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Read on to learn about:

  • Jump Rope for Heart at elementary schools around the district
  • District completes first round of municipal bond sales
  • Black History Month celebrations
  • Science Night at Oak Ridge
  • WNIC "Teacher of the Week" named at Addams
  • Keller students learn about local government
  • Oakland students visit Holiday Market
  • ROMS fundraiser for Whip Pediatric Cancer
  • and more!
Jump Rope for Heart takes place at elementary schools around district

Schools across the district kicked-off fundraisers for Jump Rope for Hearth this month. Northwood is pictured, and Oakland, Oak Ridge and Keller are also participating.

Royal Oak Schools completes successful first series of Bonds sale

Royal Oak Schools has completed the successful sale of its 2018 School Building and Site Bonds, as authorized by Royal Oak voters on November 7, 2017.

The $23.7 million of 2018 School Building and Site Bonds that were sold represents the first series of Bonds. Voters approved a total of $59.9 million in November 2017, and the remaining bonds will be sold in May 2020.

“We were only able to sell the bonds because Royal Oak residents voted yes,” Kathy Abela, Executive Director of Finance and Operations, said. “Not only was this a great opportunity for Royal Oak Schools, but officials from the brokerage firm said it restored their faith in the municipal Bond market.”

The Bonds sale allows for additions to and the remodeling of existing district buildings, plus improving and developing sites, including parking areas, playgrounds, outdoor athletic fields and facilities in the district. Other improvements that will be made possible because of the bond sales are the furnishing, refurnishing, equipping and reequipping educational spaces, new instructional technology equipment, and paying the costs of issuing the Bonds.

Students participate in Black History Month activities

From hosting an open mic night at the high school (pictured above), to special reading activities at the elementary schools (Northwood pictured), to focused classroom projects (Oak Ridge pictured), students around the district are celebrating Black History Month.

Oak Ridge hosts science night for students and families

Families explored science this month at Oak Ridge! Students and parents took some time after school to visit dozens of stations around the school and participate in hands-on experiments.

Addams educator named ‘Teacher of the Week’ by local radio station

Kindergarten teacher Lynette Szelinski received the Jay Towers Teacher of the Week award from WNIC on February 15. Those from the radio station came to Addams Elementary with Dunkin’ Donuts treats to surprise Mrs. S. In addition to the recognition, she received a gift card to Brain Balance Achievement Centers and a plaque.

Superintendent speaks with Keller second graders about local government

Keller second graders welcomed a special guest in the media center this month. Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick spoke with students about her job and the role of schools in local government.

Oakland students visit Holiday Market

For the conclusion of Healthy Towns, a six-week program on nutrition taught by a Wayne State dietetic student, fifth-grade students from Oakland visited Holiday Market to put their learning into action. At the store, students participated in a group warm up/stretch, received a tour of the market and related what they learned throughout the program in order to focus on buying healthy foods that improve their overall health and wellness.

ROMS LEAP classes raise money for a charity close to home

With a goal of $6,000, the students of ROMS spent the beginning of the month raising money for Whip Pediatric Cancer, a charity that has special ties to the ROS community. The ROMS Student Council chose the organization to honor Tessa Prothero, an Upton student who lost her battle with Neuroblastoma in June.

"I believe the ​​Whip ​​Pediatric​ Cancer​ fundraiser helps our community get closer, especially with ​Tessa losing her battle against cancer," Chloe Francis, seventh-grade Head of Service for ROMS Student Council, said. "This also shows us how to step up and do something for the greater good. Whip Pediatric Cancer helps us support all types of cancers, which was important to our group. We try to make this a fun competition out of the event with LEAP classes trying to win a pizza party. Overall this fundraiser is very important to our school as well as our community, we want to honor Tessa's legacy."

Combined, the sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes raised more than $7,700, and each LEAP class that raised the most won a pizza party. The winners were:

  • Sixth grade - Mr. Walker's class
  • Seventh grade - Ms. Kendall's class
  • Eighth grade - Mr. Homrocky's class

Explore Career and Technical Education opportunities through ROHS

February is Career and Technical Education Month, and there are plenty of opportunities to highlight at ROHS. The school offers a variety of CTE programs designed to prepare youth for a broad range of employment, including:

  • Health Sciences
  • Graphic Communications
  • Drafting/Design Technology (C.A.D.)
  • Marketing Sales and Services
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Business Administration
  • Management and Operations
  • Radio and TV Broadcasting Technology

In addition, there are Royal Oak High School students have the opportunity to enroll in programs housed at Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC). Through these, students extend their schooling by one year and graduate high school with an associate's degree.

Learn more about both of those programs here: http://www.royaloakschools.org/high-school/career-center/#CTE

Elementary school, ROMS open houses coming soon

Come visit our schools! ROMS and the elementary schools are hosting open houses throughout the month. Attend to tour the schools, meet our staff and learn more about the curriculum.

  • Wednesday, March 21 - Royal Oak Middle School Open House, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 22 - Addams, Keller and Northwood Open Houses, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28 - Oak Ridge, Oakland and Upton Open Houses, 6:30 p.m.

2018-2019 Enrollment Dates

The district is accepting 2018-2019 enrollments. The Schools of Choice application will be available Monday, March 5, 2018 both online and at the district Central Enrollment office.

The application window for grades K-3 Schools of Choice is Monday, March 5, 2018 through Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Click here to visit the district's enrollment page.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars! There is a lot to look forward to in March:

  • Tuesday, March 6 - All-City Band Concert at ROHS, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 8 - School Board meeting, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11 - Daylight Saving Time begins
  • Tuesday, March 13 - All-City Orchestra Concert at ROMS, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 21 - ROMS Open House 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 22 - Addams, Keller and Northwood Open Houses, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28 - Oak Ridge, Oakland and Upton Open Houses, 6:30 p.m.

Be sure to keep an eye on school websites and communications for events specific to your buildings!

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