Julian Middle Matters

District 97 Vision

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will create a positive learning environment for all students that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Respect Week Follow Up - Addressing the “N” Word at Julian Middle School

The students from our Social Justice Club approached us recently to discuss the use of the “N” word here at Julian. After hearing their thoughts and concerns, we decided to hold individual assemblies for each grade level to help educate our students about the history of the word, and address the impact its use has on the culture and climate in our building. During these sessions, which were held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of this week, we wanted to make it clear to everyone that using the “N” word at school is inappropriate. We also wanted our students to better understand how the word affects our ability to create and maintain a safe and nurturing learning environment. Click here to read more.


Jukebox Choir - Outstanding once Again

Congratulations to the members of Jukebox and Mr. Seymour for the exemplary performance at the IGSMA Festival this past Saturday.  They received the highest rating possible and near-perfect scores.  On to the state level next month!

Click here to listen to the recording.

The students are as follows:


Aiyana Best, Annika Tenhor, Avery Lucas, Beatrice Spell, Elanor Huber, Jane Walker, Lainey Lewis, Leela Chaloemtiarana, Marina Sjoblom, Roya Gharavi, and Sarah Ernst


Ainsley McConnell, Amanda Lane, Anna Miller, Bella Lubelchek, Cameren Truelove, Helen Lallos-Harrell, Jessica Wolthusen, Meredith Moody, Phyllis Kreiter, Taylor Montes-Williams, and Sophie King


Adam Moncrieff, Anthony Felichio, Chip Papier, Elliot Broughton, Elliott Whitmore, Harry Schaafsma, Lars Rauch, Michael Goto, Mickey Ryan, Owen Miller, Pierce Cleaveland, Ryan Adelstein, and Will Endres


Ben Bonick, Hank Babwin, Immanuel Hall, Julian Rutstein, Niko Balafas, Seth Calhoun, and Will Van Duinen


D97 Summer Math Program

Registration has opened for the D97 summer math program for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Click this link for more detailed information.


8th Grade Graduation Date – Saturday, June 1

In case you missed this communication, I am reaching out to let you know that this past summer, we submitted a request to Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRFHS) to hold our eighth-grade graduation ceremonies at its building on Monday, June 3. The high school told us that the day we wanted was not available due to a scheduling conflict involving another organization. We then reached out to several other local venues to find out if they could host us on our preferred date. Unfortunately, none of them could accommodate the size of our group or meet the needs of our students and their families.

As a result, we have decided to hold this year’s graduation ceremony at OPRFHS on Saturday, June 1. The last day of school for 8th grade students will be Friday, May 31.

 The ceremony for Brooks students will take place at 10 a.m., while the ceremony for Julian students will take place at 2 p.m. We will provide you with more detailed information about graduation toward the end of the school year. Until then, we want to apologize for any issues or inconvenience this may cause, and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events:

No School - March 25-March 29 / Spring Break

No School - Tuesday, April 2 / Teacher Institute Day

Honor Roll Breakfasts

  • Tuesday, April 9 - Eighth Gr.
  • Thursday, April 11 - Seventh Gr.
  • Friday, April 12 - Sixth Gr.


Dr. Todd Fitzgerald

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