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FRIENDS OF LANE - October 2017

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Shop for Schools on Roscoe Street: Oct. 5 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Parents, what are you doing for Lane Tech's Spirt Week?  Join us for Shop for Lane Tech on Roscoe Ave Thursday Oct 5th from 10am - 8pm.  20% of all sales go back to Lane - be sure you mention Lane Tech.  AND the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce will give up to $3000 for the top 5 participating schools. So, Shop till you Drop! Get a head start on your holiday shopping. Here are the participating stores.

Plan to have Lunch - Dinner - Happy Hour at the Riverview Tavern tomorrow Oct 5th. Have a family night out or stop by with friends after shopping for Lane on Roscoe Ave. Mention Lane Tech and 20% of your bill goes to Lane.

10/10 Friends of Lane Meeting, 7:00 pm in Room 135 (College and Career Center). School store open 6:30-7 pm - come buy your Lane gear

Come join Friends of Lane on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm for the “Cliff’s Notes Guide to Lane”. This will be your opportunity to learn more about the different departments at Lane.

The school store will be open before the meeting from 6:30-7pm to provide an opportunity to buy Lane gear.

2017-2018 FOL Committee Members Wanted

Looking for a way to donate your time? The Friends of Lane is looking for committee members:

Join the Dream Team! Last spring, our gala increased attendance by more than 100 people, doubled our income and reduced our expenses by 75%. Led by professional event planner Debi Lilly, the gala dream team needs helpers for jobs big and small. This is a great way to meet other parents and participate in Friends of Lane's largest fundraiser. If you would like more information or to sign up, please contact Debi Lilly at gala.committee@

The college committee is looking for parents who'd like to lend their expertise to speak at the annual Parent to Parent College Panel in the spring and/or volunteer to help students this fall during lunch periods and/or after school. Volunteers with personal experience or expertise in the following areas are needed:

  • Creating the College List and College Visits
  • Testing and Test Prep
  • The Application Process/Deadlines and Decisions
  • Paying for College - Financial Aid, Merit Money, Scholarships
Volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the year. Check the FOL Website HERE, FOL Facebook posts, weekly e-blasts, and FOL newsletters for volunteer opportunities.

CPS' volunteer page HERE where parents can review the process and complete the application at

"9th Period" Social Event at Riverview Tavern

Friends of Lane had a great turnout at the 9th Period Social at Riverview Tavern on September 18th. It was a great opportunity to meet other parents and chat with teachers/counselors.

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You Can Help Lane In Small Ways Every Day!

boxtop Save your Box Tops! Bring box tops you've gathered this summer and drop them off at school to earn money for Lane Tech! Drop off boxes are located at Door M, the main office, and the school store. The potential earnings from box tops is up to $20,000 per school year.  If each student brought in only 10 box tops, Lane would receive over $4,000!!  Every box top counts. Thanks for your participation.

For participating products, click HERE.

Amazon Gives Back


Amazon Gives Back!  When you purchase at, click HERE. 0.5% of every purchase goes automatically to Friends of Lane. Save this as your Amazon shortcut and give to Lane every time you shop at Amazon!

School Store Hours

The Lane School Store will open Fridays during school from 11:00 am to 1:15 pm.

The store will also be open at the following times during Spirit Week

10/5: 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM
10/6: 7:15 to 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM
10/7: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

If you would like to volunteer in the school store, follow this sign up genius link (!/showSignUp/30e0a4da5a628a46-friends) * please manager is a designated parent with training in store management.  Do not sign up for this spot unless you are a designated store manager.



