PRINGBOARD A Newsletter from the Spring Lake Public Schools, Spring Lake, Michigan Volume 40, Issue 4, April 2010
May 4 Regular School Election
On Tuesday, May 4, registered voters will be asked to approve a very critical proposal to renew the 18 mills on businesses and non-principal residences (formerly non-homesteads). With the State’s ongoing cuts to schools’ funding, this $2,787,965 is especially vital to the district’s operation. District home-owners do not pay this on their primary residences; it is only levied on businesses and second homes. We encourage all registered voters in the district to exercise their right to VOTE. In addition, voters will elect incumbent Dina Horne and newcomer Jeff Lauinger to two 4-year seats on the Spring Lake Board of Education. Listed below are the polling places for the election. If you have any questions about where you should vote, please contact the township in which you reside. Election Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 Spring Lake Township 106 S. Buchanan Spring Lake, MI 49456 Tele: (616) 842-1340
Absentee Ballots: Available M–F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday, May 1, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Polling Places: Precinct # Address #2 Lakeshore Lutheran Church 16790 VanWagoner #3 SL Wesleyan Church 15550 Cleveland St. #4 Barber School 102 W. Exchange St. #5 Dept. of Public Works 16747 150th St. #6 Fire Station #1 16681 148th Ave.
Spring Lake High School Presents
Les Miserable School Edition April 29, 30 and May 1
Based on the 1862 Victor Hugo novel of the same name, the musical is set in early 19th-century France and follows the intertwining stories of a cast of characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution. The Tony Award-winning score includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream” and “One Day
More.” Please come out and support this powerful musical on April 29, 30, and May 1 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the high school office at 616.846.5501.
Poll Hours: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Crockery Township 17431–112th Ave. Nunica, MI 49448 Tele: (616) 837-6868
Absentee Ballots: Available M–F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday, May 2, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Polling Place: Precinct # Address #1 and #2 Township Hall 17431–112th Ave.
Meet the Candidates – See page 4 Class of 2010 Graduation – June 6
The commencement service for Spring Lake High School’s Class of 2010 will be held on Sunday, June 6, when 233 students will receive their diplomas. It will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The Executive Student Council President, India Peek Jensen, will welcome guests. The 25 Senior Scholars (see page 9) who are receiving the highest honors in the Class of 2010 will lead the graduate procession into the gymnasium. The commencement ceremony will be a student-led event that will feature addresses by two Senior Scholars and Grant Baker, the Senior Class President. There is no limit on guests and no tickets are issued for commencement.
• Senior Scholars • SLHS Musical • May 4 School Election Page 1
From the Superintendent Dennis M. Furton
District Committee Examines Saving Energy (and $)
With concerns surrounding the district’s budget and its impact on environmental energy, a committee has been meeting with the hopes of reducing the school system’s annual energy usage. The goals of this committee, which consists of administrators, teachers, staff, and parents, is to do more than simply cut back on district spending. It must also ingrain environmentally friendly ideas into the minds of students and staff. And so, everything that cools and copies or lights and types is getting an extra look. Spring Lake Public Schools is in Phase 2 of a five phase process as part of the Michigan School Business Official’s (MSB0) Energy Essentials program. Phase 1 of the program involved an audit of current energy use and management practices as well as educating the committee as to energy benchmarks and “best practices.” Phase 2 has included the development of department-level 2 page plans that describe current behaviors and changes that would result in the reduction of energy use. In addition, the committee has developed a ‘Top Ten List’ of energy initiatives for 2010. The list includes: • Reduced lighting (a primary source of energy use) • Addressing the ‘Energy Vampires’ – computers, projectors, copiers, laminators, printers, etc. that draw power even when not in use • Elimination of all non-essential equipment and/or appliances such as mini-refrigerators, microwaves, etc. • REDUCE – room temperature waste by keeping doors and windows closed, and working to become more paperless • REUSE – classroom materials where applicable • RECYCLE – develop an integrated K-12 program that encourages eco-friendly change Phases 3–5 of the Energy Essentials program will include implementation, management, and measurement. Many of the objectives of Energy Essentials will be measured in behavioral change, but the impact on the district’s spending will not be overlooked. Other districts that have partnered with MSBO and implemented similar plans have shown savings ranging from 10% to 30% annually. SLPS spends in excess of $750,000 annually on energy, so in this instance doing the environmentally “right” thing will provide tangible benefits.
24 Prom 27 Holmes Y5’s/K Round-Up 7:00 pm 29-5/1 HS Musical SLHS 7:00 pm
HS Musical SLHS 7:00 pm School Board Election SCHOOL FAMILY DAY Holmes Concert Y5’s/K 7:00 pm SLMS Jeffers “Cool School” Day – SL Front Porch 5 ACES “All Children Exercise Simultaneously” 6 Holmes Concert 4th Grade – 7:00 pm SLHS 7 ACT Registration Deadline for June Jeffers 1st Grade Mother’s Day Tea 10 Grades 5-8 Band Concert – 7:00 pm SLHS 12 State MS Choir Festival 13 Holmes Choir Concert 3rd Grade – 7:00 pm SLMS 14 Holmes 3rd Grade Grand Day 16 MS/HS Spring Choir Concert 3:00 pm SLHS 17 HS Band Concert 7:00 pm Holmes Kindergarten Visitation 19 8th Grade Michigan Adventure Trip 20 Jazz Guest Artist Concert 7:00 pm SLHS Jeffers K-2 Fun Day 24-26 IS 5th Grade Camp 27 IS 4th Grade Transition Night 7:00 pm 28 Jeffers Family Celebration
JUNE 1 2 3 4 7 10 12
First Day of School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 7 Christmas Break . . . . . . December 18 – January 2 Classes Resume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 3 Spring Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 1 – 10 Classes Resume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 11 Page 2
2009-10 District Calendar
2010-11 School Year
Jeffers/Holmes 3rd Grade Fun Day Senior Banquet 5:30 pm Senior Awards 7:00 pm IS Awards Assembly/Field Day/Picnic MS Awards Holmes School Picnic 6th Grade to Michigan Adventure Jeffers/Holmes 4th Grade Fun Day Holmes 4th Grade Graduation 10:30 am ACT Testing
Y5’s-12 Students AM; No PM Y5’s/K Memorial Day
31 JUNE 6 Graduation 9-11 MS/HS Exams 10 1-11 Students AM; No AM Y5’s/K; PM Y5’s/K attend AM 11 Y5’s-11 Students AM; No PM Y5’s/K; Last Day; End of 3rd Trimester
