Dear OPUSD Students, Staff, and Families,
November marks the season of gratitude and reflection as we approach the holidays and time with family and friends. I am truly thankful and honored to serve as Superintendent of the Oak Park Unified School District.
Since March 2020, we’ve definitely found out what commitment and perseverance look like. Our teachers and staff and our families have done everything to ensure our students' continued learning and growth. The strength of the OPUSD learning community, whether in distance learning, hybrid or in-person, has remained steady. When we brought our schools back together this fall, we prioritized our students’ mental and social-emotional needs. Students, staff, and families could once again enjoy attending in-person events so they could experience the joys of learning together. Through this, all our students continue to learn and grow each and every day.
There aren’t adequate words to express gratitude for what our teachers, staff, school leaders, and families have done for our students during the pandemic. Your commitment to our students is unmatched and is evidenced in their performance in the recently released state tests. I am proud to share that OPUSD is ranked #14 in California by Niche for Unified School Districts and #1 in Ventura County. Our test scores have placed us in the top 10 school districts in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. This is the result of the efforts of our hard-working students, dedicated staff, and supportive families. At OPUSD, we are committed to consistently making student-driven and student-focused decisions.
This Fall season, we have been appreciative of your partnership and the overwhelming family presence at our school events, including Back-to-School nights, athletic events, music, choir, drama performances, and many more. We are also extremely grateful for the many volunteers who have committed their time to our Parent-Teacher Organizations, School Site Councils, and District Advisory Committees. These events and programs would not be successful without family participation, and we are grateful for your dedication to our district.
We have so much to be thankful for this year. Our students and staff have worked extremely hard, and we have seen the collaborative work of our teachers, staff, principals, parents, and students. I hope you can take time to rest and recharge next week as you enjoy family, friends, and a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. If you are traveling for the holiday, I wish you a safe trip wherever you are going and back home. Personally, I'll be enjoying the time with my family, which now includes our two new beautiful granddaughters (5.5 and 2.5 months old:)
On behalf of the Board of Education and my Leadership Team, we wish you a rewarding and restful Thanksgiving Break. Schools will be closed from November 21-25. We look forward to seeing our students and staff when we return on Monday, November 28.
Dr. Jeff Davis,