CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2021
Dear Royal Oak Schools Families,
So many things have been uncertain for us this past school year, but one point is certain, we need to celebrate our graduates as they leave Royal Oak Schools for bigger and better things!
We know their years in the district did not end as we would have predicted, but our students have remained focused; they have kept going, and have kept achieving. As we see the yard signs in the community and the senior banners hanging on the fences of ROHS - we are reminded of the resilience of our students who have all benefited from your support and that of our staff in every school.
The outlook for summer seems so much more positive than it did a year ago, and that energy is certainly being felt around the district. On behalf of our school board, and all of the staff in Royal Oak Schools, we wish our students and families a safe and fun summer.
Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick
CLINICS OFFER COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN TO GET VACCINATED
Last month we partnered with multiple health organizations to provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics to our families.
Over 170 people attended our clinic at Royal Oak High School on May 20. Bloom Pediatrics organized the event and provided snacks, water, photo props, a "Why I'm Getting Vaccinated" board, and stickers for everyone that came through.
Check out these photos from the event.
On May 27, a vaccine clinic was held at Royal Oak Middle School. MedNext, a medical services agency, hosted a free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Royal Oak Schools’ eligible students and family members ages 12 years and over. All participants received a second vaccination appointment while checking in at the clinic.
HONOR SOCIETY PROJECT
The Royal Oak High School Honor Society made good use of its time during the pandemic. The group made up of juniors and seniors, planned their Spring Service Project to help others this past April. ROHS NHS President Athena Arrer, lives close to Common Ground Sanctuary and said she is aware of the work they do, so she brought the idea to support them up to the rest of the group. "We normally donate to Adopt-a-Family during the winter," she said. "However, because of the pandemic, we were unable to do so. As President, this was a service project that I had been hoping to do all year."
"It was especially meaningful to donate to this sanctuary since us members are giving to students the same age as us."
The 131 members of NHS donated items from the Common Ground Sanctuary wish list, such as personal care items, art supplies, and household items. The Sanctuary in our community provides assistance to students that are of similar age to the NHS members. Nearly 12 boxes of items were donated by the National Honor Society on April 30.
ADDAMS FAMILY LEARNERS
Congratulations to one of the 2021 Royal Oak Youth Assistance award recipients, 5th grader Lucille Kuchenreuther from Addams Elementary School. Each year, ROYA annually recognizes young people who have performed an outstanding humanitarian act, an act of heroism, or have provided exceptional service to someone. Lucy has been an integral member of the Addams Peer to Peer program since 1st grade, one of the most long-standing members thus far. Lucy has a special innate ability to read and respond to peers and what they may be needing during a difficult time or task. Lucy was nominated by her classroom teacher Matt Karsten, and School Social Worker, Colleen Davis.
Keller is celebrating 3rd grader, Victory Nader, the newest inductee into the Writer’s Wall of Fame. Victory submitted an informational piece on Native Americans. Keep up the good work, Victory!
Northwood students took part in a Fit-Athon that not only got the students thinking about fitness and fun but they also raised $30,417.96 - hitting their goal in three weeks! Mrs. Bath's class earned the most in the fundraiser, and 5th grader Oliver Klink clocked the most Fit-Minutes, while 3rd grader Tommy Warren raised the most money. Oh, and Principal Knipper had to participate in "Slime Time with Oliver and Tommy!"
Oakland had a great Virtual Art Night with Ms. B!
They also hosted a virtual yoga night! Fun!
OAK RIDGE READERS
Watch this video of Mr. Letkiewicz getting pie'd in the face by his students! "My students and I made a deal…get our Donorschoose project funded in one week and they got to pie me in the face. Well…they did it in one day!"
Also, Oak Ridge celebrated Red, White, and Blue Day with their staff and students!
Students at Upton Elementary worked hard last month creating the 5th Grade Legacy Garden on the eastside of the building. As a group they researched, planned, planted, and designed the project that will hopefully by enjoyed by the community for years to come. Students also decorated a rock to add to the garden. Students involved were from Ms. Vanevery's and Ms. Foss's class.
Attention 8th Grade Parents: The Ravens Ready Party is scheduled for June 10th, 12:05-2:00 p.m. (right after school). Students must be registered ahead of time. Use this link: https://forms.gle/9xscR3ThmJUBVc3cA. Also, the ROMS 8th Grade Drive Through Celebration Event is set for June 16 at 5 p.m.
Royal Oak High School has had a busy month. Graduates were celebrated with a Senior Car Cruise, their last day of school was May 26, and they had prom on May 27. Prom was held at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.
CHURCHILL GRADUATION HIGHLIGHTS
The 61st Annual Commencement for Churchill Community High School and Royal Oak Continuing Education took place on May 20 on the grounds of Churchill Continuing Education Center. In total 30 students attended the commencement ceremony that evening. You can view that event here.
