LZHS Principal's Newsletter
October 13, 2023
Good afternoon!! We are one week out from our wonderful Homecoming week. So much fun, so much energy. What an amazing week! Today, I received a pie in the face four times, by four very kind students! They earned this honor by winning the Freshman Foundations Olympics. It was enjoyable for all students to see...maybe too enjoyable! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! Have a great weekend!
-Upcoming Important Dates
-Weight Room Grand Reopening
-SAT Informational Night
-Attendance-Early Dismissal Procedures
-Substance Use & Mental Health Resources Available to Families
-Joanie’s Closet Snowpant & Boot Drive
-Lake Zurich High School Parent/Teacher Conference Information
-Red Ribbon Week Information
-Submitting Attendance Through Synergy
-Morning Drop Off
-Spiritwear Volunteer Opportunities
Upcoming Important Dates
-October 17-Band O'Rama
-October 19-District Choral Festival
-October 25-PSAT/NMSQT Assessment for Juniors
-October 27-Early Release
-October 27-Parent Teacher Conferences
-November 1-Parent Teacher Conferences
-November 6-Non-Student Attendance
-November 9-Early Release
-November 9-Parent Teacher Conferences
-November 22-Non-Student Attendance
Lake Zurich High School PTO Meeting
Our first meeting is going to be this Monday, October 16th at 7PM in the HUB. There will be signs on how to get to the HUB from the main entrance. All are welcome!!!
Weight Room Grand Reopening
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.
Substance Use & Mental Health Resources Available to Families
Lake Zurich High School Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences for Lake Zurich High School will be held on three dates beginning October 27th. Conferences on Friday, October 27th will be online only, while those on the 1st and 9th of November will be hybrid with opportunities for both in-person and video conferences.
10/27 - 1:45 PM to 3:35 PM (online only)
11/1 - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (in-person or online)
11/9 - 1:45 PM to 7:00 PM (in-person or online)
While it is preferable to conference with our parents in person, virtual options remain available for your convenience.
Conferences will be scheduled using Meet the Teacher, our scheduling and conferencing system. The system will allow parents to select either an in-person or video meeting.
Parents who select the remote video conference will receive an emailed link to the conference following registration. On the day of the meeting, parents/guardians will return to the Meet the Teacher conference website to open the video window. Please review this informational page to ensure the technology needed for conferencing is in place.
Parents and Guardians who elect to meet in-person will select the in-person meeting option during registration, appointments will automatically include a 10 minute gap between meetings for travel time. In-person conference attendees should arrive at the meeting room at least 5 minutes prior to the time that the meeting is scheduled.
On Monday, October 16th, each guardian will receive an invitation to sign up for a conference with their student’s teachers, including a unique login code for Lake Zurich’s Meet the Teacher portal. Parent sign-up will open at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, October 18th and will be available through October 25th at 8:00 AM.
Red Ribbon Week
Double Entry Communication
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.
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
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!!!
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.