Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Despite concerns from neighbors and the school superintendent, the planning commission says it has no choice but to approve the proposed 12,270-square-foot strip mall.
After using phrases such as “our hands are tied," planning commissioners voted to approve a shopping center next to Royal Oak High School. The approved plan calls for the demolition of the former Board of Education building, used most recently by Re/Max Partners, at the southeast corner of Crooks and Normandy. A new one-story strip mall with eight units will be built in its place. The request had been on hold since March, when commissioners asked A.F. Jonna Development & Management Co. to talk to the School District of the City of Royal Oak because of the development's proximity to more than 1,500 high school students. Developer Jordan Jonna indicated he met with Royal Oak Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin to show him the plan. "We took all…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Athletic Director Jim Cole leads athletes in attempt to release an ambulance from a muddy field.
A track meet at Royal Oak High School had some extra excitement Tuesday night. Patch reader John Davids explains: During Tuesday’s track meet at Royal Oak High School, one of Southfield Lathrup’s female athletes required emergency medical attention. As the ambulance pulled off the track en route to the hospital, it became stuck in the deep mud. Athletes from Royal Oak High School, organized by Athletic Director Jim Cole, came to the rescue and attempted to free the vehicle. The heroic attempts by the team were unsuccessful as the vehicle sunk deeper and deeper into the muck. Another ambulance soon showed up and the girl was transferred to the hospital without further delay. The stuck ambulance was later extracted by a large tow truck. Do …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Students lip synch through the high school to the tune of 'Home.'
Royal Oak High School uploaded its first lip-dub video to YouTube on Friday. Watch students walk backwards through the school to the tune of "Home," by Phillip Phillips. "Many thanks to Mike Conrad and the video production kids!" said Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin. If you are viewing this from a smartphone, here is the link: http://youtu.be/wBzncQj_xDw What do you think of the YouTube video? Tell us in the comments below! RELATED:
Tours, music presentations, displays and speeches kick off a very special celebration of Royal Oak High School.
School officials, students, parents and alumni gathered at Royal Oak High School Thursday for a centennial celebration. "It's exciting to recognize 100 years of Royal Oak High School," said Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin. "There's a lot this community has done to support education over the years." During the 3-hour event, a Hall of Fame showcasing graduates and staff and an Athletic Hall of Honor were unveiled. A student-produced lip dub video premiered, too. Mike Van Camp, Royal Oak High School's new principal, was introduced to the community during a presentation in the auditorium. "I'm proud to be up here. I can't wait to get started. I'm proud to become a part of your community," said Van Camp. "And, I look forward to being a part …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tours of the building, vocal and instrumental music presentations, a time capsule installation, refreshments, and information about the many programs available for students will all be a part of this very special celebration of Royal Oak High School.
Students, parents, alumni, and members of the community are invited to share in the celebration of Royal Oak High School’s 100th year. Meet the new the principal, Mike Van Camp, visit the new Hall of Fame and Athletic Hall of Honor installations, watch the premiere of the Royal Oak High School lip dub video and more. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. Thursday with informal tours of the building led by students. A formal program begins at 5 p.m. and includes the following speakers: Refreshments and musical performances are also a part of the evening's festivities. RELATED:
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The one act festival at Royal Oak High School is free to the public.
The Royal Oak High School Drama Club will be hosting it's first ever student run one act festival this spring Friday April 19, outdoors in the courtyard of Royal Oak High School. Admission is Free. The Public is invited. All five of the One Act Plays are student directed and students actually wrote three of the five plays. The entire festival is student run and produced by members of the ROHS Drama Club. Students pitched their ideas for one act plays and skits, which ranged in time from 5 to 20 minutes, to the club officers who chose the final skits that would be performed on April 19th. "It definitely was a tough choice. Each piece submitted brought a different idea to the table", Ellen Stachowicz, club secretary and senior at ROHS, …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Mike Van Camp, of the L’Anse Creuse School District, replaces Jim Moll as principal of Royal Oak High School.
The Royal Oak Board of Education approved the hire of Mike Van Camp as principal of Royal Oak High School on Thursday. Van Camp comes to Royal Oak from L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, where he has been principal at L’Anse Creuse Middle School–East since 2006. His resume also includes experience as a high school athletic director and assistant principal, as well as a middle school assistant principal. “I want you to know that I sought out Royal Oak and I know I said in the interview I probably would not have applied anywhere else," Van Camp told members of the school board. ”I'm coming from a really good place and I'm coming to a great place." Van Camp earned a bachelor of science in secondary education and a masters of educational …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Hall of Fame is dedicated to graduates and staff of all Royal Oak High Schools who have demonstrated the mission to “go forth and serve.”
Thursday, April 11
In conjunction with the Royal Oak High School Centennial Celebration, the Hall of Fame Committee will begin accepting nominations April 25. Nomination forms can be found at the Royal Oak High School (ROHS) Hall of Fame website: www.rohshalloffame.com. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to providing graduates and staff of all Royal Oak High Schools a way of showcasing their excellence in public service, business, education, entertainment, fine arts, athletics, science and technology. Student candidates should have graduated from one of the Royal Oak High Schools at least ten years ago. Faculty members should have taught high school in Royal Oak for at least 20 years and have been retired for at least 3 years. Candidates must have excelled in …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
New benches spruce up the glass corridor.
Royal Oak High School bustles with activity. But every once in a while, you need to sit down. Students returning from Spring Break will be able to relax on one of 19 new blue benches installed Thursday in the high school's glass corridor, adjacent to the gynasium. What do you think of the new benches? Tell us in the comments.
Royal Oak High School officials report that there are a record number of students taking AP tests.
This May, a record number of Royal Oak High School students will take Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Royal Oak High School offers 13 Advanced Placement courses on-site at the school. The courses are offered in all core content areas and the popularity of the courses is on the rise. AP courses are college-level courses that students take as a part of their high school schedule. In both what is taught and how it is taught, AP classes are college courses. Exams administered each spring provide students enrolled in such courses the opportunity to earn college credit. This year, 321 Royal Oak High School students have registered to take 519 AP exams. The exams will be administered between May 6 and May 17 according to strict protocols …