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Friday the 13th Casual Get-together 7-13-2018


Fifteen of our '57 class plus a couple of guys from other classes came to our

Friday 13th casual get together at the Outpost on South Pennsylvania. These were: Dawn Stiles, Carol Pride, Mandy Lawton, Judy and Bill Atkinson, Marilyn and Mike Kosloski, Richard Dunham, Letha Collins, Ira Purchis, Jim Keyton, Jim Dorin, Donna Root Forbush, Jean Rammacher Spencer, Bill Thomas, Joe Malatinsky ('56), and Jay Lane ('58). Jay drove Jim Keyton to the lunch.


This is the same place we had a Friday gathering for our 60 years reunion last August. We met on the 'patio', which was kind of an open-air back room.


It was really casual, we all had a good time, and especially enjoyed Richard Dunham telling his stories, and Letha telling Millie Toogood stories.


We started at 2, ate somewhere around 3, then mostly broke up around 4:30.

Take a look at our photos.

Such a good time, we may do this again. We'll see if there is any interest. . .

Richard, Letha, Ira, Mike (Kos), Jim K., Jay, Jim D., Donna, Jean, and Joe




Dawn, Carol, Mandy, Bill Atkins


Mandy, Bill and Judy, Marilyn



Ira Purchis sent this photo of a Walter French 9th grade class of January 1954 reunion that Ann and Ira hosted in 2007, a mixture of January '57 graduates of Sexton and Eastern.

Ira notes that recently passed LEHS Jan '57 Classmates Nancy Jenkins (Spurgeon) and Pat Cuzner (Haynes) are both in this photo. Pat and Nancy had kept in touch over the years and both of their husbands passed within a year of each other in 2006 or 2007.

From left to right in the photo:

Ron Welfare (Sexton), Ron Clark (Sexton), Pat Cuzner Haynes (Eastern), Ann Stow Purchis (Sexton), Larry Brown (Eastern), Ira Purchis (Eastern), Bob Brockwell (Sexton), Nancy Jenkins Spurgeon (Eastern), Kay Black Terry (Eastern), Joan Dick Budz (Sexton), Ron Bell (Eastern)

I remember Ron Welfare as a diver on the Sexton swim team, a really good diver and a good guy also. Ron still looks fit.

From Bill Thomas 11-4-15

My son's wife found a poster online for the Dells, featuring the Crestwoods, asked me if I had ever heard of them. Are you kidding? Look closely - Jim Anderson, Chuck Sweitzer, Larry Johnson all June '57, and Jack Sova, June '59. I emailed this poster to Chuck and to Larry's widow Sally. Larry and Jim are Gone now.


Received by email from Eastern High School Alumni Association:

Lansing Eastern High School
The Heart of the East Side Since 1928
Final Draft, March 27, 2015

This is an update on things all Lansing Eastern High School Alumni should know about. There will be a meeting April 8, 2015 at Foster Community Center at 4:00p.m. to discuss these statements and develop a further strategy preserving the current Lansing Eastern High School or moving it to an expanded Pattengill Middle School to be renamed Lansing Eastern high School. It is important to have a good attendance for this meeting.

A Proud Tradition of Academic Achievement on Lansing’s East Side

  • Lansing Eastern High School, since its debut in 1928, has a long history of high quality education and graduates who serve in many honorable positions. Among LEHS graduates are doctors, attorneys, educators, an Olympic Gold Medalist, a College President and many leaders in business and public service.
  • Eastern has an active and engaged Alumni Association that invests heavily in the School.

Through its endowed fund at the Capital Area Community Foundation, Eastern Alumni fund approximately $50,000 annually in grants to support students, teachers and special projects at Eastern. During the 2013-2014 school year, these grant totaled $52,338. The Alumni Association Endowment is unique in Lansing.
The Alumni Association started Lansing Eastern High School Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor the special achievements of students.

