Monday, May 27, 2019

Thank You Rome...



As you know, the Rome community successfully passed the 2019-2020 school budget this past week with a 74% approval rate. On behalf of all of the students and staff of the Rome City School District, I want to thank you all for your support. 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. Given the challenges that our district and the community faced throughout this budget season, the support of a successful budget is greatly appreciated. While the fight is not over with regard to equitable funding of education, we have taken one giant step forward to ensuring that our future with have more stability with both our advocacy and passage of this budget. Even with the unfortunate reality of needing to make reductions, the core of our programming remains untouched and our students will still receive the quality instruction and opportunities that our community expects. 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!!

ARTLETICS Camp

Hosted by the Rome Art and Community Center (RACC), ARTLETICS is an 8-week day program for children ages 5-12. During the experience, children receive top-notch art instruction with social skill development. Each week has a different theme and day is carefully planned out and structured. For more information about ARTLETICS, including fees and offerings, please visit their website at http://romeart.org/site/artletics/

Soccer Camp

Boys and girls, ages 5-13, are invited to explore a summer soccer camp hosted by the Rising Stars Sports Center of Westmoreland. The camp will run Monday through Friday, beginning June 26 through August 30. For more information about the camp, including fees and further details, please visit their website at https://risingstarssports.sportngin.com/register/form/798195007


Contingency Day Give Back


We currently have one (1) unused contingency day for the 2018-2019 school year. After a careful review of the school calendar and activities for the months of May and June, the only day remaining this school year where there are no major activities occurring that cannot be rescheduled is Monday, June 10. Baring any unforeseen event happening between now and June 10, the Rome City School District will be closed on Monday, June 10 to finish the use of our contingency days. By utilizing this day, none of the student activities, field trips, or building events will be effected. Please mark your calendars for this date.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Don't Overthink It...

This week I have decided to dedicate my blog to the game that I love and hate the most, golf!! Whenever folks are playing golf, there is generally one constant about the game: regardless of a good shot or bad shot, the mumbling usually says, "Don't overthink it!" Almost everyone knows that sports, especially golf, are mentally grueling and the more you think while playing usually the worse the outcome. So why do we continue to overthink things? Most of our lives can be represented by this small phrase and often in our schools, we have a tendency to overthink everything especially when it comes to listening to our students or allowing for change that students are asking for.  Famous golfer Ben Hogan once said, "Golf is the hardest game in the world. There's no way you can ever get it. Just when you think you do, the game jumps up and puts you in your place." I find this to be a perfect analogy for our profession. The second we as educators think we have everything figured out and become stagnant is the second we have failed ourselves and our students. One thing we have all learned about life is that change is a given and currently in education change is becoming more and more the norm. So why do we resist change so much in our profession. After all, if our duty is to promote learning to our youth, why are so many educators turned off to the idea of learning new strategies and trying new lessons? While degrees and certifications may prove our intelligence, they certainly do not make us omnipotent wizards of the classroom. Our craft is always changing and the only way to ensure success for all is to recognize this, accept it, and grow with it. If we don't overthink the change, then it won't be anything to fear. I leave you today with this quote from Bruce Crampton, "Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves will let you do." I'm not certain that there could be a better correlation for the difficult task of being an educator. We must continue to want to grow and acknowledge our biases and understand that our beliefs are simply that, our beliefs. No one's beliefs are absolute and prescribing of everyone in our communities. It's time to compromise with our egos and experience and take the risk that our nerves and students are telling us to take!!

Annual Budget Vote

The school district 2019-2020 budget and Board of Education member elections will be held next week on Tuesday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. More information regarding the proposed budget can be found here: SCHOOL BUDGET DETAILS

Voting locations are as follows:

First Ward: Staley Upper Elementary School – 620 E. Bloomfield St.
Second Ward: Staley Upper Elementary School – 620 E. Bloomfield St.
Third Ward: Lobby at City Hall – 198 N. Washington St.
Fourth Ward: Gansevoort School–  758 W. Liberty St.
Fifth Ward: Strough Middle School - 801 Laurel St.
Sixth Ward: St. Paul’s Catholic Church - 1807 Bedford St.
Seventh Ward: Life Church, 1110 Black River Blvd.
Eighth Ward: Stokes School – 9095 Turin Rd.
Ninth Ward: Stokes School – 9095 Turin Rd.
Tenth Ward: Westernville Library – 9172 Main St., Westernville


Meet the Candidates Event

On Monday, May 20, the Rome branch of the NAACP will be hosting a 'Meet the Candidates' event for all individuals who are running for public office this year. This will include candidates running for public offices in the fall election season. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Zion Episcopal Church located at 140 W. Liberty St. in Rome. 

