Rockford Adult Education News

An RAE Family Update

January 8, 2021 Edition

New year, new you??

Hello RAE Family!

2021 is here! What a great time to work toward earning that diploma and improving opportunities for you and your family!

Classes run Mondays through Thursdays from 5-8:30. Can't make it? Join us virtually from 6-7! (You can find the zoom link below!)

Let's make 2021 your year to graduate!! We are here to help you do it!


Jenny Thompson


Here comes winter! This is the best time to be inside completing classes and taking steps toward improving yourself!

If you want to graduate in May, NOW is the time to put in the work! Schedule the time into your day, to make sure you get it done! What time of day is best for you to work on your classes? Which in person classes can you attend?

You can achieve what you set your mind and your time to doing! It is all about time and effort! We are here to support you and to cheer you on to the finish line at Graduation!

RAE is still open and holding classes IN PERSON!

Please join us! Classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM. It is important to come to class to connect with teachers, get your questions answered, and fulfill testing/enrolling requirements.

When coming in to class, please ring the doorbell to the right of the double doors. A teacher will open the door for you. Next, please complete the health screener on the desk, and sign-in to class.

Understanding the pandemic we are in, there may be times when you are unable to attend class due to Covid 19. To accommodate our students working from home, we will be holding Zoom office hours every class night from 6:00 PM -7:00 PM. It is very important that if you are not in class, you are checking in regularly with teachers. We are required to document attendance for the state of Michigan.

Virtual class available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM!

If you are unable to join us in person, please make every effort to check in with your teachers during their office hour.

You can click on this Zoom link to join. Your teacher will let you in, and then you should be able to see your teacher! If you are having trouble, please reach out! Our contact information is at the end of this newsletter.

Need help with zoom? Here is a how to tutorial.

Now enrolling!

Do you have any friends or family who might be interested in earning their diploma or working toward the GED? RAE is now enrolling for second semester! See Enrollment Information below!

Enrollment requirements

If you are not yet enrolled for the 2020/2021 school year here is what you need to do:

1. Please complete the RAE Request for Information form.

2. Sarah will send the official form to enroll to the email you listed on the form. Please complete the official enrollment form.

3. Please take the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Locator pre-test. Sarah, our secretary, will send you the link.

4. Please come in to class to take the TABE Survey test.

Testing is required by the State of Michigan when you enroll, and then again when you graduate or at the end of the school year.

Once these steps have been completed, we can get you started in classes and on your way to that diploma!

Staff Spotlight

Sarah has been an important part of Rockford Adult Education for four years. She serves as our secretary.

She was once a teacher, too! She taught Kindergarten and first grade in Pontiac, Michigan and Atlanta, Georgia. Next, she served as an educational consultant for a company in Pennsylvania to help teachers be more effective in teaching reading to lower elementary students. In addition, she taught at KinderCare for three years where she worked with infants through preschool aged students.

Before moving back home to West Michigan, she was an academic counselor for an online university working with students to stay on track toward graduation. In addition, she served as an academic coordinator for that university and helped new students make sure they had all the documentation needed to enroll in school.

Sarah attend Western Michigan University, and was a customer service representative for Verizon Wireless. She also currently serves as the children's director for her church.

These experiences certainly help Sarah in her current role! She is good at reaching out to us and helping us stay on track! She also gets us all enrolled! :) You have likely already heard from her! :) Her kindness and care are reflected in her voice, whether you meet her in person or talk to her on the phone!

Sarah originally wanted to be a biologist and study the wolf/moose population on Isle Royale, but after some challenging classes her freshman year of college, she changed her mind. She spoke with many friends and family and decided that an elementary teacher would be a great path!

As Sarah's own journey reflects, Sarah's advice for students considering career and post-secondary options is, "Know that your path is a winding path, not necessarily straight. It will have bumps along the way, but the view can be amazing. I didn't set out on the path that I'm on, but the education that I received, the friends that I made, the choices that I made, all helped me to be who I am today."

How are you doing? People care and want to help!

Hand 2 Hand can help with food and toiletry needs.

Developing Healthy Kids put together a panel of mental health experts to address questions from Rockford families regarding the stress and anxiety caused by Covid 19. View it here!

Ele's Place is a community based organization with the mission to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Please find a very helpful guide for parents - how to support teens, as well as a handout titled, How to Help Yourself: For Teens below.