Week of October 12th, 2018

Important Dates

Important DatesSaturday, October 13PSAT Test (7:30 am - 12 pm)Monday, October 15LHS School Council Meeting, World Language Rm 505D (6:15-7:45 pm)Tuesday, October 16PTO Board Meeting, Community Center (9-11 am)
Fall String Celebration, LHS Auditorium (7pm)Wednesday, October 17Junior Parent Group, Community Center (8:15-9:15 am)Thursday, October 18Parent Discussion Group, Community Center (8-9 am)Friday, October 19Sophomore Dance (7-10 pm)Tuesday, October 23Picture Make-Up Day (10:40 am - 1 pm)Friday, October 26Improv Troupe Show (7:30-10 pm) PTO News & Events

LHS PTO Student Directory

  • Deadline: Monday October 15

Don’t Forget to Order a Copy of the Printed Directory ($10/copy**)

The printed directory is a great resource for connecting with other LHS families. Orders received after the deadline cannot be guaranteed as our stock will be limited.

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LHS PTO Meeting

  • When: Tuesday October 16, 9-11 am 

  • Where: Community Center

It’s an open meeting.  Come check out the LHS PTO board meeting.  Guest speaker for the October meeting will be a School Committee member providing an overview of their work for this coming year.


Junior Parent Group

  • When: Wednesday October 17, 8:15-9:15 am 

  • Where: Community Center, Rm 221

As the students enter junior year, there are generally many questions, suggestions, concerns etc.  This is a very busy year and the parents of juniors have found it useful in past years to get together in a smaller group to discuss their specific concerns. Jen Vogelzang and Rina Kodendera will be organizing an informal gathering for junior parents to get together and support each other as our children go through junior year. This is not meant to be a substitute for the weekly LHS Parent Discussion Group. 
If you are interested in being added to the email list for the Junior parent group, please contact Rina at rkodendera@gmail.com. Parents of current juniors are welcome to join, and this will be an open email list to allow members to share information.
We currently plan on having the meeting on every other Wednesday. We can discuss more details at the first meeting.  We look forward to seeing you on October 17.
Jen Vogelzang and Rina Kodendera


LHS News & Events

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  • When: Saturday October 13, 7:40-11:45 am

LHS is hosting the PSATs for any Lexington junior or sophomore students.  This test is optional, but some students find it useful for preparing for the SATs, and juniors can use it to qualify for some scholarships.  The cost of the test is $32 and registration is online (deadline has now passed).  Students will report by 7:40 am, and should be done at approximately 11:45 am.  Additional information can be found at this link.


Sophomore Dance

  • When: Friday October 19, 7:40-11:45 am

Sophomore Parents - The 10th grade Class Council is currently selling tickets for their October 19 Sophomore dance, which will be a big fundraiser for the class of 2021. Tickets are $10 and will also be available to purchase at Back to School Night.



Information about Yearbooks is now on the PTO website.


Senior Families

For more information about:

  • Senior Counselor Seminars

  • Yearbook/senior portraits

  • Transcript request deadlines

Please click here or visit our website www.lhspto.org


 LHS Performing Arts

Shown below are the LHS Performing Arts Events for the next two months.  The full calendar can be found at: http://www.folmads.org/

Selection of LHS Events from the K-12 Performing Arts Calendar of Events (2018-2019)DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocationTue Oct 16LHS Fall String Celebration7 pmLHS AuditoriumFri Oct 26LHS Improv Troupe Show7:30 pmLHS Black BoxMon Oct 29LHS Fall Honors Orchestra and Band Concert7 pmLHS AuditoriumFri Nov 2LHS Jazz Nite 17 pmLHS CommonsSat Nov 3LHS Jazz Combo @Aeronaut2-4 pmAeronaut BreweryWed Nov 14LHS Fall Honors Chorus Concert7 pmFirst Church, Cambridge, MAThur Nov 15
Fri Nov 16
Sat Nov 17LHS Fall Play7:30 pmLHS AuditoriumSat Nov 17
Sun Nov 18 (snow date)Senior Northeastern District AuditionsAll DayN. Andover High SchoolSat Nov 24LHS Honors Choruses: Boston Baltic CelebrationAll DayBoston, MASat Nov 24LHS Chorale Fundraiser2 pmSeasons FourSun Nov 25LHS Madrigals Fundraiser2 pmSeasons FourSun Nov 25 -
Wed Nov 28Select LHS Students - NAfME All National Honors Ensemble FestivalAll DayOrlando, FLFri Nov 30LHS Improv Troupe Show7:30 pmLHS Black Box


