February 11 2010

Rockford rugby sign ups and practices

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Sign ups and practices are starting for all three Rockford rugby programs.  The high school men’s team have started practice for year 13.  Please check the rugby site www.ramrugby.net for practice times & locations.  Women’s High School Rugby will start practice on Wednesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. at Roguewood Elementary Gym.  If you are interested in playing the only full contact game for high school women, please be at practice before 6 p.m. to collect information and sign up forms. More information can be found at www.ramrugby.net then the women’s rugby page. Youth rugby has started sign ups.  You may sign up at Rockford Community Education office or call 616-863-6322 or email Kirk Gent at kirk.gent at yahoo.com. This will be our sixth season of youth rugby and will be playing games with Forest Hills.  sixth, seventh and eighth-grades is a boys full contact rugby game. The program is designed to teach the fundamentals with safety as our first priority. Practices start on Monday March 15 at 6 p.m. at Roguewood Elementary Gym.  second, third, fourth and fifth-grades is a coed non contact rugby game. This program is designed to teach rugby without contact. Practices will begin on Tuesday March 23 at 6 p.m. at Roguewood Elementary Gym. All players are involved in the game with little down time—in other words, not much standing around time. More information can be found at www.ramrugby.net then the youth rugby page.

Close meet, but not in West Ottawa’s favor

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Rockford 173, West Ottawa 142 By Denise Webb Numerous times throughout the Rockford vs. West Ottawa swim/dive meet on February 4 at the Rams’ natatorium, fans had to rely on the touchpad results reflected on the scoreboard to determine who won the event. The finishes were often visibly difficult to determine, but the Rams pulled away with a 173 to 142 victory. More often than not, the events were won by less than a second, and that’s exactly how the meet began. The relay team of Derik Bothma, Alex Devries, Brian Ginebaugh and Josh Travis won the Rams’ first event—the 200-yard medley relay—by .51 seconds, finishing with an improved state qualifying time of 1:41.31. The third place finish was also captured by Rockford. Andrew Denhof, Ben Fredrickson, Jared Martella and Connor Thelen won by a mere .29 seconds (1:45.63). With this 1-3 finish, Rockford began the meet with a 13-5 lead. Even though Rockford fell behind after Event 2 (200-yard freestyle) to the Panthers’ renowned freestyle strength, the Rams quickly recouped in Event 3. Rockford’s Brian Ginebaugh, Jeff Schmitt, Josh Travis and Jared Martella placed 1-2-5-6, respectively, in the 200-yard IM, earning 19 of the possible 29 event points. This event edged the Rams back into the lead, which was never relinquished again. Senior diver Tyler Johnson received a Rockford standing ovation and an abundance of cheers from fans and teammates after defeating West Ottawa’s number one diver Jordan Welling in the diving portion of the meet (Event 5). Johnson was the last competitor in this event, so Rockford’s fate in the diving portion was on his shoulders. While stepping onto the diving board for his last dive of the evening, Johnson knew he had to earn more than 38 points to defeat Welling’s 230.10 score. Tension was high as Johnson proceeded to do his twists and turns to complete his inward one and a half dive. As Johnson entered the waters with little splash after what appeared to be an amazing dive, an eerie silence fell over Rockford’s natatorium as everyone immediately looked to the scoreboard for the judges’ results. When the score of 7.0-7.5-7.0 flashed on the screen, Rockford’s team and fans couldn’t contain their excitement. This dive not only placed Johnson in […]

Ram hockey fails to defend title at fifth McMichigan Cup

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The Ram hockey team played Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 4, 5 and 6 at Southside Ice Arena at the fifth annual McMichigan Cup. The Rams fell short in defending their title at this event, however. Play began against Grandville and saw a Ram loss 5-1 on Thursday evening. Senior captain Jake Chaffee scored the Rams only goal. On Friday, the Rams bounced back and won 8-5 against Jenison in a entertaining game. There was a lot of scoring and action on the ice. Senior Cody Cantu led the Rams in scoring. Saturday the Rams lost a heartbreaker against Forest Hills Central 5-4. In a hard-fought game. Chaffee and Robert Perry led the Rams in scoring in that game. The Rams are looking to rebound with a Friday, February 12 competition against East Grand Rapids at Patterson Ice Arena at 8 p.m. Coach Ed VanPortfliet said, “I was happy with our team’s effort but disappointed in our lack of discipline. I am confident we will be better at our next game.”

