The Oak Park Advantage
October 2020 Halloween Edition Newsletter
OAK PARK VOTES 2020
Oak Park votes FEARLESSLY.
You can vote early, vote on November 3rd, or drop off your ballot at your nearest drop box.
Thank you, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for visiting our wonderful city to encourage voters! GO VOTE November 3rd 🗳 #oakparkstrong #oakparkpride #vote
OPS COMMUNITY IMMUNIZATION FAIR
Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 9am
13701 Oak Park Boulevard
Oak Park, MI
Join us for our Oak Park Schools Community Immunization Fair.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Oak Park High School Gymnasium (13700 Oak Park Blvd. Oak Park, MI 48033)
Raffles will be available for attendees, prizes include Xbox, Tablets, and $50 Kroger gift cards.
All OPS students must have an up-to-date immunization certificate or a valid immunization waiver to attend Oak Park Schools per Michigan law. If your child(ren) need immunizations, please use this time (virtual learning), to update the required immunizations. Attached below is link to find schedules for the recommended immunizations based on age, along with information to several clinics in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties that you can visit to get your children immunized.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students who are not properly immunized will not be permitted to return to in-person teaching and learning until immunizations are up-to-date.
For more information, please visit https://www.oakparkschools.org/community-parents/school-health-k-12/
MHSAA STATE PLAYOFF FOOTBALL: OAK PARK KNIGHTS VS. GROSSE POINTE SOUTH BLUE DEVILS
Friday, Oct. 30th, 7:30pm
11 Grosse Pointe Boulevard
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
THE HOFFMAN PLANETARIUM
We immerse students in the planetarium’s interactive visual macrocosm, explored Earth’s 3D topography and layers in spectacular detail. Each individual high school Science course and grade level courses in kindergarten through eighth grade participate in a developmentally appropriate interactive presentations tailored to the curriculum and/or Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) disciplinary core ideas while providing a connection to the astronomical 'big picture' - the Universe.
At the Hoffman Planetarium, we believe that 'your journey into the mysteries of space begins here...
- Upon arrival into the Planetarium, students view a presentation specifically designed for their current science unit. For example, the 5th grade Earth Science show is entitled “Our Place in the Solar System” and explores most of the Next Generation Earth Science Standards (NGSS) for the 5th-grade level.
- Students are also provided with an opportunity, during their Science Lab experience, to complete a hands-on activity related to their current unit. For 5th grade students, the activity allows students to construct a model of the solar system. Additionally, students also access the Virtual Labs available through the FOSS Science Curriculum and/or online Virtual Labs related to the unit material.
We have accommodations for both wheel-chair bound and students with disabilities, including devices for the hearing impaired. Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to the unique, interactive learning experience that the Planetarium offers!
Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Success: Next Generation Science Standards Alignment
Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science-core ideas, practice and cross-cutting. The implementation of new science standards with the support of Planetarium programs provides an opportunity to advance science education for all students. To learn more information, please review the NGSS Parent Guides below
Elementary School (Einstein, Key & Pepper)
Grades K- 2: Download the Grades K-2 Parent Guide
Grades 3- 5: Download the Grades 3-5 Parent Guide
Middle School (Oak Park Preparatory Academy)
Grades 6-8: Download the Grades 6-8 Parent Guide
High School (Oak Park High School)
Grades 9-12: Download the Grades 9-12 Parent Guide
To learn additional information about the Hoffman Planetarium or schedule a visit, please contact Mr. Grayling Mercer at email@example.com or 248.336.7620
OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
Office of Teaching and Learning
District Wide Updates
w/o October 26, 2020
All of our Conference PD videos have been compiled and uploaded for your learning pleasure! If you are interested in additional learning from our Return To Schools Conference or our October PD Conference, please click the links below! The uploads can also be found under “Staff Links” on our district website!
The Office of Teaching and Learning is proud to announce our third professional learning conference of the school year (and it’s only November)!! On Tuesday, November 3, Oak Park Schools has partnered with Oakland Schools to provide multiple learning opportunities for our deserving staff as well as MASSP to provide detailed learning around ways the 5D+ Observation Rubric can be used to support and improve teaching practices across the district! Look for a complete conference agenda with active clickable links in your email by Monday! Please make sure you are referencing the emails sent by Ms. Baptiste to ensure proper registration and participation opportunities.
