Monthly Archives: September 2013

Meet Your Principal: Rocky Thompson

Rocky Thompson, Allendale Public Schools, Allendale Middle School1. Tell us about your career journey in education, including how long you’ve been in your current role at Allendale.

I started in education at the age of 29. I taught middle school students for a total of ten years and have been the middle school principal since then.

2. What makes you love coming to work each day?

I get excited to come to work everyday because of the energy that the students bring with them. I see them and know how good of a job I have.

3. What is something you do each day that people probably don’t realize principals have to do?

I have to fill a number of roles, but one that is surprising is I am the person that students are referred to when they have been injured in some way.

4. Name something you personally look forward to each school year.

The return of the students! It livens things up when they get here.

5. If you had an unlimited financial and/or volunteer reserve, what would you do to improve your educational environment?

I would hire a number of school counselors to go into the community to offer support for parents.

6. What was the best part of your summer vacation?

I didn’t take a summer vacation.

7. What is your favorite book? (Can be a kid’s book or an adult book)

The Poet by Connelly

8. What is one piece of advice you’d like to pass along to the students in your school?

If you want something that is important to you, put your heart and soul into working for it.

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Meet Your Principal: Mr. Doug Bol

Doug Bol, Allendale Public Schools

1. Tell us about your career journey in education, including how long you’ve been in your current role at Allendale.

My career journey in education began right here in Allendale, 23 years ago.  After graduating from Calvin College with a degree in Physical Education, I signed on for my fist job at Allendale Christian School.  I taught at ACS for one year, during the 1990-91 school year.  I learned a lot about teaching while I was there and very much enjoyed the people I worked with and the community I worked in.

During my year at ACS, I received a call from my sister, who was teaching in southern California at the time.  She let me know that there was an opening at her school in elementary and middle school physical education, which I immediately began pursuing – after all, it was southern California.  I received the position at Ontario Christian School and, with my younger brother’s help, moved out to California.

While there I met my lovely wife, Karin.  She and I moved from California to the island of Guam only three days after our wedding, where I taught elementary physical education at Tamuning Elementary School for two years.  From there we moved to Augusta, Georgia for a year then went back to southern California where I taught 7 more years at Ontario Christian Schools.
While there, I completed my Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton.  After our move back to Michigan, I was blessed to be hired into the Allendale Public School system in the role of Dean of Students.  I worked in that role for a year, at which time our Superintendent, Mrs. Ceglarek asked me to be the Assistant Principal of the Middle School, serving alongside Mr. Thompson.  I enjoyed four years in that role before I was given the distinct privilege of being the principal of Oakwood Intermediate School, which I have held for the past five years.

2. What makes you love coming to work each day?

I love coming to work at Oakwood for a myriad of reasons.  Building meaningful relationships with our students, helping to create a safe and nurturing environment where all of our students are challenged to grow academically and emotionally, and working side by side with top quality people are just three of the reasons I love coming to work each day.

3. Name something you personally look forward to each school year:

One thing I truly look forward to is seeing our 4th and 5th grade students gain confidence and maturity over their two years in Oakwood.

4. If you had an unlimited financial and/or volunteer reserve, what would you do to improve your educational environment?

If I had the ability, I would turn Oakwood into a traveling educational environment where we could treat our students to hands-on learning experiences,  authentic service projects, and a greater understanding of other cultures and places.

5. What was the best part of your summer vacation?
I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with a group of 10 West Michigan educators.  While we were there, we led teacher training for 90 Haitian teachers.  Their enthusiasm and passion for teaching was often overwhelming.  It was an amazing trip!

6. What is your favorite book? (Can be a kid’s book or an adult book)

Just in Case You Ever Wonder, by Max Lucado

7. What is one piece of advice you’d like to pass along to the students in your school?

In everything try your best, love others, and find ways to make a difference.
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Meet Your Principal: Jill Wilson

Jill Wilson, Allendale Public Schools
1. Tell us about your career journey in education, including how long you’ve been in your current role at Allendale.

