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May 3, 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.

Click here to view a summary of actions taken by the Board of Education at its regular April 25, 2019 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 3-4 - Synchronized Swimming Show - "Swimming in Space"
May 3 (4 p.m.), May 4 (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), West pool

May 6-17 - AP Testing

May 6 - Driver's Ed Summer School Registration
7 p.m., North Cafeteria
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. 

May 8 - Prom Ticket Sales End

May 8 - Sophomore Parent Night
7 p.m., Auditorium
Learn how to navigate Naviance for post-secondary planning! At the end of the evening you will be able to understand the PSAT-10 score report, assist your students in building their portfolio and resume, access self-awareness inventories for personality, interest, and learning style, and find information about specific careers and related college majors.

May 9 - Young Hearts for Life free cardiac screening
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.

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. 
May 11 - Black and Brown Faces in White Spaces
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.
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
Late Arrival Wednesday - May 15
First period begins at 9:45 a.m.

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

Prom - May 18
6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Hyatt Regency Chicago
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
Senior Maeve Doody has qualified to compete in Humorous Interpretation at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in June. Click here to help send Maeve and co-head coach Lynette Welter, who is receiving the Diamond Coach Achievement Award, to the tournament in Texas. For your donation, you will receive a 'Stock in Talk' Certificate and an invitation to the January 2020 IHSA Regional Team Public Performance.

Congrats to junior Sonia Zartman (pictured here) who placed in the top ten at the International Shakespeare Monologue Competition in New York City.

The eSports League of Legends teams competed in the state tournament at the Robert Morris University eSports arena last weekend. The Varsity team brought home the 2nd place trophy and the JV team took 1st place!

Congrats to Chinese language students Amelia Rossbach, Eva Oney, Grace Ledogar, Iris Junker, Amelia Yu, Miki Takabayashi, Justin Segawa, Grace Ledogar, Amelia Yu, Justin Segawa, and Miki Takabayashi for winning various awards at the annual Great Lake Region speech contest.

Huskies fared well in the annual Percy Julian Symposium. Top winners included senior Rowen Isobel Glusman who placed 1st in the junior/senior competition, and freshman Sarah E. Vivas who placed 2nd in the freshmen/sophomore competition. 

Senior Claire Ciserella earned Honorable Mention in the 2019 Jostens Photo Contest in the Photo Illustration & Manipulation category. Her photo, 'Bubble Of Green In Chicago,' will be displayed in a New York Gallery and featured in the 2020 Jostens Look Book.

Congrats to the Girls Badminton team which placed 2nd in the Silver Conference Meet versus WSC. 

The April 12 Loud & Proud Fair, hosted by the APA Club, raised $1,200 for the Center on Halsted. Great job! 

On April 25, approximately 115 parents attended the Hidden in Plain Sight event to tour a trailer, designed by Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO), which shows families the importance of detecting drugs and alcohol in their own homes. Kudos to students from HYPE Club for helping to coordinate this event. 

13 Snowball leaders led discussions and team building activities for more than 700 Roosevelt Middle School students during the 2nd annual Snowflake Day on April 25. 

The following students have been chosen to have their artwork showcased in the 38th Annual Art Show for the 7th Congressional District with Danny DavisBeckett Green, Sophie Lever, Matt Hartman, Cece Crumlish, Logan Nijensohn, Helena Loranz, Brandon Stiffic, Monet Tramel, Ninah Tendrick, and Leila Winn.

The Go! Innovation team April honorees are the #oprfhs secretaries! Their constant efforts to make the school run a little more smoothly is noticed and appreciated. On behalf of Go!, each secretary is receiving a $5 food voucher for lunch in the cafeteria. 


Click here to read more information on Kara Jackson (2018), who was recently named the 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate

John Clay III (2013) was nominated for a 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Anthony Justin "AJ" James in "Choir Boy."

Ursula “Ula” Wildfield (2015), who is currently studying at the University of Oklahoma, received the National Security Education Program-Boren Scholarship, which provides for undergraduates to study abroad in parts of the world that are deemed critical to U.S. interests. She will enroll at Morocco's Moulay Ismail University in the fall. 
D200 Board approves racial equity policy
At its regular meeting on April 25, the District 200 Board of Education unanimously approved a new racial equity policy. The aim is to create an environment where students’ academic achievement and social and emotional growth are no longer predictable by race, socioeconomic status, or other social factors. Click here to read more. 

District reorganization FAQs
Click here to read answers to frequently asked questions regarding the reorganization of District 200 administrators. 

Healthy Huskies
Summer break is almost here! Click here to learn tips from Nurse Pamela Barron on how to stay safe this summer.

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

Support the baseball team
Have dinner at Chipotle on Lake Street on May 6! A portion of proceeds will be donated to the baseball team.

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. 

Free summer gym memberships
Planet Fitness is giving teenagers ages 15 to 18 a free membership for the summer, lasting from May 15 to Sept. 1. The Chicago Tribune interviewed Jim Geovanes, physical education teacher and director of intramurals, about what this means for Huskies, and teens at large.

A message from security
Per the Student Handbook, students are not allowed to order food and have it delivered to the school. Students are welcome to purchase a lunch from the school or bring a lunch from home. Students who order food to be picked up at the Welcome Center will not be permitted in the area and the delivery personnel will be turned away, which may possibly result in the student losing his/her money that was paid for the food. 

SAT Testing
The SAT Test is being administered at OPRFHS on May 4. The front doors will open at 7:45 a.m. and will close promptly at 8:15 a.m. No one will be admitted without a current photo ID and their SAT admission ticket.

Register for June SAT and ACT
The deadline to register for both the June SAT and the June ACT is May 3. Apply online through Friday to avoid paying a late registration fee.

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.

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.

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
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
  • Dance to the K-Pop Chorus Game, eat Korean snacks, talk about your favorite stars, and more at the Hallyu Dance Party on May 9. Learn more here
  • Food Science Night on May 13 gives you the opportunity to learn about the anatomy of taste buds, the importance of sight and smell on taste and flavor perception, and how to develop your own food product.
  • Join teen volunteers from the Social Change Theatre Project on May 15 to learn improv techniques that can help make change in the world. 
  • 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.
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