**PLEASE NOTE: THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH FOR ALL STUDENTS (PRE-K-9TH GRADERS) ... EXCEPT 10TH, 11TH AND 12TH GRADERS, THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH.**
Deven Dasai, a junior at Rome Free Academy, was chosen as a New York State Senate Youth Leadership award recipient. Deven was selected for this prestigious honor based on his academic achievements and community service activities. Senator Joseph A. Griffo congratulated Deven at a reception held in New Hartford on May 31st. Congratulations, Deven!
After a full weekend of A Cappella Competition, concerts, coaching’s and classes at the SingStrong DC, A Cappella Competition in Reston Virginia, Fermata Nowhere is victorious. Competing against 14 high school groups in their first ever competition, they win the trophy for the “Judges Choice Award” (best ensemble vocals).
Joining Manilow on stage for 3 songs, Copacabana, I write the Songs and It’s a Miracle will be RFA’s A Cappella choir, Fermata Nowhere under the direction of Michelle M. Rushford. “What a wonderful experience this is for these students. We are so excited for this opportunity to sing with Barry Manilow,” said Rushford. Also joining Fermata Nowhere for this performance will be some members of the RFA Select Choir, directed by Andrea Falvo.
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.
Message from RFA Principal, Brian LeBaron
As the new Principal of RFA, I am writing a simple message of gratitude, excitement, enthusiasm, and sincerity to the Rome Community and all its families. Beginning with gratitude, I wish to express my thankfulness for giving me this opportunity to serve as the High School’s Building Leader. As the new leader, I will begin my tenure always being available to students and parents with an open door policy to listen to concerns. If we always show mutual respect, we can resolve any issue or problem and solve it together. My enthusiasm is a result of being made aware of the talent of the educational staff and the great ideas the staff have on innovative measures to change what isn’t working and being willing to accomplish this daunting task with communication and collaboration. I am excited to work with students who have shown themselves to be respectful, caring, and genuine. Students who were willing to introduce themselves, talk with me and ask me questions when I visited RFA. It was very impressive. I am sincere when I say that this is a great school in a great community with great kids and families, and together we will become amazing in all aspects that a district can become; academics, fine arts, curriculum and instruction, and athletics. Every journey begins with 1 small step, so please don’t hesitate to visit us at RFA and say hello; our doors are open.
Have a wonderful but safe summer!
RFA Principal, Brian LeBaron