Week of November 16th, 2018

Important Dates

Important DatesFriday November 16Fall Play, 7:30 pmSaturday November 17Fall Play, 7:30 pmWednesday November 21Half Day - ThanksgivingThursday November 22No School - Thanksgiving
Lexington Minutemen vs. Burlington Red Devils
Annual Thanksgiving Day Game, 10:15 amFriday November 23No School - ThanksgivingMonday November 26No School - Parent Teacher ConferencesFriday November 30Improv Troupe Show, 7:30 pm PTO News & Events

Happy Thanksgiving!   Best wishes to you and your families.  The weekly announcements will also be enjoying a little R&R.  Weekly announcements will resume November 30.

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WANTED:  Community feedback on changing LHS school start time

  • When: Tuesday, November 20, 5:30-7 pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Building, Battin Hall

Your feedback is important to help inform the school committee on a decision to possibly implement a later high school start time. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts about a 45-minute later start at Lexington High School (8:30 am) and a modest (possibly 5-15 minute) later start at the elementary schools. Here are ways you can learn more and share your thoughts before a decision is made at the December 4 school committee meeting.

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LHS and LPS Announcements

LHS Calendar Dates - LHS Calendar Link » 

You may subscribe to the iCal feed which will automatically send updates to your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Click here and select the green iCal button. iCal works with most calendar programs, not only Apple products.

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

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

The high school is scheduled for one Parent/Teacher conference on Monday, November 26, 2018. Parent conferences are held from 1-7 pm. Each conference is scheduled for fifteen (15) minutes. Please know that you always have the option to bring your son or daughter to the conference on November 26, 2018 and we encourage you to do so. Online sign-ups will begin on Thursday, November 15, 2018 through Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

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Lexington comes to Boston

  • When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6 pm

  • Where: Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Boston, MA  02120

Please join the Lexington School Committee & METCO Parents to participate in small group dialogue with Principals, METCO parents and others from our school community. Dinner will be served. Bus departs Central Office at 4:45pm.  RSVP by Friday, November 16 for dinner and/or to reserve a seat on the bus by emailing Fgrullon@lexingtonma.org.

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Can you grant a Winter Wish and donate to the LHS Holiday Gift Drive?

Lexington High School is partnering with Housing Families to run a Holiday Gift Drive.  All donations go to the 1,000 homeless or at-risk families that Housing Families serves in their program.  Donations will be collected starting now through November 29.  If you would like to donate to the drive please sign up through sign-up genius at the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044CA4AE29A2FE3-gift.
Please email Elizabeth Nichols at enichols@lexingtonma.org with any questions.
Thank you for your support.
Elizabeth Nichols, Community Service Coordinator, LHS
Tel: 781 861 2320, ext. 69998

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LHS Block Schedule 2019-2020

Informational events for parents/guardians specifically around the block schedule models on December 6, 2018:

  • Thursday, December 6, 7:45 am, LMC (Library Media Center, LHS Parent Group meeting with Andy Baker)

  • Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, IDLC (Science Building)

There are three new options for the LHS block schedule. Over the next two months, there will be opportunities to discuss and offer feedback from key stakeholders (students, parents, and LHS staff) before a decision will be made on the block schedule for 2019-2020.  Check out these links for more information and to give online feedback: LHS Schedule Website , LHS Block Schedule Process/Options SlideshowGoogle Form for Questions and/or Comments.

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Seeking volunteers for the LHS Career Speaker Series

We are currently seeking willing speakers for the following dates:

  • February 7 (Thursday) 12:40-1:35 pm

  • March 14 (Thursday)  12:40-1:35 pm

  • April 11 (Thursday)  12:40-1:35 pm

  • May 9 (Thursday)  12:40-1:35 pm

The purpose of the Career Speaker Series is to expose students at Lexington High School to the various factors involved in career exploration. The goal is to have students understand that career exploration is a multi-faceted approach that is lifelong and ever-changing.
Our speaker series will expose students to jobs and careers that are available to them as they navigate the path toward their future. It will also help students to steer their course request process at the high school and college levels, as well as support their postsecondary pursuits. The emphasis will be on the path taken toward obtaining a career, as well as the experiences along the way.
Our Career Speaker Series runs during I-block, a time of day in students' schedules when they can choose where they wish to spend their time. Students across grades 9-12 can opt to come hear from our speakers. We typically have 1-3 speakers during any given presentation. Last year we saw a turnout of about 10-25 students on average. The setting will be in our Library Media Classroom.
Thank you!
Career Speaker Series Team (Steph, Matt, Tim, Lauren and Chrissy)
Any interested presenter should email Steph at smichael@lexingtonma.org
LHS Counselors- csills@lexingtonma.org

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 Yearbooks

Information about Yearbooks is now on the PTO website.

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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

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 LHS Performing Arts

Shown below are the LHS Performing Arts Events for the next month.  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 DescriptionTimeLocationThur 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.

