Janet Lynn among inductees at RPS 205 Champions Ball and Hall of Fame

It’s been 44 years since Janet Lynn put Rockford on the map in figure skating, but her legacy remains strong. Lynn, perhaps the most famous female athlete to come out of Rockford, will be one of the inductees at Saturday’s RPS 205 Champions Ball and Hall of Fame. It’s perfect timing for a group of figure skaters in our area who still are inspired by her. The Rockford area formed a team this year and competed at the Illinois High School skating competition for the first time. Two of the 12 skaters came from Rockford Public Schools – Molly...

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RPS 205 Camp to the Future: A trip to smells, sounds

On the last day of June, summer school students at Barbour Language Academy were hot on the trail of knowledge—even when it led them to sniffing garbage cans. The students are enrolled in Camp to the Future III, a federally funded program to help kindergarten through seventh grade students improve their reading and math skills. The program — which is at Carlson, Lewis Lemon, Rolling Green and RESA in addition to Barbour — began June 15 and ends July 10. Garbage was not part of the curriculum. But a “peppermint beetle” activity...

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Sophomores learn about cool jobs and fast planes

High school sophomores in the Rockford Public Schools are getting mini- job shadow experiences at more than 60 local businesses and community organizations. Between now and Thursday, students will break into small groups to visit a company related to their academy. High schools in RPS 205 have been redesigned into academies to promote college and career readiness. The sophomore site visits – which are being coordinated by Alignment Rockford – range from the Rockford Park District to Thermo Fisher Scientific to OSF Saint Anthony Medical...

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Summer school students do a deep dive into fun

Back in the day, there were two words that struck fear in the hearts of children everywhere: summer school. Today, the dread has been replaced with fun. I spent part of Tuesday morning at Camp to the Future, the Rockford Public Schools’ supplemental education program for students in kindergarten through seventh grades. I went to Rolling Green Elementary School, which is one of five sites for the program. The others are Beyer, Barbour, Lewis Lemon and RESA Middle School. Matthew Lerner, principal for the summer program at Rolling Green, took...

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Roosevelt High School is a place of transformation

Two volunteers with Transform Rockford talked with students at Roosevelt Alternative High School earlier this week. Although it wasn’t a formal visioning session for the group that wants to improve the city, it was the right place for Transform to be. The students at the school have overcome a lot to pursue their education. They can — and did — speak with authority about what Transform calls the  “brutal facts” of Rockford: high crime, unemployment, poverty and lack of educational attainment. The students who sat...

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