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Blog Bits 4/29/2016

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Blog Bits 4/29/2016

News from the Office….

We have been busy with taking the M STEP and the kids are doing great! These tests can be long and take some deep thinking and we are proud of the students for how well they are doing! Keep it up!! We are hoping for beautiful weather so the kids can take much needed breaks outside!

The calendar for next school year was sent out last week and we wanted to pass it along to you. Click  16_17Student(1) to view.

We are starting the countdown until the end of this year! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone! 29 More SCHOOL Days until we are done on June 10. June 10 we will be released at 1:00 PM.

M STEP DATES To Keep In Mind….

  • Grade 4:  May 9-May 23

Vote on May 3….

On Tuesday, May 3, Hudsonville voters will be asked to consider our non-homestead annual millage renewal request.  This is not a millage increase.  The renewal request is seeking to maintain current millage status.

In 1994, with the passage of Proposal A, the statewide 6 mill education tax is delegated to Lansing for funding distribution to support K-12 education.  The State “assumes” that each local district levies the maximum 18 mills on non-homestead properties.  Based on this assumption, the State provides a district’s foundation allowance on a per student basis.  If a district does not levy the 18 mills on non-homestead property, a district foundation grant is reduced proportionately.

Consequently, the non-homestead renewal request is something that is before our voters every year.  It provides approximately $4.1 million dollars of operational funding.  

A copy of the official ballot language can be found on the front page of our website.  Please remember to vote on May 3!

PTC News….

Thur May 5 – PTC Meeting  6:30

Fri May 6 – Popcorn Friday

Wed May 18 – Marco’s Pizza Night. Order a quick and easy supper from Marco’s, tell them your child’s teachers name and the class with the highest order total will win a pizza party! Marco’s will also donate a portion of what they make back to the school! Thanks for all of your support!

5th Grade News….5th GR

• May 4 – Parent meeting for camp
• May 16 – 7:00 pm Sixth grade orientation for BMS parents and students at BMS
• May 23 and 24 – Fifth Grade Camp
• June 7 – Field Day for 4th and 5th grades
Community News….

•Jamestown Memorial Day Parade

Parade starts promptly @ 10:00 a.m. – Monday, May 30, 2016

Lineup @ 8:30 a.m. @ Jamestown Baptist Church, 2472 Quincy

The parade ends at Riley Street Middle School parking lot.

You’re Invited to Participate!  – Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!

Prizes awarded in the following categories:

Walkers / Bikes, Skateboards, Roller Blades /Walking Floats /

Motorized Floats / Animals / Tractors / Antique Cars

Judging 9:00 -9:20 a.m.

The following four awards will be given for each of the above categories:

Most Creative / Most Patriotic / Vintage / Judge’s Choice

All Children participating in the parade will get a treat at our special “General Store” located in the Riley Street Middle School parking lot after they finish the parade.

•Jamestown Memorial Day Essay Contest

This is an essay contest to help us focus on what Memorial Day is all about and to reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the price for our freedoms. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes as well as different age groups. Deadline for submission is May 13. You can find more information about the contest as well as the entry form in this link. Jamestown Essay Contest

•Is your daughter going into 1st-8th grade next fall and interested in cheering? Hudsonville Rocket Cheerleading will be having their registration dates on cheerleadingTuesday, June 7th and Monday, August 1st.  Both will be from 5-8pm and take place at the Hudsonville High School cafeteria.  The registration deadline is Monday, August 1st (no late registrations will be accepted).  The cost of registration is $75 and includes an end of year banquet and trophy.  1st – 6th grade girls are required to purchase a new uniform for $50, as we are getting new uniforms this year.  7th and 8th grade girls are required to pay a $10 uniform rental fee.  The 1st-6th grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Youth Football games and the 7th & 8th grade girls will be cheering at the Hudsonville Club Football games. Check out the Hudsonville Rocket Cheer Website for more info (www.hudsonvillerocketcheer.com).  If you have questions about the program, please contact Coach Britni via e-mail athudsonvillerocketcheer@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you at registration!