October 2017
10/2– 10/6 Spirit Week
10/5 LTAC Parent Meeting at 9 am in Room 113
10/5 Shop for Schools on Roscoe Street in Roscoe Village: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
10/6 Progress Reports Distributed
10/6 Homecoming Pep Rally
10/7 Homecoming Dance
10/9 Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
10/10 FOL Community Meeting at 7 pm
10/11 PSAT Testing 9th Graders and PSAT/NMSQT Testing for 10th & 11th Graders
10/19 LSC Meeting at 6:30 pm in Room 113
10/20 Hauntcert Halloween Concert at 7pm with festivities starting at 5:30 pm
10/23–10-/27 Red Ribbon Week
10/25-10/26 Fall Play: Blithe Spirit at 3:45 pm
10/27-10/28 Fall Play: Blithe Spirit at 7 pm
10/29 Lane Tech Open House
11/2 LTAC Parent Meeting at 9 am in Room 113
11/3 School Improvement Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


Career Exploration Day


The Lane Tech High School is proud to announce the first ever Career Exploration Day!
On October 11th, 2017, we would like to invite members of the Lane Tech community to come in to speak to the class of 2018 about their career and educational experiences. The event will take place 8:15 am to 11:30 am with three sessions of senior student groups.

If you are willing to volunteer your time, please click on the link below. Questions please email Amy Carqueville at
Sign Up for the Career Exploration Event HERE. 

Homecoming Scrimmage

In keeping the tradition of honoring our football team during our homecoming game, and in light of our opponent forfeiting their season, Lane will be holding a 7 on 7 scrimmage (this will not be a tackle football contest, but rather a “touch football game” with seven players playing at a time instead of 11). Gates open at 6:30pm and begin the scrimmage by 7:15pm.  Tickets will be sold beginning Wednesday and then again on Thursday before school, during lunch periods, and after school and will be for sale for $3.00 (we still need to cover the costs accrued from having an event at our school).  This event is for Lane Tech students, parents/families, and alumni only.  All Lane Tech students must have their ID on to enter the stadium and we are strongly encouraging no backpacks as all backpacks must be checked (thus delaying admittance into the game, and with a shorter evening planned, we want all students to enter the stadium for the start of the game). The scrimmage will be two 15 minute halves (running clock) with a halftime show by our Lane Tech Marching Warriors, Cheer Team and Dance team who will perform to honor our tradition and celebrate all of our homecoming stakeholders.

Follow Friends of Lane, Lane Tech, Lane Tech High School LSC, and Class of 20XX pages on Facebook.

For future calendar items, visit 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:

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Congrats to Lane Scholars

The Lane Scholars program encourages and rewards students who excel academically at Lane Tech.  Students are eligible if they rank in the top 50 of their class.  Selection is based upon cumulative grade point average calculated at the end of each semester.  At the end of the first semester of each year, qualified Lane Scholars will be notified by email and must complete the linked google form to check for requirements.  At the end of each year, qualified Lane Scholars are notified of their Lane Scholar status. Click HERE for the list of Lane Scholars.

Lane Scholars are expected to enroll in challenging classes, participate in extracurricular activities and become school leaders.  Lane Scholars are required to enroll in AP Capstone and four additional AP courses.  Scholars must take all mandatory college entrance assessments provided at Lane Tech.  In addition, scholars must be an active member in at least one club, sport, or extracurricular activity; have up-to-date service learning hours/projects; maintain 95% attendance throughout the school year;  and be a member of the National Honor Society by the end of their junior year.  In order for a student to remain a member of the Lane Scholars program, he or she must continue to meet the criteria listed above and maintain the ranking in the top 50 of his or her class.

Study Abroad for the Summer

Great News! Lane Tech has been allocated $50,000 in scholarship funds (based on merit & need) for students to study abroad next summer through CIEE, the Council on International Educational Exchange. CIEE hosts a variety of programs all over the world with different emphases, such as language/culture, art, science, community service, and leadership.

The PRIORITY application deadline for the summer study abroad programs is December 1st.

There are essays that students will need to write as part of the application process. It is HIGHLY recommended that students begin their essays now and proofread (and have a friend/parent/teacher proofread) before submitting the application online. The essays are between 400-600 words each.

Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact Tim Rogers at CIEE. Mr. Silverstein is sponsoring a student club at Lane that will assist students through the application process.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Lane on Nov. 15

Music Director Riccardo Muti will bring the Chicago Symphony to Lane Tech for a community concert at 7:30 pm on Nov. 15. The program will include Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2.

In advance of the concert, CSO musicians will participate in educational activities with band and orchestra students at the school.

