Week of February 16, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   Enjoy Your February Break - See You in Two Weeks!
   2018 LHS School Council Announcement for Parent Candidates
   Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
   Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
   LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day - March 22 - Save the Date!
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Calendar Dates
   AP Test Payment Window Opens
   2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Tee Shirt Contest is Coming!
   8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS
   Cultural Inheritance: A Night with Yaa Gyasi
   LHS Scholarship Information 2018
   The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   I’m Not a Racist…Am I? (Documentary Screening and Discussion)
   In Search of King’s Solomon’s Magic Ring: The Amazing Abilities of Grey Parrots, with Irene Pepperberg

   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   You Can Afford College if…
   Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED!



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Monday, February 19: President’s Day Schools Closed/Offices Closed Holiday
Tuesday, February 20 - 23: Schools Closed/Offices Open/ February Break
Tuesday, February 27: 6:00pm Homegoing Author Yaa Gyasi speaking at LHS
Wednesday, February 28: 6:00pm Spring Sports Meeting
Friday, February 29: 7:00pm-10:00pm Freshmen School Dance


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter 

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS to get the latest news and up to date school information

Thanks -
LHS PTO

Enjoy Your February Break - See You in Two Weeks! 

The LHS PTO Weekly Announcements will be taking a week off, as well. We'll be back with information of interest to the LHS community two weeks from today.

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.

Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School

The Lexington High School PTO and FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music, Art and Drama Students) are pleased to present a special forum featuring a discussion of opportunities in performing and visual arts at Lexington High School.  The program will begin with a short performance by the LHS Jazz Combo, followed by a presentation by Dr. Ida Pappas, LPS K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator.  Dr. Pappas will introduce new classes being offered at LHS for the 2018-2019 school year and will cover topics related to the performing arts curriculum.  Following the presentation, FOLMADS parent volunteers familiar with programs in music, drama, and visual arts will be on hand to share their perspectives during a question and answer session.  The program is open to all LPS families.  Parents of 8th grade and transfer students are especially encouraged to attend. 

Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Location:  Commons II

What do you do when your teen calls you at 1AM with a challenging situation?  How do parents and guardians help their teens expand their freedom, have fun with friends and yet stay safe?  What are social hosting laws and how are parents at risk if something happens on your watch?  Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Kristie Demirev.  The “Hidden in Plain Sight” room will be on display to help parents learn to look for clues to determine if your child is experimenting with alcohol or drugs.  This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.

LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day - March 22 - Save the Date! 

Shop at Wilson Farm during opening hours on March 22 and 20% of your pre-tax spending will be set aside for donation to Lexington High School. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Lexington High's principal will decide how the funds will be used. In past years, schools have used their Shop at Wilson Farm Day earnings to purchase projectors, books, scholarship programs, and even lecture series. 

In order for your Wilson Farm purchase to be counted in your school’s fundraising totals, you must present this flyer (stored at the LHS PTO website) at the registers, either on paper or an electronic version on your smart phone. 


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates 

For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis.

AP Test Payment Window Opens 

Monday, February 12th @ 7:00 a.m. through Friday, February 26th @ Midnight

Please do not miss payment window – your payment secures an exam for your student.
Questions – please email Mary Johansson mjohansson@lexingtonma.org 

2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Tee Shirt Contest is Coming! 

Calling all artists! Don’t miss the opportunity to submit your design for the 2018 All Night Graduation Party Tee Shirt design. It’s a LHS tradition for seniors to wear their tee shirts the night of the party. This contest is open to all LHS students. One design will be selected for the front and one for the back. The 2 Tee Shirt Contest Winners will each receive a $50 prize. Check with the Art Department Room 202 after February break for the Class of 2018’s All Night Graduation Party theme, design contest rules and permission slip.

8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS

Monday, 2/26, 7-8:30 pm in the Lexington High School Science Auditorium (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)
- OR -
Wednesday, 2/28, 9:40-11 am at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Room 139)   

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.     

Cultural Inheritance: A Night with Yaa Gyasi
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:00pm.  Doors open at 5pm.  
Lexington High School Auditorium
Book signing to follow the event.
Advanced Ticket Sales Details: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.lexedfoundation.org/gyasi.
For more information, go to www.lexingtoncommunityed.org or www.lexedfoundation.org/events/   

Award winning Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi discusses her New York Times best-selling novel Homegoing and how the legacy of slavery affects relationships between Africans, African-Americans and the rest of the African diaspora. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two half sisters born in different villages in eighteenth century Ghana. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort while the other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned and sold into slavery. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed - and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the souls of our nations.

Event Sponsored by Lexington Community Education (LCE) and Lexington Education Foundation (LEF)   

LHS Scholarship Information 2018

It is not too early for LHS seniors and their parents to start looking and applying for scholarships!   Scholarship information for national, regional, local, and some specific colleges are posted in Naviance – http://connection.naviance.com/lexington

Current students can sign into their accounts and click the “Scholarships” tab.  Parents and/or guests can log onto [.connection.naviance.com/lexington]http://.connection.naviance.com/lexington and click “I’m a Guest”. The password is lhscounseling - click on the “Colleges” tab, go to “Scholarship List”.  If you are searching for the local scholarships – browse by category and select local scholarship. 

Lexington is fortunate to have a local scholarship program.  Every year, organizations or individuals provide scholarships to Lexington's senior students.  These include awards that are based on financial need as well as ones that are based on specific qualifications such as leadership, merit, or service to the community.   The local scholarship application deadline is in early April and the awards are made in June at SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS NIGHT.  Reminder:  the IRS 1040 is required for financial need scholarships.  Families should plan tax work to meet this deadline.

Please note that the Naviance database is updated on a continual basis – please be sure to check periodically. 

The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
DATE:  Wednesday, Feb 28th
TIME:   6:00PM
LOCATION:  LHS Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic spring sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a spring sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.  At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility), will be discussed.   

Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective sports.  In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the winter season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season.  This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season. 

LHS Spring Sports:  
• Baseball
• Softball
• Boys & Girls Lacrosse
• Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
• Boys & Girls Tennis
• Boys Volleyball
• Boys & Girls Ultimate Frisbee   

LHS Spring Sports season begins - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office at (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902  We look forward to seeing you on February 28th! 

GO Minutemen! 

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Feb 16 - Feb 23) 

Wednesday, February 21
4:15 pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Newton South High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

I’m Not a Racist…Am I? (Documentary Screening and Discussion)
February 24, 5:00-7:30pm
Lexington Montessori School
Multipurpose Room (behind parking lot)
130 Pleasant Street
Lexington, MA 02421
FREE

Join the Lexington Montessori School Parent Education for a movie and discussion about race in America. This documentary follows a diverse group of teenagers through a year-long exploration to get at the heart of racism. 

In Search of King’s Solomon’s Magic Ring: The Amazing Abilities of Grey Parrots, with Irene Pepperberg
Cary Memorial Lecture Series
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 8:00pm
Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington

Dr. Irene Pepperberg, a Research Associate and Lecturer at Harvard, has been studying the cognitive and communicative abilities of Grey parrots for over 40 years.  Her most famous subject was Alex, the grey parrot with whom she worked for decades. He displayed astonishing abilities in learning, communication and feeling. After a brief description of the history of research on avian abilities and of her work with Alex, Dr. Pepperberg will present her most recent findings with her current subjects, Griffin and Athena, showing how their intelligence compares with human children. The lecture is free and no tickets are required. 

For more information: www.carylectureseries.org

The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
We are pleased to announce a new date AND location for the Childhood Face of ADHD presentation with Dr. Ned Hallowell.

Date: Monday, March 26 @ 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Lexington High School Auditorium

TO REGISTER for this event, please see the SEPTA event page.

In this presentation, Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, practicing child and adult psychiatrist, founder of the Hallowell Center, and former instructor at Harvard Medical School, offers insight into the childhood face of ADHD, and how ADHD and learning disabilities impact the student emotionally and socially. Because he and two of his children have ADHD themselves, he recognizes the importance not just of proper diagnosis and treatment but also the importance of developing the positive attributes most people with ADHD possess. He will provide an introduction to the world of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and explain what it feels like to have ADHD from a child’s perspective. Thank you to Indian Americans of Lexington for their generous donation to make this presentation possible.

For more information about the Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA, please see lexsepta.org


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

You Can Afford College if…
Wednesday, February 28th, from 6:30-8:30pm at LHS
Cost:  $25.00 for two adults in the household

If… you plan in advance; you understand the financial aid process; and you act early enough to be successful. This course will teach you the concepts and strategies that will help you maximize your financial aid by understanding the process, and how implementing strategies may increase a family’s eligibility.  All schools are not alike, so it is important to know your options and opportunities. A free financial aid analysis will be available to all attendees.  

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids 
Wednesday, February 28th, from 7:00-8:30pm at The Lexington Depot
Cost:  $10.00

It begins harmlessly. Parents chatting on the playground compare their babies' first milestones: Later, as report cards, standardized tests, tryouts, playoffs, auditions and social cliques fill their child's world, parents' anxiety intensifies. The older kids get, the more competition they face. Hovering in the background is the race for admission to a top-tier college. 

In their book, Pressured Parents, Stressed-Out Kids: Dealing with Competition While Raising a Successful Child, Dr. Grolnick and Kathy Seal illuminate and provide an accessible guide to channeling competitive anxiety into positive parenting. This evening, Dr. Grolnick will offer practical ways to avoid the burn-out (in both parents and children) that afflicts so many in our highly competitive society, while raising children who thrive and excel.

Wendy S. Grolnick, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Clark University. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

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You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

 

Week of February 9, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   2018 LHS School Council Announcement for Parent Candidates
   Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
   Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
   LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day - March 22 - Save the Date!
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Calendar Dates
   Yearbook News
   AP Test Payment Window Opens
   8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS   
   Navigating Selective College Admissions
   LHS Scholarship Information 2018
   The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
   LHS Performing Arts

   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   Calling All String Players! Student Tickets Discounts Available for Lexington Symphony Concert
   Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation
   I’m Not a Racist…Am I? (Documentary Screening and Discussion)\
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   Juniors: Plan Your College Application Process

   Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED!



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Friday, February 9: 7:00pm- 10:00pm School Dance (Juniors & Seniors)
Saturday, February 10: 7:00pm-9:00pm LHS Follies
Monday, February 12: 5:30pm-6:30pm Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Monday, February 12: 6:15pm-7:45pm School Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 13: 4:00pm-7:30pm LHS Science Fair (Open to Public 7:30pm-8:30pm)
Thursday, February 15: 7:45am-8:45am Parent Group


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter 

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS to get the latest news and up to date school information

Thanks -
LHS PTO

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.

Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School

The Lexington High School PTO and FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music, Art and Drama Students) are pleased to present a special forum featuring a discussion of opportunities in performing and visual arts at Lexington High School.  The program will begin with a short performance by the LHS Jazz Combo, followed by a presentation by Dr. Ida Pappas, LPS K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator.  Dr. Pappas will introduce new classes being offered at LHS for the 2018-2019 school year and will cover topics related to the performing arts curriculum.  Following the presentation, FOLMADS parent volunteers familiar with programs in music, drama, and visual arts will be on hand to share their perspectives during a question and answer session.  The program is open to all LPS families.  Parents of 8th grade and transfer students are especially encouraged to attend. 

Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Location:  Commons II

What do you do when your teen calls you at 1AM with a challenging situation?  How do parents and guardians help their teens expand their freedom, have fun with friends and yet stay safe?  What are social hosting laws and how are parents at risk if something happens on your watch?  Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Kristie Demirev.  The “Hidden in Plain Sight” room will be on display to help parents learn to look for clues to determine if your child is experimenting with alcohol or drugs.  This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.

LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day - March 22 - Save the Date! 

Shop at Wilson Farm during opening hours on March 22 and 20% of your pre-tax spending will be set aside for donation to Lexington High School. 

There are only a few items that are not included in the fundraising drive; among them are:
• CSA shares
• Gift cards
• Custom gift baskets
• Custom party platters
• Case orders and/or other bulk or custom orders

Lexington High's principal will decide how the funds will be used. In past years, schools have used their Shop at Wilson Farm Day earnings to purchase projectors, books, scholarship programs, and even lecture series. 

In order for your Wilson Farm purchase to be counted in your school’s fundraising totals, you must present this flyer (stored at the LHS PTO website) at the registers, either on paper or an electronic version on your smart phone. 


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates 

For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar,http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis.

Yearbook News

The Yearbook is just about sold out!! We have about 50 copies left and we cannot order any more. Because we are nearly sold out, online ordering is no longer available. If you would like to order a yearbook, please do so as soon as possible by sending a check made out to Town of Lexington for $90 to Harriet Wallen in the LHS Library. If you have any questions, please email Harriet at hwallen@lexingtonma.org or call her at 781-861-2320, ext. 69151. 

AP Test Payment Window Opens 

Monday, February 12th @ 7:00 a.m. through Friday, February 26th @ Midnight

Please do not miss payment window – your payment secures an exam for your student.
Questions – please email Mary Johansson mjohansson@lexingtonma.org

8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS   

Monday, 2/26, 7-8:30 pm in the Lexington High School Science Auditorium (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)
- OR -
Wednesday, 2/28, 9:40-11 am at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Room 139)   

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.   

Navigating Selective College Admissions
February 15, 2018    6:30-8:00
Snow date: TBD


Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective. These are schools that typically admit fewer than 25% of all their applicants. With competition is as keen as it is at these highly selective colleges, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in the admissions process. This presentation will review the nuances of the selective college admissions process including relevant statistics, current trends in college admissions, and recommendations for students who will navigate the terrain of selective college admissions.  

Presenter: John Mahoney, Director of Admission, Boston College
Location: Auditorium    

LHS Scholarship Information 2018

It is not too early for LHS seniors and their parents to start looking and applying for scholarships!   Scholarship information for national, regional, local, and some specific colleges are posted in Naviance – http://connection.naviance.com/lexington

Current students can sign into their accounts and click the “Scholarships” tab.  Parents and/or guests can log onto [.connection.naviance.com/lexington]http://.connection.naviance.com/lexington and click “I’m a Guest”. The password is lhscounseling - click on the “Colleges” tab, go to “Scholarship List”.  If you are searching for the local scholarships – browse by category and select local scholarship. 

Lexington is fortunate to have a local scholarship program.  Every year, organizations or individuals provide scholarships to Lexington's senior students.  These include awards that are based on financial need as well as ones that are based on specific qualifications such as leadership, merit, or service to the community.   The local scholarship application deadline is in early April and the awards are made in June at SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS NIGHT.  Reminder:  the IRS 1040 is required for financial need scholarships.  Families should plan tax work to meet this deadline.

Please note that the Naviance database is updated on a continual basis – please be sure to check periodically. 

The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
DATE:  Wednesday, Feb 28th
TIME:   6:00PM
LOCATION:  LHS Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic spring sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a spring sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.  At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility), will be discussed.   

Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective sports.  In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the winter season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season.  This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season. 

LHS Spring Sports:  
• Baseball
• Softball
• Boys & Girls Lacrosse
• Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
• Boys & Girls Tennis
• Boys Volleyball
• Boys & Girls Ultimate Frisbee   

LHS Spring Sports season begins - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office at (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902  We look forward to seeing you on February 28th! 

GO Minutemen! 

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools

LHS Performing Arts

Lexington High School Follies
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School Auditorium
Ticket Price: $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens
All proceeds benefit LHS vocal music student activities.

Lexington High School Vocal Music presents the 4th Annual LHS Follies, a musical theater revue featuring LHS choruses, with special guest appearances by Lexington Public School faculty members. Don’t miss this fun evening!
Contact Information: Director of Choruses Jason Iannuzzi, jiannuzzi@lexingtonma.org

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Feb 9 - Feb 16) 

Friday, February 9
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Arlington High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Arlington High School  

Saturday, February 10
10:30am GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School

Sunday, February 11
8:00pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Belmont High School

Tuesday, February 13
4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Woburn High School
4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Woburn High School
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Woburn High School
6:00ppm CoEd Junior Varsity Ski team Slalom Race @ Ward

Wednesday, February 14
5:10pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Woburn High School
7:10pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Woburn High School

Thursday, February 15
4:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School
6:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to:http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Calling All String Players! Student Tickets Discounts Available for Lexington Symphony Concert
Tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 10th!
Student Ticket Discounts Available!
 

The Lexington Symphony is pleased to offer discounted (or free!) student tickets to our upcomingHeartStrings concert tomorrow Saturday, February 10th, 8pm at Cary Hall. This all-strings concert is led by notable guest conductor Frederico Cortese of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and features exceptional violin soloist Irina Muresanu.
Purchase tickets herehttps://www.lexingtonsymphony.org
Free student ticket with purchase of any full price adult ticket: use coupon code family
Single student tickets available for $5 each: use coupon code stu 

Program: Cowell  Pulse for 5 Players (percussion ensemble); Vaughan Williams  Charterhouse Suite for Strings; Bartok  Divertimento for Strings; Bernstein  Serenade for Solo Violin, Percussion and Strings

Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation

Please join LYFS' 2nd in a six-part series of discussions about "Living on the Hyphen"-- a multicultural exploration of youth well-being. This series is the collaborative effort of a Multicultural Sponsoring Board representing Lexington in all of its diversity. 

Growing Up In Lexington is an opportunity for Lexington youth and the community of adults who support them to come together and understand the joys and challenges of coming of age in today's Lexington.  This moderated panel discussion will take place at the Community Center, from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, February 10th.  We look forward to seeing you there!  And... save March 18th for part 3 in the series, Spirituality in Mental Health, in partnership with Temple Isaiah's Mental Health Initiative. 

About LYFS:  LYFS is an independent Lexington nonprofit that seeks to address concerns related to youth mental health and well-being through a combination of clinical services, suicide prevention programming and community education and outreach. Living on the Hyphen was made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington. 

I’m Not a Racist…Am I? (Documentary Screening and Discussion)
February 24, 5:00-7:30pm
Lexington Montessori School
Multipurpose Room (behind parking lot)
130 Pleasant Street
Lexington, MA 02421
FREE

Join the Lexington Montessori School Parent Education for a movie and discussion about race in America. This documentary follows a diverse group of teenagers through a year-long exploration to get at the heart of racism.


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Classes for Students: 

Juniors: Plan Your College Application Process
Monday, February 12th from 6:30-8:30pm at LHS
Cost:  $25.00

The spring semester of junior year has taken on new significance as more and more students are applying to college via an early application. Spring semester is when juniors kick their college search into high gear and refine college lists, take standardized tests, write college essays, and ask for recommendations. This evening we will offer insight on each part of the college application, and more importantly, how juniors in spring semester can proactively prepare for submitting strong college applications in the coming fall. Taught by an instructor from Signet Education. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Classes for Parents:  

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00-8:30pm at the Lexington Depot, Cost:  $10.00

The scale and impact of the #MeToo movement caught many by surprise. Leigh Gilmore offers context and perspective on this phenomenon based on her recent book, Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives. She will explore the pervasive and persistent culture of doubt women encounter in offering accounts of sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

Leigh Gilmore is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley.


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

Week of February 2, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
   Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   2018 LHS School Council Announcement for Parent Candidates
   Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
   Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
   LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day 2018 - Save the Date!
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Calendar Dates

   Yearbook News
   HELP MAKE #MAKE HAPPY HAPPEN AT LHS
   AP Testing Information - NEW
   8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS   
   Navigating Selective College Admissions
   LHS Scholarship Information 2018
   The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
   LHS Performing Arts
   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop
   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
   Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation
   Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   Mindfulness to Reduce Student Stress
   Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process
   Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED!



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Friday, February 2: 7:00pm-10:00pm School Dance
Monday, February 5: 7:30pm- 8:30pm All-Town Orchestra Concert III
Tuesday, February 6: Report Cards Open on Portal
Wednesday, February 7: 5:30pm- 6:30pm Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Wednesday, February 7: 6:30pm-8:00pm LHS Curriculum Night
Friday, February 9: 7:00pm- 10:00pm School Dance (Juniors & Seniors)
Saturday, February 10: 7:00pm-9:00pm LHS Follies


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter 

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS to get the latest news and up to date school information

Thanks -
LHS PTO

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.

Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School

The Lexington High School PTO and FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music, Art and Drama Students) are pleased to present a special forum featuring a discussion of opportunities in performing and visual arts at Lexington High School.  The program will begin with a short performance by the LHS Jazz Combo, followed by a presentation by Dr. Ida Pappas, LPS K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator.  Dr. Pappas will introduce new classes being offered at LHS for the 2018-2019 school year and will cover topics related to the performing arts curriculum.  Following the presentation, FOLMADS parent volunteers familiar with programs in music, drama, and visual arts will be on hand to share their perspectives during a question and answer session.  The program is open to all LPS families.  Parents of 8th grade and transfer students are especially encouraged to attend. 

Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Location:  Commons II

What do you do when your teen calls you at 1AM with a challenging situation?  How do parents and guardians help their teens expand their freedom, have fun with friends and yet stay safe?  What are social hosting laws and how are parents at risk if something happens on your watch?  Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Kristie Demirev.  The “Hidden in Plain Sight” room will be on display to help parents learn to look for clues to determine if your child is experimenting with alcohol or drugs.  This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.

LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day - March 22 - Save the Date! 

Shop at Wilson Farm during opening hours on March 22 and 20% of your pre-tax spending will be set aside for donation to Lexington High School. 

There are only a few items that are not included in the fundraising drive; among them are:
• CSA shares
• Gift cards
• Custom gift baskets
• Custom party platters
• Case orders and/or other bulk or custom orders

Lexington High's principal will decide how the funds will be used. In past years, schools have used their Shop at Wilson Farm Day earnings to purchase projectors, books, scholarship programs, and even lecture series. 

In order for your Wilson Farm purchase to be counted in your school’s fundraising totals, you must present this flyer (stored at the LHS PTO website) at the registers, either on paper or an electronic version on your smart phone. 


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates 

For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis.

Yearbook News

The Yearbook is just about sold out!! We have about 50 copies left and we cannot order any more. Because we are nearly sold out, online ordering is no longer available. If you would like to order a yearbook, please do so as soon as possible by sending a check made out to Town of Lexington for $90 to Harriet Wallen in the LHS Library. If you have any questions, please email Harriet at hwallen@lexingtonma.org or call her at 781-861-2320, ext. 69151. 

HELP MAKE #MAKE HAPPY HAPPEN AT LHS 

The beloved Rock Room at LHS is officially out of both tea, cocoa and to go cups so please consider making a donation to help keep that space as welcoming and soothing at it usually is! 

Just click on this link and it will take you to our updated Amazon “Wish List”: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/19EQOYXABLSKZ/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v? 

What is the Rock Room? 

Last year, Martha Queenin, LHS Social Worker, helped create a soothing student space located off the main hall near the library in Room 151. For the second year, The LHS Rock Room is up and running providing LHS students with a quiet room to come before school, during free blocks, I blocks or lunch or after school. In the spirit of trying to help our students manage their stress level, the space continues to provide students with a safe place to connect with others, unwind or de-stress.  Craft supplies, games, music, tea and cocoa all serve to provide students with what they need to self soothe.The hope is to continue to make the space user friendly and a space where kids can come and unwind and simply be. 

#makehappyhappen #LHSROCKS

AP Testing Information - NEW 

• Our AP Coordinator is: Mary Johansson
World Language Bldg., Room 505
Phone:  781-861-2320 X-69505
Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
mjohansson@lexingtonma.org 

• AP Testing Sign Up Begins:
Monday, January 29 Through Friday, February 9, 2018
Where:  The Sign Up Will Take Place in Your AP Classrooms ( **This is an optional test**

• Accommodations:
Any student needing accommodations are due by February 13th. Please email Mrs. Dooley at cdooley@lexingtonma.org. Please note LHS accommodations DO NOT apply for College Board. We would still need approval from College Board for your accommodations. 

• AP Test Fee: $96.00 per test
Please note you will receive an email from MCC regarding payment to be made once the pre registration form is filled out in class. The payment window will begin on February 12th and close on February 26th. Tests must be paid for by February 26, 2018 by 12:00 am.  If payment is not received by that date an EXAM WILL NOT be ordered for you and you will be unable to take the Exam. Please note that Payment of this Fee WILL Register you for the Exam.

8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS   

Monday, 2/26, 7-8:30 pm in the Lexington High School Science Auditorium (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)
- OR -
Wednesday, 2/28, 9:40-11 am at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Room 139)   

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.   

Navigating Selective College Admissions
February 15, 2018    6:30-8:00
Snow date: TBD


Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective. These are schools that typically admit fewer than 25% of all their applicants. With competition is as keen as it is at these highly selective colleges, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in the admissions process. This presentation will review the nuances of the selective college admissions process including relevant statistics, current trends in college admissions, and recommendations for students who will navigate the terrain of selective college admissions.  

Presenter: John Mahoney, Director of Admission, Boston College
Location: Auditorium    

LHS Scholarship Information 2018

It is not too early for LHS seniors and their parents to start looking and applying for scholarships!   Scholarship information for national, regional, local, and some specific colleges are posted in Naviance – http://connection.naviance.com/lexington

Current students can sign into their accounts and click the “Scholarships” tab.  Parents and/or guests can log onto [.connection.naviance.com/lexington]http://.connection.naviance.com/lexington and click “I’m a Guest”. The password is lhscounseling - click on the “Colleges” tab, go to “Scholarship List”.  If you are searching for the local scholarships – browse by category and select local scholarship. 

Lexington is fortunate to have a local scholarship program.  Every year, organizations or individuals provide scholarships to Lexington's senior students.  These include awards that are based on financial need as well as ones that are based on specific qualifications such as leadership, merit, or service to the community.   The local scholarship application deadline is in early April and the awards are made in June at SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS NIGHT.  Reminder:  the IRS 1040 is required for financial need scholarships.  Families should plan tax work to meet this deadline.

Please note that the Naviance database is updated on a continual basis – please be sure to check periodically. 

The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
DATE:  Wednesday, Feb 28th
TIME:   6:00PM
LOCATION:  LHS Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic spring sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a spring sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.  At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility), will be discussed.   

Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective sports.  In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the winter season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season.  This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season. 

LHS Spring Sports:  
• Baseball
• Softball
• Boys & Girls Lacrosse
• Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
• Boys & Girls Tennis
• Boys Volleyball
• Boys & Girls Ultimate Frisbee   

LHS Spring Sports season begins - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office at (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902  We look forward to seeing you on February 28th! 

GO Minutemen! 

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools  

LHS Performing Arts

Winter Orchestra Concert
Date: 1/31/2018, 2/1/2018, 2/5/2018 (snow date 2/8/2018)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School, Ralph Lord Gymnasium
Suggested donation price: $5 adults; free for children and senior citizens

The Winter Orchestra Concerts are an annual event, presented over three evenings, to showcase the Lexington Public Schools’ string  and orchestra program.  Each evening’s program progresses from the earliest learners at the elementary school level to the highest level performers at Lexington High School.

Winter Orchestra Concert III: All Grade 5 Strings, All Town Elementary Orchestra, Clarke-Diamond Grade 7 Orchestra; LHS Symphony Orchestra

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Feb 2 - Feb 9) 

Friday, February 2
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Winchester High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Winchester High School
8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity  Ice Hockey vs Wakefield Memorial High School  

Saturday, February 3
2:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Indoor Track (Open Date)
2:00pm GIRLS    Junior Varsity Indoor Track (Open Date) 

Sunday, February 4
12:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Medford High School
2:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Medford High School

Monday, February 5
6:30pm BOYS Varsity Wrestling vs Bedford Public Schools
6:00pm: CoEd Varsity Giant Slalom Race @Blue Hills

Tuesday, February 6
4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Belmont High School
4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School

Wednesday, February 7
4:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School
7:30pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Belmont High School

Thursday, February 8
6:00pm: CoEd Varsity Giant Slalom Race @ Ski Ward

Friday, February 9
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Arlington High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Arlington High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop

The Girls Who Build Music Tech workshop for high school girls is a one-day, hands-on introduction to music technology (ie. How pop stars use autotuning to be on pitch!) at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaverworks Center on February 3rd. The workshop includes tearing down old headphones and speakers, designing your own speaker, and programming a synthesizer guitar (make mixes!). Participants also get to listen to keynote speakers from the music technology industry, including female engineers from Bose and MIT. 

