WHAT AN INTERESTING YEAR...
As students returned to in-person learning this spring, many have been able to experience the updated facilities made possible by the Bond 2017 program approved by the voters. Students at Oakland Elementary can now eat lunch in their new cafeteria and servery, preserving the activities in the gym for physical education classes and special events. The school has a fully remodeled library/media center with all-new flexible furniture, technology, and collection moveable bookcases. The art and music rooms have been fully remodeled which will be enjoyed by all students when attending special area classes. For pick-up and drop-off, there is now a larger driveway, additional parking, and a new water retention basin. The entire school has new paint, new lockers, new and enhanced flooring, along with completely remodeled bathrooms and main office.
Royal Oak High School has completed the third phase of the bond work which started with a newly constructed athletic plaza that opened in the fall of 2019. Since then, ROHS has had two additional years of remodeling and construction including fine arts classrooms for band, orchestra, and choir, remodeled science rooms, all new furniture school-wide, updated technology, new learning spaces in the media center/learning commons, and a larger cafeteria with an entirely new servery area. Two new elevators were added to the main gymnasium hallway to make it easier for students, athletes, and spectators to access the mezzanine, gym floor level, and locker rooms on the lower level.
Addams Elementary and Early Childhood Center, and Upton Elementary have already started some pre-construction this spring which will continue through the summer, with a final completion date of September 2021. Renovations and improvements will take place throughout the entire school building, as Upton will also see an addition of a new gymnasium.
Each school had a new electronic message sign installed previously, and all elementary schools have received new playground equipment.
MEIJER DONATIONS BRING SMILES
We want to THANK the Royal Oak Meijer for donating a little cheer to Royal Oak Schools in February. They provided our district with $1500 in gift cards to support our efforts during remote and virtual learning.
"As your teachers and staff members continue to navigate uncharted waters and diligently work to creatively finds ways to educate your students by way of virtual or in-person classrooms, we wanted to support, recognize, and show our appreciation for everything you are doing," said Leslie Moreau-Megel, Meijer Human Resources.
"Again, thank you for everything you and your educators are doing to enrich young lives in the communities we serve!"
The district shared the gift cards between all of the schools and asked them to use them as they saw a need.
"The impact of COVID-19 on our district has been tremendous. Due to the generosity of our local community businesses and organizations, we have been able to do more during this challenging time," said Mary Beth Fitzpatrick. "A special thank you to Meijer Corporation who kept our staff in mind by donating gift cards for the purpose of thanking and meeting the needs of our staff."
NEWS AND NOTES
ADDAMS EARLY CHILDHOOD
Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Carroll had fun working with students to plant seeds in honor of Earth Day. The children are looking forward to watching the seeds grow into sunflowers.
Registration for the 2021-22 school year is tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2021. Registration will be a lottery-based system. If you are interested in Young Oaks Latchkey please complete the lottery form (located by school here) and you will be notified if we can enroll you or add you to a waitlist.
ADDAMS FAMILY LEARNERS
On Arbor Day groups are encouraged to plant trees, care for trees, educate others about trees, or even climb trees! In celebration of Arbor Day, students from Addams Elementary received saplings from the City of Royal Oak Parks and Forestry Department to recognize this important day. This is the 44th year for an annual Arbor Day event in Royal Oak, which is proud to be a member of the Arbor Day Foundation and honored to be a part of Tree City USA.
Keller kindergarteners have wrapped up their "Where We Are In Place & Time Exhibits." These pictures are of the children's interpretation of what constitutes a home, how a home reflects cultural and geographical influences, as well as family values.
ICYMI: "Northwood's Got Talent" premiered last month. You can watch the performances here.
Oakland families can take part in a virtual paint night this month on May 6 at 6:30 PM. Oakland's very own art teacher, Ms. Beistline, will be guiding our families through a scavenger hunt paint experience! Pre-registration is required. A google meet link will be sent out prior to the event.
OAK RIDGE READERS
Oak Ridge students took part in "Wild About Reading" this spring, hearing stories from the Superintendent to Miss Michigan. Donations were collected and over $14,000 was raised. The Wild About Reading bookmark winners were recently announced: Kindergarten Winner: Cora Guy, 1st Grade Winner: Layla Dua, 2nd Grade Winner: Micah Ford, 3rd Grade Winner: Kayla Cullison, 4th Grade Winner: Emerson Wicke, and 5th Grade Winner: Ethan Ford.
While learning more about Earth Day, 5th graders at Upton Elementary decided to reboot their school garden that was created in May of 2019. Due to the pandemic and the cancellation of in-person classes last spring, the garden wasn't tended to by the 5th grade Green Owls. However, after taking a virtual and in-person tour of the garden recently, students decided to make it their mission to create a bigger and better garden for the entire Upton community to enjoy. Plans are underway to research plants that are native to our region, self-sustainable, and include a space for some vegetables and herbs. In the coming weeks, the 5th graders will grow plants from seeds to create the school garden and make a plan for its upkeep and future growth.
Get your ROMS gear at the school store so your incoming 6th graders can be decked out and show their ROMS pride! They are also planning for a celebration for the 8th graders on June 10/11. Look for more information on this coming soon!
Royal Oak High School focused on bringing awareness to the prevalence of mental health issues last month by taking part in 'U Matter' week.
A MAGAZINE PRODUCED
The Acorn Newsmagazine is a publication of Royal Oak High School. It is produced by students in a class taught by Ann Maudlin. Students actually apply to be on the staff. This year there are 14 students involved.
Maudlin says that students will use their abilities as global thinkers and ethical reporters as they research, report, and publish articles on local, national, and world issues for the monthly news magazine.
"The Newsmagazine course offers students the opportunity to develop sound journalistic standards, provide balanced coverage of school news and current events, and gain experience in photography and publication design,” said adviser Ann Maudlin. “It’s about learning and working together, capturing and honoring the stories taking place at ROHS, sharing ownership of the end product, and hopefully, making memories along the way.”
Marty Cardamone has been on the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education since 2009. He is also active with the Oakland County School Board Association, serving as their Vice-President.
Recently, he was recognized by the Michigan Association of School Boards for accomplishing the Master Board Member Award.
Mary Beth Fitzpatrick has shared that public school board members are able to take advantage of classes and workshops designed to support their role. "We appreciate his dedication to expanding his knowledge of school board member responsibilities, in order to better serve our community," said Fitzpatrick.
According to the MASB website, the Board Member Awards Program, with basic certification as its cornerstone, was developed in 1990 with input from both veteran Michigan school board members and representatives from higher education and state administrator organizations. Its goal is to enhance the ability of school boards to improve Michigan public schools and the achievement of 1.4 million Michigan students.
LOOKING FOR WORK?
We're hiring substitute teachers. Edustaff is the district’s partner for substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and secretaries. If you are interested in learning more, please go to http://edustaff.org/ for information and to apply.
Individuals interested in working with and caring for school age children before and after school for our Young Oaks (Latchkey) Program should contact the Addams Early Childhood Center at (248) 288-3220.
We're hiring custodians to join our team of cleaning professionals. Interested individuals can apply here.
For instructional and administrative positions, check the Oakland Schools Consortium portal at http://bit.ly/ROSJobs
Employment opportunities with Royal Oak Schools can be found on our website under Employment/HR. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Beth Caverly at the District Offices: email@example.com or (248) 435-8400 x1210.