Of the 24 CCHS graduates, two students particularly stood out, according to Supervisor Karen Powell. "These students took full advantage of remote learning being offered this year. Both needed close to two years worth of credits and they each put in the time and work to finish this school year." Ke’Sean Foster made the personal commitment mid-way through the year to stop working and dedicate himself fully to his education. He would not have been able to make the progress he did without this sacrifice. Batool Ahmed Inhayyir, who gave the class address, moved to the United States at 7 years old. She stated, "I wasn't able to speak any English, the only word I knew was hello. Now look at me speaking in front of all the graduates."
Royal Oak Continuing Education had 10 students that chose to participate in the commencement ceremony. The graduates in that program ranged in age from 26-63 years old. Fernando Sharp came everyday at 3:00 p.m. on the dot and worked with his teacher mentor diligently to complete his high school credentials. He opened the ceremony stating, "Graduates, we did it, we succeeded, we conquered... remember to stay focused, be positive and you can soar like an Eagle...whatever you do in life push through, there will be challenges, but stay the course."
The evening’s success was a team effort from staff members to students, including those from the TRAILS program, also located at Churchill Continuing Education Center. The TRAILS students helped with decorations which entailed constructing a red and white balloon arch for the event. Everyone’s participation and collaboration was much appreciated and contributed to this special event.
Students like to leave their mark on the walls of Churchill before they officially leave...Ke'Sean Foster is seen here painting his brick. This a CCHS tradition for students.
SPECIAL ED MOMENTS
Recently, there was an IEP for one of our high school students, Grace. She is on a Certificate of Completion but was accepted into Beaumont's Project Search Program for next fall. I first met Grace when she was a 6th grader at ROMS. Her parents were focused, honest, supportive, and kept Royal Oak Schools on track. There were many challenging meetings but the dedication of the ROMS and ROHS staff has paid off. Kudos to Michael Corridor, Rob Dietiker, Celeste Rudd, Elizabeth Steinkamph, Carmon Brown and all staff who continue to support Grace.
Do you know how hard it is to get a hole in one? Well, Senior Shane Topping just did it! He got a hole in one at the Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, hole number 4, that's 168 yards!
Men's Swimming has a lot to be proud of this year. ROHS Senior Swimmers Tim Stanley and Mason Solecki have been named Academic All Americans. Over 342,294 kids are involved in aquatics at the high school level and only 2% of these students are recognized as high school All Americans, according to Coach Darrin Millar. The team was also recognized by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. for their academic achievement!
The RO Lady Ravens Varsity tennis team finished first in the league and won their first league title since 2014. Congrats to all of the players and coaches.
Royal Oak Model UN or ROMUN, had some cheering to do last month when Sophomore Nina Hall earned Best Delegate (First Place) against veteran debaters across the country and around the nation through the U.C. Davis Model UN Conference (DMUNC). The conference marks the final competition during this pandemic year at Royal Oak High School. The team, though, has made the most of the situation in its 25th Anniversary Year, staying active by staging debates on social media and competing at conferences around the nation and world, including Singapore and Greece.
Two Royal Oak High School seniors were included in a PBS production about how COVID-19 changed education. The project, Disrupted, streamed on PBS NewsHour on May 18 and included Jamal McClung and Hava Szarafinski.
ROYAL OAK TURNS 100
AND WANTS TO HEAR
In honor of Royal Oak's 100th birthday, the Royal Oak Historical Society wants to hear from Royal Oak Schools students about what they love about the city. Entries are due by June 19 for a special showcase on June 26 & 27 at the Royal Oak Historical Museum.
LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM
The Royal Oak Public Library is excited to kick off its summer reading program, Tails & Tales, on June 19. The event will be held at Star Jaycee Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. that Saturday. Kids can expect to see animals from the Bowers School Traveling Farm, train rides, and entertainment including magic, dancing, juggling, and more! And while they're there having fun, they can register for Tails & Tales.
Amy Howes, Head of Youth and Teen Services at the library said, "We are open just in time to welcome you back to summer reading where there will be fun, a chance to win prizes, and a free book for all who register for the program." She said that adults and kids can join and track their reading during the six-week program while earning incentives and prizes along the way. If you can't make the free event on June 19, you can contact Rosemary at 248-246-3715 or email@example.com to sign up.
WHAT'S ON THE WEB?
In case you missed it, we've added some new pages to the Royal Oak Schools website that you might want to check out.
Have you looked at our "Forward Together" page? This page is dedicated to the district's cultural competence planning and diversity, equity, and inclusion work at the schools. You'll find resources here and information on restorative practices, links to publications and resolutions, and even our K-5 Diversity Book Collection. You can check it out with this link.
The district's COVID-19 information page is your one stop shop for everything COVID-19 related for your family and Royal Oak Schools. Here you can find out about our vaccine clinics in the area, cleaning protocols, see building tours, learn more about resources for your family, and view reported COVID-19 cases in the district. To see this page, click here.
And just in time for graduation, be sure to check out our Alumni page. You'll find a photo gallery with pictures from alumni through the years, information on filling out an alumni profile to be featured on our page, how to get your transcripts from Dondero or Kimball, and a column on some of the famous alumni from ROHS like Tom Hayden, Amy Smeed, and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Check it out with this link.