LZHS Principal's Newsletter
November 21, 2023
Good afternoon and an early Happy Thanksgiving to you!! This is an extra edition of the Principal's Newsletter! I usually send it out every other Friday, but I have some information that I want to get into your hands before Thanksgiving. I know this is early but I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please relax and enjoy some family time!
-Upcoming Important Dates
-COVID Test Kits
-Graduation Gown Order Deadline
-Senior Yearbook Ad Sales
-Athletic Booster Club Seeking Volunteers
-Notice Regarding Participation and Outstanding Fees
-Substance Use & Mental Health Resources Available to Families
-Attendance-Early Dismissal Procedures
-Morning Drop Off
Upcoming Important Dates
-November 22-Non-Student Attendance
-November 24-Non-Student Attendance
-December 18, 19, 20-Finals
-December 21-January 8-Winter Break
Earlier this school year a communication went out to families concerning the return of finals for the 23-24 school year. You can click here to read that communication.
Below you will find details concerning the administration of finals this school year. If you have any questions please reach out to the appropriate high school staff member. If you do not know who that is please contact the main office and they will direct you to the correct person. Please see below for more details.
-Please click here for the finals schedule. Please note school ends at 1:10 on Monday and Tuesday. School will end at 1:43 on Wednesday.
-Students do not need to be in school for their study hall, open period, or lunch.
-If students are in school for study halls, open periods, or lunch they may sit in the cafeteria or the Hub. The Hub will be a silent work space for students.
-Students must stay in classrooms for the entire period.
-Jazzman's will be open the entire day.
-A grab and go lunch will be available.
-For questions concerning accommodations please contact your child's IEP or 504 case manager.
99 Culinary 1 students have earned their ServSafe Food Handler Certificate this past month. Training included five sections in Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross-contamination, Allergens, Time and Temperature, and Cleaning and Sanitation. ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. Each student is now certified until 2026.
In addition, Culinary 3 has 9 students who earn their ServSafe Food Mangers Certification. This extensive 90 question exam verifies that a manager or person-in-charge has sufficient food safety knowledge to protect the public from foodborne illness.
Ms. Callen, Ms. Jensen, and Ms. Wrocenski are proud of you!
COVID Test Kits
The District has received an additional supply of at-home COVID test kits that are designated for staff and community use. If you would like a free test kit, please contact your school health office and they will distribute them to you. Kits are available on a first come first serve basis as requested.
Graduation Gown Order Deadline
Attention Seniors! The deadline to order your cap, gown and tassel is November 27, 2023. You must order now to ensure timely delivery in the Spring. Orders received after November 27th will incur late fees. Order now at www.HerffJonesIL.com or call Herff Jones at 815-756-4743
Senior Ads For Yearbook
Senior ads have served as a great way to celebrate the senior class in our yearbook, and are again being offered this year. Please see the Senior Ad Information on how to place your order. All submissions are due by December 1st.
Athletic Booster Club Seeking Volunteers
The ALL NEW Athletic Booster Club is looking for parent involvement. If you have a student-athlete and are looking for a way to contribute, we have multiple positions within the Athletic Booster Club to share your skills and advance the state of our newly formed booster club.
Our biggest need is for volunteers to assist with:
Please respond by completing the survey.
Notice Regarding Participation and Outstanding Fees
We want to inform you of a significant update that will come into effect on January 1, 2024, regarding overdue fee balances and their impact on student participation in fee-based activities within our school community.
Effective January 1, 2024:
Students with overdue fee balances will be excluded from participating in fee-based activities. Families that have a payment plan in place – and are current in their payments - are not considered to have an overdue balance and are exempt from this exclusion.