 

This is my 30th year with APS! My undergraduate degree from Hope College is in elementary education with a major in special education and a minor in psychology. My master’s degree from WMU is in reading, I also have additional training in educational administration and Reading Recovery. I started at Allendale teaching special education in a resource room for students in kindergarten – third grade. I have also taught first grade and worked as a reading specialist with our district.

 

2. What makes you love coming to work each day?

 

I enjoy watching the students respond to their instruction.  There is nothing better than witnessing a love for learning.  Our staff is so caring and talented! The school community is supportive and appreciated.  There is something new and exciting every day!

 

3. What is something you do each day that people probably don’t realize principals have to do?

 

I usually walk about 11,000 steps a day, checking on students, teachers and building needs.

 

4. Name something you personally look forward to each school year.

 

The excitement of a new year with our youngest learners!

 

5. If you had an unlimited financial and/or volunteer reserve, what would you do to improve your educational environment?

 

I would lower the class size in every classroom and provide additional instructional support for every classroom.  I would purchase more resources for each classroom and update our technology including purchasing some IPADs.  Our current building is very close to capacity too!

 

6. What was the best part of your summer vacation?

 

My husband and I took an enjoyable trip to Maine.  We had a cottage overlooking Acadia National Park and seals swimming in the waters there!

 

7. What is your favorite book? (Can be a kid’s book or an adult book)

 

My favorite children’s book is Charlotte’s Web.  I had the chance to visit the Blue Hill Fairground where Wilbur won his ribbon. I think the book is a fine example of how we can all encourage each other in positive ways!

 

8. What is one piece of advice you’d like to pass along to the students in your school?

 

Learning does not take place without practice.  We need to experience new information many times before a connection is made in our brain.  Do not give up, it is worth the effort!
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School Kicks off By Offering Early College Program

Early College Program, MCC, Muskegon Community College, Allendale Public SchoolsFor many Allendale students, high school means classes, sports, lab reports, and even prom. For others, it may mean working after school, volunteering in the community, or starring in the spring musical.

But this year there will be another item to add to the list for a handful of students hoping to take advantage of additional learning opportunities offered through Muskegon Community College.

Allendale High School is proud to launch the Northwest Ottawa County Early College program this fall, which will allow juniors like Joe Secord and Jason Marshall (pictured left) to spend just one more year in high school in exchange for a free associate’s degree upon graduation.

“The program was designed for anyone, but particularly for the student who may not desire a four-year experience or for the student who can’t afford a traditional college degree. This will offer the opportunity for high school students to earn a two-year degree with all tuition costs covered,” said Allendale High School guidance counselor, Mr. Jason Fogel.

Mr. Fogel began laying the groundwork for this program a year ago after a meeting with Jason Pasatta at the Ottawa County Intermediate School District. At that time, the idea was just a skeleton with piles of paperwork looming, but with more and more schools inching toward this destination, they knew that offering college coursework to Allendale students was an achievable objective.

Allendale is now part of the first 60 student “cohort” to join Muskegon Community College’s program. With Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Coopersville rounding out the cohort participants, the number of students allotted per school is determined proportionate to the school size.

To fill those slots, interested students must first take the MCC Compass Placement Test which determines whether the applicant is ready for the academic rigors of college-level classes while yet in high school. Accepted students will be bused to the Tech Center, where MCC professors will be waiting to provide instruction. At this writing, both Joe and Jason (pictured) are candidates for the program.

“I think it’s always good to get a jumpstart on your education,” said Joe. “I wanted to have a plan so I can get moving more quickly, which will help save money. I’d like to study to be a math teacher because I love math and being around math, but I’d prefer to help others rather than just do my own thing. It just feels right.”

Jason’s motivation is different, but still reflects the drive to keep moving and seize this unique opportunity.

“I’m actually almost done with all my high school credits and I need good classes to fill in space,” Jason explained. “I’d like to go into the medical field, so I’ll be taking a lot of math and science classes–for free!”

Principal Dan Remenap explains, “This program helps students earn a degree. That’s what’s most appealing for the kids. Once they have that, it can’t be taken away. It also gets kids focused on their career sooner, which is a good thing. Even if they decide to not pursue this program, just considering it helps them move in the right direction.”

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