East Leyden Parent Bulletin

January 8, 2021

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Be Kind.Find Your Passion.Commit to Excellence

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A Message from Dr. Manola

Good afternoon, and happy Friday! Please allow me also to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2021. Wow - that really feels good to write and say! In many ways, I believe that 2020 will go down as one of the most challenging, unique, trying, and uncertain years anyone has ever had to handle.

What's even more interesting is that at this time, one year ago, none of us had any idea that in just a couple of short months, everything we were used to and comfortable with would change. Here, ten months later, we continue to feel the challenges that we have been navigating for so long now. We continue to be overwhelmed and do everything we can to be there for our families and students.

We continue to be hopeful, however, too. With the roll-out of a vaccination, numbers continuing to decline, and the Governor talking about regions moving back to Tier II. I think I speak for many in saying that amongst all of the unknowns, we continue to be hopeful that in the coming weeks and months, we will be able to regain so much that we have lost. We will, of course, keep everyone posted on any information we learn in the hopes that we can keep making steps forward.

With that, we wanted to wish everyone a great start to 2021 and say welcome back; we couldn't be more excited to get started! As always, if you need anything at all, please reach out anytime.

Stay well!

Dr. Dominic Manola, Principal

The Events at the US Capitol

As you know, Wednesday was a historic day in the United States. For most of us, it was an emotional day as we watched events at the US Capitol. Our high school students are aware of what happened, some with opinions, some without.

At Leyden, we know that our job is to facilitate conversation and dialogue in respectful ways. We have shared this message with our teachers yesterday and wanted to share it with you:

"As educators, we're hardwired to default to political neutrality when controversial subjects are being discussed. I'd like to discuss the concept of neutrality. Our Illinois School Code states that "No employee shall intentionally perform any political activity during any compensated time, as those terms are defined herein." It would be inappropriate to endorse a particular candidate or party. However, absolute and complete neutrality would have deleterious harm to our students. Simply put, you don't have to give credence or equal "air time" to flat earthers in a science class, Holocaust deniers in a history class, or those that seak to demean/dehumanize others in ANY class.

We don't endorse candidates. We don't endorse parties. We DO endorse ideas.

  • Our District stands for respecting the individuality of our students' identities. We believe that all students are worthy of the same love, respect, and treatment.
  • Our District stands for evidence-based solutions to complex problems.
  • Our District stands for undocumented students and for immigration status not being an impediment to receiving a first-class, Leyden education
  • Our District stands for respectful and civil dialogue when discussing opposing viewpoints.

This is not a request to drop what you're doing tomorrow (Thursday) and teach about what took place today (Wednesday). Rather, if it makes sense, it is a license to leverage a potentially teachable moment in a way that honors our values as a community.

We are teaching in a different world today than we were in 2016. It's hard to predict how the emotions of (Wednesday's) actions will manifest themselves in our students and our community. On institute day back in August, Dr. Polyak advocated to "focus on authenticity and relevancy." Please know that you are fully supported if you see a curricular value in discussing what took place today in a way that shows fidelity to our District commitments.

Kindness, civility, inclusion, respect, and evidence-based reasoning aren't specific to one department at Leyden. It's what we all do. Thank you for being on the front lines and ensuring our students feel supported and cared for no matter the outcome of this one election."

Connectedness Expectations

Following up on our new connectedness expectations that we communicated just before the break, on the first day of classes this semester, all students had the opportunity to watch a short video from our Administrative teams sharing some thoughts, supports, resources, and expectations. We wanted to share this video with you as well so that you were aware and had a chance to see what our students say:
East Leyden Remote Reboot Video - January 7, 2021
Additionally, this morning, we shared with our students a few tips and tricks to help support their experiences in the classroom using cameras when appropriate. This includes the ability to blur your background on Google Meets and unpin your video, so you aren’t looking at yourself. For your reference, here are links to those video resources:

-How to Blur Your Background on Google Meet

-How to Unpin Your Video on Google Meet


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Join us for the Virtual Taste of East Leyden on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 6:30 pm. Learn about what East Leyden has to offer and the electives & classes your child can take.

