RPS 205

RPS 205

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Rockford Public Schools focuses on college and career readiness for its 28,800 students. The vision:

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FOR RPS 205 FAMILIES: The VanVleet Family Foundation Annual Turkey Giveaway
Sunday, November 19, 2023
2:00-5:00 P.M.
Auburn High School Field House - Door FH11
Please use parking lot behind the school
Meal Kits are given out on first come first serve basis

Photos from RPS 205's post 11/03/2023

SPECIAL VISIT: City of Rockford Government's Mayor Tom McNamara stopped by Kennedy Middle School today. He talked to students about how city government works and what they can do if they want to become mayor some day. The Mayor also spoke about our partnership with Rockford Promise. Thank you so much Mayor McNamara!

A historic career: East’s Javius Catlin sits among all-time great NIC-10 running backs 11/02/2023

CONGRATULATIONS! East High School Senior Javius Catlin made history in his final football game as he set the all-time NIC-10 career rushing yards record! Click on the story below to take a look back at his journey!

A historic career: East’s Javius Catlin sits among all-time great NIC-10 running backs ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — It’s time to take a trip down memory lane to look back on the legendary career of one of the best in the NIC-10. East’s Javius Catlin has proven himself to …

Photos from RPS 205's post 11/02/2023

Our Chief Communications Officer, Earl Dotson Jr., has been busy making the rounds to our schools. He recently visited classrooms at Bloom, Haskell, and Summerdale. Look at all those smiling faces!


MS ATHLETICS: Jefferson High School hosted the 2023 Middle School Girls Basketball Jamboree! All RPS JV and Varsity girls basketball teams participated in this exciting event! Best of luck in the post-season!


Happy Halloween from the Welcome Center!

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/31/2023

U.S. Congressman Eric Sorensen visited Roosevelt Community Education Center today. With the help of our Student Ambassadors, Rep. Sorensen toured the Early Childhood Daycare, Plastics Lab, Makerspace, and Manufacturing & Auto spaces. He finished with a Q&A with the students. Thank you for visiting!


CONGRATS NOMINEES! Nearly 200 teachers in Rockford Public Schools were nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Award! For the full list of nominees, click here:https://goldenappleofrockford.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Nomination-List-23-24.pdf

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/31/2023

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Recently Jefferson High School hosted a Trunk or Treat for the RPS 205 elementary schools that feed into the high school (Barbour, Cherry Valley, Froberg, Gregory, Hillman, Rolling Green & Whitehead). It was a scary turnout and everyone had a spooktacular time! Feel free to share your costumes in the comments below.


The Illinois State Board of Education just released its annual Illinois Report Card for the 2022-23 school year. Below is a message from the Superintendent about RPS 205 schools moving in the right direction. You can also read more in our 205 VIBE News: https://bit.ly/47dnTdk


Congrats Lady G-Vikes!

Congrats to the Girls Varsity Tennis team🎾 for being crowned Sectional Champs!🏆



GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL: Guilford High School's girls flag football team will compete in the Chicago Bears Girls Flag State Championships this weekend at Halas Hall! Visit the link below to check out the game live. Good luck lady Vikings!

Link to view: Please Share! 815 please watch game three of the Chicago Bears Girls Flag Football State Championship
Rockford Guilford Vs. Stevenson at 5:30pm

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/27/2023

Major General Antonio Munera visited Auburn High School this morning to present scholarships of more than $300,000 combined to two JROTC Cadets, who are seniors at AHS! Cadet Sean Beckford has chosen to attend University of Illinois and Cadet Joseph McGrail will be attending University of Missouri. Both were able to choose the college of their choice but will have to commit to ROTC while attending college.
MG Munera is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He leads and is responsible for all Cadets in both high school and colleges across the country. This presentation took place during the JROTC’s symposium where 25 vendors showcased their services.

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/27/2023

THE FUTURE STARTS NOW: RPS 205, in collaboration with the City of Rockford and Alignment Rockford, invited the community to listen about A Healing-Centered Approach to Education. The concept recognizes the impact of trauma on students' well-being & learning and the importance of the community as a whole in supporting education and student success. The approach includes: Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices, Mental Health Support for Students, Safe and Supportive Environments inside and outside of the school day, Community Engagement, and Empowerment of Families.


