Ella White 2022

Welcome to Ella White Elementary

"Shaping Successful Students With Compassion."  

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Ella White Weekly Update

Ella White Elementary 201 N Ripley Blvd Alpena, MI 49707 Phone: 989.358.5950 Fax: 989.358.5955

Streaming Link APS Board Meeting 3/25/24 5:30 PM at Wilson Elementary

Visit APS Youtube @AlpenaPublicSchoolsMichigan

Here is the link for the meeting at Wilson on March 25th

Our March 2024 #WeAreWildcats Alumni Spotlight is Roger Tadajewski

Roger is a graduate of the class of 1978 at Alpena High School. He attended Pepperdine University School of Business and Management. Roger is currently serving as the Executive Director at National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) which focuses on promoting Career and Technical Education to create highly-skilled, job-ready professionals through a growing network of educational partners and global industry leaders.

APS Superintendent Update March 2024


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Lilly Gembel February 2024 #WeAreWildcats Student Spotlight

Lilly Gembel is our February 2024 #WeAreWildcats Student Spotlight.

She is an outstanding student making the Besser Top 10%, active in school activities like Leadership, Golf and Figure Skating as well as serving as our go to voice at AHS for her beautiful renditions of the Star Spangled Banner!

February 2024 APS Superintendent Update

Link to PDF version click HERE


Main Office Staff

Meaghan Black
Becky Meyer
Assistant Principal
Mary Ciarkowski
Dean of Students
Jennifer Miller
Office Assistant
Alicia Page
Office Assistant


8:23 - Classrooms Open 
8:33 - Instruction Begins and Breakfast Delivery
3:42 - Dismissal




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Ella White School is a K-5 elementary school located in the city of Alpena. It has an enrollment of about 466 students, with as many as half the students living within walking distance of this neighborhood school.

This school is an established facility in the community, having been built in 1950 with additions constructed in the late 50's/early 60's and again in the 90’s. In 2021, Ella White underwent extensive upgrades thanks to the 2020 Safe, Warm, Dry Bond.  Upgrades included new flooring, cabinets, Main Office, parking lot, playground, and heating system.

Although located in the City of Alpena, At the present time, our facility is used to its capacity, including after-hours usage by the community, parents and students.

Ella White Elementary School's Vision:  "Shaping Successful Students With Compassion."  

ella white 1950sElla White in 1952

Ella White 2022

New EW Playground

New Ella White Playground

Ella M. White, the namesake of our school. Ella (1875-1966), taught primary grades for 16 years from 1934-1950. She was also the business secretary for the Alpena Board of Education for 36 years. Not only was she an educator, she was a major force in the Alpena community. She was a charter member and 2nd President of the Women's Civic League, found the Alpena County Chapter of the American Red Cross, City Editor of the Alpena Daily Echo (1913-914), and appointed by the Governor to the state Emergency Relief Committee. The school was named for her in 1952