All sessions will be live as well as a Q&A session.

What: Taste of East

Who: Incoming Freshmen, Class of 2025

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 6:30 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

yearbook portraits

We are accepting selfies for the East Leyden 2021 yearbook. Please see details below, the attached pdf, and here for a tutorial.

At a glance:

Seniors: You will still have the opportunity to take formal photos, by appointment, with our photography company, HR Imaging. We have scheduled additional in-person dates on January 11th-13th, from 1 pm - 6 pm by appointment only. HR Imaging (815-433-1869) will send you a brochure directly that walks you through the appointment process. This is only for students who have not taken their senior portrait yet, no make-up portraits as of now. Please remember to check your email, snail mail, school website, and the parent newsletter. This is your responsibility. If you miss it or don't want to participate in an in-school picture, simply take the selfie and upload it, following the directions attached.

Freshman: Same as above - we'd like to give your first opportunity for a formal photo as well, so there will be dates coming soon for you to take your picture in the school. You also have the selfie option.

Sophomores and Juniors: We will use your photo from last year for a formal photo. This will minimize traffic in the building and mitigate the risk of transmission. We will have a separate section for your selfie, should you choose to submit it.

To upload a photo, please watch this tutorial. Here's the website where you can directly upload. If prompted for a password: Eleyden2021

Thank you,

Victor Giordano


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summer school 2021

Summer School 2021

Summer school registration takes place on:

Class of 2025 January 19 January 22

(Incoming Freshman)

Consumer Education In-Seat & Online January 19 May 3

(only for Juniors & Seniors)

Upperclassmen students March 15 May 28

Summer school classes will be held at the West Campus. Classes will run as follows:

Monday, June 7 to Thursday, June 10

Monday, June 14 to Thursday, June 17

Monday, June 21 to Thursday, June 24

Monday, June 28 to Thursday, July 1

Tuesday, July 6 to Friday, July 9

Monday, July 12 to Thursday, July 15

Tuition is $125 per .5 credit. Courses will be closed when registrations have reached the maximum size or canceled if there is insufficient paid registration. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollments past the listed deadline will be considered based on space availability. Students should see their counselor if they have questions regarding summer courses.

Option #1: Online Enrollment. (Avoid lines and save time)

Go to MySchoolBucks.com under the Parents tab on the Leyden website to enroll students and make a payment using a credit/debit card (Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express) or checking account.

Option #2: On-site enrollment at each campus. Cashiers at each campus will enroll students and accept payment. Cashiers can accept cash, checks, or credit/debit cards (Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express).

Checks should be made payable to Leyden High School. Cashier hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Full payment will be due at the time of registration, and refunds will only be issued if a course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Fees also apply to courses to be audited without credit.

We will offer bus transportation to students who live within the district and are more than 1.5 miles from West Leyden High School.

For questions about summer school, please contact Vita Terenzio at 847-451-3095.

drivers ed. behind-the-wheel

Driver Education Behind-The-Wheel Instruction will be held at the West Campus

The cost of registration will be $250. Registration for driver education behind-the-wheel instruction will begin April 19, 2021, to May 28, 2021. Sessions will run as follow:

Session One

Tuesday, June 1 – Friday, June 11

Session Two

Monday, June 14 – Thursday, June 24

Session Three

Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 9

Session Four

Monday, July 12 – Thursday, July 22

For questions regarding in-seat driver education classes taken during the school year, please contact Department Chair Chris Cook at ccook@leyden212.org.

For questions regarding summer behind-the-wheel instruction, please contact Dean Michael Grosch mgrosch@leyden212.org or Dean James Powers jpowers@leyden212.org.


January 11- 13 - Senior Portraits

January 13 - Virtual Taste of East

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day - No School

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