Rockford Senior High School Graduate Julia Ceglowski Earns Dean’s Award at Colgate University

September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Julia Ceglowski, of Rockford, MI, (49341) a member of the Colgate Class of 2016, has earned the Dean’s Award for academic excellence for the Spring 2015 semester.       This recognition is awarded to students with a 3.30 or higher term average. Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution that offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university’s 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience. Colgate is committed to global engagement, student-faculty research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and utilizing technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

School security for RPS, ‘I promised the community and I’m keeping my promise’

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

By BETH ALTENA Rockford Public School Superintendent Dr.Michael Shibler campaigned for renewal of Rockford’s school millage, in part on the importance of having the highest level of security possible for our students and staff, and on Monday, August 10, he and the members of the Board of Education saw in person what that millage money has purchased. Of the $76 million, $11 million was earmarked for security measures at school entrances, in part in response to the past nationwide school shootings. Like law enforcement, measures to provide a safe atmosphere at schools has changed to meet the changing types of threats nationwide. Restricting access to schools has been one way districts protect students and staff. The vestibules feature shatterproof glass, which can be shot at without shattering. Cameras, the buzz-in entry system and schools locked during the school day are all part of the improved security measures allowed by the passage of the 2014 millage. “We worked with the existing space, we didn’t create new space,” Shibler said. With the exception of East and West Middle School, the entryways to schools has been standardized, so one office matches the others. All now have a vestibule where visitors enter outside the office and buzz in to staff. Dr. Shibler called this a “people trap” designed to be the location of highest security. Staff can see the visitors on a monitor, which later will be upgraded to a larger screen, and can see the visitors on the screen as well as through a shatterproof glass door. Once allowed entry into the office, the visitors can then enter the school for the purpose of their visit. In case something happens after the person is in the building, each entryway features a red “panic button” that automatically triggers all outer doors in the district to immediately lock. Prior to the construction of new vestibules throughout the district, Dr. Shibler has said he worked closely with experts in school safety, including Homeland Security, to determine what measures best secure a safe atmosphere in a district. Restricting access, in many cases, would have prevented the tragedies our nation has seen in schools since the Columbine school shooting two decades ago. Owen Ames Kimball, under Project Manager Jeremy Amshey (who also lead […]

Want to earn a Rockford High School diploma or prepare for the GED?

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Let us help you! Our dedicated teaching staff tailors instructional methods and curriculum options for each individual student. Students are given a clear plan and the help needed to achieve their goals. Teachers are highly qualified in their teaching major and are aware of the unique needs of the adult education student. One on one time is given in each class. Small class size, competent teachers, individualized learning plans, accelerated classes, online and on site classes, a safe environment, a flexible class schedule including day and evening classes, and a convenient location near US 131 and the E. Beltline are reasons students choose our FREE program. Join us for orientation Wednesday August 26 from 5-7:30 P.M. and Thursday, September 3 from 5-7:30 P.M. Orientation will be held at River Valley Academy/Rockford Adult Education, located in the back of the Administration building, at 350 N. Main, Rockford, Michigan 49341.     Jennifer Thompson Rockford Adult Education Teacher/Advisor 616.863.6325, ext. 5251

A New Business Starts with Preparation and Planning

August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The United States has nearly 23 million small businesses owners, and about 500,000 new enterprises launch each year. These run the gamut from engineering  firms to bakeries, from high-tech R&D laboratories to home based accountants, and from fashion design studios to popular restaurants. What does it take to start and manage a successful small business? At its most basic level, it requires research, planning, commitment and hard work-all of which are modeled by the truly dedicated, innovative and motivated entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are both dreamers who see all the possibilities and realists who recognize  the truths and risks of building a viable enterprise. They know that not everything aspect of running a small business is glamorous, yet they also understand how each necessary task factors into profits, financial independence and personal satisfaction. If you are considering becoming your own boss, you can appreciate the need to gather information and obtain advice on entrepreneurship, even if you are already familiar with the nuances of running somebody else’s business. A good place to start is SCORE. “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” SCORE Grand Rapids provides workshops and has 35 knowledgeable business experts who have “seen it and done it” to assist in business planning as well as answering questions that will influence how your business will operate. SCORE counselors provide free, confidential counseling to help you develop, prepare and improve your business. The SCORE counselors are eager to share their insights and experience with those just starting out. You can access SCORE’s small business resources in a variety of ways. By visiting the SCORE Grand Rapids chapter office, you can have a face-to-face meeting with a SCORE counselor and take advantage of a wealth of reference materials on file. You can also find an online counselor to tap the knowledge our small business experts. Whether online or on site, your SCORE counselor will work with you to discuss the elements of a sound business plan and begin putting those ideas in writing. Remember that you are the decision-maker in your new enterprise. SCORE counselors are there to act as guides, advisors and information resources. To learn more about SCORE, call 1-616/771-0305 and talk to a SCORE counselor..  

One-room schoolhouse reunion sure to have historic interest

August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

By BETH ALTENA The number of people who remember attending one room school houses fifty years after most closed have plenty of stories to tell of those times. Area one-room schools began to close down in the 1960s when Rockford Public School consolidated and began taking the students in the townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield. According to Paul Smith, enthusiastic historian, visitors who want to learn more about the schoolrooms of yesteryear will appreciate a reunion to be held this Saturday, August 8 at Chalmers Park, at Pine Island Road and Fonger on location of the former Algoma Township Fire Station. The reunion begins at noon, and with some coaxing, alumni of one room schools may tell of the past. Smith said there were a surprising number of one-room school houses, when those edifices of education were the norm, designed to serve a spread-out population of students in the scarcely populated Michigan countryside. Back in the day the town of Edgerton was a booming village with two stores and lots of traffic. The lumber industry was in its heyday and the town was a congregation of commerce. Edgerton was home to a one room school house, which expanded to a four room schoolhouse and then had a wing added on. There were other structures in the village dedicated to public use and the road was a major byway for travelers and residents alike. Local resident Beverly Haskins Rainer is the author of a book in which she recounts the experience of being a brand new teacher in a one room schoolhouse. She taught in Gougeburg, a school located at 12 Mile Road and Algoma Avenue and she was surprised to learn her duties included bringing in the firewood and sweeping and maintaining the school. She lived with a nearby farmer and walked to work in all but the worst weather. Smith said many former students of one room schools are in their 60s and 70s, and remember a different landscape in and around Rockford. Other one-room schoolhouses in Algoma Township include Block School at 11 Mile west of Wolven Avenue (on the hill). Hull School was at Pine Island Lake and Hull Street and covered all the kids from Camp Lake. It is […]

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