Wednesday, May 15, 2013


«  To the Class of 2013.  “Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference.”  Arie Pencovici

«  To Suzanne Nelson for receiving the “The Friends of Preschool Award” from the AEA

«  Katy Evenson for all of her work with our district.  Katy will be starting an administrative position with NWAEA in the fall

«  To the National Honor Society Inductees
o    Glenna Duden
o    Kirk Kinrade
o    Jennifer Crumrine
o    Andrew De Jongh
o    Kendra Franken
o    Shalee Gesink
o    Miranda Harlow
o    McKayla Horstman
o    Allison Hulshof
o    Stephanie Husa
o    Miranda Moss
o    Miranda Mouw
o    Marcus Post
o    Charity Raak
o    Stephanie Roseberry
o    Alison Sandbulte
o    Julie Schuiteman
o    Dylon Van’t Hof
o    Morgan Van Maanen
o    Moriah Vietor
«  To the athletes that qualified for the State Track meet in Des Moines.
o    Girls Team
§  Miranda Moss – 3000 Meter Run
§  Payton Boer – 400 Meter Hurdles
§  Katie TeGrotenhuis – High Jump
§  Clare Kortlever – 200m Dash
§  4 x 200 Meter Relay
·         Jillian Estes
·         Madison Beaver
·         Clare Kortlever
·         Payton Boer
§  Haley Sitzmann – Alternate
o    Boys Team
§  Shuttle Hurdle Relay
·         Dylon Van’t Hof
·         Christian Rozeboom
·         Alex Bakker
·         Derek Hooyer
§  Dylon Van’t Hof – 110 Meter High Hurdles
§  Haile Duden – 3200 Meter Run, 1600 Meter Run
§  4 x 200 Meter Relay
·         Drew Kortlever
·         Andrew O’Donnell
·         Torin Huisman
·         Rylan Stewart
«  To the golfers who qualified for the district golf meet
o    Ty Brink
o    Braden De Boer           
o    Kyle Heemstra
o    Matt Van Engen           
o    Brock De Boer
o    Josh Moret      

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Video Tribute to Iowa School Board Members

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Avoid the summer slide!

Did you know students can back slide in their reading abilities by a full month during the summer break? Even worse: A student can lose 2.6 months in math skills in the same time period!

Avoid the summer slide by joining the Council of Chief State School Officers’ summer reading and math challenges.

The reading challenge enables kindergarten-through-12th-grade students to find books of interest within their reading level. The website also shows where the book can be checked out at a library or purchased. Find your book at  For more information on the reading challenge, visit  For summer reading flyers and materials, visit our Find a Book, Iowa on our webpage.

The math challenge is more structured, and requires registration starting May 1. It’s aimed at students who will be in the third through sixth grades in the fall. It is a six-week, email-based initiative designed to help students maintain math skills acquired during the previous school year. Families will receive a weekly targeted instructional activity and materials along with daily personalized email suggestions and resources. The math challenge runs June 24 through Aug. 2.

To register for the math challenge, go to  

For more information on the math challenge, go to  


Friday, May 3, 2013



«  To Tatum and Maci Schmalbeck, Chloe, Jori, and Emery Harskamp.  They raised $70 for Mrs. Westphal with a lemonade stand on Saturday.

«  To the middle school students who competed in NWAEA Book Bash.  The Orange team was 2nd place.  Students were Caleb Kempema, Emily Schuiteman, Jomei Tea, Samantha Vander Velde, Patricia King, Cambree Huss, Andrew Te Grotenhuis, Katie Mouw, Osiris Gomez, Jessica Harald, Zara Trigg, Emily Deinken

«  To Mary Zeilenga and her tremendous work with the Title 1 Parent Day at Kinsey

«  To Kamden Glade for being selected for the Governor's Scholar Recognition Program.  The Iowa High School Athletic Association, their sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Governor's office recognize the top academic achievers from each school district in the state of Iowa.

«  To Cami Cleveringa who broke two meet records in the 100 and 200 hurdles