RPS 205 flash mob: Soloists no flashes in the pan

When Chris Brady walked on the stage to address 2,000 teachers in the Rockford Public Schools this week, he didn’t seem nervous. For good reason: He has decades of experience in theater in the Rockford region. Brady is a social studies teacher in the Creative and Performing Arts program (CAPA) at West Middle School.  He was emcee for two Institute Day events Aug. 15 at Heartland. He was also the lead solo that day in a flash mob rendition of “One Day More” from the musical Les Miserables. The video from the flash mob has gone viral—it has...

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Sweet career advice for RPS 205 students: It’s OK to fail

Kathy Pomerene, the owner of Sugarjones bakery, received 100 hand-written thank you notes after she spoke with students at Rolling Green Elementary School. Pomerene was surprised. And not just because of how many notes there were or how quickly they arrived, less than a week after she spoke in the Rockford Public Schools. She was surprised at what so many of the students said: Thank you for telling us it’s OK to fail. Rolling Green art teacher Rae Carbaugh asked Pomerene to speak April 27 to three classes. Pomerene talked about the role of...

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‘Human tunnel’ helps students find their way

An image sticks with me from the first Academy Expo in November 2012: a single line of Jefferson High School students walk through a clapping and cheering gauntlet of volunteers who support the public schools.  Students had to pass through this human tunnel to reach booths that would help them choose a high school academy. Volunteers do more for our schools, of course, than turn up and cheer on Expo day.  Thanking them is the point of “Faces of Alignment Rockford,” which will recognize one volunteer each month. Alignment Rockford, a nonprofit...

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Roosevelt students learn, help community through Capstones

Three students who will graduate this month from Roosevelt Alternative High School will demonstrate their readiness for college and careers when they present their Capstone projects. Angelic Little, Dominica Pena and Jermaine Robinson have worked on projects since January with local organizations. They will present them from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the Roosevelt library. Roosevelt Principal Heidi Houy said community involvement was key in her school’s Capstone experience. Capstones combine theory with practice to demonstrate a...

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For RPS 205 students, fun begins with STEM

In just a half-hour, four industry panel members at the STEM Summit covered lessons some college students take years to absorb: Don’t procrastinate. Study the difficult material first. Everyone fails sometime. Enjoy learning. Ten students from each high school and middle school in the Rockford Public Schools attended the April 24 summit at Rock Valley College. It was a partnership with the college, RPS 205 and the Pi Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. The day began with the panel of professionals: Neysa Alicea, a mechanical engineer at...

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