Rockford’s Daukss and Dix Qualify for State Ski Competition

sp-skiRockford’s regular ski season concluded on Tuesday, Feb. 3 with the final conference race at Cannonsburg Ski Area, followed by the regional competition on Friday, Feb. 13. In the end, Rockford girls and boys teams each finished in third place in the Greater Grand Rapids High School Ski Conference (GGRHSSC), behind Grand Haven and Forest Hills Central on the girls side and East Grand Rapids and Grand Haven on the boys side.

Rockford’s girls and the conference were led all season by Julie Daukss who earned an All Conference spot and consistently placed in the top ten finishers, usually in first or second place. Carly Funk also achieved the conference giant slalom (GS) list for the girls. Team leaders for the boys were Michael Dix, John Milewski and Taylor Noakes, who all achieved All Conference status due to consistently strong top finishes in both GS and slalom events.

Eleven Division I teams gathered at Cannonsburg on Friday, Feb. 13 for regional competition, following a postponement due to rain and warm conditions. Race day arrived with meticulously groomed slopes and temperatures right at freezing. After perfect conditions all season long, the snow conditions were disappointing, but there was plenty of snow to complete the event. Each racer took two runs in slalom and in GS, with their combined times determining their finish places in each event. Marquette, Traverse City and Grand Haven were the top three teams, earning the right to compete as teams at the state competition. Rockford’s boys team placed fifth.

Although Rockford’s teams did not finish in the top three positions, two individual racers earned the right to compete at the state level due to top finishes. Daukss placed third in slalom and 12th in GS, and will compete in both events. Dix placed 14th in slalom and will also compete at the state competition.

Rockford’s other team members’ finish places were Kristyn Macqueen (27th slalom, 40th GS), Bethany Hicks (39th slalom, 57th GS), Aly Schneiter (44th GS), Merry Buelken (45th slalom), Funk (54th slalom, 50th GS), Ashley Richter (56th GS), Tyler Manikowski (27th GS), Milewski (26th slalom, 31st GS), Noakes (24th slalom, 37th GS), Travis Fleming (39th GS, 24th slalom), and Dan O’Connor (41st GS, 49th slalom).

Rockford’s varsity team loses two senior girls at the end of the season. Macqueen was a consistently strong finisher for the team and provided much-needed depth to their performance. Schneiter, who joined the team this year, demonstrated consistently improving performances at each event. The boys team will return five juniors and a sophomore. Both teams are looking forward to a strong 2009-2010 season.

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Lady Rams Bowlers Reclaim OK Red Lead

The Rockford girls needed a sweep of this week’s matches against Hudsonville, Jenison and Grandville to reclaim the lead in the OK Red conference, and that is just what they did. The girls got by Hudsonville and Jenison (24-6 and 28-2), but undefeated Grandville was much tougher.

Grandville got off to a good start by taking the first baker game and holding on for total baker pins and a 6-4 lead heading into match play. Again, Grandville bowled well, taking the first match game 813-795 and expanding their lead to 12-7. Rockford then got a great game from senior Hannah Pribble with her career high 255 game, securing total pins, and a thin 15.5-14.5 win over a very good Grandville team.

“Grandville is a great team,” commented Coach Lynn Farrance. “They took us by two pins in our first meeting, and without Hannah’s big game and sophomore Megan Wood coming in the eighth frame as a sub in the first match and throwing four strikes in a row, reclaiming that position’s point, we would be looking at a 1.5-point deficit instead of having a half-point lead going into the final week of conference play. My hat goes off to those two bowlers, bowling like that under extreme pressure. Great job!”

The boys had a successful week also defeating Hudsonville and Grandville at home and having those matches decided by the end of the first match game. However, the match with Jenison went the other way. Jenison had a very hot day and defeated the Rams at Jenison’s home house.

The Jenison loss puts the boys two games behind Hudsonville with just two match games with Grand Haven left. The boys are still in the running for the OK Red championship, but they need to win the rest of their matches and take a first at the OK Red post-season tournament.

The bowling teams go up against Grand Haven their last two matches. The first match was Monday, Feb. 16, at Grand Haven and then at home, with the post-season tournament on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Hudsonville.

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RHS Crew Teams Appointed New Coaches

Rockford High School Athletic Director Tim Erickson has recently appointed Tim Jacobs as the head coach for the women’s high school crew team and Greg Hobart as head coach for the men’s high school crew team.

Jacobs has coached in various capacities within the communities of Rockford and Ravenna. He teaches physical education and wood tech at Rockford Freshman Center.

Hobart has coached the varsity B wrestling team for over 20 years and became interested in crew last year when asked to photograph the team at the Grand Rapids Regatta. He works at Rockford High School, assisting in the wood tech classes.

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Mandatory Crew Parent Meeting

A mandatory Rockford High School crew parent meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Rockford Freshman Center cafeteria. All parents of interested rowers are asked to attend. Details will be provided regarding schedules, practice dates, testing requirements, costs, fundraising and conditioning. For more information, please contact Bill McDaniel at (616) 813-7955.

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Rockford to Take Next Step in School Improvement

by JULIE DEVEREAUX, Principal
Meadow Ridge Elementary

The North Central Association (NCA) is the largest accrediting association that monitors schools in the United States. It is a non-governmental voluntary membership association of schools. To sustain membership in NCA, schools must meet both membership and improvement criteria annually and engage in continuous school improvement that focuses on improving student performance.

Prior to 1990, only the Rockford High School was a member of NCA. In the fall of 1990, a decision was made by the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education to begin the process to accredit all schools in the Rockford district. Since that time, every building has achieved membership and accreditation. The NCA process to school improvement is systematic, data driven, and results in significant improvement over time. The school improvement that has been documented by individual Rockford schools during the last 18 years, is very impressive.

In the fall of 2006, the NCA, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) came together to form one strong and unified organization called AdvancED. In November 2007, an agreement between the Michigan Department of Education and AdvancED was reached to satisfy the state’s requirements while also meeting the school’s AdvancEd accreditation.

AdvancEd is the world’s largest education community, representing over 23,000 public and private schools and districts in 30 states and 65 countries, serving over 15 million students. Through AdvancED, NCA has defined shared, research-based accreditation standards that cross state, regional and national boundaries. Accompanying these, standards and accreditation process are intended to enhance quality, reduce duplication of effort with state processes, and simplify procedures.

Rockford Public Schools’ next step is to begin a district accreditation process through AdvancED. That process has begun with a Readiness Visit scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20. To earn AdvancED district accreditation, Rockford will have to:

  • meet the AdvancED accreditation standards;
  • implement a continuous process of improvement; and
  • host an external review team once every five years.

This process is rigorous and demonstrates that the Rockford district is focused on raising student achievement, providing safe and enriching learning environments, and maintaining efficient and effective operations staffed by highly qualified educators. This accreditation commission will provide a nationally recognized mark of quality for our district and all the schools within it. It demonstrates Rockford’s commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.

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