LZHS Principal's Newsletter
October 27, 2023
Good afternoon!! Last night, the District 95 Board of Education approved a four-year contract for me to continue as the Lake Zurich High School Principal. I am so excited to continue to serve the Lake Zurich community. My short time at Lake Zurich High School has been incredible. Parents, students, and staff have been incredibly welcoming and supportive. Honestly, I am overwhelmed by the well wishes and kind words of all stakeholders. I'm here for the next five years if you need anything at all!!! Pick up the phone, drop me an email, or set up an appointment; let's work together to continue the tradition of excellence at Lake Zurich High School.
There is a lot to celebrate here at Lake Zurich, and this newsletter has a lot of celebrations!! Thanks for reading!!
-Upcoming Important Dates
-Post-Secondary Planning for Juniors and Parents
-Bear Facts KEMPA Award
-All State - Theatre
-All State - Show Choir (Blue Notes)
-All State - Band, Orchestra, Choir
-Fall Athletic Accomplishments
-Substance Use & Mental Health Resources Available to Families
-Joanie’s Closet Snowpant & Boot Drive
-Submitting Attendance Through Synergy
-Attendance-Early Dismissal Procedures
-Morning Drop Off
-Spiritwear Volunteer Opportunities
Upcoming Important Dates
-November 1-Parent Teacher Conferences
-November 6-Non-Student Attendance
-November 9-Early Release
-November 9-Parent Teacher Conferences
-November 22-Non-Student Attendance
-November 24-Non-Student Attendance
Post-Secondary Planning for Juniors and Parents
Hello juniors and parents!
On Tuesday night, November 14, Mr. Krause will be giving a presentation on post-secondary options for juniors and their parents. He will also speak a little about what colleges are looking for, a timeline of the process, personal traits as well as some job outlook research. This presentation will be presented live but also recorded and livestreamed. We will be in the PAC at 7 pm.
He would also like to give both parents and students a way to share some thoughts about the upcoming planning process. He is asking for your hopes and dreams regarding the students’ future plans. Here is the short form with questions for both the students and parents. He will be referencing these answers during the presentation. Thanks for participating!
Mr. Krause wants to make sure that you get the information that you want and need from this presentation so please feel free to come with questions you have. Some possible topics: testing, selective admission, financial fit, scholarships, letters of recommendation, and essay writing.
If you and your student would like to meet about college planning or would like help putting a list together he would be happy to do so. All I would ask for you to do is to fill out a College Planning Worksheet.
Mr. Krause looks forward to talking to you on Tuesday, November 14, and getting the opportunity to help your student with their post-secondary journey.
The livestream link will be sent out though a SchooLInks e-mail closer to the date.
Bears Facts KEMPA Award
Earlier this year, LZHS Bear Facts student Media Advisor, Elizabeth Lungu, submitted the Bear Facts issues from the 2022-2023 school year to competitions for the Kettle Moraine Press Association, known as KEMPA. Bear Facts Student Media was awarded 2nd place for the Online competition and "All KEMPA" (the highest possible ranking) for the printed magazines. Congratulations to our talented student journalists!
The LZHS Art + Design Department, under the direction of Matt Winkelman and Kristen LaJeunesse Roach, hosted the annual Mini Portfolio Day event on Wednesday, October 18th. This annual event provided approximately 70 students, from the North Suburban Conference and beyond, the opportunity to learn about future educational opportunities that can ultimately lead to creative careers.
Participating students created a unique schedule for the day that allowed them to engage in valuable portfolio reviews and participate in informational presentations from 25-30 of the nation’s top Art + Design schools or Universities with strong Art + Design programs. The information students receive and the connections they make at this event often lead to potential scholarship opportunities and future college admissions.
PhilanthroPrint is a student-led business developed through the LZHS INCubator and ACCELerator program, and has just become the first ACCELerator business at LZHS to sell a product (other ACCEL groups are not yet to the market phase).
PhilanthroPrints manufactures small keychains that represent different “causes”. All of the PhilanthroPrint products are 3D printed and use environmentally friendly materials. PhilanthroPrint’s more recent “cause” has been a pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each purchase of a Pink Ribbon keychain will donate 20%-40% to National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).
Congratulations to LZHS student entrepreneurs Carter Kapanjie, Dillon Bathery and Nik Popovic, for achieving this major milestone.
