Safety, a Community Effort

Our building principals, teachers, and paraprofessionals come to work each day prepared to meet the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of each individual Jenison student. We are a team committed to building meaningful relationships so that we will be able to instill the knowledge that students need to be successful in life. However, it’s a harsh reality that we must also address the safety in today’s learning environments. Students and staff must feel safe before they can focus their energy on learning and as such, security has become a top priority for our community.


Officer Brad Bennett and Officer Scott Davis 

I am pleased to introduce our Community Police Officers, they are an integral part of the team of professionals listed above. These guys are two fine men with law enforcement in their blood. Officer Brad Bennett is a west Michigan native and has worked in Ottawa County for the last 6 years and at the high school for 3 years. He is one of 7 police officers in his family, including his dad and sister. Brad really loves the opportunity he gets to present himself as an approachable person who cares about the students – he calls it “humanizing the badge”. He likes that he can educate the students and be a resource for them. Brad is married with two young children and he says that integrity is everything. He knows that his kids at home and the students at school are always watching.

Officer Scott Davis represents the 4th generation of police in his family. Growing up surrounded by law enforcement and first responders, he knew at a young age that this was the profession for him; he also enjoys helping people and serving his community. With 9 years Police experience, he joined Jenison this year and will spend most of his time at the Junior High, while also sharing duties and coordinating efforts with Officer Bennett. Scott is married with a young daughter and is a sports fan, he also coaches some football. Growing up, Scott remembers the officer at his school as a positive person who worked to be involved with the kids. That reinforced the idea that it is important for him to be more than just a stern uniform in the hallways. He strives to be a part of their community and someone the students can count on.

They are both thankful to the community for the dollars that allowed us to invest in the safety of our students. I wholeheartedly echo that gratitude – accomplishing many facility security updates in the last few years and adding an additional community police officer is a huge positive investment for our district and I hope the students, staff and parents feel safe and secure each school day.  


About two years ago, planning and work from the 2016 Bond had begun. This included beefing up the security for our buildings. I’m proud to say that the beginning of this school year brought the final step of those security measures:

  • Security cameras throughout all of our schools and on our buses
  • Secure vestibules with locked entrances into our school offices for all buildings
  • Revised Crisis Manual – Professional training focused on security for administrators and district teachers
  • Two Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies + a retired Kent County Sheriff’s deputy at the high school and a security guard in our high school parking lot




Students Benefit from Teachers Using Technology

The beginning of a new school year is marked not only with falling temperatures and dropping leaves, but with pencils and notebooks, folders and locker combinations. This fall our school year is marked by all of those things — and the welcome presence of new technology thanks to the passage of our last bond proposal.

District Director of Information Technology, Dave Tchozewski, is pleased to report that Jenison has purchased 300 new iPads, 334 new iMacs, 440 MacBook Pros, and 300 Apple TVs for use in classrooms districtwide. Powering these new devices was a task in itself, as JPS buildings (until recently) did not have wireless technology or wi-fi available to students and teachers.

“Our data center was rebuilt and updated this summer allowing for faster and more reliable network access throughout the district,” Dave said. “Included in the update was more reliable backup power supply, appropriate climate control, and the addition of several user friendly racks for easier access to our networking equipment. The JPS Technology Team has gone above and beyond this summer to ensure that technology would be updated and ready to go early in our school year.”

Our team of six technology professionals worked tirelessly over the summer to distribute the new computers and iPads, train teachers, ensure that all systems were in place for functionality and ease of use, move, re-wire, and re-design scores of labs, and work on the new mobile labs termed C.O.W.S.:  Computers On Wheel(S).

The “C.O.W.S.” are a welcome innovation by staff members seeking to more fully integrate technology into their classrooms. With 12 total throughout the district, teachers are better able to access the computers and technology needed to teach 21st century skills.

Jenison High School Principal Brandon Graham said the benefit of using “COWS” is that technology becomes mobile“We have the ability to make every classroom a computer lab by simply wheeling a cart of computers into the room and letting teachers work on projects there. It’s a wonderful tool that we’re excited to have on hand.”


Of course while new tools are necessary and helpful, the teacher-student relationship is still paramount in reaching and motivating kids, as was obvious this day (see photo at rightin Ms.Wendy Hunt’s classroom at Jenison Junior High. Connecting with kids remains the focus in all of our schools, and doing so with compassion and care is paramount. We make it our goal to model excellence and demonstrate a love of learning that is flexible and accommodating. We strive to grow with and expand to meet the demands of our world. And in 2012, understanding, teaching, and integrating technology must be part of what happens in our classrooms.


Thank you to our community and to our Information Technology staff for making it possible for us to connect with kids in this way!