Anxious parents waited outside Fernando Carrillo's classroom after one recent school day — the sound of harp strings being plucked filling the hall. The Brooks Middle School students inside were getting some last minute instruction from Marguerite Lynn Williams, a professional harpist who's been working with the kids this month.
Although the percentage of black students suspended in the two middle schools in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 has dropped by nearly 10 percent in the last year, that particular student population still overwhelming leads all other kids in compiling infractions and receiving consequences.
A conversation between a female student and her school counselor inspired female staff at OPRF to create 800 T-shirts with the word "RESPECT" on them, in response to a recent incident of a male student ranking girls on their looks and purported sexual experience in an inappropriate list.
Merryl Brownlow was planning a quiet Christmas at home with her husband, Alec, and their 6-year-old daughter Lucy. That was until she got a call from her international adoption agency about a week before Christmas. The adoption of their 2-year-old daughter from Ethiopia had been finalized and they could bring her home to the United States.
If Dist. 97's April 5 referendum fails, officials say drastic cuts will have to be made to close its budget deficit. Wednesday Journal has been profiling some of the programs on the reduction list leading up to the vote. This week we look at the district's FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) program.
Oak Park and River Forest High School will explore how to let students use their own devices in the classroom as part of an overall 5-year technology plan the high school has put together. An upgraded phone system, rewiring of the building and projectors in every class are also part of the plan.