The beginning of the new year is a time many evaluate health and fitness goals. Rockford Public Schools can help establish those goals. On Saturday, Jan. 30, Rockford Community Services (RCS) will host the third annual Health & Fitness Festival. This year’s festival is sure to be a crowd pleaser and will have something for everyone. Kids can take the “healthy challenge” and come “Dashing Through the Snow” for a competitive half-mile run/walk to see which elementary school has the most healthy participants. First place receives a trophy that can proudly be displayed at their school. Sign up online at www.rpssignmeup.com. Staff at RCS will join forces with the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) and Zumba instructor Natalie Maj for an exciting fitness fundraiser. Join Natalie and her fellow instructor from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as they motivate the crowd with Zumba dance instruction to help raise monies for the REF and help put resources into local classrooms and promote educational opportunities. This will be an afternoon filled with music and many exciting giveaways. Michigan Blood Center will be on site for a blood drive in their mobile unit. The need for donors is constant and often urgent. Please consider donating. The drive will be going on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will have several other resources available for participants to consult healthcare professionals about medical questions, healthcare screenings, fingerprinting for the safety of the younger children, and speed and agility presentations for the serious athlete. The goal is to bring awareness to the importance of healthy living to the community. The Health & Fitness Festival will be held at North Rockford Middle School from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Anyone interested in participating or booth information should call the RCS office at (616) 863-6322.
January 14 2010
Governor Jennifer Granholm and the State Board of Education have recognized January as School Board Recognition Month, and Rockford Public Schools is joining 552 local and 57 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education. “Michiganders benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 4,000 men and women across the state,” said Superintendent Michael Shibler. “These public servants are elected to serve by our community and receive little recognition for the difficult job that they do. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students.” In a climate of change and challenge, school board members in Rockford develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and impact individual students. They bear responsibility an oversight for an annual budget of over $72 million, over 8,000 students, 1,000 employees and 17 buildings. “We proudly join educators and community members in saluting these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families,” said Shibler. “They preserve the core of our democracy—public education.” Board members were formally recognized at the January 11 Board of Education meeting at Belmont Elementary School. The men and women currently serving on the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education (with first year elected) are: • Tamara J. Schollaart, President (1998) • David M. Keller, Vice President (2006) • Laura L. Featherston, Treasurer (2006) • Charles F. Boekeloo, Secretary (1998) • Carol A. Hillman, Trustee (2003) • Miles J. Postema, Trustee (2004) • Randall C. Sellhorn, Trustee (1995)
The Rams varsity hockey team split a pair of games last weekend, Jan. 8-9, at the annual Walker Classic. Although both were hard-fought games against very formidable opponents, the Rams lost their first game Friday night, Jan. 8, to the always tough and top-ranked Grandville Bulldogs 5-2. The first seven minutes of play started out well for the Rams, as they actually dominated play and puck control, keeping the game in the Bulldogs’ zone for what appeared to be a good match-up early on. However, the Bulldogs’ strong offensive fire power opened up at the nine-minute mark with a quick score to make it 0-1, Bulldogs. A Ram holding penalty with three minutes left in the period found the Rams down a player and on the penalty kill, allowing Grandville to score again at the 2:31 mark. Momentum was all Bulldogs for the remainder of the period as they got another one past Ram goalie Christian Van Portfliet 35 seconds later to end the period up on the Rams, 3-0. Period two had the Rams sharper, as senior forward Noah Greco found the back of the Bulldogs’ net at 8:19 into the period on a well-executed breakout pass play with senior forward Cody Cantu and senior defenseman Geoff Garman on the assist, finally putting the Rams on the scoreboard at 1-3. Unfortunately Grandville came right back two minutes later with another goal and maintained their three-point lead the remainder of the period. The third period saw good hard action from both teams with no scoring until the Bulldogs managed another score with 7:06 remaining, adding to their already strong lead at 5-1, Grandville. The Rams continued the hard fight the remainder of the game and fortunately managed another point as sophomore forward Ben Glass scored with 19 seconds left in the contest with assists from senior forward Cantu and junior forward Thomas Soupal, closing out the contest at Grandville 5, Rockford 2. Saturday, Jan. 9, had the Rams in the Walker Classic consolation game against the Kenowa Hills Knights, resulting in a well-deserved 7-4 Ram victory. The Rams came out fast-paced and hard-hitting in a game that belonged to junior forward Eric Datema, as he scored the hat trick for the Rams with 6:17 still […]
After only one conference match this week, the boys and girls bowling teams remain undefeated in OK Red conference play. Seniors led the way for both teams with Nick Vandrunen and Aaron Dennis shooting two-game series scores of 253-243 (500) and 225-228 (453) respectively, defeating the Hudsonville boys 20-10. Christina Miller and Katie Schmock shot 221-201 (423) and 159-181 (340) respectively, defeating the Hudsonville girls 23-7. The wins keep the boys and girls atop OK Red with 3-0 records. Matches continued Monday, Jan. 11, at Jenison and at home on Wednesday against Grand Haven. The Reeths Puffer Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16, in Muskegon, starting at 3:30 p.m. “This was a light week, but now we become very active for the rest of the bowling season through February, with matches on Mondays and Wednesdays and tournaments every Saturday,” said girls coach Lynn Farrance.
by JANE NOFFSINGER The Rockford gymnastics team hosted the annual Flip Flop Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9. The event brought 17 teams to compete in four rotations, showcasing both Division I and Division II talent. Rockford Orange placed fifth with an overall score of 137.275. Senior Ali VanBelkum took the Division II floor event with a score of 9.35 and placed third in the Division II all-around. Seniors Kelsey Donely and Morgan Paavola shined on the floor exercise with a 9.125 and 8.55, respectively. Sophomore Jenelle Miller earned her highest beam score of the season with a 8.9. The girls from Farmington won the team championship with a score of 145.15, with Canton Red in second, scoring 139.70. The team would like to thank Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson and the Rockford baseball team. The tear-down and setup of the gym for an event of this size is a huge undertaking. The Rams’ next gymnastics meet is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16, for the Sturgis Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m.