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  • Week of January 23, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 1/20/2017


    Happening This Week

    Tuesday, 1/24
    8th Grade Art Workshop - 4 p.m.
    Girls Basketball vs. Addison Trail - Senior Night - 7:30 p.m. (West Campus) 

    Wednesday, 1/25
    Bowling vs. Hinsdale Central -Senior Night - 4 p.m. 

    Thursday, 1/26
    Residency Verification Day (See below for details)
    Talent Show - 7 p.m.  (East Auditorium)
    Wrestling vs. Downers Grove North - Senior Night - 6 p.m. (East Campus)

    Friday, 1/27
    Talent Show - 4 p.m. (East Auditorium)
    Boys' Swimming vs. Addison Trail - 5 p.m. (West Campus)
    Boys' Basketball vs. Downers Grove South - 7:30 p.m. (East Campus)

    Saturday, 1/28
    Residency Verification Day
    Bowling - Leyden Invitational - 8:30 a.m.

    Looking Ahead

    Wednesday, 2/1
    Ask the Expert Day


    Writers Week
    Last week, our English department hosted our first annual Writers Week.  Students, faculty, and staff shared their stories with classes throughout the three days. We laughed, we cried, we were inspired.

    Check out some of the feedback we had on Twitter by visiting Writers Week #leydenpride Recap on Storify. 

    Writers Week Audience  Dave Narter

    Residency Verification Days
    Residency Verification is for every incoming freshman in the district who will be attending Leyden in the 2017-2018 school year, as well as returning students who have provided a lease, affidavit, or landlord verification form in the past. Click here for more information.

    Course Selection
    Course selection continues this week with the Class of 2019 from 1/23-1/27, and the Class of 2020 from 2/6-2/10.  All students will meet individually with their counselor to finalize courses, but please remind your student to complete their online course selection prior to their counselor meeting.

    Illinois State Scholars
    Congratulations to our Illinois State Scholars.  These 32 students will be honored at a breakfast event on January 25.  

    Illinois State Scholars


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  • Week of January 16, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 1/13/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Happening This Week

    Monday, 1/16
    Martin Luther King Day - No School

    Tuesday, 1/17
    Taste of East - 7 p.m. 

    Thursday, 1/19
    Board of Education Meeting - 7 p.m.  

    Looking Ahead

    Thursday, 1/26
    Talent Show - 7 p.m. 

    East Leyden Student joins Northwest Suburban Leadership Team
    Congratulations to Hilda Mendoza for being selected as a member of the Northwest Suburban Leadership Team 2016-2017.  Check out the information here on Hilda's accomplishments since she joined us at East Leyden.

     Hilda Mendoza

    Course Selection
    Course selection will take place for the Class of 2018 from 1/13-1/20, the Class of 2019 from 1/23-1/27, and the Class of 2020 from 2/6-2/10.  All students will meet individually with their counselor to finalize courses, but please remind your student to complete their online course selection prior to their counselor meeting.  

    Principal's Newsletter
    By now, you should have received the print copy of the January 2017 Eagle Report, the principal's newsletter.  You can also view the newsletters here.  

    Scarf Update
    On December 21st after finals, Mr. Markey and some students headed out to distribute the scarves that we mentioned in previous posts.  

    Delivery of kindness underway... Students providing handmade scarves w/gloves& hats to those in need! Thanks 2

    Scarf Distribution


    Triton College offers Free English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes
    Registration: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. - Adults (18 & older) -Registration begins at 6 p.m. and will include an evaluation to determine the level to place the registering adult.

    Location:  West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Road, Northlake, IL - Entrance # 1

    Classes are scheduled to start on Tuesday, January 24th until Thursday, May 11, 2017 every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 9:20 p.m. In addition, adult Continuing Education Courses are held at East & West Leyden High School sites for a minimal cost. Courses offered are: Computers, Cake Decorating, Languages, Sketching/Drawing, Photography and Fitness programs.  

