Parent/Teacher Conferences-November 27, 2017

The high school is scheduled for one parent/teacher conference day on Monday, November 27, 2017

  • Parent conferences are held from 1:00 PM-7:00 PM. 
  • Each conference is scheduled for fifteen (15) minutes. 
  • Please know that you always have the option to bring your son or daughter to the conference on November 27th and we encourage you to do so.
  • Online sign-ups will begin on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 through Monday, November 20, 2017 (sign up information is below)

Teachers prioritize ahead of time the students who are in need of a conference and the remaining appointments are made available to parents/guardians.  

While we do not limit the number of conferences a parent/guardian can sign-up for, we do ask that you keep in mind that one day of conferences for over 2,000 students is not sufficient to accommodate all families. We appreciate your understanding and efforts to schedule conferences when a high need or concern exists.

Conferences are an opportunity to discuss 1-2 areas of main concern that place a student at risk academically and/or emotionally.

Conferences are an opportunity to share vital information that impacts school performance, personal development, or acclimation to the high school or a particular grade level.

Process for appointments with a School Counselor

School counselors are also available for appointments on Parent/Teacher Conference Day.  Please schedule an appointment with your child's counselor if your student is struggling academically or emotionally, having difficulty adjusting/transitioning to the LHS community, or if you have not had the opportunity to share information with your child's school counselor.  After you sign up for a time, please e-mail your counselor directly and let them know your area of concern.  Please be aware that school counselors are available to parents/guardians during the regular school day schedule, so if you are unable to meet on November 27th, please feel free to connect with your child's counselor for a more convenient day and time.

Guidelines

Please consider the following guidelines when determining which teacher, counselor, or special education liaison would be the most appropriate to meet with on November 27th :

If you feel as though a significant number of conferences are necessary, please consider the availability of teachers for all families; determine whether or not the use of a brief email or phone call would accomplish your goal(s).

Conferences are not intended to replace ongoing communication.

Conferences are not intended to focus on a grade in a particular course. The focus should remain on learning, skill development, and the possible steps home and school can take to ensure the highest level of success and personal improvement for your child

Sign Up Instructions: 

  • Instructions for the sign-ups are attached:  (Parent Instructions from PTC Scheduler)
  • Between November 15 and November 20, use the following link to check teacher and counselor availability and to sign-up (https://cloud.ptcscheduler.com/lhs/).

The LHS PTO Endorses the YES! For Lexington Campaign

The LHS PTO joined the rest of the Lexington Public Schools in endorsing the Yes! For Lexington Campaign and encourages the LHS parents to vote on December 4th, to approve a debt exclusion to pay for the construction of vital infrastructure for our schools and public safety.

The projects are:

•    Maria Hastings Elementary School

•    Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K)

•    Fire Station Headquarters

All of these buildings are over 60 years old and have outlived their useful life.  Repair is no longer an option. They must be replaced.

These facilities are all operating in substandard buildings that are too small to handle the current and future needs of Lexington. Investing in these projects will improve the education system and public safety for all of Lexington. The buildings for the Fire Station Headquarters and Maria Hastings Elementary School are both past the end of their useful lifespan. The Lexington Children's Place is relying in part on space borrowed from "Old Harrington" that is not up to current building codes for public schools. Replacing these buildings is part of the town's master plan.

 

If you want to learn more about the Yes! For Lexington campaign, please click here.

Parents: Please fill out the NEASC Survey

Parents: Please fill out the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Survey:

 

NOTE: We need to get at least 25% LHS Family responses so please consider taking this important survey

As part of our decennial accreditation process with NEASC, LHS is due to undertake a self-reflection process later this year where we examine our educational program in light of the NEASC Standards for Accreditation (see attached).  A key step at the start of this process is to administer a survey of parents, faculty and students that will help us to identify areas where we have particular strengths and areas where we need to focus for improvement with regard to the Standards for Accreditation.  We will be administering the student and faculty surveys during the school day.  Below is the family (parent/guardian) survey and LHS parents are urged to complete this survey.  As part of the directions, “If you have more than one student in the school, please think of your oldest student currently attending as you answer the questions in the survey.”

 

NEASC Family Survey

SAT Test Day Checklist

SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018

Parents are reminded to sign up their child early for SAT testing at LHS (www.collegeboard.org).  Lexington test center fills quickly, especially for August, May and June. Accommodations that are used in school do not apply to College Board. Students need to apply and College Board makes the decision within 7 weeks of receiving an application. Please email Mrs. Dooley,cdooley@lexingtonma.org, SSD Coordinator for an application or stop by room 152 at LHS and pick one up.

