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.
American Education Week 2018
Celebrating Lake Park educators, staff and Board members.

This month provides a number of special occasions to give thanks and demonstrate gratitude for members of Lake Park's school community. This  week  marked the annual recognition of American Education Week , which is designed to celebrate public  education  and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality  education . Established by the National  Education  Association, this recognition has been celebrated for over nine decades. Thank you to Lake Park educators and staff members who contribute every day and are committed to teaching and learning.

Furthermore, this  week  provided an opportunity for Lake Park to thank our elected officials and provide recognition as "School Board Members Day" was celebrated statewide on  Thursday, November 15 . This annual designation was created to thank the nearly 6,000 elected school board members in Illinois and build a stronger relationship between school board members and the community. Special thanks to Lake Park's Board of Education members  for exemplary service, fiscal responsibility and student-centered decision making on behalf of District 108 taxpayers.
Holiday Festival of Music
Reserve your tickets early for this annual holiday performance.

Next month, the Lake Park High School Band and Choir Programs will present the annual Holiday Festival of Music on Tuesday, December 4 . In an effort to ensure all families and community members have an opportunity to attend this joint performance, Lake Park has added a second show for that same evening!

Concert times are now scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) and 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) in the West Campus auditorium. Reserve your tickets early for this crowd favorite event.

A special tradition of the evening includes inviting all Lake Park choral alumni to come on stage and sing Handel's "Hallelujah!" Sheet music will be provided.

Ticket prices are $3 for adults, $2 students (other high schools and college), and free for senior citizens, Lake Park students and children under 13. Seating is first-come, first-served.
National Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony 
Lancer student athlete commits to college athletics.     


Congratulations to Lancer student athlete Zach Place who participated in a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony on Wednesday, November 14 . Zach was joined by his family and teammates as well as his golf coaches, Dan Batka and Tim Moran, who shared highlights of his athletic accomplishments. One of the most decorated golf athletes to leave Lake Park, he has committed to attend Northern Illinois University and compete for the Huskies.
Pride in Performance Winners Announced
Congratulations to recipients named for the first grading period.

East Campus
Academics: Gabrielle Mintrup is an incredible student who currently possesses 6 grades of "A+" with a rigorous schedule. Gabbi is also very kind in helping others and brings an upbeat attitude to class on a daily basis.

Achievement: Robert Pineda has made a remarkable turnaround in the classroom. After struggling last spring, Robert has improved his grades by an average of two points this year. He is on target to make the Honor Roll for the fall semester.  

Activities: Ana Tellez is an amazing person who is involved in Lancer Hero, Lake Park Perspective, volunteers in the community, is a Lake Park Spirit Leader, and has a Board Position in Student Council. Ana has a positive attitude that is contagious!

Activities: Liam Van Den Bogert is a great asset to the Counseling Department. He is a tremendous New Student Ambassador who meets new students, walks them to class, assists in finding them a lunch table and explains how to get involved at Lake Park. Liam is personable, dependable and polite!

Athletics: Anthony Magner is a sophomore who competed this fall on the Lancer Varsity Soccer Team that earned an impressive 4th place in the IHSA State competition. He is also a very responsible student who will make the Honor Roll this semester.

West Campus
Academics: Sophia Zoltek takes learning to the next level. She performs at an extraordinarily high level in AP European History, completing every assignment thoroughly, actively engaging in all classroom discussion and scoring well on every assessment. Her passion for history helps engage other students in class who would otherwise not be involved. Sophia shows a natural talent for Humanities and a true passion for understanding the literature used to explore both human nature and history. She is a great role model to have in class and helps establish a positive classroom environment for her peers.  

Achievement: Not only is Cory Hone successfully understanding the material and curriculum of his Rhetoric of Cinema class, he is doing so independently. He seeks out support when needed, but Cory is achieving success and growth on his own in a very challenging course.   

Achievement: Jenna Edwards has overcome significant personal challenges to academically succeed while maintaining a positive outlook on life. She possesses great self-awareness and a unique ability to view life's challenges as opportunities to grow personally. Jenna values kindness and compassion and exhibits a genuine sensitivity and openness to the perspectives of others. She inspires others to see the positive in every situation and sets an example of resilience.   

