The success of any team can be measured several ways. The Rockford girls basketball team set out at the beginning of the season declaring a set of goals: play united, play and practice with a positive attitude no matter what happens, and play as a team, not as an individual. The Lady Rams accomplished all of these goals and along the way earned the title of OK Red conference champions. The success of the 2009-2010 Rams can be found in their overall 16-3 record, but a closer look finds what this team accomplished through hard work, positive attitude, and never giving up on each other. Last Tuesday night, Feb. 23, found the Rams in jeopardy of losing an important conference game, trailing the Wildcats of Jenison by five in the final minute of play. At a timeout in the action, junior sharpshooter Britney Prins came off the bench and quickly hit a crucial three-point shot to pull the Rams within one point. A Ram foul and Jenison free throw had the Wildcats leading by two with just seconds to play. A quick outlet pass on the failed free-throw conversion and sharp passing on offense found Ram sophomore Kimberly Weston set behind the three-point line. Weston calmly released a shot, finding the bottom of the net with 2.5 seconds left and securing a 43-42 Ram victory. Friday night, Feb. 26, the Rams needed to win in their final OK Red game of the season versus the Muskegon Big Reds to secure a conference championship. The Rams jumped out early and never let up. They showed the attributes that have defined the team all season: unselfish play, tough defense, and strong leadership. The final score was Rams 65, Muskegon 32. The highlight of the evening for players, fans and coaches was a rare occurrence; one not seen at Rockford High School ever before. On the home floor, and on the same night, both the Rockford girls and boys basketball teams brought home conference championships. Each player from both teams alternately had the opportunity to climb the victory ladder and cut a portion from the net, taking home a piece of their own history from two outstanding conference seasons. It was a special night and one not […]
March 4 2010
Celebrating in their natural environment—in the water—Rockford wins the OK Red swimming and diving conference championship on Saturday, Feb. 27 at home. After three days of nonstop excitement, Rockford came out on top with 368 points, followed by Grandville (338), Holland West Ottawa (317), Jenison (294), East Kentwood (269), Hudsonville (240) and Grand Haven (186). The Rams kept the lead early on to win against some of the toughest teams in West Michigan.
by M. SOLLE The Rockford Christian School (RCS) campus sits on over 36 acres and overlooks beautiful Lake Bella Vista. To the average person, RCS is a “typical” Rockford school—stunning facility, large campus, academically excellent. Yet something many don’t know is that RCS has an environmental focus. RCS was the very first school in Kent County to earn the title Green School and has done so consistently since 2007. However, RCS has something that no other area school has. It has an environmental-based curriculum that is rooted in its sixth-grade classroom, but resonates throughout the entire school. While there are other environmental programs in the area, few bring the environment to the forefront while keeping with the schools’ main mission, “to prepare students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society.” At no other time in history has the environment been so important. Sixth-graders at Rockford Christian Middle School learn about creation and the environment daily through hands-on activities as well as weekly and annual off-campus trips to places like Camp Roger, Frederick Meijer Gardens, Plainfield Township Water Department, cleaning up the roadside as part of MDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway program, NASA Aeronautics Lab at Gerald R. Ford Airport, AuSable Institute in Mancelona, aboard the research vessel WG Jackson on Muskegon Lake, and camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. At these places they learn about recycling, water pollution and filtering, winter survival, and composting. But mostly they learn how to be better caretakers of the Earth and its resources. Veteran teacher Don VerMerris, with over 32 years of experience in teaching, leads the RCS community on this trek of stewardship and sustainability, and is joined by fellow teacher Julie Barrett, who has been teaching six years. The environmental classroom has impacted the student body of the whole school, trickling down to even the smallest children. A simple task, like composting food waste, becomes something even kindergarteners take part in daily with small worm compost bins placed outside of each classroom for their snack and lunch waste. Each year’s sixth-graders are responsible for “emptying” the bins, and bagging the POW (“poop of worms” as it may be) to sell it to school families for houseplant compost. On their weekly trips to Camp Roger, sixth-graders are responsible […]
The Rogue River Watershed Council held its annual meeting at Rockford’s Community Cabin in early 2010, continuing its efforts to protect the watershed and goals to improve educational opportunities for the public and municipalities along the watershed’s domain. Janice Thompkins of the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources and member of the Rogue River Watershed Council (RRWC) gave an overview of what the watershed is to the members of the public who turned out for the meeting. “When the well is dry, we know the value of water,” she quoted Benjamin Franklin on the importance of protecting our water sources and waterways. “It is so true we too often wait to late to protect our wetlands,” she said, calling wetlands the kidneys of any watershed. She discussed specifically Stegman and Cedar Creek, which provide much of the cold water that makes Rogue River the unique body of water it is and stressed the importance of protecting these feeder streams, and others like them. “They are interrelated, interdependent and interconnected,” she said. During the meeting, the RRWC members asked the audience to provide feedback on issues within the Rogue River Watershed and answered questions. The RRWC has been in existence for several years and is interested in growing membership as well as offering educational opportunities on watershed and wetlands issues. They meet monthly in Rockford. For more information, visit online at www.gvsu.edu/wri/isc/rogue-river-watershed-project-the-rogue-river-watershed-council-186.htm.
Back in the day, Rockford was known as an artistic town where many craftspeople plied their trades in the shops and sold what they made or created. Today, there are still many artists in residence and the town is known for its love of culture and the arts. On Wednesday, February 17, a gathering of some of Rockford’s artists took place at Arnie’s to celebrate the birthday of one, Michael Callihan, and enjoy the company of old friends. Organized by Phil Glass, the mid-winter coffee break was a treat for all with ice cream and a specially designed cake for the event.