2017–2018 SAT Test Dates and Registration

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Print Your Admission Ticket

Sign in to your College Board account to print your Admission Ticket. You can’t get into the test center without it.

 

What to Bring

  • Your Admission Ticket
  • Acceptable photo ID
  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
  • An approved calculator
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g., EpiPens) are permitted without the need for accommodations. They must be placed in a clear bag and stored under the student’s desk during testing. For policies on other medications and medical devices, contact Services for Students with Disabilities.

Nice to Have

  • A watch (without an audible alarm)
  • Extra batteries and backup equipment—you’ll have to ask for permission to access them. They cannot be on your desk during the test.
  • A bag or backpack
  • A drink or snacks (for your break)
  • Breakfast before you arrive

What Not to Bring

  • Any devices, including digital watches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive, or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content (with the exception of CD players used for Language with Listening Subject Tests only)
  • Audio players/recorders, tablets, laptops, notebooks, Google Glass, or any other personal computing devices
  • iPods or other MP3 players
  • iPads or other tablet devices
  • Laptops, notebooks, PDAs or any other personal computing devices
  • Any texting device
  • Cameras or any other photographic equipment
  • Separate timers of any type
  • Protractors, compasses, rulers
  • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils
  • Pamphlets or papers of any kind
  • Dictionaries or other books—there are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language
  • Food or drinks (except for during breaks), unless approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities. Learn more about testing with accommodations.

Your school counselor can share a complete list of prohibited devices—just ask to see the Official Student Guide.

Turn Off All Electronic Devices

You’ll need to turn off all electronic devices during the test and even during breaks. This includes cellphones. Be sure to turn off your watch alarm, if you have one.

Why? Test centers are serious about security and quiet, so prohibited devices—which include cellphones, tablets, and MP3 players—must be turned off and put under your desk. Better yet: Leave them at home.

If You Bring or Use Prohibited Devices

The test administration staff is encouraged to collect and hold phones and other prohibited electronic devices during the test administration, including break periods, or to deny admission to anyone who is in possession of a prohibited electronic device.

If your device makes noise or you are seen using it at any time, including during breaks, you may be dismissed immediately, your scores can be canceled, and the device may be confiscated and its contents inspected. The College Board is not responsible for loss or damage to personal items, including electronic devices, while you are in the test center.

 

ACT Test Day Checklist

LHS is NOT a test center for ACT (www.act.org).

 

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates

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What to Bring (and Not to Bring) on Test Day  

Help yourself be calm and prepared for test day by knowing what you can and cannot bring into the test room with you.  

Bring This, Not That  

  • Bring a printed copy of your ticket to the test center. If you have lost your ticket, you can print another through your ACT web account. If you do not bring your ticket, your scores will be delayed.
  • Bring acceptable photo identification. You will not be admitted to test if your ID does not meet ACT requirements. 
  • Bring sharpened, soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers (no mechanical pencils or ink pens). Do not bring any other writing instruments; you will not be allowed to use them. If you are registered for the ACT with writing, your essay must also be completed in pencil. 
  • Bring a watch to pace yourself, but do not bring a watch with an alarm. If your alarm sounds during testing, you’ll be dismissed and your answers will not be scored. No watch? No problem. The supervisor in standard time rooms will announce when you have five minutes remaining on each test. 
  • Bring a permitted calculator to be used on the mathematics test only. It is your responsibility to know whether your calculator is permitted. Please refer to the ACT Calculator Policy (PDF). To make it even easier to figure out, you are not required to use a calculator at all. 

Don’t bring these into the test room; you can’t use them!  

  • Textbooks, foreign language or other dictionaries, scratch paper, notes, or other aids 
  • Highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, or correction fluid/tape 
  • Any electronic device, other than a permitted calculator (this includes your mobile phone, smart watch, fitness band, media player, iPad, headphones, and camera) 
  • Reading material 
  • Tobacco in any form 
  • Food or beverages, including water (you will be offered a break outside of the test room)  
  • Prohibited devices

Prohibited devices: ACT reminds you that upon registration, you agreed to the Terms and Conditions: Testing Rules and Policies for the ACT (PDF). In particular, we’d like to bring your attention to the prohibited use of cell phones and electronic devices. The prohibited use of devices is in effect from the time you are admitted to your testing room until you are dismissed at the end of the test, including break times. Specifically:  

  • You may not handle or access a cell phone or electronic device at any time in the testing room or during break times. This includes smart watches, fitness bands, and any other devices with recording, internet, or communication capabilities.
  • All devices, including cell phones and wearable devices, must be turned off and placed out of sight.
  • If you access your device or if your device activates while in the testing room or during break times, you will be dismissed, your test will not be scored, and your phone or device may be taken away.