Register here. Fee is $50, which covers lunch and the cost of hardware. If you have any questions, leave a message on the Girls Who Build contact page

More information: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/music-tech/
MIT Beaverworks: https://beaverworks.ll.mit.edu/CMS/bw/facility
Contact us: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/contact/ 

The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
Presented by Ned Hallowell MD, EdD
Date:  February 7, 2018 / Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM / Location: Cary Library, Large Meeting Room

In this presentation, Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, practicing child and adult psychiatrist, founder of the Hallowell Center, and former instructor at Harvard Medical School, offers insight into the Childhood Face of ADHD and how ADHD and learning disabilities impact the student emotionally and socially. Because he and two of his children have ADHD themselves, he recognizes the importance not just of proper diagnosis and treatment but also the importance of developing the positive attributes most people with ADHD possess. He will provide an introduction to the world of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and explain what it feels like to have ADHD from a child’s perspective. Thank you to Indian Americans of Lexington for their generous donation to make this presentation possible. 

Please RSVP for this event so that we can ensure we have enough space and materials.  We expect that this event will be well-attended, and can accommodate approximately 80 attendees, so please RSVP by February 1, 2018 at https://lexsepta.org/events/the-childhood-face-of-adhd-recognizing-and-coping-with-attention-deficit-disorder-in-students/ 

For more information about the Lexington SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and SEPTA (Special Education PTA), please see our website atwww.lexsepta.org

Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation

Please join LYFS' 2nd in a six-part series of discussions about "Living on the Hyphen"-- a multicultural exploration of youth well-being. This series is the collaborative effort of a Multicultural Sponsoring Board representing Lexington in all of its diversity. 

Growing Up In Lexington is an opportunity for Lexington youth and the community of adults who support them to come together and understand the joys and challenges of coming of age in today's Lexington.  This moderated panel discussion will take place at the Community Center, from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, February 10th.  We look forward to seeing you there!  And... save March 18th for part 3 in the series, Spirituality in Mental Health, in partnership with Temple Isaiah's Mental Health Initiative. 

About LYFS:  LYFS is an independent Lexington nonprofit that seeks to address concerns related to youth mental health and well-being through a combination of clinical services, suicide prevention programming and community education and outreach. Living on the Hyphen was made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington. 

Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season

Parents of Lexington Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th graders, Lexington Youth Lacrosse (LYL) is excited to invite all of you to join us for our Spring Lacrosse Season.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH LACROSSE IS NECESSARY! 

Our Boys and Girls programs are dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse in Lexington, through a fun and instructional environment that teaches individual athleticism as well as teamwork. Lacrosse is complementary to soccer, hockey, and basketball, as it is a continuous-play team sport that reinforces and advances common offensive and defensive concepts. 

The season starts with one indoor practice per week on Sunday afternoons from late February to late March, and then transitions into two practices in Lexington during the week (usually 5:30-7pm on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday pending field availability) and one game per week on Sunday in Lexington or nearby towns from April till early June. 

Come out and join many of your classmates from Bowman, Bridge, Estabrook, Fiske, Harrington, and Hastings! 

To register for the spring session, please click here

Too often we hear parents say they don’t know the sport so they never introduced it to their children. You don’t have to know the sport, that’s what Lexington Youth Lacrosse is here for! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you in the spring! 

Rob Lyng
Coordinator of Player and Coach Development
Lexington Youth Lacrosse


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Mindfulness to Reduce Student Stress
Monday, February 5th from 6:30-8:30pm.  Cost: $20

High school offers us a lot. But one thing we don't usually learn is how to take care of our minds and deal with daily stressors. So take some time to breathe, rest, and learn how to work with stress in this mindfulness presentation. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention and a way of relating to the present moment. You can practice mindfulness anywhere, anytime, and in any situation. In this presentation you will learn easy ways to integrate mindfulness into your day to bring more ease and wellbeing into your life, both in and outside of school. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Classes for Parents & Students: 

Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process
Two sessions meeting Tuesday,  February 6 and Thursday, February 8
from 7:00-9:00pm at Lexington High School
Cost:  $40.00 per adult/student pair

This two-part course is designed to educate student-athletes and their parents about navigating the often confusing and generally stressful college search and recruiting process.    

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Classes for Parents:  

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00-8:30pm at the Lexington Depot, Cost:  $10.00

The scale and impact of the #MeToo movement caught many by surprise. Leigh Gilmore offers context and perspective on this phenomenon based on her recent book, Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives. She will explore the pervasive and persistent culture of doubt women encounter in offering accounts of sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

Leigh Gilmore is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley.


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

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You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

 

Week of January 26th, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
   Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Calendar Dates
   Help Make #MAKE HAPPY HAPPEN at LHS

   Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
   Navigating Selective College Admissions
   2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
   LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day 2018 - Save the Date!
   LHS Performing Arts
   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   Shrek The Musical Jr.
   The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop
   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
   Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation
   Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   Mindfulness to Reduce Student Stress
   Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process
   How to Find the College that Fits Your Child
   Steering Our Teens in the Right Direction
   Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED!



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Friday, January 26: 2nd Quarter Closes/ Grade Entry  
Friday, January 26: 7:00pm- 9:00pm Jazz Nite 2
Monday, January 29: Student Attendance Appeal Deadline
Tuesday, January 30: 5:30pm-8:00pm Teen Summer Expo
Wednesday, January 31: All-Town Orchestra Concert I
Thursday, February 1: All-Town Orchestra Concert II
Friday, February 2: 7:00pm-10:00pm School Dance


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter 

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS to get the latest news and up to date school information

Thanks -
LHS PTO

Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School

The Lexington High School PTO and FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music, Art and Drama Students) are pleased to present a special forum featuring a discussion of opportunities in performing and visual arts at Lexington High School.  The program will begin with a short performance by the LHS Jazz Combo, followed by a presentation by Dr. Ida Pappas, LPS K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator.  Dr. Pappas will introduce new classes being offered at LHS for the 2018-2019 school year and will cover topics related to the performing arts curriculum.  Following the presentation, FOLMADS parent volunteers familiar with programs in music, drama, and visual arts will be on hand to share their perspectives during a question and answer session.  The program is open to all LPS families.  Parents of 8th grade and transfer students are especially encouraged to attend. 

Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Location:  Commons II

What do you do when your teen calls you at 1AM with a challenging situation?  How do parents and guardians help their teens expand their freedom, have fun with friends and yet stay safe?  What are social hosting laws and how are parents at risk if something happens on your watch?  Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Kristie Demirev.  The “Hidden in Plain Sight” room will be on display to help parents learn to look for clues to determine if your child is experimenting with alcohol or drugs.  This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates 

For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis. 

HELP MAKE #MAKE HAPPY HAPPEN AT LHS 

The beloved Rock Room at LHS is officially out of both tea, cocoa and to go cups so please consider making a donation to help keep that space as welcoming and soothing at it usually is! 

Just click on this link and it will take you to our updated Amazon “Wish List”: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/19EQOYXABLSKZ/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v? 

What is the Rock Room? 

Last year, Martha Queenin, LHS Social Worker, helped create a soothing student space located off the main hall near the library in Room 151. For the second year, The LHS Rock Room is up and running providing LHS students with a quiet room to come before school, during free blocks, I blocks or lunch or after school. In the spirit of trying to help our students manage their stress level, the space continues to provide students with a safe place to connect with others, unwind or de-stress.  Craft supplies, games, music, tea and cocoa all serve to provide students with what they need to self soothe.The hope is to continue to make the space user friendly and a space where kids can come and unwind and simply be. 

#makehappyhappen #LHSROCKS 

Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
January 30, 2018    5:30-8:00
Snow date: January 31st 

Recommended for Students and Parents/Guardians grades 7-12

Meet personally with the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs for high school and middle school students. Programs for every budget and every interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, internships, intensive sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year programs.  The Expo lets you efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, costs, safety, camp and supervision.  For more information visit: www.TeenSummerExpos.com 

Location: Commons II

Navigating Selective College Admissions
February 15, 2018    6:30-8:00
Snow date: TBD


Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective. These are schools that typically admit fewer than 25% of all their applicants. With competition is as keen as it is at these highly selective colleges, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in the admissions process. This presentation will review the nuances of the selective college admissions process including relevant statistics, current trends in college admissions, and recommendations for students who will navigate the terrain of selective college admissions.  

Presenter: John Mahoney, Director of Admission, Boston College
Location: Auditorium  

The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
DATE:  Wednesday, Feb 28th
TIME:   6:00PM
LOCATION:  LHS Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic spring sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a spring sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.  At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility), will be discussed.   

Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective sports.  In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the winter season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season.  This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season. 

LHS Spring Sports:  
• Baseball
• Softball
• Boys & Girls Lacrosse
• Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
• Boys & Girls Tennis
• Boys Volleyball
• Boys & Girls Ultimate Frisbee   

LHS Spring Sports season begins - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office at (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902  We look forward to seeing you on February 28th! 

GO Minutemen! 

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools  

LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day 2018 - Save the Date! 

Shop at Wilson Farm during opening hours on March 22 and 20% of your pre-tax spending will be set aside for donation to Lexington High School. 

There are only a few items that are not included in the fundraising drive; among them are:
• CSA shares
• Gift cards
• Custom gift baskets
• Custom party platters
• Case orders and/or other bulk or custom orders

Lexington High's principal will decide how the funds will be used. In past years, schools have used their Shop at Wilson Farm Day earnings to purchase projectors, books, scholarship programs, and even lecture series. 

In order for your Wilson Farm purchase to be counted in your school’s fundraising totals, you must present this flyer (stored at the LHS PTO website) at the registers, either on paper or an electronic version on your smart phone. 

LHS Performing Arts

Jazz Nite 2
Date: 1/26/2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School
Tickets: Free to the public

The audience will be treated to a program featuring original compositions by students along with a combination of jazz standards and modern selections. This is always a great evening dedicated to the all-American art form under the direction of Pat Donaher and Justin Aramati. 

Winter Orchestra Concerts
Dates: 1/31/2018, 2/1/2018, 2/5/2018 (snow date 2/8/2018)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School, Ralph Lord Gymnasium
Suggested donation price: $5 adults; free for children and senior citizens

The Winter Orchestra Concerts are an annual event, presented over three evenings, to showcase the Lexington Public Schools’ string  and orchestra program.  Each evening’s program progresses from the earliest learners at the elementary school level to the highest level performers at Lexington High School.

Ensembles will perform as follows:

Wednesday, 1/31, Winter Orchestra Concert I: Grade 4 Strings from Estabrook, Fiske and Hastings; Diamond Grades 6 and 8 Orchestras; LHS Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, 2/1, Winter Orchestra Concert II: Grade 4 Strings from Bowman, Bridge, and Harrington; Clarke Grades 6 and 8 Orchestras; LHS Repertoire Orchestra

Monday, 2/5, Winter Orchestra Concert III: All Grade 5 Strings, All Town Elementary Orchestra, Clarke-Diamond Grade 7 Orchestra; LHS Symphony Orchestra

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Jan 26 - Feb 2) 

Friday, January 26
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Burlington High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Burlington High School
8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ice Hockey vs Stoneham High School

Sunday, January 28
12:30pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School
2:15pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School

Tuesday, January 30
4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Wilmington High School
4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Wilmington High School
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Wilmington High School

Wednesday, January 31
5:20pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Wilmington High School
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Wrestling vs Reading Memorial High School
7:20pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Wilmington High School

Thursday, February 1
6:00pm: CoEd Varsity Giant Slalom Race

Friday, February 2
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Winchester High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Winchester High School
8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity  Ice Hockey vs Wakefield Memorial High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Shrek The Musical Jr.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:30pm
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 1:00pm and 5:30pm
Clarke Middle School, 17 Stedman Road, Lexington, MA, 02421

Advanced Ticket Sales Details: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Clarke main office during school hours or at www.showtix4u.com.
For more information, contact ClarkeDrama@aol.com. 

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop

The Girls Who Build Music Tech workshop for high school girls is a one-day, hands-on introduction to music technology (ie. How pop stars use autotuning to be on pitch!) at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaverworks Center on February 3rd. The workshop includes tearing down old headphones and speakers, designing your own speaker, and programming a synthesizer guitar (make mixes!). Participants also get to listen to keynote speakers from the music technology industry, including female engineers from Bose and MIT. 

Register here. Fee is $50, which covers lunch and the cost of hardware. If you have any questions, leave a message on the Girls Who Build contact page

More information: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/music-tech/
MIT Beaverworks: https://beaverworks.ll.mit.edu/CMS/bw/facility
Contact us: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/contact/ 

The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
Presented by Ned Hallowell MD, EdD
Date:  February 7, 2018 / Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM / Location: Cary Library, Large Meeting Room

In this presentation, Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, practicing child and adult psychiatrist, founder of the Hallowell Center, and former instructor at Harvard Medical School, offers insight into the Childhood Face of ADHD and how ADHD and learning disabilities impact the student emotionally and socially. Because he and two of his children have ADHD themselves, he recognizes the importance not just of proper diagnosis and treatment but also the importance of developing the positive attributes most people with ADHD possess. He will provide an introduction to the world of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and explain what it feels like to have ADHD from a child’s perspective. Thank you to Indian Americans of Lexington for their generous donation to make this presentation possible. 

Please RSVP for this event so that we can ensure we have enough space and materials.  We expect that this event will be well-attended, and can accommodate approximately 80 attendees, so please RSVP by February 1, 2018 at https://lexsepta.org/events/the-childhood-face-of-adhd-recognizing-and-coping-with-attention-deficit-disorder-in-students/ 

For more information about the Lexington SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and SEPTA (Special Education PTA), please see our website atwww.lexsepta.org

Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation

Please join LYFS' 2nd in a six-part series of discussions about "Living on the Hyphen"-- a multicultural exploration of youth well-being. This series is the collaborative effort of a Multicultural Sponsoring Board representing Lexington in all of its diversity. 

Growing Up In Lexington is an opportunity for Lexington youth and the community of adults who support them to come together and understand the joys and challenges of coming of age in today's Lexington.  This moderated panel discussion will take place at the Community Center, from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, February 10th.  We look forward to seeing you there!  And... save March 18th for part 3 in the series, Spirituality in Mental Health, in partnership with Temple Isaiah's Mental Health Initiative. 

About LYFS:  LYFS is an independent Lexington nonprofit that seeks to address concerns related to youth mental health and well-being through a combination of clinical services, suicide prevention programming and community education and outreach. Living on the Hyphen was made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington. 

Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season

Parents of Lexington Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th graders, Lexington Youth Lacrosse (LYL) is excited to invite all of you to join us for our Spring Lacrosse Season.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH LACROSSE IS NECESSARY! 

Our Boys and Girls programs are dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse in Lexington, through a fun and instructional environment that teaches individual athleticism as well as teamwork. Lacrosse is complementary to soccer, hockey, and basketball, as it is a continuous-play team sport that reinforces and advances common offensive and defensive concepts. 

The season starts with one indoor practice per week on Sunday afternoons from late February to late March, and then transitions into two practices in Lexington during the week (usually 5:30-7pm on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday pending field availability) and one game per week on Sunday in Lexington or nearby towns from April till early June. 

Come out and join many of your classmates from Bowman, Bridge, Estabrook, Fiske, Harrington, and Hastings! 

To register for the spring session, please click here

Too often we hear parents say they don’t know the sport so they never introduced it to their children. You don’t have to know the sport, that’s what Lexington Youth Lacrosse is here for! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you in the spring! 

Rob Lyng
Coordinator of Player and Coach Development
Lexington Youth Lacrosse


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Mindfulness to Reduce Student Stress
Monday, February 5th from 6:30-8:30pm.  Cost: $20

High school offers us a lot. But one thing we don't usually learn is how to take care of our minds and deal with daily stressors. So take some time to breathe, rest, and learn how to work with stress in this mindfulness presentation. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention and a way of relating to the present moment. You can practice mindfulness anywhere, anytime, and in any situation. In this presentation you will learn easy ways to integrate mindfulness into your day to bring more ease and wellbeing into your life, both in and outside of school. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Classes for Parents & Students: 

Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process
Two sessions meeting Tuesday,  February 6 and Thursday, February 8
from 7:00-9:00pm at Lexington High School
Cost:  $40.00 per adult/student pair

This two-part course is designed to educate student-athletes and their parents about navigating the often confusing and generally stressful college search and recruiting process.    

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Classes for Parents:  

How to Find the College that Fits Your Child
Meets Tuesday, January 30, 6:30-8:30pm at LHS, Cost:  $25

We will show you how to choose the school that is the right fit for your child as we walk you through the admissions process.  Learn about how merit money works and why starting the process early can offer significant advantages. College Solutions has over 30 years of experience in college placement and financial aid. For adults only. The $25 tuition is for two adults in the household. Larry Dannenberg is a professional college placement consultant. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Steering Our Teens in the Right Direction
Thursday, February 1, 7:00-8:30 at LHS, Cost:  $10.00

As parents we all know that the journey of raising teens can seem like a long and bumpy road. Experts say that teenagers need as much care, attention, and guidance as toddlers do. Through her years of experience as a life-coach, driver education instructor, and parent, Anna Sabatino has successfully coached countless teenagers through the twists and turns of life. This evening, Anna will share some of her practical insights, provide encouragement, and yes, even issue a few warnings to parents based on her experience working and teaching teens both how to drive, and how to make critical and healthy decisions for over 12 years. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00-8:30pm at the Lexington Depot, Cost:  $10.00

The scale and impact of the #MeToo movement caught many by surprise. Leigh Gilmore offers context and perspective on this phenomenon based on her recent book, Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives. She will explore the pervasive and persistent culture of doubt women encounter in offering accounts of sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

Leigh Gilmore is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley.


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

______________________________________________________________________________

You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

 

Week of January 19th, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
   A Big Thank You to ALL 2017-2018 LHS PTO Members and Donors
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Calendar Dates
   College Admissions Seminar
   Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo
   Navigating Selective College Admissions
   LHS Performing Arts
   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Girls Hockey - Pink the Rink Hockey Game
   Feedback Survey for Superintendent Candidates
   The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop
   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
   Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation
   Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season
   Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - our new LPS Performing Arts coordinator and the Parents' panel
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   SAT Prep for the March Exam
   CT Prep
   Health Coaching for Midlife Women: Creating Positive Change
   Social Salsa
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED!



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Friday, January 19: 7:00pm-10:00pm School Dance (Sophomores)
Monday, January 22: 6:15pm-7:45pm School Council Meeting
Wednesday, January 24: 6:30pm College Admission Seminar (JuniorWorkshop)
Friday, January 26: 2nd Quarter Closes/ Grade Entry  
Friday, January 26: 7:00pm- 9:00pm Jazz Nite 2

LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

A Big Thank You to ALL 2017-2018 LHS PTO Members and Donors 

Thank you to everyone who supported the PTO as a member or contributor.  A special thank you to members who made additional donations.  We appreciate your very generous support. Because of YOU the PTO was able to meet our budget goal of funding enrichment activities, programs, materials and equipment at the same level as last year.

If you haven’t joined the PTO, you can still do it here: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates 

For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis. 

College Admissions Seminar
January 24, 2018   6:30-8:00 pm
Snow date: TBD


Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

This session will provide an overview of college admissions, including:
1. trends in college admissions
2. building the college list
3. the college application process

Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website —mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process. *This link also provides a webinar if you are unable to join us for the presentation. 

Presenter: MEFA Presenter, John Marcus, Former VP of Enrollment
Location: Auditorium

Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
January 30, 2018    5:30-8:00
Snow date: January 31st 

Recommended for Students and Parents/Guardians grades 7-12

Meet personally with the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs for high school and middle school students. Programs for every budget and every interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, internships, intensive sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year programs.  The Expo lets you efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, costs, safety, camp and supervision.  For more information visit: www.TeenSummerExpos.com 

Location: Commons II

Navigating Selective College Admissions
February 15, 2018    6:30-8:00
Snow date: TBD


Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective. These are schools that typically admit fewer than 25% of all their applicants. With competition is as keen as it is at these highly selective colleges, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in the admissions process. This presentation will review the nuances of the selective college admissions process including relevant statistics, current trends in college admissions, and recommendations for students who will navigate the terrain of selective college admissions.  

Presenter: John Mahoney, Director of Admission, Boston College
Location: Auditorium 

LHS Performing Arts

Winter Orchestra Concerts
Dates: 1/31/2018, 2/1/2018, 2/5/2018 (snow date 2/8/2018)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School, Ralph Lord Gymnasium
Suggested donation price: $5 adults; free for children and senior citizens

The Winter Orchestra Concerts are an annual event, presented over three evenings, to showcase the Lexington Public Schools’ string  and orchestra program.  Each evening’s program progresses from the earliest learners at the elementary school level to the highest level performers at Lexington High School.

Ensembles will perform as follows:

Wednesday, 1/31, Winter Orchestra Concert I: Grade 4 Strings from Estabrook, Fiske and Hastings; Diamond Grades 6 and 8 Orchestras; LHS Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, 2/1, Winter Orchestra Concert II: Grade 4 Strings from Bowman, Bridge, and Harrington; Clarke Grades 6 and 8 Orchestras; LHS Repertoire Orchestra

Monday, 2/5, Winter Orchestra Concert III: All Grade 5 Strings, All Town Elementary Orchestra, Clarke-Diamond Grade 7 Orchestra; LHS Symphony Orchestra

Jazz Nite 2
Date: 1/26/2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School
Tickets: Free to the public

The audience will be treated to a program featuring original compositions by students along with a combination of jazz standards and modern selections. This is always a great evening dedicated to the all-American art form under the direction of Pat Donaher and Justin Aramati.

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Jan 19 - Jan 26) 

Friday, January 19
5:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School
5:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School
7:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School

Saturday, January 20
1:00pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School

Tuesday, January 23
4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Watertown High School
4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Watertown High School

Wednesday, January 24
4:05pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Watertown High School

Thursday, January 26
6:00pm: Varsity Giant Slalom Race

Friday, January 26
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Burlington High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Burlington High School
8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ice Hockey vs Stoneham High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Girls Hockey - Pink the Rink Hockey Game 

Saturday, 1/20-7pm, Hayden Lexington v Reading
All proceeds from the game will go towards Women’s Cancer Research
Please wear your pink to show your support and help Pink the Rink

Feedback Survey for Superintendent Candidates

We are pleased to have such strong candidates and are turning to the community for your impressions. Please attend each candidate's Community Meet and Greet and/or attend/watch each candidate's public interview (aired live on LexMedia) then respond to the School Committee's feedback survey. 

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LexSuptFinalists and will remain open until noon on Sunday, January 21. 

This decision is one that impacts everyone, so your input is important. As always, if you would rather share feedback directly, feel free to contact Kate Colburn, Eileen Jay , or any other member of the School Committee. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Sincerely,
Eileen Jay & Kate Colburn
On behalf of the Lexington School Committee

The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop

The Girls Who Build Music Tech workshop for high school girls is a one-day, hands-on introduction to music technology (ie. How pop stars use autotuning to be on pitch!) at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaverworks Center on February 3rd. The workshop includes tearing down old headphones and speakers, designing your own speaker, and programming a synthesizer guitar (make mixes!). Participants also get to listen to keynote speakers from the music technology industry, including female engineers from Bose and MIT. 

Register here. Fee is $50, which covers lunch and the cost of hardware. If you have any questions, leave a message on the Girls Who Build contact page

More information: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/music-tech/
MIT Beaverworks: https://beaverworks.ll.mit.edu/CMS/bw/facility
Contact us: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/contact/ 

The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
Presented by Ned Hallowell MD, EdD
Date:  February 7, 2018 / Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM / Location: Cary Library, Large Meeting Room

In this presentation, Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, practicing child and adult psychiatrist, founder of the Hallowell Center, and former instructor at Harvard Medical School, offers insight into the Childhood Face of ADHD and how ADHD and learning disabilities impact the student emotionally and socially. Because he and two of his children have ADHD themselves, he recognizes the importance not just of proper diagnosis and treatment but also the importance of developing the positive attributes most people with ADHD possess. He will provide an introduction to the world of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and explain what it feels like to have ADHD from a child’s perspective. Thank you to Indian Americans of Lexington for their generous donation to make this presentation possible. 

Please RSVP for this event so that we can ensure we have enough space and materials.  We expect that this event will be well-attended, and can accommodate approximately 80 attendees, so please RSVP by February 1, 2018 at https://lexsepta.org/events/the-childhood-face-of-adhd-recognizing-and-coping-with-attention-deficit-disorder-in-students/ 

For more information about the Lexington SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and SEPTA (Special Education PTA), please see our website atwww.lexsepta.org

Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation

Please join LYFS' 2nd in a six-part series of discussions about "Living on the Hyphen"-- a multicultural exploration of youth well-being. This series is the collaborative effort of a Multicultural Sponsoring Board representing Lexington in all of its diversity. 

Growing Up In Lexington is an opportunity for Lexington youth and the community of adults who support them to come together and understand the joys and challenges of coming of age in today's Lexington.  This moderated panel discussion will take place at the Community Center, from 10:00am-12:00pm onSaturday, February 10th.  We look forward to seeing you there!  And... save March 18th for part 3 in the series, Spirituality in Mental Health, in partnership with Temple Isaiah's Mental Health Initiative. 

About LYFS:  LYFS is an independent Lexington nonprofit that seeks to address concerns related to youth mental health and well-being through a combination of clinical services, suicide prevention programming and community education and outreach. Living on the Hyphen was made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington. 

Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season

Parents of Lexington Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th graders, Lexington Youth Lacrosse (LYL) is excited to invite all of you to join us for our Spring Lacrosse Season.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH LACROSSE IS NECESSARY! 

Our Boys and Girls programs are dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse in Lexington, through a fun and instructional environment that teaches individual athleticism as well as teamwork. Lacrosse is complementary to soccer, hockey, and basketball, as it is a continuous-play team sport that reinforces and advances common offensive and defensive concepts. 

The season starts with one indoor practice per week on Sunday afternoons from late February to late March, and then transitions into two practices in Lexington during the week (usually 5:30-7pm on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday pending field availability) and one game per week on Sunday in Lexington or nearby towns from April till early June. 

Come out and join many of your classmates from Bowman, Bridge, Estabrook, Fiske, Harrington, and Hastings! 

To register for the spring session, please click here

Too often we hear parents say they don’t know the sport so they never introduced it to their children. You don’t have to know the sport, that’s what Lexington Youth Lacrosse is here for! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you in the spring! 

Rob Lyng
Coordinator of Player and Coach Development
Lexington Youth Lacrosse

Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - our new LPS Performing Arts coordinator and the Parents' panel
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School

The Lexington High School PTO and FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music, Art and Drama Students) are pleased to present a special forum featuring a discussion of opportunities in performing and visual arts at Lexington High School.  The program will begin with a short performance by the LHS Jazz Combo, followed by a presentation by Dr. Ida Pappas, LPS K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator.  Dr. Pappas will introduce new classes being offered at LHS for the 2018-2019 school year and will cover topics related to the performing arts curriculum.  Following the presentation, FOLMADS parent volunteers familiar with programs in music, drama, and visual arts will be on hand to share their perspectives during a question and answer session.  The program is open to all LPS families.  Parents of 8th grade and transfer students are especially encouraged to attend.


