Don Watchowski, Royal Oak High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, was recently honored for his years of service as an Athletic Director by the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA). The milestone reached was for 10 years of being an Athletic Director. The MIAAA is the state's athletic directors association. Each year they honor AD's that reach milestones like Don's.
"It has been a very exciting and rewarding 10 years, highlighted by the many great relationships with coaches, student-athletes, families, fellow athletic administrators, and school administrators."
Don said that what he loves about his job besides the relationships, is the visible improvement and growth that our coaches and student-athletes accomplish during the course of a season and career.
"The greatest motivator for our family of coaches and me is playing a part in the maturation of our student-athletes into role models for our younger students, while doing our best to support them in their preparation for success beyond their high school years."
For over 60 years, the Interscholastic Athletic Administrators of Michigan have dedicated themselves to improving the quality of school athletic programs, the profession of athletic administration, and their personal administrative skills, according to the MIAAA website. Karen Leinaar is the Executive Director of the MIAAA. She said that when the MIAAA gives out 10-year awards that it's really exciting because that means the recipient is still around and it's a "tough job."
"It's a great milestone," said Leinaar. "Don is instrumental in what our organization is doing. He writes the roadmap that we follow."
RAVENS FANS CAN NOW WATCH GAMES AT HOME
Raven fans can now watch ROHS sports live on the NFHS Network, from anywhere.
Family and friends who are unable to attend our events will never miss another play because we recently installed two Pixellot cameras at Royal Oak High School, one is in the main gym and one at our stadium. The cameras will allow us to live stream all activities and events happening within those areas. Any game or competition, freshman through varsity, occurring at these locations, can now be watched live as part of an NFHS subscription.
KEEPING TEENS CLEAN
Each month we like to introduce to you a community group that goes above and beyond to assist the families of Royal Oak Schools. This month we are highlighting Teen Clean Closet. Teen Clean Closet serves young people and families in and around the Royal Oak area. Their mission is to help by providing products that are needed for everyday cleanliness.
Teen Clean Closet is run by two Royal Oak moms, with help from their families, Founder, Erica McEvoy and Co-Founder and Manager of Daily Operations, Kim Johnson. Kim said they just wanted to make a tangible difference in the lives of children.
"While Teen Clean Closet is about cleanliness, it is also about empowerment, building self-confidence, building relationships, and creating a sense of a broader community of support," said Kim Johnson.
WHAT IS CTE?
CTE stands for Career and Technical Education and it's the practice of teaching skills-based careers to students. The mission of CTE is to prepare students for the workforce while exploring different career opportunities. Most of these opportunities include hands-on learning right at the high school.
Core programs that students can enroll in are graphic communications, business, and marketing, television, video and film production, engineering, architecture, and CAD, as well as skills in the health and medical field.
Students taking the graphics classes will make posters and signs that can be seen around the school and on sportswear. The TV students create PSAs and award-winning short films, and much more.
Coordinator of work-based learning, Alicia Brown says that it's educational and also fun. She said there are fundraisers for non-profit organizations and even field trips. Her group of medical students played the roles of victims and first responders at a disaster drills field trip.
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.