• pic Oak Park High School
    July 2019

    Welcome to the start of the 2019-2020 school year at Oak Park High School. I am looking forward to a successful and exciting new year as our school continues to be recognized in all academic, athletic, and extra-curricular areas. This year we will continue to work on the goals outlined in our WASC action plan and these goals will be our focus for the remainder of the accreditation cycle. OPHS has deservedly earned an outstanding reputation as a school with strong parental involvement and where the students and staff demonstrate academic excellence and strong extra-curricular participation, and once again, I ask for your continued involvement and support to make it an outstanding year in every respect. 

    The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 6 and students are scheduled to attend periods 1- 6. (See the bell schedule listed with the registration materials).  Period 1 will begin at 8:30 a.m.  0 period will not meet as a class until the following day. Also, we are distributing textbooks during registration. This is a real challenge but we believe that it will be an advantage to students and teachers for the students to have their books on the first day of school.

    OPHS Website: Parents and students are encouraged to visit and use the OPHS website to access the most current information throughout the school year, where you’ll find useful information pertaining to course selection, college planning, athletics, special events, parent involvement and community activities. Our Master Calendar features upcoming events and is updated weekly. In addition, many of our teachers use individual web pages to convey information about their classes to both parents and students. Please explore our website at www.oakparkusd.org/ophs.

    OPHS Student Handbook: This year the Student Handbook is posted online with all of the OPHS registration materials. Parents and students must review the handbook. In particular, the Co-Curricular Code and the Student / Parent Acknowledgement of Receivership portions at the back of this handbook must be printed, signed by both student and parent, and returned to OPHS with the other registration forms. Ninth grade students will each receive a Time Tracker at registration, which is a valuable time management tool to use for assignment posting and as a reference throughout the year.  Other grade levels may purchase a Time-Tracker at the student store.

    Dress Code: OPHS Dress Code has been revised to be as gender neutral as possible and describes how students should dress to show that they respect their learning environment. There are established guidelines for what is appropriate and inappropriate attire at school in the Student Handbook. Students who violate the dress code may be subject to progressive discipline.  I am asking for your support by impressing upon your children that we will be enforcing the dress code and to select their outfits accordingly and review the dress code before doing your back-to-school shopping in the next few weeks. It is posted in the Student Handbook. 

    Parent Involvement: As we work with an outstanding staff to help your sons and daughters achieve their educational potential, it is our goal to keep the strong parent and community support for Oak Park High School moving forward. School staff along with students and parents on School Site Council developed our new Parental Involvement Policy which outlines ways to stay informed and involved in a number of ways, not just monitoring your child’s progress, but participating in school improvement efforts and serving on committees. School administrators will be visiting classrooms, meeting with staff, and attending PFA and School Site Council meetings. We also hope to meet many parents at our Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 19th as well. Please mark this date on your calendar.

    Parent Communication - ParentSquare PFA eNews: We are continuing to ramp up our use of ParentSquare to communicate with families and, as in the past, PFA will use the weekly OPHS eNews email bulletins to communicate important information to families throughout the school year. Both resources ensure that parents are not left out with regard to anything that is happening during the school year. Please download the ParentSquare App and sign up to receive the OPHS eNews email bulletins in the list of registration forms and you will be automatically included in the weekly eNews email.

    Parking, Drop-off, and Pick-up:  Last school year we had some accidents including injuries in our parking lots.  Preventing accidents is possible with the patient and courteous driving of our students, staff, and parents, under the capable guidance of our campus supervisors. Please drive slowly on campus, observe the parking restrictions, and kindly obey our staff when they give direction.  Please don’t engage in arguments or disputes over why they are asking you to pull over or why you can’t go a particular way. Just go with the flow and if you have an issue, please bring it to my attention and I’ll address it. 

    School Security and Safety: All visitors are required to check in at the main office when visiting campus.  In response to national and community concerns about school security and student safety, we have taken measures to enhance security in our schools, including surveillance cameras, additional campus supervisors, and fencing that improves our ability to control access and maintain security. The entire rear of the OPHS campus has now been fenced from the library to the lower field.  All visitors to school now will be routed to the front of campus on Kanan Road where OPHS staff members supervise access. Please observe the posted signs and follow the instructions of staff when visiting campus.   

    Please join us in thanking PFA Registration Coordinator Andrea Shapiro who along with a team of parent volunteers, who are registering a projected enrollment of over 1,550 students in a mere four days. This is a huge undertaking and we are very appreciative of their help!


    Sincerely, 

    Kevin Buchanan

    Principal, OPHS

    Dear Parents and Guardians: