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Third Quarter Learning Plan and Survey Results
District announces a target return date to in-person learning on Jan. 19, 2021.
During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, December 14, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Feucht presented an update on the Third Quarter Learning Plan, which was released to staff and families on Wednesday, December 9 prior to the Stakeholder Series: Virtual Community Forum hosted that evening.

Based on an analysis of local COVID-19 metrics, Lake Park High School will start the second semester on Monday, January 4, 2021 in the remote learning model. During the first two weeks of January, the District will assess the metrics identified in the third quarter learning plan so we can safely return to in-person hybrid learning. We are hopeful we will meet these metrics and are planning for returning students to campus as in-person hybrid learners on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

To determine who will be returning to campus and assign the A/B cohorts that will attend school 2-3 days per week, families were asked to complete a Commitment Form and indicate if their student will attend school as an in-person learner or remain a fully remote learner through the end of third quarter.

The presentation provided an overview of the third quarter learning plan and accompanying FAQ document. Furthermore, Dr. Feucht focused on what is staying the same and what is changing with
both the remote learning and the hybrid learning iterations of the learning plan based on feedback received from the December 1 survey sent to Lancer families and students. View the survey results here.
Virtual Holiday Band and Choral Concerts
'Tis the season to watch and listen to our talented Lancer musicians!
In a school year characterized by pivots, Lancer student musicians have had to adapt to remote learning like none other. Traditional music concerts have been forced to go virtual, but the students have risen to meet the challenge, especially this holiday season.

According to Director of Bands Mike Lehman, "The final product is really special—especially when you consider that the students have never physically rehearsed with the entire band and everyone’s individual part was recorded on their cell phone!" Make your spirits bright by watching this Virtual Holiday Band Concert performed by Freshmen Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and all 130 band students in a program-wide finale.

The Lake Park Choir features over 160 students who have overcome the challenges presented by remote learning. Because "the music never ends," Director of Choral Music Sam Baker and his students created a 2020 Holiday Playlist including 2020 performances, as well as never-released audio recordings from previous concerts and some video footage of great Holiday Festival performances over the years. Cozy up and listen to the Virtual Holiday Choir performance, which even includes the decades-long tradition of the candlelight processional!..
Free Food Assistance: Winter Break Schedule
Please take advantage of picking up meals at no cost to your family.
The District's participation in the federal program provides ALL students with a no-cost breakfast and lunch 7-days a week as a part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Please make note of the modified schedule during the 2-week winter break, which includes on-campus distribution on Mondays only and community distribution on Wednesdays.

.....Monday, December 21 and December 28, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
.....East Campus Main Entrance
.....West Campus Main Entrance

.....Wednesday, December 23 and December 30, 12:00-12:45 p.m. 
.....Medinah Park District, 22W130 Thorndale Ave., Medinah
.....Westfield Middle School, 149 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale

.....Wednesday, December 23 and December 30, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
.....Roselle Middle School, 500 Park St., Roselle
.....Tanglewood Clubhouse, 1211 Catalina Dr., Hanover Park

.....Wednesday, December 23 and December 30, 2:00-2:45 p.m. 
.....Itasca School District 10, 200 N. Maple, Itasca

.....Friday, December 25 and January 1, 2021
.....No distribution due to the holidays.
2021-22 Course Selection
Looking ahead to important dates and deadlines for registration.
The arrival of the new calendar year signals planning for next school year already. In January 2021, students will begin registering for the 2021-22 academic year.
 
Course Selection Dates:
Class of 2022 - Juniors: January 14 to January 22
Class of 2023 - Sophomores: January 14 to January 26
Class of 2024 - Freshmen: January 11 to January 15
Class of 2025 - Incoming Freshmen (8th Grade): January 7 to January 13

Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to carefully review the Academic Planning Guide as a reference along with the grade specific information that will be sent by Student Services.

To prepare Lancers for making final decisions, staff will hold Courses to Careers virtual discussion sessions throughout the month of January during office/support hours to receive and answer questions about course sequencing, graduation and college admission requirements, and focus on connecting courses offered at Lake Park to future career opportunities. Watch for more information about these opportunities to prepare Lancers for the upcoming course selection next semester.
First and Second Semester Student Materials
Jan. 4-8, 2021 reserved for return/pick up of materials from the school library.
Earlier this week, students and parents/guardians should have received an email containing a list of the materials checked out to their student account from the Lake Park High School Library. Students are responsible for those items with the exact same Lake Park barcode number included in the email. Please disregard any overdue notices for first semester materials received, as the return process has been rescheduled to early second semester. Any first semester materials returned in good condition by the end of the day on January 8, 2021 will not be considered late or incur fines. For seniors, after January 8 any outstanding fines for the first semester will be added to student fees on Home Access Center (HAC) and will require resolution prior to requesting transcripts.