•Blood Drive
 
Eastern Ottawa Young Life will be holding a blood drive on June 4, from 10am-2pm, at Spring Valley Church. Which is located at 5947 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale MI.  
This blood drive supports MI Blood save lives and works as a fundraiser to supply scholarships that send kids to summer camp. Michigan Blood donates $10 for each person that attempts to donate. Will you consider donating to this worthy cause?All we ask is a small piece of your time!
Pre register at eoyl.org/blooddrive for a time slot, to avoid waiting in line. Walk-ins are always welcome! Look forward to a time celebration with fun, food, and prizes surrounding your donation time!

 

Innovation in Education Award….

Four years ago the Hudsonville Education Foundation (HEF) approved the Innovation in Education Award.  This award is intended for an individual or group of individuals who exhibits a passion for innovation and directly impacts students in the Hudsonville Public School District.  Recipients of the award could include teachers, administrators, employees, and volunteers.

Nominations for the Innovation in Education Award are being accepted April 1- May 2, 2016.  The HEF Board will review the nominations and the $500 award will be delivered to the winning nominee(s) at our welcome back celebration in August.

Submit a nomination here.

Community Ed News….

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

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Welcome Michigan Department of Education

Our district has demonstrated outstanding academic success in grades 3-12 for the past several years.  In addition to all schools signified as REWARD SCHOOLS, two of our schools are BLUE RIBBON AWARD SCHOOLS — Jamestown Elementary and Forest Grove Elementary.

Two members of the Michigan Department of Education spent the day in Hudsonville to learn about our success.  Dr. Erika Bolig and Mr. Will Metz started at Georgetown, meeting with the Mrs. Karla Akins, Curriculum Director and myself.  This was followed by time in Mrs. Estefan’s classroom to observe a informational writing lesson about frogs.  The kindergarten writers amazed Dr. Bolig and Mr. Metz with their highlighting of important details and detailed factual sentences.

We are so proud of our students, teachers and parents!  Hudsonville is a wonderful place to learn and live.

 

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Week 31: April 25-29

IMG_7031 (1)Our fifth grade students have completed six days of M-STEP Testing (English Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies).  The tests were long and complex — and in addition to academic skills, the tests required focused IMG_7030 (1)cognitive stamina.   I, along with the fifth grade teachers, were proud of these fifth graders as they persevered through the six days of testing.  The entire school celebrated all 113 students with a rotunda standing ovation on Friday!

This coming week, our third grade students take the M-Step.  They will test on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  We know they will do well!

In addition to the M-STEP testing in grade 3, SO MUCH RICH and POSITIVE learning in taking place in all of the classrooms.  Take a stroll through the classroom blogs to see all the learning that is taking place.

Wishing you a great final week of APRIL,

Mrs. Reagan

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HPS Annual Education Report

Hudsonville Public Schools Annual Education Report

The Annual Education Report (AER) is designed to meet state and federal requirements for reporting to parents and communities.  The report provides detailed data on state administered student assessment results, accountability results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Parents and the community can access AER information for the district and individual schools by clicking

on the Annual Education Report tab on our website.  If you have any questions regarding the AER information, please contact your child’s building principal or the district curriculum office at 616-669-1740 extension 4.

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Week 30: April 18-22

WOW!  What an amazing weekend!  I hope you enjoyed the weather and time outside with family and friends.

Our first spring field trip takes place next week:  Fourth Grade travels to Hemlock Crossings on Tuesday.  More field trips will be coming in the coming weeks!

The big highlight of this week:  SPRING ART SHOW.  Please make time to attend sometime during the week.   It’s one of my most favorite celebrations of the year.

A big event for our 5th Graders this week:  They will complete their final three days of the M-STEP test (Tues, Wed, Thurs).  We were all exceptionally proud of them last week.  Hang in there 5th graders…you are almost done!

