Leyden Pride

May 16, 2022

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Important Dates

May 17 - East Graduation

May 18 - West Graduation

May 20 - Last Day for All Students

End of semester student schedule

As you know, Leyden no longer runs final exam schedules at the end of the semesters. This year, we will run a new half-day schedule during the last days of the semester. Students will attend half of their classes one day, then the other half the following day. May 16-17 and May 19-20 will follow half-days schedules. May 18 will run on a usual Wednesday inservice day schedule. Detailed schedule below:


DAY 1 (May 16, May 19)
Period 0: 7:00-7:25 AM
Period 1: 7:35-8:20 AM
Period 2: 8:25-9:10 AM
Eagle Time: 9:15-9:50 AM
Period 3: 9:55-10:40 AM
Period 4/5 5/6: 10:45-11:30 AM
STT: 11:30-12:00 PM

DAY 2 (May 17, May 20)
Period 6/7/ 7/8: 7:35-8:20 AM
Period 9: 8:25-9:10 AM
Eagle Time: 9:15-9:50 AM
Period 10: 9:55-10:40 AM
STT: 10:40-11:10AM

*Grab and Go student lunches will be available after all half day schedules.

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Graduations will be livestreaming

East Leyden: Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.
Link: Live Stream


West Leyden: Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.
Link: Live Stream

Board of Education names two new student members

Continuing the tradition started in 2016, the Board of Education appointed two new Leyden Student representatives during their meeting this past Thursday. Marisol Garcia (West) and Olivia Lorens (East) will represent their school's student body in hopes of better communicating student concerns. Both students were nominated by staff for their involvement and contributions to the school. Congratulations to both!


Also, we are grateful for the service of our outgoing Student Board Members Danny Lechuga (West) and Izabella Laniewski (East). Congratulations on your graduation!

Free summer breakfast for all kids under 18

On the days that summer school is in session, free breakfast will be provided for any child 18 years or younger, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Kids don’t need to be attending summer school or be current Leyden students. Anyone from the community is welcome to enjoy free breakfast as part of our community program.

Summer school runs June 6 - July 14, generally Monday through Thursday.

Link: Summer school schedule and information

Leyden Pride Pavers for sale

Leyden announces the inaugural sale of Leyden Pride Pavers to commemorate the new concession stand at the stadium. This is a great opportunity to pay a tribute to teachers, coaches, teams, families and students, celebrate a milestone such as graduation, or memorialize a loved one. As Leyden approaches its 100 anniversary in 2024, the Leyden Pride Pavers are a great way for our school community to be a part of the tradition!


For more information and to order a paver, please visit www.leyden212.org/pavers and fill out the purchase form.

All returning students must register

Hello summer! But before everyone runs away to enjoy the sunshine, please know that every returning student must register for the 2022-2023 school year. Registration opens May 23 and is completed entirely online. For more information and to start the process, please visit our website.

End-of-year checkout process

As we quickly approach the end of the 2021-2022 school year, please refer to the information below regarding student Chromebooks and Google accounts. As a reminder, students can always check which Chromebook is assigned to them through the Home Access Center. (From the HAC homepage, click on the School Links tab and then the My Chromebook Equipment link.)


For more information, please visit our website.

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Graduation practice and ceremony

Mandatory graduation practice will be held on Tuesday, May 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Rosemont Theatre. Transportation from East Leyden to the theatre and back will be available for students who choose not to drive. The bus will leave promptly from entrance 18 at 8:30 a.m.

Students will receive one parking pass and eight (8) tickets to the ceremony at practice. We will not replace tickets if they are lost. Students who do not attend practice will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

The East Leyden Commencement Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rosemont Theatre. All graduating seniors must meet in the designated area at 5:30 p.m. for final instructions. Students who arrive late will not be allowed to participate. Transportation will also be available from East Leyden to the Rosemont Theatre for the ceremony. All students planning to take the bus to the ceremony must report to Entrance 18 by 5:00 p.m.. No balloons, flowers, or other gifts are permitted inside the theatre. People who bring these items to the door will be asked to take them back to their cars.
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Graduation practice and ceremony

Mandatory graduation practice will be held on Wednesday, May 18, at 9:00 a.m. at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. A bus is available to take students to and from practice leaving promptly at 8:30 a.m. from Entrance 11. The bus will return to West Leyden after practice. Students who do not attend practice, will NOT be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. At this time, our plan is to distribute tickets at our graduation practice. Each student will receive six (6) graduation tickets. All guests (including children) attending graduation must have a ticket. We will not be replacing graduation tickets if they are lost.

The West Leyden Class of 2022 will graduate Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rosemont Theatre. All graduating seniors must meet in the designated area at 5:30 p.m. for final instructions. Students who arrive late will not be allowed to participate. We will also have a bus to take students to and from the graduation ceremony. All students who are planning to take the bus to the ceremony must report to Entrance 2 by 5:00 p.m. No balloons, flowers, or other gifts are permitted inside the theatre, people who bring these items to the door will be asked to take them back to their cars.
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One Amazing Story: The Rise of eSports

What is eSports? Allow our eSports State Champions (Fortnite) from Leyden tell you all about it! Sophomores Caleb Ruiz, David Hernandez and Daniel Jiminez dominated the tournament during Leyden’s inaugural season. The team is led by Mr. McFadden and Mr. Cloud.

Link: Watch Video

One Amazing Story - eSports State Champions

Counselor serves on state professional board

Leyden counselor Alicia Funes elected to serve as a Board member of the Illinois School Counselor Association

Congratulations to three state-qualifying gymnasts

Gymnasts Leo Dragotta, Joe Paloomo and Patrick Gadocha qualify for IHSA State Meet!

Relay teams and high jumper qualify for state

Congratulations to our Lady Eagle Track and Field relay teams and high jumper who qualified for state: Patrycja Karpiesiuk (High Jump); Stephanie Dominguez, Mariah Fontanez, Janeli Cruz, Olivia Lorens (4x800 relay); Stephanie Dominguez, Olivia Lorens, Jillianne Legaspi, Patrycja Karpiesiuk (4x400 relay)

Golden Apple Scholar:

West Leyden student Jessica Ramirez has become a Golden Apple Scholar! Golden Apple Scholars get extensive teacher training each year, have access to academic and professional resources, as well as the financial benefits. Congratulations Jessica!

Congratulations to our Varsity athletes

On Tuesday, May 10, Leyden recognized all Varsity athletes during the Varsity Sports Awards Night at East Leyden. Several students were also awarded scholarships and titles including:

3 Sport Athlete Award: Lizeth Avitia, Lily Dodgers, Mariah Fontanez, Patrick Gadocha, Christian Lopez, Lea Martinez, Brandon Pounders; 4 Year Scholar Award: Patrick Gadocha, Jillianne Legaspi, Armin Mrzljak, Zuzanna Wojtasik; Single Sport Athlete of the Year: Caroline Gorski, Pablo Mancha; Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year: Sierra Gibson, Gus Tosterud; Novotny Scholarship Winners: Zynai Hernandez, Pablo Mancha; Norm Goodman Scholarship: Gus Tosterud; and the Andy Harmon Scholarship: Lily Dodgers


Link: Watch the highlight reel

Leyden High Schools - Athletic Highlights 2021-22

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