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.
2nd Semester Survey; Revised Plan Shared at Dec. 9 Forum
District seeks feedback before sharing the revised plan for second semester.
As Lake Park High School continues to assess our remote and hybrid learning models, Lancer families are invited to share feedback by completing the family survey and student survey by Monday, December 7. Your feedback is critical in our efforts to improve the learning experiences for Lancers. 
 
Results from the surveys will be analyzed by administrators and shared along with the revised plan for second semester at the first of our "Stakeholder Series" of virtual community forums to be hosted on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the forums is to provide an opportunity for students, parents/guardians, staff, and community members to receive updates on changes to the learning models and ask questions regarding our planning for second semester.

To view the online forum and participate, login using this Zoom link. Members of the administrative team will briefly open with presentation slides highlighting public health guidance, survey data, and the revised plan for second semester. They will also answer questions submitted in advance via this form. Attendees will also have a chance to submit live questions using the "chat" feature in Zoom.

Thank you in advance for completing these important surveys and participating in the upcoming community forums.
A Shift in First Semester Grades
Lancers should be aware of the impact on graduation and athletic eligibility.
On December 2, Lake Park High School announced a shift in first-semester academic marks to ensure no student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is penalized during this global health crisis. At the conclusion of the semester, Lancers will be issued grades based on this revised scale: 

..............A: 90% and above
..............B: 80% - 89%
..............C: 70% - 79%
..............P: 60% - 69%
..............Y: 59% and below

The “P” represents a passing grade and issues credit for the course. The “Y” represents a course audit but does not issue credit for the course. Students will need to retake any course for which they earn a “Y” if the course is required for graduation. Both the “P” and “Y” are not calculated into the student’s GPA. 

While this pivot in first semester grades protects the GPA for families negatively impacted by the global health crisis, it remains critical that Lancers exceed the minimum graduation and eligibility requirements. The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) requires that students pass five (5) classes in a semester to be eligible for the next consecutive semester. If a Lancer does not pass five (5) classes this semester, he/she will be academically ineligible for sports and certain activities the entire second semester. It is important to understand that a “Y” course grade would not count towards this long-standing IHSA by-law and District policy.

Lancers are encouraged to #FinishStrong by achieving their best academic marks and remain eligible for second-semester athletics/activities. Questions about academic planning and credit recovery should be directed to your student’s counselor.
Virtual Testing Center Now Open
The VTC provides additional flexibility for students completing assessments.
Lake Park's Virtual Test Center (VTC) is officially open! VTC staff are available from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to provide additional flexibility in scheduling make-up assessments. Lancers will receive communication via their Lake Park email account to schedule an appointment that allows enough time to complete exams prior to the close of VTC at 3 p.m. The course teacher will initiate the process; students should let their teacher know if they would like to use VTC for their assessment. Lancers are encouraged to make up their exams virtually before school, during a study hall, after school, or throughout the day on Support Wednesdays. This informational flyer provides further details on the process.
Virtual Post-Graduation Planning
Families are invited to this December 10 virtual presentation.
All students in grades 9-11 and their families are invited to attend a virtual presentation on Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. hosted by Mr. Ziemba, Lake Park's College & Career Counselor, who will provide information and resources to assist with the post-graduation planning process.

Some of the topics that will be discussed in the presentation include: various opportunities that students may pursue after graduation (e.g., careers, colleges, military), Xello (i.e., a post-graduation planning resource that is available to all students at Lake Park), tips for preparing for the college application process, and much more!

The virtual presentation can be accessed via this link and a recording of the presentation will be posted to the Upcoming and Past Events/Presentations section of Lake Park's College & Career Center website.
Tune in for the Upcoming Virtual Radio Play
Theatre Department presents "A Christmas Carol" from December 10-12.
The Lake Park Theatre Department is looking forward to sharing a virtual radio play: A Christmas Carol, adapted by Philip Grecian based on the original by Charles Dickens, and produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, IL. Drama/English teacher Kathy Weber directs the cast featuring seniors: Anthony Bolanos, Julia Burke, Victoria Monzon, and Julia Ryan; juniors: Sammi Casey, Anna Persico, and Brett Tobler; sophomores: Chloe Berkich, Kendall Hughes, and Brandon Su and freshmen: Mia Manella, Christopher Raymond, and Gia Zatos. View the production program.

Audience members can tune in using this link that will be available from Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. until Saturday, December 12 at 11:59 p.m. This Christmas classic is sure to put listeners in the holiday mood!
Last Chance: Reserve for Night of Fine Dining
Support the Educational Foundation by ordering your meals by December 7.
Join the Lake Park High School Educational Foundation on Friday, December 11 for the first ever VIRTUAL Night of Fine Dining & Theatre!

Now through Monday, December 7, reserve an elegant four-course holiday meal for pick up at East Campus to take home and enjoy while watching the virtual Lake Park theatre production of A Christmas Carol. Meals will be freshly prepared by Catering with Elegance in their mobile kitchen. Each meal is $35; guests can reserve a pick-up time between 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Dinner will include:
  • Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  • Field Green Salad
  • Choice of Entree: Roast Sirloin, Herb Crusted Cod, Lemon Herb Chicken, or Penne Pasta with Marinara 
  • All entrees include Green Beans Almondine and a Twice Baked Potato as sides
  • Caramel Pecan Cheesecake
  • Anyone ordering four or more entrees will receive a free pasta dish.

The Night of Fine Dining & Theatre is a fundraising event for the LPEF and funds programs such as the Robotics Partnership, INCubator program, Lancer Emergency Need Fund, and much more!
SAT Test Prep Course Deadline Extended
Register by December 11 for remote study sessions beginning in January 2021.
In preparation for the SAT test administration on April 13, 2021, Lake Park High School will offer a virtual 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 into SAT testing situations, practice and remediation, and explanations to SAT questions and answer choices.

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 Friday, December 11. If families are in need of financial assistance to cover the registration fee, contact Assistant Principal for Student Development Ebony Baker at ebaker@lphs.org. For additional details, view the course brochure and complete an application form.
Mental Health Awareness
School, community, and county resources are available for Lancer families.
During these unprecedented times, Lake Park High School encourages parents and guardians to review the resources shared on the Student Services SWaP team website to support the well being of your families. The DuPage County Health Department has also shared this helpful resource for Maintaining Your Mental Health.
If you were unable to join the Community Conversation hosted on December 1, please consider viewing a replay of the video to learn about how Lake Park community partners are willing to assist students and families. Please contact any member of the Student Services Team to let us know how we can support your family.
Class of 2021 Graduation Cap and Gown Order
Seniors who have not yet responded should complete their order today.
Graduation planning and preparations for the Class of 2021 are underway and include the important tradition of seniors ordering their caps and gowns. In late October, Lancers received communication via their student email account and Google Classroom. The brief form, which asks for height and size preferences, should be completed before winter break by only both those students who have not yet submitted. Note: payment is not required, because the fee was included in online registration.

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.
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