North Rockford Middle School Students of the Month for April-May 2012

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Lilianna Guerra 6th Grade Fine Arts Magnet Lilianna is the daughter of Heather and Ed Guerra. She has two brothers, Nick and Lucas, as well as a dog named Shelby. Lilianna attended Roguewood Elementary and is actively involved with volleyball and softball. Her favorite colleges are Grand Valley and Michigan. Her favorite class is P.E. and her favorite teacher is Mrs. Ferguson. She really enjoys the Hunger Games books and likes to listen to music by Britt Nicole. The person that she admires the most is her magnet teacher Mrs. Ferguson, and she is most proud of going to state for all-stars last year.     Nicholas Besta 6th Grade Community Service Magnet Nicholas is the son of Maria and Pat Besta. He has a brother, Joseph, as well as a dog and a cat. Nicholas attended Belmont Elementary School and is very involved with Odyssey of the Mind and the hydroponic garden in his classroom. Nicholas also enjoys basketball, tennis, and playing video games. His favorite college is Michigan and his career goal is to have a good job and a family. Nick’s favorite teacher is Mrs. Hodges, he loves to eat steak and he really enjoys Austin Powers movies. He likes to listen to music by the Black Eyed Peas and read the Harry Potter books. The people that he admires the most are his parents. Nicholas is most proud of his family, and for taking 10th place in the World at Odyssey of the Mind.   Hailey Harju 7th Grade Hailey is the daughter of Nedra and Gus Harju. She has a brother, Colin, as well as a dog named Zuko, a cat named Salem, a rabbit named Fluffy, a horse named Sugar, and a hamster named Alexandro. Hailey attended Valley View Elementary and is active in our equestrian team. She also plays the piano and clarinet. Hailey’s favorite college is Wisconsin, and she hopes to become a large-animal vet one day. Her favorite class is Eastern Hemisphere with Mr. Barr. Hailey’s other favorites include eating soft shell tacos, reading the Harry Potter series, the “Hunger Games” movie and listening to Adele. She is most proud of being a Mackinac Island Honor Scout, and the people that she admires the most are […]

Rockford’s top 10 academic graduates honored

May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Squire is proud to present Rockford High School’s top ten students according to their amazing high school grade-point average. We also applaud all graduates on reaching this milestone achievement and wish this year’s students all the best as they move on to the next achievements of their lives. Julia Ceglowski Julia Ceglowski is Rockford’s highest academic student with a grade-point average of 4.644. The daughter of Dan and Andrea Ceglowski, she is sister to Peter, 15. Julia is an Advanced Placement Scholar, a Rockford Public Schools “Example in Excellence” and an All State athlete in water polo. In other activities besides studies and sports, Julia also enjoys puzzles and reading to younger students at Valley View Elementary School. She is a volunteer at the Kent County Humane Society, where she loves to play with and walk dogs that are awaiting adoption. She also volunteers at Spring Hill Camps and is a tutor. Julia goes on to Colgate University, where she will study mathematics. At Rockford Public Schools, Julia said she has learned to “never take life too seriously and try new things.” Kendra Bilardello Kendra Anjali Bilardello is ranked second i academic among her graduating class of 2012 with a grade-point average of 4.631. She is the daughter of Dave and Michelle Bilardello and sister to Taylor, 16. Among Kendra’s accomplishments during her years at Rockford are completion of seven Advanced Placement classes. She is the winner of the Harvard Book Award, a member of the National Honor Society, an Advanced Placement Scholar and has been recognized as Student of the Month. She is also a veteran of Grand Rapids Community College mathematics competitions. In addition to her hard work in her studies, Kendra is a four-year varsity crew athlete who also played basketball for Rockford for two years. She has been the crew website coordinator and a volunteer for Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. She has also coached and refereed community camps and games. Also talented in language, Kendra has completed a Spanish course at La Universidad de Granada, Spain. Kendra is a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. As the next step in her bright academic career, Kendra is going to study at University of Notre Dame in Science, Technology, Engineering […]