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

SAT Prep for the March Exam 

Prepare for the SAT Exams by reviewing the critical components of the test.  Classes will meet at Lexington High School. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043

SAT Reading - Thursdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
- meets 6 Thursdays
- beginning January 18
- from 6:30-8:30pm
- $200

SAT Writing and Language + Essay- Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
- meets 6 Tuedays
- beginning January 16
- from 3:30-5:30pm
- $200

CT Prep

In this class we will review all components of the ACT exam. A materials fee of $25 is payable to the instructor at the first class. Required Text: The Real ACT Prep Guide, BN-13: 978-111923641.
- meets 0 Wednesdays t Lexington High Schoo
- beginning January 7
- from :30-:30pm
- $35

FOR PARENTS: 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043

Health Coaching for Midlife Women: Creating Positive Change
Class begins Wednesday, January 17 and meets four times

7:00-8:30pm at Lexington High School.  Cost:  $60/Seniors $45.
Women in mid-life often want to reduce stress, become fit, and lose weight. Coaching helps women break larger goals into "do-able" steps that add up to success.  A health coach guides the group by asking questions, listening carefully and leading brainstorming exercises. In this group coaching experience, participants (45 to 60 years of age) will have a great opportunity to support and learn from each other. Please bring a notebook and pen to class.

Social Salsa
Class begins Friday, January 19
7:30-8:15pm   Cost:  $120 per person. Location shared with registration. 

Social salsa is a six week course that will get you out on the dance floor in no time! The class will focus on learning salsa patterns, and understanding the basics of leading & following. This is a great course for those who have always wanted to learn how to salsa, but don't have much/any experience dancing. No partner needed!


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

______________________________________________________________________________

You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

Week of January 12th, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
   A Big Thank You to ALL 2017-2018 LHS PTO Members and Donors
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Calendar Dates
   College Admissions Seminar
   Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
   Navigating Selective College Admissions

   Junior Seminars Will Begin the Weel of January 29th through the Week of February 26th
   LHS Performing Arts
   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   The Alexander Children’s Theater School Presents: Seussical the Musical
   5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service
   2018 MLK Day Community Conversation on Race
   Superintendent Candidates: Meet & Greets and Public Interviews
   Mom’s Night Out at Pinot’s Palette to benefit Lexington Education Foundation
   LHS Girls Hockey - Pink the Rink Hockey Game
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   
   Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog - Registration is Open
   Winter Driver Ed Programs
   SAT Prep for the March Exam
   ACT Prep for the April Exam
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED!



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS

Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL
Friday, January 19: 7:00pm-10:00pm School Dance (Sophomores)
Monday, January 22: 6:15pm-7:45pm School Council Meeting
Wednesday, January 24: 6:30pm College Admission Seminar (JuniorWorkshop)


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

A Big Thank You to ALL 2017-2018 LHS PTO Members and Donors 

Thank you to everyone who supported the PTO as a member or contributor.  A special thank you to members who made additional donations.  We appreciate your very generous support. 

If you haven’t joined the PTO, you can still do it here: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates 

For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis. 

College Admissions Seminar
January 24, 2018   6:30-8:00 pm
Snow date: TBD


Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

This session will provide an overview of college admissions, including:
1. trends in college admissions
2. building the college list
3. the college application process

Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website —mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process. *This link also provides a webinar if you are unable to join us for the presentation. 

Presenter: MEFA Presenter, John Marcus, Former VP of Enrollment
Location: Auditorium

Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
January 30, 2018    5:30-8:00
Snow date: January 31st 

Recommended for Students and Parents/Guardians grades 7-12

Meet personally with the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs for high school and middle school students. Programs for every budget and every interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, internships, intensive sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year programs.  The Expo lets you efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, costs, safety, camp and supervision.  For more information visit: www.TeenSummerExpos.com 

Location: Commons II

Navigating Selective College Admissions
February 15, 2018    6:30-8:00
Snow date: TBD


Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective. These are schools that typically admit fewer than 25% of all their applicants. With competition is as keen as it is at these highly selective colleges, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in the admissions process. This presentation will review the nuances of the selective college admissions process including relevant statistics, current trends in college admissions, and recommendations for students who will navigate the terrain of selective college admissions.  

Presenter: John Mahoney, Director of Admission, Boston College
Location: Auditorium 

JUNIOR SEMINARS WILL BEGIN THE WEEK OF JANUARY 29th THROUGH THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 26th

Please check your 3rd quarter schedule in Aspen for your seminar block.  Please note the time seminar starts as your lunch times may change as well as your room location.  Please see your counselor if you are not scheduled for a junior seminar.  Please remember attendance is expected at all four seminar sessions.

Thank you,
LHS Counseling Department 

LHS Performing Arts

Winter Band Concerts
Date: 1/16/2018, 1/17/2018, 1/18/2018 (snow date 1/29/2018)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School Auditorium

Suggested donation price: $5 adults; free for children and senior citizens

The Winter Band Concerts are an annual event, presented over three evenings, to showcase the Lexington Public Schools’ band program.  The evening’s programs progress from the earliest learners at the elementary school level to the highest-level performers at Lexington High School.  Ensembles will perform as follows:

Tuesday, 1/16, Winter Band Concert I: Harrington and Bowman 5th grade band; Clarke 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands; LHS Wind Ensemble

Wednesday, 1/17, Winter Band Concert II: Estabrook and Fiske 5th grade band; Diamond 6th and 8th grade bands; LHS Concert Band

Thursday, 1/18, Winter Band Concert III: Hastings and Bridge 5th grade band; Diamond 7th grade band; Select Band; LHS Symphonic Band; LHS Wind Ensemble

Winter Orchestra Concerts
Dates: 1/31/2018, 2/1/2018, 2/5/2018 (snow date 2/8/2018)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School, Ralph Lord Gymnasium
Suggested donation price: $5 adults; free for children and senior citizens

The Winter Orchestra Concerts are an annual event, presented over three evenings, to showcase the Lexington Public Schools’ string  and orchestra program.  Each evening’s program progresses from the earliest learners at the elementary school level to the highest level performers at Lexington High School.

Ensembles will perform as follows:

Wednesday, 1/31, Winter Orchestra Concert I: Grade 4 Strings from Estabrook, Fiske and Hastings; Diamond Grades 6 and 8 Orchestras; LHS Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, 2/1, Winter Orchestra Concert II: Grade 4 Strings from Bowman, Bridge, and Harrington; Clarke Grades 6 and 8 Orchestras; LHS Repertoire Orchestra

Monday, 2/5, Winter Orchestra Concert III: All Grade 5 Strings, All Town Elementary Orchestra, Clarke-Diamond Grade 7 Orchestra; LHS Symphony Orchestra

Jazz Nite 2
Date: 1/26/2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School
Tickets: Free to the public

The audience will be treated to a program featuring original compositions by students along with a combination of jazz standards and modern selections. This is always a great evening dedicated to the all-American art form under the direction of Pat Donaher and Justin Aramati.

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Jan 12-Jan 19) 

Friday, January 12
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Woburn High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Woburn High School
8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ice Hockey vs Arlington Catholic High School

Monday, January 15
3:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ice Hockey (Camb. Rindge) 

Tuesday, January 16
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Swimming vs North Andover High School

Wednesday, January 17
3:30pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School
4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Belmont High School
4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Swimming vs Winchester High School
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School

Thursday, January 18
6:00pm BOYS and GIRLS Junior Varsity Slalom Race @ Blue Hills

Friday, January 19
5:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School
5:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School
7:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

The Alexander Children’s Theater School Presents: Seussical the Musical

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this show will be performed at Cary Hall January 12 - 14th, 2018. Shows Friday @ 7:30, Saturday 2 and 7:30 and Sunday @ 2.  Featured in the production are Lexington students Ashley Williams, Arian Hargrove and Keegan Monteiro. 

For tickets go to www.ACTS1.org or call 781-899-4467.  For questions, email Stephanie at idpactsmail@aol.com.  

5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service 
Monday, January 15, 2018  

The Town of Lexington will hold its 25th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its 5th Annual MLK Day of Service by shepherding our community to take part in assisting those in need. Our objective is to engage and mobilize people of all ages to participate in events and activities to serve others. United in philanthropy under the auspices of the Town Celebrations Committee, our target this year is to serve 2,000+ people through 400+ volunteers. 

To sign up and volunteer, visit www.lexingtonmlk.org
Got questions? Email us at lexingtoncommunity@gmail.com  

2018 MLK Day Community Conversation on Race - Creating a Safe and Just School Environment in Lexington and Beyond
Monday, January 15, 2018
Key Note Speaker: Daniel J. Loses, co-author of Suspended Education in Massachusetts 
Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington.  Doors open at 8:30am.  Free coffee and pastries.  Program starts at 9am and ends at 10:30am.  Make Friends of Strangers and Build Coalitions for Change.  All ages welcome. 

Missing out on instruction time can have a devastating impact on educational outcomes for students, particularly time lost due to suspensions. Research has demonstrated that  losing instruction time can affect reading achievement and that suspensions are an important predictor of graduation rates and involvement with the juvenile justice system. Disparity in suspension rates, as found in a review of historical school discipline data, is just one example of how in Lexington, black students and students with disabilities bear the brunt of this loss of opportunity to learn. 

The Lexington Human Rights Committee invites everyone in the Greater Lexington community to bring your hearts and minds to this conversation on racial justice and discipline disparity. This is an opportunity to talk to your neighbors about what each of us can do to ensure that all of our students have equal opportunities to learn and their civil rights are protected.

Superintendent Candidates: Meet & Greets and Public Interviews 

The Superintendent Search Committee has recommended three finalists for the position of Superintendent of Lexington Public Schools. Each of the three finalists will be visiting Lexington as follows: 

January 16: Glenn Brand, former Superintendent of Acton-Boxborough Regional School District

January 17: Julie Hackett, Superintendent of Taunton Public Schools

January 18: Bella Wong, Superintendent of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District

The purpose of the visits is to allow the finalists to get to know our community better, and to give community members, teachers, administrators, staff, and students a chance to meet the finalists and share feedback with the School Committee. 

Parents and community members will have an opportunity to meet each of the finalists in person at Community Meet & Greets on January 16, 17, and 18 from 8:30 to 10:00 amat Battin Hall in the Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Massachusetts Ave

In addition, we invite you to attend the School Committee’s public interview of each candidate on January 16, 17, and 18, at 7:00 pm in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 2nd floor in the Town Office Building, 1625 Massachusetts Ave.

The School Committee will provide an online survey to receive community feedback on the candidates. We expect to meet on January 22, 2018 to select a new Superintendent.

Mom’s Night Out at Pinot’s Palette to benefit Lexington Education Foundation
Jan 18 @ 7pm - 9pm 

Space is limited and seats are filling up! Gather your friends and join us for a night out!  $35 per person.  Thank you for supporting a women owned local business AND 20% from every ticket purchase will be donated to the Lexington Education Foundation!   

BUY Tickets Here: Believe - Thu, Jan 18 7PM at Pinot's Palette - Lexington Center

LHS Girls Hockey - Pink the Rink Hockey Game
Saturday, 1/20-7pm, Hayden

Lexington v Reading
All proceeds from the game will go towards Women’s Cancer Research
Please wear your pink to show your support and help Pink the Rink


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   

Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog - Registration is Open 

A PDF of Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog is now available online and will soon be delivered to all Lexington residents. New classes, perennial favorites and LCE's speaker series continue presenting many new, exciting and engaging topics.  

Please visit LCE's website: www.lexingtoncommunityed.org and click where noted for a PDF of the catalog. 

Questions, or to register by phone using a VISA or MasterCard, please call Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. Pre-registration is required. 

Winter Driver Ed Programs 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin in January and March as well as week-long Intensive Driver Ed class during the February and April vacation weeks.  Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00. 

Please visit the LCE website www.lexingtoncommunityed.org for a PDF of the upcoming class dates. 

The enrollment forms are also available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php  

SAT Prep for the March Exam

Prepare for the SAT Exams by reviewing the critical components of the test.  Classes will meet at Lexington High School. Math is taught by LHS Math teacher, Chris Doucette and Reading/Writing/Essay is taught by retired LHS Englih teacher, Karen Mechem. Each SAT prep class costs $200 for six sessions. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043

SAT Math - Mondays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)

        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 8

SAT Math - Thursdays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Reading - Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Writing and Language + Essay- Wednesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 16

ACT Prep for the April Exam 

Required text: The Real ACT Prep Guide
ISBN-13: 978-1119236412
ISBN-10: 111923641X
     - meets 10 Wednesdays
    - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 17
    - $335
    - $25 materials fee payable to instructor at the first class. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.
SAT Prep for the March Exam 

Prepare for the SAT Exams by reviewing the critical components of the test.  Classes will meet at Lexington High School. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043

SAT Reading - Thursdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
- meets 6 Thursdays
- beginning January 18
- from 6:30-8:30pm
- $200

SAT Writing and Language + Essay- Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
- meets 6 Tuedays
- beginning January 16
- from 3:30-5:30pm
- $200

CT Prep 

In this class we will review all components of the ACT exam. A materials fee of $25 is payable to the instructor at the first class. Required Text: The Real ACT Prep Guide, BN-13: 978-111923641.
- meets 0 Wednesdays t Lexington High Schoo
- beginning January 7
- from :30-:30pm
- $35

To see listings of LCE classes for adults, visit: http://www.lexingtoncommunityed.org/

 


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

______________________________________________________________________________

You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

 

Week of January 5th, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    A Big Thank You to ALL 2017-2018 LHS PTO Members and Donors
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    College Admissions Seminar
    Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
    Navigating Selective College Admissions
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    Senior Class of 2018 T-shirts Sale -- LAST CHANCE! 
    Be A Fine Arts Volunteer! 
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS  
   
January’s League of Women Voters First Friday: Serving our Community - Come Meet CEL & LEF
    The Alexander Children’s Theater School Presents: Seussical the Musical
    5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service Monday, January 15, 2018  

    Lexington Recreation Department Classes

LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   
    Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog - Registration is Open
    Winter Driver Ed Programs
    SAT Prep for the March Exam
    ACT Prep for the April Exam
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 


IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 
 

Monday, January 8: Attendance Verification Distributed

Thursday, January 11: 7:45 am Parent Group Meeting
Thursday, January 11: Professional Day, ½ Day for Students

Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL

LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
 

A Big Thank You to ALL 2017-2018 LHS PTO Members and Donors

Thank you to everyone who supported the PTO as a member or contributor.  A special thank you to members who made additional donations.  We appreciate your very generous support. 
If you haven’t joined the PTO, you can still do it here: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/
 

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS
Thanks -
LHS PTO  

LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis. 

College Admissions Seminar
January 24, 2018   6:30-8:00 pm
Snow date: TBD

Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

This session will provide an overview of college admissions, including:
1. trends in college admissions
2. building the college list
3. the college application process

Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website —mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process. *This link also provides a webinar if you are unable to join us for the presentation. 

Presenter: MEFA Presenter, John Marcus, Former VP of Enrollment
Location: Auditorium

Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
January 30, 2018    5:30-8:00
Snow date: January 31st

Recommended for Students and Parents/Guardians grades 7-12

Meet personally with the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs for high school and middle school students. Programs for every budget and every interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, internships, intensive sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year programs.  The Expo lets you efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, costs, safety, camp and supervision.  For more information visit: www.TeenSummerExpos.com 

Location: Commons II

Navigating Selective College Admissions
February 15, 2018    6:30-8:00
Snow date: TBD

Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective. These are schools that typically admit fewer than 25% of all their applicants. With competition is as keen as it is at these highly selective colleges, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in the admissions process. This presentation will review the nuances of the selective college admissions process including relevant statistics, current trends in college admissions, and recommendations for students who will navigate the terrain of selective college admissions.  

Presenter: John Mahoney, Director of Admission, Boston College
Location: Auditorium

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website  

SENIOR CLASS OF 2018 SHIRTS ORDER FORM - LAST CHANCE!

The SENIOR CLASS is selling long sleeve tee shirts. This will be the only class shirt that we will sell this year. Many seniors thought it made sense to have this posted in case parents or guardians wanted to place an order for their senior. We will receive orders until the end of the week.
Feel free to print out order form (https://goo.gl/PL46k5) and return to me and I will place the order: mqueenin@lexingtonma.org

Best, 
Martha Queenin (Class Advisor)  and the Senior Class Council

Be A Fine Arts Volunteer! 

The LHS Performing Arts Department is looking for parent volunteers in the following roles: 

Program Design and Layout - LHS puts on a large number of concerts each year, and many of them have programs. Information to be included in the program would be provided by the ensemble directors prior to the concerts. Task would involve creating a design for each program and then inputting all of the information for the musical selections as well as the performers.

Website Design/Maintenance - We have a new Performing Arts website, but we are looking for a parent willing to help add additional content and also to assist with keeping it updated.  

Both of these roles can be done from home and at times when it is convenient for you. We know that there is a great deal of talent in the parent community, and we are hoping to find people willing to use theirs to help us out.  If you are interested please contact Dr. Ida Pappas, Performing Arts Coordinator at IPappas@lexingtonma.org 

LHS Sports
 

Home Games/Meets (Jan 5 – Jan 12) 
Friday, January 5
3:30pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School 

5:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School
5:15pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School 

7:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School 

8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ice Hockey vs Reading Memorial School

 

Saturday, January 6
7:20pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Belmont High School

 

Sunday, January 7
12:30pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Andover High School

2:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Andover High School

 

Tuesday, January 9

4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Arlington High School

4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Arlington High School

6:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Arlington High School

 

Wednesday, January 10

6:00pm BOYS Varsity Swimming vs Burlington High School

6:00pm BOYS Varsity Wrestling vs Arlington High School

7:20pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Arlington High School

7:30pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Arlington High School

 

Friday, January 12

5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Woburn High School

7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Woburn High School

8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ice Hockey vs Arlington Catholic High School


**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS  

January’s League of Women Voters First Friday: Serving our Community - Come Meet CEL & LEF

Friday, January 5, 2018, at 9:30AM

 

You’ve seen the acronyms CEL and LEF in emails, in the local papers and on lawn signs, but do you know what they stand for?  Come meet representatives from CEL (Community Endowment of Lexington) and LEF (Lexington Education Foundation) to learn more about their organizations and how they support those in need in our community.  Please join the League of Women Voters Lexington on Friday, January 5, 2018, at 9:30AM when we will present a panel discussion on these organizations and the resources they provide to our community. Participants include Nancy White, co-chair of CEL, and Karen Orf, co-president of LEF.  The meeting will take place in the Cary Memorial Library Large Meeting Room.

 This is the fourth in the series of 2017-2018 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available at 9:15AM, and the presentation will begin at 9:30AM. All League forums are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the League at lwvlexington@gmail.com.  The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States.  The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.

 

The Alexander Children’s Theater School Presents: Seussical the Musical
 

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this show will be performed at Cary Hall January 12 - 14th, 2018.  Shows Friday @ 7:30, Saturday 2 and 7:30 and Sunday @ 2.  Featured in the production are Lexington students Ashley Williams, Arian Hargrove and Keegan Monteiro.  

 

For tickets go to www.ACTS1.org or call 781-899-4467.  For questions, email Stephanie at  idpactsmail@aol.com.  

 

SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2018  

The Town of Lexington will hold its 25th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its 5th Annual MLK Day of Service by shepherding our community to take part in assisting those in need. Our objective is to engage and mobilize people of all ages to participate in events and activities to serve others. United in philanthropy under the auspices of the Town Celebrations Committee, our target this year is to serve 2,000+ people through 400+ volunteers. 

To sign up and volunteer, visit www.lexingtonmlk.org
Got questions? Email us at lexingtoncommunity@gmail.com 

The Lexington Recreation Department is Offering the Following Classes in the New Year

To register go to http://www.lexingtonma.gov/recreation.  

 

TINY TOTS MANNERS FOR BOYS & GIRLS AGES 4-6

This fun, nurturing, hands-on program is taught through the use of creative play utilizing art, games, role-playing and storytelling. A selection of topics include: Making magic with my “magical words”, listening skills, table manners, kindness & sharing, introductions & greetings, arts & crafts, telephone emergency/911 and so much more! This (6) week program includes: All materials, a sit down snack and beverage during each class and the Kensington Grand Finale with a parental invite. 

Fee: Ages: Dates: Time: Location: 

$130 4—6 Thursdays, Jan 11th – Feb 15th 1:00—2:00pm CC Room 232

 

TINY TOTS ’FARM TO TABLE’ FOR BOYS & GIRLS AGES 4-6

Home economics for toddlers and preschoolers has many benefits! Young children who have responsibilities are better at facing the consequences of their actions. This fun, nurturing, hands-on program is taught through the use of engaging activities and creative play utilizing art, games and projects. This program will help teach preschoolers about basic, yet essential life skills. Topics include: Keeping tidy, taking care of themselves and others, gardening & healthy foods, table setting and the making of the fresh Kensington “Farm to Table” salad! This (6) week program includes: All materials, a sit down snack and beverage during each class and the Kensington Grand Finale with a parental invite. 

Fee: Ages: Dates: Time: Location: 

$150 4—6 Thursdays, Mar 8th—Apr 12th 1:00– 2:00pm CC Room 232

 

PLANET EARTH FOR BOYS & GIRLS AGES 4-6

Environmental education based on life experience plays a major role in shaping lifelong attitudes, values and patterns of behavior towards natural environments. Children who are close to nature relate to it as a source of beauty, wonder & awe! This fun and creative hands-on program is taught through the use of engaging activities, storytelling and learning about our planet through art. Projects include: Confetti planet earth, ocean art with contact paper and butterfly wall art. This (6) week program includes: All materials, a sit down snack and beverage during each class and the Kensington Grand Finale with a parental invite. 

Fee: Ages: Dates: Time: Location: 

$160 4—6 Saturdays, Jan 27th—Mar 10th 9:30—10:30am CC Room 237

(No class 2/24

 

ETIQUETTE 101 FOR BOYS & GIRLS AGES 8-11

This fun hands-on program is taught through the use of structured, engaging activities; creative art, humorous, skits role-playing and our popular Kensington “Etiquette Trivia” and “Survivor” games. Topics include: Civility, respecting yourself & others, dining etiquette/table setting, proper introductions & greetings, being a gracious host/hostess, and so much more! This (6) week program includes: All materials, a sit down snack and beverage during each class and the Kensington Grand Finale with a parental invite. All students will participate in the Kensington Anti Bullying Pledge. 

Fee: Ages: Dates: Time: Location: 

$150 8—11 Thursdays, Jan 11th—Feb 15th 4:30—6:00pm CC Room 232

 

HOME ECONOMICS “FARM TO TABLE” FOR BOYS & GIRLS AGES 8-11

This fun, hands-on program addresses the relationship between the student, families, communities and the environment in which they live. Activities will not only teach our children how to best care for themselves, but how to care for others as well. Topics include: Civility, organizational skills, orderly behavior, task responsibility, gardening, food & nutrition, table setting and the making of the fresh Kensington “Farm to Table” salad. This (6) week program includes: All materials, a sit down snack & beverage during each class and the Kensington Grand Finale with parental invite. All students will participate in the Kensington Anti Bullying Pledge. 

Fee: Ages: Dates: Time: Location: 

$150 8—11 Thursdays, Mar 8th—Apr 12th 4:30—6:00pm CC Room 232

(No class 2/24




LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   

Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog - Registration is Open 

A PDF of Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog is now available online and will soon be delivered to all Lexington residents. New classes, perennial favorites and LCE's speaker series continue presenting many new, exciting and engaging topics.  

Please visit LCE's website: www.lexingtoncommunityed.org and click where noted for a PDF of the catalog. 

Questions, or to register by phone using a VISA or MasterCard, please call Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. Pre-registration is required. 

Winter Driver Ed Programs 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin in January and March as well as week-long Intensive Driver Ed class during the February and April vacation weeks.  Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00. 

Please visit the LCE website www.lexingtoncommunityed.org for a PDF of the upcoming class dates. 

The enrollment forms are also available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php  

SAT Prep for the March Exam

Prepare for the SAT Exams by reviewing the critical components of the test.  Classes will meet at Lexington High School. Math is taught by LHS Math teacher, Chris Doucette and Reading/Writing/Essay is taught by retired LHS Englih teacher, Karen Mechem. Each SAT prep class costs $200 for six sessions. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043

SAT Math - Mondays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 8

SAT Math - Thursdays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Reading - Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Writing and Language + Essay- Wednesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 16

ACT Prep for the April Exam 

Required text: The Real ACT Prep Guide
ISBN-13: 978-1119236412
ISBN-10: 111923641X
     - meets 10 Wednesdays
    - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 17
    - $335
    - $25 materials fee payable to instructor at the first class. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

WEEK of December 22nd, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
    Life After LHS – Forum on Returning College Students
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates

    Time to Buy a Yearbook!
    College Admissions Testing: A Roadmap for the SAT, ACT, and Other Tests
    College Admissions Seminar
    Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
    Navigating Selective College Admissions
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    SENIOR CLASS OF 2018 SHIRTS
    Be A Fine Arts Volunteer! 
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS  
    Q&A with Lexington Superintendent and Director of Special Education
    SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service Monday, January 15, 2018  
    Don't Miss Out - Register for Boys & Girls Spring Lacrosse Now! 
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   
    Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog - Registration is Open
    Winter Driver Ed Programs
    SAT Prep for the March Exam
    ACT Prep for the April Exam
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Friday, December 22: Spirit Week – Ugly Sweater
Monday, December 25 - Monday January 1: Winter Break/ No School
Tuesday, January 2: School Resumes


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO  

Life After LHS – Forum on Returning College Students, Their Experiences and Advice to Current LHS Parents and Students
Location: IDLC/ Science Lecture Hall
Date: Wednesday, January 3rd 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

High school is considered a gateway to the future. Come and hear how these college or gap year students have seized new opportunities and learn how LHS prepared them for different paths. Our panel will consist of former LHS students attending different types of colleges, playing sports, joining music groups and taking gap years. This forum is perfect for juniors and seniors, though all are welcome.  We would like to encourage parents and guardians to bring their students to this event.  

Email Forums@lhspto.org for any questions about the event and please bring your questions along for the panelists.


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis. 

Time to Buy a Yearbook! 

Don't be left out. The Yearbook is selling out even faster this year than last year! Indeed, we did have some disappointed people last year. If you have not yet purchased a yearbook and would like to do so, the cost until December 31st is $85.00. On January 1st, the price goes up to $90. So, avoid the price increase and ensure that your student has a yearbook that captures a year in the life of LHS. You can order online at https://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/buy-a-yearbook/ or send a check to Harriet Wallen in the LHS Library made out to Town of Lexington. Any questions, please contact Harriet at hwallen@lexingtonma.org or 781-861-2320, ext. 69151

College Admissions Testing: A Roadmap for the SAT, ACT, and Other Tests
January 4, 2018   6:30-8:00pm
Snow date: January 10th

Recommended for Sophomore Parents/Guardians

In this seminar, we will: 

1. explain the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process
2. discuss the differences between the SAT and ACT to help students and families better understand these tests’ design
3. examine sample problems from the two tests to highlight the differences between them so that students can make a more informed decision when deciding between the SAT and ACT  

With the redesigned SAT and an increasing number of students taking the ACT, families have many questions about the current state of standardized testing.  The goals of this presentation are to take away some of the anxiety that surrounds these tests and to give families information to help guide them through their own unique testing plans:  Which test.  When to take them.  How and when to prepare for them. 

Presenter: Drew Heilpern, PhD, Summit Educational Group, Inc.
Location: Science Lecture Hall/IDLC

College Admissions Seminar
January 24, 2018   6:30-8:00 pm
Snow date: TBD

Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

This session will provide an overview of college admissions, including:
1. trends in college admissions
2. building the college list
3. the college application process

Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website —mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process. *This link also provides a webinar if you are unable to join us for the presentation. 

Presenter: MEFA Presenter, John Marcus, Former VP of Enrollment
Location: Auditorium

Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
January 30, 2018    5:30-8:00
Snow date: January 31st

Recommended for Students and Parents/Guardians grades 7-12

Meet personally with the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs for high school and middle school students. Programs for every budget and every interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, internships, intensive sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year programs.  The Expo lets you efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, costs, safety, camp and supervision.  For more information visit: www.TeenSummerExpos.com 

Location: Commons II

Navigating Selective College Admissions
February 15, 2018    6:30-8:00
Snow date: TBD

Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective. These are schools that typically admit fewer than 25% of all their applicants. With competition is as keen as it is at these highly selective colleges, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in the admissions process. This presentation will review the nuances of the selective college admissions process including relevant statistics, current trends in college admissions, and recommendations for students who will navigate the terrain of selective college admissions.  

