The LP Link is published bi-weekly during the school year to highlight the latest districtwide news and events at Lake Park High School.
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National Merit Scholarship Program 
Lancers earn prestigious academic recognition. 

Congratulations to nine Lake Park students who have earned academic recognition through the 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program . About 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Semifinalists : Seniors Andrew Miller and Anthony Slade have been selected as Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They were selected based on test scores of the 2018 PSAT/NMSQT and represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The approximately 1 6,000 semifinalists nationwide have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards worth $31 million.

Commended Students : Seniors Allison Banayati, Chad Berkich, Anishi Patel, Milan Patel, Michael Paterala, Jenny Petrova and Jacob Wortsman 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 2020 competition for Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2020 competition and may become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.  

National Hispanic Recognition : Seniors Alexander Alkanat, Luis Arias, Jacob Perez and Matthew Pullman have been selected for the 2020 National Hispanic Recognition Program award. The College Board's National Hispanic 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.
Honor Roll Students Named
Lancers recognized for academic excellence last semester.

Lake Park High School is pleased to recognize students for achieving  Honor  Roll  distinction during the second semester of the 2018-19 school year. 

Congratulations to the  list of students who qualified based on their grade point average calculated from the prior semester and the following criteria:  Honor  Roll (4.00-4. 37), High  Honor  Roll (4.38-4.74) or Highest  Honor  Roll (4.75 & Above).

Families have the option to receive a printed  Honor  Roll  certificate if requested  by Friday, October 18. To request a certificate from this semester only, complete the online form that will require you to submit your student's name, ID# and campus. 

Students will be notified at school when the certificate is available for pick up from  Mrs. Stratton at East Campus and  Mrs. O'Neil at West Campus.
Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences
Online scheduler available until Wednesday, October 23. 

Lake Park will host parent-teacher conference s on  Thursday, October 24  (5:00 to 8:30 p .m.)  a nd Friday, October 25 (7:30 a.m. to 12 noon)  at bo th campuses. Students  will follow a regular b ell schedule with full-day attendance on Thursday, October 24, but will not attend school on Friday, October 2 5. 

The   electronic conference scheduler   is now a vailable on the district website until Wednesday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m.  For scheduling assistance during normal school hours, contact East Campus at (630) 529-1514 or West Campus at (630) 529-1516.
College and Career Counseling 
Check out upcoming opportunities for students and families. 

Explore TCD: November 6
Any current sophomore and junior students who are interested in learning about the Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) are invited to attend a field trip to TCD on Wednesday, November 6. TCD offers a variety of elective course programs (some of which offer opportunities for college credit and/or industry certifications) that can prepare students for post-secondary education and career paths such as automotive, construction trades, healthcare, public/human services and engineering programs. The field trip will last about half of the school day (approximately 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.) and students will be responsible for any applicable classwork. To participate in the TCD Explore Day field trip, a student must complete the online registration form and submit a completed permission form to the Counseling Office by Wednesday, October 30. Visit the TCD website for a list of TCD academic program descriptions.

Women in Construction Day: November 8
Lancers are invited to a Women in Construction Career Exploration Day  on  Friday, November 8 at the Technology Center of DuPage. Hosted by Northern Michigan University's Construction Sciences Department, the event is open to females in grades 9-12 and will include hands-on exposure to the construction industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in activities such as woodworking, welding, virtual reality, electrical installation and construction management. Students are responsible for securing their own transportation to/from this event and a parent/guardian should still contact the Lake Park Attendance Office to report this absence. A limited number of seats are available. To participate, students must complete the online registration form and return the applicable permission form to the Counseling Office by Friday, October 18.

Evening Office Hours
In order to provide additional opportunities to assist Lancer families with the postsecondary planning process, Mr. Ziemba will be hosting evening office hours on October 17 and 24 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the area located inside the main entrance of West Campus. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by contacting Ms. Helms at (630) 295-5341 or ahelms@lphs.org.
PSAT/NMSQT Testing for Juniors on October 16
Non-attendance day for seniors; East Campus will have a SMART day.
 
On Wednesday, October 16, all Lake Park High School juniors from the Class of 2021 will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam at West Campus. This is a required attendance day for all juniors,  and students must be present in order to receive a score. The College Board does not allow for a make-up PSAT/NMSQT due to absence.

