SCHOOL BEAT

New School Year—Many New Chances to Get Involved

by AL REICKARD
Assistant Principal
North Rockford Middle School

Summer is over and a new school year is starting. Rockford middle schools’ administration and staff are eager and ready to start another great and successful journey with our students. The start of a new school year marks a chance for students to get involved in a variety of different offerings. At both Rockford middle schools, we know and believe that success in school comes from participation inside, as well as outside of the classroom.

It is very important for students to be involved in co-curricular activities for a variety of reasons. Studies have proven that students who are involved in at least one co-curricular activity experience more overall success in school. Students who are involved in co-curricular activities have fewer absences, higher GPAs, and are more likely to attend higher levels of education than students who do not get involved. It also gives kids a sense of belonging to a group which has many social benefits during a somewhat awkward time in life. The administration and staff at the Rockford middle schools strongly encourage each and every student to get involved in at least one co-curricular activity.

Rockford middle school students have many different opportunities to get involved. The athletic seasons are divided into four competitive seasons which include 13 different sports for boys and girls. For the students that choose not to compete for those sport teams, there are many different intramural sports offerings that students can take part in throughout the year. There are also various clubs and programs such as the LEO Lions, student council, and RAM Buddies that students can become a part of.

We challenge you to try something new and get involved. Middle school is the perfect time to try many different sports and clubs. It’s a great way to meet new people, explore your interests and to provide structure outside the classroom. Once again, welcome to what will prove to be another exciting school year. Go Rams!

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