 LHS Sports

Click here for dates and times of athletics games/meets»  http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


Community News & Events

Volunteer Opportunity: Hastings Elementary Halloween Party

  • When: Friday October 26, 6:15-8:30 pm

  • Where: Hasting Elementary School, 7 Crosby Road

The Hastings School Halloween party is coming up in 2 weeks. This is a wonderful tradition at Hastings, an opportunity for us all to come together as a community. We are looking for high school volunteers to help us run the event and make it a success. Interested volunteers please sign up using this link Halloween Party - High School Volunteers or email meenie@gmail.com.


Volunteer Opportunity: LexFUN! Annual Halloween Parade

  • When: Saturday October 27, 10 am 

  • Where: Lexington Visitor’s Center (across from the Battle Green and near Buckman’s Tavern)

Please volunteer to help with this really fun, kid-centric event! If you enjoy Halloween and little kids, this is the volunteer opportunity you've been waiting for! Hurry up and sign up because this is a popular event and volunteer spots go quickly. We need LHS students to help with set-up, clean-up and to run fun Halloween craft tables and games. Please contact nehashah.78@gmail.com to volunteer. Don't forget to bring your paperwork so you get credit!

The parade will be on Saturday morning October 27 (rain date Sunday October 28) beginning at 10 am. Join us on the lawn in front of the Lexington Visitor’s Center (across from the Battle Green and near Buckman’s Tavern) along with a surprise guest who will lead the parade! Our annual march around the Battle Green will start at 10:15 am. After the parade, children are invited to continue the fun with Halloween crafts, games, and refreshments. Please bring canned good donations (specifically canned tuna) and/or monetary donation to benefit the Lexington Food Pantry. For more information, visit our website at www.lexfun.org. Hope to see you there!


Exploring College Options Abroad

  • When: Saturday October 13, 10 am - 12 pm 

  • Where: Lexington Community Center, Rm 237

I'm an LHS parent (grades 9 and 11) and a college consultant, and will be giving a free presentation on overseas college options. Topics include pros and cons, the right type of student for college overseas, tips on choosing a college, a cost comparison of various countries, and information on the admissions process as well as select universities in Canada and Europe. There is no need to pre-register for the event.
Sharon Olofsson, Sharon@GatewayEdConsulting.com


LHS Girls Soccer Varsity Charity Game

  • When: Saturday October 13, 6:30 pm 

  • Where: Lexington, Lincoln Field

Please come cheer on the LHS girls varsity soccer team vs Bedford High School.  We will hold a 50/50 raffle and pizza/bake sale, plus raffle off a fantastic Thirty One item.  There will be a LUSC 9v9 game at halftime.  All proceeds will go to the players’ chosen charity: the Breast Cancer Research Fund.  Please wear pink to help bring awareness to our cause!


Thriving with Dyslexia: Adult Panel Discussion

  • When: Wednesday, October 17, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Science Lecture Hall

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Join us to learn about the experience of growing up with dyslexia from a panel of adults with dyslexia. They will speak about their experience in school and in the workplace, how they managed their challenges and leveraged their gifts, and which resources they would recommend. Open to both parents and children alike. Bring your questions to this informative panel.
Any questions, contact: lexdyslexia@gmail.comhttps://lexdyslexia.weebly.com; FB: LexDyslexia


Informational Event on Vaping

  • When: Wednesday October 17, 7-9 pm 

  • Where: Cary Hall

  • Format: Q & A discussion on vaping and e-cigarettes with Nicholas Chadi, M.D.

Dr. Chadi is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine and a researcher with the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital.  This event is free and open to the public.  This forum is sponsored by the Lexington Human Services Department, Department of Health, and the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).


