2019-2020 PTO Executive Board

The slate and budget will be voted on during the Annual PTO meeting - May 14, 6:30 pm, LHS. Open to all LHS PTO members. 

1.     Co-President - Christina Lin &  Vineeta Kumar

2.    Forums - Jen Roney & Upasna Chhabra

3.     Secretary – Karen Fu & Tina Weber

4.     Treasurer - Betsy Wilkinson & TBD

5.     Vice President Communications -  Chitra Sundar

6.     Vice President of Grants - Kim McCormick

7.     Vice President-Hospitality - Cathy Swan  & Kat MacDonald  

8.     Vice President Membership- Jennifer Gerfen & Rina Kodendera

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  They found that the formula was woefully out of date and it did not adequately account for changes to educating children with special needs, English language learners and for providing heath care to staff, among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

Announcements for LHS Seniors

  • Senior Counselor Seminars

Attention Seniors: Counselor Seminars will begin the week of September 17 and continue for three consecutive weeks. It is important that students check the block, start time and location of their Senior Seminar to ensure that they make it to all three sessions. Please contact your school counselor if you do not have Senior Seminar included on your Q1 schedule.

Joanne Tringale, Counseling Department

781-861-2320, x69722

  • Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Yearbooks are now on sale for $85. Last year was a sell-out, so order your yearbook now!

Purchase online at https://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/ or send a check to Harriet Wallen in the LHS Library. Checks should be made out to Town of Lexington.

Questions, email Harriet at hwallen@lexingtonma.org or call 781-861-2320, x. 69151

Harriet Wallen, Librarian, Lexington High School

K-12 Facilitator, Library Dept., Lexington Public Schools

  • Senior Yearbook Portraits, deadline Oct 15

Senior year is finally here and it is time to schedule your senior portrait! Please note our yearbook senior portrait policy. Only portraits taken by our designated photography company, Smile-Pro/ Portrait Experience, will be included in our yearbook. There will be no exceptions to this policy. You can book an appointment for yearbook only if you do not wish to purchase a senior portrait from them. You are under no obligation to do so. There will be opportunities provided at school in the fall at no charge if you would like to be included in the book and do not want a formal sitting. On underclass picture make-up day, seniors who want a quick picture taken for inclusion in the yearbook will be able to do that. The goal is to have every senior pictured.

Additionally, if traveling to SmilePro’s Bedford location is not convenient, a mobile studio will be set up at LHS for a formal portrait experience (by appointment only). Please note that the deadline for having your portrait taken is October 15; keep this in mind when scheduling your appointment. Please book now to ensure that you can have your portrait taken in time.

Details at http://www.portraitexperience.com

Questions, email Harriet Wallen at hwallen@lexingtonma.org or call 781-861-2320, x. 69151

Harriet Wallen, Librarian, Lexington High School

K-12 Facilitator, Library Dept., Lexington Public Schools

  • LHS Seniors: Transcript Request Deadlines

Seniors must request official transcripts in Naviance via their Naviance accounts here »

To ensure your transcript and Counselor Statement reach the admissions office at the time of your application, please do the following.

Request your official transcript in Naviance.

Print the Transcript Status Page and bring to the Registrar’s Office, room 152, before the posted deadlines below:

College Due Date                   LHS Request Deadline

Mon. October 15                             Fri. September 21  

Thurs. November 1                          Wed. October 3   

Thurs. November 15                               Wed. October 17  

Sat. December 1                              Fri. November 2

Sat. December 15                            Fri. November 16  

Tues. January 1                              Fri. November 30   

Tues. January 15                            Tues. December 18        

Fri. February 1                           Thur. January 3               

Fri. February 15                         Thur. January 17  

Fri. March 1                               Thur. February 7

Rolling Admissions transcript requests: due 3 weeks prior to preferred college due date.

The Registrar’s Office is unable to remove or cancel requests once you have officially requested transcripts. You will be billed $6.00 for each official transcript requested in your Naviance account. Parents will be billed in the Spring by the electronic MCC e-School payment center.

Transcript Financial Assistance may be applied for through the LPS Business Office - Ms. Adrian Leone, 781-861-2563 x 68061 aleone@lexingtonma.org. Please apply for Financial Assistance by February to avoid being billed in the Spring.

SCORES: You must have SAT & ACT scores officially sent from the College Board or the ACT to your college(s).

