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For grades 2-5, Mrs. VandenBerg (our librarian) set a reading goal for students (fall and then again winter).   Each time a student made their independent Reading Counts goal, they were entered into a drawing for a $25 Target gift card.  One PERSON was drawn for the big prize:  SAMSUNG GALAXY TABLET.  The drawing took place today and the winners are listed below:

  • 2nd Bast  –     Toby Holland
  • 2nd Kuieck    Faith VandeGutche
  • 2nd Suttorp –  Lauren Lozon
  • 2nd Yankee  – Rowan Phillips
  • 3rd Burdis –    Jayden Rodriguez
  • 3rd Flory –      Kaelyn Berens
  • 3rd VanArkel – Morgan Snider
  • 3rd VanderStel – Kingston Santana
  • 4th Estefan –    Ainslee Tomaszewski
  • 4th Greenland – Kellan Gainey
  • 4th Huizenga – Benji Brynelsen
  • 4th Kooiker –   Harrison Phillips
  • 5th Ball –       Eliana Geerts
  • 5th Chmura – Jessica Mead
  • 5th Cooley –  Lexi Armstrong
  • 5th Walenta -Grace Olson

Our Grand Prize winner this year is Amelia Elders – SAMSUNG GALAXY TABLET and CASE!

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At the end of each school year, Mrs. VandenBerg (our amazing librarian) pours over the student data to look for those who made their reading goal.  These students are entered into a drawing for a  $25 Target gift card with one winner per class selected.  The Grand Prize this year was a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Case. The GRAND PRIZE WINNER this year:  Milena Sremba from Mr. Gort’s class.

The list of winners is below…and a photo of the winners posted above.  


  • 2nd Greenland – Kacey Schaller
  • 2nd Kuieck – Kendall Peters
  • 2nd Ray – Naomi Malinowski
  • 2nd VanKoevering – Caleb DeHaan
  • 3rd Flory – Isaiah Daniel
  • 3rd McDonald – Kieran Rookus
  • 3rd VanArkel – Mikaela Meyers
  • 3rd VanderStel – Maria Hindeleh
  • 4th Bowen – Dylan Pfeffer
  • 4th Huizenga – Cole Molloseau
  • 4th Kooiker – Finley Jeltema
  • 4th Quigley – Jeyda Bohannon
  • 5th Ball – Gavin Weitzmann
  • 5th Burdis – Nora Klein
  • 5th Gort – Taylor Parkins

Finally, thank you to our PARENT CLUB for sponsoring this event by purchasing the prizes.  Remember, every single parent makes these prizes possible by donating to our annual WALK•A•THON.  These donations fund all the events we hold throughout the school year.

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Reading Counts Winners 2016-17

rcReading Counts is an online quiz program that we offer for readers in grades 2-5.  Students read a book from the library then take a quiz on the book through a system called SCHOLASTIC READING COUNTS.

Students who made the goal for their grade level were entered into a drawing for a Target gift card.  The winners are listed below.  Mrs. VandenBerg, our librarian, will make sure that all the gift cards go home on Friday of this week.

  • 2nd Greenlund – Coleton VanderPloeg
  • 2nd Kuieck – Tate Ham
  • 2nd Ray – Jackson Burgess
  • 2nd VanKoevering – Noelle Hoffmantarget
  • 3rd Flory – Eva Latimer
  • 3rd McDonald – Sabella Lema
  • 3rd VanArkel – Jackson Hammersmith
  • 3rd VanderStel – Jack Steele
  • 4th Bowen – Evelyn VanTol
  • 4th Huizenga – Macy Snip
  • 4th Kooiker – Jae VanderBeek
  • 4th Quigley – Nora Klein
  • 5th Ball – Kiara Sullivan
  • 5th Burdis – Brock Beemer
  • 5th Gort – Karly Gort
  • 5th Walenta – Brooke VanDeBurg

                                          The GRAND PRIZE – an Ipad mini – goes to one student who has made their goals ipadminifor the year.  The winner of this drawing for this year is:  Elise Conkel, Mrs. Burdis’ Class.

Many thanks to our Parent Club (and all of you who donate to our WALK•A•THON each year) and Mrs. VandenBerg for making this program so successful!

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Throughout the school year, we promote READING READING READING READING…a critical skill that prepares our student for success in all content areas in school and lays the groundwork for success in later life.

Reading Counts is a motivational program that helps our students check their comprehension of reading, track the number of works read (Millionaire’s Club) and log the books they have read over the years.

We celebrated all the students who participated this year and awarded prizes through a drawing for Reading Counts.  Each student who participated in Reading Counts was entered in the drawing for a $25 gift card to TARGET.  Winners:  Hermione Shupick, Jack Zuiderveen, McKenna Tockstein, Evan McDonald, Teresa Wortman, Tyler Scholma, Ellie Oldebekking, Kourtney Fuglseth, Ella Reifschneider, Avery Terpstra, Clayton Richter, Kayliegh Poisson, Ashlynn Stencel, Karlee Wu and Griffin Baker.

