Rogers “the little school with a big heart” has built a strong reputation as a community school with a supportive and involved parent community and a caring professional staff who provide a solid education in a sensitive manner. The school is characterized by a number of strengths: excellent communication among teachers/parents/students/principal, a strong parental presence in decision making and day-to-day activities, a concern for the environment, high academic expectations for each child, a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and the ability to provide students with outstanding access to computer technology. Rogers Public School was opened in 1971 with an enrolment of approximately 500 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. It was the first “open concept” school to be built for the York Region Board of Education. The building was constructed in 4 pods with 3 open classrooms and 1 closed classroom in each pod. After a few years, staff began to close off classroom areas with bookshelves and cupboards in order to provide some privacy for the classrooms.
Over the past ten years, changes in such areas as size requirements for classrooms and school halls, advances in technology and a greater emphasis on safety within schools, have caused some concerns about the structure of Rogers P.S. A decision was made in the Fall of 2003 to rebuild Rogers P.S. and incorporate the gifted program which is currently at Bogart P. S. September 2006 was the conclusion of years of planning to rebuild the school and bringing the two communities together. A third community will be added this Sept. with the addition of the PRIDE program, which is a one day a week gifted program for students coming from North and Central Area of the board.
This year Rogers P.S. currently serves approximately 480 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 and is composed of three quite distinct groups. One residing in the area surrounding the school is an established population that feels a strong attachment to the school. A second, slightly smaller group, lives at some distance from the school and travels by bus to attend the grade 4-8 Gifted program. The third is comprised of a very small group of students of the PRIDE program which will attend Rogers once a week, according to their grade level, coming from Georgina, Aurora, Richmond Hill and Newmarket. There are approximately 40 staff members working in teaching and non-teaching roles. Kindergarten programs are a blended all day-alternate day program. Regular instructional programs are offered in all grades from grade 1 to 8. Specialized programs are area north gifted program from grades 4-8, area north and central PRIDE program, instrumental music for grades 6 -8 students and French for students in Grade 4 to 8.
Rogers’ students enjoy many varied extra curricular activities such as sports, choirs, bands, computer club, chess club and creative opportunities. Many special events are held throughout the year which welcome the community. These include concerts, talent show, Grandparents’ Tea, Arts Nights, Fun Fairs, Good News Assemblies, Terry Fox Run, Music Nights and special presentations. Volunteers are welcomed to assist in some of the classrooms. Traditionally, Rogers has maintained close community connections through several activities and celebrations. The Loonie/Toonie drive originated over 30 years ago as a penny drive. This activity is held near Christmas with all proceeds going to support a Children’s’ Aid family. Another long-standing tradition is the partnership between the school and the neighbouring seniors’ center. Several of our intermediate students visit some of the residents at Newmarket Healthcare Centre on a weekly basis, to play bingo and other games. There are the regular events such as the Meet the Teacher Night in September and parent/teacher interviews in December.
The School Council holds its elections in September of each year and meets monthly to discuss and debate issues at the school and board level. Rogers’ School Council is a very busy and active group of volunteer parents who work hard to make the school a better place for the students. They organize Hot Lunch sales each week, the annual Fun Fair, the yearly fundraiser, purchase materials and equipment for classrooms and outside activities, fund special events and activities and support many of the special activities within the school. This group meets once each month and through all of their work, they raise approximately $17,000 that goes directly to the students’ classrooms.
Rogers P. S. is situated in the middle of a stable community that will see little, if any growth, in the next few years. The “home” high schools are the two newest High Schools in Newmarket area, Sir William Mulock Secondary School and Newmarket High School.
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