Letter from the Superintendent
Oak Park School District Family:
It is my hope that 2013 brings health and prosperity to all! The month of January brings the first semester to a close. As we move into the second semester of the 2012-2013 school year, our priorities remain the same, while our efforts continue to increase daily. With safety and security as a priority throughout the country, we continue to collaborate with the Oak Park Department of Public Safety on a regular basis. We ask that if you have any safety or security concerns, please don't hesitate to contact a building administrator, central office administrator, or the Oak Park Department of Public Safety immediately. We want our students and staff to remain safe at all times. Thanks for your support in this endeavor.
With increased student achievement for all students as our main focus, we continue to work diligently in-house with our administrators and instructional staff to make a difference in the lives of all of our students. Our students are really showing progress and we will continue to push for even better results. The staff is transitioning to deeper implementation of the common core standards and improved teaching strategies that motivate students to learn while keeping them fully engaged. We continue to assess the needs of our students and implement interventions that increase results where needed. We promote alternatives for gifted students such as honors, advanced placement and dual enrollment, as well as, alternatives for those that need non-traditional opportunities such as virtual learning or strict discipline environments. We offer an array of tutorial supports, as well as, extracurricular opportunities for students at every grade level. We truly believe all students can learn, and continue to demonstrate commitment proving that we will stop at nothing to ensure every student receives an education that will prepare them for the next level and beyond.
You won't find a more concerned staff than those serving the students in the Oak Park School District. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the building administrators or I at any time. Let's continue to embrace the idea that Oak Park is the family city, and that the Oak Park School District is the district that meets the needs of the entire family. We are thankful for our parent support and want to continue to encourage all parents to get involved in the happenings of the school(s)/district today. All residents, businesses, and community members are also encouraged to do the same. It takes a village to raise a child, and we are raising more than 4,000, so we invite you to be a part of our journey and success. Together, we can be the change we want see in the world, by working together to make certain our students understand the importance of an education and are provided opportunities and exposure that increase their individual expectations.
Daveda J. Colbert, Ph.D.
Oak Park School District