Buzz: Rome schools honored for ‘Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.’ Part of Everett Springs Road closed today. Possum Trot Chapel homecoming is Sunday. Friends of the Library auction update.

Buzz: Rome schools honored for ‘Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.’ Part of Everett Springs Road closed today. Possum Trot Chapel homecoming is Sunday. Friends of the Library auction update.

Dr. Robbie Vincent, Rome Schools’ District Coordinator of PBIS and Student Support.


Eight of Rome City’s nine schools were recognized at advanced levels for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports on Wednesday, Sept. 5, by the Georgia Department of Education.

“PBIS is a framework that is designed to help schools use data to be proactive in their approach to student discipline. This includes establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success,” said Dr. Robbie Vincent, District Coordinator of PBIS and Student Support.

There are traditionally three levels of recognition that measures a school’s implementation of PBIS: Installing, Emerging and Operational. This past year, the Distinguished level was added to mark schools that have been Operational for over 10 years.

Developed in 2008, Rome City Schools began implementing this positive-focused framework in their schools in 2015. Now in their third official year of PBIS in every Rome City School, for the 2017-2018 school year, one school was considered Installing: Rome High School. Three schools were deemed Emerging: North Heights Elementary School, Rome Middle School and West Central Elementary School. And five schools were esteemed Operational: Anna K. Davie Elementary, East Central Elementary School, Elm Street Elementary, Rome Transitional Academy and West End Elementary School.

This means that at this time, “all schools within RCS have been named as an advanced PBIS school for either 2016-2017 or 2017-2018,” said Vincent.

Traffic note from Floyd Public Works: “Everett Springs Road from the area around #4558 Everett Springs Road to the Walker County line will be down to one lane. This will be in effect Thursday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Public Works is paving this area. Traffic will be able to use this area but expect delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The annual Possum Trot Homecoming Service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Possum Trot Chapel. The public is welcome to join alumni of the Possum Trot School and current Berry College students for the annual worship service in the historic Possum Trot building. During the service, student speaker Kevin Grier, a senior from Lawrenceville, Ga., will share details about his spiritual growth. A free potluck lunch will follow the service. The Possum Trot Church is the “cradle of Berry College.” Built originally around 1850, the old church was appropriated by Martha Berry for the Possum Trot Sunday School in 1900. The needs of the people at Possum Trot inspired her to build other schools to help children in the area learn how to use their talents and resources better. Miss Berry’s title, “The Sunday Lady of Possum Trot,” originated from her Sunday school teachings at the church. This event is free and open to the public.

The Friends of the Library is offering the Rome community three new and exciting showcases in our “For the Collector in Your Life” Silent Auction.  Our outside foyer showcase features wonderful books about “Football and Other Sports”.  Inside the library near the doorways of the Friends of the Library Used Book Store, one showcase features books about “World War II” and the other showcase has books about “20th Century Conflicts and War Heroes.” All silent auction items are donations from our community or library discards.  For a complete list of all the books offered in all three showcases, please check the library website, The Silent Auction will close Saturday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m.  There will be no bids accepted after this date and time. All proceeds help our library.

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