All-State - Theatre
Lake Zurich High School senior, Melodi Magluyan, has been selected for the 2024 Illinois High School Theatre Festival, the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the nation. The All-State Theatre production for 2024 will be She Kills Monsters. Congratulations to Melodi for this prestigious honor - she will play the role of Kaliope.
All-State - Show Choir (Blue Notes)
Lake Zurich freshman and Blue Notes Show Choir member, Sydney Vignocchi, was selected to perform in the 50 member 2023 All-State Show Choir Festival which was held on October 21st. Sydney submitted both vocal and dance audition videos, competing against hundreds of other show choir hopefuls from across the state. Congratulations to Sydney who is the first LZHS Show Choir member to be selected for this high honor.
All-State - Band, Orchestra, Choir
Lake Zurich High School has 40 band, choir, orchestra, and jazz ensemble students who were selected to participate as members of the 2023 All-District Illinois Music Educator Association (ILMEA) District-7 ensembles, representing about 55 schools from the northern Illinois region.
· Playing in the District 7 Band are: Aarushi Bhagath, clarinet; Erik Kohl, trumpet; Matthew Nerenberg, oboe; Peter Shutkas, clarinet; Dennis Szczech, flute.
· Playing in the District 7 Orchestra are: Jonah Oh, Mira Pietrzkiewicz & Bradley Reiff, cellos; Joshua Kalarical, Double Bass; Joey Polites, trumpet; Hannah Brazis, Charles Malohn & Jonathon Rittle, viola; Elise Tyson, violin.
· Performing with the District 7 Chorus are: Sydney Pine, Anna Roscoe, Abigail Yebra, Sienna Makhlouf, Katarina Zigic, altos; Brady Anderson, Matthew Angelaccio, Dave Kalesz, Joey Richards, Aaron Conners, Joey Meister, basses; Kayden Glisson, Kyra Keena, Melodi Magluyan, Claire Denton, Lily Henry, Sopranos; Lauren Givens, Jack Rough, Zach Fewkes, tenors.
· Performing with the District 7 Jazz Ensembles are: Joey Polites, Stephanie Zbierowski & Michael Angelaccio, trumpets; Noah Chun, drum set; Dan Minkov, alto sax; Leo Michels, piano; Demetri Shutkas, trombone
Fall Athletic Accomplishments
Congratulations to our fall athletic programs! Way to go!
Boys Golf- Zack Lawler, Sectional Qualifier
Girls Golf-Maddie Michalak and Jeanne Yu, Sectional Qualifier
Singles- Katrine Boianox qualified for Round 4 of the IHSA State Tournament
Doubles- Summer and Tessa Fabsik qualified for round 2 of the IHSA State Tournament
Girls & Boys Cross Country - NSC Champions, both teams have qualified for Sectionals Saturday, October 28th
Boys Soccer - NSC Champions, eliminated during Regionals
Girls Volleyball played for the Regional Championship and came up just short
Boys Football Round 1 at Lake Zurich HS Friday, October 27th
North Suburban Conference Sportsmanship Award Winners
Congratulations to our NSC Sportsmanship Award Winners!!!!
Boys XC-Diego Banuelos
Girls XC-Jillian Michels
Boys Soccer- Anthony Kim
Boys Golf-Zach Lawler
Girls Golf-Jeanne Yu
Girls Tennis-Lia Carroll
Girls Volleyball-Paige Kutsor
Substance Use & Mental Health Resources Available to Families
Submitting Attendance Through Synergy
Access the Synergy Parent Portal from the District 95 website (under Parents, called ParentVUE) or through the App on your smartphone to submit an attendance report when your child will miss school.
Login to ParentVUE.
Select the child for whom you will report the absence.
Navigate to the "Attendance" tab
Within the "Attendance" section, select “Report Absence”. Provide detailed information, including the reason for the absence and the anticipated duration.
Save and Confirm: You will only receive a confirmation email after the request is processed.
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!
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
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.
Spiritwear Volunteer Opportunities
Would you like to meet new parents? Make great connections while selling the NEW Bear Spirit Wear Line?
Join us in raising money for the High School! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also sign up for to volunteer at the school store and/or football games.
School Store Volunteer Sign up Genius link:
Football Game Volunteer SignUp Genius Link:
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!!!