    If you are interested please contact Mrs. Alvarez at (847) 451-3056.

    Triton College Spring 2017 Courses at East and West Leyden High Schools!     
    Triton College School of Continuing Education is offering the following courses at East and West Leyden for a minimal tuition rate.

    East Leyden High School: (3400 Rose Street, Franklin Park, IL  60131)

    • Polish 1 Language
    • Polish 11 Language
    • Intermediate Drawing
    • American Sign Language
    • Zumba Fitness
    • Yoga & Pilate Fitness
    • Belly Dance 1
    • Intermediate Photography

    West Leyden High School:  (1000 North Wolf Road, Northlake, IL  60164)

    • Cake Decorating (Beginning to Advanced)
    • Internet Essential Skills Computer Course
    • Word 1 Computer Course
    • Zumba-Gold Fitness
    • Spanish 1 Language
    • Spanish 11 Language
    • Customer Service Office Equipment

    The sessions start in January and conclude in May and are held in the evenings on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  For specific details on starting dates, registration, and tuition fee contact the Continuing Education Department at (708) 456.0300, ext. 3500 or visit the website at

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  • Week of December 19, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 12/19/2016 9:00:00 AM

    Mannequin Challenge
    You'll find Mannequin Challenges all over the internet.  Our District 212 Administration team decided to take on that challenge.  Click here to see their Jingle Bell version.  

    5Essential Survey
    Each year, The Illinois State Board of Education conducts the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, which gathers data to predict some important student outcomes. Our district has chosen to provide the parent survey, with the hopes that at least 20% of the Leyden parents will complete the survey.  If we are successful in having parents/guardians complete the survey, a parent supplement will be generated. Please consider taking the time to provide your confidential input.  Click here to access the login page.  Enter "Cook" for the county and type in "Leyden" to select either East or West.  And in January, watch here for more information about this survey.   

    Parents' Club Board Positions
    East Leyden Parents' Club is looking for Board Members for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you are interested in learning about what the positions entail or would like to put your name on the ballot, please email or come to the Monday, December 12th meeting in the Little Theater at 6 p.m. 

    All positions available.  Some are to completely take over and some can be used for shadowing for one year, if preferred.

    This Week

    Monday, 12/19
    Period 1 Semester Final

    Tuesday, 12/20
    Periods 2 & 3 Semester Finals

    Wednesday, 12/21
    Periods 4/5/6/7/8 Semester Finals

    Thursday, 12/22
    Periods 9 & 10 Semester Finals

    Firday, 12/23
    No School - Start of Winter Break  


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  • Week of December 12, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 12/9/2016 3:00:00 PM

      Be Kind

    You heard about it in last week's Parent Weekly, but we wanted to update you.  Ms. French knows that some of the students who started a scarf, might not come back to finish it.  So how did she spend part of her weekend?  Finishing up scarves.  Check this out.  If you are on Facebook, you can keep up with her progress by checking out #kindnessmatters

    Finished scarves 1   Finished scarves 2

    Find Your Passion

    Shout out to our band and choir ensembles for an outstanding performance in our annual Music of the Holidays event. The evening culminates in the Hallelujah Chorus when the entire audience is invited to join.  Here's a sampling.  

    Hallelujah Chorus Commit to Excellence

    One of the favorite events we have throughout the year is our Poetry Out Loud experience. It gives students an opportunity to perform their poetry in front of other students.  Although it was started by Mr. Scalero a number of years ago, many of our English teachers saw the value in it and follow his lead.  Last week, Ms. Ellis & Ms. Stolarsky teamed up their English classes to allow their students the opportunity to present. Students who are interested can move on to competitions outside of Leyden. On Wednesday, 12/14, there is an after school competition where students will compete to advance to the Regional competition.

    Poetry Out Loud


    This Week

    Monday, 12/12
    East Leyden Parents' Club Meeting - 6:30 p.m.  


