Welcome to 2020-2021 School Year

Dear OLS Families, 

The faculty, staff, and administrative team is excited to welcome you all to the 2020-2021 academic school year. I am honored to be the proud principal of such an amazing school and know that this year we will continue to be great in all of our endeavors. Though we are starting the school year off with a different set of challenges, we are confident that our focus will continue to remain on student achievement and success. While COVID-19 has shifted our learning experiences and enabled us to utilize technology in new ways, we believe students will be provided with the best learning opportunities and experiences that will continue to equip them to be college and career ready. Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM is stepping into greatness this year and it is because of your ongoing dedication and commitment to success, while overcoming barriers and adversity. We challenge you all to STEP up to GREATNESS this year! 

As we gear up for another year focused on success, we are confident that you will continue to find all of the support you need at Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM to make your journey at this school one that is successful. We will continue to focus on creating a positive environment that supports all of our students and families as we work collaboratively to meet schoolwide and district goals and support social emotional needs. We encourage you to take pride in our school, maintain a positive attitude and outlook, support and uplift one another, help us be GREAT in all that we do. 

Let's make this a year filled with passion, purpose, and positive memories! Parents, we need your help and support to ensure your child/children receive the best learning experience possible, especially during remote learning. You can assist us by ensuring that your child: 

  • Review the eLearning guidelines and familiarize yourself with the learning requirements and procedures  
  • Login in daily to complete remote assignments and activities following the schedule provided 
  • Check and monitor student work daily and weekly to monitor progress 
  • Check Schoology for information regarding your child’s homework, notes and messages from their teacher and to monitor their progress. 
  • Frequently check the school’s website and social media platforms for important information regarding events and school information. 

And that you: 

  • Attend school virtual events. Your involvement is crucial to the academic success of your students. 
  • Join the PTO! We cannot do it without you. We need your support and guidance as we make critical decisions regarding the education of your child. 
  • Make sure your child/children read daily for 60 minutes and summarizes information that they read. 

If you have any questions regarding student schedules and electives support, please contact Mrs. Veneeta Phelps, Assistant Principal for Instruction at 708-668-9106 or vphleps@sd163.com. If you have any questions regarding our Social Emotional Learning program and additional resources to support your child during remote learning, please contact Mrs. Muriel McClamHollimon, Assistant Principal for Climate at 708-668-9111 or mhollimon@sd163.com. 

Dates to Remember: 

  • August 15th: Drive-Thru Supply Pick Up 
  • August 18th: Virtual Orientation from 3:00-4:00 
  • August 21st: First Day of School (Learning Excursion Day 1) 
  • August 24th: Learning Excursion Day 2 
  • August 25th- August 28th: 8th Grade Virtual Genius Week 
  • September 7th: Labor Day (No School). 
  • September 10th: Virtual Open House 

I am honored to serve as the principal of such an amazing school and be a support to you and your child(ren) during their educational journey. Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you have additional questions and/or concerns. 

Be Great, 

Dr. Khari Grant
Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM

Mrs. Veneeta Phelps
Assistant Principal for Instruction
Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM

Mrs. Muriel McClam-Hollimon
Assistant Principal for Climate
Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM