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May 10, 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
May 10, 11, 16 & 17 - "She Kills Monsters"
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. Purchase tickets here

May 15 - Late Arrival Wednesday
First period begins at 9:45 a.m.

May 15 - Choral Concert
7 p.m., Auditorium

May 18 - Prom
6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Hyatt Regency Chicago
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
Driver's Ed Summer School Registration - May 20
7 p.m., North Cafeteria

Orchestra Farewell Concert - May 21
7 p.m., Auditorium

Enviro Club Radio Show Presents: Climate Change Conversations - May 21
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Room 371
RSVP to Ms. Kaiser,, or Ms. McGrail,

Cap and Gown Distribution - May 22
12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Field House

Symphonic Band Concert - May 22
7 p.m., Auditorium

Senior Finals - May 23-24

Wind/Symphony Ensemble Concert - May 23
7 p.m., Auditorium

End of Fourth Grading Period - May 24
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
Congrats to the Junior Varsity Boys tennis team (pictured here) for winning the Benet Quad Tournament last weekend! 

Congrats to the Math Team for a stellar performance at the ICTM State Math Contest, including senior James Kennedy placed 3rd in the oral competition, and, together with junior Garrett Credi placed 9th in the Junior-Senior 2 person. A special shout-out to coach Kay Moran who is retiring after 15 years with the team. 

The Varsity Badminton Team took 2nd place at Sectionals last week! The following Huskies qualified for the state tournament at Eastern Illinois University: Halley Bergen, Emma Proctor, Maya Jamroz, Nelida Schalich, and Olivia Remington.

Congrats to the following student-athletes who signed letters-of-intent this week, commiting to continue to pursue their respective sports at the collegiate level: Zora Barnett, Volleyball at Xavier University of Louisiana; Nathan Boyer, Baseball at Purdue Northwest; Samantha Braun, Field Hockey at WPI; Henry Darrow, Baseball at John Carroll College; Torry Early, Wrestling at UW-Parkside; Dan Francis, Basketball at DePauw University; Paul Huber, Lacrosse at Augustana College; Maya Jamaroz, Tennis at Williams College, MA; Sophie Lever, Diving at University of Rochester; JT Lowder, Track and Field at Illinois State University; Trey Mobley, Lacrosse at UMass Boston; Lucinda Orenic, Field Hockey at Clark University; Matt Poulin, Lacrosse at St. Ambrose University; Kyle Rasmussen, Volleyball at NYU; Chase Robinson, Basketball at Illinois Weselyn; Mykolas Salonias, Track and Field at St Ambrose; Aiden Shae, Football at DePauw University; Jacob Sichlau, Lacrosse at Hamilton College; Ahsha Spencer, Basketball at University of Illinois-Chicago.

Junior Margaret Korinek has been selected to represent Oak Park as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2019 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. Margaret was chosen based on her academic accomplishments, and having demonstrated interests and excellence in journalism and media studies.

The members of Arbor West Neighbors would like to thank the Dudes Making a Difference for stepping up and shoveling snow for older adults in our community this past winter. Their efforts made a huge difference in the lives of several AWN members. A special thanks to senior Ben Manaugh for coordinating the club's efforts in addition to doing his own shoveling.
New summer hours, building closed on Fridays
Effective June 3 through July 26, the building will only be open to the public Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will not affect Driver’s Education, Sports Camps, and the Summer Musical, which will all continue to operate as previously scheduled.

Become a Business Incubator volunteer mentor
The Business Incubator is looking for volunteer coaches, mentors, and more for the upcoming school year! Learn more about the roles here, and sign up by May 13.

Senior Sessions: Life After High School
The OPRFHS social workers invite seniors to attend sessions in the Student Activity Center on May 14 and May 21 during lunch periods to discuss topics such as how to access mental health services on campus, dealing with substance abuse, self care, and more. Lunch is provided. RSVP here.

Sophomore Parents Night
Click here to view the presentation from Sophomore Parents Night and here to access accompanying handouts.

Housing Forward Homeless Shelter Collection Drive
There are approximately 100 homeless students in Oak Park schools. Through Friday, May 17, donate travel-size toiletries, twin- and full-size sheets, and all types of clothing (sizes L and up) to Housing Forward. Collection bins and the full list of needed items are in the Student Activity Center and in room 212. 

Food Service refunds
Click here to view information on Food Service refunds for graduating seniors.

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.

Applause! Flower Sale pick-up 
You may pick up orders on Friday, May 17, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the south end of the student mall. Enter through the alley between the school and the parking garage. Avoid picking up between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. due to heavy foot traffic. 

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
Chicago Tribune Wednesday Journal
Photo of the Week
Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is back at #oprfhs. Made up of t-shirts created by survivors of violence or in honor of someone who has experienced violence, the clothesline informs students of the fact that violence is a problem everywhere, but help is available, and there is a path to healing. 

See more photos on Instagram or in person in the Student Center.
Upcoming Parent Group Meetings
Tues., May 21
7 p.m., Staff Cafeteria
News from Local Partners
Oak Park Public Library
  • Yoga instructor DuShaun Branch will offer techniques for mindfulness and meditation at the next Community Circles + Learning event on May 18. Click here to learn more.
  • Need a quiet place to cram for your next exam? Stop in while the library is open to find a quiet place to study through the end of finals week.
Oak Park Elementary Schools - D97
  • District 97 is hosting its second annual Community-Wide Year-End Celebration at Brooks Middle School on May 28 at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Oak Park and River Forest Community Foundation
  • Click here to view the latest digital edition of SAY Connects.
  • Success of All Youth, Wednesday Journal, and the Good Heart Work Smart Foundation recently invited the superintendents from D90, D97, and D200 to discuss the issues of race and equity in Oak Park & River Forest Schools. Click here to watch the video. 
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