Superintendent's Brief 5.27.22
Dr. Lesli Myers-Small
Video Message

Dear RCSD Families,

I would like to thank RCSD alumnus Mayor Malik Evans for joining me in today’s video to talk about a very important issue that weighs heavily on our hearts and minds – gun violence.

Just this week, we experienced another tragedy as the result of gun violence, this time at an elementary school in Texas, and almost two weeks ago, the unforgettable act of hatred in Buffalo. Tragic events like these where lives are lost continue to shake us to the core. The past several months have been extremely violent in our city. As a community, we need to change the culture, support our children, and teach them not to take matters into their own hands.

Next Friday, June 3, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. In 2013, a 15-year-old girl was shot and killed in Chicago, just one week after performing at the 2nd inauguration of President Barack Obama. After her death, family and friends stood up to take a stand against gun violence, and they urged everyone to wear orange. Eight years later, that movement has grown stronger.

As we remember the lives of those impacted by gun violence, we urge everyone to get involved. You often hear Mayor Evans talk about the need to get guns off the streets and increase collaboration to reduce violence. We all have a role to play.

Next Friday, we ask that you wear orange to honor the lives lost to gun violence and to raise awareness about this public health crisis and racial justice issue. Wear orange, take a photo, and post it to social media, using the hashtag #wearorange. Tag us (@RCSDNYS) and the City of Rochester (@CityRochesterNY) and tell us why you are wearing orange. I will be wearing orange for our students whose lives have been cut short, and the friends and families who continue to mourn them. Mayor Evans will be wearing orange for all of the citizens of Rochester that we have lost to gun violence.

We all have a responsibility to keep our community safe, and that not only comes from City Hall and the school district. It comes from the whole community working together. We thank the Mayor for partnering with us in this very important initiative.

Dr. Lesli Myers-Small
Superintendent of Schools
Outstanding Seniors Honored During
Michael C. O’Laughlin Recognition Dinner

Last week, 14 RCSD scholars were recognized as outstanding seniors at this year’s Michael C. O’Laughlin Recognition Dinner. Students were selected based on academics, leadership, and service. Congratulations!

Educators of the Year

Congratulations to the eight employees who were honored as Educators of the Year last evening. The Office of Human Capital began this initiative last year as a way to recognize excellence within the District and honor staff members who exceed expectations and provide meaningful and supportive teaching and learning experiences for RCSD students.

Countdown to Graduation
RCSD celebrates the Class of 2022! Visit the District's social media pages to view a series of videos showcasing seniors from each of our high schools. New videos will be released each week through mid-June, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Christine Manuele-Turnquist Named Principal of
Mary McLeod Bethune School 45

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Manuele-Turnquist as the Principal of Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45, effective June 27, 2022. She currently serves as Assistant Principal at Andrew J. Townson School No. 39.

Memorial Day
Thank you to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Join us, as we remember and honor those who courageously gave their lives.  All schools and facilities are closed on Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday.
Juneteenth Observance
Juneteenth recognizes June 19, 1865, when a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, discovered they were actually free almost three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This year the holiday falls on Sunday, June 19, so all schools and facilities will be closed on Monday, June 20.
June Parent Meetings

Parent Leadership Advisory Council
Leadership meeting on Monday, June 6 at 6:00 pm
Email [email protected] to join the leadership team.
Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Monday, June 13 at 6:00 pm
Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.
Bilingual Education Council
Tuesday, June 14 at 5:00 pm
In-person at the Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center, 485 N. Clinton Avenue, 14605
131 W. Broad Street, Rochester, NY 14614 | 585-262-8100