School Beat — February 18, 2010

NRMS pilots Ram Buddies program by LARRY WATTERS, Assistant Principal North Rockford Middle School In the words of Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we really are, far more than our abilities.” One of the choices we have made this year at Rockford Public Schools that […]

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 — 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 […]