March 11 2010

Education Blackboard — March 11, 2010

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SCHOOL BEAT In three words by BOB SIEGEL, Principal Valley View Elementary Most of the good things that happen at Valley View Elementary School are not my ideas! That may seem like a startling admission for a principal to make, but it’s humbly true. We are blessed to have many talented,  bright and creative staff members and parents who are always coming up with new programs and projects that make our school family even better. I’ve learned to “get out of the way” of a powerful idea and lend support! I was approached by a Valley View parent, Michelle Corey, to consider doing a Valley View project based upon the “In Three Words” piece done frequently on the Good Morning America television show. Michelle sent me a video clip from one of the shows as a starting point. Various individuals or groups of people show three words that capture the essence of their lives in many creative ways. For example, a new mother holding her baby holds a sign: “New Baby Born!” Michelle presented the idea to “Team Valley View” at a faculty meeting, and the project was completely embraced by our entire staff. For the past two weeks, Michelle has been filming every possible group at Valley View doing their “In Three Words” piece. The end product will be a “gift” to our departing fifth-graders and their parents, and the sale of the “In Three Words” CD to Valley View families will be a fundraiser as well. It’s been fun watching all of the various groups at Valley View buy into the concept and develop their three words. Everyone from the classroom teachers, to our cook, to the PTO Board, to our bus drivers were involved and did an “In Three Words” taping. In the process of preparing for their piece of the video, I have watched students spend time with their teachers discussing what three words they want to use to represent and reflect their classroom family—their “motto,” so to speak. The discussion about which three words to use has been powerful! Some examples of the “In Three Words:” •            bus drivers:  “Drive Precious Cargo!” •            our secretaries Jo Beier and Wendy Carlson: “Different Every Day!” •            a fifth-grade classroom:  “Return with Honor!” […]

Classifieds — March 11, 2010

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HELP WANTED Looking for a new direction? Earn money when you sell with this commission-based job. No weekends or evenings. All materials supplied. No start up fees! Make 20¢ on every dollar sold! Plus, you get your own desk! Must be over 18 years, have valid driver’s license and dependable transportation. Full or part-time available for Kent County area. For more information, email or just send resume!      ftfn ______________________ DAYCARE Child care aid needed for flexible hours. Must be 18 years or older and willing to attend training classes. Background check a must. Send a resume to      b11cp ______________________ CRAFTS Mamrelund Church bazaar—March 20, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Fruitridge Ave. between 14 and 15 Mile Roads. (616) 887-8873. $1 admission, barrier-free facility, near-by parking. National franchisees and hand-made crafters.      p10 ______________________ NOTICES Quality computer time—      b11cp ______________________ ANTIQUES 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 ______________________     FOR RENT Daytona Beach oceanfront condo available from April 2 to April 9. One bedroom sleeps four, kitchenette and deck included. $500. Call (616) 866-9917.        p10 ______________________ 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 House Cleaning 13 years experience. Dependable, honest and very thorough. References available. Call Susie at (616) 887-1821.            […]

Alice revisits Wonderland—Movie a teen hit and record-setter

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL  With the Disney movie “Alice in Wonderland” opening simultaneously in area theaters last Friday, March 5, we headed out to catch the opening at our hometown movie venue, NorthStar Cinemas. Wanting to catch this movie with one of our favorite actors, Johnny Depp, we had an ulterior motive. Your scribes had decided to expand our reporting horizons by doing an occasional movie review. Before we get to the articulars of this film, let us pause to reflect upon on omething we tend to take for granted. How fortunate we are in the greater Rockford and Cedar Springs communities to have a fine six-screen movie house just minutes away. At NorthStar Cinemas, we can enjoy first-run movies at small-town prices. In comparison to the out-of-town “big-box multi-screen” movie houses on the Beltline or Alpine Ave., NorthStar offers affordable admission and concession pricing. Here, a date night or family night out at the movies won’t break the bank. They even offer fresh, hot popcorn with real butter added at no additional charge! With a friendly staff, comfortable seating along with great legroom, and lots of adjacent parking, what’s not to like? Which now brings us to our thoughts on “Alice in Wonderland.” The movie features an outstanding ensemble cast of Mia Masikowska (Alice), Johnny Depp (the Mad Hatter), Anne Hathaway (the kind White Queen), and Helena Bonham Carter (the evil Red Queen) along with Crispin Glover (as the Red Queen’s henchman, the Knave of Hearts). Featuring stunning visuals, the Lewis Carroll novel takes new form under the direction of Tim Burton, who loves to include Depp in his films. In this latest retelling of the story, Alice, now 19 years old, embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny when she returns to the capricious world she first encountered as a young girl. There she reunites with her whimsical friends, the White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Who better to play the Mad Hatter than the madcap Johnny Depp? Depp never fails to amaze us with his over-the-top portrayals of such characters as Willy Wonka and Edward Scissorhands, to name two of many. The little dance of celebration he did toward the […]

