The LP Link is published bi-weekly during the school year to highlight the latest district wide news and events at Lake Park High School. Contact Sherri Anderson, Director of Communications, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for content.
Remote Learning Continues Through First Quarter
On-campus supports begin for students on Monday, September 21.
Dear Lancer Families:

Lake Park High School appreciates the partnership to support remote learning for your student. We understand that families are juggling the competing demands of work, family, and online education. The purpose of this communication is to share important updates on the continuation of our remote learning model due to COVID-19 transmission.
Remote Learning Continues Through First Quarter
Due to guidance from DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), we have made the difficult decision to postpone the start of the in-person hybrid learning model due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our region. We anticipate that fully remote learning will continue through the end of the first quarter that ends on Friday, October 16. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 metrics released weekly by the state and county and provide an update to families before the end of the quarter. In the short term, read below for plans we are making to deliver on-campus supports for students.
New On-Campus Supports for Students
We know the necessity to stay home during the remote learning model may cause hardships for families. In order to support your efforts, a number of changes will be implemented. Starting Monday, September 21, the following on-campus programs will be provided: 
  1. Students in our Pathways, NDSEC Academic Life Skills, and Transition programs will receive in-person instruction. The return of these special education students to campus is allowed under the current guidance due to the very small number of students in these classes who learn together as a small cohort for the entire school day.
  2. A limited number of students in need of reliable internet access and/or a quiet workspace will be allowed to return to campus to conduct their remote learning on-site. Large open spaces in our gymnasiums and cafeterias will be made available to students for remote learning on-campus. Students will not receive direct instruction from their teachers. Instead, students will have a quiet space where they can focus on their remote lessons, similar to a study hall atmosphere, and still be in compliance with DCHD COVID-19 guidance. Transportation will be available. Follow this link for more information and to register.

Why Did We Make This Decision?
On August 28, the DCHD released supplementary guidance related to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) metrics. The new guidance establishes three levels of community risk based on a variety of factors including weekly cases, positivity rates, and rate of community spread; the color-coded levels include Minimal (yellow), Moderate (orange) and Substantial (red). DuPage County is currently in the “Moderate/Orange” level. As such, Lake Park is following a Fully Remote Learning schedule with limited on-site programs. Please click for an FAQ about the metrics and how they relate to when we may be able to return for in-person learning at Lake Park. The metrics will be updated by the DCHD every Friday. To view the current metrics, visit this page and select “DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics (PDF)” on the top left.
Please Help Us!
Our collective diligence following all precautions as a community can have a direct impact on the prospects of returning to in-person learning. Families are strongly urged to not have social gatherings at their home or elsewhere in the community. We ask Lake Park families to adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear a face mask in public, wash hands, and stay home when sick to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
In the meantime, we are committed to delivering the highest quality remote learning experience possible. We appreciate your input last week on the Fully Remote Learning Survey. School leaders are processing this valuable feedback that will help us improve our current learning model and make plans for the future. 
Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.
If you would like to share feedback about the start of the year, consider joining Principal Amanda Brode-Rico and me for a Back-to-School Virtual Q&A session next Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. To allow for maximum participation, this program will be hosted virtually and feature a moderated opportunity for families to ask questions about the 2020-21 school year. Login at your convenience from anywhere and get your questions answered live. Pre-register here. 

Thank you,

Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
AP Exam Registration and Payment Deadline
Register for AP College Board exams by Thursday, October 1 deadline.
Registration for the Advanced Placement (AP) exam for the 2020-21 school year is open. Students are required to register for exams via their My AP accounts on the College Board website. Teachers have been assisting students with the AP registration and students should reach out to their teachers with questions.

The deadline for exam registration is Thursday, October 1. The College Board announced that AP exams will be full-length, traditional exams and will take place May 3-May 14, 2021.

The College Board fee for each AP exam is $95.00. For those with waived fees, the cost for each test is $15.00. The fees will be applied to the students’ school fee balance on Thursday, October 15. Payment for AP exams is due Monday, November 2, and can be completed through the fee payment system.

For those who prefer to pay by check, payment can be dropped off at the security cube at either campus. Checks should be made payable to Lake Park High School, and must include the student's ID number in the memo line. Families may request financial assistance to cover a portion of the exam fee. Parents seeking financial assistance should complete the AP Exam Scholarship Request form by Thursday, October 8.

