Leyden Pride

November 14, 2022

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Important dates

Nov 23-25 No School

Dec 21 Last day of Semester

Dec 22 Jan 8 Winter Break

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Leyden Celebrates American Education Week

American Education Week (November 13-19) is a special time when we celebrate our public school community. The designation was created by the National Education Association (NEA) as a way to honor the team of people who work in our nation’s public schools, everyone from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker and administrative staff, plus countless others.

Here at Leyden, we celebrate by recognizing our staff through written acknowledgments, tokens of appreciation and treats throughout the week.

“This week gives us a great opportunity to recognize and thank each and every one of the Leyden staff for all of the hard work they do to positively impact the students and families in our communities,” said Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak. “And to all those who are working in public education, we express our sincere gratitude for your ongoing commitment to kids.”

Leyden High School District 212 offers two west-suburban public schools to serve the communities of Franklin Park, River Grove, Rosemont, Schiller Park, unincorporated Leyden Township and portions of Northlake and Melrose Park. The total student enrollment is 3,532, distributed between East Leyden (1,823) and West Leyden (1,709).

Leyden employs 577 professionals who each contribute to the educational experiences of our students. From teachers, support staff, food service staff, bus drivers, security, maintenance and administrators, we are each committed to “Doing What’s Best for the Kids.”

Parent Input Needed: What's Leyden like for parents?

We highly value input and appreciate family participation in a brief survey about the Leyden experience. This survey is five questions and should take a couple minutes to complete. This questionnaire is fully confidential, with your responses going directly to the Illinois State Board of Education. All responses will be analyzed, summarized, and used to help improve our services and support for families.

Please respond to this questionnaire by November 30, 2022.

Links to Surveys:

Leyden launches service to connect our school community with local resources

As a way to help our students, staff, families and communities connect with mental health and substance use treatment support services, Leyden has launched ReferralGPS to complement the district’s existing resources.

This web-based service offers a searchable database of treatment options, assists families with assessing the situation, appointment setting and follow up care. It takes into account all types of private and public insurance including PPO, HMO, Medicaid, Medicare, and families who are uninsured or underinsured. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip code, and special requests. This tool is free, completely confidential and securely stored.

School families may access ReferralGPS in two ways:

  1. Contact Student Services (counselors or social workers) to seek out treatment options;
  2. Visit ReferralGPS directly online to search for treatment resources or connect with a Care Navigator anonymously; LINK: ReferralGPS

For additional assistance, please reach out to the Student Services Department at East and West or contact counselors directly.
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Leyden celebrates our very own elected officials
The Leyden Board of Education is made up of seven, unpaid, elected officials who represent the voice of our communities and serve in the interests of students. Board members include President Greg Ignoffo, Vice President Gloria Murawska, Secretary Jim Lima, Lisa Anthony, Sandy Boehm, Cesar Garcia and Joe Trevino.

Recently, the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) awarded the designation of “Achievable” to Ignoffo, Lima, Anthony, Trevino and Boehm for their continued attendance and participation in learning activities. They also designated Murawska as a “Legacy Board Leader,” for her status as a Distinguished Board Leader, plus 25 or more years of service.

In order to recognize the outstanding efforts of nearly 6,000 elected school board officials, the state of Illinois has designed November 15 as “School Board Members Day.” According to the state, this is an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the essential role locally elected board of education members assume in a representative democracy.

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