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.

Jayhawk Journal - School Newspaper

The Jayhawk Journal at Julian has been a huge success. Almost every student who gets a copy is excited to read it. There is a variety of topics and writing styles in the newspaper, something for everyone. We try to include as much school news as we can in each edition. Articles about school events, school sports, and topics of interest are written. We also include comics and games. One thing we try hard to accomplish is to have a good balance between in-school and out-of-school sports and news. We accept articles from student and teacher writers who want to contribute about a topic relevant to Julian. We have published three issues so far- one issue every two weeks. Around 500 copies of each issue are distributed to students in all teams and grade levels during advisory. The members on the newspaper team are Eva Baker, Lena Tang, Jackson Hassler, David Andolina and Shaun Trock, who are all members of Team 8-3. Each member brings something different to the team. However, many other students contribute to the newspaper and are getting involved. One of our goals is to make the newspaper sustainable. We have collected emails of students in sixth and seventh grade who would be interested in joining a newspaper club. Overall, the Jayhawk Journal has been quite successful at Julian. If your student wants to get involved, please don’t hesitate to have them let us know at [email protected].

Check out our previous issues:

International Baccalaureate – 8th Grade Community Project

It is that time of year again, 8th grade students are busy setting their Community Projects into motion. Not sure what the IB Community Project is? Here is a little background information. A central part of being an IB student is learning to look at the world through multiple perspectives and appreciate all human experiences similar and different from your own. The community project allows students to apply this type of learning while making positive change within a local or global community. During students' last trimester of Integrated Studies class, they plan and conduct a project that makes a positive change in an area they are passionate about.

This month we will be highlighting different IB Community Projects that are going on in the building.

Grey Eshenroder, Maddox Newmann, and Spencer Brown chose to focus on supporting students dealing with stress. These students believe that there are a lot of kids in the building that are stressed either with things at home or at school. From their research and conversations with their teacher, Ms. Gunnel, they decided to make stress balls for the school social workers to distribute to students. As Grey said, “A lot of people deal with stress. I know personally it would help me to have a stress ball, so I hope it will help others.” The boys made a total of 40 stress balls that were given to our social workers for distribution.

Charlotte Blasi, Elizabeth Cahill, Maddie Sellers, Grace Houren, and Senja Peters teamed up. They coordinated a huge event against gun violence at Scoville Park. Their efforts were highlighted in a recent Wednesday Journal article. Click here for details about this event.

Elizabeth said, “It was really stressful organizing the event but empowering!” She also said an unexpected benefit of their work was becoming friends with people she didn’t really know before starting the project. Charlotte said, “I was really stressed out, but in the end it was amazing to see how many people wanted to make change. Although the bill didn’t pass we are proud that we created this!”

Stay tuned next week for a spotlight on a few other IB Community Projects!

Tribute to Excellence – Thursday, May 24

We will have our annual "Tribute to Excellence" program on the morning of Thursday, May 24 starting at 9:15. On this day, students are honored for going above and beyond inside and outside of the classroom. The students being recognized  received an invitation to attend the program during advisory this week. An email has been sent to the parents/guardians of these students inviting them to be a part of the program.

Some of the activities students will be recognized for are as follows:

Math Club, West 40 Speech and Drama Festival, Choir, Orchestra, Band, Art Contest Winners, Robotics team, Volleyball, Basketball, Spoken Word, Best Buddies, and many more.

The program typically lasts about 75-90 minutes. We hope that many of you will join us here at Julian Middle School on the morning of Thursday, May 24 to celebrate our students.

Ultimate Frisbee

Julian Ultimate Club swept both the A and B divisions at the Chicago Youth Ultimate Tournament. A big congrats goes out to everyone who played and good luck at the State Championships occurring this weekend in Naperville.

Track Success

The Running Jayhawks had a great Sectionals track meet this past Saturday.

Our 8th grade girls team took 2nd place overall at Sectionals.

Our 4x400 girls relay team returns to state to defend their 5th place finish from last year. These student athletes include:

  • Katherine Hoffman, Jasmine Davis, Ayanna Townsend, Jessica Sloan-Cooper

In addition to our relay team, the following girls also qualified for the state competition:

  • Jessica Sloan-Cooper - Hurdles Sectional Champ
  • Ayanna Townsend – 400m Sectional Champ
  • Samantha Duwe – 1600m Qualifier

Our 7th grade girls are Sectional Champs!

Our 4x100 girls relay team sectional champ includes:

  • Keira Kleidon, Abby Revsine, Yinka Ogunseitan, Gwen Lopez

In addition to our relay team, the following girls also qualified for the state competition:

  • Emily Theisse - Hurdles Sectional Champ
  • Sage Bryning – 200m Sectional Champ
  • Emily Theisse - Long Jump Sectional Champ
  • Abby Revisne - 100m Sectional Champ
  • Reese Garland - Shot Put Sectional Champ

Two boys from our track team also qualified for the state competition.

  • Garrett Lundgren - 1600m Qualifier
  • Josh Dennis - 200m Sectional Champ and state qualifier

Good luck this weekend at the State Finals!

Julian Garden Update

Our students have designed and built an amazing garden space. Unfortunately, work is stalling due to lack of supplies. To continue creating this fantastic garden, kids need soil, brown mulch, and tools.

Donations of soil and brown mulch can be dropped off by the 6th grade entrance. We are also accepting new and gently used garden supplies such as weed pullers, trowels, and trellises.  Monetary donations will also be accepted, and can be dropped off in the school office. Please make checks out to Julian PTO with "Garden" in the memo. All contributions are greatly appreciated!

Thank you again for your help, we appreciate it.

Returning Student Registration

All parents/guardians of students who are returning to District 97 schools for the 2018-19 school year must register online. On May 7, the district registrar emailed the registration link to families:


The registration deadline has now been extended from Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23. Students that do not have their registration process completed will not be placed on class lists or given class schedules. You do not need a new proof of residency in order to submit the online registration, however if you have moved, you must provide the documentation by August 1. If you have any questions, please contact the registrar with your student's name at [email protected]

Upcoming Events:

  • Tribute to Excellence – Thursday, May 24
  • No School – Monday, May 28 / Memorial Day
  • 8th Grade Graduation - Thursday, May 31 @ 5:00pm
  • Last Day of School for 6th and 7th Graders - June 1 / 12:00pm Dismissal


Dr. Todd T. Fitzgerald

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