Spotlight on the Board... Steve Overacker, Trustee
2009-10 Board of Education
As a member of the Board of Education, I have been appointed to also serve on the Spring Lake Recreation Board. The Greater Spring Lake Recreation Commission was created in 1972 for the purpose of providing oversight and supervision for the newly developed Central Park. The Recreation Commission consists of seven community residents, representing the Village of Spring Lake, Spring Lake Township, Crockery Township, and Spring Lake Public Schools. These groups have come together to provide a combination of direct funding, use of facilities, and ongoing cooperation to ensure the program’s success. Over the years, the Commission’s role and summer programs that are offered have expanded both in terms of the number of residents served and locations supervised. Pictured left-right: Paul Aldridge ('11) ..................Trustee ................(616) 842-3182 In addition to Central Park, programs and services are now Steve Overacker ('13) ..............Trustee ..........................846-7903 also provided at the Spring Lake swimming beach, Rycenga Dennis Devlin ('12) ..................Trustee ..........................846-0597 Park, and in a variety of school buildings. While over 1200 Lisa Ashcraft ('12) ....................Treasurer........................935-7377 kids are expected to be served through the swimming John Nametz ('10)....................President........................846-8589 program alone, others will become involved through the Dina Horne ('10) ......................Vice President .............. 844-0740 Madonna Kramer ('13) ............Secretary........................846-5241 Summer Theater Expo or benefit from the park’s facilities that are used by the Tri-City Kids League for both baseball and soccer. In addition to the many specific programs for kids, the covered shelters in both Rycenga and Central Park have become a favorite to reserve for large group gatherings such as family reunions, church picnics, company picnics, and wedding receptions. The cooperation between the school and the surrounding communities has truly made this a special place to raise children. I would encourage all of us to take advantage of what our recreation department has to offer. Further information regarding the programs and services provided through the recreation department can be obtained by calling (616) 846-5502 or visit their website at – http://www.springlakeschools.org/category/slps/recreation-commission
Board Meeting Presentation
Board of Education Meeting Dates Regular Meetings
May 17–SLHS 6:00 pm June 14 July 19
Work Sessions June 7
Meetings are held at – 7:15 p.m. Spring Lake IS/MS Media Center 345 Hammond St. Spring Lake, Michigan (unless noted above)
At the February Board of Education meeting Jeffers Teacher Jennifer Jettner reported on restarting the environment club “Earth Kids,” Jeffers’ green club. Thirty K through 4th grade students are involved. The following students talked about recycling at Jeffers: Sydney Thompson, Noah Jettner, Skylar Coon, Julia Clover, Ellie Higgs, Julia Griswald, Mia Davidson, Jillian Gable, Lauren Constantine, Jensen Hussey, Kiya Jettner, Anna Clover, Ava Hatton, and Luke Bronald. Some of their activities include planting gardens, composting for gardens, and recycling the following items: clothes, Christmas light strands, catalogs and books, batteries, juice pouches, plastic caps, styrofoam lunch trays, ink and toner cartridges, cell phones, and glue sticks. Jeffers is an official Michigan green school. Christine Clover, Jeffers Parent Club, explained the process for meeting “Green School” certification. This is all possible because of the support from teachers, administrators, students, and parents.
May 4 School Election
Dina Horne is running for her second term on the Spring Lake Board of Education. She has enjoyed being engaged in educating students through the oversight of the School Board. In her first term, Dina served on various board committees including athletics, personnel and policy revision. She has held the position of Board Treasurer and currently is the Vice President. Serving as the board liaison to the Spring Lake Schools Foundation has given her the greatest sense of fulfillment this year. The greatest achievement for the board in her first term was hiring Superintendent Dennis Furton. The Horne family has lived in Spring Lake for 10 years. She and Dave have three children in the district. Dillon is a junior, Kayli is a sophomore and Emma is in 6th grade. “I am thankful to have the opportunity to run for Spring Lake School Board again. This past term I have learned much about board governance and the process of educating our children. My passion Dina Horne for the responsibility our district has in educating every child in our community has grown. My goal is to act as a link between the community and the school. As I look to what the next four years will bring, the highest priority will be to continue fiscal responsibility. The board must steward the funding received in a transparent and fair manner, promoting a healthy dialogue in the budgetary process while keeping the students as the focus of our education dollars. We are so fortunate to have an excellent group of teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community members who will work together to find creative ways to continue our district's success. The board must set the example in that spirit of cooperation and innovation. I commit myself to the hard work of making that happen.”
Jeff Lauinger is a candidate for the Spring Lake Board of Education. He decided to run for the School Board at the suggestion of his wife, Laura. Laura is very involved in the school system. She spends time in the classroom and has helped with the Halloween party and recent Spring Festival at Holmes Elementary School. He decided to get involved in a different capacity; one that was more aligned with his education and business background. Laura and Jeff moved to Spring Lake Township from Ann Arbor in July of 2004. They have three children: Jack (2nd Grade Holmes Elementary), Nicholas (4th grade, Holmes Elementary) and Ellen (6th grade, Intermediate School). Laura and Jeff grew up in Hartland, MI (about 30 miles north of Ann Arbor). After High School, he studied Mechanical Engineering at The University of Michigan and later Business (MBA-Finance) at Western Michigan University. Jeff Lauinger His professional life has been spent in Technical Sales and Engineering Management with ParkerHannifin, Ford and Hayes Lemmerz. He currently works as an Applications Sales Consultant for Oracle. His hobbies include golf, skiing, basketball and supporting his kids in their scholastic and athletic activities. His entire family loves the Spring Lake area, especially Lake Michigan. A day at the beach is one of their favorite ways to spend a warm summer afternoon! “The Spring Lake Board of Education is a good fit and I am excited to have the opportunity to participate and contribute in this important process.”
