Rockford Schools prepare for 2014-15 transitions

The Rockford Area School Board met Jan. 20. Principals reported to the board on projects, programs and transitions.


Rockford High School Principal Ryan Jensen told the Rockford Area School Board at its Jan. 22 meeting that the first trimester Academic Top Ten have been identified and recognized.

Jensen went on to tell the board that principals and counselors from the high school and middle school had met discuss registration and transition for eighth grade students entering the high school in the fall. The high school, Jensen added, will be holding a transition meeting for parents prior to student course requests.



Amy Denneson, Rockford Middle School – Center for Environmental Studies, reported great and ongoing success Rocket Blast. Students, she said, are making great connections and expanding their authentic learning experience during recess.

She reported that a “Transition Oversight Group” meets weekly in regard to transitioning fifth grade students from the elementary campus to the middle school in the fall.


Brenda Petersmeyer, Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School Principal, reported that staff and students were gearing up for plenty of reading and lots of activities for “I Love To Read” month, which is February. Battle of the Books for students in grades 3 through 5 will be Feb. 12.

She also reported that the Kindergarten Festival went well, bringing students and parents to the school for a fun and informative event.


The improvements and repairs funded by the recently passed bond continue to move steadily along. Among some of the bigger projects underway at this time include near completion of a new strength training room, interior demolition of the drafting room (to be replaced by a kitchen) and the initial HVAC control drawings and product submittals.

A project update that encompasses construction and planning for the district’s building and grounds improvements is available at

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Rockford Area School Board is Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom located in the lower level of the middle school, 6051 Ash St.