Eastern High School Today
Contributing to the Lansing Community and Supporting High Educational Standards

  • In 2014, 179 Lansing Eastern Graduates received nearly $2 million in scholarships to 2-year Community Colleges and 4-year Colleges, including Harvard University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and others.
  • Eastern High School offers Mid-Michigan’s only International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Eastern Students have the unique opportunity to participate both in the Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) and Diploma Programme (IBDP). The IB Program exposes students to a world class curriculum, challenges them to excel in their studies, and encourages both personal and academic achievement.
  • The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is designed for middle and early high school students in preparation for the Diploma Program (IB DP).  The IB MYP at Eastern continues the Chinese Immersion language program from Post Oak Elementary School. The program offers comprehensive Mandarin Chinese language learning, including classes taught in Chinese. These Eastern High School programs are unique in the Lansing Area.
  • The IB Program offers academic depth and breadth. IB Diploma students are 21% more likely to be admitted into 10 of the most prestigious universities.
  • The IB Diploma Program is internationally benchmarked, allowing graduates to continue their studies anywhere in the world.
  • IB encourages critical thinking; stressing analyzing, connecting, reflecting, synthesizing, assessing, questioning, and reasoning.
  • The IB Program includes high standards classes and a degree program for highly motivated students. IB classes have requirements and standards that are considered by many universities to be more rigorous than Advanced Placement classes. 
  • Because of its high-quality academic programming Eastern High School draws many families and students from surrounding districts. 18 School of Choice students in 2014-2015 brought over $135,000 in additional School Aid funds to the Lansing School District.

Why is Lansing Eastern a “Priority School”?
The State Department of Education defines priority schools.   
Within each tested subject, schools are held accountable for three aspects of performance:

  • Achievement (50%)
  • Improvement (25%)
  • Achievement Gap between highest and lowest performing students (25%)
  • Lansing Eastern students perform better on the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) than Lansing School District averages for high schools in each of the tested subject areas, including math, reading, science, social studies and writing.
  • Lansing Eastern students score higher on American College Test (ACT) exams than Lansing School District averages for High School students taking the test. Subjects tested in the ACT include math, reading social studies and science.
  • While Lansing Eastern is the overall highest achieving high school in the district, Eastern has not seen enough improvement in student scores to meet the state’s goals.
  • Eastern also does not meet state standards for eliminating the Achievement Gap, the gap between the highest and lowest performing students.
  • Eastern is proud to serve a richly diverse body of students who come from widely varied backgrounds and speak about 25 different home languages.  Oddly, schools where all of the students are performing badly or at mediocre levels would score better under state criteria than Eastern because there is a lower percentage gap between highest and lowest performing students.   

Focus on School Reform and Student Success
In the spring of 2014, Eastern submitted an application and was awarded a School Improvement Grant (SIG) from the Michigan Department of Education. The grant provides $1.7 million to Eastern for each of three years.
The SIG funds provide

  • Additional support in core academic areas targeted to struggling students
  • Professional development and high quality professional learning for staff.
  • Extra testing time and support for English Language Learners
  • Holistic support for students and families


From Bill Thomas 11-1-14

Dick Fronczak LEHS Jan ‘57 interviewed on Detroit Channel 4 11:00 news about U of M Athletic Director Dave Brandon leaving, Dick was interviewed at the U of M Union. He must be in town for homecoming.

Watch the story (have to put up with an ad first):


From Bill Thomas 9-19-14

Stopped in at Blondie’s Barn in Haslett for lunch yesterday with my son. Looked over and saw Marilyn and Mike (we knew him as Ferris or 'Kos') Kosloski sitting at the table across from us. Had a good time visiting. All is well with them. Marylyn mentioned that they recently got together with Jan and Dick Bailey, Barb and Jerry Mitchell, Nancy and Mort McKillop, and Loraine Earley and her new friend.


From Dawn Stiles 8-31-14


August 28, 2014, Three Men and a Tenor concert, Grand Ledge, Mi.


L-R: Dawn (Derhammer) Stiles, Judy (Forsyth) Potts, Mandy (Hicks) Lawton, Linda (Burl) Spry, Nancy (Evans) Morgan, Jack Morgan, Carol (Edwards) Pride. Also attending but missed photo op were Ira and Ann Purchis.  

From Dawn Stiles 6-12-13
"The Girls of Summer"  (because so many of them scoot off to Florida in the Winter) - Some of the ’57 girls at lunch recently, looking good, left to right: Nancy Callahan, Linda Spry, Nancy Morgan, Mandy Lawton, Dawn Stiles, and Letha Collins.