Improving Safety and Security in Our Schools by PETER YOUNG Director of Technology Rockford Public Schools Implementing security cameras in school systems these days is a pretty common approach to improving safety and security for both staff and students. This summer, Rockford Public Schools will be in the process of implementing new security cameras throughout the district. The project will be funded from our 2008 bond issue, not general operating funds. We will be deploying over 80 new digital cameras from our elementary to our secondary buildings, as well as our administrative facilities. These new cameras will replace existing analog cameras and now will be connected and managed through the district’s network. In fact, we will be able to monitor these cameras from any location with a device connected to the Internet. A limited number of users will be granted access to monitor these cameras. The security system upgrades will increase the number of cameras from 20 to over 80 in order to monitor general public areas, both inside and outside the buildings. These devices will predominately focus on main entrances, building corridors and the perimeters of the buildings. The new cameras will all be high resolution with multiple viewing degrees and equipped with the ability to incorporate microphones to pick up audio as well. Rockford Public Schools will be improving our student and school community security by implementing new digital cameras while expanding the area of visibility at each district facility. Our improved security initiative will provide a safe and secure environment through the placement of surveillance devices, and still allow for future expandability.
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The Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival is just entering its fourth year, but this toddler has already gained many accolades for helping spread the message of how important reading is. The Rockford Rotary Club, Rockford Public Schools and the Kent District Library (KDL) have joined impressive forces to promote the joy of reading for all ages during this annual event. Sue Bodenner, along with Ryan Kelley, fellow Rotarians, co-organize the event. The one-day annual literacy event is a wonderful way for families to share the joy of reading with fun activities, published authors, a parade, entertainment and writing workshops. But the event also carries a deeper goal: to enable those less fortunate to receive the building blocks to a better education through reading. Reading Rocks has accomplished that goal in a big way. It has been designated as one of two recipients of a $2,500 award from the Pearson Foundation for the wonderful project. Reading Rocks competed against hundreds of programs for this prestigious recognition. They will also receive 1,000 books from We Give Books to a nonprofit organization of Reading Rocks’ choosing. “The Pearson Foundation award is an unexpected blessing that comes from one good thing after another happening between the Rockford Rotary and members of the Rockford Public Schools who are also connected to the Kent Reading Council, a local chapter of the International Reading Association,” said Kathy Munger, member of the Reading Rocks steering committee. “The application focused on the description of the Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival and included a literacy vision for the future,” said Kelley. “Promoting the joy of reading is the mission statement of the festival, and we’re grateful to the Foundation for realizing the benefits in motivating children and adults to read for enjoyment.” Bodenner and Munger, received a congratulatory letter in July. Representatives of the Pearson Foundation congratulated them and stated, “Literacy transforms the lives of individuals and strengthens the health of a community. Your work to promote literacy is invaluable, and Rotary International and IRA are honored that you have shared your hard work and dedication.” The award will be presented September 7 in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress by Pearson Foundation for National Literacy Day. Please watch for next week’s […]
SCHOOL BEAT RPS offers variety of preschool, child care options by JANE DOWNS Rockford Preschool and Child Care Director Area families finding themselves in need of preschool or child care for the fall, your search is over! Our preschool and child care programs are state licensed and help prepare preschoolers for school success. Community Education, Hola Amigos, Montessori and our Child Development Lab all provide daily experiences in literacy, math, music, art, gross and fine motor development. Children also have opportunities to become independent, make decisions, develop creativity and practice school readiness social skills such as taking turns, sharing, and learning to be a group member. Our teachers make it a priority to make learning fun while providing plenty of individual attention and encouragement. The programs vary in price, session length and days per week. For more information and assistance finding a program that is right for you and your child, please visit the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) website at www.rockfordschools.org or call the Child Care Services office