Carry out God’s call in your life

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers has nominated two students from Rockford for consideration by U.S. Service Academies. The nominees will be considered for acceptance into the 2013 class of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students who desire to apply to U.S. Service Academies must receive a congressional nomination to be considered for acceptance, and nominees are not guaranteed admission. The nomination is a requirement of the application process at each academy. “I am pleased and honored to nominate these exceptional students for consideration by U.S. Service Academies,” said Congressman Ehlers. “I offer these future leaders the best of luck in the application process to attend these prestigious academies.” Tyler Carlson of Rockford was nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Trevor Holloway of Rockford was nominated for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Valley View Elementary’s AnnMarie Aulbach: an Example in Excellence

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Gentle but confident student leads by example  AnnMarie Aulbach, age 10, is the daughter of Ron and Shawn Aulbach and sister to Brennan, Aislynn, Brysonn and Braylenn. She is known by her teachers as a person of genuine consideration and respect for others. Her gentle but confident nature allows her to lead her peers in a positive direction. AnnMarie is a leader by example, who reaches out and is willing to help at any time.  A sensitive student, she recognizes when someone needs help before being asked. Her teacher recalls when one of her peers was struggling to finish an assignment, AnnMarie guided the student through the work without giving answers but by helping him understand the concepts and skills involved. A member of the safety patrol at Valley View,  AnnMarie enjoys volunteering her efforts. She also is willing to assist in the classroom and during recess. She also served as a student council member at her school. She was selected to be vice president of her school store. It is clear this girl enjoys life every day in the positive way she interacts with peers and adults. She is humble and does not do things for personal gain or for recognition, but simply from her heart. AnnMarie is motivated by her love of life, her faith and her belief in helping others. She loves to dance and sing and is involved with musical productions at her church. She also enjoys camping, swimming, spending time outdoors and doing things with her family. A member of BridgeWay Community Church, she is on the music team for Family Matters, the Kids Bible Challenge team and the Fifth-Sixers youth group. She has participated in Odyssey of the Mind for two years and served as a Green Team member for one year. With her quiet, confident nature, her genuine consideration of others and her strong belief in the value of helping others without seeking personal gain, AnnMarie is an Example in Excellence at Valley View Elementary.

Rockford teachers employ differentiation

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

by MAGGIE THELEN Principal, Cannonsburg Elementary Gifted & Talented Coordinator “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”-Henry David Thoreau By nature, every student who crosses the classroom threshold requires a distinct and diverse educational plan. While our state sets the outcomes for our children, it’s the teachers alone who create the plan to help students meet those outcomes. Or, for the student who has already learned the content, the onus rests on the teacher to present new opportunities. This process is termed differentiation, and it’s how every teacher, coach and mentor meets the individual needs of pupils. What is differentiation? It’s a new term for a tried and true educational method. Differentiation is simply meeting the student at their readiness level; in other words, teaching students, not teaching content. “One size fits all” has never been a philosophy to which Rockford teachers have subscribed. Imagine a piano teacher who planned the same lessons for all first-year piano students, neglecting to acknowledge or plan for those students who have natural talents, previous musical training, or difficulties. It’s not hard to see how ineffective those lessons would be for the majority of the students, because readiness was not considered. While anecdotal evidence abounds regarding the effectiveness of differentiation, research is confirming this premise, as well. A noted expert in the area of differentiation, Carol Ann Tomlinson, writes:  From a very young age, children understand some of us are good with kicking a ball, some with telling funny stories, some with manipulating numbers, and some with making people feel happy. They understand that some of us struggle with reading words from the page, others with keeping tempers in check, still others with arms or legs that are weak. Children seem to accept a world in which we are not alike. They do not quest for sameness, but they search for the sense of triumph that comes when they are respected, valued, nurtured, and even cajoled into accomplishing things they believed beyond their grasp. The immensity of this task for teachers is considerable. To meet the needs of all Rockford students, teachers meet weekly before school hours in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to examine teaching practices and […]

Local students named to Dean’s Lists

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Calvin College has announced its winter 2008 Dean’s List, requiring that a student maintains at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester and has at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average. The following Rockford High School graduates were named to the list:  Sarah Robinson of Belmont, a sophomore majoring in speech pathology and audiology, is the daughter of Daniel and Burnetta Robinson; Cassaundra Bell of Rockford, a freshman majoring in English, is the daughter of Hal and Karen Bell; Denise Britton of Rockford, a senior majoring in Spanish, is the daughter of Daryl and Dorothy Britton; Jennifer Erickson of Rockford, a sophomore majoring in Spanish, is the daughter of Timothy and Carole Erickson; Rachelle Grandia of Rockford, a sophomore majoring in business/math group, is the daughter of Roger and Diane Grandia; Paul Haverkamp of Rockford, a senior majoring in biology, is the son of Phyllis Haverkamp; Lauren Kelley of Rockford, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry, is the daughter of Michael and Kathleen Kelley; Jessica Roodvoets of Grand Rapids, a junior majoring in art, is the daughter of Diane Roodvoets. Also named to the list are the following Northpointe Christian High School graduates: Lindsay Bailey of Rockford, a senior majoring in elementary education (three minors), is the daughter of Michael and Sue Bailey; Sarah Bratt of Rockford, a sophomore majoring in nursing, is the daughter of David and Ruth Ann Bratt; Deborah Gray of Rockford, a senior majoring in English, is the daughter of Charles and Jeanette Gray; Samuel Lefurge-Mcleod of Rockford, a freshman majoring in communications A&S, is the son of David and Tamalette Lefurge-Mcleod; Luke Pettinga of Rockford, a senior majoring in geology, is the son of Ross and Jonell Pettinga; Andrea Waldo of Rockford, a junior majoring in music, is the daughter of Carl and Gerdina Waldo. Spring Arbor University is pleased to announce the Jessica Hughey of Rockford has been named to the fall 2008 Dean’s List. Hughey is a freshman majoring in WOR-Leadership/Broadcast.

WMU announces graduates

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Western Michigan University recently announced its graduates for the 2008 winter semester. The following Rockford students graduated during WMU’s December 13 commencement:  Benjamin Arendt, Doctor of Philosophy degree, major in educational leadership-higher education; Mallory Good, Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, major in mechanical engineering, cum laude honors; Stacey Gordon, Bachelor of Science degree, major in elementary group minors, magna cum laude honors; Richard Herrick, Master of Business Administration; Kendra Kargenian, Bachelor of Arts degree, major in theatre-performance, cum laude honors; Timothy Mullen, Doctor of Philosophy degree, major in interdiscipinary health studies; Russell Platte, Bachelor of Science, major in geology; Catherine Raney, Bachelor of Science, major in psychology; Molly Rodriguez, Bachelor of Science; major in geography-environmental analysis and resource management; Andrew Rosenberg, Bachelor of Business Administration, major in general business; Joseph Rozelle, Bachelor of Business Administration, major in food and consumer package goods/marketing; Frederick Skallow, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, major in computer engineering; Nicole Trim, Bachelor of Arts degree, major in political science-international and comparative politics/French; Ryan Walker, Bachelor of Business Administration, major in marketing; Carrieanne Winter, Bachelor of Music degree, major in music education-choral/general secondary, magna cum laude honors. The following Belmont students also graduated from WMU on Dec. 13:  Christopher Fridsma, Master of Arts, major in human resources development; Kevin Kindig, Bachelor of Business Administration, major in food and consumer package goods/marketing; Joshua Mikrut, Master of Development Administration.

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