Monthly Archives: November 2015

Allendale Students Lend A Helping Hand

Allendale Elementary and Oakwood Intermediate students including the 3 R’s Superstars helping to sort, carry, and load the items that were donated to Love INC for the Fun in Giving food drive.

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Junior Science Olympiad Fun Day


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On Saturday November 8th, over 200 2nd graders through 5th graders had a chance to experience what Science Olympiad is like. The Allendale High School Science Olympiad team ran a day of Science Competitions for their younger school mates. Both the High School Team and the younger students had a day of fun and science.DSCF1463


The 2nd and 3rd graders were up first in the morning followed by the 4th and 5th graders in the afternoon with the following events:

A. Container Egg Drop: Teams of two had to use materials such as a styrofoam container, cotton DSCF1481balls, pipe cleaners, and packing peanuts to design a package that would help an egg survive a fall from the bleachers. Winners were determined by survival of the egg

B. Straw Tower: Teams of two built a tower tosupport a tennis ball using 20 straws and masking tape.
C. Alien CSI: Teams of two used a dichotomous key to solve a mystery and determine which alien committed the crime .
D. Science Game Show: Teams of three answered science quiz show questions and took a science test.
E. Draw It /Do It: One person from a team of two draws a picture of an object. – The first partner leaves and the second partner comes in to find a bag of parts and their partner’s drawing. Winners are determined by who builds an object closest to the original object
F. Park It!:  Teams of two released a ping pong ball from the top of a ramp at provided measurements and collected the distance traveled data.  Students then graphed the data and predicted where to release the ball from in order to “park” the ping pong ball on the line given to them.  Students also took a quiz on graphing and analyzing data.

The top three teams for each event received medals while the other participants were given
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The experience overall was positive, engaging, and meaningful!  Students were very invested in their learning and the opportunity to “do” science! We hope to see even more students next year, the first Saturday in November

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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign to support a drug-free lifestyle. Students at Allendale Middle School were challenged to pledge to a life refraining from drugs, alcohol, and other unhealthy lifestyle choices. During lunch each day, students filled a giant poster in the cafeteria with “a million things to do besides drugs” including reading books, playing sports, and hanging out with positive friends.untitled-1

At the beginning of the week, students were given red ribbon wristbands to be a constant reminder of what this week represents. At lunch, students were able to enter a red ribbon lottery just by wearing their bracelets! Many cool prizes were won on Friday – a ticket to the front of the lunch line, breakfast with Mr. Bailey, a treat bag, etc.

Throughout the week, students also enjoyed spirit days. Many participated on Tuesday “put a cap on drugs” where students were able to wear a hat during class. Wednesday was “team up against drugs” and students wore jerseys to represent battling the pressures of drugs together. “Too bright for neon” was on Thursday and the middle school was full of blinding neon shirts, pants, and shoes. This day emphasized that living a drug-free lifestyle is the smart choice, and all AMS students are smart enough to make an educated choice. The last day of Red Ribbon Week was unity day. Allendale Middle School was full of students and staff members wearing red from head to toe.

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College Application Week

Allendale High School and New Options High School participated in its third year of a state and national effort to get seniors toUntitled-1 complete college applications. The math is simple: If you never apply to college, you will never attend college. If you get further education or training, your pay goes up. When the word “college” is used at Allendale High School, it refers to “the attainment of valuable post-secondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.” We participate in College Application Week (CAW) because while it benefits all students, particular focus targets low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and those who have not otherwise considered college. The week breaks down any barriers to the college application process. Many colleges in Michigan waive their application fee during CAW. Time, space, and technology are all provided on site so that students can focus on getting applications submitted. While the push is still to get seniors to complete applications by the end of October, there are many students who either need to start their first application or complete the process by sending out transcripts or ACT scores. Whatever the case may be, the high school counselors are there to help navigate the complex college admissions process. In the end, it also serves as the conclusion and celebration of the college application season.

During one or two class periods each day during CAW, the counselors and admissions staff from Grand Valley State University, Davenport University, and Muskegon Community College were in the Round Room checking seniors in, getting them started, and helping with any questions along the way. As questions come up about how to send out a transcript or official ACT scores, there was immediate help available. Through tweets and Facebook posts, daily announcements, e-mail, a door-decorating contest and showing video interviews of Allendale High School teachers who are first-generation college students, Allendale High School promoted a college-going culture. Students and staff were seen wearing a variety of clothing showing support of colleges, military, and workplaces. This was to represent that any type of training beyond high school is important and necessary. With grant money, $5 gift cards and other items were purchased from local business to give out as prizes for students wearing special clothing items to support CAW, for new Twitter and Facebook followers, and for winners of Twitter Trivia every day. CAW is fun for everyone involved and we are happy to have the opportunity to celebrate it with the entire high school each year.

New Options students participated in the Michigan College Application Week for the third year in a row! Students and staff F2015 babysit & NO College Days 602_censoredwore College apparel through out the week! Staff shared their own College experiences with our students! Francisco Ramirez from GRCC spoke with a large group of students about the opportunities at GRCC. We closed the week with drawings and fun activities!

More than half of our seniors at New Options took advantage of this week and applied for College or a Job Training Program! We also have two seniors interested in the Military! All in all it was a fun filled successful week filled with encouragement and support for many of our students that felt they would never have the opportunity to  go to College. For others hopefully it planted a seed that if they decide to go in the future the opportunity is waiting for them!
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