Rochester Community Schools Announces New Director of Communications and the Foundation

Lori Grein

Effective immediately, Lori Grein is the new Director of Communications and Director of the Foundation at Rochester Community Schools. A graduate of the Defense Information School for Public Affairs, Lori’s previous experience includes managing high-level strategic communication efforts and events for the U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal, Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) at the Detroit … [Read more...]

Van Hoosen Middle School Administrator Selected as Gerstacker Fellow

Lisa Fosnaugh
Photo credit: Van Hoosen Middle School webpage

Rochester Community Schools is pleased to announce that Lisa Fosnaugh, Van Hoosen Middle School Assistant Principal, is one of 11 Michigan educators selected for the Gerstacker Fellowship at Saginaw Valley State University. They will receive concentrated leadership training over a one-year period, including a capstone international experience that will send the Fellows to Poland in April. Previous overseas trips have included Finland, China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. These trips involve … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools to Rededicate Veterans Memorial Plaque from RHS Class of 1947


On November 10, 2014 Rochester Community Schools will host a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room to rededicate the plaque in memory of “the men who gave their lives in World War II” that was donated by the Rochester High School class of 1947. The plaque has been restored and will be relocated to a place of greater prominence within the Rochester Community Schools Administration building. The press release also stated that at that time the district will also unveil a newly … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Receives Two National Blue Ribbon Schools Designations

Rochester Community Schools has been notified by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) that two of the district’s schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014, based on their overall academic excellence, according to a press release received by Rochester Media. Van Hoosen Middle School and Musson Elementary School are among the 337 public and private schools selected by the USDE and are among eight Michigan schools nominated by the Michigan Department of Education to … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Editorial from Mayor Barnett


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...]