Rockford Public School

Rockford Spanish Immersion’s Sadie Smyth an Example in Excellence

August 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

Talented and resourceful student encourages others  Sadie Smyth, 10, is the daughter of Bill and Pam Smyth and sister to Jacob, 15, and Eli, 7. Sadie is described as enthusiastic and full of energy and life. This young lady is caring and quick to volunteer for anything. She is also known as a friendly yet respectful student. Sadie’s friends look to her as a leader and problem-solver who will be fair and honest. She creates cards and encouraging notes and gifts for others. A talented and resourceful person, when she was nine, Sadie made a piñata for her cousin’s birthday. Well-grounded as a giving person, Sadie participates in Jump Rope for Heart and Relay for Life. She also helped set up a large garage sale as a fundraiser for her Hockey Fights Cancer Relay team. She has donated her hair to Locks for Love and is a volunteer safety at Roguewood Elementary School. A fun person to be around, Sadie is always upbeat, and her positive attitude is infectious to those around her. Because she truly cares about others, she brings out their best qualities as well. Described as “sweet,” Sadie is always looking for ways to help others, whether by encouraging them when they are down or giving a helping hand. Among her hobbies are drawing, writing, reading, and soccer, where she plays on the U11-A SCOR team. She has also played hockey for six years with the Rockford Hockey Association. This year Sadie hung up her hockey skates in order to pursue other sports, including lacrosse and snowboarding. She is an active member of Blythefield Hills Baptist Church. Because Sadie is a student who always works to find ways to help others, and because of her persistently cheerful attitude, she is the Rockford Spanish Immersion Example in Excellence for 2011.

Valley View’s William Riddering an Example in Excellence

August 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Student always puts others first William Riddering is 11 years old, the son of Joe and Barb Riddering and brother to Michelle and Jennifer. Teachers and staff at Valley View Elementary School describe him as a born leader with a strong willingness to help others. “He does everything right without being told,” they stated. William has a caring heart and is always concerned about someone being left out. He is polite and one of his classmates said he has the best manners. William works well with others and doesn’t care who he is paired with or who is in his group at school. Putting others first makes others want to follow his lead. One of William’s classmates stated, “He is nice—I mean really nice. He would never put anyone down and is a great person.” Strength of character stands out in whatever activity William is involved in, from school, on the playground, or in church. Every day William exhibits strength of character and qualities of excellence. William’s teachers say he can be counted on to do his best in any task set before him. His strong work ethic helped him in overcoming learning challenges at school. Classmates and teachers today would never suspect he once found class work difficult. He is a real leader, who has proven that hard work and determination pay off. As an athlete, William loves all sports, but his favorites are baseball and hunting. He is a Holy Family Catholic Church server and a busy family member who attends events for his older sisters. This student has a strong Christian faith and an inner drive that guide him to be positive and kind every second of his day. His teachers say he is truly a model, not only for other students, but also for adults.


June 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

Closing Thoughts by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools With the end of the 2010-11 school year rapidly approaching, I would like to briefly review this past year. Senior Class of 2011 Congratulations to the 624 Rockford High School and River Valley Academy seniors who will be receiving a guaranteed diploma from the Rockford Public Schools (RPS). I wish you the very best that life has to offer, and I encourage you to use the skills you have acquired at RPS to further your life-long learning. Another Eventful Year We have many things to be proud of here at Rockford Public Schools and, at the top of the list is our students. Once again, Rockford students continue to excel academically as well as in the fine arts, athletics, and in other co-curricular activities. This year also saw several firsts in our district, including the privilege to host the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament and the induction of the first group of Rockford Hall of Fame inductees, which recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of Rockford alumni and residents who have made their mark on the world. Ram pride was demonstrated through “The Year of the Ram” project as statues appeared and continue to grace our community. Staff and students continue to explore the world first-hand, with students traveling to China last fall to learn about the Chinese language and culture, and students and staff members traveling to Haiti to provide relief efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake. In the true spirit of growth, the Rockford Community Gardens will flourish and thrive for the first time ever. The gardens provide a new opportunity for our residents to plant and harvest their own produce, flowers, etc. Please contact our Community Services Department if you are interested in learning more about the gardens. The fall of 2011 will see the launch of the district’s new Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Meadow Ridge Elementary School. The ECC will house all of the district’s developmental kindergarten and early childhood special education students and allows for collaboration of services to provide a second-to-none educational experience for our youngest learners. We are currently working on RAMS VIII, the district’s eighth strategic plan for success, which will be […]

Ram wrestlers Scogg, Vander Stel earn MVP

March 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

On Wednesday, March 16, Rockford wrestlers Austin Scogg and Eric Vander Stel were recognized for their accomplishments. Scogg earned MVP for the 2010-2011 varsity wrestling season for his hard work, talent and leadership. He has been a mentor to the Rockford wrestling team and like a big brother to Vander Stel. Vander Stel earned MVP for the 2010-2011 junior varsity wrestling season. His hard work ethic and respectful attitude earned his teammates’ approval. Led by Coach Brian Richardson and his assistants, the Rockford wrestling team has a high standard for leadership and team spirit that is seen through every member on the squad. With leaders like Scogg, Tyler VanRooyen and the JV teammates, they carry guys like Vander Stel on their shoulders without a second thought.  


March 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Common Core State Standards by DR. RYAN KELLEY Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Rockford Public Schools We continue to witness the impact of the challenging economic times upon our families, friends and neighbors. Many experts believe that the primary method to improve the economy is to have a higher educated workforce. A workforce that possesses the highly publicized 21st Century Skills—critical thinkers, problem solvers, communicators, and being collaborative, creative and innovative. No matter where a student lives, he/she should be provided these skills in order to be better prepared for postsecondary education and their career. As a result, the development and implementation of the Common Core State Standards is taking place across the country. The standards for math and English language arts can be reviewed online at The standards in the other core subject areas are still in the developmental stages. We know that in Rockford we are already providing our students with a world-class educational experience, and they are college and career ready. However, we can always improve. To make certain that we are preparing our students for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, we have many teachers and administrators working together with educators from across the state. If you would like more information about this topic, I invite you to access the Web address previously mentioned, or call me at (616) 863-6556.  

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