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 Community Spread Update
District plans to remain in the current hybrid learning model at least through next week.
Lake Park High School is writing with an update to the recent increase of COVID-19 community spread in our region and its impact on our schools. This increase of COVID-19 community spread is also reflected in the data of the zipcodes Lake Park serves, which can be found here. Please know that we share your concern with this increase and are monitoring the situation on a daily basis.

On Monday, October 19, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) released a press release announcing that the county now meets the criteria identified for “Substantial Community Transmission” in the DCHD COVID-19 Return to School Framework.

Also this week, you may have seen in the news that Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have announced the need for COVID-19 resurgence mitigation in our region. Please note the mitigation requirements announced do not apply to schools.

Please know our current plan is to remain in our current hybrid model at least through next week. Assuming the data keeps us in the “Substantial Community Transmission” status next week, our plan calls for us to provide an update about our decision and rationale for the proportion of students who will be attending in-person. Below is the paragraph from the Lancer Hybrid Plan that addresses this situation:

“If the community spread of COVID-19 changes significantly in either direction we will shift our model. Hopefully, if the data improves and we move into the yellow (minimal) level, we can increase the number of students attending campus for in-person instruction. If the data moves in the wrong direction into red (substantial) we may need to pivot back to remote learning. A change in model will be considered if our status moves to yellow or red for two consecutive weeks, at which point we will make a decision and provide rationale whether to change the proportion of students on site.”

During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, October 26, the Board agenda includes a discussion item about the current data and public health guidance. This recent increase in community spread is a concern for us, and we are monitoring the data daily. 

We appreciate the perseverance and flexibility of families and staff as we continue to move forward.

Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
National Merit and College Board Recognition
Lancers earn prestigious academic recognition.
Congratulations to 15 Lake Park students who have earned academic recognition through the 66th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program and will be recognized during the Board of Education meeting on Monday, October 26. About 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Semifinalists: Seniors Aliana Kaige, Gabrielle Mintrup and Abhi Patel have been selected as Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition. View the video that captured the surprise home visits to announce this honor! They were selected based on test scores of the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT and represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards worth $30 million.

Commended Students: Seniors Slaven Bekic, Brooke Bonta, Camille Casey, Daniel Feutz, Caroline Gebczak, Vanessa Kilian,Thomas Krokos, Christina Maletsky, Gabriella Rant, Jeffrey Saele, Emma Thorne and Jamie Ziegler have been selected among 34,000 Commended Students nationwide who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2021 competition and may become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

College Board National Recognition: Seniors Aida Huelsman and Raquel O’Neill have been selected for the 2021 National Hispanic Recognition Program Award. The College Board's National Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.
Tune in Halloween Weekend for Virtual Radio Play
Theatre Department presents "Twisted Tales of Poe" from October 29-31.
The Lake Park Drama Department is looking forward to sharing their first virtual radio play: Twisted Tales of Poe, adapted by Philip Grecian, and produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock (IL). Director, Drama/English teacher, Kathy Weber, commented: “These stories are very scary. Edgar Allan Poe was the master of suspense. Radio plays are theatre of the mind, which is the perfect format for this type of literature.”

The play includes Poe’s most beloved poem, “The Raven,” as well as three short stories, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Black Cat.” The cast features seniors: Owen Bigler, Jillian McAuliffe, Colin Payan, Jake Samojla, Charlie Wurtz; juniors: Devon Alexander-Smith, Dana Alvizo, Angela Kalish; sophomores: Aaliyah Carrillo, Samantha Garcia, Maggie Gordon, and freshman: Hannah Marotta. View the complete production program.

Audience members can tune in on Halloween weekend by using this link from Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. until Saturday, October 31 at 11:59 p.m. Listen if you dare! 
Districtwide Equity Review Seeks Input
Register to participate in upcoming focus groups: November 10, 11, 15, and 17.
Last spring, Lake Park High School elected to conduct an equity and diversity review in partnership with the DuPage County Regional Office of Education (ROE). The review includes quantitative data analysis and qualitative feedback from stakeholders for the purpose of creating a positive and inclusive school culture. Dr. Ivette Dubiel, Executive Director of Equity and Professional Learning, will facilitate the review with coordination from the District. Members of the District Equity Leadership Team (DELT) drafted a series of questions that will be shared with various stakeholder focus groups including parents/guardians, students, support staff, faculty, and administrators. The anonymous feedback will be evaluated by the DELT and District goals will be identified. Parents and guardians are invited to participate in a focus group by completing this Parent/Guardian Focus Group Registration Form. Your feedback is important, please consider joining one of the parent/guardian focus groups (November 10, 11, 16, and 17). Please respond by Monday, November 2.
Make a Difference Day
Lancer tradition of giving back to the community continues on October 24.
Although the Sixth Annual "Make a Difference Day" will look different this year, the annual tradition continues with students giving back to the community through volunteer experiences. While most participating groups will meet at their volunteer site on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., the Boys Basketball team kicked off the event this week already by cleaning up Bloomingdale Park District sites by raking leaves, picking up branches and garbage.

