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She brings love and supplies from West Michigan to Haiti

Rockford teacher Rachel DeKuiper leads annual mission trips to Haiti to provide help for women’s health, train teachers, care for orphaned infants and children, and conduct Bible studies...

Students plan, plant rain garden to help protect Rum Creek

Shortly before school let out, 150 students planted 2,000 native plants in a depression to collect stormwater runoff from roofs, sidewalks and parking lots that can carry pollutants into the creek...

At Beyond the Rock, students learn to love telling stories, and it shows

The students of Beyond the Rock, Rockford’s television and film production program, consistently pull down top state awards for their work...

From recycling to running to laminating, this mom pretty much does it all

Mandy Mynhier is integrally involved in her two daughters’ schools, including incorporating environmentally friendly practices...

A great way to study the Great Lakes: onboard a floating classroom

If you’re going to study Great Lakes water quality and aquatic life forms, what better way than onboard a ship on Lake Michigan? Teacher Amanda Glass’ fourth-graders spent half a day studying pH levels in the water, identifying creatures in sediment, and learning about invasive species...

Reading on the bus makes the journey so much better

A new program begun this semester gives Rockford students a fun and relaxing way to occupy themselves on their rides between school and home

In its first year, high school orchestra makes ‘magical’ music

Now in its first year at the high school and fourth year overall, the Rockford strings program has quickly grown bigger since it began at the middle school level. About 270 students are part of it, including nearly 40 in the high school ensemble.

‘He took the reins, and we moved forward’

Michael Shibler is in his 50th year in education, including 29 as superintendent of Rockford Public Schools. But in a profession not known for longevity, Shibler shows no signs of slowing down

Local students push for change in wake of Florida school shooting

Students at City High/Middle School are joining the ranks of a national student-led movement to make their schools safer, stepping up where adults have failed to act
Columbine mass-shooting survivor Austin Eubanks spoke at a Rockford High School forum on opioid addiction last fall

Foundation Commits $90k to Teen Mental Health

With problems of teen anxiety, depression and suicide on the rise, the Rockford Education Foundation decided it was time to step up its efforts to address the worrisome trend. The result: a $30,000 grant for each of three school years...

Marching in King’s Footsteps for Justice and Kindness

On the day that people across America honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students at area schools did their part to carry on his ideals. Here are just two examples of students putting his teachings to work. North...
Hunter Denman plans to attend Grand Valley State University or Michigan State University

Student’s Design Graces Cover of District RAMS Report

Senior Hunter Denman didn’t know a lot about the RAMS reports, the Rockford Action Model for Success the district produces every three years to guide its educational goals. But he knew enough to design a cover for it.

Students Get the Lowdown on High-Tech Jobs

Remington Switzer has been “messing with computers” for most of his life, loves gaming and is interested in a career in programming. But visiting a local website and apps development firm made him realize how many ways he could...

Fourth-grade Hero Saves Dad’s Life with Quick Thinking

Heroes don't have to wear capes and leap tall buildings. Sometimes they just wear shy smiles and think fast. That's what Belmont Elementary fourth-grader Lucas Walker did one recent Sunday evening, when he noticed his father, Mark, wasn't breathing right....

A Survivor’s Story: ‘I Did Not Want to Feel’

Austin Eubanks' testimony of trauma, addiction and recovery was compelling and terrifying, beginning with horrific sounds of the Columbine High School mass shooting. He played part of a 911 call made by teacher Patti Nielson from the library, where students...

Community Forum Puts Local Names to Opioid Crisis

Austin Eubanks’ trauma began the morning of April 20, 1999, when a dozen of his classmates -- including his best friend hiding under a table with him -- were shot and killed at Columbine High School. But the trauma...

Motor City Nostalgia Takes ‘Best of Show’

Rockford High School senior Kelli LeSarge made her school proud – and won a $500 scholarship for herself – with her award-winning poster at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Kelli's poster of a snazzy classic convertible...

Roguewood Runners Raise Funds and Win Pumpkins

Roguewood’s first annual 5K Pumpkin Run was held on Oct. 15 with around 640 participants. The Pumpkin Run helps raise money for the PTO so we can do fun events like after-school activities, Donuts with Dad, Mornings with Mom,...

Student TV Broadcasters Take Top Honors in Michigan

An impressive mix of news stories, current events features and public service recently earned the Rockford High School video production program top honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The program, “Beyond the Rock,” was named the 2015 High...
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