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 in Action-Community Projects (Whole Child, Positive Learning Environment, Inclusive)

Eighth grade IB community projects are winding down 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 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.

Community Project Steps for Students:

  • Brainstorm to figure out what they are passionate about and/or what they hope to change about our world, locally or globally.
  • Pick a Topic-Discuss ideas with your teacher.
  • Topic Research - What factors contribute to or cause your issue and what actions have already been taken?
  • Decide how you will raise awareness and what action you will take for your project.
  • Write a proposal for action that begins to address how you will focus on your identified need.
  • Brainstorm to determine an action plan and then write a detailed plan that you will execute.
  • Take Action!
  • Design project presentation, highlighting actions, results and your reflection.

During this process students had a number of check-in meetings with their Integrated Studies teacher, IB consultant teacher, or Dr. Fitzgerald in order to receive feedback, share ideas, and get approval for their plans.

Some of the student projects included supporting the following causes:

Girls Education International, LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools, Toiletries Drive for the Homeless, Clothing Drive for Impoverished Children, Women's Education in 3rd World Countries, Supporting Heifer International, Supporting FreeRice.com, Reducing Food Waste (Composting), Making Second Step more Relevant to Julian Students, Doctors Without Borders, Health and Wellness, Zen Zone (Reducing Stress for Julian Students), Peer Tutoring, Udaan India Foundation, Planned Parenthood, World Wildlife Foundation Sponsoring Lemur, Chicago Park District, SEETurtles, Opportunity for ALL Reading Program, Supporting Arts Funding, Middle School Transition, Supporting Homeless Shelters, Cards for Children's Hospitals, Pollution, Inequalities of Funding Education, Gender Identity Awareness, Climate Change-Not So Fun Facts, Recycling Better, Transgender Rights, Raising Money for Syrian Refugees, Enforcement of School Rules, Peer Tutoring, and many more.

Click this link for a recently published article in the Oak Leaves about the IB Community Projects.

IB Community Project (in Action) to Support the Arts

Hello Julian Middle School Families,

We are two 8th grade students working on our IB Community Project. Our topic of interest is focused on funding of the arts in public schools. As our president plans to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) more and more arts programs are in danger of being reduced. Our plan is......Read more to support these students

Lost and Found

Items in the lost and found located in the Julian lunch room will be donated to charity or disposed of on Thursday, June 8. We have been reminding students during afternoon announcements to take home their belongings. Feel free to stop by Julian if you would like to have a look for yourself.

Upcoming Events

  • 8th Grade Graduation - Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30
  • Last Day of School for 6th and 7th Grade - Wednesday, June 7


Dr. Todd T. Fitzgerald

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