Week of October 26th, 2018

Important Dates

Important DatesFriday October 26Improv Troupe Show (7:30-10 pm)Monday October 29Fall Honors Concert (7-9 pm)Tuesday October 30NEASC Parent Group (8:38-9:26 am)
Winter Sports Meeting (6-7 pm)Thursday November 1Parent Discussion Group, Community Center (8-9 am)Friday November 2Jazz Nite 1 (7-10 pm)
Fall Honors Choral Concert (7-9 pm)Saturday November 3SATsMonday November 5LEF Trivia Bee (7 pm)Tuesday November 6No School - Professional Development PTO News & Events

LHS - Is the 8:30 am high school start time possible?

There is a possibility that LHS start times could be changed by the 2019/2020 school year.  Find out more at these upcoming meetings:

  • Tuesday, October 30, 7 pm (Selectman’s Meeting Room): Presentation to School Committee about new approach to allow LHS start time to be delayed by 45 minutes

  • Monday, November 5, 5-6 pm (LHS): Public comments session. 

For more information, please Dr Hackett's recent Later School Start Time Communication.  Questions?  Email the School Committee at school-com@lexingtonma.org


LHS News & Events

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Parent volunteer opportunities in the LHS Library

For those who enjoy being in a library, being close to your student (but not too close!), hearing or seeing the inside scoop at LHS, please volunteer to work with us! No set schedule is required! Come in for 15 minutes or an hour; whatever works for you! Come the same day each week, or not. Up to you. Our projects involve: shelving, processing books for donation, moving sections of books, help with setting up displays, selecting books for inter library loans.
Email us at lhs-library@lexingtonma.org.
Thank you!
The LHS Library staff
(Harriet Wallen, Sarah Anderson, Carin Casey, Kathy Pike, Michelle Sullivan-Dupont)


LHS Improv Troupe Show

  • When: Friday October 26, 7:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Black Box Theatre

  • Tickets: $3 at the door or 3 suggestions for the improv troupe to perform that evening

Come see the LHS Improv Troupe perform improvisational comedy at the LHS Black Box Theatre this Friday (10/26). Be a part of the show by providing suggestions for the actors to improvise on.
Contact Information: alease@lexingtonma.org and folmadspr@gmail.com


LHS Fall Honors Orchestra and Band Concert

  • When: Monday October 29, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

  • Tickets: Free

The LHS Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble will be performing. The Chamber Orchestra will be playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto featuring senior violinist, Arun Asthagiri.
This concert celebrates exceptionally high quality music performed by our talented band and orchestra students here at LHS. From expressive pieces that showcase the students' musicality to energetic and technically advanced pieces, this concert will be a wonderful evening filled with outstanding music-making experiences!
The order of the concert is Chamber Orchestra (Rachel Jayson Director), Concert Band (Justin Aramati and Jared Cassedy Directors), and Wind Ensemble (Jared Cassedy and Justin Aramati Directors).
Contact Information: alease@lexingtonma.org and folmadspr@gmail.com


NEASC Parent Group Discussion

  • When: Tuesday October 30, 8:38-9:26 am (B Block)

  • Where: LHS

NEASC is the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  Every 10 years, NEASC accredits the schools within its membership.  Part of the accreditation process includes a two-day visit to the school.  During this visit, a four-member team meets with stakeholder groups, visits classrooms, and reviews the school's Self-Reflection report.  One of the stakeholder groups is a parent group.  The four member team will meet with a group of around 20 parents and ask them about their child's experience at the school.  It's a nice opportunity for parents to share their perspectives so that the school can learn: what it's doing well and what it needs to improve upon.  Comments during this meeting will be kept anonymous.
If you are interested in attending, please email me: csullivan@lexingtonma.org.  And feel free to email me if you have any questions!
Christine Sullivan, on behalf of the NEASC Steering Committee


2018-2019 Winter Sports Meeting

  • When: Tuesday October 30, 6pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

This Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic winter sport at Lexington High School. All student-athletes interested in playing a winter sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian. At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for winter high school athletic participation (on-line forms, user fees, physicals, eligibility) will be discussed.
Immediately following the large group session, we will break down into sport specific meetings so that student-athletes and parents can meet with the coaching staff of their respective winter sports. In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the winter season, expectations for tryouts, as well as other key elements of the season. This is a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes and parents to hear from our head coaches about their expectations for the upcoming season.
LHS Winter Sports:

