Sunday, September 17, 2017

Opposite Day...

Do you remember those times when kids want to help themselves believe something that they know isn't right? I always love the laughter of a child that exclaims, "It's opposite day!" The ensuing laughter and joy of having everything be different than it is supposed to be is just fun. I mention this because I often wish I could have an opposite day, or back in time to a point where the human race did not feel so entitled to everything. The growing trait of entitlement in society is alarming. There was a point in time where people were proud to have a job, to have a responsibility, and they would do anything for those that provided their family a way in life. In today's society though, having a good job or being a part of a good community isn't enough. People frequently defy their responsibilities and ask for extra if they have to do one iota's worth of work outside the normal scope. All too frequently, people feel that they have privileges that others shouldn't have, simply because they do what they are supposed to do. I often wonder, if you simply do what you are supposed to do as a member of a team or society, should you receive special accolades for it? Is the the adult version of a trophy for every kid in a little league sport? Regardless, the sense of entitlement that our society is developing is going to be our demise. I wish that we could have an opposite day, or week, or month. A time when we recognize that we are fortunate to have the things that we have provided to us, simply for doing the tasks and roles that we are supposed to do. Honor and pride in a job well done seem to be a thing of the past. But they are still the opposite of what most of the world believes in. Let's bring it back.  Let's turn opposite day into an opposite future.

Thank You

Throughout the past several weeks, many organizations throughout our community have generously donated school supplies, clothing, and other items for our students and families. Each year, the District consistently receives support to ensure that our students have what they need to start the year. While there are many organizations that support our kids, and they support the schools and kids throughout the year, there are three organizations that traditionally go above and beyond. On behalf of the District, the schools, and the entire community; I would like to say thank you to the Unite Way, JCPenney, and Front of the Class. We appreciate all that you do for our students, families, and community.  

Dads Take Your Child to School Event 

On Tuesday, September 19, I would like to encourage you to participate in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day”, an annual event that seeks to jump-start or renew a father’s commitment to participate in his child’s life – regardless of the child’s age and/or his residential status within the home.  Dads Take Your Child to School Day encourages fathers and father figures to take their child to school with the expectation that he will remain engaged throughout the school year and beyond. This initiative is sponsored by the Office of Children and Family Services.  As we all know, parental involvement in a child's schooling has proven to be an indicator of both school success and future success. This event is a simple attempt to remind us of this importance and encourage Dads to bring their child to school for a day. For more information, please visit

Drive For Your Students Event

Rome Free Academy, in conjunction with the RFA PBIS team, is sponsoring their first ever DRIVE FOR YOUR STUDENTS TEST DRIVE EVENT whereby Buick will donate $10 for each test drive up to a total of $10,000 to our school. Davidson Auto Group will be bringing 10 shiny new Buicks to RFA during it's Open House on Tuesday, September 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the test drives.  Any driver age 21 or older with a valid license and proof of insurance is encouraged to come and test drive a Buick to help raise money for our students. We are encouraging all of the Rome City Schools to support this event. As a special incentive:  the building that has the highest percentage of adults doing test drives will receive a FREE MUFFIN MONDAY sponsored by RFA's PBIS team!