Here’s to a great week!

Mrs. Reagan

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Blog Bits 4/15/2016

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Blog Bits 4/15/2016

News from the Office….

We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Spring Break!  We jumped right in to the M STEP test this week and the 5th graders have one week under their belts already! Just a reminder to please try to avoid scheduling any appointments on the dates listed below for your child.

  • Grade 5: April 11-April 21
  • Grade 3: April 25-April 28
  • Grade 4:  May 9-May 23

Also a quick reminder to please remember to call your child in if they are sick or you know they will not be in school on a particular day. We have to account for all of the students each day and it takes a lot of time to track kids down if we haven’t heard from parents. The answering system is always on as well and we get the messages every morning. Feel free to leave a message any time of the day. Thank you for your help with this!!

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the weather!!

PTC News….

April 20 – Marco’s Night

May 3 and 4 – Jet’s Nights

May 6 – Popcorn Friday

May 12 – PTC meeting 6:30

 

5th Grade News….

Here are some important dates to keep in mind for your fifth grader as they prepare for Middle School.

• April 15 – Course Selection Sheets go home5th GR
• April 22 – Course Selection Sheet due back to classroom teacher
• May 4 – Parent meeting for camp
• May 16 – 7:00 pm Sixth grade orientation for BMS parents and students at BMS
• May 23 and 24 – Fifth Grade Camp
• June 7 – Field Day for 4th and 5th grades

Art News….

SAVE THE DATE!  Our 16th Annual district wide Student Art Show is right around the corner!  This event features amazing artwork from all students in the district, including 125 pieces from our own Georgetown artists.  The Art Show will be held at the Hudsonville City Hall lower level April 18 through 26, with a special reception for Georgetown artists on Wednesday April 20th from 5:30-7:30 PM.   The show is also open daily from 9 am – 5 pm.  Check out the Hudsonville Art Program blog for more information: ART SHOW

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Community News….

Jamestown Memorial Day Parade

Parade starts promptly @ 10:00 a.m. – Monday, May 30, 2016 

Lineup @ 8:30 a.m. @ Jamestown Baptist Church, 2472 Quincy 

The parade ends at Riley Street Middle School parking lot.

You’re Invited to Participate!  – Prizes, Prizes, Prizes! 

Prizes awarded in the following categories: 

 Walkers / Bikes, Skateboards, Roller Blades /Walking Floats / 

Motorized Floats / Animals / Tractors / Antique Cars 

Judging 9:00 -9:20 a.m. 

The following four awards will be given for each of the above categories: 

 Most Creative / Most Patriotic / Vintage / Judge’s Choice

All Children participating in the parade will get a treat at our special “General Store” located in the Riley Street Middle School parking lot after they finish the parade.

•Jamestown Memorial Day Essay Contest

This is an essay contest to help us focus on what Memorial Day is all about and to reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the price for our freedoms. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes as well as different age groups. Deadline for submission is May 13. You can find more information about the contest as well as the entry form in this link. Jamestown Essay Contest

•MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION & FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016feeding america
10:00 am to Noon
 
Hager Park Church is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to provide a Mobile Food Distribution. The food distribution will take place at Hager Park Church’s parking lot, located at 2635 Bauer Road in Jenison. Sign-in is required, although the food is available to anyone that needs it. There will be a large assortment of food, consisting of fresh seasonal produce and other high-quality grocery items. We are also providing a FREE pancake breakfast!
•SENIOR ALL NIGHTER SCRAP METAL DRIVE
 

Spring is in the air!!! Anyone who is anxious or excited about spring cleaning and aren’t sure how to dispose of unwanted metal items, keep in mind that the Senior All Nighter Committee is putting on a Scrap Metal Drive.

ELITE DISPOSAL is donating a 40 yard dumpster and will place it in the High school (pool) parking lot along 32nd Ave. We will start collecting items Friday 4/15 4-8pm and Saturday 4/16 8am-2pm.

