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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Two Rs of Youth Court in RPS 205: Respect, reconnection

Auburn High School will see its first Youth Court case in January. It will join two other high schools in the Rockford Public Schools that use this restorative justice program. The program is in partnership with the City of Rockford, Winnebago County and the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s office. In Youth Court, students who admit responsibility for minor legal infractions on school grounds appear before a peer council instead of the traditional justice process. The program was piloted at Jefferson High School in 2014 and is run by Youth...

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Lathrop plants seeds for summer learning

Jennifer Peterson drove a bookmobile around the neighborhood near Lathrop Elementary School last summer. This summer, she organized “Veggies and Tales,” a book swap/garden giveaway on Mondays at Lathrop. As if that wasn’t enough, Peterson – who’s an academic achievement specialist at Lathrop – has 200 books in envelopes, labeled and ready to ship to students if she receives a grant to pay for postage from the Illinois Reading Council. She’ll find out if she received the grant July 15. Some summer break, Mrs. Peterson! The educator doesn’t let...

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Calling Sherlock: Solve mystery of RPS 205 tiles

It’s not easy to see a building come down. Although the former Administration Building at 201 S. Madison St. cost taxpayers too much to keep up, it was a piece of Rockford’s history. The building, which was an addition to the former Rockford (Central) High School, was the district’s administrative headquarters for nearly 60 years. Demolition of the building, which is expected to start Monday, is part of an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Rockford. Once the building is torn down, the city will take ownership of the property. A $21...

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For Auburn students, learning is ‘Knight & Day’

Nikolina Cuca is fortunate she learned a management lesson now, before she’s really a manager. The Auburn High School senior is CEO of a virtual clothing business for professionals  – Knight & Day – that celebrated a ribbon cutting and news conference at Auburn on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Ms. Cuca said she soon discovered that managers need to know what motivates employees. In the case of one employee of Knight & Day who wasn’t pulling his weight, she bypassed the class buzz and talked to him directly. He told her he didn’t see the value in...

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