WE'RE GLAD YOU ARE HERE
The Human Resources Department was very busy this summer onboarding new employees. Between May and August, over 50 new employees were hired as follows:
- 30 Classroom Teachers
- 3 School Social Workers
- 2 School Counselors
- 1 Director of Athletics and Activities
- 1 School Secretary
- 1 Benefits Coordinator
- 14 Paraprofessionals
Staff members were welcomed back, and new staff were introduced during a professional learning morning. You can watch this year's new hire video here and learn something interesting about many new staff members.
We also had some internal changes. Jennifer Knipper, Principal of Northwood Elementary since August 2019, has moved into the role of Supervisor of Continuous Improvement, and Melanie Davis, School Social Worker for Royal Oak Middle School, was promoted to the role of Supervisor of Secondary Special Education. We announced the hiring of Molly Bascom-Keller as the new Principal of Northwood.
Molly taught at Berkley Schools at Burton Elementary for nine years, along with a principal internship and interim principal experience. "I love education and am thrilled to join Royal Oak Schools and the Northwood Elementary family," she said.
She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University in Finance, a Masters of Elementary Education degree from Oakland University, focusing on both Mathematics and Language Arts and an Education Specialist degree from Wayne State University in Supervision and Administration. "I'm most excited to get to know and build relationships with our students, their families, and the Northwood staff. This is a tremendous community; everyone has been so welcoming and kind. It already feels like home!"
Molly is married with four children, two of whom live in Royal Oak. She has a dog named Lily. A fun fact about Molly is that she converted a Transit van into a camper over the summer. She says she loves working on things and figuring out puzzles and problems.
AROUND THE DISTRICT
WATCH: Students tour Royal Oak Middle School, practice with their lockers, and engage with fellow students and staff during Bulldog Bound!
New staff members gathered during New Teacher Orientation for a group picture.
Students had a great time learning during our August Lego STEAM camp.
Many Royal Oak Schools families got connected at the Royal Oak DEI Committee Get Connected event.
LAUNCH INTO LEARNING
On Thursday morning, August 24, our first-ever "Launch Into Learning" event occurred at Royal Oak Middle School. The "Launch Into Learning" event brought all Royal Oak teachers, staff, and administrators together at ROMS for a morning of engaging and informative professional development. What made this even more meaningful is that we had over 90 sessions of professional growth facilitated by 90 Royal Oak staff members and 10 outside presenters.
Session topics covered a wide range of professional development opportunities. For example, instruction, technology, diversity, equity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, school safety, assessment, and more!
It was such a positive experience and learning opportunity for our teachers and staff. It also allowed our entire staff to be together in one location, working and learning together, and really gave us a great start to the 23-24 school year.
We were also very fortunate to have several sponsors for our Launch Into Learning event, which was very helpful. M3 Investment Services and Our Credit Union were two of our biggest sponsors and provided us with funding for goods, materials, and travel mugs/tumblers for all district staff. We would also like to thank Meijer Woodward Corner Market for providing snacks for our team, Atomic Coffee for providing us with coffee, and many other local businesses and community partners for food, raffle prizes, and more! We thank them for their continued support.