Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!
Dear Dedicated Oak Park Students, Parents and/or Guardians,
I sincerely hope you enjoyed your summer vacation! The office staff, custodial crew, teachers and I have been working diligently to ensure that the building and classrooms are ready for the start of school. Two years ago the district installed air conditioners in all of our classrooms and student learning spaces. I am excited to announce that our auditorium, cafeteria, library, counseling center, main office, student services office, nurse’ office, staff lounge, and parent conference room have had air conditioners installed this summer. Our entire school can now function and learn in a cool environment. We are thrilled and truly grateful for this much needed upgrade!
A special welcome goes out to all of our new students and families! We are thrilled to have you on the Oak Park team. Please join me in welcoming our new teachers, Christine Rice-Conner, Jeremiah Atienza, and Joe Wainio. Let’s extend a warm welcome to our new Building Services Supervisor/Head Custodian, Victor Mendez; our new Elementary School Assistant, Brittany Cooper; our new full time School Counselor, Griselda Durgampudi; and our new part time Library Assistant, Gabriela Membrila. They look forward to meeting our students and getting to know our Oak Park families.
This is going to be another exciting year as teachers continue their professional development within the Crawford Cluster. They will utilize effective ways to incorporate technology and learn about the district’s priority standards; integrating them into daily instruction. Students will continue to receive high quality reading and mathematical instruction that is aligned to the Common Core Standards. Our awesome learners will also continue to grow as scholars and musicians with teachers having high expectations and an appreciation for the performing arts. The 2016-2017 SBAC results will be shared with the public and schools at the beginning of next month. I am confident that Oak Park will continue to shine as a higher performing school and that our students will thrive in our classrooms. The Du Four’s Tenets listed below are research based. These reflective questions will continue to drive our work. Teachers will ask themselves:
What do we want students to learn?
How do we ensure that first instruction leads them to mastery?
How do we know that they are getting it?
What do we do when they don’t get it?
What do we do when they do get it? How do we challenge them?
Again, welcome to our new students, families, and teachers. I hope this letter finds you in a peaceful place as we begin what is sure to be another successful year of teaching and learning! Please feel to contact me, my admin assistant Ms. Brittany, or my office staff members Mrs. Raquel or Ms. Wendy if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to serve you! Have a wonderful day! Go O-A-K P-A-R-K! J
Reashon L. Villery, Ed.D.
Proud Principal J