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April 12, 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., 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 12 - Studio 200 presents "Measure for Measure"
7 p.m.
Directed by senior 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 - 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.

April 13 - Harmony Concert
7 p.m., Auditorium

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

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

April 17 - Mandatory AP Testing Pre-Administration Session
See more information in the OPRF News section below.

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

April 17 - Panache
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. 

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

April 19 - Good Friday
Building closed
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
Faces of OPRF (Formerly Mr. OPRF) - April 24
6 p.m., Student Center
Any senior can participate. The winner will win a free prom ticket. Email by April 15 if interested.

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.

Orchesis - April 26-28
7 p.m. and 3 p.m. (April 28 performance)

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

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. RSVP here.
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
Jess Senger, Jackie Neuman, Lilian Moore, Jessica Zarosl, and Carly Swanson (pictured here) attended the 32nd annual Science Careers in Search of Women Conference at Argonne National Laboratory last week. They had an opportunity to tour active labs, listen to female scientists talk about their path to science, and ask questions about how they can prepare for their own careers in science. 

The Graphic 2 Design class has created Inspirational Illustrations featuring individuals, including some OPRFHS faculty and staff members, who are greatly admired and respected by the students, and who give them hope for the future. The posters are on display on the balcony art gallery wall. Click here to see them.

This Inspirational Illustration of choir director Meredith McGuire was created by sophomore Sarah Kohout.
Mandatory AP Testing Pre-Administration Session
Pre-administration for AP Testing will take place on April 17, 8:45-9:30 a.m. Students with last names beginning in A-E will be in the Little Theatre, and students with last names beginning in F-Z will be in the South Cafeteria. Students must bring a No. 2 pencil to complete the Student Information portion of the answer sheet. 
AP Chinese, Japanese, and Studio Art students do NOT need to attend this pre-administration session. Registration information for those students will be submitted electronically through a separate process. 

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.

Black and Brown Faces in White Spaces
ISO women of color to participate as speakers in a student-led workshop for female students of color on May 11. Proposed topics of discussion include tips for working in predominantly white spaces, business attire 101, and public speaking skills. If interested in learning more or participating, please email

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. 

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
Chicago Tribune Wednesday Journal
Photo of the Week
Prom Throwbacks
The 2019 prom season is here! Click here to watch a throwback video of faculty and staff members at their own proms.

This English and Humanities teacher graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1967. Can you guess who she is?
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 Township
  • The Youth Services Director will "work to address a number of issues young people deal with, including everything from substance abuse to trauma, grief, depression, and homelessness." Click here to learn more about new hire Megan Traficano. 
  • Turn in your unused prescription medication on National Prescription Take Back Day on April 27. Learn more here
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