Spring Lake Band Department Directors Mike Truszkowski and Mark Grevengoed
The High School Jazz Band had their most successful showing ever at the Central Michigan University Jazz Festival. The band received the 2nd Runner-up Most Outstanding Band in Class B and the saxophone section was awarded 1st Runner-up Most Outstanding Section in Class B. The concert bands continued the tradition with excellent performances at the MSBOA district band festival. The Seventh Grade Band received straight one ratings in concert and sight reading. The Eighth Grade Band received two ratings in concert and a one in sight reading. The High School Concert Band received straight one ratings in concert and sight reading. The High School Symphonic Band received straight one ratings in concert and sight reading. "We were so pleased with the hard work and fine musical playing of our students, but also the maturity and professionalism they all showed at band festival. We're so happy that they were not only able to carry on the Spring Lake tradition of excellence, but exceeded our every expectation.” Don't miss your next chances to hear Spring Lake’s fine bands at the Intermediate and Middle School Concert on May 10, High School concert on May 17, and Jazz Night IV featuring Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson on May 20! Page 4
Holmes Elementary School
Writers Present to the Board
At the March Board of Education meeting, Holmes Elementary Teachers Mary Goodin and Mary VandenBosch presented “Developing Writers” and how students’ writing skills evolve from grade to grade. Clara Snyder and Garrett Henning presented samples of their writing.
The third graders at Holmes Elementary spent a day at the Tri-Cities Museum in Grand Haven learning about Michigan history. They learned about different minerals and rocks found all around Michigan. The students also learned about what life was like for the Native Americans who lived in Michigan. The students spent some time in a fur trading post and learned what life was like for the early pioneers.
Students “Go on a Readabout!”
March means reading adventures for Holmes students. The 2010 adventure took students to the land down under— Australia! Each classroom was named after a city in Australia and the goal was to read all the way around Australia by March 31. Reading time was recorded at home and as a student reached a goal, a shoe print was added to the hallway. The trip was completed six days early! The month included a “read down under” day when students could bring a Winners of MIRM–K student Veronica blanket from home to create a space to Russell won a giant crocodile, Emily read “down under.” Sievertsen and Cameryn Veine won a trip Reading prizes included koala to Schuler Books and Outback Steakhouse Webkinz, boomerangs, mini sea urchins with Mrs Keeton and Mrs. Mikesell, and and even a trip to Outback Steakhouse Sandra Smits' class won an ice cream with Mrs. Keeton! party from Sweet Temptations for having the highest average of hours read in a month–over 32 hours per student.
Shoe Drive to Benefit SOLES4SOULS® Inc. Holmes Elementary and Spring Lake Intermediate Schools May 10-21
Tri-Cities residents are invited to recycle their 'gently worn' shoes for people in need. The Girls on the Run teams from Holmes Elementary are teaming up with SOLES4SOULS® Inc to complete a service project that will help many beyond the doors of our schools. SOLES4SOULS® Inc., a Nashville based charity, collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and from individuals like you! Since 2005 Soles4Souls has given away over 5.5 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an after-school character development program for girls in grades 3-5. It uses running to help educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and participants healthy living. GOTR ends with a 5K un R e th Girls on e shoe drive. celebration run/walk, but the ultimate goal is involved in th to have the participants exit the program with a greater acceptance of themselves, stronger sense of identity, a healthier body image, and the ability to say, “I belong just the way I am.” Soles4Souls and Holmes GOTR will be collecting your gently worn footwear and $2 donations between May 10-21. There will be drop boxes at both Holmes Elementary and SL Intermediate office lobbies, and envelopes for monetary donations will be available in the offices. The charity can use each and every pair of shoes to make a tangible difference in someone’s life. Individuals and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s website at www.giveshoes.org. For more information please contact: Jesse Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth Kirk, Soles4Souls, email@example.com Page 5
Jeffe rs Elementary School
Famous Storytellers Mrs. Jettner and Mr. Prins "have a cow" when it comes to reading.
At the Reading Exchange in March, students heard favorite stories from many teachers.
Famous Storytellers – Everyone knows that reading makes you smart.
Carter Ball enjoys PJ day at Jeffers with his soft & cuddly sword fish pillow.
Students exchanged reading teachers during March Is Reading Month.
Yum – Reading and Listening can be Tasty!
All Smiles – Young Fives visit the G.R. Children's Museum for hands-on experiences.
Nathan Peterson and Josh VanderMeulen captured the top trophies in the Ludington Chess Tournament. They were undefeated, until they played each other.
Kindergartners taste test the maple syrup at the VanRaalte Farm.
At left are Jeffers’ first, second, & third grade Spelling Bee class champions and runners-up proudly displaying their tshirts and certificates, compliments of the Jeffers Parents’ Organization.
At right are Micah Prior, last year’s Spelling Bee Champion, 2010 Champion Connor Burke and Runner-up Emma Chase, surrounded by 4th grade Finalists.
SL Recreation Commission Summer Programs
If you missed the Summer Recreation Program in the February Springboard, check out the Recreation website at http://www.springlakeschools.org/category/slps/recreatio n-commission to find a copy. Swimming and tennis lessons registration forms will be going home with elementary/intermediate students the week of May 4th, they are also on the website. All swimming will again take place at the Spring Lake Fitness & Aquatic Center. The following programs have limited enrollment: Basketball Shooting Camp, Chess Camp, Summer Hitting League, Intro to Diving and Advanced Diving. There is no pre-registration and no limit on enrollment for the following camps: Football Skills, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Soccer, and Basketball. Summer Theater Expo auditions are June 14th at 9:00 am. Date correction “Volleyball Camp” will be June 21– 24. To reserve Central Park and/or Rycenga Park for picnics and gatherings call 616.846.5502 (after July 1st call 616.842.2853) Effective July 1, 2010, Recreation will be moving to a new location in the Middle School, down the main hallway, past the Media Center on the right. New telephone number after July 1st is 616.842.2853. The address will stay the same.
Calling All Wetland Detectives!
What do lakes, swamps, rivers, marshes, and bayous all have in common? They are all WETLANDS and they need your help! Who: Next year’s 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students who find pleasure in protecting the world around them (Limit of 20 Ottawa County students) When: Weeks of July 12th and 22nd (M–Th only) 9:00 am – noon Fee: No Charge Detective Parker needs your assistance in solving wetland mysteries. Junior Wetland Investigators will be educated in wetland facts and preservation methods. Eight days of exploration will include wetland plants, animals, artwork, music, labs, outdoor fieldwork, and trips. Registration: Contact Detective Hawley, (616) 8506826 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a scholarship form. If emailing, please include your name, phone number, mailing address, and email address.
Community Child Care
Join the Wetland Detectives for a summer full of Wetland Mystery!
KKids enjoy their spring science project. They watched the amaryllis flower stalk grow and change daily. Each child kept a journal to record and sketch their observations.
SPRING LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Community Child Care
Young Fives know that reading is fun, inside or out.
