The Oak Park Advantage

June 2021

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Sunday, June 6th, 11pm

13701 Oak Park Boulevard

Oak Park, MI


In order to meet the needs of all of our students, we are hard at work planning learning options for the 2021-2022 school year. To help us plan for next school year, we are asking all families to complete an Intent to Return for all students by Friday, June 11, 2021.

This process is completed in the MISTAR Parent Portal. Your responses will be used to plan for next year. Please follow the steps below to complete your intent for EACH child enrolled in the Oak Park School District.

  1. Log in to Parent Portal. Your username is an assigned number. If you need assistance with your login credentials, please select the Need Your Login Information? option below the PIN and Password field. This will prompt you to supply your email address and your PIN and Password will be emailed to you.
  1. Click on "Intent to Return" link at the top of the page.
  2. Select “Update/Confirm Now” under each Student.
  3. Fill out the required fields within "Intent to Return".
  4. Click the "Submit" button at the top.
  5. Repeat for each student in your home.

For additional direction and support with the Intent to Return process, we have created screen shots and a video to simplify this process. Please click: Screen Shots & Video for support.

If you have any issues during this process or have any questions, please email us at

Thank you and we are looking forward to planning a great 2021-22 school year!


We are now enrolling grades Pre-K - 12 for the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Schools of Choice(Out of District Residents) applications are being accepted until September 3rd! ENROLL TODAY!





We are thrilled to share that Oak Park Schools will be offering Summer Enrichment Programs to our students to provide opportunities for acceleration, enrichment, credit recovery, or original credit during the summer. We take pride in providing our students and their families with greater access to instruction, excellent teachers, and engaging learning experiences.

In Summer 2021, programs will be offered either in person or virtually, and there is no cost to enroll. For more details, please visit or contact the Teaching & Learning Department by email at

  • Bridge programs prepare students with the academic skills to successfully transition from middle to high school.

  • Enrichment programs provide students with an extended learning experience.

  • Credit Recovery allows high school students the opportunity to earn previously attempted credits to meet promotion or graduation requirements.​


Oak Parks Schools in partnership with Henry Ford Health System is offering a chance for anyone 12 and older to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. Families may register to receive the vaccine on Monday, June 7, at NOVA Academy (22180 Parklawn, Oak Park) 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vaccinations are free. No insurance is needed, but bring your insurance card if you have insurance.

-Walk-ins are welcome, but please arrive by 3:30 p.m. if you do not have an appointment

- To make an appointment, visit

Questions? Call 248-336-7713 or 248-342-9944 Email or


Be sure to learn more about the Center for Advanced Studies & the Arts (CASA)! CASA is a consortium available to Oak Park High School students. CASA offers 16 Advanced Placement courses, a vibrant visual arts curriculum and a robust advanced dance program.

To learn more, visit us at, click on the Schools tab and scroll down to CASA!

A special thanks to Director Jennifer Gebbie and CASA program students Fred and Tomi for your amazing presentation to the Board of Education on Monday evening!

To view the CASA presentation slides, please click:


Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, Director of Kids Kicking Cancer was named the winner of Hometown Health Hero award for 2021. This award recognizes individuals and organizations across the state working tirelessly to maintain and improve the health of their local communities. The Hometown Health Hero award is a major part of the Public Health Week in Michigan.

Headquartered in Southfield, Kids Kicking Cancer has partnered with Oak Park Schools for the past two years bringing the Hero’s Circle to second and third graders Kids Kicking Cancer uses martial arts therapy to help children fighting cancer and other serious illnesses by empowering them and providing a sense of power, peace and purpose.

A Look Into The Classroom at Kids Kicking Cancer!


The Creative Sole Scholarship powered by Vans is awarded annually by NAACP to college students majoring in creative fields including art, architecture, English, journalism, music, communications, design, marketing, and photography.

Scholarship amount: $5,000

Number of awards: 50

The award is renewable for 4 years upon condition of your ability to maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher.

Applicants to the NAACP Creative Sole Scholarship, powered by Vans must:

  • Be a member of the NAACP. If you are not a member of the NAACP, join today.
  • Be African American and a resident of the U.S.
  • Be currently enrolled full-time or accepted to an accredited college or university in the US.
  • Be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate student.
  • Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system.
  • Major in a creative field including art, architecture, English, journalism, music, communications, design, marketing, and photography.

Open Date: May 20, 2021

Close Date: June 18, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET. Applications received after 6:00 PM ET on the application close date will not be considered.

Review Period Closes: July 30, 2021

Award Notices: August 9, 2021

Award Disbursed: August 13, 2021- August 20, 2021

Applications are reviewed and scored by the N-SPIRE Committee, NAACP leaders who volunteer their time to read applications, review transcripts, and select recipients for approval. If selected, you will be notified through the N-SPIRE scholarship portal. Decisions of the selection committee are final and cannot be appealed.




As the 2021 school year comes to a close, Columbia University is offering a Summer Immersion program for high schoolers (grades 9-12). Admissions will be reviewing applications for Session 2 (July 20–August 6) and Session 3 (August 9–August 13).

This an excellent opportunity for bright, high-achieving high school students, this program will give a rigorous college preparatory educational experience through exploratory coursework and community activities.


  • Interact with Columbia scholars and experts in their fields.
  • Engage with an international community of students.
  • Prepare for college and the admissions process through specially designed programs.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities led by current students.
  • Earn a Columbia University Certification of Participation and evaluation letter.

    If you have any questions about Summer Immersion or Columbia University’s other Programs for High School Students, please contact Erik Nelson, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at


The City of Oak Park and Oak Park Schools are in partnership with Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) to provide Michigan residents with the COVID-19 vaccine. The City of Oak Park is providing the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone age 16 or older every Wednesday by appointment at the Oak Park Community Center. To make an appointment, visit

People under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No insurance is needed, but bring your insurance card if you have insurance. Vaccinations are free.

Henry Ford Health System is also continuing to provide free COVID-19 testing for the community at Oak Park High School every Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Visit for the complete schedule and locations.

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Oak Park Schools & Gleaners Community Food Bank are continuing to serve our community this spring. We want to ensure all families wishing to receive meals can do so. Families and individuals in need of food are encouraged to attend an upcoming drive-up distribution provided by Gleaners Community Food Bank

The distribution will take place on Friday, June 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Oak Park High School (13701 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park 48237). PLEASE ENTER OFF OF COOLIDGE HWY.

Please contact Vicky Zoldos at 313-530-8736 with any further questions.


About the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC)
The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council is comprised of students at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Students will be selected based on the merit of your application, including a recommendation from your school principal. The students should also serve as members of their school's leadership and are expected to share relevant information between the school and the district. The students who participate on the SSAC will play a critical role in district-wide decisions.

SSAC Member's Role

  • Maintain and share a district-wide perspective on issues relevant to Oak Park Schools.
  • Communicate directly with the Superintendent and other building and district administrators openly and honestly.
  • Encourage the engagement of students, families, and community members within the broader district community.
  • Work collaboratively to increase student achievement, attendance and reduce disciplinary issues through honest two-way communication, creating a culture of mutual respect and sharing of ideas for school district improvement and innovative programming.
  • Commit to attend quarterly meetings, approximately 2-3 hours in length with opportunities for volunteer hours.
  • Serve as an ambassador of Oak Park Schools through your "way of being" (communication with others, responsibility, cooperation, language, willingness to collaborate and follow proper communication protocols, etc.).

Thank you for your interest in the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC)! If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ms. Phillpotts, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at 248-336-7705 or

Why should I apply?

SSAC participation will provide students with opportunities to further develop leadership, verbal & written communication and social skills. SSAC leadership roles may include, but are not limited to:

  • attending SSAC meetings,
  • attending leadership development workshops,
  • presenting to various audiences, including a quarterly presentation to the OPS Board of Education, and
  • mentoring new SSAC members and other OPS students.

How should I apply?

If you are interested in becoming a member of the SSAC, please complete the following application and permission slip:

Congrats to our Oak Park Lady Knights Track & Field team on winning their seventh consecutive MHSAA 7-1 Regional Championship!!!!