Salvation Army Summer Camps

On Thursday, May 23, the Salvation Army of Rome will be hosting a summer camp sign-up event at 5:00 p.m. The event is for elementary aged students and their families interested in learning more about the summer camp opportunities for students. Registration for the week-long camps is $25 and space is limited. For more information, please attend the event or visit www.longpointcamp.org.


Contingency Day Give Back

We currently have one (1) unused contingency day for the 2018-2019 school year. After a careful review of the school calendar and activities for the months of May and June, the only day remaining this school year where there are no major activities occurring that cannot be rescheduled is Monday, June 10. Baring any unforeseen event happening between now and June 10, the Rome City School District will be closed on Monday, June 10 to finish the use of our contingency days. By utilizing this day, none of the student activities, field trips, or building events will be effected. Please mark your calendars for this date.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

It's Mother's Day...

On this Mother's Day, we all need to take a moment to reflect and think about the value our mother's have added to our lives. We've all heard the old sayings about how our parents are our first teachers, and there is truth to that. One of the nice things about being an adult is that you learn to appreciate the moment and enjoy the little things in life as you learn that not everyone has the same life that you may have. You also learn to value those in your life that helped raise you and you understand a parents unconditional love. Our mothers and parents truly have our best interest in mind when making every decision that they do while we grow. Most people can remember several instances where frustration set in with regard to a decision or action by our parents while growing up. It doesn't mean that parents are always right, but they certainly do the best the know how when the moment calls for it. What does all this mean? It means that we need to take more time and recognize that our parents care about us more than we imagine. As a teenager (and college student) I certainly did not have the understanding of family that my parents deserved. As an adult, the picture could not be more clear. Our parents truly are our first teachers and they never stop. Life is too short for grudges and conflict, everyone shows their affection in different ways but a simple phone call, meal, or card goes a long way. So on this Mother's Day, I hope that you all take a moment to truly recognize and thank your mom and to all of the mothers out there today, Happy Mother's Day!!

Annual Budget Vote

The school district 2019-2020 budget and Board of Education member elections will be held next week on Tuesday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. More information regarding the proposed budget can be found here: SCHOOL BUDGET DETAILS

Voting locations are as follows:

First Ward: Staley Upper Elementary School – 620 E. Bloomfield St.
Second Ward: Staley Upper Elementary School – 620 E. Bloomfield St.
Third Ward: Lobby at City Hall – 198 N. Washington St.
Fourth Ward: Gansevoort School–  758 W. Liberty St.
Fifth Ward: Strough Middle School - 801 Laurel St.
Sixth Ward: St. Paul’s Catholic Church - 1807 Bedford St.
Seventh Ward: Life Church, 1110 Black River Blvd.
Eighth Ward: Stokes School – 9095 Turin Rd.
Ninth Ward: Stokes School – 9095 Turin Rd.
Tenth Ward: Westernville Library – 9172 Main St., Westernville


NYSPHAA Coaches Appreciation Day


Wednesday, May 15 is Coaches Appreciation Day is a day student-athletes are encouraged to thank school approved coaches who have had an impact in their life or high school athletic career. It was established in 2018 as a way to recognize all coaches at every level, including modified, who have coached Fall, Winter, and Spring sports within a NYSPHAA member school. NYSPHAA has also established the hashtag #NYSPHAACoachesDay for all social media posts for anyone who wants to share their favorite memories and stories throughout the day. Thank you to all of the wonderful women and men who work with our Rome Free Academy and Strough Black Knights!!

Paint Rome Purple

The 'Paint the Town Purple' campaign is part of a national effort by volunteers with the American Cancer Society to show support for local cancer survivors and to raise awareness for their local Relay For Life event. Our Relay For Life in Rome is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, June 1st & 2nd at the NYS School for the Deaf. You can find out more at www.RelayForLife.org/RomeNY. On Wednesday, May 15, the American Cancer Society is Painting the Town Purple. We hope you will consider joining in this fun and worthwhile community project. We're hoping to see lots of great participation and a bunch of purple all around Rome on Wednesday, May 15th!


