RCSD social work staff and interns celebrated the completion of the interns’ graduate level education at the GRC MSW Program of Brockport and Nazareth. The students interned over the past year in District schools, working side by side with staff.
A huge “thank you” to Ms. Frazier, Mrs. Engels and School 5’s National Junior Honor students for a job well done in exceeding their collective fundraising goal of $500 for the Pennies for Patients Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student Series Fundraiser. The school raised a $615.42!
Students and teachers participated in the March schoolwide STEM Challenge on April 8, which tested students’ ability to build a catapult from common materials. The final competition challenged teams to use their catapults to launch an object for greatest distance and accuracy. First-place winners were Mrs. Rose’s 6th grade, Mr. Wayman’s 2nd grade and Mrs. Maggio’s 4th grade.
Two Nathaniel Rochester Community School sixth-grade engineering teams placed in the E3 Fair competition, with one team capturing 3rd place in the Option III Challenge and a second team taking 5th place in the Option II Challenge. NRCS is proud to have the only girls’ team place in either the Option II or Option III Challenges.
Groups of fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade students are working with RMSC’s Dr. Calvin Uzelmeier on an eight-week Exhibit Design project. Students are learning and experiencing the process RMSC uses to move an exhibit from thought to prototype to exhibit. Using RMSC’s process, students will create a functional, interactive exhibit that will be displayed and experienced by the students, staff and visitors at Nathaniel Rochester in the fall of 2016.
Eight students from School 8 created the animated film, “The Learning Tree,” through a collaboration with school staff, the Maplewood Y after-school program, the Rochester Association for Young Children, and Animatus Studios. Their film is being shown at screenings throughout the greater Rochester area.
Cecilia, a former Ugandan refugee and recent graduate of the culinary program, took advantage of the citizenship classes offered at OACES and was recently sworn in as a US citizen at a ceremony. She now works at the Wegmans Pittsford store.
Aleah Adams was named one of four winners for the award, which recognizes outstanding high school seniors who excel in academics, leadership, and community service. The four winners receive a $2,000 scholarship, paid internship opportunity, and participation in a leadership seminar.
Librarian Julianne Wise and three students presented the exciting opportunities Julianne has provided to students at RIA, specifically the Makerspace program.
The winners include Dezire Bishop-Richardson, 3rd grade, School 29; Sarah Adams, 4th grade, School 10; Xavier Rizzo, 5th grade, School 10; Don Huggins, 6th grade, School 16; Janaya Jackson, 7th grade, School 19; and Virgil Barnes, 8th grade, School 19.
Special education teacher Janelle Sacco was personally invited by her campaign manager to attend a meet and greet photo session with Secretary Clinton prior to the MCC event. Janelle attended the event with her husband Sam, also an RCSD teacher, her son, and Monroe Principal Dr. Ramos.
This national scholarship is a $10,000 award given to African American males across the country. Congratulations to James Weathers and Deshauntly Lee, who are the first students in the Rochester area to be awarded this scholarship.
Directed by Dr. Josef Hanson, the U of R Brass Choir performed a number of pieces and then participated in a side-by-side rehearsal with East High Eagles jazz students Alexandra Monson-Wright, Gerquan Brown-Hairston, Jan Luis Rosa, Patrick Duffy, and Ricardo Borges.
8th-grader Virgil Barnes won the Spelling Bee, earning a $1,000 college scholarship from the Rochester Education Foundation. Janaya Jackson won first place for the 7th-grade class and will receive a $500 college scholarship.
Mrs. Vazquez-Ramirez’s class led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and performed the poem I Am Somebody at the Mayor’s 2016 State of the City Address.
After seeing a tribute to the radio station by Ms. Clark’s class, WDKX visited the class to thank them for learning about the station as well as the call letters. Mr. Andre Langston and Board President Van White spoke to the class about being excellent citizens and educated contributors to society.
Christine Tymczyszyn, Todd Bissell, Kimberly Siracusa, Jeannine Brown, Lisa Poinan, and Michele Myers will be riding as a District to support the Center for Missing and Exploited Children on May 20. Their team is fundraising for the Lake Avenue branch.
With the help of Instructional Technology resource teachers, Rosie Castle and Larisa Useda, second-grade bilingual students connected virtually with a class near Utica, NY, to play the mystery number game. Teachers Mariela Polito-Fischer and Hulda Yau worked with students to ask questions, using a hundreds chart and academic language when asking yes/no questions about the other class’s mystery number.
This event for Pre-K and Kindergarten families focused on nursery rhymes from The Neighborhood Mother Goose book. Stations were set up with a variety of activities, and the night ended with a drum circle and the Mexican hat dance.