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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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Blog
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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PBIS
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
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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mentoring
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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summer hours
Summer Hours 2018
06/04/2018
Please note that traditional summers hours and attire begins on Monday, June 25
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Steam night
Staley Science Fair and STEAM night
06/04/2018
Staley held their STEAM night on June 1st for students and families.
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RFA Seniors Celebrate Achievements
06/01/2018
On May 22nd 48 soon-to-graduate seniors from Rome Free Academy were celebrated for their dedication and achievements, with support from Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC).
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2018 Fall Sports Sign ups and Start Dates
05/30/2018
With the 2017-18 school year almost over, it is time to start looking forward to the 2018 Fall Sports Season. Here is all the information you will need to know.
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Strough 8th Graders Visit RFA
05/30/2018
Strough 8th graders visited RFA last week for a welcome to 9th grade tour of the school. They were greeted by Stacey Tiller, Instructional Coach, Guidance Counselors and Knight Guides.
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Community Schools Carnival and Literacy Fair
05/29/2018
Rome Alliance for Education Community Schools, invites you to the Community Schools Carnival and Literacy Fair at Bellamy Elementary on Saturday, June 2. The event will be free admission and take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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RFA Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Earn Gold
05/24/2018
Each year the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) sponsors several festivals where students perform as soloists and ensembles for expert adjudicators. Music is graded into difficulty levels with level 1 being the easiest, and level 6 the most challenging.
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art exhibit
Annual Art Exhibit Opening
05/24/2018
Don't miss the Annual Art Exhibit opening reception on Thursday, May 31 at the Rome Art and Community Center from 5-7pm!
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See How We're Growing
05/21/2018
Fast facts of Rooted in Rome community partners
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Camp CEAL
Camp CEAL Students Hike Rocky Mtn.
05/18/2018
RFA Students and 4th graders in the Camp CEAL program spent the day hiking Rocky Mountain in Inlet on Thursday, May 17th.
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Cursive Writing Contest 2018
05/18/2018
Forty-five 3rd and 4th grade students in the Rome City School District were recognized for their cursive writing essays at the Rome Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Pre-K students
Rome Pre-K Students Learn About The Savanna
05/18/2018
Pre-K students in Ms. Martin’s Rome Early Childhood classroom have been studying The Savanna this month.
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Budget Results
Budget Results
05/15/2018
The 2018-2019 Rome City School District budget passed tonight by 66%.
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Muffins for Mom
Staley 'Muffins for Mom' Celebration
05/11/2018
Staley teachers, Rachel Hall and Haley Bottini helped make Mother’s Day a little more special for their first graders and moms today (May 11th), with a ‘Muffins for Mom’ event in the cafeteria.
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District Mentioned on Good Morning America
05/08/2018
Rome City School District was mentioned this morning on Good Morning America! The segment made reference to Superintendent Peter Blake's blog post regarding inappropriate content on YouTube. Check out his blog post here: https://leadingthroughlistening.blogspot.com/2018/03/what-theyre-watching.html
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Jacy Good
Make the Choice Not to Drive Distracted
05/04/2018
National distracted driving advocate and speaker Jacy Good recounts her story 10 years ago when a car accident caused by distracted driver took the lives of her parents and forever altered her life and those around her.
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Staley One School, One Book
Staley One School, One Book Month
04/30/2018
Over the next five weeks, the Staley community and families will all be reading the same book. K-2nd graders will receive, “Goldie Blox and the Best! Pet! Ever!”, By Stacy McAnulty. Every 3rd-6th grade student will receive, “The Wild Robot”, by Peter Brown.
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Rome 2018 Best Communities for Music Education
04/18/2018
The Rome City School District has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
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Stokes Students Top Sellers Earn Principal of the Day
04/06/2018
Kaleigh and Daniel are two fortunate 5th graders at Stokes Elementary who had the unique chance to be the principal of the day!
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Black Knights Football Coach
New Football Coach Meets Athletes and Families
03/30/2018
Athletes and their families had the opportunity to meet the new RFA varsity football coach, Charles (Jake) DerCola on Thursday, March 29th at RFA.
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Superintendent Interview on WKAL 1450AM Rome-Utica
03/28/2018
Rome Superintendent, Peter Blake interview on WKAL 1450AM Rome-Utica
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Dialogue with the Superintendent
03/28/2018
On Monday, March 26, 2018, we held our second Dialogue with the Superintendent event at Staley Elementary School.
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Pre-K Registration
It's Not Too Early To Register Your Child For Pre-K
03/26/2018
Preschool registration for schools across the Mohawk Valley is in full swing, but parents who have never been through this process before may have questions. And there are some common misconceptions, according to Dana Benzo, director of the Rome Early Childhood Program.
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Stokes 3rd Grader Reads to Pre-K Students
03/21/2018
Stokes Elementary School 3rd grader Alexandra reads to students in Mrs. Gallagher’s PreK (Clough) class in Rome today.
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Staley 5th Grader Qualifies for NASP National Tournament
03/16/2018
Congratulations to Staley 5th grader, Gina Recchio, who qualified for the 2018 NASP National Tournament!
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Students Sign Banner
Strough Students Sign Banner in Support of Students in Florida
03/14/2018
Students at Strough Middle School signed a banner with messages of support that will be sent to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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Top Ten Students in RFA Class of 2018
03/13/2018
The top 10 Rome Free Academy students in the class of 2018 are in, and they are a top 11! Two students tied for 10th place.
