East Leyden Parent Bulletin

December 18, 2020

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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! It is incredible to us that in just two short school days, we will have wrapped up Quarter 2, as well as the first semester, and head into an incredibly well-deserved and needed break. I believe I speak for many when I say we are all looking forward to an opportunity to step away, take a breath, and hopefully slow down a bit. You absolutely deserve it.

Earlier this week, I shared a message with our staff, and in it, I reflected on four key thoughts from the last semester. This morning, I thought I would share these with you as well:

  1. This is hard. Everything we have experienced since March 13 has been incredibly challenging, and the uncertainties we are still facing are simply exhausting. More than anything, we know how hard this is for all of our students and families.
  2. Our students - and you - are doing amazing things. While it’s incredibly difficult, please know that we see how hard everyone is working, and how much effort everyone is putting in. We know this doesn’t happen without your partnership.
  3. There are some silver linings to all of this. Since this pandemic began, we certainly have been able to do things that for the longest time, we have been told we couldn’t do. When we get to ‘put school back together’ after all of this, we know that there will be some really creative and exciting ways that we can reach our students and families that perhaps we were missing before.
  4. The Leyden family is incredible. From our students to our parents and guardians, to our community, we are in this together, and cannot tell you how grateful we are for each and every one of you.

So, on behalf of the entire Leyden family, thank you for all you do. Have a great weekend, the happiest of holidays, and enjoy the break! Let us know if you need anything!


Dr. Dominic Manola, Principal

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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taste of east

Believe it or not, we have already begun planning for next year, and welcoming our incoming Eagles, the Class of 2025! For any of our families who have students who will be joining us next year as Freshmen, we are excited to host our annual Taste of East event next month, virtually of course. Here are the details:

What: Taste of East

Who: Incoming Freshmen, Class of 2025

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

Where: Online via Zoom

Be on the lookout for more information as we get closer, but please save the date if you have an incoming student!

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Course Selection for School Year 2021-22

  • Juniors: Students have already met with and completed course selection with their counselor. Review your junior student’s course selections and notify the counselor prior to February 10 of any changes.

  • Sophomores & Freshmen: Will begin the course selection process in January. More information and details will be provided to students following winter break, however, students can start planning now by:

  1. Watch the Online Course Planner Instructions here

  2. Review elective options here, as well as descriptions of classes in the course planning handbook.

  3. Begin entering course selections in the online course planner!

Senior Scholarship Information

Senior students should now be finalizing their plans for after high school. If they are still unsure of their next step, please schedule a meeting with their counselor. Senior students who will be attending a post-secondary college, university, or trade/technical school should be researching and completing scholarship applications now. Get started here!

Senior Parents

Reminder: The financial aid verification form is REQUIRED for your senior student to meet graduation requirements. Please see the details of the process here. For support in completing the FAFSA or the Alternative Application for financial aid, go to https://www.isac.org/calendar and sign up for an upcoming completion workshop

Finally, check out the December updates to The NEST, as well as our December Social-Emotional lesson shared with all students.

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.

meal distribution during holidays

Please note that our meal distribution schedule is changing during the winter break.

Monday, December 21st will be the last day of our current meal distribution method until after the break.

Tuesday, December 22nd we will provide a bag equal to 6 days of meals.

The kitchen will be closed December 23-25. Daily meal distribution will resume on January 7, 2021.


December 21 - End of 1st Semester

December 22 - January 5 - Winter Break

January 6 - Remote Planning Day, No Student Attendance

January 7 - First Day of 2nd Semester

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