Congratulations to OPHS teachers Desiree Fuller, Jennifer Ormond, Owen Bondono, and OPHS Assistant Principal Janocus Sanders for winning a Restorative Practices grant that is going to ensure we are providing effective wrap around services to our students and staff as we move through these trying times. Your commitment to students is above and beyond…
A shout out is in order for the awesome work that is taking place to support Social Emotional Learning. This week, Asst. Superintendent Cassandra Baptiste met with High School Ancillary Staff (School Psych, SPED & Gen Social Workers, Counselors) and they shared websites, virtual offices, and all the work they are doing to support students’ social-emotional well-being. A district wide accessible website is currently under construction, but in the meantime here are some websites they've created to support our students and their families:
Social Work: https://opsdsocialwork.weebly.com/
We’d also like to thank Carl Dade and Ms. Wanda Lewis for their Social Emotional Advisory Hour at NOVA which has focused on the history of voting, the impact it's had on the African American Community, and strategies to overcome voter suppression.
Thanks to all the paraprofessionals who have been supporting teachers, students, and families with virtual learning.
Oak Park Schools very own Desiree Fuller, Jennifer Ormond, Owen Bondono, and Janocus Sanders have teamed up to create the Anit-Racist Education Avengers (AREA)! AREA is a grassroots organization seeking to urgently explore and incorporate Anti-racist pedagogy in our practice while building authentic connections with our community of learners. We are so very proud and excited for the formation of this organization and can’t wait to implement all the good work to come. For more information contact AREAoakpark@gmail.com
Article of the Week: In honor of the important and crucial work being done within our New Teacher PD series, check out the article “Leaps for Equitable 21st Century Learning” offered by Transcend, an equity driven educational policy group.
Professional Learning Opportunities:
Oakland Schools is offering free 1 hour professional development sessions for all math teachers. All participants will receive 1 SCHECH hour for every session they attend. Check out the calendar of events for the school year and register if you’re interested.
MASSP is providing a free, asynchronous, learning opportunity to help teacher's familiarize themselves with CEL's 5D instructional framework and 5D+ evaluation tool. In this session participants will gain both an understanding of the background and purpose for using the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (5D™) instructional framework, the 5D+™ Rubric for Instructional Growth & Teacher Evaluation and their roles and responsibilities within cycles of inquiry. The course is offered through Michigan Virtual and is completely self-paced. Upon completion of the online course you will receive 3 SCHECHs applied to your recertification license. The course is open to all educators, whether you are new to the district and have never used the 5D framework, or simply want a refresher on the dimensions and how to use the tool to increase your instructional effectiveness. If you are interested in learning more click here to register.
REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTION
Monday, Nov. 9th, 3pm
This is an online event.
ONLINE CLASS CODES/TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
Click on your child's school for the (Zoom Link/Google Classroom Code)
If you are utilizing an Oak Park Schools Chromebook, please follow the steps below:
- Plug the Chromebook (laptop device) into a electric outlet & press the power button to turn it on.
- Click on the (Wi-Fi symbol) next to the clock. In the box that pops up, choose your Wi-Fi service or hotspot, and enter the password.
- On the login screen, you will see a blank space followed by "@students.oakparkschools.org"
- Enter your Oak Park Schools student email address, and click "Next".
- Students should enter their password.
- If students experience an issue with usernames, passwords, or other problems, please call 248-336-7667 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
If you experience problems with the Chromebook, please make sure it is plugged into an electrical outlet, and that the cords are tight. Hold the power button down for 30 seconds, release it, and then try again. If the Chromebook still does not turn on, please contact the Help Desk at the email address or phone number below.
Phone Support (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
WADE H. MCCREE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Wade McCree Incentive Scholarship Program is open to students who have been continuously enrolled in, as well as graduate from Chandler Park Academy, Hazel Park H.S., International Technology Academy, Oak Park H.S., Pontiac High School, with:
- a 3.0 GPA college preparatory curriculum
- at least a 1060 SAT composite score
- a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
Students will receive a four-year scholarship to Oakland University covering tuition. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years if they meet the scholarship criteria.
