Thursday, May 27, 2010

Students Critique Art Show

In the last few days of the RBHS Spring Art Show, Fine Art Survey students in the Visual Art rotation observe artwork and compose written critiques about a piece of their choice. The show will be on exhibit through the end of the day this Thursday, May 27th, for public viewing. Congratulations to all exhibiting artists and award recipients on another successful show!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Weekly Instrumental Music Update

Members of the RBHS Chamber Orchestra performed Vivaldi's Four Seasons on May 18th.

Hello Music Community

Congratulations to the entire music department for performing beautifully at last week's Apollo Awards Concert. Also congratulations to all the students who won major awards and to our new Apollo Award recipient Stephanie Duve!
Also congratulations to the Chamber Orchestra who performed Vivaldi's Four Seasons last Tuesday night at Ascension Lutheran Church in Riverside. This was the first recital of its kind given by the Chamber Orchestra. All the soloists and orchestra sounded sublime!

Looking forward, tomorrow is ensemble picture day, students are reminded to bring the proper attire for their pictures. All Bands:polo and a pair of khakis, Orchestra: black dress bottoms, white dress tops, dress shoes, Jazz Band: should be dressed nicely, Jazz Ensemble: Blacks.
On Friday members of the instrumental music department will be traveling to Cleveland for the bi-annual music trip. While there we will tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, hear the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and travel to Cedar Point Amusement Park. This promises to be a very fun and exciting weekend!
As always, please keep us up to date with all of your musical accomplishments.
Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

RB Bulldog's Give Back

Follow the link below and read an article from the Suburban Life covering the collaborative project between the RBHS Reading, Writing, Art & Audio Editing classes. The students worked together to create illustrated children's book that will be published and then donated to local hospitals. If you are interested in purchasing a book please contact Jon Grice at .

Monday, May 17, 2010

RBHS Spring Art Show

The annual Spring Art Show will be opening in the RBHS Art Pit Tuesday May 25th, 6:00 - 8:00pm.
The show will remain on display through Friday May 28th, exhibiting and awarding work by visual art students in the categories of Functional Ceramics, Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Computer Art, Digital and Traditional Photography, Photography Series, Animation, and Portfolio.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

RB Hosts State Dance Festival

On Saturday, May 8, 2010 RB hosted the Illinois H.S. Dance Festival. Over 500 guests visited RB to take dance classes, teach master classes, attend dance performances, eat in the lunchrooms and participate in teacher roundtable discussions. The day was a HUGE SUCCESS.

RB’s dancers did a great job playing the role of hostess. They answered questions and escorted guests around the building. It was obvious the students were proud of their new school and happy to be sharing it with other dancers.

Each student attended four technique classes (ranging from modern, ballet, tap, Latin ballroom, improve, partnering, jazz, hip hop, yoga, stretch or Fosse) and attended two live dance concerts.

The Illinois H.S. Dance Festival committee was delighted with RBHS and it’s facilities. A special thank you to Building and Grounds, Mary Todhunter, April Engelhart, Denise Delgado, Bill Frey, James Baum, Debra McClaughlin, Jessica Svacier, Madelyn Doyle, Pat Collazo, Laima Aleksa, Claudia Alvarez and Janelle Divittorio for helping make the festival a success.

Next year’s festival will be held at Oak Park River Forest High School.


Congratulations to the cast and crew of this year’s Orchesis Dance Concert, Synergy! Synergy was performed in the main auditorium on Friday, April 30th and Saturday May 1st.
The concert included twenty dances choreographed by both students and professional guest choreographers. The evening’s highlight’s included a senior dance choreographed by the 7 graduating seniors ( which will be performed again at Senior Awards Night on Wednesday, May 19th), a grand finale to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and Natalie Godlewski’s award winning dance, Cuckoo.
Seventy-seven students participated in this year’s Orchesis show.
The dancers would like to thank everyone who came out to support their show. The genuine excitement and energy in the audience made it extremely exciting for the performers to DANCE! Thank you again for being such a great audience! We can’t wait until next year!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Art for Africa - Student Art Show & Benefit

We are proud to announce "Art for Africa" a student art show and benefit held this Saturday, May 15 at Lens-Gallery 3739 Grand Blvd in Brookfield, Il. This is a student initiated and run show that will exhibit students' artworks ranging in drawings, paintings, photography, fashion design, mixed media, illustrations, ceramics, and digital images. There is a $10 suggested donation and a silent auction will take place throughout the evening. Light snacks and punch will be provided and all proceeds benefit Orphan Aid Africa. We hope you can are able to attend.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

RB students offer ideas on Arcade, murals

On April 26, 2010 the Suburban Life Newspaper covered a story which RB Art students and staff were interviewed to offer suggestions to help preserve the Arcade Mural. Read the article by selecting the link above. Do you have any suggestions or ideas? Please send them our way at .

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Weekly Instrumental Update

Dear Instrumental Community,

As the weather is warming up we are gearing up towards summer. Be sure to sign up for summer camp! The Freshmen and New Band Member Orientation will be held Monday through Friday June 14th – July 2nd from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. We look forward to meeting all our new students.

Also, the Independence Day Marching Band will meet every Monday evening from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM starting June 14th. Any instrumentalist older than 6th grade may participate in the thrilling and fun parades on July 3rd, so please invite all of your instrumentalist friends.

Last week there was an information meeting for this year’s trip to Cleveland over Memorial Day Weekend. If you were unable to attend, please email us and we will fill you in on what you missed. This will be a very exciting trip!

Good luck to our choir friends as they perform their Spring Concert this Thursday night at 7:00 PM in the auditorium.

Congratulations to Kevin Dinh who took second place in a flute concerto competition last weekend. Great Job!

A special thank you to everyone who participated in the Noodles for Band Uniforms drive last Thursday, and to Laura Passaro who set up the event. We were able to raise over $400 for our new uniforms. Any other suggestions for fundraising would be appreciated.


Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan