Academy Expo volunteers shine at selling careers to RPS 205 students

Richard Backeberg wasn’t taking any chances. His company, Cintas, had a delivery truck parked in the BMO Harris Bank Center for the Academy Expo. By hook or by hanger, he wanted Rockford Public Schools students to see what a career at the uniform rental company looks like. So he had a few questions to ask the students: Would you like a four-day workweek? No weekends? No nights? No holidays? Then Backeberg, a production supervisor at Cintas, took the wheels off.  He conscripted two students to do a relay that required them to jump in the...

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Habitat for Humanity dedicates home that RPS 205 students helped build

Latara Webb and her three children got the keys to a home–and a dream–that Guilford High School students helped build. Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity on Sunday dedicated a home at 229 Pearl Ave. in Loves Park. All of the interior and exterior walls were built by students in Mark Anderson’s construction classes at Guilford. Keri Nelson, Habitat’s executive director, mentioned Anderson and the Rockford Public Schools students during the dedication. “In my world,” she said, “we call Mark Anderson a hero. He dreamt of a day where...

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RPS 205 seniors learn how to have ‘nose for opportunity,’ heart to solve problems

The accidental banker had a word of encouragement for the skeptical high school senior. “Can we turn Rockford into Silicon Valley?” East High School senior Karina Sisnero asked. Brenten Witherby of Alpine Bank did not hesitate. “Why not?” The exchange between Witherby and Sisnero was part of the Capstone Kick Off, a panel discussion and workshop held Wednesday at the RPS 205 Administration Building and sponsored by Alignment Rockford. About 100 high school seniors in the Rockford Public Schools attended. The students are enrolled in Capstone...

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It takes an RPS 205 academy to solve a crime

Only two people at Guilford High School know who killed Lisa Durn.  And they aren’t talking. Students in the Human and Public Services Academy at Guilford are doing an interdisciplinary project in crime scene investigation. They are solving the fictional murder of Durn, a newspaper editor in Mississippi. A crime scene has been staged near the old gymnasium. Alignment Rockford has helped recruit detectives and other professionals from the community to visit and talk about their work. Some of the lessons were not for the squeamish, said Clark...

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With Rockford’s help, Capstones at Roosevelt will rock

Students at Roosevelt Alternative High School have started on their Capstone projects, in-depth experiences in the community that will help them succeed after graduation. Capstones in the Rockford Public Schools combine theory with practice to demonstrate a high level of scholarship and college and career readiness. During the 2014-15 school year, Roosevelt and Auburn high schools piloted Capstone seminars. This year, those pilots are expanding. At Roosevelt, community involvement is key. Roosevelt teacher Ernie Fuhr is advising 14 students...

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