The LP Link is published bi-weekly during the school year to highlight the latest districtwide news and events at Lake Park High School. Contact Sherri Anderson, Director of Communications, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for content.
COVID-19 Adaptive Pause Update
District plans to extend the adaptive pause through the end of first semester.
Due to the continued increase of community spread of COVID-19, Lake Park High School will continue our adaptive pause of in-person learning through the end of first semester. To view specific Lake Park community data, follow this link to our COVID-19 data dashboard. 

During weekly calls with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and other school districts, officials have shared the importance of us helping the community get through this most difficult period of the pandemic, as there will be increasing availability of vaccines during the spring months. In the immediate term, our goal as a community should be to limit the spread of the virus and the burden on hospitals during these weeks when the community spread is at its highest. 

We continue to revise our plan for a return to an in-person hybrid learning model during the second semester as soon as conditions allow. Furthermore, we are committed to the continuous improvement of our remote learning model. A series of virtual community forums will be hosted to provide an opportunity for students, staff, and community members to receive updates and provide feedback regarding our planning. The first online forum will be hosted on Wednesday, December 9.
 
Details on the Extension of the Adaptive Pause
The continuation of the adaptive pause may raise questions for families. Follow these links for important updates and information: 
  • Modified Food Distribution during Thanksgiving week - free food available on Monday (on-campus) and Tuesday (community)
  • Bell Schedule and Second Quarter Attendance Calendar
  • Academic Tutoring - all departments will offer expanded virtual tutoring beginning Monday, November 23
  • Athletics - winter season on pause due to Tier 3 mitigation
  • Activities - “9th hour” opportunities beginning at 2:00 p.m. to engage students socially and emotionally
  • Families can expect to receive an update about the length of the adaptive pause on or before Monday, December 28

Families and Staff Aiding this Mission
In discussions with the DCHD, they have asked us to help emphasize with families and staff the importance of vigilance with regard to what occurs off-campus. They have shared numerous incidents where COVID-19 transmission occurred between several people who attended the same backyard gatherings for Halloween, family celebrations, etc. We are acutely concerned about the increase of community spread that will occur if social gatherings continue to be hosted, and subsequently move indoors as the weather worsens. If we do not take mitigation strategies seriously, we risk even stricter statewide measures, and a longer delay in the reduction of COVID-19 rates that will be required to restart in-person learning.

We are specifically concerned with the upcoming holiday season and the impact that family gatherings and travel can have on the spread of COVID-19. Please strictly follow the guidance of health officials who recommend safe ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays.

Our collective actions to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
Final Exams Canceled to Maximize Instruction
#FinishStrong campaign designed to increase learning and alleviate stress.
To maximize teaching and learning opportunities throughout the remaining instructional days in November and December, traditional final exams for Lake Park courses will not be administered to students this semester. Teachers remain committed to replacing all final exams with continued instruction, capstones/activities for students to apply their knowledge, or end-of-unit assessments.

The Lake Park staff is also dedicated to the #FinishStrong campaign and cares deeply about Lancers, their well-being, and their academic achievement. Teachers have increased their outreach to students by requiring participation on Support Wednesdays to assist Lancers in their efforts to complete any missing assignments or assessments by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 as part of the campaign. Student services staff continues to reach out to families to prioritize credit-recovery efforts and support our students socially, emotionally, and academically during this whole-student effort to finish strong.

Collectively, staff and students will overcome the unique challenges Lancers are experiencing during this global health crisis by alleviating the stress of final exams and providing opportunities to increase their grades before the semester ends.
Community Conversation: December 1
Learn from local leaders about partnering together during a pandemic.
Join Lake Park High School's Equity and Excellence committee for a free community conversation to be hosted virtually on Tuesday, December 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will unite school administrators, staff members, and local agencies for an important discussion about how to partner together, especially during this public health crisis. Learn about available resources from confirmed representatives that include:
  • College of DuPage
  • DuPage Habitat for Humanity
  • Kenneth Young Center
  • Roselle Police Department

The community forum can be accessed via this link. For questions or more information, contact Assistant Principal for Student Development Ebony Baker at ebaker@lphs.org.
Virtual Financial Aid Application Workshop
Class of 2021 families can receive individualized assistance on December 3.
Students in the Class of 2021 and their families are invited to attend a Virtual Financial Aid Application Workshop facilitated by ISACorps Members from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) that is scheduled for Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.

This free workshop will provide individualized assistance in both English and Spanish Language for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. A link for joining the workshop will be provided to students and families prior to the event.

It is recommended that all eligible graduating students planning to pursue postsecondary education during the 2021-22 school year complete and submit, as applicable, the FAFSA or Alternative Application as soon as possible for maximum consideration for financial aid opportunities and this document provided by ISAC (in both English and Spanish Language) identifies applicable information that is needed to complete the forms. Additional information and resources regarding financial aid and scholarships (including information about the new graduation requirement applicable for the Class of 2021 that is associated with the completion of the FAFSA and Alternative Application) can be accessed via this link to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Information section of the College & Career Center website.
Health Class Initiative
Signs of Suicide (SOS) program raises awareness of suicide, mental health.
As the District continues to proactively support our students’ social-emotional health, Lake Park High School has partnered with Elyssa’s Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention, to implement the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program for students in first semester Health class on Tuesday, December 8. SOS is an evidence-based program that incorporates key suicide prevention strategies.

