Staff Appreciation Week is May 8-12. It is a good time to say thank you to our Royall School District Employees. We truly have a hard working committed team that works relentlessly on a daily basis for our students. Our administrative team will kick off the week with a celebration during early release Friday, May 5.

May 5 will be our annual Scholastic Banquet and our Scholarship Program. This is one of my favorite nights of the year as our community steps up and delivers a number of generous scholarships and we spend the evening celebrating academic success. Thank you to all who volunteer for the organizations that gives out scholarships. There are too many to name, but it is a huge night with regard to our seniors being able to afford to take the next step in their education.

It always feels like we ramp it up as we near the end of the school year. I have listed a few of our major events with hopes that you will be able to join us.

May 12 – POPS Concert, 7 p.m.

May 23 – Middle School Spring Concert, 7 p.m.

May 26 - Royall Excellence Day, 1:30 p.m.

May 27 – Graduation, 9 a.m.

June 2 – last day for students – Early release, 1:15 p.m.

June 5 – first day of summer school.

The Royall Alumni Association is recruiting new members and I encourage all graduates and interested community members to join. Contact me or any of our RAA board members for more information. Last year we put our first group of alumni into our “Hall of Recognition”, if you have someone you would like to nominate for that award, you can contact me or any RAA board member.

If you have been by the school lately, you can see that we have started early on our summer projects this year. I can report to you that things are going very well. The new elementary roof replacement is on schedule and the Ledeger team is hoping to have the majority of the project finished by July 1. The performance center project is going well with what we can do prior to removing the old floor. The heating units have been delivered and the Stalker Sports Floor crew is working on the stage floor now. Our goal is to have both projects completely finished by Sept. 1.

I have reserved Monday, May 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., for my next lunch with the superintendent. Join me for lunch to discuss whatever topic you choose, such as budgeting, scheduling, staffing, or even politics. I would appreciate it if you called to let me know you were coming so we can plan for the appropriate space. I am willing to come to you with information. Please give me a call and let me know where you would like to meet, when you would like me to attend, and what to prepare for and I will be there.

Mark Gruen

Royall School Superintendent