The biggest prize, IPAD MINI, goes to KAYLIN REIFSCHNEIDER!

BIG thanks to our Parent Club for sponsoring this event and the prizes.  And…even bigger thanks to Mrs. VandenBerg, our librarian, who carefully tracks points and minutes throughout the year!

Mrs. Reagan


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Reading Counts WINNERS

Today we honored and celebrated all of the readers in grades 2-5 who participated in reading counts quizzes or book blogs through the year.

Each time the readers made their reading goal, they entered a drawing for a Target Gift Card.  Here are the winners for each class:

  • Mrs. Quigley:  Mary Matwiejczyk
  • Mrs. Greenlund-Sienna Murphy
  • Mrs. Kuieck-Kiara Sullivan
  • Mr. Jurewicz-Jennifer Williams
  • Mrs. Flory-Madelynn Wierda
  • Mrs. VanderStel- Joanna Workman
  • Mrs. McDonald- Rachel Kamer
  • Miss VanArkel- Olivia Scholma
  • Mrs. Huizenga- Aiden Waters-Umfleet
  • Mr. Bowen- Haley Holland
  • Mr. Kooiker- Sarah Spears
  • Mrs. Walenta-Matthew Jonkman
  • Mr. Gort- Ashley Holland
  • Mrs. Burdis-Gerrit Klyn
  • Mr. Bialochowski-Olivia Barr


The class that earned an extra recess with popsicles from Mrs. VandenBerg for the MOST POINTS EARNED FOR READING COUNTS THIS YEAR:  Mrs. Kuieck’s second grade class.

And….all students who made their goals throughout the year (three goal periods) were entered into a drawing for an IPAD MINI.  We had a record 112 students make their goals.

  • The goal winner for this year is…..  MEGAN MARTINEZ in Mrs. Burdis’ Class!  She will take home an IPAD MINI!


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As our year wraps up, it is time to give out our awards for Reading Counts.  All students who made their goals throughout the year were entered into a drawing for an ipod shuffle.  The winners are:

Kensly Kreuger, Marissa Witte, Harrison Jones, Bryanna Bentley, Joe Huyser, Nathan Keillor, Jaron Dykstra, Max Perez, Jacob Martinez, Mackenzie Krystianiak, Zach Weiss, Skylar VanAntwerp, Kelsey Gelder and Tom Stutz.

All students who met their reading goal all three times were entered into a special drawing for a Barnes and Noble Nook.  One winner was selected and it was Ike Irish.

Many thanks to our PTC who makes these awards possible.  Who is our PTC?  YOU!  By raising money through our walkathon and coin war, you make these awards possible!

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Reading Counts is BACK!

In addition to our classroom instructional reading programs, we offer a motivational reading program through our library and PTC.  This program has the goal of motivating our readers to read more and earn prizes for reaching their reading goals.

During the past three years we have monitored the involvement and noticed that interest in the program declines as students grow older.  This trend matches the national trend with these types of reward based, motivational programs.  To find out why older students are less interested, we surveyed teachers and readers in grades 3, 4, 5.ReadingCounts

Angie Roon, our current Reading Counts Chairperson, found that students wanted the following:

  • Fewer parties and more interesting incentives as prizes.
  • Request to read many books rather than just RC books.

Interestingly, we found that teachers know their students.  Teachers also stated that upper elementary students desired fewer parties–and some stated that their readers would enjoy getting gift cards to buy books of their own choosing rather than go to a party.  Knowing that our lower elementary students enjoy parties, we came up with a new incentive that we believe combines the BEST OF THE BEST and still maintains a fun, motivational reading program.  Also, due to our MPR being in use all day long every day, we no longer have the option of using this for parties three times each year.

The focus of this year’s Reading Counts will Be THROUGH THE DECADES.  Angie Roon and her team will feature books written about the periods of 1920, 1950 and 1980.  In addition, they will share fun facts about these decades.  At the end of the year, there will be one Reading Counts Through the Decades Party for all those who participated in the program this year.  We will also offer the following as mini and big prize periods:

Four Mini-Goal Point Periods and Two Big Drawings

Readers receive a small prize for making their goal.  Each time they make their goal, they will enter the drawing for bigger prizes.

  • RC Goal #1:  10/23
  • RC Goal #2: 12/11

Drawing for Bigger RC Prizes:  December 15.

  • RC Goal #3:  2/26
  • RC Goal #4:  5/7

Drawing for Bigger RC Prizes:  May 11.

We also recognize (through student input) that many of our readers want to read NON-RC’s books and have these count toward their reading goal.  To honor this type of reading, a student simply needs to complete a BOOK BLOG form. This is a simple form that can be done at home or school, and it is done online.