If you have questions about the AP payment process, contact Mrs. Finstein (630) 295-5321. Assistant Principal, Mrs. Marta Hall, (630) 295-5330 is also available to answer AP testing questions.
Honor Roll Students Named
Lancers recognized for academic excellence during spring semester.
Congratulations to Lake Park students who achieved Honor Roll recognition for the second semester of the 2019-20 school year. View the complete list of Honor Roll students.

Lancers earned this distinction based on their grade point average calculated from the prior semester. Students qualified based on the following criteria: Honor Roll (4.00-4.37), High Honor Roll (4.38-4.74) or Highest Honor Roll (4.75 and above).

Students are to be commended for their academic achievements and perseverance during remote learning last semester. To celebrate the recipients, a personalized certificate will be mailed home by October 1.
Course Level Change Requests
Deadline for first semester level changes is Thursday, October 1.
Lake Park strives to provide students with challenging academic curricula and instruction in preparation for postsecondary success. 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 academic online tutoring available before requesting a level change down. Students are asked to discuss their rationale for a level change with their teacher, parents and counselor prior to requesting a level change by emailing their teacher.
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 may help, please reach out to your student's counselor as soon as possible. 
If you are considering a first semester level change, please email your teacher before the Thursday, October 1 deadline.
SAT Exam Onsite Administration: October 14
Seniors can register for free test prep sessions provided by COD.
Following the District's announcement that remote learning will continue during first quarter, it is important to note that the Class of 2021 will still participate in a make-up SAT exam to be administered at West Campus on Wednesday, October 14. All senior students are required to take the school-day administered SAT in order to graduate. Additional details regarding testing times and a transportation survey will be sent to senior families later this month.

Lake Park is excited to partner with College of DuPage Youth Programs, to offer a two-part SAT test prep opportunity during lunch periods on Wednesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 7. Limited spots are available for each lunch period and attendance is mandatory for both sessions. Please complete this form to register your student. Registration closes on Friday, September 18.

During these two sessions, students will receive an overview of the SAT exam reviewing the Math/Reading/English/Essay sections. Each student will receive an accelerated overview of question styles and test-taking strategies.

Please contact Ebony Baker, Assistant Principal for Student Development, with any testing questions. 
Homecoming 2020 Goes Virtual
"Here Comes The Sun" to be celebrated October 5-9.
Upcoming College Admission, FAFSA Presentations
Counseling Department offers workshops and college visits virtually.
  • Lancer families are invited to attend an important overview about the college admissions/application and financial aid processes. Both presentations are free and will be conducted virtually:

  • Thursday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. The first part of this informational event will include a presentation from Mr. Joe Ziemba, Lake Park's College & Career Counselor, and the second part will feature a presentation from Mrs. Jennifer Stewart, Financial Aid Representative at the College of DuPage.

  • Class of 2021 and 2022 Reminder: Virtual college admissions/military representative visits to Lake Park have begun. Please reference this link for additional information including a listing of upcoming visits, the applicable Sign-Up process and sheet, and so forth.

  • Xello is a post-graduation planning resource (e.g., career, college, etc.) that is available to all students during the 2020-21 school year. Xello is replacing Career Cruising and all students will be formally introduced to Xello prior to course selection for the 2021-22 school year. Additional information regarding Xello can be accessed on the College & Career Center website.
Roots Studio Now Photographing Lancers Onsite
Seniors must schedule an appointment to be included in the yearbook.
Root Studios, Lake Park's official senior portrait photographer, began photographing seniors onsite this week. Please schedule an appointment with Root Studios directly for the remaining dates of September 14-18 and October 23. Check your mail for an informational brochure about how to schedule your appointment; walk-in appointments are not accepted.

All students will need to complete a health screening and temperature check prior to entering the building, and social distancing and face masks will be required at all times outside of the photography session.

Unfortunately, students who do not get a picture taken with Root Studios will not be pictured in the Yearbook. For questions about how to make an appointment, contact Donna Wold at (630) 295-5313.
Election Judges Needed for November 3
Students who are 16 years old and meet the qualifications are eligible to serve.
In June 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0642 into law, designating Tuesday, November 3, 2020 as Election Day, a state holiday. As a result, Lake Park will be closed on this day. Additionally, it creates an opportunity for students, or anyone at least 16 years of age and meeting the other qualifications, to serve as an Election Judge on that day. Schools and colleges are being asked to notify students about the opportunity to serve as an election judge, as well as the qualifications for serving. Those interested can learn more information about how to serve as an Election Judge in DuPage County and apply online by visiting this link.
Important Dates:

Sept 18    Institute Day (Student non-attendance)
Sept 22    Virtual College/Financial Aid Night (Spanish Language)
Sept 28    Board of Education Meeting
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