Oak Park Middle School
Home of the Silver Knights
2101 South Street
Leesburg, Florida 34748
Oak Park Middle School Profile 2017-2018 (August 1, 2017)
Spanning 1,156 square miles, Lake County is located in the heart of central Florida. The Lake County School District serves the educational needs of over 40,000 students through the dedication of over 5,500 employees. The district maintains twenty-four elementary schools, ten middle schools, and eight high schools.
Oak Park Middle School (OPMS) is an evolving Title 1 school located a mile from downtown Leesburg, Florida. OPMS begins each day at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Our school proudly serves 505 students in grades 6-8 (Sixth grade = 180 students; Seventh grade = 178 students and 8th grade = 147 students).
Faculty and Staff
OPMS employs three administrators, fifty-one teachers/instructional coaches and twenty-five staff members. The administrators include Ms. Barbara Longo, Principal; Mrs. Valarie Thompson, Assistant Principal; and Ms. Dennis Neal, Assistant Principal.
Curriculum and Scheduling
Students attend seven classes each day at OPMS. The four primary core classes include Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Depending on test results and determined student need, a student may be scheduled in a Reading/Intensive Reading class and/or an Intensive Mathematics class. Elective courses consist of Physical Education, Band, Chorus, Technology, Culinary, and AVID.
School Guidance Counselors and Services
Two guidance counselors guide OPMS students: Ms. Ashleigh Bourgeois and Mr. Mark Wendt. Guidance services include but are not limited to counseling, scheduling, attendance issues, testing, honor roll recognition & awards, support for special needs (MTSS/RtI, 504, ELL, IEP), Positive Behavior Support (PBS), bullying prevention, small group/individual interventions, homeless interventions, and migrant student services.
State Standardized Testing
Oak Park Middle School scored a “C” for the 2017-18 school year as it relates to standardized testing and accountability. Students participate in the following state assessments:
FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) – Grades 6 – 8 Reading and Math; Grade 8 Writing
FCAT 2.0 Science – Grade 8 Only
EOCs (End-of-Course Exams) – Algebra 1 and Civics
OPMS Silver Knights pledge to continue our successful journey toward an A!
Organizations and Clubs
Our school offers several opportunities to participate in organizations and clubs: AVID, NJHS, Athletics, Band and STEM are a few.
AVID or Advancement Via Individual Determination is a system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. AVID targets students who are typically under-represented in four year colleges, students in the academic middle (2.0-3.5), and those who may be the first generation in the family to attend college.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) embeds OPMS students in service-related events and leadership opportunities in order to prepare them for lifelong successes. At the national level, “NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.”
Athletics offered at OPMS include Cross Country, Volleyball, Flag Football, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Soccer, and Cheerleading. Oak Park Middle School coaches emphasize academics first, and then athleticism. Student athletes are expected to conduct themselves as good sportsmen at all times, respecting teachers, administrators, fellow students, referees, and personnel at other schools.
Band program offerings consist of Beginning Band (6-8) for any student who wants to learn to play an instrument for the first time, Concert Band (7-8) for students who have completed at least one year of band, and Jazz Band (6-8) an audition only band class for students who have completed at least one year of band. Students from the Oak Park Band program have consistently earned spots in the District 19 Honor Bands, and have earned superior and excellent ratings in Solo and Ensemble. Band students participate in fundraising endeavors such as Rock-a-thon, Candy fundraisers; and a Band Dinner fundraiser.
STEM Club immerses students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Activities in STEM club are comprised of the STEM Bowl, and Robotics. STEM Bowl offers our students a chance to be part of a team that applies the different sciences to construct things. Students work on projects to prepare for competition in February. Robotics uses technology to build robots, programing them to perform different functions. Finance, marketing, engineering, art, and technology are all integral components in Robotics.
Opportunities for Parent/Community Involvement
Parents and community volunteers are encouraged to get involved at Oak Park Middle School. Opportunities to help at your child’s school include: School Advisory Council (SAC), Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Surveys (School Improvement and Stakeholder), Title 1 Parent Participation, Band Parent Volunteer*, School Volunteer*, and Fieldtrip Chaperones*.
*Lake County Schools requires clearance to serve as a volunteer or chaperone.
Formula for Knight Success
S = SELF RESPECT
W = WILLINGNESS TO LEARN
A = ALWAYS POSITIVE
G = GIVING YOUR BESTSliver Knights CreedI am a Silver Knight.
I will respect my school and take
PRIDE in my education.
I will give 100% at all times.
I will do my BEST.
I will respect my city, my family,
& my TEAM.
I will remember my teammates
WE are the Silver Knights!