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Congratulations
RFA Students Receive Academic Excellence Scholarships
01/16/2019
The NYS scholarship for academic excellence provides financial aid for full-time study in approved programs at schools located in New York State.
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Rhapsody
Rhapsody Show Choir Performs at Schools
01/16/2019
Members of the Rome Free Academy show choir Rhapsody performed for students at John E. Joy Elementary School today. Rhapsody performed at other schools throughout the district as it gears up for Friday’s Show Choir Festival at RFA.
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Reminder
RFA Regents Reminder- Please Read
01/15/2019
RFA REMINDER: ONLY students who are taking the Regents exams need to attend school next week Tuesday, January 22- Friday, January 25. School is closed for everyone on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
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Blog
The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 1/14
01/14/2019
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses ESSA and the need to opt in to our assessments this year, a Rome Rescue Mission event, a Rome Sports Hall of Fame event, and an upcoming show choir performance.
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Breakfast of Champions
Rome Sports Hall of Fame & Breakfast of Champions
01/11/2019
JV and Varsity female athletes in grades 7-12, you're invited to a Breakfast of Champions on March 16th - Lake Delta Inn
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Robotics Club
Denti Students Gear Up for LEGO Robotics Competition
01/10/2019
The Denti LEGO Robotics Club is gearing up for their FIRST LEGO competition on Sunday, January 13th at Central Valley Academy.
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Musical Cabaret
The 2019 RFA Student and Alumni Cabaret
01/09/2019
Students and alumni participated in ‘The Greatest Show,’ on January 5th at RFA. The performance featured a variety of musical theater pieces by current RFA students and alumni. This year marks the eleventh annual Cabaret.
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Sale
"Face Off Against Colon Cancer" T-Shirts
01/08/2019
“Face-Off Against Colon Cancer" t-shirts for sale for the game in memory of Coach Mastracco, please contact Sherry Mecca at the Rome Early Childhood site (315)334-1250. Shirts are 15$ and all proceeds will go to a person battling cancer as well as cancer research!
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Blog
The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 1/7
01/07/2019
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses mentoring, the RFA Face Off Against Colon Cancer game, our mentoring program, Peachjar, and some best tech practices. Have a great week! https://leadingthroughlistening.blogspot.com/
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STEM
Meet Our Master Teachers
01/07/2019
According to the SUNY website, the Master Teacher program was inspired to bolster K-12 STEM education. “Responding to the call to strengthen our nation’s K-12 STEM education, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with The State University of New York and Math for America. The NYSMTP celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities.” Becoming a Master Teacher requires four-year participation in the Program.
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Congratulations
December's Student Accomplishment Section
01/04/2019
Congratulations to the Rome Free Academy students featured in the December issue of the Student Accomplishment section of the Rome Sentinel!
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Swearing-in Ceremony Held at Staley
01/04/2019
Staley Elementary hosted the swearing-in ceremony for Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon.
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Musical Cabaret
RFA to Present 2019 Musical Cabaret Saturday
01/03/2019
Rome Free Academy will present its 2019 musical Cabaret Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the RFA Auditorium. The performance will feature a variety of musical theater pieces by current RFA students and alumni. This year marks the eleventh annual Cabaret.
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AASA
Superintendent Featured in AASA Magazine
01/03/2019
Superintendent Peter Blake was featured in the January issue of the American Association of School Administrators magazine!
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Celebrate Music
Winter Concerts Throughout the District
12/26/2018
The month of December was chuck full of winter concerts happening throughout the district. From the elementary beginners to the seasoned professionals of high school, everyone did a wonderful job spreading holiday cheer with their music.
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Coaching Clinic with EliteFTS Coach Nate Harvey
12/21/2018
Coaching Clinic with EliteFTS Coach Nate Harvey on January 5 at RFA 10 a.m.
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Sports Physicals
Spring 2019 Sports Physicals
12/21/2018
Please see the schedule for the 2019 Spring Sports Physicals
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Blog
The Superintendent's Blog Week of 12/17
12/17/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses the difference between compliance and acceptance; a joint holiday drive between the RTA and the RAE; a recent rotary event; and the Rising Stars program. Have a great week!
