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TKHS woods students made wooden puzzles to donated to a children's hospital.
TKMS students performed
Cinderella, her step-mother and step-sisters sing a song during the high school performances.
This aerial view shows the TK Middle School, soccer fields, tennis courts and surrounding areas.
Elementary students learn about how smoking can damage lungs.
McFall students enjoy Global School Play Day.
Lee students love learning with the Sphero balls received through a grant.
TKMS writers earn district honors for essays.
TK Trojan mascot leads cheers at the student section.
A group of TKHS seniors spell out
McFall and Page students Buddy Read during March.
TKHS presents
TKMS band practices for upcoming performances.
A children's book author autographs a book for an elementary student.
Page students work in groups to study how energy is transferred.
An aerial night view of the TKHS Bob White football stadium shows it all lit up during a game.
Eight TK Odyssey of the Mind teams will compete at the state finals hosted by TK!
TK staff create a giant
The TKMS cast of
A group of students work with science teacher Tim Penfield at an experiment.
Cinderella rushes away as the clock strikes midnight.
Families enjoyed Lee Elementary's Camp Read-A-Lot.
Books written in both Spanish and English were added to the Lee Elementary library.
McFall students read to puppets in the McFall Library.
TKHS woods students work on projects.

Events

MI Career Quest
Date: 4/25/2018
Page Musical
Date: 4/25/2018
Location: TKHS Auditorium
Special School Board Meeting
Date: 4/25/2018, 6 PM 7 PM
Location: Administration Building
Page Musical
Date: 4/26/2018
Location: TKHS Auditorium

TK News

TKHS Student Artwork Selected for Juried Show

TKHS junior Jack Schneider shows his ceramic piece selected for the juried art show.

Jack Schneider's "Pandora's Serpentine Heart" ceramic box was selected to be among the artwork at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Juried High School Area Show. The show is May 19 to June 10. The juried exhibition celebrates works of high school artists living in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Jopseh and Van Buren counties. Schneider, a junior, said this is his first year taking art classes at the high school. His ceramic piece is based on the myth of Pandora.

Superintendent Position

Rob Blitchok

The Thornapple Kellogg School Board is pleased to announce that Rob Blitchok will be the district’s next superintendent. The Board voted unanimously on Monday night to enter into contract talks with Mr. Blitchok. He will begin July 1.

Mr. Blitchok is currently the assistant superintendent overseeing business and finance, human resources, facilities, transportation, and food service. He came to Thornapple Kellogg in 2014. Prior to coming to TK, he was a teacher, varsity wrestling coach, and principal at Forest Hills Public Schools. He has also served on the Grandville School Board.

The Board interviewed him Monday before an audience of staff, administrators and parents.

Board members agreed that he meets the expectations expressed by the Board, staff and community. Stakeholders said they want a collaborative leader who drives continuous improvement in student learning. They also said they want a transparent leader who will communicate clearly and consistently with the public and with staff to keep people informed.

Mr. Blitchok holds a law degree from Wayne State University, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Western Michigan University, and a Graduate Teacher Certification from Grand Valley State University. Prior to going into education, he worked in corporate finance.

The Board extends its gratitude to the all who participated in surveys, focus groups, and the interview.

Mr. Blitchok will succeed Superintendent Tom Enslen, who has been an educator for 35 years and Thornapple Kellogg’s top administrator for the last six years.

Kindergarten Students Learn About Saving

A McFall kindergarten student is excited when he receives a piggy bank to start saving his own money.

Although they are just beginning their school careers, it won't be long before today's kindergarteners will be planning their futures and heading off to colleges, trade schools and other post-high school learning.

Board to Interview Superintendent Applicant Monday

The Board of Education will meet in special session at 5 p.m. Monday to interview Rob Blitchok for the position of Superintendent of TK Schools. The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Middle School Room 1616. The board will then have a regular board meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Superintendent Search Q & A

Over the last few weeks, individual board members have received many questions about our superintendent search process. We are grateful that so many of you care deeply about this process. Selecting a superintendent is a decision of enormous consequence to our community, our staff, and most importantly, all 3,100 of our children.
Please click on the title "Superintendent Search Q & A" to access a link with answers to the most frequent questions the Board is hearing.

Lee Students Inspired to Help Furry Friends

Elliot DeVries (l) and Liam Lietz show off the braided chew toy they made.

Inspired by texts from a pilot program called "Reading Street," Lee Elementary students in Nathan Fischer's class felt the need to help out their community in some way. They decided to focus on their furry friends in the community, so they contacted the Barry County Animal Shelter to see how they could help.

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