Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thank You Vets...

As we honor our military veterans today, this time of year has become a symbol to our country of the many women and men that we need to remember, recognize, and embody on a daily basis. Each year, the number of Veteran's Day celebrations throughout our country/region grow; as does the length of time that the recognitions occur for. Without a doubt, organizations throughout our nation are recognizing our veterans beyond the designated day; and the reality is that we should all be honoring veterans each and every day. Beyond the sacrifice that they have made to serve our country throughout their lives, our military veterans and members bring with them an approach to society and life that we should try to emulate. Being in the military is not something that is for everyone. That generally is because the military requires sacrifice, discipline, service above self, teamwork, and trust in others. Ironically, these very qualities are many of the same issues we see with society today. If our entire community simply found a veteran that they could emulate, the world would be a different place. Having many veterans in my own family and many friends that have served in our military, I see first hand every day the type of person that our military veterans bring to our society. They are giving, caring, supporting, and kind. At any moment, a veteran would give something of their own so that a perfect stranger could benefit. Beyond the call of duty, our veterans are displaying personal traits that can improve all of our qualities of life as civilians, right in front of our eyes. The problem is, not enough of us are noticing. While serving our nation, they put their lives on the line to protect our way of life; and when they come home, they work to lead by example to improve our way of life. Emulating the lifestyle of service before self, caring, teamwork, trust, and the many other attributes that our military members possess will no doubt improve everyone's life. So, while we take a moment in time to say, "Thank You", to our veterans this week; let's also take a moment to be more like them each and every day. There is no better way to say thank you to an individual than to express gratitude through modeling. We know the answers. We have the leaders in our community. It's time to follow our veterans to a better life. Thank you all for all you have done and will continue to do in the future. Your approach to the world is an inspiration to us all. 


JROTC Basket Raffle

The Rome Free Academy Air Force JROTC will be holding their annual Basket Raffle on Sunday, November 18, in the RFA cafeteria. The JROTC Basket Raffle is one of their largest fundraisers for the year. The doors will open at 12:00 p.m. with bidding occurring from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. There are many door prizes and special drawings that also occur at the event. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served throughout the afternoon. Admission to the event is $5.

Coffee and Carols

On Wednesday, November 14, the RFA Chamber Orchestra and Select Choir will be presenting the first Coffee and Carols event in conjunction with Spressos. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Spressos Coffeehouse and proceeds benefit both groups.Tickets are $8.00 (pre-sale) or $10.00 at the door. The menu for the event will be your choice of two homemade desserts, coffee or tea. What a great way to kick start the holiday season with some great music from our RFA musicians!!

RFA Open Mic Night 

On Tuesday, November 20, the RFA junior class will be holding the annual Open Mic Night at the RFA auditorium. This annual fundraiser has become a November tradition at RFA and an evening to enjoy some of our best talent throughout the school. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the fee for entrance is $8.00 or $7.00 with a canned good donation. Start the holiday season right with some enjoyment at the Open Mic Night!!

RFA Class Holiday Window Competition

In conjunction with our local JCP, who is a tremendous supporter of our local education, families, and students; each of the individual RFA cohorts has decorated a holiday window display at the local JCP as a fundraising event. The window paintings will be on display throughout the holiday season and you can vote for your favorite window in the store. The winning class will receive a $200 donation from JCP. Thank you to JCP for sponsoring such a fun event which brings the school and community together during the holiday season.  Students from each class volunteered their time and creative ability to design the best windows for Rome, so make sure to get out and vote for your favorite!


Parent Portal Information

As we come to the end of the first marking period and get ready to release the first report cards for the year, this is a reminder that we will be using Parent Portal to deliver the report cards for 2018-2019. In order to obtain your child's progress reports and report cards this year, you will need an account for parent portal. Once you log in, and a report has been published, you will easily be able to view these reports in your portal. If you do not already have an account, and would like to sign up for an account, please contact your child's school. For more information/assistance on using Parent Portal or the Rome City School District app, please visit the following website for video guides on both: Parent Portal / RCSD App Video Guides


STEM Career Exploration Events

This is a special opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)careers in CNY. Did you know that New York companies have more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) jobs than we can fill? And, the demand for new STEM graduates is twice the amount of non-STEM fields! Come join this exciting new program that will offer students the opportunity to explore various careers in STEM. Students, aged 12 and older, from any CNY School District, are invited to register. There is no cost for program – we want as many students as possible to be able to explore all that CNY has to offer in STEM careers! The format will consist of presentations, activities and discussions with STEM professionals. Event information is as follows:

November 1: SRC Inc. @ East Syracuse-Minoa H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 7: Aerospace Alliance @ Solvay H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 15: Marquardt Switches @ Stockbridge Valley H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


If you have any questions, please contact Joe Vargo at 448-1012 or joev@macny.org. To register for any of the events, please visit http://www.cnystem.com/careers/  

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Our Words Matter...

