Saturday, February 16, 2013
Research shows iPads are able to increase student engagement and raise student motivation.
Oakland Elementary School is getting 38 iPads, three iPads for every classroom, thanks to the combined efforts of the PTA, Royal Oak School District, and Oakland staff. This major endeavor represents a more than $15,000 investment in technology for the building. In addition to the iPads, the wireless access system at Oakland Elementary School is being expanded, and each classroom is being equipped with ceiling mounted projectors and Apple TV receivers. Headphones and protective covers are being purchased for each iPad. “Through this initiative, Oakland Elementary will have iPads in every classroom all day, every day” said Principal Gary van Staveren. “Our teachers felt it important to be able to use the technology for student learning …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The students of Kris Ryan's fifth grade class read personal narratives at an Author Celebration event on Thursday.
Trophies, flag football, runaway dogs, sleepovers, old houses, loving aunts and great coaches are all part of the mix when a child grows up in Royal Oak. Fifth grade students at Oakland Elementary School read personal stories to parents, grandparents, aunts, and Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin at an Author Celebration event in the school's media center on Thursday morning. From a heartbreaking story of death, to the triumph of an inside-the-park home run, to lessons learned when you play baseball facing a cranky neighbor's house, the students painted a picture of Royal Oak that would make the adventures of Tom Sawyer seem ordinary. "I'm amazed. These kids could all grow up to be writers," said Carmen Detroyer, the aunt of one of the …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Oakland Elementary Student Council collects for cancer support community.
All year, but especially around the holidays, organizations like Gilda's Club in Royal Oak are in need of donations. The Oakland Elementary Student Council recognized that need and wanted to do something about it—so they did. The students collected $354 for the cancer support community through various fundraisers. On Wednesday, students delivered a big check to Development Director Debbie Taxe of Gilda's Club. In gratitude, Taxe gave the children lapel pins, a plaque and took them on a tour of the 9,000-square-feet cancer support facility named after comedienne and actress Gilda Radner. "As you can see, this is a very big house. There is so much we can do with with your gift," Taxe told the children. For more information on Gilda's Club …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A water main break that caused a few hiccups for Oakland Elementary is being repaired this evening.
Parents wondering if school at Oakland Elementary will be in session on Thursday after today's water main break, the answer is yes. The water main break occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m., according to Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin. Workers waited until school was dismissed to start making repairs, so the school day would not be disrupted. "They are working on it as we speak, and Oakland will be open tomorrow," Lewis-Lakin said at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. In the event something changes during the evening and the building needs to be closed on Thursday, parents can expect a phone call from the district.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Witches, butterflies, super heroes, and a pizza are just some of the costumed characters that paraded down Brockton Avenue Monday afternoon.
Students at Oakland Elementary School participated in a Halloween parade Monday afternoon that traveled down Brockton and Helene avenues in southeast Royal Oak. Dozens of parents, siblings and area neighbors lined the sidewalks for the parade that started at 3:15 p.m. and lasted nearly 30 minutes.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Many in southeast Royal Oak say they had to prepare Monday before the sun went down. New principal and staff help get kids settled.
The first day of school can be rough enough, but when new principal Gary van Staveren greeted students and parents in the hallways of Oakland Elementary School this morning, he found that for many who lost power over the weekend it had been a tough few days. Until midday Monday, Oakland was without power, too. Saturday’s high winds and rains toppled trees and brought down power wires in the southeast corner of Royal Oak where the school is located. Amanda Rogers has four children. Her son, Jayden, started kindergarten at Oakland this morning, and their preparations began Monday. “It was tough, but I got everything ready yesterday,” she said. Rogers is one of 1,500 DTE customers who have been without power since 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Rogers …
It's the first day of school in Royal Oak. Help document the day with photos and share them with your neighbors on Patch!
Good-bye, summer. Hello, school lunches, homework and alarm clocks. Today begins 9 1/2 months of learning for Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools students. For the past month, we've been giving out tips, tricks and need-to-know information, all gathered together in our Back to School guide. What better way is there to document the first day of school than to take a photograph of your kindergartner or high school senior?
By also sharing it on Patch, of course.
So whether you've snapped a photo of your child at home or in front of the school, Patch wants you to share your first-day-of-school photos here.
You can upload your photos directly to this story or email them to Judy.Davids@patch.com.