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We are looking forward to welcoming students back to campus on Tuesday, January 19th for in-person learning and the shift to our e-Hybrid learning model. Please take a moment to read and consider the attached information, in preparation for Tuesday.


  • Tuesday, January 19th - e-Hybrid Begins - Special Week - MLK Day (BW/Color)
    • All LFHS students and staff will shift to the second semester e-Hybrid schedule on Tuesday, January 19th. Students learning in-person and remotely will all follow the same schedule.
    • All grade levels return to LFHS, as alphabetically assigned, in the e-Hybrid model.

For full weeks following the return to in-person learning on January 19th, the e-Hybrid Schedule will be followed (BW/Color)


Read more about LFHS January Reopening Information

As mentioned in the Superintendent's message, students/families choosing to learn in-person in our e-Hybrid model and participating in all in-person extracurricular activities are agreeing to the following:

  • Participate in COVID-19 gateway testing with a negative result before returning to the building
  • Use the LFHS symptom screener
  • Quarantine for 14 days following travel that does not adhere to IDPH health and safety guidance
  • Refrain from participating in activities (including athletics) that do not follow IDPH guidance
  • Refrain from congregating in large groups while in or out of school
  • Consistently adhere to risk mitigation strategies of wearing a mask, frequently washing hands, and maintaining 6-feet physical distance from others while in and out of school
  • Cooperate with contract tracers as needed throughout the balance of the school year
Read more about LFHS Reminders for In-Person Instruction/Activities for 2nd Semester

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IN THIS ISSUE: Staff Writers Anna Pierson and Sarah Patel won a national journalism award for their article comparing last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests to the insurrection at the Capitol, and how the two are not the same; Managing Editor Rory Summerville published the third edition of College Corner; Staff Writer Kayla Wisneski previews the upcoming Chicago Blackhawks season; and, in case you missed; Staff Writer Chloe Mutter shed light on the most vulnerable population in the pandemic, people experiencing homelessness; and Staff Writer Carolyn Kaefer shared what seasonal depressive disorder is and how to prevent it.

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LFHS will be offering our SAT Test Prep class this winter and spring on the following Saturday dates: February 6, 2021, February 13, 2021, February 20, 2021, February 27, 2021, March 6, 2021... please use this link for more information.

Registration closes for SAT Test Prep at noon on Friday, January 29. Students who are enrolled in this course should plan to attend each of the five sessions. Students who miss more than 2 sessions will be charged $50.
LFHS SAT Test Prep Registration - Winter 2021

Read more about Upcoming SAT Test Prep Classes for Juniors

I am writing to follow up on outcomes from last night's Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Special Board Meeting. In my report, I presented updates from the Lake County Department of Health, news on access to COVID-19 vaccines, the latest on our work with the District 115 Metrics Advisory Council, progress on our plans to recommence e-hybrid, in-person leaning, COVID-19 testing, and reopening costs to date. A recording of the meeting in its entirety may be found here.


Read more about A Message from the Superintendent - D115 Board Meeting Follow Up

Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Board of Education President David Lane
Lake Forest Elementary School District 67 Board of Education President Justin Engelland

Last month, Lake Forest Schools Superintendent Michael V. Simeck announced that he would be leaving the District to become Deerfield District 109 Superintendent, effective July 1, 2021.
Superintendent Simeck has informed us of his updated plans to leave the District on March 31, 2021 in order to begin his new role in Deerfield on April 1.
Our respective Boards are working together to define next steps for our superintendent search and will keep the community updated in the weeks ahead. We do not expect this new date to impact District operations and are committed to ensuring a smooth transition process.

Read more about A Joint Statement from the Boards of Education

Congratulations to Shelby Pruett and Mac Uihlein, who signed their letters of intent on December 16, 2020 to play football at the collegiate level. Shelby will be at Colgate University, and Mac will play for Northwestern University. 

View the ceremony here.


