Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
Dear Dedicated Oak Park Students, Parents and/or Guardians,
I sincerely hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and that you found time for fun and relaxation with and family and friends. 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. This is going to be an exciting school year and we are looking forward to thriving and shining as Oak Park always does.
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 Vice Principal, Antoniette Curtis. We are excited to have her back with us at Oak Park. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Andrea Thrower, new teacher to Oak Park, but veteran educator in the district. A warm welcome goes to Alma Olivares, new Health Tech, and Tabitha Ayub, additional Speech Language Pathologist. They are all looking forward to meeting you!
This is going to be another great year as teachers continue their professional development with the English Learner Language Acquisition Program, 3-5th Grade Science Initiatives, Special Education Co-Teaching/Planning Models, and English Language Development integration. We will continue to utilize effective ways to incorporate technology, as we learn to implement the district’s priority standards; integrating them into daily instruction. We will also look at learning outcomes through the lens 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 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 and 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, our Vice Principal, Ms. Curtis; my Secretary, Ms. Brittany; or my office staff members Mrs. Raquel and Ms. Wendy if you have any questions or concerns. We are all here to serve you! Have a wonderful day! Go O-A-K P-A-R-K! J
Reashon L. Villery, Ed.D.