    Looking Ahead

    Monday, 12/19
    Period 1 Semester Final

    Tuesday, 12/20
    Periods 2 & 3 Semester Finals

    Wednesday, 12/21
    Periods 4/5/6/7/8 Semester Finals

    Thursday, 12/22
    Periods 9 & 10 Semester Finals

    Firday, 12/23
    No School - Start of Winter Break  


    Parents' Club Board Positions
    East Leyden Parents' Club is looking for Board Members for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you are interested in learning about what the positions entail or would like to put your name on the ballot, please email or come to the Monday, December 12th meeting in the Little Theater at 6 p.m. 

    All positions available.  Some are to completely take over and some can be used for shadowing for one year, if preferred.
    Student Services Update: Your child’s lesson in Group Guidance
    Freshmen: Participated in their final monthly group guidance lesson of the semester. Students reviewed a transcript example, calculated a GPA, and set short-term goals for completing the first semester as strong as possible. (View this video with your child and ask them to explain GPA to you, as well as share their short-term semester goals.) 

    Seniors: Participated in a postsecondary plan “Check-Up” and were provided time, resources, and assistance from counselors in developing their plan. Counselors were given valuable feedback regarding their seniors’ progress. As a result, a “Closing-the-Gap” activity will be developed through Student Services and Frank Holthouse’s area to provide further support to those students who indicated they intend to move straight into the workforce but are unable to identify a plan in regards to work. (Our mission for your student is that they have a plan in place before they graduate! Let’s work together to make that true for your child!)

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  • Week of December 5, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 12/2/2016

      Be Kind

    Knitting for the Needy
    It started with a Facebook post. Ms. French was inspired to approach our students to find out if they were interested in forming a group to knit and/or crochet scarves for the needy. Students and staff meet four times a week before or after school until winter break (or until the yarn runs out) to create these much needed items.  If you have any yarn you'd like to donate, simply send it with your student to drop off at the library, or drop it off at the front desk.

     Knit for the Needy Knit for the Needy Knit for the Needy Knit for the Needy Knit for the Needy Knit for the Needy

      Find Your Passion

    The ExcELLence Club is dedicated to providing recognition, opportunities and support for English Language Learners and other students who are committed to excellence. Our goal is to increase school and community involvement by exploring our community through field trips, service opportunities and connections with universities and ExcELLence alumni.  What a great way for students to find their passion!!  

    ExcELLence Club Members  

    Commit to Excellence

    Historia de una escalera is going to Theatre Fest!
    Selected by a team of judges, Historia de una escalera will be going to the largest non-competitive theatre festival in the world!  4500 students and teachers will attend the event at University of Illinois and it is likely that this is the first time a performance will be completely in Spanish. This festival includes 400+ workshops as well as 60 exhibitors.  We have one last opportunity for you to see this play before they pack up and head to U of I.  Join us on December 17th at 4 p.m. Admission is a free will donation to Teatro Leyden and will be used to help fund the trip.

    Historia Ad



    Seniors Plus Program

    SPP Logo
    Have you heard about our Seniors Plus Program?  Read here about this joint graduation initiative between Leyden District 212 and West 40 Intermediate Service Center #2, which offers students a second chance to obtain their high school diploma. 

    Music of the Holidays
    All are invited to ring in the holiday season at Leyden's 22nd Annual Music of the Holidays Concert.  Hundreds of band, choir, and orchestra students will perform seasonal favorites, culminating in one of Chicagoland's largest Hallelujah Chorus performances.  Please join us on Wednesday, December 7th, at 7:00 PM, in the West Leyden Auditorium. It's free. Ho! Ho! Ho!  

