THE DISTRICT DISPATCH Royal Oak Schools news, straight to your inbox

Spring Flowers At The District

In This Issue

  • Welcome
  • Congrats to Mr. Watchowski
  • Live Streaming Games On A New Network
  • Community Support Spotlight: Teen Clean Closet
  • Enrollment: Developmental Kindergarten
  • What is CTE?
  • Shout Out to ROS Food Service
  • School Calendar: Important April Dates
  • Available Positions At The District
  • Social Media: Back To School in March


The last school year has been a challenge for staff, families, and our students as we have all worked to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district has been able to provide online and in-person learning for students, while offering support services in special education, learning support, free breakfast and lunch, take-home school supplies and technology, and a new online platform for learning. Our staff members have all worked together to engage the students and provide a supportive, nurturing environment.

Working with the staff, we were able to hire additional social workers and a new psychologist who will each provide services to students in need. For many students, school is the center of their friendships and activities when not in the classrooms.

As we near the final quarter of the school year, we want to celebrate our teachers, our support staff, our student accomplishments, and thank the Royal Oak organizations who have worked tirelessly to help our students and families. Happy Spring!


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."

Read more about Don with this link.

Cameras Installed To Stream More Games


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.

The subscription does include away games if those host schools have Pixellot cameras installed within their facilities. Subscriptions range from $10.99 per month to $69.99 per year. Click here for more details.

Teen Clean Closet


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.

There are five in-person "closets" at Royal Oak Middle School, Royal Oak High School, Churchill Community High School, the YMCA-Royal Oak, and the Metro Detroit Youth Club-Royal Oak. In each closet teens have access to shampoo, body wash, deodorant, shaving supplies, and much more. Closets are located in discrete areas and are not signed outwardly. Teen Clean Closet supports elementary school students on an on-call basis. School principals will reach out to Teen Clean Closet if there is a need and then the items are dropped off at the school for the student or family. Teen Clean Closet also supports families through contactless porch drop-offs as needed.

Families that would like to use this service should email teencleancloset@gmail.com.

Items needed on a regular basis are:

  • Shampoo/conditioner feminine hygiene
  • Body wash/ bar soap
  • Oral hygiene items
  • Deodorant
  • Nail care items
  • Facial care items
  • Hair care and styling items
  • Shaving supplies
  • Laundry supplies
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Masks

Items are donated through the community, then gathered and sorted. Items cannot be donated at the locations directly. Donations must go through Teen Clean Closet, the schools cannot accept them for safety reasons. They aren't using volunteers right now, but you can donate items or find out more about this group with this link.



Royal Oak Schools offers a developmental kindergarten for children who are of kindergarten enrollment age (5 years old by September 1 of the school year) or for children whose parents complete a waiver (5 years old by December 1 of the school year).

By enrolling in developmental kindergarten, or DK, you are giving your child additional time to physically and emotionally develop in a safe and secure environment before attending kindergarten. Students in developmental kindergarten experience similar opportunities as other kindergarten students, but are taught at a pace and intensity-dependent on individual readiness. Developmental kindergarten students will be taught by a certified teacher endorsed in early childhood, and they will participate in many activities around language & literacy, math, science, social studies, technology & computers, social experiences, and dramatic play. Students also attend traditional specials classes, including physical education, Spanish, art, and music.

There is no single definition or assessment to determine if DK is right for your child. Most students will attend traditional kindergarten, however, parents who are already considering another option before kindergarten are most likely to consider developmental kindergarten.

You can watch the video below to determine if DK is right for your family.

For enrollment information, click here.



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.

To find our more about CTE courses and if it's right for your family, click here.



We want to give a shout-out this month to our food services staff!

Our food service workers have been working hard throughout the past year to pack up lunches for our students. Their curbside pick-up allows for families to get the food they need safely. Meals are available to be picked up at Royal Oak High School's bus loop off Crooks Road every Friday from 11:00-12:15. Thank you to all our food service workers!

Need To Know News

Use this link for the 2020-21 district calendar.

April 1 is April Fool's Day

Spring Break is April 2 - 9.

Please note that the monthly meeting of the Board of Education will be April 15 due to spring break.



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: elizabeth.caverly@royaloakschools.org or (248) 435-8400 x1210.

There's always something going on at the district! Follow us on Facebook @RoyalOakSchools and Twitter @RoyalOakSchools and Instagram @roschools for more updates and other news. We also have videos posted on our YouTube page. Check the district website, too, for the latest information.

Speaking of Social Media - did you happen to see our "First day of School" video on Facebook?


Send them to: communications@royaloakschools.org

Viewing this magazine from an online link?

Click here to have The District Dispatch delivered straight to your inbox each month.

The District Dispatch Mission: To inform all with an interest in the Royal Oak Schools community and deliver information straight to them through stories of our people, our successes and our future.


Created with images by jeonsango - "cherry blossom sakura flowers" • Vcentee - "sakura flowers spring" • pixel2013 - "tangerines fruit food" • Alexas_Fotos - "april first april fool's joke" • Free To Use Sounds - "You can see these signs everywhere in Denver! So much work here! If you're new to my Unsplash account and you're curious about how we can travel around the world and record sounds full-time, just follow us here on Instagram @freetousesounds because we love to talk about it and share our journey! If you are looking for royalty free sound recordings just visit our website www.freetousesounds.com Thank you!" • Merakist - "Social Media in Colorful Alphabets" • Joshua Hoehne - "untitled image" • Austin Distel - "Facebook page of an entrepreneur's social media on desktop and mobile. This photo is free for public use. Please credit this photo in caption with link to "www.distel.com"." • geralt - "board show hand"