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Rockford District and Curriculum

In the city of Rockford, Illinois, students attend Rockford Public Schools #205. This district is dedicated to what the district calls “Readiness Rocks” and this program is designed to prepare students for college and career. They do this by providing seven class periods each day where students are engaged in 21st century skills to prepare them for college from the moment they enter preschool to the time they graduate from high school. Students become increasingly independent learners through this model who are able to find information and use it in their studies or professional plans.

We currently cover the following Rockford-area school district: Rockford Public Schools #205.

Schools in Rockford include:

Washington Elementary School is located at 1421 West St, Rockford, IL 61102. Washington Academy covers Kindergarten through fifth grade. Contact Washington Academy at (815) 966-3370. The staff at Washington Elementary are committed to making sure that all students have the opportunity and foundation to be a lifelong learner. Like other students in Illinois, students here are taught from a curriculum based off the Illinois Learning Standards. These standards describe the expectations for what each student should know and be able to do in each subject at each grade.The standards are intended to prepare students for the challenges that come with college and having a career. For example, students in kindergarten to grade 2 focus on learning how to formulate answers to questions like “What happens if you push or pull an object harder?” and “Where do animals live, and why do they live there?”. Additionally, students learn about the weather, along with plants and animals. They also learn about the connections and interdependence between science, engineering and technology. The standards in math are designed to help students gain a deeper conceptual understanding of core math content. For example, students in grade 2 mathematics focus on four areas: extending their understanding of base ten notation, working with addition and subtraction, understanding standard units of measurement, and describing and analyzing shapes. Students learn to make sense of problems, and persevere when solving them. To ensure your child is receiving the optimal amount of education, make sure to check out our information on our tutors who offer homework help.

Thurgood Marshall School is located at 4664 N Rockton Ave, Rockford, IL 61103. Thurgood Marshall School covers fourth grade through eighth grade. Contact Thurgood Marshall School at (815) 490-5400. Thurgood Marshall School has been implementing several exciting new initiatives in the past few semesters. Teachers have been encouraged to think outside the box and try out new ideas in their classrooms. New programs include “Mustang Time,” where, every wednesday, the periods are shortened to create a new period at the beginning of the day. During this new period, students with no D’s or F’s can choose from a rotating array of enrichment activities that could include Skyping with an author or a math genius, a Spanish cooking class, a video on nuclear energy, or playing around with robots and coding in the computer lab.  Students who are struggling with a specific skill can be given extra attention during this time in small group instruction. Another new program is called “Genius hour,” which gives students time to explore a topic that they are passionate about with support from a teacher. Students develop a research question, spend time investigating, and create a product to share what they learned. Furthermore, the Marshall counseling team has created a 3-year sequence of social-emotional lessons for Gifted learners. They will be working closely with teachers to deliver workshops on topics like managing stress, controlling perfectionism, learning not to fear failure, and developing tenacity, all skills that are necessary to become successful adults.

Auburn High School is located at 5110 Auburn St, Rockford, IL 61101. Auburn High School covers ninth grade through twelfth grade. Contact Auburn Preparatory High School at (815) 966-3300. Auburn has courses from the typical academic core, as well as foreign language and basic career courses, along with honors offerings for a small number of widely taken subjects. Most students who desire to take advanced or specialized classes feed in to Auburn’s specialized programs, such as the AP programs, the Gifted Academy Programs, The Auburn School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. After high school, many students make the decision to attend a postsecondary institution. Many also choose to take SAT and ACT tests to put on their applications. For more information on the SAT and ACT test preparation tutoring sessions we offer, please contact SchoolTutoring Academy.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Rockford District Curriculum

In order to best prepare students to enter college and the workplace, Rockford Public Schools has a variety of curricular choices. The school curriculum is based on the Common Core Standards along with Power Standard designed to meet the Illinois Assessment Framework,
Classroom Assessments, and Performance Descriptors.

Rockford Public Schools #205 provides many early childhood programs from developmentally appropriate class, in-home assessments, and developmental screenings for children who may need special services. The district provides a gifted program, as well as Advanced Placement courses for students at the high school level. Career and Technical programs are also available for students who want to begin preparing for a career right out of high school. The district has many of their planning guides available for parents so they can properly plan for their children.

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As a Mathematics educator, I apply the Progressivism approach because I believe that students retain more information from practical applications as well as social interactions with their peers. I strongly believe that students, especially in the subject of mathematics, will find it easier to link applications with real world situations. By giving them the opportunity to link these concepts, I believe it motivates them to do the work that would otherwise become too complex for them.
Learning should be an engaging experience in which teachers provide a variety of tools for students to discover information, and how it conveys meaning to their lives. These tools should appeal to different types of learners, be it visual, audio, musical, hands on, or interactive.
I am positive that all students have the ability to learn through their natural curiosity. I always structure my classroom to ensure that each child is given the best opportunity to be successful. This is done through differentiation as well setting instructional goals so that every child has an equal chance to be successful.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Rockford Educational News

  • Health Center Grant - The Department of Health and Human Services gave Rockford Public Schools a $500,000 grant to create a school-based health center. The center will be located in the most economically challenged part of the district and is expected to help over 3,000 students get the health care they normally would not get.
  • Peace Pole at Beyer Elementary - Fifth graders at Beyer Elementary installed a Peace Pole in front of their school. One of the teachers applied for a Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant and received almost $5,000 for the pole, which has four sides with the message about peace in Spanish, English, and Sign Language. Some of the $5,000 is paying for benches and other exterior improvements for the school.
  • Honorary Diploma Awarded - A 98-year-old woman was recently awarded an Honorary Diploma from Rockford Public Schools. In 1934, she had to go to work to support her family and left high school with one remaining semester needed to graduate. Even though she never officially graduated, she continued to learn throughout her long life and accomplished her goal.