    Santa's Cookie Problem
    Santa's Cookie Problem We will be performing 3 times for the public Saturday, Dec 17 @ 2pm & 7pm and Sunday Dec 18 @
    . Santa will be in the lobby one hour before each show for pictures. We will also be serving cookies and milk to all of the kids. Admission is free will donation for scholarships. 
    We will also be performing for the Leyden preschools and we are inviting North school and Enger on Dec 8 during 3rd period. Our director, Hannah Allen, a west student is also in the preschool teaching class with Ms Falls, so we thought it would be a good meld.  The catering students will be making all of the cookies.

    Happening this Week

    Monday, 12/5
    Art Show Reception - 6 p.m. 

    Tuesday, 12/6
    Art Show - 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Open to the Public 

    Wednesday, 12/7
    Art Show - 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Open to the Public 
    Music of the Holidays - 7 p.m. (West Campus)

    Looking Ahead

    Monday, 12/12
    East Leyden Parents' Club Meeting - 6:30 p.m. (East Little Theatre)

    Saturday, 12/17
    Santa's Cookie Problem - 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. (East Auditorium)
    Historia de una escalera - 4 p.m.  (East Auditorium)

    Sunday, 12/18
    Santa's Cookie Problem - 2 p.m.  (East Auditorium)  


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  • Week of November 28, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 11/28/2016 8:00:00 AM

    Be Kind

    Story Books

    Students in Ms. Connell's ELL class made some Thanksgiving books for patients at Lurie Children's Hospital 

    Find Your Passion

     Portrait Artists

    Drawing portraits for orphans in Ukraine.  Great work Advanced Art!!  Check out Ms. Rosen's tweet here.  And watch for more information later this year about how this project progresses!

    Commit to Excellence

    Meglio Presenters

    Students in Ms. Meglio's English II class worked together to create a presentation for 8th graders about how to be successful in high school. Students then presented at Lincoln Middle School, River Grove School, Rhodes School, and Hester Junior High. 

    Happening This Week 

    Thursday, 12/1
    Blood Drive - Open to the Public 

    Looking Ahead

    December 5-7
    East Leyden Winter Art Show

    December 5
    Art Show Reception - 6 p.m. 

    December 7
    Music of the Holidays - 7 p.m. (West Campus)

    December 12
    East Leyden Parents' Club Meeting - 6:30 p.m.


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  • Week of November 21, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 11/18/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Be Kind      Find Your Passion

    Unity Tree

    This week, we find that two parts of our vision for our students intersect.  As part of their 20% Passion Project, some students created a Unity tree to spread awareness to prevent bullying. Students and staff signed their names to leaves and added those leaves to the tree.  Further support can be found on Twitter with the #leydenpride and #nobullying hashtags.  A great way to combine Be Kind and Find Your Passion.   

    Commit to Excellence

    If you've ever wondered what happens to #leydenpride students after they graduate, let's take a look at one. Rebecca Rasmussen, our Class of 2013 valedictorian, has been selected as the Northern Illinois University's Student Lincoln Laureate. This award, given to a senior in each of Illinois' four-year universities, recognizes excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.  Rebecca is double-majoring in music performance and biochemistry, with a minor in biological sciences.  For more about Rebecca's journey, which includes a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, check out NIU's link.  

    Happening This Week

    Monday, 11/21
    Italy Student Exchange Trip Parent Meeting - 6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 11/23
    No School

    Thursday, 11/24
    Thanksgiving Day - No School

    Friday, 11/25
    No School

    Looking Ahead

    Friday, 12/2
    Yuletide Dinner - 7 p.m.  Click here for tickets

    Saturday, 12/3
    Yuletide Dinner - 7 p.m.

    Sunday, 12/4
    Yuletide Dinner - 4 p.m. 



    Exceptional Eagles
    Congratulations to our October and November Exceptional Eagles.  Each month, a student may be recognized because of extraordinary effort, academic excellence, or some special achievement.  A breakfast is held honoring these students. 