Overdue library materials, overdue loaner Chromebooks, and semester textbooks must be returned to the Lake Park security desk between January 4-8, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note: students do not need to return their assigned Chromebook (appearing in the materials list with an unlimited due date). Second semester materials will be available for pick up at the same time. If your student needs to pick up textbooks or materials for second semester courses, please ask them to complete this form to have materials prepared for pick up at the time of first semester materials drop off. The student will receive an email when second semester materials are ready.

If you have any questions, please contact East Campus Librarian Jennifer Sutton (jsutton@lphs.org) or West Campus Librarian Aimee Allison (aallison@lphs.org).
Yearbook Photos
Make plans to have your yearbook photo taken on campus Jan. 4-6, 2021.
In conjunction with material return and pick up next month, Lancers can have yearbook photos taken while on campus. This opportunity is designed for any freshmen who did not take their photo during textbook distribution, all sophomores, and all juniors. A separate photographer will be available for seniors who did not yet take a yearbook photo, but this does not include a scheduled photo session.

The dates, times, and alpha split schedule follows:
.....Monday, January 4 (A-L)
.....Tuesday, January 5 (M-Z)
.....Wednesday, January 6 (Make-up date)
  • West Campus: 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
  • East Campus: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

HR Imaging will mail a form with a unique barcode that students should bring when coming to sit for the photo. Students do not need to purchase that day; orders can be placed online later. This school year, more than ever, the yearbook will be a vital time capsule capturing all the unique moments!

Please note that Lancers will need to be masked and socially distanced while on campus, but may take their mask off briefly for the photo.
Virtually Welcoming the Lancer Class of 2025
Combined academics, activities, athletic event for incoming freshman families.
Incoming freshman families are invited to attend Lake Park High School’s Academic, Activities, Athletic (AAA) Night on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. While this year’s event will be entirely virtual, it will still provide future Lancer families an interactive and comprehensive opportunity to learn about Lake Park’s educational and co-curricular offerings.

The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a live Zoom welcome session hosted by Lake Park administration to preview the AAA event and offer valuable insight on the placement process as students prepare to explore the academic electives, activities, and athletics that will encompass their freshman year. After the live welcome session, families will have multiple opportunities to browse information on demand. A student panel composed of Lancers will offer their advice to the Class of 2025 in a pre-recorded video. Families are also encouraged to view an interactive presentation that will feature short, informative videos created by LP staff to promote the exciting learning experiences offered within each elective course as Lancers select their courses for next year. Students interested in activity and athletic offerings should tune in for live 20-minute Zoom sessions beginning at 7:00 p.m. Read the family communication for the event schedule and Zoom links to join.

Important information to begin the 2020-21 course registration process for your child will be forthcoming after winter break. Lake Park counselors are preparing to meet the Class of 2025 students through virtual class visits with each middle school from Thursday, January 7 through Wednesday, January 13. During these sessions, future Lancers will receive information about graduation requirements and freshman electives, supports, and activities to get them excited about the information that will be covered during AAA night.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Students identified as homeless are eligible to receive support services.
Lake Park High School implements the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which provides students who are identified as homeless with certain support services to assist them with their educational success.

Under the definition in the law, the term “homeless” includes individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, this may include children or youth who:
  • Share the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Live in a motel/hotel, trailer park, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Live in emergency or transitional shelters or are awaiting foster care placement 
  • Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, or
  • Live in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, or bus or train station

Children who meet the federal definition of homeless will be provided a free appropriate public education in the same manner as all other students of the District.

For more information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act please review the McKinney-Vento Fact Sheet (English/Spanish).

For services for homeless students and local resources, contact Lake Park’s Homeless Liaisons:
.....East Campus.....Anthony Swope.....(630) 295-5230 or aswope@lphs.org
.....West Campus....Marta Hall..............(630) 295-5330 or mhall@lphs.org
LPEF to Award Scholarships Totaling $26,000+
Class of 2021 invited to apply for 31 scholarships awarded to Lancers only!
The Lake Park Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of 31 scholarships totaling over $26,000 available for Lake Park High School seniors in the Lancer Class of 2021. There are 21 unique scholarships offered with varied criteria based on activities, athletics, academics, career-focus, financial need and more.

Students must complete a common scholarship application, essay(s), and appropriate supporting materials for each scholarship. Scholarship applications are due by Monday, March 8, 2021. Please visit www.lphs.org/Foundation to view scholarship information.
Important Dates:

Dec 18........Quarter Ends
Dec 21........Winter Break Begins
Jan 4.......... Classes Resume: Remote Learning Model
Jan 13.........Academics, Activities, and Athletic (AAA) Night
Jan 18.........M.L. King Jr. Day (Student Non-Attendance)
Jan 19.........Target Date: Return to Hybrid Learning Model
Jan 25.........Board of Education Meeting
Jan 26.........PSAT/NMSQT Make-up Exam
Jan 29.........Institute Day (Student Non-Attendance)
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