East High School recently hosted its first ever Bridge Building Invitational. Students from Guilford, Jefferson, East, Auburn and Rockford Lutheran high schools competed for the prize of Best Bridge Builders. Guilford took home first place, with East and another Guilford team taking second and third respectively. The event ran without any hiccups, mostly because of the great teamwork displayed by RPS 205 staff and community members.
East's engineering team, led by Bruce Kramer and Mary Diduch, took on numerous roles to host the event. It was a team effort that displayed their willingness to try something new. With support from the RPS 205 College and Career Readiness Department, special education teachers and students, Northwestern Illinois Contractors Association, Fastenal, Nicholson Hardware and former construction teacher Matt Walling, students felt the effects of such effort.
It took teams of students to build their bridges, but it also took teams of staff and community to make this event seem effortless. Nearly 50 teams participated in the event, highlighting the Project Lead the Way engineering courses in our Academies.
We hope that students appreciate these opportunities as staff continue to push the envelope to make learning a form of practice into real life situations.
Rockford School Board member Jaime Escobedo submitted his resignation from the board effective Wednesday, May 29.
All RPS 205 elementary and middle school students will follow a shortened schedule on Monday, June 3.
Ethan Strombeck will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
The elementary schools will close after this school year.
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