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The Most Important Lesson I Learned at APS, by Zach Bekkering

Bekkering, ZacharyWhen asked the best thing we have learned at AHS, many might think the fundamental theorem of calculus, the great men who made our country what it is today, or even how to write a good essay in English class. I think the best thing that I have learned at AHS, however, is to work hard no matter what. Hard work is something that not everyone does and that not everyone will learn during school, but is something that is taught in every class here.

Hard work was something that was very elusive to my younger self, which was evident after my first year ended with an under-3.8 GPA. This may not be bad, really,, but to me it was like a dagger to the heart, and it still is to this day. Because I did not have the hard-work ethic that it took to be the best, I was left to make up for my faults in the next three years which taught me what true hard work really is. I learned that I should work hard no matter what I am doing and always strive to be the best that I can be. After my first year in high school, I worked as hard as I could to get my GPA up as high as I could, doubling up on classes, taking summer courses, and studying as hard as I could, but now in the last trimester of my senior year, I have fallen short. After fighting, scratching, and clawing to reach the top, after getting above a 4.0 GPA every trimester since junior year and even getting a 4.5 GPA once during my senior year, I have fallen to 12th in the class.

Working hard no matter what is the best thing I have learned in AHS. I am not saying that everything else that I have learned is insignificant, but hard work is something that applies to everything in life, no matter what I do or where I go. Knowing to work hard will make me successful in anything I try to do. It is the best lesson because I have seen from personal experience what can happen when I don’t try, when I don’t give it my all, and I have also seen what amazing heights I can reach when I give it my all and truly work hard.

 

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AHS Juniors Visit Colleges, Plan for Bright Futures

Allendale High School guidance officer Liz Pellegrom had an idea: she knew the best way to prepare students for the future…was to show it to them. That’s why this spring, the guidance office organized a college visitation day for all juniors desiring to visit Muskegon Community College and Baker, Western or Central Michigan.

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Students Shelbi Dyke, Nate Couturier and Olivia McClure reflect on their college visits with AHS.

Buses traveled to each of these three locations with roughly 150 kids—nearly the entire junior class. Students interested in other schools had the freedom to plan visits with their parents to those colleges, while those not wanting to miss class were able to stay behind to study.

This was AHS’ first year of doing a trip like this, but Ms. Pellegrom is certain it will become a junior year right of passage. In fact, staff is considering what college visits could mean for freshmen and sophomores, too. If it would help Allendale students start to consider college from an earlier age and then plan accordingly, it could be a “win” for everyone.

“We feel it’s important for students to see what’s out there and have the chance to see a college dorm room, hear what certain colleges have to offer, learn a little bit about financial aid and scholarships, and just be on the campus for something other than just a sports game,” said Ms. Pellegrom. She continued, “It’s really important to get on campus and not apply to schools you’ve never been to.  You have to know if it’s the right fit for you.”

This is something that junior Shelbi Dyke confirmed after visiting MCC and Baker College. “I thought I wanted to go to MCC before the trip and then I was just going to transfer to Grand Valley. However, after visiting there, I actually decided against MCC because I didn’t like it. I didn’t see anyone smiling, and for some reason, this bothered me. On the other hand, I knew nothing about Baker. I was actually dreading it, but then we went there and I’m considering Baker now! I love their dorms and I think I’m going to schedule a visit.”

Olivia McClure also took note of the “happiness factor” when she visited Western Michigan. “That was my #1 thing. At Western, everyone was happy, everyone we passed said “hi”, everyone was really happy.”

She reported that the tour guide called Western a “Heads-Up” School, meaning that students aren’t walking around with the heads buried in their phones or other devices, they are interacting and engaging with each other.  Also, everyone keeps their dorm room doors open as a way to meet other people which Olivia really liked.

Several students also shared how valuable it was to talk with admissions counselors about things like overnight guests, sports opportunities, family visits, roommates and other on-campus opportunities. They realized that tapping social media for information about colleges, a common practice for some, is not all that reliable when held up against conversations had with actual students in real dorms.

Nate Couturier enjoyed getting to see what Central Michigan had to offer. “I thought CMU was pretty cool. There are a lot of different activities to do, and there’s a big student rec. center, basketball courts and swimming pool—everything you’d need to keep yourself occupied on campus.” Nate still has plans to visit U of M and Indiana University.