Summer child care for kids going into Young 5’s through sixth grade. 6:30am-6pm (June 14-Aug 27)
For the other half of your kindergartner’s or Young 5’s day. 8:30-noon or noon-3:30pm
Before and after school program for elementary students in grades K-6. 6:30-8:45am and 3:40-6pm
Reserve now for summer and fall 10-11 programs!
For additional information: visit www.springlakeschools.org or call 616-846-3180
SL Middle School/High School MS and HS ROV Teams Compete
The Middle School ROV team competed in the ROV competition on March 20th at Spring Lake Community Fitness and Aquatic Center. There were 21 teams competing, with the majority of the teams being other high schools. In the challenges, the middle school team placed 2nd. The only team that scored more points was Spring Lake High School. Congratulations to the Middle School for their efforts!!
The High School Engineering Team has won major awards in two separate competitions. The Innovative Vehicle Design, Aero division competed against seven other schools in Novi. They learned to fly a remote controlled plane and helicopter, and performed various tasks such as building a runway, touch and goes, and an aerial ballet. The team took 1st place in both Pit Area Presentation and Ambassadorship for their work with local Boy Scout troops, and second place for Vehicle and Team Performance and the aerial ballet. The team finished the day by winning second place for the overall Square One Award, the sponsor of the event. Our own SLCFAC was the site for the Square One Innovative Vehicle Design, Underwater. This year 21 teams competed in two challenges: Shipwreck Search and Rescue, and Deep Sea Target practice. The High School team took 1st place in Performance, racking up over 900 points. The Middle School team came in 2nd with 755 points. The team would like to thank everyone that helped them and their sponsors: Square One and North Bank Community Funds. A video is available for the Underwater ROV competition atâ€“
National Merit Finalists
Spring Lake High School seniors, Alix Anderson, Nicholas Kalejs, and Raymond Strobel have been named as Finalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. Alix, Nicholas, Raymond and approximately 15,000 other scholastically talented high school seniors selected as Finalists are eligible for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards. Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, students must fulfill several requirements and advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar title.
7th grade technology students got a chance to celebrate the start of their Virtual Vacation Project with smoothies prepared by Mr. Ely. Each student received $7000 in imaginary dollars to plan a trip anywhere in the world they wanted to go. Students used their Internet research skills and each of the programs they learned throughout the trimester to complete this fun project. Page 8
HS ROV Champions
8th grade technology students show off the t-shirts they made for their "Rock Band" desktop publishing simulation. The simulation let the student take the stage as the star of their own band in which students created their own logos, business cards, letterhead, envelopes, fliers, bumper stickers, CD cases, t-shirts, and even created their own music files.
Class of 2010
Michael Gilchrist, Principal of Spring Lake High School, announces the 25 students designated as Senior Scholars in the Class of 2010. Senior Scholars have earned the highest honors awarded in their graduating class using a formula combining test scores and grade point average to determine district rank.
Senior Scholars - Class of 2010
Front row (l-r) – Emily Clauss, Emma Gilbertson, Chelsea Rick, Sophia Hamati, Kelsey Bekius, Devon Olrich, Karlye Zattlin, Jessica Luke Middle row (l-r) – Alix Anderson, Joseph Sample, Alexa Anderson,Gert Wallis, India Peek Jensen, Taine Stoll, Andrew Wood, Emily Zacek, Nicholas Kalejs, Lauren Zanfardino Back row (l-r) – Ben Gezon, Eren Sipahi, Kurt Hendricks, Grant Baker, Raymond Strobel, Hannah Rice, Tyler Fedewa
Alexa Anderson, daughter of Sally and Lars Anderson, plans to attend the Honor’s College at Grand Valley State University to specialize in special education. Along with being invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert in May, Alexa has been awarded the Distinction Faculty Scholarship and an Award of Excellence. While attending Spring Lake High School, Alexa was on the basketball team in ninth grade, a part of the marching band all four years, an INTERACT member for the past three years, and a member of Spring Lake’s Chapter of the National Honor Society. She has volunteered with the Salvation Army, plays the bass guitar for her church’s youth group, and is a member of First Priority.
Alix Anderson, daughter of Kay and Norman Anderson, plans to attend the Honor’s College at Grand Valley State University to specialize in education. She is currently a National Merit Finalist, received the Award of Excellence and a Presidential Scholarship from Grand Valley State University, along with being invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert in May. Throughout her days at Spring Lake High School, Alix has been a member of the marching band all four years, played in the pit orchestra for the school’s spring musicals, was a member of the Quiz Bowl Team during her junior year, and is currently a member of Spring Lake’s Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Jeffrey Grant Baker, son of Susan and Jeff Baker, plans to attend either Massachusetts Institute of Technology or John Hopkins University to study biomedical engineering. Grant has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this upcoming May. Throughout his time spent at Spring Lake High School, he has been involved in track, for which he was named All-Conference his junior year and team captain his senior year, was a Boy’s State Delegate, played soccer for the first three years of high school, football, basketball, is currently the senior class president, and is a member of Spring Lake’s Chapter of the National Honor Society. Kelsey Bekius, daughter of Nancy and Greg Bekius, plans to attend Hope College to study pre-medicine. Kelsey has been a member of the volleyball team, soccer team, and basketball team all four years. She has been named Honorable Mention All-Area, 2nd Team All-Conference, and AllDistrict for soccer; Honorable Mention All-Area, and Honorable Mention AllConference for basketball; and 2nd Team All-Conference and Academic All-State for volleyball. Along with being an outstanding athlete, Kelsey has also been a member of the National Honor Society, a member of a school-led peer support group, and has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this May. Within the community she is a Sunday school leader and a vacation bible school leader. Emily Clauss, daughter of Becky and Tim Clauss, plans to attend Purdue University to study engineering. She has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this May and has been offered the Purdue Trustees Scholarship. Emily has been a member of the freshman volleyball team and played basketball her freshman and sophomore years. She has been a member of the varsity soccer team all four years, and was named All-Conference and All-Area. Emily has been a part of student council all four years, a member of the Continued on page 10