May is Mental Health Awareness month, taking care of your mental and physical health is paramount.
Check out the Educationally Speaking podcast from @OaklandSchools to learn strategies in self-care and the importance of mental health, cultivating good mental health, learning, & awareness.
May Is Mental Health Month - No Shame in Seeking Help
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Office of Teaching and Learning

District Wide Updates

w/o May 24, 2021

  • Summer School!

    • Oak Park Schools is proud to offer Summer Enrichment Learning for our K-12 students. Our summer program will run Monday - Thursday from June 28th - August 5, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Any parents or students interested in registration, please see the linked flyer. Any staff members interested in applying to teach, please email for more information.

    • Young people are passionate, courageous, creative, and resilient. They are full of hope and have the potential to generate positive change in the world. Oakland Youth Innovation Lab will build on these strengths to ignite a joy of learning for all. This unique learning experience will be grounded in a strong sense of community and will engage students in deep learning that is meaningful and authentic. OYIL is seeking teachers who are interested in being part of a unique design process for a new way of facilitating learning. Interested in learning more? Click HERE.

  • Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

    • The Michigan Learning Channel launched in January 2021 with the goal of making high-quality educational programming accessible at home to every student and family in Michigan—with or without home internet access. The channel is available statewide on broadcast television through a partnership between Michigan’s six PBS stations as well as on-demand and streaming to any device at In Summer 2021, the Michigan Learning Channel is offering an 8-week program for grades Pre-K-6. The program includes standards-aligned ELA and Math lessons for each grade, plus physical fitness activities, hands-on STEM programs, and fun enrichment activities that bring in partners from across the state around a weekly theme.

  • Article of the Week:

    • There is growing consensus within the professional and medical fields that all schools will need to deeply focus on the social emotional support of students, families, and staff. Check out an article from EdWeek about this very subject! Thanks to OPHS ELA teacher Peter Haun for sharing.

  • Professional Learning

    • Interested in a FREE Virtual Engineering Boot Camp for Teachers? Engage with science and engineering practices of NGSS through real-world applications of engineering and hands-on activities you can incorporate into your classroom.

Congratulations to our Class of 2021 Valedictorian Ronald Feimster! Ronald will be attending Miles College in the fall, where he is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship. He plans on majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology in hopes of pursuing his dream of being a private investigator or a detective. Ronald will also be a part of the marching band while on campus. Ronald is known for his academic achievements, such as being ranked number 1 in his class with a 3.98 GPA,  Ronald's honors and memberships also include Section Leader(Trumpet Player) for the Oak Park Marching Legion, National Honor Society, Vice President of the Oak Park Senior Committee, and member of Youth Optimistic United.  Thank you for representing the Knights! We are so proud of you!
Congratulations to our Class of 2021 Salutatorian Damon Grant!  Damon will be attending Oakland University in the fall, where he is a recipient of the Wade McCree Scholarship. He plans on majoring in Graphic Design and will pursue his passion for digital art and software development. Damon has thrived academically, ranked number 2 in his class with a 3.95 GPA,  Damon is also a member of the National Honor Society and has received awards for AP Coding and garnered Principal's Award honors. Thank you for representing the Knights! We are so proud of you!
We are proud to announce that Women of Tomorrow mentee, Donyell Chalk, has received a Journalism Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University! We are so proud of you Donyell, CONGRATS!! The Women of Tomorrow mission is to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities.


Michigan Learning Consortium Summer Programs!

It’s an 8-week program at no cost to participating families. The program will be offered online with sessions also on television. Learn more:


The Midnight Golf Program (MGP) is a 30-week empowerment and mentoring experience that teaches life skills including college preparation, community activism, financial literacy, as well as, learning to play golf. It is a program that makes a positive impact in the lives of the participants and helps them realize their dreams. Since the program began in 2001, 2,800+ young people have been positively impacted by the Midnight Golf Program's transformational and industry-leading program.

Learn more how we make graduation possible for Detroit's youth! Click here for more information or visit:

Making Graduation Possible with the Midnight Golf Program


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.