North Rockford Middle School

Hop A (half) Mile to help a child

May 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

Unusual race raises money for orphanage This Saturday, May 14, hop on over to North Rockford Middle School to watch or participate in an unusual hippity-hop relay race. Teams may sign up at the event for $100 per person online at “What is a hippity-hop relay?” you may ask.  It is your opportunity to sit on a big hippity-hop ball, also called a “jumping ball” and hop around half the length of a track.  Teams of four will take turns hopping legs to complete a half-mile race!  Hippity-hop balls will be provided for use on the day of the race for those registered.  Don’t worry, there will be adult sizes and kids sizes available!  This is a great opportunity to get out with your family, business, youth group, college dorm, etc. and raise money for a local charity caring for kids around the world.  We guarantee that laughs will abound, and it will be a fun time for racers and spectators alike.  The relay is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 and will be held at the North Rockford Middle School track.  To participate, teams of 4 must submit the registration form and a minimum of $100 (per team) in raised funds for WAR, International.  Registration forms can be obtained at  Due to hippity-hop logistics, the event is limited to the first 100 teams to register. Women At Risk, International (WAR, Int’l) was established in 2006 with a passion to help at-risk women around the world.  They currently partner in over 25 countries with programs that assist vulnerable women and children and those being rescued from slavery.  They also educate individuals in the United States about human trafficking and other risk issues women face around the world through conferences and in-home parties.  In 2008 WAR, Int’l opened its first retail store offering hand-crafted international gifts made by and sold in support of the women they serve.  They now have two retail boutiques in Michigan in Rockford and Wyoming and are planning to open a boutique in Naperville, IL this summer. QuackBack LLC is owned by Theresa Meendering of Grandville, MI and her sister Janet Cantrell of Oakwood, OH.  QuackBack exists to provide a fun and unique way to encourage girlfriends, sisters, mothers, and daughters.  […]

Rockford Odyssey takes on the world

April 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford’s Odyssey of the Mind teams were among competitors for state titles on Saturday, April 16, and 10 of the 11 teams sent to state finals placed in sixth and above. Five teams placed third to sixth, receiving honorable mention status at state finals, and five teams will be advancing to world finals, placing first or second. This is another record set for Rockford Odyssey of the Mind, 10 out of 11 teams receiving honors. The Cannonsburg Elementary B team took ninth and was coached by Susan Witte. With this accomplishment, the team did not place but still scored a top 10 win. The Cannonsburg Elementary team A took a sixth-place win under the direction of Coach Karen Dufendach. This earned them an honorable mention. The Valley View Elementary team A had an amazing performance which won them a third-place win. They were coached by Joan Lawton and earned the placement of bronze medalists. North Rockford Middle School’s team C earned a sixth-place win. They are coached by Joni Colovos, Shari Waldvogel and Michele Ferguson. This earned them an honorable mention. Rockford High School took third place and were recognized as bronze medalists. Roguewood Elementary team A earned a fifth-place win under Coach Wendy Goushaw. They also earned an honorable mention. North Rockford Middle School’s (NRMS) A team brought home an amazing second-place win under Coach Catherine Behrendt and will continue on as a world finalist team. North Rockford Middle School’s B team also wowed judges and brought them a second-place win under Coach Deb Playford. They will also go on to compete as a world finalist team. Belmont Elementary earned their place in world competition by taking a first-place win under Coach Terry Younker. Also going on to compete in the world finals was the Roguewood Elementary B team with a stunning first-place win under the guidance of Coach Jen Masternak. Finally, the East Rockford Middle School team, which also has NRMS team members, brought home highest honors with a first-place win under Coach Sue Hagedorn. They will be joining the Rockford “crowd” that will compete against other Odyssey of the Mind teams from around the globe as a world finalist team. The following teams were recognized with special awards: • Roguewood Elementary team […]

Rockford takes wins in Odyssey regionals

March 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 […]

The Rockford Squire presents Carrier of the Week

November 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

Here at the Squire, we are thrilled to continue offering what is the first job of their lives for boys and girls in downtown Rockford. Every place you see a postal carrier on foot doing deliveries, the Squire delivers with a young man or woman who brings your paper to your door. It is one of the best traditions of a hometown paper and we are proud to be part of the growing-up process for these responsible youngsters. Introducing the first of our newspaper carriers, we bring you Carson Klima, who has been delivering The Rockford Squire—without any complaints from his customers—for three years. Carson is 11 years old and a student at North Rockford Middle School (NRMS), where he is enjoying his first year at the school. His birthday is March 22 and his favorite class is math. “It is challenging but not hard to make it not fun,” Carson said. “I’m trying to make the Principal’s Honor Roll.” Carson would like to be a teacher when he grows up. He explained why. “It sounds like fun, plus my grandmother and dad were teachers.” His father is currently a teacher with Rockford Public Schools. Carson said he wanted to be a Squire paper delivery boy because, “I love money a lot and have earned over a thousand dollars so far.”

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