February 19 2009

Mandatory Crew Parent Meeting

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A mandatory Rockford High School crew parent meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Rockford Freshman Center cafeteria. All parents of interested rowers are asked to attend. Details will be provided regarding schedules, practice dates, testing requirements, costs, fundraising and conditioning. For more information, please contact Bill McDaniel at (616) 813-7955.

Rockford to Take Next Step in School Improvement

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by JULIE DEVEREAUX, Principal Meadow Ridge Elementary The North Central Association (NCA) is the largest accrediting association that monitors schools in the United States. It is a non-governmental voluntary membership association of schools. To sustain membership in NCA, schools must meet both membership and improvement criteria annually and engage in continuous school improvement that focuses on improving student performance. Prior to 1990, only the Rockford High School was a member of NCA. In the fall of 1990, a decision was made by the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education to begin the process to accredit all schools in the Rockford district. Since that time, every building has achieved membership and accreditation. The NCA process to school improvement is systematic, data driven, and results in significant improvement over time. The school improvement that has been documented by individual Rockford schools during the last 18 years, is very impressive. In the fall of 2006, the NCA, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) came together to form one strong and unified organization called AdvancED. In November 2007, an agreement between the Michigan Department of Education and AdvancED was reached to satisfy the state’s requirements while also meeting the school’s AdvancEd accreditation. AdvancEd is the world’s largest education community, representing over 23,000 public and private schools and districts in 30 states and 65 countries, serving over 15 million students. Through AdvancED, NCA has defined shared, research-based accreditation standards that cross state, regional and national boundaries. Accompanying these, standards and accreditation process are intended to enhance quality, reduce duplication of effort with state processes, and simplify procedures. Rockford Public Schools’ next step is to begin a district accreditation process through AdvancED. That process has begun with a Readiness Visit scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20. To earn AdvancED district accreditation, Rockford will have to: meet the AdvancED accreditation standards; implement a continuous process of improvement; and host an external review team once every five years. This process is rigorous and demonstrates that the Rockford district is focused on raising student achievement, providing safe and enriching learning environments, and maintaining efficient and effective operations staffed by highly qualified educators. This accreditation commission will provide a nationally recognized mark of quality for our district and […]


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Mr. Richard “Dick” Wagen, age 75, of Rockford was taken home to Heaven by the angels on Thursday, February 12, 2009. Dick grew up in Harbor Springs and at the age of 17 he accepted Christ. He played football while attending Harbor Springs High School, and met Grace Halter there. They were married in August of 1958. He received his B.A. in music from Temple University and ministered in churches in Illinois and Sparta. After moving to Rockford in 1971, Dick and his family became involved with Rockford Baptist Church, where Dick was the music director. Besides directing the choir, he was a soloist for numerous weddings and funerals. Along with these duties, he was a painter and contractor, and later worked for Amway for 17 years. He was solid in his belief in Christ, a strong family man, and a hard worker. Many people of the community remember Dick running the streets of Rockford, and he was very proud of his three completions of the Boston Marathon. He was involved in the early establishment of the Friends of the White Pine Trail and served on the board until the present. Many of the projects on the trail bear his handiwork. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Grace, of more than 50 years. They have attended Calvary Church since 1990. He was an exceptional father to Melodee Wagen and her husband David Kilroy of Lexington, Mass., Joy and her husband Jim DeBoer of Grand Rapids, Carol Wagen and her husband Scott Carey of Rockford, Lt. Col. Rick Wagen and his wife Lt. Col. Carey Wagen; special grandfather to Toby Kilroy, Nathan Kilroy, Krystle DeBoer, Eric Carey, Lucas Carey, Grace Carey, Jared Wagen, and Christian Wagen; brothers and sisters, Hilda (Leo) Grossman, Max (Norma) Wagenschutz, John (Ruby) Wagenschutz, Wilbur (Carol) Wagenschutz, Mrs. Wilma Powers, Barb (Floyd) McKaye, and Dorothy (Don) Honeyseppe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Wagenschutz, and sisters, Letty Johnson and Joan Steelman. The service for Dick was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Couch officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of White Pine Trail. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, […]

Main Street – February 19, 2009

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How deep? As of the other day more than 99 inches of snow had fallen locally and it’s only the middle of February. Eight feet of snow – it’s not a record but it seems like enough for one year. No wonder Florida attracts so many Michigan snow birds. Check-up One day after a man had his annual physical, the doctor came out and said, “You had a great check-up. Is there anything that you’d like to talk about or ask me?’ “Well,” said the guy, “I was thinking about getting a vasectomy.” “That’s a pretty big decision,” the doctor replied. “Have you talked about it with your family?” “Yeah, and they’re in favor, 15 to 2. Not yet With the help of a fertility specialist, a 65-year-old woman gives birth. All her relatives come to visit and meet the newest member of the family. When they ask to see the baby, the 65-year-old mother says, “Not yet.” They sip their coffee, and a little later the visitors ask again to meet the baby and the mother says, “Not yet.” Finally one of the relatives asks, “Well! When CAN we see the baby?” The mother says, “When it cries.” “Why do we have to wait until the baby cries?” “I forgot where I put it.”

Rockford Register – February 19, 2009

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Events of Interest in the Area Jan. 1 – Feb. 28 Lego/K*Nex Challenge – Build a design with Lego or K*Nex pieces and display in at Krause Memorial Library. All participants will receive certificates. All ages welcome. Designs accepted from January 1 through February 28 at the library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For more information, call (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org. Monday, February 23 Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting – 6:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Auditorium at Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids. Roger Sabine, director of Kent County Parks, will present “Kent County Parks – Our Natural Treasures” in Dolby surround-sound, covering the status of current projects in general park development, trail development and land acquisition. Guests welcome. For more information, call Bea at (616) 676-2446, or visit www.glsga.org/grac. Dogs for Dollars Night – 5 – 10 p.m.at The Corner Bar, 31 N. Main St., Rockford. The Corner Bar will donate 15 percent of your purchases to the Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR). For more information, please call (616) 723-1178. Tuesday, February 24 Country Music – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Free Legal Assistance for Seniors – 10 a.m. to noon at Rockford Ambulance, board room, corner of Shaner Avenue and 10 Mile Road. Jason Jansma will take appointments to assist with legal issues. To schedule your half-hour appointment, please call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Rockford Garden Club Meeting – 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, community room, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Kathy Rohn, of Fruit Basket Flowerland, will present “Carring for Your Lawn,” including soil testing, starting a new lawn, spring/fall lawn prep and care, lawn patch, mowing and fertilizer, and more. Open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Karen Chickering at (616) 874-0186, or visit www.rockfordgardenclub.htmlplanet.com. Should Rockford schools close due to weather, meeting is automatically canceled. Wednesday, February 25 “Apprentice for Life” Presentation – 11:30 a.m. at Northview Senior Center. Birgit Klohs is president of “The Right Place,” which is a nonprofit Economic Development Corporation, which seeks out other businesses to bring to […]

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