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Shout OUTS! 2019-20

GIVE A SHOUT! Take a few minutes, fill out the form and make someones day! 
 
March 2020
 
To: Mrs. Thomas-Johnson, Rock Island Academy 
From: Tylen Bryan-Harris
SHOUT: Wonderful job as an instructor!
 
 
February 2020
 
To: Joanne France-Silas, Administration Center
From: A big fan in RIMSD!
SHOUT:Being with the district for more than 20 years, Joanne France Silas is truly a key player in ensuring our school district runs smoothly. From de-escalating upset stakeholders to providing additional support to anyone in need, Joanne's assertive but gentle demeanor is truly an asset. Thank you, Joanne, for your willingness to go above and beyond with a level of integrity that few people possess. You make this house rock!
 
To: Cassey Attebery, Rock Island High School 
From: A big fan at Rocky!
SHOUT: Cassey is always willing to help those of us who are technology challenged. Rocky is so lucky to have her!
 
To: Brian Morely, Edison Jr. High School 
From: A big FAN at Edison! 
SHOUT: Mr. Morley does all the small things that can easily be overlooked. He brought in supplies for teachers to use for their classrooms. He's repaired items without asking. He provides support to ALL staff. He is a light of positivity. I love his pride in his work and the impact he has here at Edison.
 
To: Lisa DeDore, Edison Jr. High School
From: Gordon Eberlin, Edison Jr. High School
SHOUT: Lisa is a key member of the Relationships Committee and is always going above and beyond what is expected of her. She selflessly volunteers to set up end of the quarter celebrations.
January 2020
 
To: Kathy Karstens, Ridgewood Elementary
From: Susan Lyon, Ridgewood Elementary
SHOUT: Kathy is an amazing, giving teacher and partner at school. After switching back to 3rd grade from 5 years in 4/5/6 splits, it has been a pleasant adjustment. Whenever I have a question about the curriculum I can count on her to help me through. She is always open to collaborate on some of my crazy ideas and try new things in the classroom to help our students. She is there for her students, providing snacks when needed, school materials, and even clothes at times. I am so lucky to have her as a partner teacher and friend. She is a great asset to the Rock Island-Milan School District.
 
To: Longfellow Liberal Arts staff 
From Aaron Buggs
SHOUT: The entire staff has made my transition from RIHS to Longfellow an awesome experience! KUDOS to all of you thanks for your assistance ,advice, and words of encouragement. I can't wait to continue grow with you guys. U guys ROCK!!!
 
To: Amanda Hollingsworth, Longfellow Liberal Arts
From: a FAN at LONGFELLOW!
SHOUT: We are SO happy to have you at Longfellow! Thank you for all the amazing work you do for our students. You ROCK!
 
To: Michelle Vize, Longfellow Liberal Arts 
From: a FAN at LONGFELLOW
SHOUT: Mrs. Vize! Congratulations on your retirement; what an accomplishment! You are such an important piece to Longfellow and will be missed. You ROCK!
December 2019 
 
To: Jeff Martin, Denkmann Elementary
From: Principal Patrick Versluis, Denkmann Elementary
SHOUT:
For preparing the Denkmann students for our Winter Holiday Program and putting on an amazing program for our Families. These events take a lot of prep work and the event went off without a hitch! From the Denkmann Staff Thanks Mr. Martin for another great music program!
 
To: Annette Moreno, Administration Center
From: LaShanta Williams, Administration Center
SHOUT: Always working to ensure that our multilingual families and schools are connected whether it is through translation or interpreter services.
November 2019
 
To: Troy Copeland, Edison Jr. High School 
From: A BIG FAN AT EDISON JUNIOR HIGH
SHOUT: 
Troy is positive everyday! He is solution-focused and works to assist and accommodate students every step of the way. He supports the team, and is just a positive, optimistic influence on staff and students.
 
To: Jeff Hoskins, RIMSD #41 Administration Center
From: A BIG FAN IN THE DISTRICT!
SHOUT: Jeff is extremely knowledgeble and always responds to questions and needs in a timely way! He is a pleasure to work with and his friendly and helpful attitude is always appreciated!
 