Juniors appreciated the effort made by the school to visit the colleges, thanking guidance counselors and Mr. Rememap for the opportunity to make  informed choices for the future.

“Mr. Remenap really cares about our education, more than the average principal, I would say. And I think I’m pretty prepared to go to college.”

 

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Allendale Vocational Tech Classes Opens Doors for All

For many students, planning for a future beyond Allendale High School includes college brochures, military considerations or trade schools. There are grade point averages to consider and volunteer opportunities to take advantage of. But for others, exiting high school means something different, but something equally as important: finding meaningful work.

For years, Allendale High School has offered the vocational technology program as a way to support students receiving special education services through IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans). Students can elect this course along with the rest of his or her class loads to help with skills like compiling a resumé and applying for a job.

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Class instructor Stephanie Torp explained, “Basically, our program is community-based instruction. We try to get as many community events on the calendar for our kids to participate in so they learn social, life and workplace skills. The goal is that, eventually, once they’re older, will be working full time somewhere.”

The inclusion of community events has brought the group to places like

  • On Tuesday’s from 12 – 2pm they volunteer at LOVE Inc. by sorting and tagging clothes. They help out as much as they can, saving Thursdays for a fun activity day.
  • GVSU Art Gallery
  • They went to Peppino’s Pizza, where they’ve shown them how everything works in the kitchen and students each made a pizza. They learned to toss the dough and do all the things that they may be doing someday.
  • Art Prize: they took the city bus to get downtown so the students could experience how to use public transportation before enjoying downtown Grand Rapids.
  • They talk about tipping and paying in a restaurant.
  • They’ve gone to Meijer with the goal of finding the best deals for their grocery shopping (lists were given as part of a scavenger hunt).
  • They visited Goodwill Industries, who has offered on-site work to kids when they are ready. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to get placed in jobs through the program when and if they are ready, though they do not have any students placed at the moment.
  • They traveled to Ottawa County Fillmore Complex to talk to a police officer to talk about what skills are required to work in the system. Additionally, they talked about the different jobs they could do at the Complex, such as working in the cafeteria or custodial work in the jails. If they went to school for two years after high school they might be able to work in the corrections department.
  • Some of the vocational tech students work in the Red Zone (school store), selling cookies and slushies to the student body. This helps them with their social skills as well as reading, making change and any other skill that may be helpful in a retail situation.

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With nine students enrolled in the program, teacher Mrs. Torp says, “We’re grateful to the organizations and businesses that have allowed us to come in and have donated so much of their time to give us these experiences. We appreciate it! If organizations are willing to work with us, we’re able to provide students with the best experiences possible to be independently successful once they’re out of school.”

For students, the personal and social transformations have been life-changing. One student, who will remain annonymous, has gained the confidence and direction to become an independent young woman. Mrs. Torp shared that when she first joined vocational tech, “ …we couldn’t get her to say two words to us! She had to be walked everywhere, and when we went on our first outing she held my hand because she was nervous about it. Now we can’t keep her next to us and she is one of the most vocal kids we have.”

Another student said, “When I started the program, I would barely even talk to anyone. Now I am more open to everyone thanks to Mrs.Torp and Mrs.Val (another teacher). The first few field trips that they took I skipped out, because I felt like I was sick. Now I don’t feel sick because I don’t have as much stress in me. I like this program because we go on lots of field trips like art prize and Peppino’s Pizza to see how they do their job. We also have a teacher lunch on the last day of the month. That’s how the vocational tech program helped me and why I like it.”

Thanks to the teachers and community members who pave the way for new opportunities for students with disabilities! Especially with graduation approaching, we’re grateful that bright futures are available to all.

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Mock Crash Delivers High Impact Warning Before Prom & Graduation

This past Saturday marked Allendale High School’s Senior Prom: a night of dancing and new dresses, polished shoes and dinner out.

But local police officers know that for some, prom means pushing boundaries and making choices that have lasting consequences. That’s why they used Friday afternoon to host a “mock crash” at AHS to demonstrate to students the real effects of drinking and driving — and the devastation of the aftermath.

crashScene, Allendale High School

Jake Mucha, Allendale’s school resource officer organized the event long with four students who acted in the crash.

