Roguewood Elementary’s Skylar Berlin: an Example in Excellence

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Respectful, responsible student sensitive toward others Skylar Berlin is known at Roguewood Elementary as a confident and resilient student who has a wonderful sense of humor. She is the daughter of Kathy and Joe Berlin. Her teachers describe Skylar as a respectful, responsible and caring student who is honest and sensitive to the feelings of others. She is very competitive, yet demonstrates good sportsmanship when she doesn’t win. She is extremely focused and on task when it comes to just about anything-athletics, hobbies, studies and her desire to do her best. Skylar has an iron will and a calm determination to accomplish goals. She is also caring and concerned about all creatures, from her pets-a cat and dog-to the smallest bugs. She has been known to rescue insects, worms and other creatures by moving them from harm’s way. A personal confidence and strong desire to do the right thing, Skylar is focused, organized and completes any project she starts. She is mature beyond her years and many skills come to her very naturally. Her determination is a strength that leads her to prepare well for competitive events such as Jump Rope for Heart, which she won two years in a row by diligent practice. She won the hustle award at basketball camp in summer of 2008 and first place in gymnastics with the best cartwheel and round-off. Skylar excels in all she attempts and she is very active, participating in basketball, softball, dance and running in the Roguewood mileage club. She began water-skiing and was a natural. Other hobbies include rollerblading, bocce ball, four-square and swimming. Skylar’s determination toward success, plus a caring sensitivity to others and natural tender heart make her an Example in Excellence at Roguewood Elementary.

Cannonsburg Elementary’s Kabe Beach: an Example in Excellence

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Selfless student works hard, helps others Kabe Beach, age 10, is the son of Craig and Laura Beach and brother to Grant, Avri and Thang. At Cannonsburg Elementary, teachers and staff know Kabe for his integrity, empathy and unfailing ability to see others with an open heart. Kabe’s compassion and respect for those around him is apparent in his concern for those who are less fortunate. His daily choices reflect his desire to help others. Kabe is a person who perseveres. School is not always easy, but Kabe shows an optimism and determination that are a true credit to his strength of character. Kabe never loses his willingness to show an interest in the welfare of others. An enthusiastic participant in organizations that help cure the world’s ills, Kabe is involved with Relay for Life, Jump Rope for Heart, and UNICEF. According to his teachers, “Kabe is a genuinely selfless young man with an accepting, compassionate heart.” He is a student with a Biblical outlook, living his faith in a practical manner. He acts on his compassionate desire to help others. He continually overcomes physical, health, academic and speech issues and is an inspiration to peers and staff at Cannonsburg. Kabe enjoys soccer and football as well as other outdoor activities. He loves nature, reads a great deal and is very interested in history. On the computer, Kabe has fun building empires and castles. He also loves his participation in Kids on the Rock church. Although Kabe does not find academics naturally easy, his hard work, perseverance and continuous concern for and the desire to help others make him an Example in Excellence at Cannonsburg Elementary School.

Rockford High School library Ram Café now open

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford High School library Ram Café now open A warm wood grain floor and rich brown and orange colors adorn the walls, and dark cherry cabinetry with countertops mimicking granite welcome guests. And then, of course, there is the aroma of fresh roasted coffee filling the air. Is this a high-end coffee emporium so ubiquitous in the modern American urban landscape? No, it is a former workroom attached to the Rockford High School (RHS) library. Beginning this month, students and staff who visit the school library are also able to enjoy a nice beverage as they work or relax. Library patrons will be able order coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and even chai latté from smiling student baristas who will be earning credit in a business management course. Student café managers will have the opportunity to learn in a real world business setting. The curriculum for the course challenges learners to make daily management decisions such as controlling inventory, reordering, providing customer service, as well as managing the financial side of a small business. The Ram Café is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with over 20 students serving as managers each trimester. The café is the result of the collaborative work of RHS Media Specialist George Wilson and Business Education Instructor Peg Schoenborn. With the support of administration and the generosity of several community businesses (Styles Cabinetry, RJ Countertops, and Rockford Floor Covering) a vision became reality in less than a school year. Several RHS students and staff volunteered for many hours after school and on weekends to paint, stain and set up the café. The café is outfitted with high-quality equipment provided by Gordon’s Food Service. It certainly is not your grandmother’s library. While some people might be puzzled by the concept of a library with a coffee shop, it is a growing national trend. Public libraries, college libraries and, yes, more and more high school libraries across the country are finding that their patron base really warms up to the idea that a “hot cup of joe” coupled with a good read makes for a quality library visit.

Local students named to Dean’s Lists

March 26, 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.             Central Michigan University’s fall semester honors list includes students from Rockford and Belmont who earned 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and higher grade-point averages. Rockford students include: seniors Gina Boscarino, Brent Buesking, Jamie Bylski, Kristine Charais, Christopher Dedinas, Joel Fehsenfeld, Rachel Knott, Samantha Miller, Mathieu Putterman, Andrea Skeels, Angela Lynn Smythe, Christina Somerville, Christopher Vitton; juniors Bryan Anderson, Chelsea Blackmore, Tara Clark, Katherine Gielczyk, David Hammond, Conor Lynch, Christen Marsh, Colleen Scheidel, Danielle Schmutz; […]

Classroom Celebration Fun

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Grattan Academy Elementary students Allison Lamoreaux, Madison Cox, Mary Ricards, and Amber Peters, from Mrs. Campbell’s first/second grade class, celebrated February 19th, their 100th day of school.

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