MULTILINGUAL FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT FUN FOR ALL
Before the start of the school year, the English Language Development Department hosted a literacy workshop for families of incoming kindergarteners who are multilingual. The purpose of this event was to celebrate reading and our families' home languages.
Families read bilingual books with their children, wrote stories together, and heard tips from our staff about supporting literacy development at home. Each family left with a bag of bilingual books in English and their home language, and other resources to support their family's reading journey.
FORMER TEACHER RECOGNIZED
Steve Chisnell retired from Royal Oak Schools this year and was recognized for his years of service to not only Royal Oak Schools but also the Royal Oak Rotary and Royal Oak High School Interact Club last month.
Steve taught English and Literacy at Royal Oak High School and was beloved by many. He led the Model UN Club, Socrates Cafe, the Roost Student Union, and Interact Club. Lauren Heide is a math teacher at ROHS and she is now overseeing Interact Club.
"Interact is the largest club at Royal Oak High School, dedicated to a mission of “Service Above Self.” A youth Rotary program, Interact sponsors dozens of projects each year, including coordinating clubs in other schools, microloans for businesswomen in the developing world, Toy Breakfast, Box City homeless project, Alternative February Break, and The Roost Student Union."
Jack C. E. Catchpole earned his Eagle Scout while a member of Troop 1629 and was recognized at the September Board of Education meeting. Only about two percent of boys who enter scouting ever obtain their Eagle Rank.
Jack started in the Scouting program by participating in Cub Scout Pack 1628 for 5 years and then as a member of Troop 1629 for 6 years. In order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, Jack had to earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, complete an Eagle Scout project and pass an Eagle Scout Board of Review. Jack's Eagle Scout project was to provide some upgrades to the Upton Elementary School ball field by installing benches and adding a sign to welcome people to the Upton field.
The final step of earning the Eagle Scout Rank is to pass an Eagle Scout Board of Review which involves reviewing the accomplishments of the Scout, determining whether or not the Eagle Scout project allowed the candidate to demonstrate leadership, a review of reference letters in support of the candidate and an interview with the candidate to determine if the Scout attitude towards Scouting's ideals. This is done in front of people that Jack may have met for the first time. This is also the group that announces that Jack has earned his Eagle Scout rank. Jack had a wide grin on his face and was quite pleased with himself as he earned the Eagle Scout rank just like his brothers Kyle and Luke, and just like his dad had done before him.
Jack's parents are proud of how he developed while working on this Scout project, learning how to ask people to help him during the project, demonstrating leadership during the project execution, and being able to listen, reflect and then answer questions that are posed from people that he may not know.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AT ROHS HELPS STUDENTS FIND THEIR FUTURES
The Career Development Department at the high school is here to help students plan their futures. They can help students with testing and prep and post-graduation planning. educational development plans - and work with students on a plan for their future. During the year they offer a lesson with skills and labs including personality profiles that will help students get matched with different careers towards their personality and interests. Also, a course planner for scheduling classes towards their career goals. Career Development has job postings that are usually posted on social media. They offer live industry chats with professionals and research into specific professions where they then find archived chats with those professionals for students to see. They work with students on resume building and creating a talent portfolio. Portfolios include extracurricular certificates, letters of recommendation, college acceptance letters, proof of hobbies, and more, all of which the department can help students with. Janet Norling is the face behind Career Development and she is the Testing Coordinator.
Norling is managing this year's "Future Fair." The ROHS Future Fair, formerly the College Fair, is being held on October 26 from 6 - 7:30 PM. Colleges and trades from Michigan and beyond will be represented throughout the school. This is an in-person event at the high school, and masks will be required for all vendors and attendees. You can even bring the whole family. Cosmetology, massage schools, construction, electricians, sheet metal workers, many colleges, and specific trade schools will be in attendance. This is an annual event that couldn't be held in 2020. If you're a vendor and you'd like to participate - contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 248-435-8500 x1533.
The Career Development page on Facebook posts inspiring and motivational posts, as well as job openings for all age groups. Janet Norling, who runs the page, also manages ROHS Drama Club and the ROHS Dress Closet. The dress closet is currently accepting donations. The closet is run by student volunteers as well. It contains social dresses, semi, and formal gowns, and some business attire. They would love to have more dresses to fill the closet before prom so take some time and clean out your closet and donate to the ROHS Dress Closet.
RETURN TO SCHOOL SNAPSHOTS
DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD LISTEN TO RAVEN RADIO ON TV?
Royal Oak High School's daily "Raven Report" is changing things up this school year. The video newscast that has been brought to you Mike Conrad’s advanced video students each year will now be moving to a longer, once-a-week format. In place of a daily video newscast, Raven Radio will be delivering daily news and other announcements to the high school live over the PA system from the newly built podcast studio.
“By changing the Raven Report to a once-a-week format, it opens up our daily schedule to allow students to work on and create more projects. The podcast studio offers students the opportunity to learn more about auditory storytelling,” said Mike Conrad.
PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
A Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is made up of parents of children with disabilities. The PAC advises the Intermediate School District (ISD, Oakland Schools) on the special education programs and services it provides. PACs have a positive impact on special education programs and policies.
Our Royal Oak PAC is a group of parents passionate about the education and the well being of our children. The ROPAC sincerely welcomes any parent with a student(s) in Royal Oak Schools to join us in our mission to make our schools a destination for students receiving special education services to thrive. We are committed to promote inclusivity for all. We believe students of all abilities deserve respect, support and resources.
All meetings will be held at 6:30 PM, both in-person and accessible virtually as well.
Open Hands Food Pantry is one of the largest in Oakland County. They served over 5700 families and 6100 individuals in 2020. They are affiliated with and located at St. John's Episcopal Church Royal Oak.
"In the early days of COVID-19 and through all of 2020 and the early months of 2021, we saw a tremendous need for assistance to families experiencing food insecurity," said Joey Spano, Board Member for Open Hands. "Our numbers have decreased slightly through the summer months and we want to be sure we are getting information to people and families who need assistance in your district."
There's always something going on at the district! Follow us on Facebook @RoyalOakSchools and Twitter @RoyalOakSchools and Instagram @roschools for more updates and other news. We also have videos posted on our YouTube page. Check the district website, too, for the latest information.
Speaking of Social Media - Check out our Facebook Live's with Brian Gordon every Friday.