Thursday, Sept. 20, was a difficult day. News of a student passing away is always painful for the community. Tears, tissues and an unbearable silence filled the hallways at Jefferson High School. Students are honoring Marshawna Williams in many ways to show appreciation for the impact she had on their lives. It will take some time before things can start to feel normal again, but Jefferson students have already started to honor Marshawna with numerous acts of remembrance. Her locker was flooded with balloons, notes, photos and drawings by the time the weekend came. To provide support to the family in this time of need, students created candles and jars with Marshawna's photo, and wristbands with her initials are on sale at the school. During our homecoming football game, there was a moment of silence as purple balloons were released into the air to honor her memory. Students wore purple to school on Sept. 28, as well as to the football game that night against the Auburn Knights. Marshawna touched the lives of people all over her community, so the game was a special opportunity for Rockfordians to come together for a fallen friend.
All after-school activities in Rockford Public Schools are canceled today because of anticipated severe weather and poor road conditions.
Students who live in any RPS 205 attendance zone are welcome to complete an application.
Parents/guardians of children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1 can visit the Welcome Center, 501 7th St., to enroll.
Rockford Public Schools will honor a teacher, an artist, a musician, an actor and a high school theatre production at its third Fine Arts Hall of Fame Awards in March.
School start times and dismissal will change by 10-to-15 minutes at most schools in the 2019-20 school year.
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