Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Currently, Rochester Community Schools require students to take foreign language for two years.
Hoping to free up more options for students when it comes to high school electives, the House Education Committee approved two bills in Lansing last week that would eliminate the foreign language requirement for graduation. At Rochester Community Schools, students must take two years of a foreign language in order to graduate, district spokesperson Debra Hartman said. The district's high schools currently offer French, German, Spanish and American Sign Language, Hartman said. By eliminating the two-year foreign language requirement, the proposal hopes to give students not headed to college more vocational options in school, but the Michigan Department of Education opposes the bill, according to the Detroit News. "Students, regardless of …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Runners brave cold for 8th annual Hometown Hustle in Rochester.
Runners braved frigid morning temperatures Saturday as more than 1,150 runners ran the eighth annual Hometown Hustle in Rochester, raising more than $22,000 for the Rochester Community Schools Foundation. Eric Lohr of Lake Orion, a track and field coach and teacher at Adams High School, paced all runners with a 16:39.7 finish. The 1,150-plus runners set a new record for the event, which drew more than 800 runners in 2012. Lohr, who teaches physics and wilderness survival at Adams, ran his first Hometown Hustle on Saturday and apparently wasn't bothered by the colder temperature. "I liked the cooler weather," he said. Lohr was joined in the 5K by several of his track and field athletes from Adams. Their finish could be a good sign for Lohr'…
RunMichigan.com has posted the entire results of the 2013 Hometown Hustle in Rochester on Saturday.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Event raises $22,000 for Rochester Community Schools.
More than 1,150 runners and walkers braved the cold early Saturday to traverse the 5K course set by the eighth annual Hometown Hustle in Rochester. The Hometown Hustle is the only event-based fundraiser for the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, which provides grants for classrooms in the Rochester district. Debra Hartman, spokesperson for both the district and foundation, said this year's event raised about $22,000 for Rochester classrooms. Eric Lohr, a physics and wilderness survival teacher and track and field coach at Adams High School, paced all runners with his 16:39 finish. Full results will be made available at runmichigan.com. Check back with Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch on Sunday with more photos and recaps from the …
Friday, May 10, 2013
5K raises funds for Rochester Community Schools Foundation.
The Hometown Hustle is entering its eighth year in the Rochester community, taking off Saturday in downtown Rochester. The 5K race/walk event, which raises funds for the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, is expected to draw about 1,000 participants. “The funds raised through the Hometown Hustle are critical to continuing our mission of supporting academics, arts and athletics through student scholarships, mini-grants to educators and cultural and athletic programs,” Debra Hartman, director of the Rochester Community Schools Foundation and Rochester Community Schools district spokesperson, said. “The 2012 Hometown Hustle raised $22,000 and we are aiming for $25,000 this year. We enthusiastically invite all to participate in this …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report are based on an evaluation of student performance, college preparation and other factors.
Rochester Adams High School was rated the 11th best public high school in Michigan in rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. The school has a 22:1 student to teacher ratio, a higher-than-state-average percentage of seniors who took and passed AP exams, and above-state-average proficiency in math and reading, according to the U.S. News data. Rochester High School was rated 24th best in Michigan. Among Michigan's other top ranked schools, International Academy in Bloomfield Hills was rated first, Grosse Pointe South ranked fourth, Birmingham's Seaholm High School was rated fifth in the state and Troy High School ranked eighth. To calculate the ratings, U.S. News partnered with the D.C.-based American Institutes for Research …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Dr. Robert Shaner will host informal meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday and again from 7-8:30 p.m. May 8.
Dr. Robert Shaner, Rochester Community Schools Superintendent, will host an informal Community Coffee from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 at the Administration Center, according to the district's web site. The community is invited to stop by for light refreshments and conversation. The community coffees are sponsored by Dr. Mark J. Roy of Oakland Optometry. The next coffee meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8. Robert Shaner, a former teacher, principal and police detective, took over as leader of Rochester Community Schools on March 1.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
District to install much of video intercom and keyless entry systems over break, expects project to be completed by end of school year.
Rochester Community Schools will be stepping up its security measures over spring break, according to an update provided Thursday by Daniel Romzek, assistant superintendent for business, and John Stoner, director of facilities operations. The Board of Education on Feb. 11 approved a bid for door entry systems to be installed in all elementary and middle schools. According to the district, high schools already have keyless entries and also have security personnel to man the doors. The bid included an audio/video intercom door access system at the main door and the installation of keyless entries at other designated access points, the update indicated. According to the district, installation of the video intercom door access systems has …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Here's how you can help Starbot.
Starbot, the police robot that visits every kindergarten and first-grade student in the greater Rochester area, is at the point of no repair. The robot, which Rochester's police liaison program uses to teach children how to be safe, is in need of replacement — at a price tag of $35,000. The schools are asking for the donations from the community and from local businesses to replace Starbot. School officials say Starbot and his predecessor in the school safety program, Sarge, have helped educate more than 35,000 students since the program started 15 years ago. When the robot visits the classrooms, he "talks" to the students, answering their questions about safety issues. Donations can be sent to the RCS Foundation, 501 W. University, …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Find out what factors will affect the balancing of the 2013-14 school year budget in Rochester.
The best-case and worse-case scenarios for balancing Rochester Community Schools' 2013-14 budget will be outlined for the community Monday night. Dan Romzek, Assistant Superintendent for Business for the school district, will kick off a four-month-long budgeting process during the Board of Education meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the School Administration Building. The meeting is open to the public, and public comments on the school budget or any school-related topic are welcome. A copy of Romzek's presentation can be downloaded here. For 2013-14, the district is facing a $3.3 million deficit. Key to balancing the budget will be board members' direction to Romzek and other school administrators about how far to dip into the district'…