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  • The Phantom of the Opera Visits School No. 35

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    Cast and crew from The Phantom of the Opera North American Tour visited students at School No. 35 today. Imagine their excitement! The 5th graders have been taking theater class since September and getting great experience. They also get to work with actor Nick Cartell. Today, students participated in two workshops that taught them the choreography to one of the numbers in the show.
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  • School No. 23 Reading Initiative

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    Francis Parker School No. 23 set up a new initiative to encourage students to read more at home. The school's grade levels are broken up into four local colleges. Each month, school leaders total the amount of reading each "college" student did at home for that month. School 23 read 70,557 for the month of March! That’s an additional 1,176 hours of reading! The school mascot visited the winning “college” to pass out trophies!
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  • Students Succeed in Co-op at RGH

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    Students at Rochester General Health System are doing wonderful work. These students achieved a GPA of 4.0 during the second marking period. Because of their hard work, students were invited to have lunch with the president and CEO of RGH.

    Over the last four years, students from the District participating in the Co-Op Youth Apprenticeship Program have had the opportunity to visit premier healthcare institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, New York Presbyterian, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. By visiting other healthcare systems, students gain valuable insight into the health field. The field trips provide students with the perfect opportunity to tour state-of-the-art medical labs, and hear from experienced medical professionals regarding their specialties and medical advances in their fields.

    This past March, students visited Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, which is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country and the only academic medical center in central Ohio.
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  • Charlotte DECA Club

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    Congratulations to the Charlotte DECA Club for qualifying to compete in the New York DECA State Career Conference in Rochester! This is a huge accomplishment for students and their co-advisors (Donna Richardson and Darlene Johanson) who worked hard for this honor. DECA prepares students in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Pictured above from left to right: Matthew Hough, Crystal Hastings, Nicholas Rodriguez, Christian Hastings and Quentin Campbell. Another round of applause goes to Christian Hastings. As a first year DECA member, the junior won second place (out of 25 competitors) in the Visual Advertising competition!
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  • Special Visitor at School No. 10

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    Students at School No. 10 had a special visitor. Mr. Rimas Chesonis, a member of the Honorary Consulate to Lithuania in Rochester, gave a presentation about Lithuania to student council members. It was a delightful presentation, and the children asked great questions! 
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  • Vanguard Students Receive "Do The Right Thing" Award

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    Laurence Cotton and Jennel Bryce were both honored to be nominated for "Doing the Right Thing." Laurence, an 11th grader, was walking to school when he saw a group of boys surrounding two other boys in an attempt to take their personal belongings. Laurence asked the aggressors to leave the boys alone, and they walked away. When Jennel, a 12th grader, learned that a local food pantry was low, she took it upon herself to recruit volunteers and visit house after house to collect items. The group ended up collecting 350 items! 
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  • Northeast Honor Roll Panther celebrates 1,000 points scored

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    The Northeast College High School Panthers celebrate Torry Wright's 1,000th point at their game against Charlotte. In addition to being a great basketball player, Wright is an honor roll student. We congratulate Wright and his team for their hard work!
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  • PAYCHEX Mentors Students

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    Every year, PAYCHEX employees take the time to mentor students in the District. Students learn about business practices and the steps needed to succeed. They're also given an opportunity to shadow employees. On this day, students were invited to PAYCHEX to meet several employees and to have lunch.
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  • World Read Aloud Day 2014

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    On the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls worldwide attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Students at School No. 33 had a wonderful time reading with RPD officers and other community volunteers.
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  • Vanguard: Food donations for the holidays

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    Vanguard students took it upon themselves to organize a food drive when they heard about the need for items at the Loop Ministries Food Pantry at 111 N. Chestnut Street. Students, along with their teacher Ms. Susan Hollister, walked a specific neighborhood in Monroe County to collect food donations. Students were excited to know their efforts would truly help the less fortunate in the Rochester community. Thank you to the generosity of those who donated the items. 
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  • Monroe High School: Steel Drum Band

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    James Monroe High School's Steel Drum Band played for the Big 5 at the New York State School Board Association's 94th Annual Convention and Education Expo in Rochester.   

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  • School No. 19: Blaze gets in costume to help students!

