2020-2021 School Year
Facing the Challenges as a Community
We want you to know that even if we do not have access to D97 schools in the coming semester or school year, we will be working with our partners and our families to deliver exciting, STEAM-focused enrichment, in a safe and meaningful way.
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How do you have a poetry slam when you can't gather? You do it virtually! Just like the rest of the world, our Spoken Word program had some unexpected challenges this year. But, our poets prevailed. For the first time, we had a combined Brooks/Julian club. The poets...
One of the things that made us saddest about canceling this year's Bingo Bash was that we were losing the chance to give Mr. Ellwanger, also known as Mr. E, the 2020 Staszak Educator Award. Mr. Ellwanger started his Oak Park career as a music teacher at Beye, and...
It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel our four weeks of in-person BASE (Build A Summer Education) Camp. We’ve consulted with our board, staff, D97 leaders and other community partners, and it has become clear that there will be no way to safely run...
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“There isn’t any other part of our curriculum that is like this. It gives students a glimpse into a very specific world of science through a person who is making a career of it, but it also carries over into our everyday science units in school. I appreciate the time the scientists give this program.”