Founders Day Kicks Off the Bicentennial Year for City of Rochester with VIDEO

Founders Day, an annual event, was extra special this year. A larger-than-normal crowd gathered at the Rochester Hills Museum, not only to recognize six new "founders," but also to kick off the start to the City of Rochester's 200th year celebration. Founded on March 17, 1817 by James Graham, Rochester has grown, keeping up with the times, yet holding on to its past. "Small town feel" is alive and well in Rochester. This year's event was held in the 1927 Calf Barn of the Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Good Deeds Day in Rochester

Join us on Sunday, April 2 as we participate in Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day is an international event with millions of participants in 70+ countries paying it forward through good deeds both large and small on this day. For Rochester’s Good Deed, we are collecting food items for Blessings in a Backpack. Rochester’s Good Deeds Day will be held at the Rochester Fire Department, 277 E. Second Street, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The day will also include kids’ activities, tours of the Fire … [Read more...]

Rochester Garden Club Funds Four Scholarships for 4-H Summer Camp

The Rochester Garden Club has initiated a new scholarship program for qualified eighth graders in the Rochester School district. Working in partnership with the Michigan 4-H organization and the Michigan State University Extension Service, the club sent its first scholarship recipient to the weeklong 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp in northern Michigan this past summer. Chloe Schultz was an eighth grade student at West Middle School and was thrilled to be selected to attend the … [Read more...]

Chinese Students Visit Rochester High School

Rochester Community Schools Expands Global Awareness Initiatives Chinese Students Visit Rochester High School Rochester Community Schools is hosting 25 students from Hai’an Senior High School, Nantong, China, until February 4. "We are enthusiastically embracing the visit, as it serves as a wonderful opportunity for RCS students to establish relationships with teenagers from across the world and expand their global awareness and understanding," said Executive Director of Elementary … [Read more...]

Donate your Recyclebank Points to Rochester Hills Green School Finalists

City Encourages Residents to Donate Recyclebank Points for Projects From now until March 15, Recyclebank members can donate points to schools of their choice with just a few clicks. Rochester Hills schools have been longtime participants in Recyclebank’s Green Schools Program. To date, over $50,000 has been awarded to Rochester Community Schools to implement projects ranging from outdoor learning centers, recycling bins, water refilling stations, and more. This year, 11 Rochester … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

RCS hosts the Learning Achievement Coalition for Oakland

Rochester Community Schools is hosting the Learning Achievement Coalition-Oakland (LAC-O) meeting, sponsored by Oakland Schools, on Wednesday, March 9, where State Superintendent Brian Whiston is scheduled to attend. At the meeting, more than 120 leaders from across the county will gather to discuss Michael Fullan and Joann Quinn’s work on coherence and discuss the concept of Deep Learning Labs. Fullan and Quinn, authors of the book, Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, … [Read more...]

STEAM Career Fair planned for March 5 in Rochester

Graphic designers, engineers and surgeons are among the more than 50 professionals who will reach out to the next generation of their chosen industries at the second annual STEAM Career Exploration Fair next month. STEAM is an expansion of the STEM acronym that includes science, technology, engineering, art and math; the event is designed for middle and high school students and is planned for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 5th at Rochester High School. Between 250 and 300 students … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Credit Rating Surpasses Previous Indicators

The Rochester Community School District is proud to announce a new long-term credit rating designation of AA- with a stable outlook for the $128 million unlimited-tax general obligation school bonds.  The rating was issued by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. “The Board of Education’s commitment to address the district’s financial challenges was a major contributing factor to the improved rating,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Dana Taylor.  “It is truly a privilege to … [Read more...]