Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
Dear Dedicated Oak Park Students, Parents and/or Guardians,
Welcome back to school! 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. 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 and staff: Wendy Barizo, Mod/Sev teacher; San San Blain, additional Music Prep teacher; Anna Foster, Preschool teacher; new Health Tech, Marisol Olmos; and our new afternoon custodian, Ernesto Durame. They look forward to meeting our students and getting to know our Oak Park families.
This is going to be another great year as our teachers continue their professional development within the Crawford Cluster, where we will focus on Math. Teachers will continue to utilize effective ways to incorporate technology and as we learn to implement the district’s priority standards; integrating them into daily instruction. They will look at learning outcomes through the lens of the proficiency scales. Students will continue receiving 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 2018-2019 SBAC results have already been shared with the public. 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 and again, welcome back! Go O-A-K P-A-R-K!
Reashon L. Villery, Ed.D.