Education: Darlington announces baccalaureate, commencement speakers. Rome High sets May 19 graduation at Barron Stadium. Rome City Schools offering ‘transition to kindergarten’ sessions. Plus additional updates.


From Darlington’s website.

Darlington School announces that math teacher Al Shorey will be the keynote speaker at the Baccalaureate Service on May 18, and Chip Bell, author, acclaimed speaker, and consultant in customer loyalty and service innovation, will give the Commencement address.

Shorey was selected by the graduating class as the Baccalaureate speaker. He has taught math at the Upper School since 2013 and also coaches girls’ soccer. A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, Shorey holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Stephanie, are the parents of  Charlie (’16) and Alan (’18).

Bell, known for his work in mapping the customer journey as part of the customer service experience and customer forensics, was named one of the “World’s Top 30 Customer Service Professionals” for 2014-2017. Prior to the late-1970s launch of his consulting firm, Chip Bell Group, he was vice president and director of management and organizational development for NCNB, which forms the core of today’s Bank of America. Bell is a customer-loyalty columnist for Entrepreneur MagazineCEO MagazineMoneyInc and other publications. He has also authored or co-authored over 22 books, of which nine have been described as national and international best-sellers. As a consultant and speaker, Bell has worked with Ritz-Carlton, General Electric, Cadillac, Microsoft, State Farm, Harley-Davidson and other Fortune 100 companies. He has also appeared in interviews on several news networks, including ABC, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business and NPR.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in Morris Chapel. Commencement will begin Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. on the Chapel Lawn. In the event of rain, Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Huffman Athletic Center. Darlington will stream both events live online.

Rome Middle and Rome High have been preparing to take their milestone and end of the course tests, which begin on April 16 and continue through to the last two weeks of the semester.  Milestones-End of Grade and End of Course tests on the schedule are math and English for Rome City Schools’ third through eighth grade students, with the fifth and eighth grade students adding science to the list. Rome High School students will take all eight subjects for EOC exams. Students have been learning the material covered on all Milestones-EOG and EOC tests throughout the year. Many are required to test and pass before moving on to the next grade level or deciding whether or not they will need summer school. Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Dawn Williams, requested that students seek support from their families, make sure to get lots of rest and eat a good breakfast before each testing day, and try not to add undue stress. RCS has posted resources on their website for extra practice, quizzes and study tips, and administrators have equipped all teachers with practice exams in order to allow each child the understanding of how milestone testing will work on their designated days.


On May 19,  Rome High will be holding the school’s annual graduation for all seniors at Barron Stadium. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Since last year, a few significant modifications have been made to the overall graduation procedure. This year’s senior class will walk the stage in new custom caps and gowns, all embroidered with Rome High’s crest, a first for graduates. Because of the event taking place at Barron Stadium, there will be no limit as to whom each a graduate can invite to the occasion. In case of rain, students will then be granted seven tickets for family members, as the ceremony will move inside to The Forum where graduates walked in years past. Rome High School’s Baccalaureate Service will take place on Sunday, May 13, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Rome.

Rome’s Board of Education has a caucus meeting and closed meeting (purpose not stated)  planned for 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rome High School’s front conference room. The regular meeting will be  held in the cafeteria at 5:45 p.m.  Agenda

Rome City Schools sets ‘Transitioning to Kindergarten’ Parent Workshops.  Below is a list of dates and times this workshop will be offered at each school.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018:   Anna K. Davie – 10 a.m.

Monday, May 7, 2018: West End Elementary – 10 a.m., 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018: West Central Elementary – 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 10, 2018: East Central Elementary – 6 p.m.

Friday, May 11, 2018: North Heights Elementary – noon

Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Elm Street Elementary – 2 p.m.

These workshops will be held in the school’s media center or cafeteria. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP to any of these events, please contact Ginger Rowston, FEC, at 706-236-5050 ext. 5034 or

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