ELEMENTARY SOCCER: Congratulations to the 5th grade team at Hillman Elementary for their first place finish in the Rockford Elementary Soccer League! Thank you to our principals, coaches and volunteers for their hard work and continued dedication to our students!


A shout out to the following middle school athletes who qualified for state in cross country!
Eisenhower: Zach Andrews, Reagan Bachta, Alex Brockwell, & Carter Rudolph
Flinn: Eavan Janvick
Marshall: Seth Reinold & Nora Wedwick

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/24/2023

Register now to test into the Gifted Academy at Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Thurgood Marshall School, and Auburn High School for the 2024-2025 school year.
For more information, please visit: https://www.rps205.com/parents/special-programs

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/23/2023

WAY TO GO! Both RESA Middle School Varsity and JV soccer teams went undefeated all season long and finished in first place!

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/23/2023

Come learn more about our CAPA program at West Middle School and our upcoming auditions!


Calling all RPS 205 elementary and middle school students!

HOLIDAY CARD CONTEST: The holiday season is fast approaching, and Mayor Tom McNamara needs your help! Each year, the Mayor sends out holiday cards to companies and organizations that help our community move forward. Once again, he’d like to use a card designed by a Rockford elementary or middle school student.

Here are the guidelines:
• Design should be secular or appropriate for all religions and should help capture the feeling of the holiday spirit in Rockford.
• Artwork must be original and no larger than 8.5” x 11”.
• Design should be created with crayon, water colors, paints, pencil, ink, markers, or colored pencil, so that the winning art can be easily reproduced.

The winner will receive:
• Design/name on the holiday card and 10 copies of the card
• A $25 gift card to Lino's
• A $25 gift card to Rockford Art Deli

Submit your original design by mail to:
City of Rockford Mayor’s Office
425 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61104

Entrants should include their name, address, phone number,
school, grade and age.

Artwork must be received in the Mayor’s Office no later
than November 6, 2023, for consideration.

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/20/2023

Lifetouch and the Illinois Principals Association celebrate today as Principal Appreciation Day. This recognition was first approved by the Governor of Illinois in 1990 and is celebrated annually. It provides an opportunity to publicly recognize the work, commitment and importance of principals throughout the state. Thank you all RPS 205 Principals!


RPS 205 will be holding a Boys & Girls Youth Wrestling Introduction Clinic for all students in grades K-8. This free event will be from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on October 23rd, 24th, and 26th.
You still have time to register: bit.ly/3ty1xol
The clinic will be held at East High School at 2929 Charles Street. If you have any questions, please contact Gene Lee at 815-489-7256 or email [email protected].


The Welcome Center and FIT Office will be closed on Thursday, October 19th until 12:30 p.m. for training. We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for understanding.

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/18/2023

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Rockford Public Schools hosted the 12th annual Academy Expo at the Indoor Sports Center today. It's an opportunity for 2,000 9th graders to engage with area businesses to explore potential career opportunities. The Expo also helps forge a relevant link between student curriculum and future careers. Students utilize this event to make an academy selection. Over 100 regional businesses & organizations, and 500 volunteers participated in the Expo.

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/16/2023

Flinn Middle School presented its second annual Human Library Project. Spearheaded by the school's English department, the event challenged students to delve into personal narratives and craft compelling stories reflecting their individual experiences, passions, and life journeys. They not only enhanced their writing and communication skills but also gained a deeper understanding of empathy, diversity, and the power of storytelling. Each student presented their narrative to visitors who act as "readers." Visitors engaged in one-on-one conversations with the students, offering them an opportunity to truly understand and appreciate the diverse perspectives and experiences of their peers.


SAVE THE DATE! Join us on October 26 for The Future Starts Now: A healing-centered approach to education. Take part in this important community conversation about education in Rockford.

