Monthly Archives: March 2015

And the Grammy Goes To…









You will be proud to know that your High School music program has been recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation as a GRAMMY Signature School Enterprise Award
Winner for the second time This entitles our school to a $5,500 award. Application was made in the Fall, and because of the community and administrative support for music in our schools, Allendale advanced to the finals with 150 other schools in the country.

The next step in the process was sending recordings of ensembles, lists of repertoire performed, lists of earned accomplishments, and more details on student enrollment and musical activities. With percentage of students taking a music class (which is off the charts), high standards of music making, and the addition of staff and music classes, the GRAMMY Foundation recognized our commitment to Music in Schools and Allendale High School was awarded the prestigious title of GRAMMY Signature School. There were 13 final winners nationwide.

On behalf of the Allendale Public Schools Music Department, we want to thank you for taking K-12 Music in Allendale seriously and providing your continued support. To read more about the award, go to

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Allendale Students Excel at Science Olympiad Invitational Event

Nearly  1500 students, coaches and parents converged upon Allendale High School and Middle School to compete in  the February 28th Allendale Science Olympiad Invitational. Fifty-three teams from Michigan participated in the events.

Science Olympiad is one of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. During the invitational teams participate in rigorous written tests, hands-on and lab events such as Disease Detectives, Green Generation, Dynamic Planet, Bridge Building and Protein Modeling. Events cover topics in physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, biology, engineering and more.  At the end of a very mentally demanding day students are awarded medals and ribbons for placing in 1st through 6th place, and teams placing in 1st through 6th place are awarded trophies.

This year’s first place team in the middle school competition was Meads Mill Middle School from Northville, Michigan. In the high school division Grand Rapids Christian High School took home the first place trophy. MS Air Trajectory HS boys with trophy team picture MS Wheeled VehicleCongratulations to our Allendale Middle School team, coached by Dave Erdmans, which took 8th place out of 26 teams. And congratulations to the Allendale High School Red team, coached by Brian Brethauer, which ended the day with a 5th place trophy out of 27 teams.

Thank you to Dr. Jonker and Board of Education members, Jennifer Coffey, Sheryl Pineiro and Meegan Zickus for helping to present the awards.

With an event this large it takes a lot of help from dedicated team members and volunteers. Candice Greinke, the tournament director and Brian Brethauer, AHS Science Olympiad Coach, would like to thank Dr. Jonker, the Board of Education members and the building principals for the use of our beautiful facilities, the high school and middle school teachers for the use of their classrooms, custodians Josh Anderson and Branden Greinke for all of their help and running around during the day to fulfill our many requests, custodian Dan VanFarowe for his help with the audio-visual equipment, the room use staff and the evening custodians on duty for their help with equipment requests, setting up chairs and cleaning up after so many people, our technology department for their help with computers and the computer programs needed, assistant coaches Donna Newman and Paul Greinke for helping with preparation, registration and managing issues during the day, volunteers Lon and Vicki VanBronkhorst for helping with the data entry programs and video presentations, and of course the high school and middle school Science Olympiad teams and their parents who helped with tasks large and small to make it all work.

Best of luck to the Allendale Middle School and Allendale High School teams as they compete in the regional competition at Grand Valley State University on March 28.

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Allendale 71, Sparta 39: Jordan Deming leads five double-digit scoring players in boys basketball win

By Kevin VanAntwerpen |
on February 27, 2015 11:37 PM, updated February 28, 2015 11:09 AM

Allendale’s boys basketball team clinched a share of the OK Blue Conference championship in dominating fashion Friday night, beating Sparta 71-39.

The victory in the Blue finale enabled the Falcons to keep pace atop the league standings at 9-1 with West Catholic, which beat Comstock Park Friday. Allendale and West Catholic split their two conference games. It is Allendale’s first conference championship since 2008.

It was Allendale’s fifth consecutive win and second victory in three days since the Falcons defeated Belding, 70-28, Wednesday in a make-up game that was snowed out Tuesday. Allendale will wrap up the regular season Tuesday at undefeated Forest Hills Central before visiting Calvin Christian Thursday.

Five players scored in the double-digits for the Allendale. Jordan Deming had 14, Trevor Bastien had 13, Nate Umlor and Hunter Greer, 12, and Ethan Kafila, 11.

The teams were tied 10-10 after the first quarter, before Allendale outscored Sparta 17-9 in the second.

“Defensively we did a great job in the first quarter, but Allendale caught fire with their 3-pointers,” Sparta coach Mike Cnossen said. “They have all the threats, they can go inside or outside. They’re a tough team to beat.”

Allendale had a total of 10 3-pointers, including four in the second quarter.

Jacob Shivers led Sparta with a game-high 19 points.

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