Principal Dan Zang


April 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

SCHOOL BEAT Cell Phones: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly! by PRINCIPAL DAN ZANG Rockford High School Technology has afforded us the ability to do many wondrous and creative activities in education today. Our teachers and students have enhanced and enriched educational experiences to new levels. The immediacy of information and the countless ways to express and communicate are fascinating. Many of our students at Rockford High School are using their cell devices in a very positive, pro-educational way. Sadly there is great evidence that demonstrates there is also a downside to possessing the devices. Our high school, much like many in the U.S., addresses the issue of distracted driving. A recent study noted that more than 33% of teens 16-17 years of age have texted while driving on a regular basis; 50% of the same teens say they have been in a car while the driver was texting. Distracted driving at any age is a risk behavior; younger inexperienced drivers are at an even greater risk. Parents, please talk to your sons and daughters about distracted driving! To be very honest I did not see the next issue coming: sex and technology. Sexting is sending sexually explicit text or photographs via mobile devices. Teens will share the photographs voluntarily or at times be coerced to share. Once the photos are sent, some kids use them to bully, harass, intimidate or embarrass victims online or via mobile devices. Here are five things to consider before pressing send: 1. Don’t assume anything you send or post is going to remain private. Your message or images will get passed around at some point. 2. There is no changing your mind in cyberspace—anything you send or post will never truly go away. Potential employers, college recruiters, teachers, coaches, parents, friends, enemies, strangers, and others may all be able to find posts, even after you delete them. 3. Don’t give in to the pressure to do something that makes you uncomfortable, even in cyberspace. More than 40% of teens and young adults say “pressure from guys” is a reason girls and women send and post sexual images and messages. 4. Consider the recipient’s reaction. Just because a message is meant to be fun doesn’t mean the person who gets […]

Rockford varsity tennis unveils new courts

October 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford’s varsity tennis team was filled with a lot of excitement and anticipation for their first match on the new tennis courts. They have been waiting for this day since August 12, the first day of tryouts. The courts were replaced as part of the bond issue approved by voters in May 2008. The Rams’ opponent Grand Haven came in with the same record as Rockford in the conference, 2-1-1. The Rams knew Grand Haven was going to be an extremely tough competitor. “To be honest you don’t get a break in the OK Red when it comes to tennis,” commented Coach Tom Huizing. “Every team comes to play with their best stuff. This is why our league is so competitive, because we all beat up on each other. Today was like the rest of the days in the OK Red, a battle to the finish.” However, the start of the match was a little different. Instead of the normal introduction, Athletic Director Tim Erickson and the rest of the Rockford administration wanted to do something special for the opening of the new tennis facility. It started with Erickson bringing out the loud speakers and getting the team fired up with some pump-up music. Parents were rolling in early, and faculty, staff and administration came and showed their support. Not only did the Rams have great support from the fans and staff, but the mascots made a crowd-pleasing appearance. Not one, but two Ram mascots were seen wandering around the tennis facility, dancing and interacting with the spectators. Principal Dan Zang cut the ribbon to begin a new tradition and legacy at the Rams’ new tennis facility. Before the matches were called to play, David Duiven and a group of choir students sang the National Anthem, which was sung with beauty, grace and honor by Rockford High School students. The opening ceremonies concluded with Erickson announcing the line-ups. As for the match, it held up to the hype. Two great teams battled for a top position in the conference. The competition was fierce and the emotions were riding high. The one thing about a tennis match is that there are so many ups and downs that you must stay focused during the whole match. One […]