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Longtime choir teacher retires

music notes (courtesy of creative commons).

Max Dike, reporter

May 22, 2020

After a 37-year tenure as a choral music teacher and a choir director, 34 of which came at Lyons Township, Constance Lyda has made the decision to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. With her, she takes years of valuable experience and life lessons from over three decades of teaching at LT,...

Student Council creates video in honor of staff appreciation week

Charlotte McLaughlin, reporter

May 22, 2020

As the school year comes to a close, Student Council decided to embark on one more project to honor LT’s staff during staff appreciation week, Student Council sponsor Peter Geddeis said. Student council developed a script and asked other students to contribute to a video that was edited together. ...

Menagerie staff plans for release of online edition

Menagerie staff working together over zoom (courtesy of Menagerie).

Lillie George, reporter

May 21, 2020

Faced with the task of pulling together a high quality, in-depth literary magazine from home, the Menagerie editors have been hard at work preparing for this year’s design, which was released online today. “We [were] nervous but excited,” art adviser Mary Rohlicek said. “I’m so very impresse...

Staff Appreciation Shout Outs

thank you teachers drawing (courtesy of WordPress).

Nicole Klein, Website editor

May 19, 2020

LT LION newspaper staff would like to thank all the staff and teachers at LT. We appreciate everything you have done for us and everything you are doing during this time of social distancing. We thank you for making our transition to e-learning as smooth as possible due to your positivity and kindness....

Runner stays active during quarantine

Lizzie Patel, reporter

May 15, 2020

When runner Maggie Vear ‘20 heard the initial announcement over the loudspeaker on March 12 that all sports had been suspended through March 30, she was shocked to say the least, Vear said. She had heard rumors about York High School suspending its sports, but she did not expect it could become a r...

LT teachers, students sew materials to donate to hospitals

LT faculty and staff making masks (courtesy of Danielle Radzialowski).

Sophia Schultz, reporter

May 12, 2020

When LT Family and Consumer Science teacher Danielle Radzialowski heard from her mom that there was a high demand for chemotherapy pillows at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, she showed fellow FCS teacher Lauren Gjini a prototype. A week later, Gjini and her students had sent over 150 pillow...

‘Tens by Teens Goes Viral’ replaces in-person performance

tens by teens poster (courtesy of LTTV Youtube).

Claire Williams, copy editor

May 11, 2020

Like the vast majority of second semester events, LT’s production of “Tens by Teens,” a compilation of plays written and performed by students, was cancelled due to the coronavirus. While the in-person production of the plays was no longer a feasible option, theatre teacher and director Lawrence Keller decided t...

Mia Gales ‘20 creates Facebook page, keeps seniors connected

Facebook logo (courtesy of creative commons).

Brianna Fonseca, reporter

May 7, 2020

From “Tiger King” memes to e-learning jokes to senior college decisions, Mia Gales’ ‘20 Facebook page has given seniors an opportunity to stay connected during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. As more postings go up on the Facebook wall, seniors are communicating through light-hearted jokes a...

Yearbook staff completes book after school cancellations

Sponsor Joseph  Maffey (top left) with Erin Dickett (bottom left) and Co-Edtior In Cheifs Kerry Conneely (bottom right) and Sofia Menna (top right) (courtesy of tabulae).

Mia Bonfiglio, Pulse Co-Editor

April 30, 2020

When Co-Editor-In-Chief Sofia Menna ‘20 found out about school closing because of the COVID-19 virus, her heart dropped. Although she immediately questioned how the Tabulae staff would be able to finish the yearbook by April 6, their final deadline, she remained confident that the students would p...

Teachers deal with COVID-19 pandemic

Dani Almase, Pulse Co-Editor

April 29, 2020

Virginia Condon, English teacher and instructional coach, has been teaching at LT for the past 12 years. This is Condon’s first time using e-learning as a full time teacher in a school district. She, along with every teacher, had to make this sudden transition on March 13, after Principal Brian Waterman a...

Student council raises over $5000 for COVID-19 relief

Different types of popcorn that were available for purchase that raised money for COVID-19 relief (courtesy of ltactivites instagram)

Claire Williams, reporter

April 28, 2020

Student council recently partnered with Double Good Fundraising to do a gourmet popcorn fundraiser, with 50% of proceeds going towards COVID-19 relief. The fundraiser lasted from April 15 at 5 p.m. through April 19 at 5 p.m. During this time, they sold more than $12,000 worth of popcorn and were able ...

Virtual Mr. LT

Mr. LT on YouTube (courtesy of LTTV YouTube).

Sophia Schultz, reporter

April 24, 2020

LT’s annual male pageant, Mr. LT, has been moved to an online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week-long virtual event on LTTV’s YouTube page began on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. with contestant introductions. “Since its inception, Mr. LT has been a lighthearted, fun event desig...

IHSA cancels spring state tournaments

IHSA logo courtesy of IHSA.org

Diane Makovic, Co-Editor-In-Chief

April 22, 2020

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) released an official statement cancelling all spring state tournaments after a video conference call on Tuesday, April 21.  "We support the decision by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education, and given the logistics, we simply felt we c...

Senior celebrations continue despite school closure

Olivia Janik, Co-Editor in Chief

April 21, 2020

Although school will not continue for the rest of the year, celebrations for the Class of 2020 will still take place this year, principal Dr. Brian Waterman said in an email to the LT community on April 23.  The Senior Honors Assembly will take place over livestream on May 21, and the next day, ...

LT Math and Science departments donate PPE to AMITA hospital in LaGrange

Donations (courtesy of 
Adam Roubitchek)

Claire Williams, copy editor

April 21, 2020

In an effort to counteract a possible shortage of supplies due to the coronavirus outbreak, members of the LT Math and Science department donated hundreds of personal protective equipment (PPE) to AMITA hospital in LaGrange. “While we are all sheltering in place, those in the hospital are on the...

Student council, class board elections now online

Anna McCormick, News Co-Editor

April 20, 2020

Amidst the worldwide pandemic, the current Student Council and Class Board have to improvise how campaigns and elections for next year’s members will work. For the first time ever, candidates will both campaign and be elected online. “The Class Board and Student Council sponsors engaged in a ser...

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