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In this issue

  • Teachers of the Year Honored
  • School closure latest
  • Helping The Community
  • Bravo to our high schoolers!
  • Michigan Census
  • 2020-21 district calendar
  • Available positions at the district

Teachers of the Year

Three teachers from Royal Oak Schools were recognized at the School Board Meeting on March 12, 2020.

Alyssa Reimold, Sarah Bockhausen, and Timothy Boyer were this year's honorees for Teachers of the Year.

Alyssa Reimold is a 10th - 12th grade Design and Technology teacher at Royal Oak High School. She has been named the High School Teacher of the Year. She has a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts Education. She has been teaching for 11 years, all of which have been spent in Royal Oak Schools. She is known for recognizing her students as individuals and maintaining a calm demeanor that students are responsive to. "I've never seen a student make bad behavior decisions in front of her," a fellow teacher said.

Sarah Bockhausen teaches 7th and 8th grade social studies at Royal Oak Middle School. She has been named the Middle School Teacher of the Year. Bockhausen has been teaching for 9 years, and has both her Bachelors and Masters degree in education. Two of her years teaching were spent in the Czech Republic, and the other 7 were with Royal Oak Schools. Bockhausen is known as an innovator at the middle school, developing community projects and lesson plans that benefit both students and colleagues. "She creates a good classroom environment for everyone," one of her students praised.

Timothy Boyer is a 4th grade teacher at Upton Elementary. He's been teaching for 13 years, 6 years at Upton, and has been named Elementary Teacher of the Year. He has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University and a degree in Education Instruction and Curriculum from Central Michigan University. His passion for science has been described as 'contagious' and parents appreciate his open communication. "Mr. Boyer represents all that a parent would want in someone who is teaching their child," a parent said.

Elementary School teacher, Timothy Boyer, stands with his family and Upton Elementary School Principal, John Grzywack, after being recognized as Royal Oak Schools Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

School Closure Latest

Royal Oak Schools is closed until further notice.

We were ordered to close by an Executive Order of the Governor on March 16. Many staff immediately began thinking of our students and families, and how we can support you. We have amazing groups helping share resources, supply food and other forms of relief to families. Many thanks to our Royal Oak Youth Assistance, Blessings in a Backpack, Teen Clean Closet, the Royal Oak Education Foundation, our PTAs and countless volunteers. If you have a need, please reach out to your building administrator. We will do our best to connect you with someone who can help. We've been making successful connections with you and your children via email, phone calls, conference calls and meetings, and even through letters and postcards which students received in the mail.

LEARNING RESOURCES

We are posting and sharing learning resources for our PK-12+ students to our website and via direct connections with students by their teachers. Those resources will be updated over the weeks of closure. Parents, please have your ROHS and ROMS students check their district Gmail account for information from the schools. We have passed out Chromebooks for both elementary and secondary students.

FOOD SERVICE DISTRIBUTION

For many, day to day well-being is the first priority. We have helped by serving thousands of meals since the start of our food service program. That program continues Monday - Friday at three of our school locations. https://www.royaloakschools.org/downloads/_news_/schoolside_pick_up_flier_2.pdf

Special Needs, Social Emotional Needs and Supports: Our resource lists include ideas for emotional support. We are offering ideas to help talk with your children through this crisis, and provide information for you as parents. Our communications are being translated into other languages to make sure that parents can access those resources. We have made suggestions for physical activity and various arts activities. Hundreds of families also rely upon us for childcare, latchkey, preschool, HeadStart services, GSRP programs, post-high TRAILS program, special education supports, athletics, co-curricular activities and hundreds of clubs.

Royal Oak Schools has more than 800 employees. Each staff member also has a family adjusting to a change of routine, loss of hours of work in the household, and changing educational plans as many of you are handling. Our district staff is working remotely where possible, keeping our routine services going by making payroll, getting our bills paid on time, working with outside contractors and third party providers to continue service and support, cleaning spaces, and shifting how all that work gets done due to this health emergency.

Helping The Community

Royal Oak Schools was able to answer the call for supplies and donate a number of surplus items to Beaumont Hospital in response to their public request. Over 100 tubs of sanitizing wipes were delivered along with 55 boxes of gloves, 112 pairs of goggles, alcohol wipes and masks. Those items will be put to immediate use by the hospital as they work to save lives. We also donated thermometers to the City of Royal Oak.

Blessings In A Backpack, along with Teen Clean Closet, have been putting together bags of food and other items for families at the Board Office. They recently delivered 151 bags to Royal Oak kids. They pack bags just about every week and then deliver them. They are always in need of volunteers to pack or deliver bags. You can follow both groups on Facebook for more details.

"And the Emmy goes to..."

The Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has announced the nominations for this years Student Production Awards and Royal Oak High School is included in that pool of worthy student filmmakers!

SHORT FORM FICTION: Daydreamin', Hannah Frassetto, ROYAL OAK HIGH SCHOOL

DIRECTOR: Hannah Frassetto Director Reel, Hannah Frassetto, ROYAL OAK HIGH SCHOOL

In addition, three students from the Class of 2019 were also nominated for a project that was completed for the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs at the tail end of last year.

GENERAL NEWS ASSIGNMENT: Flint Water: Still A Crisis, William Mester (WSU), Aidan Warneck (WMU), Lilly Waterfall (MSU), ROYAL OAK HIGH SCHOOL

Awards Ceremony and Winner Announcements will be streamed online on April 26th. Details to follow.

Michigan Census: Do Your Part

Once every decade, the U.S. Census works to count every person living in the United States. Every Michigander needs to be counted because census numbers affect everyone in Michigan - including seniors, students, kids, parents, businesses and communities. Responding to the census is convenient and people can respond by mail, phone or online. The census is 100% confidential and secure and your information will not be shared with anyone. We want to make sure everyone is counted because it's critical to the future success of Michigan

2020-21 calendar now available

The 2020-21 School Year Calendar is now online. View it for the first day of school, late start dates and breaks. Building-specific calendars, including special events and activities, will continue to be updated throughout the summer.

Find the calendar here: http://bit.ly/ROCal2021

Royal Oak Schools is now enrolling for the fall school year 2020-2021.

ROYAL OAK RESIDENCY: Enrollment in Royal Oak Schools is based on residency, which is where a parent/legal guardian owns/rents and physically resides. Within our district boundaries, your residency address is assigned to a specific attendance area/school. District maps and Attendance Areas.

PRE-K - 12 ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS/PROCEDURES: Royal Oak Schools processes new student enrollments online using the MIStar Access system. Click on the online, pre-enrollment link below to begin this process. The Central Enrollment Office is located at the Administration Building, 800 DeVillen, Royal Oak, MI 48073. A computer is available for use on-site if a family does not have access to one.

To pre-enroll your student, click here.

Staff positions available at Royal Oak Schools

EduStaff is the district’s partner for substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and secretaries. If you are interested in learning more, please go to www.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 the Addams Early Childhood Center at (248) 288-3220.

For instructional and administrative positions, check the Oakland Schools Consortium portal at http://bit.ly/ROSJobs

If you have further questions, feel free to contact Beth Caverly at the District Offices: elizabeth.caverly@royaloakschools.org or (248) 435-8400 x1210.

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

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