Chandler Woods to compete in Science Olympiad state tournament

Chandler Woods Charter Academy is competing in the Science Olympiad state tournament for the first time. Over 500 high school and middle school/junior high teams competed at the Science Olympiad regional competitions during February and March, and 96 advanced to the 27th Michigan State Finals to be held Saturday, May 2 on the Michigan State University campus. The MSU campus will be host to 46 competitive events in various locations. Some events are Robo-Cross, Crave the Wave, Science Crime Busters and Forensics (CSI-type events), and a variety of events in between. Team shirts, medals and trophies are all part of the discovery hoopla. State champions and runners-up will go on to the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Augusta State University in Georgia on May 15 and 16.

These young people, their coaches and teachers represent a strong dedication to science education and have worked hard all year to meet the competition of their peers and win.

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School lunch is great value


Food Service Director

Rockford Public Schools


The school lunches are still a great value both nutritionally and economically! Nationally, the school lunch price is under $2.30 and is a well-balanced meal.

Every school lunch includes five great choices:

  • milk-fat-free or one percent
  • vegetable-fresh to frozen
  • fresh fruit of all kinds
  • grains-more whole-grain items like rolls and sandwich bread
  • meat or meat-alternate-white meat chicken, beans, lean beef

Parents can save money when a student takes the school lunch. On average, it costs less to buy a school lunch than to bring a lunch from home. The estimated national average last year of a lunch taken from home was $3.43.

Also, there is such a thing as a free lunch (and a reduced price one, too)! All children at participating schools may purchase meals though the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Families with incomes at or below 130 percent of poverty level are eligible for free meals. Families with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of poverty level are eligible for the reduce-price meals-these students can be charged no more than 40 cents per meal. Contact your food service department to fill out a School Meal Application.

Healthy meals feed eager minds. Meals served under the NSLP must meet nutrition guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. No more than 30 percent of the calories can come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. School lunches provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories over the course of one week of menus. Students who eat school lunches consume fewer calories from fat than students who bring lunch from home, based on recent studies. Compared to lunches from home, school lunches contain:

  • three times as many dairy products;
  • twice as much fruit;
  • seven times the vegetable amounts.

NSLP participants have substantially lower intakes of added sugars than do non-participants.

For more information contact your district’s food service director.

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Rockford girls lacrosse moves to 5-1

Senior goalie Gabrielle Twiest helps the Rams to a win.

Senior goalie Gabrielle Twiest helps the Rams to a win.

Rams open conference play with win over East Grand Rapids

The Rockford girls lacrosse team picked up where they left off as they returned to action April 15 after spring vacation. The Rams took on the previously undefeated team from Lansing Waverly (combined Waverly, Lansing Catholic and Grand Ledge) at the Rams’ home field at East Rockford Middle School. The night belonged to the Rams from the onset, as they scored early and often, leading 6-0 at the half and 14-1 as the final buzzer sounded.

Giving up one goal in the game of lacrosse means the Rams were relentless with their defense all night . When Waverly did manage to get off a shot, it was vacuumed up by the goalie tandem from Rockford, senior standout Gabrielle Twiest and sophomore Sydney Gray.

Rockford out-shot Waverly 44-7 as the Rams moved the ball at will. Andi Raymond was the Rams’ leading scorer with six goals, and two assists. Meagan Emery scored four goals, and Michon Moline had a goal and a team-leading four assists which helped Raymond keep the pressure on the Waverly goalie all game. Kelsei Streeter added two goals for the Rams, and Abbey Neerken tallied one.


The night belonged to the Rams

The night belonged to the Rams

The Rams controlled the game from the initial draw, winning 14 of the 17 center draws in the game, frustrating the opposition and preventing them from having any ability to get in the flow of the game. Neerken won nine draws and Raymond five. Ram stalwarts Roxy Rosema, Raymond, Emery and Neerken were aggressively controlling every loose ball, handily winning the ground ball battle.


Coach Jeff Neerken stated, “This was our best team effort of the year and will give us something to build on as the conference season gets underway.”

The Rams traveled to East Grand Rapids (EGR) to open conference play on Friday, April 17. The scrappy team from EGR hung tough and kept the game scoreless for the first few minutes, but then the Rams found their stride behind an offensive onslaught from leading scorer Raymond and Emery. The Rams led 12-2 at the half and the game ended 22-4.

The Rams’ defense remained tough even though they played shorthanded due to the illness of defensive leader Shelby Smith. Rockford’s playing team defense has limited opponents to six goals over the last 100 minutes of play. Ram goalies Twiest and Gray only faced six shots all night long, and most were after the game had already been decided. Alyssa Neumen, Lexi O’Connor, Jill Fowle and Emily Gray were strong again for the Ram defense.