The phrase, "choose your worlds wisely," has been around for most likely since the beginning of time. While the phrase has historically been used in situations where someone's words may get them hurt, I am referring to the phrase while we are in the comfort or confines of our own homes and in public places. People may wonder why I care? The answer is simple: on an increasing basis, our youngest children are coming to school using language (in context) that is hurtful and inappropriate. The spike in use of foul language by students as young as 5 needs to be addressed by all of us. As you know, students spend minimal time each week in school, which is why it is important that our homes and community areas are free of language that young children shouldn't be using. Children learn more through the actions and behaviors in their lives than they do at school. While schools work to instruct students on standards and information that is mostly based in academia, many behaviors/actions are learned behaviors that come from places outside of the school and sometimes outside the home. While we all know that adults have the right to use inappropriate language when they are in adult situations, we have to work on getting back to a society where certain types of language are not acceptable in the main stream. Our children are growing up thinking that very hurtful and foul language is norm for our society. It is literally as easy as working to make sure that we as adults are not using language (or allowing our children to view shows/internet sites) that is littered with foul language. Our children can grow up in a society that is much more supportive and positive if we as adults simply work to help them understand that foul language is not a part of appropriate societal language. Our words do matter as our children are always learning and constantly trying to make their parents proud. It's inherent in the human species, so I ask you to please, choose your words wisely.

RFA Marching Band

CONGRATULATIONS to the RFA Marching Band! If you haven't heard by now, the RFA Marching Band won their first ever State Championship last weekend while competing at the Carrier Dome in the New York State Field Band Championships. The band has consistently been placing in the top 3 in recent years and was finally able to break through with a victory by 2 points over seven other schools. Congratulations to all of our students, staff, and volunteers that work with the band on this great achievement. RFA Pride!!

Parent Portal - Video Guide

As we come to the end of the first marking period and get ready to release the first report cards for the year, this is a reminder that we will be using Parent Portal to deliver the report cards for 2018-2019. In order to obtain your child's progress reports and report cards this year, you will need an account for parent portal. Once you log in, and a report has been published, you will easily be able to view these reports in your portal. If you do not already have an account, and would like to sign up for an account, please contact your child's school. For more information/assistance on using Parent Portal or the Rome City School District app, please visit the following website for video guides on both: Parent Portal / RCSD App Video Guides

Ridge Mills Craft Fair

On Saturday, November 10th, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the Ridge Mills PTG will be hosting their annual craft fair at Ridge Mills Elementary School. Catch some holiday spirit and do some holiday shopping at the one and only Ridge Mills Craft Fair! There will be over seventy crafters and vendors, plenty of parking and refreshments for sale in the cafeteria! For more information, please contact the school.

STEM Career Exploration Events

This is a special opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)careers in CNY. Did you know that New York companies have more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) jobs than we can fill? And, the demand for new STEM graduates is twice the amount of non-STEM fields! Come join this exciting new program that will offer students the opportunity to explore various careers in STEM. Students, aged 12 and older, from any CNY School District, are invited to register. There is no cost for program – we want as many students as possible to be able to explore all that CNY has to offer in STEM careers! The format will consist of presentations, activities and discussions with STEM professionals. Event information is as follows:




November 1: SRC Inc. @ East Syracuse-Minoa H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 7: Aerospace Alliance @ Solvay H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 15: Marquardt Switches @ Stockbridge Valley H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


If you have any questions, please contact Joe Vargo at 448-1012 or joev@macny.org. To register for any of the events, please visit http://www.cnystem.com/careers/  

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Maybe They Can...