LHS Girls Volleyball Charity Event

  • When: Thursday October 18, 4pm

  • Where: LHS, Gym

The LHS Girls' Volleyball Team will host a Charity Event to raise funds for the Volleyball Team as well as Minute Man Arc, a local organization that serves Lexington and a dozen other local towns through "improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities by increasing independence, personal choice and self-advocacy". Come and watch the volleyball games while having baked goods and a variety of other products. The team is organizing a raffle with amazing gift baskets, so don't miss the opportunity to participate and win!!


LHS Field Hockey Best Buddies Fundraiser

  • When: Saturday, October 20, 10 am 

  • Where: Lexington, Lincoln Field #3

The LHS Field Hockey Team will be sponsoring a bake sale and 50/50 raffle fundraiser to benefit Best Buddies. The Varsity team will be playing Concord-Carlisle High School. Please come out to watch some exciting field hockey and support Best Buddies!


Raising Anti-Racist Children: Strategies for Success

  • When: Sunday October 21, 2-4 pm

  • Where: William Diamond Middle School, 99 Hancock St, Lexington

A panel discussion moderated by the Rev. Liz Walker—free and open to all. Reception to follow. Four panelists with personal and professional expertise will offer insights and concrete suggestions about how children of all ages and skin colors—and the adults in their lives—can move toward self-awareness and competence navigating difficult situations that might arise in regard to racial identity and the effects of racial injustice.


LEF Trivia Bee - Make a Team, BEE a Fan!

  • When: November 5, 7 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

It’s that time of the year again…when Lexington is abuzz with excitement about the Trivia Bee coming to town.  Each year over 40 three-member teams of teachers, administrators and staff from each of Lexington’s public schools as well as teams from local organizations and businesses gather for a casual, entertaining evening as they answer questions in pursuit of the coveted Master of Trivia title & trophy!
Team registration is open. Make a team of 3 (at least 1 adult), pick a fun name, and register online today!  Plan to cheer on your favorite teams, the event is FREE and there is no school for students on Nov. 6. Stay tuned for the list of educator teams from LHS.


Superintendent’s Blog post on “Call to Action”

Superintendent Hackett and the Lexington Administrative Council are looking for school community input on their position paper entitled “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Our Call to Action.” The document proposes embarking on a comprehensive and transparent process to identify, address, and monitor progress toward creating an equitable environment for all in LPS.  Click here to access the paper and provide feedback.


Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP) - Gala Dinner Fundraiser

  • When: Sunday October 14, 5–7 pm

  • Where: Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln St, Lexington

The refugee families involved with LexRAP, along with LexRAP volunteers and led by Bruce Lynn, who is the chef for Lex Eat Together, will be cooking and serving delicious authentic Middle Eastern dishes.  This Dinner Fundraiser is open to the public. We hope that folks from Lexington will come and meet their recently arrived refugee neighbors as we celebrate our diversity as a welcoming community. This dinner was the families’ idea to celebrate and say thank you to the communities that have embraced them.

To purchase tickets to the Dinner Fundraiser, visit www.lexrap.org. Adults = $25, children under 12 = $10, children under 6: free, Family maximum = $75.

Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP) is a 100% volunteer community based organization of people from Lexington and surrounding towns dedicated to making our communities welcoming places for refugees. LexRAP is a 501c-3 non-profit with a mission to support and assist refugees and asylum seekers. This assistance includes a support network for education (especially English), housing, food, clothing, transportation, health care, summer camp, employment, legal aid, and socialization. Currently, LexRAP is involved with 44 people.


Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Sale

  • When: October 19-21

  • Where: Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham St

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society is having a sale of artisanal, handmade goods. Proceeds from this sale benefit the Society, its scholarship funds and other functions. Lexington High School art students participate in a regional art exhibit every year through the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. For more information please call LexArt at 781-862-9696.


