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April 21, 2017
In This Issue
Superintendent's Column
SIA/EarthFest Fundraiser
Prom 2017
Commencement Box Suites
Spring Musical
Summer School Registration
Class of 2017
Collection Drive
Summer Camps
College Planning Workshop
Class of 2021
Community Connection
Important Dates

As Earth Day is nationally recognized this weekend, we are excited to announce that Lake Park is officially generating solar power! Throughout this year we have managed the planning and installation of solar energy systems on the rooftops at both campuses. The project included the installation of 2900 solar panels at East Campus and 3100 at West Campus, all of which have a 25-year warranty. We are proud that the solar energy project is nearly commissioned and complete. 

As we previously shared, the Lake Park Board of Education approved a $4.4 million solar energy project last summer that results in significant annual savings to the District in the amount of $400,000. The solar systems will generate 39 percent of all energy consumption resulting in $150,000 in annual utility savings along with $250,000 in annual solar renewable energy credits (SRECS) for the next five years with the potential to renew for another five years. Lake Park was awarded the SRECS through a solar energy incentive program sponsored by the Illinois Power Authority.

The Lake Park Board of Education is credited for their vision to support this green initiative and commitment to exploring ways to reduce costs to the district. Beyond the savings, the Board also factored the importance of modelling energy stewardship and the reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere into their decision.

Currently, Lake Park is the largest solar energy system among schools throughout the state of Illinois. From a classroom perspective, this project has a strong connection to teaching and learning that we intend to capitalize on for students. A solar dashboard will soon be posted on the Lake Park website that will provide a live feed of electric production generated through the solar system. It will also provide data on the reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere and the number of trees saved by reducing our carbon footprint. This onsite learning tool, strongly aligned to STEM, will be a valuable resource for our science curriculum.

We look forward to making this solar data accessible to view Lake Park's impact both locally and globally.
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SIA, Earth Club Fundraiser to Benefit Lancer for Life

Service in Action is focusing this year's fundraising efforts on Lancer for Life Kelsey McNeela (Class of 2012). Three years ago, Kelsey was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 20. After undergoing multiple treatments, nothing has been effective for Kelsey. She shares a small part of her story:

"My faith tells me that these failings have all been part of the larger plan to bring me here today-to bring me to an option that will make me as free from this disease that I will ever be. The decision to undergo a Stem Cell Transplant is certainly not one made lightly, for I know the road ahead is long and unknown. Our medical team estimates the whole process will cost about $175,000. Unfortunately, after months of appeals and battling with our insurance company, they have denied coverage for this procedure."
To help Kelsey's fundraising efforts, SIA hosted bake sales at West Campus, has been selling t-shirts and is teaming up with Earth Club to sponsor tonight's  EarthFest Dodgeball Tournament and Carnival.   Enjoy  a night of home baked goods, carnival games, raffles, music, dancing, and dodgeball! 

Hosted on Friday, April 21 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at West Campus, the fundraiser proceeds will benefit Kelsey's stem cell transplant to treat her MS. The entrance fee is $5.00; carnival and concession tickets are four for $1.00. To donate directly, visit  Kelsey's GoFundMe page.
Prom Ticket Sales Begin April 27
The 2017 junior and senior prom will be hosted on Saturday, May 20 at Venuti's in Addison, followed by a post-prom cruise from Navy Pier. Similar to last year, prom tickets can be purchased online from  Thursday, April 27 through Monday, May 8. Online ticket purchases require a credit/debit card.

Tickets can also be purchased with cash or check in the West Campus Student Activities Office from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on school days during the sales period. Please note that dinner seating will not be assigned. Post-prom attendees will be assigned a bus for the ride downtown and back.

Visit the 2017 Prom Website  for more information about ticket sales, guest registration and dress guidelines.
Reserve a Commencement Box Suite
The Class of 2017 Commencement ceremony will be held at the Sears Centre on Th ursday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. Avoid the rush and uncertainty of getting good seats by reserving a Commencement Box Suite! Securing one of  12 lower level box suites for the ceremony will eliminate the worry of saving seats for your family and friends.

Your guests will enjoy light refreshments in the comfort of your special area. Eleven suites can accommodate up to 15 individuals and are available for $400 each. In addition, one deluxe box suite available for $600 can accommodate up to 24 people and has its own private restroom. All box suites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Park High School Educational Foundation.

Box Suites will go on sale Wednesday, May 10 at 12:00 p.m. online. Please visit the graduation box suites page to view additional information.
Spring Musical Takes Center Stage
Lake Park's spring musical is a tap dancin', free wheelin', Roarin' 20s musical that was the toast of Broadway in 2002 when it won 6 Tonys and was a smash movie starring Julie Andrews, Carol Channing and Mary Tyler Moore. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for students; and senior citizens, children under 13 and LP students with an ID are free.

When Millie Dillmount (senior Angela Krokos), a plucky, small town girl, searches for love and adventure in New York City in the Roarin' 20s, she stumbles into the Hotel Priscilla, a boarding house for single women. The hotel is run by Mrs. Meers (senior Grace Tolentino), a woman who is not the lady she appears to be. There, Millie discovers a shocking truth and falls in love with Jimmy Smith (senior Giuliano Catalano). Millie, and a cast of vivid characters, will joyously sing and dance their way into your hearts. 

Performances are Thursday-Saturday, April 27-29 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. in Lake Park East Campus Dice Auditorium. 