    October Exceptional Eagles
    Art Jose Aguilar
    Business Education Julia Uy
    English Sofiya Hudzyk
    ELL Maria Alberto
    Family & Consumer Sciences Lauren Vermilyer
    Individual Achievement Miguel Marchan
    Literacy Christina Colon
    Mathematics Phuc Bo Hoang Phan
    Modern Languages Yulissa Perez
    Music Delilah Lewerenz
    Physical Education Ezekiel Suchy
    Science Gerardo Porras & Dioco Reyes
    Social Studies Luciana Calabria
    Student Aide Meliza Salgado
    Tapestry Stephanie Ochoa


    November Exceptional Eagles
    Art Julia Rzasinska
    Business Education Nataliya Grysgorash
    English Jonathan Ildefonso
    ELL Ashley Solano
    Family & Consumer Sciences Ata Hinnawi
    Individual Achievement Luis Lopez
    Literacy Yaser Alhasan, Leylanie Figueroa, Rami Sharaan
    Mathematics Kamila Obrzut
    Modern Languages Lesley Ayala, David Duwal, Alison Laton
    Music Alexandra Bianco
    Physical Education Saul Jimenez
    Science Ivette Luna-Carreno
    Social Studies Nicole Kowalik
    ACCESS Jake Schwartz
    Guided Study Jesenia Badillo
    Tapestry Crystal Mendez

    Holiday shopping with Scrip
    Do you give gift cards for the holidays?  You can help our Parents' Club raise money simply by purchasing your gift cards through ShopWithScrip.  It's easy and you can do it from your couch! Check out the details in the link on the left.  Order your cards and pat yourself on the back for getting that holiday shopping done early!  

    Tuesday, November 22nd is Thank-Scrip-ing Day, which earns the Parents' Club additional bonuses for purchases made that day.  For more details, check out their site here 

    A Thank You
    Thank you to Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance and B&R Gasoline at 9001 Belmont Ave. in Franklin Park for the generous $500 grant to our Science department. The grant money will be used to purchase supplies.  

    Student Services Update: Your child’s lesson in Group Guidance
    9th Graders: Most recently participated in a lesson regarding the value of creating a POSITIVE digital footprint. Ask your child if they remember what “THINK” stands for - before leaving a footprint online, students should ask themselves, is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and/or Kind?)

    10th Graders: Students completed a Career Interest Profiler and participated in a “Reality Check” exercise to introduce them to an understanding of the cost of living vs. desired lifestyle down the road.

    11th Graders: Currently in progress - using a variety of resources and Naviance, students are exploring their current career interests and investigating the necessary postsecondary options required of those careers.

    Upcoming 12 Graders: will participate in a “Check-Up”. As we know, it’s the flu/cold season. So, the senior Group Guidance counselors will do a quick check for the mythical Senioritis before they check-in on and assist seniors in their progress toward having a plan in place before graduation! (Encourage your child to see their counselor for help in finalizing their plans! If they have not yet completed the FAFSA and plan to attend a postsecondary vocational, 2 or 4-year school, complete it ASAP using


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  • Week of November 14, 2016 - American Education Week

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 11/11/2016 12:00:00 PM

    Be Kind

    Sunday, November 13th is World Kindness Day, a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good.  Check out this website to find ways to get involved (even from your couch).  And think about making it a daily practice, instead of just 24 hours.  

    Kindness is free  

    Find Your Passion

    One of the most popular student activities clubs is Dog Club.  Dog Club brings people together who love dogs, helps students learn about different dog breeds and service dogs, gets them involved with local shelters, and teaches the importance of adopting rescue dogs.  This year, they participated in the Fall Fest Parade (with their dogs), and made dog toys during Make a Difference Day.  If you think your student might be interested in joining, tell them to contact Mr. Schiemann or Ms. Reynolds, or to check the daily announcements for the next club meeting.

