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.

Middle School – Scheduling Focus Group

We are currently seeking parents/guardians who have time and are interested in helping us explore and assess how our existing master schedule structures align with the district’s vision and goals. More specifically, we are looking for people to provide us with their thoughts and feedback on the following two questions during a pair of focus groups we will be holding later this month. Click here to read more…..


Student Led Parent/Teacher Conference – Thursday, October 25

Families will be participating in Student Led Parent teacher conferences next week. Students have spent time considering the following International Baccalaureate Approaches to Learning Skills: organization, communication, being reflective, and affective skills. They completed a reflection form that will be the focal point of the conference. They have also been collecting work samples from their classes to share during the conference. Students participated in a pre-meeting with their conferencing teacher this week in order to ensure that they are prepared and ready to lead this important meeting. Click here for a list of questions that you may want to consider asking during the student led conference.

School will dismiss at noon on Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26 for student-led parent-teacher conferences. 


Julian Book Fair

October means the Julian Book Fair is near! Our vendor is Anderson's Bookshops

The Book Fair will start in the Library on... 

  • T 10/23 & W. 10/24 - mini fair during lunch periods 

And then will move to the Commons for...

  • Th 10/25 - 9AM - 8PM
  • F. 10/26 - 9AM - 12:30 PM

Students may visit the book fair during their lunch period and/or with a teacher who signs up. To preview some of the books for sale, click here

The book fair is a great way to promote reading & literacy, to connect as a community, and to raise funds for the library. We hope to see you at the book fair during conference week! 


P.S. The book fair is looking for future co-chairs. If interested in this shared volunteer opportunity, please connect with Jamie Winchell [email protected]


Attendance Matters

One of the goals we have as a district is for 90% or more of our students to have 95% attendance or better for the entire school year. Included in this document is important information about the impact school attendance has on learning and what you can do to support your student to be here every day.


Substitute Teachers and Teaching Assistants 
The Oak Leaves published an article last week 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


OPEF's Super STEAM Saturday! 

Please join the Oak Park Education Foundation for a free fun morning of crafting, collaborating, and creating. Drive a robot, write a poem, unleash your inner artist and learn more about OPEF with great activities for kids ages 5-12. Saturday, November 3 from 10-12 at Beye School. You can learn more about the event on OPEF's website or their Facebook page.


Strengthening Families Program

It’s not too late to join! Participate in a 12-week program with your entire family. You will learn how to resolve conflict, stress management skills, how to set limits and much more. Click here for more information about this opportunity.


Upcoming Events:

Student Led Parent / Teacher Conferences – Thursday, October 25

12:00 pm Dismissal for Students – Thursday, October 25

12:00 pm Dismissal for Students – Friday, October 26

No School / Teacher Institute Day – Tuesday, November 6



Dr. Todd Fitzgerald

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