LHS Transcript Request Deadlines 2018 – 2019 for Seniors

1)    Seniors must request official transcripts in Naviance via their Naviance accounts.  link: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=lexington

2)    To ensure your transcript and Counselor Statement reach the admissions office at the time of your application, please do the following:

  • Request your official transcript in Naviance.
  • Print the Transcript Status Page and bring to the Registrar’s Office, room  152, before the posted deadlines below.
  • Turn in your completed Counselor Statement packet to your counselor before the posted deadlines below.
  •  

College Due Date    LHS Request Deadline
Mon October 15 Fri September 21
Thurs November 1 Wed October 3
Thurs November 15 Wed October 17
Sat December 1 Fri November 2
Sat December 15 Fri November 16
Tues January 1 Fri November 30
Tues January 15 Tue December 18
Fri February 1 Thur January 3
Fri February 15 Thur January 17
Fri March 1 Thur February 7

Rolling Admissions transcript requests: due 3 weeks prior to preferred college due date.

The Registrar’s Office is unable to remove or cancel requests once you have officially requested transcripts.

You will be billed $6.00 for each official transcript requested in your Naviance account. Parents will be billed in the Spring by the electronic MCC e-School payment center.

Transcript Financial Assistance may be applied for through the LPS Business Office - Ms. Adrian Leone, 781-861-2563 x 68061 aleone@lexingtonma.org. Please apply for Financial Assistance by February to avoid being billed in the Spring.

SCORES:  You must have SAT & ACT scores officially sent from the College Board or the ACT to your college(s).

Newcomer's Potluck Dinner Sept 2018

Save the date: 

Newcomer’s Potluck dinner - LHS, Commons 2, Sept 5th, 6 pm to 8 pm

The Lexington High School PTO invites new students and their families to a gathering at the high school to meet other new families. If you are new to Lexington or new to the Lexington Public Schools (coming from a private school), please join us for a Newcomers’ Potluck from 6:00 to 8:00 on Wednesday, September 5, in Commons 2 at the high school. There will be several parents there to greet you and answer your questions, and you will hear briefly from our principal, our new associate principal; director of guidance, students from NEXXUS (the newcomers’ club at the high school), the Lexington Newcomers’ Club, and the PTO president. Main dishes and drinks will be provided, but please bring a side dish to share: if your student’s last name begins with the letter A-O, please bring a salad or other vegetable dish; if your student’s last name begins with the letter P-Z, please bring a dessert. If your family is from somewhere other than the United States, please feel free to bring a dish that reflects that.

Co-chairs- 

Ann Redmon, Ann Boese and Reiko Miyagawa

LHS PTO

Final Exams Schedule 2018

The LHS Final Exam schedule has been developed and adjusted for the changes in the calendar that has the last day of school set for June 22, 2018.

Here is the schedule: 

Tues. 6/12:      Last day of regular classes
Wed. 6/13:       Review Day (block schedule for review week below) 
Thurs. 6/14:     Review Day
Fri. 6/15:          Regular Day/In-class review (Homework Holiday – Eid a Fatr)

Monday: 6/18:
8:00-9:30 – Social Studies Exams
11:30-1:00 – Science Exams

Tuesday 6/19: 
8:00-9:30 – English Exams
11:30-1:00 – Mathematics Exams

Wednesday 6/20:
8:00-9:30 – World Language Exams
11:30-1:00 – Make-up Exams

Thursday 6/21:
All periods meet A-H

Friday 6/22 – Last Half-Day for Students

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!

Eighteen 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!

Click here to read the grant summaries

 

2018 LHS SCHOOL COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PARENT CANDIDATES

LHS School Council Parent Volunteer Opportunity:

The LHS School Council is seeking two (2) LHS parent candidates to each serve a three-year term starting in 2018-2019.   The candidates must have a child at LHS during the full three-year term. Overlapping siblings are also acceptable. 

The purpose of the School Council is to work collaboratively with the Principal to develop school improvement plans consistent with system wide goals and student performance standards set by the Massachusetts Board of Education.  Council members plan ways to meet the diverse learning needs of students; establish a school climate of tolerance and respect for every individual; involve parents in the life of the school; impact safety and discipline; enhance extracurricular activities and more.

The Council is composed of LHS parents, faculty, community representatives, LHS students and the Principal. Meetings are held on a Monday evening once a month, at LHS.

If you are interested in serving on the LHS School Council, please email a brief summary (limit is 250 words) of your qualifications and interest. Please note that this summary will be published, for LHS parents to vote on electronically. Send to: Shubhra Chandra, President@lhspto.org no later than March 29th, 2018.  The two parent candidates will be selected, through a ballot election, by the parents at LHS. We will be setting up online voting. Deadline for voting will be published later. 

Please email- president@lhspto.org if you have any questions.