WEEK of December 22nd, 2017

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

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

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



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

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


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Still Join the LHS PTO!

What does the LHS PTO do? 

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

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

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS

Thanks -
LHS PTO  

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

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

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


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

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

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

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

Time to Buy a Yearbook! 

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

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

Recommended for Sophomore Parents/Guardians

In this seminar, we will: 

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

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

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

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

Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

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

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

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

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

Recommended for Students and Parents/Guardians grades 7-12

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

Location: Commons II

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

Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

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

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

SAT and ACT Test Dates and Checklist

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

SENIOR CLASS OF 2018 SHIRTS ORDER FORM

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

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

Be A Fine Arts Volunteer! 

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

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

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

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

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Dec 22 - Dec 29) 

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   

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

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

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

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

Winter Driver Ed Programs 

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

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

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

SAT Prep for the March Exam

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACT Prep for the April Exam 

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

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


LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 

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

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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.