by RYAN KELLEY, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum If you are the parent of a high school student, you are aware that the State of Michigan has increased the number of courses that are required to graduate—the new requirements are known as the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC). Among these new requirements are four years of math, four years of English, three years of social studies, and three years of science, including geometry, algebra II, and chemistry/physics. With the addition of these requirements, many being in the core subject areas, there will obviously be a reduction in the number of elective courses available to our students. Additionally, with the increased rigor of many of the requirements, there is a fear across the state that the dropout rate may skyrocket. As a result, many schools have begun to study alternative master schedules. Rockford High School decided to implement the trimester schedule, the goal being that we wanted a schedule that would provide students the best opportunity to be successful with the MMC, still be able to take relevant electives courses, and allow every student to be pushed to their personal best. To determine the effectiveness of the schedule, the following components were to be studied on an annual basis: attendance, behavior, grade-point average, standardized test scores, course failure rates, graduation rate, college admission data, and survey results from students, parents and teachers. The data collected for the first year has been encouraging. We have maintained and/or improved in every measurable area—attendance, behavior, grade-point average, ACT scores, course failure rates, graduation rates, etc. Also, the following survey results indicate that most of the parents, students and teachers are pleased with the trimester schedule: • Over 91% of the students found the additional elective courses to be valuable. • The majority of the students found no change in the amount of homework. • Of the students who had a preference, 70% prefer the trimester schedule. • Nearly all teachers agree that our students must be able to take elective courses and still meet the MMC requirements. • Of the teachers who had a preference, 61% prefer the trimester schedule. • Of the parents who had a preference, nearly 60% prefer the trimester schedule. In summary, “thank you” to the […]
Brown Mrs. Theresa M. Brown, age 82, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 9, 2009. Shortly after her graduation from St. Louis High School in Mt. Clemens, Theresa married Bill Brown on November 9, 1946. At that time she was working for Detroit Edison, but when the children arrived, she became a stay-at-home mom. In 1963 Theresa and her family moved to Rockford. Later she went to work as a secretary at the Jack R. Root Insurance Agency and part of her job also included working for Rockford Ambulance Service. She continued to work in the insurance industry until her retirement. While her children were growing up, Theresa was very active in Boy Scouts, Girl Scout Brownies, Blue Birds, and was President of the PTA. Vacations were alternately spent at the family cottage, and the following year was Theresa’s choice. She loved gardening, canning and sewing her children’s clothing. Her family was what made Theresa the happiest. While her husband was away working, she ran the household, and her children remember those special Friday meals. On November 9, 1997 (their 51st wedding anniversary), Theresa and Bill joined Rockford United Methodist Church. She is survived by her children, Richard Brown of Wyoming, Mich., Mary Jo and Karl Koster of Belmont, Carol Sue and Jack Cook of Rockford, and Diana Lynn and Steven McClurken of Cedar Springs; 11 grandchildren, Robert William and Laura Brown, Suzanne Lynn and Jim Harthorn, Thomas Michael Brown, Brad Lee and Amy Brown, Kevin Koster, Sara and Ryan Schmidt, Tina and Joel Ross, Brandon and Kristen Cook, Emily and Chad Tejchma, Elizabeth McClurken, Caitlin McClurken; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Roberta and Harry Alore; sisters-in-law, May Taylor, and Ann and Keith Ball; and nieces and nephews. Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, William H. “Bill” Brown, on February 16, 1998; her grandson, Gary Alan McClurken; her parents, Robert and Mary Wilde; her brother, Leslie Wilde; her sister, Emily Wilde; her sister-in-law, Rosemarie Wilde; and very special friend, Peter Brucki. The service for Theresa will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church with Rev. Dick Riley officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider […]
Rogers – Rich Geralyn and Rick Barker of Rockford and Scot and Toni Rich of Sparta announce the engagement of their son, Josh Rich, to Sarah Rogers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rogers of Grand Rapids. Proud grandparents are Nancy Van Lopik of Grand Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. David Laux of Belding, and Dorothy Martin of Traverse City. The bride-to-be is a 2000 graduate of Calvin Christian High School, and has earned a BA from Grand Valley State University and ADN from Grand Rapids Community College. She is currently employed by Spectrum Health. The groom elect is a 1999 graduate of Rockford High School and is currently employed by Thornapple Excavating Inc. The couple is planning an August 29 wedding ceremony at Lake Leelanau, Mich., with a honeymoon in St. Lucia. Best man will be James Ford and maid of honor will be Abby Harrison. The couple will reside in Grand Rapids. Smith – Huizinga A September 19, 2009, wedding is being planned by Patricia Ann Smith and David Lee Huizinga. Parents of the couple are Kathrin Smith of Hudsonville and Richard and Teresa Huizinga of Rockford. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Northwood of Florida and Davenport University. The groom-elect is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College. Torsky – Boscarino Paul and Susan Boscarino of Rockford and John and Dana Torsky of Cedarville, Mich. announce the engagement of their children Tony Boscarino and Jessica Torsky. Jessie is a graduate of Cedarville High School and Central Michigan University. She has taught at-risk youth through experiential education while completing a two-year Bible school. Tony graduated from Rockford High School and Central Michigan University. He has been serving as a worship leader and associate pastor for His House Campus Ministry in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The couple met while serving in campus ministry at Central Michigan University, and are pursuing a career in Christian ministry together. An outdoor September wedding is planned, with a honeymoon in Cozumel, Mexico.
by MITCH HARVATIN Student reporter It took more time than originally thought but Sam Bravata, owner of Sam’s Joint restaurant in downtown Rockford, will be giving the okay to put the condos, located above the restaurant, on the market. The new condos should be ready for sale by the end of this week. According to Bravata, whoever buys the “deluxe condo” for $189,000 will receive full appliances and furniture. The deluxe condo size is between 1,000 and 1,100 square feet. Bravata said that he has spent over $600,000 during this entire process. “The City of Rockford has been very cooperative and easy to work with,” Bravata said. The Rockford Fire Department had to install a new fire sprinkler system throughout the entire building, and EPS installed a new state-of-the-art security system for each condo. The historic building is a Rockford landmark and was formerly the Hotel Maine. It was named after a U.S. battleship and was built in 1898. If you are interested in a condo, you can call ReMax Sunquest at (616) 819-7912 or the Sam Bravata offices at (616) 560-7500.
On July 25, 74 golfers attended the second annual Spaghetti Dad’s Football Golf Outing at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Many were blaming the wind for their scores, however rumor has it there were some questionable “throwies!” Although Coach Munger was in attendance and did golf, he said he was saving his “winning” for the 2009 Rams football season. The win was awarded to the team of a corporate sponsor, Rockford Construction, which consisted of Norm Noordeloos, Justin Noordeloos, Kyle Wustman and Gabe VanderJagt. The Rockford football program wishes to thank the hole sponsors, local companies who donated prizes, and especially Pete Klahn, Denise Hodges and the entire committee who put so much work into making this day a huge success. This is an event you won’t want to miss next year!