Any fee-based activities are subject to exclusion including the following:
Non-curricular fine arts/performing arts events
Participation in social events such as Homecoming, Prom, and all other dances
Participation in the high school graduation ceremony
Additionally, please note that the following fees are not eligible for any waiver or reduction:
Yearbooks (except for 12th grade)
Replacement ID fees
Replacement planner fees
Summer enrichment classes/camps
Summer athletic camps
Non-district summer school classes
Little Bears preschool
Little Leader's tuition-based preschool
Any fines/fees levied against the student for the destruction of District property, including but not limited to books, devices, or other school-owned materials or school property
We understand that participation in these activities is important for the student’s overall school experience. To ensure uninterrupted participation, we urge all families to address any outstanding fee balances as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your fee balance, apply for fee waivers, or wish to set up a payment plan, please contact the District 95 Business Office at 847-540-4943 or email the Business Office at email@example.com.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
As we progress further into the fall, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some important health updates:
As a district and as a county, there has been a noted increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough); please see the document linked HERE for more information about symptoms and health department recommendations
While we have significantly reduced communication regarding COVID cases this school year, there are unique circumstances in which you may receive information about a cluster of COVID cases in your child’s class/program; for reference, the threshold recommended by the Lake County Health Department is 20% of a population for stakeholder notification
As always, please continue to monitor your student’s health, and to reach out to the school nurse with any questions you may have.
Substance Use & Mental Health Resources Available to Families
Attendance-Student Early Dismissal Procedures
-An approved parent/guardian must call ahead for early dismissals during the school day: 847-438-5162
-You can access the ParentVue app and/or 24 hr voicemail for earliest notification of planned student retrievals/departures.
-Please provide detailed reason(s) for departure and if student will return during that day.
-If departing during a class period, student must pick up a yellow pass from the attendance office before the start of class to show their teacher for dismissal.
-Passes are not delivered to students unless a special circumstance arises.
-Students must sign out at attendance before departing and check out with security.
-Parent/Guardian can pull up with their vehicle in the drop off/pick up lane and wait for the student to depart the main entrance.
-Students are not allowed to depart unless the protocol is followed for tracking attendance.
-Students must sign back in with attendance if returning during the same school day.
Lake Zurich High School is asking for your support during the morning drop-off. Some drivers are creating safety issues for our students as they drive through the upper lot. Please note the two issues we need to address.
-When dropping off students in the morning, please make sure you are using the student drop-off lane only. The drive-thru lane and driveway from the lower lot up to the tennis courts are not available to drop off students.
-Also, please make sure that you are not parking in numbered spots during drop-off because these spots are assigned to specific students, and they wouldn't have any other place to park. If you must park during drop-off time, please use a visitor spot and only stay as long as it takes to complete your business at the school and then vacate the spot so other visitors may use it.
Thank you for your cooperation and support!
As we prepare to start the school year, it is important that students and families establish regular routines to maximize student attendance to school. Students are expected to be at school daily, and with enough time to navigate to their first period class on time.
Please note that for students who struggle to maintain regular attendance, parents/families will receive additional communication, conference requests, and other interventions to support regular school attendance - in accordance with state law. At the high school level, this may involve one or more of the following:
- having students attend Office Hours to make up work missed due to tardy behaviors or unexcused absences,
- assignment to after school interventions (i.e., staying for a period of time after Office Hours), and
- not being able to make up formative work missed for credit due to attendance concerns.
Parents/guardians and students can find more information regarding attendance in the Parent-Student Handbook.
Welcome to SchooLinks, our new College and Career Readiness platform. We wanted to send out some information that will help you navigate SchooLinks alongside your student.
- To login please click “Forgot my password” and enter the email address that you use for your ParentVue login. From there you will be able to access your guardian account
- You and your student(s) will be automatically connected within the platform alongside your student's counselor and other faculty members who will take part in your student's journey toward College and Career Readiness
- We are always looking for additional industry partners to help bring work based learning experiences to all students. To learn more about how you can help, please email our Director of College and Career Readiness, Ali Finn
- SchooLinks provides extensive support for navigating all it has to offer. You can locate the help center here
- For any additional questions, please reach out to Ali Finn
Thank you for your continued support throughout your student's journey to life after District 95!
Dr. John Walsh and Ms. Ali Finn
The Bear Booster store has gone LIVE! We are so excited to showcase our NEW line! Start the new school year sporting your trendy LZ Bear Spirit Wear! GO BEARS!!!