Rockford Public Schools

Rockford firefighters hose down students

June 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

For some relief of a very hot day, the Rockford Fire Department brought a pumper and hoses to the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) administration building to cool kids off. Much to the delight of the students in the preschool through fifth-grade summer care program, firefighters sprayed water for the kids to run through. Many thanks from RPS and students to the Rockford firefighters for their kindness!

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

June 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

Second-graders visit Rockford by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society This week, Kathy Christensen, who is an officer (recording secretary) in our society and a long-time volunteer helper with the second-grade museum tours, has written the following information on this yearly event. My thanks go to her for her positive efforts. Usually in May, when the snow has gone and weather warms, second-graders from Rockford Public Schools have a chance to visit our town as part of their curriculum to learn about Rockford’s local government and history. Students from all eight of the district’s elementary schools participate along with their teachers and the many helpful chaperones that accompany them. Each class takes turns visiting the Little Red School House and the Pioneer Cemetery located by North Rockford Middle School. They also come downtown to tour the Rockford City Offices, the Rockford Fire Department and the Rockford Historical Museum. In most cases the students and adults walk from place to place and usually have lunch from one of our local eating establishments. At the museum, we cover early life in Laphamville, now Rockford, and the ongoing development of our area. Our primary volunteer speaker is Linda Critchell, a retired Rockford elementary school teacher. Linda speaks with the students about the logging industry, a major industry in Michigan, and how the trees were cut, floated down the river and processed at the mill. She discusses the building and running of Smith Lapham’s saw mill here on the Rogue River, and the part it played in the fundamental beginnings of Rockford. Using artifacts from the museum, she covers the many aspects of early life at home without indoor plumbing and electricity and how people coped with the inconvenience. With pictures on the wall, she makes sure they see Smith Lapham and tells them about a train wreck in Rockford when the White Pine Trail was, in fact, a railroad track for the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. All of the items we have in the museum are donated by Rockford residents. So, with the help of loyal museum volunteers, the students have a chance to see and ask questions about early attire worn by women and children, the school and sports memorabilia from our schools, an antiquated […]

River Valley Academy announces 2012 graduates

June 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

Allen James Balk Zacheri Issac Banaszak Bennett Thomas Bubin Nathaniel Isaac Buckingham Jared Davis Card Isaac Samuel Cole Breanne Marie Cooper Rebecca Noelle Creasey Khayya Victoria Currie Micah Marie Elerick Damien Kurtis Greene Dominic Antonio Iacovoni Nicholas Anthony Mullen Jourden Kent Perry Jessica Jean Rothwell David Thomas Schmidt Kristi Lyn Sevigny Hannah Mackenzie Siedlecki Taylor Zane Skinner Avian Anthony Snowden Cassandra Marie Sobkowiak Linsey Tarrin Sundrla Frances Margaret Teesdale Francisco Roberto Tejeda, Jr. Miranda Sue Toczydlowski Danyele Marie Vernon Alicia Nicole Wilcox


June 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

Team Claire by BOB SIEGEL Principal, Valley View Elementary School When does a school become more than a building, and transform into a loving/learning community? Pondering this is analogous to the question: When does a house become a home? This past year the students, staff and parents at Valley View Elementary School came together like I’ve never witnessed before as an educator! Sometimes it takes a “cause” that forces young and old alike to think beyond themselves, and REALLY invest in someone else’s pain. When a family member is in crisis, brothers and sisters, moms and dads are supposed to step up and support each other. Valley View Elementary School did that this year! I met Claire as she was to begin kindergarten at Valley View five years ago. Her start to school was delayed due to a bout with cancer in her leg. I have watched this incredible child fight this disease like a heavyweight fighter! Ironically, Claire was the most quiet and unassuming child you’d ever meet. During the 24-Hour Relay, Luanne Helsen, Claire Kowroski’s teacher, organized a “Team Claire” campaign, complete with t-shirts for anyone who wanted to participate. Walking around the track that Friday night with Claire’s dad and hundreds of kids, parents and staff—the Valley View Family—was truly  uplifting! Ironically, as I began writing this piece, news of Claire’s passing came our way. Incredibly so, the focus of this piece, however, does not change. I can tell you this: Claire taught us more in her nine years of life than I’ve ever learned from ANYONE in my 54 years on this Earth. Her courage was beyond inspirational— she was a witness to overcoming any pain and suffering that could be handed out, and taught us all how to live gracefully through hardship. One wonders why a young child would be taken from our midst. Though our mortal minds cannot grasp some of these profound questions, I do believe that everything happens for a reason. The entire Valley View Family has been blessed to have lived with Claire and mom Kathleen, dad Brad and little sister Izzy in our Valley View “home.” Our school will never be the same without Claire in our midst, and yet her life has left a […]

Rockford girls water polo wins state championship

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Lady Rams headed into the regional tournament Friday, May 18 with high expectations and they certainly delivered. The girls won the regional title by defeating Grand Haven, Hudsonville and Zeeland in the finals. The first game against Grand Haven featured a fine team effort with goals from Marie Siegel, Adrianna Craft, Casey Wolfer, Maddie Levine and Kara Vandawater on their way to a 10-5 victory. This win set up a rematch with a difficult Hudsonville team. The Hudsonville team came ready to play and seemed very determined to knock off the Lady Rams. This was a back-and-forth game and really could have gone either way. But good teams find a way to win, and Rockford prevailed 6-5. A timely goal by Morgan Longberg as time was winding down in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Rams. Other goals scored by the Rams in this game came from Craft, Vandawater and Levine. Several key saves by Ellianna Raymond helped to the game close. This win set up the final championship game against a fine Zeeland team. In the championship game against Zeeland it was evident from the start that the Rams would not be denied. By halftime Rockford had a commanding 4-2 lead with goals coming from Levine, Siegel, Vandawater and Craft. In the second half the ladies continued their success from the first half and cruised to a 7-2 victory. Second-half goals from Craft, Longberg and Levine ensured a Ram victory. Winning this tournament puts the Lady Rams in great position for the upcoming state tournament in Lansing. Regional tournament honors for Rockford went to Craft, Wolfer, Raymond and Vandawater. The Lady Rams then headed to the state tournament in Lansing the weekend of June 1 and 2. Expectations have been set very high for this team after claiming the number-one ranking in the state early in the year. The first game, played on Friday evening, was against Ann Arbor Huron. This team is a perennial powerhouse in girls water polo and would be a very good test for the Lady Rams. The first quarter featured two goals apiece by Craft and Wolfer, resulting in a 4-2 first-quarter lead. Wolfer added another goal in the second quarter and the halftime score was […]

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