Editorial: Sunday Morning Miracle

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The following is an editorial from Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett regarding the recently tornado that touched down in North Fairview Farms. A Neighborhood Story On Sunday, September 21, 2014 an F1 tornado struck the city of Rochester Hills. As far as we can tell, it is the first tornado to ever hit our community. The tornado touched down at 5:57 a.m. and just two minutes later… was gone. In just 120 seconds, it damaged over 40 homes, uprooted over 100 trees, and devastated a … [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...]

Rochester Adams Denies Army Officer Entrance

Rochester Adams Student Kelly Baker and Family

High School Security Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Baker has served in the Army for 24 years. Around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, Baker stopped to check-in on his daughter, Kelly Baker, a new student at the high school. She was meeting with a counselor that morning regarding a class she was taking. However, three men and a woman working as third-party security contractors denied Baker access to the school. The four were wearing yellow shirts. During an interview on the Frank Beckmann … [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...]

Will Rochester shift to year-round schools in the future, too?

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A look at why some Mich. districts are adopting the new calendar Pencils, erasers, new sneakers and a packed lunchbox in tow? Check. All things necessary for a great first week of school. And some elementary students across the state had their first day of class last Monday as more districts adopt year-round schedules. “We’re very excited,” said Brian Walmsley, chief academic officer of Warren Consolidated Schools, a district piloting its first year-round program, which started Aug. … [Read more...]

Rochester Hometown Hustle 5k

The Rochester Community Schools Foundation is sponsoring its 8th annual 5K Fun Run on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Day of registration and pre-registered check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Administration Center. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. The "Hometown Hustle" will begin at the Rochester Community Schools Administration Center at 501 W. University and wind through the Rochester Municipal Park, along the Paint Creek Trail and down the Clinton River Trail, into downtown Rochester, and around the … [Read more...]

Superintendent Shaner Talks with Parents

Brendella Mcherson and Laura Cassar meet with Superintendent Shaner - Photo by Michael Dwyer

From Warren to Rochester Robert Shaner, the new Rochester Community Schools superintendent, has been on the job since March 1. While the school year is close to an end, spring offers many opportunities for Dr. Shaner to experience school-related events. He has been visiting schools and meeting staff. Superintendent Shaner’s background and experience can be reviewed in Rochester Media’s preview of the hiring by reporter Annette Kingsbury. Meeting with Parents The new … [Read more...]

The Rochester Area Junior Chamber Presents “Safety Town”

Registration for the Rochester Area Jaycees' “Safety Town” program, which teaches pre-kindergartners various aspects of life safety, is currently open through the Rochester Enrichment Office. In its 34th year of operation, this summer program seeks to reduce childhood injury by introducing four-, five- and six-year-old children to basic safety concepts through the use of interactive experiences. Registrations will be accepted until all available slots are filled, or until the deadline of … [Read more...]