Romulus Community Schools begins search for new superintendent
With the retirement of our previous superintendent, whose last day was December 31, 2012, the Romulus Board of Education has selected the Michigan Association of School Boards to conduct their search for the district's new superintendent. In the coming weeks, there will be many opportunities for residents to witness and express their comments. The Board of Education looks forward to a constructive process for all involved as we move forward to provide the best for our children.
Residents of the district are encouraged to participate in the process by attending one of the open forums listed below which will be conducted by MASB consultant, Ms. Marie Miller:
January 15, 2013
Romulus Public Library – Meeting Room
January 31, 2013
Romulus Board of Education – Board Room
January 31, 2013
Romulus High School – Auditorium
Ms. Miller will provide an overview of the search process and receive input from community members regarding the criteria to be used in evaluating candidates.
If you are unable to attend, a letter or card listing ideas and viewpoints about characteristics and competencies of a superintendent may be sent to Superintendent Search Services, Michigan Association of School Boards, 1001 Centennial Way, Suite 400, Lansing, MI 48917 by Thursday, January 31, 2013.
FAFSA Discussed Live via Video by Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education, Thursday January 10th at CollegeWeekLive
Get Answers to Student Financial Aid Questions and Chat Live with College Admissions Offices Across the Country at www.CollegeWeekLive.com
Parents of high school students as well as guidance counselors are urged to attend a complimentary live online video presentation explaining the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Thursday January 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM EST at www.CollegeWeekLive.com. Katherine Coates, Awareness and Outreach Specialist for Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, will be discussing topics such as how to determine if your family is eligible, how and when to apply, options for filing online and newly available information resources. The presentation, like all other admissions presentations at www.collegeweeklive.com, is free to attend online.
Watch a video presentation on Financial Aid that was filmed live on November 15, 2012 featuring James Copeland, Jr., Ed. D. , Awareness and Outreach Specialist, Federal Student Financial Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education.
CollegeWeekLive has rapidly become a popular resource relied on by hundreds of thousands of teens who prefer to begin their college search process online because it offers live chat with admissions representatives from hundreds of colleges and a chance to connect with college students via webcam at universities across the country—and around the world. CollegeWeekLive Paying for College will be live on January 10, 2013 and will offer live video presentations on topics such as how to uncover the best scholarship opportunities online, understanding the difference between private and public scholarships, and how to access financial aid programs. The event’s agenda of expert presentations is as follows:
3:00PM EST, “Scholarship Search Secrets,” Scholarship Points
4:00 PM EST, “Como costear los estudios universitarios,” Griselda Macias, Outreach Coordinator, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
5:00 PM EST, “Paying for College with the Air National Guard,” Air National Guard
6:00 PM EST, “Financial Student Aid 101 Overview,” Katherine Coates, Awareness and Outreach Specialist Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education
7:00 PM EST, “The 1-2-3 Step Approach to Paying for College,” Sallie Mae
8:00 PM EST, “Money For College,” Tara Piantanida-Kelly, Regional Training Executive USA Funds University, College Goal Sunday
CollegeWeekLive also makes the college search easier and more cost-effective for families because students can narrow their choice of schools before they travel for campus visits. Students, parents and counselors can login any time at www.CollegeWeekLive.com. On Thursday January 10, admissions personnel from hundreds of colleges will be available for live chat between 2 PM and 10 PM Eastern. In addition, students who register and login at CollegeWeekLive will also be eligible to win a scholarship. The latest schedule of events is available at CollegeWeekLive.
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO PARENTS, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS
A live streaming video presentation overview of federal student aid programs available through the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). Topics: FAFSA application process, confirming eligibility, how to apply, options for filing, program changes and new resources.
Katherine Coates, Awareness and Outreach Specialist, Federal Student Financial Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education.
Thursday January 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM Eastern.
Advance registration available. Login on Thursday January 10.
Learn about the ins and outs of the FAFSA process. Chat live with admissions representatives from over 250 colleges.
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Romulus Community Schools would like to thank the Romulus voters for approving the hold harmless millage on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by nearly a 2 to 1 margin.
Your YES vote allows Romulus Community Schools to continue providing transportation, student athletics, and all of the great academic programming to your children.
Thank you for continuing your support of our children and our community.
Dozens of teachers learn new approaches toward increasing parental involvement
ROMULUS, Mich. -- Research shows parent, family, and community involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement. That’s why the Romulus Education Association has teamed up with NEA’s Priority School Campaign and The Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project to increase communication, trust and support between families and teachers that lead toward student success.
Through this unique partnership, educators within Romulus Community Schools receive in-depth training on how to leverage the power of family engagement. The goal is to break the cycle of blame between families and school staff by building trust and respect, instilling cultural competency and increasing personal and professional capacity for all involved.
“This training set the foundation for strengthening the partnership between the home and school which is essential for any school transformation.” said Gary Banas, president of the Romulus Education Association, who represents 180 teachers within Romulus Community Schools.
Benefits from the increased communication, trust and support between families and educators via home visits include increased student attendance rates; increased student test scores; and decreased suspension and expulsion rates.
NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign focuses attention on raising student achievement in schools, and rests on an evidence-based set of measures that include a strong partnership between the school and students’ families and an investment in increasing the skills and effectiveness of the school staff.
This new approach toward engaging families is an example of Romulus educators leading their profession, using collaborative strategies and innovations in priority schools that can create a ripple effect for change in education policy and practice nationwide.
“We want the community to feel that Romulus Middle School is an exceptional learning facility. One way to do that is for our teachers to be visible in the community and parents to be visible in our school.” said Banas.
Romulus Middle School recently reached out to area businesses in an effort to bridge student learning with real-world experience. The following businesses have generously agreed to donate their time and have each been adopted by an 8th grade Romulus Middle School class where they are helping students explore careers and the expectations of employers:
- Aztec Manufacturing
- Community Credit Union
- Community United Methodist Church
- Crane Funeral Home
- DST Industries, Inc
- Hopson Financial
- Johnson Lithograph
- Midwest Medical Center
- PNC Bank
- Sav-On Pharmacy
- The Spiratex Company
- Wallin Ezin Financial
- Waste Management
Students are researching their adopted business’ organization as well as their industries. The businesses are visiting their classroom and sharing their company history and background, connections to the Romulus community, employment information including position descriptions, wages, benefits, and advancement opportunities, and the educational needs for employment in their organization, their expectations of employees.
RMS Business Partnership Fair
March 15, 2012
Come and meet the local businesses that are volunteering their time and find out everything their students have learned about their organization and industry.
To find out more about this partnership or any of our adopted businesses, please call Scott Roark or Heather Williams at Romulus Middle School, (734) 532-1703.