  • 1 girl [driver] pretended to die in the crash
  • 1 girl [driver] pretended to be an intoxicated driver, causing the crash
  • 1 boy [passenger] was “injured” and fled the scene, eventually tracked down by the police K-9 unit
  • 1 boy [passenger] had to be extricated from the car

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With the help of the Allendale Fire Department and the generosity of Allendale Towing who donated the cars, the police department brought in two vehicles, already crashed, and staged them to resemble a head-on collision. Officer Mucha welcomed all upperclassmen outside and set the scene for them:

“Kaileigh and Sam were on their way to prom after attending a pre-prom party where they were drinking. Coupled with Kaileigh’s intoxicated state and being distracted by her passenger, she crossed the center line on Lake Michigan Drive and ran head-on into the other students. One of the passengers was able to call 911 before passing out.

Police arrived at the scene, quickly followed by an ambulance and the fire department. Just prior to the police arriving, Sam, Kaileigh’s passenger, fled the scene and ran to hide in a nearby porta-john.The police called for the K-9 unit and the dog soon picked up Sam’s scent and led the officer to the porta-john where Sam was hiding.

Of the students hit in oncoming traffic, Aaron was injured and had to be extricated from the car. Officers performed drunk driving tests on Kaileigh before arresting her.”

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Officer Mucha explained that the crash, which is demonstrated every-other year, is designed to raise awareness for “any bad decisions that tend to take place, especially this time of year. Specifically, we’ve got prom tomorrow and graduation coming up. We just remind them that accidents can happen, and especially when you couple it with bad decisions or distracted driving, people can get really hurt. People can die.”

To bring home this reality, Allendale’s social worker had also organized the “Every 15 Minutes” program that same day. Throughout the day, a student dressed as the Grim Reaper walked through school, pointing to one student at a time who is “killed.” That student is brought into the hallway, given a black “Every 15 Minutes” t-shirt and had their face painted white. With white faces increasing in numbers throughout the day, the idea was to remind students of the very real impact of drunk driving on young people.

drunk driving, Allendale Public Schools

Kaileigh Baia, a junior who participated as a crash actor and pictured above, has taken part in the mock crash before and is passionate about reminding her classmates of the dangers that come with distracted driving and driving under the influence.

“We don’t ever think about the future, of what could happen, we just think ‘Oh, that could never happen to me,’ but it could happen to anybody,” she said.

Officer Mucha is passionate about attacking the issue head on in a pro-active manner rather than merely hoping students will make wise decisions:

“Thank God Allendale has been very fortunate that we have not had any students killed in a car crash since I’ve been here, but we have had crashes and injuries. Occasionally we have drunk driving incidents, but whenever possible we want to get out in front of it and be preventative.  Hopefully, we have some sort of impact.”

 

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Robotics Teams Learn “Gracious Professionalism” Alongside Programming

When it comes to robotics, Allendale’s FIRST is a leader for young engineers and scientists across Ottawa county. FIRST, for inspiration and recognition of science and technology, was founded in 1989 and has ushered in scores of young men and women whose eye for detail and passion for “making things work” has driven competition for more than two decades.

FIRST’s goal is to equip students to design “accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.” And coaches Chad Potinsky and David Austin are doing just that with the students involved in their program.

Allendale Public Schools, Robotics

With teams for even the youngest to join, various robotics groups in Allendale (like Jr. FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego LeagueFIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), open the door to not only the science of programming, but also opportunities for kids to solve real world problems that impact communities in real, tangible ways.

“People often think of scientists as people who walk around with calculators, out of touch with others. We want to give people a new view of science as being very hands-on and as a field that can positively impact others. For example, our robotics competitions always include solving real-world problems like how we can use technology to help manage natural disasters,” said Coach Austin.

Allendale Public Schools, Robotics

But equally as important as what happens on the competition floor, say Coaches Potinsky and Austin, are the life skills that young robotics engineers learn while working within their various teams. Aside from learning to work together, they must listen to a variety of opinions, weighing each and coming to a unified group decision; during and after competition they must be able to share what they’ve learned and do so while treating everyone with respect.

Dovetailing perfectly with these life skills is the cornerstone of the FIRST Community: gracious professionalism. FIRST’s website explains this motto perfectly:

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

Coach Austin shared an experience during a recent competition in the Gull Lake area where Allendale students had the opportunity to put this into practice with an opposing team. “That team ended up doing well, but it was worth it for our kids to go out of their way to help,” he said. “If we’re going to win, we want to win because we’re better — not because someone had a faulty wire.”

