Week of September 21st, 2018

Important Dates

Important DatesFriday, September 21Freshmen Welcome Dance (7-10 pm)Tuesday, September 25Senior Parent Night (6-7:30 pm)Wednesday, September 26LHS ETS Coffee (9:30-10:15 am)
Senior Parent Night (6-7:30 pm)Thursday, September 27Parent Discussion Group, Community Center (8-9 am)Tuesday, October 2MEFA Financial Aid Night (6-8 pm)Saturday, October 6SATsMonday, October 8Columbus Day – School Closed PTO News & Events

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Shubhra Chandra and Christina Lin
LHS PTO Co-Presidents


LHS News & Events

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


Freshmen Welcome Dance

  • When: Friday September 21, 7-10 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Commons 2

The annual Welcome to LHS Dance will be held this Friday evening.  This is typically one of the highlights of Freshmen Year and one of the best attended dances of the year.  The dance is well chaperoned by 2 deans and faculty and several of the LHS Peer Mentors will be there to make sure everyone is included and has fun.
Tickets are $10 at the door.  Great music, dancing, yummy treats and cold drinks will be available.  This is a wonderful way to get the freshman class together for a fun evening of connection.  As is the case with all high school dances, students need to arrive by 7:30 - a half hour after the doors open unless arrangements have been made with the dean or Martha Queenin.
Any questions, please feel free to call or email Martha Queenin at 781-861-2320 x69130 or MQueenin@lexingtonma.org


Senior Parent/Guardian Workshop

  • EitherTuesday September 25, 6-7:30 pm
    Ebony McCoy , Melissa Buttaro (IDLC)
    Scot Schaming, Jeremie Bateman, Carrie Hamblin (Auditorium)

  • Or: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6-7:30 pm
    Emily O’Neil & Stacy McFadden (IDLC)
    Stephanie Michael & Tim McClelland (Commons II)
    Chrissy Sills & Matt Medugno (Auditorium)

You are cordially invited to the LHS Counseling Department's Senior Parent/Guardian Workshop.  Two evening sessions will be offered.  Both sessions will cover the same material regarding post-secondary planning and the college admission process, with an emphasis on processes specific to Lexington High School. You only need to attend one session.

We hope to see you there!
The LHS Counseling Department


LHS ETS Coffee

  • When: Wednesday September 26, 9:30-10:15 am 

  • Where: LHS, Library Media Center

Just a quick reminder there is a coffee morning for parents of SPED students at Lexington High School. This is a chance for you to informally meet some of your child’s special education providers (e.g. SPED teacher, SLP, OT, Support teachers) as well as your child’s ETS (Education Team Supervisor).
See you there!
Carol Milard, Barbara White, and Mona Roy, LHS SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Liaisons


Meet and Greet - LHS Principals before Back to School Night

  • When: Friday October 11, 6-6:45 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Science Lecture Hall

  • Hosted by: LHS PTO

Please come and hear about the important issues and events of 2018-19 from Principal Andrew Stephens and Associate Principal Andrew Baker. Open to all LHS parents.

Shubhra Chandra and Christina Lin, Co-Presidents
Email - Presidents@lhspto.org



  • 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 online registration is open until September 28.  Payments are accepted through MCC (the online payment portal). Once you pay through the portal, your student will be registered.  No additional steps are necessary to register.  Students will report by 7:40 am, and should be done at approximately 11:45 am.  Additional information can be found at this link.


 Yearbooks on Sale Now! Price rise Oct 1

Yearbooks are now on sale for $80, our lowest price of the year! On October 1, the price will go up to $85. Last year was a sell-out, so order your yearbook now!

Questions, email Harriet at hwallen@lexingtonma.org or call 781-861-2320, x. 69151
Harriet Wallen, Librarian, Lexington High School
K-12 Facilitator, Library Dept., Lexington Public Schools


Attention 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 Auditorium


 LHS Sports

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


Community News & Events

FOLMADS Ice Cream Social

  • When: September 23, 7-8:30 pm 

  • Where: Commons II, Lexington High School

  • Hosted by: FOLMADS

Calling all parents of performing arts students at LHS, Diamond, and Clarke! FOLMADS invites you to a freesocial event featuring delicious Rancatore'sice cream.

  • Meet Lexington's new Performing Arts Coordinator, Jared Cassedy, and other parents of performing arts students.

  • Find out about fun ways to volunteer at LHS events.

  • Pick up a copy of FOLMADS' Guidebook for Parents. 

