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.
Survey Feedback Prompts Modifications
Changes to Student Support Wednesdays take effect September 30.
Dear Lancer Families:

Thank you to our students, parents/guardians, and faculty who recently provided valuable feedback about Lake Park High School’s fully remote learning model. Broad consensus emerged in the survey results about the value of students attending all of their classes on a daily basis for a significant amount of time. Common areas of concern emerged as well. For example, the length of the school day and number of hours on computer screens are physically and emotionally draining. The demands of fully online learning take a toll on the well-being of all users. 

Modifications to Student Support Wednesdays
To address these significant issues, the District will revise the instructional format of Student Support Wednesdays effective September 30. Read the FAQ document to understand highlights of the changes. This day will now be reserved for students to catch up on homework; continue working on long-range projects; and/or receive additional support services (i.e. tutoring, counseling, college and career planning, and a variety of school-sponsored Social Emotional Learning activities). To create a break from screen time, most classes will not take place on Wednesdays. Period-by-period attendance will not be taken, but rather students will be required to log their attendance by the end of the day, similar to spring 2020. Additional homework will not be assigned, and students will not be required to complete assignments on Wednesdays. The day is intended to provide time for students to catch up on work and receive any needed help.

However, Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit courses may continue to meet at their regularly scheduled time on Wednesdays, because the content and instructional calendar are aligned to requirements from partners in higher education or The College Board. Consistent with other classes, AP and dual credit courses will refrain from assigning homework on Wednesdays or shifting homework from Wednesday to a different day of the week.

Homework Expectations
Homework is an important consideration moving forward during these challenging times. Teachers will be re-evaluating the purpose of traditional homework assignments and the amount of work students are required to complete outside of class. Whenever possible, students will be provided opportunities to complete assignments during class time. Allocating precious time during class for additional practice and enrichment affords teachers the opportunity to provide timely feedback and to work with smaller groups of students who struggle with similar concepts and skills. We have encouraged our teachers to be reasonable about the timing, quantity, and purpose of homework so that it supports student learning in productive and realistic ways.

Planning Ahead: What Learning Model Will be Used Going Forward?
We continue to meet weekly with the DuPage County Health Department to stay apprised of the level of community spread of COVID-19 and updates on public health guidance while actively planning for the safe return to campus of potentially even more students in a hybrid learning model. As the end of first quarter approaches, families can expect communication the week of October 5 with a decision about the learning model that will be utilized after Friday, October 16

In This Together,

Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Curriculum Night Resources Available
Access teacher introductory videos and watch webinars hosted by faculty, staff.
Throughout this month, teachers and staff have worked to ensure this year’s Curriculum Night was robust and accessible to Lancer families despite the pandemic. Beginning on September 2, parents/guardians had the opportunity to watch videos on-demand for every course offered.

Lake Park was proud to expand upon these Curriculum Night resources by hosting 16 different Zoom Webinars on September 23. This live format provided Lancer families with valuable information across all departments and a chat feature to post questions that were answered in real time.

Visit the Curriculum Showcase Website to view introductory videos from September 2 and watch for the webinars from September 23 to be posted soon.
AP Exam Registration Deadline Approaching
Reminder to register for AP College Board exams by Thursday, October 1.
Registration for the Advanced Placement (AP) exam for the 2020-21 school year must be completed by the Thursday, October 1 deadline. The College Board announced that AP exams will be full-length, traditional exams and will take place May 3-May 14, 2021.

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 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 by Thursday, October 15. Payment for AP exams is due Monday, November 2, and can be completed through the fee payment system. 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.

For questions about the AP payment process, contact Mrs. Finstein at (630) 295-5321, or for AP testing questions, contact Assistant Principal Mrs. Marta Hall at (630) 295-5330.
Download the eSchoolPLUS Family App Today
Home Access Center (HAC) is available in a mobile-friendly format.
With the eSchoolPLUS Family App, you can...
  • Check student grades
  • View student schedules
  • Track outstanding fees
  • Stay informed
  • Receive grade notifications

Download the eSchoolPLUS Family App:
  1. Visit your mobile device's app store.
  2. Search for "eSchoolPLUS Family."
  3. Install the app (see app icon image).
  4. Open the app. Choose "Enter your Zip Code.”
  5. Type 60172 in the search field, and select “Search.”
  6. Select "Lake Park High School District #108" from the list of results.
  7. Enter your HAC username and password in the login fields. 

