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What's LIVE on the 205 VIBE!
March 2022
500 blog posts
500 Blog Posts are Live on the 205 VIBE!

It’s celebration time, and we’re full of gratitude. The Communications Department launched the 205 VIBE in 2018, and we were excited about asking our staff, students and families to tell firsthand stories about their work and experiences. We expected to have a single blog post – maybe two – each month. This month we’re celebrating 500 blog posts on the 205 VIBE. FIVE HUNDRED! That’s 500 stories about Rockford Public Schools! We have celebrated staff awards and retirements, highlighted creative teaching and student success, and we have struggled through the pandemic. All of it together on the 205 VIBE. Thank you for contributing to the 205 VIBE. We are proud to share your stories, and we are looking forward to reading – and sharing – the next 500.

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Matt Green, Roosevelt
Congratulations to Matt Green, Golden Apple Award Recipient and Roosevelt English Teacher!
It’s fantastic to acknowledge people when they pour their heart and soul into something. That’s why it is such a great honor for Matt Green to be recognized this year with the Golden Apple Award. Read More
Flinn 8th graders in hallway
Flinn Middle School Students Embrace Culture of Learning
The eighth grade teaching team at Flinn Middle School knew our students were missing something. While reviewing the English learning objectives for the third quarter, it was clear: We want to instill a culture for learning – that’s what was missing. Read More
Leleany Rodriguez and Arely Paniagua
Celebrating Women Artists at Jefferson High School
Celebrating women in March during Women’s History Month is exactly what is happening in the Jefferson High School Art Department. On Sunday, March 13, two J-Hawk artists were named Best in Show at two major art exhibitions in the state. Read More


ALONZO Russell, Dr. Eric A. Johnson, Michelle Williams, Marti Frantz
RPS 205 to Celebrate Alumni at Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Rockford Public Schools will celebrate and welcome four alumni into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame in April who have established successful careers in the arts. The celebration is April 9. Read More



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Meet the 2022 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees


Jessica Pequena-Mendoza, Ryan Callahan and Tony Ramirez
Episode 34: Rockford University Partnership: Growing RPS 205 Graduates into RPS 205 Teachers
"Teachers are not only just teachers. They’re counselors, sometimes. They are a second parent. Sometimes even the only parental figure for some of our students. And I don’t think a lot of society really understands the amount of time and energy it takes to wake up in the morning and step into that classroom and be ready to be with these kids. It takes a village, and we’re all doing it for these students."

- Tony Ramirez, Jefferson High School graduate and student teacher at Lincoln Middle School

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