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Shout OUTS! 2021-22

GIVE A SHOUT! Take a few minutes, fill out the form and make someones day! 
To: Thomas Jefferson Family Engagement Team - Thomas Jefferson
From: Ramona Dixon
SHOUT: Planning an awesome and engaging family engagement event around preparing for MAP Testing!
To: Amy Knourek - Eugene Field
From: Gina Cox 
SHOUT: Shout out to Amy for taking the lead on several things going on at Eugene Field this month! She organized a special project for the art club where they got to use their creativity to paint ceiling tiles that are now put up for display throughout our school. Also, she has spent a lot of time organizing the upcoming talent show, complete with after school practices. It's going to be awesome! Thanks for all you do for the kiddos Amy!
To: Kristie Adams & Susie Williams - RICMS
From: Steve Inman 
SHOUT: Thanks to Kristen and Susie for painting fun and engaging things on our blacktop for our students to do at recess! I have heard many students say how fun recess has been since the new things have been added. Thank you for thinking of the students and making their time outside fun and enjoyable! You guys truly rock!
To: Meg Klocke - Ridgewood 
From: Jamie Miner
SHOUT: Meg always goes above and beyond her teaching expectations. She is a hard worker and truly cares about making a difference in the lives of her students. As a first-year teacher during the pandemic, she has been such a great asset to Ridgewood. We are very thankful she is a part of our team!
To: Mckee Jackson - Frances Willard
From: Kylee Villarreal
SHOUT: Miss. Mckee has recently taken on a role at our school that is new to her and has done a fabulous job. She shows up every single day and makes the school a better place. Our students look forward to seeing Miss. Mckee and value their time spent with her. She is a hard worker and is very knowledgeable. She is a strong advocate for our students. Miss. Mckee's calming presence and positive vibes help keep our students and our teachers in the right mind space.
To: Tim Derry - Administration Center
From: Dennis Weiss
SHOUT: Tim always goes above and beyond for our building and the district.
To: Kathy Ruggeberg - Admin Center
From: Tia Edwards
SHOUT: Kathy has worked tremendously to help my transition to my new school go smoothly with support from her T&L Department. She is always there to brainstorm ideas, visit our building, and send notes of encouragement and kudos to our staff. It is very much appreciated.
To: Ramona Dixon - Admin Center
From: Tia Edwards
SHOUT: Ramona has done an excellent job of streamlining the process to get new furniture. Our students are happy about the warm and welcoming environment created with the new furniture. She took the headache and stress away from us, and we are grateful.
To: Trish Sherwin - Washington Jr. High
From: Emilie Heald
SHOUT: Trish has been working with our newcomer students, especially those who have recently moved here from Afghanistan. She has gone above and beyond reaching out to community members and providing support to their families. She works on developing the student's language skills through immersive experiences and is even trying to learn the languages herself. The relationships she is developing in and outside of the school walls are making a dramatic difference in their transition to the US.
To: Rock Island Center for Math & Science 
From: Craig Brackney
SHOUT: Big shout out to the RICMS staff for always doing what’s best for students, creating opportunities for students to become leaders, and most of all, always reinforcing the truth that all students can achieve.
To: Sarah Leonard - Earl Hanson
From: Debbie Case
SHOUT: Sarah Leonard is the kind of principal you wish all children had leading their elementary school. She arrives early each day, greets kids in the morning (even on those really cold mornings), always has a smile, and a kind word for the staff, respects all staff regardless of their position, stands outside each day to chat and say goodbye to kids and staff, and can be seen doing most anything needed whether it be drying the steps from snow to keep the children safe or even moving furniture down the hall. You can truly see how much she cares about the kids, families, and staff that she leads and interacts with each day. She is so deserving of a shout out for all she does! Thank you for all you do!
To: Tracy Goldsberry - RIHS
From: David Sebben
SHOUT: On January 15, prior to Tracy working at the Special Olympics basketball game at the fieldhouse, he noticed that the sidewalks in front of the fieldhouse had not been shoveled. There was going to be a good-sized crowd for the event, with many elderly and physically impaired attendees. So he took it upon himself to shovel the walks so they were cleared before the game. Just goes to show he cares about what is going on here and took that extra step to keep everyone safe.
To: Dallas Anderson- Ridgewood
From: Jamie Miner
SHOUT: Dallas is a para at Ridgewood. She is always doing her best to help students learn and be a team player. She is dedicated to her job and cares so much for the students she teaches. She is a hard worker who is willing to do what it takes to get to make things happen. She is kind, funny, and easy-going. She deserves to be recognized for her dedication and kind heart!
To: Jen Andrus- Administration Center
From: An Edison Eagle
SHOUT:  I imagine Jen has a million tasks to get through each day, yet she always follows up with me and helps to answer the constant stream of questions related to her position. Thank you for working so hard for all of us.
To: Melanie Lloyd- Administration Center
From: Christi Varnes 
SHOUT: Melanie is constantly helping to problem solve and assist us when we are unsure of what to do next. Thank you for your patience and hard work.
To: Patty Mewes- Rock Island High School
From: Tari Nevener
SHOUT: Patty has gone above and beyond in helping me with graduation students. She has helped me more than she knows! She has taken time out of her regular schedule (which is a heavy load) to make sure that I have the information that I need to do my job efficiently! Thank you Patty! You have no idea how much I appreciate all that you do for me!
