H&S Companies will participate in the Walt Gutowski SR. Golf Outing benefitting the David D. Hunting YMCA 2012 Strong Kids Campaign on June 4, 2012. “The Grand Rapids Y is important to so many kids and families in the area,” said Paul Lothschutz, CPA and partner of H&S Companies. “We’re happy to have the opportunity to support our community through such a fun event.” Four members of the Grand Rapids H&S team will play in the outing on June 4. They are Mark Schut, Scott Brewer, Paul Lothschutz and Sally Steffes.
May 24 2012
by JACQUIE FASE Director of Transportation Rockford Public Schools “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” —Dr. Seuss As the scholarly Dr. Seuss once said, “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” I see this mantra embedded in the “Rockford Ram Culture” through its inspiring teachers, motivational administrators, and through all the great staff members, parents, coaches and volunteers. The transportation department believes in obtaining this level of positivity and enthusiasm as well, because each department is an essential aspect of the greater Rockford Public Schools (RPS) family. As we prepare for yet another school year, I can’t help but reflect on how quickly technology changes to enable us to share correct information. Over the years we have traversed various avenues on our quest to inform district families of their bussing schedules. The one roadblock we encounter each year is publishing information that will remain current beyond the printing deadline. This year the student population will be able to access their bussing information through the RPS family access website. We will not be sending out the yearly transportation postcards. Through trial and error we have learned that from the time these cards are printed and sent, to the first day of school, our routes will change daily. These changes could be very minor to a complete rewrite of entire routes. The changes might be due to students moving in or out of a neighborhood (or district) to simply a change in the bus number. Unexpected changes can cause major stress among parents and district staff on the first day of school. By logging into your family access account and viewing the live data, you will be well informed of any change to your students’ bussing schedule. As always, if there is ever a question or concern, I would encourage you to call the transportation department at (616) 863-6328. We are currently in the process of updating the routes for the 2012-2013 school year. All students are routed to and from their home address unless we have information concerning daycare or non-custodial parent […]
Megan Kellermeier of Rockford was named to the dean’s list at Grand Valley State University for the second semester of the 2011-2012 school year. To be eligible for the dean’s list you must carry 12 credits and achieve a 3.50 grade-point average or better. Kellermeier has been accepted for the fall of 2012 to the Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Davenport University.
On May 3, both the seventh-grade concert band and eighth-grade symphonic band from North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) traveled to Big Rapids High School to perform at the State Band Festival. Both received Superior Division I ratings from all three concert judges as well as earning a Superior Division I rating from the sight-reading judge. Sight-reading is the part of festival where the students have five minutes to learn a piece of music they have never played or seen before and then perform it for a judge. To perform at the State Band Festival, bands need to receive Superior ratings at their District Band Festival. Both the seventh- and eighth-grade bands received Superior Division I ratings from all of the judges at the District 10 Band Festival held at Otsego High School on February 23, 2012. This marked the 11th consecutive year that the symphonic band received a Superior rating and the ninth year the concert band received the same honor at the District 10 Band Festival.
by RANDY GREGORY Though not quite as overwhelming in the scope of victory as their female teammates, the boys track team from Rockford also took home first-place honors in the Division I regional meet held at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday, May 19. Rockford totaled 126 points to easily outdistance the 94.25 points amassed by the runners-up from Grand Haven. Just like the girls, the boys scored points in each of the 17 contested events. The Rams also took home first-place honors in six different events. “We had a great day and the kids really stepped up,” said Rockford Coach Andy Martin. “We got points from some unexpected sources and the biggest surprise was in the discus. Ivy Johnson and Mitch Caywood were seeded eighth and ninth and took home second and third place. It was not a good day to be a distance runner in this type of heat and I think that hurt us some. But all in all it was a superior effort by our kids.” Jeremy Blauser set a new career best in the pole vault with a jump of 13′ 9″ that captured the title in that event and topped the rest of the field by 11 inches. Blauser also ran a leg of the 4×100-meter relay that captured first place with a time of 43.26 seconds. Nick Simms, Chris Eggenberger and Tim Gilbert comprised the balance of the 4×100 relay team. Eggenberger had an excellent meet overall on a day tailor-made for sprinters. Eggenberger took first in the 100- (11.01) and 200-meter (22.22) dashes to go along with the 4×100-meter crown and also ran a leg of the 4×200 relay that took home second and also earned a berth in the state meet. Scott Kaule, Gilbert and Simms were the other participants in the 4×200 relay. The remaining two titlists for the Rams were Drew Woznick and the 4×800-meter relay team. Woznick ran an incredible 4:21.01 in the 1,600 meters in sweltering heat that did nothing to encourage great times from distance runners. Austin Benoit, Grant Aman, Chris Coles and Woznick combined to run a solid 7:59.13 in the 4×800 relay to best the field by more than three seconds. Martin plans to ease up a bit […]