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.
Positive Learning Environment at Julian Middle School
Julian Middle School is in the process of implementing the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program. PBIS emphasizes focusing on a school wide system of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. Instead of using a piecemeal approach of individual behavioral management plans, a continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school is implemented in areas including the classroom and non-classroom settings (such as hallways, lunchroom, restrooms, etc). Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs.
As a means of supporting the effective implementation of this program, a PBIS Coordinator has recently been hired to support both Brooks and Julian throughout this process. We are striving to provide all students with a positive learning environment. Click here to learn more about PBIS.
Access to Databases for Students
D97 Middlle School students will have a great opportunity to access Gale databases for research and information gathering for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to read imortant information about this opportunity.
Cross Country-State Competition
The cross-country team competed in the IESA State Championship last Saturday. We had 4 runners that qualified for this race:
- 6th Graders-Lenny Sterritt and Garrett Lundgren
- 7th Grader-Liam Newhart
- 8th Grader-Samantha Duwe
Hats off to Lenny Sterritt for qualifying for the State Competition in her first season at Julian. Liam Newhart ran one of his fastest races of the season with a time of 11:26. Special recognition goes out to Samantha Duwe and Garrett Lundgren: both runners finished in 18th place overall, received a medal and an "All State" distinction. Garrett Lundgren was the only 6th grade boy to finish in the top 25.
Overall, it was a great season. Congratulations to all of our cross-country team members as well as our coaches: Ms. Tysse, Mr. Williamson, and Mr. Taylor.
8th Grade Visit to OPRF
We are already starting think about next year for our 8th grade students. On October 30, they will be visiting Oak Park River Forest High School for a transition tour. This visit will include an overview of information about OPRF, a tour of the building, current student performances, and a Q&A session with an OPRF student panel. Click here for more detailed information about this event.
Employment Opportuntities in D97
District 97 is looking to hire a wide range of positions to support the learning environment for our students. Click here for more information.
School picture re-takes will be Friday, November 3. Due to the 6th grade field trip scheduled that day, 6th grade re-takes will occur at 9:00 AM. 7th and 8th grade pictures will be taken immediately afterwards. Students who were absent on September 1 are on our list to be photographed. Students who do not like their original photo and would like a new picture taken should ask their advisory teacher to add them to the re-take list. These students should turn in their original photo package to the photographer at the time of re-takes.
Friday, October 27-Halloween Dance (4:00-6:00 in the Julian Commons)
Friday, November 3-Picture Retakes
Dr. Todd T. Fitzgerald
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