“Can’t” is not a word in her vocabulary Hannah Kinlaw is the daughter of Michael and Holly Kinlaw and sister to Elsie and Nate. She is an enthusiastic student who is known for her love of learning and kindness. Hannah’s teachers describe her as a girl whose “can do” attitude pours over those around her. She is quick to help anyone who might be struggling with their own tasks and is helpful to students and teachers alike. Hannah is also an independent person who is a good decision maker. Hannah loves to bring people up instead of down, and is a person whose glass is always half full. Her positive attitude and determination to do her personal best motivate those around her. Hannah is a hard worker who takes her tasks seriously. Her teachers say she cares about her homework and schoolwork and is never one to be half-hearted in what she does. Can’t is not a word in her vocabulary. Hannah is talented on many levels. Her artwork was chosen for the Rockford Community Calendar and she has won awards for art. She is a level seven gymnast, who has a variety of medals for her performances. Hannah enjoys volleyball, dancing, gymnastics, jogging, swimming, skiing and riding her bike on the White Pine Trail. She also participates in her church, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where she is in the choir. Insisting on a personal best and always willing to help others, Hannah is a fine Example in Excellence for her peers and the staff at Belmont Elementary School.
Quality Schools, Quality Community… Together Building a Tradition of Excellence by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools The above statement has been an important part of the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) logo for over 20 years. Not only is the declaration true, it is ongoing with no ending point—we live it every day. RPS and the Rockford community enjoy a real and functioning partnership which has endured and expanded over the years. Despite the current economic challenges which are negatively impacting state, local, school and family budgets, RPS remains an exemplary educational institution because of our people! Several weeks ago, I spoke at the Citizens Research Council’s annual conference in Detroit, when I was asked, “What has RPS done and what is RPS doing to improve educational opportunities for students?” Before I could finish my answer, the program moderator had to “cut me off” because the list of our accomplishments is so lengthy. That question made me realize the importance of reminding the Rockford community of just a few of the excellent opportunities and successes we have enjoyed despite the economy. Beginning in 1989, we began conducting focus groups and surveys of parents, employees, students and the community at large to identify priorities and expectations for RPS. Thus, the first Rockford Action Model for Success (RAMS) was born. Every three years since that time, a new and relevant RAMS model has been created with input from our school and community. RAMS VII is nearing completion, and we have already started the process to create RAMS VIII. This ongoing strategic blueprint for continuous improvement has played a major role in our success. RPS has earned a strong reputation as an exemplary public school system based on the following facts: • Rockford is the only school district in Michigan to require students to demonstrate proficiency in math and language arts by successfully passing the ACT WorkKeys high school competency tests to earn a high school diploma. • All of our schools are recognized by the State Board of Education as exemplary Blue Ribbon Schools, which is based on student achievement test scores, educational programs, and parent involvement. We are the only school district in Kent County to earn this recognition. • As defined […]
BEST IN SHOW—of nearly 100 cars at the annual Harvest Fest Car Show. Jim Baker of Grand Rapids (center) is pictured with fire fighter judges. The judges in order from left to right are Chief Steve Johnson, Algoma; firefighter Rowlf Hawkins, Cannon; Harvest Fest winner Jim Baker; Chief Mike Reus, Rockford and Chief Mickey Davis, Courtland.
‘The Rams are a permanent part of the community’ “We are thrilled by the response from our community, this is exactly what we hoped would happen,” said Jamie Hosford, director of Human Resources at Rockford Public Schools. Hosford has spent much of his summer preparing Year of the Ram, an art event for Rockford that will leave a lasting legacy and add interest to our community. Nearly life-sized Rams made from PVC plastic were sold to businesses, groups and individuals, decorated, and “released” Thursday, September 30 at the Rockford dam. Originally the plan was for the Rams to stay through the weekend, but the excitement and interest they have created convinced city and school leaders to leave them through the third weekend of Harvest Festival, October 9 and 10, Children’s Weekend. The Rams have a schedule ahead, including a visit to the homecoming game, participation in Santa Parade and visits throughout the community. The several dozen colorful beasts are all unique, many decorated by students at Rockford and representing creativity and hundreds of hours of work. Hosford said he believes the durable statues will be a permanent part of the community and another way we show our Ram Pride. He hinted the public’s help will be needed in the future for a contest requiring people to vote on their favorite Ram. “This shows our Ram Pride—Go Rams!”