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825 NE 79th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64118
Phone: (816)321-5320
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Oak Park Northmen

2015-2016 Semester 1


Our Mission as the Oak Park family is to

Engage students to
Explore possibilities that
Empower them to make a positive difference in their community
through a school distinguished by:

  • relevant inspiring learning experiences
  • respectful caring relationships
  • responsible culture of bold innovation.

Strategic Objectives

  • Every student will develop a personalized foundation of learning.
  • Every student will develop perseverance and confidence that will empower each individual to make a positive impact.
  • Every student will take responsibility for self, peers, school, and community.


  • We will ensure innovative, challenging, and engaging learning experiences for all students.
  • We will integrate feeder schools and community to unite our Oak Park family.
  • We will establish a culture of ownership and accountability.
  • We will develop and maintain a physical environment that supports our mission and is worthy of our Oak Park family. 


Fliers & Special Offers
Oak Park Business Partners

Barnes & Noble - Zona Rosa
Carlitos Mexican Restaurant
City of Gladstone
First Bank of Missouri - Gladstone
Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce
Gladstone Bowl
Hy-Vee - Gladstone
Mosaic Life Care of Gladstone
North Kansas City Kiwanis Club
Paris II Educational Center
Reed Portrait Group
St. Luke's North Hospital
Squid Screen Printing

Welcome to Oak Park High, Home of the Northmen!

Due to signifigant construction we will be moving the Main Office to rooms E131 and E132.  Please use the East doors marked with the number 7.  This summer entrance is located by the baseball field. 

Athletes please plan on parking in the south parking log and coming in through the Canopy. 

To qualify for Bright Flight, a student must be in the top 3% of his or her statewide high school class as determined by normalized tests, the ACT and SATcomposite scores. To date, a score of 31 or above on the ACT. Below is a list of the amazing young minds at Oak Park who have achieved a score of 31 or higher on the ACT. 

Registration Form for the Memorial Golf Classic

Summer School and eCampus registration opened March 28th. Below are the forms for enrollment.  They can also be found in the counseling office and were sent to each student's email.  Here are the courses being offered through eCampus. 

Summer School will run May 31-June 23 (7:15-1:15) at Staley. Week one runs Tuesday-Friday and weeks 2-4 run Monday-Thursday. 

Registration Form
eCampus Information
eCampus Summer Classes Offered 

We currently have openings for the OPHS Lab school for the 2016-2017 school year. To apply please complete and return this application. OP has an historic reputation with this program.  It provides Pre-K (4-5) or preschool (3-4)  preschool services. If they have any questions, please email Denise Winslow

Sophomore Kristen Blackwell helped Mrs. Geabhart present at Linden West Elementary to some of our Future Oakies, who made their own producation of the AXE.

Click here to see the video

THE CLASS OF 2016 VIDEO by Jordyn Bensyl

Click here to view video

On Saturday May 7 over 30 parents, players, and coaches from the Northmen Football Family volunteered for the City of Gladstone at the historic Johnson-Atkins Farm. Work such as brush and tree removal. Invasive species removal, weed eating, mowing, and mulching helped the city return the farm back to it's original 1824 condition.


click here to read more

Mr. Brian Gehrlein, is featured on the Educational Theatre Association website as their 
Community Spotlight.  Mr. Gehrlein was selected based on the outstanding theatre advice he regularly contributes to the Theatre Education Community. The instruction Mr. Gehrlein provides helps other theatre educators, students, and artists from all over the world.

All four schools earned awards at the Journalism Educators of Metro Kansas City spring contest Wednesday, April 27, on the KU Edwards Campus. Schools from across the greater KC metro area competed with stories, photos, designs and videos.

There were nearly 40 categories of contest. Awards levels were First, Second, Third and Honorable Mentions. In addition to individual awards, scholarships were awarded.

Oak Park senior Madison Russell had a big night. She won the Opal Heatherly Writing Award for Newspaper. This scholarship was based on a writing portfolio, and named her the best newspaper writer in the KC metro area this year. Russell also won the Mike Dunlap Excellence in Journalism Award. This is the top scholarship award given by JEMKC to a student who showed excellence in several aspects of journalism. Russell’s portfolio included writing, design, online and broadcast samples. See all results 

Recently, Walsworth Publishing inducted the 2016 Cambia yearbook into the Gallery of Excellence. The Gallery of Excellence is a showcase of the best yearbooks published by Walsworth. Less than five percent of the yearbooks published each year are included. They are chosen for superior coverage, design, photography and copy. Read more..

The Missouri Journalism Education Association is pleased to announce the following students have been named to the 2015-2016 Honor Roll from Oak Park.  Read more..

Taylor Dorrel, Kaitlyn Henderson, Madison Russell and Mabrey Wathen

We are excited to announce that our very own Craig Knaak was named the Dave Bassore "Man of the Year” by the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association last night.  This award honors the life of long-time area coach Dave Bassore who passed away in 2006.  Each year the GKCFCA gives this award to one coach on each side of the state line who exemplifies the spirit of Coach Bassore.  Craig will be honored this summer at half time of the Missouri-Kansas All-Star Game on June 16th.  

Band State Solo Ensemble Festival Results
On April 29th, Band students performed at the MSHSAA State Solo and Ensemble Festival on the campus of the University of Missouri – Columbia.  Our Oak Park Band students performed very well and earned the following ratings

Vocal Music State Solo Ensemble Results
The Vocal Music Department went to State Solo/Ensemble contest April 29th at the University of Missouri.  18 events represented our school and here are the results

Oak Park High School is nominated for four Blue Star Awards for their musical, Singin' in the Rain. This is the most nominations our school has ever received. 56 musicals were evaluated and over 5,000 students participated. The committee only nominates 6 in each category. On May 19th they will attend a ceremony to find out who won.