  • Alpine Skiing - Boys & Girls

  • Basketball - Boys & Girls

  • Ice Hockey - Boys & Girls

  • Indoor Track - Boys & Girls

  • Swimming - Boys

  • Wrestling - Boys

  • Cheerleading

LHS Winter Sports begins - Monday November 26.  Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office at (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902. We look forward to seeing you on October 30th.  GO Minutemen!
Naomi Martin, Director of Athletics, Lexington Public Schools


LHS Jazz Nite 1

  • When: Friday November 2, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS, Commons II

  • Tickets: Free

The evening will feature all of Lexington High School's upper level jazz classes: the two upper level improvisation classes, the LHS Jazz Septet, and the LHS Jazz Combo. Jazz 2 will be premiering new pieces by class members. The Septet will make its debut performance of the year, and Combo will play jazz classics and preview some of the material they will be submitting to the Charles Mingus High School competition, where it has taken first place two of the last three years.
Contact Information: alease@lexingtonma.org and folmadspr@gmail.com


LHS Fall Honors Chorus Concert

  • When: Friday November 2, 7 pm

  • Where: Hancock UCC Congregational Church, Lexington, MA

  • Tickets: Free

The 100+ members of Lexington High School honors choruses join forces to present a concert entitled "How Can I Keep From Singing?", with musical offerings spanning five hundred years and texts traversing twelve centuries. The melancholy strains of John Wilbye's 16th century Draw On, Sweet Night are presented alongside the celebratory exuberance of Gwyneth Walker's Every Life Shall Be A Song. The playful patter of Carol Barnett's King Of Yellow Butterflies gives way to the sumptuous beauty of Jennifer Higdon's Invitation To Love. Two Estonian choral works are featured on the program; the first is a sacred work written at the early part of the 20th century that reveals the influence of the Russian Orthodox church; the second is an anti-occupation chamber cantata written in the 1960s which employs images of nature to paint a picture of a beautiful countryside ravaged by war. These two pieces will be repeated by invitation in a special performance for the Boston Baltic celebration at the Marriott Copley Place on November 24. This diverse program is certain to have something for everyone, and the beautiful aesthetic and acoustic of Lexington's Hancock UCC Church will enhance both the contemplative and celebratory aspects of this concert.
Contact Information: alease@lexingtonma.org and folmadspr@gmail.com


LHS Jazz Combo with Pat Donaher Quartet at Aeronaut Brewery

  • When: Saturday, November 3, 2 pm

  • Where: Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler St, Somerville, MA 02143

  • Tickets: $15 suggested donation

Join the LHS Jazz Combo for an afternoon of fantastic music!
The combo will be joined by director Pat Donaher's quartet, featuring music from his upcoming CD. The event is free, but a $15 donation is suggested, with proceeds providing scholarships for the LHS jazz department's trip to New Orleans this April.
For thirty years the LHS Jazz Combo has set a new standard for high school groups all over the country. It has won numerous awards and festivals and performed at the Montreaux and Monterey Jazz Festivals and the Jazz Educators Network Conference. They will be performing their own arrangements of jazz classics and the music of Charles Mingus.
Pat Donaher is a renowned performer and educator. He has played with artists as different as Bob Brookmeyer, Bernard Haitink, and Steve Vai and has released three albums under his own name.
Contact Information: alease@lexingtonma.org and folmadspr@gmail.com



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 DescriptionTimeLocationFri 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 CommonsFri Nov 2LHS Fall Honors Chorus Concert7 pmFirst Church, Cambridge, MASat Nov 3LHS Jazz Combo @Aeronaut2-4 pmAeronaut BreweryThur 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

The Friends of Lexington Music, Art & Drama Students (FOLMADS) is a non-profit organization created to foster and promote excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts programs in the Lexington Public Schools.


 LHS Sports

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


Community News & Events

Volunteer Opportunity: Multicultural Potluck

  • When: Tuesday November 13, 6-9 pm

  • Where: Hasting Elementary School, 7 Crosby Road

The Hastings’ PTO is looking for 5 to 6 LHS students to help out with the Multicultural Potluck. The event is from 6:30 to 8:30 and volunteers will help with setting up, directing flow and cleaning up. We will sign community service hour forms and provide pizzas for the volunteers. Anyone interested, please contactpotluck@hastings-pto.org.


LEF Trivia Bee

  • When: Monday November 5, 7 pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

Featuring 2 teams from LHS, sponsored in part by the LHS PTO. Show your support and cheer on our teams! Go Minutemen!