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Giving Back
RFA Rotary Interact Raises Money to End Polio
12/17/2018
The RFA Rotary Interact Club raised $385 by selling purple polio bracelets to recognize Rotary International's ongoing efforts to end polio worldwide, and in recognition of World Polio Day on October 24th.
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Thank You
Annual Rotary Holiday Party
12/14/2018
The Rome Rotary and RFA Rotary Interact Club held their annual Holiday party for elementary students on December 11.
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Pete the Cat
Kindergartners See Their Favorite Cat
12/14/2018
Kindergarteners throughout the District joined together on December 12th in Strough Middle School's new auditorium to see their favorite cat in action. Theater Works USA presented Pete the Cat the Musical.
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Ceremony
Wreaths Across America
12/12/2018
Rome Free Academy hosted the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Monday, December 10th.
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The Superintendent's Blog Week of 12/10
12/10/2018
Happy Monday! The Superintendent's blog this week discusses the recent Capital Project Introduction, our Fall Scholar-Athletes and Teams, Wreaths Across America, a painting fundraiser, and some best tech practices. Have a great week!
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MVCC Rome Student Activities Group Donates Toys
12/07/2018
The Rome Student Activities group from the MVCC Rome Campus have donated $1,000 worth of toys to the Rome Alliance for Education Community Schools.
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Drive Safety
12 Winter Driving Safety Tips
12/05/2018
Here are Rome City School District’s safety tips for drivers, students, and parents.
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Staley Coding
Staley Receives Funding for Youth Coding Program
12/05/2018
Staley Librarian, Mrs. Schaal is working with classrooms on an 'Hour of Code' activity this week. Today 5th graders in Mrs. Ironside’s class learned to use code to create a story with two characters. Her students watched a video and then had the opportunity to log on to the computer and create code.
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RFA Knight Spot Place for Holiday Gifts
12/04/2018
Do you need a gift idea for that “hard to buy for” person? How about a cozy RFA blanket?
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Blog
The Superintendent's Blog Week of 12/3
12/03/2018
This week's blog discusses the positive power of social media, the Strough Holiday Bazaar, Breakfast with Santa, the Junior Class painting fundraiser opportunity, a Christmas in the City event, Wreaths Across America, and the JCP holiday window painting competition.
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Thank You
Toys for Tots Donates to Rome Community Schools
12/03/2018
THANK YOU to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for donating to Rome Community Schools! Your workshop is just like the North Pole. Our student's holiday season just got a lot brighter thanks to you! 🎅☃️
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Welcome
Staley Community Schools Kickoff
11/30/2018
On November 29, Staley had their first official Community Schools event.
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Reading
Joy 6th Graders (Google) Hangout with Author
11/27/2018
6th graders in Mrs. Guiliano’s class at John E. Joy had a chance to “visit” with author Dusti Bowling on Tuesday, November 27th.
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Blog
The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 11/26
11/26/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses more thoughts about kindness and the holiday season, an LGBTQ youth event, the JCP window decorating contest, and the District concert season. Have a great week everyone!
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Cafe 148
Bellamy 4th Grade Class Transforms Into Cafe 148
11/23/2018
Mrs. Reid and Miss. Fazio’s fourth grade class at Bellamy transformed their classroom into a café to set the stage to engage with their students.
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Parent Engagement
RFA French Club Dinner
11/21/2018
The Rome Free Academy French Club held their annual four-course meal for their families on November 15, 2018.
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The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 11/19
11/19/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses the words "thank you", the RFA Open Mic Night, the JCP window art fundraiser, and the District winter concert calendar. Have a great week everyone!
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Signing letter
Two RFA Athletes Sign Letter of Intent
11/19/2018
Two athletes from RFA signed national letters of intent the other day at RFA gymnasium.
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Hands-on Learning
Joy Fourth Grade Visited by Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre
11/16/2018
On November 15, 2018, John Joy fourth grade was visited by Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre. The theatre group performed “The Keepers’ Voice” by Rick Balian.
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Helping Hands
Community Schools Thanksgiving Homework Diner
11/16/2018
Community Schools Thanksgiving Homework Diner On November 14, 2018, Community Schools held their second annual Thanksgiving Homework Diner at Bellamy.