On this date, senior students from the Class of 2020 will not attend school. East Campus students will operate on a SMART day schedule.

This exam is a practice test in preparation for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) in April 2020; however, it's also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students who receive excellent scores on this test have the opportunity to earn prestigious status as National Merit Scholars.

On test day, students should arrive by 7:15 a.m. and bring a current photo ID, two #2 pencils (mechanical pencils are not allowed) and an approved calculator. Morning buses will follow their normal route times, and will return students home upon the completion of testing at approximately 11:30 a.m. Please encourage your student to check the LaunchPad for their room location prior to arrival.

To help prepare for this exam, students in their English classes received an official PSAT/NMSQT student guide, which provides testing strategies and a list of approved calculators. Please encourage your student to take the practice test included in the student guide prior to October 16. Additional test prep resources are also available online.
2020-21 Superintendent Search Process
Board of Education publishes Superintendent Profile based on staff, community input.

Lake Park's Board of Education is faced with the important task of hiring a new superintendent for the 2020-21 school year to replace current Superintendent Dr. Lynn Panega who will retire on June 30, 2020.

To assist with this endeavor, a search firm specializing in assisting Boards of Education in their search for a new superintendent was hired. School Exec Connect recommended conducting an audit of District 108's strengths, challenges and goals, as well as determining the attributes necessary for a new superintendent to possess to be successful at Lake Park.

Earlier this fall, the Board of Education invited staff and community members to participate in focus groups, attend an open forum, and respond to an online survey to assist in the development of a leadership profile for the new superintendent search process. All survey responses were anonymous and confidential. 

Thank you to everyone who participated and responded!  View the Superintendent Profile
Thespians and Theatre Boosters Sponsor "Haunted" Events
East Campus Dice Auditorium turns spooky in October!

Do you believe in ghosts? Interested in the paranormal? Make plans  to hear former Lake Park  Lancer Dave Schrader share his scariest ghost stories on Thursday, October 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the East Campus Dice Auditorium. Dave has made quite a name for himself in the paranormal world, and currently is the lead investigator on the new hit show on Travel Channel, The Holzer Files. His presentation is designed to not only educate the audience on ghost hunting, but also show documented evidence of the paranormal. Admission and chills are free!

Guests over 12 are invited to "Haunted Asylum" on Friday, October 25 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the East Campus Dice Auditorium when the Lake Park Thespians present their annual haunted house. Admission is $5.00 per person with unlimited opportunities to walk thru.
Night of Fine Dining and Theatre
Tickets are now on sale for the Educational Foundation's annual fundraiser.

On Friday, December 13 the Lake Park Educational Foundation will host an exciting evening of fine dining and theatre at Lake Park's East Campus. Guests will enjoy an elegant winter tasting menu prepared by Lake Park culinary students and reserved seating for the holiday play, A Christmas Story. Guests can also bid on a wide array of silent auction items throughout the dinner. Tickets are on sale now! Visit the Night of Fine Dining website.

The LPEF is seeking in-kind donations for its silent auction that evening. Items such as restaurant and entertainment gift certificates, sports memorabilia, and travel accommodations are being sought. For more information on donating a silent auction item or attending the event, visit the Night of Fine Dining website or email rwyatt@lphs.org.
Community Connection
Families invited to attend Glenbard Parent Series Workshops.

Through a continued partnership with Glenbard High School District 87,  
Lake Park families are invited and welcome to attend the Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families. Programs are free and open to  the public; no registration is required.

Important Dates:
Oct 14         Columbus Day (Student non-attendance)  
Oct 15         Fall Choral Concert 
Oct 16         SMART Day (East Campus only)
Oct 17         Dave Schrader, Paranormal Expert
Oct 18         Quarter Ends
Oct 19         PSAT 8 Placement Testing
Oct 25         Institute Day (Student non-attendance)
Oct 25         Thespian "Haunted Asylum"
Oct 26         PSAT 8 Placement Testing
Oct 28         Board of Education Meeting
Oct 30         SMART Day

Nov 13        Save the Date! 
Parent University with Keynote Matt Quinn + Breakout Sessions
Staying Informed: An Evening of Preventative Resources 

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