Senior Scholars (Cont.) National Honor Society, INTERACT, and the Green Group. She has been on numerous trips to Honduras, was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, an International Aid volunteer, a Muskegon Rescue Mission volunteer, helped out with vacation bible school, and was a Lakeshore Lutheran middle school youth group leader and a confirmation class leader. Tyler Fedewa, son of Lana and Bruce Fedewa, plans to attend either the University of Michigan or Central Michigan University Honor’s College to major in history. Tyler has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert. He has been offered the Superior Scholar Scholarship and the Board of Trustees Elite Honors Scholarship from CMU. Tyler has been a Boy’s State Representative, a member of the varsity cross-country team, of which he was captain his senior year and was named 1st Team All-Conference. He was a member of the varsity tennis team for three years and was named 1st and 2nd Team All-Conference. He played basketball his sophomore year, was a member of the swim team this past winter, runs track and was named 1st team All-Conference his junior year. He is currently a member of the National Honor Society. Within the community Tyler has worked with the Quick Start Youth Tennis Program and the Relay for Life American Cancer Society. Benjamin Gezon, son of Kathy Kirsch and Melissa and Robert Gezon, plans to attend either the United States Naval Academy or go through the ROTC Program at the University of Michigan to study computer engineering. Ben has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert in May and has been offered a Congressional Nomination to the Naval Academy and an ROTC Scholarship. He has been a member of the swim team and was named Academic All-State all four years, along with being named 1st Team AllConference and 2nd Team All-State. Ben played football his sophomore year, ran cross-country his junior year, Page 10
was a member of the ROV Club his sophomore and junior years, and is currently a member of the National Honor Society. Ben has been on mission trips to Honduras, helped out with the Toys-for-Tots Program, and worked with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corp. Emma Gilbertson, daughter of Nykky and Philip Gilbertson, plans to attend Wheaton College or the University of Michigan to major in premedicine or nursing and minor in business. Emma has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert and has been named an AP Scholar. She has served as treasurer on student council for three years, is a member of the Green Group, has been a member of Business Professionals of America for the last three years and was a state finalist and regional winner. She was also a member of the chess club and a member of the varsity tennis team for three years and earning a spot as a state finalist. Emma has been a member of the cross-country team all four years and served as co-captain for the past two years. During her time running cross country, she was a state finalist and won an All-State Academic Award. She is a member of the National Honor Society, works with the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council, volunteers as a math tutor for middle school aged students, and was an Auxiliary Legion Girl’s State Representative. Sophia Hamati, daughter of Myrna and Yousif Hamati, plans to attend the University of Michigan to major in premedicine with hopes to someday study abroad. Sophia has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this upcoming May, has been named an AP Scholar, and was offered the Regents Merit Scholarship. Sophia played soccer in ninth grade, was a member of student council for three years, played varsity tennis all four years and earned four varsity letters and was a two-time conference champ and a two-time state qualifier. Sophia played volleyball all four years, was a member of Calling All Colors, has been
a member of Business Professionals of America where she was a state qualifier both in ninth and tenth grades, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Sophia has helped out with youth volleyball camps, traveled to India to help teach English and build bathrooms in a rural village, and has volunteered in the Chicago public school system. Kurt Hendricks, son of Sally and John Hendricks, plans to attend the University of Michigan to major in engineering, computers, and law. Kurt has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this May. He has been a member of the Inter City tennis team and the varsity tennis team, of which he has been named All-Conference Honorable Mention for the past three years. He has also been a member of the National Honor Society and played the role of a student section captain. Within the community, Kurt has helped out with the Heritage Festival, worked with the District Library, and helps out at his church. Nicholas Kalejs, son of Victoria and Guntis Kalejs, plans to attend either the University of Notre Dame or the University of Michigan to study natural and physical sciences. He has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert in May and has been offered the University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship along with being named a National Merit Finalist. Nicholas has been a member of the soccer team all four years, a member of the JV baseball team both his freshman and sophomore years, ran track his junior and senior years, and has been a member of the National Honor Society. Jessica Luke, daughter of Tracy and Timothy Luke, plans to attend the University of Michigan to major in anthropology and to minor in archeology. She has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this upcoming May. Jessica has been a member of colorguard, of which she served as captain for the past two years, a member of
Senior Scholars (Cont.) winterguard, of which she served as captain for the past three years, the tennis team for the past four years, ran track her freshman year, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Jessica has earned numerous varsity letters for both sports and marching band. She attended a Life Leadership Conferences this past summer and has participated in iServe through her church. Devon Olrich, daughter of Elizabeth and Dave Olrich, plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to major in biology and pre-medicine. She has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this May. Devon has earned a seat with the State Honor’s Choir, was a Rotary Student of the Month four times, and played varsity golf all four years, of which she was named All-State Academic, 1st Team All-Conference, and was part of a conference championship team. Devon has been a member of the National Honor Society and has been involved in the school’s plays and musicals for the past four years with leading rolls. Devon has been a volunteer in the nursery at her church, worked with vacation bible school in the summer, is a tutor, and has been on mission trips to Chicago and Vladimir, Russia. India Peek Jensen, daughter of Kimberly and Lars Peek Jensen, plans to attend Harvard University to study medicine. She has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert in May, has been named an AP Scholar with Distinction, was named as a National Merit Commended Scholar, and was chosen to represent SLHS for Academics at the West Michigan Student Showcase. India has earned numerous varsity letters for academics, cross country and track. She has acted as student council class president for the past three years and is currently acting as president for the Executive Student Council. She has been a reporter and editorial editor for the school’s newspaper, The Laker Anchor, a member of the Green Group, chess club, Calling All Colors, and National Honor Society. She
enjoys running and has been named 1st Team All-Region, a state finalist, All-State, Team Academic All-State, and Most Valuable Runner for cross country. She was also named AllConference, All-Region, and a state finalist in track. Within the community, India has been a member of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council and is currently co-chair. She has worked with the District Library, helps out with local road races, and worked with the elementary level chess club. Chelsea Rick, daughter of Donna and Peter Rick, plans to attend the University of Michigan to study dentistry. Chelsea has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this May and has earned a Merit Award. She has been a member of the varsity swim team all four years, the JV volleyball team her freshman year, the JV soccer team her freshman and sophomore years, received numerous varsity letters, a member of student council all four years, the Green Group, marching band, the French Club, INTERACT, and National Honor Society. She has worked with the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council, First Priority Student Advisory Council, Angel Volleyball, Rays Swim Team, and the Spring Lake Presbyterian Church Youth Group, along with Shiloh Royal Teens, Shiloh Net Group, True Community Church Youth Group, Spring Lake Christian Reformed Church Youth Group, and helps in the nursery at her church. Hannah Rice, daughter of Laurie and Ken Rice, plans to attend Hope College or Grand Valley State University to go into the nursing program. She has been invited to attend the Excellence Education Dessert in May and was chosen to represent SLHS for Literary Arts at the West Michigan Student Showcase. She has been a member of the marching and concert bands. She played basketball both her freshman and sophomore years and earned the participation award both years. She has been a member of the science