Presenter: John Mahoney, Director of Admission, Boston College
Location: Auditorium

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website  

SENIOR CLASS OF 2018 SHIRTS ORDER FORM

The SENIOR CLASS is selling long sleeve tee shirts. This will be the only class shirt that we will sell this year. Many seniors thought it made sense to have this posted in case parents or guardians wanted to place an order for their senior. 
Feel free to print out order form (https://goo.gl/PL46k5) and return to me and I will place the order. 

Best, 
Martha Queenin (Class Advisor)  and the Senior Class Council

Be A Fine Arts Volunteer! 

The LHS Performing Arts Department is looking for parent volunteers in the following roles: 

Program Design and Layout - LHS puts on a large number of concerts each year, and many of them have programs. Information to be included in the program would be provided by the ensemble directors prior to the concerts. Task would involve creating a design for each program and then inputting all of the information for the musical selections as well as the performers.

Website Design/Maintenance - We have a new Performing Arts website, but we are looking for a parent willing to help add additional content and also to assist with keeping it updated.  

Both of these roles can be done from home and at times when it is convenient for you. We know that there is a great deal of talent in the parent community, and we are hoping to find people willing to use theirs to help us out.  If you are interested please contact Dr. Ida Pappas, Performing Arts Coordinator at IPappas@lexingtonma.org 

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Dec 22 - Dec 29) 

Friday, Dec 22
8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ice Hockey vs Winchester High School  

Tuesday, Dec 26
7:00pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Bedford Public Schools (Battle Road Classic) 

Wednesday, Dec 27
11:00am BOYS Junior Varsity Indoor Track (Open Date)
1:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Indoor Track (Open Date) 

Thursday, Dec 28
TBA BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey Battle Road Classic (Open Date) 

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS  

Q&A with Lexington Superintendent, Dr. Czajkowski, and Director of Special Education, Ms. Ellen Sugita

When: Thursday, January 4, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 8.30pm
Where: Lexington Community Center, Room 139, 39 Marrett Road 

Please mark your calendars for this opportunity for you to bring your questions and concerns regarding special education in the Lexington public schools. Recommended for families who have children who are receiving special ed services, as well as families who believe their children may have need of services. Meeting sponsored by Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA. Please register for this session and submit your questions (anonymously)  by December 22nd at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18cd9Jmxddc1tv0rDv6H0wV6walpzeAzZtJea-qYgdN8/viewform?ts=5a29d691&edit_requested=true 

For more information about LexSEPAC/SEPTA, please visit us at https://lexsepta.org/

SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2018  

The Town of Lexington will hold its 25th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its 5th Annual MLK Day of Service by shepherding our community to take part in assisting those in need. Our objective is to engage and mobilize people of all ages to participate in events and activities to serve others. United in philanthropy under the auspices of the Town Celebrations Committee, our target this year is to serve 2,000+ people through 400+ volunteers. 

To sign up and volunteer, visit www.lexingtonmlk.org
Got questions? Email us at lexingtoncommunity@gmail.com 

Don't Miss Out - Register for Boys & Girls Spring Lacrosse Now!

There are 3 things you should know about the sport of LACROSSE: 

1. LACROSSE is known as the “Fastest Sport on Two Feet”
2. LACROSSE is the fastest growing sport in the US
3. Registration for spring LACROSSE is only open for a few more weeks at www.lexingtonlax.org 

Lexington Youth Lacrosse is open to all skill levels, has both a boy’s and girl’s program, and is organized into divisions by age: Grade 1, Grade 2, Under 11 (3rd & 4th) , Under 13 (5th & 6th), and Under 15 (7th & 8th).  

Our program is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse through our integrated and age based programs, which provide a fun, competitive, and instructional environment. 

Lacrosse is complementary to soccer, hockey, and basketball, as it is a continuous-play team sport that reinforces and advances common offensive and defensive concepts.  

Too often we hear parents say they don’t know the sport so they never introduced it to their children. You don’t have to know the sport – that’s what Lexington Youth Lacrosse is here for! 

DON’T MISS OUT - REGISTER FOR SPRING LACROSSE NOW!


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   

Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog - Registration is Open 

A PDF of Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog is now available online and will soon be delivered to all Lexington residents. New classes, perennial favorites and LCE's speaker series continue presenting many new, exciting and engaging topics.  

Please visit LCE's website: www.lexingtoncommunityed.org and click where noted for a PDF of the catalog. 

Questions, or to register by phone using a VISA or MasterCard, please call Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. Pre-registration is required. 

Winter Driver Ed Programs 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin in January and March as well as week-long Intensive Driver Ed class during the February and April vacation weeks.  Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00. 

Please visit the LCE website www.lexingtoncommunityed.org for a PDF of the upcoming class dates. 

The enrollment forms are also available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php  

SAT Prep for the March Exam

Prepare for the SAT Exams by reviewing the critical components of the test.  Classes will meet at Lexington High School. Math is taught by LHS Math teacher, Chris Doucette and Reading/Writing/Essay is taught by retired LHS Englih teacher, Karen Mechem. Each SAT prep class costs $200 for six sessions. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043

SAT Math - Mondays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 8

SAT Math - Thursdays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Reading - Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Writing and Language + Essay- Wednesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 16

ACT Prep for the April Exam 

Required text: The Real ACT Prep Guide
ISBN-13: 978-1119236412
ISBN-10: 111923641X
     - meets 10 Wednesdays
    - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 17
    - $335
    - $25 materials fee payable to instructor at the first class. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

______________________________________________________________________________

You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

Week of December 15th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
    Life After LHS – Forum on Returning College Students
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    Senior Class Tee Shirts

    Be A Fine Arts Volunteer!
    LHS Performing Arts  
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    Love Your teacher? Let them know with a LEF STAR award! 

    Active Bystander Training on December 17
    Q&A with Lexington Superintendent & Director of Special Education
    SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service Monday, January 15, 2018  
    Don't Miss Out - Register for Boys & Girls Spring Lacrosse Now! 
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   
    Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog - Registration is Open
    Winter Driver Ed Programs
    SAT Prep for the March Exam
    ACT Prep for the April Exam
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Friday, December 15: Nat'l. Honor Soc. Talent Show
Monday, December 18: School Council Meeting, 6:15pm
Monday, December 18: Spirit Week – PJ Day
Tuesday, December 19: Spirit Week – LHS Gear Day
Wednesday. December 20: Spirit Week – Twin Day
Thursday, December 21: Spirit Week – Mismatch Day
Friday, December 22: Spirit Week – Ugly Sweater
Monday December 25 - Monday January 1: Winter Break/ No School


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer:https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO  

Life After LHS – Forum on Returning College Students, Their Experiences and Advice to Current LHS Parents and Students
Location: IDLC/ Science Lecture Hall
Date: Wednesday, January 3rd 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

High school is considered a gateway to the future. Come and hear how these college or gap year students have seized new opportunities and learn how LHS prepared them for different paths. Our panel will consist of former LHS students attending different types of colleges, playing sports, joining music groups and taking gap years. This forum is perfect for juniors and seniors, though all are welcome.  We would like to encourage parents and guardians to bring their students to this event.  

Email Forums@lhspto.org for any questions about the event and please bring your questions along for the panelists.


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar,http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis.

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website  

SENIOR CLASS OF 2018 SHIRTS ORDER FORM

The SENIOR CLASS is selling long sleeve tee shirts. This will be the only class shirt that we will sell this year. Many seniors thought it made sense to have this posted in case parents or guardians wanted to place an order for their senior. 
Feel free to print out order form (https://goo.gl/PL46k5) and return to me and I will place the order. 

Best, 
Martha Queenin (Class Advisor)  and the Senior Class Council

Be A Fine Arts Volunteer! 

The LHS Performing Arts Department is looking for parent volunteers in the following roles: 

Program Design and Layout - LHS puts on a large number of concerts each year, and many of them have programs. Information to be included in the program would be provided by the ensemble directors prior to the concerts. Task would involve creating a design for each program and then inputting all of the information for the musical selections as well as the performers.

Website Design/Maintenance - We have a new Performing Arts website, but we are looking for a parent willing to help add additional content and also to assist with keeping it updated.  

Both of these roles can be done from home and at times when it is convenient for you. We know that there is a great deal of talent in the parent community, and we are hoping to find people willing to use theirs to help us out.  If you are interested please contact Dr. Ida Pappas, Performing Arts Coordinator at IPappas@lexingtonma.org 

LHS Performing Arts  

Chamber Orchestra Holiday Concert
Friday, December 15, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Lexington High School Auditorium
Tickets: $5 per family and one nonperishable food item

This family-friendly concert is intended for audiences of all ages and will feature many holiday favorites as well as a special visit from the LHS Madrigal singers and more! We'll be raising money for the Chamber Orchestra and collecting food for the Lexington Food Pantry as well as spreading holiday cheer and general merriment. 

Seasonal Chorus Concert
Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lexington High School Auditorium
Free to the public

The performance will feature the debut of the combined men’s and women’s chorale.  A highlight of the evening will be Franz Joseph Haydn’s Te Deum. We will close the concert as per tradition with Händel's "Hallelujah" Chorus, accompanied by the Seasonal Chamber Orchestra, and with community members and alumni from the audience invited to the stage to sing along. This free concert promises to be an evening of festive and reflective music.

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Dec 15 - Dec 22) 

Friday, Dec 15
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Melrose High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Melrose High School

Monday, Dec 18
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Swimming vs Andover High School

Tuesday, Dec 19
4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Stoneham High School
4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Stoneham High School
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Stoneham High School

Wednesday, Dec 20
4:05pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Stoneham High School
7:30pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Stoneham High School

Thursday, Dec 21
4:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Wakefield Memorial High School
6:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Wakefield Memorial High School

Friday, Dec 22
8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ice Hockey vs Winchester High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to:http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS  

Love Your teacher? Let them know with a LEF STAR award! 

The LEF STAR (Staff/Teacher Appreciation and Recognition) Award is a unique way to recognize someone special at LHS. Let them know you appreciate what they do, while contributing to LEF’s teacher-initiated grants at all Lexington schools. 

Order by December 19th and your STAR will be delivered before school vacation, to the teacher or staff member you choose (donation of $30 or more).

Please go to lexedfoundation.org/star or look for the STAR form in the mail. Thank you  

Active Bystander Training on December 17
December 17, 2017
1:30-3:30pm
Cary Memorial Library

Active Bystander Training helps us learn when and how to intervene when we witness harm-doing. This training is appropriate for adults, high schoolers, and motivated middle schoolers

Training is FREE, but please register at https://www.libraryinsight.com/eventdetails.asp?jx=gxp&lmx=%CFbg%27%A9%AAv&v=3

Cosponsored by Lexington Pride Coalition and Cary Memorial Library. 

Q&A with Lexington Superintendent, Dr. Czajkowski, and Director of Special Education, Ms. Ellen Sugita

When: Thursday, January 4, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 8.30pm
Where: Lexington Community Center, Room 139, 39 Marrett Road

Please mark your calendars for this opportunity for you to bring your questions and concerns regarding special education in the Lexington public schools. Recommended for families who have children who are receiving special ed services, as well as families who believe their children may have need of services. Meeting sponsored by Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA. Please register for this session and submit your questions (anonymously)  by December 22nd at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18cd9Jmxddc1tv0rDv6H0wV6walpzeAzZtJea-qYgdN8/viewform?ts=5a29d691&edit_requested=true 

For more information about LexSEPAC/SEPTA, please visit us at https://lexsepta.org/

SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2018  

The Town of Lexington will hold its 25th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its 5th Annual MLK Day of Service by shepherding our community to take part in assisting those in need. Our objective is to engage and mobilize people of all ages to participate in events and activities to serve others. United in philanthropy under the auspices of the Town Celebrations Committee, our target this year is to serve 2,000+ people through 400+ volunteers. 

To sign up and volunteer, visit www.lexingtonmlk.org
Got questions? Email us at lexingtoncommunity@gmail.com 

Don't Miss Out - Register for Boys & Girls Spring Lacrosse Now!

There are 3 things you should know about the sport of LACROSSE: 

1. LACROSSE is known as the “Fastest Sport on Two Feet”
2. LACROSSE is the fastest growing sport in the US
3. Registration for spring LACROSSE is only open for a few more weeks at www.lexingtonlax.org 

Lexington Youth Lacrosse is open to all skill levels, has both a boy’s and girl’s program, and is organized into divisions by age: Grade 1, Grade 2, Under 11 (3rd & 4th) , Under 13 (5th & 6th), and Under 15 (7th & 8th).  

Our program is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse through our integrated and age based programs, which provide a fun, competitive, and instructional environment. 

Lacrosse is complementary to soccer, hockey, and basketball, as it is a continuous-play team sport that reinforces and advances common offensive and defensive concepts.  

Too often we hear parents say they don’t know the sport so they never introduced it to their children. You don’t have to know the sport – that’s what Lexington Youth Lacrosse is here for! 

DON’T MISS OUT - REGISTER FOR SPRING LACROSSE NOW!


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   

Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog - Registration is Open 

A PDF of Lexington Community Education's Winter 2018 Catalog is now available online and will soon be delivered to all Lexington residents. New classes, perennial favorites and LCE's speaker series continue presenting many new, exciting and engaging topics.  

Please visit LCE's website: www.lexingtoncommunityed.org and click where noted for a PDF of the catalog. 

Questions, or to register by phone using a VISA or MasterCard, please call Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. Pre-registration is required. 

Winter Driver Ed Programs 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin in January and March as well as week-long Intensive Driver Ed class during the February and April vacation weeks.  Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00. 

Please visit the LCE website www.lexingtoncommunityed.org for a PDF of the upcoming class dates.

The enrollment forms are also available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php  

SAT Prep for the March Exam

Prepare for the SAT Exams by reviewing the critical components of the test.  Classes will meet at Lexington High School. Math is taught by LHS Math teacher, Chris Doucette and Reading/Writing/Essay is taught by retired LHS English teacher, Karen Mechem. Each SAT prep class costs $200 for six sessions. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

SAT Math - Mondays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 8

SAT Math - Thursdays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Reading - Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Writing and Language + Essay- Wednesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 16

ACT Prep for the April Exam 

Required text: The Real ACT Prep Guide
ISBN-13: 978-1119236412
ISBN-10: 111923641X
     - meets 10 Wednesdays
    - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 17
    - $335
    - $25 materials fee payable to instructor at the first class. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

______________________________________________________________________________

You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

 

 

Week of December 8th, 2017

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
    Life After LHS – Forum on Returning College Students
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    LHS Performing Arts
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    Cary Lecture Series: “Coming to America, Then and Now”
    Active Bystander Training
    Save the Date! 5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service
    Don't Miss Out - Register for Boys & Girls Spring Lacrosse Now
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
    Winter Driver Ed Programs
    SAT Prep for the March Exam
    ACT Prep for the April Exam
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Saturday, December 9: ACT Test
Monday, December 11: Attendance Verification Distributed
Monday, December 11: Gradebooks Public on Portal
Wednesday, December 13: Seasonal Concert II
Friday, December 15: Nat'l. Honor Soc. Talent Show
Monday, December 18: School Council Meeting, 6:15pm


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer:https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO  

Life After LHS – Forum on Returning College Students, Their Experiences and Advice to Current LHS Parents and Students
Location: IDLC/ Science Lecture Hall
Date: Wednesday, January 3rd 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

High school is considered a gateway to the future. Come and hear how these college or gap year students have seized new opportunities and learn how LHS prepared them for different paths. Our panel will consist of former LHS students attending different types of colleges, playing sports, joining music groups and taking gap years. This forum is perfect for juniors and seniors, though all are welcome.  We would like to encourage parents and guardians to bring their students to this event.  

Email Forums@lhspto.org for any questions about the event and please bring your questions along for the panelists.


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis.

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website

LHS Performing Arts  

Seasonal Band and Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lexington High School Auditorium
Free to the public

The Lexington High School Symphonic Band, Repertoire Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra will present an evening of great music to celebrate the holiday season.  A few highlights will be a New Orleans spin on “Jolly Ole St. Nick”, and Jennifer Higdon’s “Rhythm Stand”, a unique work that pays tribute to the rhythmic sounds in the world around us.  

Chamber Orchestra Holiday Concert
Friday, December 15, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Lexington High School Auditorium
Tickets: $5 per family and one nonperishable food item

This family-friendly concert is intended for audiences of all ages and will feature many holiday favorites as well as a special visit from the LHS Madrigal singers and more! We'll be raising money for the Chamber Orchestra and collecting food for the Lexington Food Pantry as well as spreading holiday cheer and general merriment. 

Seasonal Chorus Concert
Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lexington High School Auditorium
Free to the public

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Dec 8 - Dec 15) 

Saturday, Dec 9
7:20pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Wayland High School

Wednesday, Dec 13
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Swimming vs Melrose High School
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Wrestling vs Winchester High School

Friday, Dec 15
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Melrose High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Melrose High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

CARY LECTURE SERIES: “Coming to America, Then and Now”
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017    8:00 – 9:30pm
Free and open to the public. A great opportunity for high school students to learn more about immigrant stories!


America has always been a nation of immigrants, but how has the immigrant experience changed over the past fifty years? How can we as a community engage in honest and effective dialogue about the enrichment and estrangement inherent in living in a town with such a breadth of cultural backgrounds? Our panelists of Chinese, German, Indian, Iranian, Japanese, Korean, and Russian heritage will speak to their experience of assimilation, with the goal of showing the many commonalities across all cultures, and how we can learn from one another’s challenges and successes. Author Marjan Kamali (Lexington resident) will moderate the panel featuring area residents Sunny Chandra, Tatyana Finkelstein, Larry Ho, Susie Lee-Snell, Heidi Singh, and Margie Yamamoto. 

Active Bystander Training on December 17
1:30-3:30pm
Cary Memorial Library

Active Bystander Training helps us learn when and how to intervene when we witness harm-doing. This training is appropriate for adults, high schoolers, and motivated middle schoolers.

Training is FREE, but please register at https://www.libraryinsight.com/eventdetails.asp?jx=gxp&lmx=%CFbg%27%A9%AAv&v=3.

Cosponsored by Lexington Pride Coalition and Cary Memorial Library

SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2018  

The Town of Lexington will hold its 25th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its 5th Annual MLK Day of Service by shepherding our community to take part in assisting those in need. Our objective is to engage and mobilize people of all ages to participate in events and activities to serve others. United in philanthropy under the auspices of the Town Celebrations Committee, our target this year is to serve 2,000+ people through 400+ volunteers. 

To sign up and volunteer, visit www.lexingtonmlk.org
Got questions? Email us at lexingtoncommunity@gmail.com 

Don't Miss Out - Register for Boys & Girls Spring Lacrosse Now! 

There are 3 things you should know about the sport of LACROSSE: 

1. LACROSSE is known as the “Fastest Sport on Two Feet”
2. LACROSSE is the fastest growing sport in the US
3. Registration for spring LACROSSE is only open for a few more weeks at www.lexingtonlax.org 

Lexington Youth Lacrosse is open to all skill levels, has both a boy’s and girl’s program, and is organized into divisions by age: Grade 1, Grade 2, Under 11 (3rd & 4th) , Under 13 (5th & 6th), and Under 15 (7th & 8th).  

Our program is dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse through our integrated and age based programs, which provide a fun, competitive, and instructional environment. 

Lacrosse is complementary to soccer, hockey, and basketball, as it is a continuous-play team sport that reinforces and advances common offensive and defensive concepts.  

Too often we hear parents say they don’t know the sport so they never introduced it to their children. You don’t have to know the sport – that’s what Lexington Youth Lacrosse is here for! 

DON’T MISS OUT - REGISTER FOR SPRING LACROSSE NOW!


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION  

Winter Driver Ed Programs 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin in January and March as well as week-long Intensive Driver Ed class during the February and April vacation weeks.  Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00. 

Please visit the LCE website www.lexingtoncommunityed.org for a PDF of the upcoming class dates. 

The enrollment forms are also available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php  

SAT Prep for the March Exam

Prepare for the SAT Exams by reviewing the critical components of the test.  Classes will meet at Lexington High School. Math is taught by LHS Math teacher, Chris Doucette and Reading/Writing/Essay is taught by retired LHS English teacher, Karen Mechem. Each SAT prep class costs $200 for six sessions. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

SAT Math - Mondays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 8

SAT Math - Thursdays - Required text: Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Reading - Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 11

SAT Writing and Language + Essay- Wednesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board, 2018 Edition
        - 3:30-5:30pm, beginning January 16

ACT Prep for the April Exam 

Required text: The Real ACT Prep Guide
ISBN-13: 978-1119236412
ISBN-10: 111923641X
     - meets 10 Wednesdays
    - 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 17
    - $335
    - $25 materials fee payable to instructor at the first class. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

Week of December 1st, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
    LHS PTO Directories
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    LHS Performing Arts
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    Debt Exclusion Vote on December 4 - Public Forum
    LABBB BEST BUDDIES CRAFT FAIR
    YES! For Lexington

    Thank Someone Special at School with the LEF STAR Award!
    Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals
    Lexington Ski Club
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
    Winter Driver Ed Programs
    The Craving Mind: Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Saturday, December 2: SAT Exams, 7:30am
Thursday, December 7: Parent Group, 7:45 – 8:45am
Monday, December 11: Attendance Verification Distributed
Monday, December 11: Gradebooks Public on Portal


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO  

LHS PTO Directories 

Our printed directories were mailed out to all the families who paid for them in early November. If you have not received your copy as yet, please emailDirectory@lhspto.org or Membership@lhspto.org.
Thank you!
LHS PTO 


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis.

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website

LHS Performing Arts  

LHS Improv Show
Date and Time: Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Place: LHS 

LHS Fall A Capella Jamboree
Date and Time: Saturday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
LHS Auditorium
Tickets at the door - $10 adults, $5 students

LHS Sports  

Home Games/Meets (Dec 1- Dec 8)
Friday, Dec 1
3:30pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Waltham Sr High School (Scrimmage)
3:30pm: GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Waltham Sr High School (Scrimmage)    

Wednesday, Dec 6
3:30pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Newton North High School (Scrimmage)
3:30pm: GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Newton North High School (Scrimmage) 

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Debt Exclusion Vote on December 4 - Lexington League of Women Voters Public Forum

On Monday, December 4th, 2017, Lexington residents will be asked to approve a debt exclusion vote regarding three proposed projects. 

On Friday, December 1, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Lexington will host Selectman Joe Pato and School Committee Member Kathleen Lenihan presenting descriptions of needed projects, and Chair of the NO campaign, Patrick Mehr, presenting reasons to reject this tax increase and to find alternative ways to fund the projects. 

There will be time for questions, comments from the public. Coffee will be available at 9:15AM.  Presentation will begin at 9:30AM

The meeting will take place at Cary Memorial Library Large Meeting Room

For more information, contact the League at lwvlexington@gmail.com

This is the third in the series of 2017-2018 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. All League forums are free and open to the public. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States. The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. 

LABBB BEST BUDDIES CRAFT FAIR 
Saturday, December 2, 9am to 3pm
Lexington High School Cafeteria, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington 

Join us in supporting LABBB students and getting in the holiday spirit! Find unique handmade gifts from a variety of vendors. See friends. Enjoy food and listen to music. Proceeds benefit the LABBB Best Buddies Organization. 

* Free parking  *No entrance fee  *Pizza & BBQ available for lunch purchase  *Coffee and donuts available for breakfast purchase  *Please consider bringing a coat to donate to the Lexington Lions Club

The LABBB Collaborative helps students with special needs reach their full potential through high quality programs that integrate academic, social, recreational and vocational services and enable participation in the least restrictive environment. 

YES! For Lexington 
www.yes4lex.org 

On MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, Lexington voters will be asked to approve funding for the construction of a new
Maria Hastings Elementary School, a new Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K), and a new Fire Station Headquarters. These buildings are all vital to our community's future. 

To get to yes, we still need volunteers for phone banking this week (especially on Wednesday - our last scheduled night). Phone banking is very easy and we provide the script. We will meet at Barrett Sotheby's, 1688 Mass. Ave., at 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. 

Sign up here to help make calls to fellow neighbors to inform/remind them to vote YES.

We also need volunteers to hold signs on the day of the vote (December 4). We have slots for sign holding at schools and polling locations. 

Sign up here to hold a sign on Monday, Dec. 4.    

Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals  

When: Thursday, 12/07/2017, Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Where: Lexington Community Center, room 237

This workshop provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures. Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Please RSVP by visiting: https://lexsepta.org/events/basic-rights-workshop-presented-by-fcsn/ so we can ensure we have handouts & materials for all attendees. 

Thank Someone Special at School with the LEF STAR Award! 

Is there someone in your child’s life who goes above and beyond what’s expected? Someone who always has an encouraging word, or a friendly smile? Someone who inspires a love of learning? 

This holiday season, show your appreciation for this special person with a Lexington Education Foundation STAR (Staff and Teacher Appreciation and Recognition) Award! 

For a minimum donation of $30, a beautiful LEF STAR Award certificate will be delivered to any teacher, school staff member, or volunteer, with your personal message. At the same time, by purchasing a STAR, you are supporting Lexington Education Foundation, and ultimately enhancing your child’s school experience. 

Place your order at LexEdFoundation.org/STAR by Dec 19 for delivery before school break. And thank you for showing your support! 

Lexington Ski Club

For almost fifty years the Lexington Ski Club has catered to avid snow sport families. Members enjoy comfortable accommodations at our lodge located in the White Mountains, prepared hot meals during ski season, and after ski activities such as board games and ping pong.  If your family likes to ski or snowboard and appreciates cooperative living, the Lexington Ski Club might be for you.  Currently, we are accepting applications for new members.  For additional information, please contact Joe Scholl at jpscholl4@gmail.com or ‪781-891-1832‬‬ or visit our website www.lexski.org.


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION  

Winter Driver Ed Programs 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin in January and March as well as week-long Intensive Driver Ed class during the February and April vacation weeks.  Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00. 

Please visit the LCE website www.lexingtoncommunityed.org for a PDF of the upcoming class dates. 

The enrollment forms are also available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php 

The Craving Mind: Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits with Judson Brewer 

We are all vulnerable to addiction. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other behaviors, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them. Dr. Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life. 

Judson Brewer MD PhD is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He is also adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, such as overcoming stress and emotional eating (www.goeatrightnow.com) and quitting smoking (www.cravingtoquit.com). 

The event will be held on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square. The cost is $10.00. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

______________________________________________________________________________

You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

Week of November 22nd,2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
    LHS PTO Directories
    PTO Forum: Success at LHS – The Role of the Counseling Department
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    Parent/Teacher Conferences – November 27, 2017
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    LHS Performing Arts
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    10th Annual LHS Cross Country Post-Thanksgiving 5K Race
    Brian’s Battle 5K Walk/Run

    Debt Exclusion Vote - Lexington League of Women Voters Public Forum
    LABBB BEST BUDDIES CRAFT FAIR
    YES! For Lexington
    Lexington Ski Club
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Wednesday, November 22: ½ Day Students
Thursday, November 23: Schools Closed/Offices Closed - Holiday
Friday, November 24: Schools Closed/Offices Closed – Holiday
Monday, November 27: LHS Parent Conferences  – No School
                                        Winter Athletic Season Starts
Saturday, December 2: SAT Exams, 7:30am


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer:https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO  

LHS PTO Directories 

Our printed directories were mailed out to all the families who paid for them in early November. If you have not received your copy as yet, please email Directory@lhspto.org or Membership@lhspto.org.
Thank you!
LHS PTO 

PTO Forum: Success at LHS – The Role of the Counseling Department in the Social and Emotional Well-Being of Our Students  
 ** Meet our New Assistant Director of Counseling
When: November 29th, 6:30-8‬:00 pm
Where: LHS, Science Lecture Hall

Is your student shy?  Perhaps they are not so comfortable asking for help?  Are they facing social issues or struggling with other aspects of student life?  Lexington High School continues to make emotional well-being of students a priority. With high level visioning, planning and interactions with students, the counseling department works daily to support and empower students. The goal is a successful journey for students at LHS. This important session will feature our new Asst. Director of Counseling, Stacy Glickman.  She will outline the work of the Counseling Department, go through grade level social and emotional targets and highlight how students learn to advocate for themselves in all types of situations. Please join us ‪on November 29th from 6:30-8‬:00 pm in the Independent Learning Center in the science building (formerly called Science Lecture Hall).‬

This is the first of our annual forums offered to the LHS parent and guardian community. We will be including many topics parents have asked for in our recent PTO Forum survey.  Please be on the lookout for future sessions on relevant topics.


