Back-to-School Editorial from Mayor Barnett

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The following is a back-to-school editorial from Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. Back to School is an exciting time for kids and parents all around the country and here in Rochester Hills that excitement is tangible. Facebook is full of pictures of front doors, smiling faces, and cute new outfits. The roads are a bit more congested with the addition of big yellow buses and alarm clocks have been put back into use after taking a summer off. Yes, it’s back to school time in our … [Read more...]

New principal to lead McGregor Elementary School

Dave Pontzious

Successful veteran principal takes the helm for the 2014-15 school year A successful veteran educator with a track record of leading strong academic achievement has been appointed principal of McGregor Elementary School, Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner announced Wednesday. Dave Pontzious will take over as principal of McGregor Elementary officially on August 1, Dr. Shaner said. Pontzious, principal of North Hill Elementary School since 2011, is an 18-year … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Conducting Telephone Survey

In a press release received by Rochester Media, Rochester Community Schools announced that they will conduct a community telephone survey during the week of June 9-12. The survey is being conducted to assess public perceptions of education in Rochester and to provide information for the district’s long-range strategic planning process. Superintendent Robert Shaner said that the survey of 400 Rochester residents will help the school district to continue enhancing its educational … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Class of 2014 Graduates with Highest Honors

According to a press release, Rochester Community Schools Class of 2014 will hold its graduation ceremonies during the week of June 2, 2014 and all commencement ceremonies are held at the Ultimate Soccer Arena. Rochester High School                  Tuesday, June 3 Adams High School                        Wednesday, June 4 Stoney Creek High School             Thursday, June 5 The Class of 2014, comprised of 1,272 students, is the first to … [Read more...]

Scholarship Recipients to be Recognized at Community Scholarship Reception

The Community Scholarship Program will recognize over 40 scholarship recipients from Adams, Rochester, Stoney Creek and ACE High Schools at an award presentation and reception on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the Stoney Creek High School Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m. The Community Scholarship Program is a joint effort of the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, the Rochester Rotary and the Kiwanis Club, which provides an opportunity for … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Foundation Names Pino Agency Excellence in Education Award Winners

(L-R) John Pino, Erika Lusky, Lisa Nowak

The Rochester Community Schools Foundation announced in a press release that it has named Erika Lusky and Amy Consentino as the 2013-14 Pino Agency Excellence in Education award winners. Both individuals were honored in their schools at a special surprise ceremony in April and at the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 12, 2014. The Pino Excellence in Education award is funded by a $3,000 donation from John and Marie Pino of the MEEMIC Insurance, Pino Agency … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools to seek Operating Millage Renewal in August Election

The Rochester Community Schools Board of Education has approved a resolution calling for an election for operating millage renewal. The district’s operating property tax millage is set to expire at on December 31, 2014. Under the school aid funding formula set by Proposal A in 1994, the State of Michigan assumes that the district collects 18 mills ($18 of taxes for every $1,000 of taxable value) on non-primary residency. Non-primary residency property (formerly known as “non-homestead … [Read more...]

RHS Teacher Achieves Status of Certified Journalism Educator

JEA President Mark Newton presents Julia Satterthwaite with her Certified Journalism Educator certificate

Congratulations to Mrs. Julia Satterthwaite, Rochester High School journalism teacher and adviser of the award-winning student newspaper The Talon for achieving the status of Certified Journalism Educator. This is an outstanding professional accomplishment for a journalism instructor, which demonstrates a commitment to quality education for media students. Satterthwaite was honored at a ceremony during the spring Journalism Education Association (JEA)/National Scholastic Press Association … [Read more...]

Inaugural Summer Golf Scholarship Winners Announced

(Left to right)Mike Bylen, Managing Partner Pine Trace; Allison Friebe, Rochester High School; Annica Taylor, Stoney Creek High School; Philip Mai, Stoney Creek High School; and Rochester Hills Councilman Mark Tisdel.

Three Rochester Community School students were selected to receive the Inaugural Summer Golf Scholarship and recognized before the Rochester Hills City Council meeting on Monday evening. Sponsored by Pine Trace Golf Club, Allison Friebe, of Rochester High School, and Annica Taylor and Philip Mai of Stoney Creek High School, were each presented with a three-year scholarship giving them access to the Pine Trace driving range, putting/chipping areas, and the 18-hole course. “This … [Read more...]