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.

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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 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.
______________________________________________

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.

Week of September 22nd, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
     Join the LHS PTO
     PTO Hosts LHS Staff Appreciation & Welcome Luncheon - Thank you LHS Families
     LHS PTO FORUMS SURVEY: WE NEED YOUR INPUT
     LHS Parent Discussion Group
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
     Voter Registration Drive
     LEXINGTON GIRL SCOUTS INFO SESSION
     LUSC High School Co-ed Pickup Soccer
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
     SAT Reading Prep
     Math PSAT Prep
     College Essay Writing Workshop
     FOR PARENTS: How to Find the College That Fits Your Child
     Thoreau and the Language of Trees: An Illustrated Talk
     The Immortal Path:  Wisdom of the Tao With Zhou Xuan Yun



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

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.  This is our one and only fundraiser, so please join us!

We aim for 100% PTO membership amongst our parent community. 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

PTO Hosts LHS Staff Appreciation & Welcome Luncheon - Thank you LHS Families

The 300+ faculty and staff were treated to a wonderful welcome back lunch on Thursday, September 14th.   A huge thanks to all the parents who donated, cooked, set up, cleaned up, and made the afternoon such a great and tasty way to start off the school year. It’s a big crowd to feed, but trust us no one ever goes hungry!   Thank you to Rice Cube, Lexington, for being so generous and donating many delicious dishes. 

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 Parent Discussion Group
When: Thursday, September 28, 8:00 am
Where: Lexington Community Center

The Parent Discussion Group is a support group for parents of Lexington High School students. The purpose of the group is to enable parents to support each other as they help their children learn, grow, and experience success at LHS. During the school year, meetings are held weekly on Thursday mornings. Once a month, the group meets at 7:45am at LHS, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray. On all other Thursdays the group meets at 8:00am at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road (parent-run). Meetings typically include a main topic followed by open discussion on themes related to LHS. All parents of LHS students are welcome to attend as their schedules permit.

Contact Suzanne Lau (Suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.com) or Elise Rowley (elise@rowleyhome.com) for information or to join the email list.  


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 –
It's time to purchase your yearbook! Last year’s book sold out and some seniors were upset when we had no books left for them. Buy now to avoid disappointment.
If you purchase by September 30th, you get the book at our lowest rate!  

Senior Parents -
 The deadline to have your portrait taken is October 15th so please plan accordingly.

Click here for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Harriet Wallenat ext. 69151 or via email at hwallen@lexingtonma.org

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Sept 22-29)  

Friday, Sept 22
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Lincoln Sudbury RHS
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Lincoln Sudbury RHS
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Lincoln Sudbury RHS
   7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Cheerleading vs Reading Memorial High School
   7:00pm BOYS Varsity Football vs Reading Memorial High School

Saturday, Sept 23
   10:00am GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Algonquin Regional High School
   10:00am GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Algonquin Regional High School

Monday, Sept 25
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Arlington High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Arlington High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Arlington High School
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Arlington High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Arlington High School
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Arlignton High School

Tuesday, Sept 26
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Cross Country vs Winchester High School
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Cross Country vs Winchester High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Woburn High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Woburn High School

Wednesday, Sept 27
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Woburn High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Woburn High School

Thursday, Sept 28
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Reading Memorial High School
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Wakefield Memorial High School
   7:00pm BOYS Varsity Football vs Winchester High School
   7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Cheerleading vs Winchester High School

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Voter Registration Drive
Cary Library, ‪Sept 26, 2:30pm to 6pm‬ 

The League of Women Voters is holding a voter registration drive at Cary Library ‪on Sept 26, from 2:30 to 6PM‬, to commemorate National Voter Registration Day. The library is located at ‪1874 Mass Ave‬, Lexington.  People will be able to register immediately with the help of trained volunteers. There will also be information about online registration and an online portal where folks can check their voting status.

Everyone is welcome, especially new residents, new citizens, and 16-year-olds, who are allowed under Massachusetts law to pre-register and then vote when they are 18. For more information, please contact me or Eileen Zalisk (zalisk@aol.com, or ‪617-285-0383‬)

LEXINGTON GIRL SCOUTS INFO SESSION
TUESDAY 9/26, 6:00-7:30PM
Hancock Church, Pearson Room, 1912 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington 

Girl Scouts is for girls in grades K-12. With the guidance of adult volunteers, Girl Scouts earn badges, explore the outdoors, attend fun events and field trips, and participate in the Girl Scout cookie program. Questions? Contact Molly at MKazin@gsema.org or register on our website at www.gsema.org/join.

LUSC High School Co-ed Pickup Soccer
Ages: Boys and girls, 9th-12th grades
Dates: September 17th to November 5th
Time: Sundays, 5-6pm, Lincoln Field
Registration link: http://lexingtonunited.org/soccer-for-high-school-age-players 
Fees for registration: $50

LUSC is excited to continue offering high-schoolers a chance to enjoy the beautiful game in a casual environment. Teams will be formed each week, and games will be played with a referee.


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION 

SAT Reading Prep
Instructor: David Bell

      - meets 5 Tuesdays
        - beginning September 26
        - from 6:30-8:30pm
        - $200  
        - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board 

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.  
 
Math PSAT Prep
Instructor: Chris Doucette

In PSAT Math, students will review mathematical operations and learn test strategies necessary for success on the PSAT.  Class content has been  updated for the new test.
Required Text for class: Barron's Strategies and Practice for the NEW PSAT/NMSQT IsBN:  978-1438007687. 

Meets Wednesday, September 27 from 3:30-5:30pm at Lexington High School.  Cost:  $35.00. 

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

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.

Either:
Thursday, September 28th from 6:30-8:30pm

Or:
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

FOR PARENTS: How to Find the College That Fits Your Child
Instructor :   Larry Dannenberg, Professional College Placement Consultant
 
Looking to find the right school for your child or obtain merit money?   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 what you can do to better your position even if you are not a top student.  This class is particularly important if your student is at the top of the class, has learning disabilities, is an athlete, or is average.  2015 was a year of significant change, Standardized testing has shifted, timing for Financial Aid has accelerated, a new application from the Consortium, & admissions have become more competitive. Learn 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 workshop will be held on Tuesday, eptember 26 th at 6:30pm at  Lexington High School.  The cost is $25.00 for two adults in the household.

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

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.

Week of September 17th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
     Join the LHS PTO
     Want to Submit a Post to the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements?
     LHS Parent Discussion Group
 LHS NEWS & EVENTS
     LHS Calendar Dates
     Senior Parent/Guardian Workshop
     SENIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
     JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES: PSATs
     2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
     LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
     Destination Imagination
     LEXINGTON GIRL SCOUTS INFO SESSION
     LUSC High School Co-ed Pickup Soccer
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
     SAT Prep
     Math PSAT Prep
     College Essay Writing Workshop
     FOR PARENTS: How to Find the College That Fits Your Child
     FOR PARENTS: ou Can Afford College If.....



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

September 15: Freshmen Dance 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
September 19: Add/Drop Classes Deadline
September 19: Senior Parent Workshop 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
September 21: Rosh Hashanah – No School


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

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.  This is our one and only fundraiser, so please join us!

We aim for 100% PTO membership amongst our parent community. 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: www.lhspto.org

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO

Want to Submit a Post to the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements?

If you have information to share with the LHS community, you may submit it to the Listserv Manager: announcements@lhspto.org or LHS PTO Communications VP: communicationvp@lhspto.org

The Weekly Announcements are usually published on Friday morning. To allow time for review and formatting, we request that we receive submissions by Wednesday evening.

* Note: The email address associated with the Listserv Manager in former years, lhslistserv @ gmail.com, is being phased out in Fall 2017. Please use announcements @ lhspto.org instead. 