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis

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. 

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

For more information, click herehttps://www.lhspto.org/news/2017/11/parentteacher-conferences-november-27-2017

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website

LHS Performing Arts  

LHS Improv Show
Date and Time: Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Place: LHS 

LHS Fall A Capella Jamboree
Date and Time: Saturday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.

LHS Sports

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

10th Annual LHS Cross Country Post-Thanksgiving 5K Race 

When:  Friday, November 24, 2017 at 9 am.
Where: Lincoln Field (100 Lincoln St, Lexington).
Course:  LHS XC Team’s storied 5K home course.
Why:  LHS Cross Country Team invites XC/Track alumni, friends and the local running community to come together to compete, relive the glory days, and burn off Turkey Day calories.
Proceeds benefit LHS Cross Country Team.  Post-Race Raffles and Prizes!  
Register online at:  10thlhsxcpostthanksgivingrace.itsyourrace.com/register.   Or register on race day beginning at 8 am. Registration is $20. 

Brian’s Battle 5K Walk/Run 

Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:30am - arrive early at St. Brigid’s Parish to register. $35 cash / check.
Brian's Battle 5K Run/Walk will be held, rain or shine, to benefit the educational scholarship fund in memory of Brian Adley.  The 5K will begin (and end) in the back parking lot of St. Brigid’s Parish at 2001 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. 

Debt Exclusion Vote on December 4 - Lexington League of Women Voters Public Forum

On Monday, December 4th, 2017, Lexington residents will be asked to approve a debt exclusion vote regarding three proposed projects. 

On Friday, December 1, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Lexington will host Selectman Joe Pato and School Committee Member Kathleen Lenihan presenting descriptions of needed projects, and Chair of the NO campaign, Patrick Mehr, presenting reasons to reject this tax increase and to find alternative ways to fund the projects. 

There will be time for questions, comments from the public. Coffee will be available at 9:15AM.  Presentation will begin at 9:30AM

The meeting will take place at Cary Memorial Library Large Meeting Room

For more information, contact the League at lwvlexington@gmail.com

This is the third in the series of 2017-2018 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. All League forums are free and open to the public. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States. The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. 

LABBB BEST BUDDIES CRAFT FAIR 
Saturday, December 2, 9am to 3pm
Lexington High School Cafeteria, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington

Join us in supporting LABBB students and getting in the holiday spirit! Find unique handmade gifts from a variety of vendors. See friends. Enjoy food and listen to music. Proceeds benefit the LABBB Best Buddies Organization. 

* Free parking  *No entrance fee  *Pizza & BBQ available for lunch purchase  *Coffee and donuts available for breakfast purchase  *Please consider bringing a coat to donate to the Lexington Lions Club

The LABBB Collaborative helps students with special needs reach their full potential through high quality programs that integrate academic, social, recreational and vocational services and enable participation in the least restrictive environment. 

YES! For Lexington 
www.yes4lex.org 

This December, Lexington voters will be asked to approve funding for the construction of three capital projects:
Maria Hastings Elementary School - Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K) - Fire Station Headquarters  

These vital 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 YES! Campaign needs your help to: • Raise awareness about the December vote • Educate our community about these projects • Encourage Lexington to vote YES! in December. 

The LHS PTO endorses the campaign and will be making a donation to the Yes! For Lexington campaign.  

Lexington Ski Club

For almost fifty years the Lexington Ski Club has catered to avid snow sport families. Members enjoy comfortable accommodations at our lodge located in the White Mountains, prepared hot meals during ski season, and after ski activities such as board games and ping pong.  If your family likes to ski or snowboard and appreciates cooperative living, the Lexington Ski Club might be for you.  Currently, we are accepting applications for new members.  For additional information, please contact Joe Scholl at jpscholl4@gmail.com or ‪781-891-1832‬‬ or visit our website www.lexski.org.


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS

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You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

 

Week of November 17th,2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
    PTO Forum: Success at LHS – The Role of the Counseling Department
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    Parent/Teacher Conferences – November 27, 2017
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    LHS Performing Arts
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    Transgender Day of Remembrance- Lexington
    Strings N Beats
    YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Monday, November 20: Report Cards Open in Portal
Wednesday, November 22: ½ Day Students
Thursday, November 23: Schools Closed/Offices Closed - Holiday
Friday, November 24: Schools Closed/Offices Closed – Holiday
Monday, November 27: LHS Parent Conferences  – No School
                                        Winter Athletic Season Starts


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer:https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO  

PTO Forum: Success at LHS – The Role of the Counseling Department in the Social and Emotional Well-Being of Our Students  
 ** Meet our New Assistant Director of Counseling
When: November 29th, 6:30-8‬:00 pm
Where: LHS, Science Lecture Hall

Is your student shy?  Perhaps they are not so comfortable asking for help?  Are they facing social issues or struggling with other aspects of student life?  Lexington High School continues to make emotional well-being of students a priority. With high level visioning, planning and interactions with students, the counseling department works daily to support and empower students. The goal is a successful journey for students at LHS. This important session will feature our new Asst. Director of Counseling, Stacy Glickman.  She will outline the work of the Counseling Department, go through grade level social and emotional targets and highlight how students learn to advocate for themselves in all types of situations. Please join us ‪on November 29th from 6:30-8‬:00 pm in the Independent Learning Center in the science building (formerly called Science Lecture Hall).‬

This is the first of our annual forums offered to the LHS parent and guardian community. We will be including many topics parents have asked for in our recent PTO Forum survey.  Please be on the lookout for future sessions on relevant topics.


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis”  

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.  

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/). 

For more information, click herehttps://www.lhspto.org/news/2017/11/parentteacher-conferences-november-27-2017

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website

LHS Performing Arts  

LHS Play: Almost, Maine
Date: Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School Auditorium, 251 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421
Tickets: $10 adults/ $5 students and senior citizens

Set in extreme northern Maine, during the aurora borealis, Almost, Maine tells the stories of the colorful characters who dwell in the small town of Almost. At times funny, at times surprising, magical and heartfelt, Almost, Maine warms even the coldest of winter nights with its tales of hope and love. 

LHS Sports

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Transgender Day of Remembrance- Lexington

Please join us to remember and honor lives lost to anti-transgender violence in 2017.
What: Transgender Day of Remembrance – Lexington
When: November 19, 3:00-3:30pm, rain or shine
Where: Emery Park (Depot Square)
Why: Transgender people are subjected to very high rates of harassment and violence – so much so that their average lifespan is just 22-35 years, depending on gender, race, and geographic location.

This event will include brief introductory remarks, an opportunity to express caring, and a reading of names.

Strings N Beats
Sunday, Nov 19th
Cary Memorial Hall
FREE to all the students of the Lexington Public School as long as they are accompanied by a paying parent  

"Strings N Beats", a performance in Indian Classical Music, is a unique dialogue between dance and music. Sparkling duets and interplay between dance and melody; soothing instrumental classical music (Sitar), exhilarating complex rhythmic patterns (Tabla) and impactful storytelling through body language (Kathak dance) are some of the highlights of Strings n Beats.  

Multiple Lexington organisations (Lexington Community Education, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington Symphony and Indian Americans of Lexington - IAL) are collaborating with Shadaj, ( www.shadaj.org), a Lexington-based non-profit organization dedicated to Indian Classical Music. One of the foremost objectives of Shadaj is to bring about cultural integration through music.   

On Nov 18th there is a FREE music appreciation session at the Cary Library where people get to interact with the artists and learn about their art form. In the music appreciation session, Dr George Ruckert will engage the artists in a conversation about their art form before taking questions from the audience.   

For tickets and additional information, please visit www.shadaj.org  

YES! For Lexington

Vote YES! on December 4.  For more info go to http://yes4lex.org 

Please learn, first-hand, why your YES vote is needed on Dec. 4. Attend an upcoming informational event to better understand why these projects and debt excluded funding are necessary. Click herefor a full list of scheduled Yes! campaign events

Weekend Informational/Outreach Events

Hosted Coffees (To RSVP and get location, please go to the events page on the website: http://yes4lex.org/events.html
Thursday, November 16, 7:30pm; home of Taylor Singh
Friday, November 17, 9:30am; home of Olivia Kelley
Saturday, November 18, 3:00pm; Brookhaven Club Room, hosted by Alice Pierce and David Kaufman
Sunday, November 19, 1:30pm; home of Debbie Strod

Forum - Hosted by CAAL (Chinese American Association of Lexington)
Saturday, November 18, 2:00pm; Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd (NOTE: Representatives from both the Yes and No positions for the debt exclusion vote will be presenting.) 

10th Annual LHS Cross Country Post-Thanksgiving 5K Race

When:  Friday, November 24, 2017 at 9 am.
Where: Lincoln Field (100 Lincoln St, Lexington).
Course:  LHS XC Team’s storied 5K home course.
Why:  LHS Cross Country Team invites XC/Track alumni, friends and the local running community to come together to compete, relive the glory days, and burn off Turkey Day calories. 
Proceeds benefit LHS Cross Country Team.  Post-Race Raffles and Prizes!  
Register online at:  10thlhsxcpostthanksgivingrace.itsyourrace.com/register.    Or register on race day beginning at 8 am. Registration is $20. 

Brian’s Battle 5K Walk/Run 

Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:30am - arrive early at St. Brigid’s Parish to register. $35 cash / check.
Brian's Battle 5K Run/Walk will be held, rain or shine, to benefit the educational scholarship fund in memory of Brian Adley.  The 5K will begin (and end) in the back parking lot of St. Brigid’s Parish at 2001 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC  

The Lexington Youth Wrestling program aims to introduce young students to the sport of wrestling. This program has the support of the Lexington High School wrestling team and high school athletes will help out during the practices. Unlike many other sports, being a successful wrestler does not depend upon size or body type. Successful wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes and from diverse backgrounds. Wrestling also teaches discipline, mental toughness, and sportsmanship: character traits that will serve well outside the ring for a lifetime. Participants will need to provide their own headgear and wrestling shoes. In addition to the program taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings, opportunities to wrestle against surrounding communities on Saturdays are also available.  Ages: K - 4 ($50) and 5 - 8 ($100 ). Starts Monday, November 27 through February 12. 5:30 - 7:00 PM Monday & Wednesday (K -4 Monday's only). LHS Field House. No classes over holiday break.  Register at: https://www.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1 

Questions: Contact jon_quint@hotmail.com

______________________________________________________________________________

You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

 

Week of November 9th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
    PTO Forum: Success at LHS – The Role of the Counseling Department
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    Parent/Teacher Conferences – November 27, 2017
    New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Survey
    Lexington High School Blue and Gold Tip Off Basketball Clinic
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    LHS Performing Arts
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    BEE a Fan at Lexington Education Foundation’s Trivia Bee
    REFUGEE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - Yearning to Breathe Free
    Lexington Unites for Puerto Rico! 
    Lexington Center’s Annual Artwalk 2017
    Strings N Beats
    YES! For Lexington
    YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
    Veterans Day Weekend Intensive College Essay Writing Workshop
    Advice from the Lights - A Reading with Steph Burt



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Friday, November 10: 1st Quarter Closes
Friday, November 10: Veterans Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL
Monday, November 13: Lexington Learns Together Professional Day, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, November 14: Attendance Appeals Deadline
Wednesday, November 15 - 20: Online Sign Ups for Parent/Teacher Conferences


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer:https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO  

PTO Forum: Success at LHS – The Role of the Counseling Department in the Social and Emotional Well-Being of Our Students  
 ** Meet our New Assistant Director of Counseling
When: November 29th, 6:30-8‬:00 pm
Where: LHS, Science Lecture Hall

Is your student shy?  Perhaps they are not so comfortable asking for help?  Are they facing social issues or struggling with other aspects of student life?  Lexington High School continues to make emotional well-being of students a priority. With high level visioning, planning and interactions with students, the counseling department works daily to support and empower students. The goal is a successful journey for students at LHS. This important session will feature our new Asst. Director of Counseling, Stacy Glickman.  She will outline the work of the Counseling Department, go through grade level social and emotional targets and highlight how students learn to advocate for themselves in all types of situations. Please join us ‪on November 29th from 6:30-8‬:00 pm in the Independent Learning Center in the science building (formerly called Science Lecture Hall).‬

This is the first of our annual forums offered to the LHS parent and guardian community. We will be including many topics parents have asked for in our recent PTO Forum survey.  Please be on the lookout for future sessions on relevant topics.


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis”  

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.  

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/). 

For more information, click herehttps://www.lhspto.org/news/2017/11/parentteacher-conferences-november-27-2017

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: https://surveys.neasc.org/s3/NEASC-CPS-Family-Survey-Lexington-High-School 

Lexington High School Blue and Gold Tip Off Basketball Clinic
Calling all girls in grades 4 – 8 who are interested in basketball!!
Nov 14th & 15th @ LHS Gym

(Grades 4-6 from 5-7pm; grades 7-8 from 7:15 – 9:15 pm) 

Join LHS Varsity Coach Steve Solly, coaching staff and varsity players to get a jumpstart on your winter hoops season! All proceeds benefit the LHS girls’ basketball program.  

Register online at lexhoops.com
Questions? Call Lee Metzger 617 953-7584 or email Steve Solly at ssolly@lexingtonma.org

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website

LHS Performing Arts  

LHS Jazz Combo and the Pat Donaher Quintet at the Aeronaut Brewery
Date and Time: Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
Place: Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02138
Suggested donation: $15

Jazz Combo will make its debut, followed by a set from the Pat Donaher’s band Ooomph. The concert is free, but a $15 donation is suggested, with proceeds going towards the travel, masterclasses, and outreach efforts of the Lexington High jazz program.

The LHS Jazz Combo has for the last twenty years been recognized as one of the premiere high school small groups on the planet. In its thirty plus year history, it has been invited to the Monterey and Montreaux Jazz Festivals, received the Downbeat Outstanding Small Group award, twice won the award for Best Combo at the Mingus High School Festival in New York, and won many other regional and national awards. This year the band is featuring music of women in jazz- Myra Melford, Shirley Scott and Jane Ira Bloom- as well as legends Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington.  

LHS Play: Almost, Maine
Date: Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School Auditorium, 251 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421
Tickets: $10 adults/ $5 students and senior citizens

Set in extreme northern Maine, during the aurora borealis, Almost, Maine tells the stories of the colorful characters who dwell in the small town of Almost. At times funny, at times surprising, magical and heartfelt, Almost, Maine warms even the coldest of winter nights with its tales of hope and love. 

LHS Chamber Orchestra with New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Date and Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Place: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory,
290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Tickets: Free to the public

On Thursday, November 16, the LHS Chamber Orchestra has been invited to share a concert with the New England Conservatory Preparatory School’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert will take place at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory in Boston. It begins at 8pm and is free and open to the public. The Chamber Orchestra will begin the concert and perform works by Wiren, Beethoven, and Mozart. This concert will also include the world premier of one movement of a new piece written by Michael Veloso specifically for the ensemble. This commission was made possible by a FOLMADS grant. Many Lexington students participate in the NEC Prep program and this concert opportunity is a unique honor to show the strengths of our school program to students and families from other surrounding towns. We hope to see you at beautiful Jordan Hall! 

Contact Information: Rachel Jayson, performing arts teacher; rjayson@lexingtonma.org 

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Nov 10-Nov 17) 

Saturday, Nov 11
10:00am: BOYS Freshman Football vs Burlington High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

BEE a Fan at Lexington Education Foundation’s Trivia Bee
Cheer on teams of teachers and friends as they vie to earn the title “Masters of Trivia!” 

What: LEF’s 22nd Annual FREE Trivia Bee - a friendly battle of wits featuring teams of teachers, students and community members
When: Thursday, November 9, 7:00 - 9:00PM
Where: Lexington High School auditorium
Submit a Question: Community members are invited to submit a question and answer by November 7th. Yours may be featured this year! 

The Lexington community is invited to BEE part of this Lexington tradition. There is plenty of audience participation at this boisterous family event. 

Jeff Leonard (retired LPS Coordinator for the Performing Arts) will be back as our BEE-loved Master of Ceremonies. Jeff often regales the audience with musically performed questions like this one from last year’s Bee

Each Lexington public school fields at least one faculty team. Other teams are composed of LPS administrators, School Committee members, families, and leaders of local businesses and organizations. Teams dress to reflect the creative names they’ve selected, such as:

- Estabees - a team of Estabrook Elementary School teachers
- Diamonds in the Rough - a team of Diamond Middle School teachers
- Lexington DeBEEters - a team of LHS students
- Beauty & the Bees - a team of community members

Through the Trivia Bee and other community events and campaigns, the Lexington Education Foundation raises funds for teacher-initiated grants that foster innovation and inspire lifelong learning. LEF grants are relevant and timely and positively impact every student, every day. To date, LEF has awarded more than $4.8 million to Lexington Public Schools. More information is at LexEdFoundation.org  

REFUGEE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - Yearning to Breathe Free
Saturday, Nov. 11, Cary Hall, 7pm  

We are experiencing one of the most difficult refugee situations in modern times.  Over 22 million refugees are displaced from their homeland – fleeing violence or persecution. More than half are under 18 years old.  To raise awareness and grow understanding, Lexington’s community arts center has joined forces with our town’s refugee assistance group.  

Munroe Saturday Nights, performing arts series of the Munroe Center for the Arts, presents Yearning to Breathe Free, which takes on these and other topics with refugee stories told through music, words, and dance.  Dozens of performers will be part of this multi-disciplinary event. 

The title "Yearning to Breathe Free" is taken from the poem " The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus which is associated with the Statue of Liberty (“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”).  Artists, writers, dancers, musicians, poets and more have listened to the stories from the refugee community and have created the evening of performance.  It will be both entertaining and educational, in content as well as exhibits in the front lobby of Cary Hall, and a Q&A at the end of the performance.  

The artistic development of this event is led by Lexington’s own, but nationally-recognized, Regie O’Hare Gibson, and directed by the renowned Boston playwright and director, Melinda Lopez.  Ana Flaster, who has been featured on NPR and has had her writing featured in The New York TimesThe Boston Globe and other publications, will host the evening along with Mr. Gibson.  

Lexington Unites for Puerto Rico! 

Hancock Church, in partnership with the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association, is leading a Lexington-wide drive ‪from October 30-November 10‬ to fill a 40-foot shipping container with relief supplies for the people of Puerto Rico. 
For more information on how and what to donate, please visit:   http://www.hancockchurch.org/lexington-unites-puerto-rico/ 

Lexington Center’s Annual Artwalk 2017

Local artists will be displaying artwork in the windows along Massachusetts Ave in Lexington Center from Nov. 6-26th. Stroll along the avenue and enjoy the window displays and participate in our free family-friendly scavenger hunt (forms available online at www.munroecenter.org or at the Visitors' Center) to have a chance to win a basket of goodies provided by the Lexington Retailers Association.  See any art that catches your eye?  Artist details will be provided for anyone wanting to make a purchase.

Join us at the following related event:
- Thursday November 16th:  Free reception from 6-8pm hosted by Brookline Bank. Meet with artists and ArtWalk organizers and join us for a guided walk down Mass Ave at 7:30pm.  

Strings N Beats
Sunday, Nov 19th
Cary Memorial Hall
FREE to all the students of the Lexington Public School as long as they are accompanied by a paying parent  

"Strings N Beats", a performance in Indian Classical Music, is a unique dialogue between dance and music. Sparkling duets and interplay between dance and melody; soothing instrumental classical music (Sitar), exhilarating complex rhythmic patterns (Tabla) and impactful storytelling through body language (Kathak dance) are some of the highlights of Strings n Beats.  

Multiple Lexington organisations (Lexington Community Education, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington Symphony and Indian Americans of Lexington - IAL) are collaborating with Shadaj, ( www.shadaj.org), a Lexington-based non-profit organization dedicated to Indian Classical Music. One of the foremost objectives of Shadaj is to bring about cultural integration through music.   

On Nov 18th there is a FREE music appreciation session at the Cary Library where people get to interact with the artists and learn about their art form. In the music appreciation session, Dr George Ruckert will engage the artists in a conversation about their art form before taking questions from the audience.   

For tickets and additional information, please visit www.shadaj.org  

YES! For Lexington
www.yes4lex.org 

This December, Lexington voters will be asked to approve funding for the construction of three capital projects:
Maria Hastings Elementary School Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K) Fire Station Headquarters  

These vital 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 YES! Campaign needs your help to: • Raise awareness about the December vote. • Educate our community about these projects. • Encourage Lexington to vote YES! in December.  

The LHS PTO endorses the campaign and will be making a donation to the Yes! For Lexington campaign.  

YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC  

The Lexington Youth Wrestling program aims to introduce young students to the sport of wrestling. This program has the support of the Lexington High School wrestling team and high school athletes will help out during the practices. Unlike many other sports, being a successful wrestler does not depend upon size or body type. Successful wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes and from diverse backgrounds. Wrestling also teaches discipline, mental toughness, and sportsmanship: character traits that will serve well outside the ring for a lifetime. Participants will need to provide their own headgear and wrestling shoes. In addition to the program taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings, opportunities to wrestle against surrounding communities on Saturdays are also available.  Ages: K - 4 ($50) and 5 - 8 ($100 ). Starts Monday, November 27 through February 12. 5:30 - 7:00 PM Monday & Wednesday (K -4 Monday's only). LHS Field House. No classes over holiday break.  Register at: https://www.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1 

Questions: Contact jon_quint@hotmail.com


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Veterans Day Weekend Intensive College Essay Writing Workshop
Instructor, Mindy Pollack Fusi

Don’t wait until college application deadlines approach and wonder what to create for your personal statement/essay!  Be prepared by spending only one weekend (four-half days) learning the do's and dont’s of the essay.  You will receive help on all aspects of the essay from coming up with a topic to actually completing the essay in the span of four days. Join fellow students as popular College Application Essay Coach, Mindy Pollack-Fusi, teaches you insider tips and a foolproof technique on how to choose your essay topic. From there, you will draft your essay and receive feedback. After reviewing the feedback, and revising the essay you will receive feedback again. You will work on polishing your essay and by the close of day four, you will have a completed essay that is concise yet creative and lively.  Please bring a paper and pen to class as well as your laptop. Class size limited to 8. 

Four Meetings  Beginning Friday, November 10 from 6:30-9:00pm and meeting Saturday November 11, Sunday, November 12, and Monday, November 13 from 11:00am - 3:30pm at The Place for Words, 200 Great Road, Suite 254A, Bedford. There will be a short lunch break. Please bring your own lunch or plan to purchase from nearby restaurants.

The cost of the workshop is $500.   Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.  

Advice from the Lights - A Reading with Steph Burt 

Nostalgic and inquisitive, Advice from the Lights asks an ongoing question: How do any of us achieve adulthood? And why would we want to, if we had the choice? This accomplished collection is woven from and interrupted by extraordinary sequences, including Stephanie poems about Stephen Burt’s female self; poems on particular years of the poet’s early life; versions of poems by the Greek poet Callimachus, whose present-day incarnation worries about mortality, the favor of the gods, and the career of Taylor Swift; and poems on politics, location, and parenthood. Published widely in the New YorkerT MagazineLondon Review of Books, the Believer, and elsewhere, Burt occupies an exciting and original place in American poetry. 

Stephen (also Steph and Stephanie) Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor with eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. The New York Times has called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of her generation.” The recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the Believer, and the Boston Review

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square. The cost is $10.00. LHS students admitted free of charge with a valid student ID. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

______________________________________________________________________________

You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

 

 

Week of November 3rd, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    Parents: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Survey
    Lexington High School Blue and Gold Tip Off Basketball Clinic
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    LHS Performing Arts
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    Reminder: School Start Times - ranking question reissued
    Compost Your Ghost!
    Diamond Middle School Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth
    Understanding Gender Forum
    22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
    An Evening with Dr. Josephine Kim: "To Live on the Hyphen”
    Superintendent Search - Community Focus Groups
    The Goal Driven IEP: A Parent’s Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting
    Calling All Trivia Fans! - Teams Needed!
    BEE a Fan at Lexington Education Foundation’s Trivia Bee
 
    Lexington Center’s Annual Artwalk 2017
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
    Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents
    Veterans Day Weekend Intensive College Essay Writing Workshop
    Advice from the Lights - A Reading with Steph Burt



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Saturday, November 4: SAT Exams, 7:30am
Thursday, November 9: LEF Trivia Bee 7:00pm
Friday, November 10: 1st Quarter Closes/Grade Entry Begins
Friday, November 10: Veterans Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL
Monday, November 13: Lexington Learns Together Professional Day, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, November 14: Attendance Appeals Deadline


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

We are more than 850 member families – Help us get to 1,000!  

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SUPPORT THE LHS PTO, WE DEPEND ON EVERYONE'S HELP! 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer:https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis”  

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: https://surveys.neasc.org/s3/NEASC-CPS-Family-Survey-Lexington-High-School 

Lexington High School Blue and Gold Tip Off Basketball Clinic
Calling all girls in grades 4 – 8 who are interested in basketball!!
Nov 14th & 15th @ LHS Gym

(Grades 4-6 from 5-7pm; grades 7-8 from 7:15 – 9:15 pm) 

Join LHS Varsity Coach Steve Solly, coaching staff and varsity players to get a jumpstart on your winter hoops season! All proceeds benefit the LHS girls’ basketball program.  

Register online at lexhoops.com
Questions? Call Lee Metzger 617 953-7584 or email Steve Solly at ssolly@lexingtonma.org

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website

LHS Performing Arts  

Fall Choral Concert
Date and Time: Tuesday, Nov 7, 7:30pm
Place: First Church Cambridge

LHS Jazz Combo and the Pat Donaher Quintet at the Aeronaut Brewery
Date and Time: Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
Place: Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02138
Suggested donation: $15

Jazz Combo will make its debut, followed by a set from the Pat Donaher’s band Ooomph. The concert is free, but a $15 donation is suggested, with proceeds going towards the travel, masterclasses, and outreach efforts of the Lexington High jazz program.

The LHS Jazz Combo has for the last twenty years been recognized as one of the premiere high school small groups on the planet. In its thirty plus year history, it has been invited to the Monterey and Montreaux Jazz Festivals, received the Downbeat Outstanding Small Group award, twice won the award for Best Combo at the Mingus High School Festival in New York, and won many other regional and national awards. This year the band is featuring music of women in jazz- Myra Melford, Shirley Scott and Jane Ira Bloom- as well as legends Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington.  

LHS Play: Almost, Maine
Date: Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School Auditorium, 251 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421
Tickets: $10 adults/ $5 students and senior citizens

Set in extreme northern Maine, during the aurora borealis, Almost, Maine tells the stories of the colorful characters who dwell in the small town of Almost. At times funny, at times surprising, magical and heartfelt, Almost, Maine warms even the coldest of winter nights with its tales of hope and love.

