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In this issue

  • District audit results
  • 2019 National Merit students
  • An inside look at bond improvements made at Keller and Oak Ridge
  • ROMS to host second family workshop
  • Save the date: 2020 MLK Day of Service
  • ROHS Drama Club fall musical details
  • Available positions at the district
  • and more!

Financial audit results in highest level of confidence

The highest level of confidence, an unmodified opinion, was recently awarded to Royal Oak Schools in relation to the organization’s budget.

David Youngstrom, principal auditor, said that the audit took about three weeks to complete. Auditors combed through the district’s financial records and specifically tested the special education program.

According to Yeo and Yeo, an unmodified opinion means the district’s “financial records and statements are fairly and appropriately presented, and in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. This includes the design, implementation and maintenance of internal controls relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.”

To see the complete audit report, click here. To watch Youngstrom's presentation, click here.

National Merit organization recognizes students for 2019

Four Royal Oak High School seniors have been recognized by the National Merit organization for their outstanding academic achievement. They are:

  • Saffron James, Commended Student. James is a member of the Interact Club, National Honor Society, varsity track and is a captain for varsity cross country. She plans to study creative writing.
  • Gwen Kocis, Semifinalist. Kocis is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, varsity soccer, Redeemer Youth Group and is editor in chief of Acorn at ROHS. She would like to go into the social sciences.
  • Sophia Papp, Semifinalist. Papp is a member of the Royal Oak Model UN, National Honor Society, Interact Club, the varsity lacrosse team and the Greek Orthodox Youth Association. She is planning to study engineering or computer science.
  • Jack Rickle, Commended Student. Rickle is a member of Student Leadership Service Club, Model UN, Science Olympiad and is a captain for varsity cross country and track. He plans to pursue a degree in biochemistry or biomedical engineering.

“These young people are outstanding representatives of Royal Oak High School and of our community as a whole,” Micheal Giromini, ROHS principal, said. “We often tell kids ‘you work hard and you get something for it,’ so actually letting them have an experience where that happens is pretty special. Obviously we’re proud of them and the work that they’ve done, but actually seeing them be proud of themselves is so rewarding.”

More than 1.6 million juniors from nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and the highest scoring entrants from each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. Commended students placed among the top 50,000 students based on their 2018 PSAT scores.

Of the nearly 16,000 semifinalists, scholarship winners will be chosen from a pool of finalists, and they will be notified between March and June 2020.

From left to right: Gwen Kocis; Sophia Papp, Jack Rickle, Saffron James

Keller, Oak Ridge receive updated furniture, play equipment and much more through 2017 bond work

The finishing touches have been made, and the bond updates Keller and Oak Ridge elementary schools have received are nearly finished.

Beginning in the spring, both schools started to undergo renovations. Here is what is new in the schools.

Oak Ridge Elementary

  • Main office renovations: New office furniture, EPIC sound system integration for PA announcements and student security
  • Learning Commons improvements: New carpeting, new paint, all new furniture including book stacks, additional technology includes SMART Board
  • Upgrades in instructional technology: SMART Board, white board and tack board, EPIC sound enhancement
  • New classroom furniture: Flexible classroom furniture (varies by grade levels), teacher technology workstations
  • New physical therapy and occupational therapy room: Dedicated space for OT/PT, plus other special education ancillary services
  • Remodeled art room
  • New parking lot and pick-up/drop-off areas
  • New playground equipment
  • New exterior sign
  • Electrical systems upgrades
  • Mechanical systems upgrades
  • Remodeled bathrooms
  • Replaced lockers
  • Select flooring replacements
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Select door replacements
  • Building security enhancements

Keller Elementary

  • Main office remodel and relocation: New office now located on the west side of the building features new furniture, new visitor protocol and a new canopy for easier access from the parking lot
  • Learning Commons improvements: New furniture including book stacks, additional technology includes SMART Board
  • Instructional technology upgrades in classrooms: SMART Board, white board and tack board, EPIC sound enhancement
  • New classroom furniture: Flexible classroom furniture, teacher technology workstations
  • New physical therapy and occupational therapy room: Dedicated space for OT/PT, plus other special education ancillary services located near the former main office
  • New kindergarten room in former locker room location
  • Remodeled art room, gym and cafeteria
  • New playground equipment
  • New exterior sign
  • Electrical and mechanical systems upgrades
  • Select flooring replacements
  • Select door replacements
  • Building security enhancements
  • Corridor link removed
  • Created new staff bathroom from storage area
Keller Elementary
Oak Ridge Elementary

Royal Oak Middle School to host second family workshop

Royal Oak Middle School is hosting workshops open to parents of children of all ages. Check out the free workshops for more information on topics such as brain development, substance abuse and student mental health.

All workshops are free and open to all district families. They take place in the ROMS Learning Commons and kickoff with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free babysitting is available for all families.

Information about the second workshop is as follows:

Thurs. Nov 21, 2019 - Drugs 101: Stay informed about current trends in substance use abuse among teens.

For more information, including the year's complete schedule, visit www.royaloakschools.org/Core/News/Article/13917

Save the date: 2020 MLK Day of Service

The city of Royal Oak, Royal Oak Schools, Berkley Schools and the city of Berkley will be teaming up once again for the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2020.

The event honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a short program in the morning, which has alternated locations between Royal Oak High School and Berkley High School since 2017.

The 2020 celebration will take place at Berkley High School with a breakfast preceding the 8:30 a.m. presentation of short performances and speakers.

Check the Royal Oak Schools website (royaloakschools.org) for more information as the event gets closer.

Staff positions available at Royal Oak Schools

Royal Oak Schools is seeking substitute teachers and secretaries, support staff, crossing guards and latchkey staff.

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.

That's old news: in case you missed it in October

First ROam Home event hosted at Royal Oak Middle School - View photos here.

Royal Oak Chamber honors community members, teachers - Read the Royal Oak Review story here.


Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars. There is plenty to look forward to in November:

  • Tuesday, November 5 - Election Day, no students
  • Thursday, November 7 - Royal Oak Middle School Band Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, November 17 - Royal Oak High School Drama Club presents "Newsies." Visit rodrama.com/show-tickets-newsies.html for tickets and times.
  • Thursday, November 21 - ROMS Family Workshop Series
  • Saturday, November 23 - ROHS PTSA Holiday Arts and Craft Marketplace, Royal Oak High School, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 26 - All City Choir Concert, Royal Oak High School, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 27 - Half Day
  • Thursday November 28 & Friday November 29 - Thanksgiving Break

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

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