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...]

Rochester Community Schools Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Community Discussion

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rochester Community Schools (RCS) hosted keynote speaker Delma Jackson and Michigan Roundtable’s Dez Squire to examine the historical context of structural racism experienced in today’s communities. Jackson, a facilitator, writer, and lecturer on social justice topics, used storytelling to take the audience on a journey to learn about the cumulative impacts of race and Federal Housing Administration policies. He compared his … [Read more...]

Community Events Honor the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Rochester Community Schools (RCS) is hosting two events to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The events are free and open to the public; however registration is required. Community members, families, staff and high school students are invited to attend a presentation with Delma Jackson on January 21 from 9 – 11:30 a.m., and dinner and dialogue with Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press and author of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of … [Read more...]

Rochester High Teacher Fired After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Students

Rochester Community Schools (RCS) has fired a Rochester High School teacher after an investigation into alleged sexual relations took place with two boys, age 16 and 17. The female teacher, reported to be 26 years of age, is accused of having sexual relations with the two students in off-campus incidents. One took place in an apartment and the other in a car, where others students are said to have witnessed the act. The RCS Letter to Parents Dear RCS Families, We were notified today of an … [Read more...]

Acts of Kindness Extend Beyond School Boundaries This Holiday Season

During this season of giving, Rochester Community School District (RCS) students, staff and families are leading by example. Through fundraising efforts and acts of kindness, school service groups, clubs, PTAs and volunteers of all ages, are working to make the season brighter for others. “We are fortunate to belong to a community where compassion and generosity are part of our culture. Our students are truly making a difference. Even small acts of kindness can give hope and inspiration to … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Welcomes New Caring Steps Children’s Center Supervisor

Rochester Community Schools (RCS) welcomes Brittany Kunzelman as supervisor of the RCS Caring Steps Children’s Center, a year-round childcare program that serves children from six weeks through age five. Licensed as a director with the State of Michigan, Kunzelman joins RCS with managerial and teaching experience in early childhood education. She previously served as director of a learning center and a preschool, where she managed enrollment, staffing, training, parent advisory boards, … [Read more...]

Rochester Community School District Receives Financial Audit

The Rochester Community School District received an unmodified audit opinion, which is the highest level of assurance possible for the district’s financial statements. The audit was conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, government auditing standards, and the OMB Circular A-133 standards for the district’s federal grants. “We are proud of the efforts of our Board of Education to ensure the proper fiscal management of our organization,” said Dana Taylor, deputy … [Read more...]

Five Adams High School Students Raise Funds for Exterior Building Sign

Five Rochester Adams High School seniors made a permanent, positive mark on their school. After a successful fundraising initiative and project management, they added an 8-foot lighted LED sign with the Adams logo to the building’s exterior. The sign hangs near the athletic entrance and is visible from Adams Road. The students are long-time friends who attended Delta Kelly, Van Hoosen and now Adams, as well as play on the Adams varsity soccer team together. They are Cooper Drobnich, Logan … [Read more...]