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.

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