LHS Parent Discussion Group
When: Thursday, September 21, 9:00 am No regular meeting due to school holiday
Where: Panera Lexington.

The Parent Discussion Group is a support group for parents of Lexington High School students. The purpose of the group is to enable parents to support each other as they help their children learn, grow, and experience success at LHS. During the school year, meetings are held weekly on Thursday mornings. Once a month, the group meets at 7:45am at LHS, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray. On all other Thursdays the group meets at 8:00am at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road (parent-run). Meetings typically include a main topic followed by open discussion on themes related to LHS. All parents of LHS students are welcome to attend as their schedules permit.
September 28--First regular meeting 8am at the Community Center.

Contact Suzanne Lau (Suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.com) or Elise Rowley (elise@rowleyhome.com) for information or to join the email list.  


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” 

Senior Parent/Guardian Workshop
When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
             6:30OM-8:00PM
Where: Lexington High School AUDITORIUM

Attention Parents of Seniors - You are cordially invited to attend the following upcoming event:
SENIOR PARENT/GUARDIAN WORKSHOP
PRESENTED BY THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
Topics Included: Naviance, Creating a Balanced College List, LHS Specific Processes

SENIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

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

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

2) LHS Request Deadlines for Official Transcripts 2017-2018
Lexington High School Transcript Request Deadline 
 

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

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

4) SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018 
Parents are reminded to sign up their child early for SAT testing at LHS (www.collegeboard.org).  Lexington test center fills quickly, especially for August, May and June. Accommodations that are used in school do not apply to College Board. Students need to apply and College Board makes the decision within 7 weeks of receiving an application. Please email Mrs. Dooley, cdooley@lexingtonma.org, SSD Coordinator for an application or stop by room 152 at LHS and pick one up. 

2017–2018 SAT Test Dates and Registration

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

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates 
 

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

JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES: PSATs Saturday, October 14th
The PSAT/NMSQT: What Do You Need to Know?
Sophomores and Juniors at Lexington High School are invited to take the PSAT.

When/Where?
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Students arrive at the LHS auditorium by 7:45 am - Test will end at approximately 11:30 am

Who?
This is an OPTIONAL TEST . Most students take the PSAT/NMSQT in 10 th or 11 th grade. If you are
homeschooled, or if your school is not offering the test, you can sign up to take it another school nearby.

Why?
The PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for taking the SAT. It can qualify you for scholarship programs.
Also it can give you insight into which AP courses you may be ready to take.

Bonuses: After you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you can get a free, tailored practice program for the SATbased
on your personal test results- through Khan Academy. You can also get free access to the
“Roadmap to Careers” online tool from Roadtrip Nation to explore majors and careers that reflect your
interests.

How much?
Parents have been sent an email to pay a fee of $30.00 in M.C.C., the on-line payment system. Once
parents pay that fee, their child will be registered for the PSAT. The deadline to pay the fee is Tuesday,
October 3rd. You will NOT receive a reminder or a confirmation that you are registered. To pay this fee
online, go to the LHS home page, quick links, online payments, sign in or create a new account.

Questions?
Your counselor will have the answers to most of your questions. For further help, see contact information
on page ii of the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide. Online information is available at the PSAT/NMSQT or
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) websites.

What Else?
PSAT Study Guides: Juniors will receive one in homeroom and Sophomores can find this in a
Counseling Office. Please refer to your PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide for everything you need to know
about taking the test, scholarship opportunities, accommodations for students with disabilities, score
reports, and more.

Checklist: What to Bring on Test Day
Room assignments will be posted outside the auditorium. Go directly to the auditorium for instructions.
- No. 2 pencils with erasers (mechanical pencils are not allowed)
- Acceptable calculator (see page 26 in the PSAT/NMSQT study guide)
- Social Security Number
- Email address (optional)
- Current and valid school - or government- issued photo ID, if you are not testing at the school you
normally attend (more information about IDs is available at sat.org/id-requirements

2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!! 

All Parents –
It's time to purchase your yearbook! Last year’s book sold out and some seniors were upset when we had no books left for them. Buy now to avoid disappointment.
If you purchase by September 30th, you get the book at our lowest rate! 

• To purchase your 2018 book by credit card, simply click this link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/4219
• To purchase your 2018 book by mail or at school, download this form: https://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/buy-a-yearbook/
• Share Your Photos - We would love to consider your photos for the yearbook! Click this link to share any photos with us that feature your LHS student in action: http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/Index.jsp?code=lexington 

Senior Parents -
• Senior Portraits - The policy of our student-run editorial board regarding senior portraiture remains the same as it has been in the past. Only portraits taken by our designated photography company, Portrait Experience (Smile-Pro), will be included in our yearbook. 
If you do not wish to purchase a senior portrait from them, you are under no obligation to do so. Additionally, no-cost sittings for yearbook-only poses and backgrounds will be available right here at school on underclass student picture makeup day (in October). The date will be announced shortly. Our goal is to have every senior in the yearbook.
 The deadline to have your portrait taken is October 15th so please plan accordingly.
•  It's also time to purchase your senior tribute ad in the yearbook! You may create your own ad online or download a form for instructions on submitting your senior congrats ad: http://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/parent-ads/
If you have any questions, please contact Harriet Wallenat ext. 69151 or via email at hwallen@lexingtonma.org

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Sept 8-15)  

Friday, Sept 15
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Winchester High School (LHS)
   3:45pm GIRLSJunior Varsity Volleyball vs Winchester High School (LHS)
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Winchester High School (Center Field)
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)
   5:00pm GIRLSVarsity Volleyball vs Winchester High School (LHS)
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Reading Memorial High School (Minuteman Regional High School)  

Saturday, Sept 16
   10:00am GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Rockport High School CANCELLED
   10:00am GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Rockport High School CANCELLED
   10:00am BOYS Junior Varsity Football vs Concord Carlisle High School CANCELLED

Monday, Sept 18
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Bedford Public Schools
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Bedford Public Schools
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Bedford Public Schools

Tuesday, Sept 19
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Cross Country vs Melrose High School
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Cross Country vs Melrose High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Belmont High School
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Belmont High School
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Belmont High School

Wednesday, Sept 20
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Arlington High School
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Arlington High School

Friday, Sept 22
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Lincoln Sudbury RHS
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Lincoln Sudbury RHS
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Lincoln Sudbury RHS
   7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Cheerleading vs Reading Memorial High School
   7:00pm BOYS Varsity Football vs Reading Memorial High School

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Destination Imagination
This Thursday you can find out more about this program for children you know. 

Destination Imagination (DI) is a volunteer-led, educational non-profit organization that teaches STEM principles as well as performing arts to kindergarten through university level students through creative and collaborative problem solving challenges. Team members work together to develop a solution to one of 7 open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Through the Challenge program, students learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation and learn skills needed to succeed in school, career and life, including teamwork, communication, project management, perseverance, creative and critical thinking, and self-confidence. 

Find out more at an all-town meeting this Thursday, SEPTEMBER 14, 7pm at the Munroe Center for the Arts, Rm. 222 (middle floor, end of hall).  Parking is along Mass. Ave., or in the parking lot behind the building. 

This is a good opportunity to find out more about what children experience, and to talk with organizers and participants. For more information, email  lexingtonmadi@gmail.com  

More information is also available online: 

http://lexdi.org/index.html 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destination_Imagination 

LEXINGTON GIRL SCOUTS INFO SESSION
TUESDAY 9/26, 6:00-7:30PM
Hancock Church, Pearson Room, 1912 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington

Girl Scouts is for girls in grades K-12. With the guidance of adult volunteers, Girl Scouts earn badges, explore the outdoors, attend fun events and field trips, and participate in the Girl Scout cookie program. Questions? Contact Molly at MKazin@gsema.org or register on our website at www.gsema.org/join.

