The Oak Park Advantage

September 2021 2nd Edition

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Thursday, Oct. 7th, 4pm

Oak Park, MI, USA

Oak Park, MI


C2 Pipeline is a program sponsored by Wayne State University's College of Nursing. We are funded through the Michigan Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center funds. Our program focuses on increasing graduation rates, improving academics, and helping to ensure students are college and career ready. It currently operates in twenty-four Metro Detroit high schools, serving grades 9-12. C2 Pipeline consists of three main components: 24 afterschool programming centers, annual summer programs, and the Innovation & Curiosity Center. Our overall program goals include the following:

  • Preparing students to be college and career ready
  • Increasing academic achievement in student learning
  • Expanding student awareness through enrichment activities and other non-traditional learning
  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment for all students
  • Provide family services

Afterschool programming operates for a total of 32 weeks during the academic school year. Oak Park High School is one of 24 program centers, programming runs for two and a half hours daily, Monday through Thursday. During these two and a half hours, students are served dinner or a snack and also have a chance to participate in academic center and enrichment. C2 Pipeline's academic center offers students the opportunity to receive assistance with homework, projects, and any school related work in a small group setting. Our enrichments cover topics that would not normally be covered during the school day in a fun and exciting, hands on atmosphere. Examples include: Anatomy In Clay, Fashion Engineering, Traumatic Brain Injury, Need for Green Speed, SAT Prep, STEM Busters, and Empowerment Improv. Each center considers district goals and school improvement plans when determining programming activities. All enrichment curriculum is aligned to Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state curriculum standards.

Oak Park Program Hours: Monday - Thursday from 3:00 - 5:30PM

Any Oak Park Students interested joining the C2 Pipeline program please contact me at

C2 Pipeline Oak Park HS Promo 2020-2021


Now is the time! All high school seniors who want to join Midnight Golf: It's time to apply and schedule your interview. Apply for the program (if you have not already) at

Interviews will be held Monday, September 13, through Thursday, September 16 at Fellowship Chapel in Detroit. Select the interview time that works for you. The Class of 2022 will be announced the following week.


Attention Oak Park Schools students, the annual NAACP Detroit Art & Essay Contest, is open to you!

Students are to explain, "What the civil rights struggle means to me," through art, essay or other creative means.

The deadline to submit is September 16.

Details at

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Friday, Sep. 10th, 6pm

13701 Oak Park Boulevard

Oak Park, MI

Today is GAMEDAY at Knight Stadium! We will kickoff against the Rochester Adams Highlanders at 6PM.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Promoting Great Start Readiness Program Enrollment to Parents

The Michigan legislature and Governor Gretchen Whitmer have made a significant investment of roughly $168 million in Michigan’s nationally recognized Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) for fiscal year (FY) 2021-2022.

The governor and I recently had the opportunity to share briefly with MAISA and intermediate school district (ISD) superintendents. As she said in the virtual meeting, the short-term goal of this investment is to provide access to the remaining eligible children for GSRP, while the longer-term goal is to raise reading proficiency of our children. As many of you may recall, Michigan’s GSRP program is tied for first nationally in early childhood education quality, but only 21st in access. Our success in expanding GSRP not only can make us a top state in early childhood access but can also help us enormously to improve literacy outcomes, broader academic outcomes, and life outcomes for our students.

To help promote the expansion of GSRP access across the state, the team at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has created a public service video for your districts to share on your websites, social media platforms, and any local media outlets and public access vehicles in your communities. We know that the expansion of GSRP to the last third of our children who are eligible but who have yet to receive GSRP services is a challenge.

For more than five decades, research has shown children who attend quality preschool programs are more prepared for school and are less likely to be identified as having special needs or to be held back in elementary school than children who did not attend preschool. GSRP has also found these outcomes through its research since 1995. National studies show clear positive effects on children’s early elementary literacy and mathematics skills. GSRP is proud to be able to be included among state pre-K programs in the country that have generated these outcomes, based on research out of the National Institute for Early Education Research.

OAK PARK SCHOOLS COVID-19 Preparedness Manual 2021-2022


Dear Oak Park Families,

If you have a student device at home that needs to be repaired or exchanged, we are asking that you please place a service request with the Oakland Schools Service Desk. Please describe the nature of the issue your device is experiencing.

Oakland Schools Service Desk

Phone: (248)209-2060


Online Ticket submission/LiveChat: Create service ticket

We will have Office Hours beginning Tuesday September 7th, at the times and location below for you to be able to come and exchange your device. We will be offering two free repairs per student. After two repairs there will be a cost associated.

NOVA Academy

22180 Parklawn

Oak Park, MI 48327

Near the corner of Granzon and Parklawn, see map below. Please come to the door where it is labeled, Device Exchange. Look for signs that says, Device Exchange

: 7am-9am

Thursdays: 2pm-4pm

If you are new to Oak Park Schools and do not yet have a device at home, these will be distributed at your students school, the week of September 13th.

Thank you!

Oak Park Technology Team


Dear Oak Park Families,

In December 2019, the Oak Park School District Board of Education adopted new policies. Board of Education policies are guidelines adopted by the Board of Education under which our school district operates.

Board Policy 2006 - Behavior on Student Appearance states: Students´ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.

Throughout a series of meetings with students, administrators and district-wide attendance committee members, concerns were expressed about our previous standardized dress code (2-3 color approved pants/shirts) stifling the freedom of expression, inconsistently enforced, contributing to unnecessary conflicts among students and staff and a contributing factor to student absenteeism. Additionally, there is research that supports dress codes contribute to inequities among students.

