Week of January 19th, 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
   Navigating Selective College Admissions
   LHS Performing Arts
   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Girls Hockey - Pink the Rink Hockey Game
   Feedback Survey for Superintendent Candidates
   The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop
   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
   Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation
   Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season
   Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - our new LPS Performing Arts coordinator and the Parents' panel
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   SAT Prep for the March Exam
   CT Prep
   Health Coaching for Midlife Women: Creating Positive Change
   Social Salsa
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED!



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

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)
Friday, January 26: 2nd Quarter Closes/ Grade Entry  
Friday, January 26: 7:00pm- 9:00pm Jazz Nite 2

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. Because of YOU the PTO was able to meet our budget goal of funding enrichment activities, programs, materials and equipment at the same level as last year.

If you haven’t joined the PTO, you can still do it here: 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. 

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 

LHS Performing Arts

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 19 - Jan 26) 

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

Saturday, January 20
1:00pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Reading Memorial High School

Tuesday, January 23
4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Watertown High School
4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Watertown High School

Wednesday, January 24
4:05pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Watertown High School

Thursday, January 26
6:00pm: Varsity Giant Slalom Race

Friday, January 26
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Burlington High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Burlington High School
8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ice Hockey vs Stoneham High School

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

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

Feedback Survey for Superintendent Candidates

We are pleased to have such strong candidates and are turning to the community for your impressions. Please attend each candidate's Community Meet and Greet and/or attend/watch each candidate's public interview (aired live on LexMedia) then respond to the School Committee's feedback survey. 

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LexSuptFinalists and will remain open until noon on Sunday, January 21. 

This decision is one that impacts everyone, so your input is important. As always, if you would rather share feedback directly, feel free to contact Kate Colburn, Eileen Jay , or any other member of the School Committee. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Sincerely,
Eileen Jay & Kate Colburn
On behalf of the Lexington School Committee

The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop

The Girls Who Build Music Tech workshop for high school girls is a one-day, hands-on introduction to music technology (ie. How pop stars use autotuning to be on pitch!) at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaverworks Center on February 3rd. The workshop includes tearing down old headphones and speakers, designing your own speaker, and programming a synthesizer guitar (make mixes!). Participants also get to listen to keynote speakers from the music technology industry, including female engineers from Bose and MIT. 

Register here. Fee is $50, which covers lunch and the cost of hardware. If you have any questions, leave a message on the Girls Who Build contact page

More information: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/music-tech/
MIT Beaverworks: https://beaverworks.ll.mit.edu/CMS/bw/facility
Contact us: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/contact/ 

The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
Presented by Ned Hallowell MD, EdD
Date:  February 7, 2018 / Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM / Location: Cary Library, Large Meeting Room

In this presentation, Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, practicing child and adult psychiatrist, founder of the Hallowell Center, and former instructor at Harvard Medical School, offers insight into the Childhood Face of ADHD and how ADHD and learning disabilities impact the student emotionally and socially. Because he and two of his children have ADHD themselves, he recognizes the importance not just of proper diagnosis and treatment but also the importance of developing the positive attributes most people with ADHD possess. He will provide an introduction to the world of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and explain what it feels like to have ADHD from a child’s perspective. Thank you to Indian Americans of Lexington for their generous donation to make this presentation possible. 

Please RSVP for this event so that we can ensure we have enough space and materials.  We expect that this event will be well-attended, and can accommodate approximately 80 attendees, so please RSVP by February 1, 2018 at https://lexsepta.org/events/the-childhood-face-of-adhd-recognizing-and-coping-with-attention-deficit-disorder-in-students/ 

For more information about the Lexington SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and SEPTA (Special Education PTA), please see our website atwww.lexsepta.org

Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation

Please join LYFS' 2nd in a six-part series of discussions about "Living on the Hyphen"-- a multicultural exploration of youth well-being. This series is the collaborative effort of a Multicultural Sponsoring Board representing Lexington in all of its diversity. 

Growing Up In Lexington is an opportunity for Lexington youth and the community of adults who support them to come together and understand the joys and challenges of coming of age in today's Lexington.  This moderated panel discussion will take place at the Community Center, from 10:00am-12:00pm onSaturday, February 10th.  We look forward to seeing you there!  And... save March 18th for part 3 in the series, Spirituality in Mental Health, in partnership with Temple Isaiah's Mental Health Initiative. 

About LYFS:  LYFS is an independent Lexington nonprofit that seeks to address concerns related to youth mental health and well-being through a combination of clinical services, suicide prevention programming and community education and outreach. Living on the Hyphen was made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington. 

Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season

Parents of Lexington Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th graders, Lexington Youth Lacrosse (LYL) is excited to invite all of you to join us for our Spring Lacrosse Season.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH LACROSSE IS NECESSARY! 

Our Boys and Girls programs are dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse in Lexington, through a fun and instructional environment that teaches individual athleticism as well as teamwork. 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. 

The season starts with one indoor practice per week on Sunday afternoons from late February to late March, and then transitions into two practices in Lexington during the week (usually 5:30-7pm on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday pending field availability) and one game per week on Sunday in Lexington or nearby towns from April till early June. 

Come out and join many of your classmates from Bowman, Bridge, Estabrook, Fiske, Harrington, and Hastings! 

To register for the spring session, please click here

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! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you in the spring! 

Rob Lyng
Coordinator of Player and Coach Development
Lexington Youth Lacrosse

Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - our new LPS Performing Arts coordinator and the Parents' panel
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School

The Lexington High School PTO and FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music, Art and Drama Students) are pleased to present a special forum featuring a discussion of opportunities in performing and visual arts at Lexington High School.  The program will begin with a short performance by the LHS Jazz Combo, followed by a presentation by Dr. Ida Pappas, LPS K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator.  Dr. Pappas will introduce new classes being offered at LHS for the 2018-2019 school year and will cover topics related to the performing arts curriculum.  Following the presentation, FOLMADS parent volunteers familiar with programs in music, drama, and visual arts will be on hand to share their perspectives during a question and answer session.  The program is open to all LPS families.  Parents of 8th grade and transfer students are especially encouraged to attend.


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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

FOR PARENTS: 

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

Health Coaching for Midlife Women: Creating Positive Change
Class begins Wednesday, January 17 and meets four times

7:00-8:30pm at Lexington High School.  Cost:  $60/Seniors $45.
Women in mid-life often want to reduce stress, become fit, and lose weight. Coaching helps women break larger goals into "do-able" steps that add up to success.  A health coach guides the group by asking questions, listening carefully and leading brainstorming exercises. In this group coaching experience, participants (45 to 60 years of age) will have a great opportunity to support and learn from each other. Please bring a notebook and pen to class.

Social Salsa
Class begins Friday, January 19
7:30-8:15pm   Cost:  $120 per person. Location shared with registration. 

Social salsa is a six week course that will get you out on the dance floor in no time! The class will focus on learning salsa patterns, and understanding the basics of leading & following. This is a great course for those who have always wanted to learn how to salsa, but don't have much/any experience dancing. No partner needed!


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