We are halfway through CAMP 2020: No
Place Like the Rock River Valley, and I am so proud of what has been
accomplished by the staff and students. This is my first time as a summer
school administrator, and everyone’s first experience with a virtual camp. So
it’s fair to say that we faced our share of challenges. Yet at every step, I
saw teachers work tirelessly to turn those challenges into opportunities as we
created an engaging learning opportunity for students. Students in grades K-8
have been learning photo editing, stop-motion animation, coding, robotics,
digital storytelling and website design.
I think the most significant factor in our success thus far has been the deep
collaboration between our media arts teachers, digital curators and the Rockford Park District staff. These
teams have planned instruction, designed lessons, supported their peers through
troubleshooting technology, and came together as a professional learning
community in a virtual space. All of this work has culminated in daily media
arts classes in which students have learned new technology, developed their art
skills, and created some pretty amazing digital art.
The students have created a number of great
pieces, but my favorite projects so far are the stop-motion animations. As a
“high ceiling, low floor” medium, stop motion allows students to tell
interesting and powerful stories with simple materials and a camera app, even
from a very young age. The projects cover a variety of topics, from whimsy to
family to a killer virus; it’s inspiring to watch students find their voice,
tell their stories and even wrestle with complex issues.
We are excited to invite you to join us in
celebrating the work of our students through the Summer School Media Arts
Galleries. These sites are updated often, so please check back regularly. The
pages for each school can be accessed by using the links below:
Valley Media Arts Gallery
Lane Media Arts Gallery
Media Arts Gallery
Media Arts Gallery
I want to extend a sincere thank you to our families for making a timely decision to help us plan.
Schools are still missing some registration packets for the 2020-21 school year, so each school will host a limited in-person registration event.
Registration packets for the 2020-21 school year were mailed to all RPS 205 families earlier this summer.
If a family does not submit the survey, students will – by default – be enrolled in in-person instruction, and transportation will not be provided.
You will be asked to complete an electronic survey to make your choice for either full-time remote instruction or in-person instruction for the upcoming school year.
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