Neerken had an excellent all-around game for the Rams with two goals, one assist, 11 draws won, and three caused turnovers. Raymond and Emery continued to burn up the nets with their scoring. All-American candidate Raymond again led all scorers with six goals and six assists. Emery followed with five goals and three assists. In addition, senior Moline continued her fine play with three goals and an assist, Taylor Balch had three goals and an assist, Neerken had two goals and one assist, Neumen had a goal, Streeter had a goal, and Rosema added an acrobatic quick stick goal to wrap up the scoring.

The Rams traveled to West Ottawa on Monday, April 20, and then host Forest Hills on Wednesday night, April 22. Watch next week’s Squire for results.

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Boys lacrosse splits for week

Brandon Emmons (#41) goes airborne after an illegal push from behind by a Holt player, as he and Nicky Howard (#24) fight to gain possession of the ball after a face-off.	Photo by SUE POUBA

Brandon Emmons (#41) goes airborne after an illegal push from behind by a Holt player, as he and Nicky Howard (#24) fight to gain possession of the ball after a face-off. Photo by SUE POUBA


It was a wet, cold and windy night last Tuesday, April 14, when the Forest Hills Central Rangers brought their state-ranked team to East Rockford Middle School for a game with the Rams. The Rangers’ offense proved a bit too potent for the Rams as Forest Hills prevailed 7-5. Jeremy Pouba scored three times, with Shea Mills and Ray Sabon each adding one. Travis Guest, Pouba and Mitch Newton each had an assist.

Jeremy Pouba (#23) chases down the Forest Hills Central goalie. Pouba scored three times in the game.	Photo by SUE POUBA

Jeremy Pouba (#23) chases down the Forest Hills Central goalie. Pouba scored three times in the game. Photo by SUE POUBA

On Thursday, April 16, the first-ever boys lacrosse game was held at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. On this night, the Rams scored early and often as they handed the visitors from Holt High School a 17-2 loss. Nine different players found the back of the net for Rockford. Mills led all scorers with four goals, George McConnell and Derek Korthuis each added three, George Karam had two, and single goals went to Cody Cantu, Michael DeWitt, Josh Belanger, CJ Scholl and Sabon.

The Rams will play one more game at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium this season and then finish up their home schedule at East Rockford Middle School. On Wednesday, April 29, they’ll face off at 7:30 p.m. against Lansing Waverly at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium.

On Saturday, May 2, at Forest Hills Central High School, the boys teams from Rockford and Forest Hills Central will compete in the Battle of the “Ramger” tournament, with all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. Beginning at 9 a.m., teams from these two programs will compete at six different levels-third- and fourth-graders, fifth- and sixth-graders, seventh- and eighth-graders, freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity, who will take the field at 7 p.m. Commemorative t-shirts have been designed for this event and are available from any Rockford boys lacrosse player for $10. Wearing the t-shirt to Forest Hills Central on the day of the event is your admission to the day’s activities. More information related to this event is available on the team’s website at

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Rams varsity golf wins two

The Rockford boys varsity golf team defeated Grand Haven and West Ottawa at Grand Haven Golf Club on Thursday, April 16. The overall match medalist was Sam Gallup of Rockford with a score of 38, followed closely by Jake Chaffee of Rockford with 39. Rockford posted a score of 250 against Grand Haven’s 258 and West Ottawa’s 285. Trent Davison scored 40, Steven Mette 41, Adam Hoard 44, and Eric Conroy 48.

The team then went on to win the Wilson Spring Classic at Gracewil Country Club, hosted by Kenowa Hills, on Saturday, April 18. Rockford’s score of 310 was followed by Spring Lake’s 316, West Catholic with 319, Kenowa Hills 322, Comstock Park 330, Cedar Springs 337, Northview 340, Allendale 350, Union 380, Kent City, 386, and Coopersville with 391. Conroy scored 75 for third, Davison tied for fourth with 75, Gallup also tied with 77 for fifth, and Hoard scored 82 for the top 20. Mette scored 85 and Chaffee 87.

 This was a very interesting effort for the Rockford boys varsity golf team as they tried to three-peat in the Wilson Spring Classic,” said Coach Eric Cullum. “We felt some interesting pressure during this day, but we kept fighting and came out on top. I am very proud of Eric Conroy for finishing third. It is only a matter of time before this group really starts playing very well. We are very proud of our victory and excited for things to come.”

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