Five North Rockford Middle School choir students have been selected to perform in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s Junior High/Middle School State Honors Choirs this coming January in Grand Rapids. The auditions were held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Mt. Pleasant High School. Aleigha Kely, Eve Hillman and Emily Gordon, all eighth-graders, were selected to perform in the 7th-/8th-/9th-Grade SSA Honors Choir. Michaela Jones (eighth grade) and Betsy Hoekstra (seventh grade) were selected to perform in the 6th-/7th-/8th-Grade SA Honors Choir. They are among the top 100 students in the state selected for each choir. The girls had to prepare a required audition piece and perform it from memory for the audition. They also had to learn a second piece that they performed along with the audition piece on a mini-concert later in the day. These girls will now attend three all-day Saturday rehearsals at various sites across the state. Their performance will be on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 p.m. on stage at DeVos Place as part of the statewide annual Michigan Music Conference held in Grand Rapids.
North Rockford Middle School
Carole Baker Carole Baker, a Rockford resident for almost 50 years, has been involved with the Rockford school district since the 1960s. She began by volunteering for the schools when her children first attended Rockford schools. She recognized the value of being an involved parent. In the early 1970s, Carole became a school aide, working with the E.M.I. Special Education students. In 1982 she started working specifically with students who were blind or had significant sight problems. To better serve these students, Carole showed her dedication by taking classes and mastering the Braille system. She continued in this role, working closely with students, until her retirement in 1999. In addition to her role in special education, in 1976 Carole accepted the responsibility of varsity cheerleading advisor when she learned there was no one available to fulfill this role. She held this position for nine years. In Carole’s retirement, she continues to volunteer at North Rockford Middle School during orientation, Valley View Elementary School, and teaching “survival swim” to Rockford fourth-graders. She supports the Rockford community by teaching “arthritis swim” to senior citizens, and participating in the Rockford Relay for Life. Carole is a lifelong supporter of the Rockford schools and community.
‘Every day Tate is here, North Rockford Middle School is a better place’ Tate is the son of Stephanie and John Bates and James Lewis. He is a person who never gives up or thinks he cannot accomplish something. This student follows his heart and always shows kindness. His peers and the staff at North Rockford Middle School appreciate his unique sense of humor. Tate is caring to others and asks people how they are. He is very concerned about the well-being of those around him. He is always willing to help other students who may be struggling. “Every day Tate is here, North Rockford Middle School is a better place,” his teachers say of him. Tate shows a positive attitude in all he does and has a “never say die” attitude. Tate is described as sensitive, inquisitive, considerate and kind. His cheerful attitude and optimism in thinking the best of others make him enjoyable to be around. Also a good student, Tate has earned the Principal’s Honor Roll every marking period and was selected to be a Northern Lights tutor and mentor. He enjoys football where he works hard to be his best and is a strong team player. He is also a tennis player, and he goes out of his way to help those less skilled. Tate is also involved in the activities of Rockford United Methodist Church. Tate is a student who works hard to achieve his best, but never hesitates to help others. He has an overwhelming love for his family and wants to please them with his success. Staff at North Rockford Middle School believe Tate’s strength of character and his belief in the goodness of others make him an Example in Excellence at North Rockford Middle School.
On November 9, the Rockford area Girl Scouts will meet at North Rockford Middle School to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a kids-helping-kids project that uses simple, gift-filled shoeboxes to show millions of hurting children in over 100 countries that they are loved and not forgotten. The Girl Scouts will be packing empty shoeboxes with simple items most people take for granted, including toys, school supplies and toothbrushes. Operation Christmas Child collects the gift boxes and hand-delivers them to hurting children around the world. If you would like to be a part of this project by donating items for the Girl Scouts’ packing party, please contact Jennie Nichols at (616) 874-1316.
by Adam Burkholder Assistant Principal, North Rockford Middle School “Rockford!” What is your initial thought when you hear this? Is it schools? Is it community? Is it both? From my perspective, the two entities are synonymous—when you refer to one you are speaking of the other as well. Upon graduation from college and being hired here in Rockford, the popular question from former college teammates was “How can you move back and teach in the district you grew up in?” My initial answer to that question was to encourage those friends to come see for themselves, and many of them have. Now that most of us have children, the answer has taken on a more deeply rooted answer. The blending of school and community is a powerful instrument in the success of our students, our schools, and the community of Rockford as a whole, and I am honored to be part of this community. City and school leaders are continuously looking for ways to grow together. Our students will have yet one more opportunity to become involved for the betterment of both school and community. The well-established Lions Club approached me last year about getting a junior Lions Club (Leo Club) going in the middle schools. Last year the concept began at East Rockford Middle School and will be carried over to the remaining secondary buildings this school year. The Leo Club will be comprised of students who want to give back to both their school and community. The only prerequisite is that you are a student in grades 7-12 here in Rockford. In organizing my thoughts prior to speaking to our seventh- and eighth-graders from last year, I wondered how important community involvement was from a post-secondary perspective. On nearly every college application I reviewed (both in state and out of state), one of the first questions was: What community organizations have you been involved in? Now, the idea of starting a Leo Club in the secondary schools was not simply for the purpose of providing substance students can apply to a college application, but rather I feel it emphasizes the fact that getting involved in communities is a positive and powerful device for both individuals and groups as a whole. There is no distinct […]