The evening will include a special performance by our own Lexington High School Jazz Combo.
Contact Information: folmads@gmail.com.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jillian Tung at folmads@gmail.com.  A special thank you to Rancatore's Ice Cream for supporting the arts in the Lexington Public Schools!


Suicide Prevention Workshop

  • When: Monday, September 24, 7-8:30 pm 

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

  • Sponsored by: Town of Lexington Mental Health & Wellness Task Force and funded by a grant from CHNA 15

Question Persuade Refer (QPR)
QPR is an evidenced-based suicide prevention program based upon the following concepts:

  • The person most in need of help in a suicidal crisis is the least likely to ask for it

  • The person most likely to prevent a person dying by suicide is someone they know

  • Prior to making a suicide attempt, a person typically sends warning signs of distress and suicidal intent to those near them

Jon Mattleman is a certified QPR trainer. Highlights include investigating myths surrounding suicide, exploring the signs of suicide, and learning how to help a person in distress.
Adults only, limited seating, RSVP required to Tony Serio, 781-698-4843 aserio@lexingtonma.gov


Executive Function: Tools for Learning, Skills for Life

  • When: Tuesday, September 25, 7 pm 

  • Where: Waldorf School, Lexington, Auditorium

  • Sponsored by: Waldorf PCA and Lexington Community Education

What is executive function and why is it so important?  According to Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, “When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits.  These skills are crucial for learning and development.”  In this talk, Dan Levine demystifies executive function and offers strategies that parents can use at home. Lecture sponsored by the PCA; free and open to the public.  http://thewaldorfschool.org/events/


Meet and Greet with Superintendent Hackett

  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 6-8 pm,

  • Where: Gymnasium, Central Office, 146 Maple Street

The Lexington School Committee cordially invites all members of the Lexington community to attend a meet and greet event with our new Superintendent Dr. Julie Hackett.  We hope you can drop in during one of two informal meet and greet events.
Thank you!
Eileen Jay, Chair, Lexington School Committee
Questions: contact Sara Calvino at 781-861-2580 x68040.


Challenges to Parenting Faced by Foreign-born Parents

  • When: September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Rm 235

  • Instructor: Gouri Bannerjee and Saheli Staff

Saheli (saheliboston.org) invites parents to attend this free interactive workshop on the challenges faced by foreign-born parents in parenting children in the US. Share challenges, ideas and innovative ways to deal with everyday issues that come up when there are two or more cultural perspectives on everything. Using humor, stories and research evidence, workshop leaders will share knowledge about this common problem. Share, discuss, and learn from other parents who also seek answers. All parents are welcome. Workshop moderators include a research and clinical pediatrician at Boston University Medical Center and a psychologist at Lesley University and Boston University’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center.


LexSEPAC/SEPTA Meet and Greet

  • When: September 26, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room (Note change in location)

Please join us to learn about the Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council and PTA in a low-key social environment. Learn about upcoming meetings, programs, and special education resources and meet other parents in the LPS community (preschool through high school). If you have a child in special education on an IEP, if your child is on a 504 plan, or if you suspect that your child may have some type of special need that impacts their learning, please come. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more about LexSEPAC/SEPTA, please visit us at lexsepta.org.


LHS Girls Volleyball Car Wash

  • When: Sunday, September 30, 10-2 pm 

  • Where: LHS

On Sunday, September 30, the LHS Girls’ Volleyball Team will be offering a car wash 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.” Tickets are $10 ahead of time from any LHS girls volleyball player, or you can just show up!


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).


LEF Student Ambassador Program, deadline October 30

Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) is seeking LHS freshmen and sophomores to serve as Student Ambassadors for a two-year term. LEF is a nonprofit organization that raises funds from individuals and businesses in Lexington and awards grants to teachers to bring innovative instructional approaches, enriched curricula, and new technology into LPS classrooms. Student Ambassadors should have an interest in how nonprofit organizations operate, in grant writing and evaluation, and in being part of an LEF team of volunteers. For more information visit the following site: https://www.lexedfoundation.org/student-ambassadors/

Student Ambassadors have the following responsibilities:

  • Commit to a two-year term

  • Promote LEF to parents, students and the community

  • Attend the LEF Volunteer Orientation and Grantee Reception in the fall

  • Attend two Board meetings a year

  • Write one article for Minuteman/Musket to increase awareness of LEF

  • Assist in LEF’s fundraising campaigns (through letter writing and/or a phonathon)

  • Assist at all LEF community events, including the Trivia Bee (November) and the Celebration for Education (June).