To: RICMS staffers Alice Lee, Amy Moffit, Sarah Andrus, Amy Kennelly, Steve Inman, Brin Arnold.
From: A BIG FAN @ RICMS
SHOUT: 
This team created an awesome Veterans Day Assembly. It is always a moving experience to invite and honor our veterans. A lot of planning and preparation goes into such a heartfelt presentation and educational experience for our students and the community.
 
To: Tami Kelley, Edison Jr. High School
From: Amanda Krahl, Edison Jr. High School
SHOUT: Tami is going above and beyond helping my long term sub as I am on medical leave. She is helping students after school as well who need help. She is a ROCKSTAR!! Thanks Tami!
October 2019
 
To: Chris Versluis, Edison Jr. High School
From: Lauren Bisgard, Edison Jr. High School
SHOUT: 
Shout out to Chris Versluis for making my AWESOME bulletin boards and classroom decorations since my creativity is lacking!!
September 2019
 
To: Ms. J. and Ms. Taylor
From: Maggi Voss, Edison Jr. High School
SHOUT: 
These two ladies have been rock stars on second floor! Always available to help out at any time! You both are appreciated!!
 
To: Katie Mertel, Rock Island High School 
From: A fellow rock! 
SHOUT: Katie did a wonderful job organizing Homecoming week [at Rock Island High School] and making it a memorable one for students, staff, and families. She worked tirelessly for weeks ahead of time and her efforts are appreciated.
 
To: Janine Olson, Longfellow Liberal Arts
From: A big fan at LONGFELLOW!
SHOUT:
Thank you, Janine, for always being a positive influence for our students at LONGFELLOW. We all appreciate your efforts and talents. YOU ROCK!
 
To: Dr. Reginald Lawrence, Superintendent
From: A big fan at Edison! 
SHOUT: 
We appreciate Dr. Lawrence for being present and visible in all our buildings.
 
To: Terry Coleman, Edison Junior High School 
From: A BIG FAN AT EJHS!
SHOUT: Terry works diligently at building relationships. At the junior high level, he has raced students, jumped rope, and spent quality time trying to get to know students.
 
To: Edison Math Department
From: A Lucky Colleague!
SHOUT:
Edison's math department is working collaboratively to tackle the new curriculum and engage students all while maintaining a positive "can-do" attitude. Great job!
 
To: Kendrick Burrage, Washington Junior High School 
From: A BIG FAN IN RIMSD #41
SHOUT: Mr. Burrage is pleasant and positive all the time. He goes above and beyond to help students all the time. The students always comment that he is their favorite teacher because his class is not just PE, it is fun and he uses technology to keep students engaged.
 
To: Dori Podoba, Longfellow Liberal Arts
From: A BIG FAN AT LONGFELLOW
SHOUT: Mrs. Podoba, THANK YOU for helping LONGFELLOW build our social media! It is so awesome to see all the amazing work our students accomplish shared on our Facebook! YOU ROCK!
 
To: Tim Yeargle, Horace Mann Early Learning Center 
From: A Lot of Fans at HMELC!
SHOUT: Tim is an amazing custodian. There is absolutely no job that you could ask of him to do that he wouldn't do for ANY of the staff at HMELC. Tim also goes above and beyond in an already demanding job. Ex: Today it's 90 degrees and he is shoveling mulch for our garden area in between his daily duties. He still takes the time to look up and greet students, parents, and staff as he works. Thanks Tim for all you do!
 
To: Chris Versluis, Edison Jr. High School
From: Big Fans at Edison! 
SHOUT: Chris created an awesome Amplify sign for the science dept. to use during the curriculum review nights this school year. He did this on his own time! We appreciate you!
August 2019
 
To: Krista Dwinal, Thomas Jefferson Elementary 
From: Liz Kantner, Thurgood Marshall Learning Center
SHOUT: Krista organizes and runs the TJ Market, which serves 13 families at the school. She has created a beautiful and dignified environment and always has a smile on her face. BIG KUDOS to Krista!
 
To: RIMSD #41 Administration 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT: The flexible seating throughout every school was abundant and visible! Each and every classroom was more welcoming and comfortable for students compared to traditional seating. Students loved the seating options!
 
