2020 District Awards

In the midst of a challenging spring, it is refreshing and uplifting to receive word that Jenison Public Schools has received recognition for multiple awards. I’m so grateful for everyone in the JPS family who has employed a relentless attitude and taken ownership to push our district to be the best it can be. Way to go Wildcats!

  • Jenison Public High School has been named as one of the best high schools in the state of Michigan by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Bauerwood Elementary has earned the title of Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School.
  • The Jenison Music department has earned our district the NAMM 2020 Best Communities for Music Education.

Our Tradition of Excellence continues because of outstanding building leadership, exemplary teaching, a terrific student body, supportive parents, and a generous community! The outstanding work being done by our K-12 students, teachers, and support from our Jenison community truly make Jenison High School an exceptional place to learn – it also placed us in top 95% of the country.


Capturing Kids’ Hearts is the foundation on which Jenison Public Schools is built. It is about building relational capacity with our students and with each other. It is a terrific tribute to Bauerwood Elementary School to be recognized as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase School for the 3rd year in a row. Being a showcase school means every adult makes student relationships a priority not only in their words but through their actions. Bauerwood is in very select company across the nation. I am very proud of Principal Crystal Morse and her staff.


The NAMM Foundation Music award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education an important part of a well-rounded education. This definitely applies to high school directors Grant Carmichael, Dan Scott and Dave Zamborsky; they also represent a team of hardworking music educators we have at Jenison Public Schools. From parents to teachers, students to administration, all have worked together to make beautiful music and achieve this acknowledgment.  


*COMMUNITY FOOD DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION*

Hudsonville: Grace Community Church – 3500 New Holland Street
Tuesday & Thursday, 4 – 7 pm

Grandville: Fellowship CRC – 4375 Ivanrest Avenue SW
Monday & Thursday, 9 am – 12 pm
Tuesday, 6 – 7:30 pm

Jenison: Sunrise Ministries, 7754 28th Avenue
Monday & Wednesday, 4 – 7 pm

JENISON PUBLIC SCHOOLS LUNCH PROGRAM UPDATE:

Monday & Wednesday, 11:00am-12:30pm

As of Monday, May 4, all Jenison School lunch program distribution will be done at the Jenison High School – 2140 Bauer Road, Jenison. Stop by the West Parking Lot on Monday for Monday and Tuesday meals, or on Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday meals.

Please continue to watch your email and the Jenison Public Schools facebook page for any updates regarding the school location distribution program.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts

In the summer of 2008, Jenison Public Schools made a commitment to partner with the Flippen Group to bring the Capturing Kids’ Hearts model to our entire school district. This organization teaches processes that help increase student connectedness with both peers and adults in our schools. As a part of the training, teachers are taught how to create and maintain safe, caring, and motivating classroom environments for learning. Every year since, JPS administrators and teachers continue to learn, practice, and implement these processes in their buildings and classrooms. 

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The impact of the Flippen Group’s leadership and Capturing Kids’ Hearts trainings on Jenison Public Schools has been amazing. It has fundamentally changed the culture of our entire school district. Parents report that one of the primary reasons for choosing our school district to partner with them in educating their children is because of the culture that exists in our schools. It has been so rewarding to watch our leaders, teachers and staff work relentlessly to keep their focus sharp while implementing these tools and processes. We have witnessed a transformational impact and are observing life changing experiences with our students in each building.

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Eleven years ago the administration, teachers, and support staff at Bauerwood Elementary started a journey to transform their school into a relationally connected and emotionally safe place for students, staff, and parents. This ongoing journey has culminated in national recognition.

 

15530758bf5f24bdc1fac733a7d241562211ba93I am especially proud that Bauerwood Elementary has received national recognition by earning a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School award for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. I’m excited to share some of the ways your children are seeing this passion and commitment play out during their school day at Bauerwood, as well as other campuses.

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Ashley Martin’s 4th Grade Bauerwood students worked together to create a Social Contract.

 

 

Crystal Morse and her staff at Bauerwood Elementary School proudly accepts the responsibility of educating ALL children to their fullest potential; academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. 

A veteran teacher that has been with Jenison most of her 20 years of teaching, Kim Finses, takes great care to welcome each of her Bauerwood kindergarten students at the start of the day. Her students choose which way they’d like to be greeted (hand shake, high five, hug, etc). By respecting their choice and greeting them at their level, she is giving them a sense of belonging, modeling respect and allowing them to be seen – it starts the day off on the right foot for both students and teachers.IMG_0683.jpg

“Morning Meeting” time in Tobi Hoeker’s Bauerwood 3rd grade class is another creative start to the day. Pulling them away from their desks and into a circle promotes social-emotional learning in a sort of team/family environment. They are greeting each other, listening to others share, and getting themselves ready to learn – while establishing safety and trust. This time also helps launch the students into the day with a collaborative challenge or mindset.1553061445913df08ab9196a3e53d258c9b9cf7915530642f1b118b7bbea993e462b3d97de25968bThey are also building connection in their class community by utilizing the classroom for lunch time as opposed to the larger (possibly overwhelming) cafeteria arrangement. Having their lunch together in class emulates family dinner and provides opportunities to connect in a less stimulating room. The students work together to keep their room clean, they have more time to play and might even get to enjoy story time while they calmly eat.

 

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Craig Westra has been teaching at Jenison since 1994. He loves to help his 4th grade Bauerwood students focus on positive thinking and gives them a way to visualize it. One year his room was overwhelmed with positive thinking in the form of “Good Thing Rings”. This year the theme is ‘Tree Good Things’, a student will share a good thing by writing it on a leaf and then attach it to the tree. the number of leaves quickly multiply and when a down day comes along, they are encouraged to visit the tree for a boost of encouragement.

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IMG_1992Keegan Goalen and his 1st grade Bauerwood students collaborated on a classroom social contract at the beginning of the year. The social contract process is open and welcomes all ideas and opinions. The final version contains classroom principles that all the students have agreed upon. The social contract follows the students whether they are in Mr. Goalen’s classroom or perhaps down the hall at their art or music special.  Posted prominently in the classroom, the students can refer to the agreement at any time, holding themselves and each other accountable.  15530750af9ee769bc9abee9e161d4aa824e2272

Bauerwood Elementary’s sensory path has been designed to give students a creative and playful way to combat brain drain, relieve stress or burn off energy. When a teacher is connected to a student and their needs, this can be used as a tool to improve focus and prevent potential disruptive behaviors from occurring within the classroom environment. 155307555ede51c1f39050f0c0b78ec70b251213

In addition to changing our culture, the training that we received assisted us in continuing to maintain a school district of excellence. 

I am extremely proud of the efforts that those who make up Bauerwood Elementary have invested in making their school a safe, caring, and loving community for all learners. In the words of Tanya Peterson from the Flippen Group, Bauerwood Elementary was identified as a remarkable school, with a great school leader, and outstanding teachers, “we celebrate them as some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country!” and I couldn’t agree more!

*The criteria for the National Showcase School Award was based on the following: 1) nomination gathered from observation, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, and academics. A team from the Flippen Group visited Bauerwood Elementary to gather additional quantitative and qualitative data and to interview students, teachers, administrators, and parents. An additional survey was conducted to collect feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the school campus and its conduciveness to learning. The collective findings resulted in Bauerwood Elementary being identified as one of the very best schools in the entire country in implementing the tools and processes of Capturing Kids’ Hearts. 

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