As the conference season winds down this weekend (for some reason the major organizations in NY like to do their conferences within weeks of each other in September and October every year), I find myself wondering every year why the most used excuse for stalling something new is, "the kids can't do that" or "the kids can't handle that." And it's not teachers that carry the burden of this excuse. It is administrators, parents, vendors, KIDS, and teachers; all together. Through many workshops and discussions at these events, you hear the excuse repeatedly from people questioning presenters on their progressive ideas. But what if we started everything new with "maybe they can." I could argue that most any progressive classroom that I have walked into during my entire educational career, the teacher often says, "I took a chance." I bring this up because how we know education and deliver education is on the cusp of a major overall. Not having enough desks for all of the students in a classroom? WHAT? How can that be?! Well, research shows that some kids prefer to sit on the floor while they read, learn, work. If that's what is best for that child, why are we not providing it. Education in the next 10 years should look very different than it has for the previous 100. But that can't happen if the adults in the world continuously use the phrase, "they can't." Children pick up on that language as well and it becomes something that holds them back and diminishes their self esteem. It's no secret that not every good idea in the history of time has flushed out to be an amazing new invention. Many ideas flop, and there are struggles. However, in life, we have to fail to learn to grow. Struggle leads to perseverance and grit. These are also words that researchers claim our new students do not enough of. Our children are growing up in a world that is so protective of making sure they don't struggle, that we are forgetting to teach them flexibility and adaptation. It is true that you don't have to struggle or fail to learn perseverance and grit. It can be done other ways in life. It could be learned simply if all of us adults would shift our mindset's to think more like a kid. To think like we did when we were 7 and jumping off the roof of the garage just because you wanted to be superman seemed like a good idea. Children think that they can do anything and that world of wonder is what we need to harness. We hold them back by thinking that kids can't do something. It's time to change the mindset and think, "maybe they can!"

Parent Portal - Video Guide

As we come to the end of the first marking period and get ready to release the first report cards for the year, this is a reminder that we will be using Parent Portal to deliver the report cards for 2018-2019. In order to obtain your child's progress reports and report cards this year, you will need an account for parent portal. Once you log in, and a report has been published, you will easily be able to view these reports in your portal. If you do not already have an account, and would like to sign up for an account, please contact your child's school. For more information/assistance on using Parent Portal or the Rome City School District app, please visit the following website for video guides on both: Parent Portal / RCSD App Video Guides

Genesis Award Winners

Each year, the Genesis Group awards local educators and educational programs that are making a difference in the lives of others in the Mohawk Valley. Over the past several years, many educators have been recognized for their contributions to their students. In 2018, the Rome City School District is fortunate to have two staff recipients of the Genesis Award for Education out of the many nominations throughout our region. Amanda Pacicca, from Bellamy and Thomas Gates, from Ridge Mills, have all been named recipients of the 2018 Excellence in EducationGenesis Award. Along with our fine individual recipients, the Rome Alliance for Education and the Rome Community Schools initiative were awarded in the Genesis Award in the group category. Congratulations to all and thank you for working every day to make the lives of our children better!


Ridge Mills Craft Fair

On Saturday, November 10th, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the Ridge Mills PTG will be hosting their annual craft fair at Ridge Mills Elementary School. Catch some holiday spirit and do some holiday shopping at the one and only Ridge Mills Craft Fair! There will be over seventy crafters and vendors, plenty of parking and refreshments for sale in the cafeteria! For more information, please contact the school.

STEM Career Exploration Events

This is a special opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)careers in CNY. Did you know that New York companies have more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) jobs than we can fill? And, the demand for new STEM graduates is twice the amount of non-STEM fields! Come join this exciting new program that will offer students the opportunity to explore various careers in STEM. Students, aged 12 and older, from any CNY School District, are invited to register. There is no cost for program – we want as many students as possible to be able to explore all that CNY has to offer in STEM careers! The format will consist of presentations, activities and discussions with STEM professionals. Event information is as follows:




November 1: SRC Inc. @ East Syracuse-Minoa H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 7: Aerospace Alliance @ Solvay H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
November 15: Marquardt Switches @ Stockbridge Valley H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


If you have any questions, please contact Joe Vargo at 448-1012 or joev@macny.org. To register for any of the events, please visit http://www.cnystem.com/careers/  

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Champions Galore...