To: Kristin Allen, Washington Jr. High School 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT: I appreciated your time during my school visit! I loved seeing all of the efforts made to build a better learning environment for students. I also enjoyed the AVID room and how the program is impacting all students. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Phil Ambrose, Thurgood Marshall Learning Center
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member
SHOUT: I appreciated your time during my school visit! Your proudness and flexibility for what is best for students is commendable. I enjoyed seeing all the ways that students can take ownership throughout the school and also learning about ways students' individual needs are being met, such as the hip hop class offered. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Mike Nitzel, Thomas Jefferson Elementary 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT: I appreciated your time during my school visit. I loved hearing about all the supports in place for both students and teachers, such as every student having water bottles, providing food for families, and volunteers helping teachers with making copies. Every little thing matters! Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Jeff Whitaker, Rock Island High School 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT: I appreciated your time during my school visit! I really enjoyed hearing about your view on diversity and how the schools' acceptance of others makes Rocky such a special place. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Amy Schelker, Rock Island Center for Math & Science 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT:  I appreciated your time during my school visit! I enjoyed hearing about your plan to enhance the focus of math and science throughout the building. Additionally, there was a strong sense of welcomeness and belonging entering the building. The animals were so cool! Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Thomas Ryan, Rock Island Academy
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member
SHOUT: Welcome to the district! I appreciated your time during my school visit! I loved the recognition of diversity I saw all throughout the school. I also enjoyed hearing about your eagerness to recognize the diversity amongst the students through school events. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Joey DiIulio, Ridgewood Elementary 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT:  I appreciated your time during my school visit! I loved seeing how students are encouraged to get involved with school events by having their names added to the painted trees in the hallway. It was also cool to see all of the technology being used in the classrooms. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Dave Knuckey, Longfellow LIberal Arts 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT: I appreciated your time during my school visit! It was fun starting the day with the morning announcements outside. Both students and staff seemed to really enjoy it! I also enjoyed visiting all of the classrooms and interacting with students. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Nicole Berry, Horace Mann Early Learning Center 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT: I appreciate your time during my school visit! It was cool seeing all of the staff development happening while I was there to get ready for the students. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Lance Clark and Nikki Melody, Frances Willard Elementary
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member
SHOUT:  I appreciated your time during my school visit! It was so fun starting the day off with music outside to welcome students and their families. Also, the school morning meeting was motivating and impactful for both students and staff! Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Dennis Weiss, Eugene Field Elementary 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member
SHOUT: I appreciated your time during my school visit. The sensory walk in the cafeteria and outdoor seating area are exciting new additions to Eugene Field that will give students a change of pace. Thank you for sharing more about the LEAD program with me. The experiences students will gain this year are going to be impactful. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Christi Varnes, Edison Jr. High School 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT: I appreciated your time during my school visit. I noticed that the staff is striving to increase motivation and support students' needs. The supply room and motivational posters in the bathrooms are evidence of this effort. Thank you for being flexible. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Sarah Leonard, Earl Hanson Elementary 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member
SHOUT: Welcome to the district! I appreciated your time during my school visit! It is clear that you are creating and establishing relationships with both students and staff and will continue to do throughout the year. Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Patrick Versluis, Denkmann Elementary 
From: Megan Wilson, RIMSD #41 Board Member 
SHOUT: Welcome to the district! I appreciated your time during my school visit! I am excited to see what you will do with the Leader in Me program at Denkmann! Have a rockin' school year!
 
To: Lakisha Randle
From: A big fan in RIMSD!
SHOUT: The beginning of the school year is a busy time, and yet Lakisha Randle showed genuine kindness, care of our individual needs, and a "rocking" positive attitude as many of us from Head Start have come to the Administration Center to request new badges. Lakisha's amazing smile and kindness are a gift to all! She is another example of why kindness matters and how it shapes the culture of our district! #Lakisharocks
 
To: Brigette Hajduk, Horace Mann Early Learning Center
From: A big fan at HMELC!
SHOUT: Brigette Hajduk continues to be an amazing education manager for the Head Start program! She always has a listening ear for the children's needs and acts on ways those needs can be met. Early childhood education continues to evolve, and Brigette inspires the Head Start staff to teach with heart and professionalism, to use open minds for the needs and perspectives of the changing world children are growing up in, and to recognize that all individuals deserve respect. Brigette rocks in the Rock Island District Head Start program. She makes a difference!