Education: Armuchee Middle School earns a 2021 Gold Medal. Pepperell’s Carter Nelson signs with Samford. Rome Schools announces Virtual Learning Academy plans. Rome Board of Education retreat today.

Education: Armuchee Middle School earns a 2021 Gold Medal. Pepperell’s Carter Nelson signs with Samford. Rome Schools announces Virtual Learning Academy plans. Rome Board of Education retreat today.

Ascend Education announces that Armuchee Middle School will receive a 2021 Gold Medal. 

The Gold Medal Award was established in 2010 to honor the schools or districts that best demonstrate a dedication to ensuring that all students become successful at math. The strategies employed by this year’s Gold Medal honorees made use of Ascend Math, an online individualized math instructional resource, to accelerate math learning and outpace growth targets.

In his submission for Armuchee Middle School Austin Goggans wrote, “I can have students working on several skills independently and still work one on one with students who need additional help.”

“Congratulations to Armuchee Middle School students for the perseverance and hard work that led to their exceptional results,” said Kevin Briley, CEO of Ascend Education. ”We are extremely proud of the important job the educators at Armuchee Middle School are doing to help their students succeed in math, gain confidence and positively advance in life.”

Armuchee Middle School will be featured on the Ascend Math website throughout the next year and receive a plaque commemorating their success. The complete honor roll can be viewed at

Congratulations to Pepperell High Senior Carter Nelson who will continue his education and vocal performance career at Samford University.

Nelson Family pictured left to right: Jason (father), Baleigh (sister), Carter, and Lisa (mother).

The Rome Board of Education will hold its Spring Board Retreat today in Room A201 at Rome City Schools College and Career Academy beginning at 8 a.m.
All attendees will be required to wear a face covering and will be subject to temperature screenings.

Rome City Schools rolls out Virtual Learning Academy plans. (Media release) The application process is now open for parents and students who are considering a virtual option for school next year. Rome City Schools is offering their families a true virtual option for learning where children from kindergarten through 12th grades will have access to educators in a virtual setting. The goal is to provide the most effective learning environment possible outside of attending in-person classes.

Dr. Dawn Williams, assistant superintendent of Rome City Schools, outlined a few important things to remember if the new RCS Virtual Learning Academy is the direction some families want to go for the 2021-2022 school year.

“What we are offering for next year is a separate program for virtual learning, but it is not a separate school,” Dr. Williams explained. “This past year, our virtual learning program ran through each school. Next year, our virtual learning academy will have a principal who is Dr. Christy Epps. She will organize all communications, events and other activities for children in that program. The students in our virtual program will no longer be affiliated with the school they currently attend. However, our sixth through twelfth grade students will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities at the high school. We are going to keep that connection with our middle and high school students. The K-8 program will look similar to what we have now because those classes will still be taught by our RCS teachers and it will be live, regularly scheduled classes. That is important because we wanted to keep the live teaching element for our younger students. Our 9-12 grade students will be offered classes through Georgia Virtual School—which is a change for us—but we wanted to allow those students as many opportunities as possible. This was the only way we could offer as many courses as in-person learning students have. All students interested in this program must meet the requirements and register with RCS and with Georgia Virtual School.”

Dr. Williams also pointed out that students who wish to enroll in virtual classes will not have the option to return to in-person learning for the remainder of the year. There will not be a drop-add period, so families need to be sure they want to attend the RCS Virtual Learning Academy for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year. Also, the educators with Georgia Virtual School will not be Rome City Schools teachers.

Rome City Schools students will have access to all the core classes offered through the system and the AP class options as well. Additionally, CTAE offerings for virtual learning are also quite extensive through the RCS Virtual Learning Academy. While the CTAE class list will not include all the options at Rome High, the students will be able to choose pathways that interest them from a list offer through Georgia Virtual School.

The virtual program does have an enrollment cap, so if students are considering this option, they should start the application process immediately. Dr. Williams said school administrators are reporting that the space is filling up.The registration and application window will be open until school starts after the summer break. Rome City Schools is currently accepting all students who wish to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the RCS system, including tuition students.

Another important factor for RCS families to consider is testing. Students enrolled in virtual classes will still be required to take yearly Milestones tests for grades 3-8. High school students will also be required to take all tests required for graduation. Students enrolled in virtual classes will be required to test on campus, and Rome City Schools will follow all CDC guidelines during that testing period.

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