ROMS Family Newsletter

May, 2016

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Principal's Update

Greetings, ROMS Families ~


Our 8th grade travellers have arrived in Washington, D.C. to explore and learn (and ignore the rain) in our nation’s capital. I’m very proud of the group we have sent on this trip and very thankful for the adults who have made it possible. When they return, they will have just over six weeks left to model the ROMS Way as they prepare to for the Royal Oak High School segment of their MYP experience. Hopefully, you will enjoy that stretch as much as I will.


Don’t let the month fool you: ROMS kids have a lot to do before their final school day on June 21. Help me keep them focused on their learning instead of on the calendar. Continue to talk to them about each of their school days. Ask them about their academic growth and skill development. Tell them to describe their progress in their classes, not their grade. The former invites self-reflection; the latter halts a conversation with the announcement of a single letter.


This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Don’t forget to thank a teacher. As a matter of fact, thank a ROMS teacher, and let someone know they’ve made a difference.


Thank you for your partnership. Thank you for trusting us with your child.


TN

Important Dates

May 2-6: 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip

May 4: Late start for students (8:50am)

May 11: Late start for students (8:50am)

May 13: Fortis leadership BBQ

May 18: Late start for students (8:50am)

May 25: Late start for students (8:50am)

May 26: 6th grade Toledo Mud Hens trip

June 2: Oakland County track meet

June 3: Spring Fling (6th-7th grade)

June 3: 6th grade science cell-a-bration

June 10: Marching Band to Cedar Point

June 20: 8th grade Celebration (6-8pm)

June 21: Last day of school and end of card marking

Washington, D.C.

ROMS 8th graders depart for Washington, D.C. Sunday evening, May 1, at 11:55pm. If you'd liked to follow the trip on social media, you can do so through Twitter and Facebook; you may also access the itinerary here. Students will return Friday, May 6, early in the morning. Parents can expect a phone call from their child approximately 30 minutes before arrival.


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Search Facebook: ROMS’ 2016 DC Trip

There is a link to the facebook page on the PTA Website.

Arts Events

May 11 - Band - 6:00pm @ ROMS

May 17 - Orchestra - 7:00pm @ ROMS

June 4 - Royal Oak Celebration of the Arts - 12pm - 5pm @ ROMS

June 9 - Choir - 7:00pm @ ROMS

21st Century Leaders

Every year, a select few 7th graders participate in the 21st Century Leaders program through The Community House. Students participate in workshops and seminars including topics like entrepreneurship, public speaking, etiquette, money management, community service. This is an excellent program that truly positions students for future success. We are very proud of this year's graduates: Sophie Water, Emma Forsyth, Max Kraniak, Collin Toggweiler.

Learning in Action

Mrs. Quinn's 7th grade science class

Students looked up international news stories and wrote summaries with two questions. The class set up a bracket in honor of March Madness where they shared their stories in small groups and the best summary moved on to the next round, increasing group size each round until there was the final winner. Joe Teasdale is pictured with his winning bracket.

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK)

RAK club members continue to demonstrate all the best ROMS has to offer and truly exemplify servant leadership. They were recently featured in a Local Stew article and the pictures below show students getting ready for Kindness Week and the culminating event.
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Yearbooks

Character Education

The month of April offered many opportunities to work on building character for our learners. Our LEAP classes participated in Autism Awareness month through lessons, videos, and an informative research-based puzzle activity. Also, the Random Acts of Kindness club challenged our entire building with C.A.R.E. to Be Kind Week. During this week, lessons on the power of Compliments, offering Assistance, giving Respect, and the importance of Encouragement launched many acts of kindness throughout the campus. Pink RAKtags cards made their way around the building as students recognized a kind act and paid them forward!


2016 Yearbooks

The 2016 ROMS yearbooks have sold out. We expect possibly 20 extra books to be shipped to us by Jostens during the second week in June. Please be on the look-out for an email from Mr. Noonan on the last day of school telling parents when and where these extra books will be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis.

2016 -17 PE Uniforms

The PE department is excited to announce the recent adoption of standardized PE uniforms for the 2016-17 school year. Please see the recent memo for details.

Optimist Club Speech Contest

Congratulations to the ROMS students who competed in this year's South Oakland Optimist Club Oratorical Contest. The topic of this year's speech was How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others. Tommy Gardella placed first in the boys' contest. ROMS swept the girls' contest! Abigayle Bibeau came in 3rd, Shannon Schulte came in second and Kaitlyn Menzo placed first. Hannah Ziegler also competed and is our only student who has competed all three years at ROMS. Mrs. Brueckman and Mrs. Weathers are very proud of all the students who participated in the Optimist Speech Club this year!

M-STEP Testing

Schedule

Students will be taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (MSTEP) this spring. The M-STEP will include summative assessments designed to measure student growth effectively for today’s students. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3–8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade, which consists of a college entrance exam, work skills assessment, and M-STEP summative assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.


8th graders will test April 11 - 29

6th graders will test April 25 - May 13

7th graders will test May 9 - 27


Whenever possible, please avoid scheduling appointments during the school day within your child's testing window.

MYP Corner

Greetings ROMS families:


It's been a busy return from spring break to projects, M-Step testing and 8th graders preparing to head to DC!


Last month, Mr. Noonan shared feedback from our MYP Student Forum with you and they were positive and informative about how we can move forward together. This month, I'd like to share some updates about what the program has been working, what's in the works for next year and a few options being explored:


Inquiry:

Students have been engaged in a wide variety of inquiry and real world application from Ms. Bockhausen's students identifying aspects of cooperation and conflict in ancient river civilizations and what that means to us today, to Mrs. Landgraf's students practicing communication skills by listening to and speaking about the weather in Spanish. Inquiry is truly becoming the ROMS way.


Curriculum Alignment:

Last year, English, Math and World Language were a big curriculum focus, this year teachers in Science have been learning about the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how to integrate these into current practice to best teach students. Design and Individuals & Societies, have been continuing the work of uploading their curricula to our Atlas Curriculum online system which will be available to the public in the Fall, and Art, Music and PE will continue this work later this year.


Interdisciplinary Units:

All subjects have begun to plan and think about grade level interdisciplinary units that are both research-based best practice and a requirement of MYP. Interdisciplinary units will include at least two subject areas working together on a unit of study in each year of MYP. Piloting of those units will begin next year.


Community Project and Diploma Programme:

ROMS is exploring a pilot Community Project which is a group project that 8th graders would have an option to complete, and ROHS is exploring candidacy for an IB Diploma Programme which is a two year programme for students interested in completing the IB Diploma. Both are options provided by IB for our students, neither are required by MYP. You can read more about these at ibo.org, also email if you'd like to discuss or would like more information.


Have a wonderful spring and thanks for sharing your learner with us at ROMS!


Mia Gutierrez (gutierrezm@royaloakschools.org)

IB MYP Coordinator

Royal Oak Schools


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