Acceptable Forms of Identification  

Only the following forms of identification are acceptable. If it is not on this list, it is not acceptable, and you will not be admitted to test.  

Current official photo ID

Must be an original, current (valid) ID issued by a city/state/federal government agency or your school. Note: School ID must be in hard plastic card format. Paper or electronic formats are NOT acceptable. Your first and last names must match the ticket. The photo must be clearly recognizable as you. 

ACT Student Identification Form with photo  

You MUST present this ACT Student Identification Form (PDF) with photo if you do not have a current official photo ID as described above. It must be completed by a school official or notary public; neither may be a relative. All items must be completed. 

ACT Talent Search Student Identification Form 

If you are participating in an Academic Talent Search program and were not required to submit a photo with your registration you must present your ACT Talent Search Identification form. If you are participating in an Academic Talent Search program and were required to submit a photo when you registered, you must present either a current official photo ID or an ACT Student Identification Form with photo. 

Unacceptable Forms of Identification  

You will not be admitted if you present any forms of ID other than those listed as acceptable. The following are examples of unacceptable identification:  

  • ACT ticket alone 
  • Birth certificate 
  • ChildFind ID card 
  • Credit, charge, bank or check cashing cards, even with photo 
  • Diploma 
  • Family portrait or graduation picture, even if the name is imprinted on the photo 
  • Fishing or hunting license 
  • ID issued by an employer 
  • ID letter that is not an official ACT identification form 
  • Learner's driving permit (if it doesn't include a photo) 
  • Temporary/replacement driver's license (if it doesn't include a photo) 
  • Organization membership card 
  • Passport or other photo ID so old that the person presenting it cannot be identified 
  • Personal recognition by anyone, including members of the test center staff, classmates, parents, counselors, and teachers 
  • Photo ID of parents 
  • Photo with your name embossed or printed on it by a photographer 
  • Photocopies or reproductions 
  • Photos issued by a business for promotional purposes (e.g., amusement parks) 
  • Police report of a stolen wallet or purse 
  • Printed, stamped, or photocopied signatures 
  • Published photo, including yearbook or newspaper 
  • Report card 
  • Social Security card 
  • Telephone calls to counselors, teachers, or school officials 
  • Traffic ticket, even with a physical description and signature 
  • Transcript, even with photo 
  • Web page with photo 

 

It's Go Time

Good sleep? Check. Good breakfast? Check. Review our Test Day Checklist and get ready to test. 

Leaving the House 

  • Dress comfortably. Some test centers are warmer or cooler on weekends than during the week. Consider dressing in layers, so you'll be comfortable no matter what the room conditions are.
  • If you're unsure where your test center is located, do a practice run to see how to get there and what time you'll need to leave to arrive by 8:00 a.m.
  • If you arrive earlier than 7:45 a.m., you might have to wait outside until testing staff complete their arrangements.
  • Bring snacks or drinks to consume outside the test room only during the break.

Arriving at the Test Center

  • Report to your assigned test center by the Reporting Time (usually 8:00 a.m.) listed on your ticket. You will NOT be admitted to test if you are late.
  • Testing staff will check your photo ID and ticket, admit you to your test room, direct you to a seat, and provide test materials.
  • Be ready to begin testing after all examinees present at 8:00 a.m. are checked in and seated.
  • Please note that ACT may visit test centers to conduct enhanced test security procedures including, but not limited to, collecting images of examinees during check-in or other security activities on test day.

During the Test

  • Once you break the seal on your test booklet, you cannot later request a Test Date Change, even if you do not complete all your tests.
  • A permitted calculator may be used on the mathematics test only. It is your responsibility to know whether your calculator is permitted. Please refer to the ACT Calculator Policy (PDF).
  • If your calculator has characters one inch high or larger, or a raised display, testing staff may seat you where no others can see the display.
  • Do not engage in any prohibited behavior at the test center. If you do, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored. For more details about prohibited behavior at the test center, please see Terms and Conditions (PDF).  Note: For National and International Testing, you will be asked to sign a statement on the front cover of your test booklet agreeing to this policy. 
  • Also remember that cheating hurts everyone. If you see it, report it. Discussing test content—including on social media—is not permitted.

Taking a Break 

  • A short break is scheduled after the first two tests. You will not be allowed to use cell phones or any electronic devices during the break, and you may not eat or drink anything in the test room.
  • If you take the ACT with writing, you will have time before the writing test to relax and sharpen your pencils.

