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April 26, 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.
  • 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 26-28 - Orchesis Spring Showcase - "Love"
7 p.m. and 3 p.m. (April 28 performance), Auditorium
Purchase tickets here.

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

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

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

May 1 - Honors Convocation
5 p.m., Auditorium

May 2 - Career Caller
Lunch periods, Board Room
The last Career Caller of the school year welcomes Ken Crowley, superintendent of fleet services for the Village of Oak Park. All interested students are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. 

May 2 - Business Incubator Expo
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.

May 2-4 - Synchronized Swimming Show - "Swimming in Space"
May 2 (7 p.m.), May 3 (4 p.m.), May 4 (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), West pool
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
AP Testing - May 6-17

Driver's Ed Summer School Registration - May 6

7 p.m., North Cafeteria

Prom Ticket Sales End - May 8

College Night for Sophomores - May 8

7 p.m., Auditorium

Young Hearts for Life free cardiac screening - 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.

"She Kills Monsters" - May 10, 11, 16 & 17
7 p.m., Little Theatre
While grieving for the deceased sister Tilly that she never really knew, Agnes Evans finds her sister's Dungeons and Dragons notebook. In an attempt to understand who Tilly was, Agnes enlists a dungeon master to decipher the notebook. Directed by James Bell, "She Kills Monsters" jumps back and forth from the fantasy battles Tilly created, and real world demons that Agnes has yet to confront. 
Black and Brown Faces in White Spaces - May 11
A free networking event with the goal of teaching female students of color professional skills, including public speaking and dressing in proper business attire. Learn more and RSVP here.
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
Senior Leila Winn won the prestigious Illinois BioGENEius Challenge and will head to the international competition in June. Click here to learn more. 

SAFE (Students Advocating for Equity) was named a recipient of an Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation Excellence in Philanthropy President's Award. The club will receive a $1,000 grant and members will be honored at a reception on May 15. 

Congrats to the girls badminton team (pictured here) for placing first in the Conant Invite!

Junior Declan Collins and the ensemble of "Chicago" were nominated for Broadway in Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards for Best Actor and Best Ensemble, respectively.

Junior Jake Rundell will represent Team USA at the Cadet Pan American Championships after having recently won back-to-back individual national championships in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling at the 2019 FloNationals.

Wrestling coach Tay Bellamy competed in the Marine Corps U.S. Open Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas and was named the Master Division C Freestyle Champion in the 100 kg weight class!

The following students were named Students of the QuarterAshford Hollis, Marc Tauler, Zora Barnett, Christopher Moore, Esteban Jaimes, Jalen Henry, Sophie Tillotson, Tiara R. Ogunsanya, and Sydney Donaldson.

The following students were named Outstanding Improvement Award winners for increasing their semester GPA by 1.000: Donovan Aceron, Luke Allington, Sammy Ammra, Edie Anderson, Michela Anderson, Lavell Anthony, Julia Anton, Harrison Ashton, Nuri Banks, Zachary Baron, Nicholas Berry, Ethan Bodzioney, Azaria Bradley, Tyler Bradley, Daniel Branand, Ivan Branch, Savannah Broderick, Zaire Brooks, Ezra Broughton, Jasmine Burns, Claudia Celio, Caoimhe Chow, Xavier Clayton, Morgan Comstock, Rachel Conolly, Danielle Considine, Emmanuel Crawford, Nicholas Cronin-Barron, Brianna Deleon, Daniele Di Muzio, Aiden Domenz, Alexander Eismueller, Luke Elwart, Rebekah Gaskill, Parisa Gharavi, Holden Green, Jonathan Guerrero, Sol Guthrie, Trinidy Harrison, Liam Healy, Owen Hess, Anne Hitterman, Brandon Jackson, Shannon Johnson, Lucy Kallista, Charles Kennedy, Benjamin Kitsos, Erik Kocs-Washburn, Ellen Kozie, Jillian Lewis, Lillian Lowson, Lee McCammond-Watts, Emma Meister-Bresnahan, Jonathan Munoz, Travaris Parks, Maeve Powers, Christopher Prado, Jacques Rachal, Nina Randall, Hasan Rinaldi, Julian Rindler, Philip Ross, Lincoln Scheer, Maxim Schemmel, Ava Schutte, Holly Scott, Liam Sersen, Laura Sevilla, Omari Sloan, Ahamad Smoot, Daniel Solis, Lila Stratman, Carlos Vazquez, Chaz Walzer, Padraic Wangelin, Charlotte Ward, Kaili Wash, Trinity Washington, Isabella White, Keenan White, Jeriah Williams, Julliyah Williams, Anahit Yakubovich, and Henry Yount.

