RFC Orientation 2023-2024

On behalf of the Rockford Freshman Center, let me be the first to welcome you and your student to the 2023-2024 school year!  We look forward to partnering with you in the coming years.  To assist with planning, we invite you to attend a presentation about your student’s first year of high school!  The presentation will be held at 6:00 p.m. on February 7, 2023 at the Rockford High School Auditorium.  We look forward to seeing you there!


A full list of resources will be available on February 8, 2023 in our Welcome Newsletter LINKED HERE.  Please note that accessing this page prior to February 8 will lead you to outdated information.  

If you are not currently attending Rockford Schools, please follow the instructions on the Enrollment Procedures section of the Rockford Public Schools website.

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

Kelly Amshey
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.

Rebecca Dietz

Rebecca is originally from the Chicagoland Area. She moved to West Michigan 6 years ago. Rebecca is married with two young kids and a puppy! Rebecca studied at Grand Valley State University for her ungraduated and masters programs. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education K-12 Instruction, Major in Physical Education, two Minors in Health Education and Dance, and a Masters in School Counseling. Rebecca was a teacher K-12 before becoming a School Counselor. She loves all things outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Dietz loves working with students to support their goals, promote life long mental and physical wellness, and teach coping skills and strategies. She is excited to join the Rockford Team!

Betsy Connor

Betsy is new to the Rockford Freshman Center Counseling office this year. Prior to this, she worked as the health aid in the RFC health room. Betsy grew up in Allegan, Michigan before attending college at Ferris State University. She worked in the corporate world in various positions, most recently as the Leasing and Marketing Manager for a student housing complex. Having her own children in the district she knew that RPS was where she wanted to work and made the switch. She loves working with children and is so excited to be working in the Counseling Office at RFC.

When she is not working at the school, Betsy is likely at the gym working out or teaching swim lessons, cheering on the Rams at a sporting event, or enjoying all that Rockford has to offer with her family.