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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RPS students mold snow into art

Some Guilford High School students are attempting to take a 4-foot by 4-foot by 6-foot snow block and carve out a likeness of the historic Times Theater in downtown Rockford. Roosevelt students are working on carving Sulley, the gigantic monster from Monsters, Inc., and his one-eyed buddy, Mike, as a snowman. You can see how their work is taking shape here – it’s part of this week’s Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition at Sinnissippi Park. RPS students are representing each of our five high schools. The competition for high schoolers began...

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Shedd, RPS join to create ‘citizen scientists’

Thirty Rockford Public Schools students are headed to John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago on Monday. It isn’t your typical field trip.  The students — 29 from Jefferson High School and one from Auburn — are taking part in a larger partnership between the Shedd and RPS called “Submerged in Science.” The partnership began last year. The Shedd’s goal is to create citizen scientists — young people able to think critically, analyze data and offer real value to their communities. Rockford is the only district...

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To students: Finding your life’s work is never done

We’re in the countdown for the Academy Expo on Sept. 18. That day, more than 5,000 high school students will descend upon the BMO Harris Bank Center. They will have access to business and community leaders representing 150 careers. The academy concept promises to change teaching and learning — and connect the community to the schools — in unprecedented ways. It’s exciting. And it’s fun to work for the Rockford Public Schools at a time when people perceive the district as a civic partner rather than the crazy aunt at the party. I...

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State grant offers fruit & veggies to Summerdale, Hillman students

Describe the taste of a kumquat – that’s the small citrus fruit that looks a lot like an orange. How about a star fruit – the hand fruit native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and India? Students at Swan Hillman Elementary School and Summerdale Early Childhood Center will receive fresh fruits and vegetables like star fruit and kumquats at least twice a week this coming school year. The fruit and vegetable program is funded through a state grant; this is the third year Hillman School will participate. Principal Carolyn Kloss said the...

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