Rockford High School announces foyer dedication Last year, several Rockford High School students volunteered at the West Michigan Healing Field located at the Cannonsburg Ski Area. Students assisted in carrying and setting some of the 3,200 flags representing lives lost on that somber day. Many of the flags from the project will be proudly displayed at Rockford High School. Four flags are now incorporated into a new design in the front foyer of the school. These flags were ceremonially folded by members of the U.S. Marine Corps, placed in flag displays, and incorporated into a patriotic display that symbolizes the spirit and resolve of our great country in remembrance of the September 11 attacks on the United States. A formal dedication of the foyer is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. For additional information, please contact Rockford High School Principal Dan Zang at (616) 863-6030.
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by DAN ZANG Principal, Rockford High School “Our enemies have made the mistake that America’s enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness,” President George W. Bush. Very shortly we will start a new academic year at Rockford High School (RHS). It is very exciting to see not only our students come back to campus but to also welcome countless parents, guests and visitors. We are very proud of our longstanding tradition of excellence at Rockford Public Schools and our facility here at RHS. All who visit will soon see a patriotic display in remembrance of the September 11 attack on the United States. We were looking to redesign our front main office foyer at the high school and wanted it to be a theme that symbolized the spirit and resolve of our great country. As building principal at RHS, I have been involved and played witness to great events here at our school. Our staff and students are involved in many great causes here in Rockford, Kent County, and beyond. One such project our students were involved in last year was the West Michigan Healing Fields located at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Our students assisted in carrying and setting some of the 3,200 flags representing the lives lost on that somber day. Although many of our students were too young to recall exact memories of the attack, they were certainly aware of the impact on our country. All of our students were proud to have served in the Healing Fields project. Many flags from the Healing Fields project will be proudly displayed at RHS. Four flags will be incorporated into our design in the front foyer. These flags were ceremonially folded by members of the U.S. Marine Corps and placed in flag displays. The flags are in loving memory of four New York residents whose lives were lost on Sept. 11, 2001: Jason DeFazio, 29, Ivan Perez, 37, Michael Weinberg, 34, and William Wik, 44. Other facts and points of pride regarding our display include: • RHS Art students, under the direction of RHS Art Instructor Barb Kent, created the vision and shared in the design of the project. • Hands spell out COURAGE in American Sign Language to represent how our […]
The 2012 All-State Senior All-Star Volleyball Classic will be held Friday, July 27, 2012, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. An awards luncheon will be held from 1:00 to 3:15 p.m., two semifinal matches will be played at 5:30 p.m., and the consolation and final matches are scheduled at approximately 7:30 p.m. This tournament is put together to showcase the top senior volleyball players from across the state and give them the final opportunity to compete with and against the best. All seniors who were first, second or third team All-State, in classes A, B, C or D, are invited to participate. The coaches are those who led their teams to the quarterfinals or beyond in the 2011 Volleyball State Championships in each class. Ninety athletes and 30 coaches have been invited to participate and Andrea Kacsits of Rockford High School has accepted the invitation and will play in the All-Star Classic on July 27.
Rockford High School will soon be making available its all-sport passes for the 2012-2013 season. All-sport passes are accepted at all regular season Rockford home sporting events except hockey, multi team tournaments and MHSAA tournaments. A family pass can be purchased for $175 and includes two adult and two student passes. Additional passes may be purchased to include immediate family members for $10 per pass. Other prices include: $70 per adult all-sport pass and $40 per student all-sport pass. Punch passes are also available and include admission to 10 home events for $40 per adult punch pass and $20 per student punch pass. Passes will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the Rockford High School Athletic Office beginning August 13.
Reader’s letter a ‘misdiagnosis’ Dear Editor, Dr. Jorgensen’s misdiagnosis of Lake Bella Vista politics needs a history lesson. In his July 26 letter, he doesn’t say anything about the last-minute flyer that was distributed to Lake Bella Vista in the 2000 election that scared voters into believing that they would lose their water. This information was not true then and it is not true now. Here are the facts: 1) Back then the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) Water Quality Dept. asked for a study. All private systems required approval by the DEQ and Cannon was asking to approve a fourth system for the Sunfish Lake development. 2) The town board approved $5,000 for the study of a community water system. 3) In a public meeting at Rockford middle school, the DEQ, Prein & Newhof, and I made presentations. Many in attendance were Bella Vista residents who rejected the idea of a community water system. We dropped the whole idea right then and there. I even said publicly that this was not the field to die on. Let me state for the record: I have never had any plan to take over Bella Vista water then nor is there any intent to do so now or in the future. Scare tactics do not help voters think clearly. Before Dr. Jorgensen prescribes how someone should vote, he should first read the patient’s chart. Jim Alles Candidate for Cannon Twp. Treasurer Rockford swim program ranks high in nation Dear Editor, It is with much pride that I send the following announcement: The National Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) each year ranks all high school teams by their duel meet/conference meet strength. This is in contrast to the state meet, which has no indication of depth, just the strength of your top 8-10 athletes. This ranking takes both depth and top athletes into consideration based on your best duel meet. OVERALL HIGH SCHOOL TEAM RANKINGS BY GENDER: Our boys program was awarded 18th in the country and our girls program 34th. NISCA also ranks each program by overall strength of girls and boys teams together. (Many programs are strong in girls or boys programs, but not both.) OVERALL RANKING FOR BOTH MEN’S & WOMEN’S PROGRAM: Rockford is listed as […]