at (616) 863-6560. For working parents of preschoolers looking for a quality program with wrap-around child care, we offer that as well. Our preschool with wrap-around child care has earned the distinction of national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our Preschool Enrichment Child Care exposes children to a wide variety of learning experiences, including a planned preschool program, meals, and outdoor play. It is open year ‘round from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wrap-around child care can also be used with any of our preschool programs (Community Education, Hola Amigos, Montessori or Child Development Lab). If you are looking for an alternative to having your school-age child home alone before or after school, our Before and After School Care (BAC) programs in each of the elementary buildings may be just what you need! Parents can be assured that their children are in a safe, fun and nurturing environment including planned table games, crafts, gym time, outdoor play and homework time. BAC is open from 7:00 a.m. until the start of school and after school until 6:00 p.m. It is offered every day that school is in session, as well as on teacher in-service, conference, and many school vacation days. Information […]
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Reminder to letter writers—The Rockford Squire will run no political letters the week prior to the primary and general elections. Please submit any political letters no later than 5 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2012. Reader supports current Cannon Township Board Dear Editor, I noticed that a group is running against the Cannon Township Board. I looked into why they are running and found that one of them has never attended a board meeting. The person running for supervisor had only been to one before he filed his petition, and that was to introduce himself to the board when he ran for state representative in 2010. The slate also touts their integrity, which is interesting because Mr. Nelson, who is running for trustee, implies that he was endorsed by the Grand Rapids Press in 2010, when he too ran for state representative. The Press endorsed Pete MacGregor—not Mr. Nelson. This is misleading at best, like Mr. Carozza’s lengthy list of endorsements. He doesn’t disclose that only a few of them live in Cannon. That’s integrity? Jon V. Coretti Cannon Township resident Readers appreciate school, arts coverage To the Editor, We want to extend a heartfelt thank-you for your continuing support of school and arts coverage in your paper. For many students in the Rockford Public Schools, music, drama and the visual arts are the primary means of expression, and we are glad that their accomplishments are recognized as just as vital and worthwhile as their on-field classmates’ successes. Specifically, we want to thank Cliff and Nancy Hill, who went above and beyond covering the Rockford High School Women’s Chorus performance at the Michigan Music Conference, and Cindy Cranmer, who stayed for hours with her son at the Rockford Aces impromptu concert and get-together on July 9 to make sure she had the story of their trip to the World Choir Games. Thank you again for your commitment to the arts and to reporting the successes of our students. Mandy and Jed Scott Rockford High School Choirs www.rockfordchoirs.com Notice to voters in Comstock Park, RPS district in Plainfield Township, Precincts 1, 2, 9 only Dear Editor, Effective January 1, 2012 school districts are required to hold their school board elections during the general […]
Maria appreciates life, always gives 100 percent in all she does Maria Bomer, 11, is the daughter of Heather and Michael Bomer and sister to Kathleen, 19, Christian, 17, and John, 14. Maria’s teachers describe her as a compassionate student with a permanent positive attitude who always tries to do her best, is honest, and is a person who genuinely cares for others. Maria serves as a volunteer ASD helper and member of the Safety Patrol at Roguewood. “She loves to make others happy, sometimes anonymously,” her teachers report. Maria is known for her polite manner and her determination to maintain a positive attitude, even when faced with a task that is challenging. Maria suffered a stroke before she was born, resulting in a weakness in her right arm and leg. Since birth she has had to work very hard at therapy and at home to learn everyday things that come naturally to most people. Throughout her eleven years, Maria has learned to give 100 percent in all she does. She appreciates life and holds a place in her heart for those less fortunate or with special needs. Her teachers believe she has a very bright future in this area. Maria loves to try anything! She has taken dance lessons, skied with the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association and also loves to ride horses at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding. Among Maria’s other favorite pastimes she includes a love of reading and to ride roller coasters. Maria is a Girl Scout and also has signed up for the area’s Special Olympics Swim Team. With her determination, compassion and strength of spirit, Maria was a natural choice as an Example in Excellence for Roguewood Spanish Immersion.