The Oak Creek Marching Knights began the fun with a first place win in the Red and Black Fall Classic at Northern Illinois University on September 20. The homecoming festivities officially kicked off on Monday when high school students – and many of the elementary and middle schools – participated in the Spirit Week tradition, and most students in the district proudly wore blue and white on Friday. The community demonstrated OCHS spirit at the homecoming parade on Wednesday. We cheered on the Knights on Friday for a victory over Tremper, and on Saturday, our Facebook feeds were full of photos of high school students dressed up for the dance.
The sense of community and pride at the homecoming parade and the game was inspirational. Students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni celebrated our teams, our band, and our school.
We applaud these students for their achievements outside the classroom, but we also need to ensure that we are providing them with appropriate space for learning and creating. Overcrowded classrooms, congested hallways, and clogged cafeterias are far from the ideal educational environments we envision for our children. An OCHS media class produced a brief video in which they capture the current overcrowded conditions at Cedar Hills, Edgewood, and Oak Creek High School. Thank you to these students who used their time and talent to help tell the story of why this referendum needs to pass in November.
As a community, we can do better than re-purposing a teacher lounge for classroom space. We can do better than requiring staff to use supply closets to meet with students. We can do better than stationing intervention teachers in desks in the hallway to complete paperwork. We can do better, and our students deserve better. If we wish Oak Creek and Franklin to remain a destination for new development and young families, then we need to invest in our school district now.
Supporting this referendum means that the new elementary school and high school expansion will give students and faculty at all schools more breathing room. Small group intervention time will be conducted in a space designed for educational purposes not for storing copy paper. Class sizes will go down and kindergarten classes of thirty or more students will be only a memory.
Please share this video and keep the conversation going. Next year, let’s include a groundbreaking for the new elementary school and high school expansion in the list of things we celebrate.
Posted by Jenny