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It’s with this mindset and focus on integrity that students face robotics challenges throughout the winter and into the spring. Coach Potinsky is passionate about Allendale’s program, which he credits with offering unique experiences for the next generation of engineers:

“The kids get a real world perspective  of science and engineering and it’s a little different than what they’d get in the classroom. They get to design a robot and take it from concept to prototype. They are able to practice their design skills, build something, program it and strategize its use. It’s pretty cool to be able to see that kind of growth and development in our students.”

We applaud the young men and women who are making great strides with robotics and personal integrity under the leadership of Allendale’s terrific coaches!

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the APS Spring Musical

If the first notes of Somewhere Over the Rainbow take you instantly to a little farm in Kansas, you’re not alone. The L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz hit the big screen seventy-five years ago, creating an American staple that ranks consistently among the Top 10 Movies of All Time in the fantasy category.

This spring, Allendale High School is grabbing some of that magic in its own rendition of this timeless musical. With a script nearly identical to that of the big screen (with the exception of one extra song), the students promise that lovers of this timeless story will be equally spellbound by their fresh take on an old performance.

wizard of ozThose playing the lead roles, Allison Taylor as Dorothy, Aubri Carrell as the Cowardly Lion, Jamie Mashue as the Tinman, and Jacob VanNeuren as the Scarecrow (pictured above during dress rehearsal) say they are looking forward to the challenge of singing and dancing later this week.

For Allison, this opportunity represents a full-circle moment. She explains, “I love this story — I was Dorothy four years in a row when I was little and was a munchkin in this same production the last time Allendale performed it. So for me, playing Dorothy and getting to sing these songs is truly a dream come true.” Allison is a sophomore planning to study musical theater this summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Aubri noted that all four of the leads are also in Chamber Choir together and enjoy many of the same things. However, all of them agree that the dancing component of this story has been a bit of a hurdle.

“Dancing is something that’s not in any of our backgrounds — we just didn’t know anything about it, so learning to dance while we sing has been a challenge. We’re starting to get the hang of it, though,” said both Jamie and Jacob.

Aubri, a junior playing the Cowardly Lion, bubbled over when discussing her involvement. “I’ve done lots of plays in my life, but this is different — this is having a lead role in a musical! And what makes it more fun is that we’re all really good friends outside of this, so it’s a fun way to make more memories together.”

If you would like to come out and support these young thespians, mark your calendars for one of these performances:

Thursday, March 27 – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 28 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 29 – 7:00 pm

 Tickets – $7 Adults  ::  $6 Student  ::  $3 children 5 and under

 

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AHS Students Carve Out New Skills in Woodshop Class

For many of us, hearing the word “woodshop” reminds us of Bob Vila or a Saturday afternoon episode of This Old House. Unless we grew up with band saws and lathes, the idea of operating power tools is outside of our comfort zones, and the thought of passing a slab of Walnut across a table saw is downright disconcerting.

But for the students in Allendale’s woodshop class, these tools are merely the means to an end — and a beautiful one at that.

Allendale Public Schools, Falcons, Woodshop Class

Mark Vizithum, known by his students simply as “Mr. V,” has been teaching at AHS for six years. Mr. Vizithum loves teaching word working not only for the practical applications is has now but for the possibilities it opens up in the future.

“The whole goal of this class is to help kids make money or save money by being able to make their own furniture. If our students want to get into wood working as a profession, they can. And if they want to get into another hands-on trade, this provides a good foundation for many of those skills, too.”

Mr. Vizithum, Allendale Public Schools, Woodworking

Mr. Vizithum, Allendale Public Schools, Woodworking

Students work on a variety of projects in class ranging from cabinets, bed frames, gun cabinets, bookshelves, desks and even a futon! Mr. Vizithum reasons that “They’re all going to become homeowners some day and they’ll have to fix things. This class will help them save money down the road.”

The woodshop classes offered at Allendale High School are two trimesters long and are available at beginning and advanced levels. With 20-25 students in each class on average, only about 5-10% are girls. Ironically, however, Mr. Vizithum said that girls generally do excellent work because they pay attention to small details. “Boys are typically all about quantity and the girls are more about quality.”

Woodshop students also learn the value of a dollar by paying for all the materials they use. This is a great tradeoff, however, as students are able to keep what they make and do whatever they wish with their creations once they finish. Some students even consider selling their work as a way to earn extra income and recoup their expenses.