Congratulations to the Rome Free Academy Girl's Cross Country, Girl's Swimming, and Boy's Cross Country teams for bringing home their League Championships this weekend!! With the fall sports season winding down, RFA athletics are bringing a strong presence into the playoffs. Each of the three teams brought home their Championship in dramatic fashion this weekend and are poised to continue their run into Section 3 competition in the coming weeks. All three of these sports bring impressive championships because they require both a team concept, but also have the element of individual talents and successes that are needed from many for the team to succeed. Congrats to all of our athletes for making the Rome community proud. Beyond these three teams, our boy's soccer team fought valiantly in a 1-0 overtime loss to top seed Baldwinsville in the second round of sectional play while the girl's soccer team was defeated by CNS in the first round of their competition. The girl's field hockey team begins sectional competition this Tuesday. As our athletes move through sectional competition, thank you for representing Rome Free Academy and the Rome community in such a positive way. All of our student athletes are to be commended for the work they do on and off the field to continue to elevate not only the performance of our sports programs, but the reputation of RFA athletics. Good luck in the final weeks of competition everyone and then we are on to winter sports!


Halloween on the Green

Looking for a great way to celebrate Halloween with family and friends? Be sure to check out 'Halloween on the Green' on Friday, October 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is being held right at City Hall. Admission is free and visitors can enjoy on outdoor movie on the green, trick or treat street, costume contests for children and adults, cider and donuts, face painting, and more. Stop by the green for some Halloween fun!!

Harvest Festival - First Annual

Life Church on Black River Blvd (across from Franklin Field) will be hosting their 1st Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Rome community and surrounding areas.  Free admission, horse rides, chili contest, pie contest, crafts for the young ones, vendors, food trucks, candy and much more.  A great event for the entire family! If you're looking for something fun to enjoy during the Halloween weekend, check out this great opportunity!!

STEM Career Exploration Events

This is a special opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)careers in CNY. Did you know that New York companies have more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) jobs than we can fill? And, the demand for new STEM graduates is twice the amount of non-STEM fields! Come join this exciting new program that will offer students the opportunity to explore various careers in STEM. Students, aged 12 and older, from any CNY School District, are invited to register. There is no cost for program – we want as many students as possible to be able to explore all that CNY has to offer in STEM careers! The format will consist of presentations, activities and discussions with STEM professionals. Event information is as follows:


November 1: SRC Inc. @ East Syracuse-Minoa H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
November 7: Aerospace Alliance @ Solvay H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
November 15: Marquardt Switches @ Stockbridge Valley H.S., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


If you have any questions, please contact Joe Vargo at 448-1012 or joev@macny.org. To register for any of the events, please visit http://www.cnystem.com/careers/  



Sunday, October 14, 2018

Be Aware...

October is a month where many different organizations and causes utilize as their 'awareness' month. Among them are breast cancer, down syndrome, dyslexia, mental health, and bullying prevention; just to name a few. Obviously this list is not exhaustive, but it's meant to highlight that at any given point in time there are people in our lives that are dealing with something where we can lend a hand of support. We shouldn't need awareness months, or days, or weeks to take time out to check on someone who is working through something or lend support. October is perhaps the month that has the most awareness associated with it, so I felt the need to bring this more to the forefront. You've all heard the phrase, "Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer in their lives," by now. The reality is, we all know someone close to us that is dealing with all of these things. The challenge is that many of the things that people deal with are not as noticeable or obvious as cancer may be. These individuals that are working through challenges, whether they be cancer, mental health, or any other host of challenges; tend to also be the strongest people that you may know in your life. Their outlook tends to be positive, optimistic, and most importantly they have the innate ability to not take things for granted. While the traditional purpose of an awareness month is to bring a general understanding of challenges that people face to the mainstream population and to raise money to fund research to combat these challenges; perhaps it would make more sense to bring the awareness forward for the mainstream to learn from those that may be working through challenges while remaining in the shadows. There is a lot to be learned with regard to how to approach life in a positive way, supporting others, and simply helping each other through the awareness of others. As it relates to schools, every student that walks through our doors is bringing something with them that we are unaware of that could prevent them from providing their best effort at any given moment. Having a general awareness that everyone has a story to tell and being understanding and aware of that concept, we can ensure that all students and adults are supported. So please take time this month and every day to be aware of these specific October challenges and support those inside and outside of your circle that are working through challenges. Beyond that however, it's time that we have an awareness of what we can learn from others to help support our entire community whether it be October or March. It's time to be aware. 