LUSC High School Co-ed Pickup Soccer
Ages: Boys and girls, 9th-12th grades
Dates: September 17th to November 5th
Time: Sundays, 5-6pm, Lincoln Field
Registration link: http://lexingtonunited.org/soccer-for-high-school-age-players 
Fees for registration: $50

LUSC is excited to continue offering high-schoolers a chance to enjoy the beautiful game in a casual environment. Teams will be formed each week, and games will be played with a referee.


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION 

SAT Prep

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 - Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board
        - meets 5 Tuesdays
        - beginning September 26
        - from 6:30-8:30pm
        - $200  

Math PSAT Prep
Instructor: Chris Doucette

In PSAT Math, students will review mathematical operations and learn test strategies necessary for success on the PSAT.  Class content has been  updated for the new test.
Required Text for class: Barron's Strategies and Practice for the NEW PSAT/NMSQT IsBN:  978-1438007687. 

Meets Wednesday, September 27 from 3:30-5:30pm at Lexington High School.  Cost:  $35.00. 

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

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.

Either:
Thursday, September 28th from 6:30-8:30pm

Or:
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. 

FOR PARENTS: How to Find the College That Fits Your Child
Instructor :   Larry Dannenberg, Professional College Placement Consultant
 
Looking to find the right school for your child or obtain merit money?   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 what you can do to better your position even if you are not a top student.  This class is particularly important if your student is at the top of the class, has learning disabilities, is an athlete, or is average.  2015 was a year of significant change, Standardized testing has shifted, timing for Financial Aid has accelerated, a new application from the Consortium, & admissions have become more competitive. Learn 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 workshop will be held on Tuesday, eptember 26 th at 6:30pm at  Lexington High School.  The cost is $25.00 for two adults in the household.    

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

FOR PARENTS: ou Can Afford College If.....
Instructor :  onald 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 by understanding the process, and how implementing strategies may increase a family’s eligibility even if you have a “high income” or own a business. The greatest amount of financial aid goes to the families who act in the years before college. 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 Monday, September 18th at :30pm at Lexington High School.  Tuition is $25 for two adults in the household . 
Pre-registration required. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 
 

Week of September 11th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
     Welcome to the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements
     Join the LHS PTO

     LHS Principal Coffee
     LHS Parent Discussion Group
     LHS Fall Staff Welcome Luncheon
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
     LHS Calendar Dates
     Freshmen Parent Information Night
     SENIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
     JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES: PSATs Saturday, October 14th
     2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!!
     LHS Sports

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
     LUSC High School Co-ed Pickup Soccer
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
     SAT Prep
     College Essay Writing Workshop
     Health Care in the Trump Administration with Deborah Stone


IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

September 9: ACT Test Date
September 11: Picture Day (Grades 9, 10, 11)
September 13: Freshman Parent Night
September 14: PTO Welcome Coffee with New Principal 7:45 AM
September 14: LHS All Students ½ Day
September 14: Staff Appreciation Lunch 11 AM
September 19: Add/Drop Classes Deadline
September 19: Senior Parent Workshop 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
September 21: Rosh Hashanah – No School


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

Welcome to the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements

All families of LHS students who have registered to be included in the LHS family directory hosted by the My School Anywhere platform are subscribed to the LHS PTO listserv. 

What is the Listserv?
The listserv is the email distribution list the PTO uses to communicate important information to LHS families. It is managed and sent out weekly by a PARENT VOLUNTEER. 

What information appears via the Listserv?
Over the last few years, the PTO Board members and parent volunteers have worked hard to try to come up with an organized way to present the information contained in the announcements.  The announcements are now divided into the following sections:

• IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
• LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
• LHS NEWS & EVENTS
• COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
• LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

How does the Listserv Manager collect information for the listserv?
Anyone can submit information to be posted on the listserv. However, if a request to post comes from someone outside the PTO, LHS or LPS, the decision to include the information is based on two factors:
• The information needs to be pertinent and connected to LHS (such as community service for students)
• The Information needs to be pertinent and connected to the Town of Lexington

The LHS PTO Weekly Announcements do not accept posts that promote businesses or classes that cost money not organized by local not-for-profits or the Town.

The only information on the listserv that is supplied by the PTO is presented in the PTO News & Event section. All other information has been submitted to the Listserv Manager for posting. That includes any information from LHS. 

The listserv is only a small "picture" of what is going on at LHS.  We encourage everyone to go to the LHS website for complete information: https://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/9

Do YOU want to submit a post to the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements?
If you have information to share with the LHS community, you may submit it to the Listserv Manager: announcements@lhspto.org or LHS PTO Communications VP: communicationvp@lhspto.org 

The Weekly Announcements are usually published on Friday morning. To allow time for review and formatting, we request that we receive submissions by Wednesday evening

* Note: The email address associated with the Listserv Manager in former years, lhslistserv @ gmail.com, is being phased out in Fall 2017. Please use announcements @ lhspto.org instead.

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.  This is our one and only fundraiser, so please join us!

We aim for 100% PTO membership amongst our parent community. 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: www.lhspto.org

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO

LHS Principal Coffee 
When:  Thursday, September 14, 7:45 am
Where Library Media Room

Come and meet our new Principal Andrew Stephens and share his vision of LHS.

LHS Parent Discussion Group
When: Thursday, September 14, 9:00 am
Where: Panera Lexington.

The Parent Discussion Group is a support group for parents of Lexington High School students. The purpose of the group is to enable parents to support each other as they help their children learn, grow, and experience success at LHS. During the school year, meetings are held weekly on Thursday mornings. Once a month, the group meets at 7:45am at LHS, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray. On all other Thursdays the group meets at 8:00am at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road (parent-run). Meetings typically include a main topic followed by open discussion on themes related to LHS. All parents of LHS students are welcome to attend as their schedules permit.
September 21--No regular meeting due to school holiday. Meet at Panera 9am.
September 28--First regular meeting 8am at the Community Center.

Contact Suzanne Lau (Suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.com) or Elise Rowley (elise@rowleyhome.com) for information or to join the email list.  

LHS Fall Staff Welcome Luncheon: 
The lunch is NEXT WEEK and we still need lots of volunteers to help feed the 300+ staff members!!! 

Dishes can be homemade or store bought and should serve a minimum of 8 people. Please click on the link below to sign up.

When: Thursday, September 14, 11:15 AM
Where: LHS, Commons II

Please sign up for the Fall Staff Welcome Luncheon to welcome back the hard-working staff of LHS.  The staff loves and looks forward to this lunch and they enjoy sampling the wonderful array of dishes we present to them.  Bring your favorite dish to share!  We also need volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up. 

Click this link to go to our invitation page on http://signup.com/login/entry/597014560436582086 

Thank you for helping with this great event for the staff!

Kara Brandes and Jen Vogelzang
Co-Vice Presidents of Hospitality
hospitality@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” 

Freshmen Parent Information Night
When: Wednesday, September 13, 6:30-7:30pm.
Where: LHS

During this time, your child’s Dean and counselor will provide information to introduce you to high school life and important routines/procedures. Helpful advice to navigate new systems will be presented along with answers to general questions you may have. Please check your child’s schedule on the Aspen Portal to find out who your son/daughter’s Dean is. 

SENIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

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

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

2) LHS Request Deadlines for Official Transcripts 2017-2018
Lexington High School Transcript Request Deadline 

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

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

4) SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018 
Parents are reminded to sign up their child early for SAT testing at LHS (www.collegeboard.org).  Lexington test center fills quickly, especially for August, May and June. Accommodations that are used in school do not apply to College Board. Students need to apply and College Board makes the decision within 7 weeks of receiving an application. Please email Mrs. Dooley, cdooley@lexingtonma.org, SSD Coordinator for an application or stop by room 152 at LHS and pick one up. 

