by STEVE LEWIS Assistant Principal, Rockford High School As a community, we are aware of the accomplishments of our students in the academic arena with nearly half of our students achieving honor roll status. While many of the students excel in the classroom, they also carry their talents into the sports arena, winning many conference and state championships. Our band and choir also shine in state competitions as well. Last month our theatre students performed “Beauty and the Beast” that was on the level of a Broadway musical. Perhaps the most compelling attribute of our students is what they do beyond the walls of Rockford High School (RHS). Our students’ compassion for others and the student service they do is simply remarkable. The following letter was written to RHS staff from one of their colleagues about student service. Dear Colleagues, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about an incredible demonstration by some of our students last night in Grand Rapids. Fifteen RHS students, some of them Youth Initiative members, some from my AP English classes and some from Mitch Gathercole’s Senior Composition classes, helped my wife Tammi and me make and serve a “Love Feast” in inner-city Grand Rapids last night. The students made spaghetti with meat and marinara sauce, Caesar salad, fruit salad and dessert (12 students made brownies and cakes) and served the meal to unemployed, indigent and homeless people. I can’t tell you how proud I was of our students’ work ethic, creative problem-solving, and servant hearts. We were told to prepare a meal for 75-100 people and 140 showed up to eat and 20 asked for food to go for their friends and family that could not come. The students responded to each challenge with creativity and positive attitudes. Students had to serve each person, but also meet various and sometimes strange requests of some rude, caustic and demanding people. They illustrated agape love in every action whether cooking, serving or cleaning up. During the evening, a few men stumbled into the hall obviously intoxicated, but hungry just the same. They were loud and boisterous, but our students were not intimidated or rude. They met their needs in the same fashion as any of the others. In another […]
Beauty and the Beast
Rockford High School is presenting the musical, Beauty and the Beast on March 26, 27, and 28, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m. in the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium. The caliber of the musicals has continued to climb with each year topping the year before. “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed with all the music, dance, and professionalism required to exceed even the toughest critics’ expectations. Not only will you see the best in high school talent, but you will see them on stage with the same sets as used in one of the Broadway productions. Every detail is created to take you from the real world to a place that only Disney could imagine. Mr. Duiven and his crew are working hard to make this the ”s history. There is a cast of 83 not including countless stage crew, pit band members, and numerous volunteers. Leads include Dani McDonald as the beautiful Belle, Brett Johnson as the proud Beast, Brett Wiesenauer plays Belle’s Father, Maurice, the handsome, but not too bright, Gaston, is played by Jordon Bornand, and of course, his faithful companion, LeFou, played by Josiah Grimm. This production is the perfect place to bring your family to escape from the cold, late winter air into a place where magic and dreams come true. Tickets for the musical are $10 per person for reserved seats. Ticket sales began March 2, 2009. Weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the RHS box office. For more information please call 863-6031, ext. 7087 or www.rockfordchoirs.com. Escape with your family to an enchanted place where luminaries dance and tea pots sing!
The Rockford High School Fine Arts Department is presenting a unique and exciting addition to its musical “Beauty and the Beast.” All ladies and gentlemen from the ages of 3 to 12 are invited to “Tea with Belle & Friends”. On March 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the RHS cafeteria, your child can meet the characters from this wonderful Disney musical. There will be games and crafts where your child will make a magic mirror or frame and a rose they can take home to remember their time in make-believe. Bring your own camera and take all the pictures you would like! Refreshments will include desserts, punch, and of course Mrs. Pott’s famous tea! Tickets are $10.00 per child for the first two siblings and $5.00 for each one after the first two. Accompanying adult is free. For tickets visit www.rockfordchoirs.com. Print the form and mail as directed. Tickets to the “Tea” do not include or guarantee tickets to the musical. Tickets must be ordered by March 17, 2009. Escape with your family into a world of music, magic, and dreams!