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Facilities Moderninzation Process update:

School # 12 Families:

Some of you may have seen the Channel 8 news report on June 12 stating that our move was in jeopardy due to no Phase 2 funding. This is not true.  We are an approved Phase 1B school and will proceed accordingly.  So, packing and move will continue.  Please see the statement below from Dr. Vargas and information from Rachel Barnhart of WROC News

Thank you,

13 de junio de 2014                                                                             

Apreciados Padres y Miembros de la Comunidad,

Algunos de ustedes puede que hayan visto el reportaje de noticias delCanal 8 anoche afirmando que nuestra mudanza estaba en peligro debido a que nohabía fondos para la Fase 2. Esto no es cierto.  Somos una escuela de Fase1B aprobada y procederemos como corresponde.  Así que, continuaremosempacando y con la mudanza.  Por favor vea la declaración del Dr. Vargasabajo. Por favor, alivia las preocupaciones de tus padres si te preguntan. Estemensaje va a salir en la web, a los grupos de padres y a todo el personal.


Michele Liguori-Alampi

Principal Escuela 12

Statement from Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, Ed.D. June 13, 2014

"I am delighted that our Facilities Modernization Planlegislation is moving forward, and thankful to Majority Leader Morelle for introducing it in the Assembly. I remain extremely hopeful that the bill can be passed in this legislative session, allowing work on our Phase II projects to take place as scheduled, and avoiding the major disruptions that delay would cause. I hope the legislature will agree that the need to modernize Rochester schools for our students, along with the other benefits of these projects for our community, make this bill a priority.

I also want to assure the staff, students, and families ofJames P.B. Duffy School No. 12 that renovation of their building and the move to temporary space on the Jefferson campus are taking place as scheduled. The modernization of School 12 is a Phase I project that is already approved and funded. Media reports that suggested otherwise were simply incorre

Declaración del Superintendente Bolgen Vargas, Ed.D.

13 de junio de 2014

Estoy encantado de que nuestra legislación del Plan de Modernización de las Facilidades se está moviendo, y agradecidos al Líder de la Mayoría Morelle por introducirlo en la Asamblea. Sigo estando muy esperanzado de que el proyecto puede ser aprobado en esta sesión legislativa, permitiendo que el trabajo en nuestros proyectos de la Fase II se realicen como estaba previsto, y evitando las interrupciones mayores que el retraso causaría. Espero que la legislatura esté de acuerdo en que la necesidad de modernizar las escuelas de Rochester para nuestros estudiantes, junto con los otros beneficios que estos proyectos tendrían para nuestra comunidad, hacen este proyecto de ley una prioridad.

 También quiero asegurarle al personal, a los estudiantes, y a las familias de la Escuela Núm. 12 James P.B. Duffy que la renovación de su edificio y el traslado a un espacio temporal en el recinto Jefferson se llevan a cabo como estaba previsto. La modernización de la Escuela 12 es un proyecto de Fase I que ya está aprobado y financiado. Los informes de la prensa que sugerían lo contrario estaban simplemente incorrectos.

From Rachel Barnhart:

"Here's the story on our website, indicating Phase Two passage is no sure thing.


We also never reported that School #12 was in jeopardy - only that the entire $1B project hit a roadblock."


From the Principal's Pen
June 2014

 The end of the 2013-14 school year is getting here faster than I can contemplate. I am amazed on a daily basis how well ourstudents are performing and how much our classes are gaining real-life learningin our community.   A couple of quick examples, in May, our intermediate choir and band played at the Lilac Festival and the Affair in thePark, sponsored by the RCSD Parent and Community Engagement Department. We are so proud of each student’s efforts and the beautiful music they create! Our 24Math competition team took 1st place in 6th and 4thgrades!  Hats off to Ross J (winner of this contest for 3 straight years!)  and  to Evan W for such a great demonstration of math skills!  We also swore in as Standard Bearers for the 2014-15 school year, DaLuis Gonzalez,  Yahiaira Perez,and Shecoria Moore-Streeter  and bid farewell to our current team of excellent standard bearers for 2013-14,  Susel Linares, Abby Feldman, and JahmereGreen. Almost the entire school took fields trips to the Lilac Festival, the Seneca Park Zoo, or Genesee Country Museum. In addition, our Robotics afterschool club attended the Xerox Celebration of Science and our 1stgrade Hola classes participated at the City’s Arbor Day Celebration at Mt. Hope Cemetery.   I can’t leave out that nearly  200 family members attended School 12 Band and Choir Spring Concert! Our students thrive with such great support!

Now for the crazy busy month of June!

We are still looking for parent representatives to join our SchoolBased Planning Team for 2014-15. Please contact Susan Allen (link)if you want to find out more. As our spring after school clubs come to an end,please review the school calendar to know when your student’s club is done.Other dates to remember:

·        June 3rd- Parent engagement luncheonhosted by Finger Lakes Health Agency- Contact Erick Stephens if you are

·        June 3rd -5th School # 12 Used book sale in the School # 12 library. Contact leasadie@rochester.rr.comto volunteer.

·        June 6th-Kindergarten New student orientation,9:00am-10:15 at School 12

·        June 6th- The most anticipated School12 carnival, 6:00-8:00pm

·        June 14th- Packing day- Come helpteachers pack up closets and shelves, 8:00am-1:00pm

·        June 16th- All students, kindergartenthrough 5th grade, tour the Jefferson campus

·        June 19th- the Annual VolunteerAppreciation Luncheon, 1:00-2:00pm at the Jefferson campus

·        June 20th- Duffy Day!

·        June 24th – Kindergarten’s GraduationCeremony, 9:00am- 10:00am

·        June 25th- 6th Grade MovingUp Ceremony, 8:30am- 9:30am.

On top of all the planning, our School Based Planning Teamis reviewing our School’s Comprehensive  Education Plan (SCEP) for 2014-15 as well asplanning our annual summer staff retreat to focus on developing higher orderthinking and questioning in our classrooms; among children and teachers.

Thank you for all your support in this pivotal year forSchool 12 students and teachers! We cannot do this work with the great parentaland community support!  Thanks so muchfor all you do to help our school succeed. 

This summer the RCSD is also focusing on promoting childrento read during the summer.  Primarychildren will be getting more than one book to read over the summer.  Intermediate students will get a chapter bookto read.  Please complete the bookprojects with the students and bring them back in the fall.  Children get better only by being read to andreading a lot.  Please read to them, withthem , and on your own as a model.

Free physicals will be offered in August.  Please see the below for more information or click here to see the full flyer.

Free School, Sport and Work Permit Physicals. 
Thursdays in August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th rom 6:00-8:00 pm
University of Rochester School of Medicine, 215 Elmwood Avenue
Parking is not provided (visitor lot fee is $6.00) RTA Bus service from Main Street
NYSED requires an ANNUAL physical exam for new entrants, students in Grades K or 1, 2, 4, 7 and 10, sports, work permits, and triennially for the Committee on Special Education (CSE). There are NO EXCEPTIONS! A parent or guardian must accompany the student or the student must bring a signed parental consent form, which can be obtained at the RCSD website at

Michele Liguori-Alampi


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