered if cos
tumes will be allowed on Halloween. Dr. Phillips will confer with Mrs. Bowman and an announcement will be
made. Costumes were allowed last year and there were virtually no issues. No masks have been a long standing rule.
Watch the morning announcements.
A question was brought up about recycling in the building. Pete Schmitz provided a history of recycling efforts at
SLEHS and addressed the pragmatic issues of operating a program. Due to a lack of continuity and consistency, the
program lost support.
Meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
Next meeting: November 19, 2014
First Hour 7:20 ~ 8:18
Second Hour 8:24 ~ 9:25
Third Hour 9:31 ~ 10:29
Fourth Hour 10:35 ~ 12:05
A Lunch 10:35 ~ 11:02
B Lunch 11:38 ~ 12:05
Fifth Hour 12:11 ~ 1:09
Sixth Hour 1:15 ~ 2:13
SOUTH LYON EAST HIGH SCHOOL
The mission of South Lyon East High School is to
provide students a rigorous education in order to
develop responsible, knowledgeable, and respect-
ful participants in society who make positive con-
tributions at home, school, work, and in the glob-
The South Lyon Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, disability, weight, religion, or marital status in its programs and activities.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination
Melissa Baker, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services (248) 573-8130
or (248) 573-8140
South Lyon East High School 52200 W. Ten Mile Road South Lyon, MI 48178
SOUTH LYON EAST