New this year, the Theatre Department invites students to opening play auditions on Monday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 3 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in East Campus room 227. Running from September 14-16, Neil Simon's "Rumors" will be the first production of the 2017-18 school year. Rehearsals will start prior to the school year on August 16.
Register for Summer School, Boot Camps and Driver Ed
Information about the schedule, cost and enrollment for summer school is available.  View more details and access the registration form. First semester enrollment is due Friday, May 26

Lake Park will be offering five Boot Camp classes this summer at East Campus and West Campus. The classes are designed to provide enrichment and a sound foundation in different subject areas. All classes are offered on a non-credit basis. Classes will run depending on enrollment; therefore, a full refund will be processed if classes are cancelled due to low enrollment.  View more details and access the registration form

Driver Education will be offered from June 12 to July 21View more details and access the registration form that is due on Friday, May 5 . Students enrolling in the program are required to attend a Driver Education Orientation that will be hosted on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.  in the East Campus Dice Auditorium.
Announcements for the Graduating Class of 2017

Scholarship Recognition
Lake Park High School will host its annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the West Campus auditorium to honor graduating students who are the recipients of a college, athletic, corporate/local organization or Lake Park scholarship(s).

To ensure your student is appropriately recognized in the program, please provide all applicable award information to Mrs. Field in the West Campus Counseling Office. Copies of award letters can be delivered at school or scanned and emailed to mfield@lphs.org and must be submitted no later than Monday, April 24 to be included in the ceremony's program.

Diplomas and Final Transcripts
December and May graduates will receive their diplomas during commencement. If a student wishes not to participate in the commencement, a guardian must notify the registrar, Mrs. Smith, by Friday, May 5 to make arrangements to pick-up the diploma after Wednesday, May 31. Diplomas will not be mailed.

Any outstanding fees must be paid before final transcripts can be issued. Please see Mrs. O'Neil in the main office to take care of outstanding fees. Please note: After Friday, May 5, no checks will be accepted for payment; only cash or credit card will be accepted for outstanding fees.

Students must request that a final transcript be sent to the college/university where they have been accepted and will be attending through Parchment.com. Again, final transcripts cannot be sent if there are any outstanding fees.
Collection Drive to Benefit Troops
The Veterans Service Organization (VSO) will be conducting a "needs" drive to assist Operation Support Our Troops-America in restocking some of their warehouse items. Sustained through private donations, Operation Support Our Troops-America sends monthly care packages to service members overseas. 

During the week of April 24-28, students are asked to bring in donation items to their second period teachers. The class with the most donations will receive a breakfast.

A list of common comfort items that Operation Support Our Troop's typically needs can be found here. They are currently short on the following items: snack baggies, crackers (12 oz. box or less), canned fruit (16 oz. or less), and foot powder. Note that Operation Support Our Troops will not accept chocolate items between April and October due to the heat.
Lake Park Offers Summer Camps for Middle School Students

June 26-29, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This highly engaging four day program introduces female students (grades 5-8) to the world of engineering and manufacturing through hands-on, high-tech projects. By the end of the program students will learn to apply basic engineering principals to design and build their own unique gadget using Autodesk Inventor software and a variety of tools and materials. Gadget Girls is taught by staff from Triton College's Engineering & Technology Department, and is based on their very successful GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering & Technology) program. Camp will take place at the Innovation Center at West Campus. Creativity is definitely encouraged! 

July 31-August 4
Session 1: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. OR 
Session 2: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. 
This five day hands-on program introduces male and female middle-school students (grades 6-8) to the fundamentals of engineering and precision machining. Students will use Autodesk Inventor software to create a personalized design for a wood end-table and report card magnet. Along the way they'll learn basic programming that will allow them to set up a computer numerical control (CNC) ShopBot and CNC Mill. A one-day field trip to a local manufacturing facility to see manufacturing first hand is also a feature of this summer experience. Camp will start at East Campus, Monday through Wednesday, and transition to West Campus, Thursday and Friday.

Registration for camps is $95.00. Contact West Campus Assistant Principal  Ian Smith  at  (630) 295-5320 to sign-up.   
College Planning Workshop
The Counseling Department will host a "College 101" Information Night for sophomore and junior families on Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the West Campus Auditorium.

The program will feature a college panel of admissions representatives from University of Chicago, Colorado State University,  Elmhurst College, Loyola University and Northern Illinois University to discuss the admission process. View the schedule of breakout sessions that include topics on highly selective schools, Illinois State Schools, College of DuPage, and college planing for students with disabilities. 

Families and students are encouraged to attend this important event on April 27. If you have any questions, please call the Counseling Office at (630) 295-5341.
Welcoming the Class of 2021 
A spring Incoming Ninth Grade Parent Orientation program will be hosted n  Monday, May 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  in the Lake Park East Campus auditorium. The orientation program is designed to benefit parents; students do not need to attend.

This important evening will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. with a large group session in the auditorium. During this session, information about the August orientation program, daily bell schedule, academic support opportunities, and academic growth expectations will be shared. After the opening presentation, parents will have the opportunity to select three different breakout sessions This format allows parents to explore topics in more depth and ask questions of school leaders, counselors, and faculty about the transition to high school.
Community Connection

Through a continued partnership with Glenbard High School District 87, Lake Park families are invited and welcome to attend the Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families. Programs are free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 p.m ., Glenbard East High School
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m., Glenbard North High School
Important Dates
Apr 21         EarthFest Dodgeball Tournament and Carnival 
Apr 22         Band Auxiliary Trivia Night/Silent Auction
Apr 24        Board of Education Meeting
Apr 25         Social Studies Movie Night
Apr 26        SMART Day Schedule
Apr 27         Prom  Ticket Sales Begin
Apr 27         College 101 Information Night
Apr 27-30   Spring Musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
May 1         Incoming Ninth Grade Parent Orientation
May 1, 3      "Rumors" Theatre Auditions

View the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic calendar .