Hamlin Elementary Celebrates New Playground as Part of Bond Efforts

Hamlin Elementary School celebrated the unveiling of their new playground Saturday during a festive fall event. The new playground was funded through the bond efforts, which voters overwhelmingly approved in November 2015. “We are excited that our children have a new area to play, socialize, and get some good physical exercise,” said Hamlin Elementary School Principal Gary van Staveren, Ph.D. “I’d like to extend a very special thank you to second grade Teacher Sarah Kirby and our PTA members … [Read more...]

University Hills Elementary School Principal Named Principal of the Year

Amy Grande Named Principal of the Year Amy Grande, principal of University Hills Elementary School, has been honored as the 2016 Principal of the Year for Region 7 (Oakland County) from the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA). This distinction now qualifies her as a candidate for the statewide competition, which will be announced in December. "I am proud of the culture we are building at University Hills Elementary School and within the Rochester Community … [Read more...]

Sip, Savor, and Shop

Rochester Community Schools Foundation Hosts Sip, Savor, and Shop Event Sip a favorite beverage. Savor appetizers from local establishments. Shop alongside friends and family and have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes.  The fifth annual Sip, Savor and Shop event, sponsored by the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, will be held on Thursday, November 10, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Forestre Banquet Center, 1919 Star Batt Drive, Rochester Hills. The event is open to the general … [Read more...]

Sheriff’s School Zone Safety Tips

School Zone Safety Laws & Tips The Sheriff’s Office wants to educate and raise awareness about school zone safety laws in order to prevent a tragedy. School zones combined with changing traffic and weather conditions create an extremely dangerous situation. "Back to school is an exciting time for both parents and students, but we must remember to put safety first," said Sheriff Michael Bouchard. "We hope by setting up these school safety enforcement zones we can push back on violators … [Read more...]

Huntington Ford Presents Full-Tuition Scholarship to OU-Bound Avondale Grad

For the fifth straight year, Huntington Ford of Rochester Hills has awarded a full-tuition, renewable scholarship to an Oakland University-bound student from the Greater Rochester area. Dealership owners Pat and Christie Scoggin recently presented this year’s award to Rachel Swink, a 2016 graduate of Avondale High School. While at Avondale, Swink excelled academically and devoted herself to several extracurricular activities, including varsity soccer and raising awareness of food allergies. … [Read more...]

Apple Pie & Dessert Contest Returns to Art & Apples Festival

Organizers Seek to Find Region’s Best, most Creative and Inspired Apple Pie and Dessert Recipes Fritters, cookies and pies, oh my. Paint Creek Center for the Arts is calling all inspired, creative apple pie and dessert bakers in the region to compete in the Apple Pie & Dessert Contest with their crowd-pleasing recipes. The contest will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016, during the 51st annual Art & Apples Festival in Rochester Municipal Park. “Due to popular … [Read more...]

Stoney Creek Students Raise over $25,000 for Classmate Fighting Cancer

When Sam Kell was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall, he could not have predicted the outpouring of support that he and the New Day Foundation for Families would receive from his school and community this year.  From his baseball teammates to student organizations, from donations of teddy bears and blankets to week-long charity fundraisers, the students at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills have come together in Sam’s name to raise more than $25,000 for the New Day Foundation for … [Read more...]

The Little Mermaid becomes Part of your World

  The Rochester Community Schools Summer Music Theatre program proudly presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid, July 27, 28, 29, and 30 at 7:00 p.m., with a Saturday matinee performance on July 30, at 1:00 p.m., at the Stoney Creek High School, 575 E. Tienken Road. All community members are invited to enjoy the production.  To reserve your tickets, go to:  www.showtix4u.com.  Click on “Buy Tickets/Event Search” and look for the RCS Summer Music Theatre banner. Tickets can also be … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Receive National Recognition

RCS Music Education Program Receives National Recognition Rochester Community Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the second year in a row. RCS joined 476 districts from across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide all … [Read more...]

The Rochester Area Junior Chamber’s Safety Town in Full Swing

Summer vacation has just begun but young children in the Rochester Area are already preparing for the first day of Kindergarten by learning various aspects of life safety through the Rochester Area Jaycees' "Safety Town" program. At Safety Town, kids from the ages of four to six learn basic safety concepts through the use of interactive experiences. With the format of a small-scale town featuring portable buildings, sidewalks, roads, and street signs, the Safety Town learning environment is a … [Read more...]