Education

With four days of canceled classes in January, the Rockford Board of Education had to make some adjustments to the 2013-14 academic calendar to meet the state required hours of instruction for the year. At its work session on Feb. 3, the board changed Friday, March 7, to a student contact day. Previously, it was [...]

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Officials at Rockford and Delano Public Schools early Friday, Feb. 21, decided to call off school classes for the day. Rockford Public Schools announced on its web site that schools would be closed on Friday “due to extreme weather and dangerous road conditions. All activities, ECFE, community education classes, and practices are also canceled. Galaxy [...]

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Rockford Area School’s Launching Pad Preschool — located in the Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School — was recently awarded a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating, the highest rating given. This Parent Aware Quality Rating System assists Minnesota parents in finding early education providers that are focused on high-quality early learning and kindergarten readiness. To participate in [...]

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Over the past three years, Rockford Middle School-Center for Environmental Studies (RMS-CES) has been transformed into a STEM magnet school, focusing on environmental and outdoor education. The building incorporates STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – standards into all curricular areas, including reading, math, science, social studies, art, technology and physical education. This allows [...]

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The Rockford Education Foundation held its annual fundraiser last month at the Rockford Township Hall. With attendance nearing 200, and a “Back to the ’80s” theme, the packed house enjoyed music and food. With more than 100 silent auction items donated by businesses and individuals, along with raffle items and cash prizes, this event raised [...]

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Congratulations to four recognized educational support staff members — Scott Larson, Sally Heikkinen, Michelle Friedrich and Paula Wanous. These four individuals were selected last spring for their outstanding work helping and supporting the students of Rockford. They were recognized at an Educational Support Staff Recognition Banquet held in September in St. Cloud. The Educational Support [...]

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Corina Sarsland’s seventh-grade science class recently enjoyed the results of a two-year experiment by tasting jelly made from grapes grown on the Rockford Middle School – Center for Environmental Studies campus, planted just two years ago from cuttings. Board Member Chuck Tryon has been a driving force behind planting grapes at the school. He has [...]

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Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School is taking the arts to the next level. The Arts Magnet program is integrating piano lessons into all third-grade classes during the 2013-14 school year. Students have the opportunity to learn to play the piano or enhance their current piano skills in weekly piano lab group lessons during the school [...]

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