The following students were named Human Relations Award winners for positively impacting school culture through leadership, empathy, and service: Racquel Hernandez, Mahlon Binder, Aleah Price, Mary Vestal , Simone Paul, Jane Vachon, Waiyaki Abdallah, Victoria Richter-Stewart, Catherine Best, Mary Dambrogio (Katie), Meenah Harbaugh, Victoria Richter-Stewart, Gwendolyn Theis (Sam), Jailen Moore, Genevieve Overmyer, Bridget Fox, Cassandra Ford, Julia Flynn, Trejour Folsom-Beck, Nathaniel Olson, Paige Thompson, Kayla Smith, Claire Massman, Anna Van Santen, Isabella Reniva, Simon Nosek, Maya Robinson, Lauren Kocheny, Lauren Peters, Sadie Halvorsen, Sophie Larratt, Olivia Donaldson, Mary Jones, Aidan Parker, Leo Huppke, Sam Benzkofer, Isabel Richmond, Zephaniah Jackson, Jelani Evans, Taylor Williams, Jacob C Nelson, Edie Anderson, Christiana Jones, William Wysockey, William Gery, Ellis Fountain, Claire R. Cooke, Rachel Paulk, Halley Bergen, Caroline Peavy, Talia X. Seidman, Corinna R. McNeill, Cait M Egan, Zora Barnett, Meghan Bones, Abby Govea, Kaili Wash, Janei Barnslater, Adrian Palmeres, Kyla Robateau, Tiffany Akotia, Henry Tamondong, and Victoria Richter.
APPLE Seed Scholarship
Seniors are encouraged to apply for the A.P.P.L.E. parent organization scholarship, which will award one winner $500 for college. To apply, submit an essay of no more than 500 words answering the following prompt: What is your vision for OPRFHS? Submissions should be emailed to by midnight on April 30 and must include an unofficial transcript and a college acceptance letter. 

Counselor meetings for sophomores
Sophomores are encouraged to attend one of their counselor’s group meetings, BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO: Choose Your Own Adventure!, on April 30 or May 1. The complete schedule of meeting times and locations will be emailed to students on April 29. During the meeting, students will learn about enrichment, volunteer, and work opportunities, and will begin to create resumes. Feel free to contact your student’s counselor with questions.

2019 graduation packet
Click here to view important commencement guidelines, including information about tickets and attire, and access two surveys which graduating seniors (not their parents) need to complete using their email address.

Senior shout-outs
Seniors are invited to film shout-outs -- on-camera messages of thanks and gratitude for teachers, coaches, and staff members who have been especially influential during their time at OPRF -- on April 29 and April 30 during lunch periods in room 327. Sign up for a time slot here.  

Call to action for the 90%
The Business club will be selling Huskie-themed #settheexpectation T-shirts on May 2 and 3. Inspired by Brenda Tracy's visit to OPRF, the goal for this project is help those who are affected by domestic violence and sexual assault, and to remind Huskies to continue to Set The Expectation. Shirts will be sold in the Student Activity Center for $10, but additional donations are strongly encouraged as all profits will be donated to Sarah’s Inn and the #settheexpectation non-profit organization. Only 10% of the population commits sexual assault and domestic violence. As the 90%, we will rise up, make a difference, and help prevent these atrocities from happening in the future.

Driver Education
Any students interested in taking Driver Education during the 2019 Summer School session must attend both registration meetings on Monday, May 6 and Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in the North Cafeteria. Priority will be given to eligible sophomores and juniors. There is no pre-registration. 

BOE Town Hall on racial equity and school safety
On April 10, 2019, the Board of Education held a town hall on racial equity and school safety. To watch the video of the event, click the links below:
Part 1 -
Part 2 -

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.
Athletics in the News
Wednesday Journal
Photo of the Week
Celebrating Arab-American Heritage Month
April is Arab-American Heritage Month. To help us celebrate, #oprfhs mom Dima Ali created this beautiful display in our Student Center.
Upcoming Parent Group Meetings
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
  • 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.
Park District of Oak Park
  • A community survey is being conducted to measure resident satisfaction with parks and program offerings, identify unmet parks and recreation needs, and establish priorities for the future. Households who receive this random sample survey will have the choice of completing the survey on paper, online, or via telephone. 
  • The Park District’s summer program guide will be delivered May 4-5 to all Oak Park households. Resident registration begins May 11.
Village of Oak Park 
  • Residents ages 15 to 18 are invited to learn skills and techniques that can help them find and keep a job at annual workshops presented by the Village’s Community Relations Department. This year’s workshops are scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. on June 10-14 at the Oak Park Public Library. Register here by June 4.
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