Tri-Town Transit Study and Forums

Our public forums for the Transit Study are on:

  • Monday, October 22, 7pm, Cary Hall

  • November 29, 7pm, Estabrook Elementary

  • November 29, 7pm, Community Center

The Town of Lexington is engaged in a Transit Study with the towns of Bedford and Burlington. We would love for people living and/or working in any of the towns (all residents, employees, and people of all ages, including students who travel independently) to take the survey.
If you have any questions, please contact: Susan Barrett, Transportation Manager, Town of Lexington, 39Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421; tel: 781-698-4821.


Town of Lexington Comprehensive Plan Forums

  • Either: October 23, 7pm at Estabrook Elementary

  • Or: November 27, 7pm at the Community Center

What do you want Lexington to be?  The Town of Lexington is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. A critical part of the update involves hearing from you! Join neighbors and friends to share, listen, and learn at a facilitated small group conversation.
To learn more, RSVP and take a survey, visit: lexingtonma.gov/compPlan.


Gen Silent: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

  • When: Sunday, November 4, 1-3 pm

  • Where: Cary Hall

  • Sponsored by: LexPride, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington At Home, and Lexington Human Services

Gen Silent is a critically acclaimed documentary about LGBTQ+ older people going back into the closet to survive. LGBTQ+ pioneers who fought the first modern battles for equality now face so much fear of religious objection, bullying, and abuse that many are hiding their identities to keep themselves safe in long-term healthcare settings. Distinguished experts will share their insights after the film.  For more information, contact LexPrideMA@gmail.com.


Social Justice Book Group

  • When: Wednesday, November 7, 7-8:30 pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

All are welcome to join a new book group meeting the first Wednesday of each month. We will read both nonfiction and fiction books related to issues of justice. Selections will be made by the group and discussion leaders may rotate, depending on the composition and size of the group. Please come to the first meeting with ideas. Interested, but can’t attend on 11/7? E-mail katmacdonald.02420@gmail.com.


Lexington Town Services and Housing Costs Survey

Hello Lexington residents! The town is requesting your input on issues that affect us all: town services and affordability of living in Lexington. By completing the linked survey, your responses will be used, in aggregate with all other respondents, to inform town policy decision makers. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time & participation!


Lexington Community Education

Please note pre-registration is required for all LCE Classes. To register, using a MasterCard or VISA, please call Lexington Community Education at 781-862-8043.

How to Find the College that Fits Your Child, PFIT

  • When: Tuesday October 16

  • Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS

  • Fee: $25 for two adults in the household

We will show you how to choose the school that is the right fit for your child as we walk you through the admissions process. Learn about how merit money works and what you can do to better your position. Learn why starting the process early can offer significant advantages. College Solutions has over 30 years of experience in college placement and financial aid. For adults only.

Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process, PNSA

  • When: October 23 and October 25

  • Time: 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS

  • Fee: $40.00 per adult/student pair

This two-part course is designed to educate student-athletes and their parents about navigating the college search and recruiting process. The first session will cover the factors that influence a student’s college preference criteria, determine timelines, and outline specific academic athletic action items for each year. We will demystify the relationship between college coaches and admissions offices, identify what coaches are looking for, how to speak with a coach and an admissions official, and much more. The second session is designed to show parents and student-athletes how to develop and implement a proto-typical plan for their particular year of high school and sport.

SAT Bootcamp for the November Test, P2BOOT

  • When: Friday October 26, 4-8 pm; Saturday October 27, 9-1 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 222

  • Fee: $195

Catalyst’s SAT Bootcamp arms students with a go-to strategy for every question they’ll face on the day of the test, including the essay, so they can march into the room with confidence, momentum, and every key strategy fresh in mind. Please provide parent/guardian email address to Lexington Community Education at point of registration. Catalyst uses this information to send class confirmations and results of diagnostic tests.

Veterans' Day Weekend College Essay Writing Workshop, P2INT

  • When: Friday November 9, 6:30-9 pm; Saturday November 10, Sunday November 11, and Monday November 12, 11 am-3:30 pm

  • Where: The Place for Words, 200 Great Road, Suite 254A, Bedford

  • Fee: $500

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 don'ts 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 techniques. Please bring a paper and pen to class as well as your laptop. There will be a short lunch break. Please bring your own lunch or plan to purchase from nearby restaurants.


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