Robert Head played big role in RPS 205’s brighter future

Rockford’s public schools are in a better place because of the leadership of Robert Head, who retired last month as president of Rockford University. That’s a key message in a tribute video the university recently released to celebrate Head’s eight-year tenure. Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Ehren Jarrett is one of the speakers in the video. He points to Head’s help in establishing an education pathway between RPS 205 and RU to recruit new teachers and his help with passing several school district referenda. Jarrett also said Head...

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Core for the corps: Students get set for RPS 205 Marching Band

It’s possible to work hard and never take a step. Ask students in the Rockford Public Schools Competitive Marching Band, who rehearsed this week for the first time. They learned about the proper way to stand at attention, to hold their flags, rifles and instruments, to synchronize movements and match intonation. You don’t think, for example, about the work it takes for percussionists to raise their drumsticks at precisely the same time. It takes a lot of core work to work in a corps. Not to mention endurance and tolerance for...

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RPS 205 Competitive Marching Band prepares for premier season

Brianna Hirsch likes performing and she likes the flute. Although she’s been playing the instrument only three years, it feels like something she could do the rest of her life. It’s like a sport, she says. She’s found a good fit with the new Rockford Public Schools Competitive Marching Band. Brianna will be an eighth grader in the fall at Lincoln Middle School. Her music teacher Steve Mikulay is one of the directors of the districtwide band, which will begin summer practices at Rockford University next week to prepare for its first season....

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Brookview teacher to explore ‘raw materials of history’

Heather Frankfort, a third-grade teacher from Brookview School, leaves June 21 for a five-day summer institute with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Frankfort was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants for the program. She will be able to use the library’s vast collection of primary sources and learn more about using primary sources in learning. Primary sources include maps, articles, photography or videos that provide a firsthand account of history. Mrs. Frankfort says such sources are especially effective at engaging...

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RPS students learn about entrepreneurship

About 100 high school students from the Rockford Public Schools joined about 100 other students from the region March 6  for the 6th Annual Entrepreneurship Day at  Rockford University. Students learned from professors and local business people what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Topics included market analysis, marketing, ethics and business planning and strategy. The day included a visioning exercise that will be submitted to Transform Rockford. The larger student group split into working groups that addressed changing Rockford. The...

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