All types of scrap metal will be taken which also includes appliances; washer, dryer, stove, freezer, refrigerator, air conditioner, hot water heater and lawnmowers, nothing is too big or too small. We will also take any pop cans and bottles that you just plain want to get rid of.

***No every day trash please.

Sheldon Meadows Assisted Living and the Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce invite you to the Womens Expo and Man Cave on Saturday, April 16 from 9am-2pm at Hudsonville High School (5037 32nd St.). Join the fun with fashion shows, demonstrations, giveaways, new products, entertainment, shopping, and kid’s activities in the Women’s Expo! The Man Cave will have a tool kit giveaway, a booth from the Grand Rapids, Harley Davidson’s bikes, Uncle Mike’s Jerky, lunch options from Jet’s Pizza and Hudsonville Grille, and Post Family Farm donuts! Make sure to visit both sides along with those companies in the hallways and those OUTSIDE! Yes, the event starts before you even walk in the doors. Park in the back entrance and see which businesses will be welcoming you in. We will see you at the Hudsonville Showcase. Visitwww.HudsonvilleShowcase.com for more details.
•Once Upon A Dream Princess Parties if hosting “Frozen Heart, an Ice Skating Adventure” at Georgetown Ice Center on April 23 at 4:30pm.  The cost is $10 per person.  Come see the Frozen Sisters as they share their fun-filled story, and get a chance to skate and take a photo with them!  For questions or more information please call 662-2800.
Save the date for –  The 7th Annual Booster Bash on Saturday 4/30/16 at the Pinnacle Center 5:30 p.m.  For more information, visit the Booster Bash Facebook page eagle headat Hudsonville Athletic 2016 Booster Bash. I will attach some flyers if you are interested in being a part of this night.2016 Bash Auction Item Form2016 Bash Donation Request Letter2016 Bash Sponsor Letter2016 Donation Receipt
Innovation in Education Award….

Four years ago the Hudsonville Education Foundation (HEF) approved the Innovation in Education Award.  This award is intended for an individual or group of individuals who exhibits a passion for innovation and directly impacts students in the Hudsonville Public School District.  Recipients of the award could include teachers, administrators, employees, and volunteers.

Nominations for the Innovation in Education Award are being accepted April 1- May 2, 2016.  The HEF Board will review the nominations and the $500 award will be delivered to the winning nominee(s) at our welcome back celebration in August.

Submit a nomination here.

Red Robin, Yum!….
4/11/16-4/24-16 Visit Red Robin!!  You can go to RedRobin.com/betterschools to: select your school if you haven’t already and to learn more about Burgers for Better Schools! For a limited time, Red Robin will donate 5% of you check (instead of the usual 1%) to the school of your choice every time you visit and use your Red Robin Royalty account! See this flyer for more infomation  red robin 

Community Ed….

 You can click here to go to the community education page on the Hudsonville Public School website.

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Red Robin… Yum!!

 

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4/11/16-4/24-16 you can visit RedRobin.com/betterschools to: select your school if you haven’t already and to learn more about Burgers for Better Schools! For a limited time, Red Robin will donate 5% of you check (instead of the usual 1%) to the school of your choice every time you visit and use your Red Robin Royalty account! See this flyer for more infomation!  red robin 

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Spring Break Online Learners

IMG_5258I offered a spring break incentive for online learning.  During our time off, 129 students participated by either reading and tracking their minutes or online through one of our learning platforms.  Total minutes spent learning over spring break:  2,450.  WOW!

Winners of SCHOLASTIC JUNE BOOK FAIR GIFT CARDS:

  • Connor Creighton, Landon Jones, Hayley Banach, Ethan Patrick, Kylie Ender, Elana Zuiderveen, Rayna Hatfield

Winner of the $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD:  Finley Jeltema

NOTE:  Jody Hunt, our BOOK FAIR CHAIR, will be offering a kick off to summer Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair June 14 & 15.  More details coming soon!

 

 

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