Week of December 21st, 2018

Important Dates

Monday December 24 -Tuesday January 1 Schools/Office closed - Vacation

Thursday January 3 Parent Discussion Group, Community Center (8 am)
Life After LHS, IDLC/ Science Lecture Hall (7 pm)

Thursday January 10 Parent Discussion Group, LHS (7:45 am)
Half-Day (Professional Development)

Friday January 11 Freshman Dance (7-10 pm) PTO News & Events

Happy Holidays from us all!

Life After LHS: Forum on Returning College Students, Their Experiences and Advice to Current LHS Parents and Students

  • When: Thursday, January 3, 7-9 pm

  • Where: IDLC/ Science Lecture Hall

High school is considered a gateway to the future. Come and hear how these LHS graduates have seized new opportunities in college and how LHS helped them to be prepared for these different paths. Our panel will consist of former LHS students attending different types of colleges, playing sports, joining music groups and taking gap years. We would like to encourage parents and guardians to bring their students to this event. Though this forum is perfect for juniors and seniors, all are welcome. Please bring your questions along for the panelists.
For any questions about the event please email: upasnachhabra@hotmail.com.


WANTED - Three volunteers to join the Nominating Committee

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year to start filling open positions for next year’s LHS PTO Exec Board and committees.  The process begins with the creation of a nominating committee (a mix of exec-board and non-exec board members) so we are posting this ad asking those who are LHS PTO members to consider being on the nominating committee.

What is a nominating committee?
This is a small working group - elected by the general LHS PTO membership - to recruit and fill open positions for next year’s LHS PTO exec board and committees. We will look for 3 non-exec board members to join the NC committee. Prior nominating committee experience is great, but not required.

Why have one?
Transparency and accessibility.  Once created, the NC will work separately from the current PTO exec board to recruit and vet a diverse mix of candidates to fill the open positions.  Having some non-board members on the NC will help increase our outreach and hopefully encourage those - who may be a little shy - to step up and take on a position.

What’s the job?
Once elected, the NC will create their own meeting schedule and begin by nominating a chair to lead the group.  The aim of the nominating committee is to vet and recruit a diverse group of candidates who reflect the wide range of interests and experiences of the LHS community.  For more information, check out this link with more info on timelines and nominating committee work or check out our website : www.lhspto.org.

If you’re interested - email Rina Kodendera at rkodendera@gmail.com with:

  • Your name

  • The grades your children are in

  • Why you want to join the committee, and any relevant experience

Deadline is end of day on Friday, January 11.
**Candidates will be elected to the NC at the January 22 General PTO board meeting (9-10 am at the community center).  OK - don’t freak out - it sounds more formal than reality AND you definitely have a shot at joining so don’t hold back. Your contribution and perspective will be greatly appreciated.


Join us at the next PTO Board meeting

  • When: Tuesday December 22, 9-11 am

  • Where: Community Center

We will elect our nominating committee at this meeting.


Please remember the LHS PTO in your year-end giving

The LHS PTO is a public charity with 501(c)(3) status.  If you have not already done so, please consider making a year-end donation. Your employer may offer a matching donation, too! Please visit lhspto.org to make your donation today!


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.


College Admissions - Testing:  A Roadmap for the SAT, ACT, and Other Tests

  • When: January 15, 2019, 9-11 am

  • Where: LHS - IDLC/Science Lecture Hall

  • Presenter: Drew Heilpern, PhD, Summit Educational Group, Inc

All Parents welcome! - Recommended for Sophomore Parents/Guardians.

In this seminar, we will:

  • explain the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process

  • discuss the differences between the SAT and ACT to help students and families better understand these tests’ design

  • examine sample problems from the two tests to highlight the differences between them so that students can make a more informed decision when deciding between the SAT and ACT

 With the redesigned SAT and an increasing number of students taking the ACT, families have many questions about the current state of standardized testing. The goals of this presentation are to take away some of the anxiety that surrounds these tests and to give families information to help guide them through their own unique testing plans: Which test. When to take them. How and when to prepare for them.


Including Samuel

  • When: January 17, 7-9 pm (snow date: 1/24/19)

  • Where: Lexington Venue, 1794 Mass Ave, Lexington

Please join us for a free movie screening. Including Samuel, a documentary by Dan Habib, discussion moderated by Joe Petner, PhD.  Including Samuel chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include their son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives.  The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families.  Sponsored by LexSEPAC/SEPTA, Lexington Commission on Disability, the Lexington Human Rights Commission, and the Lexington Venue.  Space is limited, please RSVP to https://tinyurl.com/LexingtonIncludingSamuel.


