Principal's Message

Brian LeBaron
Message from RFA Principal, Brian LeBaron

Dear parents, guardians, and students of Rome Free Academy,

As we continue to navigate the RFA ship through the rough waters of the 2020-2021 school year, we realize the importance of finishing the year strong and with hope that this summer is merely the onset of a normal September school season.  The pandemic has made life difficult for everyone in a myriad of ways, but as we approach the month of June, we are enthusiastic to bring back some activities that are great for the students.

May was a positive reminder of what a typical May should look like as we held AP Exams in the library, Shrek the Musical, and a spring music concert.  In June, we will be holding events such as: the Junior Prom, Senior Ball, Senior Movie Night, a music concert, four Regents exams, and of course graduation on Saturday, June 26th.  Suddenly, school appears to be as it has been for decades and the end of the year feels like a normal year with end-of-the-year events giving us all high hopes the pandemic is behind us and not to be revisited.

Reflecting on the past 14 months, I believe all students, parents, teachers, and administrators, have realized how important school is to kids, their families, and the community at-large.  Let this be a lesson to us all to stay strong in the face of adversity and work side-by-side to find innovative strategies to overcome any obstacles that stalls the progress of any student achieving their education.  The lessons we have all learned will pay significant dividends in the future of our students and whichever pathway they choose to receive a high school diploma.  

In closing, I want to thank all parents who I have had so many excellent conversations with regarding their son or daughter and how we can support their children through the tumultuous times of the COVID-19 pandemic.  You have been patient, understanding, and empathetic and it has not gone unnoticed, overlooked, or unappreciated.  Thank you for working with us as a united front to ensure our students obtain what they need to be successful either at school or at home. Our partnership has forged an unbreakable bond that will provide a future of unmeasurable successes for students at Rome Free Academy.

Have a great June, enjoy the summer, and I look forward to seeing the kids when they return in the fall for what we anticipate is an in-person start in September, 2021!  


Mr. LeBaron



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