2017–2018 SAT Test Dates and Registration


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

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates 


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

JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES: PSATs Saturday, October 14th
Lexington High School
$30.00
 

This is an optional test. All Juniors and Sophomores have been invited to take the PSATs. Parents have been sent an email to pay a fee of $30.00 in M.C.C., the on-line payment system. Once parents pay that fee, their child will be registered for the PSATs. The deadline to pay the fee is Tuesday, October 3rd. Please pay the fee promptly so we have your child registered. You will NOT receive a reminder or a confirmation you are registered. 

Students should plan to arrive at LHS auditorium on Saturday, October 14th no later than 7:45 am. Students will check the room assignments list and have a seat in the auditorium. 

-Students will need to bring on test day:
-Current ID (school ID, learner permit, driver’s license, passport)
-Two #2 pencils – No mechanical pencils allowed by College Board
-Calculator
-Optional: Water and snack

This is how you can pay the fee online if you did not receive the email: 

Go to Lexington High School home page. http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Domain/8 
Quick links
Online Payments
Sign in or create a new account

Parents can pay by check or by some credit cards online. Alternatively, a check can be sent to the Registrar’s Office, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421. Check payable to the TOWN OF LEXINGTON, $30.00. Be sure to include the student’s name in the memo section. 

Here is some basic information about the PSAT examination:
*  PSAT = Preliminary SAT
*  The PSAT is an annual exam offered nationally every year in October

Accommodations
Accommodations that are used in school do not apply to College Board. Students need to apply and College Board makes the decision within 7 weeks of receiving an application. Applications for accommodations for the PSAT are due to College Board. 

If you are applying please fill out this form:  (https://www.collegeboard.org/pdf/ssd/ssd-consent-form-accommodations.pdf) and submit to Mrs. Dooley, cdooley@lexingtonma.org , SSD Coordinator for College Board or Contact Mrs. Hurley, khurley@lexingtonma.org, PSAT Administrator & Registrar. 

Karen Hurley
781-861-2320 x69126
khurley@lexingtonma.org 

2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!! 

All Parents –
It's time to purchase your yearbook! Last year’s book sold out and some seniors were upset when we had no books left for them. Buy now to avoid disappointment.
If you purchase by September 30th, you get the book at our lowest rate! 

• To purchase your 2018 book by credit card, simply click this link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/4219
• To purchase your 2018 book by mail or at school, download this form: https://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/buy-a-yearbook/
• Share Your Photos - We would love to consider your photos for the yearbook! Click this link to share any photos with us that feature your LHS student in action: http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/Index.jsp?code=lexington 

Senior Parents -
• Senior Portraits - The policy of our student-run editorial board regarding senior portraiture remains the same as it has been in the past. Only portraits taken by our designated photography company, Portrait Experience (Smile-Pro), will be included in our yearbook. 
If you do not wish to purchase a senior portrait from them, you are under no obligation to do so. Additionally, no-cost sittings for yearbook-only poses and backgrounds will be available right here at school on underclass student picture makeup day (in October). The date will be announced shortly. Our goal is to have every senior in the yearbook.
 The deadline to have your portrait taken is October 15th so please plan accordingly.
•  It's also time to purchase your senior tribute ad in the yearbook! You may create your own ad online or download a form for instructions on submitting your senior congrats ad: http://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/parent-ads/
If you have any questions, please contact Harriet Wallenat ext. 69151 or via email at hwallen@lexingtonma.org

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Sept 8-15)  

Friday, Sept 8
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Stoneham High School (Lincoln Field)
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Stoneham High School (Lincoln Field)
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Stoneham High School – (LHS)
   4:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Stoneham High School (LHS)
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Stoneham High School (LHS)
 
Saturday, Sept 9
   2:00pm GIRLS Varsity Cheerleading vs Brockton High School (Worthen Rd Fields)
   2:00pm BOYS Varsity Football vs Brockton High School (Worthen Rd Fields)  

Monday, Sept 11
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Stoneham High School (LHS)
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Stoneham High School (LHS)
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Stoneham High School (LHS)

Tuesday, Sept 12
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Walpole High School (Lincoln Field)
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Wakefield Memorial High School (Lincoln Field)

Wednesday, Sept 13
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Wakefield Memorial High School (Center field)
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Arlington High School (Lincoln Field)
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Melrose High School (Minuteman Regional High School)

Thursday, Sept 14
   3:30pm BOYS Freshman Football vs Concord Carlisle High School (Worthen Road Fields)
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)

Friday, Sept 15
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Winchester High School (LHS)
   3:45pm GIRLSJunior Varsity Volleyball vs Winchester High School (LHS)
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Winchester High School (Center Field)
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)
   5:00pm GIRLSVarsity Volleyball vs Winchester High School (LHS)
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Reading Memorial High School (Minuteman Regional High School)

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

LUSC High School Co-ed Pickup Soccer
Ages: Boys and girls, 9th-12th grades
Dates: September 17th to November 5th
Time: Sundays, 5-6pm, Lincoln Field
Registration link: http://lexingtonunited.org/soccer-for-high-school-age-players 
Fees for registration: $50

LUSC is excited to continue offering high-schoolers a chance to enjoy the beautiful game in a casual environment. Teams will be formed each week, and games will be played with a referee.


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION 

SAT Prep

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 Math - Mondays - Required text:   Barron's New SAT, 28th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - meets 6 Mondays
        - beginning September 11
        - from 6:30-8:30pm
        - $200

SAT Math - Thursdays - Required text:   Barron's New SAT, 28th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - meets 6 Thursdays
        - beginning September 14
        - from 3:30-5:30pm
        - $200

SAT Reading - Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board
        - meets 5 Tuesdays
        - beginning September 26
        - from 6:30-8:30pm
        - $200

SAT Writing and Language + Essay- Wednesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board
        - meets 6 Wednesdays
        - beginning September 13
        - from 7:00-9:00pm
        - $200

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.

Either:
Thursday, September 28th from 6:30-8:30pm

Or:
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. 

Health Care in the Trump Administration with Deborah Stone
Tuesday, September 12, 7:00-8:30pm
Lexington Depot
Cost:  $10.00

“Will repeal, replace & save healthcare for ALL Americans,” Trump vowed in his many Tweets and speeches. He promised "great health care at a fraction of the cost". Now that the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed, what can we expect in the way of reforms?  In order to understand how that political process is likely to play out, we need to look at the evolution of health insurance in the U.S.  After explaining this evolution, the lecture will explore how the Trump Administration might still be able to use incremental reforms to undo the great expansion of health insurance brought about by the ACA.  The talk will conclude with audience discussion of the future of America's health care system. 

Deborah Stone is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a specialist in health and social policy. 

The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor? by Deborah Stone, Nation Books, 2008 will be available for purchase at this evening’s event.

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



 

Week of September 4th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

September 9: ACT Test Date
September 11: Picture Day (Grades 9, 10, 11)
September 13: Freshman Parent Night
September 14: PTO Welcome Coffee with New Principal 7:45 AM
September 14: LHS All Students ½ Day
September 14: Staff Appreciation Lunch 11 AM
September 19: Add/Drop Classes Deadline
September 19: Senior Parent Workshop 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
September 21: Rosh Hashanah – No School


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

Welcome to the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements

All families of LHS students who have registered to be included in the LHS family directory hosted by the My School Anywhere platform are subscribed to the LHS PTO listserv. 

What is the Listserv?
The listserv is the email distribution list the PTO uses to communicate important information to LHS families. It is managed and sent out weekly by a PARENT VOLUNTEER. 

