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RPS is closing early due to inclement weather.
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Is your child eligible for Kindergarten? It's time for kindergarten registration!
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Facilities Task Force
Find out the latest information on the Facilities Task Force and Boundary Changes.
Click ‘Read More’ for the latest updates and information on the 2019-2022 boundary changes.
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All your back to school information in one place!
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Two Students Dancing
Instilling Respect and Teamwork through Ballroom Dance
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Get the 2018-2019 Calendar Here!
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RPS is closing early due to inclement weather.


  • We will be dismissing Longfellow at 12:15 PM today (after lunch).
  • All RPS buildings with the exception of SACC (School Age Child Care) at Bamber Valley, Jefferson, and Northrop will be closing today at 12:30 PM.
  • SACC is closing at 6 PM today. 
  • All afternoon and evening Community Education/PAIIR classes for early childhood, youth, adults, and adults with exceptional abilities are canceled.
  • All community building reservations are canceled.
  • All after-school athletics, activities, and co-curricular are canceled.
  • Weekend events and/or facility rentals will be determined by appropriate Community Education and athletic staff and communicated via local media outlets. Community Education’s Inclement Weather Line is (507) 328-4010.


Is your child eligible for Kindergarten? It's time for kindergarten registration!

Children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible for kindergarten. If your child is eligible for kindergarten but will not be attending the 2019-2020 school year, please call (507) 328-4200 or email so that we may update our records.

You can register online by visiting…/registration___recor…/forms or by visiting the Registration & Records Office M-F 8 AM - 4:45 PM at the Edison Administration Building (615 7th St. SW).

1. Immunization Record (The most recent record you have. We realize your child may not be up to date if they have not yet turned five years old).
2. Certified Birth Certificate (not hospital certificate). Bring your Certified Birth Certificate and we will create a photocopy, no need to purchase an additional certified copy.
3. Early Childhood Developmental Screening Summary (only if your child was screened in another school district).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Non-public students must enroll in Rochester Public Schools to receive transportation, standardized testing, and other student support services. Students planning to attend St. Pius, St. Francis, or Holy Spirit are automatically enrolled in Rochester Public Schools.

For more info on kindergarten, visit:

Find out the latest information on the Facilities Task Force and Boundary Changes.
Facilities Task Force

Update from November 27, 2018


  • The goal of the meeting was to determine which information would be placed on a community survey, to be administered by School Perceptions.
  • The task force presented middle school boundary option for a new middle school. This was information only, no decisions were made.
  • The board recommended survey base questions and requested to see the survey question at an upcoming (early January) school board meeting. 



  • Build a new 720 capacity elementary school on property the district currently owns in the NW
  • Reconstruct Bishop elementary to a 720 capacity school
  • Reconstruct Longfellow elementary to a 720 capacity school
  • Build a new 1200 capacity middle school in the SW on property the district would need to purchase (40 acres +/-, with an 80 +/- option for a future HS and ES). 
  • Safety and security upgrades to occur at schools without a secure entrance

The facilities task force has also recommended specific district program moves to increase capacity and balance diversity district-wide (such as socio-economic status and ethnicity). This information may not present itself on the community survey, but the information has been discussed at length over the past several months in both citizen voice and school board meetings. Programming changes have not been determined by the school board and will not be determined until later in the referendum process.

  • 45/15 schedule at Longfellow and/or Pinewood elementary schools
  • Montessori program relocates to Hoover
  • Spanish Immersion and Newcomer programs relocate to Bishop and Bamber elementary schools
  • Highly Gifted programming may potentially expand to all middle schools; Friedell middle school building would be repurposed


  • Reconstruct Churchill to a 600 – 720 capacity building
  • New lighting and sound systems at all 3 HS auditoriums
  • Close 3 pools at the middle schools, add a competition pool at Century, correct depth at Mayo for equity and to reduce operating costs and Long Term Facilities Maintenance work
  • Site equity for the 3 HS; turf, restrooms, concessions, and storage


  • Citizen Voice Question and Answer event on December 17 from 5:30-6:30 in the Edison Board Room.
  • The Project Oversight Committee (POC) is working with School Perceptions (this is an independent research firm that specializes in conducting surveys for public schools) to design a draft survey during the month of December.
  • The intent of the survey is to help gauge the community’s interest in a referendum and at what cost.
  • The task force will review the survey questions later in December.
  • The school board will review the survey questions in early January.
  • Once approved by the school board, the survey will be mailed to all residents in the district and is administered by School Perceptions in January/February. 
  • Residents may take the survey via an online method or a mail-in model during the month of January and/or February.
  • The survey will be available in multiple languages.
  • Survey results will be presented to the task force and school board in early March.
  • After the results are reviewed, the school board will potentially make a decision on referendum questions and values.



All your back to school information in one place!

