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April 5, 2019
Board of Education
For board meeting agendas and packets, which are posted 48 hours in advance of each meeting, click here. Audio recordings of the monthly full board meetings are available here. Click on the "Agenda & Packet" link for each regular meeting to go to the audio links for that meeting.

Click here to view the Board Briefs from the regular March 21, 2019 meeting.

Upcoming meetings:
In the Board Room unless otherwise specified.
  • Town Hall on Racial Equity and School Safety - Wed., April 10, 6:30 p.m. (South Cafeteria)
  • Committee of the Whole - Tues., April 16, 6:30 p.m.
  • Culture, Climate, and Behavior Committee - Thurs., April 18, 6:30 p.m
  • Regular - Thurs., April 25, 6:30 p.m.
Key Dates
Important calendar items for the upcoming week
April 5-6 - An Evening of One Acts
7 p.m., Little Theatre | $10 - general admission, $5 - senior citizens and I.T.S. members
The premiere of two short one-act plays written by seniors Gabe Udofia and Jordan Murray, plus two published works. 12 students will make their acting or directing debuts. 

April 9 - School-Wide PSAT/SAT Testing (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors)
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
No school for seniors

April 10 - Board of Education Town Hall on Racial Equity and School Safety
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., South Cafeteria
Please join us with questions and comments for dialogue with the Board. 

April 10-12 - Studio 200 presents "Measure for Measure"
4 p.m. on April 10-11, 7 p.m. on April 12 - Directed by Alyssa Coughlin
Taking place in Vienna, a town stricken by depravity, William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" concerns the fate of Claudio, a man who finds himself subject to the new government rule that intends to execute him for impregnating a woman out of wedlock. Isabella, Claudio's profoundly devout sister, is left to navigate this new government in an effort to save her brother's life; all while dodging overbearing men and clinging to her faith. 

April 12 - Women in STEM Day
Students will have the opportunity to learn from and network with a cohort of female STEM professionals. The limited-seating event features a panel discussion, a Q&A session, and workshops. Applications are available in the Student Activity Center. A career fair open to all students will take place during lunch periods.

April 12 - Loud & Proud
3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m., OPRF Mall
Hosted by A Place For All Club, this fun fair raises money for an LGBT+ charity. The selected charity this year is The Center on Halsted. All are welcome.
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
Harmony Concert - April 13
7 p.m., Auditorium

Prom Ticket Sales Begin - April 15
View the 2019 prom information packet here

Entrepreneurs in Our Community Meet 'n' Mingle - April 16
Future entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend this networking event. Interested students should RSVP by April 5 to

Late Arrival Wednesday - April 17
First period begins at 9:45 a.m.

Panache - April 17
6 p.m. - 8 p.m., 2nd floor balcony art gallery and 3rd floor gallery walls
The Visual Arts department invites you to the 6th annual Panache event featuring more than 900 works of art from OPRF students. 

Show Choir Concert - April 18
7 p.m., Auditorium

Good Friday - April 19
Building closed

Mr. OPRF - April 24
6 p.m., Student Center

Vocal Jazz Performance - April 25
7 p.m., Little Theatre

Hidden in Plain Sight - April 25
6 p.m., OPRF Mall and South Cafeteria
Tour a mobile unit that looks like a teen's room and is designed to help parents recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight. Light dinner and panel discussion to follow. This program is designed for adults only. Children under the age of 19 will not be allowed inside the mobile unit. Child care is available upon request. Email Latonia Jackson at by April 18.
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
Congrats to the following students in the Investigative Research Design and Innovation (IRDI) class who were selected as finalists to present at the Positive Impact Symposium on April 12: Ev Berger-Wolf, Aaron Freeman, Natalie Serratos, Cecilia Doyle, Rowen Glusman, Maximus Beach, Elise Miedlar, Hannah Thompson, Miller Benson, Haley Gladden, Elise Scheuring, Chloe Relf, and Leila Winn

Congrats to the Girls Badminton team (pictured here) for placing second at the Thornton Fractional South High School Invitational.