What information appears via the Listserv?
Over the last few years, the PTO Board members and parent volunteers have worked hard to try to come up with an organized way to present the information contained in the announcements.  The announcements are now divided into the following sections:

• IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
• LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
• LHS NEWS & EVENTS
• COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
• LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

How does the Listserv Manager collect information for the listserv?
Anyone can submit information to be posted on the listserv. However, if a request to post comes from someone outside the PTO, LHS or LPS, the decision to include the information is based on two factors:
• The information needs to be pertinent and connected to LHS (such as community service for students)
• The Information needs to be pertinent and connected to the Town of Lexington

The LHS PTO Weekly Announcements do not accept posts that promote businesses or classes that cost money not organized by local not-for-profits or the Town.

The only information on the listserv that is supplied by the PTO is presented in the PTO News & Event section. All other information has been submitted to the Listserv Manager for posting. That includes any information from LHS. 

The listserv is only a small "picture" of what is going on at LHS.  We encourage everyone to go to the LHS website for complete information:https://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/9

Do YOU want to submit a post to the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements?
If you have information to share with the LHS community, you may submit it to the Listserv Manager: announcements@lhspto.org or LHS PTO Communications VP:communicationvp@lhspto.org 

The Weekly Announcements are usually published on Friday morning. To allow time for review and formatting, we request that we receive submissions byWednesday evening

* Note: The email address associated with the Listserv Manager in former years, lhslistserv @ gmail.com, is being phased out in Fall 2017. Please use announcements @ lhspto.org instead.

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.  This is our one and only fundraiser, so please join us!

We aim for 100% PTO membership amongst our parent community. 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:www.lhspto.org

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO

LHS Principal Coffee 
When:  Thursday, September 14, 7:45 am
Where Library Media Room

Come and meet our new Principal Andrew Stephens and share his vision of LHS.

LHS Parent Discussion Group
When: Thursday, September 14, 9:00 am
Where: Panera Lexington.

The Parent Discussion Group is a support group for parents of Lexington High School students. The purpose of the group is to enable parents to support each other as they help their children learn, grow, and experience success at LHS. During the school year, meetings are held weekly on Thursday mornings. Once a month, the group meets at 7:45am at LHS, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray. On all other Thursdays the group meets at 8:00am at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road (parent-run). Meetings typically include a main topic followed by open discussion on themes related to LHS. All parents of LHS students are welcome to attend as their schedules permit.
September 21--No regular meeting due to school holiday. Meet at Panera 9am.
September 28--First regular meeting 8am at the Community Center.

Contact Suzanne Lau (Suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.com) or Elise Rowley (elise@rowleyhome.com) for information or to join the email list.  

LHS Fall Staff Welcome Luncheon: 
The lunch is NEXT WEEK and we still need lots of volunteers to help feed the 300+ staff members!!! 

Dishes can be homemade or store bought and should serve a minimum of 8 people. Please click on the link below to sign up.

When: Thursday, September 14, 11:15 AM
Where: LHS, Commons II

Please sign up for the Fall Staff Welcome Luncheon to welcome back the hard-working staff of LHS.  The staff loves and looks forward to this lunch and they enjoy sampling the wonderful array of dishes we present to them.  Bring your favorite dish to share!  We also need volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up. 

Click this link to go to our invitation page on http://signup.com/login/entry/597014560436582086 

Thank you for helping with this great event for the staff!

Kara Brandes and Jen Vogelzang
Co-Vice Presidents of Hospitality
hospitality@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” 

Freshmen Parent Information Night
When: Wednesday, September 13, 6:30-7:30pm.
Where: LHS

During this time, your child’s Dean and counselor will provide information to introduce you to high school life and important routines/procedures. Helpful advice to navigate new systems will be presented along with answers to general questions you may have. Please check your child’s schedule on the Aspen Portal to find out who your son/daughter’s Dean is. 

SENIORS: TESTING AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

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

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

2) LHS Request Deadlines for Official Transcripts 2017-2018
Lexington High School Transcript Request Deadline 

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

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

4) SAT Test Dates for 2017–2018 
Parents are reminded to sign up their child early for SAT testing at LHS (www.collegeboard.org).  Lexington test center fills quickly, especially for August, May and June. Accommodations that are used in school do not apply to College Board. Students need to apply and College Board makes the decision within 7 weeks of receiving an application. Please email Mrs. Dooley,cdooley@lexingtonma.org, SSD Coordinator for an application or stop by room 152 at LHS and pick one up. 

2017–2018 SAT Test Dates and Registration


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

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates 


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

JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES: PSATs Saturday, October 14th
Lexington High School
$30.00
 

This is an optional test. All Juniors and Sophomores have been invited to take the PSATs. Parents have been sent an email to pay a fee of $30.00 in M.C.C., the on-line payment system. Once parents pay that fee, their child will be registered for the PSATs. The deadline to pay the fee is Tuesday, October 3rd. Please pay the fee promptly so we have your child registered. You will NOT receive a reminder or a confirmation you are registered. 

Students should plan to arrive at LHS auditorium on Saturday, October 14th no later than 7:45 am. Students will check the room assignments list and have a seat in the auditorium. 

-Students will need to bring on test day:
-Current ID (school ID, learner permit, driver’s license, passport)
-Two #2 pencils – No mechanical pencils allowed by College Board
-Calculator
-Optional: Water and snack

This is how you can pay the fee online if you did not receive the email: 

Go to Lexington High School home page. http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Domain/8 
Quick links
Online Payments
Sign in or create a new account

Parents can pay by check or by some credit cards online. Alternatively, a check can be sent to the Registrar’s Office, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421. Check payable to the TOWN OF LEXINGTON, $30.00. Be sure to include the student’s name in the memo section. 

Here is some basic information about the PSAT examination:
*  PSAT = Preliminary SAT
*  The PSAT is an annual exam offered nationally every year in October

Accommodations
Accommodations that are used in school do not apply to College Board. Students need to apply and College Board makes the decision within 7 weeks of receiving an application. Applications for accommodations for the PSAT are due to College Board. 

If you are applying please fill out this form:  (https://www.collegeboard.org/pdf/ssd/ssd-consent-form-accommodations.pdf) and submit to Mrs. Dooley,cdooley@lexingtonma.org , SSD Coordinator for College Board or Contact Mrs. Hurley, khurley@lexingtonma.org, PSAT Administrator & Registrar. 

Karen Hurley
781-861-2320 x69126
khurley@lexingtonma.org 

2018 LHS Yearbook – Important Info!! 

All Parents –
It's time to purchase your yearbook! Last year’s book sold out and some seniors were upset when we had no books left for them. Buy now to avoid disappointment.
If you purchase by September 30th, you get the book at our lowest rate! 

