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.