Harvest Festival - First Annual

Life Church on Black River Blvd (across from Franklin Field) will be hosting their 1st Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Rome community and surrounding areas.  Free admission, horse rides, chili contest, pie contest, crafts for the young ones, vendors, food trucks, candy and much more.  A great event for the entire family! If you're looking for something fun to enjoy during the Halloween weekend, check out this great opportunity!!

RFA Travel Club

The RFA Travel Club is sending out a last call for anyone interested in participating in their trip to China this school year. The meeting for the China Trip will be held on October 17th (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. in room 1310 at RFA. If you or your family want to learn more or enroll for the trip, this is the meeting to attend. Please share the following link on social media to help them get the word out! 

Halloween on the Green

Looking for a great way to celebrate Halloween with family and friends? Be sure to check out 'Halloween on the Green' on Friday, October 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is being held right at City Hall. Admission is free and visitors can enjoy on outdoor movie on the green, trick or treat street, costume contests for children and adults, cider and donuts, face painting, and more. Stop by the green for some Halloween fun!!

Celebration of Education - Last Call 

The 13th Annual Celebration of Education, which is sponsored by First Source Federal Credit Unionwill take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Hart's Hill Inn in Whitesboro, N.Y. Each year, the Celebration of Education recognizes outstanding educators and programs throughout the Mohawk Valley that are positively impacting our students, schools and the community. The program includes k-12 schools, area colleges, and organizations that are working in these institutions. If you feel that there is an adult in your child's school(s) or program that works with your children in schools that is worthy of nomination for this awards event, please contact your child's school so that we can submit the nomination paperwork.

Rotary Host Family

The Rome Rotary Club is looking for host families for the winter and spring of this school year. Our 2018-2019 student is from Paraguay. He is being hosted by a family for the fall, however a host for the remainder of the year is needed. If you are interested in hosting for winter or spring, please contact Sam Pendergrast at 315-617-3567 or slpender55@gmail.com You can get more information about Rotary Youth Exchange atwww.7150YouthExchange.org

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Just Why?...

Have you ever found yourself in a situation or viewing something where you feel like saying,"Why, just why?" Unfortunately, I find myself in this situation almost on a daily basis as I attempt to figure out what some individuals are thinking as I work through various issues. Whether it be a student resorting to physical violence to try and solve something, or an adult trying to cut corners in an attempt to hide something or get their way, or children and adults using language to intentionally hurt someone because they know they are being offensive. The frequency at which people say, "I don't care" when being questioned about an inappropriate action is saddening. And it's not just kids, it's all of us. There is a general lack of responsibility and duty to our tasks/jobs that has developed in our society. As I write this, ironically a lead story on Sportscenter today is about two NBA athletes who decided to mix it up physically on the court and then up the ante after the game in the press. The media gave the athletes a platform by which to threaten each other and curse at each other. This is what our children are growing up viewing, and learning from. Whether it be our sports figures, video games, or fellow community members acting in ways that create a negative atmosphere; it is what we are all being exposed to. Eventually, the hard workers ask, "why?" They want to know why are they attempting to follow the rules and do the right thing when there is no recognition for doing that other than a pat on the back. Even our counterparts who are acting inappropriately get glorified in the press and social media. Without searching for them, sit down sometime and count the number of positive stories (or even neutral stories) that you can find in a paper, media website, or on a social media strand. They are few and far between. There are even YouTube channels dedicated to posting videos of fights if the people involved can successfully shout a specific 'code phrase' during the fight on video. This is what our entire society is up against. The good news, we can improve the situations that our children are growing up in by recognizing those that are doing what they are supposed more than providing attention to those creating problems. Programs like our PBIS program in schools can be a part of this solution. However, it needs to be all of us. The concept of the "tattle" or the "brown-noser" need to end. There is nothing wrong with doing something that is good because it is the right thing to do, or simply doing your job because it is what you are paid to do. If our ancestors of the early 20th century saw how the vast majority of Americans treated their work, they would be disappointed in where we have brought our society. It's time that we start being better to each other, meeting our expectations as citizens because it's what we are supposed to do, and start saying "thank you" with more frequency so we are not left wondering "why" things don't make sense. Our children deserve better than the example they are receiving from our adults and teens. Why is it so hard to be kind to each other (virtually and in person), just why?