Shelby Pruett signs letter of intent to play football at Colgate University

Mac Uihlein signs letter of intent to play football at Northwestern University

Mac Uihlein

Read more about Shelby Pruett and Mac Uihlein Sign Letters of Intent to Play Football at the Collegiate Level (Video)

The 2019-20 LFHS Boys Soccer Award for Exemplary Team Academics

Congratulations to the Fall 2019 LFHS Boys Soccer team on winning yet another United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom!

A total of 312 soccer teams (134 boys, 178 girls) from throughout the United States earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2019-20 academic year. 

To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.

(School, City, State, Coach, Team GPA)  

Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, Ill., Robert Parry, 3.63  


Read more about Fall, 2019 Boys Soccer Team Earn United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award

Attention Class of 2025: Click HERE for additional information and for the link to begin the pre-registration process for the 2021-2022 school year!

Curriculum Videos: Be on the lookout for our series of Curriculum videos that will be shared mid-January.

The Scout Experience: Student Stories video will be shared with our 8th grade families on Monday, January 25th.

Town Hall: Families will have the opportunity to submit a question for our Live Stream 8th Grade Town Hall on Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 PM.

Read more about LFHS Incoming Freshman Registration is Now Open

Coach Lester Long congratulating a student track/field athlete after an event.

Congratulations go out to LFHS Coach Lester Long on being voted an Illinois Track and/or Cross Country Coaches' Association (North Division) Assistant Coach Award Winner. 

To receive this award, an individual must have been a Track and Field and/or Cross Country assistant coach for at least 10 years and received a nomination from a fellow coach.  Coach Long has coached Track and Field at LFHS since 1985 in addition to coaching various levels of boys' and girls' basketball and Freshman boys' soccer along the way.  Lester's exuberance, love and passion for whatever or whomever he coaches brings a smile to everyone's face.

logo for the Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches' Association


Read more about Lester Long Voted ITCCCA Assistant Coach Award Winner

Scout Strong is a series of seminars focused on social and emotional well-being. In this presentation, brought to us in partnership with the LFHS APT, Dr. Doug Bolton shared current brain and social science research to help guide us through these challenging times. He also shared parenting strategies that will help build resilience in our children so that they can effectively manage stress now and in the future.

"Cultivating Resilience During Covid-19," featuring Dr. Bolton - November 12

Read more about Recording of November 12 SCOUT STRONG Presentation

Congratulations to the following student athletes on the day of signing their letters of intent--November 11, 2020:

Nine student athletes group photo on signing day.

Name University/College Sport
Molly Fisher Denison University Girls Basketball
Elsa Goldsberry University of New Hampshire Field Hockey
Caroline Graham University of Santa Clara Girls Volleyball
Pierce Grieve University of Louisville Boys Golf
Julia LeClercq Wake Forest University Field Hockey
Walter Mattingly Hillsdale College Boys Basketball
Kiley Rabjohns Northwestern University Girls Tennis
Brooke Theis Tulane University Girls Tennis
Olivia Wheldon Providence College Girls Tennis

Molly Fisher and parents at signing of letter of intent to play basketball in college.


Elsa Goldsberry and parents at signing of letter of intent to play field hockey in college.



Caroline Graham and parents at signing of letter of intent to play volleyball at college


Pierce Grieve and parents at signing of letter of intent to play golf in college


Julia LeClercq and parents at signing of letter of intent to play field hockey at college.


Walter Mattingly and parents at signing of letter of intent to play basketball at college.


Kiley Rabjohns and parents at signing of letter of intent to play tennis in college


Brooke Theis and parents at signing of letter of intent to play tennis at college.


Olivia Wheldon and parents at signing of letter of intent to play tennis in college.


Read more about Nine Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Due to limited space availability, and the need to adhere to social distancing and health department recommendations, Lake Forest High School has cancelled in-person cap and gown ordering.

Please use this link to submit your cap and gown order directly to Josten's. Caps and gowns were paid as part of registration fees. Additional graduation items are available for purchase through Josten's.

Questions? Please contact Cindy Rogna,

Read more about Senior Class of 2021 - Order Your Cap and Gown Online

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