club, the Green Group, National Honor Society and the Benevolent Fund Committee, and is a HOSTS reading mentor. Joseph Sample, son of Sara Rathbun and Michael Sample, plans to attend the University of Michigan and was invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this upcoming May. Joseph was a Boy’s State Representative and has been a member of the cast for the school’s plays and musicals all four years. He was a participant in Quiz Bowl his sophomore and junior years, a member of the Improv Club, the science club, and a member of the National Honor Society for the past three years. He is a talented young man who has toured with the Muskegon touring Theatre Group and has been a participant in the Walk for Life. Eren Sipahi, son of Karen and Hikmet Sipahi, plans to attend either the University of Michigan or Kalamazoo College to study biology. Eren has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this upcoming May. He has been a 2-year captain of the varsity soccer team, playing all four years, and earned 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team AllArea. He was a member of the basketball teams all four years and served as captain his senior year. Eren has been a member of the golf team for the past three years, is currently a class representative for student council, a member of the National Honor Society, and has been a member of Calling All Colors. He has volunteered at the Little Red House and was a Boy’s State Representative. Taine Stoll, daughter of Elise and Mark Stoll, plans to attend the University of Michigan or Washington University in St. Louis to major in foreign languages. She has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this upcoming May and has earned a Mathematics Merit Award. Taine has been a participant with the pit orchestra for the school’s Continued on page 12
Senior Scholars (Cont.) spring musicals, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the cross-country team for the past three years. Raymond Strobel, son of Susan and Stephen Strobel, hopes to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences. Raymond has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this May, is a National Merit Finalist, an AP Scholar, a Harvard Book Award Recipient and a Mock United Nations Assembly 2nd Place Award Recipient. Raymond has been involved in student council, serving as a class representative his sophomore and junior years and is currently serving as treasurer for the Executive Student Council. He has been an active member of the National Honor Society and has served as vice president his junior year, and currently is serving as president. He is a member of the tennis team, Quiz Bowl, the engineering team, INTERACT, Calling All Colors, Vocal Ensemble, and has been a cast member for the school’s musicals for the past four years. Raymond has been a volunteer for the Lakeshore Diversity Alliance Migrant Reading Program, was a volunteer instructor for the Spring Lake Junior Tennis Team, is a Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council Board Member, a math lab tutor, and works with the HOSTS Program within the district. Raymond is also a member of the choir at his church, works in the food pantry, and is a Eucharistic Minister. Gert Wallis, son of Corina and Gert Wallis, plans to attend the University of Michigan to study pre-medicine. Gert has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this upcoming May. He received the West Michigan Theatre Arts Festival Outstanding Student Achievement Award his junior year and became a First Degree Black Belt in Martial Arts his freshman year. He has been a cast member in all the school’s fall plays and spring musicals. Gert has been a participant in Quiz Bowl for the past three years, a member of the Improv Page 12
Club, a member of student council all four years, a member of the diving team his freshman and sophomore years, and a member of the National Honor Society. He has been a member of his church choir, the youth group, and has been a volunteer tutor. Andrew Wood, son of Tracy and Tim Wood, plans to attend the University of Michigan to major in either engineering or physical sciences. Andrew became an Eagle Scout this past year and has been invited to the Excellence in Education Dessert in May. He has participated in cross country the first three years, the swim team, for which he earned an Academic All-Stars Award, a member of the track team and marching band all four years, and a member of the jazz band for the past two years. He was a writer for the school’s paper, The Laker Anchor, is a member of the National Honor Society, and plays the trumpet for his church. Emily Zacek, daughter of Penny and Mike Zacek, plans to attend the University of Michigan where she will play the flute and study political science. Along with being invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert in May, Emily has received many awards for her musical talents. These awards include the MSBOA AllState Musician Award, Division I rating at the District Solo and Ensemble Festival, Division I rating at the State Solo and Ensemble in 2007, a score of a 98 at the State Solo and Ensemble in 2008, a score of a 99 at the State Solo and Ensemble in 2009, was a West Michigan Concert Winds Solo Competition winner this year, and won 2nd Place at the West Michigan Student Showcase for Performing Arts. Emily has been a member of the varsity swim team and the marching band all four years. She has been a member of the Quiz Bowl Team, INTERACT, has performed with the pit orchestra for the school’s musicals, a performer in the school’s talent shows, a member of the symphonic band, jazz band, pep band, a scoreboard runner for the varsity boys’ and middle school swim meets, and is a member of the
NHS. Within the community, Emily is a vacation bible school music teacher, a member of the choir at her church, and has helped out with fundraising for the Wings of Mercy 5k Run. Lauren Zanfardino, daughter of Jean Kelley and Joseph Zanfardino, plans to attend Grand Valley State University to study education. She has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this upcoming May, is a National Merit Commended Scholar, and has been voted student of the month numerous times in various subjects. She has been a member of the concert choir, performed at the District and State Solo and Ensemble, performed with the pit orchestra for the school musicals, Cinderella and Singin in the Rain, was a student athletic trainer, a member of Model UN, a Quiz Bowl participant, and a member of the National Honor Society. Karlye Zattlin, daughter of Debbie and Eric Zattlin, plans to attend Grand Valley State University to major in photography and possibly Spanish. Karlye has been invited to attend the Excellence in Education Dessert this May and has been offered the Grand Valley State University Award of Distinction Faculty Scholarship and the Grand Valley State University Award for Excellence. Karlye has been a member of the softball team all four years and earned All-Conference Honorable Mention this past year. She is a member of INTERACT, First Priority, and National Honor Society, of which she received the Service Award her junior year. Karlye has been involved in her church’s youth group and is a special needs teacher with the church AWANA Program.
Class of 2010
Board of Directors
Dennis Furton Jill Garrison Dina Horne Rob Kendall Phil Komar Evan Llewellyn Gera Peel Kath Roberge Betty Rycenga Karen Sipahi Sheila Steffel Curt Theune Monica Verplank Peggy Walling Susan Zwart
The SLSF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose funds are administered by the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (“GHACF”). Donations to the SLSF are tax deductible and qualify for the 50% Michigan Tax credit. Gifts can be made at SLSF, 345 Hammond Street, Spring Lake, MI, or to the GHACF with a notation that monies should be directed to the SLSF.