Other projects this year include: landscaping and winterizing the American Legion in Roselle, cleaning up Busse Woods, painting in the Tanglewood community, Race for the Cure at Meacham Grove, making cards for frontline workers, making cards and no-sew blankets for cancer patients at Phil's Friends, and recording the reading of children's books for local libraries/daycares. Thanks to our Lancer students and sponsors for stepping up to Make a Difference!
AP Exam Payment Due by Monday, November 2
Access the fee payment system to ensure exams are paid in full by the deadline.
With registration for the Advanced Placement (AP) exams to be administered from May 3-14, 2021 now closed, Lake Park High School applied exam fees directly to student accounts on Thursday, October 15. Payment for AP exams is due Monday, November 2, and AP exams will not be ordered if the fees are not paid in full by the payment deadline.
Families can access the fee payment system using the registration username and a pin number that was mailed home at the beginning of the year. For questions about the AP payment process, contact Mrs. Finstein at (630) 295-5321 or Mrs. O’Neil at (630) 295-5331.
Virtual Parent University: Thursday, November 5
Join Jackie Rhew for "Purposeful Parenting Tips During a Pandemic."
Following her "Returning to School Tips During COVID-19" workshop in August, dynamic speaker Jacqueline Rhew joins Lake Park families again. She will share parenting tips to deal with the stressors of the ongoing pandemic and adjustments to teens' social-emotional needs as a result of this unprecedented time.

Open to the community, join this free virtual Parent University presentation on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. that will include Jackie answering questions submitted by families regarding parenting questions or concerns. Please submit any questions using this form.

Questions will be chosen based on themes and not contain any personally identifiable information. The first half of the presentation will focus on parenting tips with the remainder devoted to answering questions submitted.
Looking Ahead: Class of 2021 Graduation
Lancers can purchase class rings, letter jackets, announcements and more.
Graduation planning and preparations for the Class of 2021 are already underway and include the important tradition of seniors ordering their caps and gowns. Next week, Lancers will receive communication via their student email account and Google Classroom. The brief form, which asks for height and size preferences, should be completed using their student email by Friday, November 20.

Although the Sears Centre cannot yet anticipate the potential guest restrictions or limitations for the Thursday, May 20, 2021 celebration, the Lake Park Board of Education and administration are committed to hosting an in-person ceremony to recognize graduates this school year.

Lancers can begin shopping at the Herff Jones website for senior announcements and other spirit wear such as letter jackets and custom class rings and jewelry.
New INCubator Course Launches
Educational Foundation, business professionals partner for student learning.
The Business Education department proudly launched INCubator this year with the support of the Lake Park Educational Foundation and more than a dozen local business professionals. Dan Colucci, Business Education teacher, and his team of coaches and mentors from the business community introduce students to the key elements of entrepreneurship. The course is not a simulation, but a real life, hands-on learning experience with business experts in marketing, finance, production, logistics, and human resources. Lancer entrepreneurs ideate, develop, and iterate their own startup product or service to earn investment funds in a final shark-tank style pitch event. INCubator is a capstone course for students pursuing the Business and Entrepreneurship Pathway.

The course would not be possible without the financial support from the Lake Park Educational Foundation, corporate and individual donors, and these committed volunteers:
  • Marc Besteman, Jax Batting Gloves - Classroom Coach and Mentor
  • Denise Bros, The Conference Board - INCubator Board of Directors and Classroom
  • Mike Chester, Dan Tay LLC - INCubator Board of Directors
  • Michael Cozi, HAVI - Classroom Coach
  • Joseph Davidson, Law Offices of Joseph P. Doyle - Classroom Coach
  • Jason Kinander, Electriflex - INCubator Board of Directors
  • Joe Laudadio, Bando Group - Classroom Coach
  • Imran Masood, Cognizant Technology Solutions - Classroom Coach and Mentor
  • Tom Meersman, US Bank - Classroom Coach and Mentor
  • Susan Pearson, Retired - Classroom Coach and Mentor
  • Dominic Torsen, Frank’s Freshmark/REDstop - Classroom Coach and Mentor
  • Theresa Vera, MJM Signature Group - Mentor
  • Deborah Zegger, US Bank - Classroom Coach
Important Dates:

Oct 23    Institute Day (Student non-attendance)
Oct 23    Parent-Teacher Conferences (Virtual)
Oct 23    Principal Appreciation Day
Oct 24    Make a Difference Day
Oct 27    First-Generation Students: Admissions & Financial Aid Oct 29    PSAT-NMSQT (Class of 2022 - pre-registered)
Nov 3   Election Day (Offices Closed)
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