When it is completed, Mrs. VandenBerg will receive an email alert.  The reader will receive a ticket to enter in the drawing for each BOOK BLOG form completed.  The BOOK BLOGS will then be posted on the class blogs to promote books for other readers.  Links to this form can be found on the right of this blog, under LINKS and also on the teacher’s blog.

Finally, a new an exciting goal:  A t-shirt will be given to each reader who reads 1,000,000 words this year.  This is our Million Word Club, and we are excited to kick this off!

ONE END of THE YEAR CELEBRATION :   June 4, 2010 This is for ALL students who have participated in RC’s this year!

We look forward to an exciting year of reading at Georgetown.  Many thanks to Angie Roon and Julie VandenBerg for helping to work out this new program to benefit readers at our school.

T0 find out more about the program, you can read this parent letter: Reading Counts Parent

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Reading Counts Celebration

The Georgetown Elementary 2008-2009 Reading Counts program was a tremendous success with 285 students (2nd thru 5th graders) achieving their reading goals! It has been exciting seeing all the extra reading being done and watching as students reached their goals throughout the school year.  Special congratulation to the following classes for having the whole class reach 100% of their goals:  Mr. Bowen, Mrs. Greenlund, Mrs. Quigley, Mrs. Flory, Mrs. McDonald, and Ms. VanArkel.  We are extremely proud of all our Readers!

As this was a reading party, a variety of books were raffled for awards.  The winners were:  Andrew Martinie, Naomi Gatling, Carson Price, Evan Ford, Brendan Bentley, Kyle Hamby, Zach Budzyn, Ryan Yonker, Laura Boonstra, Nolan Petroelje, Morgan Seaver, Alyssa Ritz, and Baylie Smith.  Keep up the reading!!

Party Highlights:  crab races; relays with bobbers and fish nets; sea shell bracelets/necklaces; even fish food treats! Also, an under the sea adventure with our very own Georgetown parent, Laura Coombs!  Thank you, Ms Coombs!

Also, thank you to those who volunteered to help plan and run the final Reading Counts Party on Friday:  Richard Applebee, Michelle Baareman, Angie Barrios, Tim Barrios, Kelly Barz, Jackie Boeve, Sarah Budzn, Laura Coombs, Michele DeWinter, Pam Eggers, Liz Fetkenhour, Jamie Ham, Kelly Keur, Kari King, Lisa Mulder, Staci Niebor, Christine O’Connel, Regina Smith, Tim Smith, Cindy Tiesman, Mr. Bowen, Mrs. Greenlund, Mrs. Quigley, Mrs. Flory, Mrs. McDonald, Ms. VanArkel, Mrs. Bouwens, and Mrs. VandenBurg.

I personally extend an extra big “THANK YOU” to ALL the volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to help with the Reading Counts Program!  Your help is truly appreciated!! This wonderful program certainly would not be possible without the dedication of many volunteers.  I thank you and am sure that our students thank you!

Final Reading Counts Celebration

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Reading Counts…Spring

From Angie Roon, Reading Counts Chair:

The end of this marking period is May 6.  And, as you know our Georgetown students are working hard to make their reading counts goal to be eligible to attend the last Reading Counts celebration for this school year.  Over 80 students have already made their goal and that is even before Spring Break!  Way to go!!  For those students who are still working toward your goal, there is no need to worry because there is still time to read more books and take more quizzes.  Stay tuned…a VERY FUN Reading Counts party is coming on Friday, May 15.

Keep reading Georgetown students!!

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Reading Counts Rocks!

From Angie Roon, Reading Counts’ Chair: I just can’t believe that it is already March and that a second Reading Counts party is already over!  Educators from the Public Museum of Grand Rapids shared lots of cool information about space with our students. Students watched a short video that included many remarkable pictures that were taken from space. They were fascinated with being able to touch a meteorite, a melted meteorite, a solar part of a space shuttle, and to see several personal items from our local astronaut hero, Roger B. Chaffee. They were amazed to learn satellites are used for communication. The students were excited to be able to sample dehydrated food just like the astronauts had in space! You would be as surprised as the students to learn why astronauts eat tortillas in space—Just ask your child for the answer!

The next Reading Counts celebration will be May 15 and Kelly Keur has already changed the bulletin board for the theme: ocean life. It will be fun watching the “fish” swim across the board to show 100% of each student’s goal.

Our Reading Counts parties are only successful because of the help from wonderful parents and volunteers. Thank you, parents and volunteers, for your time and your help! (Staci Niebor, Michelle Hinken, Rhonda Fabbro, Shawna Brandt, Michelle Wierenga, Michele DeWinter, Shelly Telfor, Kelly Bartz, and Kelly Keur)