Donations make huge impact on those in need Dear friends at The Rockford Squire, Thank you for your wonderful donation of Easter baskets and goodies to fill them. We are hoping to make and distribute 500 Easter baskets for the children of our families. With your help, we will be able to bring a smile to many children’s faces on Easter morning, who otherwise may not receive a basket. North Kent Community Services is the largest food pantry in Kent County. In 2011 we had 16,780 visits to our pantry, distributing a total of 684,640 pounds of food. Additionally, we continue to sign up new families on a daily basis. Thank you again for your donation. God Bless, Sandy Waite Executive Director North Kent Community Services
April 12 2012
SCHOOL BEAT Cell Phones: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly! by PRINCIPAL DAN ZANG Rockford High School Technology has afforded us the ability to do many wondrous and creative activities in education today. Our teachers and students have enhanced and enriched educational experiences to new levels. The immediacy of information and the countless ways to express and communicate are fascinating. Many of our students at Rockford High School are using their cell devices in a very positive, pro-educational way. Sadly there is great evidence that demonstrates there is also a downside to possessing the devices. Our high school, much like many in the U.S., addresses the issue of distracted driving. A recent study noted that more than 33% of teens 16-17 years of age have texted while driving on a regular basis; 50% of the same teens say they have been in a car while the driver was texting. Distracted driving at any age is a risk behavior; younger inexperienced drivers are at an even greater risk. Parents, please talk to your sons and daughters about distracted driving! To be very honest I did not see the next issue coming: sex and technology. Sexting is sending sexually explicit text or photographs via mobile devices. Teens will share the photographs voluntarily or at times be coerced to share. Once the photos are sent, some kids use them to bully, harass, intimidate or embarrass victims online or via mobile devices. Here are five things to consider before pressing send: 1. Don’t assume anything you send or post is going to remain private. Your message or images will get passed around at some point. 2. There is no changing your mind in cyberspace—anything you send or post will never truly go away. Potential employers, college recruiters, teachers, coaches, parents, friends, enemies, strangers, and others may all be able to find posts, even after you delete them. 3. Don’t give in to the pressure to do something that makes you uncomfortable, even in cyberspace. More than 40% of teens and young adults say “pressure from guys” is a reason girls and women send and post sexual images and messages. 4. Consider the recipient’s reaction. Just because a message is meant to be fun doesn’t mean the person who gets […]
Student leader to travel to Washington, D.C. for highly selective journalism forum Gina Kimball of Belmont, a student at Rockford High School, has been nominated to represent Michigan as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. Kimball has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive weeklong study of journalism and media. Kimball was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies. National Youth Correspondents participate in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media. The experiential portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are well-known leaders in the media community. Presenters include prominent journalists, CEOs of major media outlets, researchers, and recent college graduates successfully entering the field. Last year’s conference included Hoda Kotb, Chuck Todd, Ann Kornblut and Jessica Yellin. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Journalism and Media Conference offers aspiring journalists an unparalleled experience. The program encourages and inspires young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry. The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be held July 8–13, 2012. George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia minutes from Washington, D.C., Mason provides access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. In addition to environmental science and policy, Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. The Washington Journalism and Media Conference is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the changing face of media in the 21st century. The advisory board, chaired by Newseum senior vice president, Susan Bennett, includes CEOs of media, […]
Three students from North Rockford Middle School have been named local winners in the 43rd annual America & Me Essay Contest. Katie Mullen earned first, Carly Behrendt, second, and Isaac Younker, third place. As the school’s first-place winner, Mullen’s essay will now advance to the state competition. Several thousand eighth-grade students from over 400 Michigan schools participated in the essay contest. The topic of the contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.” Started in 1968, the contest encourages Michigan youth to explore the greatness of America and its people. The contest is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
Three students from East Rockford Middle School have been named local winners in the 43rd annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. The three students, who earned the first-, second- and third-place awards for their school, are Christine Alexander, who earned first, Gabby Alcala, who earned second, and Annalise Petzak, third. All three received an award certificate for their achievement. As the school’s first-place winner, Alexander’s name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Alexander’s first-place essay now advances to the state level competition from which the top 10 essays in Michigan will be selected. The top 10 statewide winners will each receive a plaque, a medallion and a cash award of $1,000. In addition, the top 10 essayists will be honored at a banquet in Lansing, meet with Michigan’s top governmental leaders, and be the featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game dedicated in their honor. A team of finalist judges that includes a top Michigan government official and the sponsoring teachers of last year’s top two statewide winners, will determine the ranking of the top 10 statewide winners this year. Several thousand eighth-grade students from over 400 Michigan schools participated in the 2011-2012 America & Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state. The topic of the 2011-2012 contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.” Started in 1968 and open to all Michigan eighth-grade students, the contest encourages Michigan youngsters to explore the greatness of America and its people. As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.