NACAC VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS
Oak Park Schools Students!
Thinking about college? Here's your chance to hear firsthand from those-in-the-know at hundreds of colleges and universities nearby, across the country, and around the world.
How? Attend a NACAC Virtual College Fair!
See the virtual fair dates below.
Virtual Fair Dates
On each fair date, more than 600 colleges will offer Zoom sessions and meetings. Students everywhere can log in, drop in, and ask questions. It's a great opportunity for you to explore your college options.
You'll want to sign up now at virtualcollegefairs.org. Look around several days before each fair date.
Click below to see which colleges will be at each fair:
Each virtual fair is a free, one-day event. Attend as often as you like. Families invited, too.
Simply sign up at virtualcollegefairs.org now and register for one or more fairs. On the event date, log in, drop in, ask questions, and pursue your college dreams.
COMMUNITY HEALTH & NUTRITION NEWS
This Season a Flu Vaccine is More Important than Ever!
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients. September and October are good times to get a flu vaccine.
The more people vaccinated; the more people protected. Do your part. Get a flu vaccine this fall.
FREE DRIVE THRU COVID-19 TESTING
Mondays and Wednesdays at the South Oakland Health Center at 27725 Greenfield Road in Southfield.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Oakland County government campus, 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac.
Fridays at Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus at 28696 Oakland, Farmington Hills.
Nurse on Call is available 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday.
For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.
SAFE FOR SCHOOL HOTLINE
Beginning October 12 through December 30, 2020, Oakland County is offering a telephone screening resource to assist parents/guardians through the pre-screening process and to help identify potential illness in children prior to entering school. All screenings are conducted by healthcare professionals.
Hotline staff can help answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, the need for testing, and what is considered high-risk.
- Cost: No cost for parents/guardians of Oakland County school-aged children
- Days: Monday through Friday
- Times: 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.
- Number: 248-551-4242
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFLUENZA(FLU) AND COVID-19?
Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle pain or body aches
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, including common signs and symptoms listed above.
Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell.
OK 2 SAY
We are proud to support Michigan's OK 2 SAY initiative to replace the culture of silence among students with a culture of collective responsibility. Students can make tips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through multiple means:
- CALL 1-855-565-2729
- TEXT 652729
- E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get the APP Android iPhone
- FROM THE WEBSITE www.mi.gov/ok2say
Statistics from the U.S. Secret Service show that in 81% of the violent incidents that happen in schools nationwide, someone else other than the attacker knew about a threat but didn't report it. With these new confidential tools, we are empowering our students to help us keep our schools, our students and our community safer.
"CHANGE" FEATURING THE DETROIT YOUTH CHOIR STREAMING NOW!
Mr. Anthony White and the Detroit Youth Choir have teamed up with a superstar line up of musical artists to record "CHANGE"!
CHANGE is necessary. CHANGE is essential. The time for CHANGE is now. "CHANGE" streaming everywhere on 10.23.20. All proceeds benefiting the Social Change Fund. Be the Change you want to see. #BeTheChange #Change #ItTakesAVillage
THE HERO'S CIRCLE- CHILDREN HEALING CHILDREN IS COMING TO ALL OF OAK PARK!
The program centers on learning to control your brain so that you can reach your goal. The Hero's Circle recognizes that it takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance to reach one’s goals. The Hero’s Circle is a tool to help one reach their goals.
Kids Kicking Cancer now offers help and services to not only cancer patients, but any child in pain from a serious illness.
Using martial arts therapy, Kids Kicking Cancer staff teaches ill children and their siblings to:
- Regain a sense of control over the chaos of their lives.
- Become empowered partners in their own healing.
- Push away the messages of pain, fear, and anger.
- Provide inspiration and light to others facing life-challenges.
- Teach other children, and even adults, how to take control.
- See themselves as victors, not victims.
Martial arts techniques unlock the student’s Power, and the focused breathing and relaxation work brings them Peace. While teaching Kids Kicking Cancer’s Breath Brake to others, they find great Purpose in their young lives.
