Leyden Pride

October 10, 2022

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Important Dates

Oct 17 No School

Oct 18 Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct 22 Make a Difference Day

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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Parent Teacher Conferences: October 18

Registration opens Wednesday for Parent Teacher Conferences

First Semester Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Tuesday, October 18. To best fit the needs and preferences of our families, Leyden will be offering virtual conferences from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and in-person, on campus conferences from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Upon request, translators will be available for both virtual and in-person conferences.

Virtual Attendance

Parents/guardians need to sign-up electronically in advance for the virtual teacher meetings. Please use the link below to be directed to the slide deck which contains the login information through our Home Access Center (HAC). The scheduler opens for families Wednesday, October 12, at 8:00 a.m., and registration closes on the day of the conferences, (October 18) at 8 a.m.

Link: Login Steps for Home Access Center (HAC) and Conference Registration

In-Person Attendance

Parents/guardians who plan to attend the in-person evening conferences do not need to register in advance and will be provided their student’s schedule and teacher’s names upon arrival.

If you need any assistance with signing up for the conferences, please reach out to the main offices at 847-451-3122 (West) or 847-451-3000 (East).

Last football home game to be played at West Stadium

On October 13, Leyden's last home football game of the season will be played at the West Leyden Stadium!!! (Not Triton, as originally scheduled.) This is also senior and band night, so come out and support the Leyden athletes and musicians! Game starts at 6 p.m.

Make a Difference Day: Oct 22

Leyden’s largest day of service is back! Make a Difference Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, and hundreds of Leyden students will be out in the community all morning doing acts of kindness.

We could use your help! Do you have an idea or are you willing to host a service project? The best part is that you get to tell us what needs to be done! We are open to nearly any project (raking leaves, picking up trash, painting, washing windows, weeding, sorting, etc). There will be at least one Leyden adult assigned to help supervise your project. Email Leyden at fholthouse@leyden212.org with your idea and we will work to coordinate volunteers for the project.

“Make a Difference Day at Leyden has continued to grow every year. In 2021, we had 524 students and adults who came out to support your community. We completed and worked on over 24 different projects with 8 buses transporting our groups all over the Leyden Community! There were so many incredible stories that came from the day. It once again proved how caring and hardworking Leyden High School students are.” – Frank Holthouse, Leyden’s Director of Careers and the Coordinator of Make a Difference Day

Leyden hosts monthly community job fair for students

Leyden High Schools is hosting a series of job fairs for local employers needing to hire. Many companies are struggling to find individuals to fill hundreds of vacancies in companies across the area. To help address this problem, Leyden High School job fairs will be in-person events for high school aged candidates looking for job opportunities.


Wednesdays, monthly throughout the school year, 2:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • October 19 (West)

  • November 16 (East)

  • December 14 (West)

  • January 25 (East)

  • February 22 (West)

  • March 22 (East)

  • April 19 (West)

Attention local businesses interested in hiring students:

This event is free for all business and community participants. Interested companies must RSVP to participate. Reserving a booth is easy! LINK: registration form

Businesses that are unable to attend but would still like to share job opportunities with students via Leydens Online Jobs Board at www.LeydenJobs.com may do so by sending the info to BMcGee@leyden212.org. Please note If the position requires special skills, or language proficiencies.

For additional information, please contact Frank Holthouse, Director of Careers, at 847-451-3031 or email fholthouse@leyden212.org.
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Remember that One Amazing Story about Art Teacher and Artist Anna Reed? Refresh your memory (Video: One Amazing Story: Anna Reed) and refresh your perspective with a little visit during the month of October to her first solo exhibition at the One River School & Gallery in Evanston. Congratulations Anna!

In the News

Leyden Takes Winless Match 49-12 Over Proviso East

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In the Community

Options Fair invites students with disabilities to post-high school planning night

Monday, October 17, 2022 , 6-8 p.m.

The Options Fair offers students with special needs and their families the opportunity to meet with colleges, universities, adult services agencies, and other organizations.

Sponsored through the collaborative effort of 23 high schools in the west Cook and DuPage county area, this year’s fair will feature over 70 vendors representing colleges/universities, college certificate programs, college experience programs, careers in the trades, and agencies providing services to youth and adults with special needs.

  • College degree programs with information regarding admissions and accommodations;

  • College experience programs for those interested in continuing their education formally after high school with a focus of developing vocational, social, independent living and academic skills for employment and beyond;

  • Adult agencies/services that will provide insight about accessing state funding and services, obtaining government benefits, guardianship, long-term financial planning, day programs and more.

The following presentations are also planned to round out the evening:

  • 6:10-7 p.m. College Experience Panel

  • 6:45-7:15 p.m. Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Government Benefits

  • 7-7:50 p.m. College accommodations ADA vs. IDEA

This year, the Options Fair will be hosted at Downers South High School at 1436 Norfolk Street Downers Grove, IL. It is offered to the public free of charge. No pre-registration is required. More information is available on the Options Fair website https://optionsfair.org/


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