Week of September 4th, 2017


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


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:


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 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


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. 


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 

Testing fee waivers can be picked up in room 152 for qualifying students. 

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

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
-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 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

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 


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.


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.

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

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.