• To purchase your 2018 book by credit card, simply click this link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/4219
• To purchase your 2018 book by mail or at school, download this form:https://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/buy-a-yearbook/
• Share Your Photos - We would love to consider your photos for the yearbook! Click this link to share any photos with us that feature your LHS student in action:http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/Index.jsp?code=lexington 

Senior Parents -
• Senior Portraits - The policy of our student-run editorial board regarding senior portraiture remains the same as it has been in the past. Only portraits taken by our designated photography company, Portrait Experience (Smile-Pro), will be included in our yearbook. 
If you do not wish to purchase a senior portrait from them, you are under no obligation to do so. Additionally, no-cost sittings for yearbook-only poses and backgrounds will be available right here at school on underclass student picture makeup day (in October). The date will be announced shortly. Our goal is to have every senior in the yearbook.
 The deadline to have your portrait taken is October 15th so please plan accordingly.
•  It's also time to purchase your senior tribute ad in the yearbook! You may create your own ad online or download a form for instructions on submitting your senior congrats ad: http://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/parent-ads/
If you have any questions, please contact Harriet Wallenat ext. 69151 or via email at hwallen@lexingtonma.org

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Sept 8-15)  

Friday, Sept 8
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Stoneham High School (Lincoln Field)
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Stoneham High School (Lincoln Field)
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Stoneham High School – (LHS)
   4:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Stoneham High School (LHS)
   5:00pm GIRLS Varsity Volleyball vs Stoneham High School (LHS)
 
Saturday, Sept 9
   2:00pm GIRLS Varsity Cheerleading vs Brockton High School (Worthen Rd Fields)
   2:00pm BOYS Varsity Football vs Brockton High School (Worthen Rd Fields)  

Monday, Sept 11
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Stoneham High School (LHS)
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Stoneham High School (LHS)
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Stoneham High School (LHS)

Tuesday, Sept 12
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Soccer vs Walpole High School (Lincoln Field)
   3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Wakefield Memorial High School (Lincoln Field)

Wednesday, Sept 13
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Soccer vs Wakefield Memorial High School (Center field)
   4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Field Hockey vs Arlington High School (Lincoln Field)
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Melrose High School (Minuteman Regional High School)

Thursday, Sept 14
   3:30pm BOYS Freshman Football vs Concord Carlisle High School (Worthen Road Fields)
   3:45pm BOYS Varsity Soccer vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)
   3:45pm BOYS Junior Varsity Soccer vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)

Friday, Sept 15
   3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Field Hockey vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)
   3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Volleyball vs Winchester High School (LHS)
   3:45pm GIRLSJunior Varsity Volleyball vs Winchester High School (LHS)
   3:45pm BOYS Freshman Soccer vs Winchester High School (Center Field)
   5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs Winchester High School (Lincoln Field)
   5:00pm GIRLSVarsity Volleyball vs Winchester High School (LHS)
   5:30pm GIRLS Varsity Swimming vs Reading Memorial High School (Minuteman Regional High School)

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

LUSC High School Co-ed Pickup Soccer
Ages: Boys and girls, 9th-12th grades
Dates: September 17th to November 5th
Time: Sundays, 5-6pm, Lincoln Field
Registration link: http://lexingtonunited.org/soccer-for-high-school-age-players 
Fees for registration: $50

LUSC is excited to continue offering high-schoolers a chance to enjoy the beautiful game in a casual environment. Teams will be formed each week, and games will be played with a referee.


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION 

SAT Prep

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 Math - Mondays - Required text:   Barron's New SAT, 28th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - meets 6 Mondays
        - beginning September 11
        - from 6:30-8:30pm
        - $200

SAT Math - Thursdays - Required text:   Barron's New SAT, 28th Edition (Barron's SAT)
        - meets 6 Thursdays
        - beginning September 14
        - from 3:30-5:30pm
        - $200

SAT Reading - Tuesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board
        - meets 5 Tuesdays
        - beginning September 26
        - from 6:30-8:30pm
        - $200

SAT Writing and Language + Essay- Wednesdays - Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board
        - meets 6 Wednesdays
        - beginning September 13
        - from 7:00-9:00pm
        - $200

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.

Either:
Thursday, September 28th from 6:30-8:30pm

Or:
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

Health Care in the Trump Administration with Deborah Stone
Tuesday, September 12, 7:00-8:30pm
Lexington Depot
Cost:  $10.00

“Will repeal, replace & save healthcare for ALL Americans,” Trump vowed in his many Tweets and speeches. He promised "great health care at a fraction of the cost". Now that the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed, what can we expect in the way of reforms?  In order to understand how that political process is likely to play out, we need to look at the evolution of health insurance in the U.S.  After explaining this evolution, the lecture will explore how the Trump Administration might still be able to use incremental reforms to undo the great expansion of health insurance brought about by the ACA.  The talk will conclude with audience discussion of the future of America's health care system. 

Deborah Stone is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a specialist in health and social policy. 

The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor? by Deborah Stone, Nation Books, 2008 will be available for purchase at this evening’s event.

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

Week of August 28th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS
     NEWCOMERS POTLUCK DINNER
     LHS PARENT DISCUSSION GROUP

     LHS FALL STAFF WELCOME LUNCHEON-VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO BRING FOOD AND HELP AT THE EVENT
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
     CALENDAR DATES

     FRESHMEN PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT - SAVE THE DATE


IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

September 1st: School Closed
September 4th: Labor Day- School Closed
September 6th: Newcomers Potluck Dinner 6-8pm Commons 2
September 11th: Picture Day (Grades 9, 10, 11)
September 13th: Freshman Parent Night
September 14: PTO Welcome Coffe with New Principal 7:45 AM
September 14: LHS All Students ½ Day
September 14: Staff Appreciation Lunch 11 AM
September 19: Add/Drop Classes Deadline
September 19: Senior Parent Workshop 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


LHS PTO NEWS 

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.  This is our one and only fundraiser, so please join us!

We aim for 100% PTO membership amongst our parent community. 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: www.lhspto.org

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO

Newcomers' Potluck dinner at LHS- Sept 6th 2017
When: September 6th, 6PM-8PM
Where: LHS, Commons 2

The Lexington High School PTO invites new students and their families to a gathering at the high school to meet other new families. If you are new to Lexington or new to the Lexington Public Schools (coming from a private school), please join us for a Newcomers’ Potluck from 6:00 to 8:00 on September 6 in Commons 2 at the high school. There will be several parents there to greet you and answer your questions, and you will hear briefly from our new principal, our associate principal; director of guidance, students from NEXXUS (the newcomers’ club at the high school), the Lexington Newcomers’ Club, and the PTO president. 

Main dishes and drinks will be provided, but please bring a dish to share: if your student’s last name begins with the letter A-L, please bring a salad; if your student’s last name begins with the letter M-Z, please bring a dessert. 

LHS Parent Discussion Group
When: Thursday, September 7, 7:45 am
Where: Library Media Center, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray.

All LHS parents are invited to attend the first meeting of the LHS Parent Discussion Group on Thursday, September 7, 7:45 – 8:40 am in the Library Media Center (Room 149) at LHS.  Associate Principal John Murray will host the meeting, so come join us with your back to school questions and hear about what's new at LHS this year! 

September 14--No regular meeting. Meet at Panera at about 9am (after the LHS Principal Coffee).
September 21--No regular meeting due to school holiday. Meet at Panera 9am.
September 28--First regular meeting 8am at the Community Center.

The Parent Discussion Group is a support group for parents of Lexington High School students. The purpose of the group is to enable parents to support each other as they help their children learn, grow, and experience success at LHS. During the school year, meetings are held weekly on Thursday mornings. Once a month, the group meets at 7:45am at LHS, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray. On all other Thursdays the group meets at 8:00am at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road (parent-run). Meetings typically include a main topic followed by open discussion on themes related to LHS. All parents of LHS students are welcome to attend as their schedules permit.

Contact Suzanne Lau (Suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.com) or Elise Rowley (elise@rowleyhome.com) for information or to join the email list.  

LHS Fall Staff Welcome Luncheon: 
Volunteers Needed to Bring Food and Help at the Event
When: Thursday, September 14th, 11:15 AM
Where: LHS, Commons II

Please sign up for the Fall Staff Welcome Luncheon to welcome back the hard-working staff of LHS.  The staff loves and looks forward to this lunch and they enjoy sampling the wonderful array of dishes we present to them.  Bring your favorite dish to share!  We also need volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up. 

Click this link to go to our invitation page on http://signup.com/login/entry/597014560436582086 

Thank you for helping with this great event for the staff!

