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March 14, 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.
  • Culture, Climate, and Behavior Committee - Wed., March 20, 6:30 p.m.
  • Regular - Thurs., March 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • 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
March 18 - Fourth Quarter begins

March 18 - Playback Theater

Room 371, 4 p.m and 7 p.m.
Playback Theater brings audiences and actors together in a unique way: during each performance, audience members tell stories and the Playback group improvises them on the spot. 

March 19 - Wind Ensemble Concert
Auditorium, 7 p.m.

March 20 - Late Arrival Wednesday
First period begins at 9:45 a.m.

March 22 - Third Quarter Report Cards Sent

March 22 - Online Senior Final Exam Request Deadline
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
Spring Break - March 25-29
Building and District Offices open 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Late Arrival Wednesday - April 3
First period begins at 9:45 a.m.

School-Wide SAT Testing (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 panel discussion, 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.

Harmony Concert - April 13
7 p.m., Auditorium
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
Nine students were chosen as finalists for the prestigious Illinois-Chicago Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program: Elise Miedlar, Haley Gladden, Elise Scheurling, Rowen Glusman, Leila Winn (Presidential Scholar Candidate), Aaron Freeman, Maximus Beach, Natalie Serratos, and Hannah Thompson. To be considered, each student had to write and submit a formal 30-page research paper for review by professional scientists. On March 16 they will present their findings -- in the form of a either a 12-minute powerpoint presentation or a research poster -- to a panel of expert judges at the symposium, held at Loyola University Chicago. 

132 Huskies made countless memories at our annual Snowball Retreat on March 8-10. Check out a highlight video here. The weekend-long event was coordinated by Nimmi Baghri, Ginger Colamussi, Phil Long, and Lindy Novotny

Bravo to our Business INCubator students and teacher Matt Prebble! The group spoke about some of their projects at the fourth annual Big Idea Pitch Party on March 13. View photos on Facebook here

Visual Arts teachers Mark Collins and Tracey Van Duinen will present at the National Art Education Association annual conference in Boston on March 16. Their seminar promotes artistic growth, choice-based lessons, and meaningful interaction with all students. Only one-third of the 1,700 presentations submitted were chosen.

The Debate Team (pictured here) competed in the IDCA JV/Novice State Tournament last weekend. The team of Sam Kahan Harth and Sam Shafiro went 4-1, the team of Mia Rossbach and Belle Martin went 6-4, the team of Alison Mieczkowski and Maddie Ruland went 9-1, and the team of Thaddeus Schultz and Alani Espinosa went 8-2 and advanced to the finals where they finished in second place. Additionally, freshman Alani Espinosa was named Top Individual Speaker.

13 students represented OPRF at the Illinois Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competition. Junior Will Farren placed first in the Principles of Finance category and senior Jacob Sichlau placed third in the Automotive Services Management category. The following students placed in the top 10: Jennie Bull, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism; Anika Carlson, Hotel & Lodging Management; Paul Obrecht, Business Finance; and Nick Gupta, Principles of Management.

Junior Jenna Schianis was accepted into the Duke Summer Session for High School Students. Participants in this prestigious program are immersed in a rigorous college academic environment and live on Duke University’s historic West Campus.  

English teacher and Golden Apple Award finalist Elizabeth Farrow was featured in the Chicago Tribune this week. Click here to read the article.
Sign up now for an eight-week ACT prep course
Registration for the ACT 36 prep course, sponsored by ExcelEdge, is open through March 22. Click here for more information.

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. 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
Save the date! The Booster Club will host a fundraiser on May 9 at Fitzgerald's Nightclub. More details coming soon.
Athletics in the News
Chicago Tribune Wednesday Journal
Photo of the Week
THROWBACK GEM: This master class schedule from 1984-1985 was discovered in Mrs. Paula Cano's Spanish classroom this week! It shows where faculty members from each department were at any given period.

Visit us on Facebook to view more photos. 
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 Elementary Schools - D97
  • On March 21, D97's Committee for Legislative Action, Intervention and Monitoring (CLAIM) will be hosting a community conversation at Brooks Middle School titled "Straight Talk About the 'N' Word." The event, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will be moderated by Reesheda Graham-Washington, executive director of Communities First Association. Learn more here.
Park District of Oak Park
  • Put the screens away and get out and play during Screen Break, March 18-23. Local organizations are sponsoring fun, FREE events each day. See the full calendar here and share your adventures using the hashtag #ScreenFreeWeek on social media.  
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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