March 7, 2014
Dear Parents and Friends of Rome High School,
Welcome to another “Informational Blast” helping to keep you informed about your local public high school named, the Rome High Wolves. The Blasts were named, “Email Blasts” at one time, but I have changed the format of delivery. You can receive them now through our Facebook site which is Rome High School – Home of the Wolves and by signing up for our information text on the front page of our school web site at www.romehighwolves.net I hope to have other methods of delivery in the future to reach as many individuals as possible.
We are quite proud of our high school, our parents, teachers and especially our students that make us special. This Information Blast will have lots of different bits of information and a few call outs of volunteer opportunities. Here we go…
I want to thank our PTSO Executive Board, our parents and student volunteers and community for our most recent Run with the Wolves race. We had a superior event at our high school on February 22nd. I am always in awe of the number of volunteer hours for these races. The race does make money for the academic programs at our high school aimed at helping and rewarding our students. However, it has also grown into such a superior community event. We are quite proud of the race and are in need to continue the event at the high standard.
We are looking for a few parents to have one volunteer job next year which is to focus on co-chairing this event. There is a lot of help from others to support their effort, however we need some laser-focused individuals, with perhaps a passion for running, that can organize groups. If you believe you are this person(s), please email me, or phone me, at Rome High so we can have some discussions about the possibility. I can relay to you the information you will need to understand the commitment so you can make a decision on helping Rome High School and its students.
We have a School Council at Rome High School that consists of two teachers, two business representatives in our community, two parents and me, the principal. We are formulated to meet four times in one year. Here is another volunteer possibility for parents in this Rome High School Council. We are in need for nominations to fill one parent slot on the council. The nominations must be in by Friday, March 21st. The nominations can be emailed to me, or called into the front office. After the nominations are received, we will get those names out to everyone and then proceed with the vote for the position in April.
If you know someone that you would like to nominate, please check with them to be sure they are willing to serve. Then, if they are, please send the nomination to me at my email address of email@example.com I will send all nominations out for view after March 21st. Then, in that same notification to everyone I shall list the date for the actual vote for everyone to choose the next parent to serve on the Rome High School Council.
We have been working on the extended day schedule this week at Rome High. I am proud to report that our teachers and students have done so with outstanding character and a strong focus on academics. I thank everyone for understanding this important initiative to help us to recapture the lost time due to the weather from previous weeks. We are on target for our students to reach their vision for the rest of the school year.Graduation is right around the corner for our Class of 2014. We should have over 300 seniors graduate from Rome High this year. Graduation is set for The Forum on Saturday, May 17th at 10am. Everyone, except the senior graduates and our teachers at Rome High School, must have a ticket to enter The Forum for graduation. I will be able to decide soon, how many tickets each senior will be able to have for this event.
Every senior needs to plan at this time of having no fewer than eight tickets for graduation. I hope to be able to increase that number by a few, but there are no guarantees and please do not plan on this as a ‘sure thing’. I must ensure that every student will have the same number of tickets for their family to use at graduation and at the same time ensure that we do not ‘overload’ The Forum due to their fire code.
Rome High was recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Education of being an “Advanced Placement (AP) S.T.E.M. Achievement School”. That is a tremendous honor for our teachers and students. S.T.E.M. is short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education and the honor recognizes our students for taking AP classes and passing those exams at a high level for college credit.
I would like for everyone to remember that your sons and daughters can take classes for college credit at your public education high school named Rome right here in Rome, Georgia. They not only take the class, but they can take an exam sponsored by the College Board. If these students pass the exam they can earn college credit right here at your Rome High School. We have had students leave our high school with their freshman year of high school nearly complete due to the number of college credit hours that they have earned at our high school due to passing AP exams. This is a tremendous opportunity for not only can the students earn college credit, but that also saves parents money on college tuition.
We had 275 students take 466 AP exams last year at our high school. A total of 56 students earned AP Honor status. A total of 63 percent of those 275 students passed the exams to earn college credit. That states volumes for our teachers and students and the education that one can receive at your public high school – Rome High! A four time U. S. News & World Report “Best High Schools in America”.I am proud of our high school and proud of the Rome City Schools. I want to thank you for allowing me to serve as our principal. It is a pleasure to serve our community and be with these great kids every day. They work hard, have great vision and should make every one of you in our community proud of their accomplishments.
On February 24, 2014, Superintendent Barge named 462 Advanced Placement Honor Schools.
Rome High School has been named, for the second year in a row, as a 2014 AP STEM School and a 2014 AP STEM Achievement School by the Georgia Department of Education!
- AP STEM SCHOOLS: Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)
- AP STEM ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOLS: Schools with students testing in at least 2 AP math courses and 2 AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or highe
Beginning March 3, 2014, RHS will be on an altered bell schedule to accommodate for lost instructional time from Snow Days.
We will begin releasing at 3:55 pm on March 3rd.
For the fourth time in six years, Rome High School has been named a
“Best High School in America”
by U.S. News & World Report for 2013.
Rome High was selected a “Silver Award” winner and ranked as the 46th high school in Georgia out of 400 high schools.
Rome City Schools will begin the 2013-2014 school year on Friday, August 2. 2013.
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For more information, please contact the guidance department at 706-235-9653.