Roguewood and Valley View may soon have other Rockford elementaries going green with envy. Both have been honored with an award by Green School awards program hosted by Kent County and Kent ISD. The ceremony took place at the LEED certified Fine Arts Center in Forest Hills Public Schools. According to Principal Hiblen, the students had 20 “green” project options and were to complete ten of them before Earth Day on April 22. “We did a bunch of different things,” Hiblen said of his Roguewood Green Team. The students set a goal for the school to recycle all paper, implemented a battery recycling program, all as part of a district-wide comprehensive energy-savings program that has saved the district hundreds of thousands of dollars. Both schools sent their Green Team students for a ceremony recognizing their successful efforts. Brad Davison, fifth grade teacher at Valley View and Nancy Berg, fourth grade teacher, were co-sponsors of the student-run Green Team at Valley View. Students decided on their ten state green school projects and have worked on these all yearlong. They include designing and planting a native Michigan rain garden, recycling paper and plastic, being involved in a plastic bag county project (they recycled over 22,000 plastic bags), designing environmental teaching lessons and teaching to lower elementary grade levels, hosting environmental speakers, and starting a composting center for lunch food scraps. “We are very proud of the efforts all the students at Valley View and especially the Green Team,” said Berg. Hiblen said of the students at both schools, “I am extremely proud, really it’s an example of documenting things kids do every day and I celebrate the chance of giving them credit for that.” “The Green Schools program supports the county’s continued effort to strengthen conservation, encourage energy reduction and build ‘green buildings’ like our new Department of Human Services and District Court buildings,” noted Roger C. Morgan, chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners. “We are excited to partner with Kent County in presenting these awards to our schools,” said Kent ISD Superintendent Kevin A. Konarska, and have been told we are the only ISD-County partnership in Michigan Green Schools. The students and educators here today are great examples of the energy and […]
Valley View Elementary
Is it hard not to plagiarize? Where do story ideas come from? How do writers decide what to put in a story? Fifth-grade journalism students at Valley View Elementary had great questions to ask Rockford Squire editor and reporter Beth Altena on Monday, April 20. The kids put out their own student-run paper and were excited to hear from a local writer.
Gentle but confident student leads by example AnnMarie Aulbach, age 10, is the daughter of Ron and Shawn Aulbach and sister to Brennan, Aislynn, Brysonn and Braylenn. She is known by her teachers as a person of genuine consideration and respect for others. Her gentle but confident nature allows her to lead her peers in a positive direction. AnnMarie is a leader by example, who reaches out and is willing to help at any time. A sensitive student, she recognizes when someone needs help before being asked. Her teacher recalls when one of her peers was struggling to finish an assignment, AnnMarie guided the student through the work without giving answers but by helping him understand the concepts and skills involved. A member of the safety patrol at Valley View, AnnMarie enjoys volunteering her efforts. She also is willing to assist in the classroom and during recess. She also served as a student council member at her school. She was selected to be vice president of her school store. It is clear this girl enjoys life every day in the positive way she interacts with peers and adults. She is humble and does not do things for personal gain or for recognition, but simply from her heart. AnnMarie is motivated by her love of life, her faith and her belief in helping others. She loves to dance and sing and is involved with musical productions at her church. She also enjoys camping, swimming, spending time outdoors and doing things with her family. A member of BridgeWay Community Church, she is on the music team for Family Matters, the Kids Bible Challenge team and the Fifth-Sixers youth group. She has participated in Odyssey of the Mind for two years and served as a Green Team member for one year. With her quiet, confident nature, her genuine consideration of others and her strong belief in the value of helping others without seeking personal gain, AnnMarie is an Example in Excellence at Valley View Elementary.
On January 23 author and musician Kevin Kammeraad visited Valley View Elementary at the request of the Valley View PTO. Kevin wrote children’s books such as A Curious Glimpse of Michigan and The Tomato Collection. Valley View held an assembly where Kevin sang songs with the children, read from his books and spoke to the children about his writing career. He informed them he started writing when he was their age by keeping daily journals. Later, as an adult, he turned those journals into childrens books. A few students won the chance to have lunch with Kevin. Their parents bid on this opportunity during Valley View’s Parents Night Out silent auction. Kevin and the winning children shared a nice pizza lunch while he further discussed writing and his career as a childrens author.