Common Core State Standards by DR. RYAN KELLEY Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Rockford Public Schools We continue to witness the impact of the challenging economic times upon our families, friends and neighbors. Many experts believe that the primary method to improve the economy is to have a higher educated workforce. A workforce that possesses the highly publicized 21st Century Skills—critical thinkers, problem solvers, communicators, and being collaborative, creative and innovative. No matter where a student lives, he/she should be provided these skills in order to be better prepared for postsecondary education and their career. As a result, the development and implementation of the Common Core State Standards is taking place across the country. The standards for math and English language arts can be reviewed online at www.corestandards.org. The standards in the other core subject areas are still in the developmental stages. We know that in Rockford we are already providing our students with a world-class educational experience, and they are college and career ready. However, we can always improve. To make certain that we are preparing our students for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, we have many teachers and administrators working together with educators from across the state. If you would like more information about this topic, I invite you to access the Web address previously mentioned, or call me at (616) 863-6556.
March 24 2011
Baker College of Muskegon is proud to recognize its honor roll students for the fall quarter of 2010. President’s List students have earned a 4.0 GPA for the quarter. Dean’s List students have earned a 3.5 to 3.99 GPA for the quarter. Local students who have made the President’s List include Tiffany Krystoff of Belmont, Jennifer George of Cedar Springs, Matthew Lampen of Sparta, Amanda Pant of Sparta, and Laurel Peacock of Sparta. Rockford students who have made the Dean’s List include Kaleigh Arver, Louise Berry, Rachel Chesebro, Brittani Dalton, Bradley Dubey, Lorraine Gilchrist-Velte, Natasha Henney, Peter Jelinek, Joseph Kik, April Krystoff, Jaimee Mize, Tracy Robb, Shelby Smith, Torrey Thomas, Charles White and Charlia Wilson. Belmont students who have made the Dean’s List include Britany Larson, Jessica Misner, Kellie Rohde and Michael Vanhorn. Cedar Springs students include Erik Adamson, Thomas Becker, Samantha Champion, Tammy DeVries, Amber Drechsel, Brenda Ehrke, Kara Emery, Andrea Karasiewicz, Amber Lukaart, Sherri Nash, Olivia Simon and Carieann Stout. Sparta students include Brittany Anderson, Krista Bird, Christine Dennison-Crum, Greg Ferguson, Philip Keller, Saren Love, Amanda May, Kari Miller, Kelly Pant, Maribel Perez, Amelia Pylman, Sarah Reinbold, Cassondra Sovereign, Valerie Tyron and Elizabeth Woody.
Rockford teams took plenty of wins in regional competition March 19 at Greenville Middle School. Rockford sent 24 competitive teams and five primary teams—grades kindergarten through second, non-competitive. Advancing to state finals on April 16 at Davenport University are the following. In Division I are the following teams that took first place: Cannonsburg Elementary School Team A, Belmont Elementary School and North Rockford Middle School Team B. Advancing after a second-place win is Roguewood Elementary School Team B. Advancing after a third-place win are Roguewood Elementary School Team A and Cannonsburg Elementary School Team B. Advancing after a fourth-place win is Valley View Elementary School Team A. In Division II, North Rockford Middle School Team A took first, East Rockford Middle School Team B took second and North Rockford Middle School Team C took third. In Division III, Rockford High School took first place. Teams that placed—honorable mention—but will not advance are Crestwood Elementary School, East Rockford Middle School Team A, North Rockford Middle School Team B, Roguewood Elementary School Team B, Crestwood Elementary School and East Rockford Middle School. Four Rockford teams and one Rockford parent also received special awards. John Merchun received an Outstanding OMer award for his volunteering positive attitude. Cannonsburg Elementary School Team B received an Outstanding OMer award for their problem- solving under pressure. North Rockford Middle School Team A received the Coveted Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity, and Roguewood Elementary School Team A received the Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity in their performance. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems—great and small—for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking “outside of the box.” Odyssey organizer Linda Blackmore said, “Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to […]