Makayla Dentis jumps with two jump ropes with help from Gina Ricards and Nancy Jankowski during a school Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser Friday, February 27. Students at Grattan Academy Elementary spent an hour jump roping, hula hooping, and shooting baskets to raise nearly $600.00 for heart and stroke research. Jump Rope For Heart is a national educational fundraising program that is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Grattan Academy Elementary students Allison Lamoreaux, Madison Cox, Mary Ricards, and Amber Peters, from Mrs. Campbell’s first/second grade class, celebrated February 19th, their 100th day of school.
Thirteen Cub Scouts from Pack 3285 were inducted into the MLB Players Choice Baseball Card Clubhouse at Legends Sports and Games at Centerpointe Mall. The Club is open to all registered Cub and Boy Scout according to owner Jeff Terchek.
The boys attended an informational session on baseball card collecting and each received a collector’s starter kit including two packs of baseball cards and special collector’s album.
The competitive teams at Rockford School of Dance recently returned from the Dance America/Dance Olympus Competition at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois. It was a very successful weekend with all of our teams winning 1st place trophies. All three teams qualified to go to the Dance America Nationals in New York City this coming July.
The Primary Team was awarded a 1st place for their tap performance of Happy Radio as well as Best Precision for Primary/Junior dances. They received a 1st place for their jazz dance Itsy Bitsy Spider which also received the Primary/Junior Overall High Score Award, Large Group. The Primary Team includes Taylor Blackburn, Madelyn Butts, Carmen Goodson, Hannah Miller, Madeline Newman, Emily Page, Jillian Roney, Hailey Smith, Sydney Stites and Annika Trierweiler.
The Junior Team took 1st place in both of their dances, This is the House that Jack Built (Jazz) and Bang the Drum (Tap). Our Junior Team members are Abigail Anthony, Lauren Dilly, Jacklyn Eding, Ilene Gould, Hali Maybank, Abby McKay, Amanda Schultz, Ashley Serbenta and Paige Wolterstorff.
Our Advanced Team brought home three 1st place trophies for their jazz performances of Footloose, High Energy and All Things Just Keep Getting Better. Their tap number, Big Noise from Winnetka received a 2nd Place. The Advanced Team dancers are Ona Andrews, Katelyn Cooper, Ashley Day, Kendall DeVries, Anna Dood, Savanna Fisher, Nora Fitzgerald, Kara Greenberg, Kenzie Hanson, Katie Hunsberger, Shannon Kelley, Lexie Leonard, Amanda Maguire, Hannah Maroe, David Maybank, Riley Thomas, Kaylin Walters and Hanna Watters.
Also performing this weekend was our Small Group Hip Hop, Skippin’ which received 4th place. Several duos performed as well, Ona Andrews/Hanna Watters, Ojos Asi, 4th place; Ashley Day/Riley Thomas, Let’s Get Loud, 3rd place and Katie Hunsberger/Shannon Kelley, Knock on Wood, 1st place.
We had seven soloists in the competition this year. Katelyn Cooper, Hush, 3rd place Kara Greenberg, Big Time, 2nd place Lexie Leonard, Nothing But a T Shirt, Merit; Amanda Maguire, Hit Me with a Hot Note, 5th place; Hannah Maroe, My Strongest Suit, 2nd place; David Maybank, Time of My Life, 1st place; and Kaylin Walters, Something’s Gotta Give, 1st place.
Special congratulations to Kara Greenberg, David Maybank and Kaylin Walters who qualified for Nationals and the Dancer of the Year program, and to Hannah Maroe who qualified for Nationals.
We are looking forward to our Spring Recital, Grand Rapids and Rockford Festival performances and many more successes in New York this summer.
Leadership and sensitivity strong in self-motivated student
Natalie Carlson is the daughter of Chris and Staci Carlson and sister to Kori and Andrew. At Crestwood Elementary, teachers and staff are quick to point out that Natalie is extremely self-motivated and a strong leader who demonstrates kindness and warmth on a daily basis.
Natalie is a creative and intelligent person who always has a smile on her face. According to her teachers, “Natalie notices other students who are in need and seeks out and develops friendships with those who might not have a friend.” A wonderful role model, Natalie leads others in a positive way without being bossy. “She is kind and considerate to every student in our class.”
True to nature, Natalie stepped up as a leader against bullying in her Girl Scout troop. She shows a level of patience that is beyond her years and has a knack for encouraging others to participate when they might not otherwise do so.
Teachers say Natalie’s motivation comes from a strong motivation to gain a high level of achievement. This determination is coupled with her belief in caring for others and belief in the importance of being a good person. She is outgoing, friendly, and an independent thinker who radiates positive energy.
In addition to her motivating personality, Natalie is consistently in the top of her grade academically and has been invited to participate in the 2009 People World Leadership Forum. She also received the Leadership award at Springhill Camp two years in a row.
An avid reader, Natalie also loves to wakeboard and plays basketball for the Rockford Community Education as well as AAU. She enjoys playing the piano and has been a Girl Scout for four years.
For her leadership ability, her high goals of achieve-ment and her ability to sense and reach out to the needs of others, Natalie is Crestwood Elementary’s 2009 Example in Excellence.