Kara Brandes and Jen Vogelzang
Co-Vice Presidents of Hospitality
hospitality@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” 

Freshmen Parent Information Night – SAVE THE DATE
When: Wednesday, September 13th from 6:30-7:30pm.
Where: TBD

During this time, your child’s Dean and counselor will provide information to introduce you to high school life and important routines/procedures. Helpful advice to navigate new systems will be presented along with answers to general questions you may have.  Please check your child’s schedule on the Aspen Portal to find out who your son/daughter’s Dean is.






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Week of August 28th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

September 1st: School Closed
September 4th: Labor Day- School Closed
September 6th: Newcomers Potluck Dinner 6-8pm Commons 2
September 11th: Picture Day (Grades 9, 10, 11)
September 13th: Freshman Parent Night
September 14: PTO Welcome Coffe with New Principal 7:45 AM
September 14: LHS All Students ½ Day
September 14: Staff Appreciation Lunch 11 AM
September 19: Add/Drop Classes Deadline
September 19: Senior Parent Workshop 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


LHS PTO NEWS 

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.  This is our one and only fundraiser, so please join us!

We aim for 100% PTO membership amongst our parent community. 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: www.lhspto.org

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO

Newcomers' Potluck dinner at LHS- Sept 6th 2017
When: September 6th, 6PM-8PM
Where: LHS, Commons 2

The Lexington High School PTO invites new students and their families to a gathering at the high school to meet other new families. If you are new to Lexington or new to the Lexington Public Schools (coming from a private school), please join us for a Newcomers’ Potluck from6:00 to 8:00 on September 6 in Commons 2 at the high school. There will be several parents there to greet you and answer your questions, and you will hear briefly from our new principal, our associate principal; director of guidance, students from NEXXUS (the newcomers’ club at the high school), the Lexington Newcomers’ Club, and the PTO president. 

Main dishes and drinks will be provided, but please bring a dish to share: if your student’s last name begins with the letter A-L, please bring a salad; if your student’s last name begins with the letter M-Z, please bring a dessert. 

LHS Parent Discussion Group
When: Thursday, September 7, 7:45 am
Where: Library Media Center, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray.

All LHS parents are invited to attend the first meeting of the LHS Parent Discussion Group on Thursday, September 7, 7:45 – 8:40 am in the Library Media Center (Room 149) at LHS.  Associate Principal John Murray will host the meeting, so come join us with your back to school questions and hear about what's new at LHS this year! 

September 14--No regular meeting. Meet at Panera at about 9am (after the LHS Principal Coffee).
September 21--No regular meeting due to school holiday. Meet at Panera 9am.
September 28--First regular meeting 8am at the Community Center.

The Parent Discussion Group is a support group for parents of Lexington High School students. The purpose of the group is to enable parents to support each other as they help their children learn, grow, and experience success at LHS. During the school year, meetings are held weekly on Thursday mornings. Once a month, the group meets at 7:45am at LHS, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray. On all other Thursdays the group meets at 8:00am at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road (parent-run). Meetings typically include a main topic followed by open discussion on themes related to LHS. All parents of LHS students are welcome to attend as their schedules permit.

Contact Suzanne Lau (Suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.com) or Elise Rowley (elise@rowleyhome.com) for information or to join the email list.  

LHS Fall Staff Welcome Luncheon: 
Volunteers Needed to Bring Food and Help at the Event
When: Thursday, September 14th, 11:15 AM
Where: LHS, Commons II

Please sign up for the Fall Staff Welcome Luncheon to welcome back the hard-working staff of LHS.  The staff loves and looks forward to this lunch and they enjoy sampling the wonderful array of dishes we present to them.  Bring your favorite dish to share!  We also need volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up. 

Click this link to go to our invitation page on http://signup.com/login/entry/597014560436582086 

Thank you for helping with this great event for the staff!

Kara Brandes and Jen Vogelzang
Co-Vice Presidents of Hospitality
hospitality@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” 

Freshmen Parent Information Night – SAVE THE DATE
When: Wednesday, September 13th from 6:30-7:30pm.
Where: TBD

During this time, your child’s Dean and counselor will provide information to introduce you to high school life and important routines/procedures. Helpful advice to navigate new systems will be presented along with answers to general questions you may have.  Please check your child’s schedule on the Aspen Portal to find out who your son/daughter’s Dean is.

Week of August 24th, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

August 29th: Only 9th Grade students – All Day
August 30th: All Students Grade 9-12 – All Day
September 1st: School Closed
September 4th: Labor Day- School Closed
September 6th: Newcomers Potluck Dinner 6-8pm Commons 2
September 13th: Freshman Parent Night
September 14: New Principal Coffee 7:45 AM
September 14: LHS ½ Day
September 14: Staff Appreciation Lunch 11 AM


LHS PTO NEWS 

Looking forward to welcoming everyone to the new school year in a few weeks. Please look out for PTO announcements for membership and the directory in the next few weeks. 

Feel free to browse our new website at www.lhspto.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -

LHS PTO

Newcomers' Potluck dinner at LHS- Sept 6th 2017
When: September 6th, 6PM-8PM
Where: LHS, Commons 2

The Lexington High School PTO invites new students and their families to a gathering at the high school to meet other new families. If you are new to Lexington or new to the Lexington Public Schools (coming from a private school), please join us for a Newcomers’ Potluck from 6:00 to 8:00 on September 6 in Commons 2 at the high school. There will be several parents there to greet you and answer your questions, and you will hear briefly from our new principal, our associate principal; director of guidance, students from NEXXUS (the newcomers’ club at the high school), the Lexington Newcomers’ Club, and the PTO president. 

Main dishes and drinks will be provided, but please bring a dish to share: if your student’s last name begins with the letter A-L, please bring a salad; if your student’s last name begins with the letter M-Z, please bring a dessert. 

LHS Parent Discussion Group
When: Thursday, September 7, 7:45 am
Where: Library Media Center, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray.

All LHS parents are invited to attend the first meeting of the LHS Parent Discussion Group on Thursday, September 7, 7:45 – 8:40 am in the Library Media Center (Room 149) at LHS.  Associate Principal John Murray will host the meeting, so come join us with your back to school questions and hear about what's new at LHS this year! 

Parent-run meetings at the Community Center will resume at 8:00 am on September 14.

The Parent Discussion Group is a support group for parents of Lexington High School students. The purpose of the group is to enable parents to support each other as they help their children learn, grow, and experience success at LHS. During the school year, meetings are held weekly on Thursday mornings. Once a month, the group meets at 7:45am at LHS, hosted by Associate Principal John Murray. On all other Thursdays the group meets at 8:00am at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road (parent-run). Meetings typically include a main topic followed by open discussion on themes related to LHS. All parents of LHS students are welcome to attend as their schedules permit.

Contact Suzanne Lau (Suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.com) or Elise Rowley (elise@rowleyhome.com) for information or to join the email list.


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.

 

Week of August 7th, 2017

LHS PTO NEWS

Looking forward to welcoming everyone to the new school year in a few weeks. Please look out for PTO announcements for membership and the directory in the next few weeks. 

Feel free to browse our new website at www.lhspto.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. 

 

LHS PTO

Newcomers' Potluck dinner at LHS- Sept 6th 2017

 

When: September 6th, 6PM-8PM

Where: LHS, Commons 2

The Lexington High School PTO invites new students and their families to a gathering at the high school to meet other new families. If you are new to Lexington or new to the Lexington Public Schools (coming from a private school), please join us for a Newcomers’ Potluck from 6:00 to 8:00 on September 6 in Commons 2 at the high school. There will be several parents there to greet you and answer your questions, and you will hear briefly from our new principal, our associate principal; director of guidance, students from NEXXUS (the newcomers’ club at the high school), the Lexington Newcomers’ Club, and the PTO president.