Classifieds — February 11, 2010

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HELP WANTED Immediate Needs—Rockford and surrounding areas. Full and part-time available. Call for immediate interview: ComForcare Home Health (616) 285-7000. www.comforcare.com.      b09 __________________________ DAYCARE Bullfrogs & Butterflies Child care has openings in our preschool & full-day programs. We provide the best in early childhood education. We would love for you to come by for a visit! Feel free to contact us at (616) 866-1620 or by e-mail, mybullfrogsandbutterflies@gmail.com.      p06 _________________________________ AUTOMOBILES FOR SALE 1977 Corvette, T-Top, 54,000 miles, inside/outside completely original. Stored winters. Loaded. (616) 874-7324.      p06 _______________________ ANTIQUES ***FREE PICTURE*** REDUCED! Antique Victorian desk, 5 ft. tall, 4-1/2 ft. wide and 2-1/2 ft. deep, $675. Call (616) 866-1478 and leave a message.      ftfn ______________________         ESTATE SALES Estate Sale—Ethan Allan chartered oak dining room table set, four side chairs, two captain chairs. Ethan Allan Gorgarian Court cherry bedroom set. Brand new mattress and box springs. Brand new Kenmore washer and dryer. Used three times. Many more new items. Call for information. (616) 225-9903.      b6 ________________________ FOR RENT PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act and the Michigan Civil Rights Act which collectively make it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age or marital status, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To report discrimination, call the Fair Housing Center at (616) 451-2980. The HUD toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. ______________________ CLASSES AND LESSONS Guitar Lessons—Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for a lifetime. Lessons also on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro, etc. Call Joe (616) 874-8582.     btfn ______________________ SERVICES Electrical, home repairs, lighting, fuses to breakers, remodels, service upgrades, appliance hook-ups, service calls, generators. Licensed, local contractor. Senior Discounts. (616) 676-9675. Ward Electric (616) 676-9675.      p07 _________________________ Dump truck for hire to pick up and deliver bulk materials, large items, […]

Education Blackboard

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School Beat Learning with style by BILL AMITAGE, Principal Belmont Elementary School Perhaps this has happened to you. You are sitting around the dinner table with your family. Or, if you’re like my children who are now grown and parents of children themselves, you are taking your children to an after school function. The conversation usually turns to their day. You ask the time honored question, “So, what did you learn in school today”? This is usually followed by the time honored response, “Nothing”. Aside from the dynamics of parent-child relationships, in order to get a response that is more than a single word phrase, perhaps the question needs to be modified. Instead of asking what they learned in school, ask them what they enjoyed the most about school, and why.  This question encourages responses that may give you some insight about how they learn best. There are three broad categories of learners that I see often in school. First, there are students who are auditory learners. They learn best by listening and responding during instruction. They have a great auditory memory, remembering what the teacher has said and the conversations in class. They have a good control of vocabulary and language. However, they can also be easily distracted by noise in the learning environment. Second, there are students who learn best through instruction that focuses on visual cues. They learn best by seeing what is being presented. Maps, graphs, movies and pictures help them retain the information presented in class. These students may struggle if they are in a class that relies heavily on lecture. Finally, there are the kinesthetic learners. They learn by doing. They are often good at athletics. They learn best through activities that allow them to get out of their seats, move about, and interact during their learning.  t may be difficult for kinesthetic learners to sit still during lessons, and they may often appear fidgety or distracted.  All three of these learning styles are evident in the average classroom. Students are generally not exclusively one learning style over another. The task is to plan lessons that address all three of these styles. Teachers differentiate instruction so that a single concept will be presented in ways that connect with the […]

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