ROMS AP PICKED FOR LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP
Royal Oak Schools is happy to announce that Royal Oak Middle School Assistant Principal Jason Henshaw has been selected as a distinguished member of the inaugural cohort of the Michigan Leadership for Equity and Transformation Fellows. This appointment aims to empower upcoming secondary school leaders throughout an 18-month project-based fellowship focusing on educational access and success for all students across Michigan, with a strong emphasis on equity and transformative leadership.
Principal Kristin Meldrum expressed excitement, noting Jason Henshaw's valuable contributions to the school community, including initiatives like outdoor recess and the implementation of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, CharacterStrong. "He has been such an incredible attribute to ROMS with his energy and new ideas," Meldrum said. "I can't wait to see what the future holds for him."
MLK DAY OF SERVICE
The city and school districts of Berkley, Clawson, and Royal Oak braved negative temps to unite and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day. The joint event, titled "A Day On, Not a Day Off," was a meaningful celebration of unity, learning, and community service that took place on Monday, January 15.
The day kicked off at 8:30 AM with a donation drive at Royal Oak Middle School. Attendees were invited to contribute to the community's well-being by participating in a range of activities. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast, create signs to honor Dr. King, and engage in volunteer services and hands-on activities. These projects set the tone for a day dedicated to fostering a sense of togetherness and shared purpose. Activities included donation sorting, blanket making, crafting hygiene kits for those in need, and creating cards for educators.
CREATING A CALM HAVEN
Addams Elementary has created a Chill Zone for students. In its first year of implementation, the Chill Zone has emerged as a crucial resource for students to re-regulate their bodies and emotions in a safe and calm environment. Unlike a play space or a crowded area, the Chill Zone offers a serene retreat where students can find solace and regain composure.
"This idea originally came to me in Fall 2022 as we were setting up for the Fun Run," said Jamie Schwartz, Addams Elementary parent and volunteer. "Knowing how overwhelming events like that can be for kids of neurodiversity, and the fact we didn’t have support previously in place, my goal was to give a safe space to re-regulate without pressure or judgment. I'm glad it’s been a success at our school, for ALL the students, neurodiversity or not."
ROHS ALUM SHARES HIS STORY
Click on this link to hear all about 2014 alum Austin Carter and his journey to Antarctica.
According to WXYZ, he joined researchers from 15 universities and the Center for Oldest Ice Exploration (COLDEX) to find the oldest ice on the planet and study the prehistoric dust particles trapped inside.