RPS 205 art students learn: It’s all in the eyes

There on the website for How Stuff Works was the piece on why the eyes in paintings seem to follow you. I resorted to a Google search to figure out why some artwork in the Jan. 12 opening of the All-City Art Exhibit stuck with me. In particular, I kept feeling the sidelong stare of Laura Hintzman’s self-portrait. And just when that image had faded, it was replaced by the numb look in the eyes of one of Britania Moreno’s subjects. The works of Moreno, a senior at Jefferson High School, and Hintzman, a senior at Guilford High School, were among...

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Delegation from Swedish city visits RPS 205

Four years ago, student Isaac Cotton-Hayes coached the visiting mayor of Lidkoping, Sweden, in an underwater robot race at Eisenhower Middle School. The robot helped illustrate manufacturing education at Eisenhower. The Lidkoping mayor — Kjell Hedvall — was back this week at the Rockford Public Schools. He reunited with Hayes, who’s now a senior at Guilford High School. Hayes gave the mayor a tour of the fabrications lab at Guilford and later confessed to a dream: That someday he would be able to go to Sweden to visit the mayor and the rest...

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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 student advisory council tackles the elephant

Nothing brings a team together faster than attempting the impossible. Members of the 2016-17 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council gathered at Camp Winnebago the afternoon of Aug. 9 for a series of outdoor team-building exercises. When a camp counselor first described each of the five activities, the students didn’t know where to start. “It was 15 minutes of just being dumbfounded,” said Jack Snedegar, a junior at Guilford High School. It didn’t help that it was very hot, the students were sweaty and many of the team-building challenges...

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Human Geography takes RPS 205 students to parts unknown

Ferris Bueller has a classic line in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”:  “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Guilford High School teacher Reid Jutras didn’t want his students to miss it. As part of an Advanced Placement Human Geography course, Jutras assigned students a project to explore their surroundings. They needed to choose eight activities among 10 categories: Symbolic–visit a local landmark business/economic–visit a locally owned place of business...

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