If you have any questions and/or do NOT want your child to participate in the SOS program, please contact Alaina Argianas, Social Worker, 630-529-2309, aargianas@lphs.org prior to the program date. Your student will participate in this program unless we hear from you.

The program is designed to:
  • Increase knowledge and awareness about depression;
  • Encourage students to seek help for themselves or on behalf of a friend;
  • Reduce stigma around mental illness; and
  • Engage parents and school staff as partners in suicide prevention.

The program will be facilitated by health teachers who will engage students by showing the SOS video and leading students in a discussion about how to implement the key message of Acknowledge, Care, and Tell (ACT). Following the discussion, students will complete a brief survey that allows them to indicate if they would like to speak to an adult about themselves or a friend. If your student indicated they would like to talk to someone and provided a phone number, they will be contacted by a student services team member.

Additional information on Elyssa’s Mission, the Signs of Suicide program, and Suicide Prevention can be found by visiting www.elyssasmission.org. Be sure to visit the parent page where you will find a video that outlines the warning signs of suicide and how to keep your student safe.
SAT Test Prep Course
Register by Friday, December 4 for sessions beginning in January 2021.
In preparation for the SAT test dates available next spring for juniors, Lake Park High School will offer a course beginning in January 2021 to develop study skills to improve SAT scores. In addition to English, reading, and mathematics preparation, the course emphasizes test-taking strategies and techniques. Students will gain insights to SAT testing situations, practice and remediation, and explanations to SAT questions and answer choices.

The Illinois State Board of Education is committed to assessing students through the SAT. More importantly for our students, the SAT is universally accepted as a college entrance exam for universities nationwide. Lake Park's SAT prep course is designed to help students improve the skills needed to raise their SAT scores.

Although the College Board provides preparatory materials online, this course is beneficial to students because it provides an authentic and interactive learning experience with detailed class instruction, textbooks, and supplemental materials, and an intensive review session prior to the administration of the SAT at Lake Park on April 13, 2021.

Taught by certified instructors, the course fee is $225 and is offered on either weekdays (Tues/Wed/Thur) after school or Saturday mornings. Registration will be accepted until the December 4, 2020 deadline or until all spots are filled. View the course brochure for additional details and complete an application form.
Second Semester Driver Education
Families can access the informational meeting virtually on December 9.
Parents/Guardians and students enrolled in Second Semester Driver Education are required to attend Lake Park High School’s Virtual Driver Education Program Night that will be hosted virtually on Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m.

If Driver Education has been completed - or will be completed - outside of Lake Park, please notify the Counseling Office immediately at counseling@lphs.org to adjust your student’s schedule accordingly.  

The meeting will occur remotely using Zoom. Targeted communication with the Zoom link will be sent to families after Thanksgiving break or your student can access their Google Classroom and attend with this link: rmzy7rp
  • Students will be taking their permit test during the remote parent meeting. The link and school code will be shared via Google Classroom after the meeting begins.
  • After passing the test, students will pick up their permit application - Location/Time TBA

Lake Park is proud to continue offering Driver Education during this pandemic. The health and safety of students and staff remains our top priority as we continue to follow guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. For more information, contact Jeff Henrikson at jhenrikson@lphs.org or visit the Driver Education website.
Buy Your Senior Class Bucket Hat Today!
The sale closes November 24; proceeds benefit the Lancer Class of 2021.
Holiday shopping for a Lancer or maybe a Lancer for Life in your household? Perfect timing considering the first-ever release of the Class of '21 bucket hat! Consider what a great addition it will make to your Lancer spirit wear.

The bucket hat comes in either white or blue. If you can't decide which color, order both! For only $12 a hat, you can sport your Lancer spirit any season of the year.

Payment can be made with cash, checks payable to Lake Park High School, or by completing this form. Once your name has been submitted, you will receive an email with a link and instructions about how to order your gear using the online system. Students can use their student ID # and last name. Staff members can use their Lake Park email address and last name to login.

Please contact Senior Class Council advisors Don Fulmer or Terri Lindenberg with any questions.
Housing Payment Assistance Available
DuPage County residents impacted by COVID-19 can apply for assistance.
Coronavirus Relief Funds are available to eligible DuPage County residents to avoid eviction, foreclosure, or homelessness. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and demonstrate a housing crisis resulting from an adverse COVID-19 impact. 

Services offered may include rent, association fees, security deposit, and mortgage. Requests for assistance are being accepted through Wednesday, November 25 or until maximum capacity has been reached. Apply online: English and Español

Households requesting assistance will need to complete a full application via a network of community agencies to be considered for assistance. Funds are limited, so do not delay.
Important Dates:

Nov 16-20...American Education Week
Nov 20........Free Flu Shot
Nov 25-27...Thanksgiving Break
Dec 1..........Community Conversation
Dec 9..........#FinishStrong Deadline
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