The RPS 205 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council has been named for the 2014-15 school year. The group of 14 students meets twice monthly with a goal of encouraging goodwill, leadership and unity among RPS students and the district. Students focus on positive aspects of RPS 205, increasing community service within the district, and improving collaboration with the schools, administration and community.
The group has five returning members from last year’s council and has grown from previous years. In the past, each school has only had two representatives. Now as many as three from each school can serve. Students apply and interview to serve on the council. That process includes a meeting with Superintendent Ehren Jarrett. “These students are truly making a difference in their community,” Jarrett said. “I value their input and their ideas on moving RPS 205 forward. In turn, the students care about their schools, their district, and what kind of lasting impact they can have on Rockford.”
- Isaiah Davis (12) – Auburn
- Kaylin Janicke (12) – Auburn
- Rayneria Norah (11) – Auburn
- Jazzmine Craigs-Ingram (11) – East
- Ian Pearson (11) – East
- McKenna Turek (11) – East
- Amara Cruden (12) – Guilford
- Sofia Klaung (12) – Guilford
- Emily Stewart (12) – Guilford
- Jamal Barnett (11) – Jefferson
- Maggie Palcan (12) – Jefferson
- Braxton Washington (12) – Jefferson
- Rayshawn Hayes (10) – Roosevelt
- Alyssa Portales (10) - Roosevelt
The idea for the council came in 2009 when a group of Auburn High School students met with the superintendent to talk about concerns. The initial meeting sparked a standing meeting for students from all five RPS high schools to have a line to the administration and work together to bring positive change to RPS.
This year, students have already helped as guides at the 2014 Academy Expo in September. Other events they might help with include the Salvation Army Food Drive and bell ringing during the holidays, and serving in the Great American Clean-Up in April. They also want to find ways to recognize other RPS 205 high school students who donate their time in the community.
For more information about the council or to attend a meeting, contact Cathy Bayer, firstname.lastname@example.org.