Thank you to all of the students, families and staff who responded to the dress code survey. The survey closed on August 1, 2021. Over 82% of all respondents indicated that they are “in favor of students wearing what they choose to school as long as it is not offensive or inappropriate”. As a result, we have decided to pilot the dress code guidelines below for the 2021-2022 school year for students in PK-12 grade. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s building principal or assistant principal. Please see the Oak Park School Dress Code Guidelines below. Again, thank you! We are looking forward to a great school year!

Oak Park Schools 2021-2022 Student Dress Code Pilot

The Oak Park Schools Board of Education Policy 2006 states, students’ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.

The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s). The District is responsible for ensuring that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student.

Further, dress code enforcement and/or classmates must not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size. Any restrictions to the way a student dresses must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and explained within these dress code guidelines.

1.​ ​Basic​ ​Principle: ​ Specific​ ​body​ ​parts​ ​must​ ​be​ ​covered​ ​for​ ​all​ ​students​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times.

Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts, and navel are fully covered with opaque fabric. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.

2.​ ​Students​ ​Must​ ​Wear*, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:

  • A​ ​Shirt​ (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms), AND
  • Pants/jeans​ ​or​ ​the​ ​equivalent​ ​(for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts) that cover at least one-third of the student’s legs, AND

*Courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, and job readiness) may include assignment-specific dress, but should not focus on covering bodies in a particular way or promoting culturally-specific attire. Activity-specific shoe requirements are permitted (for example, athletic shoes for PE).

3.​ ​Students​ ​May​ ​Wear, as long as these items do not violate Section 1 above:

  • Hats must allow the face to be visible to staff, and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff.
  • Religious headwear
  • Hoodie sweatshirts (whole face must be exposed)
  • Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans”
  • Pajamas
  • School/District Spirit Wear
  • Ripped jeans, (rips must be below the knee only and not expose underwear or buttocks)
  • Athletic attire
  • Visible waistbands on undergarments or visible straps on undergarments worn under other clothing (as long as this is done in a way that does not violate Section 1 above).

4.​ ​Students​ ​Cannot​ ​Wear:

  • Violent language or images of weapons.
  • Images or language depicting drugs, alcohol or vaping (or any illegal item or activity).
  • Hate speech, profanity, pornography.
  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.
  • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are allowed).
  • Ripped jeans (above the knee)
  • Tank tops, including spaghetti straps; halter tops
  • Swimsuits
  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon.
  • Any item that obscures the face or ears (except as a religious observance).

5.​ ​Dress​ ​Code​ ​Enforcement

To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently using the requirements below. School administration and staff shall not have discretion to vary the requirements in ways that lead to discriminatory enforcement.

  • Students will only be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation as outlined in Sections 1 and 4 above. Students in violation of Section 1 and/or 4 will be provided three (3) options to be dressed more to code during the school day:

  • Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day. This clothing will not contribute to shaming or embarrassment.

  • Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.

  • If necessary, students’ parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.
  • No student should be affected by dress code enforcement because of racial identity, sex assigned at birth, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity.
  • Students should not be shamed or required to display their body in front of others (students, parents, or staff) in school. “Shaming” includes, but is not limited to:
  • kneeling or bending over to check attire fit;

  • asking students to account for their attire in the classroom or in hallways in front of others;

  • calling out students in spaces, in hallways, or in classrooms about perceived dress code violations in front of others; in particular, directing students to correct sagged pants that do not expose the entire undergarment, or confronting students about visible bra straps, since visible waistbands and straps on undergarments are permitted; and,

  • accusing students of “distracting” other students with their clothing.

    These dress code guidelines shall apply to regular school days and summer school days, as well as any school-related events and activities, such as graduation ceremonies, dances and prom.

If a student needs District-approved clothing, please contact a trusted adult at your school and arrangements will be made to assist with providing gently used clothing and/or laundering. If students or families have any questions, please contact your school principal or assistant principal.

What can we expect this coming school year? Let's listen to what some of Oakland County's education experts have to say in the first episode of Season 3 of our Educationally Speaking #podcast.…



Congratulations to Ms. Omotola Oluwole! She teaches students with ASD at Pepper Elementary School in Oak Park Schools! She was recognized by CW 50 Detroit! She was surprised by her colleagues and principal who expressed the great lengths that Ms. Oluwole goes to ensure student success! Thank you, Ms. Oluwole! You are the Oak Park Advantage! #OakParkPride #oakparkadvantage


One by one, get the #COVID19 vaccine! Residents 12+, Oakland County Health Division offers all vaccines needed for students.

Walk-in clinics:

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

North Oakland Health Center

1200 N Telegraph, Bldg 34E Pontiac

South Oakland Health Center

27725 Greenfield Rd. Southfield


Oak Park Schools is excited to announce the release of a mobile app designed specifically to keep our families better informed and connected to what’s going on in our schools.

The new Oak Park Schools mobile app for both Apple and Android devices will keep you connected while you are on the go. The app is FREE and available for download today!

The app will deliver real time school news to your smart-device for fast, up-to-date access. With the app you can:

  • Get the latest district and school news
  • Select the schools you want to follow
  • Get push notifications about breaking news, closures, weather, events, and more
  • See the latest photos from school events
  • Tap to see school locations, phone numbers, and staff information

Download the new app in 3 easy steps:

From a smart-device, go to the iTunes App Store® or Google Play®

Search Oak Park Schools

Then select the “Oak Park Schools” app for free download

School news in the palm of your hand, your new Oak Park Schools mobile app is just a few taps away. Download it today!


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.