Mr. Vizithum, Allendale Public Schools, Woodworking

Sebastian Domin is an Allendale senior who was staining a TV cabinet during our visit. Sebastian chose to take woodshop because he enjoys building things and has already learned a lot, including the proper way to measure, use CAD and how to make plans on the computer. He plans to go into heating and cooling after graduation, saying “all the skills I’m learning here will help me in the future.”

Sophomore Colten Niergarth chose woodshop for a different reason: he wanted a hands-on class and this was a great fit. He proudly shared that he has learned the basics of woodworking, like cutting on the band saw and tackling the technical aspects of a project. But more importantly, Colten said that Mr. V has taught him “to work hard and be committed to getting projects done.”

This idea of hard work and tenacity is a tenet of this class and something Mr. V clearly champions. The idea that it is admirable to stick to your word and finish what you start is taught regardless of whether a student is building a bed frame or kitchen table.

“These kids are learning work ethic. Everybody’s staying busy — I don’t have to tell them to get on task because they’re learning how to work. That’s a valuable asset to have.”

Mr. Vizithum, Allendale Public Schools, Woodworking

Mr. Vizithum, Allendale Public Schools, Woodworking

Mr. Vizithum, Allendale Public Schools, Woodworking

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Falcons Fly High at Science Olympiad Practice Invitational

How successful would you be if you were responsible for maneuvering a small car with an egg attached to its front, for an undetermined distance, then parking it next to a wall… without cracking the egg?

Or bungee dropping a weighted, plastic water bottle in the attempt to lower it as close to the ground as possible without having it touch?

Students attempting these feats lie at the heart of Science Olympiad.

Rotating between test-taking stations and activities called “constructions,” hundreds of Science Olympians from 15 area schools spent this past Saturday, Feb. 22, at Allendale High School and Middle School working on events with fundamentals based in biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. With about 1200 people in attendance, including event coaches, supervisors and parents, this practice invitational was preparation for the March 29 Regionals which will take place at GVSU.

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High School coach Brian Brethauer, in his 24th year in this role, praises Science Olympiad for what it offers students:

“This is a great program and from a science standpoint, this is one of the best programs out there. It covers all areas, any kid can participate and there’s a lot of cool stuff going on. A lot of these kids go on to college, a lot of them go into science because of this, a lot of them come back and help coach — and I want people to be aware that this goes one.”

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For the past several years the invitational has been directed by Mrs. Candice Cooper-Greinke, who has been involved since her own children participated, and her husband Paul. The two are passionate about the opportunity that Science Olympiad provides students who may not find the field, court or pool to be a good fit.

“The Science Olympiad program is a really great way for kids who aren’t necessarily sports-oriented to have an extracurricular activity they can participate in. It’s really fun and educational,” Candice said.

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This years’ constructions at the invitational were Scrambler, Elastic Launch Glider, Boomilever, Magnetic Levitation Vehicle Test, Bungee Drop and Mission Possible. And with the possibility of state competition, and then nationals, these students know that scholarship money could be on the line, especially for engineering events.

“Science Olympiad provides opportunities for every kind of kid — from the brightest academically to the kids that are talented with hands-on skills. It’s a good chance for them to become state champions at something,” Paul added.

If you’d like to become involved in this exciting activity, the Falcon Science Olympiad team is in need of event coaches in the fields of engineering, medicine, machination and geology. Please contact Dave Erdmans at the middle school or Brian Brethauer at the high school for more information.

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High School Students Prepare for Spring Trip to Spain

Spain, Allendale High School

If you’re like a lot of West Michigan families, you may be considering spending Spring Break in a state with a little more sun and a lot less snow.

But these kids have different ideas entirely. Because their plans have more to do with passports and planes than they do with road maps and minivans. This April, these lucky students will travel with other high school Spanish students and their teachers Ms. Sult and Ms. Culp, to Spain.

The group will fly out of O’Hare International Airport on Thursday, April 3 and return home on Sunday, April 13. At $2,100 per student, the investment is sizable, though the school has been diligently offering fundraising opportunities to offset the expense. Despite the price tag, Ms. Sult says three reasons come to mind when explaining the value of this trip:

1.  It provides education on location: you can never truly duplicate an authentic experience like traveling to a new country and immersing yourself in a different culture. For kids who are serious about pursuing the language, this in invaluable. Says Cathy Culp, AHS Spanish Teacher,  “There is no better way to learn a language than to travel to a country where the language is spoken and truly immerse yourself.”

