2017-18 LHS PTO Grants 

This school year, the LHS PTO was delighted to receive 28 grant applications – the most ever received in one grant cycle! We are truly fortunate to have so many creative, innovative and committed teachers and staff at LHS!

18 of the grant requests were fully or partially funded through the PTO Grants budget, 5 grants were fully funded and one grant partially funded by the PTO with funds from department contributions, financial aid and designated membership donations. 

The PTO was able to fund 23 grants totaling over $9,500 because of the generous support of our community of families! Thank you for joining the PTO! Your membership dues and additional contributions support our teachers and our students! 

Thank you to the wonderful LHS teachers, staff and administrators for your initiative and dedication to teaching and learning! Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

English and World Languages

Karen Russell and Heather Arrigio: Three visits by Harvard scholar to discuss Dante’s Divine Comedy in their collaborative classroom (English/Italian).

Charlotte Parish: Romeo and Juliet costuming and props for freshman English Shakespeare unit to increase student comprehension and engagement.

Ryan Casey: Virtual reality headsets that work with smartphones to enable viewing of architecture, artwork, etc. in 3D. Travel abroad without leaving the classroom!

Zachary Abdu-Glass, Heather Kimura and Marianne Durand: Professional Development, including: conference fees and materials for the Mass Foreign Language Association Core Practices Institute, webinar, books, French Cultural Center membership.


Stacy Glickman and Alicia Linsey: Television monitor for newly created College and Career Center.

Alicia Linsey: Conference fee for New England and New York Associations for College Admission Counseling Super Conference.

Martha Queenin: Additional supplies for the Rock Room.

Melissa Buttaro: Additional supplies for the Principles of Mindfulness Class and class space.


Jane Bergin: ION Tailgater sport speakers to enhance differentiated learning opportunities in physical education through music and technology apps.


Josh King: Scientific probes to understand how rain events affect the water quality of surface water bodies.

Steven Wilkins: pH teacher pack for measuring water quality.

Sarah Cammer: Scientific tools to support active inquiry and investigation into the role of soils in the carbon cycle.

Danielle Israel, Jeanette Urquhart and Kate Riley: Two thermal imaging cameras for use in Conceptual Chemistry (Science/Special Ed).

Special Ed

Justin Hemm: 2 EmWave biofeedback devices to develop coping strategies for students experiencing anxiety.

Thomas Buckley: Set of 12 whiteboards, markers and erasers for the Resource Room.

Melissa Brooks: 10 sets of headphones for the resource room to complete work requiring listening device.

Julie Calechman: Graphing calculators for the resource room.

Visual Art

Miyoung Lee: Marbling kit and blender for Painting II class.

Rachel Durocher: Silk screens for fabric, paper and clay.

Samantha Lowe: 4 Refurbished SLR manual film cameras for darkroom photography classes.

Cara Bean: Visiting artist series - Stephen Hamilton (painter, activist and Mass Art professor) leads student workshop celebrating cultural background and influences. Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb award-winning cartoonists and animation artists discuss their careers and use of technology in art.

Mary Pappas: Directional microphone mounted on boom arm for digital control room for audio enhancement in student productions.


Harriet Wallen:  Fee to attend premiere educational technology conference in Chicago.

2015-16 LHS PTO Grant Summaries

Thanks to YOUR PTO membership and donations, the Lexington High School Grants Committee was able to fund eleven mini grants to support innovation and learning across the curriculum this school year. Below is a summary of the grants that were funded.

Guidance Department

Mindfulness Training - Guidance counselor, Melissa Buttaro, attended a Yoga Service Council Conference. She is currently teaching a Principles of Mindfulness class and will use the information from the conference to revise her curriculum and reach out to other groups within the school community next year.

Stress Reduction and Resiliency - A pilot program to read and discuss the book Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni.

Visual Arts

The Iron Cartoonist at LEXICON - Cara Bean invited professional artists to participant in an interactive drawing event, The Iron Cartoonist at LEXICON. LEXICON is a teen comic convention planned and hosted by students in LHS Illustration classes. 

