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.
Student Council - Culture and Climate Work
Our Student Council has organized a lunchroom mix up day that includes having a ball pit in the commons. This video sparked the idea for them.
Students have been given the opportunity to sign up to participate in the ball pit next week during lunch. What does this mean? Two random people will be provided questions to ask and answer that will help them get to know each other while sitting in the ball pit. The goal of our student council is to create an environment for our school where more people know and support each other. Student council members have come up with an assortment of interesting and middle school appropriate questions that students can discuss while in the ball pit. They are really excited about doing this opportunity. We are looking forward to see how it goes next week. A big thank you to our student council for organizing this event!
Robotics Demonstration Night
We are excited to open up the Design Wing at Julian Middle School on the evening of Monday, November 12 for our first ever Robotics Demo Night. Our 7th grade students will have the opportunity to share with you their final Robotics Project from the 1st trimester. Please see the flier more details.
Julian Mock Election Results
A huge THANK YOU to all students who voted in the mock election, to teachers who empowered their students to vote, and to election judge volunteers and data analysts who made it all happen.
U.S. House District 7 - Danny K. Davis 86.9%
IL Governor - J.B. Pritzker 77.8%
Secretary of State - Jesse White 79.4%
Firearm storage referendum - 82.2% yea
Merge tax bodies referendum - 59.4% yea
The names of the student election judge and data analyst volunteers are as follows:
Annika Tenhor, Ben Sassone, Ellen Conour, Chan Youn, Beatrice Spell, Sara Nimz, Leah Turner, Ainsle McConnell, Laney Lewis, McKenna Macon, Cortez Cook, and Riley Comstock
Congratulations – Girl's Basketball Teams
Great job to our girl’s basketball players. Our 6th-7th Grade team finished the year with a record of 13-6. They fought hard in the semi-final game of the conference tournament by rallying to come back after being down 12 points in the 4th quarter. We ended up losing by one point in the closing seconds.
The 8th grade team finished the season with a record of 16-2. They entered the 4th quarter of the championship game tied with their opponent but ended up losing by 5 points to a very good team from Berwyn.
We are proud of the effort and commitment demonstrated by all of our basketball players, managers and Mr. Kannan this past season.
8th Grade Team
Ceci Lynch, Reese garland, Sandra Caldwell, Louise Calkins, Keira Kleidon, Payton Beeler, Catherine Goldberg, Libby Majka, Cara Anderson, Aaliyah Wilson, Jailah, Garron, Imani McLaurin-Young, Shardae Spruille, Isys McLaurin-Young, Teshell O’Neal
7th Grade Team
Catherine Cahill, Anelise Pitroda, Grace Cahill, Kennedy R. Ross, Isabelle Harper, Aniya McLeod, Khalaya Coleman, Molly Chambers, Lucy Vander Griend, Zahra Muhammad, Alyssa Morris Genevieve Simkowski, Eleanor Derks, Shelby Giloth
Team Manager: Ellen Conour
Middle School Scheduling Focus Group
We are currently seeking parents/guardians who have time and are interested in helping us explore and assess our existing master schedule for students. We have had two focus groups in the evening over the past couple of weeks to gather feedback about this topic. There is one more opportunity to participate on Friday, November 16 at Brooks Middle School from 9:00-10:00am. We will discuss our present middle school daily schedule for students and consider possible ideas to make it better for next year. I hope to see many of you there!
"Paper Tigers" Screening
The Oak Park Teachers' Association and the Opportunity Coalition are hosting a community screening of the film "Paper Tigers" at Holmes on Nov. 15. Please click here to access a flyer for the event.
CAST Performance this Weekend
After weeks of rehearsing, tonight is CAST's opening night for Annie Warbucks! The family favorite picks up right where Annie leaves off, when the evil Child Welfare Commissioner Harriet Doyle arrives on the scene to inform Daddy Warbucks that he must marry within 60 days so that the newly adopted Annie can have a proper mother. In the end, Daddy Warbucks' whirlwind search for a fitting bride uncovers not only a plot by Doyle and her daughter to strip him of his fortune, but also his true feelings for Grace Farrell, his trusted assistant. A gaggle of cute little girls seeking parents and even President Franklin D. Roosevelt return to take part in the shenanigans. The fun filled show promises to bring a smile to everyone before the night is over!
Annie Warbucks will be presented
Friday, November 9 at 7:30
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30
Sunday, November 11 at 3:30
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online here.
We are also having our first CAST fundraiser Saturday night, November 10. CAST Council will be hosting a pasta dinner from 6:00-7:30. The dinner will include yummy salad, mostaccioli, bread, dessert and a beverage. There will also be a performance by the Julian choir!!! Anyone coming to the pasta dinner also receives a seating pass that allows you to reserve your auditorium seat before everyone else!!!!!
Pasta dinner tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Dinner tickets may be purchased here.
Come join in the fun and help kick off the 2018-19 CAST season!!!
Illinois 5Essentials Survey
We are administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey again this year to certified staff and parents/guardians from all 10 of our schools, as well as students in grades four through eight. Please click here to learn how parents/guardians can participate in this important endeavor and click here to access the parent/guardian version of the survey. Please note that school-level reports will only be generated if at least 20 percent of our parents/guardians complete the survey, which can be accessed until Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.
We need your feedback
Vision97 4ALL Dashboard
A link to the Vision97 4ALL has been provided. Please take a look at this information to see what we are doing as a district to work toward meeting the needs of all our students. (http://www.op97.org/about/vision-updates).
Substitute Teachers and Teaching Assistants
The Oak Leaves published an article in the past few weeks about the steps we are taking to increase and further strengthen our pool of candidates for our substitute teaching and teaching assistant positions. You can access the article by visiting http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-97-substitute-teachers-tl-1018-story.html.
If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a substitute teacher or substitute teaching assistant for the district, please visit http://www.op97.org/hr/substitutes for additional information about the process and requirements.
PTO Meeting / 7:00pm at Julian Middle School – Monday, November 12
Music Department Fundraiser Pick Up / 3:30-6:00 - Thursday, November 15
No School Due to Thanksgiving Break - November 21-23
Dr. Todd Fitzgerald
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