Hudsonville Public Schools
3886 Van Buren
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-1740
Fax: (616) 669-4878
Dr. Douglas VanderJagt
Dear Hudsonville Community,
Parents, guardians, and community members, As we enter the holiday season, we have a lot to be thankful for. Our community continues to show unimaginable support for each other and for those working in our district. Over the past year, we have witnessed some amazing accomplishments as a district while dealing with some challenging conditions. We have learned to support each other and find the richness in each and every person. Our students and staff are entering the holiday season by providing support for those less fortunate. With Thanksgiving baskets, food drives, and Christmas gift baskets, this community will always be known for the generosity it provides. Thank you to all that provide assistance to those families in need.
Earlier in November, the Hudsonville Education Foundation hosted its annual HEF Gala. What a great night to celebrate some of our students while also inducting our newest class into our alumni hall of fame. Congratulations to Mr. Henry Scholten, class of 1938; Dr. Elmer Vruggink, class of 1945; Mr. Ken Goff, class of 1979; Chief Kimberly Koster, class of 1986; and Dr. Samuel Maluil, class of 2003. The HEF continues to provide much-needed support to our classroom teachers as they creatively seek funding opportunities to inspire and challenge their classroom students. Our team has been steadfast in providing the best education for our students each and every day.
We are thrilled to announce that our new high school choir room is just about completed and students will begin occupying this space right after our holiday break. The high school connector and fieldhouse are taking shape and we hope to see those completed during the 22-23 school year. The 5/6 building is beginning to rise from the ground and will be a great addition to the north end of our district. New monument signs are on order and being erected as soon as they arrive. Baldwin Middle, Georgetown, and Bauer have already begun to showcase these new signs as they provide valuable information to our community. Signs at Jamestown Lower, Jamestown Upper, Riley Middle, Forest Grove, and our Early Childhood Center should be installed the first part of the year.
Our Covid-19 numbers have been reaching some peaks and valleys over the past few weeks. Some weeks we are faced with extreme numbers of staff and students testing positive and others we see the transmission slowing down. We are saddened to see loved ones passing away from this terrible virus, as our hearts go out to each and every one of you that has lost someone close to you. I want to thank our amazing staff for their continued patience as we navigate state and federal mandates to the best of our abilities. These mandates are certainly a moving target, and quite often change on a daily basis. The staff of Hudsonville Public Schools has been simply incredible for all their efforts to keep your children safe albeit dealing with their own personal challenges that this pandemic provides. With Thanksgiving weekend just behind us, I for one am thankful for everything our staff and community are doing to support our school system.
From my family to yours, I wish you nothing but the best as we close out 2021 and welcome another new year.
Doug VanderJagt, Ph.D.