Hard-working student makes tasks fun for others Ethan Babcock, age 10, is the son of Dan and Kathy Babcock and brother to Trenten. Ethan is Belmont Elementary’s Example in Excellence because he is a person who always tries to do his best and throws himself whole-heartedly into all of his endeavors. Staff at Belmont say that Ethan shows enthusiasm and perseverance and shares those qualities with others around him. A team-player, Ethan is supportive of fellow athletes on his swim team. He also exhibits compassion and has taken on church projects to help students in Rwanda. Ethan shows his willingness to help others as he volunteers as a lunch helper and mentor to kindergarten students. His teachers describe him as a student who works hard but likes to have a good time along the way. He is also known for his wide variety of interests. A leader, Ethan is president of his fifth-grade class. He is branch manager at the student-run credit union. His relay team took first place in the 10-and-under free relay at State Competition this past spring. Ethan also took ninth place at the summer 2008 Mega Zone meet for ages 10 and under open water event. Included in Ethan’s hobbies are his favorite sports of swimming, water polo, creating with Legos and reading. Ethan is known to spend hours reading a book. A well-rounded individual, Ethan is also involved in his church youth group, Fifty-Six. For his many talents but more importantly his support and encouragement of others, Ethan is an Example in Excellence for peers and staff at Belmont Elementary.
Rockford Public Schools
The Rockford Board of Education issued the following summary of Superintendent Dr. Shibler’s performance evaluation, held on Monday, April 13, 2009 Rockford Public Schools reached two significant milestones this year: Rockford Public Schools will graduate its 125th class and Dr. Shibler will complete his twentieth year as superintendent. Dr. Shibler continued his professional and exemplary leadership of the district and he is generally considered the “dean” of superintendents in Kent County and throughout the State. We believe that among other things, his duties as an instructor of future educators has helped to sharpen his educational philosophy and knowledge.He is dedicated to his profession, our district, and the community; and he remains totally committed to the continuous improvement of the Rockford Public Schools. Some examples of this include his efforts as chair of the KISD grassroots network. Of course the Education Yes! grades for the district of all A’s for the fourth year in a row speaks volumes. Dr. Shibler’s voice is sought out and highly regarded within educational circles, as well as by the media, the Legislature and other external sources. He is a steadfast advocate for Rockford Public Schools but also public education in general. His leadership is superior both in his own actions as well as in his support of the leadership of his administration and staff. This year, Dr. Shibler led the development of RAMS VII, the seventh three-year strategic plan during his twenty years. In addition, with Meadow Ridge Elementary obtaining Blue Ribbon status, Dr. Shibler, has led the entire district to Blue Ribbon status. Dr. Shibler’s management skills and style are very structured and results oriented. His staff performs at a very high level. District goals are a high priority and the RAMS models have led to district success. Dr. Shibler utilizes his skills in all areas he operates, whether it be in the district, the community or even within the legislative arena. He is always looking to make Rockford Public Schools the best district in the state and this desire trickles down to all district staff. His focus on the district’s vision is inspiring. He is an excellent leader and manager. Dr. Shibler’s leadership prowess serves him well in all his professional relationships. Dr. Shibler continues to encourage, inspire and lead teachers, staff and administrators to reach their potential. Relationships with the board, administrators and staff, comunity leaders and legislators are all carefully cultivated by his words and actions. He has developed a sense of sensitivity and respect which encourages others to follow his lead. He has formed unique relationships with business, community, and legislative leaders through efforts above and beyond the immediate duties of his position. The personal qualities that Dr. Shibler possesses illustrate what makes him who he is and in turn what makes Rockford Public Schools the great school district that it is. He is confident, realistic, honest and highly trustworthy. His effort, passion and ability to execute the district’s plans are never questioned and never lacking. […]
Radiant smile and sparkling greeting typical of sunny student Olivia Sobie, age 11, is the daughter of Lisa Sobie. Known by her teachers for her positive attitude, her warm smile and her willingness to lend a hand or give a kind word to a peer or teacher, Olivia is recognized by Lakes Elementary as an Example in Excellence. Olivia’s teachers sum her up as “a terrific girl.” From her kindergarten years, it has been clear that Olivia always does her personal best at all tasks set before her. Music teacher Lori Vermerris tells that Olivia radiates with joy and shows that she is a sweet, musical person. Olivia has a beautiful singing voice, but if she tries for a solo in music class and doesn’t get it, she is the first to congratulate the other student. A generous person, Olivia not only encourages her peers but her teachers as well. She shows her willingness to help others by serving as a safety and helping younger students at lunch time. She is also a computer lab helper and is trusted with the task of shutting down equipment at the end of the school day. Olivia is described as “pure sunshine” and a student who can be counted on to be a positive influence on fellow students and staff. A true friend with a compassion beyond her age, Olivia is known for giving without expectation and for looking for the best in every person and situation. One staff member said, “Olivia is an angel on earth. She always has a smile on her face, never shows any sort of discouragement, and just shines each day I see her.” Lakes Elementary applauds her as an Example in Excellence.
The 14th annual Community Golf Outing, presented by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce is Monday, May 4 at Blythefield Country Club. Registration is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Enjoy 18 holes of golf, golf cart, hole events, box lunch, strolling dinner and awards. Proceeds support several community and chamber events. Register on or before Monday, April 27 with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the chamber at (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rockford Area Community Endowment is accepting nominations for its annual Community Recognition Award. The Community Recognition Award is given to an individual or community organization that has achieved significant accomplishment in their lifetime through career, community or personal success. Nominees must be or have been a resident of the Rockford Public School District. Desirable characteristics may include the following: Courage-exemplifies courage and determination. Initiative-demonstrates drive and initiative in his/her approach to accomplishing a goal, project, objective, etc. Achievement-has achieved something of lasting significance. Time Commitment-volunteers a significant amount of time and energy to the community, to further a cause, project or issue. Effectiveness-generates positive results from their actions. Nominations are accepted from the public at large and should be submitted in writing to: Rockford Area Community Endowment, Attention: Awards, P.O. Box 561, Rockford, MI 49341 by April 13, 2009. The written nomination shall outline, in one typed page or less, the qualities that exemplify why the candidate should be considered for the award. The Board of Directors will consider each nominee on his/her merits. The Community Recognition Award will be presented during the May meeting of the Rockford Area Community Endowment. The award will include an engraved plaque with the recipient’s name placed on a column in the Recognition Plaza at Peppler Park (Rockford Dam).