Week of November 2nd, 2018

Important Dates

Important DatesFriday 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 DevelopmentThursday November 8Parent Discussion Group, Community Center (8-9 am)Monday November 12No School - Veterans Day 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 this upcoming meeting:

  • 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 and LPS Announcements

LHS Calendar Dates - LHS Calendar Link » 

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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.


School Start Time: Feedback

Please see the letter from Superintendent Julie Hackett outlining the process for considering potential changes in school start and end times, via the link Supt Letter - School Start Times.  The start time proposal was presented at the October 30 School Committee meeting. There will be public hearings for all community members on November 5 and 20, and a feedback survey is open for the public http://bit.ly/2RleXMn.  Since changes in school start and end times have an impact on the community at large, we encourage you to review the proposal and provide your input.
Thank you,
Eileen Jay, Chair, Lexington School Committee


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


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)


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



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 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 DescriptionTimeLocationFri Nov 2LHS Jazz Nite 17 pmLHS CommonsFri Nov 2LHS Fall Honors Chorus Concert7 pmHancock UCC Church, LexingtonSat 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


LHS 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.


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 BobBrookmeyer, Bernard Haitink, and Steve Vai and has released three albums under his own name.
Contact Information: alease@lexingtonma.org and folmadspr@gmail.com


LEF Trivia Bee

  • When: Monday November 5, 7 pm

  • Where: LHS, Auditorium

Attend the LEF Trivia Bee (it's FREE and there's no school November 6) to see all 43 teams compete for the Masters of Trivia title and cheer for our LHS Teams:

  • LHS Bee Winning in Three Minutes, Men: Nicholas Orf, Andrew Egan, Ben Aquilina-Piscitello (sponsored by the Orf Family)

  • Merits Apiaster: Nick Gould, Larry David, Brenda Bishop (sponsored by the LHS PTO)

RSVP to attend, it's FREE! »
LEF is looking for volunteers to help make this evening a sweet success »
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.


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/.


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.


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.

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.


Community News & Events

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 GenesisBattlegreen 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.


Lexington Symphony: Preserving Heritage

  • When: Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm - please note earlier start time!! (6:30 Pre-Concert Talk with conductor Jonathan McPhee)

  • Tickets: $33 - $55, Youth/Student tickets $10/$15.  Discounts available for groups of 8 or more.

Verdi | Nabucco: Overture
Canteloube | Songs of the Auvergne
Kendra Colton, Soprano
Hindemith | Mathis der Maler (Symphony)
For more information & to buy tickets, please call: 781-523-9009 or click here:https://www.lexingtonsymphony.org/


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.


Town Service 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, you 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!


Community Endowment of Lexington

Looking to get involved in our community? Want to give back to Lexington? The Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) is currently looking to expand its roster of wonderful volunteers, and we welcome you to join our efforts.
CEL enhances the quality of life for all Lexington citizens now and in the future. We are a permanent grant-making source that supports community needs, and provides ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy to our community. CEL funds programs and services that help make life healthier and more enjoyable for all members of our community in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building. CEL encourages grant applications from nonprofit organizations and town agencies that bring innovative thinking to issues facing Lexington, MA. Learn more atwww.lexingtonendowment.org.
CEL is seeking volunteers to aid in all aspects of our work, including social media (helping to promote CEL, manage our social media platforms, etc.) and fundraising (helping to organize our Corporate Giving program). Volunteering with CEL is a great way to get involved in our community and to meet like-minded residents who are working to help improve our town.
For more information, please email Mary Ann Sorel (macampojr@yahoo.com) or Kimberly Hensle Lowrance (khensle@gmail.com).


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