A Wise move for Rockford

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

by RICH ZECK For over 12 years, Wise Photography has brought life and emotions to one-dimensional pictures at her studio on Bridge Street. You can say owner Michelle Wise has had her eye on hundreds of area families lives. She has been there to take pictures at our children’s births, weddings, anniversaries, senior class memories and countless of other special times. Her finger has been on the pulse of some of the best of our times. Taking a huge leap of faith Michelle has moved the new and improved Wise Photography Studio & Gallery to the prime window spot of Rockford at 1 N. Main. Two doors down from her old location, the new location not only has more space and higher visibility, but gives passersby an opportunity to put their eye and pulse on Rockford. A deeply spiritual person, Michelle, says, “photographs talk to the soul because they are not just words.  Pictures can take you back to a place and time of fond memories.” Wise is not just a photographer but a storyteller.  This new location will give her the opportunity to expose her many hidden gifts and talents for others to enjoy. What makes her work so different from others? Her work is very emotional and is reflected in the colors, settings, composition and personality of her pictures.  Her photo shoots are an intimate and personal time that she spends connecting with people to maximize the beauty within every person or animal. Yes, not only does Michelle love taking baby and people pictures but she loves animals too.  The animals and she connect just as well as people do and she brings their personality to life in print.       The new studio and gallery will offer all kinds of personalized greeting cards for all sorts of occasions and the ability to purchase her artwork.  The one thing you will notice when you visit this business is the sense of peace and calm that envelopes the four walls.  Michelle sees her business as a light on the hill that shines hope and comfort to those who may be lost and lonely.  After visiting her new location, I would have to say, that her move is certainly a Wise move for Rockford.

Secrets of a Sunken Cannon Revisited

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

by RICH GELDHOF The older we get the more powerful our minds become and when we don’t use what the brain has stored we “lose it.” Our short-term memory capacity is normally from five-nine number digits.  This explains why phone numbers and checking accounts are kept to seven numbers and a social security number doesn’t exceed nine numbers, because we have great difficulty remembering them the older we get, like a driver’s license of 12 numbers. Bob found that when you reach 55 you don’t always remember what you’ve heard correctly. That’s why it’s so important to write things down and store hard copy.     Can you remember your credit cards 16 numbers in proper sequence?  Probably not, but we are walking computers of information and our living brain is more active when sleeping than watching mindless video games and TV.  We awaken fresh as daisies, that’s some of us, not all of us. Like computers we must discard the trash and junk, but retain important information. When children come home from school we’ve all heard them say,  just as you said when your parents asked you, “how was school today or did you learn something new?”  The answer was, “fine, I hate school or I’ll be glad when I’m done with high school.” Chances are you’ve heard and felt the grumbling and experienced the frightening years as a wild teenager, who viewed teachers as dispensing mindless dribble. If you dismiss them without finding out what interesting thing they taught in class each day you’ve helped de-program their thinking ability. It takes the first 18 years or more to increase the knowledge and memory retention.  Teenagers can’t swallow wisdom pills at age 16 and can’t tell parents they are smarter. They should have committed three new things (adults six) each day to memory. In doing this you are sharpening their minds and teaching them the art of storing memory by concentration.  Teachers are challenging them to see, think and retain useful information. Teachers use their skill to energize and program their minds for the future. Mindless video games for hours after school de-programs them and renders anything they might have learned as useless fodder.  Learning will help prepare them for success. Dowsers need to […]

Superintendent Shibler shines in annual performance evaluation

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

The  Rockford  Board  of  Education  issued  the  following  summary  of Superintendent Dr. Shibler’s performance evaluation, held on Monday, April 13, 2009 Rockford Public Schools reached two significant milestones this year: Rockford Public Schools will graduate its 125th class and Dr. Shibler will complete his twentieth year as superintendent. Dr. Shibler  continued  his  professional  and  exemplary  leadership  of  the  district and  he  is generally considered the “dean” of superintendents in Kent County and throughout the State.   We believe that among other things, his duties as an instructor of future educators has helped to sharpen his educational philosophy and knowledge.He is dedicated to his profession, our district, and the community; and he remains totally committed to the continuous improvement of the Rockford Public Schools. Some examples of this include his efforts as chair of the KISD grassroots network. Of course the Education Yes! grades for the district of all A’s for the fourth year in a row speaks volumes.  Dr. Shibler’s voice is sought out and highly regarded within educational circles,  as well as by the media, the Legislature and other external sources. He is a steadfast advocate for Rockford  Public Schools but also public education in general. His leadership is superior both in his own actions as well as in his support of the leadership of his administration and staff.  This year, Dr. Shibler led the development of RAMS VII,  the seventh three-year strategic plan during his twenty years. In addition, with Meadow Ridge Elementary obtaining Blue Ribbon status, Dr. Shibler, has led the entire district to Blue Ribbon status. Dr. Shibler’s management skills and style are very structured and results oriented. His staff performs at a very high level. District goals are a high priority and the RAMS models have led to district success. Dr. Shibler utilizes his skills in all areas he operates, whether it be in the district, the community or even within the legislative arena. He is always looking to make Rockford Public Schools the best district in the state and this desire trickles down to all district staff. His focus on the district’s vision is inspiring. He is an excellent leader and manager. Dr.  Shibler’s  leadership  prowess  serves  him  well  in  all  his  professional  relationships.    Dr.  Shibler  continues to encourage,  inspire  and  lead  teachers,  staff  and  administrators to  reach  their  potential. Relationships with  the  board,  administrators  and  staff,  comunity  leaders  and  legislators are  all  carefully  cultivated  by  his  words  and  actions.  He  has  developed  a  sense  of sensitivity  and  respect   which encourages others to follow his lead. He has formed unique  relationships with  business,  community,  and  legislative  leaders  through  efforts  above  and  beyond the immediate duties of his position. The  personal  qualities  that  Dr.  Shibler  possesses  illustrate  what  makes  him  who  he  is  and  in  turn what makes  Rockford  Public  Schools  the  great  school  district that  it  is.  He  is  confident,  realistic,  honest  and  highly trustworthy.  His  effort, passion  and  ability  to  execute  the district’s plans  are  never  questioned  and  never  lacking.  […]

Lakes Elementary’s Olivia Sobie: an Example in Excellence

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Radiant smile and sparkling greeting typical of sunny student Olivia Sobie, age 11, is the daughter of Lisa Sobie. Known by her teachers for her positive attitude, her warm smile and her willingness to lend a hand or give a kind word to a peer or teacher, Olivia is recognized by Lakes Elementary as an Example in Excellence. Olivia’s teachers sum her up as “a terrific girl.” From her kindergarten years, it has been clear that Olivia always does her personal best at all tasks set before her. Music teacher Lori Vermerris tells that Olivia radiates with joy and shows that she is a sweet, musical person. Olivia has a beautiful singing voice, but if she tries for a solo in music class and doesn’t get it, she is the first to congratulate the other student. A generous person, Olivia not only encourages her peers but her teachers as well. She shows her willingness to help others by serving as a safety and helping younger students at lunch time. She is also a computer lab helper and is trusted with the task of shutting down equipment at the end of the school day. Olivia is described as “pure sunshine” and a student who can be counted on to be a positive influence on fellow students and staff. A true friend with a compassion beyond her age, Olivia is known for giving without expectation and for looking for the best in every person and situation. One staff member said, “Olivia is an angel on earth. She always has a smile on her face, never shows any sort of discouragement, and just shines each day I see her.” Lakes Elementary applauds her as an Example in Excellence.

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