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 LHS Sports

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

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LHS Community News & Events

LHS Fall Play (She Kills Monsters)

  • When: November 15-17, 2018, 7:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

  • Tickets: $5 students/seniors, $10 adults

  • Advanced Ticket Sales Details: Available starting on Friday, November 9, at the LHS Main Office, LHSPerforming Arts Office, from cast/crew members, and at the door

Dungeons and Dragons live on stage? Complete with monsters, battles, and a gelatinous cube? The answer is yes. But wait, how on earth can you do all of this in a high school play? Well, to find out exactly how, come see the Lexington High School 2018 fall play, She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition. This play by Qui Nguyen is not only action-packed and funny, but is also powerfully emotional. It tells the story of Agnes, a high school student dealing with the death of her sister- through playing Dungeons and Dragons. Heartfelt yet filled with comedy, She Kills Monsters will make you remember why we go to the theater. Recommended for ages 13 and up due to mature content and strong language.  Contact Information:jsingerwong@lexingtonma.org

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

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Annual Thanksgiving Day LHS Football Game vs. Burlington

  • When: Thursday, November 22, 10:15 am game start, 9:45 am celebration of senior students

  • Where: LHS Football Field, Worthen Road

  • Advance Ticket Sales: $5 students, $7 adults – tickets can be purchased in advance until 11 am on November 21 in the LHS Athletic Office – cash or check

  • Day of Game Ticket Sales: ALL tickets $10 – cash or check

  • Food Available: hot coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, cold drinks, bagels and donuts

  • 50/50 raffle: Will be sold the day of game through half-time – your chance to win some extra money for Black Friday shopping

You don’t want to miss this long-standing annual tradition of the Lexington High School Thanksgiving Day Football Game vs. Burlington High School!   This year we have home field advantage, and we hope everyone will come together as a community to show our pride and support of our Lexington High School and the 2018 LHS Minutemen Football team.
Questions: Contact LHS Athletic Department, (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902 or email Debbie Psilopoulosdpsilopoulos@lexingtonma.org
Checks payable to: Town of Lexington.  All game ticket proceeds support Lexington High School Athletic Department.

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Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! The Movement of Imperfection, Nov 29

  • When: Thursday November 29, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

  • Sponsored by: Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA and the Lexington Community Coalition Partners

Patty and Gina, imperfect sisters, and authors of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children, present a humorous and heartwarming workshop for parents. Using hilarious anecdotes and fun exercises (no Spandex required), the sisters will show attendees how to let go of the expectations they have for their children and embrace the reality.
To register, go to: https://lexsepta.org/events/shut-up-about-your-perfect-kid/
Visit lexsepta.org for more information about special education programming and resources, and please like us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lexsepac/.

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Parent Volunteer Opportunity: Lexington Schools Celebration Committee

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.

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Parent Volunteer Opportunity: LHS Green Team

Tired of Global Warming talks and ready for some action?  Look no further - you can make a real difference right at the LHS cafeteria! Starting from November 16, we will recycle and compost at lunchtime on Fridays.  When students sort their trash, 80%+ of the waste will be diverted from the incinerator and landfill. It would be a huge impact, because:

  • Trash incineration pollutes air and the incinerator is only 30 miles from us in North Andover,

  • Food wastes should go back to the farm to nourish the soil, and they do not burn well,

  • The bottom ash after the incineration will soon have no place to go as Massachusetts is running out of space for landfills.

LHS Green Team is recruiting parent volunteers to support and guide students to recycle and compost at lunchtime. Please visit our website and sign up to help! It will take a village for the program to succeed, and we know we can count on your support!
Lin Jensen, Tina McBride, Chitra Sundar, LHS Green Team

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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.

Holiday Appetizer

  • When: Tuesday, December 4, 6-8:30 pm

  • Where: LexMedia Studios

  • Fee: $65

  • Instructor: Katie Walter, Two Aprons Cookery

The best part of the holiday season is sharing it with friends and family. Be able to relax and enjoy yourself and still whip up some amazing appetizers. In this class we will cover a variety of recipes and have lots of tips for make-ahead and time-saving. Recipes include Gougeres, Pomegranate Mint Crostini, Dates Stuffed with Walnuts and Blue Cheese, Spinach Bars, and Pork & Apple Endive Bites. A $12 food fee payable to instructor.

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Community News & Events

Public Hearing on Lexington's Growing Gas Leak Problem

  • When: Tuesday, November 27, 7 pm

  • Where: Battin Hall, Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Mass Ave

Lexington has more natural gas leaks than ever, despite a multi-year effort to find and fix the largest gas leaks. Lexington gas customers are currently paying over $550,000 a year for this lost gas.  Please join the Lexington Board of Selectmen, our legislative delegation, Mothers Out Front, and HEET for a public hearing on our gas leaks crisis. Find out what the increasing number of gas leaks means for the safety and health of our town, and learn what we can do about it. Let your elected leaders know about your concerns for safety, health, climate, and the rising cost of this ongoing problem.

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ArtSpan: Register for Winter Classes

ArtSpan, the visual arts education classes at the Munroe Center for the Arts, opened up its winter registration on Tuesday November 13 for online registrations, and Thursday November 15 for walk-in registrations (the office is open 9-5).  There are 10-week classes for adults, children and teens in ceramics, painting, and drawing, as well as one-time workshops.  There are morning, afternoon, and evening classes available.
Details on these, and the traditional favorites can be found under the ArtSpan menu at:www.munroecenter.org.  Don’t miss the listing for FEBRUARY VACATION CAMP as well - making electronic music, grades 6-12.

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Calling all Swimmers!

LexSwim is working towards finding a new facility to replace the Minuteman Tech pool. Minuteman served the high school swim teams, among other well-known swimming programs, and is being torn down this winter. If you would like to see our progress and how you can help, visit us at www.lexswim.wordpress.com, email us at lexswimgroup@gmail.com or simply join our LexSwim Facebook group.

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LHS PTO keeps you connected!

  • Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Check out the LHS PTO website

  • LHS PTO posts on Twitter - handle @ptoLHS