Tips for LHS Parents & Students

The Lexington High School PTO welcomes new and returning parents to the 2019-2020 school year.  We look forward to meeting you at events throughout the year. 

Summer Reading

The English and Social Studies have summer reading requirements. Information can be found on the LHS website under the “Academics” tab.

Chromebooks

Look out for an email notice from the main office about Chromebook distribution (probably in August).

Schedules/School Supply Lists

All information specific to your child’s course assignment and schedule will be distributed electronically in mid-August.

Fall Sports

Fall sports begin before the start of the school year and information was provided about the LHS athletics program in early June. Football starts Aug 16, other sports begin Aug22.

First day of school

August 27, 2019 - First day of school is for the Freshmen class ONLY. They will start their day in the auditorium.

Freshman Parent and New Families Orientation

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. The school will send notices, but you can also watch the PTO Weekly Announcements for the date, time, and location of this event.

Back to School Night

October 10, 2019 - 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.

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. Please 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.

Visitor parking and check-in

Designated visitor parking spaces are marked in yellow and at the front of the school marked as yellow spaces. Please check-in at the main office and get a visitor badge.

School Hours

7:45 AM – 2:25 PM - Classes begin at 7:45 am. They do NOT go to homeroom first.

Homeroom

Homeroom takes place after the 2n dblock once every 6-day cycle. They will be with the same teacher and students in homeroom all four years at the high school. The homeroom group will also be taking English and World History together for Freshmen year.

Lunches

Lunch is 30minutes and there are three lunch periods per day. Schedules vary. Your student may eat as early as 10:30 AM or as late as 12:30 PM.

I-Block

This is similar to WIN-blocks at the middle schools. There are THREE i-blocks per 6-day cycle. Students sign up for I-blocks during homeroom on Tuesdays and can use this time for meeting with teachers, group work, homework, make-up work completion, and for social emotional support.

Z Block 

Z block is a designated time at the end of the day, 2:25-3:00 PM, that allows students to stop by to see a teacher or catch their breath before practice or rehearsal begins at 3:00 PM.

Reporting Student Absences

Any time a student is sick and not able to attend school, their parent or guardian is required to call the students’ dean's office on the day of the absence. If the parent/guardian forgets, a note excusing the absence should be delivered to the dean's office the very day of the students return. When possible, the parent should contact the dean secretary in advance to excuse an impending, planned absence. More information can be found on the school website.

Open Campus

Freshmen and sophomores are not allowed to leave the high school during the day. Only juniors and seniors are allowed to leave campus if they have parental permission and have met community service hour requirements.

Community Service Hours

Each student at Lexington High School is required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service during their high school career in order to graduate. Students may begin accruing hours beginning the summer prior to ninth grade. The yearly community service requirement may be satisfied by participation in either a single activity or a combination of approved activities. All community service questions should be directed to lhs-communitysvc@lexingtonma.org

Performing Arts

LHS performing arts covers a wide range of options including instrumental, vocal, and drama. Participation can take place during school or after school as a club. Some performing arts groups require auditions. A cappella groups are student-run and tryouts are in the fall. Extensive information on these programs can be found on the school website under the “Academics” tab.

Clubs and After-School Activities

Students will hear about after school clubs at the activity fair in the Fall during school hours. There is also information on the LHS website under “About our school” tab.

Sports

There are three sports seasons at LHS: Fall, Winter, Spring. Extensive information on school sports can be found on the school website under the “Athletics” tab.

Lockers

Lockers are available to students upon request with their 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.

Program of studies & Student-Parent Handbook

These are online and can be found at the LHS website under the “Parents” tab.

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. Sign up for the PTO Weekly Announcements here.

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.

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.