News & Headlines

  • RFA Jazz Ensemble to Host a "Valentine's Day Jazz Concert" on February 9th

    The Rome Free Academy Jazz Ensemble will be hosting a “Valentine’s Day Jazz Concert” with special guests: The Strough Jazz Band and the Bellamy Recorder Ensemble. The event is happening on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. at RFA. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

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    The Rome City School District is experiencing problems with their email. If you sent an email to someone in the district and it is time sensitive, please call the appropriate office.

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  • Staley Spelling Bee Top Three

    Congratulations to Staley Upper Elementary students who participated in the 10th Annual Spelling Bee late night. They all did fantastic! The top three students are left to right: 1st place, Quinn Salce, 6th grader in Mrs. Huf's class; 2nd place, Christian Cobb, 6th grader in Mrs. Rossi's class; and 3rd place, Christopher Cobb, 6th grader in Mr. Downs class.

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  • Staley PTG Family Fitness Night

    The Staley PTG held a Family Fitness Night on Wednesday, January 27th at the school. There were a lot of fun and recreational activities including: archery, basketball, snowshoeing, Tae Bo, Zumba, Hula Hoops, a healthy snacks table featuring parfaits and Jervis library literacy table.

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  • Public Hearing on Smart Schools Bond Set for Wednesday, March 2

    There will be a Public Hearing on the Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 p.m. during the Board of Education meeting at the District Offices, 409 Bell Road, Rome.

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Superintendent's Message

Jeff Simons
Superintendent Invites Families to Visit Schools

I ask anyone who is considering moving to the Mohawk Valley to call me for a tour of our schools, meet some of our parents and talk with some of our students. I am certain they would be impressed by what we offer, who we are and that once they've experienced Rome Schools, they'd make us their district of choice.

- Top-notch educational curriculum at all levels, including some of the finest arts, music and STEM programs anywhere.

- Graduates who are attending Ivy League Colleges and Top Ranked Public and Private Universities.

- Stories of RFA Alumni across the globe and locally doing great things at high levels of success-world class scientists, engineers, physicians, judges, Olympic and professional athletes, Successful entrepreneurs and business leaders and a Commissioner of Major League Baseball to mention a few examples.

- Partnerships with Community Organizations such as the YMCA, Jervis Library, Griffiss Institute, which offer unique programs for children and families that you, can't find elsewhere.

The best facilities, athletics and arts venues anywhere.

- A community that works together to provide for children and families

The real success story is here in Rome. Despite being one of the poorest districts in the state, The Rome City Schools and other small city district's continue to make academic progress on challenging standards, produce graduates that attend top colleges and universities including Ivy League Schools and offer exceptional programs including the Art, Music and STEM offerings and college level course work.

Rankings based on averages drown out the real story that needs to be told, underfunded small city school district's like Rome are performing well, students are beating the odds and districts like Rome are offering exceptional educational opportunities to children and families. All of this is being achieved through smart local decisions of our board and administration despite the very real fact that New York has the most disparate educational funding system in the nation.

Jeffrey P. Simons
Superintendent of Schools
Rome City School District

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Mission Statement
The Rome City School District is a diverse and innovative educational
community that believes through both words and actions that all students
can learn and be successful. Education in the Rome City School District
provides continuous academic and social growth from Pre-K to graduation,
ensuring that students are life-long learners, productive citizens, and
members of the global economy.
Vision Statement
All Rome City School District students will experience measurable,
positive growth in their academic and social lives.