Week of February 16, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   Enjoy Your February Break - See You in Two Weeks!
   2018 LHS School Council Announcement for Parent Candidates
   Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
   Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
   LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day - March 22 - Save the Date!
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Calendar Dates
   AP Test Payment Window Opens
   2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Tee Shirt Contest is Coming!
   8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS
   Cultural Inheritance: A Night with Yaa Gyasi
   LHS Scholarship Information 2018
   The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   I’m Not a Racist…Am I? (Documentary Screening and Discussion)
   In Search of King’s Solomon’s Magic Ring: The Amazing Abilities of Grey Parrots, with Irene Pepperberg

   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   You Can Afford College if…
   Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED!



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Monday, February 19: President’s Day Schools Closed/Offices Closed Holiday
Tuesday, February 20 - 23: Schools Closed/Offices Open/ February Break
Tuesday, February 27: 6:00pm Homegoing Author Yaa Gyasi speaking at LHS
Wednesday, February 28: 6:00pm Spring Sports Meeting
Friday, February 29: 7:00pm-10:00pm Freshmen School Dance


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

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Enjoy Your February Break - See You in Two Weeks! 

The LHS PTO Weekly Announcements will be taking a week off, as well. We'll be back with information of interest to the LHS community two weeks from today.

2018 LHS School Council Announcement for Parent Candidates

LHS School Council Parent Volunteer Opportunity:
The LHS School Council is seeking two (2) LHS parent candidates to each serve a three-year term starting in 2018-2019.   The candidates must have a child at LHS during the full three-year term. Overlapping siblings are also acceptable. 

The purpose of the School Council is to work collaboratively with the Principal to develop school improvement plans consistent with system wide goals and student performance standards set by the Massachusetts Board of Education.  Council members plan ways to meet the diverse learning needs of students; establish a school climate of tolerance and respect for every individual; involve parents in the life of the school; impact safety and discipline; enhance extracurricular activities and more. 

The Council is composed of LHS parents, faculty, community representatives, LHS students and the Principal. Meetings are held on a Monday evening once a month, at LHS. 

If you are interested in serving on the LHS School Council, please email a brief summary (limit is 250 words) of your qualifications and interest. Please note that this summary will be published, for LHS parents to vote on electronically. Send to: Shubhra Chandra, President@lhspto.org no later than March 29th, 2018.  The two parent candidates will be selected, through a ballot election, by the parents at LHS. We will be setting up online voting. Deadline for voting will be published later.
Please email- president@lhspto.org if you have any questions.

Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
Date: Monday, March 5th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Commons II, Lexington High School

The Lexington High School PTO and FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music, Art and Drama Students) are pleased to present a special forum featuring a discussion of opportunities in performing and visual arts at Lexington High School.  The program will begin with a short performance by the LHS Jazz Combo, followed by a presentation by Dr. Ida Pappas, LPS K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator.  Dr. Pappas will introduce new classes being offered at LHS for the 2018-2019 school year and will cover topics related to the performing arts curriculum.  Following the presentation, FOLMADS parent volunteers familiar with programs in music, drama, and visual arts will be on hand to share their perspectives during a question and answer session.  The program is open to all LPS families.  Parents of 8th grade and transfer students are especially encouraged to attend. 

Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight with Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev
Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Location:  Commons II

What do you do when your teen calls you at 1AM with a challenging situation?  How do parents and guardians help their teens expand their freedom, have fun with friends and yet stay safe?  What are social hosting laws and how are parents at risk if something happens on your watch?  Come to this important session led by Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist, Kristie Demirev.  The “Hidden in Plain Sight” room will be on display to help parents learn to look for clues to determine if your child is experimenting with alcohol or drugs.  This will be an interactive session. All are welcome.

LHS Shop at Wilson Farm Day - March 22 - Save the Date! 

Shop at Wilson Farm during opening hours on March 22 and 20% of your pre-tax spending will be set aside for donation to Lexington High School. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Lexington High's principal will decide how the funds will be used. In past years, schools have used their Shop at Wilson Farm Day earnings to purchase projectors, books, scholarship programs, and even lecture series. 

In order for your Wilson Farm purchase to be counted in your school’s fundraising totals, you must present this flyer (stored at the LHS PTO website) at the registers, either on paper or an electronic version on your smart phone. 


