Results of Weekly Announcement Survey 2019

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.

Graduation and Prom Video Order Information

2019 LexMedia Graduation Recordings

Sit back and enjoy your child's graduation ceremony--let LexMedia do the recording for you. A recording of the ceremony will be produced by LexMedia and may be purchased by downloading/streaming the video, purchasing a DVD or a Blu-ray disc. The recording will show all seniors receiving their diplomas and will also include all commencement speakers. 

 Media purchases may be made online with payment options for check (DVD and Blu-ray versions only) or credit card (all media). Recordings may be pre-ordered.

 To purchase a recording of the graduation, go to https://www.lexmedia.org/programming/order-programs/ and select the tab for the media you wish to purchase.

 Use promo code LHSGrad2019 to get $3 off the download/streaming version. The promo code is good for the first 25 people using it. If you have any questions, please email Irene Dondley at irene@lexmedia.org or call LexMedia at 781-862-5388

 Prom Red Carpet Recording Ordering information

 LexMedia will once again be hosting the pre-prom red carpet event at LHS. Senior prom goers walk the red carpet and are interviewed by our hosts. This event has grown in popularity over the years and it’s fun to see the seniors all dressed up.

 Media purchases may be made online with payment options for check (DVD and Blu-ray versions only) or credit card (all media). Recordings may be pre-ordered.

 To purchase this year’s prom red carpet, go to 

https://www.lexmedia.org/programming/order-programs/ and select the tab for the media you wish to purchase. Use promo code LHSProm2019 to get $2 off the download/streaming version. The promo code is good for the first 15 people using it.

 If you have any questions, please email Irene Dondley at irene@lexmedia.org or call LexMedia at 781-862-5388.

ATTN: Parents of Seniors 2019

Senior Calendar 2019

April 2019

April 29–May 15: Ticket Sales for the Prom: Cost is $60 per ticket; sold at 2nd and 3rd lunch in Commons I.  Checks should be made payable to Town of Lexington.

April 30: Senior Assembly: Auditorium, during Homeroom.

May 2019

May 1–27: Senior Final Tasks, Registrar's Office

  1. Seniors should let us know the results of all their applications (JAronson@lexingtonma.org, or come to Room 152).

  2. If seniors applied to schools that were self-reporting, we need to know which ones and those results.

  3. Graduation Survey in Naviance: Once they know specifically what their plans are for next year, complete the survey before they pick up the cap and gown on May 29.  It’s very quick.  Here's how:  Naviance > About Me tab on right > My Surveys > Surveys not started > Graduation Survey

  4. Paying for transcripts: emails went to parents/guardians before break.  Payments can be made online or bring a check to Room 152.  Deadline for payment: May 27.

May 20: Senior Attendance Appeals:
Committee Appeals due to Main Office by 3pm.
Dean Appeals to Deans’ Offices by 3pm.

May 20: National Honor Society Induction Ceremony: Auditorium, 7–8pm

May 21: Last day of regularly scheduled classes for Seniors

Senior Yearbook Distribution: Library Media Center, 1:15pm
Senior Yearbook signing party with refreshments: Commons I, 1:45pm

May 22: Last day to pre-order tickets for the All Night Graduation Party (ANGP)

May 22–24: Senior Final Exams take place

May 27: No School: Memorial Day

May 28: Senior Student-Athlete Dinner: buffet dinner, Commons II, 6-8pm.
All Class of 2019 students who participated in athletics over the past 4 years invited.

May 29–Jun 1: Cap & Gown Distribution
Deans’ Offices: 9–10:15am and 1–3pm
$20 for cap/gown/tassel
check payable to “Town of Lexington” or MCC Online.

May 29: Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal: 10:30am in Field House
All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) tickets: pick up pre-ordered or purchase tickets for $40, 9–10:15am (LHS Main Lobby, nr Main Office) or at the Senior Barbecue.

Senior Barbecue: 12–1:30pm on the Quad outside Commons II.

Senior Scholarship Night: Auditorium6pm, ceremony and refreshments.

May 30–June 1: All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) SET UP: Field House

May 30: 5–7pm
May 31: 3–9pm
Sat June 1: 9am–3pm

Email: LexingtonANGP.weebly.com to learn more.

Senior Prom May 30th

May 30 7–10:30pm : Senior Prom:  Lombardo’s,
Check-in time in the Gymnasium is 4:30pm.
Reception in Commons I between 4:30 and 5:45pm
Buses load at 5:45pm and depart at 6pm
Buses depart Lombardo’s at 10:45pm

June 2019

June 2: Graduation-Tsongas Center (tickets are not required):
University of Massachusetts, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, MA
12:30pm Band Concert
1–1:15pm ALL SENIORS must report to Tsongas Center
2pm Graduation Ceremony

June 2: All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Field House, 10pm–5am  Students must arrive between 10 and 11pm. No entry after 11pm.  Tickets (esssential for entry) are sold prior to event.

June 3: Senior Parents: All Night Graduation Party CLEAN UP 5:30am

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