Are We Safe?

I vividly remember sitting in my father’s recliner, bored, and flipping through channels to entertain myself. I had undergone shoulder surgery four days prior and was at home recovering while my peers were in school. I was in the final semester of my senior year at Rockford High School. It was April 20th, 1999, and […]

School Beat

National School Boards Association Advocacy Institute 2015 Update By Laura Featherston, Secretary Rockford Public Schools Board of Education Last week, Carol Hillman (School Board Treasurer) and I joined nearly 800 school board and state school board association leaders in our nation’s capital to advocate for strong public schools for all students. We were in Washington, […]

Smart Snacks in Schools

By John Henry- Food Service Director, Rockford Public Schools. This past July, school districts across the country were required to follow the “Nutritional Standards” that are required by The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, signed into law by President Obama for all foods sold during the school day, not just the School Lunch Program, […]

Setting High Expectations

By: Lissa Weidenfeller, Principal North Rockford Middle School A key to student success is the belief that all students can learn. Not only does the staff need to believe that, but the students need to believe that themselves. Regardless if a school is urban, rural, low income, middle-class, culturally diverse, research has discovered one common […]

Social Media and Children

Social Media and Children   Kelly Amshey, Assistant Principal, ERMS   Children and young adults today live in a different world than the one that their parents knew growing up. Technology is central to their education, access to information, and ability to communicate. One aspect of the era of technology that is critical for parents […]