Rochester Community Schools’ Bonds Sell at a Premium

The Rochester Community School District Series II bond sale resulted in the second largest competitive sale nationwide. The district received six proposals for the bonds with true interest costs (the actual costs of taking out a loan) ranging from 2.85-2.98 percent. Bank of America was the successful bidder which included a premium in the amount of approximately $971,800. The face value of the bonds totaled $56,025,000. “The Board’s vision and long-term commitment to the strategic plan … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools United for Charity Week

Students from Rochester, Rochester Adams, and Stoney Creek High Schools (all schools within the Rochester Community School District) raised a combined total of more than $74,000 for ShelterBox USA during a Charity Week fundraiser. “Each year, our student council selects a charitable cause to provide support. We combined forces with Rochester and Stoney Creek high schools this year, and the results are quite impressive. This is what happens when you have some great students who are … [Read more...]

Rochester United Figure Skating Team Skates to First State Championship

Rochester United Figure Skating Varsity Team Skates To State Championship The Rochester United Figure Skating “A” team won their first State Championship after skating to victory at the Michigan High School Figure Skating State Championship, held this spring at the Novi Ice Arena. The Rochester United (RU) “A” team, which is the highest skill level of high school competition, is made up of 26 figure skaters from Rochester HS, Adams HS, Stoney Creek HS and the IA. There are a total of 26 “A” … [Read more...]

Stoney Creek High School Educator Named Michigan Teacher of the Year

Rochester Community School Educator Named Michigan Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education Rochester Community School (RCS) District teacher, Cara Lougheed, was selected as the 2019-20 Michigan Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles surprised Lougheed with the top honor during an all-school assembly. “Ms. Lougheed has an incredible ability to forge meaningful relationships with those around her, whether … [Read more...]

Two A’s for Rochester Community Schools

The Rochester Community School (RCS) District is proud to announce a new long-term credit rating designation of AA with a stable outlook for the remaining sale of the $185 million unlimited-tax general obligation (GO) school bonds. The AA rating, issued by S&P Global Ratings, is the second highest assessment possible and indicates that obligations are “of high quality with a very low credit risk.” The previous rating for the district was AA- with a positive outlook. “A good credit … [Read more...]

Rochester High School Traffic Update March 2019

A Letter from Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner   Dear RCS Families, As you may be aware, the Oakland County Road Commission will be repaving Livernois Road, between Avon Road and University Drive, from June – November. The RCS Transportation Center and a large portion of our buses housed at the facility off Livernois Road will be impacted by this construction. The transportation center was scheduled to receive improvements this coming year. In order to … [Read more...]

Adams High School Traffic Update March 2019

A Letter from Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner   Dear RCS Families, Since last fall, the district has been actively evaluating the traffic flow around Adams High School to address community safety concerns. We would like to share our ongoing plans for improvement. In cooperation with traffic and safety consultants and our partners at the City of Rochester Hills, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Road Commission for Oakland County, we have … [Read more...]

Hart Middle School named 2019 Michigan School of Character

The Rochester Community School District is pleased to announce that Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character in collaboration with the state of Michigan, has named Hart Middle School a 2019 Michigan School of Character. The program recognized Hart as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. “Our school culture includes building character—qualities that inspire honesty, … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Receives AdvancEd Accreditation

Rochester Community Schools is proud to be awarded district-wide accreditation through AdvancED, a leader in school improvement services. The accreditation is granted for a period of five years. “Previously, only our high schools went through the accreditation process, but we wanted to ensure coherency across the district,” said Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Carrie Lawler. “It’s not about competition. It’s about our children and how we can ensure they are receiving the best … [Read more...]

Husband of Hugger Elementary Employee Passes Away Suddenly

Remembering Alex Smith From Rochester Community Schools: It is with a heavy heart that I share that Mr. Alex Smith, beloved husband of Audrey Smith (Principal Secretary at Hugger Elementary School), and father to Alexis and Aidan Smith, passed away suddenly this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. Crisis team members will be available to support children, staff and community members on Thursday. For more information please visit the Modetz … [Read more...]