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  • March is Reading Month
  • Teachers, Support Person of the Year 2018 award winners
  • Future Bulldogs: 5th graders get ready for ROMS
  • ROHS receives IB authorization for Diploma Programme
  • Spring sports
  • Upcoming events
  • and more!

Schools around district celebrate March is Reading Month

From guest readers to book sales to special assemblies, Royal Oak Schools made the most of March is Reading Month! Check out the following photos from a handful of elementary schools to get a feeling of what happened around the district.

State Representative Jim Ellison visited many classrooms during March, including this one at Upton.
Oak Ridge hosted a Battle of the Books for students and families.
Oakland hosted a book exchange where students were able to swap and purchase books to bring home.
Hosts from the Blane Fowler Morning Show on 96.3 WDVD visited Keller and read to kindergartners.
Author Bryan Chick (The Secret Zoo) spoke to Northwood students about the writing process and the importance of reading.
Second-graders partnered up to read at Addams.

Teachers, ESL instructor honored with annual awards

Royal Oak Schools is proud to announce its 2018 Teachers of the Year and Support Person of the Year. They are:

  • Elementary - Mary Kosnik, Third Grade, Oak Ridge
  • Middle School - Terri Durham, Special Education, Royal Oak Middle School
  • High School - Tracy Crawley, Biology and Forensic Science, Royal Oak High School
  • Support Person - Violet Andoni, ESL/Bilingual Paraprofessional

“Honoring these teachers was a special moment for me,” Mary Beth Fitzpatrick, Superintendent, said. “To recognize these teachers for the outstanding work they do on a daily-basis is important to make sure they realize it does not go unnoticed.”

Read more about the teachers here.

Future Bulldogs: 5th graders get ready for ROMS

This spring, 5th graders around the district are starting to get ready for middle school with special events like the ROMS Open House (pictured below), instrument fittings and visits from counselors to discuss 6th grade scheduling.

ROS in the news: Royal Oak High School Grows International Baccalaureate Program

The Royal Oak School District is rolling out its next portion of the International Baccalaureate program with the new Diploma Programme at Royal Oak High School. On March 6, Royal Oak High School and district administration received official authorization to run a program that has been several years in the making. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, ROHS juniors will have the option to be a part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

This two-year program continues the philosophy of the IB Primary Years Program at Keller Elementary and the IB Middle Years Program at Royal Oak Middle School and the high school.

"We will continue as we have been planning to, but this has been a little bit of a weight off our shoulders and a celebratory moment for us," Leah Barnett, an ELA Teacher and the school's DP coordinator said in the announcement. "Our team worked really hard, so this is a happy time for us."

Read more (Patch.com)

ROHS spring sports schedules released

To check where and when your favorite teams are playing, visit www.royaloakathletics.org and click on "Calendars." Be sure to keep coming back to the site for the latest game results, too.

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 April:

  • April 2-6: Spring break, no school
  • April 12: Board meeting
  • April 16: Teacher work day, no students
  • April 22: Earth Day

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

Follow us on Facebook @RoyalOakSchools and Twitter @RoyalOakSchools for more updates. Check the district website, too, for information.

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