RPS 205 Gifted Academy teacher wins Yale teaching honor

Rockford Public Schools teacher John Rauh is a recipient of the Yale Educator Award. Rauh, who teaches in the Gifted Academy at Auburn High School, is one of 55 teachers around the world recognized by Yale for supporting and inspiring their students to achieve at high levels. Rauh was nominated for the award by Paige Swanson and Jessica Trinh, who graduated from Auburn in May. They are freshmen at Yale this year. Here’s what they said about Rauh, who taught them both their junior and senior year: –Trinh said she came into Rauh’s class...

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Young referee in RPS 205 is goal-focused

Less than 5 percent of referees for the Illinois High School Association are in Orintho Farris’ age range–17-18 years old.  He may be in a small group, but Farris—an Auburn High School senior—knows he’s well-suited for the job. “I’m all about the rules. If it’s not by the book, I’m not going to do it,” Farris said. Farris officiates basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and football. This year, the Rockford Public Schools student has worked mostly at freshman-sophomore and junior varsity games, but recently he officiated his first...

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RPS 205 teaches top scholar the power of ‘thank you’

Jessica Trinh is heading to Yale University in the fall, determined to take one thing with her: gratitude. Trinh, who graduated as Auburn High School’s valedictorian last month, says she learned at the Rockford Public Schools to remember the individuals who helped her get where she is today. And today—just like the last few months—is pretty impressive: –Before she goes to Yale, Trinh will do a summer science internship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. She will begin Monday and be assigned to a scientist...

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Mercy CEO to RPS 205 grads: Let your struggles define you

Javon Bea grew up on the west side of Rockford as one of 12 children. When he was 8, he tried to borrow a nickel from his mother for a Popsicle. She didn’t have it. From then on, he knew he had to work for whatever he wanted. Bea spoke at Auburn High School’s 2016 commencement Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The 1970 Auburn graduate is now the president and CEO of Mercy Health System. In his 25 years leading Mercy, the organization has grown from $3 million in revenue to $2.5 billion in revenue. It has 80 facilities in two states....

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RPS 205 students win city contest for sign design

In the fourth grade, Chase Heim became the go-to computer guy for his Montessori classroom and his teacher, Amy Orvis. He’s kept tinkering and building his skills. A week ago, the Auburn High School sophomore gave new life to a desktop computer his friend had given up on. As much as Heim likes computers, he also likes art.  He’s in the Creative and Performing Arts Academy at Auburn and is in his second year of graphic design. His talent — and that of his fellow student and project partner Angelica Morales—is being noticed by the City of...

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