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August 26, 2016 
In This Issue
Superintendent's Column
We Are One: Future Forward
Absence Notification
Curriculum Night & Book Fair
38th Annual Joust
1:1 Chromebooks
Vaccination Requirement
Olympic Athlete & Homecoming
Strive4Good Shoe Drive
Theatre Boosters
Community Connection
Lancer Nation Yard Signs
Pesticide Notification
Important Dates
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year, one that experienced a very positive and spirited opening! Institute Day featured nearly 250 student volunteers - lining the hallway from the cafeteria to the auditorium - who welcomed teachers with a spirit march led by the student drum line.

We have turned the page on Lake Park's history book and together are writing a new chapter that is built upon strong traditions, commitment to excellence, dedication to student learning, community involvement, unity, and support for one another.

One year ago, we launched our vision for "We Are One" - one school, one staff, one mission, one goal. This message is now even more important as we move forward for the first time with one principal. The transition to this new leadership model strengthens our philosophy of fostering one culture that bridges our two campuses.

Principal John Gouriotis, a familiar face in a new position, has embraced his responsibilities and balances time across campuses meeting students, parents, and staff. He has enjoyed welcoming the Class of 2020, as he shares the common experience of a new beginning at Lake Park along with the freshmen. Follow @JohnGouriotis on Twitter and support his recognition of Lancer Nation.

On opening day with staff members, my remarks focused on the key messages of clarity, consistency and camaraderie. Together, we will stay the course and continue to focus on providing a safe and secure learning environment; using technology as a tool for improving teaching and learning; and committing to our students, one another and the community.

I am very proud of who we have become, and I am excited about what lies ahead for Lake Park. 

We Are One: Future Forward!
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The Lake Park High School Community Relations Office publishes the LP Link bi-weekly during the school year to highlight the latest news at Lake Park.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Sherri Anderson, director of communications, at sanderson@lphs.org.
2016-17 School Year Opens with Lancer Pride and Spirit
We Are One: Future Forward!

Snapshots from the opening of the 2016-17 school year capture welcome activities hosted for the incoming Class of 2020 and their parents as well as faculty and staff members.  

From the freshman cookout and spirt rally to Institute Days, the resounding theme of "We Are One: Future Forward!" dominated the sights and sounds.  
Lancer Pride! #WeAreLakePark
Student Absence Notification System Ensures Accuracy
Beginning today, Lake Park will once again implement a notification system that auto-generates messages to parents for unaccounted student absences during the school day. This communication initiative is designed to improve efficiency as well as ensure accuracy of student records. If a student is marked absent in periods 1 or 2, notification will be sent alerting parents by 10:00 a.m. The same communication will be sent at the end of day for students who are absent during any periods 3-8.

Parents who receive the notification messages are asked to contact the attendance office to verify if the absence should be recorded as excused or unexcused. If parents have already made a call to the school, they can disregard this attendance notification.
SMART Day and Safety Week 
The first SMART Day for this school year is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31. During a SMART Day schedule, West Campus is dismissed at 12:08 p.m. and East Campus is dismissed at 12:48 p.m. The list of all SMART Days can be found on the  district academic calendar

The safety and security of our students - in a physical environment or in a digital environment - is the highest priority for our leadership team. This commitment is demonstrated in countless ways including the designation of August 29 through September 2 as "Safety Week" at both campuses. The purposeful actions of this week include reviewing expectations of students during lockdown procedures; discussing severe weather drills and locations; and physically walking the evacuation routes from classrooms. Our goal is to educate everyone about the "REDI" plan and ensure their understanding of what to do in an emergency situation.

Additional safety measures at both campuses include the presence of a full-time School Resource Officer. East Campus is pleased to welcome Officer Ryan Forrest this school year and welcome back Officer Chris Schwytzer who returns to West Campus. As members of the Roselle Police Department, these officers serve as our onsite, trained expert for clarifying and handling emergency protocols. Lake Park is proud of the valuable partnership with the RPD and other local authorities who are actively involved in ensuring student safety. Furthermore, the upcoming SMART Day on August 31 will engage staff members district wide in active threat situation drills at East Campus to reinforce best practices.
Mark Your Calendars: Curriculum Night 
Lake Park parents are invited to attend Curriculum Night on Wednesday, August 31 for East Campus and Wednesday, September 7 for West Campus. During the evening parents will have the opportunity to follow their student's schedule, attend teacher presentations about learning objectives and course expectations, and visit with members of our Pupil Personnel Services department. In addition, informational sessions that highlight technology initiatives will be offered. 

