Sunday, October 1, 2017

Awareness Day...

Monday, October 2, 2017 is the Rome City School District and Rome Teacher Center's annual Awareness Day. We invite you to join us as we celebrate our community and work to raise awareness and understanding around the topic of bullying.  The district wide activity this year is to have every school paint Kindness Rocks. Each school was asked to collect and paint a minimum of 10 rocks.  More is better! Each rock should have an uplifting, positive picture or message painted on the rock. Rocks will be collected from each school in the days after the event. Once collected, to make sure they are seen by the community, they will be used along a path in a designated area in Rome.  We are hoping that maybe the rocks can be displayed at multiple sites in the city during the 2017-2018 school year. If you would like more information about Kindness Rocks, please go to: are also asking all students and staff within the District to wear BLUE on Monday, October 2 as a sign of unity and support against bullying. Bullying is a word that is often misunderstood and has become the cornerstone of attention in New York schools in the past decade. Unfortunately, it is not a topic that plagues just our schools, it plagues our society and community as well. Throughout the country, people still believe that intimidation and force is still the best way to get what they want. Respect, hard work, effort, and teamwork are diminishing values in today's society. There has never been a rule or law that requires people to be friends, or get along for that matter. But, the laws of general human decency suggest that there is never a reason for one human to put down another. Until all adults in our society learn to work together, free of insults, slander, name calling, and defamation behind the vail of a computer screen and anonymity; our children don't have a chance. Beyond our simple  activities of painting rocks and wearing blue, we ask you to join us in working to improve our culture of caring and understanding of others. Together, as a community, we can be the kindness that we desire to see.

Can to School

Friday, October 6, 2017 is 'Bring Your Can to School Day'. In conjunction with the the Rome Area Hunger Walk (to be held on October 15), we are working with the Salvation Army on a canned food drive. We ask students to please bring a can of non-perishable food to school with them on Friday, October 6. Along with this event, we are also going to be holding a canned food drive on Friday night at the Rome Free Academy homecoming football game versus Christian Brothers Academy. We ask that if you plan to attend the game, please make a donation to the Salvation Army to help families and individuals in our community and beyond. Thank you in advance for your support of others.  


This past week, the Rome City School District has launched into the world of Instagram. In an effort to keep up with the times (or in the case a few years behind), we have initiated our own Instagram account. Instagram is simply one more way for the District to promote the positive things that are occurring throughout our buildings and is done so mainly through photography. The District can be followed at or by downloading the app onto your mobile device and searching for the Rome City School District.

Service Academy Event

Hosted in conjunction with Congressman John Katko’s office, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s office, and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office, the Syracuse Service Academy event will take place on October 5th at 6PM at Onondaga Community College, Storer Auditorium. This event is an opportunity for students, parents, and school faculty to learn about the unique academic and career opportunities offered through our nation’s service academies. Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, as well as Army and Navy R.O.T.C. will be in attendance. If you have any questions or wish to RSVP, please contact  (315)-448-0470 or