Saturday, May 21 at 350 N. Main Street (enter off Lewis Street) The sale begins at 9 a.m. with an auction of remaining plants beginning at 10:45. Garden club members sell their homegrown assortment of “garden goods” including perennials, native plants, ground covers, quality small bushes/shrubs, annuals, herbs, bulbs,and vines.
May 19 2011
Parents’ Final Grade: Straight A’s! by TOM HOSFORD, Assistant Principal Rockford High School In a few short weeks, the Rockford community will complete another wonderful and successful school year! Through hard work, patience and determination, many Rockford students, staff and administrators have received state or local awards and recognition. Our district has again received “straight A’s” from the State of Michigan! We definitely have a lot to be thankful for. Through all the successes and positive experiences Rockford Public Schools has enjoyed over the last nine months, there is one underlying theme that should never go unnoticed: the incredible support from our parents. This support comes in many different forms, such as helping students with their homework or studying for tests, volunteering for various educational or co-curricular committees, or staying involved with the school through monthly parent meetings. Research proves that the more a parent is involved with their child’s education, the more successful that child will become in school. You cannot find a better example of this than right here in Rockford. As an educator, I see first hand the positive impact parents make not only for our individual students, but for our entire school system as well. On behalf of the entire Rockford Public Schools system, I would like to thank all of our parents for their constant support. Only through consistent parental involvement can we continue our tradition of excellence. Enjoy the end of the school year and all the festivities that come with it! Have a GREAT summer!
Kendall College of Art and Design recently announced the winner of the college’s Excellence Award for the Art Education program of study is graduating senior, Christopher Bruce of Imlay City, Mich. Four years ago, Bruce moved to Grand Rapids from the east side of the state to pursue an education at Kendall. While studying at Kendall he has found that a love of learning, he believes, is a natural part of us all. As one of 271 graduating seniors in the 2011 class, with a bachelor of fine arts; art education, he hopes to continue his goal to advocate for the promotion of literacy through the visual arts. Currently Bruce is an art educator at the Rockford Freshman Center. While working there he has designed and implemented curriculum based on state and national standards, rewrote district-wide common assessments to align with course objectives, and he has updated the classroom environment and procedures to better serve the needs of the students. He is also an education program assistant at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. His objective there is to design and implement creative and educationally sound lesson plans for a wide range of ages.
Rockford High School’s girls varsity water polo team finished their regular season last week by beating Portage Central and Jenison by scores of 16-8 and 10-3 respectively. This left them undefeated in the league and west region of Michigan water polo. The Rams then used this momentum to capture a district title in District II of the West Michigan Water Polo Association by defeating Portage Northern and East Kentwood High Schools on Saturday, May 14. After attaining a bye on Friday in the weekend tournament, the Rams entered the Jenison aquatic center with a number one seed in the district. Game one against a young Portage Northern team, saw a replay of an earlier contest between the two teams, with the Lady Rams dominating the pool from start to finish, winning the game 16-2. Several Rams found the back of the net in the first quarter, including junior Casey Wolfer with two scores, sophomore Adrianna Craft with two, senior Lauren Hulsebus scoring three times, and senior Taylor Downs scoring one of her own. The second quarter of the game saw junior Madison Levine scoring three consecutive goals, two of which were assisted by senior Sloan Ouellette and one by junior Abbey Finlayson. Junior Morgan Longberg then scored twice on assists by Abbey and Erica Finlayson. The second half of play had freshman Kara Vandawater and sophomores Marie Siegel and Morgan Lipe enter the water, and each scored one goal apiece to put the finishing touches on Portage Northern. Several Ram players contributed steals and assists in game one. Later in the afternoon, the Rams took on rival East Kentwood in the finals of the district tournament, with the Rams winning with a dominating score of 14-6. The scoring combination of Wolfer and senior Jamie VanPortfliet led the attack in the first quarter. VanPortfliet assisted on three of Wolfer’s aggressive tosses into the net, while Wolfer passed to VanPortliet for another score. Craft, who really showed her talent in the assist category in the game, had a beautiful outlet pass from the hole position to Downs, who patiently pump-faked EK’s goalie for the score, and the Rams were up 5-2 at the quarter. The rest of the game was a scoring frenzy by the Rams, and […]
Rams, Eagles, Bulldogs all tied atop OK Red It took more than 72 hours to complete, but when the dust finally settled on the key softball doubleheader between the Rockford Rams and the two-time defending state champion Hudsonville Eagles, the teams split the thrilling twin bill. The host Rams won Tuesday’s first game 1-0 in walk-off fashion, and the Eagles came out on top in game two by a score of 4-3, in a game which was concluded on Friday after darkness had suspended the extra-inning affair Tuesday evening with the score tied 3-3 after eight exciting innings. The games featured a match-up of two of the state’s premier pitchers in returning All State players Tricia Graham from Rockford and Sara Driesenga of Hudsonville. Graham uses a tremendous variety of pitches, including a rise, a curve, and a great change-up to go with her fastball. The six-foot-two Driesenga features a powerful fastball and a drop, and she will occasionally throw a screwball and a change-up. Both hurlers are headed to Division I college programs in the fall. Graham, who has rewritten the pitching record books at Rockford, will pitch at Central Michigan University. Her 435 strikeouts and 29 victories in 2010 are both school records, and she owns many career records and is closing in on many others as well. Driesenga, who will play at the University of Michigan, is a leading candidate for the state’s Miss Softball Award this season after being named the National Junior Softball Player of the Year in 2010 by ESPN Rise and Gatorade’s Michigan Player of the Year each of the past two years. With such dominant pitchers on the mound, everybody expected that runs would be at a premium. In game one, that was certainly the case. The Eagles had a number of opportunities in the game, but Graham worked her magic and came up with the key outs when she needed them the most, often on strikeouts at critical times. She also got help from her defense. In the first inning, with two runners on and two out for the Eagles, third baseman Brooke Agers ripped a shot deep to left-center field. Rams left-fielder Carmen Zeboor raced to her left and snared the ball just before it […]