Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Office of the Superintendent

Dear Rich Township Families,

We hope everyone has been enjoying the first week of their summer break.  Moving forward we want to encourage you to continue to monitor our social media accounts and district website for the exciting offerings we have over the next month.

Read more to learn important information regarding Summer School Schedule, Food Service Announcements, and more. Please read the following communication in its entirety for additional updates.

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Summer School Registration

As a reminder, the schedule for our upcoming summer school sessions. The first session will commence on June 3rd and conclude on June 24th, with no classes on June 19th in observance of the holiday. The second session will start on June 25th and end on July 16th, with a break on July 4th to celebrate the national holiday. These sessions are designed to provide flexible learning opportunities during the summer break. For more details and to register, please refer to the links in the flyer provided below.

Click here to register

Athletic/Activity Summer Camps

This summer promises to be an exciting one at Rich Township High School, as we launch a series of high school and youth sports camps! Whether you're into basketball, soccer, or any other sport, we have something for you. For more details and to register, please visit our Raptor athletic website.

Additionally, we're thrilled to invite you to join the Rich Township High School Summer Band Camps. If you're looking to enhance your musical skills and enjoy the rhythm of summer, reach out to Mr. Crews at or Mr. Bird at for more information. Don't miss out on these fantastic opportunities to stay active and creative over the summer!

Online Registration

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opens June 6, 2024. Registration for returning students will end on July 12, 2024. Rich Township High School District

227 will use Enrollment Express and will be completely online using your Power School account.

For new/transfer students an in-person registration event is available on Monday, June 10, 2024 at our Fine Arts & Communication campus: 5000 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL 60471.    

Note: Parents will not be able to complete the online registration process without a PowerSchool Parent Account.  If you are unable to access your Parent Account in PowerSchool, please reach out to in order to reset your account. 

Please access the link below to find out more about 2024-2025 Registration

Returning Students

New/Transfer Students

Building Cashier Update

Please be aware that payments will no longer be accepted at the district office. This change is part of our ongoing efforts to streamline processes and improve the payment experience for our community.

For the summer period, please note that the only available cashier will be at the Fine Arts and Communication (FAC) campus.

If you have any questions or require assistance, feel free to contact our campus cashier staff:

FAC Campus Amy Wlos (708) 679-3079

Important Message for the Class of 2025

All students who are Seniors must submit proof of receiving the meningococcal vaccination after turning 16. This is a requirement by Illinois State Law for incoming seniors. All students must show proof of receiving one dose after their 16th birthday. This vaccine will prevent your child from a severe form of bacterial meningitis, as well as other illnesses caused by this bacterium. This vaccine is required prior to the beginning of their senior year. We have not received proof of your student’s shot yet.  

All twelfth-grade students will need to show proof of receiving two doses of MCV4.  However, if the first dose was administered after 16 years of age, then only one dose is required.   

Documentation accepted in compliance with the requirement for students entering 12th grade may include one of the following:   

·         A letter or note signed by your health care provider identifying the date in which the meningococcal conjugate vaccine was administered. 

·         Printout from your provider’s electronic medical record that indicates the date the vaccine was administered 

·         The current Certificate of Child Health Examination form specifies the date the meningococcal conjugate vaccine was administered.  

Please submit proof of vaccine to the school nurse upon receipt of documentation. If you have questions, contact one of the school nurses listed below. Failure to comply will hinder your child’s ability to register for school. Thank you for your cooperation.  

Katherin Alexander Wilson RN, MPA, BA, PEL-CSN 

STEM Campus Nurse 



Laura Chapman RN, MSN, DNP, PEL-CSN 

FAC Campus Nurse                                                                                                         


Food Service


Starting on June 3, 2024, and running until July 18, 2024, the Rich Township HS District 227 Food Service Department will sponsor our annual Summer Meals Program that provides FREE meals to all children under the age of 18 and is open to ALL children in the community.  This summer we will have two sites. 

Our main site will be at the FAC Campus- 5000 Sauk Trail in Richton Park. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 - 8:00 am and Lunch will be served from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Monday through Thursday.

Our Mobile Site will be located at the Central Park Pavilion in Park Forest - 410 Lakewood Blvd. in Park Forest.  LUNCH ONLY will be served from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Monday through Thursday. 

There are no Grab and Go meals. Meals must be eaten at the site they are served.


We are also thrilled to introduce the Summer EBT program, also known as SUN Bucks, to our district families this summer. Authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), SUN Bucks aims to support the nutritional needs of school-aged children during the summer months. For 2024, eligible children will receive a $120 annual benefit issued through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Illinois joins 35 other states in implementing this vital program to ensure that no child goes hungry when school is out. 

For more details on these programs and eligibility, please visit our Food Services page.

Food Pantry

Pantry SUMMER Operational Hours: Monday to Thursday, between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. These dedicated hours are for our any families who have signed up to receive assistance.

Online Orders - Available 24/7: We understand that convenience is key in these busy times, which is why we have enabled online ordering, available 24/7, to ensure no one goes without. Orders can be swiftly placed via the following link: Pantry Order Form.

Order Processing Time: Please allow a processing window of 3-5 business days for your orders. We strive to prepare them as quickly as possible.

Who We Serve: Our services are not limited; we proudly extend our support to all families within District 227 in need, beyond those receiving free and reduced lunch. This is a community-wide resource.

Donations - Your Generosity Counts Your support through donations is the lifeblood of this initiative. Non-perishable food and essential household supplies are always welcomed with gratitude. Here’s a list of suggested donations that make a significant impact:

       Breakfast Cereals


       Canned Fruits and Vegetables

       Pasta and Sauce

       Rice, Noodles, and Potatoes

       Macaroni and Cheese

       Pancake Mix and Syrup

       Toilet Paper and Bar Soap

Donation Drop-off Points Please drop off any donations in the staff cafeteria at both campus locations during school hours.

Monetary Donations If you are pressed for time but still wish to contribute, monetary donations are greatly appreciated and can be made through our dedicated donation page here:

Support Our Pantry

You may also follow us on social media:

       Facebook: @District227 

       Twitter: @DrJohnnieThomas @richtownshiphs

       Instagram: @district227_

       Superintendent's Message on our district website:

Your continued support of Rich Township High School District 227 is appreciated and vital to ensure student success. 



Dr. Johnnie Thomas 


Contact Information


Dr. Johnnie Thomas


Office 708-679-5737 

Cell 773-599-0331

Twitter: @DrJohnnieThomas

Ms. Yvonne Evans

Executive Assistant to Superintendent  


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