Leyden Pride

April 18, 2022

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Parent University - Saturday, April 23

CORRECTION: The start time is 8:15 a.m. (Not 9 a.m. as stated in the previous edition)

Join us Saturday, April 23, at East Leyden for Parent University, a morning of sessions aimed at helping parents of high school students. From 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m, these sessions include: opportunities here at Leyden, early college credit, understanding the college admissions process, and even the basics on financial aid. Parent University sessions give you the tools to succeed in helping your children succeed. Parents who join will also have the opportunity to win $500 and $1,000 scholarships for their child! Lunch will also be provided following the conference sessions.

For more information and registration, please visit our website.

Select families must complete residency verification before registration

Each year, the district identifies incoming freshmen families and current student families who must verify residency prior to registering their student for the following school year. Families who received a letter from the district in February requesting residency verification must complete the process prior to registering for the 2022-23 school year. Please visit www.leyden212.org/residencyupload to complete residency verification as soon as possible to avoid delays in the registration process.

Parents/Guardians will need their student's residency “snapcode” to complete this process. Parents/Guardians who misplaced this “snapcode” may contact the Assistant Principal's office at 847-451-3025 (East) or 847-451-3121 (West).

Current juniors: scholarship opportunities

Monthly drawings for the CollegeBoard’s BigFuture Scholarships in amounts of $500 and $40,000 are available to juniors who complete steps to plan for college. The sooner juniors start and the more steps completed, the more chances there are to win! Enter the first drawing now by building a college list of six or more schools.

Link: BigFuture Scholarships

Children's books needed for charity

The SADD Club, Interact Club and Polish Club are collecting gently used children's books to donate to Bernie's Book Bank. Books are needed for kids from birth to 6th-grade, in good or new condition. *Please no workbooks, textbooks, or reference material. Collection boxes are available at the East Leyden's Student Services Dept., Entrance 4, and room 275 until Monday, April 25.

Upcoming Arts Events

USO Big Band Show on stage at Leyden

The USO Big Band Show will be performed at West Leyden High School on Friday, April 29. The band will be performing the iconic music of World War ll, live in concert, with big bands, orchestras, singers, and dancers!

The performance is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required in the likely scenario of the audience interest exceeding seating capacity.

Link: Reserve tickets

US Navy Band performs at Leyden

The United States Navy Band performs a free concert at West Leyden High School on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

The performance is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required in the likely scenario of audience interest exceeding seating capacity.

Link: Reserve tickets

Alice in Wonderland - Improvised!

Alice in Wonderland is a story known for its many adaptations. With the spring play timeslot only offering a few weeks to rehearse until performances, the play itself was a classic choice that many could get behind. But for Frank Bavone, director of Leyden’s Alice in Wonderland, where others saw an easy choice, he saw an opportunity to turn the story on its head.

“I put the concept together of doing this as an improv show, and not having a script,” said Bavone. “So we're calling it Alice in Wonderland Unscripted, because we're trying to do it for a different purpose. Like it's not to tell the timeless classic story. It's to tell a different story of a journey through (Wonderland) and the people you meet.”

Link: Full Story

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Prom and Senior Picnic tickets available starting April 20

Prom and Senior Picnic tickets will be available for purchase beginning April 20 through May 5. Prom tickets are $65.00 each, and Picnic tickets at $10.00 each.

Link: Additional Information

Cap and gown distribution tomorrow

On Tuesday, April 19, East Leyden will distribute caps and gowns to graduating seniors from 10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. during lunch periods in the Cafeteria.

*If a graduate has not yet ordered a cap & gown, they may do so by logging into jostens.com. (East Leyden link)

Link: Class of 2022 Information

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Juniors recognized in the 34th Annual William H. Fern Awards ceremony

Leyden recognizes Outstanding juniors from academic departments and extra curricular activities as well as faculty and staff with the 34th annual Fern Awards. Department chairs meet with teachers in their department to nominate juniors that best represent their department's vision of what constitutes a true scholar in their discipline.

Link: Full list of student recipients

Hundreds of students on the Path to Excellence

On April 20 and April 27, hundreds of Leyden students will be honored with Path to Excellence Awards. Students who earn this recognition are on track to receive our Excellence Award upon their Graduation, by meeting numerous expectations in terms of community service, academics, attendance, behavior and participation in clubs and sports.

We are grateful to have so many from both East and West Leyden, as it shows what great members of the community they are and will be in the future.

Full list of student recipients (East)

Full list of student recipients (West)

Leyden receives financial recognition

Leyden High School District 212 has received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. This award represents a significant achievement and reflects commitment to transparency and high-quality financial reporting.

ASBO International’s Certificate of Excellence (COE) recognizes districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and transparency. “The COE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in financial reporting,” ASBO International Executive Director David Lewis says. “The Annual Comprehensive Financial Report informs stakeholders about the financial and economic state of the district, making it an important communications tool for building trust and engaging with the school community.”

In the News

East Leyden alum participates in Golden Gloves

Link: Area success displayed at Chicago Golden Gloves

Community News

Kiwanis Annual Pancake Day

Kiwanis Club of Northlake is holding its annual Pancake Day on May 7 at Grant Park in Northlake, from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. The event includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, raffle prizes, and Leyden Student Performances. Tickets are $6 for Adults, $5 for children 4-12, and 3 and younger eat for free.