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Mining Team

Two of our 5th grade teachers, Miss Burmeister and Mrs. Bouwens, stayed cool this summer in the Upper Peninsula learning about Michigan history.

In this photo, we are at Cliff’s taconite mine.  The underground iron ore mines were in full operation from 1867-1967.   The upper peninsula of Michigan is rich with iron ore and the mine location along Lake Superior is the perfect location for shipping the ore to other parts of the country.

Mrs. Bouwens and Miss Burmeister are standing with a group of teachers in front of a huge truck with GIGANTIC tires.  Can you find them?


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Time is Running Out

Time is running out to stop the reduction of an additional $127 per student from our foundation allowance.

The State Aid Bill passed by the Legislature last month cut $165 from the foundation allowance and with the proposed additional $127 per-student reduction, schools across Michigan will experience a devastating cut of $292 per student in funding for the 2009-10 school year.

We have approximately ten days to communicate with our leaders in Lansing that these cuts to education are unacceptable.  For our parents and concerned citizens we have provided talking points and a presentation outlining the impact of the cuts to our HPS website.

  • If you have not contacted your legislator, PLEASE CLICK HERE to access the alert and send an email to your lawmakers telling them to take action and avert a proration.
  • If you have already sent an email or want to take further steps to push for action, please consider urging your board to pass a resolution in support of funding for education.  CLICK HERE to view a sample resolution that you can use a template.

In addition, we are asking individuals to join us on November 10 in Lansing to communicate directly with our elected officials.  Many public schools supporters are planning on this time and date to strengthen our message.

The proposed schedule includes:

  1. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Meet at Capitol steps to hear the Governor and others speak
  2. 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. – Meet with your state legislators and let them know your expectations regarding their responsibility to fix the structural deficit in the School Aid Fund

State legislators for HPS are:

Rep. Dave Agema
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909

Rep. Joseph Haveman
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909

Sen. Wayne Kuipers
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909
(p)(517) 373-6920

In conclusion, if you are planning on attending please email by Friday, November 6.  Thank you for your all you do for Hudsonville Public Schools.

Your voice is crucial if we are to reduce the cuts to K-12 education!

Nicholas Ceglarek, Superintendent for Hudsonville Public Schools

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Recess Games = Team Building

During the second week of school, we continued to focus on climate (BE NICE) in the classroom, hallways, lunchroom and playground.  To help students learn games for the playground, we paired upper el students with lower el students focused on fun, trouble free games.

Mrs. Jurewicz and a team of teachers led outside recess game training on September 18th.  You can view photos from this day on Mrs. Quigley’s blog. We will hold another day of training for grades 3,4 and 5 — and this training will culminate in a PULL (tug-o-war) to determine which local college is tops (Hope or Calvin).  This will be held on September 25 which is also our first popcorn day.  Details coming about how to pick your team in a post later this week.

We also created a video tutorial for inside recess games during rainy or very cold Michigan days.  Actors featured are from Mrs. Boersma, Mr. Gort, Mrs. Jurewicz, and Mrs. Bouwen’s classes.   These are games that can be played at home, too.

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Legislator’s Contact Information

Many parents have asked if I could post contact information for our legislators. 

Senator Wayne Kuipers
Phone 877-KUIPERS
email –

Joe Haveman
N1194 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: (517) 373-0830
Fax: (517) 373-7806

Representative Dave Agema
Phone 800-968-2320
email –

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Mrs. DeWeerd: State Superintendent of the Year

Our superintendent, Roxanne DeWeerd has been selected as the Superintendent of the Year for the State of Michigan!  This is an incredible honor for her and our district.  This was announced at the Board of Education Meeting this evening.  To learn more about the award, and it’s significance, visit the link to the Grand Rapids Press.  Congratulations, Mrs. DeWeerd…and thank you for your admirable leadership!