Athletics: Carly Vehrs is someone who, without question, will always put the needs of the team before her own. It is because of her positivity, dedication and passion that other girls are motivated to perform. During this year's volleyball season, she took personal initiative to create team bonding opportunities that helped change the tone of the volleyball program. Her impact as a student athlete extends far beyond her skills on the court.
Finishing First Semester, Preparing for Second Semester
Important academic dates and deadlines for families to note.

The first semester of the 2018-19 school year will end with final exams on Thursday, December 20 and Friday, December 21 . More information about the exam schedule, bus transportation, and access to tutoring services will be sent to families in the coming weeks as well as published in the next LP Link edition.

In addition to finishing first semester strong, the Counseling Department is preparing students for second semester, which begins following winter break on January 7, 2019 . Families can expect that students will receive a printed copy of their second semester schedule during first period on Monday, November 26. If your student does not receive a copy, or bring the hard copy home, this information will also be accessible via the Home Access Center (HAC) following Thanksgiving break.

Please review this schedule and contact your student's counselor with any inaccuracies by Friday, November 30 . This date is significant, because it also aligns with the course level change request deadline for second semester. Students who excel in their current course level are encouraged to challenge themselves further by pursuing a level change up, while students who may be struggling should take advantage of the many academic interventions offered before requesting a level change down. Lake Park is committed to ensuring that your student is enrolled in the correct courses.

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, please contact your student's counselor as soon as possible or visit the SWaP website for valuable resources.
Last Chance to Share Input about School Communication  
Please complete the District survey by Wednesday, November 21.

Thank you in advance to the parents , staff , and community members members who have completed the School Communications Performance Evaluation (SCoPE) Survey to provide input about the district's communication efforts.

In order to obtain reliable results with a 5% margin of error, 300 more participants are needed!

Please invest approximately 10 minutes to share feedback via the anonymous SCoPE Surveys before the portal closes on Wednesday, November 21 . Don't miss your chance to share your opinion about Lake Park's school communication efforts. Your feedback matters!
Roselle Kicks Off the Holiday Season
Lancer carolers featured among the h oliday entertainment.

Join the Village of Roselle, the Roselle Public Library, and the Roselle Main Street Merchants on Saturday, November 24 to kick off the holiday season and support Small Business Saturday. Celebrate the Season will be hosted by the Roselle Public Library. Santa Claus and Rose Queen Joie Allen (2018 Lake Park graduate) will arrive to greet the children at 2:00 p.m.  

Following Santa's arrival by fire truck, the 3rd Annual Cocoa Crawl will begin from the library and continue up and down Roselle's Main Street. The Cocoa Crawl provides an opportunity for families to visit Roselle's local businesses for cocoa, treats, and other specials on Small Business Saturday, which falls annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Lake Park's very own choral students will be among the entertainment provided in the Civic Plaza at the corner of Main and Prospect Streets with a performance scheduled at 3:00 p.m. The Cocoa Crawl also includes strolling carolers, an ornament making station, trolley stops, a bonfire with Roselle Firefighters, the lighting of the Community Tree, and much more!
Giving Tuesday: November 27
Support the Robotics partnership by donating to the Lake Park Educational Foundation.
Join the global movement of giving back by making a  donation to the Lake Park Educational Foundation. 
On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, cons ide r givin g back to  help others within the Lake Park community achieve their goals! 

The Foundation and the Robotics Club have partnered to grow robotics at Lake Park. This Giving Tuesday, learn more about the  sponsorship opportunities available for the  LPEF and Robotics PartnershipYour donation will help students realize their dreams and teachers fulfill their aspirations. All donations to the LPEF directly benefit the staff, students and community at Lake Park!
Social Studies Movie Night Series Returns
Free community screening, discussion on Wednesday, November 28.

Returning for its fourth year, the "Social Studies Movie Night" series premieres this semester on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the West Campus auditorium. Students, families and community members are invited to participate in this free opportunity.

"Deepwater Horizon" chronicles the events leading up to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and the disaster on the rig, which ultimately becomes the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history.

While watching this film, students will have the opportunity to explore the technical issues and decisions made leading up to the disaster and witness the acts of heroism by the crew.

Important Dates:
Nov 16          Holiday Craft Fair Vendor Deadline
Nov 16         Improvedy
Nov 21-23    Thanksgiving Break (Offices Closed)
Nov 26         Board of Education Meeting