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RMS-CES Media Center Renovation (2022-23)


EXPECTED TIMING: Renovations over summer 2023

The Rockford Education Foundation is raising funds to transform the library into a modern media center. This project will create a modern, flexible, learning environment for the changing needs of middle school students. The space will be reconfigurable to accommodate both small groups, classrooms, and quiet spaces for students. The addition of high top tables will promote collaboration as students work together to solve inquiry based problems. The manipulatives offer students the opportunity to explore problem solving during both formal classroom instruction and individual exploratory activities. as we meet the needs of our students, staff and community. This will create opportunities for STEM enrichment opportunities that currently do not exist. We hope that this addition is an inviting space for both students and staff that will enhance the RMS-CES experience.


Classroom Tables & Chairs
• Will seat a classroom of 36
• Wave tables that can be reconfigured to accommodate flexible grouping

Specialty Spaces
• Lounge seating appropriate for active middle schoolers
• Study carrels in quiet area
• Puzzle table
• 2 Lego tables with storage
• High top seating

• Storage units for Makerspace
• Charging station

Bookcases (This may be phase 2)
• Lower so all students can reach
• Reconfigurable to capitalize on flexible space

*A committee is working with Innovative Solutions, who are the largest K-12 distributor in the Midwest and Jill Jeatran, who is an interior designer for commercial spaces (and a Rockford Mom!)

RHS Portable Sound System & Event Support (2022-23)


Eliminate annual expensive rental of equipment and have access to a quality sound system that can be enjoyed all year round that is available for events across all 3 campuses.

Benefits of a new sound system:
• Equipment that delivers quality sound
• Useful for both indoor and outdoor performances
• Expands the number of wireless microphones that can be used
• Wireless headset system for backstage, concert, graduation coordination

Events this will benefit:
• Band Concerts / Pepfests
• Choir Concerts
• Musicals
• Graduations

Benefits to Band: This would benefit any performance that is not in our auditorium.  Performances in the field house, HS gymnasium, HS commons, and any outdoor performance would benefit from this.

Benefits to the Musical – If the system is designed to piggyback on existing sound system, this could benefit the Musical Theater program by expanding the number of available wireless microphones that can be utilized.

Benefits to Choir – This could benefit the choirs for an outdoor performance as well as other performances around the three campuses. This could also support future concerts at different locations.

Vendor comment from Career Fair – “The music and activity of the students and vendors was great, but when the principal made an announcement, I couldn’t hear a thing!”

“Our students and teachers try their hardest to deliver quality, excellent performances in arts, athletics, and community-based presentations. We also gather to celebrate some of the biggest accomplishments in our students’ young lives: awards, banquets, and graduation. We need to match their level of excellence with our technical equipment and support.” -Mr. Menard


REAMS Field Trips & Art Infusion (2022-23)

FINANCIAL GOAL: $25,000 ($10,000 at the Fall Event)


Field Trip for each grade
K – Minnesota Children’ Museum
1 – Children’s Theatre Company
2 – Minnesota Zoo
3 – Orchestra Hall
4 – Ordway Center / Mn Capitol

Art Infusion

Glass columns and other visual art display shelves for art in office gallery

88-key weighted electronic keyboard with stand

2 thin theater curtains and rope to create a stage in Band Room, plus similar black fabric across back wall as back of the stage

Arts Field trips for 2nd grade and 3rd grade

Arts/cultural lyceum for entire school

5 More classroom sets of boomwhackers for elementary music classes

2 bass xylophones, 2 alto xylophones for elementary music classes

Additional raised stages for theater performances and artist in residencies

Small Easels for display case

Traveling wall for artwork before a concert, 2nd Grade Grandparent’s Day, or Arts & Academics

RAS School Song words on banner to be hung in REAMS Gym

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