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Nov 3-Nov 10) 

Friday, Nov 3
2:00pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Lowell High School
                MIAA DI First Round Tournaments
6:00pm: BOYS Varsity Football vs Everett High School
                 MIAA DI Semi Final

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Reminder: School Start Times - ranking question reissued

Reminder:  SURVEY CLOSES Friday, November 3rd, 2017.  Please be aware that we have only reissued the question about ranking the school start times.  Average time of completion is 2 minutes.

After overwhelming parent feedback, we are reissuing the question about the ranking of start times.  You will be able to answer for each level (Elementary, Middle or High) depending on where you have students.  Please note that in the ranking, 1 is most preferred and 9 is least preferred.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FQTPSN8
Please complete this survey only once per family. This survey will remain open until November 3rd, 2017.

Also please note, the School Department will be hosting a community forum on November 15, 2017 at 7p.m. in Battin Hall at Cary Hall. Please check our website regularly for updates and additional helpful information:

School Start Times Task Force website: https://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10330

Compost Your Ghost! 

Haunted by the thought that millions of Halloween pumpkins go to the landfill or incinerator?
Haunted no more! Now they can be composted to grow more food (or pumpkins) on a farm!
Here are 3 simple options to compost your pumpkins:
(Please strip away decorations and carve out parts with paints) 

1.Put them in with your regular yard waste!  (In a yard waste paper bag to be picked up curbside or you can bring them to Lexington’s Compost Facility at Hartwell Ave.) 

2. Don’t have yard waste? Drop them off ‪on Friday, Nov. 3‬ at one of the following schools, Black Earth Compost will pick them up and compost them:
•    Fiske [Back of school on Colony Rd. side, between ‪3:15-5pm‬]
•    Harrington [Front of school, between ‪4-7pm‬]
•    Hastings [Behind the school building, between ‪4-7pm‬] 

3. Compost in your own backyard (google for tips).
This initiative is co-sponsored by the LPS Green Teams and Black Earth Compost.
(To sign up for home curbside compost pickup service: www.blackearthcompost.com ) 

Diamond Middle School Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth
Date: Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Diamond Middle School Auditorium, 99 Hancock Street, Lexington, MA  02420
Tickets: $5, at the DMS office, online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com, and at the door

The Phantom Tollbooth is a play based on the classic children's book by Norton Juster. Many parents will remember enjoying this book when they were kids and this is a great opportunity to share the fun with their own children! We have 25 cast members and 18 stage crew members working on the show. This is a story that will appeal to all ages so bring the family! Tickets can be purchased at the main office, online or at the door on the nights of the show. $5 each general admission.  

Understanding Gender Forum

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 4:00-5:30pm
Where: Cary Memorial Library (large meeting room)
How much: Free
Why: Throughout history, people have experienced gender in many different ways, but these experiences have often been hidden. In today’s world, more and more people are “coming out.” As a result, we are hearing terms to describe gender identity: transgender, genderfluid, non-binary, agender, and more. Please join us to learn what these gender identities mean, hear stories from people who live these gender identities, ask questions – and consider how understanding gender matters here in Lexington.

Cosponsored by Lexington Pride Coalition, Cary Memorial Library, and Greater Boston PFLAG. 

22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
Sunday, November 5th‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‪‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Lexington Newcomers Club and LexFUN! have joined forces to raise money for the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation on behalf of Lexington toddler, Spencer Smith.  To register to run or walk, visit  https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org and choose “Spencer’s Sprinters” when you Join an Existing Team

After you have completed registration, you can begin to raise funds for our team by joining at https://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters.  Registered runners and walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by ‪October 11th‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters official race t-shirt.   

An Evening with Dr. Josephine Kim: "To Live on the Hyphen”
When: Tuesday, Nov. 7th at Cary Hall, 7:00-8:30pm

This November, LYFS, KoLex, and LYFS's Multicultural Sponsoring Board kicks off its six-part series of speakers, films, and community discussions aimed at deepening community understanding of what it means to "live on the hyphen”— a phrase that encapsulates the personal and interpersonal challenges that children, parents, and communities in general encounter within a multicultural context. This series of events has been made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington.   

Dr. Kim is a world-renowned Harvard academic and clinician with the Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at MGH. A Korean-American herself, Dr. Kim speaks compassionately and from personal experience about "living on the hyphen." Her message, however, transcends race and is relevant to all parents and teens who struggle to reconcile sometimes conflicting intergenerational and cultural expectations. The bar has been set high for ALL Lexington children. Therefore Dr. Kim's message is universal.  We hope you will join us in this important conversation. 

More about LYFS...
LYFS is an independent nonprofit organization whose programming is aimed at ensuring that Lexington youth are healthier, more resilient, and better supported in their daily lives.  To learn more about and support our work, visit our website at www.lyfsinc.org

Superintendent Search - Community Focus Groups 

The School Committee will be hosting two Community-Wide Focus Groups to gather input on qualities the community is looking for in a new Superintendent. What are your top priorities for the schools? What is going well in LPS that a new Superintendent should continue and build upon? What challenges in LPS should a new Superintendent be prepared to address? Please attend and share your ideas. 

DATE: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

TIMES & LOCATIONS:
8:00-10:00 AM in Community Center, Room 242, 39 Marrett Road
7:00-9:00 PM at Clarke Auditorium, Clarke Middle School

Both are drop-in focus groups. You may drop in any time at your convenience during the time slot to provide your input. 

The Goal Driven IEP: A Parent’s Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Stember, Ph.D.
When: Wednesday, November 8th 7:00-8:45PM
Where: Large Meeting, Cary Library
RSVPlexdyslexia@gmail.com 

This talk will cover specific items and wording parents should ask for in their child's IEP; how to ask for specific goals, approaches and outcome measures that will be sensitive to whether progress is being made; common best practice approaches to address and common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP plans. It will also cover definitions of disabilities and which goals to ask for to address specific learning needs, social pragmatics, organizational skills and behavior/emotional disorders, as well as how to determine if progress is occurring.  

For more information, please go to https://lexdyslexia.weebly.com/calendar.html. Co-Sponsored by the Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington and the LexSEPAC/SEPTA. 

Calling All Trivia Fans! - Teams Needed!

Lexington Education Foundation's (LEF) Trivia Bee on Thursday, Nov 9th, 7pm-9pm at the high school needs a few more teams. This is the 22nd year for this fun community event, featuring Lexington teachers, students, and townsfolk answering trivia questions in front of a crowd.  

Form your own team of 3 adults and/or students, or challenge your favorite teachers to compete on a team.  Register your team at LexEdFoundation.org/trivia-bee.  

LEF will find sponsors for student, teacher and public employee teams so don't let the entry fee stop you.  

BEE a Fan at Lexington Education Foundation’s Trivia Bee
Cheer on teams of teachers and friends as they vie to earn the title “Masters of Trivia!” 

What: LEF’s 22nd Annual FREE Trivia Bee - a friendly battle of wits featuring teams of teachers, students and community members
When: Thursday, November 9, 7:00 - 9:00PM
Where: Lexington High School auditorium
Submit a Question: Community members are invited to submit a question and answer by November 7th. Yours may be featured this year! 

The Lexington community is invited to BEE part of this Lexington tradition. There is plenty of audience participation at this boisterous family event. 

Jeff Leonard (retired LPS Coordinator for the Performing Arts) will be back as our BEE-loved Master of Ceremonies. Jeff often regales the audience with musically performed questions like this one from last year’s Bee

Each Lexington public school fields at least one faculty team. Other teams are composed of LPS administrators, School Committee members, families, and leaders of local businesses and organizations. Teams dress to reflect the creative names they’ve selected, such as:

- Estabees - a team of Estabrook Elementary School teachers
- Diamonds in the Rough - a team of Diamond Middle School teachers
- Lexington DeBEEters - a team of LHS students
- Beauty & the Bees - a team of community members

Through the Trivia Bee and other community events and campaigns, the Lexington Education Foundation raises funds for teacher-initiated grants that foster innovation and inspire lifelong learning. LEF grants are relevant and timely and positively impact every student, every day. To date, LEF has awarded more than $4.8 million to Lexington Public Schools. More information is at LexEdFoundation.org 

Lexington Center’s Annual Artwalk 2017

Local artists will be displaying artwork in the windows along Massachusetts Ave in Lexington Center from Nov. 6-26th. Stroll along the avenue and enjoy the window displays and participate in our free family-friendly scavenger hunt (forms available online at www.munroecenter.org or at the Visitors' Center) to have a chance to win a basket of goodies provided by the Lexington Retailers Association.  See any art that catches your eye?  Artist details will be provided for anyone wanting to make a purchase.

Join us at the following related events:
- Tuesday, November 7th:  Become an artist yourself.  Create 2 mini-flower filled canvases at Pinot Palette while enjoying a wine tasting.  To sign up, go to https://www.pinotspalette.com/lexingtoncenter/event/197269 and enter ArtWalk17 for 15% off.
- Thursday November 16th:  Free reception from 6-8pm hosted by Brookline Bank. Meet with artists and ArtWalk organizers and join us for a guided walk down Mass Ave at 7:30pm. 


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents
nstructor:  Stephanie Kriesberg, syD

When you have a narcissistic parent you may feel isolated and alone, self-doubting, possibly "crazy,” hopeless, like a failure, or stuck.  Adults with narcissistic parents sometimes refer to themselves as a "secret society.” They don't talk about their experiences and often feel unsure about their own lives.  In this one evening course, you will learn about the latest research on narcissism, which helps explain this confusing disorder.  In addition, although this is not a therapy session, you will learn about the strategies that help men and women with narcissistic parents develop more satisfying lives.  These strategies will be drawn from the fields of mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and even clinical hypnosis. 

Class Meets on Monday, November 6th from 7:00-9:00pm at Lexington High School.  Cost:  $33.00.  Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Veterans Day Weekend Intensive College Essay Writing Workshop
Instructor, Mindy Pollack Fusi

Don’t wait until college application deadlines approach and wonder what to create for your personal statement/essay!  Be prepared by spending only one weekend (four-half days) learning the do's and dont’s of the essay.  You will receive help on all aspects of the essay from coming up with a topic to actually completing the essay in the span of four days. Join fellow students as popular College Application Essay Coach, Mindy Pollack-Fusi, teaches you insider tips and a foolproof technique on how to choose your essay topic. From there, you will draft your essay and receive feedback. After reviewing the feedback, and revising the essay you will receive feedback again. You will work on polishing your essay and by the close of day four, you will have a completed essay that is concise yet creative and lively.  Please bring a paper and pen to class as well as your laptop. Class size limited to 8. 

Four Meetings  Beginning Friday, November 10 from 6:30-9:00pm and meeting Saturday November 11, Sunday, November 12, and Monday, November 13 from 11:00am - 3:30pm at The Place for Words, 200 Great Road, Suite 254A, Bedford. There will be a short lunch break. Please bring your own lunch or plan to purchase from nearby restaurants.

The cost of the workshop is $500.   Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.  

Advice from the Lights - A Reading with Steph Burt 

Nostalgic and inquisitive, Advice from the Lights asks an ongoing question: How do any of us achieve adulthood? And why would we want to, if we had the choice? This accomplished collection is woven from and interrupted by extraordinary sequences, including Stephanie poems about Stephen Burt’s female self; poems on particular years of the poet’s early life; versions of poems by the Greek poet Callimachus, whose present-day incarnation worries about mortality, the favor of the gods, and the career of Taylor Swift; and poems on politics, location, and parenthood. Published widely in the New YorkerT MagazineLondon Review of Books, the Believer, and elsewhere, Burt occupies an exciting and original place in American poetry. 

Stephen (also Steph and Stephanie) Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor with eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. The New York Times has called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of her generation.” The recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the Believer, and the Boston Review

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square. The cost is $10.00. LHS students admitted free of charge with a valid student ID. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

______________________________________________________________________________

You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

 

 

Week of October 27th, 2017

MPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    Parents: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Survey
    Lexington High School Blue and Gold Tip Off Basketball Clinic
    SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist
    2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
    Rock Room Thanks
    LHS Performing Arts
    LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families
    Haunted House
    Hancock Music Series
    Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th

    YES! For Lexington Kickoff Event
    Diamond Middle School Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth
    Calling All Trivia Fans!
    Understanding Gender Forum
    Lexington Center’s Annual Artwalk 2017
    22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
    An Evening with Dr. Josephine Kim: "To Live on the Hyphen”
    The Goal Driven IEP: A Parent’s Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting
    Strings N Beats
    YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC
    Lexington Ski Club
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
    November Driver Ed Progra 

    Comes Love: A Musical Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass
    Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosopher on How to Live With Daniel Klein
    FOR PARENTS: You Can Afford College If.....
    Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Saturday, October 28: ACT Test (No LHS location)
Monday, October 30: Attendance Verification Distributed
Saturday, November 4: SAT Exams, 7:30am
Friday, November 10: 1st Quarter Closes/Grade Entry Begins
Friday, November 10: Veterans Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL
Monday, November 13: Lexington Learns Together Professional Day, NO SCHOOL


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

We work closely with the LHS Administration to make sure the money donated to the PTO is used where needed at LHS. 

We are more than 850 member families – Help us get to 1,000!  

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SUPPORT THE LHS PTO, WE DEPEND ON EVERYONE'S HELP! 
Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS
Thanks -
LHS PTO


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis”  

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: https://surveys.neasc.org/s3/NEASC-CPS-Family-Survey-Lexington-High-School 

Lexington High School Blue and Gold Tip Off Basketball Clinic
Calling all girls in grades 4 – 8 who are interested in basketball!!
Nov 14th & 15th @ LHS Gym

(Grades 4-6 from 5-7pm; grades 7-8 from 7:15 – 9:15 pm) 

Join LHS Varsity Coach Steve Solly, coaching staff and varsity players to get a jumpstart on your winter hoops season! All proceeds benefit the LHS girls’ basketball program.  

Register online at lexhoops.com
Questions? Call Lee Metzger 617 953-7584 or email Steve Solly at ssolly@lexingtonma.org

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

For information regarding the tests and test day checklist, simply click on the links:
• SAT Test
• ACT Test
or visit our LHS PTO website

2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!! 

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: 

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).

If you have any questions, please see, email (hwallen@lexingtonma.org), 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!!  

Rock Room Thanks 

Thank you to the many families that have donated this week to our Make Happy Happen Wish list on Amazon.
We have been getting lots of fun things sent to us to add to our Rock Room.

While we are getting thank you notes off to those who have generously donated, a few of our boxes have come without information as to who the donation was from.  

I wanted to thank all of you via the LIST SERV..Know we are so incredibly grateful to have such a supportive parent community willing to help us out.  The soothing gifts, craft supplies, games and toys, that bring us all back to a simpler time in our lives, are certainly being enjoyed by many students and are serving to bring a certain calm to our space.  

Many thanks!!
Feeling so grateful,
Martha Queenin

#MakeHAPPYhappen
#ourkidsarestrongertogther

LHS Performing Arts 

Friday, Oct 27
   7:00pm: Jazz Nite, Commons II, Lexington High School
   7:30pm: LHS Improv Show, Black Box Room 200

Wednesday, November 1
   7:00pm: Fall Instrumental

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Oct 27-Nov 3)  

Friday, Oct 27
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School
   6:00pm GIRLS Varsity Cheerleading vs Andover High School
   6:00pm: BOYS Varsity Football vs Andover High School
            MIAA D1 North Quarterfinal

Saturday, Oct 28
   4:30pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Woburn High School
   6:00pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Woburn High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families
October 16-November 9

Winter is coming and we still need coats and jackets for refugee families! 

WE NEEDED:  Clean, new or gently used WINTER coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for children and adult men and women. 

DROP OFF LOCATIONS:  Suitable items can be dropped in bins at any of the following locations in Lexington:
• 220 Follen Road
• 210 Lincoln Street
• 12 Nickerson Road      

Questions: Please contact Peggy Shukur pegshukur@aol.com, Brigitte Steines Brigitte.steines@gmail.com  or Patricia Valda patricia_valda@yahoo.com   

LexRAP (www.lexrap.org) is holding a winter coat drive to support the efforts of the International Institute of New England (www.iine.us) to provide refugee families in Massachusetts with winter coats.  IINE is the resettlement agency of Massachusetts for refugees, most of whom arrive in Massachusetts from warm climates and without suitable winter clothing. 

Haunted House
@ The Lexington Community Center
Fee: $5 per child, parent/caregivers are free
Ages: 5+
Date: Friday, October 27
Time: 6-7:30 (Ages 5-10) 8-9:30 (Ages 11+)
Location39 Marrett Road, Lexington Community Center

Come over to the Community Center for a night of fun. There will be guided tours every 15 minutes (pre-registration is required to save a spot). Make sure to sign up for a tour time before your time slot is taken! We will also have pumpkin decorating, fun games, and festive food once you are done with the tour. We hope to see you there! All of this is possible thanks to the support from the LHS SADD club and Lexington Human Services.

Any questions or how to register please contact Thomas Romano @ 781-698-4813 or tromano@lexingtonma.gov Here is the link to register: https://www.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1 . The program can be found under the “Fun for all ages category” 

Hancock Music Series

A Chamber Music Debut
The CK Ensemble debuts with a program of music for cello, flute, and piano by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, and Muthel. ‪Sunday October 29th at 2:00 p.m.‬‬ Hancock Church, 1912 Mass on the Battle Green. Open to all, regardless of ability to pay. Suggested donation of $15 at the door ($25 max per family).

Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th 

The Town of Lexington Health Department, in collaboration with Lexington Public Schools, will be offering a Family Flu Clinic on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Central Office Building.  Click here for complete announcement: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/public-health/files/flu-clinic-saturday-october-28-2017 

For further information, contact the Office of Public Health, Gerard Cody, Public Health Director by phone at 781-698-4503 or by email at gcody@lexingtonma.gov . If you would like more information on the Flu and Flu Vaccine, please visit www.mass.gov/flu and www.flu.gov.  

YES! For Lexington Kickoff Event!
www.yes4lex.org

Date: Wednesday, November 1
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square
Come join us in town at the Lexington Depot to learn more about the Monday December 4 debt exclusion vote to finance building a new Hastings, Lexington Children’s Place, and Fire Station Headquarters. Meet and speak with members of the architect team, Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and finance committees for answers to any and all questions you may have. You can also pick up your lawn sign, grab a car magnet, or a button to show your support for the campaign around town.

The LHS PTO endorses the campaign and will be making a donation to the Yes! For Lexington campaign. 

Diamond Middle School Fall Play: The Phantom Tollbooth
Date: Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Diamond Middle School Auditorium, 99 Hancock Street, Lexington, MA  02420
Tickets: $5, at the DMS office, online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com, and at the door
Event Description:  The Phantom Tollbooth is a play based on the classic children's book by Norton Juster. Many parents will remember enjoying this book when they were kids and this is a great opportunity to share the fun with their own children! We have 25 cast members and 18 stage crew members working on the show. This is a story that will appeal to all ages so bring the family! Tickets can be purchased at the main office, online or at the door on the nights of the show. $5 each general admission. Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 16th!

Calling All Trivia Fans!

Lexington Education Foundation's (LEF) Trivia Bee on Thursday, Nov 9th, 7pm-9pm at the high school needs a few more teams. This is the 22nd year for this fun community event, featuring Lexington teachers, students, and townsfolk answering trivia questions in front of a crowd.   

LHS principal Andrew Stephens will be a guest judge, and Jeff Leonard will once again be the emcee! Form your own team of 3 adults and/or students, or challenge your favorite teachers to compete on a team.  Register your team at LexEdFoundation.org/trivia-bee.  

LEF will find sponsors for student, teacher and public employee teams so don't let the entry fee stop you. 

LHS PTO is sponsoring 2 teams and wishes all LHS teams good luck!

Understanding Gender Forum
What: Understanding Gender
When: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 4:00-5:30pm
Where: Cary Memorial Library (large meeting room)
How much: Free
Why: Throughout history, people have experienced gender in many different ways, but these experiences have often been hidden. In today’s world, more and more people are “coming out.” As a result, we are hearing terms to describe gender identity: transgender, genderfluid, non-binary, agender, and more. Please join us to learn what these gender identities mean, hear stories from people who live these gender identities, ask questions – and consider how understanding gender matters here in Lexington.

Cosponsored by Lexington Pride Coalition, Cary Memorial Library, and Greater Boston PFLAG. 

Lexington Center’s Annual Artwalk 2017

Local artists will be displaying artwork in the windows along Massachusetts Ave in Lexington Center from Nov. 6-26th. Stroll along the avenue and enjoy the window displays and participate in our free family-friendly scavenger hunt (forms available online at www.munroecenter.org or at the Visitors' Center) to have a chance to win a basket of goodies provided by the Lexington Retailers Association.  See any art that catches your eye?  Artist details will be provided for anyone wanting to make a purchase.

Join us at the following related events:
- Tuesday, November 7th:  Become an artist yourself.  Create 2 mini-flower filled canvases at Pinot Palette while enjoying a wine tasting.  To sign up, go tohttps://www.pinotspalette.com/lexingtoncenter/event/197269 and enter ArtWalk17 for 15% off.
- Thursday November 16th:  Free reception from 6-8pm hosted by Brookline Bank. Meet with artists and ArtWalk organizers and join us for a guided walk down Mass Ave at7:30pm. 

22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
Sunday, November 5th‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‪‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Lexington Newcomers Club and LexFUN! have joined forces to raise money for the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation on behalf of Lexington toddler, Spencer Smith.  To register to run or walk, visit  https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org and choose “Spencer’s Sprinters” when you Join an Existing Team

After you have completed registration, you can begin to raise funds for our team by joining at https://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters.  Registered runners and walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by ‪October 11th‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters official race t-shirt.   

An Evening with Dr. Josephine Kim: "To Live on the Hyphen”
When: Tuesday, Nov. 7th at Cary Hall, 7:00-8:30pm

This November, LYFS, KoLex, and LYFS's Multicultural Sponsoring Board kicks off its six-part series of speakers, films, and community discussions aimed at deepening community understanding of what it means to "live on the hyphen”— a phrase that encapsulates the personal and interpersonal challenges that children, parents, and communities in general encounter within a multicultural context. This series of events has been made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington.   

Dr. Kim is a world-renowned Harvard academic and clinician with the Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at MGH. A Korean-American herself, Dr. Kim speaks compassionately and from personal experience about "living on the hyphen." Her message, however, transcends race and is relevant to all parents and teens who struggle to reconcile sometimes conflicting intergenerational and cultural expectations. The bar has been set high for ALL Lexington children. Therefore Dr. Kim's message is universal.  We hope you will join us in this important conversation. 

More about LYFS...
LYFS is an independent nonprofit organization whose programming is aimed at ensuring that Lexington youth are healthier, more resilient, and better supported in their daily lives.  To learn more about and support our work, visit our website at www.lyfsinc.org

The Goal Driven IEP: A Parent’s Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Stember, Ph.D.
When: Wednesday, November 8th 7:00-8:45PM
Where: Large Meeting, Cary Library
RSVPlexdyslexia@gmail.com 

This talk will cover specific items and wording parents should ask for in their child's IEP; how to ask for specific goals, approaches and outcome measures that will be sensitive to whether progress is being made; common best practice approaches to address and common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP plans. It will also cover definitions of disabilities and which goals to ask for to address specific learning needs, social pragmatics, organizational skills and behavior/emotional disorders, as well as how to determine if progress is occurring.  

For more information, please go to https://lexdyslexia.weebly.com/calendar.html. Co-Sponsored by the Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington and the LexSEPAC/SEPTA. 

Strings N Beats
Sunday, Nov 19th
Cary Memorial Hall
FREE to all the students of the Lexington Public School as long as they are accompanied by a paying parent

"Strings N Beats", a performance in Indian Classical Music, is a unique dialogue between dance and music. Sparkling duets and interplay between dance and melody; soothing instrumental classical music (Sitar), exhilarating complex rhythmic patterns (Tabla) and impactful storytelling through body language (Kathak dance) are some of the highlights of Strings n Beats. 

Multiple Lexington organisations (Lexington Community Education, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington Symphony and Indian Americans of Lexington - IAL) are collaborating with Shadaj, ( www.shadaj.org ), a Lexington-based non-profit organization dedicated to Indian Classical Music. One of the foremost objectives of Shadaj is to bring about cultural integration through music.  

On Nov 18th there is a FREE music appreciation session at the Cary Library where people get to interact with the artists and learn about their art form. In the music appreciation session, Dr George Ruckert will engage the artists in a conversation about their art form before taking questions from the audience.  

For tickets and additional information, please visit www.shadaj.org

YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC

The Lexington Youth Wrestling program aims to introduce young students to the sport of wrestling. This program has the support of the Lexington High School wrestling team and high school athletes will help out during the practices. Unlike many other sports, being a successful wrestler does not depend upon size or body type. Successful wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes and from diverse backgrounds. Wrestling also teaches discipline, mental toughness, and sportsmanship: character traits that will serve well outside the ring for a lifetime. Participants will need to provide their own headgear and wrestling shoes. In addition to the program taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings, opportunities to wrestle against surrounding communities on Saturdays are also available.  Ages: K - 4 ($50) and 5 - 8 ($100 ). Starts Monday, November 27 through February 12. 5:30 - 7:00 PM Monday & Wednesday (K -4 Monday's only). LHS Field House. No classes over holiday break.  Register at: https://www.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1

Questions: Contact jon_quint@hotmail.com

Lexington Ski Club

For almost fifty years the Lexington Ski Club has catered to avid snow sport families. Members enjoy comfortable accommodations at our lodge located in the White Mountains, prepared hot meals during ski season, and after ski activities such as board games and ping pong.  If your family likes to ski or snowboard and appreciates cooperative living, the Lexington Ski Club might be for you.  Currently, we are accepting applications for new members.  For additional information, please contact Joe Scholl at jpscholl4@gmail.com or ‪781-891-1832‬‬ or visit our website www.lexski.org 


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

November Driver Ed Program 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training at Lexington High School through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin on November 1st. Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00

Complete date information and the enrollment forms are available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php  

Comes Love: A Musical Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass
With Patrice Williamson and Jon Wheatley

A century on, Ella Fitzgerald still holds her title “The First Lady of Song.” Her recordings with “Virtuoso” guitarist Joe Pass still remain unmatched in the realm of duo Jazz recordings. With the release of Comes Love, Patrice Williamson and Jon Wheatley pay tribute to, and renew the beauty and intimacy of guitar and voice as they interpret the Great American Songbook and the much loved tunes of Fitzgerald and Pass. 

Patrice Williamson's fluent scat style and sensitive ballad work have earned her Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" award and several Boston Music Award nominations. She's been heard at both the Tanglewood and Marblehead Jazz Festivals, as well as at the International Women's Forum in Singapore. She is also actively passing on her knowledge and love of the jazz tradition through her teaching at The New School of Music in Cambridge, Wellesley College, and Milton Academy. 

Jon Wheatley is one of Boston’s busiest and best guitarists and educators. His career spans more than three decades, including as a sideman with luminaries like Scott Hamilton, Ruby Braff, Alan Dawson, Teddy Kotick, Diana Krall, Mike Metheny, to name a few. Jon is Association Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music. 

The event  will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 7:30pm at the Follen Church Society, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington

The cost of this evenings event is $10.00.  Admission is free to LHS Students presenting a valid school ID.   

The Fiveash Legacy Lecture
Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosopher on How to Live With Daniel Klein
 

Daniel Martin Klein’s fans have fallen in love with the warm, humorous, and thoughtful way he shows how philosophy resonates in everyday life. Readers of his popular booksPlato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar and Travels with Epicurus come for enlightenment and stay for the entertainment. From the vantage point of his eighth decade, Klein revisits the wisdom he relished in his youth. From Epicurus to Emerson to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr—whose words provided the title of this book—each pithy extract is annotated with Klein’s inimitable charm and insights. 

Daniel Klein is an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, and humor. Klein received a B.A. in philosophy from Harvard College. After a brief career in television comedy, he began writing books. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and is married to Freke Vuijst, American correspondent for the Dutch newsweekly, ‘Vrij Nederland’. 

