Georgetown Elementary is well into it’s fifth year of operation. We opened in September of 2006 and we are just one of SEVEN outstanding Hudsonville Public school elementary buildings. This year, we have 591 students, ages 3-11 and in grades ECSE (Early Childhood Special Education) through fifth grade. There are 35 teachers and over 20 specialists and paraprofessionals who support children in learning each day. In addition, our two building secretaries (Mrs. Ripley and Mrs. Nurenberg) and our head custodian (Mr. Rob) and his three assistant custodians keep the building managed, clean and secure.
Often, the main stream media creates ripple sof negativity by saturating the news with articles focused on failing schools, ineffective teachers and poorly maintained and operating schools. I want to use this post to highlight some POSITIVE work we are doing at Georgetown, which is just one of the successful Hudsonville Public Schools…a truly incredible district!
I have worked several schools throughout Michigan during my 25+ career in education—with hundreds of teachers, administrators and specialists. With this broad perspective, I want you to know that at Georgetown, your children are working daily with an outstanding group of gifted educators. Not only do they work as a team model and guide the most progressive instructional strategies, they collaborate before, during and after school to plan lessons that extend learning. Throughout the year, they pursue advanced studies for their teaching degrees in reading, math, technology, specialized learning courses, at one of six local colleges, universities and several online sites.
The teacher’s blogs are designed to highlight student learning and celebrations of events that take place throughout the year. I would like to encourage you to visit these and see examples of the great work being done in our many classroom. All the blogs are listed in the sidebar to the left. I have selected one from each area to highlight below.
Thank you for all you do to support us as educators and most importantly, to support your child as as learner! We could not do our important work without your support.
Mrs. Estefan’s recent post shares how she and her students welcomed a consultant from our local intermediate to share the work they are doing as kindergarten writers. The consultant, Mrs. Reimbold, shared a strategy that will help the kindergarteners add more details to their personal narrative stories.
Miss Taber, a first grade teacher, celebrates the great progress her students have made in working together to create a climate where all learners can listen and problem solve together.
Mrs. Kuieck, a second grade teacher, provides an example of how she updates parents on assessments and events in her classroom.
Mrs. Flory, a third grade teacher, shares photos from a science field trip to the Outdoor Discover Center.
Mr. Kooiker, a fourth grade teacher, has posted curriculum maps for the fourth grade curriculum.
Mrs. Bouwens, a fifth grade teacher, created a video highlighting the work her students are doing to understand the core democratic values in social studies.
Did you know that we have specialized programs at our school? These students are an equal part of our school. To learn more about them, visit the Mrs. Van and Mrs. Murphy’s ECSE Blog and Mrs. Kok’s Blog