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Course Selection Info for the 2021-22 School Year
Review important registration materials for each grade level.
The arrival of the new calendar year signals planning for next school year already. Lancers will begin registering this month 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 and the Plan Your Path Curriculum Overview videos as a reference along with the grade specific information on the Course Selection Information web page.

To prepare Lancers with making final decisions, staff will hold Courses to Careers virtual discussion sessions throughout the month of January during office/support hours to answer questions regarding course sequencing, graduation, and college admission requirements, and focus on connecting courses offered at Lake Park to future career opportunities.

Resources for all grades:
SY2021 Course Level Change Requests
Deadline for any changes to next year's courses is Friday, February 12.
Lake Park High School strives to provide students with challenging educational experiences and instruction in preparation for postsecondary success. As Lancer families determine their course requests for next year, it is important to also reflect on the current level of each core course. Students who excel in their current course level are encouraged to challenge themselves further by pursuing a level change up, while students who found their current level to be too challenging despite taking advantage of the academic online tutoring may want to discuss the possibility of requesting a level change down. Students are asked to discuss their rationale for a level change and the possible implications on their postsecondary goals with their parents, teachers, counselor, and case manager (where applicable) prior to requesting a level change.

Equally as important as academics is the social-emotional well being of our Lancers. If you are concerned about your student's social-emotional well being, and think a level change for next year may help, please reach out to your student's counselor as soon as possible.

Lake Park determines which courses and levels are scheduled for next year based on the course requests made during course selection and any level changes made prior to the February 12 deadline. Therefore, requests for changes to electives or level changes will not be honored after this date. Students should choose courses and levels that they will remain committed to for next school year.

If you are considering a level change, please email your teacher and counselor before the Friday, February 12 deadline.
Class of 2021 Announcements
Families should review student's full legal name appearing on LPHS diploma.
The Lancer Class of 2021 commencement is scheduled to be hosted on Thursday, May 20 and preparations for diplomas are being finalized to ensure that student names are spelled correctly according to legal birth certificates. Please take an opportunity to review the Home Access Center (HAC) to verify the spelling of your student's name by Friday, February 5:
  • Login to HAC.
  • Switch from the "home" screen to the registration screen by clicking on the "registration" icon.
  • Review your student's full legal name as it appears under the "Demographic" tab. Note: the printed name will appear on the diploma as "First name (Middle name - optional) Last name" unless requested otherwise.
  • Notify Lisa Smith, West Campus registrar, if any changes are required or an account needs to be established.
  • Additionally, please notify the registrar no later than Friday, May 7 if your student does not wish to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Completion of the FAFSA is a graduation requirement for the Class of 2021.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid applicable for the 2021-22 school year are now available. 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 please note that there is a new graduation requirement applicable for the Class of 2021 that is associated to completion of the FAFSA and Alternative Application. Additional information and resources regarding all of these financial aid matters (including the new Illinois State Board of Education graduation requirement and assistance resources) can be accessed via this link.

It is requested that students or their parent(s)/guardian(s) that have not already completed the FAFSA Completion Initiative Form review and complete the form as soon as possible. Please note that if a student or their parent/guardian completes and submits the FAFSA Nonparticipation Form (version of the FAFSA Nonparticipation Form in Spanish Language), this would waive the graduation requirement for the student but it does not impact a student's eligibility to submit the FAFSA or Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid and be considered for applicable financial aid opportunities.
Last Chance: Order Your Graduation Cap and Gown by January 25
Graduation planning and preparations for the Class of 2021 also include the important tradition of seniors ordering their caps and gowns. In late October, Lancers received communication via their student email account and Google Classrooms to complete a brief form asking for height and size preferences.

If you have not yet submitted this information, please complete the online form by Monday, January 25. Payment is not required, because the fee was included in online registration.
Spirit of Excellence Nominations Due January 11
Don't miss the final chance to nominate graduating seniors, faculty, and staff!
The Lake Park Educational Foundation is accepting nominations for this year's Spirit of Excellence awards. The Spirit of Excellence Awards were established to support and recognize the accomplishments of Lake Park alumni, students, and staff.

Parents/guardians and community members may nominate Lake Park graduating seniors, faculty members, and staff members for these prestigious awards. Please visit the Spirit of Excellence Awards web page for the nominations, guidelines, and forms. Student and staff nominations are due Monday, January 11.

If you have questions regarding the nomination process or the awards, contact Becky Wyatt, executive director of the Lake Park Educational Foundation, at (630) 295-5264 or rwyatt@lphs.org.
Virtually Welcoming the Lancer Class of 2025
Incoming freshman families invited to participate in AAA event on January 13.
Incoming freshman families are invited to participate in 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.

Join the Zoom Welcome Session at 6:30 p.m. hosted by Lake Park administration who will 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 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 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Important information to begin the 2020-21 course registration process for your child was recently sent from the middle schools. Lake Park counselors began meeting Class of 2025 students this week through virtual class visits with each middle school. During these sessions that will continue through Wednesday, January 13, 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.
District Transition to In-Person Learning
Apply online to become a substitute teacher.
During first semester, Lake Park High School received questions from parents/guardians and community members about how they can help us resume in-person instruction. One of the biggest ways people can support this transition is by becoming a substitute teacher. Working as a substitute teacher will help address potential issues when staff members need to quarantine, self-isolate, or attend to their own childcare or emergency needs. During the pandemic, substitute teachers will earn $135.00 per day.

Substitutes will generally serve in one of two capacities. First, some substitute teachers will implement lesson plans left by the regular classroom teacher on a day he or she is out of the building. Second, a larger number of substitute teachers will serve as “line of sight” staff. Substitutes assigned to this role will provide supervision and assistance for a classroom of students while their regular teacher provides remote instruction from home.

If you are interested in working as a substitute teacher, please apply online.
Important Dates:

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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