This evening’s event is part of The Fiveash Legacy Lecture series. The Fiveash Lecture Series is inspired by, and intended to keep influential, the teaching tradition and legacy of Dr. Michael Fiveash, a long time and beloved Latin and Classics teacher at Lexington High and Lexington Community Education.  The series is coordinated by Lexington Community Education and is intended to honor Michael's teaching legacy by hosting talks that focus on the Humanities and Classics. 

The event will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington, Massachusetts. The cost is $10.00.   

Pre-registration, using a VISA or MasterCard, is strongly recommended by contacting LCE at 781 862 8043

FOR PARENTS: You Can Afford College If.....
Instructor: Donald Anderson, College Funding Advisors

If… you plan in advance; you understand the financial aid process; and you act early enough to be successful. Financial aid goes to the families who plan in advance—ideally before December 31 of the child’s sophomore year of high school. This course will teach you the concepts and strategies that will help you maximize your financial aid.  Remember: procrastination equals less financial aid. All schools are not alike, so it is important to know your options and opportunities. A free financial aid analysis will be available to all attendees. Tuition is $25 for two adults in the household. For more information please visit our website at www.collegefundingadvisors.com

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, Novermber 1 at 6:30pm at Lexington High School.  

Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043

Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents
nstructor:  Stephanie Kriesberg, syD

When you have a narcissistic parent you may feel isolated and alone, self-doubting, possibly "crazy,” hopeless, like a failure, or stuck.  Adults with narcissistic parents sometimes refer to themselves as a "secret society.” They don't talk about their experiences and often feel unsure about their own lives.  In this one evening course, you will learn about the latest research on narcissism, which helps explain this confusing disorder.  In addition, although this is not a therapy session, you will learn about the strategies that help men and women with narcissistic parents develop more satisfying lives.  These strategies will be drawn from the fields of mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and even clinical hypnosis. 

Class Meets on Monday, November 6th from 7:00-9:00pm at Lexington High School.  Cost:  $33.00.  Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

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You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

Week of October 20th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

    If You Haven't Joined the LHS PTO...
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
    LHS Calendar Dates
    Freshman Counselor Seminars
    SENIORS: Transcripts Request Reminder
    Seniors and Juniors: Testing and College Applications
    2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
    LHS Field Hockey Best Buddies Fundraiser
    Winter Sports Student-Athlete /Parent Pre-Season Meeting
    LHS Sports - Home Games/Meets (Oct 20-27)
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
    LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families
    School Start Times Survey - One Day Remains to Particpate!
    Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) Welcome and Orientation
    "How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep
    Diwali Mela
    Bowman PTA Needs a Volunteer to “Wear the Bear”
    Active Bystander Training
    Hancock Music Series
    Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th
    Calling All Trivia Fans!
    Understanding Gender Forum
    YES! For Lexington
    YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC
    Lexington Ski Club
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
    November Driver Ed Program
    Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Proces



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Friday, October 20: Juniors School Dance (7:00pm-10:00pm) 
Monday, October 23: Winter Sports Meeting 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday, October 24: Picture Make-Up Day (lunch blocks) 
Wednesday, October 25: Fall String Celebration, 7:00pm
Friday, October 27: Jazz Nite, 7:30pm


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

If You Haven't Joined the LHS PTO...
....here are some facts to consider: 

There are around 2200 students at LHS.
There are over 1740 households at LHS.
There are ONLY 850 families in the LHS PTO.
Membership dues ($25 per family) are the only fundraiser of the PTO.  We depend on membership dues to fund our budget for the year.  

Your membership donations at work:
• We give over $5,000 in teacher grants each year
• We give each Department a contribution
• We sponsor the Sophomore Cruise Reception
• We sponsor the Junior Prom Reception
• We sponsor the Senior Prom Reception
• We sponsor the receptions for the Junior and Senior Awards
• We sponsor two LHS Staff Appreciation Luncheons
• We contribute to the Seniors All Night Graduation Party
• We sponsor the Newcomers Potluck Dinner
• We donate to Landscaping
• We donate to the LHS library
and MUCH, much more……we can keep going but the list will be too long. 

If we do not meet our budget from our membership drive, we will not be able to support our students and staff the way we have in the past. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis” 

Freshman Counselor Seminars 

Freshman Counselor Seminars will begin on October 20, 2017 for students scheduled on Friday, and the week of October 23rd for all others. Students should report to the room listed for “Counselor Seminar” on their schedule and not to their “Study/Sem” room. Seminars will run until the end of quarter 1. If you do not see seminar on your schedule, please reach out to your counselor. 

SENIORS: Transcripts Request Reminder

After you request your transcripts online, be sure to print the Transcript Status Page by following the directions below:
1 Family Connection Tab
2 College Tab
3 Resources
4 Transcripts
5 View the Status of All My Transcript Requests
6 Control Print
7 Bring this printed page to the Registrar's Office, Room 152
Please do not slip this under the door or leave it on the counter. No need to check in with us if you have brought in your Request and we have reviewed it with you. 

Seniors and Juniors: Testing and College Applications 
For information regarding: 
• Naviance Records Release and Payment Authorization
• LHS Request Deadlines for official transcripts 2017-2018
• SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018
• ACT Test Dates 2016-2017
• Transcript Financial Assistance
Simply click here or visit our LHS PTO website

2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!! 

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 (hwallen@lexingtonma.org), 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!!  

LHS Field Hockey Best Buddies Fundraiser
When:  Saturday, October 21st  
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Where:  Lincoln Field #3

The LHS Field Hockey Team will be sponsoring a bake sale and 50/50 raffle fundraiser to benefit Best Buddies. The Varsity team will be playing Bishop Fenwick High School. Please come out to watch some exciting field hockey and support Best Buddies! 

The 2017-2018 Winter Sports Student-Athlete /Parent Pre-Season Meeting
 DATE:  Monday, October 23rd
 TIME:   6pm
 LOCATION:  LHS Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic winter sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a winter sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.   At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for winter high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility), will be discussed.   

Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective winter sports.   In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the winter season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season.  This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season.

LHS Winter Sports:   
• Alpine Skiing - Boys & Girls
• Basketball - Boys & Girls
• Ice Hockey - Boys & Girls
• Indoor Track - Boys & Girls
• Swimming – Boys
• Wrestling – Boys
• Cheerleading

LHS Winter Sports begins - Monday, November 27 

Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office at (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902. We look forward to seeing you on October 23rd

GO Minutemen! 

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Oct 20-27)  

Friday, Oct 20
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Arlington High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Arlington High School

Saturday, Oct 21
   10:00am GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Bishop Fenwick High School
   10:00am BOYS Junior Varsity Football vs Woburn High School
   11:30am GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Bishop Fenwick High School

Tuesday, Oct 24
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Cross Country vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Cross Country vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Woburn High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Woburn High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Woburn High School

Wednesday, Oct 25
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Woburn High School
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Woburn High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Woburn High School
   
Thursday, Oct 26
   3:30pm BOYS Freshman Football vs Wakefield Memorial High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School

Friday, Oct 27
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families
October 16-November 9

WHAT IS NEEDED:  Clean, new or gently used WINTER coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for children and adult men and women. 

WHERE TO DONATE:  Suitable items can be dropped in bins at any of the following locations in Lexington:
• 220 Follen Road
• 210 Lincoln Street
• 12 Nickerson Road      

LexRAP (www.lexrap.org) is holding a winter coat drive to support the efforts of the International Institute of New England (www.iine.us) to provide refugee families in Massachusetts with winter coats.  IINE is the resettlement agency of Massachusetts for refugees, most of whom arrive in Massachusetts from warm climates and without suitable winter clothing.

LexRAP is a group of concerned people from Lexington and surrounding communities calling itself the Lexington Refugee Assistance Program or “LexRAP.” Its focus is to make Lexington a welcoming place for refugees and to help them directly. 

If you have any questions or need other arrangements for the donations, please contact Peggy Shukur pegshukur@aol.com, Brigitte Steines Brigitte.steines@gmail.com  or Patricia Valda patricia_valda@yahoo.com 

School Start Times Survey - One Day Remains to Particpate! 
Closes TODAY, October 20 

In March 2016, members of the Middlesex League of Superintendents released a joint statement regarding their intention to look at school start times for high school students. As a part of the county conversation, at the end of the 2016-17 year, Lexington's Superintendent assembled a School Start Times Task Force to review research conducted, discuss logistical considerations throughout the district, and gather feedback from community stakeholders to determine if a change in school start times should be recommended to the School Committee. The work of this Task Force includes evaluating start times for schools at all levels, not just the high school level.

Parents, share your feedback on school start times by completing this survey! (Only one per family, please)
https://goo.gl/2Yb6Ef 

Look for the School Department's community forum about start times on November 15, 2017 at 7p.m. in Battin Hall at Cary Hall.

School Start Times Task Force website: https://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10330

Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) Welcome and Orientation 

Do you want to have an impact on your child’s education? And be a part of an active Lexington community group? 

Come to the Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) Welcome and Orientation reception on October 24th, 7:15-8:30 pm at the Cary Memorial Library, Lower Level Meeting Room.  

During the 2017-2018 school year we will reach an impressive $5 Million in grants awarded to the Lexington Public Schools – all this directly benefits our children. We invite you to be part of the team to reach this historic milestone. Everyone is welcome, and there are many opportunities available to fit your interests and availability. Go to lexedfoundation.org to learn more about LEF.

"How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep

The Lexington Community Coalition, Lexington Public Schools, and Lexington PTO/PTAs are sponsoring community discussions of the book How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. A former Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University and a parent herself, Lythcott-Haims talks about the life skills children need for future success and, particularly, the role of parenting in allowing children to develop the independence, resilience, and resourcefulness necessary for success in life. 

Community members and parents with children of all ages – toddlers through adolescence – are encouraged to attend any of the two remaining book discussions: 

Monday Oct. 23, 7–9 pm. Estabrook School Cafeteria, 117 Grove Street 
Thursday Oct. 26, 9–11 am. Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room


These will be community conversations about issues raised in the book. At what age should children do their own laundry? What skills are required to be successful? What’s the right balance of our own involvement in our children’s lives with their need to develop independence? When are we doing “too much”? Is what we do as parents helping or hurting our children’s ability to thrive in college, in careers, and as adults?

You are encouraged to read the book, but feel free to attend the discussions even if you have not. If you are pressed for time, consider listening to the author’s Ted Talks on-line on YouTube or at https://www.ted.com/talks  

Diwali Mela 

Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL) is celebrating its 2017 Diwali Mela on October 21st at Lexington High School. Diwali (also "Deepavali") — the festival of lights — is one of biggest festivals in India and is truly pan-Indian. This year, to enhance the festivities and add additional attendees, we have increased our capacity. The Diwali Mela includes a variety of cultural programs by kids and adults, activities for kids and mouthwatering Indian street food. 

When : 21st October 2017 3:00 - 9:00 PM         
Where : Lexington High School, Lexington, MA

Link to buy the tickets: Tickets2IALDiwaliMela2017 

Event details are as follows: 
* Entry tickets for the IAL Diwali Mela are priced at $15 per person for anyone 6 years and older, kids 5 years and under do not require entry tickets for this event.
* Food is available for purchase at the event (Cash Only)- food includes Indian cuisine catered by “One World Cuisine” and Pizza for kids
* Fun activities for kids. 

Bowman PTA Needs a Volunteer to “Wear the Bear”

We are looking for a volunteer to "wear the bear" at the Kids Fun Run ‪October 22nd around 1:30 PM‬‬. It's lots of fun and the kids will think you are a hero! No talking required just high-fives and posing for pictures. 

Email president@bowmanpta.org for more info. jon_quint@hotmail.com

Active Bystander Training

In these contentious times, many people ask “What can I do if I witness harassment or other harm-doing?” This workshop trains participants to recognize harm-doing situations, interrupt harm and defuse conflict, and generate other positive actions. The workshop is suitable for adults and youth ages 12 and up.

What: Active Bystander Training
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Lexington Montessori School, 130 Pleasant Street, Lexington, MA 02421
How much: $15
Registration: trainingactivebystanders.org (scroll down to Upcoming Events, click on the October 24 event to register)

The organizers thank the Lexington Montessori School for sponsoring and hosting this event. 

Hancock Music Series

The Phantom of the Opera is Haunting Lexington!
The Hancock Concert Series launches its 7th season with the classic 1925 silent movie The Phantom of the Opera with live organ accompaniment! Starring the immortal Lon Chaney, the movie will be accompanied live by maestro Peter Krasinski at the organ. The afternoon will also include the Buster Keaton short Haunted HouseSunday, ‪October 22nd at 2:00 p.m.‬‬ Hancock Church, 1912 Mass on the Battle Green. Open to all, regardless of ability to pay. Suggested donation of $15 at the door ($25 max per family). May be scary for younger children! 

A Chamber Music Debut
The CK Ensemble debuts with a program of music for cello, flute, and piano by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, and Muthel. ‪Sunday October 29th at 2:00 p.m.‬‬ Hancock Church, 1912 Mass on the Battle Green. Open to all, regardless of ability to pay. Suggested donation of $15 at the door ($25 max per family).

Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th 

The Town of Lexington Health Department, in collaboration with Lexington Public Schools, will be offering a Family Flu Clinic onSaturday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Central Office Building.  Click here for complete announcement:https://www.lexingtonma.gov/public-health/files/flu-clinic-saturday-october-28-2017 

For further information, contact the Office of Public Health, Gerard Cody, Public Health Director by phone at 781-698-4503 or by email atgcody@lexingtonma.gov . If you would like more information on the Flu and Flu Vaccine, please visit www.mass.gov/flu and www.flu.gov.  

Calling All Trivia Fans!

Lexington Education Foundation's (LEF) Trivia Bee on Thursday, Nov 9th, 7pm-9pm at the high school needs a few more teams. This is the 22nd year for this fun community event, featuring Lexington teachers, students, and townsfolk answering trivia questions in front of a crowd.   

LHS principal Andrew Stephens will be a guest judge, and Jeff Leonard will once again be the emcee! Form your own team of 3 adults and/or students, or challenge your favorite teachers to compete on a team.  Register your team at LexEdFoundation.org/trivia-bee.  

LEF will find sponsors for student, teacher and public employee teams so don't let the entry fee stop you. 

Understanding Gender Forum

Please join us for a community forum on Understanding Gender: 
What: Understanding Gender
When: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 4:00-5:30pm
Where: Cary Memorial Library (large meeting room)
How much: Free
Why: Throughout history, people have experienced gender in many different ways, but these experiences have often been hidden. In today’s world, more and more people are “coming out.” As a result, we are hearing terms to describe gender identity: transgender, genderfluid, non-binary, agender, and more. Please join us to learn what these gender identities mean, hear stories from people who live these gender identities, ask questions – and consider how understanding gender matters here in Lexington.

Cosponsored by Lexington Pride Coalition, Cary Memorial Library, and Greater Boston PFLAG. 

YES! For Lexington
www.yes4lex.org

This December, Lexington voters will be asked to approve funding for the construction of three capital projects:
Maria Hastings Elementary School
Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K)
Fire Station Headquarters


These vital 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 YES! Campaign needs your help to:
• Raise awareness about the December vote.
• Educate our community about these projects.
• Encourage Lexington to vote YES! in December.


The LHS PTO endorses the campaign and will be making a donation to the Yes! For Lexington campaign. 

YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC

The Lexington Youth Wrestling program aims to introduce young students to the sport of wrestling. This program has the support of the Lexington High School wrestling team and high school athletes will help out during the practices. Unlike many other sports, being a successful wrestler does not depend upon size or body type. Successful wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes and from diverse backgrounds. Wrestling also teaches discipline, mental toughness, and sportsmanship: character traits that will serve well outside the ring for a lifetime. Participants will need to provide their own headgear and wrestling shoes. In addition to the program taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings, opportunities to wrestle against surrounding communities on Saturdays are also available.  Ages: K - 4 ($50) and 5 - 8 ($100 ). Starts Monday, November 27 through February 12. 5:30 - 7:00 PM Monday & Wednesday (K -4 Monday'sonly). LHS Field House. No classes over holiday break.  Register at: https://www.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t1.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1 

Questions: Contact jon_quint@hotmail.com

Lexington Ski Club

For almost fifty years the Lexington Ski Club has catered to avid snow sport families. Members enjoy comfortable accommodations at our lodge located in the White Mountains, prepared hot meals during ski season, and after ski activities such as board games and ping pong.  If your family likes to ski or snowboard and appreciates cooperative living, the Lexington Ski Club might be for you.  Currently, we are accepting applications for new members.  For additional information, please contact Joe Scholl at jpscholl4@gmail.com or ‪781-891-1832‬‬ or visit our website www.lexski.org 


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

November Driver Ed Program 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training at Lexington High School through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin on November 1st. Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00

Complete date information and the enrollment forms are available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php  

Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process
Two sessions meeting Tuesday,  ctober 2
and Thursday,  October 26
from 7:00-9:00pm at Lexington High School
Cost:  $40.00 per adult/student pair

This two-part course is designed to educate student-athletes and their parents about navigating the often confusing and generally stressful college search and recruiting process.  At the first session we will cover the factors that influence a student’s college preference criteria, determine timeliness, and outline specific academic athletic action items for each year of high school.  We will emystify the relationship between colleges coaches and admissions offices, identify what coaches are looking or, how to speak with a coach and an admissions official, and much more. 

The second session is designed to show parents and student-athletes how to develop and implement a proto-typical plan for their particular year of high school and sport, which addresses the issues identified in the first session and established a path for determining the best college for each student-athlete. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.
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You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

Week of October 13th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

     LHS PTO: Are you a member yet?
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
     LHS Calendar Dates
     Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
     Freshman Counselor Seminars
     Announcement For LHS Seniors and Juniors Regarding Testing and College Applications
     2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
     LHS Field Hockey Best Buddies Fundraiser

     Help Make #MAKE HAPPY HAPPEN atT LHS
     Winter Sports Student-Athlete /Parent Pre-Season Meeting
     LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
     LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families

     Town Meeting to Vote On Recreational Marijuana Businesses Ban
     Bridge’s Monstah Carnival: High School Students Volunteers Needed
     "How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep
     Diwali Mela
     Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th
     22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
     YES! For Lexington
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
     November Driver Ed Program
     An Afternoon of Chamber Music with Peter Sulski and Friends
     Powered by Girl: Creating the World We Want: The Power of Girl-Fueled Activism
     Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Proces



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 
 
Saturday, October 14: PSAT Exams (7:30am – 3:00pm) LHS
Monday, October 16: School Council Meeting (6:15pm – 7:45pm)
Friday, October 20: Juniors School Dance (7:00pm-10:00pm) 
Monday, October 23: Winter Sports Meeting 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday, October 24: Picture Make-Up Day (lunch blocks)


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

LHS PTO: Are you a member yet?

The LHS PTO depends on membership dues and additional donations to fund the budget, which supports the students, staff and parents at LHS. As a benefit of your membership you will receive access to the online LHS Directory. Thank you for your generous support. 

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis” 

Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
When: Saturday, October 14, 7:45AM
Where: Lexington High School

The PSAT/NMSQT: What Do You Need to Know?
Sophomores and Juniors at Lexington High School are invited to take the PSAT. Click here for more information. 

Freshman Counselor Seminars 

Freshman Counselor Seminars will begin on October 20, 2017 for students scheduled on Friday, and the week of October 23rd for all others. Students should report to the room listed for “Counselor Seminar” on their schedule and not to their “Study/Sem” room. Seminars will run until the end of quarter 1. If you do not see seminar on your schedule, please reach out to your counselor.  

Announcement For LHS Seniors and Juniors Regarding Testing and College Applications  

For information regarding:
• Naviance Records Release and Payment Authorization
• LHS Request Deadlines for official transcripts 2017-2018
• SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018
• ACT Test Dates 2016-2017
• Transcript Financial Assistance
Simply click here or visit our LHS PTO website

2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!! 

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!!
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 (hwallen@lexingtonma.org), 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!!  

HELP MAKE #MAKE HAPPY HAPPEN AT LHS 

Last year, Martha Queenin, LHS Social Worker, helped create a soothing student space located off the main hall near the library in Room 151.   For the second year, The LHS Rock Room is up and running providing LHS students with a quiet room to come before school, during free blocks, I blocks or lunch or after school. In the spirit of trying to help our students manage their stress level, the space continues to provide students with a safe place to connect with others, unwind or de-stress.  Craft supplies, games, music, tea and cocoa all serve to provide students with what they need to self soothe. 

Several students have been brainstorming how we can add to our Rock Room in ways that can foster community and connection.  To that end students are requesting some new activities that can be done together by students visiting the room.  Large puzzles, Legos and a few more community games, craft supplies are on our list as are tea and cocoa. We have again placed our “Wish List” on to Amazon.  The hope is to continue to make the space user friendly and a space where kids can come and unwind and simply be. 

Please consider making a donation to help

#makehappyhappen #LHSROCKS

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/19EQOYXABLSKZ/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v? 

LHS Field Hockey Best Buddies Fundraiser
When:  Saturday, October 21st  
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Where:  Lincoln Field #3

The LHS Field Hockey Team will be sponsoring a bake sale and 50/50 raffle fundraiser to benefit Best Buddies. The Varsity team will be playing Bishop Fenwick High School. Please come out to watch some exciting field hockey and support Best Buddies! 

The 2017-2018 Winter Sports Student-Athlete /Parent Pre-Season Meeting
 DATE:  Monday, October 23rd
 TIME:   6pm
 LOCATION:  LHS Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic winter sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a winter sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.   At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for winter high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility), will be discussed.   

Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective winter sports.   In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the winter season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season.  This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season. 

LHS Winter Sports:   
• Alpine Skiing - Boys & Girls
• Basketball - Boys & Girls
• Ice Hockey - Boys & Girls
• Indoor Track - Boys & Girls
• Swimming – Boys
• Wrestling – Boys
• Cheerleading

LHS Winter Sports begins - Monday, November 27 

Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office at (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902. We look forward to seeing you on October 23rd

GO Minutemen! 

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Oct 13-20)  

Friday, Oct 13
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Winchester High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Winchester High School  

Saturday, Oct 14
   2:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Football vs Belmont High School

Monday, Oct 16
   3:30pm BOYS Varsity Golf vs Melrose High School

Tuesday, Oct 17
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Belmont High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Belmont High School

Wednesday, Oct 18
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Belmont High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Belmont High School
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Arlington High School

Thursday, Oct 19
   3:30pm BOYS Freshman Football vs Woburn High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Arlington High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Arlington High School

Friday, Oct 20
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Arlington High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Arlington High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

LexRAP Winter Coat Drive to Support Refugee Families
October 16-November 9

WHAT IS NEEDED:  Clean, new or gently used WINTER coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for children and adult men and women. 

WHERE TO DONATE:  Suitable items can be dropped in bins at any of the following locations in Lexington:
• 220 Follen Road
• 210 Lincoln Street
• 12 Nickerson Road      

LexRAP (www.lexrap.org) is holding a winter coat drive to support the efforts of the International Institute of New England (www.iine.us) to provide refugee families in Massachusetts with winter coats.  IINE is the resettlement agency of Massachusetts for refugees, most of whom arrive in Massachusetts from warm climates and without suitable winter clothing.

LexRAP is a group of concerned people from Lexington and surrounding communities calling itself the Lexington Refugee Assistance Program or “LexRAP.” Its focus is to make Lexington a welcoming place for refugees and to help them directly. 

Donations will be accepted between October 16 and November 9. 

If you have any questions or need other arrangements for the donations, please contact Peggy Shukur pegshukur@aol.com, Brigitte Steines Brigitte.steines@gmail.com  or Patricia Valda patricia_valda@yahoo.com  

Town Meeting to Vote On Recreational Marijuana Businesses Ban
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18th
Cary Hall
7:30 PM
 

It is anticipated that Town Meeting will vote on whether to ban recreational marijuana sales in Lexington, on the evening of October 18th. Please come to Town Meeting to show your interest in this issue as parents. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please contact the town moderator to be put on the schedule and let your voices be heard. 

The Lexington voters previously voted 53%-47% against the legalization of marijuana, although as you know the state outcome went the other way. Article 3 (Amend general Bylaws-recreational marijuana) is now being debated among the town meeting members in Lexington. 

Article 3 Description: The operation of any marijuana establishment, as defined in G.LL. c. 94G,, § 1,, including, without limitation, a marijuana cultivator, marijuana testing facility, marijuana product manufacturer, marijuana retailer or any other type of licensed marijuana - related business, within the Town of Lexington shall be prohibited. This prohibition shall not apply to the sale, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes licensed under Chapter 369 of the Acts of 2012. 

Whether or not you can come to town meeting, please also consider emailing your town meeting members to voice your opinion on this very important issue that will effect our youth and our community. Town Meeting Members email addresses can be found at: http://www.lexingtontmma.org/index.php?n=Main.Members2 The emails areFirst.Last@lexingtontmma.org. 

If you have questions please contact: 

Martha Kurland (marthakurland@gmail.com) or
Sion Harris (gordonsion@rcn.com) 

Bridge’s Monstah Carnival: High School Students Volunteers Needed
The Monstah Carnival is coming to Bridge Elementary School on Saturday Oct. 28, and volunteers are needed to run the games, collect tickets and ensure that all of the little Monstahs have a spooky good time!  Please sign up athttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4fafaa2cab9-bridge1

High school students will receive community service hours and 1 slice of pizza and 1 bottle of water free of charge!  Be sure to bring forms with you.  On the day of the carnival please report to the Volunteer Table in the Bridge School BACK ENTRANCE to check in.  Please plan on arriving 10 minutes before the start of the shift.

Thank you for being a LHS volunteer for the community! 

"How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep

The Lexington Community Coalition, Lexington Public Schools, and Lexington PTO/PTAs are sponsoring community discussions of the book How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. A former Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University and a parent herself, Lythcott-Haims talks about the life skills children need for future success and, particularly, the role of parenting in allowing children to develop the independence, resilience, and resourcefulness necessary for success in life. 

Community members and parents with children of all ages – toddlers through adolescence – are encouraged to attend any of the three book discussions: 

Sunday Oct. 15, 3–5 pm. Lexington High School Library, Room 151
Monday Oct. 23, 7–9 pm. Estabrook School Cafeteria, 117 Grove Street
Thursday Oct. 26, 9–11 am. Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

These will be community conversations about issues raised in the book. At what age should children do their own laundry? What skills are required to be successful? What’s the right balance of our own involvement in our children’s lives with their need to develop independence? When are we doing “too much”? Is what we do as parents helping or hurting our children’s ability to thrive in college, in careers, and as adults?

You are encouraged to read the book, but feel free to attend the discussions even if you have not. If you are pressed for time, consider listening to the author’s Ted Talks on-line on YouTube or at https://www.ted.com/talks  

Diwali Mela 

Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL) is celebrating its 2017 Diwali Mela on October 21st at Lexington High School. Diwali (also "Deepavali") — the festival of lights — is one of biggest festivals in India and is truly pan-Indian. This year, to enhance the festivities and add additional attendees, we have increased our capacity. The Diwali Mela includes a variety of cultural programs by kids and adults, activities for kids and mouthwatering Indian street food. 

When : 21st October 2017 3:00 - 9:00 PM         
Where : Lexington High School, Lexington, MA

Link to buy the tickets: Tickets2IALDiwaliMela2017 

Event details are as follows: 
* Entry tickets for the IAL Diwali Mela are priced at $15 per person for anyone 6 years and older, kids 5 years and under do not require entry tickets for this event.
* Food is available for purchase at the event (Cash Only)- food includes Indian cuisine catered by “One World Cuisine” and Pizza for kids
* Fun activities for kids. 

