The Rules of the Bus go ‘Round and ‘Round: RPS bus safety tips for kids & parents

The RPS 205 Transportation Department this week hosted an open house for parents and students to learn what to expect on their bus rides this year. About 50 people attended, including several students who were able to get on a big yellow school bus – some of them for the first time. (The Register Star was also there with great coverage and pictures.) If you missed it, don’t worry. All kindergarten students will receive bus training in the first week of school. First and second grade students will review bus training in the following...

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Construction sites go back to teaching & learning sites Monday

Students will return to school Monday – the first day back in Rockford Public Schools – and several schools are ongoing construction sites. Additions are in the works to expand Conklin, Johnson, Lathrop, McIntosh, Spring Creek and Froberg elementary schools. Those schools’ additions are expected to be finished in December. At Auburn High School, construction is just beginning on a 100,000 square-foot field house that will contain physical education stations, eight new classrooms, a 200-meter track, basketball and volleyball courts, plus...

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How 27 adds up to a big win for local students

A Rockford Public Schools student who takes three Advanced Placement classes during his or her high school career scores an average of 27 on the ACT. Did you know that? I was reminded of this success story two times today. It was mentioned by Deputy Superintendent Matt Vosberg at the school year kickoff for elementary teachers at Heartland Community Church. Later, Vosberg mentioned it to reporters and editors at a media roundtable, hosted by our RPS205 Communications Department at the administration building. Like a lot of people, I need to...

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Thank you, school supply donors!

We shared a story on our Facebook page earlier this week about a Lewis Lemon teacher and her generous neighbor who donated several bags of school supplies for her students: Her neighbor stopped by on Sunday and asked her to grab her car keys. “She then proceeded to unload bags and bags and bags and bags of school supplies from her trunk into my trunk. I was totally blown away by her kindness for the students of Lewis Lemon School!” The story got a lot of buzz – 124 likes as of today – and there are likely more stories like that happening in...

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