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September 30, 2016

Allendale Schools Superintendent Announces Retirement, Effective June 30, 2017

Dr. Dan Jonker to retire following 40 years in public education, 16 years at Allendale Public School

Allendale Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Jonker has announced he will retire effective June 30, 2017.  Dr. Jonker will spend the 2016-2017 school year putting the finishing touches on a 40-year career in public education, including 16 years in Allendale. Meanwhile, the Allendale Board of Education will collaborate with a soon-to-be-named search firm to select Dr. Jonker's replacement.

September 29, 2016

A Night with Aaron Dworkin: Where Music Meets Social Justice

Thursday, October 5 at Grand Haven High School Performing Arts Center

The Grand Haven Area Public Schools are pleased to present "A Night with Aaron Dworkin: Where Music Meets Social Justice," 7 pm, Thursday, October 6, at the Grand Haven High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online for $12/ticket or blocks of sponsor rows in 30 or 40 seats for $10/ticket.

September 26, 2016

Host Families Needed for Allendale Rotary Youth Exchange

The Allendale Rotary Club is participating in Rotary Youth Exchange for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Club is sponsoring a young lady from Bolivia who is currently attending school here at Allendale High School. She arrived in August and is a senior and a member of the cheerleading team in Allendale.  She likes cheerleading, cooking, being with friends, and watching movies.

September 22, 2016

Falcons Focus on the Future

High school is the time to start thinking about careers. So while Allendale High School students were "dressed for success" for Homecoming week, they also participated in career exploration with area business professionals.

The Allendale High School counselors and staff, working in partnership with Junior Achievement, brought 24 career professionals into the high school on Wednesday, September 21.  Students were invited to select three professions they would like to learn more about and then assigned to sessions featuring professionals in their areas of interest.

September 22, 2016

Meet new Elementary Principal Rinard Pugh

Sweeping through the bus drop-off area and nearby playground, Rinard Pugh encourages students to move inside before it begins to rain. Today students are "Dressed for Success" in celebration of Homecoming Spirit Week and Mr. Pugh is quick to compliment the smartly dressed children filing by him.

"Oh, I like that bowtie!"

"Very creative outfits, good job," he calls to the students.

Inside the halls of Springview and Evergreen Schools, he stops to greet students who are now waiting by their lockers for teachers to take them to class.  Mr. Pugh commends students on their patience and points out the school staff has set a goal of giving out 4000 coupons for good behavior to students during the first semester of school.

September 22, 2016

New Options High School Offering FREE GED Fast Track Course

The GED Fast Track Course is open to anyone between the ages 17-19 who needs to complete his/her high school education. The classes run from October 3 through November 18. There are no home school district restrictions. A certified teacher will assist students in all GED subject areas for three weeks in preparation for the GED online test. 

Contact Kelly Pratt at 616-892-5575 for additional details, or to register for the course.

September 22, 2016

Voters To Determine Schools Funding in November Election

Voters will be asked on November 8 to renew a long-standing Non-Homestead Millage that generates operation revenue for the Allendale Schools (Operating Millage Proposal), and to vote on an Operating Millage "Headlee Cushion" proposal that protects school funding for the next two years.  The revenue generated from the current levy of 18 mills totals over $2.5 million annually, or about 10.5% of the school district's budget.

September 21, 2016

A Simple Lesson on the Power of Words

Allendale Middle School students learn the power of their words from a tube of toothpaste.What does a tube of toothpaste have in common with the power of words?

 Newly minted sixth grade students in Kelly Merrill's health class can answer that question. Mrs. Merrill partnered with Meade-Zolman Family Dentistry to provide a first-day lesson on the power of words.

September 15, 2016

Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey -- Allendale Results Presentation

PathwaysMI Director Leigh Moerdyke presented results directly related to Allendale youth, offering first-hand information regarding both risky, beneficial teen behaviors
2015 Ottawa County Youth Assessment SurveyDownload a copy of the presentation here.

September 9, 2016

Oakwood Students Learn the Be Nice Way to Help Others, Stand Up Against Bullying

"Be respectful."

"Treat others the way you would want to be treated."

"Help others."

That's how students in Lindsey Olsen's fourth grade class at Oakwood Intermediate responded when they were asked what it means to "Be nice." Educators from the "be nice." program spent time in every one of Oakwood's classes today.