Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday and did not include OPRF, which made US News & World Report's list just two weeks ago.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek did not include Oak Park and River Forest High School in its 2013 rankings of best high school's in the U.S.—even though U.S. News & World Report ranked the school #581 in the nation and #25 in Illinois just two weeks ago. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about the other ranked high schools by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Mary Kate Callahan, a Fenwick senior, was allowed to participate in state swimming competition after reaching a legal settlement with the IHSA to allow athletes with disabilities.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The District 200 Board of Education is expected to vote on a three-year contract at its Thursday meeting.
Thursday, April 25
The District 200 Board of Education is expected to vote Thursday on whether to stick with the current company it uses for athletic trainers, Athletico, or to go with NovaCare, which has submitted a cheaper bid for its services, according to Wednesday Journal. The cost to continue with Athletico, which provides two athletic trainers for Oak Park and River High School, would be $196,000 for a three-year contract while going with NoveCare wouldcost the school district $126,000, according to the Wednesday Journal. Read more in this week's Wednesday Journal article.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
U.S. News & World Reports released its Best Public High School rankings today.
Tuesday, April 23
Oak Park & River Forest High School is one of the best public high schools in Illinois, according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. Oak Park and River Forest High School ranked 25th in the state, according to the rankings. U.S. News analyzes data from the 2010-2011 school year from more than 21,000 schools located in 49 states and the District of Columbia to determine the rankings. Nationally, the school was ranked as the 581st top school in the country. The school ranked above the state average for college readiness and math and reading proficiency and was near the state level for student-to-teacher ratio, which was 16 students for every one teacher, according to the rankings. The top eight Best High Schools in …
Monday, April 22, 2013
John Johnson will retire Aug. 16 after 10 years at the university, located in River Forest. Concordia outlined his tenure and accomplishments in a news release Monday.
Editor's note: The following was provided by Concordia University. Concordia University Chicago President John F. Johnson announced he will retire Aug. 16, 2013. “It has been my great privilege to lead Concordia-Chicago,” Johnson said. “I have been personally blessed to serve at this university during an exceptional period of growth and change. The institution stands in a strong position to continue its mission of equipping students to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence, and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world.” In an open letter to the university, located in River Forest, he also praised the “outstanding, dedicated, and talented faculty and staff members.” The …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Heavy rain has led to flooding throughout the area. Check out this wild photo submitted by a reader, and share your flood photos here.
Do you have a photo of flooding or other wild waterworks from this morning's storm? It might not top this sewer bursting outside of Oak Park-River Forest High School this morning, but any photo helps—show us what your neighborhood looks like from the weather. And, of course, try to stay dry and safe today. Read more about street and school closures in the area. Hundreds of people shared this photo on Facebook, and it made its way to several TV broadcasts, including ABC and NBC. Here's what some people said in response to the picture: Shock and awe John Komala What the...? Dawn Balestrieri-Glossa What the what?!?! Nicole Nock Holy crap. Leighton Shell Thar she blows! Geyser jokes Jill Zeugner WOW!! Right in front of OPRF High School, Old…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Roosevelt Middle School is located at 7560 Oak Avenue in River Forest.
Tuesday, April 16
River Forest School District 90 officials continue to seek the community's input on $1 million in improvements at Roosevelt Middle School, which could include renovated parking lots and the addition of lighting and bike racks, according to the Chicago Tribune. A meeting was held this week to inform the community regarding discussions on the project at the school, which the school board delayed in March since "they thought a more extensive dialogue with the community was needed," according to the Tribune.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Noelani Ho, 17, will be headed to a national symposium in Dayton, Ohio from May 1 to 5.
A ballet pointe shoe that "lasts longer, is cheaper and more supportive" has earned Oak Park and River Forest High School student Noelani Ho, 17, first place in the Chicago Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Loyala University in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. Ho is now headed to national symposium in Dayton, Ohio from May 1 to 5, according to the article. The shoe she designed is meant to prevent injuries that dancers commonly endure, according to OakPark.com. Ho's project comes out of her work as a student in Oak Park River Forest High School's Investigative Research in Biomedical Innovation (IRBI) class, according to an Oak Park River Forest High School press release. IRBI students have a year to generate an idea …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The combined total cost of the constructions projects is $2 million with a project at Irving Elementary School coming in at $860,000, according to OakPark.com.
Thursday, March 28
Playgrounds at Whittier, Mann and Hatch elementary schools will all see upgrades this summer while Irving Elementary School will see extensive work done, which will include a new synthetic turf field and the replacement of its current playground, according to OakPark.com. The District 97 Board of Education in recent weeks has approved the final summer plans for the park as well as an intergovernmental agreeement between District 97 and the Park District of Oak Park , according to OakPark.com. OakPark.com has more on this story.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Area schools were on lockdown Monday as a precaution while police searched for suspects in a residential burglary in Oak Park.
Updated 6:30 p.m. March 20 Oak Park police charged two men in connection with a residential burglary Monday and are searching for a third possible suspect. A police squad car was heavily damaged in the incident. Angel Reyes, 24, of the 7500 block of Washington Street in Hanover Park, and Justin Cortez, 18, of the 600 block of N. Kedzie Avenue in Chicago, were both charged with residential burglary and criminal damage to state-supported property. The men are being held in Oak Park pending a bond hearing Thursday. Police say a third suspect might have fled on foot. He is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-foot-9 and wearing dark clothing and a knit hat. The front door of the home, in the 600 block of S. …