Kids getting on a school bus

Start off the school year right.
Here you will find school supply lists, calendars, health forms, and more.

School Year Calendars
School Supply Lists

Meet the Teacher Dates
Student Nutrition Information
Transportation Forms and Questions
Skyward Family Access
Student Health Services

Instilling Respect and Teamwork through Ballroom Dance
Two Students Dancing

Most recently, Elton Hills students worked with the Heart of Dance to master their skills. Below is a video of their dance presentation. 


“Thank you for giving us a chance to do Ballroom Dancing. I just thought the dancing program was a blast….At first, I was like no way….now I love it. Thanks again and I hope all fifth-graders could do this.”

- Fifth-grader, Pinewood Elementary School

So wrote a gentleman--the most reluctant in the class according to fifth-grade teacher Lisa Anderson--to Rochester District Superintendent Michael Munoz last November to thank him for bringing Dancing Classrooms of Mad Hot Ballroom fame to Rochester last fall.   Under his leadership and that of Community and Family Engagement Director Julie Ruzek, Minnesota nonprofit Heart of Dance brought Dancing Classrooms to 16 Rochester fifth-grade classrooms at Pinewood, Riverside Central, Elton Hills, Jefferson, and Gage Elementary Schools this school year. 

“To be honest, at first, dancing was cringe-worthy,” said Matt Ruzek, principal at Riverside Central.  “Students struggled with even the most basic parts, like simply making eye contact while standing across from a partner in the circle....It took even more practice to touch that same person’s hands.

“This partnership became something we never could have predicted,” Ruzek continued. “Before we knew it, our students were doing the Rumba, Waltz, and Tango outside of class, excited to share their new passion at our all-school assembly....Students showcased their elegance, respect, teamwork, trust, and joy for this new art they embraced in just ten weeks and twenty lessons.”

Minnesota is one of just thirty sites in the world of the global Social Emotional Learning program Dancing Classrooms, which teaches life lessons to 5th and 8th graders through partner dance. “Arts experiences build confidence, promote self-esteem, and encourage creativity,” said Anderson. “The Dancing Classrooms program goes further by teaching values of respect, elegance, and teamwork in a well-organized, structured, and lively manner. It is a program that not only welcomes all students but expects them to demonstrate strength of character at the highest level.”

Do students agree? Of 100% of Heart of Dance students who participated in three classrooms at Riverside Elementary School:

  • 73% agree “As a result of my experience with Heart of Dance that relationships with my peers have improved.”
  • 88% agree, “Through Heart of Dance, I realize I can improve at anything I try.”

Perhaps most telling are the quotes from fifth-graders themselves:

  • “I feel like I can be myself around everyone.”
  • “When my class first started we did not like it but a few weeks later we loved it now we miss it and we will never forget. It made me have more friends and talk to people I don’t usually talk to.”
  • “It’s a good memory to keep. It made our school so special.”
  • “It helped me to learn to trust my classmates.”

Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists work with classroom teachers to connect dance with their ongoing curriculum through essays, art, video or powerpoint projects, or researching cultural origins of the dances. Teachers like Anderson also participate in the classroom with the students. “Students arrive in fifth grade at a variety of skill levels in reading, math, and other subjects,” Anderson said. “However, we all started the year as beginners in ballroom dancing and learned the lessons of dedication, tenacity, and support as we mastered dances.”

Fifth-graders at Gage, Elton Hills, and Jefferson Elementary Schools started their spring residency in February and will perform a showcase for their families and school community in late April or early May.  Up to 14 students from each school will compete in St. Paul in the May 20th all-state Colors of the Rainbow Team Match.     

Volunteers from the Rochester Heart of Dance Volunteer Engagement Committee, chaired by Dr. Patricia Barrier, provide essential community support. Dr. Barrier joined four other volunteer Classroom Assistants in the schools last semester. “My weekly interactions with the fifth-graders were a joy and point of pride. This program is powerful,” she said. “I witnessed children who started off as behavior challenges transformed into leaders. I watched children hesitant and shy at first, develop confidence and pride in their achievements....I am certain many will continue to enrich our community through a viewpoint of inclusivity and respect.”

Rochester is the first school district in the state to embrace Heart of Dance and Dancing Classrooms at the school district level. With their success, other school districts including Richfield and Minneapolis are looking to Rochester as a model.   

Said Supt. Munoz, “It truly has given students involved in the program skills to be successful in the future, and changed their lives for the better. Any program that can help our students reach their full potential will benefit our students and the community of Rochester.” 
Get the 2018-2019 Calendar Here!
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The school board approved the 2018-2019 calendar with a pre Labor Day start for District schools. See the highlights below:

• First day of school – August 27, 2018

• Last day of school – May 31, 2019

• Graduation – May 25, 2019

Looking for the 2018-2019 Calendar? 

Click the image below for a printable version.