August 2 2012

Valley View presents Johnson as Example in Excellence

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Student’s positive joy for life has great impact on classmates, teachers Mavis Johnson is the daughter of  Chuck and Sheryl Johnson and sister to Cailie, Clifton and Madelyne. Mavis is an exemplary leader who sets the bar high by her example. She continually uses the life skills of patience, respect, perseverance, flexibility, friendship and effort on a daily basis. Her spark and smile never falter, even when the going gets tough. Teachers and staff at Valley View Elementary can always count on Mavis to volunteer when help is needed or one of her peers need assistance. She also contributes in class where her positive approach becomes contagious. It is not long before her fellow classmates catch some of her spirit and “can-do” attitude. Described as a delightful student, Mavis displays a positive joy for life and has a great impact on her classmates and teachers. At Valley View, Mavis is a servant leader for the school store as she assists the other students with a smile once again. As a Safety for her school, Mavis takes her role very seriously. As with her studies, she is punctual and responsible in that role as well. Mavis is especially nurturing with younger students. Mavis’ leadership transcends the classroom and school setting as well. She participates in many activities, including soccer and volleyball. Mavis is her brother and sister’s biggest fan as they pursue their own athletic careers. Mavis loves animals, as is evidenced by having two dogs and three cats that she independently cares for. Finally, Mavis wants to be a mom and a teacher when she grows up—more evidence of her servant leadership attitude. Mavis helps to make Valley View the special school family that it is. For all her fine qualities, Mavis Johnson is clearly an Example in Excellence at Valley View Elementary School.


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HELP WANTED Lipe Industrial Services, 555 Northland Drive, looking for on-site shop supervisor and general laborers, nights, weekends and travel required. Room for advancement, salary negotiable. Call (616) 863-8731.       p31 ______________________ WORK WANTED Experienced Christian caregiver looking for a part-time or more position. Would be ideal to help care for an elderly parent or individual. Great references, Red Cross training, cooking, errands, etc. Please call Brenda at (505) 504-1617.      f28 ______________________ NOTICES Free—Inspirational book: Freedom from fear. The Quest for Glory, For hard copy, e-mail address to       p32 ______________________ FOR SALE Bed—new queen pillowtop mattress and box spring set. Still in plastic with warranty. Must sell! $150. (616) 805-9282.       p34 ______________________ Outdoor wood furnaces—Eliminate your heating bills with central boiler outdoor wood furnace. Summer sale. Call SOS, (616) 554-8669.       b35 ______________________ GARAGE SALES Rockford Barn Sale: We have a barn full of items for home and garden decor. August 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; August 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; August 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8463 Squires NE, east of Young.       p31 ______________________ FOR RENT Duplex—clean, 2 bedrooms, garage, basement, in country. No dogs, $800 per month plus utilities. Call (616) 691-8696.       p32 ______________________ Spotless two-bedroom apartment in downtown Rockford. Rent includes water, electric, trash, appliances, laundry and more. A must see! Non-smoking, no pets, $950. Call (616) 866-2902.       p31 ______________________ PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act and the Michigan Civil Rights Act, which collectively make it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age or marital status, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To report discrimination, call the Fair Housing Center at (616) 451-2980. The HUD toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. ______________________ HOMES FOR SALE Rockford—Three-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath ranch on ten rolling wooded acres. Includes 40×60 heavy-duty former […]


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Improving Safety and Security in Our Schools by PETER YOUNG Director of Technology Rockford Public Schools Implementing security cameras in school systems these days is a pretty common approach to improving safety and security for both staff and students. This summer, Rockford Public Schools will be in the process of implementing new security cameras throughout the district. The project will be funded from our 2008 bond issue, not general operating funds. We will be deploying over 80 new digital cameras from our elementary to our secondary buildings, as well as our administrative facilities. These new cameras will replace existing analog cameras and now will be connected and managed through the district’s network. In fact, we will be able to monitor these cameras from any location with a device connected to the Internet. A limited number of users will be granted access to monitor these cameras. The security system upgrades will increase the number of cameras from 20 to over 80 in order to monitor general public areas, both inside and outside the buildings. These devices will predominately focus on main entrances, building corridors and the perimeters of the buildings. The new cameras will all be high resolution with multiple viewing degrees and equipped with the ability to incorporate microphones to pick up audio as well. Rockford Public Schools will be improving our student and school community security by implementing new digital cameras while expanding the area of visibility at each district facility. Our improved security initiative will provide a safe and secure environment through the placement of surveillance devices, and still allow for future expandability.

Heider awarded GVSU scholarship

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Katelyn Heider of Rockford has been named a recipient of a faculty scholarship to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Heider, a recent graduate of Rockford High School, is the daughter of Charlie and Debbie Heider. To be considered for a faculty scholarship, the recipient must have a 3.6 high school grade-point average (GPA), a minimum ACT score of 29, and attend a scholarship competition. The award is renewable for three additional years with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA or better. GVSU is dedicated to providing a rich learning environment for students, offering a wide range of majors and hands-on research opportunities. Highly credentialed and responsive faculty and individual advisors and mentors promote a liberal arts emphasis that teaches students critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Rockford students awarded graduation honors at Hope College

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Kelsey Cratty and Lisa Markham, both of Rockford, have been named as recent Hope College graduates who have been awarded graduation honors for outstanding academic accomplishment during their four years of study. Cratty was awarded magna cum laude, which is awarded to graduates who achieve a minimum 3.7 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Markham was awarded cum laude, which is awarded to graduates who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

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