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Thank You

Dear Friends of Lane Community, 

Thank you, thank you for an amazing year!  As summer break nears, we want to take a moment to express our deepest appreciation for your support. This year has truly be an incredible demonstration of your commitment to the legacy of Lane Tech High School. 

From a fundraising perspective, we had our most successful year to date. We set out the year with a mission of safety to raise funds for lights in our parking lot. With your incredible generosity, we achieved this goal by the end of January!  We are now proud to announce that we have raised enough money for a second project. Principal Tennison is currently evaluating building improvement needs and will work with us to select a 2nd and perhaps 3rd project to fund. We hope you will join us this coming Wednesday June 7th for our Year End Celebration and check presentation to the school at the Village Tap on Roscoe at 7:00 pm. Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar. We will also take this opportunity to bid farewell and say thank you to Maureen George for all of her years of service to Lane and Friends of Lane. Cost is $10 at the door includes all you can eat appetizers and a cash bar. 

Our accomplishments don't stop there, however. With the help of Debi Lilly and A Perfect Event together with her tireless Gala Committee, our Green and Gold Gala raised double the revenue, increased attendance by over 100 people and reduced our costs by 75% so more of the money raised will go directly to the school. We have a very long list of sponsors who are all noted on our website. Please thank them with your support and mention Lane Tech when you visit them. It goes a very long way toward gaining their participation again next year.

For our teachers and staff, we funded individual teacher grant requests, hosted a beautiful holiday staff appreciation luncheon and served up desserts and ice cream on Teacher Appreciation Day last month. 

To welcome new parents, we organized a Parent Meet and Greet in May and assisted Tara Johnson with her welcome party in August. We increased our presence at the newly admitted freshman welcome nights to answer questions and help dispel worries of incoming families. Our school store provided new Lane Gear for students, staff and alumni. We are proud to say this is the most successful, volunteer run, spirit wear store among Chicago Public Schools!  All money raised from the store goes directly toward the projects we are funding for the school. 

Our monthly community meetings covered useful topics  like "A Cliff Notes Guide to Lane", Programming for next year, The State of Lane by Principal Tennison, and College Planning.  We enjoyed getting to know each other through social events like "9th Period" after curriculum night and the Commonwealth All-Star Teacher Bartender night. You also supported us by volunteering to help at important events like Quick Start, Curriculum Night and Report Card Pick Up. 

As the Friends of Lane Community, we are making a tremendous difference in the lives of our children, parents, teachers, staff and administration. We could not have done all this without the support of our incredible Principal Brian Tennison, the team of Assistant Principals and the Local School Council. We work seamlessly as a collaborative team and are so grateful for this. It is clear you, as parents, value the importance of our community and are committed to the continued success of Lane Tech. On behalf of the Friends of Lane Board, we pledge our continued commitment to serving Lane Tech. We are truly a School of Champions and sincerely thank you for your contributions to our collective success.

Lisa Borelli
President, Friends of Lane

FOL End of Year Meeting June 7 at 7 PM at the Village Tap, 2055 W Roscoe St.

Join us this at Village Tap on Roscoe for the Friends of Lane end of the year party and community meeting. Come celebrate our accomplishments this school year and our presentation of the check to the school. Come by for some important information on events during the upcoming summer months such as Freshmen activities/orientation and Quick Start, and to say farewell and thank you to Maureen George, our founder of the PTSO/Friends of Lane, for all of her hard work and dedication to our children and our school. We will also be welcoming Debi Lilly, our newest Board Member and Gala Chair. Cost is $10 at the door includes all you can eat appetizers and a cash bar. 

Save 'Box Top for Education' to raise money for Lane

Please continue to collect Box Tops. Collection bins are located at the security desk by Door M, in the main office, and in the school store. We are delighted to share that the collection box at the main office was overflowing - and this is cash for Lane Tech. Please make sure the entire box top is intact, including the expiration date. Thanks so much for participating!

Thanks so much for participating! Please visit the ​website for more information.



June 2017
6/1 Orchestra Concert at 7pm
6/2 Band Concert at 7pm
6/3 Senior Prom at the Sheraton
6/6      Senior Alpha Luncheon
6/6 LT Film Festival - Shorts - 3:30- 5pm  in the Auditorium
6/8 LTAC Inaugural Class Parent Graduation Party
6/9 BBQ for students and families in the Cluster program
6/9 Intermediate Band Concert at 7 pm
6/9 Sports Awards Ceremony. Lane Tech 2nd Century Foundation’s 2017 Champion Sports Awards Ceremony at 6 pm. Red Carpet pictures begin at 5pm.
6/13 Graduation at 7 p.m. at UIC Pavilion
6/15 LSC Meeting at 6:30 pm
6/15 8th grade graduation at 5 p.m. in Lane's auditorium
6/15- 6/19 Final exams
6/20 Last day of school

LTAC Inaugural Class Parent Graduation Party

Calling all parents of the LTAC Inaugural Class! Can you believe it’s been 6 years since they started at Lane?!?!?! AND they are graduating!!!


