On Friday, Jan. 29, Vertigo Music in Grand Rapids will be hosting a benefit concert for Rockford High School’s Youth Initiative. Live bands will be playing from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the cost is $5 at the door. All proceeds will go toward Youth Initiative’s Habitat for Humanity home. This student group has been raising money since June 2009 for Habitat for Humanity with the goal of funding their own Habitat home. Recently Youth Initiative has decided to take on the project of restoring a home in foreclosure and making it suitable for a deserving family chosen by the nonprofit organization. By choosing to do a “rehab home,” Youth Initiative is closing in on their new goal of raising $38,000. Everyone is encouraged to attend this concert—it’s great music for a great cause. Bands will include the Rockford High School band Johnny on Fire, Lake Miniscule, and PK Fire. Vertigo Music is located at 129 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids. For additional information please contact Shelby Denhof at (616) 874-1055 or e-mail to email@example.com.
January 14 2010
The Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon will host the Gillette Nature Association’s annual spring native plant sale on Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-orders are now being accepted. Due to the overwhelming demand for spring woodland wildflowers such as white trillium, the Gillette Nature Association is offering an opportunity for individuals to reserve in advance the plants they want. Pre-orders will be accepted until March 12. Pre-ordering plants makes an excellent gift for the hard-to-buy-for gardener on your gift list. Pre-order forms may be requested by calling (231) 798-3573 or online at www.gillettenature.org. The selection of plants available for pre-order include white trillium, yellow trillium, hepatica, Jack-in-the-pulpit, marsh marigold, wild ginger, Virginia bluebells, Christmas fern and many others. During the May 1 sale day, additional native plant varieties will be available for those who come early to shop. The visitor center staff will be offering special programs and hikes on the day of the sale. For more information about the Gillette Nature Association, the native wildflowers available for pre-sale or about programs provided by the Gillette Visitor Center, please call (231) 798-3573 or visit www.michigan.gov/dnr or www.gillettenature.org. A State Park Motor Vehicle Permit is required for entry to the state park. Those purchasing plants are required to have a motor vehicle permit to enter the park on the plant pick-up day and for the public sale on May 1.
Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) Scholarship packets are now available at the Rockford High School counseling offices or you may download the application and appropriate information from the RCC website at www.rockfordmichamber.com/events.php. Applicants must be a high school graduate of the 2009-2010 school year and live and attend public or private high school within Algoma, Cannon, Courtland or Plainfield townships or the City of Rockford. The essay question this year is: “If you were the governor of Michigan, what steps would you take to help keep Michigan’s talent from leaving the state?” Completed applications are due into the RCC offices on or before Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. For more information, contact the RCC office at (616) 866-2000.
Let’s not forget power of conversation by DAN WARREN, Principal East Rockford Middle School As you may know, Rockford Public Schools (RPS) has an Internet-based school and home communication system called Family Access. This system has streamlined communication with parents throughout the district. Family Access not only allows a parent to view their student’s daily grades, but also to obtain updated school information and provides easy electronic communication with teachers. In Family Access, teachers can provide parents with various classroom materials associated with the education of their child. These materials may include worksheets, field trip forms or supplemental reading resources. Teachers and school administration can post school information in Family Access for viewing, allowing another valuable means for quick and efficient communication. At East Rockford Middle School, 94 percent of parents have signed up and are using Family Access. If you are an RPS parent and wish to sign up for Family Access, you may do so by visiting your child’s school and providing appropriate identification. It only takes a few minutes to sign up. Speaking as a building administrator, having Family Access certainly has improved our overall communication with parents. This electronic communication has allowed us to avoid sending hardcopy material home with students, thus saving the district money in paper cost. Family Access allows us quick and efficient means to provide important school information via sending out group e-mails to our parents. Obviously this system has drastically changed how we communicate with parents. Communication through Family Access allows teachers and parents to remain in constant contact about a student’s performance in the classroom. Without a doubt, this electronic communication is most beneficial in assisting educators and parents with guiding student success. Rockford is blessed with highly involved parents who believe in the importance of a quality education for all students. Our school system’s overall success is rooted in this active parent involvement. Parents are involved in a variety of ways and provide tremendous support for all aspects of our schools. However, the existence of Family Access presents us with another challenge, a possible trend toward a decrease in person-to-person communication between parents and classroom teachers. Since the inception of Family Access, we have witnessed at the secondary buildings more parents indicating that they […]
Breath-taking sunshine complemented a variety of ice sculptures and activities in downtown Rockford on Saturday, January 9, The first annual Ice Festival drew over 7.000 visitors, packing the town. Live ice carving took place from noon to 4 p.m. in front of Reds on the River—the festival’s primary sponsor—and the Carriage House. Sculptures created by Ice Sculptures LTD of Grand Rapids included a mermaid, snowflake, a computer and keyboard, the Herman’s Boy Gernan mascot, snowman photo booth, a 12-foot horse and carriage, a hockey goalie, leaping trout and more. The sculptures will remain until Mother Nature causes them to melt. The festival drew comments from Rockford’s City Council. On Monday, January 11 during the regular meeting councilmember Rich Moll offered “applause to the Ice Festival, it was fantastic.”