Rockford OM teams get creative at world finals

May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

Odyssey of the Mind teams from eight schools across the district traveled to Ames, Iowa, armed with creativity and plenty of perseverance and sportsmanship. Some of the teams created vehicles that changed emotions and appearances before your eyes, some teams solved a community problem with their “odyssey angels,” and some filled in the blanks in “to ___ or not to ___.” They came to the world finals stage with actors dressed in costumes created from old ties, garbage bags, advertisement pages, converted sheets, cereal box trees with spoon branches, full-length skirts woven completely from plastic bags, a dress that changed to a wedding gown before your eyes, and so much more! The 55 students, led by their dedicated coaches, acted, created and pin-traded, making new friends and sharing a memory-making experience  never to be forgotten. World Finals 2012 was a creative extravaganza where more than 800 teams and 15 countries from all around the world shared their ideas and work. While only a few left with trophies, everyone came out a winner just by solving an Odyssey of the Mind problem and competing on the world stage. Results from Rockford schools are as follows: Rockford High School placed eighth in Problem 1 and 18th in Problem 5; Cannonsburg Elementary School placed 10th in Problem 2; East Rockford Middle School placed 13th in Problem 3 and 14th in Problem 5; North Rockford Middle School placed 18th in Problem 5, 10th in Problem 3 and seventh in Problem 2. The 2012-2013 problem synopsis are currently available online. Rockford Public Schools will begin the 2012-2013 year with information and a parent meeting in September. Look for more details online at, “Odyssey of the Mind.”

Rockford students earn night with movie stars

May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

A Rockford fourth-grader was among students who responded to an essay contest and were chosen as winners to attend the premiere of a Michigan movie. Kaleigh Blockland, who attends Valley View Elementary School in Mrs. Patzer’s class, was among winners who were treated to the movie “Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy” and met the stars of the film personally. Blockland’s essay was titled “Michigan’s 4 Treasures.” She enjoyed meeting the stars, Derek Brandon, who plays Mickey in the movie, and Francesca Derosa, who plays the character Sully.

Rockford schools rally around Relay—Part II

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER This is a continued summary of what each school in Rockford Public Schools has come up with to contribute to the Rockford Relay for Life. Encouraging each school to organize their own fundraiser has been a goal of Relay organizers from year one. Last Friday through Saturday, May 18-19, from 3 p.m. to 3 p.m. was the town’s 10th Relay for Life event. “We actually lost a couple staff members to cancer, so it hits close to home for us,” said Doug VanderJagt, Rockford Freshman Center principal. “Knowing people gives you another reason to want to be involved with Relay for Life,” said Deb Gibson, a co-captain of the freshman center’s team and a counselor there. Events include a Buffalo Wild Wings dinner, jeans days, luminary sales, bake sales, putting feet around the building and T-shirt sales. “Our goal is to get as many people involved and just make as much as we can,” Gibson said. “Some years that may be $3,000 and others $5,000. This just pulls us together as a staff. It’s been a unifying experience to have a team. It’s about the spirit of Relay for us.” Losing former principal Ron Faurot and teacher Bev Finch has made the school extremely supportive. The team is named after the staff members and the first team was pulled together in memory of Finch as she passed away shortly before the Relay for Life in 2008. “It was almost a grief project the first year for staff to help us get through the loss,” Gibson said. Faurot, who had moved on from Rockford but was remembered by staff, passed away in September 2009. “Relay for Life has been a good way for us to focus some of that grief and hope and anger and celebration,” Gibson said. “It’s also a time for remembering. It’s been a very significant experience for us.” Frank Schiller, a high school teacher, who lost a battle to leukemia, also had taught at the freshman center before moving on to the high school. Schiller also had taught at the middle school. Dan Zang, Rockford High School principal, said a big goal at the high school is to encourage involvement. “Students are involved in a myriad of capacities,” […]

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