August 23, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to Lansing Elementary School District 158. It is my great honor to serve as your Superintendent as we continue to move forward to meet the challenges of the ever-changing educational landscape. I am proud of the District’s commitment to support programs that meet the needs of our students, provide resources for our families, and professional development to our staff.
We are currently in the 2nd year of our Strategic Plan which addresses curriculum, student needs, staff professional development, community partnerships, and school construction. I am pleased to share that our Phase I renovation/expansion project of Coolidge School is on schedule. We plan to have our students relocate to the new building upon completion of Phase I in August 2018.
New for the 2017-2018 school year is the implementation of the third unit of study for our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at our middle school. We began the first year of our STEM program with the implementation of Design and Modeling, followed by Robotics in the second year, and have added the newest unit, The Magic of Electrons. I am proud that all of our students are able to experience the STEM program at Memorial Junior High School. Our staff members have attended professional development throughout the summer which focused on Social-Emotional Learning with training in Crisis Prevention and Intervention, and Intro to Trauma, Compassion, and Resiliency. In addition, our English Language Arts and Math Committees have been updating district curriculum maps to ensure alignment with Common Core State Standards and received additional training in writing with structure and style; and guided math.
This year’s technology refresh plan resulted in new convertible touch-screen/netbooks for K-1 classrooms as well as new netbooks for grades 7 and 8; all in alignment with our Strategic Plan’s one-to-one computing initiative. Lansing School District 158 is committed to providing students with support in the areas of Social Work, Speech Pathology, School Psychologist, and Occupational Therapy services. This year we are moving to a new local assessment, Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), which is aligned with the Common Core State Standards to assist us in monitoring student growth. We are committed to increasing student growth and closing achievement gaps, however, we also recognize the need to educate the whole child. Our Board of Education continues to support our extra-curricular activities including band, choir, drama, basketball, baseball, track, cross-country, art, chess, speech, and elementary art, music, and school intramurals. I invite you to visit our website at www.d158.net to view our new district video!
Everyone, everyday throughout our district, works to cultivate the unique potential of each student by providing a challenging, supportive, and inclusive environment. We recognize the outstanding instructional staff, administrators, and support personnel whose efforts and expertise continue to create the safe and positive learning environment that thrives in each of our schools. The Lansing community and the Board of Education value education and are committed to providing high quality schools based on our belief of always “Putting the Children First!”