Rome Free Academy is pleased to announce that one student has been selected to the Women’s Chorus All-State ensemble. Rebecca Matte, 11th grader will participate in concerts held at the acclaimed Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY during the annual Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to be held from December 1 – 4, 2016.
Several RFA interns attended the Rome Teachers Student Run Credit Union's Fall Conference at the Beeches on Sept 21st. Interns from six area student run branches collaborated to discuss new ideas for the new school year. They also participated in a real life simulation in which they learned about the importance of budgeting.
Bethany M. Weir, a senior at Rome Free Academy has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
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.
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