Award Process and Eligibility Guidelines

  • The ROSE Award logoThe ROSE Award is the pinnacle of the Rockwood School District's recognition and award program.  The name of the award, ROSE, is an acronym for “Rockwood’s Outstanding Service in Education."​​ It is presented to a maximum of 15 individuals each year. 

    The Objective

    To provide special recognition to people in the Rockwood School District who demonstrate excellence of character, performance, leadership and service - people who contribute more than is expected and stand out among their peers.


    Any individual providing volunteer service to Rockwood or working at a Rockwood location is eligible to nominate or be nominated for the ROSE Award. These individuals might include, but are not limited to, the following: clerical and classroom assistants, community members/representatives, custodians, child nutrition services workers, school counselors, facilities/maintenance, non-teaching professional staff, nurses, parent organization members, secretaries, school volunteers, teachers, administrators, principals, and transportation personnel.
    ROSE committee chairs, past ROSE recipients and deceased individuals are not eligible. Students also are not eligible for a ROSE Award. However, students may be considered for a Board Award.


    A selection committee composed of a cross-section of Rockwood patrons and staff members reviews each nomination and then votes on the final 15 recipients.


    The winners will be notified in a “prize patrol” manner in early March. ROSE committee chairs and members of Rockwood Communications will set out with balloons and flowers and travel from school to school surprising the winners. 

    Nomination Consideration

    Individuals who are writing ROSE Award nominations need to review Board of Education policies and regulations, which adhere to state and national laws on educational and medical information.
    Family Educational Rights to Privacy (FERPA): All information contained in a student's educational record, except information designated as dire​ctory information by the district, shall be confidential. In addition, parents/guardians and students have a right to expect that student health and medical information will be kept confidential. Student educational records shall be directly accessible only as permitted under the federal regulations, as set forth in district Regulation 2400.
    Please note that if a nomination violates the Rockwood policies and regulations, the nomination will be returned to the nominator and cannot be considered by the ROSE Award Selection Committee. In addition, all staff nominations must align with code of conduct policies upon review. 
    Please submit one name per entry.

    Special Presenter Considerations

    During the ROSE Award Ceremony, special presenters honor each ROSE recipient with an introduction. Rockwood Communications will invite a special presenter to perform this role for each of the 15 recipients under these guidelines:
    • The identity of the ROSE special presenter is a secret until the evening of the ROSE Award Ceremony.  We'll surprise our ROSE Award recipients and share their contributions with our Rockwood students, staff and communities.
    • Please note that all special presenters must provide Rockwood Communications with a script in advance of the ceremony to ensure it follows district policies and regulations.
    • The special presenter script needs to be within a two-minute time limit in order to provide all ROSE Award recipients with an introduction of similar length. Rockwood Communications will work with all special presenters on the content to ensure the introduction focuses on the contributions of our deserving ROSE recipients.
    • The special presenter may be invited to share their introduction via video, depending on their availability and format of the ROSE Award ceremony.
    • During the ROSE Award ceremony, spouses, children and extended family of the ROSE honoree may sit back and enjoy the program.  It's not only a special day for the individual being honored but for their families and guests as well. If the only nominator is a family member, Rockwood Communications will work with the nominator to determine if a spokesperson is needed.