Monthly Archives: October 2014

An apple a day…

Mr. CoghillOver 150,000 Michigan residents “crunched” a Michigan apple on Friday, October 24 at 1 pm.   We had over 2500 apples crunched in Allendale School District, which was our first year participating in this event to promote healthy eating and Michigan produce.
It was a great way to feature a Michigan product, locally grown that is a great snack option for staff and students.
Here are some comments from our teaching staff.
Becky Karnes, HS

“My high school seniors enjoyed it, THANKS!!!”


Lorraine Busman, Elementary PEEnjoying an apple

“All of my first graders that were in P.E. at the time really enjoyed eating their apples.  Some even wanted another one.  That was so nice of the farmers to donate them to the schools for this event. “

 Danielle  (Dani) Suhy, Elementary Art Teacher

“Kindergarteners love apples… I’ve never seen such down-to-the-core apples! “

 Sue Saagman, Elementary 1st Grade Teacher

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Eli Elliot: Missing a Tooth: His comment: “My mom is going to be so proud of me.”

“This was a great idea! My kids were still talking about it today! “

Erin Overmeyer, HS Art Teacher

“I thought it was fun and nice to have something unexpected to break up any monotony.  My kids thought it was funny and “random,” but enjoyed it. I had 2 students who didn’t eat theirs (one allergy and one hatred of apples) and the rest of the kids flocked to get a second apple when they heard those 2 weren’t eating theirs. Thank you for arranging it!”

 Elementary Lunchroom 2Deb Meindertsma, Elementary Kindergarten Teacher

 “Thank YOU for the apples–the kids really enjoyed stopping what we were doing to munch on them! Eating an apple all together stimulated a discussion on what we make with apples/how we like to Mr. Coghilleat them. “

Keith Picard, Middle School

“Did we break the record?”

Thanks to Peg Panici and the Food Service Staff for their efforts to promote healthy eating!




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6th Graders present to “Shark Tank” panelists

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Laura and Rachel pitch the Extendo Brush

Students from Ms. Lema’s Explorers Class presented innovative ideas to a panel of judges in a take-off of the popular television show, “Shark Tank.”  The 6th Graders were asked to come up with an invention or innovation to address a common problem.  They did market research, created a business plan with a projected earnings statement, and “pitched” their idea to a panel of judges.  Ideas included a Garden Guard, Wiper Glasses, The Extendo Brush, Helmet Helper, Bye Bye Clock, and others.  Students had to be able to defend their idea and answer questions from the judges.  Then one or more of the panelists would decide if they wanted to invest in the project.

In reflecting on their experience, students made the following comments:

“I enjoyed that this project pushed our creativity.  We had to go through a lot of trial and error before we got it right.  We also had a deadline and we had to keep a schedule to finish on time.  I learned many important real life lessons!”

“I learned what it takes to be a good engineer and entrepreneur.  I also learned that even kids can invent stuff!”

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Ms. Lema debriefs with the students at the end of the presentations.

Ms. Lema said, “It was such a proud moment to see these students presenting with such confidence.  It is my hope that this project helped to teach them the importance of being a problem solver, innovator, and successful communicator!”

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Homecoming 2014! Brought to you by Student Congress

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Hawaiian/Beach Day!

The Allendale High School Student Congress would like to thank everyone in our community who celebrated homecoming this year.  We had a fantastic week with students dressing up for the different spirit days, lunchtime competitions, a Powder Puff game with senior girls winning by a landslide followed by an all school bonfire with entertainment.  We had a VERY SPIRITED assembly, a great football game against Coopersville- with a nice win -and the homecoming dance had a HUGE turnout!

None of this would have been possible without the entire community coming together to make it happen. Thanks SO MUCH to the Music Boosters for the bounce house, Athletic Boosters for running concessions for both the powder puff and homecoming game, WB Pallets for the wood for our bonfire, Kustom Dezins for the stylish Powder Puff jerseys, Amoreena’s Petals for the beautiful flowers for our homecoming court, Plantenga’s Cleaners for the senior court tuxedo’s, the AHS wrestlers for setting up the stage for the

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Red, White, & Blue Day!

postgame ceremony, the Pep, Jazz and Marching Bands for entertaining us all week, our football coaches for going above and beyond to officiate for the Powder Puff game, Mr. Watson for being the BEST Powder Puff announcer ever, Mr. Hadden, Mr. Remenap, the office staff and our teachers for staying flexible and letting us celebrate being Falcons for the entire week!

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Homecoming Court

Congratulations also to our homecoming court representatives which included freshmen Linnea Hartz and Jacob Bylsma, sophomores Sarah Koning and Josh Hinken, Juniors Carrie Lammers and Zach Morris and Seniors Ana Tymensky, Wyatt Zeef, Kaileigh Baia, Jacob Wiersma, Rachel Bradshaw, Clayton VanFarowe, Brooke Vredeveld, Tucker Kloote and our homecoming King and Queen; Reuben Nyenhuis and Heather LaBrecque!

Student Congress had a great time planning our festivities and thank you for coming out and celebrating with us ALL WEEK!!
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Art Partners create “Wild Things”

DSCF2457Art students from Ms. Dehning & Ms. Detter’s Kindergarten class and Ms. Overmeyer’s High School 3D Art class are partnering in the creative process.  After listening to the story, “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, Kindergartners were paired with High School students.  Ms. Suhy (elementary Art teacher) encouraged the Kindergartners to draw and color their own unique “Wild Thing”.  She discussed textures and mixing parts of animals in their drawings.

The high school students then took those drawings back to the high school, and, over the course of the next two weeks, will turn the kindergartners’ drawings into 3-dimensional soft sculptures.  The “wild things” will then be delivered back to the kindergartners and they will get to keep their “wild thing.”

The inspiration for thiDSCF2488s idea came from projects such as:   High School students also learned about contemporary artists who make soft sculptures such as Claes Oldenburg (of the giant trowel fame at Meijer Gardens).  Students are learning how to hand and machine sew, and how to create art for a client (like a 5-year old Kindergartener).


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