    MADD Dog Toys Fall Fest Dog Club

    Commit to Excellence

    In September, we told you about our student literary and art magazine, which featured student prose, poetry, artwork and photography. Student submissions didn't end with the publication of that magazine.  They continue to submit their art and it can be viewed on the submissions page of the Eagle's Quill website. Still incredibly talented!!  And we are filled with #leydenpride!

    Lion by Sunny Patel Lion by Sunny Patel - Class of 2018 

    Happening This Week

    Wednesday, 11/16
    Progress Reports mailed home
    Fall Sports Awards Night - 6:30 p.m. (East Auditorium)

    Friday, 11/18
    East Fashion Show - Life in the City - 7:00 p.m.  (East Auditorium)

    Looking Ahead

    November 23-25 - No School
    December 2-4 - Yuletide Dinner
    December 3-5 - East Campus Art Show

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  • Week of November 7, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 11/4/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Be Kind

    Cubs Love Benefits our Students
    This past week, to celebrate the Cubs win in the 2016 World Series, Leyden faculty and staff had an opportunity to show their Cubs love and contribute to a local charity.  On Thursday, 11/3, staff members could wear their Cubs gear with jeans when they contributed $5 to The Unity in Community Foundation. This took place at both campuses, and we were able to raise over $600 in that one day. The Unity in Community Foundation will use this toward scholarships for our Leyden students.  For more information, visit their website at and click on Scholarships.  

    Find Your Passion

    This year, our Fashion Club's focus is on service. They have been working on fleece tie blankets for children at Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge. Club members learn to make the blankets, wash/dry them, package and ship them to the hospital.  If you think your student might be interested in this, they can stop at a club meeting in room 266, or stop in to chat with club sponsor, Ms. Thomas.

     Fashion Club 1    Fashion Club 2
    Fashion Club 3   Fashion Club 4

    Commit to Excellence

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Nick Polyak who has been named the "2016 Administrator of the Year" by ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association). Under his leadership, support and encouragement, Leyden was able to have a successful inaugural “One Book, One Leyden” program. He was honored at the ISLMA conference on November 4, 2016. 

    Happening this Week

    Wednesday, November 9
    Principal's Coffee - Rosemont

    Thursday, November 10
    Veterans' Day Concert - 7 p.m. (West Auditorium)

    Friday, November 11
    Story of a Stairway (English) - 7 p.m. (East Auditorium)

    Saturday, November 12
    Story of a Stairway (English) - 3 p.m. (East Auditorium)
    Historia de una Escatera (Spanish) - 7 p.m. (East Auditorium)

    Sunday, November 13
    Historia de una Escatera (Spanish) - 3 p.m. (East Auditorium)

    This Week's Announcements 

    Principal's Coffee
    Got a question for Mr. Markey that you'd like to ask in person? Feel free to stop in to the Rosemont Dunkin' Donuts located at 9781 W. Higgins, Rosemont on Wednesday, 11/9 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.  He might even buy you your morning cup o'joe!
    Veterans' Day Tribute
    Leyden will pay tribute to our Home Town Hereoes during our annual Veterans' Day Ceremony.  This one-hour musical tribute honoring our military and first responders is at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th in the West Auditorium.  Come out and enjoy a fantastic and free tribute to the heroes amoung us.
    Teatro Leyden Presents Story of a Stairway - Historia de una Escatera
    Join us as Teatro Leyden presents Antonio Buero Vallejo's production of Story of a Stairway - Historia de una Escatera in the East Leyden Auditorium.  This is a story of 3 families' struggle and triumphs in post-WWII Madrid, with performances in English and in Spanish.
    See the production in English on November 11th at 7 p.m. and November 12th at 3 p.m.
    You can also see Historia de una Escatera on November 12th at 7 p.m. and November 13th at 3 p.m. in Spanish.  Tickets for students with an ID are $2, and tickets for adults are $3.   

    Save the Date
    On November 18th, check out "Life in the City", a fashion show presentation by students of our Fashion classes. Tickets for the event held in the East Auditorium will be $3 for students (with ID) and $5 for adults.

