RFC Virtual Orientation 2021-2022

On behalf of the Rockford Freshman Center, let me be the first to welcome you and your student to the 2021-2022 school year!  We look forward to your partnership and to start the process of planning for your student’s first year of high school.  To assist with this planning, we want to provide you with the necessary resources to reference.  By clicking the links below, you will have full access to important 9th grade registration/application information, such as:

1)       Incoming Freshman Winter Orientation Presentation
(Watch this with your student first – approx. 45mins)


Additional Resources:

2)       Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements and sample schedules

3)       The Freshman Center Course Description Guide for 2021-2022

4)       The Freshman Registration Worksheet

5)       The Freshman Center Brochure with important information and dates


Only for those students that are interested:

6)       The Honors Earth Science and Honors English 9 Application Information
          (If interested, the deadline for application completion is March 5, 2021)

7)       The Testing Out of a Course Registration Information
          (If interested, the deadline for registration completion is May 21, 2021)

The next important step will be for 8th graders to select their electives for their freshman year, and if interested, apply for honors courses and/or register to test out of a class.  Our Counselors will be visiting both ERMS and NRMS to meet with students the week of March 1st and will walk them through the process as well as answer any questions students may have about specific courses.. We will communicate the next important step, which is for students to create their freshman schedule, sometime in April.

If you are not currently attending Rockford Schools, please follow the instructions on the Enrollment Procedures page under New Student Registration.  You can email the completed forms to KNichols@rockfordschools.org.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have or to further discuss your student’s interests and needs.  We will work hard to ensure a smooth transition to the freshman year and successful start to high school!

Tom Hosford
Rockford High School Freshman Center

616-863-6348 – Main Office           616-863-6350 – Counseling Office

Freshman Center Counseling Staff

Jennifer Lutz

Jennifer Lutz grew up outside of Grand Rapids and attended the University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In search of warmer weather, she moved to Georgia where she taught 6th grade and received her M.Ed in K-12 School Counseling from Georgia State University. A true sun seeker, she then settled in Arizona where she served as a junior high school counselor for over a decade. With her family still in the Grand Rapids area, she was eventually compelled to return to the Mitten where she resides with her two children.

Ms. Lutz has served as one of the Freshman Center counselors since 2016 and has over 20 years of experience in education. She is passionate about the importance of positive mental health in schools and providing students with resources and building self-esteem to have the skills to navigate high school and adolescence successfully.

Holly Normington

Holly grew up in East Lansing after moving from California.  She is married with three adult children.  She enjoys Yoga, Mindfulness, spending time with family and friends and anything outdoors or creative.

Holly received a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Counseling Ed. /Counseling Psych. from Western Michigan University. She is a certified school counselor in grades K-12 as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Holly has provided school counseling services at the middle and high school levels for fifteen years. She has worked at both the Rockford Freshman Center and North Rockford Middle School, as well as Kelloggsville Middle School. Prior to the school setting, Holly spent twenty-one years as a Recreational Therapist providing group work for adolescents and adults in a variety of mental health and community settings.

Kim Nichols

Kim has been the Rockford Freshman Center Counseling Office Secretary since January 2020. Prior to this she worked as a health aide in the RFC Health Room and also spent time working at the Preschool in the Administration Building. Before working in the educational field, Kim worked in the corporate world in many roles, most recently as an Executive Assistant. After having children of her own, she knew that working with children was what she wanted to do. She is thrilled to be working in the Counseling Office and enjoys working with the students every day.