Welcome to the Rochester Community Schools Community Relations department, where we take pride in communications excellence. There are several ways to connect with the district.
- The district website is a great resource. Emergency information and school closings will be posted on the homepage using a page pop. Individuals can access the homepage from any of the school sites simply by clicking on the RCS logo.
- SchoolMessenger is the district’s primary communication system. RCS families will begin to receive messages once their student is enrolled. Community members, alumni and retirees are also invited to stay connected with the district and sign up for RCS news alerts.
- RCS is always looking for ways to improve programs and services and community feedback is an important part of that process. To ask questions, share a concern, or make a comment, parents and caregivers are encouraged to contact their student’s school directly. All community members can use the Talk to RCS feature on the district website.
- Although the Board of Education is aware of the information shared using the Talk to RCS feature, community members can also send an email directly to the board.
- Social media is a great way to stay connected and learn about the great things taking place in schools across the district. Official RCS sites include: RCS Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. RCS social media guidelines support a safe and respectful environment.
- Community members can contact the Community Relations department by calling (248) 726-3185.
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Meeting the needs of the whole child, academically, socially and emotionally
Leveraging MICIP, RCS teachers use both formative and summative assessments to determine where students are in their learning journey and tailor instruction to meet their needs.
Mandated assessments: how RCS aligns with state standards
M-STEP results. The spring 2023 summative M-STEP results indicated that RCS ranked as a top five school district in Oakland County. In both ELA and math assessments, RCS students outperformed the state average by 25 percent and the county average by 16 percent.
i-Ready results. For the 2022-23 school year, RCS scores fell within the high-performance and high-growth quadrants, with room for continued improvement.
SAT results. The Rochester Community School District’s SAT scores have increased from 2022 to 2023 in all areas, to include the mean SAT composite, math and evidence-based reading and writing sub-scores.
Caring for the whole child.
RCS remains proud of student academic achievement and strives for continuous improvement.
Supporting growth in learning and well-being
Counseling teams nurture potential
Early interventions maximize success
With modest state funding and the fourth lowest school tax rate in the county, Rochester Community Schools maximizes opportunities to ensure students excel at the highest levels.
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Press Releases 2023
- Brig. Gen. Cushing returns to his alma mater, Rochester Adams High School, Nov. 16, 2023
- Rochester Community Schools announces new board member, Sept. 28, 2023
- RCS Foundation 18th Annual Hometown Hustle 5K and Color Fun Run, Sept. 8, 2023
- Board appoints interim superintendent, Aug. 22, 2023
- Rochester Community Schools invests $1.7 million to enhance support services districtwide, May 5, 2023
- Rochester Community Schools announces new board member, May 3, 2023
- NASA's 100th Flight Director inspires RCS students, April 14, 2023
- Rochester Community Schools robotics teams advance to FIRST® Championship 2023, April 12, 2023
- Rochester Community Schools awarded $1.9 million to enhance safety, Feb. 27, 2023
U.S. Army Brigadier General John Cushing, class of ’89 graduate
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Brig. Gen. John Cushing, Rochester Adams High School class of 1989 graduate, returned to his alma mater on Friday, walking the halls for the first time after 34 years to honor local veterans, share gratitude and show support for students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Cushing serves as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), where he leads a world-class team of scientists, engineers, analysts, technicians and support staff who leverage cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, quantum effects, autonomy, robotics, advanced energetics and synthetic biology, to give soldiers the advantage over adversaries.
“This command has 14,000 people, eight reporting centers and three international units. There are a lot of really smart people who are shaping what the Army of the future needs to look like,” said Cushing. “When we’re surrounded by excellence, we’re set up for success.”
Cushing was commissioned as an armor officer after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served in various assignments stateside, as well as in deployments to Iraq during Operation Inherent Resolve; Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom; and two tours to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cushing has served 30 years, following the legacy of his father and grandfather, who also served in the Army.
Rochester Adams Principal Pasquale Cusumano and Interim Superintendent John Silveri welcomed Cushing to the building, along with his mother, Anne, who remains a current resident of the City of Rochester Hills. It wasn’t long before they opened the 1989 yearbook and located Cushing’s senior picture, discovered his photo in the composites that line the walls of the school, and reminisced about the changes to the building and Cushing’s time as a student and athlete at Rochester Adams.
As an additional sign of gratitude and respect, art students handcrafted poppy flowers for the veterans, and all 1,500 students were afforded the opportunity to place American flags alongside the perimeter of school grounds with personalized signs of appreciation – a tradition that could be seen districtwide at all three RCS high schools.
Addressing the crowd, Cushing expressed his sincere thanks to the event organizers, students, administrators, staff and especially the veterans.
“Thank you to the veterans who are here today. Less than one percent – let this sink in a little bit – less than one percent serve their country in the uniformed services. For our veterans who have served, you have paved a way for me to be able to serve. You have made this country what it is today.
“We couldn’t do half the things in our country if we didn’t have folks who served our country,” said Cushing.
Cushing also shared gratitude for his high school. “I had teachers that were tough, that would challenge me to do better. It is an honor to give back to the high school that helped shape who I am as an individual,” said Cushing.
Following the veteran’s event, Cushing met with the AdamBots robotics team in the school’s innovation lab to participate in STEM demonstrations. He talked with the students, reinforcing the importance of how innovative technologies, such as robotics and autonomous systems, are shaping the Army of 2040.
As the morning came to a close, Cusumano reflected on the events. “We are extremely proud of our students who take every opportunity to embrace kindness. We are also proud of the individuals who once walked these hallways as a student and have gone on to do great things for our community, our country, and for the world.”
