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Rockford takes wins in Odyssey regionals

March 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford teams took plenty of wins in regional competition March 19 at Greenville Middle School. Rockford sent 24 competitive teams and five primary teams—grades kindergarten through second, non-competitive. Advancing to state finals on April 16 at Davenport University are the following. In Division I are the following teams that took first place: Cannonsburg Elementary School Team A, Belmont Elementary School and North Rockford Middle School Team B. Advancing after a second-place win is Roguewood Elementary School Team B. Advancing after a third-place win are Roguewood Elementary School Team A and Cannonsburg Elementary School Team B. Advancing after a fourth-place win is Valley View Elementary School Team A. In Division II, North Rockford Middle School Team A took first, East Rockford Middle School Team B took second and North Rockford Middle School Team C took third. In Division III, Rockford High School took first place. Teams that placed—honorable mention—but will not advance are Crestwood Elementary School, East Rockford Middle School Team A, North Rockford Middle School Team B, Roguewood Elementary School Team B, Crestwood Elementary School and East Rockford Middle School. Four Rockford teams and one Rockford parent also received special awards. John Merchun received an Outstanding OMer award for his volunteering positive attitude. Cannonsburg Elementary School Team B received an Outstanding OMer award for their problem- solving under pressure. North Rockford Middle School Team A received the Coveted Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity, and Roguewood Elementary School Team A received the Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity in their performance. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems—great and small—for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking “outside of the box.” Odyssey organizer Linda Blackmore said, “Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to […]

Ram wrestler rises through adversity

March 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Scogg wins state championship for his mom by JIM COOPER A state championship is never a small feat. The hard work that goes into winning a title can never be emphasized enough. Unquestionably, it’s one of the greatest accomplishments most athletes who do will ever achieve. But sometimes, it’s much more than just a state championship. Sometimes it’s more than the medal and the fanfare. When Rockford junior Austin Scogg won the state individual championship at 152 pounds in Auburn Hills on Saturday, March 5, no superlative could describe the power of the moment. In December, Scogg’s mother, Renee, was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer. Her doctor scheduled surgery at the most immediate time available. She’s been undergoing chemotherapy since then. While, for many competitors, that might be a hindrance to their performance, it helped Scogg intensify his focus. “Ever since I found out about my mom having cancer, I’ve been wrestling for her,” said Scogg. “I’ve been trying to put a smile on her face.” It wasn’t hard to tell she had a huge smile on her face as Renee danced and cheered wildly in the stands after her son’s match at the Palace of Auburn Hills. But why not dance? In that moment, all the pain and fatigue of her battle with cancer was nonexistent. For the entire Scogg family, on that night, the worries were gone. It was the perfect distraction from the reality of their situation. It wasn’t only a distraction for Renee. It was therapeutic, as well. “Watching Austin wrestle the last few months has given me something else to think about,” she said after the medal ceremony. Scogg’s father, Andy, was also beaming. “We couldn’t be more proud of Austin,” he commented. “It’s great to see him realize his dreams, even through the adversity he’s faced. When he was a little kid, I asked him where he wanted to be. He said, ‘In a gym, on the wrestling mat.’ I asked him why, and he said, ‘To get a medal.’ He’s done that.” Ram wrestling coach Brian Richardson acknowledged Scogg’s accomplishment as one of the most special thing’s he’d ever been a part of. “A championship is always a big thing,” Richardson said, “but when a kid faces […]

Examples is a highlight of the school year’

March 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

Examples in Excellence tenth year of students recognized Dr. Michael Shibler was the first of many speakers during the tenth annual Examples in Excellence, Rockford Students Making a Difference ceremony Monday, February 28 at the district administration building. Shibler called Examples a highlight of the school year. The program is a joint effort by the district, Douglas Photography and The Rockford Squire newspaper to recognize students for the difference they make in the lives of those around them. Each school in the district annually chooses one student for their strength of character and each principal describes that student before a crowd of family members, friends and the entire school board. This year’s Example in Excellence is available at the Squire, Douglas Photography and at the RPS administration building. Student biographies and photos will also be published in the coming editions of the Squire. Congratulations to each of the fine young men and women who were honored.

Learn more about Rockford Spanish Immersion on January 13

December 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Program develops cultural appreciation At Rockford Spanish Immersion, students learn the district’s core curriculum through Spanish rather than English. In other words, students are “immersed” into the language and study the same content as other students, but while doing so, naturally learn to read, write and speak in Spanish. There are three main goals of immersion education. The primary goal is for students to master the district’s curriculum objectives at each grade level. A second goal is to develop a high level of proficiency in Spanish without any sacrifice to the student’s English language skills. Lastly, the goal of immersion is to give students an understanding, knowledge and appreciation for other cultures while learning in a multicultural setting. Rockford Spanish Immersion currently enrolls 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and is beginning its sixth school year with a new enrollment of kindergarten students. For parents who would like to provide their kindergarten child with the opportunity to become functionally proficient in both English and Spanish, immersion is a research-proven educational option. If interested in this option and enrolling your future kindergartener in Rockford Spanish Immersion for the next school year, plan on attending the upcoming Parent Information Night scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Roguewood Elementary School. Details for enrollment and the application process will be shared at this meeting. Additionally, immersion classroom tours will be held on January 18 and 25 and February 1 starting at 9:00 a.m. Please contact the Roguewood office if interested in a tour. Open kindergarten enrollment will begin on January 31 and last until March 4, 2011. An application must be submitted during this timeline to be considered. You can learn more about Rockford Spanish Immersion at

East Rockford Middle School’s Kory Youn an Example in Excellence

November 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

Natural leader has a strong moral compass Kory Young, 14, is the son of Brian and Kim Young and brother to Brianna, 11, and Christina, 9. Kory’s teachers call him responsible, trustworthy and hardworking. “Kory is so accepting of others,” staff at ERMS said of him. “He shows that it is a good thing to have good character and it is a good thing not to judge.” Kory is the type of student you can count on to do what needs to be done. When he is given a challenge, he will follow through one hundred percent. He is reliable and works without supervision. His teacher said she would trust him to watch over children because he has so much character and a strong sense of morals. In football, it is easy to see Kory’s strong natural leadership. He is captain of his team and makes sure no one is left out. He is also a leader in his video production class. His positive attitude is reflected in his determination to improve any situation. He pays attention to details and has a natural moral compass as his guide. He challenges himself and rises to meet those challenges. Kory has been chosen as Student of the Month at East Rockford Middle School and is on the National Junior Honors Society. He earns a placement on the Principal’s Honor Roll and has been Writer of the Month. Kory became a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do when he was just 8—only two levels below a black belt, the highest level. He enjoys baseball, football, snowboarding, drawing, painting, hiking and mountain biking. He volunteers at God’s Kitchen to help those less fortunate. Kory is a hard worker and natural leader with great strength of character. His ability to put his best effort in all he does, yet still make sure those around him receive any help he can offer, make him an Example in Excellence at East Rockford Middle School.

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