Rockfield School, a K-5 building, is currently configured as a two-track school, meaning that we generally have two sections, or classes at each grade level. Our school community is one in which there are high expectations for academic achievement and appropriate levels of challenge for all students.
Rockfield School is extremely fortunate to have a caring, highly professional and capable staff. Coupled with strong parent and community support, this makes our school a great place for children to learn and grow.
Our school, and district, have developed a solid academic program which includes mathematics, reading, writing, science, social studies, and health education. In addition, students participate weekly in physical education, music, and art classes. Other services and special programs are offered in the areas of special education, guidance, reading, gifted and talented, and technology education. Our educational program is a comprehensive one meant to address the needs of all learners.
Each year a group of staff members and parents, known as the Building Leadership Team, looks at our school achievement, and other data, to develop School Improvement goals for the following school year. Our current goals are in the areas of literacy and mathematics. This ongoing practice helps to ensure that we continually improve our programming for students.
Student learning and achievement are truly at the heart of everything that we do here at Rockfield School. Our staff creates a warm, safe, and inviting learning environment in which all students can succeed. We are very proud of everything that our school has to offer students and parents alike. Visitors and parents are always welcome, so please feel free to call or stop in at any time.
Rockfield School was built in 1891, mainly through the efforts of Mrs. Ruegge, who was a teacher at the time. Mrs. Ruegge had been teaching children in a small classroom in Dheinsville, which was one mile south of the Rockfield School. She felt the children should have a better school facility and so the school was built.
The school was a brick building facing south, with a three step port entry, which led into a long hallway with two doors entering the classroom. There were hooks in the hallway for hanging clothes.
Heating of the school was provided by a wood/coal stove, which later was replaced with an oil burning stove with the fuel tank outside.
The Rockfield Canning Company, which was located one mile east of the school, used to have migrant workers. These workers lived in barracks where German war prisoners had stayed during Work War II. The children of the migrant workers would attend school from September until late October or early November. The school enrollment was as high as 48 total students during those months.
In 1957, the district built a new two-room school about 1/4 mile east of the original school. The old school building was closed and the move was made to the new school. The old school was sold and converted into a private dwelling, which still stands.
The new two-room school had two teachers, Lorna Waechter, Principal, and Bernita Zastrow, lower grades teacher. This school was discontinued as a rural school when Germantown became a K-12 school system. After initial construction in 1957, Rockfield School has had additions in 1966, 1978, 1991, and 2005. This school currently serves a population of approximately 300 students.