Buzz: RomeGaCares team on the ground in Florida. Berry adds new eagle view finder. Rome High named a 2018 “Best High School in America” by U.S. News and World Report.

Buzz: RomeGaCares team on the ground in Florida. Berry adds new eagle view finder. Rome High named a 2018 “Best High School in America” by U.S. News and World Report.

From Floyd County Sheriff’s Office: The RomeGaCares team has arrived in Franklin County (FL) at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Time to unload and prepare to hit the neighborhoods tomorrow. The team will be working in Port St. Joe and Apalachicola. Sheriff Harrison of Gulf Co (Port St Joe), although gracious to host us at the Catholic Church, has no warehouse to house for our supplies. Therefore, we will unload at the Franklin Co Sheriff Office. Sheriff AJ Smith has graciously allowed us to house our items. The team will then head to Port St. Joe to clear debris from homes and cut trees. We will overnight at the church and or at Franklin Co SO. We are excited about this opportunity to serve and promise to represent Rome/Floyd well!


From Berry College: Eagle watchers and Berry staff gathered to celebrate the new view finder at the nest site on Friday. Berry Professor of Biology Renee Carleton spoke along with Director of Sustainability & Environmental Compliance Eddie Elsberry. Other speakers included Berry junior Nicholas Lorch and avid eagle watcher and project organizer Ann “Birdie” Hammond. We are so thankful to everyone who donated and made this unique viewing opportunity possible for all of our eagle watchers who visit campus.

The Rome Board of Education will hold its annual Fall Board Retreat on Saturday, Oct. 27,  from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. It will be at WinShape Retreat on the Berry College campus.


For the ninth time in 10 years, Rome High School was named a 2018 “Best High School in America” by the U.S. News & World Report. Rome High was also selected as a “Silver Award” winner and ranked as the 54th high school in Georgia out of 442 high schools. RTI International (a global nonprofit social science research firm) partners with the U.S. News in implementing the comprehensive rankings methodology, which, according to the U.S. News website, is based on these key principles: “A great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.” In order to receive the Silver medal, Rome High School had to have a CRI (Conley Readiness Index) values at or above 21.51 as that was the median of all the CRI values among high schools with AP or IB test-takers.

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