Finishing Up 

  • Students taking the ACT (no writing) with standard time are normally dismissed about 12:15 p.m.; students taking the ACT with writing are normally dismissed about 1:15 p.m. 
  • On some test dates, ACT tries out questions to develop future versions of the tests. You may be asked to take a fifth test, the results of which will not be reflected in your reported scores. The fifth test could be multiple-choice or one for which you will create your own answers. Please try your best on these questions, because your participation can help shape the future of the ACT. Testing time will extend by about 20 minutes in rooms that administer the fifth test.
  • If you do not complete all your tests for any reason, tell a member of the testing staff whether or not you want your answer document scored before you leave the test center. If you do not, all tests attempted will be scored. 

 

 

2018 LHS Yearbook Information

     All Parents –

All Parents:

Yearbooks are selling at a record pace. Last year we sold out and as of Thursday afternoon, we have already sold half of our books!! Last day to purchase at our lowest rate of $80 is Saturday, September 30. Buy now and save. 
To purchase your 2018 book by credit card, simply click this link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/4219

Senior Parents:

There is still time to have your senior's portrait taken. Final date is now October 31st.  Here are the options:

Option 1 - A photography studio will be set up right here at LHS in the Library Classroom on October 16th right after school! You can book a "Simple Experience" session (about 8 pictures) right here. These are by appointment only. Book by calling Smile-Pro at 781-275-2015. As in the studio, there is a sitting fee for these sessions. These appointments cannot be booked online; you must call.

Option 2 - Book an appointment at the Smile-Pro studio where you can schedule either a "Simple" or "Traditional" experience (8 or 16 photos). You may book either by phone (781-275-2015) or online (smile-pro.com). 

Option 3 - Right here at school and free on October 24th. You can have your picture taken in Commons II during lunch. There is no charge for this one-and-done photo. See Ms. Wallen in the Library if you would like to take advantage of this option.

If you have any questions, please see, email, or call (781-861-2320, ext. 69151) Ms. Wallen. We want to see your smiling face in the senior section of this year's book!!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR LHS SENIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

1) Naviance Records Release and Payment Authorization

If you have not already, it is mandatory for families of LHS rising seniors to read, sign and return the Naviance Records Release and Payment Authorization Form. You can send it back via email, mail or in person. If you have any questions please call or email. Thank you if you have returned this form.

Find this form:
A. Copy and paste in your browser: 
http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/1384 ; click to open Naviance Records Release and Payment Authorization Form.
B. You can also find this form on the Lexington High School website, Counseling Department, Senior Forms, Naviance Records Release and Payment Authorization Form.

2) LHS Request Deadlines for official transcripts 2017-2018
Lexington High School Transcript Request Deadline

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

3) SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018

Parents are reminded to sign up their child early for SAT testing at LHS (www.collegeboard.org).  Lexington test center fills quickly, especially for August, May and June. Accommodations that are used in school do not apply to College Board. Students need to apply and College Board makes the decision within 7 weeks of receiving an application. Please email Mrs. Dooley,cdooley@lexingtonma.org, SSD Coordinator for an application or stop by room 152 at LHS and pick one up.

2017–2018 SAT Test Dates and Registration

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   4) ACT Test Dates 2016-2017
LHS is NOT a test center for ACT (www.act.org).

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates

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5) TESTING FEE WAIVERS FOR ACT & SAT:
Testing fee waivers can be picked up in room 152 for qualifying students.

6) Transcript Financial Assistance please apply early
LPS Business Office
Ms. Adrian Leone
781-861-2580 x 68061 aleone@lexingtonma.org

LHS School Council Election Results 2017

Edward Li is our newest member of the LHS School Council. Congratulations and welcome!

Edward Li Bio

I’m very interested in serving as a member of the LHS School Council. My wife Grace and I moved to Lexington in June 2007 when our only child Jonathan was about to start his kindergarten at Hastings. I have enjoyed living in Lexington since then and really appreciated the various opportunities of getting involved in the community affairs and volunteering at the elementary, middle and high school levels. I helped with the annual Talent Show at Hastings. My family helped host two exchange students from Lexington’s sister school in Jinhua, Zhejiang, China for one week. I had played a variety of roles such as parent chaperone and coordinator of summer camps in the cub scouts and boy scouts for 7 years in Lexington. Recently, I’m actively involved in a few major CAAL events including coordinating CAAL Annual Conference, attending the open forum with the new superintendent and acting as the member of CAAL for Cary Fundraising Committee. I have a MBA and Master’s Degree in Finance from Boston College. I’m a Chartered Financial Analyst. In addition to working full-time as finance manager in a global financial services company, I have taught college-level finance/accounting courses in both US and China. For the past 10 years, I have seen some challenges and concerns related to the Lexington Public School system that we as a community have to address. I’d like to get your support so I can use the LHS School Council as a forum to serve you, LHS and our community.