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Shout OUTS! 2020-21

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May 2021

To: Toni Chisholm, Alexis DeWilde, Amanda Hollingsworth, Amy Knourek, Andrea Jacobs, Carissa Boyd, Jessica Stockwell, Julie Hansen, Rosaland Lee, and Tammy Golden
From: Chad Wickard
SHOUT: This group of amazing educators stepped up and helped coordinate their buildings' promotion and collection of Young Artist's works of art, so the students' work could be showcased at the Figge Art Museum. Our district's art will be on virtual display the week of May 8th-16th. Thank you all for the help!
April 2021
To: Lisa Kuffler
From: Sarah Richardson
SHOUT: Lisa has done an amazing job with the caseload and all the evals for our incoming kiddos at HMELC. She's been great about keeping us in the loop with evals, transition meetings, and everything in between. Thanks for doing so much in this crazy year.
March 2021
To: Amanda Long 
From: Mary Beth Harvey
SHOUT: I have worked with Amanda years ago at Ridgewood, and have worked with her as a parent at RICMS. She is amazing with the little ones; very passionate and it shows. She is a very kind and compassionate person as well, and I appreciate her so much! Thanks Amanda!
To: Tim Carroll
From: Alannah Alexander
SHOUT: Mr. Carroll was instrumental in getting technology set up in my classroom. I am grateful for his time and expertise!
To: Marissa Grayson
From: Brooke Bennett
SHOUT: I wanted to thank Marissa personally for having a math club/team at the high school. The Geometry team placed 3rd in regionals at the ICTM and had a student place 2nd as an individual. They also had a MathCon National finalist for the 3rd straight year!!
February 2021
To: Robert Horice 
From: Sue Crowder
SHOUT: Mr. Horice is always so helpful to the staff at RIHS!
January 2021
To: Tom Ryan
From: Korah Winn Romkey
SHOUT: Tom came brand new to our school last year and has been at the helm of guiding us through COVID-19. He is doing a terrific job of balancing getting things done and staying on his toes as things have to shift around due to current circumstances. We are so grateful to have him leading us and so happy that he came here. What a blessing! Thanks, Tom for all your hard work. We see it and appreciate it.
December 2020
To: Tim Sanders
From: Alexis DeWilde
SHOUT: Tim is going to the extra mile to build relationships with his students. He takes time to discuss assignments with students and to find the why behind students may be struggling. It is amazing to hear him work through and get students motivated!
November 2020
To: Rachael Cooksey/Tim Anderson- Custodians
From: Mary Beth Harvey, RN, BA, MS
SHOUT: Rachael has gone above and beyond in these trying COVID times and works diligently to keep our building as germ-free as humanly possible. Tim also works in conjunction with the staff and this nurse to ensure that we are doing our due diligence, and then some. A huge thank you to both of them; very much indeed essential workers!!!
To: RICMS Staff
From: A big fan
SHOUT: A huge shout out to the RICMS staff. Always do what they can to make students feel welcome and safe. Staff supports staff, and even find things to laugh about. They smile with their voices, giving students confidence that things will be ok.
October 2020
To: Amy Nitzel
From: A big fan at RICMS
SHOUT: Mrs. Nitzel continues to provide us with information and leadership at one of the most crucial times this district has likely known in the last couple of decades, maybe even a century. As she continues to lead her building, she is also demonstrating leadership for the district. We appreciate the ongoing effort to inform staff and stakeholders of the next steps and look forward to when we can welcome back all of our students, as we miss them more than they know.
To: Dianna Saelens
From:A Big Fan!
SHOUT: Dianna has went above and beyond to help the Rock Island School District's Early Childhood programs move to remote learning. She has provided Google Classroom training that has been priceless, and with this training she has ALWAYS attached a smile and encouraging word. I believe she measures her success as an educator by the success of those she leads and guides. She is an amazing person to have on the Early Childhood Education Management Team! Thank you Dianna!
