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.
Monthly Archives: November 2015
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.
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 balls, 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
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
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.
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.
Allendale High School and New Options High School participated in its third year of a state and national effort to get seniors to 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.
New Options students participated in the Michigan College Application Week for the third year in a row! Students and staff wore 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!