River Valley Academy announces 2012 graduates

June 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

Allen James Balk Zacheri Issac Banaszak Bennett Thomas Bubin Nathaniel Isaac Buckingham Jared Davis Card Isaac Samuel Cole Breanne Marie Cooper Rebecca Noelle Creasey Khayya Victoria Currie Micah Marie Elerick Damien Kurtis Greene Dominic Antonio Iacovoni Nicholas Anthony Mullen Jourden Kent Perry Jessica Jean Rothwell David Thomas Schmidt Kristi Lyn Sevigny Hannah Mackenzie Siedlecki Taylor Zane Skinner Avian Anthony Snowden Cassandra Marie Sobkowiak Linsey Tarrin Sundrla Frances Margaret Teesdale Francisco Roberto Tejeda, Jr. Miranda Sue Toczydlowski Danyele Marie Vernon Alicia Nicole Wilcox

A Salute to Our Hometown Graduates

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Leah Marie Curry Jonas Dröge Rebecca Mathilde Gobert Jorrit Gorseman Annbritt Hagenah Emilie Luise Hahne Bérénice Marie-Louise Lagarde Jeremie Wayne Murray Paige Lauren Nastaj Clara Petrine Møller Nielsen Chutipan Panumaswiwat Mariana Kozyreff Pereira Mariana Saraiva de Melo Pinheiro Amber Lee Stults Kelly Jocelyn Villarroel Cascos Matthew James Warkoczeski Eliane Svenja Weishaupt Jody Kay Scherer Rachel Lynn Alberta Trevor Scott Alferink Jacob Matthew Aman David Clarke Anderson Samantha Rose Anderson Benjamin Daniel Annis Anthony Lloyd Apkarian Daniel Gregory Apkarian Nathaniel Julian Arganbright Benjamin Robert Armstrong Amanda Marie Avella Kamryn Alison Megan Babb Cory Allen Ball Miguel Marcus Balli-Kovach Jessica Anne Baniukaitis Cody John Barker Samuel James Barnard Brianna Marie Barr Christina Deanne Barteld Alexander James Barth Paul William Bartlett Jr. Bryndolyn Paige Baumann Michael Roy Baumgart Zachary John Baumgart Courtney Mae Beals Michael Richard Becker Amber Joy Beimers Joseph Michael Belliel Bailey Lynette Benoit Christopher David Benson Joel Samuel Bera Caitrin Esther Bergers Samuel-Hunter Berndt Alexander James Bernhardt Brenna Jean Bernhardt Ashley Kaye Beyer Suzann Jane Bigelow Kendra Anjali Bilardello Heather Marie Bilski Jeremy Hayes Blauser Isaac Michael Blenman Alaric Robert Bloss Samantha Rae Boatright Shannon Jordana-Martha Bobbitt Mallory Drew Bolin William Samuel Bonney Beth Ann Boogaard Matthew Robert Boonstra Cameron Scott Borg Kelli Catherine Borgeld Melissa Ann Bors Marjeanne Bothma Kaitlyn Marie Bowers Kaitlyn Ashley Bowman Trent Michael Boyer Benjamin Alan Braden Zachary James Brady Eric Kyle Bray Kaitlyn Marie Bremmer Rebecca Lynne Britsch Brianna Ashley Brodowski Ian Christopher Brom Jenna Ruth Brower Cameron Michael Brown Cody Lauren Brown Kylie Dawn Brown Courtney Marie Brummeler Marc Francis Brunette Casey Michelle Buelken Amanda Rose Buhr Seth David Burke Alexander Gene Burnett Thomas Robert Burns Audrey Elisabeth Bush Brittany Marie Bussing Matthew Scott Campbell Ethan Robert Caverley Mitchell Ned Caywood Julia Rose Ceglowski Jenna Nicole Chaffee Kathryn Elizabeth Chaney Colton Christopher Childers Eric Ian Chisholm Alanna Nicole Christy Daniel Michael Clark Kristen Michelle Clement Joshua Alan Clouse James Benner Coberly Andrew Phillip James Cole Matthew Austin Cole Joseph Jacob Combs Makenzie Elizabeth Conner Alyssa Louise Constantine Allison Marie Cook Andrew Martin Cornelius Jeanette Carolyn Cortese Kevin James Cowell Maxwell Hansen Crimp Terry Everett Crumb Ian Thomas Crumm Andrew Brett Cunningham Kylie Irene Curtis William Michael Curtis Jr. Aaron Spencer Danigelis Ashley Nicole Day Ian Mccarthy Dayton Sarah […]


