Tips for LHS Parents & Students

The Lexington High School PTO welcomes new and returning parents to the 2018-2019 school year.  We look forward to meeting you at events throughout the year. 

Summer Reading: Many LHS courses have summer reading requirements.  Information can be found on the homepage under LHS Summer Work and Textbook Loans.  All assignments are listed on the department homepages.

Freshman Parent Night: On an evening in early September, all freshmen parents are invited to LHS for an overview/information session with their student’s Dean and counselor.  Watch the PTO Weekly Announcements for the date, time, and location for this event.

Back to School Night:  Parents in all grades follow the schedule of their student. Each block meets for 10 minutes. Teachers will present an overview of the curriculum in their subject for the year. This is not an opportunity for in-depth parent/teacher meetings. Student schedules are available in Aspen. Ask your student to email or print you a copy.

Z Block:  Z block is a designated time at the end of the day that allows students to stop by to see a teacher or catch their breath before practice or rehearsal begins at 3:00 PM.

Drop off & Pick up:  Parents are requested to drop-off their student(s) on the East side of the high school (Waltham Street) or the North side (Muzzey Street. and Park Drive.).  The Worthen Street entrance is used heavily by buses and special vehicles. It is advisable to avoid this area if possible. At the beginning of the day and at dismissal traffic is heavy around the school. Please be mindful and patient of other vehicles and of students who are entering/exiting vehicles.

PTO Forums:  Forums covering a wide variety of topics are sponsored by the PTO several times per year. Look for more information in our PTO Weekly Announcements. You may also find information on Forums on the PTO website.

Lunches:  There are three lunches per day. Schedules vary. Your student may eat as early as 10:30 AM or as late as 1:00 PM. This can be particularly hard on students who refuse breakfast or who have after school activities. Please help them plan accordingly with snacks and drinks.

Snacks:  Some teachers allow students to eat in class, while others do not. However, snacks are good to have on hand as students are allowed to eat in the hallways between classes.  It is also possible for your student to purchase breakfast items in the Commons before school begins.

Homeroom: Classes begin at 7:45AM, BUT homeroom is only once a week on Tuesdays after the first two blocks. Your student’s first class begins at 7:45 am.  They do NOT go to homeroom first.  They will be with the same students in homeroom all four years in high school.

Schedules/School Supply Lists:   All information will be distributed electronically in mid-August.

Open Campus:  Freshmen and sophomores are not allowed to leave the high school during lunch.  Only juniors and seniors are allowed to leave campus during lunch, if they have parental permission and have met ½ of their community service hours requirement.

Performing Arts:  Band, Orchestra and Chorus are academic subjects.  Auditions are in the spring. For some of these groups, there are additional auditions to determine chairs once school has begun.  A cappella group tryouts are in the fall and are student-run.

Clubs and After-School Activities:  Students will hear about after school clubs and activities in homeroom, at the activity fair in the fall, and from the posters that adorn the walls of LHS. There is also information on the LHS website: select “About our School” on top menu and then go to “Clubs and Activities”.

Lockers:  Lockers are available to students by request.  Students should check with his/her Dean’s secretary. Smaller lockers are available for general PE classes and for athletes on a team in-season. Students must purchase a Physical Education lock from the school or provide their own.  Band, orchestra and jazz students will be provided with instrument storage lockers where they can store their instruments during the day. Sometimes students are permitted to leave big projects or unwieldy items in the Dean’s office or homeroom until needed.

Get Involved:  It’s important for your son/daughter to feel like they are part of something:  suggest that they get involved in sports, drama, art, music, debate or any of the other numerous clubs and activities at LHS. Volunteering to help out with PTO and school events is a great way for parents to be involved.

Preview:  Suggest to your son/daughter to ask a friend or neighbor who is already a student at LHS to walk him/her around the school to locate their classrooms before school begins.  Being familiar with the campus layout will help your new student feel at home at LHS.

Course Descriptions:  These are online and can be seen at the LHS website under “Course Catalog” https://lps.lexingtonma.org/cms/lib/MA01001631/Centricity/Domain/486/Course%20Catalogue%202018-2019.pdf.

Student-Parent Handbook:  The answers to most questions can be found in this handbook.  You can access it online at the LHS website; select “Parents,” on top menu and then go to “Student Parent Handbook.”

Student-Athlete Parent Handbook:  The handbook is located online at the LHS website; select “Athletics,” then “Athletics Home” to find the handbook.

PE & Wellness Curriculum:  Information is located at the LHS website, select “Academics,” then “PE and Wellness.”

LPS Stress Reduction Initiative: (Stress reduction tips and resources):  

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) has spent the last few years working to reduce stress in the Lexington Public School System.  They developed a website that is intended as an ongoing resource for the community to exchange information, ideas, and new developments around issues of stress.  Go to the following website for more information: http://stress.lexingtonma.org.