Parent Discussion Group

Thursday September 5 - 7:45-8:45am, LHS Library Media Center

All LHS parents and guardians are invited to attend the first meeting of the LHS Parent Discussion Group on Thursday, September 5, from 7:45 - 8:45 am in the LHS Library Media Center. Associate Principal Andrew Baker will host this meeting. Join us with your back-to-school questions, and hear about what's new at LHS this year! 

Senior Photo Information

Important News from the LHS Yearbook

Dear Rising Seniors and Families –

The LHS Yearbook has some important news to share with you. Please be aware that along with the change in studio, there is also a change in the way senior portraits will be taken. The photographers will be coming to sites in Lexington and to LHS to take pictures. For the first time ever, outdoor poses will be included in our yearbook. Appointments are available for the remainder of August and September. See https://www.hockstudio.com/ for further information. Please book as early as possible to ensure that you get a date that works for you.

Results of Weekly Announcement Survey 2019

Weekly Announcements: Survey Results

Firstly, thank you to the 231 people who responded to our survey in February and March. We are grateful for your feedback, your appreciation and your ideas for improvements.

Overall, people value the service, are pleased with recent improvements and a majority of readers find the announcements are relevant, appropriate and the right length. There’s a reasonable proportion (about 10–20%) who find the WAs too long. We also received some good suggestions about how to improve them.

Community Film Series April 2019

Angst

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Anxiety Disorders are Real, Common and Treatable - a documentary followed up with a discussion led by Clinician, Jon Mattleman and young adult speaker from Minding Your Mind

Location - LHS Auditorium
Time - Wed April 3rd 7-9PM
Details on Angst: https://angstmovie.com/

Free and Appropriate for all parents and children 12 and over.

LIKE

A documentary about the effect of social media on our lives - followed up with a discussion led by LPS Enforcement Officer Kristina Hankins and LPS Prevention Specialist and LICSW, Kristie Demiriv

Location - LHS Auditorium
Time - Wed April 10th 7-9PM
Details on LIKE: https://www.thelikemovie.com/

Free and Appropriate for all parents and children 12 and over.

Both screenings are hosted by the PTOs of Lexington High School, Clarke Middle School, and Diamond Middle School. Free and open to the community. For questions, please contact forums@lhspto.org

You can download the flyer for these events here.

Fund Our Future Forum by LEA: Monday, February 4th at LHS


From Lexington Education Association:

A few years ago, a nonpartisan committee studied the formula the state uses to determine what is called the "foundation budget" or the minimum amount of money each community must spend to educate their children.  They found that the formula was woefully out of date and it did not adequately account for changes to educating children with special needs, English language learners and for providing heath care to staff, among other factors.  If those changes were enacted, Lexington would get an additional $3.8 million dollars in state aide.  

In addition, our public colleges have experienced declining funding for the last dozen years, causing students to experience increasing debt and increasing fees.  

So far the legislature has failed to act.  This year, the LEA is teaming up with other educational unions from across the state to push the legislature to revise the funding formula and provide adequate funding for both our public primary and secondary schools and public colleges.  

On February 4, 2019 at 7 PM, at LHS's Science Lecture Hall, the Lexington Education Association and the Burlington Education Association are holding a forum to educate people about the need for change and to encourage people to take action.  Dr. Hackett will be one of our featured presenters, along with Rep. Ken Gordon, Analyst Colin Jones and MTA VP Max Page.  

Upcoming Forums for February 2019

8th Grade Parent Forum:  Going to LHS

  • Monday, 2/11, 9:00-10:30 am at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road)

  • OR

  • Wednesday, 2/13, 7-9 pm in the Lexington High School Science Lecture Hall (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)

This Q&A forum is an opportunity for 8th grade parents to learn about the transition to high school from a panel of experienced LHS parents. Bring your questions about classes, schedules, sports, music groups, clubs, community service, lockers, homework, and whatever else you are wondering about high school! The morning and evening sessions will have the same format: attend whichever one is most convenient for you.


Youth Substance Use: What Parents Need to Know 

  • Thursday, February 28, starting at 7 pm in LHS Commons 1 

  • (Mock Teen Bedroom will be open beginning at 6:30 pm)

Parents of 6-12th graders are invited to this important session led by LPD School Resource Officer Kristina Hankins and Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev, LICSW. Parents will have the opportunity to hear about current trends in youth substance use (including vaping, marijuana, and alcohol); review recent data; understand the science behind the developing brain and the impact of substances; and learn strategies for talking with their children. LHS students will also be in attendance to facilitate Q&A with parents. This will be an interactive session, and all are welcome. The "Hidden in Plain Sight" display of a mock teen bedroom will also be set up starting at 6:30 for parents to walk through to help them understand common household items that could be an indication of substance use by their teen. This forum is co-sponsored by the LHS PTO, Clarke PTO, and Diamond PTA.

Lexington comes to Boston

  • When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6 pm

  • Where: Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Boston, MA 02120

Please join the Lexington School Committee & METCO Parents to participate in small group dialogue with Principals, METCO parents and others from our school community. Dinner will be served. Bus departs Central Office at 4:45pm. RSVP by Friday, November 16 for dinner and/or to reserve a seat on the bus by emailing Fgrullon@lexingtonma.org.

WANTED - Community feedback on changing the LHS school start time to 8:30AM

Your feedback is important to help inform the school committee on a decision to possibly implement a later high school start time.  All members of the school community are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts about a 45-minute later start at Lexington High School and a modest (possibly 5-15 minute) later start at the elementary schools. Here are ways you can learn more and share your thoughts before a decision is made at the December 4 school committee meeting.

Later Start Time Public Forums

Monday, November 5, 2018 
5:00 - 6:00 p.m
Science Lecture Hall at Lexington High School

Tuesday, November 20, 2018  
location/time to be determined soon

First Annual Meet the Principals!

On Thursday October 11, 2018 the Lexington High School Parent Teacher Organization (LHSPTO) hosted the first annual Meet the Principals Q&A event on Back to School Night. A standing room only crowd of parents had the opportunity to hear from Principal Stephens and Assistant Principal Baker on a wide range of topics including school safety, start times, NEASC accreditation, and much more. The event was a huge success and the PTO hopes to host similar events in the future. Thank you to everyone who attended, our volunteers and Principal Stephens and Assistant Principal Baker.

Back to School Night - Student Class Council

The LHS CLASS COUNCILS will be having their first joint fundraiser of the year selling LHS GEAR at Back To School Night.   Please consider making a purchase to help each of the classes raise funds for activities that will bring the class together.

All proceeds from the sale will go directly to supporting class activities. 

Stop by The Class Council Table during a free block at Back To School Night and purchase a LHS Sweatshirt, LHS Teeshirt or Hat. 

Cash or checks made out to the Town of Lexington will be accepted. Thanks in advance for your support!

Best, 

LHS Class Advisors...

Liz Curtin..Senior Class Advisor

Stacy McFadden and Jess Goodstone..Junior Class Advisors

Danielle Isreal and Kelly Anderson...Sophomore Class Advisors

Martha Queenin..Freshmen Class Advisor