Reflect on successful school year by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools I want to begin by congratulating all the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) students who earned diplomas this spring, including those from Rockford High School, River Valley Academy, and Rockford Adult Education. I wish you the very best life has to offer. You are fortunate to have earned your diploma from a highly respected educational institution, which has prepared you to continue your lifelong education through technical or trade school, university or community college, military service, or on-the-job training. I encourage you to focus on making a difference with your life and in the lives of others. Go for it! I also want to reflect on a successful 2008-09 school year. Our students excelled in the classroom, in the athletic arena, and on stage. Our greatest source of pride is the achievement of our students-and there were many. Rockford students, from elementary through high school, brought much recognition to their families, their schools, and the Rockford community at large. Thank you! Also, Meadow Ridge Elementary School became our 12th and final school to earn recognition by the Michigan Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon Exemplary School. This outstanding award recognizes Meadow Ridge’s high student-achievement test scores, quality educational opportunities, and strong parent involvement. Congratulations, Meadow Ridge staff, students and families! Like most organizations, businesses and families, RPS is experiencing serious financial challenges. Most of our revenue comes from state income and sales taxes, and those dollars are significantly down because of the state’s unusually high unemployment numbers and the decline in retail activity. RPS is facing these challenges with a resolve to maintain the integrity of our educational opportunities for all students. I believe that it may be several years before Michigan is able to establish a positive cash reserve. During this period, I ask for your patience as we meet these challenges head on. In closing, I hope you and your family have a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and please free to contact me at (616) 863-6557 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
June 4 2009
Baker College of Muskegon recently announced their winter 2009 President’s List. The following full-time students earned a grade-point average of 4.0 for the winter quarter. Bradley Dubey of Rockford was included on the President’s List, as well as Sparta students Ruthanne Brinks, Philip Keller, Bethany Lovell, Larry Vawter and Arieole Wiley.
Kristin Darby, a Rockford High School senior, is the proud recipient of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Darby was among 13 applicants who applied for the $1,000 scholarship. A panel of 12 board members had the difficult task of poring over the applications and whittling down the list to the eventual winner. Darby impressed the judges with a program she entitled, “Senior Serving Seniors” that cultivates multi-generational friendships between high school seniors and the community’s senior citizens. She is planning on attending the University of Michigan in the fall pursuing a career in medicine and was recruited for the Wolverine’s soccer team. “It was a wonderful privilege to receive the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship,” said Darby. “I am so thankful and really appreciate it.” Dr. Michael Shibler, RCC Secretary, announced the scholarship winner during the Chamber’s Rockford Community EXPO event on Saturday, March 21. Kristin was formally presented with the scholarship at RHS Honors Convocation ceremony by RCC President, Polly Von Eschen on Thursday, May 21, 2009.
The Cannon Pool has reopened for its 45th year to the joy of many kids and families. This year families want and need inexpensive fun, choosing the Cannon Pool as a vacation alternative. Member, Mark Lemoine said, “We join the pool every year because of the fun, the Snack Shack and because it would cost me more just for the chemicals for a home pool than the cost of membership”. Cannon Pool continues to serve families throughout Kent County and welcomes your family as well. They are currently accepting memberships for the 2009 season. Look for them in the Rockford Start of Summer Parade on June 13, they will have FREE family swim passes so you can come cool off, relax and give them a try. See them on Facebook-Cannon Pool or look them up at www.cannonpool.org, or contact Kerrie Van Eck, Membership Coordinator at 866-6017.
ALL THE WAY-The Bowman family took a copy of their hometown paper along as they went to Africa to help with a hospital built with inspiration by Dave Bowman (left) and, according to him, plenty of miracles. The Bowmans and their children continue to look for ways to improve the lives of their family in Christ with their work in Sudan. See www.pccsudan.org to find out more.