Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents“Four Fabulous Foremothers” for Women’s History Month

Join the Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) on Tuesday, March 5 at noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm for a lunchtime program titled, “Four Fabulous Foremothers” with Ginger Ketelsen and Michele Dunham. Spend an afternoon listening to stories brought to life by Ketelsen and Dunham as they present Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Mother Jones, and Lucretia Mott from the foremothers collection of the late Dr. Gladys McKinney, a Rochester Community Schools educator for many … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Resume In-Person Learning

Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaner provided the following announcement at the Rochester Regional Chamber Community Outlook event. All Rochester Community School (RCS) District students enrolled in in-person learning have officially returned to our school buildings full time, five days a week. After such an unprecedented year for our community and our country, the joy, laughter, and learning that has reappeared in our classrooms is truly worthy of … [Read more...]

Don G. Pixley Memorial Scholarship Announced

Rochester Rotary Announces Don G. Pixley Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Family’s Donation to Rotary International Polio Fund In honor of lifelong Rochester area resident, Don Pixley, Rochester Rotary announces the Rochester Rotary Don G. Pixley Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be available to graduating seniors from Rochester area high schools who have overcome significant challenges or disabilities. The former director of the Pixley Funeral Home, Pixley contributed … [Read more...]

Rochester Community School District Dr. Robert Shaner 2020 Michigan Superintendent of the Year

The Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA) announced that Rochester Community School District Superintendent, Dr. Robert Shaner, has earned the award of 2020 Michigan Superintendent of the Year. “Dr. Shaner has proved himself to be an impeccable leader for Rochester Community Schools and I am honored to give him the award of Michigan Superintendent of the Year,” said MASA Executive Director Chris Wigent. “With a focus on bridging the diversity, equity, and inclusion … [Read more...]

Rochester Rotary Clubs Supports Mental Health Initiatives and Organizations

Rochester Rotary Club hosts Annual Charity Golf Outing August 26 Mental and Emotional Health issues are a growing and underserved problem, both across the country and right here in the Rochester Area. Depression and anxiety are epidemic among out youth and teen suicide is on the rise. To help fight back, the Rochester Rotary Club decided to support Mental and Emotional Health initiatives and organizations including those supported by the Rochester Community Schools Foundation. Rotary … [Read more...]

Prepare to Have Your Spine Tingled when Rochester Alliance of Theatrical Students Presents ‘The Uninvited’

Seeking to escape the demands of life in London, Pam Fitzgerald and her brother, Roddy, an aspiring playwright, discover a charming house in the west of England, overlooking the Irish Sea. The house, Cliff End, has long been empty, and they are able to purchase it at a suspiciously low price. The reason is soon apparent: The house has an unsavory reputation. Fifteen years earlier a murder may or may not have occurred by the gnarled tree that can be viewed from the parlor window. Slowly the … [Read more...]

Rochester Community School District Recognized for Award-Winning Budget

Rochester Community Schools was presented with the prestigious Association of School Business Officials International Meritorious Budget Award for the 2017–2018 budget year. The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and is conferred only to school districts whose budgets have undergone a rigorous review by professional auditors and have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria. “We are so proud of receiving the Meritorious Budget Award. It was … [Read more...]

“Pride in Excellence” is the Slogan of the New Logo for Rochester Community Schools

“The new logo better identifies us as a school community. We’ve incorporated the traditional burgundy color, but gave the image a more modern look. With all the technology and infrastructure improvements taking place within the district due to the bond efforts, the timing is right to enhance our visual identity as well,” said Superintendent Robert Shaner, Ph.D. Employees from across the district sported t-shirts with the new logo during a kick-off ceremony for the 2017-18 school … [Read more...]

Frank Rewold & Son Has Been Building Rochester Since 1918

Jason Rewold began working in his family’s business as soon as he was old enough to swing a hammer. He followed a tradition that goes back four generations in the Frank Rewold & Son construction company.  The firm traces its history back to 1918, when Frank M. Rewold worked for auto magnate John Dodge and his wife, Matilda, at their Meadow Brook Farm on Adams Road. The senior Rewold was a jack-of-all-trades handyman for the Dodges. He built and maintained many of the barns and farm … [Read more...]

Remembering Rochester Art Teacher, Jo-Ed Spitzer

Jo-Ed Spitzer inspired people – students, family, and friends – to be creative and to enjoy making art. Many will remember Jo-Ed from Rochester Adams High or West Junior High. He was an art teacher with the Rochester Community Schools from September 1970 until June 2006. He passed away on his birthday at the age of 76 from complications with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Art Teacher Jo-Ed was born in Detroit on June 28, 1941, and served as a Private in the U.S. Army … [Read more...]