Mrs. Nisiewicz's Senior English classes have been discussing poverty in the United States. As a result, they decided to put a change jar out to collect money for Thanksgiving and raised $81.00! That money was used to purchase seven turkeys, which were donated to the Rome Rescue Mission.
Twelve RFA seniors achieved the highest score based on a weighted average of nine regents exams.
The Rome Free Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted sixty-five new members with a ceremony at the school on Wednesday, November 4th. The candle light ceremony began with a procession, led by marshalls, Camryn Stamboly and Aaron DiMezzo, followed by the current National Honor Society officers, current members, and the new inductees. The RFA JROTC cadets present the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner sung by Sarah Chien and Sidnee Lenaghen, led by Mrs. Michelle Rushford-Madonia.
Peter Blake, the new Principal of Rome Free Academy, started on Monday, November 2nd. Students and staff at the high school are already welcoming him to the Rome community. “They have been stopping in to introduce themselves, inviting me to visit their classrooms/ events, and helping me learn the basics for RFA. I could not have asked for a more welcoming community and I am very honored to serve the students and staff of RFA,” said Blake.
The Rome Free Academy Marching Black Knights concluded their successful 2015 season with a second-place finish at Sunday’s New York State Field Band Conference Championships in Syracuse. The band earned a score of 84.90, representing its highest score in competition ever.
RFA, Camden and Holland Patent students learned about Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) during a daylong event at the Beeches on October 20th. The event called ‘Full STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Ahead’ was hosted by ANDRO in conjunction with the Rome Chamber of Commerce and the Rome City School District.
Each year the Rome Rotary Club hosts an international student for the school year. Typically, three host families take turns providing a home in our community for the student. A family hosts the student from late August through Thanksgiving, from after Thanksgiving to mid-March, and from mid-March to early July. The students leave within two weeks after the end of school.
Message from RFA Principal, Peter Blake
Welcome to the website of Rome Free Academy. At RFA we pride ourselves in helping our students become compassionate and critical thinkers in an ever changing world. We offer a diverse curriculum ranging from career and technical opportunities to Advanced Placement and college level courses. Students at RFA will not only experience a diverse high school setting with rigorous academic expectations, they also have an abundance of extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities at their disposal. I hope that you will find the various resources and informational items on our website helpful and enjoyable. If there is something that you are not able to locate on our website, please contact us so we can assist you in getting the information you need. Together as a school community we strive to be better every day while remembering our motto, Respect For All. On behalf of the students and staff, thank you for visiting the Rome Free Academy website.