By: Tom Hosford, Principal, Rockford Freshman Center The Rockford community is in the final phase of completing another wonderful and successful school year! Through hard work, sacrifice and determination, many Rockford students, staff, administrators and schools have received state or local awards and recognition. Rockford Public Schools has earned many awards over the years, including every building being a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, as well as each building earning a straight “A” from the Michigan Department of Education’s EdYES! Report Card process. Also, in past years, our district has demonstrated Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and several schools were recognized by the State of Michigan as a “Reward School” based on high achievement. This year, our district was recognized by AdvancED, an international organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems, as “…earning the distinction of accreditation!” We definitely have a lot to be thankful for. Through all the successes and positive experiences Rockford Public Schools has enjoyed over the last few years, there is one underlying theme that should never go unnoticed: the incredible support from our parents. This support comes in many different forms, such as: helping students with their homework or studying for tests, volunteering for various educational or cocurricular committees, or staying involved with the school through the various Parent/Teacher Organizations/Associations, Parent Advisory Committees, or Booster Organizations. Research proves that the more a parent is involved with their child’s education, the more successful that child will become in school. You cannot find a better example of this than right here in Rockford. As an educator, I see firsthand the positive impact parents make, not only for our individual students, but for our entire school system as well. On behalf of the entire Rockford Public School system, I would like to thank all of our parents for their constant support. Only through consistent parental involvement can we continue our tradition of excellence. Enjoy the end of the school year and all the festivities that come with it!
Parents’ Final Grade: Straight A’s! by TOM HOSFORD, Assistant Principal Rockford High School In a few short weeks, the Rockford community will complete another wonderful and successful school year! Through hard work, patience and determination, many Rockford students, staff and administrators have received state or local awards and recognition. Our district has again received “straight A’s” from the State of Michigan! We definitely have a lot to be thankful for. Through all the successes and positive experiences Rockford Public Schools has enjoyed over the last nine months, there is one underlying theme that should never go unnoticed: the incredible support from our parents. This support comes in many different forms, such as helping students with their homework or studying for tests, volunteering for various educational or co-curricular committees, or staying involved with the school through monthly parent meetings. Research proves that the more a parent is involved with their child’s education, the more successful that child will become in school. You cannot find a better example of this than right here in Rockford. As an educator, I see first hand the positive impact parents make not only for our individual students, but for our entire school system as well. On behalf of the entire Rockford Public Schools system, I would like to thank all of our parents for their constant support. Only through consistent parental involvement can we continue our tradition of excellence. Enjoy the end of the school year and all the festivities that come with it! Have a GREAT summer!
When students give back… It’s a wonderful thing! by Tom Hosford Assistant Principal, Rockford High School Our school system is blessed to have incredibly talented students roaming the hallways from the time they are in kindergarten to the time they graduate from high school! Their achievements stretch from the rigors of the classroom and athletic fields to the polished fine arts productions and beyond. There is not a week that goes by without some sort of recognition regarding student accomplishments, and this week is not an exception. I am continuously amazed at how much our students give back to the community. Every year, the students of Rockford Public Schools give of themselves to many great and worthy causes. Whether it is a monetary donation, a canned good, an article of clothing, a pint of blood or valuable time, the students in our district treat each cause with the same amount of energy and dedication. The list of organizations that are positively affected is long and diverse. Our student body truly wants to make a difference in our community and send a positive message to society that there is somebody out there that will help during difficult times. Last year alone, our students raised tens of thousands of dollars, donated hundreds of thousands of pounds of food and canned goods, participated in a house rehabilitation project and spent countless hours planning and executing other various service projects. They do it all without judgment and without recognition, just from the bottom of their heart and for the good of humanity. We should all be proud of our students for their involvement in community service projects, and I look forward to witnessing the positive impact that will be made in the years to come!
Student Assistance Team helps struggling students by TOM HOSFORD Assistant Principal, Rockford High School Our Rockford Public Schools take great pride in the success of our students. Our community should be proud of the numerous awards Rockford students receive for their success in the classroom. We should be equally as proud of the success and progress that our schools achieve with those students who struggle or are identified as “at risk.” Each of our schools is challenged with students who struggle in the classroom due to various reasons which create a barrier that hinders success at school. When this occurs, it is time for the Student Assistance Team to step in! The Student Assistance Team, or S.A.T., is a district-wide, building intervention program that meets on a weekly basis to hold discussions regarding students and their individual needs. This team is made up of building counselors, social workers, school psychologists, teacher consultants and school administrators. It is a valuable resource for teachers and parents to refer to when they begin to notice students struggling in the school environment. Issues such as academic struggle, a recent change in behavior, absenteeism, etc. are valid concerns that are brought to S.A.T. The mission of the S.A.T. is to investigate the situation, gather data from parents/teachers and, through collective collaboration, implement strategies and interventions. The ultimate goal is that the student will respond in a positive manner and achieve success. There are literally hundreds of proven strategies and interventions that can be implemented. If, after careful evaluation, an intervention is not working, the team will reconvene and delicately implement another. On occasion, students are affected from situations that occur outside of the school setting. The S.A.T. can be helpful in this regard as well, due to the fact that there is a network between S.A.T. and several agencies that offer a variety of services ranging from counseling, testing or family services. The important factor is that the student has constant support with proven methods. It is definitely a privilege to work with all the professionals on the team. Each member of S.A.T. truly has the passion and expertise to make a positive difference in a student’s life. If you have any questions about the S.A.T., please contact the administration […]