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Read on (and watch!) to learn about:

  • the technology showcase at this month's Board of Education meeting (video)
  • the 2018 Junior Olympics
  • the 50th annual Red, White and Blue Day at Oak Ridge
  • AdvanceEd's recommendation for accreditation
  • a groundbreaking ceremony for the new ROHS athletic plaza
  • and more!

Students, teachers share the ways they use technology in the classroom (VIDEO)

Elementary schools compete in Junior Olympics

Earlier this month, all elementary schools were pitted against each other at the Junior Olympics.

Taking place for more than 30 years, the Junior Olympics brought 38 students from each school to Royal Oak Middle School for an evening of events. Third, fourth and fifth graders competed in events like the 100 yard dash, 800 yard run, tug of war, shuttle run relay, pull ups, arm hang, 1-minute jump rope and a 1-minute basketball shoot.

“The students take great pride in being a part of the event," Keith Doody, Northwood PE teacher, said. "Before and during the opening ceremony you can feel the excitement coming from each of the schools. It’s really an awesome scene to see all the kids sitting together in their school's Olympic T-shirts buzzing with anticipation and adrenaline. Then during the event each athlete gives it their all-out best effort. Many students end up with a personal best score or time. It’s really what makes the Junior Olympics special.”

District recommended for AdvancED accreditation

This May, Royal Oak Schools was visited by AdvancED, the district's accreditation agency.

The organization interviewed more than 300 students, staff and parents from all of the district's schools, including those in Adult Education and community high school programs. After three days of discussions, presentations and classroom visits, the agency presented its findings to district leadership, stating it would be recommending Royal Oak Schools for Accreditation. The report compiled by AdvancED will be presented at the organization's next board meeting for approval in mid-June.

"Thank you to all the students, teachers, staff members, and community members for their continued efforts in our school improvement process," Sarah Olson, Executive Director Curriculum and Instruction, said.

The visit was part of a five-year accreditation cycle, which includes a district improvement plan. Representatives from the organization visit Royal Oak Schools to review school improvement activities, like professional development, stakeholder engagement and technology. According to AdvancED, its Continuous Improvement System helps institutions plan and navigate a successful journey that is customized to their specific needs.

Red, White and Blue Day celebrates major milestone

Students, staff and community members gathered at Oak Ridge Elementary on May 25th for a very special occasion. It was the school's 50th annual Red, White and Blue Day.

Pat Wasvary founded the event in 1968 when her husband was serving in Vietnam. This year, she was the featured guest speaker at the celebration, which included a parade led by the Royal Oak Middle School Marching Band, a flag ceremony, patriotic performances from students and awarding scholarships to Oak Ridge alums. All students attended the event, in addition to local veterans, parents, and former Royal Oak Schools students and staff.

In the news:

Officials hold groundbreaking ceremony for Royal Oak High School bond work

On May 10, school officials scooped a ceremonial shovel of dirt at the site of the future athletic plaza at Royal Oak High School.

Bill McCarthy, president of Farmington Hills-based construction firm McCarthy and Smith, said crews began work in late April and that the project is slated to wrap up before the beginning of the fall sports season.

The scope of the project includes an athletic plaza with a concession stand and ticket booth, locker rooms, restrooms, and a picnic area. The high school will also receive eight new tennis courts, a redeveloped soccer field and a new track, expanded from six to eight lanes.

“I’m very pleased to be superintendent of a district that has such support from the community,” Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick said. “It’s just very exciting.”

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More of Royal Oak Schools in the news:

Enroll your kindergartener today!

If you have a child who will turn 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, enroll him or her in kindergarten now! Visit www.royaloakschools.org/district/enrollment for complete details and to make sure your student will join us in the fall.

For more info, visit www.royaloakschoolsfoundation.org.

Upcoming Events

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

  • June 1: ROHS Graduation, Freedom Hill, 7 p.m.
  • June 2: Celebration of the Arts, Royal Oak Middle School, noon - 5 p.m.
  • June 12: Keller 5th Grade Exhibition Night, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • June 14: Last day of school for students
  • June 14: Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
  • June 25: Royal Oak Schools Golf Outing, Red Run (register here)
  • June 28: Board Meeting, 6 p.m.

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

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