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For future calendar items, visit The CPS 2016-2017 calendar HERE or the CPS 2017-2018 calendar HERE

All school events, including sports and college rep visits, are loaded on the calendar on the Friends of Lane website:

NEWS Back to Top

Lane Student Featured at Google I/O Event

Computer Science student and varsity Robotics captain Abu Qader was featured, as in full-on featured, at Google's I/O event! Nice pic and video from Lane too. Google also tweeted out the story. Abu was at the event as you can see in the video. Amazing. His software started with a project in Jenny Roscoe's Computer Programming I course. Nice website and Facebook highlight for the CS program and for Lane!

Lane Student To Travel to China on Scholarship

Ben Laughlin, a junior at Lane, was selected to receive a full ride scholarship with NSLI-Y  through the American Councils for International Education.  NSLI-Y stands for National Security Language Initiative for Youth. It's a merit-based full scholarship from the US State Department that sends American high school students abroad for a summer or year for intensive language study. Ben will be traveling to Nanjing, China with 20 students from across the U.S. for 6 weeks. He will be living with a host family and studying Mandarin at Nanjing University. This will be his second summer traveling to China on scholarship.
Last summer Ben was selected to receive a scholarship to participate in the 2016 Chicago Public Schools Chinese Summer Language, Culture and Technology Initiative (CSLCTI) in Hangzhou, China from June 26 – July 24, 2016. This scholarship was made possible through the generous donation of Wanxiang America Corporation in Chicago and Wanxiang Group in Hangzhou, China. He was one of 24 students in Chicago Public Schools who received this honor.

ben and Ms. Chang

Photo of Ben and Ms. Chang, AP Chinese teacher at Lane, at the Midwest Chinese Bridge Contest at Valparaiso University 5/20. Ben was one of 3 Chicago High School students chosen to compete.

DNAInfo Covers Lane Student's 'Promposal'

Promposal enlists barbershop quartet. Click here to read about it in DNAInfo.

Reunion Brings Together Some of Lane’s First Female Students

Girls first started attending Lane in the 1971-72 school year. "Women stuck out like a sore thumb. When you walked into a class, I'd look around to see, 'Are there any other girls?'" recalled Barbara Korus, class of 1976...Members of the Lane Tech classes of '75, '76 and '77 attended the informal reunion, organized by Michelle Weiner ('76) and held at O'Donovan's, 2100 W. Irving Park Rd. (The class of 1974, the first to graduate females, was unfortunately not represented.)
Click here to read more at DNAInfo.

Lane Tech Stress Website

Students have created a website to provide information about stress and some suggestions to manage stress.

Click the link below to learn more:

MUSIC, DRAMA, and ARTS Back to Top


Important Upcoming Dates:

June 1st - Spring Orchestra Concert, 7:00pm (all levels of orchestra)
June 2nd - Semi Annual Concert (Varsity & Symphonic band)
June 3rd - Members of the Varsity Band will be playing at the 606 block party parade
June 7th - Orchestra Awards Banquet, 5-7pm, Cafeteria
June 8th - 2nd Semi Annual Band Concert (Beginning Band & Concert Band)
June 13th - Senior Graduation (UIC Symphonic Band & new Symphonic Members)
June 15th - LTAC Graduation, 5:00 Auditorium, Symphonic 1 stands (several others if needed)
New Band Lockers!​

The old band lockers, that had been there since 1973, have been removed and will be replaced with brand new ones with funds that were raised by the band students.The new lockers will go against the wall freeing up the entire center area for small group and chamber rehearsals. So exciting - they were desperately needed!

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Photos show where old lockers were removed - in preparation for new band lockers.


Display pedestals needed!  The art department is in need of pedestals to display the excellent 3D work of our students. We are currently using tables which do not allow the viewer the full experience when appreciating the work of art. Does anyone know of a company that would be willing to donate pedestals? Maybe someone is handy and pedestals can be made? Any help would be greatly appreciated by all. Thank you! Please contact Marjorrie Custodio for information
First Annual Lane Tech Short Film Festival

On Tuesday, June 6th from 3:30 – 5:00, join us in the auditorium for the First Annual Lane Tech Short Film Festival, hosted by the Film Studies Classes and the Filmmakers Club. Students have spent the past several months writing, filming, and editing original short films (while learning about the roles of screenwriter, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor), and they are excited to share their work with the Lane Tech community. This year, over 40 narrative student short films have been produced, the most in Lane’s history. Films selected to be screened will come from both the Film Studies classes and the Filmmakers Club. Please join us and find out what these talented young filmmakers have been creating. Entry is FREE.
Art Department Facebook Page

The art department is happy to announce that we have a Facebook page. Follow our page to stay up to date on all the latest art events.​
Art Week!