“It was truly an honor to welcome Brig. Gen. Cushing back to Rochester Adams,” said Cusumano.
“Rochester is a phenomenal district with so much to offer. I look forward to helping bring RCS to the next level, so that we can continue to meet the needs of every learner, now and for years to come," Blake said.
In appointing Jayson Blake, board members cited his calmness, empathy, humility and passion for education, along with his experience as an attorney. Also resonating with the Board was Blake’s ability to overcome adversity and become highly successful, notwithstanding having grown up in an underserved community. “I think that’s inspiring for our students,” said Jessica Gupta, board secretary.
Blake earned a juris doctor degree and a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan. He has also received numerous awards and recognition for his professional experience as a litigator.
The Board of Education followed the Revised School Code and Michigan Election Law in appointing an eligible candidate to fill the trustee position.
The position vacancy was announced to the public on Aug. 31, 2023; all eligible candidates were encouraged to apply. At the Sept. 18 Board of Education meeting, applicants were identified for the interview phase. On Sept. 27, a special meeting was held to meet candidates, conduct public interviews, and select a trustee.
Six candidates interviewed for the vacant position. Following the meeting, Board members took the opportunity to thank the applicants for their interest in public service and willingness to dedicate their time and talents for the good of the school district. “I appreciated seeing some new faces. Everyone was focused on the kids and what is best for the students and families in this district,” said Michell Bueltel, board president.
Current Board positions and terms of service include: President Michelle Bueltel (2024), Vice President Barb Anness (2024), Treasurer Dr. Julie Alspach (2024), Secretary Jessica Gupta (2028), Trustee Carol Beth Litkouhi (2028), Trustee Andrew Weaver (2024), and Trustee Jayson Blake (2024).
President Michelle Bueltel congratulates Jayson Blake on his appointment to the Rochester Community School District Board of Education.
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- Directional Trail: Brian Rill, MD (Henry Ford Health System); Christina Hogan, Real Estate One Rochester; Croskey Lanni, PC; Jax Kar Wash; Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett; Tim Holden, Realtor
- T-Shirt partners: Bartlett Wealth Management; Be Scene Boutique LLC; Classic Appreciation; DC Byers Company; Prime Packaging Solutions; Rochester Community Schools Board of Education; Rochester Education Association (REA); Rochester PTA Council; Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce; Sport Clips Haircuts of Rochester Hills; Title Boxing LLC
- Family partners: Amy Grande; Berwick; Beydoun; Gouldey; Hartman; Grein; and Michael Webber
ROCHESTER, Mich. – John Silveri was appointed as interim superintendent by the Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District during the regular board meeting on Monday, which was broadcast live to the public. A start date will be determined once the hiring process is completed.
John Silveri's career in public education includes service to several Metropolitan Detroit area school districts as a teacher, counselor, principal, human resources director, assistant superintendent and superintendent, as well as a consultant for the Michigan Leadership Institute.
“Mr. Silveri is highly regarded and well respected in the field,” said RCS Board President Michelle Bueltel. “When I spoke with numerous individuals who have worked with him and know him well, some very consistent themes emerged. He is a person of immense integrity, which will undoubtedly influence and guide his decisions for the betterment of our students, staff, and families. His calm and levelheaded demeanor and ability to take action and achieve results will be crucial in maintaining a steady course for our district during this transitional period.”
President Bueltel initiated the process for locating an interim superintendent candidate after receiving emails or having discussions with other board colleagues. Follow-on conversations with leaders from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) and Oakland Schools, as well as board members from other districts, indicated that an interim search is different from a permanent superintendent search.
“I found that in general, interim superintendents do not ‘interview’ or compete against other candidates for a position in public. In almost all cases, interim candidates are identified by the president of the board or another trustee and that single candidate is brought to the board for approval,” said Bueltel. “I felt I had approval from a majority of the board to work on identifying a candidate.”
After talking with Silveri, his former colleagues, and other individuals in the field of education, Bueltel contacted the district’s attorney to draft a contract. At Monday’s board meeting, she emphasized that the appointment of Silveri would be the decision of the entire board.
“To be clear, it is the board’s decision whether to appoint Mr. Silveri to the position of interim superintendent. During this process, I had only good intentions. I was focused on finding a candidate that I thought would best serve the board, district and community and be able to bring them to the board such that an interim would be in place when our school year began.”
Mr. Silveri holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Eastern Michigan University, and an education specialist degree in administration from Wayne State University. He is a graduate of the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA) Courageous Journey Program and the Michigan Leadership Institute Superintendent Preparation Series Academy.
“We look forward to working with Mr. Silveri as we continue our commitment to providing the best teaching and learning environment possible for our school community,” said Debi Fragomeni, deputy superintendent for teaching and learning.
Mr. Silveri is a member of the greater Rochester community and has lived in the area for the past 15 years.
"It is an honor to be asked to serve my community as interim superintendent,” said Mr. Silveri. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the dedicated members of the Rochester Community Schools staff and the entire school community in the best interests of our students."
Award-winning Communications Excellence
The Rochester Community School District received the 2023 National Schools Public Relations Association (NSPRA) Award of Merit for Social Media: Celebrating Pride in Excellence Through Social Media in Rochester Community Schools; and the 2020 Michigan Schools Public Relations Association Gold Medallion Award for responsible school communications. The honor recognized RCS for developing a comprehensive program to promote the ways our school environment allows all members of the RCS community to feel safe, valued and respected.