In addition to this Community Concert, other free concerts presented by the CSOA this season include All-Access Chamber Music series at Symphony Center and in three locations on Chicago’s South Side (Kenwood Academy, the Logan Center for the Performing Arts and the South Shore Cultural Center). The All-Access Chamber Music series opens on 
October 29 with a concert at the Logan Center for the Arts and continues on November 29 with concert in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. While admission to All-Access Chamber Music concerts is free, tickets are required.

The CSO’s Community Concert is supported in part by the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO in partnership with Lane Tech College Prep High School. The All-Access Chamber Music Series is generously sponsored by an anonymous benefactor.

Tickets for all CSOA-presented concerts are available by phone at 800‑223‑7114 or 312-294‑3000; online at, or at the Symphony Center box office: 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.
Click here for more information and to order tickets.

Chicago Symphony OrchestraCommunity Concert
Lane Tech College Prep
High School
2501 W. Addison
Chicago, IL
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Symphony OrchestraRiccardo Muti, conductor
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Tickets: This performance is free, but tickets are required. More information

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This year's winter musical will be Fiddler on The Roof!  Students interested in auditioning for this musical should attend an audition meeting on October 24 or 27 in Room 148 from 3:30-4:00 pm.

Hauntcert is October 20 at 7:00 pm, with trick-or-treating and games starting at 5:30 pm.  The Lane Tech Symphonic Band will join Mrs. Morales and the Lane Tech Sinfonietta for the annual "Hauncert," a Halloween concert and extravaganza. There will be games and treats for the kids prior to the concert; and free admission for all Lane faculty, as well as all children 12 and under in costume. Admission for all other attendees will be $1.00, with an option to donate to the groups. All proceeds and donations from this concert will go toward purchasing sound deflector shells for the Lane Tech stage.

Fundraising news: While each musical ensemble will continue to run its own fundraiser, all ensembles will join forces in December for a full music department fundraiser to raise money for stage sound deflectors and new choral risers.

The Lane Tech Varsity Band will perform at the Arts in the Dark Parade on Columbus Drive on October 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  

The Lane Tech Varsity Band will represent Lane Tech at the Roscoe Village Parade on October 22 at 2:00 pm.  

Some of our Orchestra, Band, and Choir students are auditioning for the ILMEA District 1 Honors Ensembles this month. Auditions are on October 11. Those selected will perform in the District 1 Honors Festival on Saturday, November 18, at Elmhurst College. Good luck to all participating students!


The Art Department is hosting a Student-Alumni Intergenerational Art Exhibition in Gallery 2501 (Room 147), which runs from September 12 through October 24.


Just in time for Halloween… Come to the gorgeous Lane Tech Auditorium and see students perform in Lane’s fall play - the classic, ghostly comedy, Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward.

Following are show dates and times:
Wednesday, October 25 at 3:45 pm
Thursday, October 26 at 3:45 pm
Friday, October 27 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $6.00 and sold before each show in front of the interior auditorium doors.  Enter through parking lot Door M.


The Lane Acting Studio is a club that is open to all students at Lane who are interested in acting and improvisation.  The club meets every Monday in room 148 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The Acting Studio officially begins Monday, October 2.

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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:
10/5 Varsity Hockey vs Warren at 9:15 pm at McFetridge
10/5 Girls Volleyball Vs. Leyden at 5 PM
10/12 Girls Swimming vs Whitney Young at 5 pm at Lane
10/14 Varsity Football vs. Taft at 12:15 pm in Lane Stadium - LAST home game
Girls Swimming vs Latin at 5:00 pm at Lane


Admission to football games costs $5.  Revenues help support the football team, including helmets and other expenses. Students can purchase tickets in the main office the week of the game or at the gate the day of the game.