Lexington Family Flu Clinic, October 28th 

The Town of Lexington Health Department, in collaboration with Lexington Public Schools, will be offering a Family Flu Clinic on October 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Central Office Building.  Click here for complete announcement:https://www.lexingtonma.gov/public-health/files/flu-clinic-saturday-october-28-2017 

For further information, contact the Office of Public Health, Gerard Cody, Public Health Director by phone at 781-698-4503 or by email at gcody@lexingtonma.gov . If you would like more information on the Flu and Flu Vaccine, please visitwww.mass.gov/flu and www.flu.gov. 

22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
Sunday, November 5th‬‪‬‬

Lexington Newcomers Club and LexFUN! have joined forces to raise money for the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation on behalf of Lexington toddler, Spencer Smith.  To register to run or walk, visit  https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org and choose “Spencer’s Sprinters” when you Join an Existing Team

After you have completed registration, you can begin to raise funds for our team by joining athttps://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters.  Registered runners and walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by ‪October 11th‬ will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters official race t-shirt. 

YES! For Lexington
www.yes4lex.org

This December, Lexington voters will be asked to approve funding for the construction of three capital projects:
Maria Hastings Elementary School
Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K)
Fire Station Headquarters


These vital 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 YES! Campaign needs your help to:
• Raise awareness about the December vote.
• Educate our community about these projects.
• Encourage Lexington to vote YES! in December.


The LHS PTO endorses the campaign and will be making a donation to the Yes! For Lexington campaign. 


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

November Driver Ed Program 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training at Lexington High School through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin on November 1st. Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00

Complete date information and the enrollment forms are available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php  

An Afternoon of Chamber Music with Peter Sulski and Friends, Featuring Randall Hodkinson, Piano and Ariana Falk, Cello 

Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in England he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999. After a brief stint in the Middle East as Head of Strings of the National Palestinian Conservatory, Bicommunal Coordinator for chamber music for the Cyprus Fulbright Commission and Principal Violist of the Cyprus Chamber orchestra, Peter returned in 2002 with his wife Anita to his native Worcester. 

He is currently on the faculty as teacher of violin/viola/chamber music at Clark University and College of the Holy Cross. He is a member of QX and Mistral. Peter is also Artistic Director of the Thayer Festival in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and records for Centaur Records. 

The afternoon concert will be held on Sunday, October 15th at 4:00pm at the Follen Church Society, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. The cost is $10.00. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

Powered by Girl: Creating the World We Want: The Power of Girl-Fueled Activism
With Lyn Mikel Brown
Co – Sponsored by THE WALDORF SCHOOL 

Drawing from conversations with a diverse group of young activists and women who support them, Lyn Mikel Brown explores why girl-fueled activism is good for girls and good for the world. Through examples of actions and campaigns, we learn what experienced girl activists need from adults, how best to scaffold their social change work, and the importance of moving beyond “lean in” to support girls in creating their own movements—disrupting the usual narratives, developing their own ideas—on their own terms. 

Lyn Mikel Brown is Professor of Education at Colby College. She is also a community activist and co-founder of three intergenerational youth-fueled social change organizations. Her research and praxis focus on developing the conditions that enable girls’ healthy resistance and dissent in the face of oppression. She is the author of six books, including her latest, Powered By Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists. You can read more about Lyn's research and activism here:http://web.colby.edu/lynmikelbrown/ 

The event will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00pm at the Waldorf School of Lexington, 739 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. The cost is $10.00.   

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process
Two sessions meeting Tuesday,  ctober 2
and Thursday, October 26
from 7:00-9:00pm at Lexington High School
Cost:  $40.00 per adult/student pair

This two-part course is designed to educate student-athletes and their parents about navigating the often confusing and generally stressful college search and recruiting process.  At the first session we will cover the factors that influence a student’s college preference criteria, determine timeliness, and outline specific academic athletic action items for each year of high school.  We will emystify the relationship between colleges coaches and admissions offices, identify what coaches are looking or, how to speak with a coach and an admissions official, and much more. 

The second session is designed to show parents and student-athletes how to develop and implement a proto-typical plan for their particular year of high school and sport, which addresses the issues identified in the first session and established a path for determining the best college for each student-athlete. 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.
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You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.

Week of October 6th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

     It Is Not Too Late to Join the LHS PTO!
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
     LHS Calendar Dates
     SENIORS & JUNIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
     Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
     2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!
     LHS Varsity Girls Soccer Fundraiser - American Red Cross Hurricane Relief
     2017-2018 Winter Sports Student-/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
     LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
     LWV First Friday Forum. October 6, 2017. Capital Planning Process of Lexington
     Paving Project to Impact All Lexington Public School Families
     Bridge’s Monstah Carnival: High School Students Volunteers Needed
     October Dyslexia Awareness Month: HBO Documentary “Journey Into Dyslexia”
     Community Meeting on Trash and Recycling Pickup in Lexington
     "How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep
     Diwali Mela
     22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
     YES! For Lexington
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
     October and November Driver Ed Programs
     The Immortal Path:  Wisdom of the Tao With Zhou Xuan Yun
     Teen Wellness: How to Find the Right Therapis



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Saturday, October 7: SAT Exams (7:30am – 3:00pm) LHS
Monday, October 9: Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
Thursday, October 12: 
Back to School Night (7pm-9:25pm) 
Saturday, October 14: PSAT Exams (7:30am – 3:00pm) LHS
Monday, October 16: School Council Meeting (6:15pm – 7:45pm)
Friday, October 20: Juniors School Dance (7:00pm-10:00pm)


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

It Is Not Too Late to Join the LHS PTO!

The LHS PTO depends on membership dues and additional donations to fund the budget, which supports the students, staff and parents at LHS. As a benefit of your membership you will receive access to the online LHS Directory. Thank you for your generous support. 

Please become a member and order the printed directory by October 12th. We will not be taking any more orders for printed directories after Back to School night.

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis” 

SENIORS & JUNIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

For information regarding:
- Naviance Records Release and Payment Authorization
- LHS Request Deadlines for official transcripts 2017-2018
- SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018
- ACT Test Dates 2016-2017
- Transcript Financial Assistance
Simply click here or visit our LHS PTO website 

Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
When: Saturday, October 14, 7:45AM
Where: Lexington High School

Sophomores and Juniors at Lexington High School are invited to take the PSAT. This is an optional test. 

Deadline to pay the $30.00 fee is Tuesday, October 3rd. PSAT tests will be ordered at that time. 

Contact Karen Hurley, Registrar, khurley@lexingtonma.org or 781-861-2320 x 69126 

Click for The PSAT/NMSQT: What Do You Need to Know?

2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!! 

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!!
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 (hwallen@lexingtonma.org), 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!! 

LHS Varsity Girls Soccer Fundraiser To Benefit American Red Cross Hurricane Relief
When: Friday, October 6
Time:   6pm
Place:  Lincoln Field

Please join the LHS Girls Varsity Soccer team this Friday, October 6 at 6pm as they play against Burlington.  The game will be under the new lights at Lincoln Fields.  This is a Charity event with funds raised going to the American Red Cross to help the victims of the recent hurricanes that have affected so many in our country.  The game is free for all.  Donations to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief will be accepted at the field. Warm beverages and baked goods will be sold as well as LHS drawstring bags (they make a nifty gift!).   Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors!  Come support our Varsity Girls Soccer team!!  Go Lex!! 

The 2017-2018 Winter Sports Student-Athlete /Parent Pre-Season Meeting
 DATE:  Monday, October 23rd
 TIME:   6pm
 LOCATION:  LHS Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic winter sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a winter sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.   At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for winter high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility), will be discussed.   

Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective winter sports.   In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the winter season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season.  This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season. 

LHS Winter Sports:   
• Alpine Skiing - Boys & Girls
• Basketball - Boys & Girls
• Ice Hockey - Boys & Girls
• Indoor Track - Boys & Girls
• Swimming – Boys
• Wrestling – Boys
• Cheerleading

LHS Winter Sports begins - Monday, November 27 

Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office at (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902. We look forward to seeing you on October 23rd

GO Minutemen! 

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Oct 6-13)  

Friday, Oct 6
   4:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Burlington High School
   6:00pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Burlington High School

Saturday, Oct 7
   2:00pm BOYS Varsity Football vs Arlington High School
2:00pm GIRLS Varsity Cheerleading vs Arlington High School

Monday, Oct 9
   9:00am GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Wilmington High School
   10:00am BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Wilmington High School
   10:00am BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Wilmington High School
   10:15am GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Wilmington High School

Tuesday, Oct 10
    3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Cross Country vs Arlington High School
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Cross Country vs Arlington High School

Wednesday, Oct 11
    3:30pm BOYS Varsity Golf vs Belmont High School
   4:30pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Wilmington High School
   4:30pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Wilmington High School
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Wilmington High School

Thursday, Oct 12
   3:30pm BOYS Freshman Football vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Winchester High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Winchester High School

Friday, Oct 13
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Winchester High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Winchester High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

LWV First Friday Forum. October 6, 2017. Capital Planning Process of Lexington

How are decisions about capital expenditures made in Lexington?  On Friday, October 6,  2017, at 9:30AM the League of Women Voters of Lexington will host representatives from the Capital Expenditures Committee.  Jill Hai, chair of the Capital Expenditures Committee, and Charles Lamb, vice-chair, will speak about the capital planning process, projects currently under consideration and in process, and ways we finance capital improvements in our town.  

The meeting will take place at Cary Memorial Library Large Meeting Room.

This is the first in the series of 2017-2018 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available and the presentation will begin at 9:30. All League forums are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the League at lwvlexington@gmail.com.  

Paving Project to Impact All Lexington Public School Families  

Beginning on Monday, October 9th, Mass Ave southbound will be milled and paved starting Monday morning and continuing through to Friday. Traffic heading southbound on Mass Ave will be detoured along Marrett Road to Follen Road. Detour signs will be placed and police details will be used during work hours which typically are 7am-5pm.  Use caution and allow extra time if you are traveling through the area.

This project will likely affect all families whether on their way to school or work. Many bus routes will not be able to drive in the usual order if their route is near the affected part of Massachusetts Avenue. Traffic is going to be very difficult and cars and buses are likely to be delayed.

Bus riders: all students on Mass Ave will be picked up on the side of the street that is open to traffic. Because almost all the buses traverse Mass Ave on one of their tiers (elementary, middle, high), delays will be hard to predict.

If we have specific recommendations for bus riders, we will reach out specifically by bus route.

Follow us on Twitter for in the moment updates: @LPSBusUpdates.

Please be patient next week. We hope that the work will be finished in a timely fashion. 

transportation@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Bridge’s Monstah Carnival: High School Students Volunteers Needed
The Monstah Carnival is coming to Bridge Elementary School on Saturday Oct. 28, and volunteers are needed to run the games, collect tickets and ensure that all of the little Monstahs have a spooky good time!  Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4fafaa2cab9-bridge1

High school students will receive community service hours and 1 slice of pizza and 1 bottle of water free of charge!  Be sure to bring forms with you.  On the day of the carnival please report to the Volunteer Table in the Bridge School BACK ENTRANCE to check in.  Please plan on arriving 10 minutes before the start of the shift.

Thank you for being a LHS volunteer for the community! 

October Dyslexia Awareness Month: Film Screening and Discussion of HBO Documentary “Journey Into Dyslexia”
When: ‪Wednesday, October 11‬
Time: ‪7:00 PM - 9:00 PM‬
Where: Science Lecture Hall, Lexington High School

Journey into Dyslexia (HBO, 2011) presents profiles of dyslexic students and adults who share their experiences of struggling in school and then succeeding in life. Academy-Award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond examine the complexities of this differently structured brain and debunk the myths and misperceptions about dyslexia. This film reveals that many adult professionals who once struggled to learn in school consider their dyslexia a unique gift and the defining reason behind their success. Discussion to follow film screening. Co-sponsored by Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington ( ‪http://lexdyslexia.weebly.com) and LexSEPAC/SEPTA (lexsepta.org). For more information, please contact lexdyslexia@gmail.com.‬
Please Note: Due to some emotional testimonies, this film is appropriate for kids ages 10+. 

Community Meeting on Trash and Recycling Pickup in Lexington 

The Board of Selectmen and DPW Staff are seeking input on a new trash and recycling collection contract.  The current contract with JRM expires on June 30, 2018.

The Town is considering options for a new 5-year contract which include:
* keeping the collection of trash and recycling as manual pickup (status Quo)
* automating (use of carts) both the trash and recycling pickup
* or automating the trash pickup and keeping the recycling pickup as manual

Staff will present information on each option and solicit feedback for the BOS. 

Two public meetings have been scheduled (both presentations will have identical content):   
* Wednesday October 11th at 7 pm in Estabrook Hall (lower level) in the Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue
* Thursday October 12th at 8:45 am in the Community Center cafeteria, 39 Marrett Road 

For more information or should you have any questions or comments, pleasecontact Robert Beaudoin, Superintendent of Environmental Services, by phone at 781-274-8334 or by email: rbeaudoin@lexingtonma.gov. 

"How to Raise an Adult": Community Discussions on Parenting and Prep

The Lexington Community Coalition, Lexington Public Schools, and Lexington PTO/PTAs are sponsoring community discussions of the book How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. A former Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University and a parent herself, Lythcott-Haims talks about the life skills children need for future success and, particularly, the role of parenting in allowing children to develop the independence, resilience, and resourcefulness necessary for success in life. 

Community members and parents with children of all ages – toddlers through adolescence – are encouraged to attend any of the three book discussions: 

Sunday Oct. 15, 3–5 pm. Lexington High School Library, Room 151
Monday Oct. 23, 7–9 pm. Estabrook School Cafeteria, 117 Grove Street 
Thursday Oct. 26, 9–11 am. Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

These will be community conversations about issues raised in the book. At what age should children do their own laundry? What skills are required to be successful? What’s the right balance of our own involvement in our children’s lives with their need to develop independence? When are we doing “too much”? Is what we do as parents helping or hurting our children’s ability to thrive in college, in careers, and as adults?

You are encouraged to read the book, but feel free to attend the discussions even if you have not. If you are pressed for time, consider listening to the author’s Ted Talks on-line on YouTube or at https://www.ted.com/talks  

Diwali Mela 

Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL) is celebrating its 2017 Diwali Mela on October 21st at Lexington High School. Diwali (also "Deepavali") — the festival of lights — is one of biggest festivals in India and is truly pan-Indian. This year, to enhance the festivities and add additional attendees, we have increased our capacity. The Diwali Mela includes a variety of cultural programs by kids and adults, activities for kids and mouthwatering Indian street food. 

When : 21st October 2017 3:00 - 9:00 PM         
Where : Lexington High School, Lexington, MA

Link to buy the tickets: Tickets2IALDiwaliMela2017 

Event details are as follows: 
* Entry tickets for the IAL Diwali Mela are priced at $15 per person for anyone 6 years and older, kids 5 years and under do not require entry tickets for this event.
* Food is available for purchase at the event (Cash Only)- food includes Indian cuisine catered by “One World Cuisine” and Pizza for kids
* Fun activities for kids. 

22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
Sunday, November 5th‬‪‬‬

Lexington Newcomers Club and LexFUN! have joined forces to raise money for the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation on behalf of Lexington toddler, Spencer Smith.  To register to run or walk, visit  https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org and choose “Spencer’s Sprinters” when you Join an Existing Team

After you have completed registration, you can begin to raise funds for our team by joining at https://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters.  Registered runners and walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by ‪October 11th‬ will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters official race t-shirt. 

YES! For Lexington
www.yes4lex.org

This December, Lexington voters will be asked to approve funding for the construction of three capital projects:
Maria Hastings Elementary School
Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K)
Fire Station Headquarters


These vital 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 YES! Campaign needs your help to:
• Raise awareness about the December vote.
• Educate our community about these projects.
• Encourage Lexington to vote YES! in December.


The LHS PTO endorses the campaign and will be making a donation to the Yes! For Lexington campaign. 


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

October and November Driver Ed Programs 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training at Lexington High School through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin in the months of October and November.  Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00 rtyty

Complete date information and the enrollment forms are available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php 

The Immortal Path:  Wisdom of the Tao With Zhou Xuan Yun 

Considered one of the most revered and sacred philosophical texts of the East, the Tao Te Ching teaches unity of body and mind, as well as the interconnectedness of self and the natural world. LCE welcomes life-long student of the Tao (or Way), Zhou Xuan Yun to expound on the the Tao Te Ching, and to explore ways of practical incorporation of living in accordance to nature, leading to a healthier life from both within and without. 

Daoist monk Zhou Xuan Yun (pronounced Joh Sh-wen Yoon) was born in the year of the Monkey in a small village in entral China’s Henan Province. At age 13, his parents sent him o live on Wudang Mountain, China, where he was a student nd later an instructor of Taiji and Kung Fu. Living at the Daoist ssociation Martial Arts Academy, in the Purple Cloud Temple, Master Zhou was accepted into the 15th generation on the Wudang San Feng lineage.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 3:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington. The cost is $10.00.  

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at781 862 8043

Teen Wellness: How to Find the Right Therapis
With Eva Breitenbach 

Being a teen is hard. From demanding classes, to difficult-to-navigate social lives, everything can seem difficult. Often, therapy can help - the right therapist can help a teen build emotional resilience and healthy behaviors. Come to this session to learn more about when it might be appropriate to seek a mental health therapist for your teen, how to select the right therapist for your teen's needs, and what to expect . 

The instructor is the co-founder of Sophia, an MIT-backed company that helps parents find the right mental health therapists for their teenagers. 

This workshop will meet on Tuesday, October 10 at 7pm at Lexington High School. The cost of the workshop is $10.00. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at781 862 8043.

Week of September 29th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

     UPDATED WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS BELOW!
     It Is Not Too Late to Join the LHS PTO!
     LHS PTO FORUMS SURVEY: WE NEED YOUR INPUT
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
     LHS Calendar Dates
     SENIORS & JUNIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
     Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
     2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
     Community Service Opportunity
     Youth Risk Behavior Survey
     October Dyslexia Awareness Month: “Journey Into Dyslexia”
     22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
     YES! For Lexington
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
     One Evening College Essay Writing Workshop
     Columbus Day Weekend Intensive College Essay Writing Workshop
     October and November Driver Ed Programs
     Thoreau and the Language of Trees: An Illustrated Talk
     The Immortal Path:  Wisdom of the Tao With Zhou Xuan Yun
     Teen Wellness: How to Find the Right Therapist



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Monday, October 2: Parent Portal Open for Gradebooks
Tuesday, October 3: Financial Aid Night (6:00pm – 8:00pm)
Saturday, October 7: SAT Exams (7:30am – 3:00pm) LHS
Monday, October 9: Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
Thursday, October 12: 
Back to School Night (7pm-9:25pm)


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

PLEASE EXCUSE THE ERROR! AN INCOMPLETE VERSION OF THE WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS WAS SENT THIS MONING - BELOW PLEASE FIND THE COMPLETE LISTING

It Is Not Too Late to Join the LHS PTO!

This is our one and only fundraiser, so please become a member of our PTO! join us!

The LHS PTO depends on membership dues and additional donations to fund the budget, which supports the students, staff and parents at LHS. As a benefit of your membership you will receive access to the online LHS Directory. Thank you for your generous support.

Just click on the link to become a member, donate and/or volunteer: https://www.lhspto.org/donate/

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO

LHS PTO FORUMS SURVEY: WE NEED YOUR INPUT
Do you worry about social media/electronics addiction? Would you like to get more information about helping your student choose the right college for him/her? 

Fill out this quick survey to let us know the topics you are most interested in.

As part of the LHS PTO's mission, we sponsor several Parent Forums every year to bring you important information related to the school, staff and students.

We are currently putting together this year's forums and we would like to ask your opinion on topics that interest you the most. Your input would be appreciated. Click here to start the survey. Thank you for your participation! 

Questions?  Email us Forums@LHSPTO.org


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates
For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS on a day-to-day basis” 

SENIORS & JUNIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

For information regarding:
- Naviance Records Release and Payment Authorization
- LHS Request Deadlines for official transcripts 2017-2018
- SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018
- ACT Test Dates 2016-2017
- Transcript Financial Assistance
Simply click here or visit our LHS PTO website

Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT Information
When: Saturday, October 14, 7:45AM
Where: Lexington High School

Sophomores and Juniors at Lexington High School are invited to take the PSAT. This is an optional test. 

Deadline to pay the $30.00 fee is Tuesday, October 3rd. PSAT tests will be ordered at that time. 

Contact Karen Hurley, Registrar, khurley@lexingtonma.org or 781-861-2320 x 69126 

Click for The PSAT/NMSQT: What Do You Need to Know?

2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!! 

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 (hwallen@lexingtonma.org), 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!!

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Sept 29-Oct 6)  

Friday, Sept 29
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School

Monday, Oct 2
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Melrose High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Melrose High School

Tuesday, Oct 3
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Watertown High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Watertown High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Watertown High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Reading Memorial High School
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Chelmsford High School

Wednesday, Oct 4
   3:30pm BOYS Varsity Golf vs Watertown High School
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Watertown High School
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Watertown High School

Thursday, Oct 5
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Watertown High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Burlington High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Belmont High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Watertown High School

Friday, Oct 6
   4:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Burlington High School
   6:00pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Burlington High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Community Service Opportunity 

For students who are interested in getting community service hours, the Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry needs volunteers everySaturday morning from 8:30 - 11 am.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Usha Thakrar at ushathakrar@gmail.com.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) will be sharing/presenting the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2017 results for the middle schools and high school on Monday October 2nd. We'll be meeting from 7:00-8:30pm in the LHS library media center (room 149, 1st floor of the main building of the high school). This is a public meeting open to all members of the community. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Please feel free to contact Julie Fenn with any questions. jfenn@lexingtonma.org

October Dyslexia Awareness Month: Film Screening and Discussion of HBO Documentary “Journey Into Dyslexia”
When: ‪Wednesday, October 11‬
Time: ‪7:00 PM - 9:00 PM‬
Where: Science Lecture Hall, Lexington High School

Journey into Dyslexia (HBO, 2011) presents profiles of dyslexic students and adults who share their experiences of struggling in school and then succeeding in life. Academy-Award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond examine the complexities of this differently structured brain and debunk the myths and misperceptions about dyslexia. This film reveals that many adult professionals who once struggled to learn in school consider their dyslexia a unique gift and the defining reason behind their success. Discussion to follow film screening. Co-sponsored by Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington ( ‪http://lexdyslexia.weebly.com) and LexSEPAC/SEPTA (lexsepta.org). For more information, please contact lexdyslexia@gmail.com.‬
Please Note: Due to some emotional testimonies, this film is appropriate for kids ages 10+.

22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run – Spencer’s Sprinters
Sunday, November 5th‬‪‬‬

Lexington Newcomers Club and LexFUN! have joined forces to raise money for the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation on behalf of Lexington toddler, Spencer Smith.  To register to run or walk, visit  https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org and choose “Spencer’s Sprinters” when you Join an Existing Team

After you have completed registration, you can begin to raise funds for our team by joining at https://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters.  Registered runners and walkers who create a Crowdrise profile and raise $100 or more by ‪October 11th‬ will receive a FREE long sleeve Spencer’s Sprinters official race t-shirt.  

YES! For Lexington
www.yes4lex.org

This December, Lexington voters will be asked to approve funding for the construction of three capital projects:
Maria Hastings Elementary School
Lexington Children’s Place (Pre-K)
Fire Station Headquarters


These vital 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 YES! Campaign needs your help to:
• Raise awareness about the December vote.
• Educate our community about these projects.
• Encourage Lexington to vote YES! in December.


The LHS PTO endorses the campaign and will be making a donation to the Yes! For Lexington campaign. 


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION 

One Evening College Essay Writing Workshop
Instructor, Mindy Pollack Fusi

Are you a high school student who will need to write your essay(s) for college applications? Have an idea for a topic...or no idea at all? When you write, do you tend to stare at a blank page, or at the few lines you’ve managed to crank out, and have no clue what to put down next? Relax! Writing the essay(s) can actually be fun, and simple--and we will discuss Do’s and Don’ts. You will learn tips to finally get started and complete your essay. Each student will get a few minutes one-on-one at the end of class. Class size limited to eight.

This cost of the workshop is $33.00. The workshop will be held at Lexington High School. Two workshops are available and content is the same in both.

Wednesday, October 18th from 7:00-9:00pm

Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043

Columbus Day Weekend Intensive College Essay Writing Workshop
Instructor, Mindy Pollack Fusi 

Don’t wait until college application deadlines approach and wonder what to create for your personal statement/essay!  Be prepared by spending only one weekend (four-half days) learning the do's and dont’s of the essay.  You will receive help on all aspects of the essay from coming up with a topic to actually completing the essay in the span of four days. Join fellow students as popular College Application Essay Coach, Mindy Pollack-Fusi, teaches you insider tips and a foolproof technique on how to choose your essay topic. From there, you will draft your essay and receive feedback. After reviewing the feedback, and revising the essay you will receive feedback again. You will work on polishing your essay and by the close of day four, you will have a completed essay that is concise yet creative and lively. This class will help you breakthrough your fear and frustration, guide you to the finish, and help you relax when your essay is done!  Please bring a paper and pen to class as well as your laptop. Class size limited to 8. 

Four MeetingsBeginning Friday, October 6 from 6:30-9:00pm and meeting Saturday October 7, Sunday, October 8, and Monday, October 9 from 11:00am - 3:30pm at The Place for Words, 200 Great Road, Suite 254A, Bedford. There will be a short lunch break. Please bring your own lunch or plan to purchase from nearby restaurants. 

The cost of the workshop is $500.   Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.  

October and November Driver Ed Programs 

Lexington Community Education is pleased to offer Driver Education Training at Lexington High School through CS Driving School. Classes are scheduled to begin in the months of October and November.  Tuition for CS Driving School's Complete Driver Education Program is $680.00

Complete date information and the enrollment forms are available at:  http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/drivers_ed.php 

Thoreau and the Language of Trees: An Illustrated Talk
With Richard Higgins

Richard Higgins explores Henry David Thoreau’s deep connections to trees through Thoreau’s words, photos of historic Concord trees and his own striking photographs of trees today. His talk shows how trees inspired Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, work as a naturalist, philosophical thought, and his spiritual life.

Richard Higgins is the author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees (University of California Press, 2017). A writer, lecturer and photographer, he is a former longtime Boston Globe staff writer and co-author or editor of several books. His work has appeared in the New York TimesAtlantic MonthlyChristian Century, Smithsonian, and NPR’s On Point

The event will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington. The cost is $10.00. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at781 862 8043

The Immortal Path:  Wisdom of the Tao With Zhou Xuan Yun 

Considered one of the most revered and sacred philosophical texts of the East, the Tao Te Ching teaches unity of body and mind, as well as the interconnectedness of self and the natural world. LCE welcomes life-long student of the Tao (or Way), Zhou Xuan Yun to expound on the the Tao Te Ching, and to explore ways of practical incorporation of living in accordance to nature, leading to a healthier life from both within and without. 

Daoist monk Zhou Xuan Yun (pronounced Joh Sh-wen Yoon) was born in the year of the Monkey in a small village in entral China’s Henan Province. At age 13, his parents sent him o live on Wudang Mountain, China, where he was a student nd later an instructor of Taiji and Kung Fu. Living at the Daoist ssociation Martial Arts Academy, in the Purple Cloud Temple, Master Zhou was accepted into the 15th generation on the Wudang San Feng lineage.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 3:00pm at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington. The cost is $10.00.  

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at781 862 8043

Teen Wellness: How to Find the Right Therapis
With Eva Breitenbach 

Being a teen is hard. From demanding classes, to difficult-to-navigate social lives, everything can seem difficult. Often, therapy can help - the right therapist can help a teen build emotional resilience and healthy behaviors. Come to this session to learn more about when it might be appropriate to seek a mental health therapist for your teen, how to select the right therapist for your teen's needs, and what to expect . 

The instructor is the co-founder of Sophia, an MIT-backed company that helps parents find the right mental health therapists for their teenagers. 

This workshop will meet on Tuesday, October 10 at 7pm at Lexington High School.  The cost of the workshop is $10.00. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at781 862 8043.