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    School No. 19 is grateful to Samsung for making a generous grant that has now paid for the cost of "Blaze." The therapy dog belongs to School Psychologist Angela Mullally. They both work together to help special needs students with their social and emotional development. Dr. Mullally started the Therapy Dog Program at the school and is the winner of the Chapter D School Psychologist of the Year Award. She was also nominated for the NYASP Frank Plumeau School Psychologist of the Year.
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  • East & Monroe High: Varsity Volleyball

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    Congratulations to the East and Monroe Girls Varsity Volleyball teams for placing first and second in the Volleyball City Tournament on October 18th!! Both teams displayed great skills and sportsmanship throughout the tournament and the entire season was a great example of how sports can build bridges between schools and create friendships.
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  • School No. 58/43: Healthy Choices for Children

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    Congratulations to student representatives at the 8th Annual Healthy Choices for Children: "Delivering Child Wellness Through Research and Practice." World of Inquiry School 6th grader, J’Anna Worth, was on a panel with students from School No. 43. They all shared their experiences with the "Breakfast in the Classroom" program supported by the American Dairy Council. J’Anna said she likes the program because no matter how busy she is before school starts, she knows she will have a nutritious meal waiting for her at school. Breakfast in the Classroom offers all students a nutritionally balanced breakfast in the classroom before the start of school.
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  • School No. 36: Adopt a classroom award

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    Mrs. Pamela Watson-Breedlove and her classroom at School No. 36 received $1,000 worth of classroom supplies in a surprise visit. Mrs. Watson-Breedlove was recognized for being an exemplary teacher on the same day as teachers at more than 6,500 schools in the country were honored. Thank you to Office Max and AdoptAClassroom.org for their generous donation.
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  • School No. 23: Extended day opportunities include ballet

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    Students at School No. 23 are now getting the opportunity to take ballet classes. The expanded day at the school is allowing students to get hands-on experience in many subject areas. 
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  • OACES: New transformer donation brightens learning experiences

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    The Office of Adult and Career Education Services is now the proud owner of a full-size transformer thanks to the generous donation by RG&E, Iberdrola and Cooper Power. The transformer will be used in an electrical class that allows students to get hands-on experience in working with this piece of equipment.

     

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  • School 17: The Community Room

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    Welcome to the "Community Room" at School No. 17! This unique room showcases original artifacts - important learning tools that help teach children about history. The artifacts came from local residents.
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  • School No. 9: Gettysburg Address

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    Michael Corporan-Perez from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School No. 9 reads the Gettysburg Address at Holy Sepulchre during a ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg 150 years ago. The location of this ceremony is especially significant because it's the gravesite of Patrick O'Rorke, the hero of Little Round Top who fought during the Battle of Gettysburg. As it turns out, he also attended School No. 9!
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  • 2013 Valedictorians

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    The RCSD proudly congratulates this year's Valedictorians! These have so much to be proud of and we wish them great success and happiness. Good luck in all that you do.
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  • Opening Day: Vargas & the Eastside Baseball League

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    Dr. Vargas throws the first pitch at Opening Day for the Eastside Baseball League. 300 kids between the ages of 5-18 are members of the popular league and several District employees serve on the board and as coaches.
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  • School No. 17: Mother's Day Jewelry Shop

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    Students with perfect attendance (330 students) from School No. 17 selected donated gifts for their moms this Mother's Day. Women volunteers from the Mother's Day Jewelry Shop program helped students select something special from a collection of more than 1,500 gently used items. The donations, which were cleaned and repaired by Mann's Jewelers, came from more than 100 different women.
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  • School No. 46: Let's Move

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    Students at Charles Carroll School No. 46 join other schools from all over the country in a flashmob dance workout sparked by first lady, Michelle Obama. Schools No. 25 and 52 also participated in this event, which was a fun reminder about the importance of exercise and healthy eating. School No. 46's local effort was supported by Rochester Children's Theatre, Wat-aah!, and MVP Health Care.
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  • School No. 19: Fire prevention poster winner

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    Julian Brown-Griffin from School No. 19 won a fire prevention poster contest. His prize was a ride to school in a fire truck! His parents took the day off for the event, and camera crews met him at school!
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  • The Center for Youth Continues Its Summer Reading Program

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    Two generous donations will allow The Center for Youth to continue its summer reading program. M&T Bank is donating $25,000 and another $20,000 is coming from an anonymous donor. The money will help serve 1550 students at 13 schools in the District. Each child will receive five to six books and tickets to a Red Wings game. It's a similar recognition students receive for participating in the RocRead program during school recesses.
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  • Students at School No. 2 learn the ropes on and off the court

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    The "Kids Basketball Association" helps 5th and 6th graders athletically and academically by teaching them how to play, and how to do well in school. All coaches are volunteers; many of them current and retired teachers. The league continues to grow! 
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  • Veterans Training at OACES Huge Success

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    A new program is giving veterans the job training they need to ease back into civilian life. It's offered through the Veterans Outreach Center and its’ partner, OACES and on March 21 the initial group of veterans successfully completed a 2 week “welding boot camp”. It was the first in a series of training partnerships planned with the Veterans Outreach Center and OACES. All of the graduates received certifications from OACES, the VOC and Senator Robach. They also had an opportunity to “meet and greet” with some of our business partners to present their skill sets. It was a win-win for all involved. Employers were able to recruit quality employees and the veterans were able to talk directly to the people in charge of hiring. Our thanks go out to Dave Young of the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council, the Veterans Outreach Center, Klein Steel, Quality Vision International, Career Start, RS Automation, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #13, the Workforce Development Institute and Senator Robach’ s office for making the night a success. Special thanks to Dan Collins for working long days to see this through.