Anderson's Book Fair
In addition to the use of classroom textbooks, which is included in student registration fees, novels for English classes must be acquired by students at an additional cost. For your convenience in purchasing the required titles for fall semester, Anderson's Book Fair will be held on-campus from  Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 9 . The book fair will also be available in the library during curriculum night. During those times, books can be purchased at the school library using cash, credit card, or with a check written to Lake Park High School (with student ID in the memo line.) To determine which titles to purchase and the prices of the books at the book fair, refer to the English class listed on your student's schedule.
Enjoy the Sights & Sounds of the 38th Annual Lancer Joust 
Joust 2011
Join the Lake Park High School Marching Band at West Campus on Saturday, September 10 for the 38th Annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition. Featuring 15 outstanding bands from Illinois and Wisconsin, the Joust competition begins at approximately 1:15 p.m with opening ceremonies and includes judging in three classes in a Preliminary and Finals competition format.

Bands are rated across the following categories: Individual Performance-Music, Individual Performance-Visual, Ensemble Performance-Music, Ensemble Performance-Visual, General Effect-Music I & II, General Effect-Visual. During Preliminary competition, Percussion and Auxiliary performances will also be scored. The Lake Park Marching Band will conclude the afternoon performances with their own exhibition performance at 5:15 p.m.

Joust admission is by ticket only and valid for both Preliminary and Finals competition. Visit the Lancer Joust website for more information about ticket prices, seating and parking.
Ignite! and Chromebook Insurance for Freshmen 
Lake Park High School officially launched a 1:1 technology initiative for the Class of 2020 for the 2016-17 school year. All incoming freshmen received a Chromebook, a laptop-like computing device, to support and enhance their educational experience. 

Thank you to the social studies, English, math and science departments for taking students through the Ignite! program, that allowed freshmen students to receive key information, common messages and training for these devices. View the Ignite! website that features valuable resources regarding Google drive and documents, tech support, and digital citizenship.

Freshman families are strongly encouraged to purchase insurance for the Chromebook to cover potential loss or damage. Note the following points:

* Insurance is optional.

* Lake Park is partnering with one2one Risk Solutions, a third-party vendor, to offer insurance to families.

* Billing will take place through their website, a portal separate from the District.

* Chromebook device repairs will take place in-house.

Read more information and instructions for registering.

MCV Vaccination Paperwork Due for Senior Students
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, all students entering the twelfth grade are required to show proof of recent meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV).  All twelfth graders need to show proof of receiving two doses unless the first dose was administered after 16 years of age. In this case, only one dose after 16 years of age is required. This vaccination will prevent a student from a severe form of bacterial meningitis as well as other illnesses caused by this bacterium. 

Parents must provide the school verification of receiving MCV. Documentation of the vaccination can be scanned and emailed to the West Campus Health Office or faxed to (630) 351-0710. Proof can be in the form of the completed form letter with a stamp from the doctor's office, the certificate of child health examination form, an electronic medical record from the doctor's office, on the doctor's office letter head or prescription pad. Contact West Campus School Nurse Renee Riggio 
at (630) 295-5335 if you have any questions.
Lancer Pride: Olympics Inspires Homecoming Theme
Congratulations to 2011 graduate Zach Ziemek of Itasca who made his Olympic debut in the decathlon. Competing in 10 events over the course of two days in Rio, Zach represented Team USA proudly as a Lancer and a Badger.

His first day of competition coincided with the first day of school and students embraced the Olympic spirit by following his events through live streaming coverage during PE classes and lunch periods. After day one and a personal record in high jump, Zach was in 10th place. On day two, he recorded personal records in discus and javelin and finished in 7th place overall. He earned 8,392 points which is 21 points away from his score at the Olympic Trials.