Boys’ Cross Country

Boys’ Cross Country has had a strong start to the season. In the 3-mile, Julien Higueros (Jr.) is ranked 4th in section, with a PR of 15:13.1. Kyle Haile (Sr.) is ranked 11th in section, with a PR of 16:02.7. In the 2 mile, Jack Burns (So.) is ranked 1st in section with a PR of 10:00.06. Jonathan Archer (Fr.) is ranked 4th in section with a PR of 10:37.6. At the Richard Spring Invitational on September 16, Lane ranked 31st out of 64 teams, and Julien Higueros placed 29th out of 333 boys, with a time of 15:26.0. The team will be working hard the next few weeks for the CPL Championship on Saturday, October 21.

Girls’ Cross Country

Girls’ Cross Country started the season strong and placed 4th at the St. Pat’s Invitational. Sydney Varga (Jr.) led the way with a 20:27.4 3 mile - good for 1st place out of 87 runners. The team also hosted the Larry Gnapp Tough Invite and placed 2nd behind Loyola Academy. Megann Lawlor (So.) posted the best time, with a 20:20.6 2.9 mile. The next event for the girls was the Mather Invite on September 26.

Boys’ Football

Lane Tech Varsity Football currently holds a 1-3 record in their conference. Senior captains Patrick Lavelle, Danny Stieber, and Ethan Galvin have kept the team strong and focused even after a defeat.

Boys’ Golf

The golf team is currently 1-3, but has drawn many positives from recent matches. The team’s young players are improving with every match. Ian Forbes (Fr.) is leading the team, with strong performances in the most recent match on September 20 against Jones/Payton and at the tournament on September 23. The team is looking to peak at the right time, as it prepares for an upcoming CPS tournament and the state playoffs. The CPS Golf Championship is Sunday, October 1 at Indian Boundary Golf Course. State Regionals are Tuesday, October 3 (location TBD) at 8am. The IHSA state finals are Saturday, October 14 at 4 pm.

Girls’ Golf

The Girls’ golf team is off to a solid start.  On September 23, Lane Tech lost to Taft (238-252), but beat Kenwood by a score of 252-341.  On September 26, the team fell to Whitney Young by a score of 197-238.  However, the team pulled off a win against Taft, with a score of 238-243.  Noel Feller (Fr.) has performed at a high level in nearly every match, and the rest of the team is following her lead.  The girls Golf City finals are Sunday, October 1 at Indian Boundary Golf Course. The IHSA girls golf regional is Wednesday, October 4 (location TBD) at 10 am.


The varsity hockey team is off to an amazing start. This season, the team has scored 25 goals and only been scored on seven times. The team record is currently 5-2. The team hopes to continue performing well. Despite a close loss to Maine on September 23, the team had an amazing weekend, defeating the DuPage Stars (8-3) on September 22, as well as Sandburg (7-0) and Naperville North (8-3) on September 23.  The team fell to Deerfield at Twin Rinks Buffalo Grove on September 26, with a final score of 3-2

The JV Green won against the reigning state champions, Maine, 3-2 in an amazing fashion with Meyer scoring the game winning goal with 17 seconds left on the clock.

JV White started the season 2-2.  

All teams are currently in tiering round games through 10/8. Regular season divisions and schedules will be released soon after that date.

College Night: Opportunities for College Hockey Seminar being held Oct. 9 at the Woodfield Hyatt in Schaumburg. Click here for more information and registration.

The complete schedule is posted on Lane Hockey’s website:

Boys’ Soccer

Lane Tech Boys Soccer started the season off strong! As of mid-September, they were holding a  3-1-2 record in the top CPS conference. Overall, their record stands at 6-4-2. Recently, Lane Tech played Von Steuben; taking the lead in the first half; however, ending the game in a tie due to a penalty kick. Playing under the motto of the  “School of Champions,” Lane Tech Boys Soccer will work diligently to continue to thrive as a team; they beat Kelly 5-0 on September 25. They took down Hubbard 10-2 on September 27. The Varsity City Tournament is Monday, October 2 at 6 pm and Thursday, October 5 at 6 pm (location TBD). Boys soccer Regional SemiFinals will take place on October 17 and 18.