  • Participate in LEF’s grant review process by providing feedback on grant proposals from LHS at the March 2018 meeting of the Grant Review Committee.


Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra

Based in Lexington, Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra is a group of dedicated students making music in a fun, challenging, and collaborative orchestral environment. Players develop greater confidence in sight-reading, ensemble skills, musical expression, and performance, while making friends from Lexington, Arlington, Cambridge, Winchester, and surrounding communities. We offer a Preparatory Orchestra for students in grades 3-6 who are working in Suzuki books 1-3 or at a comparable level, where we learn the basics of orchestral playing. Our Chamber Orchestra is for students in grades 6 and up who are working at the level of Suzuki book 4 and up. In this orchestra, we apply chamber music skills to the orchestral environment. Both orchestras each rehearse once a week on Wednesday evenings. For more information, contact greatmeadowschamberorchestra@gmail.com.


Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club

Whether you're new to Lexington or looking for a fun way to connect with other Lexingtonians, don't forget to check out and join the Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club. Please visit our website at http://www.lexington-newcomers.org/ to learn more about the club and the many activities, outings and fun events we offer throughout the year. For information about membership sign-up, please visit http://www.lexington-newcomers.org/?page_id=12. We welcome any questions you may have about the club and can send you a copy of our current newsletter detailing our monthly activities.
Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club


Discover your Home’s History

Ever wonder whether your home is on the Lexington Cultural Resource list?
Or wonder WHY your home is on the Lexington Cultural Resource list?

Cary Memorial Library's 150th Anniversary is underway...and Friends of Cary is hosting this commemorative program.  Lexington has a long, rich history, in its residents and its buildings.  Come hear local experts plus representatives from Town Hall, Lexington Historical Society and Cary Library describe the collections and information they hold and how they can be accessed.  Audience members will learn more about how to research the history of their homes, streets or neighborhoods.  All are encouraged to bring specific questions and panelists will see what answers they can provide on the spot. Light refreshments will be served.  No registration is required.


Transportation Open House

  • When: Saturday September 22, 10 am-12 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

Learn about and meet with:

  • MBTA Better Bus Project

  • Lexpress Bus, Flexpass

  • REV Alewife Shuttle

  • Biking & Walking Groups

  • Services for those with special mobility needs

(especially good for people new to the community and/or trying to learn a new way to get around)


Transit Study Public Forum

  • When: Saturday September 22, 1:30-3 pm

  • Where: Cary Library

This is good for everyone! We encourage people of all ages and mobility levels to attend.
Mobility is vital to our future. Share your experiences and ideas.
Take and share the survey: www.lexingtonma.gov/transit-survey.  Need a paper survey? Call 781-698-4820 or stop in at the Community Center or Cary Library.


Lexpress Bus Special Saturday Service FREE (for all)

  • When: Saturday September 22, 9:30 am-5:25 pm

Buses will follow their usual schedule & routes during these hours.  Last route will leave Depot Square at 4:55 pm. www.lexpress.us.   FREE RIDES in honor of World Car Free Day and to allow people a means of getting to the day’s many events!
Questions? Call 781-698-4820 or transportation@lexingtonma.gov


Lexington Symphony Opening Night: Classic Beauty

  • When: Saturday September 22, 7:30 pm (please note new start time)

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

Lexington Symphony's 2018-2019 season opens next Saturday, September 22 with three innovative perspectives on Classic Beauty. This program sparkles with the brilliance of composers at the height of their creative powers: from Prokofiev's bright and mischievous Classical Symphony, to Schubert's romantic and haunting Unfinished Symphony, and Mozart's endlessly inventive Symphony No. 38, it's going to be a fantastic evening of uplifting music - and a terrific opportunity for music students to hear world class music right here in Lexington center!

6:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with conductor Jonathan McPhee
Prokofiev | Classical Symphony, Op. 25 (Symphony No. 1)
Schubert | Symphony No. 8 D.759, B minor (Unfinished)
Mozart |  Symphony No. 38, K.504  “Prague”

For more information and to buy tickets: https://www.lexingtonsymphony.org/.  Discounts available for groups of 8 or more. Student & Youth tickets, $15 & $10.


Lexington Facilitated Small Group Conversations

Where do you see Lexington in 10 years?  Please join us for one of our small group conversations taking place this fall. Leading into the development of the new Comprehensive Plan, the Town of Lexington would like to invite you to a World Cafe conversation.  The intent of this event is for Planning staff, elected and appointed officials, and selected consultants to hear feedback on your vision for Lexington.  Please save a date and RSVP by using the links above. Please note that capacity is limited at these events so if you've already attended one, give someone else a chance to attend and look for more information regarding future events in the spring by checking this website or signing up for our email updates.  For more information please visit www.lexingtonma.gov/compplan.