RHS presents Les Misérables

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For those looking for a truly special event to attend, look no further than our own Rockford High School, for a heartfelt and touching performance of the epic theater work Les Misérables. The show will be March 18 through 20 and March 25 through 27, at 7 p.m. The classic, which premiered on Broadway in 1987, has become one of the world’s best known and most loved musicals. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, with lyrics by Alain Boublil and beautiful music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, theater goers will follow the life story of Jean Valjean (Alex Bird) from a convict in 1815 Toulon, France, to a man of great humanity and compassion. Les Misérables has something for everyone: two strong characters at odds with each other, the proud Jean Valjean versus Inspector Javert (Jacob Loader) and his profound sense of duty. The lovely Fantine (Marisa Bouwkamp) will stop at nothing to provide for her daughter. A classic love triangle unfolds when Eponine (Doni Owens) longs for the love of Marius (Brett Johnson) who falls instantly in love with Cosette (Emily Kolenda). There is a thrilling battle, lead by charismatic student leader Enjolras (Scott Nadeau). A gang of thugs steal anything they can get their hands on, lead by Thenardier (Connor Jewell) and Madame Thenardier (Jessie Harris). Of course there are the street urchins, lead by the spirited Gavroche (Taylor Manett). Lighting is by Gayla Fox and Julia Crawford, costumes are by Lisa Abbott and props are by Ann Posont and Cathy Fazio. Make-up and hair is by Shelley Funk and Carol Purcey. All of these elements give the show the look and feel of France in the1800’s. Les Misérables literally means “the miserable,” and the show captures the essence of the poor and underprivileged rising up against the politics that have kept them there. But throughout the play there is a strong undercurrent of hope, and the entire company ultimately concludes that “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Tickets are available by calling (616) 863-6031, ext. 7087, or by visiting in person on school days from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The box office will be open during the RHS Open House on Monday, March 15, from 6:30 to […]

Rockford wins ninth conference championship with fierce momentum

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by DENISE WEBB Shoulder-to-shoulder spectators and fans witnessed a Rockford historical moment as the underdog prevailed on February 25-27 at the Rams’ natatorium at the conclusion of what Head Coach Tom Parks coined a “dog fight season.” Rockford overtook six extremely fast and talented OK Red conference teams to secure its second consecutive conference championship title and its ninth overall since 1997. Rockford won with 368 points, followed by Grandville (338), Holland West Ottawa (317), Jenison (294), East Kentwood (269), Hudsonville (240) and Grand Haven (186). “Based on the entries going into the preliminaries on Thursday [Feb. 25], Grandville was ahead 32 points,” said Parks. Also on, The Grand Rapids Press ranked Rockford on February 25 third behind favored West Ottawa and then Grandville. “I think one of the main reasons why we had so much success this weekend was due to the development of our younger swimmers,” commented swim parent Brian Thelen. “Rockford’s team improved at a greater rate than some of the upperclassmen of the other schools, such as Grandville and West Ottawa. What I am saying is that we were a completely different team than what we were at our first dual meet with Grandville where we lost. Also, Tom Parks and [assistant coach] Dave McWatters did well at determining how to best use our talents in each event.” Starting the three-day conference championship meet, Rockford was in a three-way tie with Grandville and West Ottawa, each with a 5-1 conference record. Thursday evening, Feb. 25, was diving preliminaries. Of the 21 contenders, only the top 16 would advance to the finals on February 27. Of Rockford’s five divers, four of them advanced to the finals, with three of them impressively placing in the top eight spots. These divers were Tyler Johnson (top eight), LJ McCauley (top eight), Noah Markel and Kurt Plaggemars (top eight). “The divers got the momentum going for the team,” said swimmer Connor Thelen. As the Rams walked onto the pool deck of Rockford’s natatorium Friday, Feb. 26, for the swimming preliminaries, the fans and the competition knew there was something totally different about the Rockford swimmers. as they bellowed their pre-meet pool deck cheer. The intonation had more depth and meaning, almost with an underlying message. […]

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