Sunday, May 20, 2018

On Behalf Of...

On behalf of all of the students and staff at the Rome City School District, I want to thank you the Rome community for the successful passage of the 2018-2019 budget, including the energy proficiency contract. The support shown for the continued efforts of our staff is appreciated. We are very appreciative to have a community that values education and wants the best for their children. The district is dedicated to ensuring that our students are receiving the very best instruction possible with the most appropriate resources available for learning. With the middle school renovation coming to a close and the infusion of technology through the SMART Schools investment program, our schools are quickly becoming some of the most advanced in the region relative to technology. The EPC at RFA and Staley will help alleviate some of the issues that continue to arise in those buildings as we prepare for our next wave of renovation projects. The elementary programs continue to progress with our students doing more 1:1 technology integration at the k-6 level than many of our surrounding partners. Also, the emphasis on literacy, math, and soon to be 'play' at the elementary schools is making a noticeable impact on our children's growth. All of these efforts are made possible because of the support of our community. When you work in a community and environment that is support of children and growth, it makes the entire system better. We appreciate our community and once again, on behalf of our children and staff, THANK YOU for your support!!

Community Schools Carnival

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the Rome Alliance for Education Community Schools Organization is hosting a community carnival and literacy fair at Bellamy School. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free for the public. There will be several different activities for students to participate in and food will also be available. Finally, join us in the ribbon cutting of completing our first full year of partnership with community schools in Rome. To volunteer to participate or for more information on the event, please contact

YMCA Summer Camps

The Rome YMCA offers a summer day camp program for children ages Kindergarten through 12 years old (must be enrolled in Kindergarten for Fall 2018). Camp Crooked Arrow runs from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, during 9 weeks of summer vacation. Throughout the day, our campers enjoy fun activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, team sports & games, nature activities, character development, songs and more all without television, video games or screen time! Whether at our camp for one week or an entire summer, a YMCA day camp experience will create hands-on memories that last a lifetime. For more information, please call the Rome YMCA.

ACES Summer Program

ACES is a positive and fun 6-week summer program specifically designed for children who struggle academically, socially and emotionally, or behaviorally. Research has shown that children perform much better academically when they are helped to improve their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical functioning. And children who perform well academically typically have much better long-term outcomes. That’s why at ACES, children participate in a variety of fun and challenging activities that target all of these areas of healthy development. If you have any questions in regards to our ACES Summer Program or our organization in general please do not hesitate to contact me or visit our website at!

2018-2019 School Health Changes

Each year, New York State reviews their health screening requirements and on occasion will make changes. For the 2018-2019 school year, there are changes to the immunization requirements and health screening requirements. For a copy of the updated immunization requirements from the Department of Health, please click the link below. Other changes to health screenings include:

Health Examinations required in grades pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
Vision and Hearing Screening required within 6 moths of entering school and in grades pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
Scoliosis Screenings are required for females in grades 5 and 7, and for males in grade 9.

Please speak to your school nurse or family physician if you have any questions regarding these new requirements.