Parent University Kick-Off

The Rome Alliance for Education, in conjunction with the Rome Chamber of Commerce and Jervis Library, will be hosting their first ever Parent University event on Wednesday, May 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Strough Middle School. As part of the community schools initiative, Parent University is an opportunity for the Rome Alliance for Education to provide supports to parents in a variety of ways. This kick-off event is an opportunity for you to learn more about what they have to offer, as well as to provide information about what types of learning opportunities our parents need. For more information about the event, please contact the Rome Alliance for Education or see their flier HERE.

Contingency Day Give Back


We currently have one (1) unused contingency day for the 2018-2019 school year. After a careful review of the school calendar and activities for the months of May and June, the only day remaining this school year where there are no major activities occurring that cannot be rescheduled is Monday, June 10. Baring any unforeseen event happening between now and June 10, the Rome City School District will be closed on Monday, June 10 to finish the use of our contingency days. By utilizing this day, none of the student activities, field trips, or building events will be effected. Please mark your calendars for this date.

Rising Stars Summer/Fall Registration


Rising Stars is a fun learning experience that teaches stage and life skills through games and activities, individual coaching, and actual performances on the Capitol Stage. The program focuses on developing the students' own creativity, building self-confidence, improving reading comprehension and speaking ability, accepting responsibility, and teamwork. If you are interested in learning basic through advanced stage techniques, as well as life skills, Rising Stars may be for you!! For more information about the program and how to register, please visit their website at https://www.romecapitol.com/rising-stars/

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Thank You Teachers...

During the course of life, every individual is in some way a teacher. We have different people in life that we look up to call our teachers, from all walks of life. However, every year, the first full week of May marks TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK across our country. This is a time where we take a moment to recognize and thank the work of our fine educators who chose to make teaching their profession, livelihood, and life craft. This is teacher appreciation week for all teachers throughout our country, but specifically for the wonderful women and men who work with our students in Rome, each and every day. Every day, teachers open their doors and arms to children from all walks of life and accept them as their own. While many want to believe that teachers have a switch that they turn on and off at the beginning and ending of each day, we do not. Teaching is a 24/7//7 profession. Not a day goes by where we do not take our work home, thoughts home, concerns home, and achievements home. Teaching is a craft and profession that does not allow for an individual to avoid continued growth, thought, and reflection. There is no doubt that the profession continues to become more challenging, faced with adversity at every turn. Both federal and state laws continue to make educating children more challenging. On an increasing basis, mandates on our teachers make them more of a compliance officer than an educator. Despite these changes, our teachers continue to work to improve the lives of everyone within our school community. Beyond just our classroom teachers, we need to recognize our entire community, as we are all teachers in some way, shape or form. Whether it be clerical, custodial, maintenance, driving, food service, coaching, or assisting; if you work in a school, you are teaching our kids. We all do this together for our children and that is what breeds success. Please take a moment this week to recognize your child's teacher(s) and on behalf of the entire District Administration, I thank our faculty for everything that they continue to do on a daily basis for the betterment of our schools, community, and lives of children!!

Annual Budget Hearing


On Thursday, May 9, 2019, the District will be presenting the annual 2019-2020 budget hearing. A copy of the presentation can be found HERE, which will be described in greater detail during the hearing. The annual budget hearing is an opportunity for the community to hear details about the 2019-2020 proposed budget, along with a question and answer session following the presentation. The Annual Budget Hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Rome Free Academy.

RTA Canned Food Drive


During the week of May 6 - May 10, the Rome Teacher's Association will be conducting a district-wide canned food drive to help stock the shelves of our two currently active food pantries at Gansevoort and Bellamy. Through the Community Schools initiative, the district and the Rome Alliance for Education are working to develop food pantries in each building. This week, canned foods can be brought to any school for a donation to the food pantries. Simply bring your unexpired canned good to the main office of your child's school, and we will deliver the cans to the pantries. The pantries are open to ALL families in the district and please help the RTA stock the shelves for our community!!

Contingency Day Give Back


We currently have one (1) unused contingency day for the 2018-2019 school year. After a careful review of the school calendar and activities for the months of May and June, the only day remaining this school year where there are no major activities occurring that cannot be rescheduled is Monday, June 10. Baring any unforeseen event happening between now and June 10, the Rome City School District will be closed on Monday, June 10 to finish the use of our contingency days. By utilizing this day, none of the student activities, field trips, or building events will be effected. Please mark your calendars for this date.