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APS Science Olympiad Teams Qualify for Regional Competition

Science Olympiad teams from around the State met to compete in the Allendale Science Olympiad Invitational on February 27. Allendale welcomed 52 teams this year for the all day competition. Science Olympiad is designed to challenge aspiring scientists and engineers through a variety of hands-on tests and events. Invitationals are intended as a tune-up event for teams to prepare for regional and state competitions in the spring.

At the end of a challenging day students are awarded medals and ribbons for placing in 1stthrough 6th place in each of the 23 events, and teams placing in 1st through 6th place overall are awarded trophies. This year the Allendale Middle School team placed third place out of 25 teams. In the high school division Huron High School and the Allendale High School Red team tied for first place. There were 26 teams in the high school competition. Congratulations Allendale Science Olympiad teams and Brian Brethauer AHS Science Olympiad Coach and David Erdmans, APS Middle School Coach.

And of course the a big thank you to 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 19.unnamed unnamed (1) unnamed (2)

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APS Art Teachers Head Back to the Classroom

On February 12th, the DK-12th grade visual art teachers had the wonderful opportunity to become students for the day and learn about glasswork, and how it can be used in the classroom. Glassworker Jerry Petrovich generously donated his time and materials to teach the APS art teachers how to create stained glass, glass mosaics using fusing, and glass forms through slumping. APS art teachers, with Jerry’s guidance and expert knowledge of glasswork, were able to “learn by doing” and create glass fused pieces and stained glass pieces. art inservice photos for newsletter

As the DK-12th grade visual art department approaches next year’s curriculum review, they are looking forward to investigating how they can incorporate glass work into their curriculum.

The techniques proved to be exciting, engaging, and challenging all components for high quality, higher order thinking lessons that can help APS students grow and create.

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Students Participate in Project Based Learning

1st – 2nd The children in Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Burk’s class are working in groups to brainstorm the driving question, Why do birds have different beaks? The children are participating in a Project Based Learning unit.12645241_1100169660027508_5522717079794467044_n

3rd- 6th- The children are comparing their ideas about Why birds have different beaks to other groups. They are placing a sticker next to the ideas that were the same on their poster compared to other groups posters.

7th-8th The children are setting up for a Garage Sale. They decided to have a garage sale to raise money to have an expert from Blandford Nature Center come to the classroom to teach them about bird’s beaks.

9th-13th Great News! The students met their goal and raised enough money to have the visitor come from Blandford Nature Center. Plus, enough money to sponsor Dr. Whoo and Mr. Bean at the Nature Center. Click on the link to visualize the experience.

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Congratulations to our Spelling Winners!

Can you spell Frigate or Serpentine?

Congratulations to  APS Spelling Champion Dakota Riemersma and Runner-up Micayla Timmer. Dakota’s winning word was “frigate” and Micayla’s word was “serpentine”

Spelling Bee 2016
Dakota and Micayla with Dr. Jonker, Spelling Bee Judge

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Allendale Art and Photography Students Win Regional Art Competition

safe_imageAllendale Art and Photography students did amazingly well this year at the Regional Scholastic Art Competition. Nine of the best pieces were entered and SEVEN of the nine were selected for awards. There were well over 1,000 entries in this year’s competition (the west central region is a large region encompassing the west half of the state as well as Lansing, Saginaw, and northern lower MI) and our students were selected as 7 of the best pieces from the region. The winning artwork can be seen at:

The winning students are:

Grace Wiersema | B&W Photography | “Inflamed- Gold Key (this is the highest regional award and her piece will continue on to the national competition in NYC).
Aubrey Evans- 3 pieces were chosen for awards:
Graphite on Paper drawing | “Suffocation or Compassion” -Silver Key
Charcoal on Paper drawing | “Images” -Silver Key
Pen & Ink on Paper drawing | “Pinecone” – Honorable Mention
Laurel Powers | Pen & Ink on Paper | “Enlarged” – Silver Key
Andrea Archer | B&W Photography | “2:37 PM” – Silver Key
Hannah VerHoef | Graphite on Paper drawing |
“The Good Queen”- Honorable Mention

Congratulations! Scholastic is extremely competitive and being chosen to enter is an honor in and of itself!

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Allendale Robotics Team Wins State Championship

Team 7023, the HexaSonics, participated in the FTC State Championships on Saturday, December 20th in Battle Creek. During the competition the HexaSonics performed extraordinarily well and have once again made the APS program and community proud of them.

Their alliance won the Edison division and played against the Franklin division for the State title. Their
alliance won the event and they are a member of the 2015-16 FTC State Champions. The HexaSonics, along with Robodux, also set the current World Record Score for the current FTC game (352 points without penalties). The HexaSonics were also a finalist for the Connect Award and have earned advancement to the Super Regional in Iowa in March.

Event highlights:- Edison Division Champions, - State Champions, 
Advancement to the Super Regional in Cedar Rapids, IA in March.
Bottom Row:(Left to Right): David Tew, Jake Keur, Ben Muma, Colton Dana,
Top Row:Camden Vander Wal, Jaden Kraker, Mike Thurow, Jeff Staub, Elijah Hagberg, Caiden Crawley
Not Shown: Coaches Chad Potinsky and David AustinChampionship Winning Alliance - 7023, HexaSonics, Allendale Middle School, Allendale
FIRST FTC MI Championship - Battle Creek

FIRST FTC MI Championship – Battle Creek

FIRST FTC MI Championship - Battle Creek

FIRST FTC MI Championship – Battle Creek




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APS Students Give Back

Mrs. Lee’s Developmental Kindergarten class keeps the Grand Rapids Veteran’s Home filled with bright colorful pictures and cards throughout the year. With the winter season upon us, we sent a giant card wishing them well during the winter months with beautiful decorations and signatures.IMG_8593

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Doug Bol named Region 12 Principal of the Year

The Michigan Association of Elementary & Middle School Principals (MEMSPA) named Doug Bol, Principal at Oakwood Intermediate, the Region 12 Principal of the Year. Mr. Bol was recognized at the December MEMPSA Conference.

Click on this link to view the video that was presented from his staff at the award ceremony.



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APS Makes the Honor Roll


Allendale Public Schools was one of 425 districts in the U.S. and Canada, and one of only fifteen Michigan schools to achieve this prestigious designation.

Simultaneously achieving increases in access to Advanced Placement® courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam. The staff’s commitment to expanding access to Advanced Placement coursework while also improving student performance has earned our district this prestigious award. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on AP Exams.

“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators who are fostering rigorous work worth doing. These educators have not only expanded student access to AP course work, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level-which is helping to create a strong college-going culture,” said College Board President, David Coleman.

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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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