SL Schools Foundation Splash Into Reading
Jeffers Elementary School first grader Zyler Sanderson arrived at the inaugural “Splash Into Reading Event” and promptly stated, “I have been waiting my whole life to come to the Aquatic Center!” Zyler, along with numerous other young Spring Lakers from kindergarten through sixth grade, earned an afternoon of fun activities at the Spring Lake Fitness and Aquatic Center by earning pledges for reading during the month. March is nationally recognized as the month to celebrate reading. Monies raised by the successful inaugural event will be put towards the Spring Lake Schools Foundation Ladders to Literacy campaign. The Ladders to Literacy campaign is an initiative of the Spring Lake Schools Foundation to increase funds in its endowment for improved literacy programs by reaching out to businesses, foundations, and past and present members of the school community. Most recently grants have funded upgraded accelerated reader programs, literacy book clubs, listening libraries, and the purchase of reading materials that meet necessary but unique student needs. The Spring Lake Schools Foundation, through the generosity of the Fitness and Aquatic Center and high school student volunteers, organized a variety of activities for the student readers including volleyball, cheerleading, yoga and basketball clinics, along with swimming, guest readers and fantastic raffle prizes donated by local businesses. Eligible participants were Spring Lake students, kindergarten through 6th grade, who read a minimum of 20 minutes a day during the month of March and raised at least $20 in pledges for the Foundation’s Ladders to Literacy campaign. According to Foundation Board Member and event organizer Phil Komar, “The Foundation was looking for an event to connect with our students and raise awareness for the Ladders to Literacy capital campaign. We are pleased that our inaugural Splash Into Reading successfully filled this role. The Splash is going to be a great event for years to come.” A special thank you goes to the sponsors and donors including: Spring Lake Fitness and Aquatic Center, Absopure, Breakaway Bicycles, Earth’s Edge, Gordon Food Service, Grand Haven Nine, Great Lake Chili Dogs, Kickboard USA, the Erick and Holly Johnson Family, Mackinac Kite, Magnum Coffee, Orchard Market, and Sam’s Club. Recipients of their generosity included winners of the raffle: Zyler Sanderson, Zoe Komar, Porter Saunders, Kyle Garrison, Brianna Johnson, Kayla Johnson, Olivia Strey, Lily Saunders, Jacob Gray, Charlie Furton, Tommy Cotner, Francesca Frifeldt, Grant Van Singel and Sameh Abdellatif. For more information on the Foundation and its activities, visit its website at www.slsfoundation.org.
SLC Fitness & Aquatic Center Performance Training
Are you interested in giving your child the edge for next year's sports season? Shoreline Sport & Spine and the SL Fitness and Aquatic Center are teaming up to provide a unique athlete building program. This program is unlike any sport training program offered in the area. The Sports Performance Institute of Shoreline Sport & Spine places its clients within the context of their goal behaviors and movements. These programs are designed with the end function in mind. When reactive skill is blended together with mobility, flexibility, strength, power, stability, and fitness, we build athleticism. SPI programs address each level of athleticism, building the athlete from the ground up. S3 Sports Performance Training offers individual training, team training, speed/reaction and strength/power development training. Programs can be sport specific or non-specific but are always geared to the individual athlete. Training will be held at the SLCFAC. Flexible scheduling is available for individual, small group and team training. For details, see Shoreline Sport & Spine’s website at www.s3physicaltherapy.com or call 616.847.1280 and ask for Mike Braid to schedule your session.
New Group Classes
RaceK Monday/Friday 10:00-11:00 am This class consists of workouts on the track and on the trail course behind the SLCFAC. If you are preparing for a race, you will be advised on training for the balance of the week.
Cardio Groove Wednesday 10:00-11:00am Thursday 5:35-6:35 pm Enjoy a high energy, fat burning, blast of fun using different styles of dance moves. The class concludes with sculpting and abdominal work.
Youth Class–KidStrong Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm Ages (9-14)–Teaches kids the benefits of cardiovascular and strength training. Kids will be shown how to properly use cardio and strength equipment. They will also be taught gym etiquette. Fun fitness games will be played. Page 14
SLCFAC Summer Hours Effective 5/25/2010
Monday–Friday 5:30 am – 9:00 pm Saturday 7:30am-6:00pm Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm
Closed Memorial Day and 4th of July
Getting Fit At the SLCFAC By Jason P. Epplett, Director
What is Functional Training?
Functional training originated in rehabilitation. Physical therapists developed exercises that mimicked what patients did at home or work in order to return to their lives or jobs after an injury or surgery. Thus, if a patient's job required repeated heavy lifting, rehabilitation would be targeted toward heavy lifting; if the patient was a parent of young children, it would be targeted toward moderate lifting and endurance; and if the patient were a marathon runner, training would be targeted toward re-building endurance. Functional training involves mainly weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back. Most fitness facilities have a variety of weight training machines which target and isolate specific muscles. As a result, the movements do not necessarily bear any relationship to the movements people make in their regular activities or sports. Functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises which allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries.1
Why Functional Training?
Functional training may lead to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly decreasing the number of injuries sustained in an individual's lifetime. The benefits may arise from the use of training that emphasizes the body's natural ability to move in three anatomical planes of motion. In comparison, though machines can often be safer to use, they restrict movements to a single plane of motion, which is an unnatural form of movement for the body and may potentially lead to faulty movement patterns or injury. In 2009 Spennewyn conducted research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research which compared functional training to fixed variable training techniques.2 Results of the study showed functional users had a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed-form group. Their improvements in balance were 196% higher over fixed and reported an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%.3 Sources
1. Cannone, Jesse. “Functional Training . Retrieved 2007-08-26. 2. Burton, Craig (2007). What is function resistance training”. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 3. Spennewyn,K. 2008. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, January, Volume 22, Number 1.
New Cardio and Strength Equipment
SLCFAC is going green with treadmills–non-powered and higher efficiency motors. 4 Woodway Treadmills–They are
used by sports teams, medical and rehabilitation facilities and high-usage fitness facilities worldwide because of their patented design that provides a superior running surface for users and long lasting-efficiency for owners and operators.