11 stage crew students attended their first United States Institute for Theater Technology Conference in Louisville, Ky., over spring break and took part in the USITT Tech Olympics against college students and professionals. Junior Julia Seinitz earned the second fastest time for hanging and focusing a light. 

English teacher and Beyond Diversity facilitator Devon Alexander was named Go! Innovation's March honoree for his commitment to racial equity work at OPRF. 

More than 100 band, orchestra, choir, and theatre students participated in the Performing Arts Tour to Budapest, Vienna, and Prague over spring break. View photos from their trip here.

Congrats to the following Investigative Research Design and Innovation (IRDI) students that were named as semi-finalists in the Illinois BioGENEius Competition: Max Beach, Ev Berger- Wolf, Cecila Doyle, Aaron Freeman, Haley Gladden, Rowen Glusman, Elise Miedlar, Chloe Relf, Elise Scheuring, Natalie Serratos, Hannah Thompson, and Leila Winn. They will each present their formal research poster on April 17 at a symposium being held at Horizon Pharmaceuticals.
HYPE Club Chipotle fundraiser
HYPE (Healthy Youth Peer Educators) are student leaders who raise awareness about the effects of drugs and alcohol through class workshops and school events, such as Red Ribbon Week, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, and De-Stress Days. Support HYPE by going to Chipotle on Lake Street on April 8, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Show this flyer when you order. 

Summer Athletic Camps registration now open
Click here to view the Summer Camps brochure. 

safeTALK training
During April and May, OPRF will offer safeTALK training to interested students. safeTALK is a half-day program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. Click here for more information and for a parent permission slip. 

Women in Leadership club annual Tampon Drive
UPDATE - Donations of unopened packages of menstrual hygiene products can be dropped off in front of the school's main entrance on Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or in the Student Activity Center through April 12. Click here to make a monetary donation. Questions? Contact Ms. Baghri at

Annual APPLAUSE! Flower Sale underway
Orders are due on April 17 and delivery is May 17. Find order forms here. For more information, contact Lynn Kamenitsa or Annette Oishi

Huskies Have a Heart
Young Hearts for Life will bring its Cardiac Screening Program to OPRF on May 9. All students whose parents authorize them to be tested will receive a free heart screening called an electrocardiogram (ECG). Find more information about the screening here and register your student here.

Click here to watch a short video about the importance of cardiac screenings from former Huskie Grey Small who was a healthy, active teen when he went into sudden cardiac arrest.

Huskie Booster Club fundraiser
Join the Boosters for the Booster Bash Spring fundraiser on May 9, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., at Fitzgerald's Nightclub. Enjoy an open bar, appetizers, music, games, a silent auction, and more! Friends, neighbors, and alumni are all welcome. Pre-sale tickets are $65 per person. Day-of tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds from the event will support the students of OPRFHS in the areas of academics, activities, arts, and athletics. Click here for tickets.
Athletics in the News
Wednesday Journal
Photo of the Week
Brenda Tracy Set The Expectation
On April 4, rape survivor Brenda Tracy visited OPRF to share her powerful story. Huskies pledge to #settheexpectation that sexual assault and physical violence are never okay. Click here to learn more about the Set The Expectation campaign.
Upcoming Parent Group Meetings
Mon., April 8
7 p.m., Staff Cafeteria

Tues., April 23
7 p.m., Staff Cafeteria

Tues., May 7
6:30 p.m., Staff Cafeteria

Tues., May 21
7 p.m., Staff Cafeteria
News from Local Partners
Oak Park Public Library
  • On Mondays and Wednesdays in April and May, youth in grades 6-12 will cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, learn about the histories of social movements in the U.S., and gain public speaking experience at Living History Project. Learn more here.
  • Relax and recharge on April 8 with certified yoga instructor DuShaun Branch. Grades 6-12. Learn more here.  
  • Game On! Tweens and Teens Video Gaming takes place on April 12 and 26 in the Main Library Veterans Room.
  • On April 20, the Mini Shakespeare Festival takes over the Maze Branch Library. Enjoy brain teasing trivia, a Shakespearean open mic, food, and more.
  • The Ask on May 2 gives teens the opportunity to get real answers to questions they are too afraid to ask about relationships, dating, and growing up. Learn more here.
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