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April 11, 2022

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District-wide testing takes place April 13 and 14

District-wide testing will be held on Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14. Juniors taking the SAT and students testing with certain accommodations will attend both days. Juniors will take the SAT on Wednesday and the Illinois Science Assessment on Thursday. Seniors who still need to take the SAT will attend Wednesday. Freshmen and sophomores who do not require 2-day accommodations will attend Thursday. For students who are not required to take the SAT or PSAT, April 13 and April 14 will be non-attendance days. Additional information on testing days, student arrival times, and departure times will be sent to students and families in the coming week.

Select families must complete residency verification before registration

Each year, the district identifies incoming freshmen families and current student families who must verify residency prior to registering their student for the following school year. Families who received a letter from the district in February requesting residency verification must complete the process prior to registering for the 2022-23 school year. Please visit www.leyden212.org/residencyupload to complete residency verification as soon as possible to avoid delays in the registration process.

Parents/Guardians will need their student's residency “snapcode” to complete this process. Parents/Guardians who misplaced this “snapcode” may contact the Assistant Principal's office at 847-451-3025 (East) or 847-451-3121 (West).

Parent University - Saturday, April 23

Join us Saturday, April 23, at East Leyden for Parent University, a morning of sessions aimed at helping parents of high school students. From 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m, these sessions include: opportunities here at Leyden, early college credit, understanding the college admissions process, and even the basics on financial aid. Parent University sessions give you the tools to succeed in helping your children succeed.

Parents who join will also have the opportunity to win $500 and $1000 scholarships for their child! Lunch will also be provided following the conference sessions.

For more information and registration, please visit our website.

Leyden’s Got Talent!

Virtual Talent Show - Voting Starting April 13

Students and staff from Leyden are uploading their talents daily and we need parents, students and staff to vote for their favorite acts! Videos are viewable now, and starting this Wednesday, April 13, live voting begins. Voting is open April 13 - 21, with the top three acts being awarded April 22.

LINK: View Talent Acts

East Leyden Key Club builds “little library”

With the assistance of a grant, East Leyden Key Club built a “little library” for the entire community to enjoy near entrance 21 on King Street. The goal of the program is to promote reading and provide a free book exchange for all. Community members can pick up a book or leave a book in the “little library” cabinet. Books are open to everyone, and are for all ages and interests.

An important message from Operation Snowball:

Student-led Operation Snowball campaign warns against the dangers of Fentanyl

What every family should know

The following message was brought to you by West Operation Snowball, a student group that believes that with awareness and accurate information individuals can make safe choices about drugs and alcohol:

More teens in the United States are overdosing on fentanyl than ever before, resulting in an increase of teen deaths. The use of fentanyl, a powerful prescription synthetic, has spiked in Cook County as a result of the pandemic. The pandemic has resulted in feelings of hopelessness in some, that paired with the disruption of drug trade, have caused teens to turn to fentanyl, a substance 10 times more powerful than heroin.

It is common for dealers to add Fentanyl to other illicit substances and this results in our local teens being unexpectedly exposed to fentanyl through their use of other drugs. Such practice can lead to unintentional fentanyl use and overdoses.

To learn more about fentanyl’s contribution to the opioid crisis please visit the following resources:

Talking with Teens about Fentanyl


National Institute on Drug Abuse

Chicago SunTimes - Opioid Overdose Hits New Record

Fentanyl Fact Sheet

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Schiller Park Fire Fighters Local 5230 announces scholarship for East Leyden student

Starting next school year, Schiller Park Fire Fighters Local 5230 will offer an opportunity for an East Leyden student from Schiller Park or Franklin Park to earn a scholarship. The scholarship will be worth $750-$2,500 if they choose to pursue a degree in Fire or Emergency Medical Services (EMS); or $500-$1,000 if they decide to pursue a degree in a Non-Fire or EMS-related field.

The scholarship will be available through the East Leyden Scholarship Program and more information about the application process will be available when it opens up to seniors next school year. According to Local 5230’s Facebook page, “We are excited to be able to give back to the communities and also help out the future generation of students at East Leyden High School.”

Graduation cap and gown distribution - April 19

On Tuesday, April 19, Graduation caps and gowns will be distributed in the cafeteria from 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during lunch periods. If a graduate has not yet ordered a cap and gown, they may do so by logging into jostens.com.

LINK: Class of 2022 Information

View information regarding Prom, Senior picnic, and Graduation
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Leyden's Future Business Leaders of America earns honors

The Leyden High School chapters of Future Business Leaders of America announced results from the FBLA State Leadership Conference held online which concluded on Saturday, April 2. Over 1000 members from 90 FBLA chapters from Illinois were involved. The conference included activities in personal development, business and leadership training, election of 2021-2022 state officers, and competitive events. This year, Six West Leyden and Four East Leyden students qualified for nationals at the FBLA State Leadership Conference.

West Leyden:

Joseph Campeotto - 1st Place Computer Problem Solving

Anthony Soto - 2nd Place Accounting I

Sienna Mireles - 3rd Place Intro to Business Communication

Zuzanna Wojtasik - 3rd Place in Business Law

Liam Fazzi - 4th Place in Business Communication

Daryl Esparza - 4th Place in Cyber Security

East Leyden:

Nicholas Radomski - 3rd Place in Networking Infrastructure

John Hoeflich - 3rd Place in UX Design

Matilde Merlos Garcia - 4th Place in Spreadsheet Applications

Mark Pineda - 4th Place in Word Processing

The FBLA National Leadership Conference will be held June 29 – July 2, 2022.

We also had several students placing in the Top Ten at State, including:

From West:

Juan Fragoso - 8th in Agribusiness

Priscila Bedoy - 10th in Intro to Business Procedures

Dylan Bower - 5th in Networking Infrastructure

Patrick Gadocha - 10th in Political Science

From East:

John Kasongo - 8th in Computer Problem Solving

Dominika Pindor - 8th in Health Care Administration

Emily Urueta-Hernandez - 9th in Journalism

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Students: Register to Vote

Students who will be 18 by the time of the upcoming Consolidated or General Election may register to vote in the state of Illinois. They must be a U.S. citizen and have been a resident of the precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election. For more information and to register, scan the QR code --> or visit http://ova.elections.il.gov

Link: Voter information sheet (A)

Link: Voter information sheet (B)