Lexington Comprehensive Plan/Planning for the Future

The Comprehensive Plan for Lexington is now 15 years old.  It is time to craft (or design) a new “visionary plan for the future physical development of Lexington”.    Town Meeting approved the request to update the plan, but what exactly is involved in the process?
Please join us to hear our panel address this question.  Planning Director David Kucharsky, and Assistant Town Manager for Development Carol Kowalski will discuss the mechanics on the process of updating the present Comprehensive Plan; Transportation Manager Susan Barrett will explain the Tri-Town Efficiency and Regionalization Transit Study.
Both departments are working together on community outreach through public meetings and surveys, to ask each resident and Lexington business employee for their input in the plan. 

This program is the first in the series of 2018-2019 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues.  The Forums take place at Cary Memorial Library, with coffee available at 9:15 am and the presentation beginning at 9:30 am.  All League forums are free and open to the public.


About Racism: What’s Your Story?

  • When: Sunday October 21, 2-4 pm

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

Your encounters with racism can help shape the content of an upcoming panel discussion, “Raising Anti-racist Children: Strategies for Success”.  The Rev. Liz Walker will moderate the conversation, which will use real stories—perhaps yours!—to lead to a greater understanding, both theoretical and practical, of racism and how to help children of all ages understand and work against it.

Please take a moment to reflect on your own experiences.  Do you recall a racially charged moment or situation?  What happened?  Was something said that led to greater understanding?  Did it escalate but never really get resolved?  Did discomfort about possibly saying the wrong thing mean nothing was said at all?  If it went well, what helped that to happen? What did you learn?  What do you want to learn? The children in your life might also have a story or question to share.  Those are welcomed, too.

Please send your story by Monday, September 17, to event organizers at AntiracismPanel@gmail.com.  Multiple stories, if you like, are fine.  All submissions will be considered, with an eye to finding a balance of situations and issues to which Walker and the panelists—an elementary school counselor, a kindergarten teacher, and a community activist—can bring their experience and expertise.  Authors won’t be identified in public.  http://colonialtimesmagazine.com/rev-liz-walker-to-moderate-panel-on-raising-anti-racist-children/


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.

ACT Prep for the December Exam, PCOL

  • When: begins September 26, 8 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 234

  • Fee: $270

  • Materials fee: $40, payable to the instructor at the first class

The ACT is one of the two major college admissions test used by colleges and universities in the US. There are four required components of the ACT – English, Math, Reading, and Science. There is also an optional Writing test. In this class we will review all components of the ACT exam.
Required Text: The Real ACT Prep Guide. ISBN-13: 978-1119236412

Reading SAT Prep & Writing and Language/ Essay SAT Prep

PWTU (Writing and Language/Essay SAT Prep)

  • When: begins September 25, 6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 234,

  • Fee: $200.

PRTH (Reading SAT Prep)

  • When: begins September 26, 6 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 225

  • Fee: $200.

Lexington has partnered with Catalyst Prep for a comprehensive SAT course prep this fall. In each subject, students will benefit from: six, two hour lessons with one of Catalyst’s expert instructors; Catalyst’s SAT prep book and 30+ hours of homework and practice drills. Our unique approach to standardized test preparation has been featured in or on TIME, CNBC, Business Insider, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, and The Huffington Post. 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.

Math SAT Prep


  • When: begins September 17, 6 Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 232

  • Fee: $200.


  • When: begins September 20, 6 Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 235

  • Fee: $200.

Instructor: Chris Doucette
In SAT Math, students will review mathematical operations and learn test strategies necessary for success on the SAT.
Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide. Classes are identical.

PEST, One Evening College Essay Writing Workshop

  • When: Wednesday September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Room 224

  • Fee: $42

Brimming with stories from his long study of students’ writing efforts Allan Reeder, founder of Hillside Writing, opens fresh and profitable ways of seeing and thinking about “the essay.” Case studies provide entry into the sentences and evolving sensibilities of past college applicants who have progressed beyond the worry about having to say something significant and into the confidence of having something specific and personally meaningful to say. Allan teaches about common pitfalls. Attendees get working on the page and in conversation toward discovery of topics about which they can write with ownership, effectiveness, and even enjoyment!

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