Summer Renovation Update & Videos

The administrative team at Oak Grove hopes you and your families are enjoying a wonderful summer break.  If you have driven by the school, it is not hard to notice that there appears to be a lot of activity occurring both inside and outside of the school building!

With just over a month remaining before the start of school, I thought I would give you a short update on what has been going on this summer.  We are in the midst of our third consecutive year of renovation at Oak Grove.  This summer we are renovating our 4th grade classrooms, the small gym, several faculty and student washrooms, relocating our administrative and maintenance offices, and creating a new professional development training room.  These areas include some of the original building, dating back to the mid-1950’s.  Updates include new lighting, cabinetry, flooring, and heating and cooling, to name a few.  Similar renovations were made last summer and greatly improved our teaching and learning environment at Oak Grove.  We are confident we will see the same results after this year’s renovations.

Outside, you may have noticed we have completely demolished and removed the elementary playground through the joint efforts of the PTO, Oak Grove Education Foundation, and Board of Education.  Installation is nearing completion and we hope to dedicate the new playground near the end of July.  We will also be removing the wood chip surface on the Junior High playground and replacing it with rubber mulch. 

Mr. Oswaldo Suarez, our Maintenance Director, has been taking video of the renovation project since we started. We are grateful to have such a dedicated community and Board of Education that allows us to constantly make a better place to educate our students.  In the very near future, we will have one of the finest facilities, containing state of the art technology, in all of Lake County. YOU CAN CLICK HERE to see the progress of the renovations as time has passed.  Enjoy!


With Oak Grove pride,
Lonny B. Lemon, Ed.D.

Welcome Oak Grove's New Director of Curriculum

Oak Grove would like to introduce and welcome Mrs. Sarah Cacciatore to our family.  Sarah will begin her duties as Director of Curriculum in early July.  Sarah was selected for this position from a pool of over 90 candidates.  Currently, she is completing her duties as Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Troy CCSD 30, located in Plainfield, IL.

Sarah earned a B.A. in Biology, with minors in Psychology and Physical Sciences, from National Louis University.  She earned her M.A. in Education from Roosevelt University and is expecting to complete her Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in December of 2015.

Summer Reading Lists

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Can you believe that the school year is nearly over and that summer break is around the corner?  We all know what that means…more time to go on vacations, more time to watch baseball games, and more time to READ, READ, READ!!  We know that students who read over the summer start the next school year off on a stronger foot.  That’s why we want our students who have completed third through seventh grade to commit to summer reading.

Important Dates for 2014-15

Parents, please CLICK HERE for a list of important dates for the 2014-15 school year.

Kindergarten Registration 2014-15

If you have a student that will attend Kindergarten in 2014-15 and you have not already shared your intformation with us, please call Debi Shaffer ASAP at 847-367-4120 ext. 2008

Demolition Begins on Elementary Playground
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  I am happy to announce that the contractors have started the process of installing our new elementary playground.  The demolition began on June 25th.  It is our hope, weather permitting, to have the new playground equipment in place within the next three weeks.  In the meantime, the area has been fenced off.  PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE ELEMENTARY PLAYGROUND UNTIL THE PROJECT IS COMPLETE.  We will inform our families and the community when the new playground is ready for use.  
Thank you to the Oak Grove PTO, Educational Foundation, and School Board for committing the funds to this great project.  It will be available soon!

With Oak Grove pride,
Dr. Lemon
Incoming 8th Grade Parents - Letter From LHS

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please read the letter below from District 128 if your child will be in 8th grade during the 2014-2015 school year. 

David Karolewicz
5-8 Principal/Transportation Coordinator
Oak Grove School

LHS Letter

Bridges "Talking Points"

The Oak Grove Board of Education at its May 8th special meeting formally adopted “Bridges in Mathematics” as the district’s formal curriculum for grades K-5.  District administration and teachers gave an in-depth presentation to the Board in support of “Bridges.”

The curriculum is produced by the Math Learning Center (MLC), which is a non-profit organization.  You can learn more about the MLC at

Leave Your Mark at Oak Grove

Our children's memories of their time at Oak Grove will last a lifetime, so take this opportunity to leave a permanent mark with a custom brick paver and support innovative curriculum enhancements for your children at the same time!  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!


Our thanks to the OGSEF and the members of their Business Partner Program