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Women's day
Happy International Women's Day
03/08/2018
March 8 is International Women's Day. Thank you to all the women of Rome City School District! Today, and every day we celebrate you!
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School Safety assembly
School Safety Assemblies Held at RFA
03/07/2018
Two assemblies on school safety were held at RFA this morning with Rome Superintendent, Peter Blake and RFA Principal, Brian LeBaron.
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Rome City School District Students and Teachers Featured in Art Exhibit
03/06/2018
The Common Thread Art exhibit had their opening on March 1, 2018. The exhibit will be available to view until April 4 at the Rome Art and Community Center. This show features teacher and student art work and is provided by Madison Oneida BOCES.
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Concert
All City Band Concert
03/05/2018
On Wednesday, March 7th the Staley, Ridge Mills, Bellamy, Gansevoort, Denti, Joy, Stokes, Strough, and RFA Bands will be presenting their annual “All City Band” concert at 7:00 in the RFA auditorium. The audience members will hear the full progression of band students in Rome – from the sixth grade band through the high school seniors.The event is free, but any donations will go to support the Rome Band Program.
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Denti Science fair
Denti Science Fair 2018
02/28/2018
On February 28, Denti Elementary held their annual Science fair!
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Spring Sports
Start Dates for Spring Sports
02/27/2018
Starting dates for the 2018 Spring Sports Season for the Rome City School District
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Cursive Writing Contest 2018
Cursive Writing Contest for 3rd and 4th Graders
02/23/2018
To write a persuasive essay describing what you like about Rome.
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LifeChanger Award
Denti Teacher Mrs. Vacca Nominated for LifeChanger of the Year Award
02/23/2018
Louis V. Denti Elementary School teacher Barbara Vacca has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
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Mindmajik show
Mindmajik - Hypnotist & Mentalist John Bates to Perform at RFA
02/21/2018
Come out for an evening of fun, while supporting the RFA junior class of 2019! Experience the Mindmajik - Hypnotist & Mentalist Show, with John Bates', an entertaining event that highlights the volunteers, our stars of the show.
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Staley Elementary
Meet Staley Elementary
02/14/2018
The students and staff of Staley got together to formally introduce themselves. Click the link to Meet the New Staley Elementary!
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Students Learning Calligraphy
RFA Students Learn The Power of the Pen
02/07/2018
RFA art students in Megan Anderegg's Studio Art Class are learning about the art of calligraphy. With cursive going to the wayside in so many places and the widespread use of technology, students today may seldom get opportunities to engage in the art of handwriting itself.
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World read aloud day
John Joy Celebrates World Read Aloud Day with Authors
02/02/2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018 was World Read Aloud Day! To celebrate, John Joy Elementary was visited by real authors of children’s books via Skype!
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Celebrate the Arts
Celebrate the Arts 2018
01/31/2018
On Friday, January 26 the 3rd annual Celebrate the Arts was held at Rome Free Academy.
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January Student Accomplishments
Students Featured in January Student Accomplishment Section of Rome Sentinel
01/31/2018
Congratulations to Rome City School District students Devin Brown, Paige Pekarski, Joe Keeney and Lillian Gilroy for being featured in the January Student Accomplishment section of the Rome Sentinel!
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RFA Speech and Debate Team
RFA Speech and Debate Team Place in Home Tournament
01/24/2018
RFA hosted its first speech and debate tournament on Saturday, January 20th. Forty students from New Hartford, Proctor, Mount Markham, Shenedehowa, McQuaid Jesuit and RFA competed.
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Rome Fall/Winter 2017-18 Newsletter
RCSD Newsletter in the Mail
01/24/2018
The Rome City School District fall/winter 2017-18 newsletter is in the mail and should be in homes by Friday, January 26.
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Denti Dot and Dash Club Presents to the Board of Education
01/19/2018
On January 17, 2018, the Denti Dash and Dot Coding Club presented to the Board of Education.
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Ten RFA Seniors Awarded Scholarships
Ten RFA seniors awarded NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence
01/12/2018
Ten RFA seniors have been awarded the 2018 New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence on Friday, January 12 at RFA.
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Future Business Leaders of America
Eighteen RFA Future Business Leaders of America Receive Medals
01/12/2018
RFA's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attend District 7 Spring District Meeting 18 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students attended the District 7 Spring District Meeting at Morrisville College on January 4th and competed in several business related topics.
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Key Bank Grants $15,000 for Teen Enrichment Program for District Middle School Students
01/10/2018
Key Bank has given $15,000 to fund the Strategic Teen Enrichment Program (STEP) for Rome City School District 7th and 8th graders at the YMCA of Rome.
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Hillside Work Scholarship Connection Holds Senior Luncheon
01/03/2018
In its fourth year, The Hillside Work Scholarship Connection (HWSC) will see its first group of seniors graduate from RFA in June. To celebrate, Hillside held a luncheon for 50 seniors at MVCC in Rome on December 15th.
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Strough Winter Concert
District Wide Winter Concerts
12/28/2017
It's a wrap on Winter Concert season! Amazing job to directors and student musicians in all programs.
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Dog Camp
Denti Dog Camp Donates to Humane Society of Rome
12/20/2017
Denti student Mia Anson took her love for dogs and inspired something great- Denti’s Dog Camp. Mia has a passion for helping the animals and her dream is to grow up to be a Veterinarian. “Helping dogs is what it’s all about” said Anson.
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