Leyden Pride

November 21, 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 student collect food and toys for those in need

This week, the Student Council kicked off Leyden’s 17th annual Food and Toy Drive to benefit Leyden Township. The drive runs from November 14 through December 2 with the goal of collecting non-perishable food items and unwrapped toys for kids. Some of the items of the highest need include cereal, boxed mashed potatoes, rice, mac n’ cheese, ramen noodles and toiletries and gifts for kids aged 11-14. Drop off boxes are available at both East and West.

Leyden's winter play take the stage

The Internet is a Distraction - Oh Look A Kitten

Leyden High Schools’ Magna award-winning theater program is proud to present their winter play, The Internet is a Distraction--Oh Look A Kitten, written by Ian McWethy and directed by Julio Alverez. This will be Mr. Alvarez’s directorial debut at Leyden.

“While this show reflects on the dangers of online media consumption, there is an air of warmth and creativity that has brought some much needed levity to our theater program,” said director Julio Alvarez.

The show is a high-octane comedy that explores the rabbit hole of distraction we all go down

every time we go online. The Internet is a Distraction- Oh Look A Kitten, will be performed on

the West Leyden stage December 8, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now and cost

$3 for adults and $2 for children. Purchase tickets in advance at onthestage.com or at the door.

“We have such a talented young cast of performers,” said Alvarez. “It takes a certain type of personality to want to get in front of people and act, let alone be able to do it well. It is exciting to think of what these students will do, as they have a lot to offer the Leyden community.”

The cast includes: Valerya Aragon, Wren Arguezo, Mia Carreto, Crystal Christy, Nevena Doncheva, Gianna Figueroa, Mia Herrera, Ayomide Kahinde, Alex Maralli, Willow Ortiz, Oliver Prus and Alexander Ventura.

Leyden announces the Daniel Moshi Memorial Scholarship

Leyden High School District 212 and The Unity In Community Foundation have partnered to create the Daniel Moshi Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors Daniel Moshi, a Leyden student, who passed away suddenly in October, and will be given to a Leyden student who is committed to pursuing a four-year degree in the fine arts.

The Unity in Community organization will administer the scholarship and is currently seeking monetary donations to help fund the opportunity for years to come. To donate to the scholarship, please visit www.theunityincommunity.org and select the homepage banner: “Donate to the Daniel Moshi 2023 Music Scholarship Fund,” or visit the direct link: bit.ly/3UZkh8H.

Link: Full Story

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.

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Leyden athletic trainer uses AED to help spectator

Leyden athletic trainer Meghan Lockerby found herself in the right place at the right time, and soccer spectator and dad Drew Evans would agree.

At an IHSA Regional soccer competition hosted at East Leyden in late October, Evans fell to the floor in cardiac arrest while watching his son play soccer.

“In my 13 years in this profession as an athletic trainer, I have seen a lot, but I had never experienced a sudden cardiac arrest situation,” said Lockerby. “This is what we train for, and when you have to implement it in a real situation, it’s scary and stressful, but you rely on what you have learned because you have to - doing nothing is certain death for that individual.”

The outlook did not appear good for Evans, as doctors performed procedures and placed him into an induced coma so family and friends would have the time to say their goodbyes.

“The doctors weren’t sure if my heart could last off the pump or how much permanent damage my heart or brain sustained through it all,” said Evans. “But somehow, I was sitting there a week later, next to my son.”

And that is largely in part to his “dumb luck” of experiencing this episode at an IHSA state soccer tournament where an athletic trainer was on site.

Link: View Story

One Amazing Story: three graduates return as first-year teachers

This month, our One Amazing Story is set to focus on three new teachers - new to teaching here, but not new to Leyden! Georgia Thomas, Megan Michorczyk, and Laura Casey are each Leyden graduates who are returning to teach at their alma mater, as part of the Golden Ticket.

We explore what it's like to be a new teacher, teaching at your alma mater, and from three different perspectives and career paths. From being mistaken for a student, to being able to truly walk in the shoes of your students, these three educators share their stories and hopefully, inspire the next generation of teachers here at Leyden.

Link: Watch Video

Teacher named to prestigious fellowship

Leyden English teacher Sawsan Jaber has been selected from a group of incredibly strong educators to serve as a Pulitzer Center Teacher Fellow. This small cohort seeks to explore the theme: “Asking Critical Questions: Underreported Stories and Media Literacy in the Classroom.”

As part of her work with the fellowship, Sawsan will explore underreported stories, connect with incredible educators and journalists, craft engaging classroom projects, and navigate these challenging times in community with one another. Congratulations Sawsan!


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