September 2020
To: Kelley Wenthe in IT
From: Mary Beth Harvey, RN, BA, MS
SHOUT: Kelley has helped me numerous times over the past few years, with various issues with my computer and phone (yesterday) and always maintains a calm, cool demeanor and a great sense of humor! She never makes you feel less than for not knowing the answer, or if you have to ask her a second time and I really appreciate that so much. Thank you Kelley!
To: Cindy Arkebauer
From: Patricia Walls
SHOUT: Cindy has worked diligently to make sure our new teachers (to the Rock Island-Milan School District) have what they need to be successful. From hosting meetings in parking lots to constantly advocating for the best resources and tools, she's dedicated to her role as a Lead Mentor. Thanks Cindy for all that you do! You rock.
To: Amanda Krahl
From: Patricia Walls
SHOUT: Amanda has worked diligently to make sure our mentors have what they need to be successful. From finding to creating great tools and resources to be shared (in an effort to make everyone's life easier), she's dedicated to her role as a Lead Mentor. Thanks Amanda for all that you do! You rock.
To: Amber Grant
From: Patricia Walls
SHOUT: Amber, you're the best. You wear so many hats in this district, it's hard to just discuss one. Whether it's the way you support our kiddos in the classroom to your great efforts as a district recruiter, you are appreciated! Thanks Amber.
To: Stephanie Sanders
From: Patricia Walls
SHOUT: I can truly say you made me a better teacher. You taught me how important it was to believe in the potential of every child. Thank you for taking the time to teach me this. You're a shining star. An Academy's All-Star!
To: Michelle Lillis
From: Chris Allison
SHOUT: Michelle has done an exceptional job keeping all coaches informed about the CDC guidelines. She attends meetings regularly with other AD’s and IHSA. She schedules zoom meetings to keep all coaches aware of new guidelines. Michelle is a passionate, hardworking, and great leader! Thanks Michelle for all your hard work! We appreciate your leadership!
To: Melanie Lloyd, Kelly Wenthe, Mary Gallardo, Jeremy Conway, Troy Bevans, Jeanetta Harvey, Nan Wright, Wendy Verdugo
From: Tammy Golden
SHOUT: SHOUT OUT to these individuals for ALWAYS lending a helping hand - Friendly Directions. As a fairly new employee, these individuals really made a difference as I learned the processes here at RIA as a secretary. Really Appreciate their efforts assisting me along the way. THANK YOU!
To: Tom Ryan
From: Korah Winn Romkey
SHOUT: Mr. Ryan has been working hard to help our school be a great environment that supports kids through all the difficulties of remote learning. He's been a big blessing.
August 2020
To: Washington Junior High Team!
From: A fan! 
SHOUT: The team did an awesome job presenting to parents on what to expect with Remote Learning! Way to go! I'm happy to have my children be Warriors!
To: Darla Jones
From: O'nita Watkins
SHOUT: For going above and beyond to help ANY staff person in our building on setting up, running, and being successful with google classroom, GoGuardian, and all things technology. Thank you soooo much!!!
To: Martha Edwards
From: Jillian Morrison
SHOUT: Martha has been 100% there for me as I become acclimated as a teacher new to RIMSD. She is totally awesome as a mentor!
To: Alice Lee
From: Steven Inman
SHOUT: Even when her world has been crazy - Alice is still a very devoted teacher. She has continued to send building-wide Leader In Me lessons as well as weekly attendance questions relating to the 7 Habits. We are truly lucky to have Alice as one of our coaches for our Lighthouse team. Thank you for all you do, Alice! You're very much appreciated!
To: RICMS Staff
From: Mary Beth Harvey, RN, BA, MS
SHOUT: The staff is truly amazing and the camaraderie among the teachers is wonderful. They truly value each and every staff member; from the custodians, to the cafeteria, to the paras, etc. Thank you!!!