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Rochester City School District Opens 2023 – 2024 School Year

(September 6, 2023) The long-awaited first day of the 2023 – 2024 school year arrived today, and the Rochester City School District is celebrating the energy of its more than 21,000 students returning to school.  Today was filled with enthusiasm, hope, and a renewed commitment to excellence.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carmine Peluso kicked off his day at Montessori Academy School No. 53, where the atmosphere was electric, with student and staff energy that was impossible to ignore.  “We are really excited,” said Peluso.  “Our staff and team are ready, and we look forward to finally seeing kids back in school.”

There is more to this school year than just routine; it is a year dedicated to excellence.  “Excellence resonates with me in everything that we do in the classroom and how we treat our families,” said Peluso.  “It is a theme that expands over all areas of our organization.  We are one community, and everyone working collaboratively together is powerful.”

Families and volunteers joined in first-day festivities welcoming students at Nathaniel Hawthorne School No. 25.  Linda Strickland-Wyatt, a dedicated volunteer from Church of Life Ministries, greeted students with pom poms and cheers and showered them with optimism.  “We believe it takes a village to raise a child,” said Strickland-Wyatt.  “We are just here to show our love and support for the young people coming to school today.  They have seen so much negativity, and we wanted them to see something positive.”

During Thanksgiving and Christmas, Church of Life Ministries provides students at School No. 25 with food baskets, thoughtful gifts, and school supplies, ensuring that every learner has the resources they need to succeed. 

The District is also gearing up to celebrate a century of excellence at James Monroe Lower and Upper Schools on Alexander Street.  The 100th-anniversary celebration is planned for homecoming weekend in October, promising a memorable event that will bring the community together to honor the school’s rich history.