Main dishes and drinks will be provided, but please bring a dish to share: if your student’s last name begins with the letter A-L, please bring a salad; if your student’s last name begins with the letter M-Z, please bring a dessert.

Looking forward to welcoming everyone to the new school year in a few weeks. Please look out for PTO announcements for membership and the directory in the next few weeks. 

Feel free to browse our new website at www.lhspto.org, where you will find our links to Facebook and Twitter.

 

LHS PTO

PTO Newsletter 2017-06-16

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

June 16th: 8-9:30 AM Social Studies Final Exam
                   10:25 AM-2:25 PM E4/F4/C4/D4
June 19th: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM Science Final Exam
                   9:20-2:25 PM HR/C1/E1/F1/D1/G1
June 20th: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM English Makeup Exam
                   10:25 AM -2:25 PM G2/H1/D2/B2
June 21st: 7:45 AM -9:15 AM Makeup Exams
June 22nd: 7:45-11:25 AM - Last day of School – ½ day students


LHS PTO NEWS 

SEE YOU IN THE FALL! 

The LHS PT0 Weekly Announcements is shutting down for the summer. We'll be back in August to start the 2017-2018 academic year. There will be occasional summer listserv announcements, so stay tuned!

Have a great summer, everyone! 

FOLLOW THE LHS PTO ON TWITTER 

The LHS PTO is now on Twitter.  Follow us for up to date news and information at the following handle@PTOLHS 

LHS Landscaping looking for summer workers (grades 9 -12)

Flexible Scheduling: two hours shifts on a weekly basis all summer

$10/ hour

Students, please directly contact Helen Swann at Helen.V.Swann@gmail.com 

Please keep in mind you will need a teacher, coach, or counselor to fill out a reference form before you can work

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Parent volunteers needed to oversee students as well! Please email libbypat@verizon.net with any inquiries. 


LHS NEWS 

SENIORS: 2017 LexMedia GRADUATION Recording (download, DVDs and blu-rays available) 

Sit back and enjoy your child's graduation ceremony--let LexMedia do the recording for you. A recording of the ceremony will be produced by LexMedia and may be purchased by downloading the video, purchasing a DVD or a blu-ray disc. The recording will show all seniors receiving their diplomas and will also include all of the commencement speakers. Purchases may be made online with payment options for check (DVD and blu-ray version only) or credit card.   

To purchase this year’s graduation on DVD or as a blu-ray disc, go to: http://www.lexmedia.org/graduation-dvds.html

To purchase a download of the recording, go to: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lhsgraduation2017 

Use promo code LHS2017 to get $3 off the download version. The promo code is good through graduation day, June 4th. 

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


COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS

LEXINGTON GOES PURPLE - ALZHEIMER’S EVENT
Saturday, June 17 

Lexington parking meters in the Town Center will be decorated with purple bows, pointing to the Depot on Mass. Avenue. The Depot will be the focus of “The Longest Day,” a free event from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. to support all those affected by Alzheimer's disease – patients, families, and caregivers. The event is open to the public. 

Activities include trail walks of the Across Lexington trails (either on your own or with a guide), folding origami cranes with Lexington High School's Origami club, live music by the Lexington Chamber Music Society, lemonade stands (proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association), and portraits with the help of the Monroe Center for the Arts. Participants can listen to a story, join a sing-along, or do a gentle exercise with a fitness instructor. They can also learn about services for patients and families at information booths hosted by Minuteman Senior Services and Lexington at Home, and can participate in activities suited to people at all levels of Alzheimer's. At 4:00p.m., attendees can eat free purple ice cream from Rancatore’s. 

Information and sign-up is available online at http://act.alz.org/goto/LexingtonGoesPurple. Please contact Ms. Faith Parker for more information. 

Cary Memorial Library Foundation Crowdfunding Campaign to Promote Tech Literacy for All

The Cary Memorial Library Foundation is sponsoring a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5,000 in 5 weeks so the library can purchase:

• Six LEGO® We-Do’s kits (for elementary school kids)
• Six LEGO® Mindstorm Robots kits (for tweens and teens)
• Six LEGO® power-generation kits
• Three Renewable Energy kits
• Three Pneumatics kits

You can view the campaign here: https://www.razoo.com/story/Caryrobots

ConVerge Road Race / Art Fest

Sign-up for a fun day of running, kickball, food, and art! June 24 at Alcott Elementary School, Concord, MA. 9am-3pm. Runs for all ages & abilities - run/walk/roll, including a timed 5K & 1.3 mile (including relay) for kids + adults, a 1/4 mile and 200m kids race. Other activities include Kickball, Art Exhibit, Art Workshops, Pizza/Munchies, Awesome Raffle Prizes! (Raffle tickets to 5K & 1.3 Mile registrants). Signup here:https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7832

Proceeds benefit Verge Inclusive Athletics Verge is an inclusive running program for kids and adults, with and without special needs, in the Greater Boston, Greater Worcester, and North Shore areas. Proceeds help fund our program, including facilities, earned team shirts, and awards at team events!

Community Service Opportunity - Food Pantry

For students who might be interested in getting community service hours over the summer, the Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry needs volunteers on Saturday mornings from 8:30 - 11 am.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Usha Thakrar at ushathakrar@gmail.com.


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Lexplorations Aide Applications

Lexplorations Aide Applications are now available online athttp://www.lexingtoncommunityed.org/forms/2017/lexplorations_aide_application.pdf

Current Lexington High School Students may earn COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT this summer as aides in the summer Lexplorations program.   The program runs for five weeks from July 3rd - August 4th.  The hours are 9am to 3pm. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one full week.

Currently there are opportunities for the weeks of July 10 - 14, July 17 - July 21, July 24 - July 28 and July 31 - August 4.  

The majority of classes will be held at Harrington Elementary School.   We especially need aides at the Harrington School location. Opportunities at Lexington High School are extremely limited.

Interested students can pick up an application outside the Lexington Community Education office,  Room 142 or download the application from our website:  www.lexingtoncommunityed.org.  Please note that the application is two pages.

SUMMER INTENSIVE SAT Prep
Pre-registration required for all classes, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

INTENSIVE SAT PREP

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

Required text:  The Official SAT Study Guide, published by the College Board in 2016.

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

SAT Math - Instructor, Laura Sheppard Brick
        - meets 5 times
        - beginning July 17 and meeting July 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
        - from 9:00am - 11:30am
        - $200

SAT Reading - Instructor, Karen Mechem
        - meets 5 times
        - beginning July 10 and meeting July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
        - from 9:00-11:30am
        - $200

SAT Writing and Language + Essay - Instructor, Karen Mechem
        - meets 4 times
        - beginning July 3 and meeting July 3, 5, 6, 7
        - from 9:00am-12:00pm
        - $200  

Foundational Chemistry - For Rising Juniors
Instructor:  Michael Horesh, LHS Chemistry and Earth Science Teacher

Pre-registration using a Lexplorations registration form is required.  The form can be downloaded here: http://www.lexingtoncommunityed.org/forms/2017/lexplorations_registration_form.pdf 

This course is designed to assist high school Juniors entering all levels of chemistry with applying mathematical principles in the context of chemistry, and to equip them with skills and strategies to avoid common pitfalls. We will foster a strong foundation in applied algebra and principles of chemistry, as well as strong inquiry and problem-solving skills within the context of scientific understanding. Topics will include dimensional analysis, atomic structure, periodic trends, chemical bonding, formula writing and chemical naming, chemical equilibria, and stoichiometry. Classes include daily laboratory activities to complement instruction, techniques for data collection and analysis, and problem-solving activities based on experimental data. 

Course sections are identical:
July 17-July 21         from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Lexington High School           $290
OR
July 31 - August 4      from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Lexington High School           $290