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  • Wilson Chess Teams Wins Rochester Area Interscholastic Championships

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    Wilson's Chess team went undefeated this year!! The team won both the league and overall championship. Best part? Players are all 8th graders who compete against local high schools, including Pittsford, Brighton, Greece Arcadia, Southeast Christian Academy and All  City High. The team came in 6th place out of 33 in the Super Nationals competition in Tennessee.  
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  • School Spirit at Young Adult Evening High School

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    Exhibiting School Spirit - The Young Adult Evening High School (YAEHS) community of students and staff took the “RCSD Wellness Initiative” seriously. Collectively, they exercised, participated in Step-Up, walked their pets, ate healthy meals and snacks, participated in cleansing diets and got plenty of rest! Altogether, they ended up losing 300 pounds!
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  • Celebrating Autism Awareness at School No. 28

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  • Common Core Parent Academy

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    Recently, parents learned more about Common Core to better support their children's education. The two-session Common Core Parent Academy, hosted by the Office of Parent Engagement and Office of Teaching & Learning, provided parents helpful tips to enhance learning at home.
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  • School No. 2: Student Support Cards for ELA

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    Huge smiles from students at Clara Barton, School No. 2! Every adult in the building (custodians, cafeteria staff, office staff, classroom teachers, support staff, paraprofessionals and administrators) wrote cards and letters to students before NYS's ELA Testing as a show of support. 
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  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School: National Youth Orchestra

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    Martine Thomas, a junior at Wilson Magnet High School, has been chosen for a new national youth orchestra created by Carnegie Hall. After a residency, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States will tour to Washington, D.C., St. Petersburg, Russia, and London in July. This year, Carnegie’s Weill Music Institute chose 120 players ages 16 to 19, from 42 states. Great work, Martine!
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  • School No. 19: Boy Scouts

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    First and second grade students at School No.19 receive Boy Scout Badges. Thank you to teachers, parents and the Eta Rho Lamda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha for your support!
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  • All City High: Junior Achievement Essay Contest

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    Two All City High students, Jamarie Agosto and Austin Collyer, were named winners of the Junior Achievement of Rochester Essay Contest.  These exemplary students are pictured here with County Executive Maggie Brooks upon receipt of this award.  English Teachers Amy Bateman and Alden Fici encouraged these students through their process of writing the winning essays. Great work Jamarie and Austin!

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  • James Monroe High School: Monroe Delegation

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    Top Hispanic Students in the RCSD Travel to Albany for Leadership Program

     

    Recently, 200 students throughout New York State met with members of the New York State Legislature, New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force and New York State Education Department as part of the annual Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI).  14 students from the District and suburban schools in Monroe County participated in a mock legislative session in the New York State Assembly chambers. Students debated actual bills that reflect key issues in their communities, such as discrimination, funding for social and educational programs, graduation requirements and immigration. The 3-day program also includes team building exercises, college and career development workshops, and a student recognition dinner where scholarship winners were announced. For more information, visit www.prhyli.org. Posted March 27, 2013.

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  • RCSD: Surprise Attendance Visits by Mayor Richards and Dr. Vargas

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    Mayor Richards and Dr. Vargas surprise students at home, recognizing them for having excellent or perfect attendance. Each student received a certificate, a decal and a pen set. Nearly 10,000 students in the RCSD have achieved having a great attendance record. Congratulations! Posted in March 2013.
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  • School No. 19: Blaze the therapy dog

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    Blaze the therapy dog comes to School No. 19 to assist the school psychologist with students who have special needs. Animal assisted therapy programs have been found to be one of the best ways to help these children.
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  • School No. 33: Read-Aloud Day

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    School 33 students participate in World Read-Aloud Day with Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard, City Commissioners Carlos Carballada and Luis Burgos, City Councilwoman Elaine Spaull, RPD Officers, Assistant Fire Chief Wiliam Curran, Webster Firefighter Dan Riordan, Red Wings Community Relations Director Danielle Barone and RTA employees.  World Read Aloud Day is about showing the world that the right to read and write belongs to everyone. According to organizers, 793 million people in the world can’t read. Last year’s global event reached thousands of people in 65 countries.
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