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The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 11/12
11/12/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses emulating our veterans, the JROTC basket raffle, a coffee and carols event, RFA Open Mic Night, an RFA holiday community event, parent portal information, and the CNY STEM activities.
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RAE
Community Schools to Expand to Gansevoort
11/06/2018
The Community Schools initiative is officially moving into it's third school!
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Grant
Gansevoort Receives $5,000 Literacy Grant from Dollar General
11/06/2018
Gansevoort was the recipient of a $5,000 Literacy Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
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The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 11/5
11/05/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses the language we use, the RFA marching band, Parent Portal information, the Ridge Mills Craft Fair, and future CNY STEM events. Have a great week!
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Keeping Your Children Safe Online
11/01/2018
Strough Middle School held their Title 1 parent meeting tonight (November 1st), which was facilitated by Principal, Tracy O'Rourke. The evening included a delicious spaghetti dinner and dessert for families.
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First Place
RFA Marching Band are State Champions
10/29/2018
The Rome Free Academy Marching Black Knights 2018 production of “Mirage” placed first in the Large School Three Division of the New York State Field Band Championships last night at the Carrier Dome. The marching band began competing in 2011; this is their first state title.
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The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 10/29
10/29/2018
The Superintendentblog this week discusses thinking like a kid may think, Parent Portal information, Genesis Award winners, the Ridge Mills Craft Fair, and future CNY STEM events. Have a great week!
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Featured
October's Rome Sentinel Student Accomplishments
10/29/2018
Congratulations to the students featured in the Student Accomplishment section of the Rome Sentinel!
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Parent Portal
Parent Portal User Guide
10/25/2018
Everything you need to know about using the 'Parent Portal' - User Guide and Video Instructions
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Congratulations
National Honor Society Induction
10/24/2018
A total of 73 students were inducted into the Rome Free Academy chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony Tuesday night (October 23) at the school.
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Superintendent's Blog Week of 10/22
10/22/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses League Championships by several RFA teams, the Halloween on the Green event, a first annual Harvest Festival, and a CNY STEM opportunity for students.
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Marching Band
Marching Band Community Show 10/24
10/22/2018
Don't miss the Marching Band Community Show on October 24 at 8p.m. at Stadium Support
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71 Strough 8th Graders Inducted into NJHS
10/19/2018
71 eighth grade students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on October 18, 2018 at Strough Middle School.
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The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 10/15
10/15/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses the various awarenesses of October, a harvest festival, the RFA Travel Club trip, Halloween on the Green, Celebration of Education, and the Rotary Foreign Exchange Student program. Have a great week everyone!
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Successful Futures
RFA College Night
10/11/2018
Over 80 colleges visited Rome Free Academy on October 10th for their annual College Night.
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Star Struck
Utica Comets Players Visit Bellamy
10/11/2018
Three Utica Comets Players visited Bellamy to read to the students and sign autographs!
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The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 10/8
10/08/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses treating each other better and setting better examples for all, the Rotary Exchange Student Program, RCSD apparel sale, and the Genesis Group Celebration of Education nominations. Have a great week everyone!
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Buick Drive For Your Students Event Raises $4,600!
10/04/2018
The Test Drive for Your Students Event Results are in! Total Test Drives: 230! Strough Team- $180 Gansevoort Team- $100 Staley Team- $220 Bellamy Team- $190 RFA Team- $3910 Total earned for all PBIS schools- $4600! Chromebook Winner: Rick Sharpstene (Diana Sharpstene’s father-in-law; Diana is on the Strough PBIS Team!) Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who came out to help raise money for our PBIS schools and to Davidson of Rome for sponsoring this wonderful event!
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The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 10/1
10/01/2018
Happy October! The Superintendent's blog this week discusses current generations uses of social media and fighting, the Genesis Group's Celebration of Education, a Rome City School District apparel sale, and the YMCA open house.
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Check it out
Bellamy 5th Grade Featured on Eyewitness News
10/01/2018
The fifth grade at Bellamy Elementary is embarking on a year-long project that caught the attention of Eyewitness News.
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RFA Announcements To Be Streamed Live
09/27/2018
RFA is moving from the traditional PA system for morning announcements to streaming them live tomorrow, with direction from #MORICTech staffer Carl Manganaro and the Bureau of School Information (BSI) club, under the leadership of RFA History Teacher, Miss Arthur.