2.  It is an opportunity to experience life and foster relationships with people outside of the norm. A new country means new world views, new perspectives — and new food! More importantly, of course, is the opportunity to develop relationships with these new friends.

3.  It puts into practice what students have been studying for several years. We all know that taking tests and writing papers equip us to become proficient in a subject area, but where language is concerned, speaking it in a native setting helps to solidify new knowledge, cultural norms and accents. Ms. Sult punctuated this point when she said, “At school students are immersed in Spanish for less than 6 hours in a week.  In Spain, students will be fully immersed in the language all day, every day. Students can potentially learn more in a week living with a family in Spain than they can taking two semesters of Spanish here. As a teacher, there is no better satisfaction than seeing students successfully use what you have been working hard to teach them over 3-5 school years.” 

Allendale High School, Spain Trip

We recently had an opportunity to learn more about this unique opportunity and are pleased to share insights from Ms. Sult on the blog today:

Where did the idea for a trip come from… and has APS ever offered an international trip to its students?

This will actually be the 7th trip I have taken with students from AHS.  I had traveled with students both as a student teacher and during my first years of teaching before I came to Allendale so I knew how rewarding a trip could be.  A trip wasn’t possible during my first years at Allendale because we only offered Spanish levels 1 and 2 at the high school. Once the program grew and we were offering advanced levels, I introduced the trip opportunity. 

We took our first trip in 1998 and have taken several since then, though they have changed a bit. In the beginning, our trips consisted more of a tour together with students from other US high schools with maybe a few days of family stay. Now we have more of a true exchange program totally built around a family stay.  We connect with a specific school in Spain and we visit that school, stay with the families of students studying English there and then those students come to AHS and live with the families of the students that lived with them.  Students really have the opportunity to connect and form lasting relationships.  Most students continue to stay in contact with their Spanish host brothers and sisters and some have even gone back to visit.     

What kinds of activities do you have planned?

Students will live with a family in the city of Huelva, Spain for the whole time, giving them the opportunity to learn first hand about the culture and family life of Spain, as well as practice their Spanish in real life context.  The students will also go to school with their host brother or sister and get a first hand look at high school in Spain.  Besides sitting in on Math, science, language and history classes given in Spanish, students are often guests in the English classes. 

We will visit some important historical sites together as a group.  Christopher Columbus sailed for the Americas from the city of Palos de la Frontera which is just a few miles from Huelva, so we will go on an excursion to visit the famous Christopher Columbus sites including La Rábida Monastery, where Columbus lived while planning for his trip, and the Muelle de las Carabelas, the Harbor where he departed, which now has life-size replicas of Columbus’ ships.

We will also be going on a Full day excursion to neighboring Portugal ( Vila Real  Santo Antonio, Tavira). This is the first time we have had this opportunity on a trip. Finally, we will have the opportunity to spend a day in the capital, Madrid, before leaving to come back to the US.

“Buen viaje” to this group of adventurers! We look forward to hearing more upon your return.

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The Principals’ Podcast

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This screenshot shows where you can find the principals’ podcast.

This past fall, as the play season approached dress rehearsals, middle school teacher and Fall Play Director Shawn McMaster had an idea: why not promote the play with a podcast?

Mr. McMaster approached Mr. Remenap and Mr. Hadden with the idea, offering to help with the technical end of things if they’d be willing to host the podcasts. They agreed, kicking off the inaugural recording by interviewing key thespians.  They soon realized they had begun something special. The podcast is now used to “highlight students who might not otherwise get the recognition they deserve,” said Mr. Remenap.

“…anytime we can recognize our students for their talents and efforts it is a good thing.  This is simply another way to “show off” our great kids,” said Mr. Remenap.

Podcasts are recorded in the office conference room with the continued help of Mr. McMasters, who is credited as the “mastermind” of the project. The team reports that reception to the weekly releases has been overwhelmingly positive by both students and parents.

“Our students shine through in these podcasts as positive, mature, and intelligent young adults. They continue to amaze us!” said Mr. Hadden.

 

Stay up-to-date on exciting announcements and get to know exemplary students by listening yourself! Simply go to the high school’s website and look for the icon as outlined above, or click here.
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