Usernames and passwords were mailed to families at the beginning of the year. For assistance retrieving this information, contact the East Campus Main Office at (630) 295-5221 or the West Campus Main Office at (630) 295-5321.
Last Chance to Buy Homecoming Gear
Celebrate "Here Comes The Sun" with Lancer wear - order by September 27!
Theatre Department Presents Virtual Productions
Watch the first of four virtual performances this semester from October 1-3.
Opening Night will look different this year, but the Lake Park Theatre Department has pivoted and is ready to kick off the 2020-21 theatre season, which will feature virtual performances during the first semester.

The season debuts with "Aesop’s Fables Redux" by Susan Pennington. Enjoy this production - available for viewing from October 1 at 7:00 p.m. until October 3 at 11:59 p.m. - from the comfort and convenience of your home! Visit the district website at www.lphs.org next week for the link to access.

This fun children’s show features two witty narrators who help two inquisitive children understand some famous expressions by exploring Aesop’s beloved fables. The lessons behind these expressions are playfully illustrated through a series of the well-known stories and brought to life by a variety of human and animal characters.   

For more information or questions, contact lptheatreboxoffice@lphs.org or (630) 295-5313.
FAFSA, Alternative Application for Financial Aid
Applications for the 2021-22 academic year available starting October 1.
  • Information from recent College and Career Center presentations regarding the college admissions/application and financial aid processes can be accessed via this website.

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid applicable for the 2021-22 school year will become available starting on Thursday, October 1. It is recommended that these forms be completed and submitted as soon as possible. Please note that there is a new graduation requirement applicable for the Class of 2021 that is associated to the FAFSA and Alternative Application. Additional information and resources regarding all of these financial aid matters can be accessed via this link.

  • On Monday, September 28, the Office of Student Financial Assistance at the College of DuPage, in partnership with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, will be hosting a 2021-22 FAFSA Preview. The virtual workshop will review what to expect when filing the 2021-22 FAFSA and highlight some of the most common mistakes made. Presentations will be hosted at:
  • 9:00 a.m. (link to join the Zoom presentation)
  • 6:00 p.m. (link to join the Zoom presentation)
LPTV to Feature Monthly Alumni Spotlight Videos
Preview the video launching to Lancers on Student Support Wednesdays.
Each month Lancer students will learn about a variety of career options from our very own Lake Park alumni through brief video interviews produced by our in-house LPTV program. On September 30, the next Student Support Wednesday, students will receive an email featuring a career video highlighting Lake Park Class of 2000 alums Rocco and Cheri (Stephens) Molfese who were recently interviewed onsite by an LPTV crew. We are excited to preview this monthly career exploration that connects students to Lancers for Life!

Rocco and Cheri are the founders of Crown Coverings located in Roselle. Crown Coverings is an interior finishes company that covers several product lines. The initial specialties focused on flooring and countertops, but have greatly expanded to include additional services such as consulting, painting, and seating. The company is continuing to expand into residential offerings. Congratulations to Crown Coverings for recently being named to the Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies!

Watch the Lake Park Alumni Spotlight Video. Please contact Ebony Baker, Assistant Principal for Student Development, with suggestions for future alumni features. 
Athletics Updates and Information
Read about season modifications, buy spirit wear, and join the Booster Board!
COVID-19 Athletic Policies and Season Modifications
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted high school sports in Illinois. Numerous policies and requirements have been enacted by the state government that have caused modified season schedules and other major changes. Unfortunately, while these policies remain in place the student-athlete and parent/guardian experience will look much different. It is important that families understand these policies and the rules Lake Park is required to implement in order to be compliant and offer athletic programs in this unique year. Read the 2020-21 COVID-19 Sports Policies and Modifications.

Spirit Wear Sales
Although the campus bookstores are closed the Boosters are committed to getting Navy & White spirit wear to Lancers! If you are interested in purchasing Spirit Wear for pick up, please email Booster President Kathy Pittman kpittman6815@gmail.com for more information.

Open Booster Executive Board Positions 2020-21
The Booster Club is looking for involved athletic parents who are interested in a leadership role on the Executive Board this school year. Open positions include: 
  • Vice President
  • Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator
  • West Campus Indoor Concessions Manager
  • West Campus Outdoor Concessions Manager 

Interested persons who want more information about these roles, responsibilities, and time commitments are urged to contact Booster Club President Kathy Pittman at kpittman6815@gmail.com.
Important Dates:

Oct 5-9   Virtual Homecoming
Oct 12    Student Non-Attendance (Offices Closed)
Oct 14    SAT Make-up Exam (Class of 2021)
Oct 16    End of First Quarter
Hispanic Heritage Month
Did you know that 19% of the Lancer student population identifies as Hispanic? Lake Park is happy to acknowledge and celebrate the many accomplishments of our Hispanic community members and amazing Lancers. Hispanic Heritage month celebrates citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
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