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.
We anticipate this process will speed up in the coming days.
The ribbon cutting is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, followed by a community open house until 5 p.m.
Bricks from New Milford Elementary School will be available to the public starting Monday, Aug. 26.
Rockford Public Schools will receive $1.6 million more than originally estimated for the current fiscal year and school year according to new information from the state.
Auburn High School officials introduced Milwaukee native Jason McClelland to several players and their families on Friday as their choice to lead the girls basketball program in the coming year.
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