Blue Star Nominations for Oak Park Singin’ in the Rain
  • Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role: Dean Foreman for Cosmo Brown
  • Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role: Chad Humphrey for R. F. Simpson
  • Outstanding Scenic Design & Construction (Tier II) 
  • Outstanding Technical Crew: Costume Crew

We had a studious contingency of OP kids travel to Missouri Western State University April 28th, and competing in the 40th annual Chemathon chemistry and physics competition.  This is a regional competition, drawing both public and private schools from several states.  There were well over 400 kids there competing.

Notable team performances for the day were:
  • The team of Gabbey Stanley, Anne Hughes, and Kylelynn Gallagher placing 5th in the Chem Year 1 division.
  • The team of Max Gruschka, Amy Gruschka, Mahasin Tutu, and Will Ng took 5th in the Chem Year 2 division.
  • The team of Chris Thomas and Katherine Berislavich placed 6th in the Dual Credit/AP Chem division.
Notable individual performances were:
  • Jaeza Robertson placing 33rd and Samantha Thomas placing 36th (as freshman) in the individual Physics competition.
  • Max Gruschka placing 15th in the Chem Year 2 individual competition.
Oak Street went to Myrtle Beach SC this past week.  While there, they competed in the "Festivals of Music" National competition with over 30 other groups.  They earned a first place trophy in the Show Choir category; outscoring all vocal ensembles in the competition. They also received the "Esprit de Corps" over all participating groups!

Leah Israel, Academic – All State MCBA & Honorable Mention All – Conference
Meghan Allen,  2nd Team All – Conference All - District

Through the generosity of its Members, the Association has awarded more than $110 million in privately funded need-based scholarships to more than 22,000 young people over the past 31 years in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. It has also become a leading resource for information about teenagers, resiliency, and nonprofit best practices. To read more please click here.

Vocal Music Department

The Oak Park Vocal Music Department attended the MSHSAA Large Group State Contest at Liberty North High School.  The choir students represented our school that day with talent, poise, class, and distinction. Here are the results:
Oak Park Chamber Choir (Oak Street Singers) - 1 rating
Oak Park Women’s Choir – 1 rating
Oak Park A cappella Choir – 1 rating
Oak Park Men’s Choir – 2 rating


The Oak Park High School Nerd Herd completed their community service project yesterday afternoon.  In an effort to take care of one of our own, we 
did a yard clean up for former OP custodian Ron Taylor.  Scholar Bowl, Science Olympiad, and Science Club members combined their efforts to pick up sticks, rake leaves, mow grass, and clean out gutters in an effort to help Ron this spring.  


Best in State Journalism Winners named at Oak Park High School.  

All four high schools performed well in the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s State Journalism Contest on Wednesday, April 6, at Jesse Auditorium on the University of Missouri at Columbia campus.

Awards were given on four levels; at the top was All-Missouri, Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention. Some on-site and timed contests ranked awards First, Second and Third. Read full press release here

Are you 15 years old or older and looking for a great job?
The Gladstone Aquatics Team is looking for positive, hardworking and fun individuals who want to join our team.  We have one last opportunity before summer to become American Red Cross Lifeguard certified for those interested in working for Gladstone.  Read more or visit their site.

The Oak Park Vocal Music Department had a great showing at the District Music Solo and Ensemble Festival Friday, April 1.  Those events getting a 1 rating will advance to the Missouri State Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest on April 29.  Here are the Results
MSHSAA District Solo and Ensemble Festival
On Saturday, April 2, Oak Park Band students performed at MSHSAA District Solo and Ensemble Festival at Liberty High School. Our talented students earned the following Ratings.


On December 1, 2015, the North Kansas City School District lost a beloved former member of the district and Oak Park's first Principal, Dr. Dan Kahler. He was surrounded by his children and family as he passed away in Florida. His impact on our school and culture is still being felt today and will forever be part of Oak Park High School.  A memorial service was held on February 6, 2016. If you were not able to make it you can still view the Memorial Service here.  To read the Obituary please view here

If you would like to donate in honor of Dr. Dan Kahler to The Dr. Dan Kahler Innovative Teaching Grants Program you may contact Jan Lewis at (816) 321-5550. Or you may donate to the Oak Park Alumni Fund.  Donations to either may be sent to NKC Schools Education Foundation at 2000 NE 46th St. Kansas City, MO 64116.


ThACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The ACT® college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. Please view here for more information.



Do you ever wonder what the different ACT scores can get you? Check out this list of schools that offer various scholarships based on your ACT score.  

Beginning with the Class of 2019, all graduating seniors from NKC Schools are required to have 20 Service to Community Hours — a requirement to be completed by the end of the student's first semester of their senior year. To learn more about the community service hours requirement

Community Service Hours Form
List of Northland Charities
List of OP Opportunities 

For a full description of all the graduation requirements, check the Career & Planning Education Guide   

Do you have children at more than one district school? Wouldn’t it be helpful if you could see multiple schools’ calendars together? Now, you can! (See how here)


Any purchase made on Amazon through the AmazonSmile connection will raise .5% from every purchase made. You can find more information at this link about the program: The charity name on AmazonSmile is PTA Missouri Congress Oak Park High School PTSA Booster Club.   

Become part of Oak Park’s Alumni Courtyard by purchasing a granite legacy paver. What was previously known as the Main Courtyard has been renovated and updated to recognize our Alumni, their families, and staff members. Pavers can be purchased to recognize the families, influential teachers, previous classes, or other members of the OP Family you would like to acknowledge.  The funds will be used to continue to make improvements to Oak Park. Contact Meagan O'Donnell with any questions.
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