Leyden Pride

September 19, 2022

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Important Dates

Sept 26-30 Homecoming Week

Oct 10 No School

Oct 17 No School

Oct 18 Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct 22 Make a Difference Day

Nov 23-25 No School

Dec 21 Last day of Semester

Dec 22 Jan 8 Winter Break


Link: Subscribe to the Leyden calendar!

Homecoming 2022 - Trip Down Memory Lane

Sept 29 - Pep Rally West Leyden Field House 6PM

Sept 30 - Football Games on Triton's Campus 7PM

Oct 1 - Homecoming 2022 East Leyden Commons 7- 10PM

  • $15 per person, guest forms required
  • Tickets on sale during the lunch periods (9/26-9/30)
  • Formal dress encouraged

Leyden hosts vaccine clinic

On October 17, Leyden will host a community clinic offering vaccines for COVID-19 (boosters), Pneumonia, Tdap, Flu and Shingles. The clinic will be open 2 - 6 p.m. at West Leyden located at 1000 Wolf Road in Northlake and is open to all residents regardless of insurance or immigration status. Reservations are encouraged and available online. Link: Schedule Appointment

The curtain set to rise on fall play

Starting October 14, something odd will be happening on the West Leyden stage! The Odd Couple, both the female and male versions, runs October 14-15 and 21-22, in the West Leyden auditorium. Neil Simon’s hilarious play features two mismatched roommates and all of the funnies that go along with it! Tickets cost $5 and are available online through the Leyden website link.

Cast includes: (Male Version) Daniela Castro, Armani Gennell, Korneliusz Kopera, Sonya Morales, Jairo Reina Perez, Oliver Prus, Dylan Ramirez and Alexander Suryovch; (Female Version) Mari Alvarez, Kathy De Jesus, Luna Diaz, Seth Figueroa, Mia Herrera, Kaya Kozlowski, Des Morad and Roy Torres.

Love to dance? Leyden's Orchesis Dance Team needs you!

This semester, Orchesis is exploring and learning various styles including Modern, African, Charleston, Bachata, Salsa, Swing, Contemporary, Ballet, and Jazz. Auditions will be held in December for the spring showcase in March where students are able to perform their own choreographies. No experience required, students from both campuses are welcome to join. Email Ms. Longstreth for more information: llongstreth@student.leyden212.org


Fall Meeting Information:

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 3:30 - 4:50pm

Sept - West Dance Studio

Oct - East Dance Studio

Nov - West Dance Studio

Dec - East Dance Studio

“Sweetest Dance” for girls ages 3 - 12

The Leyden Girls Tennis team will be hosting a 'Sweetest Dance' on Saturday, October 22, for girls ages 3-12. The theme will be a 'Hawaiian Luau' and a Hawaiian-inspired outfit is the recommended attire. The dance will be held in the East student cafeteria from 6-7:45 p.m. and features a DJ, professional photographer (additional cost), limbo, hula hoops, and treats. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The purpose of this event is to create a special night for girls and their dads, uncles, grandfathers, or other special adults in their lives. In addition, this is a fundraiser for the tennis team. Tickets cost $20 per couple, and $10 for additional children attending with another child/adult couple. Snacks and drinks are included. To purchase tickets, please contact sponsor Joe Hamilton directly by email: JHamilton@leyden212.org

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Homecoming Week Spirit Days

Monday (9/26) - Movie Monday (dress like your favorite movie star)

Tuesday (9/27) - Twin Day

Wednesday (9/28) - Superhero Day

Thursday (9/29) - ThrowBack Thursday (Decades Day)

Friday (9/30) - Blue and Gold

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Homecoming Week Spirit Days

Monday (9/26) - Decades Day (Freshmen: 1920s; Sophomores: 1950s; Juniors: 1970s; Seniors: 2000s)

Tuesday (9/27) - Twin Day

Wednesday (9/28) - Teen Beach Day: Bikers v. Surfers

Thursday (9/29) - Adam Sandler Day

Friday (9/30 - Blue and Gold

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One Amazing Story: Alumni Artist Sergio Farfan


Our next One Amazing Story focuses on Sergio Farfan, a West Leyden alumnus who is now a heavily sought-after fine artist. He has collaborated with major galleries and corporations including Delta Airlines, Hudson Jeans, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Fire, and as of recently, his work is all over the United Center as he worked with the Chicago Bulls to create their limited edition play-off gear.


Sergio credits his experiences at Leyden with providing the right tools and exposure to learn that art can help him manage his anxiety. He found a way to express his emotions in a healthy way through fine art, which will be the focus of his next endeavor, a gallery exhibit in Florida.


Link: Watch video

Two student golf athletes win State Special Olympics

Uriel Olmas and Amelia Wegrzynowska earned a first place finish in the State Special Olympics golf competition this past weekend in Decatur, Illinois. Juan Enrique also earned himself a medal, placing third in the competition. Ramon Gonzalez and Jannette Garcia also competed in the State finals. Congratulations to our golfers!

The teams are coached by Tori Heinrich and Kevin Mitchell.

Cross Country strides into 4th place

Girls Cross earned 4th place out of 30 teams in the DePaul Prep invitational.

Videos and newsletter receive state honors

Leyden has recently been honored by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) for Wave, the Documentary, the District video, and the community newsletter.

Links to these award-winning media:

Wave (Video)

District (Video)

Community Newsletter (PDF)

In the Community

West Suburban Options Fair for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities and their parents are invited to attend an Options Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022. The OPTIONS FAIR was established to offer students with special needs an opportunity to meet with colleges and universities, trades/certification programs, as well as agencies that can provide services after high school. This program is free to the public.


More than 60 exhibitors will be in attendance. The fair is divided into four clusters:


  • College degree programs, with information regarding admissions and accommodations.

  • College experience programs, for those interested in continuing their education formally after high school with a focus on developing vocational, social, independent living and academic skills for employment and beyond.

  • Trades/certification programs, with information regarding admissions and training opportunities in trades such as automotive, skilled manufacturing, HVAC, welding and computer technology.

  • Adult agencies/services that will provide insight about accessing state funding and services, obtaining government benefits, guardianship, long-term financial planning, day programs and more.


For more information, check out the Options Fair website at https://optionsfair.org, and follow us on social media on Twitter @wsoptionsfair and like our Facebook page at West Suburban Options Fair.

Trek to the REC 5K: Oct 1

Leyden Township, Leyden District 212 and Mannheim District 83 are hosting the Trek to the R.E.C. 5K which will be held on Saturday, October 1, at 8:00 a.m. The route begins at Westdale School and is designed to showcase some of the schools, parks, and facilities that Leyden has to offer.


The goal of the event is to promote Recreation, Education, the Community, and the Parent-Teacher Associations of our Schools. In addition, the funds raised will assist less fortunate families. Registration is $10 per runner for adults and $5 for children under 18, with proceeds benefiting the Leyden Needy Fund & District 83’s PTA’s.


Link: Register online

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