Rochester Community Schools Congratulates 2016 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Rochester Community Schools is pleased to recognize their National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalists who scored in the top one percent of approximately 1.5 million students from more than 22,000 schools nationwide on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. “We are proud of the academic accomplishments of our National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists,” said Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner. “We congratulate the students, along with the … [Read more...]

The Film Society of Rochester Releases List of Films for Inaugural Film Festival in Downtown Rochester

The Film Society of Rochester will present its inaugural film festival on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20 in downtown Rochester. Eight movies will be shown during the two-day event at the Rochester Ballroom, Second Floor, 322 Main Street, Rochester, MI. The festival’s main film will be the documentary 20 Years of Madness written by former Rochester resident Jerry White Jr. In the film, friends and alumni of Rochester High School reunite after 20 years to film a new episode of an … [Read more...]

RCS Announces Summer Music Theatre 2015 – “Children of Eden: The Symphonic Version”

Donors are needed to help sponsor the orchestra for the symphonic version of this epic musical The Rochester Community School District is proud to present a new and exciting version of Children of Eden. Featuring a stunning score by Oscar® and Grammy Award® winning composer Stephen Schwartz, this version by German composer Manfred Knaak, takes Schwartz’ original score and arranges it for a full orchestra of 35 to 40 musicians. This is only the third time this version has been heard in the … [Read more...]

Rochester and Stoney Creek High Schools Raise More than $20,000 for Rainbow Connection in Honor of Fellow Student

Students from Rochester and Stoney Creek High Schools with the $24,000 check they raised for Rainbow Connection in honor of Gage Garmo

Rochester and Stoney Creek High Schools joined forces during the 2015 Charity Week, in memory of their classmate Gage Garmo, to raise more than $20,000 for The Rainbow Connection, the charity that fulfilled Gage’s wish to meet rapper Eminem. These same students had waged a social media campaign that escalated and drew international attention when 17-year-old Gage, who had been battling cancer, was told he had just days to live. Kelley Cusmano, Faculty Advisor to the student council … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Neighborhood House Taking Applications for Junior Ambassador Program

Rochester Area Neighborhood House announced they are currently in the process of accepting applications for their Junior Ambassador Program. Each year, a Junior Ambassador who oversees an Executive Youth Board, represents Neighborhood House throughout the service area. In an effort to help prepare area youth to become future leaders and responsible, caring citizens, the Rochester Area Neighborhood House offers local students the opportunity to apply for the position of Junior Ambassador or to … [Read more...]

Rochester High School Presents Comedy, ‘Amateurs’

Amateurs Play

Spend an evening supporting local theatre as Rochester High School presents their production of Tom Griffin’s comedy, Amateurs. The play is set following the opening night of the Timberly Troupers’ musical about undertakers, Dorothy and her slightly daft husband, Charlie, host a gathering of actors and friends. The chic opening night party is in another part of town. A well-known drama critic has a heart attack and he leaves behind his not-yet-published review before being taken to the … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Congratulates its National Merit Scholars

Rochester Community Schools is pleased to recognize its National Merit Scholars who scored in the top 1% of 1.5 million students nationwide on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. “We are proud of the academic accomplishments of our National Merit Scholars,” said Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner. “We congratulate the students, along with the dedicated parents, teachers, and administrators who continue to support their educational … [Read more...]

Rochester and Stoney Creek High Schools to Honor Gage Garmo

Students with 'We Love you Gage' banner

Students at two local high schools are joining together once again in the name Gage Garmo, their friend and fellow student who died in January after a lengthy battle with cancer and just one day after meeting his idol Eminem. These same students waged a social media campaign to make that meeting happen that escalated and drew international attention when 17-year-old Gage was told he had just days to live. The student council at Rochester High School has announced that all proceeds from … [Read more...]

Rochester High School Alumnus, Class of 1955, Receives Diploma after Six Decades

A former Rochester High School student, Richard Armstrong, is scheduled to receive his diploma Monday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m., during the Board of Education meeting at the Rochester Community Schools Administration Building, 501 W. University Drive. “We are extremely honored to be celebrating this occasion with Mr. Armstrong,” said Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaner. “There is a definite pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with receiving a … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Teen Loses Brave Battle with Cancer

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett (far left) joined Gage Garmo's friends on Sunday to paint the town yellow, Gage's favorite color. Photo from Facebook

When used properly, social media can be a wonderful tool for spreading news quickly and affecting change as was evidenced over the past few days with the story about a courageous Rochester High School senior named Gage Garmo who was battling bone cancer. Rochester Media first heard about Gage's story on Facebook. How he was told his time was short and how his friends and the community were rallying to support him like the former football player had always done for them. As of Monday, … [Read more...]