Touted by Rockford Superintendent Michael Shibler as a fundraiser for athletic programs at Rockford Public Schools, fans will enjoy this year’s rival football game against Muskegon at Fifth Third Ballpark. “The state is in a financial crisis, we are looking to raise money for boys and girls athletic programs,” Shibler said of the move, which has stirred some controversy. He said income for Rockford’s athletic programs for middle school through high school could be as high as $45,000 to $50,000 for the evenings game. Fifth Third will split half of all sales for the evening—admission, parking, concessions—to have the game there. Shibler said he approached Fifth Third officials a year and a half ago with the idea and offered to play the Muskegon home game there last year against Rockford, but he said the Rockford rival wasn’t interested. Fans will have to pay more per ticket—$5 per student versus $3 at the Ted and $7 for adults, compared to $5—as well as parking at $5. Despite the Rockford Ted Stadium sporting new artificial turf, Shibler said there are other benefits to giving up an evening’s home game to one at Fifth Third. “A lesser rationale is this is a different and exciting venue, not just for our student athletes, but also for the cheer, the marching band and the fans,” he said. “There have been other high school games there. With the Rockford/Muskegon game having the potential to draw large numbers of fans, this is a good opportunity.” Coach Ralph Munger said he had mixed feelings over the idea. “If you have a chance to play at home, we should play at home. There is nothing like the Ted when it is packed at night and the lights are on. It’s a wonderful environment to play.” He agreed with Shibler, however, that schools need to do what they can in fundraising. “You can’t have athletics driven by the all-mighty dollar, that’s wrong,” he said. “But if you have an opportunity to make it profitable, those dollars will benefit all Rockford athletic programs.” “We don’t have a problem taking it on the road,” Munger stated. “We played at Eastern. We played at Michigan State. We closed the Silverdome. We opened up Ford Field.” He said there […]
March 18 2010
CONGRATULATIONS RAMS— After competing against 53 other Michigan schools, Rockford placed seventh at the Division I state finals March 13. Following a two-day battle at the Holland Aquatic Center, Rockford walked away with 18 medals, four swimmers named All-American, and two individuals and one relay awarded All-State.
As part of its initiative to receive district-wide accreditation, Rockford Public Schools will host an AdvancED Quality Assurance Review Team from March 21-24, 2010. In 1991, the Rockford Public Schools began the process for traditional accreditation of each of its schools through the North Central Association, the largest accrediting association that monitored schools in the United States. By 2005, all of RPS’ buildings had received Outcomes Accreditation through the NCA. In 2006, the NCA, along with the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS) and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE), came together to form one strong and unified organization, AdvancED. In 2007, an agreement between the Michigan Department of Education and AdvancED was reached to satisfy State requirements while also meeting AdvancED accreditation standards. AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, representing over 23,000 public and private schools and districts in 30 states and 65 countries. Through AdvancED, NCA has defined shared research-based accreditation standards that cross state, regional, and national boundaries. Accompanying these standards is a unified clear and powerful accreditation process designed to help schools continuously improve. A visit by the QAR team is one component of earning and maintaining District Accreditation through AdvancED. In addition to hosting a visitation every five years, districts must: adhere to the AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality School Systems; engage in ongoing self-assessment and continuous improvement; document results of improvement efforts; complete a Standards Assessment Report between six weeks and six months prior to the Quality Assurance Review; act on the Quality Assurance Review Team’s recommendations; and submit a progress report two years following the Quality Assurance Review. “We look forward not only to showcasing our district during the comprehensive QAR visitation, but receiving feedback from the team on what we can do to improve our district,” said RPS Superintendent Dr. Shibler. “Continuous improvement has been and will continue to be the key to our success.”
The Rockford Public Schools band program once again proved its prowess by receiving top scores at recent district festivals. The three instrumental ensembles of Rockford High School (RHS)—Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble—participated in the Michigan Schools Band and Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) Band Festival for District 10 at Lowell High School on Friday, Feb. 26. They all received Division I/Superior ratings across the board, the highest achievement possible. The RHS bands are directed by Brian Phillips. East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) and North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) participated in the MSBOA festival at Grandville High School on March 4 and they also excelled. Both ERMS bands, directed by Rebecca Kilgore-Longtin, received Division I ratings. The NRMS Symphonic Band, led by Cullen McCarthy, received a Division I rating for the ninth consecutive year, while the NRMS Concert Band received a very respectable II. The bands all performed three pieces for adjudication, and scores are computed using a formula combining judges’ ratings. “The students worked very hard in representing their community and schools, and the band directors are all extremely proud of their efforts,” said McCarthy. For more information on the Rockford band programs visit rockfordbands.org.
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