Special memories of her grandpa motivate this student Anna Dornan, 14, is the daughter of Chris and Brenda Dornan and sister to Audrey, 16, and Amy, 6. Anna was chosen as this year’s Example in Excellence for East Rockford Middle School for her quiet confidence, compassion, positive attitude and strong work ethic. “Anna’s level of responsibility and maturity are impressive,” her teachers say of her. Anna makes it a priority to set goals to help others and to reflect on her progress each day. She values helping others, both academically and socially, and feels a duty to stand up for what is right. Anna serves the community by volunteering at her church and at Kent District Library. She has a passion for reading and writing. She is a member of the Junior Writer’s Foundation and her writing has received numerous high honors in competitions. She has also earned several medals and ribbons for Irish dance. She loves dancing, but is unable to dance, at this point, due to a serious condition with her leg. She hopes to regain the ability to dance in the future. Anna is very active with Nitelife, Equipt and small group for her church, which is an integral part of her life and character. She is motivated by her family and God. She is especially motivated by memories of her grandpa Lyle and the love that he showed during his life. Students and staff at East Rockford Middle School are proud to recognize Anna Dornan as their Example in Excellence. She shows what she values in the way she carries herself each day in school and community.
East Rockford Middle School
Establish successful habits now by MIKE RAMM, Principal East Rockford Middle School Amazingly, the 2010-2011 school year is nearing an end. While there is more work to be done and students are anticipating summer vacation, now is a valuable time to begin preparing for next school year. This advice is especially true if your son or daughter will be transitioning to middle school. Success in middle school can set the stage for a student’s success in high school, in college and in life. Students attending middle school in Rockford are surrounded by supportive influences to ensure a smooth transition and overall positive experience. Staff members, parents and peers all help middle school students achieve. When a student enters middle school in Rockford, he or she is afforded many opportunities. Students have the chance to meet new people, develop skills and interests, gain a sense of identity and independence, and begin thinking about future goals. Additionally, students are faced with challenges including more responsibilities, new class schedules, tougher academic work and new surroundings. Each opportunity and challenge provides a valuable learning experience that will prepare students for their future. Parents can play a major part in assisting students during a school year. Below are some steps parents can take to ensure students start middle school with every advantage: • Share a positive attitude. Encourage a love of learning by talking about new things your child will learn in middle school. Discuss exciting changes middle school will bring, such as new friends, activities and clubs. • Get to know the school together. Attend the summer orientation program and view the middle school websites for helpful information. • Teach your child to be more organized. Encourage your child to keep all school material neatly in one place. Show your son or daughter how to write down class assignments in a planner. • Help your child learn good social skills. Talk about the importance of cooperating, listening, respecting differences, being supportive and apologizing when wrong. • Encourage your child to get involved. Suggest that your child try several activities that may interest him or her. Middle school offers clubs, intramurals, band, choir, athletics, student council and other after-school activities. • Stay connected with your child’s schoolwork. Attend parent teacher […]
Caroline Hyde, an eighth-grade student at East Rockford Middle School, will be participating in Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s 42nd Annual European Tour this summer. Hyde is among more than 400 talented participants and staff who will be visiting nine countries from the Mediterranean Sea to the North Sea as part of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program, which began in 1969. In return, Blue Lake and nearly 100 Michigan and Midwest communities will host 20 European groups that will visit the U.S.A. throughout the summer and into the fall. Hyde will be part of a 78-voice choir under the direction of Dr. Carol Ott. Prior to departing, the groups will spend one week at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in intensive rehearsals and preparations for the tours. In each European community they visit, Blue Lake’s performing ambassadors will stay in local homes, as will members of the groups that tour Michigan. According to Gretchen Stansell, founder and director of the program, the goal of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program is to promote peace and understanding through the universal language of the arts. Hyde is a soprano voice student in the Blue Lake Choir, and the daughter of Joel and Ann Hyde of Rockford.
Rockford teams took plenty of wins in regional competition March 19 at Greenville Middle School. Rockford sent 24 competitive teams and five primary teams—grades kindergarten through second, non-competitive. Advancing to state finals on April 16 at Davenport University are the following. In Division I are the following teams that took first place: Cannonsburg Elementary School Team A, Belmont Elementary School and North Rockford Middle School Team B. Advancing after a second-place win is Roguewood Elementary School Team B. Advancing after a third-place win are Roguewood Elementary School Team A and Cannonsburg Elementary School Team B. Advancing after a fourth-place win is Valley View Elementary School Team A. In Division II, North Rockford Middle School Team A took first, East Rockford Middle School Team B took second and North Rockford Middle School Team C took third. In Division III, Rockford High School took first place. Teams that placed—honorable mention—but will not advance are Crestwood Elementary School, East Rockford Middle School Team A, North Rockford Middle School Team B, Roguewood Elementary School Team B, Crestwood Elementary School and East Rockford Middle School. Four Rockford teams and one Rockford parent also received special awards. John Merchun received an Outstanding OMer award for his volunteering positive attitude. Cannonsburg Elementary School Team B received an Outstanding OMer award for their problem- solving under pressure. North Rockford Middle School Team A received the Coveted Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity, and Roguewood Elementary School Team A received the Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity in their performance. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems—great and small—for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking “outside of the box.” Odyssey organizer Linda Blackmore said, “Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to […]