Boys’ Softball

Lane Tech Boys Softball team got off to a strong start this season by winning their first 4 games. They have a 6-2 record as of September 22. The team has had some great plays throughout the season from their athletes. At one game, junior Trevor Norberg made a highlight diving catch and got out the runner. The team participated in a CPS tournament on September 23 and lost in the finals against Northside College Prep. Lane Tech won 3 out of 5 games in the tournament.  City Playoffs take place the week of October 2.

Girls’ Swimming and Diving

Girls’ Swimming and Diving is off to a great start this season. Their first home game of the school year on September 20 resulted in a 117-45 victory against Lincoln Park. Lead swimmers include junior Taylor Holderfield and senior Mikayla Koconis-O’Malley. Girls’ Swimming and Diving manager, Ethan Chiu, states that, “The season is looking very promising and we’re hoping for another year of clean sweeps.” The team has an upcoming meet on Saturday, October 7 at 9 am at St. Charles North. Their next home meet will be Thursday, October 12 against Whitney Young at 5 pm.

Girls’ Tennis

Girls tennis has experienced very few losses this season, including a recent win at the Niles West Tournament in mid-September. This was the second consecutive win varsity has had in this tournament, which was led to victory with strong performances from Hallie Leblebijian, who won her matches, and Josie Blumenthal. Impressive performances from both singles who won their matches, as well as first doubles who earned 2nd, and second doubles who won the consolation. Hallie leads the team with only one singles loss against Northside. The team's overall record is 3-3, heading into their Senior Night, September 25.

Girls’ Volleyball

Girls varsity volleyball is currently 4-6 this season (as of 9-22), having many tough and close scoring matches early on. Senior captains Jade Dickinson, Emily Collins, and Jennifer Rodriguez have had a great season so far and continue to show growth in their leadership and playing skills. Jade quotes, “We look forward to a good rest of the season and a strong playoff appearance.” The team has upcoming games on Tuesday, October 3 at Payton at 5 pm and Wednesday, October 4 at Jones at 5 pm, and a home game against Leyden on Thursday, October 5.

More athletic updates and announcements are shared via the Lane Tech Athletic Twitter Feed.

Visit Team Websites for More Information

Cross Country
Soccer - Boys
Softball - Boys
Swimming & Diving - Girls
Tennis - Girls
Volleyball - Girls


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.

Lane Tech’s College and Career Center hosts college and university representative visits throughout the Fall. Rep visits offer a great opportunity for students to learn more about the college and have their questions answered with a 5-10 minute one-on-one discussion. There are several College Rep visits every day in September, as well as a UIC Open House on September 16. Scheduled visits are posted on the CCC and Lane Tech website. (Scroll down to view calendars.)

Need Money for College? FAFSA Opens October 1.

FAFSA: The Free Application for Student Aid opens on October 1, 2017. The earlier you submit your application, the more money you may be eligible to receive. Log on first to request the PIN you’ll need to begin the application.

According to the FAFSA website:

Completing and submitting the FAFSA® form is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

For more information:

Upcoming College Deadlines

Most Early Decision and Early Action deadlines are November 1. Students need to complete their personal essays, request teacher recommendations, and submit test scores to each college. Remember, Lane counselors need at least two weeks’ notice to prepare college application materials requested by students

Recommendations and Transcripts for College Applications

Reminder to families with seniors - many colleges and universities have October and November application deadlines. Make all requests to teachers and counselor for transcripts and recommendation letters right away!

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. Your participation is important -- please plan to attend.

10/10/2017 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
11/14/2017 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
1/9/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
2/13/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
3/13/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
4/10/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
5/8/2018 7:00 PM College and Career Center Room 135
6/12/2018 7:00 PM TDB

Do You Have Lane News to Share?
The Friends of Lane newsletter is written, edited, and distributed by parent volunteers. There is lots going on at Lane, so we need help collecting information! If you have news to share - about a student competition, teacher accomplishment, etc - please send that information to at least one week before the end of the month for inclusion in the next month’s newsletter.

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Friends of Lane is an all-volunteer, parent-driven, Lane Tech Community organization and registered 501(c)(3) non profit. Our goal is to build community and support Lane Tech parents, teachers, students, administrators, and staff.


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