  • Merits Apiaster: Nick Gould, Larry David, Brenda Bishop 

  • LHS Bee Winning in Three Minutes: Nicholas Orf, Andrew Egan, Ben Aquilina-Piscitello

RSVP to attend, it's FREE! »
LEF is looking for volunteers to help make this evening a sweet success »
The BEE is an entertaining evening where teams answer trivia questions in pursuit of the "Masters of Trivia" title. Best for ages 8+ and featuring Dr. Julie Hackett, Superintendent of Schools as the guest judge, and Alissa Lauzon, Head of Youth Services at Cary Memorial Library, as the Timekeeper.
More details »
Lexington Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization bringing the community together to support innovation and inspiration in teaching and learning at all Lexington Public Schools.


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 Schools Celebration Committee Seeking New Members

Inviting 9–12 grade parents to come be a part of the 2019 All Night Graduation Party planning committee. In its 33rd year, the LHS All Night Graduation Party, a send-off to each graduating class, represents the most well attended class event with >90% class attendance. Not a senior parent? Most committee members are not, and we especially need you to carry forward this long-standing tradition.
2019 Committee Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Tee Shirt Artwork Contest Chairs – Oversee LHS student contest and class of 2019 ANGP tee shirt creation

  • Decorations: Assistant to Co-Chairs – Love to decorate? We need your creativity!

  • 2 Venue Facility Co-Chairs – Organize party set-up / make the LHS Field House “party ready” working with LHS Facilities personnel – fathers, this is a great volunteer opportunity!

  • Food Donation Solicitations – Coordinate donations from our generous Lexington businesses who donate year in and year out

We look forward to hearing from you! The 2019 ANGP will be here before we know it! (June 2, 2019). To find out more, please contact Betsy Wilkinson at betsy@myemline.com.


23rd Annual Battlegreen Run

  • When: Sunday, November 4

Please join the Lexington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) as a runner or walker at the 23rd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run! To register for one of the many races, please go to: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/39184 (Please choose "SEPTA" for team registration.)
Aren't able to make it the day of the race? This event is one of the ways we raise funds for our organization throughout the year so please consider making a donation to help support our work! https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/lexington-septa2.
Visit lexsepta.org for more information about special education programming and resources. Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lexsepac/.


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.


Jams for Justice: A Concert of Gospel and Broadway Music

  • When: Sunday, November 4, 3:30 pm

  • Where: First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd

  • Tickets: Free Will offering for Lex RAP (The Lexington Refugee Assistance Program)

First Parish in Lexington will present a concert of Gospel and Broadway music on Sunday, November 4, at 3:30 pm. The concert will feature the First Parish sanctuary and children's choirs and soloists, guest singers, and a 10-piece Jazz band (piano, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, saxophones, woodwinds and brass) performing solo and choral Gospel music and selections from Broadway including GodspellLes Misérables, and Oliver. The concert, titled Jams for Justice, will take a free Will offering with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Lex RAP (The Lexington Refugee Assistance Program). Lex RAP is a Lexington-based non-profit organization helping refugees to settle in the United States and to become productive and well-adjusted members of the community. For more information call the church at 781-862-8200 or visit www.fplex.org.


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.


150th Birthday Celebrations for Cary Memorial Library!

  • When: March 23, 2019, 7-11 pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library

Save the Date! Lexington’s Cary Memorial Library is turning 150 years old in 2019.  To commemorate this milestone year, the Cary Memorial Library Foundation is hosting a 150th Anniversary Gala Celebration.  This lively event will take place Saturday March 23rd from 7-11 pm at the library. Tickets, with a special early bird pricing of $75 each, will go on sale in early 2019. The evening will include dancing to the music of the band Acoustic Roadshow, feature special performances, showcase spaces within the library, and offer a variety of food and drink. More information: carylibrary.org/foundation/150.


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.

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.

You Can Afford College if......, P2MFA

  • When: Thursday November 1, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 229

  • Fee: $25

...you plan in advance, understand the financial aid process and act early enough to be successful. Course will teach concepts and strategies that will help you maximize your financial aid by understanding the process. Tuition is for two adults in the household.

Your Kids and Social Media, CKIDS

  • When: Wednesday November 7, 6-9 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 226

  • Fee: $39

There are positive aspects of social media, but also potential risks. It is important for parents to guide their teens to use these sites responsibly. Come learn more about different social media platforms and some concerns to address with your child.

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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