School Beat


April 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

SCHOOL BEAT Be the Change by PRINCIPAL LARRY WATTERS Parkside Elementary School In the past few months as many adults were struggling with sticking to their New Year’s resolutions, a group of Rockford fourth-grade students were presented the opportunity to resolve themselves to making a difference in the world. Their task was to take two dollars and use it in some way [...]


January 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

SCHOOL BEAT MEAP results set to be released with new cut scores by DOUG VANDERJAGT District Assessment Coordinator Rockford Freshman Center Principal Within the next few weeks, detailed MEAP results with adjusted cut scores are scheduled to be released to districts as they brace for this highly anticipated event. For years, these results would arrive over the summer, as [...]


January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

SCHOOL BEAT The Gift that keeps on Giving by DAVID KELLER Rockford School Board Trustee David M. Keller It was Winston Churchill that once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” While I didn’t realize it at the time, the act of “giving back” was instilled in me at a young age with the help of my parents. With eight children, [...]


January 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Study Better, Not Longer by ADAM BURKHOLDER Assistant Principal Rockford High School Quite often, when working with both parents and students, you hear and perhaps you have experienced, “I studied for two hours and still didn’t perform well on the test!” The question that should then be posed is how did they study? Students more times than not are quick to own up to [...]


December 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

SCHOOL BEAT When do kids learn to think for themselves? by DOUG HOOGERLAND, Principal Roguewood Elementary School When is it really that kids learn to think? Not just the academic variety either, but to actually think for themselves? And how do we provide opportunities for our children to do just that: think for themselves? Don’t get me wrong, we have some extremely [...]
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