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The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 9/24
09/24/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses Generation Z, an update on school health requirements including information on being excluded from school beginning this week, and a reminder about our parent portal. Have an awesome week! https://leadingthroughlistening.blogspot.com/…/generation-z…
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Engagement
Dads Take Your Child to School Day
09/19/2018
September 18th was "Dads Take Your Child to School Day". This event takes place annually and is meant to encourage male role models, especially fathers, to be involved in their children's lives. This initiative is sponsored by the Office of Children and Family Services. For more information, please visit http://dadstakeyourchildtoschoolday.com/
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The Superintendent's Blog the Week of 9/17
09/17/2018
This week's blog discusses giving our youth the strength to take chances, school health requirements (which are extremely important as after this week students will need to be excluded from school if they are not compliant), the Buick Test Drive event at RFA this week, Dad's Take Your Child to School Day this week, the Rotary foreign exchange program, and the mentoring program.
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Gansevoort PBIS Kickoff
09/14/2018
The Gansevoort Gators are officially a PBIS school! Today, September 14, was dedicated to the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) kickoff. The day began with an assembly welcoming and explaining what it means to be a PBIS school and introducing gator bucks! A very special gator guest was present during the assembly.
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Superintendent's Blog Week of 9/10
09/10/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses the power of positivity, school attendance health requirements, Dads Take Your Child to School Day, the mentoring program, a St. Jude's run/walk to end childhood cancer, a Buick test drive fundraising event, and the Rome Rotary foreign exchange student program. Have a great week!
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First day of school
First Day of School 2018-19
09/06/2018
The first day of school in the Rome City School District was September 6, 2018! Here are some snapshots of the fun- more to come! #CreatingSuccessfulFutures
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Superintendent's Blog Week of 9/4
09/03/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses positivity and happiness, the Peachjar flier service, Parent Portal, our Mentoring Program, 18-19 school health requirements, and a reminder on our pre-k program times.
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One week countdown
Mrs. Luczak's Kindergarten Career Series
08/30/2018
School officially starts in ONE WEEK! We saved a special story to get families excited about the new year. The District has a lot of great things happening and we can't wait to share!
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New Digital Flyer System Peachjar to be Launched
08/24/2018
In an effort to streamline communication to families, this school year the Rome City School District will be partnering with Peachjar.
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Congratulations
RFA Summer Graduation 2018
08/23/2018
The Rome Free Academy Summer Graduation 2018 took place on Wednesday, August 22,2018.
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Chamber
Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival
08/21/2018
The Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival ran from August 13-18 and took place at the Rome Art & Community Center. It was hosted by Alliance Classical Players in cooperation with the Rome Art & Community Center and Rome City School District.
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Superintendent's Mid-August Blog
08/13/2018
Check of the Superintendent's mid-August blog with some information on back to school tips for families, students, and staff, information about a new partnership with Peachjar, school supply information, a Strough update, school health requirements for 2018-2019, and pre-k program times.
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Teacher Assistant
Interested in Becoming a Teacher Assistant
08/10/2018
Qualifications For A Level One Teacher Assistant Certification
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Mentoring Program
District to Expand Mentoring Program
08/08/2018
Noting the success of the Rome City School District Mentoring Program since its inception two years ago, Schools Superintendent Peter C. Blake today said he is expanding the site-based, one-to-one program to all seven elementary schools beginning this fall.
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Art
Joy Summer School Art Exhibit
08/07/2018
Joy summer school held an art exhibit on Tuesday, August 7. The exhibit was put together by summer school art teacher, Pauline Renzi. Students and staff were able to come to view the exhibit which featured all the beautiful summer artwork created this summer.
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Lunch Schedule Letter
08/01/2018
In response to some recent community concerns, please see the attached letter addressing elementary school lunch times for the 2018-2019 school year.
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Substitute Teachers Needed
07/27/2018
Substitute teachers needed, orientation starts on August 21
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Joy Summer School Plays
07/27/2018
Joy summer school classes put on awesome performances on July 26, 2018. The plays included Dinosaur Hokey Pokey, Henny Penny, and Christmas in July.
