Rockford student awarded GVSU scholarship Eric Henderson of Rockford has been named a recipient of a Faculty Scholarship to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). A recent graduate of Rockford High School, Henderson is the son of Phil and Laura Henderson. 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 3.5 GPA. 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. Albano named to Niagara Dean’s List Marie Albano of Rockford was named to the Niagara University academic dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester. To qualify, students must attain a 3.25 academic grade-point average for the semester. Founded in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive master’s institution sponsored by the Vincentian Community, an order of priests and brothers founded by St. Vincent de Paul. Located on the Niagara River at the northern boundary of the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., the university enrolls more than 4,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs in its four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education, Business Administration, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. It also offers programs in teacher education and graduate education in the Toronto and York regions of Ontario. For more information on programs and offerings, visit www.niagara.edu. Bialkowski graduates from Montreat College Kathryn Bialkowski of Rockford graduated from Montreat College’s School of Professional and Adult Studies in May with a master of arts degree in education. Montreat College is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution with its main campus for four-year traditional students in Montreat. The accelerated School of Professional and Adult Studies program has campuses in Asheville, Charlotte and Black Mountain, with courses being taught in Cherokee, Murphy and other N.C. locations. Herbel named to Dean’s List Andrew Herbel of Sparta is on the Dean’s List for spring semester 2011 at Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind. He graduated May 22 with a degree in chemistry, and is also a graduate […]
Dunkelberger awarded GVSU Scholarship Lisa Dunkelberger of Rockford has been named a recipient of a Faculty Scholarship to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Dunkelberger, a recent graduate of Rockford High School, is the daughter of Melvin and Margit Dunkelberger. 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.
Information Literacy: Building the Bridge of Knowledge by CINDY KITZROW Principal, Cannonsburg Elementary School Director of Library & Media Services Information literacy rose to national consciousness in the U.S. with President Barack Obama. His proclamation stated, “Rather than merely possessing data, we must also learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate and evaluate information for any situation… Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it. Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise. The role of the school library/media center has changed drastically in the last decade. It is no longer just a place to go and check out books or to look up information for research in the encyclopedia. We have become the “Information Literacy Partner” in our schools. We build the “bridge of knowledge” by providing the right resources needed for teachers and students to achieve their goals. Reading has always been the heart of education. The knowledge of almost every subject flows from reading: • One must be able to read the word problem in math in order to understand it. • If you cannot read the science or social studies chapter, you cannot answer the content questions. • One can arguably state, “Reading is the single most important social factor in American life today.” School library media specialists not only promote the love of reading, they also support the entire school program by applying their “knowledge about resources, teachers and student needs, the processes in instruction and technology.” The library promotes, supports and strengthens the entire school curriculum. Our goals are to develop lifelong learners by teaching the love of reading and information literacy. Helping students become information literate involves teaching students how to learn: to recognize how knowledge is organized how to find information, how to use the information to answer any question or […]
Closing thoughts… by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent, Rockford Public Schools With the end of the 2009-10 school year rapidly approaching, I would like to make a few observations. Senior Class of 2010 Congratulations to the 625 Rockford High School and River Valley Academy seniors who are receiving a guaranteed diploma from the Rockford Public Schools (RPS). I wish you the very best that life has to offer, and I encourage you to use the skills you have acquired at RPS to further your life-long learning. Losses RPS students, staff and community have experienced several heart-wrenching losses this year. Beyond the pain that we have all experienced, I continue to be humbled by the overwhelming outreach, love and support demonstrated by our community for the families and friends of the loved ones who have passed. God bless you! More Recognition for RPS As many of you already know, RPS is one of only a few school districts throughout Michigan that has all of its schools recognized by the state board of education as Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools. Also, all of our schools are accredited by the North Central Association of Schools. Just recently, educators from Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan visited our district and conducted a comprehensive evaluation of our students’ test scores, educational and co-educational programs, preschool through adult education, curricula and staff, and they have recommended that RPS receive the AdvancED accreditation recognition, which is reserved for only a few school districts throughout the Midwest. May 2008 Bond Issue Progress Two years ago, our community voted to renew a one-mill debt retirement levy that was scheduled to be retired. That generous renewal created $45 million for capital improvement projects throughout the school district, including classroom additions to existing buildings, updated district-wide instructional technology, and recreation and athletic fields. To date, all of the projects have been completed on time and within budget. The only project which will require more work than originally anticipated is the renovation of the infrastructure of the North Rockford Middle School pool. Following a thorough evaluation of the facility, engineers determined more work was required, setting back the completion date to at least January 2011. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the past two years, as we have […]
Measure success based on students’ performance by MAGGIE THELEN Principal, Cannonsburg Elementary School Director of Gifted and Talented Director of Instructional Technology No Child Left Behind, EdYes, MEAP tests, ACT tests, SAT tests, PLAN tests, Response to Intervention, EXPLORE tests, IDEA 2004… educators live in a world of standards and assessments. We need to look at how and what we teach and then measure success based on how well our students perform. Isn’t there more to teaching and learning? Don’t we want all students to come to school to learn and grow each day? Many policies and procedures are in place, which safeguard the progress of students—the majority of our students—but still lack the accountability for meeting the needs of the highly able student. If we equated the education of our youth with that of a sports team, we would quickly realize the disparity in quality of education that could exist. The following article was originally printed on the Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page. Read the comparison between the game of football and that of educating all students. No Child Left Behind: The Football Version Author Unknown, additions by Carolyn K., director, Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page 1. All teams must make the state playoffs, and all will win the championship. If a team does not win the championship, they will be on probation until they are the champions, and coaches will be held accountable. 2. All kids will be expected to have the same football skills at the same time and in the same conditions. No exceptions will be made for interest in football, a desire to perform athletically, or genetic abilities or disabilities. ALL KIDS WILL PLAY FOOTBALL AT A PROFICIENT LEVEL. 3. When players arrive at any game with remedial skills in football for any reason, their coaches will be penalized for their performance, regardless of how long the players have been on the team. 4. If remedial players do not achieve proficiency by the next statistically recorded game, their coaches and athletic directors will be put on probation. After several games of probation, coaches and athletic directors may be released. Coach and athletic director probation and release will not be conditional on the size of gains in the remedial players football skills; players […]