2 NEW ELLIPTICALS 2 NEW RECUMBENT BIKES NEW TRX System–TRX Suspension
Training is a system of straps and holds anchored to a wall, door or other solid support (see photo at right). The entire system weighs less than two pounds. Exercisers use the straps to pull, lift and stabilize their own body weight for a total body workout. The straps are lightweight, easy to use, and can be lengthened or shortened to accommodate exercisers of different sizes through a wide range of activities. Suspension Training will provide exercisers with a functional and fun workout!
New kettleballs and plate loaded leg press dumbells were also purchased.
Lakeshore Youth Team Tennis Boys and Girls Ages 7-12 Registration Ends June 25
Midwest Youth Team Tennis was developed to give children the opportunity to play tennis as a team sport. The Midwest Youth Team Tennis program uses the QuickStart Tennis play format. The QuickStart format includes modified, age appropriate 36’ courts, racquets, and tennis balls. It allows for even the youngest participants to establish control and rally during their matches. Everyone plays•Balanced Teams•Positive Coaching• Good Sportsmanship
For more information contact Chris Wilton at email@example.com or (616) 566-7199 or visit the website lakeshoretennis.org
LITTLE LAKERS YOUTH TRIATHLON SATURDAY JULY 17, 2010 – 9:00 AM AGES 8-15 Requirements Bikes must be 2-wheeled, self-propelled and in good working order. A bike helmet must be worn by each participant. Clinics Free triathlon clinics will be held at the SLCFAC at 9:00 am on the following dates: June 12, June 26, and July 10 All clinics will be about an hour long and will cover training tips, transitions, the course, what to expect in a triathlon, and a question and answer session. Packet Pick-Up/Race Day Check-In Packet pick-up will be on race day. A mandatory pre-race meeting will be held at 8:30am on race day. In addition, bikes must be staged before the pre-race meeting. The Course The course will be monitored by volunteers. The swim portion of the triathlon is in the competition pool in the SLCFAC. The bike and run courses will be within the grounds of the Spring Lake High School and partially on the bike path on Leonard Rd. For additional information, including registration form, please visit the SLCFAC website at http://www.slcfac.com/node/34 or contact the SLCFAC at (616) 847-5858.
Make Your Body Your Machine
Masters Swimming Clinic (Ages 18 and up) Non-members welcome! Monday/Thursday P.M.
Swimmers ages 18 and up who are interested in a good community workout. This program is open to all adult swimmers (fitness, tri-athlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. Workouts, conducted by a coach , are designed to help swimmers improve fitness and/or train for specific goals, and offer active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship, and camaraderie. Visit the SLCFAC website at www.slcfac.com or call 616.847.5858 for additional information.
Summer Party Special Members: $150 Non-Members $175
Party Package includes: • Use of pool side gathering room • Guest fees for up to 10 guests (fees do not apply to active members) • Your choice of – 2 Marco’s Pizzas or An ice cream cake from Sweet Temptations (Choose both for an additional fee) • 2 – 2 liter sodas and party supplies (paper products only) • An Aquatic Center t-shirt for the birthday host! 10% discount for all week night parties Party package is good for open swim times only
Short-term Memberships Contact the SL Community Fitness & Aquatic Center at 616.847.5858 for more details.
In November western Michigan lost one of the true master teachers of our time. Harold Luoma was a dedicated teacher of instrumental music in Spring Lake, Grand Haven, and at Muskegon Community College. Under his direction each program grew in quality and numbers. Harold started his teaching career in Spring Lake in 1950. As the Spring Lake district grew, there was a strong desire to expand the schools to include a High School. As early as 1966 the band was featured at the Midwest Band and Orchestra conference in Ann Arbor. The Spring Lake bands were consistent in receiving superior ratings at District and State competitions under his direction. In 1968 Harold left Spring Lake to build a music program at Muskegon Community College. Once again he built an exceptional program academically and also in performing groups. A scholarship trust fund has been established in Harold’s memory. Donations to this trust will be used to further instrumental music education through private lesson scholarships for deserving Spring Lake band students. To donate to the trust fund, checks can be made out to Spring Lake Public Schools. Please be sure to indicate “Luoma Scholarship Trust” on the memo line of the check and send to: Spring Lake Public Schools Attn: Business Office 345 Hammond St. Spring Lake, MI 49456
Leadership Attitude Knowledge Excellence Respect Sportsmanship
It is exciting to introduce the Spring Lake Youth Football Club! With great care and consultation with community members, a decision was made to implement a program for the fall of 2010. This decision allows for many positives, such as: • Aligns a youth football program more philosophically with the middle school and high school programs • Creates a fundamental, very controlled learning environment that encourages everyone to participate, while maintaining a competitive attitude • Introduces Laker Pride and tradition to the younger grade levels An open forum meeting for the community to hear an explanation of the vision led by SL Head Varsity Football Coach Jerry Rabideau, was held on Monday, April 19. This new direction has been initially supported by the administrations of: • Spring Lake Recreation Commission • Spring Lake Athletic Department • Spring Lake Varsity Football Program Certainly, change brings with it a sense of concern, as this will affect other local youth football programs. It has never been suggested that other programs were not satisfactory. It simply is a decision to bring the youth football program under the auspices of the Spring Lake High School Football Program. For additional information contact Coach Rabideau at 616.638.6963 or email Jrabideau @springlakeschools.com. Go Lakers!
Z is for “Zoo”
Mrs. Borchers kindergarten classes celebrated learning the letter "Z," the last letter of the week, by creating a Zoo in the classroom using large blocks. They then wrote a story about their favorite zoo animals.
Do you know someone who cannot read well?
READ (Reading Enables Adult Development) provides Northwest Ottawa County adults with an opportunity to improve and transform their lives by strengthening their reading and language fluency. Contact READ at 616.843-1470 or email R.E.A.D.AdultLiteracy@gmail.com.
Statement of Compliance with Federal Law
The Spring Lake Board of Education complies with all federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and with all requirements and regulations of the U.S. Department of Education. It is the policy of the Spring Lake Board of Education that no person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, height, weight, marital status or handicap shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subject to, discrimination in any program or activity to which it is responsible or for which it received financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Auxiliary aids and services are available for hearing and visually impaired upon request. For assistance call the Michigan Relay Center at 1.800.649.3777 (voice and TDD). Questions should be directed to Dennis Furton, Superintendent of Schools, 345 Hammond Street, Spring Lake, Michigan 49456, 616.846.5500.
Spring Lake Public Schools will enable all students to achieve at their highest possible academic level and become responsible citizens.