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April 19, 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.

Upcoming meetings:
In the Board Room unless otherwise specified.
  • Regular - Thurs., April 25, 6:30 p.m.
  • Committee of the Whole - Tues., May 14, 6:30 p.m.
  • Culture, Climate, and Behavior Committee - Thurs., May 21, 6:30 p.m
  • Regular - Thurs., May 23, 6:30 p.m.
Key Dates
Important calendar items for the upcoming week
April 24 - Faces of OPRF (Formerly Mr. OPRF)
6 p.m., Student Center

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

April 25 - Hidden in Plain Sight
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.
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
Orchesis - April 26-28
7 p.m. and 3 p.m. (April 28 performance), Auditorium
Purchase tickets here.

Percy Julian Symposium - April 27
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Click here to learn more about the STEM event, now in its 20th year. 

Spoken Word Performance - April 30
6:30 p.m., Little Theatre

Late Arrival Wednesday - May 1
First period begins at 9:45 a.m.

Business Incubator Expo - May 2
6 -8 p.m.
Nine Business Incubator teams will present their final business concepts to a panel of "friendly sharks" to vie for the title of Most Investable Team. Learn more here.

Syncho Show - May 2 (7 p.m.), May 3 (4 p.m.), May 4 (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
West pool
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
Junior Declan Collins was nominated in the Best Actor category of the 2019 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards for his performance as "Amos" in the OPRF Theatre department's production of "Chicago." The OPRF Ensemble of "Chicago" was also nominated. 

Huge congratulations to senior Leila Winn who was named the national finalist in the Illinois BioGENEius Challenge! Leila will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the international competition in Philadelphia, PA, in June.

The Ultimate Frisbee team (pictured here) went undefeated and took second place by point differential at the Reavis Rams Classic Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Congrats to Eli Gottlieb, Ben Phifer, Theo Trefonides, Mike Klein, Nicholas Hymson, Nick Zuraski, Sam Schenkelberg, Kai Tang, Nate Olson, Alex Tzeng, Calvin Woolley, Anna Sordilla, Owen Foley, and Tim Pencenka, and to coaches Evan Tarshish and Bridget Doherty.

Former Huskie Kara Jackson was named National Youth Poet Laureate! Learn more here.

63 graduating seniors received scholarships through the Oak Park and River Forest High School Scholarship Foundation Common Application. In total, they received $142,000 in scholarship support.

Junior Bridget Pierce was named the winner of the 2019 Hemingway Foundation Scholarship and was awarded a $1,000 prize. Juniors Janine Pohlman and Ella Haas were chosen as scholarship finalists. All three essays will be included in the fourth annual edition of Hemingway Shorts and the students will be recognized at the Hemingway Foundation Gala Benefit on May 4.

Congrats to senior Cecilia Doyle and junior Aaron Freeman who placed second and third, respectively, at the Positive Impact Science Symposium. They both took home monetary awards.
Change in BYU proctoring
After careful review of the Brigham Young University Honor Code, it has been determined that the code stands in opposition to the OPRF Gender Equity and Support protocol. As a result of this conflict in ideology, OPRF will no longer advertise or promote BYU for online coursework. Additionally, counselors and staff will no longer proctor final exams for BYU coursework after Friday, May 31, 2019. After this date, any student taking an online course through BYU will need to find a proctor outside of OPRF to take their final exam. Information about proctors in our local community can be accessed on the BYU website. OPRF will continue to accept credits from BYU. Please reach out to your student's counselor directly if you have any questions.

Substance use prevention
Click here for important information on drug and alcohol prevention from Prevention and Wellness Coordinator Ginger Colamussi.

Q4 Student Newsletter
Click here for the latest Student Newsletter from the OPRF Counseling Department. This issue features tips on how to study for finals, how to handle the transition to college, and more. 

Summer internship opportunity
The Village of Oak Park Public Works will visit OPRF on April 18 during all lunch periods in the North cafeteria to speak with interested students about summer internship opportunities. Students must be 18 years old and have been accepted to a college or university.

Donate new of gently used shoes
Spring cleaning? Tau Gamma is partnering with Oak-Leyden Developmental Services to collect 2,500+ pairs of new or gently used shoes. A donation box will be available in the Student Activity Center through May 31.

HYPE student leaders wanted
Apply to be a leader in HYPE (Healthy Youth Peer Educators) and work to inspire fellow students to make healthy choices by presenting workshops in classes and planning activities focused on the effects of drugs and alcohol, healthy stress management, and ways to help a friend. Applications are due by April 26.

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 a parent permission slip.
Athletics in the News
Chicago Tribune Wednesday Journal
Photo of the Week
Celia Cruz

What does it mean to be Afro-Latina?

This amazing display in our World Languages hallway was created by Ignacio Ponce's Spanish 1-2 and 7-8A classes and celebrates famous Afro-Latinas, including Celia Cruz and Amara La Negra.

Visit us on Facebook for more photos.

Upcoming Parent Group Meetings
Tues., April 23
7 p.m., Staff Cafeteria

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

Community Council
Thurs., May 9
7:30 p.m., Staff Cafeteria

Tues., May 21
7 p.m., Staff Cafeteria
News from Local Partners
Oak Park Public Library
  • On April 20, the Mini Shakespeare Festival takes over the Maze Branch Library. Enjoy brain teasing trivia, a Shakespearean open mic, food, and more.
  • Game On! Tweens and Teens Video Gaming takes place on April 26 in the Main Library Veterans Room.
  • 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.
  • Make new friends, learn new skills, and serve your community! Seventh graders through high schoolers can volunteer on teams to serve the community in a variety of ways, including through art- and science-based activities. Learn more here and apply by May 13.
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