LHS Career Speaker Series

On behalf of the LHS Counseling Department, we would like to thank all of those who have reached out and volunteered to be a part of our Career Speaker Series. While all of the speaking roles are filled for this year, we will be seeking additional speakers for next school year as well and would love to keep those who have reached out in mind for future opportunities.  LHS students and staff are so lucky to have the support of our parent population and greater community.


 Yearbooks -  new announcement!

The time to buy your yearbook is now! Yearbooks are selling at a faster pace than ever this year and we have only a limited number left. Buy now to ensure you have one and to avoid the January 1 price increase. On January 1, the price will rise to $90.00.

You can order a book online at: https://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/buy-a-yearbook/  or send a check made out to Town of Lexington for $85 to Harriet Wallen in the LHS library. If you have any questions or need assistance of any kind, call Harriet at 781-861-2320, ext. 69151 or email her athwallen@lexingtonma.org.

Additional information about Yearbooks is also on the PTO website.


Senior Families - new announcement!

The 2019 Senior cap and gown fee is $15 until December 31 then increases to $20 on January 1.  Parents/Guardians should log in to LHS' online payment service, MCC, and pay the fee.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. LaLumiere (jlalumiere@lexingtonma.org) in the Main Office.
Please make sure your Senior has filled out the Cap and Gown request Google form that was emailed to them on October 19 and November 8.
LHS office 

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 Performing Arts Calendar of Events (2018-2019)DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocation

Fri Dec 21LHS A Cappella "Getaway Concert"12 pmLHS AuditoriumWed

Jan 16Winter Band Concert Estabrook, Fiske, Elementary Select Band, Diamond MS 7 Grade, LHS Symphonic Band7 pmLHS AuditoriumThu

Jan 17 Winter Band Concert Hastings, Bridge, Diamond MS 6 and 8 Grade, LHS Concert Band, LHS Wind Ensemble7 pmLHS Auditorium

Fri Jan 18LHS Jazz Nite 27 pmLHS, Commons II

Tue Jan 22Winter Band Concert Harrington, Bowman, Clarke MS 6, 7 and 8 Grade,
LHS Wind Ensemble7 pmLHS AuditoriumWed

Jan 30 Winter Orchestra Concert Estabrook 4, Hastings 4, Fiske 4, Diamond 6 and 8 Grade,
LHS Symphony Orchestra7:30 pmLHS Gymnasium

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

The Complex Task of Reading Scientific Papers

  • When: Saturday, January 12, 3-5:30 pm

  • Where: 391 Totten Pond Rd, Suite 303, Waltham, MA 02451

  • Submitted by: Jack Li, STEM Inspiration Organization

The comprehension of scientific literature (i.e., scientific papers ) is a vital component to the understanding of scientific and technological revolutions in the past and present. However, it is typically a skill that is not acquired until college. Our goal is to establish a foundation for reading this complex material that will ultimately provide high school students many valuable insights into understanding laboratory research.
This STEM workshop, involving biology and neuroscience, will provide students with the experience of working with professional journal articles to develop critical skills earlier than most. Students will also obtain some of the core skills needed to succeed in conducting research and show their comprehension of advanced subjects.
Sign-up: https://www.steminspiration.org/events.



As 2018 comes to a close, take this time to honor the outstanding educators and staff who give their all to your child - purchase a LEF STAR Award. The LEF STAR Award is a beautiful personalized certificate presented to your child's teacher, coach, counselor, or other staff member to thank them for their efforts. What a wonderful gift to give - recognition for making a difference in someone's life.

All proceeds from your $30 tax-deductible purchase of an individual STAR Award help fund LEF grants across all LPS schools. Thanks to LEF grants, educators can innovate in the classroom, inspire our children, and strengthen our school communities. 
Learn more and order your LEF STAR Awards today


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.


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


Lexington Community Education

Online Registration is now available for all programs at www.lexingtoncommunityed.org.  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 Prep for the MARCH Exam


  • When: begins January 7, 6 Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 232,

  • Fee: $200.


  • When: begins January 17, 6 Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 230

  • Fee:  $200


Reading SAT Prep & Writing and Language/ Essay SAT Prep

PRTH (Reading SAT Prep)

  • When:: begins January 8, 6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 222

  • Fee:  $200

PWTU (Writing and Language/Essay SAT Prep)

  • When: begins January 9, 6 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 231

  • Fee:  $200


Community News & Events

Bentley University Basketball

  • Women's Game: Friday, December 28, 6pm

  • Men's Game: Sunday, December 30, 2pm

  • Where: Dana Center Gymnasium

Elementary School Night: Come to one or both!


Crossing Guard Openings

The Town of Lexington is currently looking to fill two crossing guard vacancies. Interested candidates can view more detailed information here:https://www.lexingtonma.gov/sites/lexingtonma/files/uploads/crossing_guard_04.18.pdf.


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

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