In the last 12 years of my time being a student in RPS 205, I have
always tried to be involved within my community. I’m the kind of person who likes
to help others more than I help myself, and I like when people are happy and
have little-to-no conflicts. I have volunteered at things like helping coach
soccer to little kids, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Misericordia’s Family Fest,
Student Council in middle and high school, and a lot more. But I’ve never been
able to volunteer and have the ability to bring together RPS 205 students and
the Rockford community. Or at least I never had the opportunity to until I
discovered the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council in my junior year of
I researched the group and found out that they’re the organization that
hosts the Districtwide Talent Show, Wesley Willows senior prom, Salvation Army
canned food drive, and so much more. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is really
a group that I want to be a part of!” So I took a chance and I sent in an
application. After going through two nerve-racking interviews – one with two
existing members of the SSAC and their adviser, and the second with Superintendent
Dr. Ehren Jarrett himself – I found out that I was accepted as a member of the
council. I was ecstatic and super happy to be part of an organization that had
the same thought process as me: to help others and bring together RPS 205 and
the Rockford Community.
I have only been a member of the SSAC for a little over a month, and I
already love it. If you’re anything like me, I started out on Student
Commission my freshman year at East High School (it’s now my senior year), and
every year I’ve been in some sort of leadership position. This year I’m the
President of Student Commission. I’d like to say that we’re the heartbeat of East.
We plan homecoming, prom and more to bring students together. The SSAC has the
same goals, but we’re aiming farther. We want to integrate RPS 205 students as
a whole with the Rockford Community.
So far this year, the SSAC has already attended the Chamber of Commerce
lunch where we were served delicious food and sat with many officials to hear about
the future plans for RPS 205 presented by Dr. Jarrett. We’ve also already had a
few meetings where we’re planning the upcoming canned food drive and picking
out dates for future events that will further bring together the schools of RPS
205, instead of driving them further away from one another.
Joining the SSAC not only gave me the opportunity to do more than just
bring together students at my school; we try to bring together the students
from all of the high schools in RPS 205 and connect them with our community.
We’re trying to be the heartbeat of RPS 205.
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.
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