Congratulations to fellow Lake Park graduates Scott Filip and Tim Ehrhardt who also competed in the Olympic decathlon trials. The Lake Park track and field coaching staff can be proud for sending three decathletes to the Olympic Trials this year (no high school has ever sent even two).

Zach, who was younger than any competitor that finished ahead of him, earned distinction by finishing as the top collegiate athlete in the decathlon at the 2016 Olympics. He currently holds the 5th all-time best score in the NCAA. 
  Watch Zach's story from his Lake Park track days to his journey to Rio .

Lancer Nation is getting excited for Homecoming Week beginning on Monday, September 12! This year's chosen theme reflects the excitement and pride for one of our very own Lancers.  Refer to the  Homecoming webpage  for important information regarding Homecoming activities, spirit days, dance tickets and appropriate attire. 

Boosters Shoe Drive Creates Local and National Benefits
Join in the Lake Park Athletic Boosters shoe drive by donating your gently used sneakers at drop-off locations on campus and in the community through Friday, September 30. T he shoes will help support the Boosters program (collecting $0.70 per pound) as well as individuals in developing nations like Ghana, Haiti and Bolivia. 

Did you know that  600 million pairs of shoes go into America's landfills? The majority of the shoes can still be worn. The shoes collected by the Boosters will be kept from landfills, help others in developing countries start micro-businesses that can create a sustainable income for their families, and raise funds for Lake Park. The  goal is to collect 2500 pounds, which equals 166 shoe bags containing 15 pairs each. Learn the location of collection boxes in the communities of Roselle, Bloomingdale, Itasca, Medinah and Hanover Park.
Join the Lake Park Theatre BoostersLP Theatre Logo
The Lake Park Theatre Boosters were founded in October, 2015 to provide assistance, resources and financial support to the theatre program. Parent volunteers work with the theatre faculty and administration to improve and enhance the theatre experience at Lake Park to benefit the faculty, casts and crew and make the Lake Park theatre experience the best it can be for audiences. New for the 2016-17 school year, the Theatre Boosters are launching a membership program.  Learn more information and download a membership form today !
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. The program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

The purpose of GPS is to facilitate real-world parenting skills that enhance teens' social and emotional development, encourage responsible decision-making, and promote respect-based relationships that will keep adolescents safe. An established and nationally recognized parent program with 30+ years of experience, GPS provides national speakers at no cost to attendees to helps communities become educated and proactive.

Lake Park is pleased to provide this resource to our families. Please consider taking advantage of the unique opportunities offered in the program brochure.
Order a Lancer Nation Yard Sign to Show Your LP Spirit
Lake Park is once again selling custom school spirit yard signs handmade by students who are members of the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Organization. The money that is raised will help fund the Lancer Nation student section and other school spirit initiatives. 

Lancer Nation Yard Signs are made with one post for a cost of $25 (multiple signs can be purchased at a discount for households with more than one Lancer). Signs are 4.5 feet tall and 1.5 feet wide. Each sign reads "HOME OF A LANCER" and each post is used to express the activities in which a Lancer student is involved. For Lancers who are involved in more than one activity or sport, additional posts can be purchased for $10 each. 

View more information about custom ordering and help us cover the LP community with Lancer pride! Questions can be directed to  Kara Roll or  Lauren Gorey.
Pesticide Notification
Lake Park High School has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program that minimizes the use of pesticides in school buildings and on school grounds. The policy, in accordance with state laws, also includes a registry whereby residents can be notified in writing two days before any pesticides are used in the school buildings or on school grounds.  If you would like to receive written notification prior to the application of any pest control materials,  download and complete a form   with your contact information. The form must be returned to the main office at either campus or district office by September 21, 2016 to receive written notification.
Important Dates
Aug 31         SMART Day Schedule
Aug 31         Curriculum Night & Book Fair (East Campus)
Sept 5          Labor Day Holiday (Offices Closed)
Sept 12-17  Homecoming Week
Sept 26        Board of Education Meeting