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.

IB Community Projects

Eighth grade IB community projects are underway here at Julian Middle School! 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 Integrated Studies class 8th grade students plan and conduct a project that makes a positive change in an area they are passionate about. By using their creative and critical thinking skills, students will identify what they can do to address their identified topic, take action, and reflect upon this process/their impact.


Sixteen groups of students put their projects into motion by participating in a school wide fundraising event yesterday here at Julian. The 8th grade students advertised their project to the student body by creating videos, posters, and using social media. These groups of students raised over $850.

Topics include the following:

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Black Youth Project 100
  • Clean Water Fund
  • Hermitage Community Garden
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Polaris Project
  • Rainforest Foundation US
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
  • Sarah’s Inn
  • Seven Generations Ahead
  • The Trevor Project
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • World Wildlife Fund

It is never too early to start brainstorming a project idea. We encourage you to help your student begin thinking about his/her Community Project by discussing these questions:

1)  What are your values and commitments that could inspire action?

2)  What can people do when they recognize the need for change?

3)  How can I take action to make change happen?  

Thanks for your support. We look forward to sharing more examples of our 8th grade students having a positive impact on our community and beyond through their IB Community Projects!


D97 Summer Math Program

Registration for the D97 summer program offerings opened this week. Spend the first few weeks of the summer honing your math skills. Please see this Math flyer for more information.


Middle School Community Conversation

On Thursday, February 22, Brooks and Julian will be co-hosting a community conversation about supporting learning at the middle school level. During this session, which will be held in the Commons at Brooks from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., parents/guardians of middle school students will have the opportunity to talk to school and district representatives, as well as each other, not only about their family's educational experiences in District 97, but also the learning goals they have for their children going forward. 

If you have questions or need additional information about this event, please contact April Capuder at Brooks ([email protected]g) or Dr. Todd Fitzgerald at Julian ([email protected]g). We look forward to seeing you on February 22. 


Percy Julian - Summer Mural Project

Please join community artist, muralist, and OPRF teacher Tracy Van Duinen for an open conversation about the Percy Julian mural being created this summer by OPEF, in partnership with D97. We're eager to learn what kinds of imagery and text the community would like to see incorporated into the mural. Adults and students are both welcome to participate in this conversation. The meeting will be held on February 26, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm at the district office.


Track & Field Informational Meetings

Boys Meeting @ 3:45pm on Tuesday, February 20
Parent/Guardian Meeting @ 6:00pm on Wednesday, February 21
Girls Meeting @ 3:45pm on Thursday, February 22

Each meeting will take place in the Julian commons. Student athletes should bring their Chromebook or phones to the meetings in order to take the team survey. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Magierski or Mr. Taylor for more information.


8th Grade Families:

The 8th grade cap & gown Photo Re-take day is on Friday, February 23 at 9:00am. Students may have their photos taken if they were absent on 1/19 or if they wish to order a new set because they do not like the first photo. Students must sign up with their advisory teacher prior to 2/23 to have their name added to the re-take list.


Take the Stage!

Is your student ready to have their voice heard? Does your student want to make a difference in their world, but isn't sure how? Sign them up for "Our Story" a 6-week after school workshop that will coach students on how to research, write and perform their authentic stories. 5 students from Julian and 5 students from Brooks will be selected to participate in this workshop and Community Performance with adult tellers. Classes start March 1st. Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/DivCoEvents8  This program is intended for students whose voices are not typically/easily heard: minority students, students with disabilities and special learning needs, or students that identify LGBTQ+.

Questions? Email the PTO Diversity Council at: [email protected]


Upcoming Events:

No School - February 19 / President's Day 



Dr. Todd T. Fitzgerald

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