North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) fine arts magnet is putting a twist on happily every after by performing Sleeping Beauty ’70s style! The hardworking magnet has put this together with the help of parent volunteers and teachers. They have all been working three months to be ready for the public to view their hard work. Performances will be at noon on March 24 and 25, and 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on March 26 at the NRMS auditorium. North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) fine arts magnet is putting a twist on happily every after by performing Sleeping Beauty ’70s style! The hardworking magnet has put this together with the help of parent volunteers and teachers. They have all been working three months to be ready for the public to view their hard work. Performances will be at noon on March 24 and 25, and 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on March 26 at the NRMS auditorium. 70’S STYLE-Donning partial costumes for their Sleeping Beauty performance in ’70s style are (l-r) Emily Gordon, Jenna Brown and Jessica Blackport, all of North Rockford Middle School’s fine arts magnet.
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by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Courtney Fedeson knows the importance of sticking to a project until it’s finished. In this particular case, $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. was the reward. Courtney, a seventh-grader at North Rockford Middle School, was awarded an engraved silver medallion that signified her selection as one of Michigan’s top two youth volunteers for 2009 in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The ceremony took place at the school board meeting on Monday, March 9. The award, sponsored in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), is part of a broad initiative created by Prudential Financial to encourage young people to become involved with community service. The award was presented by Douglas Kliewer, a financial planner and representative from the well-known insurance company. “We want to recognize the students who donate an insurmountable amount of hours for their community,” said Kliewer. Courtney was honored for helping her Girl Scout troop lead a project that landscaped and beautified the front entrance of her school. They raised approximately $12,000 to fund this project. “I think I understand now what a great community I live in; a place where people will pitch in and volunteer,” Courtney said. “All you have to do is take the initiative and act.” Courtney was one of 104 other top honorees from across the country to win this prestigious award. She will join them in early May in Washington, D.C. for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America’s top youth volunteers for 2009 at that time. Courtney’s father, Brian Fedeson, is extremely proud of his daughter’s accomplishments. “This is an impressive award. If Courtney wins one of the top ten, $5,000 comes back to the Rockford area to help area charities.” Courtney plans on saving her $1,000 award for college. She wants to become a lawyer. “I found out that I can make a difference,” said Courtney.
by LISSA WEIDENFELLER Principal, North Rockford Middle School As the New Year comes and goes, so do some of our goals and New Year’s resolutions that we hope to accomplish. How do you set a goal that you can stick with throughout the year and actually achieve? You do it the SMART way! According to Quality Leadership by Design (QLD), SMART Goals are goals that are: • Specific/Strategic • Measurable • Attainable • Results-Based • Time-Bound SMART Goals can be used in almost any situation: personal, professional, financial, educational, healthy living, spiritual, and much more. Prior to setting a SMART Goal, you need to determine what you are trying to improve, what you would like your end result to be, if it is attainable and in a reasonable amount of time, and how you are going to measure that you actually achieved your goal. Business and industry have been using results-oriented goals for decades. Schools throughout our nation have followed this model, including North Rockford Middle School, and are using results-oriented goals to focus on increased student achievement. As educators, we not only focus on teaching students, we also focus our efforts on ensuring students are learning. Using SMART Goals ensure that we are setting goals that will provide for continuous improvement in learning and increase our student success rate. An example of a SMART Goal in a school system could be to have 98% of our students proficient in basic math facts by the 2010 MEAP. An example of a personal financial goal could be as follows: 20% of my financial department will be reduced by September 1, 2009. An example of a healthy living goal could be to reduce my weight by 15% by April 1, 2009, or to run a mile within seven minutes by April 1, 2009. Once you determine your goal, make sure it is SMART. Start by planning the action steps and setting indicators, or smaller targets, to ensure that you are moving in the right direction to achieve your goal within the established timeline. It is hard to believe that we are almost into March. Revisit your New Year’s resolutions and goals to determine your progress. If you are not making progress or need an additional strategy to […]
Four North Rockford Middle School art students – Olivia Guswiler, Taylor Ramirez, Elliana Raymond, and Katrina Rousakova – have artwork on display in the Michigan Art Education Association Region 9 Show. Each art teacher in the region, which makes up much of West Michigan, was able to bring five pieces for the regional show from the submitted works. The regional show will be on display in Calvin College’s Fine Arts Center for the month of February. The pieces created by Olivia Guswiler and Taylor Ramirez will go on to the state competition in March. Olivia Guswiler Taylor Ramirez Elliana Raymond Katrina Rousakova
by TAMMY SCHOLLAART Vice President, Board of Education While this is the beginning of a new calendar year, we are actually about halfway through the school year, which means we are beginning to make plans for the 2009-2010 school year. Chief among those plans will be the budget. As you have been hearing in the news, the economy in Michigan is not good. The revenue hearing held on January 9 affirmed there is less revenue coming into the state. As of this moment, we don’t know what this news will mean for the schools, but chances are good that we will not see any increases, and we are really hopeful there will not be any reductions. We budget conservatively and will continue this same process. We will keep you informed as we learn what the impact will be to Rockford Public Schools. Another area of planning is the orientations for the fifth-to-sixth-grade, sixth-to-seventh-grade and eighth-to-ninth-grade transitions. These will be held beginning mid-February. Watch your newsletters so you don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to help your student select the best classes as well as learn what new opportunities will be available. The high school students will also begin selecting classes for the 2009-2010 school year. Realizing we are only halfway through the second trimester, I hope you are talking with your student about their experience with trimesters so far. You are strongly encouraged to let either the principals or counseling staff know if you have any concerns, as well as letting them know any positive comments. Finally, I want to take this opportunity to say what a great community we live in. Not only was there great support for the football state championship game, but the support and encouragement was also great for the landscaping project the Girl Scouts from North Rockford Middle School completed, which cumulated in the placement of a new Ram statue. If you haven’t seen it, drive through the parking lot at North Rockford Middle School on the corner of Ten Mile Road and Wolverine Boulevard – you can’t miss it!