5th Grade Transition Bulletin #5

5th Grade Transition Bulletin 5 - March 8, 2019

Dear 5th Grade Families,

This weekly transition bulletin includes information regarding the following topics:

  • Technology
  • Project Lead the Way/STEM
  • Math

Please save the date of Thursday, April 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for our 5th Grade Parent Orientation. 

Dr. Todd T. Fitzgerald
Principal, Julian Middle School
[email protected]

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.

Technology/STEM/Math at Julian Middle School

Technology at Julian Middle School

Students at Julian Middle School are issued a Chromebook at the beginning of the school year upon the submission of appropriate agreements. Julian students use Chromebooks for in class note taking, collaboration, research, and project creation. Additionally, teachers provide supplemental work to support learning from various web-based programs. The Chromebook is also used to access certain online textbooks available to students. Applications such as Book Creator, Notability, Explain Everything, Socrative, Canvas, and GAFE (Google Apps for Education) are some of the most commonly used at Julian.


Project Lead the Way/STEM

Sixth grade students take a Design and Modeling class for one trimester during the school year.  This is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) class that focuses on the design process. This hands on experience introduces students to CAD (Computer Aided Design) software that is used by architects and engineers.  As students progress through middle school, they also take a semester of robotics and electronics.


Math at Julian Middle School

Math Courses

There are two Math courses provided to students in the 6th grade:

Math 7/8

Math 6/7


Summer Math Opportunities

Click here for more information about the summer math opportunities offered by D97 for incoming 6th grade students.


Math Placement

Students will take a math placement test designed by D97 math teachers. This assessment will occur in the spring. The results of this test, along with Winter and Spring MAP scores, will be used to determine math placement for next school year. Click here for more detailed information regarding math placement.


When will we learn about our student’s math placement?

Letters will be mailed home to families in July with math placement for the 19-20 school year. If you have questions about your student’s math placement, you should contact Dr. Fitzgerald.