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March 22, 2019
There will be no HuskiEmail on Friday, March 29. Enjoy Spring Break!
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.
  • 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
Spring Break - March 25-29
Building and District Offices open 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
Late Arrival Wednesday - April 3
First period begins at 9:45 a.m.

School-Wide PSAT/SAT Testing (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors) - April 9
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Studio 200 presents "Measure for Measure" - April 10-12
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. 

Women in STEM Day - April 12
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.

Loud & Proud - April 12
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.

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

Prom Ticket Sales Begin - April 15
View the 2019 prom information packet here
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
Noteworthy, OPRF’s show choir, was named Grand Champion for the third year in a row at the Herscher Swing and Sing Competition! The group also brought home awards for Best Vocals, Best Choreography, and Best Band. Sophomore Shiri Clay received the award for Best Female Soloist. 

The Spoken Word Slam Team finished in third place out of 120 teams at the Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam finals last weekend. Congrats to team members Morgan Varnado, Corina Robinson, Nicholas Berry, Jesus Govea, Zaire Brooks, Micah Daniels, Kyla Pereles, and Ruby Davis!

As members of the OPRF BioBuilders Club, Maddie Judson, Zoe Kline, Carly Tucci, and Virginia Lundeen have worked on finding a biotech solution to Dutch Elm Disease, which is killing elm trees in Oak Park and River Forest. The group presented its work at the BioBuilder Final Assembly conference in Cambridge, Mass., on March 15. 

The Performing Arts Tour to Budapest, Vienna, and Prague is underway! 102 Huskies in band, orchestra, choir, and theatre are participating. The Vienna performance will be broadcast via live stream beginning at 11:45 a.m. (Chicago time) on March 24. Tune in here.

Four Huskies will move on to compete at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) after having presented their research projects to a panel of expert judges at the regional competition on March 16. They are: junior Elise Scheurling, who placed second overall, earning a scholarship worth $1,500; senior Haley Gladden, who placed third overall, earning a scholarship worth $1,000, and junior Max Beach, who placed first in the poster session, earning $250. Senior Leila Winn, having been named a JSHS finalist two years in a row, will also attend the national competition as a Presidential Scholar Candidate.

Senior Debate Team members Remy Gajewski and Mariama Sidime went 6-4 at the IHSA State Tournament. Mariama was also named IHSA All State. Additionally, in the Policy Division, sophomore Sam Shafiro and junior David Griffith went 8-2 and advanced to Round 16.

Congrats to the Girls Badminton team (pictured here) for placing first at the Hersey Invitational last weekend. 
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. 

Healthy Huskies
Spring is here! And so are seasonal allergies. Click here to learn more information from nurse Pamela Barron.

Summer Athletic Camps registration opening soon
Swim Camp registration opens on April 2 at 10 a.m. Registration for all other athletic camps opens on April 3 at 10 a.m. Click here to view the Summer Camps brochure. 

Hemingway Foundation scholarship opportunity
OPRF juniors are invited to enter the annual Hemingway Foundation Student Scholarship Essay Contest. Entrants must write a 300- to 600-word essay that conveys how they feel about their hometown. Submissions are due by April 2, 2019. Learn more here

Women in Leadership club annual Tampon Drive
Donations of unopened packages of menstrual hygiene products can be dropped off in the Student Activity Center through April 5. 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

Huskie Booster Club fundraiser
Join the Boosters for the Booster Bash Spring fundraiser on May 9 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.
Athletics in the News
Wednesday Journal
Upcoming Parent Group Meetings
Huskie Booster Club
Wed., April 3
7 p.m., Room 174

Mon., April 8
7 p.m., Staff Cafeteria

Community Council
Thurs., April 11
7:30 p.m., Staff Cafeteria

Tues., April 23
7 p.m., Staff Cafeteria
News from Local Partners
Oak Park Township
  • The Oak Park Township is now accepting applications for its Youth Services and Senior Services Committees. The deadline to apply is April 19. Learn more here
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