Digital Media - Mary Pappas purchased an additional digital video production camera to be used in her popular Digital Video classes.

Social Studies

American History - Rob Collins, Social Studies department Chair, purchased a classroom set ofPatriot Parson of Lexington, Massachusetts. The Patriot Parson will allow the AP US History students an important opportunity to delve deeper into the rich colonial legacy of the town.

World Languages

Balance Cushions - Maureen Haviland purchased a classroom set of balance cushions for her Latin classes. The cushions allow students to move around and increases classroom focus. 

Poet-in-Residence - Lili Pan and Jieying Yao brought in a ‘Poet-in-Residence’ for the Mandarin classes to develop a clear picture of the central role which “The Three Perfections” (poetry, painting and calligraphy) occupy in the culture’s rich history. Students also had an opportunity to  personally experience the way the Eastern approach to creative writing can enhance their own creative efforts.


Bottle Rockets - Physics students explored and integrated physics using bottle rockets. The grant enabled Avon Lewis to purchase additional supplies and stations for this educational and fun lab experience.


Graphing Calculators - Jill Gormisky, Walter Richardson, Wendy Cordero, Kelly Anderson and Lindsay Mosca all received additional TI-84 graphing calculators for their classes. This enables students to have a full class experience when graphing calculators are needed. 

Stomp Rockets - Francesca Pfrommer enhanced her teaching of parametric equations in pre-calculus through the use of stomp rockets.


Video Camera - Freshmen and juniors will no longer miss out on special classroom guest speaker events as Jennifer Wolfrum used her grant to purchase a video camera to record special lectures.


2014-15 PTSA Grants Awards

Each year, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) awards Lexington High School educators grants to enhance the education of LHS students. These grants are funded by PTSA membership fees and directed parent donations.

The Grants committee is pleased to announce that $6,077.47 was awarded this year to ten projects. For the 2014- 2015 school year, the PTSA Grant Review Committee has awarded grants to the following LHS faculty members and Departments:


Karen Russell: Funding was awarded for a third year Harvard Philosophy student and Harvard Fellow to teach three sophomore classes in argument construction for the purpose of improving students writing of analytic essays.

Chelsea Baum: Funding was awarded for the purchase of 25  bungee chairs that would offer students a change in seating within an innovative classroom setting.

 Kristen Bellows: Funding was awarded for participation in summer course entitled, “Teaching the Text: Summer Institute by Teachers As Scholars”. Course will assist teacher in the instruction of a variety of texts that connect to contemporary life’s issues. Teacher hopes to engage students in thinking while reading about connections of their lives to the texts they are reading.


Chris Doucette, Veronica Solomon: Funding was awarded for the purchase of twelve of the latest­ model graphing calculators (TI­84 Plus). Six will be used in the learning center for students needing academic support in mathematics. The other six will be used in statistics and math 3 classes by students who have older models handed down by siblings. The newer models handle large data sets and statistical programs that the older models don't support.  Students are able to analyze data and create quick visual representations of the data, allowing students to focus on interpreting results, rather than getting bogged down in a complicated calculation. 

Laura Sheppard Brick: Funding was provided for the purchase of “Puzzles for Probability” project activity. The activity will encourage students to think about puzzle arrangement and probability while answering the question, “How many ways can you arrange this puzzle?”

Physical Education

Eamonn Sheehan: Funding was awarded for the replacement of TV monitor and Blu-ray player for the physical education center at LHS. All six physical education teachers will use the equipment during class to enhance their teaching and student learning practice. TV will be used for educational videos.

Special Education

Eileen Hirsh, Christine Stueve: Funding was awarded for the purchase of resources of relevant materials for the Intensive Learning Program’s library. A number of teachers will have access to the resources for many students.

Kate Dobbins: Funding was awarded for the purchase of 10    bungee chairs that would offer students a change in seating within an innovative classroom setting.

World Languages

Lili Pan, JieyingYao: Funding was awarded for a Chinese Calligraphy Workshop for all the students taking Mandarin. The workshop serves to expand the cultural component of the class.