School Beat — February 4, 2010

How important is play and recess for your student? by MICHAEL J. HIBBELN Principal, Roguewood Elementary School With increased pressure from the federal and state government to improve achievement, increase test scores, and cover an increasingly demanding curriculum, we should never lose sight of the importance of play and recess for our children. Our playgrounds […]

School Beat — January 21, 2010

Recognize good things by MILES POSTEMA Rockford School Board Trustee During the past year, school board members, teachers, staff and administrators have spent a significant amount of time planning and responding to budget cuts from the state. We have asked for your help to get the message across to our legislators and you have responded. […]

School Beat — January 14, 2010

Let’s not forget power of conversation by DAN WARREN, Principal East Rockford Middle School As you may know, Rockford Public Schools (RPS) has an Internet-based school and home communication system called Family Access. This system has streamlined communication with parents throughout the district. Family Access not only allows a parent to view their student’s daily […]

School Beat — January 7, 2010

Health & Fitness Festival coming soon by LISA JACOBS Executive Director Rockford Community Services As we approach the New Year, for many of us this is a time to evaluate our health and fitness goals. On Saturday, Jan. 30, Rockford Community Services would like to help with this by hosting a Health & Fitness Festival. […]

Education Blackboard — December 31, 2009

School Beat Bucket ‘fill-osophy’ helps children develop healthy self-concept by BLAKE R. BOWMAN Principal, Lakes Elementary School When I was growing up, some of my most powerful memories came each summer from the one week that I attended a church camp. I remember sitting around a campfire singing, “Fill my cup; let it overflow. Let […]