Wednesday, May 31st: Ms. Faletto- Steamroll Printmaking (periods 4-6)
Thursday, June 1st: Ms. Diamond- Photography and Design Art Exhibit 3:15-4:00
Friday, June 2nd: Ms. Custodio and Ms. Chisholm- Raku Firing (all day)
Monday, June 5th: Skateboard design exhibit on the 1st floor
Tuesday, June 6th: Mr. Morrison Film Festival 3:30 in the auditorium
Scholastic Art & Writing National Awards

We are pleased to announce that Isaac Manesis has earned National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2017. Isaac has been identified by panels of creative professionals as ​one ​the most talented young artist​s​ and writers in the nation. This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level.

Summer Educator Micro-Residency Art Program

Marjorrie C. Custodio, Amy Diamond and Sarah Wain will be at the University of Illinois this summer to immerse themselves in their art. The program will allow them to work on their personal art as well as collaborate with other educators/artists from all over the US.
DOLLS4PEACE installation date changed

Please check out for more information. The work will be at the Hyde Park Art Center.
Ana Galan was a part of a juried student show at Perspective Gallery

The Contemporary Art Practices class participated in a workshop at the Protest Banner Lending Library at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of Aram Han Sifuente's public residency.

Protest Banner Lending Library (1)  Protest Banner Lending Library (2)
Congratulations to Morgan Lyons as she received 1 of only 10 spots to attend The Florence Academy of Art in Florence this summer. Students from all over the world applied for a chance to study at the prestigous art school. The phenomenal instruction and support by Mr. Ceh helped make this possible. We are so proud of both of you! Please see the attachment for more information and the work that won Morgan to place!


Congratulations to all participants in the Lane Play Festival which was held on May 18 and 19.

SPORTS - GO LANE GO! Back to Top


Sporting events, tryouts, games, tournaments, and announcements can be found on the calendar on Lane’s Athletics Website.


Upcoming Home Sporting Events

Come cheer for Lane:
6/1 Baseball IHSA Sectionals at Kerry Wood Cubs Field
6/3 Baseball IHSA Sectionals at Kerry Wood Cubs Field at 10:30 am


Champion Sports Awards Ceremony

Come celebrate our Lane Tech athletes at the Lane Tech 2nd Century Foundation's 2017 Champion Sports Awards Ceremony on Friday June 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Red carpet attire suggested. There will be  red carpet pictures beginning at 5:00 p.m.! Scholarships and awards will be given for the following categories:

  • Outstanding Varsity Female Athlete
  • Outstanding Varsity Male Athlete
  • Outstanding Female & Male Coaches
  • Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year
  • Outstanding Underclassmen - Male & Female Athlete
  • Outstanding Team

​Students will have a chance to cast their votes prior to the event using their CPS email addresses.

awards banquet

A few volunteers are needed to help at the reception, please click here to share your time: AwardsReceptionVolunteers

Boys Volleyball

Congratulations to our boys volleyball team who won city championships!  They have not won this in 12 years! Congrats on a great season!

Boys Track and Field

Senior and University of Illinois commit David Oluyadi finished 10th place in the triple jump with a leap of 46'7.75" at the IHSA State Track & Field Meet over the Memorial Day weekend. David finished his Lane Tech Career holding both the Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump track and field records. At IHSA State Sectional Michael Banks won the 110m High Hurdles and David won the Triple Jump. They led their team to a 3rd place finish out of 16 teams at Concordia University. Congratulations to the whole team on a fine season.
The boys and girls track and field team banquet will be held Thursday June 8th at Horner Park starting at 4:30pm. Please contact Lara Pruitt to volunteer.

Girls Track and Field

Congratulations to Anna Baltudis who finished her senior season with a 5th place finish in the 300m Low Hurdles in the 3A division at the state track & field championship this past Saturday. Anna will be continuing her athletic career for the Cardinals of North Central College.

Girls Water Polo

Girls Water Polo team took first place in the city finals tournament to become the 2017 Water Polo City Champions. Congratulations! The team beat Jones/Payton by one point in an intense game that came down to the final minutes. The team went on to take third place in the IHSA Sectional tournament.
Congratulations to Seniors who made the All Sectional Finals:

  • Jazmin Rivera - Team 1 - one of only two CPS water polo players to make the all-state team!
  • Breanna Breason - Team 2
  • Almina Sabanovic - Honorable Mention

Girls Soccer

Our Varsity, JV, and Frosh-Soph A teams won their city championships in May.  Varsity beat Jones 5-2, JV beat Payton 1-0, and Frosh-Soph A beat Juarez 4-0. This is the JV team's fourth consecutive city title; it is our Varsity team's third consecutive city title and eighth consecutive conference title!
The following players received All-State recognition:

  • Magdalena Price-Johnson
  • Grace Dunaway
The following players received All-Sectional recognition:
  • Maggie Grossman
  • Alana Coffman
The following players received All-City First Team recognition:
  • Voted #1 in the city: Goalkeeper, Maggie Grossman
  • Lena Price-Johnson - field player
  • Grace Dunaway - field player
  • Alana Coffman - field player
The following players received All-Conference recognition:
  • Samantha Sorich
  • Carlye Makuch
  • Kinu Mrozik

Congratulations to Coaches Glawe and Sarmiento on a successful season!
Girls Soccer Camp for returning players and incoming freshmen will take place June 26-29 from 10:30am-12:30pm. Girls Soccer Camp for Grades 5-8 will take place the same days from 8:00am-10:00am. Registration for the camps can be found at

Girls Lacrosse

The girls varsity lacrosse team defeated Northside Prep 13-5 to earn themselves their third consecutive CITY CHAMPIONSHIP!!  They finish the season 11-7, with an undefeated record in city (8-0). They outscored city opponents 134-17, and remain the only team in Chicago to win a CPS Girls Lacrosse city championship. We had three players earn All-Conference Honors; Julia Atkinson, Yaziria Cisneros, and Beth Cyrwus.  These three  ladies will be continuing their lacrosse careers at University of Montevallo, Concordia University, and Elmhurst College. We wish all the best to all our 11 seniors.
The girls JV lacrosse team finished their season going 6-7, with an undefeated record in city play (5-0). CPS doesn't host a JV city championship, but our team outscored CPS opponents 55-7.

Boys Lacrosse

Boys Varsity Lacrosse placed second in the City Championship game on 5/19.

Girls Softball

Varsity defeated Hancock 15-0 on May 15th - Riley Mendoza went three for three and drove in 5 runs.They defeated Jones 14-4 on May 17th - Karli Spaid and Emma Fraterrigo both hit triples for the win. In the semi-finals, defeated Taft 11-9 on May 20th - Molly Murray went three for three and struck out 8 batters.
Varsity lost a hard fought City Final to Whitney Young 8-9 on May 21st - Emma Fraterrigo hit a triple and Vanessa Altman hit a home run, but WY came out ahead in the end. Varsity won their first Regional semi-final IHSA game against Niles North 5-1 on 5/25.  They take on York HS in the Semi-finals on Saturday, 5/27 at 11am.
Congratulations to the JV girls softball team. JV started the CPS playoffs with a big win over Solorio 18 to 1. Hannah Welsch pitched a 1 hitter. Layna Pereiro and Elana Escalante were keys at the plate.  In the next round they beat Northside 19 to 0. Gina Gomez pitched a 1 hitter. Allison Izui and Lauren Gallagher were the stars at the plate.
The team played Whitney Young in the semi finals and came from behind to beat them 8 to 7. Alexis Mora came in at the end to get the win on the mound. Hannah Welsch, Lauren Gallagher and Alyssa Gonzalez came up big at the plate in the bottom of the 6th to key the comeback.
The JV team played Taft in the finals at UIC on 5/22/17 and beat them 10 to 0. Alyssa Gonzalez was tremendous on the mound not allowing a run. The hitting star was Sarina Greenwod with a double and base hit. Great team playing. They came together and showed what being a Lane Tech athlete is all about.
JV champs

Fall Sports

The official start of football is August 7th 2017. The official start of all other fall sports is August 9th 2017. The fall sports offered at Lane are listed below with the coach's email. Please feel free to email the coach regarding tryouts. An up to date IHSA physical must be on file or presented to the coach at tryouts. Come on August 7 from 10 am-12 pm to register for fall sports. Registration will be held in the Driver Education building.

Need to contact a coach?

Football- Anthony Faltin at
Boys Soccer- Andrew Ricks at
Girls Volleyball- Pablo Lopez at
Girls Tennis- Scot Reinhart at
Girls Cross Country- Kris Roof at
Boys Cross Country- Kris Roof at
Boys Softball- Ken Carlyon at
Boys Golf- Michael Sawchuk at
Girls Golf- Michael Sawchuk at
Girls Swim- Jim Cortez at
Cheerleading- Open
Dance- Natalie Rodriguez at


The CCC is a valuable resource for students to explore various careers, internship opportunities and job postings. Visit these links to stay up to date on opportunities.

The CCC provides information and links to a host of available Scholarships and Financial Aid details– tabs are clearly marked “Scholarships” and “Financial Aid” on the CCC web page.


All meetings are at 7:00pm in Room 135, College and Career Center unless announced otherwise. Stay tuned for next year's meeting schedule. Your participation is important -- please plan to attend.

6/7/17 7:00 PM Year End Celebration at the Village Tap - 2055 W Roscoe St

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