Rockford Public School District 205, City of Rockford Government, and Alignment Rockford will unveil a new healing-centered community vision around education and student support in Rockford. Register today: https://alignmentrockford.org/events/future-starts-now

September 2023 Shoutouts 10/11/2023

Check out how our staff was recently recognized for living the RPS 205 values. Congratulations everyone!

September 2023 Shoutouts RPS 205 employees are recognized for their commitment to living the district's values.

Class of 2024 Graduation Ceremonies 10/09/2023

The class of 2024 graduation dates and ceremonies have been announced!

For more information, please check out our 205 VIBE News post:

Class of 2024 Graduation Ceremonies The class of 2024 graduation ceremonies have been announced.

Photos from Maud E. Johnson Elementary School's post 10/06/2023

Check out these "friends" that visited Johnson Elementary School this week.


CREATIVE & PEFORMING ARTS: Sign up now to audition for the CAPA Program at West Middle School & Auburn High School for the 2024-2025 school year! Auditions start in November.

Students who want an in-depth fine arts experience can try out for band, choir, dance, orchestra, piano, visual art, theatre, and technical theatre.

Information to audition for CAPA at West MS: https://west.rps205.com/student-life/capa/auditions

Information to audition for CAPA at Auburn MS: https://auburn.rps205.com/academies/capa/how-do-i-join-the-capa-family

Photos from RPS 205's post 10/05/2023

RPS 205 Chief Communications Officer Earl Dotson, Jr. recently visited teachers & students at Flinn Middle School, Maria Montessori at Marsh, and Nashold Early Childhood. Look at all those smiling faces!


NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY: The goal of this day is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking to school. Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997.


PERFECT SCORE! Auburn High School Senior Eshal Sameer received a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT exam. This achievement is not an easy feat.

"I truly owe my knowledge and my success to the incredible Gifted teachers and staff. They all work so hard to support us academically, and over the past four years, have been constant sources of motivation and kindness. As I think about my future, I hope I’m able to pursue my passion for conducting medical research in the field of oncology, alongside caring for patients. I also want to continue my love for the visual arts, both academically and as a hobby."

Congratulations Eshal!


WANT TO VOLUNTEER? Rockford Reads kicked off its 22nd year this morning at Constance Lane Elementary School.

Since 2001, the Rockford Rotary Club has partnered with RPS 205 and the Rockford Public Library for the program.

Once a week, community volunteers read one-on-one with second graders for as little as one hour per week at the elementary school of their choice.

The program runs through the end of May. Volunteers are welcome to start anytime during the school year.

If you're interested in reading to the students, please visit: rps205.com/community/volunteer or rockfordrotary.org.


The Welcome Center will be closed 8:00-1:30 today for training and will be open to walk-ins 1:30-4:30. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

NIU Today - The Rockford Promise Program at NIU continues to grow and flourish 09/28/2023

We are so thankful and grateful for this partnership that allows RPS 205 students to attend college tuition-free!

NIU Today - The Rockford Promise Program at NIU continues to grow and flourish An innovative program created to help eliminate financial hurdles and create a pathway for achieving students in Rockford Public Schools to NIU continues to grow, and the students continue to thrive. The Rockford Promise Program at NIU represents a university partnership with the Rockford Promise or...

Photos from RPS 205's post 09/28/2023

RESL: The RPS 205 Elementary Soccer Jamboree included over 30 soccer teams this past Saturday! Thank you to all of our volunteer coaches that help provide this league for our students. Best of luck this season!

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The Illinois State Board of Education just released its annual Illinois Report Card for the 2022-23 school year. Below i...
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LIVE FROM THE ROCKFORD SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: The Rockford School Board tonight is recognizing students who qualified for...
Michelle Williams // Fine Arts Hall of Fame 2022
Dr. Eric A. Johnson // Fine Arts Hall of Fame 2022
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ROCKFORD PROMISE: We’re LIVE at the RPS 205 Administration Building where RPS 205 seniors are signing scholarship commit...
GOLDEN APPLE AWARD WINNER: We’re LIVE at Roosevelt to surprise and celebrate Roosevelt English teacher Matt Green with t...
RPS 205 Holiday Message
Teacher Appreciation 2021
2021 Fine Arts Hall of Fame





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Rockford, IL

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