Greetings OPRFHS Faculty, Students, and Families:
I hope you are having an incredible summer season that includes a mix of fun, relaxation, and meaningful time with friends and family. We are approaching the start of another exciting school year with high expectations for our entire learning community!
The start of summer ended what was both a trying and yet, rewarding, school year. Despite feeling the residual effects of the America to Me docuseries, the walkouts, the sit-ins, and the yearbook reprint, significant progress occurred in the following areas:
- Making the environment more welcoming,
- Starting the design of Project 1 of the Imagine OPRF recommendations,
- Realigning the high school administration, and
- Reviewing and revising freshman curricula.
The inclusion of the student voice into our work has led to informative digital signage, the establishment of the Student Leaders Advisory Committee, and the development of the student-initiated curriculum on equity (to be piloted this spring).
The biggest District accomplishment last year was the approval of the Racial Equity Policy. Administrative procedures are being developed to implement the 12 key components of the policy. Additionally, we will continue the journey in learning, training, and implementing restorative justice practices. While we have a long way to go towards true educational equity and excellence, the Board of Education has shown commitment and leadership to ensure that all students receive the best we have to offer daily and that race will not be a predictor of success.
In addition, the strategic plan was realigned and the previous six overarching goals have been combined into the following four:
- Transformative Education-Focus: Transformative Teaching and Learning, Holistic Community Education, and Supportive Learning Environment
- Transformative Leadership-Focus: Building leadership capacity at all levels of our institution
- Operations/Facilities/Finance-Focus: Student needs will drive decisions
- Racial Equity-Focus: Implementation of the racial equity policy and procedure.
All facets of the strategic plan will be addressed through a racial equity lens.
I am excited to welcome the newest members of the Oak Park and River Forest High School administrative team:
- Dr. LeVar Ammons, Executive Director of Equity and Student Success
- Dr. Laurie Fiorenza, Director of Student Learning
- Mrs. Cherylynn Jones-McLeod, Assistant Director of Campus Safety.
Taking on new titles and additional responsibilities are:
- Greg Johnson, Associate Superintendent
- Roxana Sanders, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
- Janel Bishop, Lead Dean
Their identified roles and responsibilities can be viewed here.
To all OPRFHS Huskies, we look forward to having a great year filled with HUSKIE PRIDE! In addition, the 2019-2020 school year schedule will include a daily advisory period that is intended to cultivate a sense of community and family connections over a student’s four-year high school experience.
I want to, again, welcome everyone to what I believe is going to be an amazing school year for Oak Park and River Forest High School students, families, faculty, and staff. We look forward to continuing our journey of transformation.
In service to our students,
Joylynn L. Pruitt-Adams, Ed.D.,