The Appleseed

August/September 2022

Update from the Superintendent

Dear Hudsonville Community,

I hope your summer has been enjoyable, and you have been able to spend quality time with family and friends enjoying this beautiful Michigan weather. We anxiously look forward to greeting our students, staff, and families in and around our schools as we embark on the 2022-2023 school year! As we enter the month of August, it is hard to believe that another school year is just around the corner. As such, families can expect to receive information from their child's school building this week.

Over the next few weeks, Hudsonville Public Schools will be finalizing plans for the 2022-2023 school year. We have been hard at work hiring highly qualified staff and look forward to the amazing work they will do with our students throughout the year. We also have a few other updates as we wind down the summer months.

As many of you have witnessed firsthand, plenty of work is being done on our campuses. The new high school fieldhouse is coming out of the ground and taking shape along 32nd Avenue. This is exciting for our community as we will now have a high school venue to hold our entire student population, increase space for athletic programs, and expand building use for additional co-curricular programs in the future. Thanks to the support from all of you in the community and the passing of the 2019 bond referendum, this is but one of the many exciting improvements taking place across our district. Additional areas of improvement include:

  • We are thrilled to report that the updated parent dropoff/pickup at Georgetown Elementary will be completed this summer.

  • The new 5/6 building on the north end of the district continues to move forward on schedule, with the first group of students entering the building in the fall of 2023. Take a drive along 36th Avenue just north of Baldwin and see this facility taking shape.

  • The connection between the Freshman Campus and high school is moving along nicely and is scheduled to open sometime this school year. We might even be able to have students use this new indoor facility before the weather takes a turn.

  • Forest Grove Elementary is seeing the latest addition to its facility, as the new gym is being built. This should be ready for occupancy sometime later this school year (hopefully early 2023).

  • Design work for Park Elementary and Bauer Elementary is well underway and we hope to begin the additions and renovations about a year from now.

Each of these exciting improvements will have a long-lasting impact on the current and future students of HPS as well as our entire community. We continue to be so very grateful for the community’s continued commitment to the students we are privileged to serve.

We are fortunate to have a tremendous team of educators across the district, and I am pleased to announce that we have added over 50 new certified staff to our faculty for this coming school year.

Because of the work of our teachers and the commitment of our students to their education, we continue to see an increase in students successfully passing Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the number of students receiving academic recognition through the National Honor Society and Scholarship awards. We are blessed to have rigorous and well-rounded academic programming alongside phenomenal teachers and supportive parents.

Thank you again for your continued support of the district and the students we serve at Hudsonville Public Schools. We’re eager to welcome students back on Monday, August 22nd, and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments as Hudsonville Eagles throughout the year.


Dr. Doug VanderJagt, Superintendent

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Daily class sessions are as follows:

Grades Pre-K through 5
  • 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

ECSE (Monday-Thursday)

  • 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m/ 12:45 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Middle Schools

  • 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Freshman Campus/High School

  • 7:50 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
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Open House Dates 2022 - 2023 School Year

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Parents of new students to the district who would like to enroll their children should register online here or call the appropriate building for assistance.


Alward Elementary ..........................616-669-6700

Bauer Elementary ............................616-669-6824

Early Childhood Center ...................616-797-0842

Forest Grove Elementary ................616- 869-9429

Georgetown Elementary .................616-797-9797

Jamestown Lower Elementary ......616-662-1478

Jamestown Upper Elementary........616-896-9357

Park Elementary ..............................616-669-1970

South Elementary ............................616-669-9362

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2022-23 School Year

Meals will NOT BE FREE for the 2022-23 school year. You can apply online at (fastest and easiest way), print one from our website, or pick up a

paper application from your school’s office.

The Food Service office will be open starting Wednesday August 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Our regular school year hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm.

Visit our website, for links to the Free & Reduced Meal Application, our digital menus with Nutrislice, and additional information about food service.

Meal Prices

Breakfast $1.25 Elementary & $1.50 Secondary

Lunch: $2.50 Elementary & $3.50 Secondary

Families that qualify for Reduced-Price Meal Benefits will receive all meals for FREE.

