Stacey Weiser & Kendall Christensen Location: 3900 Stabler St. Lansing, MI (south Lansing) Mascot: Vikings Colors: Red, white, and blue Student Population: 1,675 Principal: Howard Cousins Magnet School for the Performing Arts— theater program. Lots of wings within the school (dead ends) School is older with colorful decoration (red and yellow) on the outside. Students hang out outside before school starts in the morning, and between class is a time for socializing. Students are sought out to take MEAP They are brought on college visits Mr. Salias is in contact with problem student’s parents to fight behavioral issues The daily announcements propose to students to abstain from violence, and profanity. ◦ ―I dare you to try to make it through the day without using one profanity. I dare you to try to think of another way to communicate‖ –Mr. Cousin’s (Principal) Student Population: 1,675 Graduation Rate (2008): 73.98% 50% female; 50% male 51% eligible for free or reduced price lunch (2008) Student:Teacher Ration- 25:1 Racial Breakdown: ◦ Black 46% ◦ White 33% ◦ Hispanic 14% ◦ Asian/Pacific Islander 6% ◦ American Indian/Alaskan Native <1% Data from www.education.com Central Michigan Univ. for BA & MA Teaching for 16 years Founded two chapters of a Latino Fraternity; one at CMU & one at MSU Classroom Climate: ◦ Desks arranged in two groups on either side of the room, facing each other. ◦ Lots of décor; flags of Spanish-speaking countries are hung up all around the room. ◦ Relaxed atmosphere: Sr. Salais talks like a student (uses slang, jokes around). ◦ Utilizes Powerpoints, videos, games, books (students do not get their own copy of the book), photocopies, recordings. He teaches a foreign language because he wants to make a change to language learning. He likes to take interns and MSU seniors each year so that he ―keeps up‖ with the times (the new ideas coming from the students/interns) He wants to teach teachers to do things differently. He is passionate about the Spanish language and the Latino and Spanish speaking cultures. Salais is recognized as the initiator of the first Mariachi band at Lansing Everett HS He recognizes all Spanish speaking countries with flags of each around his classroom. He has a close and personal relationship with his classes. His classroom is a constant comfortable, friendly, inviting environment. He makes language learning fun and interesting to his students.
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