Sunday, November 6, 2016

Thank You Veterans...

The end of this week marks the official designation for 'Veteran's Day'. A day when we pay tribute to all of the men and women who have served our country over the years. Our community, and school community, has several military veterans who dedicated a portion of their life to protecting the rest of us. Whether it be in times of combat, or in times of so-called peace, these individuals have made sure that the rest of us can live a life that is free of worry from attack on our home soil. When you are in the military, there is no time of peace as you are constantly working to prevent those throughout the world that wish to do harm from actually doing it. It's safe to say that almost everyone probably knows someone who served in our nation's military, if not had a family member serve. Personally, I still enjoy reading my grandfather's field journal from France and Germany from World War II. Take time to thank these individuals and more importantly, learn their story. Our history and their dedication are both things that we need to cherish. So this week, when the rest of us civilians have a day off from school becuase of the courage and bravery of our veteran's, please take the time to simply say "thank you." It is the least that we can do for all that you have done for us. On behalf of the Rome City School District, thank you to all of the veterans on our staff and in our community. We appreciate you and Happy Veteran's Day!!

New SchoolTool App 

This week, the Rome City School District has been able to confirm the successful release of the SchoolTool application for your smart phone. The application is not directly connected to the Rome City School District, but you can connect with our platfrom by simply logging into the app. Having used SchoolTool for almost a decade myself, the app is much more user friendly and powerful than the web based version on the phone. To download the app, simply visit the iTunes App Store (iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (android devices) and download the SchoolTool app. Once downloaded, the login screen will ask for your district's URL which is: From there, you simply enter your normal username and password. The app provides you with an option to remember this information so you never have to do it again. It is a very powerful tool for on-the-go people and staff/parents alike. I highly recommend it!!

Kiwanis Craft Show at RFA

This coming weekend, the Lake Delta Kiwanis Club will be hosting their annual craft show at RFA on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Among the highlights of the craft show is that the Rome Police Department will be on-site to provide families and the community the opportunity to participate in a free Child Identification Program. The craft show is open to the public and is always an enjoyable community event. Please support our local chapter of the Kiwanis, they provide many opportunities to our students throughout the school year.

School Closings

It is unfortunately that time of year where we have to begin talking about potential school closings due to weather. In the event of an emergency closing, parent/guardians and students are notified by means of announcements on local radio, television stations, automated phone calling system, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and the District website. The decision to close is based upon several criteria – wind speed in combination with temperature, present and predicted precipitation, and overall road conditions. Also, keep in mind that the Rome City School District is 72 square miles and overall road conditions might not be the same in one part of the district as in other areas.

Announcement of school/closings are made through the news media and automated phone calling system, generally beginning at 6:00 a.m. In some instances, it may be necessary to make announcements as late as 6:30 a.m. Since decisions on closing have to be made very early in the morning and weather conditions sometimes change drastically before students actually begin traveling to school, the ultimate decision on safety of travel conditions for students rests with the parents/guardian.
Delays, cancellations and early dismissals are all announced on the following stations, The Rome City School District Facebook page and Twitter:
TV: Ch. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11     
FM: WLZW-98.7; WFRG-104.3; WBGK-99.7/101.1; WMCR; WKRL-100.9;
WOUR-96.9; WSKS-97.9; WODZ-96.1; WZUN-102.1; WUMX - Mix 102.5
AM: WIBX-950; WMCR - WFBL 1600