Leyden Pride

October 3, 2022

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Important Dates

Oct 10 No School

Oct 17 No School

Oct 18 Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct 22 Make a Difference Day

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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Parent Teacher Conferences - October 18

First Semester Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, October 18. To best fit the needs and preferences of our families, Leyden will be offering virtual conferences from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and in-person, on campus conferences from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Upon request, translators will be available for both virtual and in-person conferences. More details will be coming in the weeks ahead on the process for registration, but for now, mark your calendars!

Make a Difference Day: Oct 22

Leyden’s largest day of service is back! Make a Difference Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, and hundreds of Leyden students will be out in the community all morning doing acts of kindness.

We could use your help! Do you have an idea or are you willing to host a service project? The best part is that you get to tell us what needs to be done! We are open to nearly any project (raking leaves, picking up trash, painting, washing windows, weeding, sorting, etc). There will be at least one Leyden adult assigned to help supervise your project. Email Leyden at fholthouse@leyden212.org with your idea and we will work to coordinate volunteers for the project.


“Make a Difference Day at Leyden has continued to grow every year. In 2021 we had 524 students, and adults who came out to support your community. We completed and worked on over 24 different projects with 8 buses transporting our groups all over the Leyden Community! There were so many incredible stories that came from the day. It once again proved how caring and hardworking Leyden High School students are.” – Frank Holthouse, Leyden’s Director of Careers and the Coordinator of Make a Difference Day

New scholarship for Leyden graduates provides financial support for post-secondary entrance exam costs

In cooperation with the district’s foundation, Leyden High School District 212 announces a new scholarship program to help graduates pursuing post-secondary opportunities offset the financial burden often associated with entrance exams.

“The mission of Leyden is to educate, enrich, and empower our students and communities,” said Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak. “We know that when it comes to enrichment after high school, cost can be a barrier to pursuing those opportunities. Once you are an Eagle, you are an Eagle for life, and we want to provide support for a better future whenever it’s possible.”

This opportunity is open to any Leyden graduate under the age of 30 years old, who is preparing for an exam for a post-secondary application or career (Examples include the Nursing School Exam, MCAT, LSAT, GRE or the Illinois Electrician Licensing exam). The scholarship also covers associated costs such as preparatory courses, books and materials, or registration fees for a related conference within the discipline.

In return, recipients of this scholarship will be asked to mentor a current Leyden student who is interested in a similar post-secondary pathway. This mentorship may include one-on-one guidance and/or small group discussions or presentations. The expected mentorship time commitment is estimated between one and three hours total.

To apply, please visit www.leyden212.org and go to the alumni section of the website under “parents and community.” Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the school year and will be reviewed by a selection committee.

Leyden's Foundation is funded by generous community donors. These funds will be used to provide a maximum of a $500 stipend, excluding college or university tuition/fees. This assistance is part of the established Golden Ticket program recently launched by the district to help attract Leyden alumni to return as teachers to their alma mater.

For more information, visit the Leyden website or contact the Assistant Superintendent's Office: (847) 451-3021. LINK: https://www.leyden212.org/Page/4982

Leyden hosts vaccine clinic

On October 17, Leyden will host a community clinic offering vaccines for COVID-19 (boosters), Pneumonia, Tdap, Flu and Shingles. The clinic will be open 2 - 6 p.m. at West Leyden located at 1000 Wolf Road in Northlake and is open to all residents regardless of insurance or immigration status. Reservations are encouraged and available online. Link: Schedule Appointment

The curtain set to rise on fall play

Starting October 14, something odd will be happening on the West Leyden stage! The Odd Couple, both the female and male versions, runs October 14-15 (male version) and 21-22 (female version), in the West Leyden auditorium. Neil Simon’s hilarious play features two mismatched roommates and all of the funnies that go along with it! Tickets cost $2 for students and $3 for adults and are available online through the Leyden website link.

Cast includes: (Male Version) Daniela Castro, Armani Gennell, Korneliusz Kopera, Sonya Morales, Jairo Reina Perez, Oliver Prus, Dylan Ramirez and Alexander Suryovch; (Female Version) Mari Alvarez, Kathy De Jesus, Luna Diaz, Gianna Figueroa, Mia Herrera, Kaya Kozlowski, Des Morad and Roy Torres.

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Correction: Last week, in our praise of Mrs. O’Connor and Mr. Russotto for having been named Leader Teachers by Uncharted Learning for their work with the Leyden incubator program, we inadvertently misspelled Mrs. O’Connor’s name. We deeply regret this error.

Leyden earns recertification of “Illinois Democracy Schools”

The Illinois Civics Mission Coalition (ICMC) has recently re-certified East Leyden and West Leyden as Illinois Democracy Schools. The schools originally earned this noteworthy Distinction of Excellence in 2014.

In order to maintain this designation, during the 2019-2020 school year, Leyden completed an audit, survey, data analysis, and self-assessment to determine the strengths and weaknesses in the 11 elements of democracy schools. Despite the COVID set back, Leyden’s Democracy School Team completed the process, setting goals for the 2020-2021 school year, to improve design and teaching strategies to cultivate media literacy and courageous conversations in the classroom.

Link: Full Story

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