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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Congratulations RPS 205 Those Who Excel Winners!

Update: Congratulations to the RPS 205 Those Who Excel winners! They were recognized Thursday at the annual banquet (and listed among the nominees in bold and italics below). And the winners are… Thursday is the annual Those Who Excel awards. Congratulations to the RPS 205 educators, school personnel and volunteers nominated for the 2016 awards. Winners are chosen by RPS 205 employees and community members. Local winners can advance to the statewide awards, sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education. This year’s celebration...

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RPS 205 educators honored in Those Who Excel

It’s not easy to impress a teacher with more than three decades of experience. That’s just how impressive Reid Jutras of Guilford High School is. In nominating Jutras for the Illinois Teacher of the Year, his coworker Walt Hoshaw wrote of his admiration and pride in Jutras, who is only in his fifth year of teaching psychology. “I have witnessed teaching moments in his room that made me long for enough time to join the class for one of his lectures or demonstrations,” wrote Hoshaw, who has taught for 32 years. Jutras not only runs extra study...

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Whitehead library open Thursdays this summer

Alex Bergeson has read “Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods” twice, and he’s working on his third. The book is 300-plus pages, but the 9-year-old likes to read and especially likes Greek mythology. His grandfather calls him a bibliophile – a great lover of books. And now Alex has a great place to go on Thursdays – the Whitehead Elementary School library, which is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. as a check-in point for the Rockford Public Library’s Summer Reading Club. On a rainy Thursday, Principal Pam Miner and library paraprofessional Sara Jones greeted...

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Guilford English teacher receives two honors

Carolyn Grune is having quite a month. The Guilford High School English teacher was honored March 10 by the United Way of Rock River Valley as Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year in the category of 100-249 employees. (Grune led her school’s United Way campaign.) This is the script of Grune’s award presentation during United Way’s campaign celebration event at Giovanni’s: This employee campaign coordinator makes a point to personally ask each employee to consider participating in the United Way workplace campaign. This year, she...

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