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About Rockford, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois is the county seat of Winnebago County; Rockford is relatively large, covering an area of 167.1 km2 . Rockford has a population of 147,051, and is the 171st most populous city in the United States, the third largest in Illinois, and the largest city outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Rockford has had a recent growth in automotive, tourism, aerospace, and healthcare industries due to economic diversification efforts. Rockford, nicknamed the Forest City, is known for its sites of cultural or historical significance, including Anderson Japanese Gardens, Klehm Arboretum, the Laurent House, the BMO Harris Bank Center,  and the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Its contributions to music are noted in the Mendelssohn Club, the oldest music club in the nation.

Rockford was settled in the 1830s on the edge of the Rock River, which made the location prime for industrial development. In the latter half of the 19th century, Rockford was known for its output of heavy machinery and tools, and it became a leading producer of furniture in the nation in the 20th century. During the same time, Rockford was struggling, alongside most Rust Belt cities.

As of the 2010 census, there were 152,871 people and 66,700 households. In the late 1950s, Rockford surpassed Peoria as the second largest city in Illinois by population, holding onto that position into the 21st century. In 2003, the status was changed as it was overtaken by Aurora after the results of a special census held by the latter city. The median income for a household in the city was $55,667, and the median income for a family was $65,465. Males had a median income of $37,098 versus $25,421 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,781.

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Work on the construction of Anderson Japanese Gardens began in the late 1970s, when a local businessman was inspired by a visit to the Japanese garden in Oregon. With the assistance of a master craftsman, a swampy backyard along Rockford’s Spring Creek transformed into a Japanese-style landscape. From then until now, the location of each rock, alignment of each tree, and the layout of all the paths has been carefully considered. In 1998, the Gardens was donated as a supported organization to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association, and it now exists as a not for profit entity. Japanese gardens are very carefully designed and patiently pruned according to aesthetic principles to create a work of natural art that inspires calm, renewal, discovery and an invigorated soul. With grace, elegance, and gentle awareness they exemplify the Japanese cultural heritage of respectful humility in service to people of all cultures. Educational programs at the Anderson Gardens cover the language, arts, and culture of Japan, and the Gardens host formal tea ceremonies, ikebana and calligraphy demonstrations, bonsai displays, and feature programs for students and adults. Anderson Japanese Gardens hosts an annual Opening Day Celebration and Japanese Summer Festival, featuring celebrations of Japanese culture. In 2004 the gardens were named finest Japanese garden in North America by the Journal of Japanese Gardening. For more information, please visit their website located here.

Discovery Center Museum

Discovery Center Museum is a hands-on children’s science museum with more than 300 exciting interactive exhibits spread throughout 23,000 square feet on two floors. All  of the exhibits relate to STEM learning. Exhibit galleries focus on the human body, forms of electricity, the science of sports, space travel, simple machines, communication, agriculture, color and light, and math. Out in the museum’s backyard, visitors can explore the Rock River Discovery Park, a 15,000 square foot multi-level science park featuring a dinosaur dig pit, maze, water play area and a Secret Garden. Discovery Center is one of the top family attractions in Northern Illinois and has received numerous local, state and national accolades. The mission of the museum is to create opportunities for joyful learning and discovery through experiences in the sciences and arts. For more information, please visit their website here.

Interesting Facts

  • Rockford is nicknamed the Forest City.
  • Faust Hotel, the tallest building in Rockford, was built in 1929.
  • During the early-to-late 1940s the Rockford Peaches (of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League) were one of the first all-female baseball teams in the world.
  • Halfway between Chicago and Galena, the community was briefly known as “Midway”, but quickly became known as “Rockford”, because of the excellent ford across Rock River.
  • The first weekly newspaper was published in 1840 and the first successful daily newspaper appeared in 1877. Between 1890 and 1930 the city had three daily papers.
  • After the Civil War, the Swedes began to come in large numbers and quickly became the largest ethnic group in the city. They settled chiefly on the east side, and in areas along 7th Street or Kishwaukee Avenue the Swedish language was as common as English as late as the 1920s.

Chalk Talk: How to Reward Good Grades

In today's world, it is important to show recognition to students who have worked hard to earn good grades. Some schools like to reward good grades with food, but this can leave out students who have food allergies, sensitivities, and other food-related issues. In elementary and middle school, students can be recognized with things like pencils, drawings for special prizes, giving students a longer recess on a special day, or rewarding them with a free homework pass. There are many alternative rewards that teachers and administrators can give that all students can enjoy.