Week of January 12th, 2018

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

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

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


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

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

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

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

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LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates 

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

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

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

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


Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

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

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

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

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

Recommended for Students and Parents/Guardians grades 7-12

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

Location: Commons II

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


Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

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

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

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

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

Thank you,
LHS Counseling Department 

LHS Performing Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ensembles will perform as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Jan 12-Jan 19) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Superintendent Candidates: Meet & Greets and Public Interviews 

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

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

January 17: Julie Hackett, Superintendent of Taunton Public Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION   

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

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

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

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

Winter Driver Ed Programs 

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

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

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

SAT Prep for the March Exam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACT Prep for the April Exam 

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

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

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

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

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

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

CT Prep 

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

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

 


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