Solid test results, climbing enrollment

Rockford board authorizes next step in November bond vote

As the Rockford Area School District moves into the 2012-13 school year, staff reported some of what has transpired over the summer months, including staff development, new programs and testing results, at the Aug. 20 School Board Meeting.



Rockford High School, as reported by principal Ryan Jensen, received test results from the Minnesota Department of Education on MCA-11 testing completed in spring. The results are as follows:

A total of 46.2% of juniors met, or exceeded, proficiency on the MCA-11 math test. 64.5% met the graduation standard. The state averages for both were 42.5% and 57.7 % respectively.

A total of 78.8% of sophomores met, or exceeded, the proficiency on the reading test, with 82.7 meeting the grad standard. This compares to the state averages of 76.8 and 80.4 respectively.

A total of 97.5% of the freshman class met the grad standard for writing. This compares to the state average in this category of 91.9%.

Jensen also shared with the board that school’s 2012 class ACT Profile Report was also above the state average – 22.9 versus 22.8 – representing the highest average score in five years.

In addition, Jensen shared results from the 2012 RHS Senior Survey. The school earned its highest marks from exiting seniors who said they felt their teachers were willing to give them extra help, that the environment was a safe one, and that class sizes were conducive to providing a positive learning experience.

In the areas of facilities (library, computer labs, etc), elective course selection/flexibility and career promotion, the scores were lower.

RHS will host an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., with Freshmen Orientation in the auditorium at 6.



The Rockford Middle School – Center for Environmental Studies (RMS-CES), prepares for its second year as a STEM School, and will use some outside grant dollars to construct a path intended for public use. Much of the planting done by students last year, reports Principal Amy Denneson, is doing well and should be great welcome back sight.

She also reported that enrollment has increased at the middle school.

RMS-CES will host an orientation for grade six on Monday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, there will be an orientation for seventh grade at 6 p.m., followed by one for eighth grader at 7.



Brenda Petersmeyer, principal of Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School (REAMS) reported to the board on staff training that has occurred, or will be completed, by the start of school in the areas of arts magnet, math and ActivBoard. In addition, she relayed that fourth and fifth grade teachers collaborated to complete standards based report cards.

REAMS will host an open house for all grades Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.




Denneson, who is also the Director of Teaching and Learning for the district, told the board that AYP (adequate yearly progress) was being made at all Rockford schools, and that new Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) that includes proficiency and graduation rates in the measurement process demonstrate strong progress among the district’s students.

Denneson added that additional district-wide development opportunities for staff this month focus on mentoring and the gifted and talented program.




In other news, the board unanimously approved a resolution “calling for bond election on 11-6-12”. The Minnesota Commissioner of Education must weigh in with a positive review of the proposed question for it to appear on the November ballot. A similar bond question was proposed by the district, and approved by the commissioner for an election held earlier this year.

The ballot question, pending approval, will read:

Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 883 (Rockford) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $27,000,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the renovation, repair, remodeling, upgrading, equipping and construction of improvements to various school sites, parking lots, sidewalks, athletic and activity areas, mechanical, ventilation, heating and plumbing systems, electrical systems, life safety and security systems, technology infrastructure, and building roofs, windows, door, exterior envelopes and interiors?

Voters will be asked to check “yes” or “no” on this question.

The next regular meeting of the Rockford School Board will be Monday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the district boardroom located in the lower level of the middle school.