Kids Kicking Cancer was created in 1999 by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, a black belt rabbi and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics. Rabbi G lost his first child to leukemia at the age of two and brings a wealth of personal experience and sensitivity to dealing with children and families facing life-threatening illness.
This program, which began with a handful of children at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, now teaches over 7,000 children in 90 hospitals and program locations in 7 countries.
The most unique and powerful element of the model is that each child becomes a teacher to others. Kids Kicking Cancer’s mantra is Power Peace Purpose. When asked what is your purpose? The children yell out, “To teach the world.”
Kids Kicking Cancer also has a “black-belt” program for patients who are not responding to treatments. This end of life care program provides ongoing meditation and family focus in a palliative format that culminates in the child receiving a black-belt in a public ceremony, usually a few days before he or she dies. Embroidered on the black-belt are the words “Master Teacher” because that child is truly teaching the world how to use the power of light to break through darkness.
Rabbi Goldberg is an awardee of the Robert Wood Johnson, Community Health Leaders Award in Washington D.C., known as the United States’ highest award in community public health. He has been honored as a Hero in People Magazine, CNN Top Ten Heroes, and the Ford Motor Company’s Heroes Gallery, amongst the many media stories featuring the work of Kids Kicking Cancer.
For further information please visit https://kidskickingcancer.org/
FEED OUR KIDS PROGRAM
Dear Oak Park Schools Families,
On Monday, August 31, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the federal waiver allowing for the continuation of free meals through the end of 2020.
Oak Park School District residency and/or enrollment in the school district is not necessary to receive meals. All meal distributions will take place on Wednesday’s from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (new).
Our next meal distribution will be Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Oak Park High School located at 13701 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park, 48237.
For more information, please visit //www.oakparkschools.org/coronavirus-information/feed-our-kids/ or email Aric Wienclaw, Director of Dining Services at email@example.com.
NO HUNGRY KID ORGANIZATION
WHY OAK PARK?
Our mission is to provide a quality education that promotes respect for the individual and cultural differences of students and provides college and career readiness skills to become lifelong learners and productive citizens.
The Oak Park School District’s nearly 4,500 students are served at Einstein, Key and Pepper elementary schools (grades PreK-5), the Oak Park Preparatory Academy (grades 6-8), , Oak Park High School (grades 9 -12), NOVA (grades 3-12) the Oak Park Alternative Education Center (ages 16-19 years old) and My Virtual Academy of Oak Park (grades 5-12) in Oak Park, MI in Oakland County located in a suburban community near Detroit with approximately 30,000 residents. Our district consists of over 450 staff members, including 250 teachers and 11 building administrators.
Our school district boasts an abundance of educational and co/extra-curricular programs to meet the needs of a vast array of learners from Pre-K through twelfth grade. We encourage students to challenge themselves academically, explore comprehensive course offerings, and take risks to discover their individual gifts. We are dedicated to providing an intellectually challenging educational experience in safe, nurturing school environments that thrive on cultivating and empowering students to be their authentic selves. In addition, our academic and co/extra-curricular opportunities provide agency and shape self-identity, which are critical components to the adolescent development process.
Oak Park Advantage
The Oak Park Advantage is a holistic approach to education that not only prepares students academically, fosters a sense of belonging but creates long-lasting connections to the Oak Park community. While attending Oak Park Schools, students develop a confidence that is woven throughout their post-secondary, professional and social-emotional well-being years after they graduate.
Contact an Oak Park School District principal and take a tour! Get the Oak Park Advantage!
Our 2020 Goals
Maintain dynamic, healthy, and safe learning environments that inspire unlimited equitable opportunities for optimal classroom instruction to increase student achievement.
Implement ongoing transparent best practices to reduce operating costs to create opportunities to invest in human capital and professional learning, sustain quality facilities, establish a healthier organizational culture, and ensure fiscal stability.
Strategically design and implement organizational systems to increase efficiency, boost productivity to allow staff and students to focus entirely on student learning and social-emotional well-being.
Review and refresh curricular needs and resources employing planned adoption schedules based on current research with technology integration for classroom instruction.
Operate collaboratively district-wide and abandon ineffective silos.