Breakfast service starts on the first day of school.

You can check meal account balances or deposit funds by setting up a free online account at

If you need your student’s ID number, please call 457-2400 or email us at after August 11.

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Ken Hall- President

Barb Hooper- Vice President

Chad Tuttle- Treasurer

Larry Kapenga- Asst. Treasurer/Secretary

Dawn Sneden- Secretary

Steve Bowerman- Trustee

Mark Davis- Trustee


The regular Board of Education meetings for Hudsonville Public Schools are held at the Hudsonville High School Auditorium, 5037 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426, at 7:00 p.m.

The regular meeting dates for the 2022/2023 school year are as follows:

August 11, 2022

September 8, 2022

October 13, 2022

November 10, 2022

December 8, 2022

January 19, 2023

February 9, 2023

March 9, 2023

April 13, 2023

May 11, 2023

June 8, 2023

July 14, 2023

The Board of Education work sessions for Hudsonville Public Schools are held in the Media Center at the Freshman Campus, 3370 Allen St, Hudsonville, MI 49426, at 6:00 p.m.

The work session dates for the 2022/2023 school year are as follows:

August 22, 2022

September 26, 2022

October 24, 2022

November 26, 2022

December 2022 Tentative

January 30, 2023

February 27, 2023

March 27, 2023

April 24, 2023

May 22, 2023

June 26, 2023

July 2023 Tentative

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The Hudsonville Public School District has conducted an extensive asbestos survey of all its buildings. Based on the findings of this inspection, a comprehensive management plan has been drafted. This plan details the response actions that the district will be taking regarding asbestos containing materials found in its buildings. This plan is available for inspection at the Administration Office without cost or restriction during normal business hours. If you desire to have a personal copy, please notify the main Administration Office and it will be supplied to you within five working days at a cost of 30¢ per page.
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During severe weather, the following school policy is in effect:

Tornado Watch

Students normally will not be dismissed early. They will dismiss at their regular time. Weather conditions will be closely monitored. After-school activities will be canceled during a tornado watch.

Tornado Warning

Students will not be dismissed during a tornado warning. All students will go to areas designated by the building principal and take cover. If the warning is lifted during school hours, all students will be dismissed at their normal time and bus students will be transported home. All athletic practices and events are canceled until the warning is lifted. Athletic practices and events in progress when a warning is issued will be stopped and all athletes will be moved to designated cover areas.

•Feel free to pick up your child(ren) at any time during severe weather. Report to the office to do so.

•Please do not call the school unless an emergency exists to keep the phone lines open.

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Dear Parent/Guardian:

Hudsonville Public Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program. Inherent with this are the District’s efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, this program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc. to prevent pests from becoming a problem.

As required by Michigan law, you will receive advanced notice of non-emergency application of a pesticide (insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide), other than bait or gel formulation, which is made to the school, school grounds, or buildings. This advance notice of a pesticide application will be given 48 hours before the application by the following two methods:

1) Posting at the primary entrances to your child’s school. The entrances that will be posted are the main entrance and those that have a sidewalk that leads directly to a parking lot.

2) Posting in the common area located by the main office of the school.

Please note that notification is not given for use of sanitizers, germicides, disinfectants, or anti-microbial cleaners. In certain emergencies, such as an infestation of stinging insects, pesticides may be applied without prior notice to prevent injury to students, but you will be promptly notified following any such application, via the two posting methods identified (above).

You may review the school’s Integrated Pest Management program and records of any pesticide application upon request by contacting Amy Alward, Administrative Assistant, by phone at 662-1477, or email:

Parents or guardians of children attending the school are also entitled to receive the advance notice of a pesticide application, other than a bait or gel formulation, by first class United States mail postmarked at least 3 days before the application, if they so request. If you would like to be notified by mail please contact Amy Alward, Administrative Assistant, by phone at 662-1477, or email:

Please give the department person or administrative assistant, your name, mailing address, and school(s) your child or children attend. They will put your name on the advance notification by US Mail list.