Leyden Pride

November 7, 2022

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Important dates

Nov 8 Election Day, No School

Nov 23-25 No School

Dec 21 Last day of Semester

Dec 22 Jan 8 Winter Break

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Leyden hosts a series of “Future Focus” events

Future Focus is a series of events that the team at Leyden created as a way to highlight many of the options available to students after high school. These post secondary pathways are broken down into four main categories: Military, Triton College (two-year colleges), the Trades, and Four-Year College. Each of the pathways will receive one dedicated week during the school year where students will learn about the options and engage in activities that further help them prepare for their futures.

  • Military: Week of October 31-November 4 (West); Week of November 7 - 11 (East)
  • Triton College: Week of December 5 - 9 (District)
  • Trades, Careers: Week of February 27 - March 3 (District)
  • Four-Year College: March 13 - 17 (District)

Kicking things off, the Military weeks at East and West are packed with activities including spirit days, visits from Leyden graduates serving, simulations, and a mock military test. View a special video shared with students, featuring the stories of numerous Leyden staff members who served:

Future Focus: Military Week - Staff Experiences

Leyden honors Veterans in special concert

Thursday, November 10, 7 p.m. (West Auditorium)

Leyden’s Annual Community Veterans Ceremony celebrates hometown heroes in a musical tribute to Veterans, first responders and health care workers. It combines classic music, powerful oration and stirring imagery and has been recognized with a National Gold Level Award for Best Community Engagement Project (2020) by Music for All.

This year’s event will also honor our food services, transportation and maintenance workers for the Herculean efforts these key departments made to keep everything going throughout the pandemic. In addition, our local American Legion, VFW, Police, Fire, and active organizations and community members will play a role in the ceremony.

“Our Annual Community Veterans Day Ceremony is a real highlight for our kids and our community,” said Leyden Music Department Chair and Band Director Bryan Miller. “It is a wonderful opportunity for us to meaningfully honor our community's Hometown Heroes through moving music with powerful oration and stirring video. With members from our local American Legion, VFW, Police, Fire, and Health Care Workers all participating in the ceremony, it is a great lesson in civics for our current students to be around such people. Likewise, it is very empowering for our students to see the tremendous impact they can make when they invest their time and talents in meaningful causes.”

Resources for grieving teens

Grief is different for everyone, so it’s difficult to talk in absolute terms about what each person needs. The following is a list of suggestions from the National Center of Grieving Children & Families. Please help each other connect with the support that is needed.

Link: Grief Resources
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In the news

These college teams with former-Franklin Park area high school football players on the roster will play tomorrow, Oct. 29

Leyden student and actor Julia Aragon featured in local theater production video

Link: Video


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