 Host Family Needed


The Rome Rotary Club continues to search for host families for the winter and spring of this school year. Our 2018-2019 student is from Paraguay. He is being hosted by a family for the fall, however a host for the remainder of the year is needed. If you are interested in hosting for winter or spring, please contact Sam Pendergrast at 315-617-3567 or slpender55@gmail.com You can get more information about Rotary Youth Exchange atwww.7150YouthExchange.org.


Rome Apparel Sale


The Rome City School District is holding an online apparel sale from now through October 12, 2018. Items for sale can be found by following this link: https://form.jotform.com/73234073037955. All apparel comes in varying sizes, men's/women's, and colors. The logo on each item varies, so please read the item description carefully. We expect product delivery to be roughly one month from the close of the sale. All payments are made online and go directly to the vendor. 


 Celebration of Education

The 13th Annual Celebration of Education, which is sponsored by First Source Federal Credit Unionwill take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Hart's Hill Inn in Whitesboro, N.Y. Each year, the Celebration of Education recognizes outstanding educators and programs throughout the Mohawk Valley that are positively impacting our students, schools and the community. The program includes k-12 schools, area colleges, and organizations that are working in these institutions. If you feel that there is an adult in your child's school(s) or program that works with your children in schools that is worthy of nomination for this awards event, please contact your child's school so that we can submit the nomination paperwork.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Modern Trading Cards...

It seems that every generation has some unique thing that may distinguish them from generations prior or that follow. Also, we all know that technology, social media, and the video have become standard definitions of current generations. Lastly, an unfortunate reality of the human species is that we have resorted to physical violence at times of disagreement. Although modern generations and civilizations have decreased the frequency at which disagreements are solved by fighting, the age old "problem solver" is making an unfortunate comeback. In fact, teens of today are combing technology and fighting to later trade fights that they have video taped as a modern form of the traditional baseball trading card. There are many influences that children are exposed to today via the internet that in the past, were not as readily available. While many things can be fake or staged, young children that stumble upon them online may not realize that. In turn, they attempt to re-enact different things that they find online, sometimes causing significant injury. Worse than this, however, is when teenagers are staging altercations so that their friends can make a video to be shared around with whoever throughout their social network. Most times these staged fights begin with some kind of a disagreement between two people, no different than the way a fight may have started 100 years ago. The conflicts that tend to lead to discourse among people also has not changed much over the years. What has changed is technology. Technology and the ability to "save" a fight has created a culture where fighting between people is increasing again, but this time for show. It's no longer about settling a score, it's about making a good video to get as many "likes" as possible online. The whole movement is leading to situations that are dangerous in many regards. As adults in this day and age, it is more important than ever that we maintain a close pulse on what our youngest children are accessing online and talking to them about the dangers of re-enacting things that they may learn from the internet. While the internet can be a great source of information and learning for our youth, it can also be a place of bad learned behaviors. It is important that we take the time to make ourselves digitally savvy so that we can understand the trends of the current and future generations. The age old concept of conversation and talking through an issue without resorting to physical aggression may just be the answer for the modern trading card.  

 Celebration of Education


The 13th Annual Celebration of Education, which is sponsored by First Source Federal Credit Unionwill take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Hart's Hill Inn in Whitesboro, N.Y. Each year, the Celebration of Education recognizes outstanding educators and programs throughout the Mohawk Valley that are positively impacting our students, schools and the community. The program includes k-12 schools, area colleges, and organizations that are working in these institutions. If you feel that there is an adult in your child's school(s) or program that works with your children in schools that is worthy of nomination for this awards event, please contact your child's school so that we can submit the nomination paperwork.

Rome Apparel Sale


The Rome City School District is holding an online apparel sale from now through October 12, 2018. Items for sale can be found by following this link: https://form.jotform.com/73234073037955. All apparel comes in varying sizes, men's/women's, and colors. The logo on each item varies, so please read the item description carefully. We expect product delivery to be roughly one month from the close of the sale. All payments are made online and go directly to the vendor. 


 YMCA Open House Week


This week, October 1 through October 7, the Rome FamilyA YMCA will be having their Open House Week. All week long you can try their classes, pools, fitness center, and more! Also, you sign up for a 12-month membership, you'll receive a 13th month free. The YMCA is open to the public and for more information please visit www.ymcatrivalley.org.