by TAMMY SCHOLLAART Vice President, Board of Education While this is the beginning of a new calendar year, we are actually about halfway through the school year, which means we are beginning to make plans for the 2009-2010 school year. Chief among those plans will be the budget. As you have been hearing in the news, the economy in Michigan is not good. The revenue hearing held on January 9 affirmed there is less revenue coming into the state. As of this moment, we don’t know what this news will mean for the schools, but chances are good that we will not see any increases, and we are really hopeful there will not be any reductions. We budget conservatively and will continue this same process. We will keep you informed as we learn what the impact will be to Rockford Public Schools. Another area of planning is the orientations for the fifth-to-sixth-grade, sixth-to-seventh-grade and eighth-to-ninth-grade transitions. These will be held beginning mid-February. Watch your newsletters so you don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to help your student select the best classes as well as learn what new opportunities will be available. The high school students will also begin selecting classes for the 2009-2010 school year. Realizing we are only halfway through the second trimester, I hope you are talking with your student about their experience with trimesters so far. You are strongly encouraged to let either the principals or counseling staff know if you have any concerns, as well as letting them know any positive comments. Finally, I want to take this opportunity to say what a great community we live in. Not only was there great support for the football state championship game, but the support and encouragement was also great for the landscaping project the Girl Scouts from North Rockford Middle School completed, which cumulated in the placement of a new Ram statue. If you haven’t seen it, drive through the parking lot at North Rockford Middle School on the corner of Ten Mile Road and Wolverine Boulevard – you can’t miss it!
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by DENISE WEBB Rockford 193, Hudsonville 119 Keeping their wave of wins rolling, the Rams swim and dive team crashed over the Eagles 193-199 on Thursday, Jan. 22. After “taking down Goliath [Grandville]” last week in a closer-than-close meet, Rockford arrived at the Hudsonville pool postured to conquer another. Out of the 12 events, Rockford secured firsts in 10 of them and placed second or third in the others. Diving coach Marc VanDyken was extremely pleased with first-year diver LJ McCauley, who “elevated to another level at this meet.” McCauley placed second, closely behind Quinton Rodriguez. McCauley also earned enough points this meet to receive his varsity letter. Senior parent Suelyn Uselton continues to shake her head in amazement as she watches the talents and teamwork of this year’s group. “The team continually works cohesively, supporting each other at every meet and practice.” The swim and dive team’s next and last home meet is Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. against Jenison, celebrating Senior Night.
On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Rockford made their first of two trips to the lakeshore to do battle against Grand Haven. Zach Johnson started out at 140 pounds and received a void because of a coaching decision by Grand Haven Coach Jamie Richardson. Tyler Johnson, dropped down from 152 pounds to 145 pounds. Using a late third-period reversal won his match 2-0 over Grand Haven’s Jack Dempsy, giving Rockford a 9-0 lead. Bruce Carlstrom put in a strong match at 152 pounds, and lost to Tyler Collard 10-2. At that point Grand Haven was within five points of Rockford with a score of 9-4. Jake Johnson (160) was next, taking on Tyler Kaffenberger. Falling behind early in his match 2-0, Johnson turned the tables, only giving up five more points the rest of the way and winning 16-7. At 171, Jake Dorulla continued his winning ways, building the Ram lead with a 12-2 major decision, making the team score 17-4. Zach Banazak (189), stepping up from the B team, faced a very tough Grand Haven opponent, losing his match with a 6-5 score. Banazak moved up to the A team because of a possible season-ending injury to Jarod Dubay, who broke his arm during practice when another wrestler fell on him. At 215 pounds, Joe Stephanski won his match by a fall in 1:30, bringing the Ram lead to 16. At this point the team score was 23-7 for Rockford. At the heavyweight division, Jesse Somsel took just 1:08 to pin his opponent, giving the Rams a 29-7 lead. Tyler VanRooyan (103) gave up the first takedown to the Grand Haven wrestler. He was able to reverse the situation, only to give up an escape to fall behind 3-2. Just as the first period was about to end, VanRooyan made a wonderful double-leg takedown to pull ahead 4-3. In the second period, a technical violation by the Grand Haven wrestler and an escape by VanRooyan made the score 6-3. Choosing the top position for the third period, VanRooyan exposed his opponent’s shoulders to the mat, giving him an 8-3 lead and the victory. Kyle Hurley (112), another B team wrestler stepping up to varsity, went the full six minutes, losing to Grand Haven’s Vanderhyde 11-3. The […]
Footprint I looked behind me and didn’t see a “carbon footprint,” only snow. The carbon footprint idea has to do with greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a way of looking at climate change and what we can do about it. Seems that driving cars, heating homes, and cooking steak is producing more greenhouse gas than Mother Nature can handle. She’s taking revenge with storms, droughts, floods, and polluted air. We can restore the balance without giving up heat and cars, but it will require all kinds of changes in our daily lives. Fluorescent light bulbs, non-polluting fuels, and recycling are only a start. We need to use less fossil fuel if we want the planet to keep working. Leaving NO carbon footprint is like eating a ripe tomato off the vine: leaves the air clean, doesn’t affect the weather. You can calculate your own carbon footprint by going to www.carbonfootprint.com. The www’s words of wisdom On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the ? escape key. Tell me what you need, and I’ll tell you how to get along without it. Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, some days ? you’re the statue. Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he ? isn’t there the first time you need him, chances are ? you won’t be needing him again. I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a ? perception problem. Am I getting smart with you? How would ?you know? I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn’t looking good either. I don’t suffer from stress. I’m a carrier.?• Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars ? in the sky and I thought to myself, “Where ? is the ceiling?!” Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons. To them, you ? are crunchy and taste good with ketchup. I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound ? they make as they go flying by. Someday we’ll look back on all this and plow into a ? parked car. See No. 3, Above A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of […]
The Rockford varsity hockey team took the visiting Traverse City Bay Reps (players from St. Francis, Elk Rapids, Kalkaska, Mancelona and Suttons Bay high schools) to the wood shed on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, beating their opponent by a score of 7-2. Jake Chaffee scored a natural hat trick (three successive goals), Shea Mills scored two goals, and Robert Perry had three assists to lead the way for the Rams. The Rams took a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Adam Hoard (assisted by Andy Shira), Mills (assisted by Perry and Sam Gallup) and Chaffee (assisted by Perry and Mills). The Ram defense held their opponent to only five shots in the first stanza. The Bay Reps cut the lead to 3-1 on a power play goal early in the second period. Then Chaffee completed his hat trick, scoring two additional goals in a five-minute span. A hat was tossed onto the ice to celebrate the occasion, and it was worth both minutes of the bench minor penalty. Assisting on Chaffee’s goals were Gallup (his second), Noah Greco and Dan Cruickshank. Before the end of the period, the Bay Reps scored another goal, as did the Rams’ Tyler Carlson (assisted by Hoard and Shira – his second), to increase the score to 6-2. In the third period, Mills scored his second goal (assisted by Mike Bieke and Perry) to post the final score at 7-2. The Rams out-shot their opponent 30-21 and net-minder Christian VanPortfliet picked up his sixth win of the season. The win raised the Rams’ overall record to 11-3-1-1. This week, the Rams continue their quest for the OK Tier I title by taking on Forest Hills Northern/Eastern at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Walker Ice Center, and East Grand Rapids at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Patterson Ice Arena.