June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Message to the Class of 2012 by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools On behalf of the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education, employees, and Rockford area community, congratulations to our graduating seniors from Rockford High School, River Valley Academy, and Adult Education. You have reached a very important milestone in your lives, and we are proud of your accomplishments. While there is much to celebrate this time of year, let us take time to remember the staff and students we have lost over the years. May you carry precious memories as you embark on a new chapter in your life. I encourage you to use your Rockford High School diploma as a springboard to further educational opportunities that will prepare you for a quality life tomorrow and in the future. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying that learning begins at birth and should not end until death. How true that is! Especially when today’s good jobs require more specialized training and education. Combine that fact with the potential of fewer jobs, and the competition has become intense. You have a great foundation from which to build, and I encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Those who choose to “tread water” will eventually lose the energy to move forward or, worse, drown. I encourage you to keep moving forward and improving yourself and the people who are a part of your living and working environment. Each one of you is very special. You possess unique abilities and skills that no one else has. The key to your success will be your willingness to expend the energy and effort required to reach your goals through small, deliberate steps and persevering when things become tough. I wish each and every one of our graduates the best that life has to offer. As always, I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns, and I wish you and your family a relaxing and safe summer!

Local students graduate from Albion College

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Several local students recently graduated from Albion College: Taylor Harding graduated cum laude from Albion College on May 5, receiving a degree in biology with a minor in psychology and chemistry, with a concentration in neuroscience. Harding was one of just 23 students to graduate with Albion College honors, signifying completion of the College Honors Program and an original thesis. The honor of cum laude signifies that Harding graduated with a cumulative grade-point average above 3.5. Harding is the son of David and Megan Harding of Rockford and a graduate of Rockford High School. Albion College student Timothy Wernet graduated summa cum laude from Albion College on May 5, receiving a degree in economics and management and communication studies, with a concentration in the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. The honor of summa cum laude signifies that Wernet graduated with a cumulative grade-point average above 3.9. Wernet is the son of Timothy and Suzanne Wernet of Rockford and a graduate of Lowell High School. Albion College, located in south central Michigan, offers the innovative Albion Advantage of education, experience and personalized mentoring that create exceptional career and life work preparation. Unveiled in 2010, the Albion Advantage attracted national attention from such publications as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Forbes magazine for its comprehensive, multiyear vision of liberal arts education as a springboard to student success. Albion offers outstanding programs in law, medicine, education, management and the sciences and regularly appears on “best value” national college ranking lists.

East Rockford Middle School Students of the Month for March 2012

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Kendra Kalnins 6th Grade Health Quest Magnet Kendra’s parents are Ed and Julia. Her brother, Troy, is in the fifth grade. She attended Lakes Elementary. Kendra enjoys reading and competing in swim with Riptide. Her favorites include Math with Mrs. Knudsen, ice cream, the movie “The Great Outdoors,” and books by Lemony Snicket. Kendra hopes to become a marine biologist. She admires her swim coach, who always believes in Kendra and pushes her when she feels she cannot do something. Kendra is proud of being short, because that helps her as an athlete.       Kirkland Broekstra 6th Grade Structures Magnet Kirk’s parents are Jason and Teresa. His siblings are kindergartener, Dylan, and third-grader, Rachel. He also has a dog named Chewy. He attended Meadowridge Elementary. Kirk enjoys baseball, football and reading. His favorites are Language Arts class with Mr. Allers, eating crab, the book “Son of Neptune,” and University of Michigan. If he could take a dream vacation, he would travel to Colorado. Kirk looks up to his dad, who is smart and athletic, but also works hard. He is proud of making the all-star team for baseball.       Danielle Pellerito 7th Grade Danielle is the daughter of Bill and Susan. Her brothers are ninth-grader Tyler and fifth-grader Jacob. She also has a cat named Maggie. Danielle attended Meadowridge Elementary. She plays volleyball for ERMS and also plays soccer. In addition to playing sports, Danielle also enjoys going to MVP, hanging out with her friends and family, and volunteering. Danielle’s favorite class is Speech & Drama with Mrs. Klaes, her favorite food is spaghetti, and her favorite movie is “Footloose.” She would like to become a kindergarten teacher. Danielle admires her mom, who Danielle describes as a person that is always happy and someone that tries to cheer people up when a situation is bad. She is very proud of earning good grades. Ty Dalton 7th Grade Ty is the son of Pat and Nanci. His siblings include ninth-grader Rylie and fourth-graders Max and Regan. He also has three lizards and a dog. Ty attended Crestwood Elementary. He plays basketball and soccer and also enjoys hanging out with friends. Ty’s favorites include Wood Tech with Mr. Wackerle, pickles, the movie “Battle […]

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