Leyden Pride

October 31, 2022

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Important dates

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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The Odd Couple - Rescheduled

Friday, Nov 4, 7 p.m. (Female)

Saturday, Nov 5, 2 p.m. (Female) & 7 p.m. (Male)

Leyden High School's fall play, The Odd Couple, has been rescheduled for Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. (female version) and Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. (female version) and 7 p.m. (male version). The play will take place 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.

Link: Show Webpage

Student photos and retakes: Nov 7

Underclassmen photos and retakes will be taken on Monday, November 7, during lunch periods and up until 3:30 p.m. in the student cafeteria. Order forms will be available in the cafeteria, next to the check in/out lines. Photo packages can also be ordered online at hrimaging.com. Please contact the company directly with questions regarding photo packaging and prices. Senior photo dates are to be determined - stay tuned!


Attention families: Please take this survey

Leyden is proactively participating in a districtwide Equity Audit, and we need family feedback as part of the process. Please take the following survey to help us learn more about the personal experiences and perspectives of Leyden families:


Equity is about fairness and inclusion, and removing barriers to leverage access and opportunity for all. The purpose of the Equity Audit is to identify areas of strength and needed improvement when it comes to our efforts to advance educational equity.


For questions about the focus groups, please contact Dr. Rivera at 847-451-3090 or crivera@leyden212.org.

End of semester student schedule

Leyden no longer runs final exam schedules at the end of the semesters. Students will attend half-day schedules on Monday, December 19, and Tuesday, December 20, with Wednesday, December 21, running a usual in-service schedule for the last day before winter break.

**Grab and Go student lunches will be available after all half day schedules.

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One Amazing Story: Matteo Benabdallah

This month, we will get to know East Leyden freshman Matteo Benabdallah, who comes to us from Hester Middle School. Matteo's passion for history, and specifically preservation and historical architecture, is absolutely inspiring. He volunteers with the River Grove Historical Society and spends his free time studying old photos, memorabilia, and antiquing.

Watch what happens as we connect Matteo, and our resident Leyden historian and teacher Mr. Chaidez, and film their first interaction.


Link: Watch Video

Diving: Congrats to Nicole Martino-Krueger (3rd) and Natalia Mitka (4th) for earning All Conference Honors for Varsity and Sophia Barandiaran for winning 2nd place on JV!

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams on advancing to the IHSA Sectional!
More than 350 Leyden students were out in the community doing service work on Saturday, Oct 22, for the annual Make a Difference Day! Link: Watch Video

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