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Summer School
Summer School Literacy Project Has All the "Ingredients"
07/26/2018
Shown here are students in Melissa McAuslan’s and Len Gratch’s first-grade classrooms participating in a weekly shared reading. This interactive reading experience allows for the children to join and share in reading a book that is guided and supported by the teacher.
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Attention Joy Summer School Families
07/18/2018
Due to the power outage yesterday at our elementary location at Joy, we need to extend the program for one day only for those Joy students. The Joy program will now end on 8/13 instead of 8/10. RFA is not impacted and they will conclude as planned on 8/10.
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Jamboree Arts Visits Summer Drop-In Program
07/16/2018
The Community Schools Summer Drop-In Program was visited by Jamboree Arts of Syracuse on Friday, July 13.
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Award Winning Summer Acceleration Program at Gansevoort
07/12/2018
The award-winning Summer Acceleration Program is running now through July 26 at Gansevoort Elementary School.
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Summer Food Service Program
07/10/2018
The Rome City School District participates in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. Under this program, nutritious meals are provided to all children 18 years and under free of charge at the following sites.
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Honor
Rome Free Academy Track and Field Honored by City of Rome
07/10/2018
Three female track and field state champions from Rome Free Academy were honored by the City of Rome by Mayor Jacqueline Izzo.
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Community Schools
Community Schools Summer Drop-In Kicks Off
07/09/2018
Today, July 9, kicked off the Community Schools Summer Drop-In program! This week's theme is CIRCUS! The program is completely FREE and includes daily lunch and snack for ALL Rome students in grades 2-6.
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Summer program
5th Quarter Summer Drop-in Program
06/27/2018
The 5th Quarter Drop-in Program will host about 60 children, daily, on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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RFA
Photos from RFA Graduation 2018
06/22/2018
The 149th Commencement ceremony took place on Saturday, June 23 at RFA Stadium to a crowd of more than 2,000 people.
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Senior Walk
RFA Senior Graduation Walk
06/21/2018
A group of RFA graduating seniors hopped on a bus and toured around the elementary schools and Clough for a celebratory graduation walk. This is the second year of what will hopefully be a long tradition.
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Sarah Crockett
Crockett Wins NYS State Title in Shotput
06/18/2018
Who is Sarah Crockett? She is a junior at RFA who has been competing in the discus and shot put for the RFA Black Knights girls track team. Sarah is a quiet, soft-spoken young woman who has excelled at her sport.
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The Superintendent's Blog for the Week of June 18
06/17/2018
The Superintendent's blog this week discusses graduation, the graduation walk, the last day of school, 18-19 student transfers, 18-19 report cards, and 18-19 health requirements.
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Ridge Mills
Ridge Mills Kindergartners Celebrate Father's Day
06/15/2018
Kindergarten dads and guardians were invited to Ridge Mills on Friday, June 15 to enjoy some treats, receive handmade donut themed gifts, and stop by the "Dapper Dude Photo Booth".
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Flag Day at Staley
Flag Day Celebrations Throughout the District
06/14/2018
Elementary Schools throughout the Rome City School District celebrated Flag Day (June 14th) today with a wide range of activities.
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Senior Showcase
Rome Free Academy Senior Showcase
06/13/2018
For the first time, R.F.A. seniors in the Fine Arts Department are working together to present an evening of music and art showcasing their talents
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Rome Dollars for Scholars 2018
06/11/2018
More than 60 RFA students were recognized at the 2018 Rome Dollars for Scholars Awards Ceremony on June 6th at the Beeches in Rome.
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Strough Celebrates Students’ Success
06/08/2018
Strough Middle School held an award ceremony, “Celebration of Success,” honoring the academic accomplishments of 294 students on Wednesday, June 6th at RFA.
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Community Schools Carnival and Literacy Fair
06/05/2018
On Saturday, June 2, the Community Schools Carnival and Literacy Fair was held at Bellamy Elementary.
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School District Mentoring Program Successfully Completes 2nd Year
06/05/2018
More than 40 children in five elementary schools benefited from the Rome City School District Mentoring Program, thanks to volunteer mentors who dedicated one hour a week from October through May helping children achieve their full potential.
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