           Life in the City


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  • Week of October 31, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Kasallis at 10/28/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Be Kind

    On October 22nd, Leyden clubs, sports teams, faculty, staff and students came together for our annual Make A Difference Day.  It started with a pancake breakfast and then throughout the day, over 600 volunteers worked on 25 projects in 6 communities.  Activities ranged from playing bingo at Villa Scalabrini to making dog toys at West Leyden; packing amenity kits for our veterans to parking lot beautification; creating cards for hospitalized kids to setting up Little Libraries around town.  This is a day of service for our #leydenpride students and this annual tradition continues to grow.  Check out more pictures here.  

    Find Your Passion

    MADD Think Tank 1 MADD Think Tank In Their Shoes

    Think Tank is a student-led club that developed out of an in-class Socratic seminar; students wanted to create a comfortable environment where big-ticket ideas and issues could be discussed.  But what makes Think Tank unique is the club's mission in regard to creating "calls to action" toward rectifying societal problems; members not only want to talk about important issues, they also want to help correct them through philanthropic service to their community. If you feel your student would enjoy the idea of giving back to their community, have them check out Think Tank.  Meetings are every other Thursday in Room 207.  Students can contact Mr. Schuett with questions.

    Commit to Excellence

    Gallegos    Lowther

    On August 18, 2016, Vanessa Gallego and Noelle Lowther were sworn in as Student School Board members. On October 24th, Vanessa, Noelle, and Board President Greg Ignoffo were interviewed on Pre-K-12 Education Talk Radio about their roles on the Board. You can check out their interview here. 

    Happening This Week

    Wednesday, 11/2
    Principal's Coffee - Rosemont - 7:30-9:00 a.m.
    Career Fair - 11:15-3:00 p.m. (West Field House) 


    Career Fair & Business Expo
    If you know someone who is looking for a job, or wanting to change careers, please let them know about our Career Fair and Business Expo. This annual event is available to students who are contemplating what they will do once they leave Leyden. But the event is open to the public as well. This year, it takes place on Wednesday, 11/2 from 11:15-3:00 p.m. Companies like McDonalds, Costco, Walgreens, and more will participate.  Over 70 booths will have potential employers.  

    Principal's Coffee Chat
    Got questions on what's happening at school or what construction plans are in the works?  Join Mr. Markey for a cup of coffee at the Rosemont Dunkin' Donuts on Higgins Rd. in Rosemont on Wednesday, 11/2, from 7:30-9:00 a.m.

    C.A.R.D. Club
    If you know of any retirees who live in District 212 who might be interested in attending athletic events, or fine arts events (school plays, musicals, and concerts), you might want to let them know about the C.A.R.D. Club (Complimentary Admission for Retirees of the District). They can contact Vita Terenzio at 847.451.3090 for more information.

    Leyden Football Heads to State
    We are headed to first round playoffs.  Want to know more?  Check out this article.  Want to keep track of the bracket?  Click here

    To Parents of Seniors
    As you know, Josten's has been here to collect cap & gown orders for our seniors.  Just to make sure all seniors have placed their orders, Josten's will be back one final time on Wednesday, November 2nd. If your student hasn't already done so, they should see the Josten's rep in the student cafeteria that day.  Failure to order their cap & gown by this date may result in your senior not being able to participate in the graduation ceremony.

    Seniors Plus Credit Recovery Program
    For any students who need a second chance to earn their high school diploma, Leyden District 212 has partnered with West 40 ISC#2 to provide a new initiative called Seniors Plus Program. This program is available to students aged 18-21, who fell short of earning credits in order to receive their diploma from Leyden.  It is open to all former Leyden students who still live in district, and will begin in January 2017 at the East campus.

    If you know of someone who is interested in learning more about the program, contact Michelle Lewis-Kapp directly at 312.257.0014 or at 

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