RPS 205 superintendent, union leader teach classes

Every year, students in Theresa Bartsch’s class challenge the Rockford Public Schools superintendent to match their can donations for a food drive, can for can. And each year, the superintendent donates more and more cans just to keep up. In 2015, the class collected 636 cans. Last week was Ehren Jarrett’s revenge. The revenge came during a visit Sept. 22 by Superintendent Jarrett and Rockford Education Association President Dawn Granath to Bartsch’s school, Nelson Elementary. The two leaders promise every year to teach at the school...

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Uniform stores help RPS 205 families at Beyer, Haskell

With the deposit of 305 shirts, pants and skorts, the Uniform Bank at Haskell Year-Round Academy is ready for business. Thanks to local donors – led by dentist Cyrus Oates – families at Haskell will have an easy way to replace uniforms when they are worn or outgrown. The Haskell donors were inspired by a similar uniform store at Beyer Elementary. Maureen Hargrove, one of two local women who helped start the Beyer Co-Op Uniform Store, explained the concept. Families are able to buy new uniforms from the store at reasonable prices–$3 for...

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RPS 205 leaders return to the classroom

Dawn Granath reported for duty in Laura Johnson’s class at Summerdale Early Childhood Center like the veteran educator she is. But even veteran educators can get uneasy about entering a full-day preschool class in mid-afternoon. Granath, the president of the Rockford Education Association, didn’t miss a beat. Or a dot. Granath handled the learning game of Do-A-Dots with a table of 3-, 4- and 5-year olds with patience and ingenuity – in other words, like she had never stepped out of the classroom. Granath and Rockford Public Schools...

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Trade a book, gain ground against learning loss

If students don’t do anything to exercise their minds this summer – if they take three months off – they will lose six months of learning. On the flip side, if they read five books, they will make as much progress as if they had gone to summer school. Carri Lindblom-Borisch, who will be a literacy leader for Welsh and West View elementary schools in the 2015-16 school year, shared those statistics from education research. Preventing the phenomenon known as the “summer slide” is what’s behind Trading Tuesdays, a book-swap event from 11 a.m. to...

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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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