To: Dr. Yolanda Grandberry Pugh- Rock Island High School
From: Maria Schrup
SHOUT:  For hosting the RIHS Student Leadership Summit. Dr. Grandberry Pugh ensured that students from all corners of the Rock Island High School community had the opportunity to be represented. Students were given agency to make sure their voices were heard and concerns addressed, in the start of an ongoing dialogue. The summit has ushered in an exciting new chapter in the Rock Island High School Community! Thank you, Dr. Grandberry Pugh!
To: Suzanne Rakestraw - Denkmann
From: Jessica Bollman
SHOUT: Suzanne has made my transition from first grade to fifth grade so easy. She is a great teammate and share tips, tricks, and resources for our amazing curriculum. Thank you, Suzanne! You've just been the best!
To: Chris Versluis- Edison
From: Alannah Alexander
SHOUT:  Mr. Versluis shared his wealth of historical knowledge with our 8th-grade students by creating a multimedia presentation with primary resources! Thank you Mr. V for creating differentiated material to bring the 1800's to life for our Generation Z students!
To: Angela Beardsley- Administration Center
From: Tia Edwards
SHOUT: Angela has been patient, kind, and thorough in her assistance with ordering school furniture. Her clear and detailed notes helped up make the right decisions for our students and school. She has a positive and understanding attitude that does not make you feel bad for asking a ton of questions. She is a great addition to RIMSD41!
To: Michael Shivers - RICMS
From: Brin Arnold
SHOUT: Mr. Shivers was a sub-custodian in our building for the first month of the school year at least. He always had a smile on his face, was willing to complete any task asked of him, was very knowledgeable about how to help, and was a great role model for our students. Congrats on your full-time job in the district, you have definitely earned it and will do a terrific job!
To: Dawn Mlekush- RIHS
From: Tari Nevener
SHOUT: Dawn has come down and helped me crank out ID pictures while the other secretary in the Dean's complex has been gone! She's taking time out of her work (and she has plenty!) to help me get these ID's done! Can't thank you enough Dawn! You've been a huge help!
To: Leigh Bowman - Administration Center
From: Kathy Ruggeberg
SHOUT: Leigh goes above and beyond each and every day. She is a tremendous resource across the district and is always professional and respectful when educators reach out for advice, guidance, support, or feedback. Thank you Leigh. YOU ROCK!
To: Jessica Bollman - Denkmann
From: Chris Beierlein
SHOUT: Way to "Rock" your new role as 5th Grade Teacher at Denkmann and 5th Grade LEAD Teacher!! Thanks for your hard work!
To: Deborah Noble - Rock Island Academy
From: Mary Mendelin
SHOUT: Deborah donated 14 new, high-interest, diverse books to the Rock Island High School Library. Students are already asking to check them out. A huge thank you to Deborah for helping the Rocky Library encourage reading and diverse literature!
To: Dr. Lawrence - Rock Island Academy
From: Julie Mosher
SHOUT: Prompt & forceful response to the racist bus driver. Thank you for supporting the boys' soccer team with a strong rebuke to the driver's racist actions. We should all be allowed to celebrate our diversity with pride and joy. Keep us moving forward - Not One Step Back!
To: Roxanna Claude - Admin Center
From: Patrick Versluis 
SHOUT: Roxanna has been more than amazing through this registration process. She has supported me as a building principal trying to figure things out in Skyward and I know she has been supporting everyone else throughout the district with the same needs. She has always been there for me and I really just can't thank her enough! Not once did she every seem too busy to help me even though I felt guilty calling her knowing she was extremely busy!
To: Brad Broemmer - Edison Junior High
From: Appreciative Edison Eagle
SHOUT: Brad worked tirelessly the night of Open House to help prepare the school for hundreds of visitors and also support teachers returning to the building and preparing their rooms. Thank you, Brad!
To: Brenda Hansen and Lorie Carlson - Thomas Jefferson
From: Amy Marshall
SHOUT: Thank you, thank you for painting my library this summer! I really appreciate it. It looks so fresh and clean, just in time to have students back.
To: Brooke Bennett - Thomas Jefferson
From: Amy Marshall
SHOUT: The rapid release of Chromebooks during the pandemic made tracking them very difficult. Brooke took it upon herself to step up and try to organize and track them. It made the end of the year Chromebook return a smoother process. Thank you so much Brooke for stepping up whenever needed!
To: Brianna Skorvonski - Thomas Jefferson
From: April DeGroot
SHOUT: Brianna helped me put together my chrome chart, which was very time-consuming and really stressing me out! Not only did she help me put it together, but it is also amazingly organized. I will forever be grateful because that is something that would of taken me forever to do on my own. THANK YOU!
To: Dee Bush - Earl Hanson
From: Dee Anderson
SHOUT: Dee spent a lot of her own time writing a PRIME grant for "cultural exposure through reading a variety of multicultural literature" for every section of the library. She researched data-based resources to quote about the benefits of having these types of books in a PK - 6 school and found $3,000-worth of appropriate books.
To: Michael Shivers - RICMS
From: Dee Anderson
SHOUT: As a guest custodian at RICMS, Michael is doing a great job. The principal commended him in one of her morning messages and I have found him to be cheerfully helpful.