LHS NEWS & EVENTS

LHS Calendar Dates 

For up-to-date calendar information, please go to the LHS Calendar, http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10 

You can also subscribe for the iCal feed which will automatically give you updates on your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Simply go to the link above and click on the green iCal button.  iCal works with most calendar programs, not just Apple products. 

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

AP Test Payment Window Opens 

Monday, February 12th @ 7:00 a.m. through Friday, February 26th @ Midnight

Please do not miss payment window – your payment secures an exam for your student.
Questions – please email Mary Johansson mjohansson@lexingtonma.org 

2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Tee Shirt Contest is Coming! 

Calling all artists! Don’t miss the opportunity to submit your design for the 2018 All Night Graduation Party Tee Shirt design. It’s a LHS tradition for seniors to wear their tee shirts the night of the party. This contest is open to all LHS students. One design will be selected for the front and one for the back. The 2 Tee Shirt Contest Winners will each receive a $50 prize. Check with the Art Department Room 202 after February break for the Class of 2018’s All Night Graduation Party theme, design contest rules and permission slip.

8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS

Monday, 2/26, 7-8:30 pm in the Lexington High School Science Auditorium (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)
- OR -
Wednesday, 2/28, 9:40-11 am at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Room 139)   

This Q&A forum is an opportunity for 8th grade parents to learn about the transition to high school from a panel of experienced LHS parents. Bring your questions about classes, schedules, sports, music groups, clubs, community service, lockers, homework, and whatever else you are wondering about high school! The morning and evening sessions will have the same format: attend whichever one is most convenient for you.     

Cultural Inheritance: A Night with Yaa Gyasi
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:00pm.  Doors open at 5pm.  
Lexington High School Auditorium
Book signing to follow the event.
Advanced Ticket Sales Details: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.lexedfoundation.org/gyasi.
For more information, go to www.lexingtoncommunityed.org or www.lexedfoundation.org/events/   

Award winning Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi discusses her New York Times best-selling novel Homegoing and how the legacy of slavery affects relationships between Africans, African-Americans and the rest of the African diaspora. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two half sisters born in different villages in eighteenth century Ghana. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort while the other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned and sold into slavery. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed - and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the souls of our nations.

Event Sponsored by Lexington Community Education (LCE) and Lexington Education Foundation (LEF)   

LHS Scholarship Information 2018

It is not too early for LHS seniors and their parents to start looking and applying for scholarships!   Scholarship information for national, regional, local, and some specific colleges are posted in Naviance – http://connection.naviance.com/lexington

Current students can sign into their accounts and click the “Scholarships” tab.  Parents and/or guests can log onto [.connection.naviance.com/lexington]http://.connection.naviance.com/lexington and click “I’m a Guest”. The password is lhscounseling - click on the “Colleges” tab, go to “Scholarship List”.  If you are searching for the local scholarships – browse by category and select local scholarship. 

Lexington is fortunate to have a local scholarship program.  Every year, organizations or individuals provide scholarships to Lexington's senior students.  These include awards that are based on financial need as well as ones that are based on specific qualifications such as leadership, merit, or service to the community.   The local scholarship application deadline is in early April and the awards are made in June at SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS NIGHT.  Reminder:  the IRS 1040 is required for financial need scholarships.  Families should plan tax work to meet this deadline.

Please note that the Naviance database is updated on a continual basis – please be sure to check periodically. 

The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
DATE:  Wednesday, Feb 28th
TIME:   6:00PM
LOCATION:  LHS Auditorium

This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic spring sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a spring sport should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.  At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for 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 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 Spring Sports:  
• Baseball
• Softball
• Boys & Girls Lacrosse
• Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
• Boys & Girls Tennis
• Boys Volleyball
• Boys & Girls Ultimate Frisbee   

LHS Spring Sports season begins - Monday, March 19, 2018 

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 February 28th! 

GO Minutemen! 

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Feb 16 - Feb 23) 

Wednesday, February 21
4:15 pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Newton South High School

**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

I’m Not a Racist…Am I? (Documentary Screening and Discussion)
February 24, 5:00-7:30pm
Lexington Montessori School
Multipurpose Room (behind parking lot)
130 Pleasant Street
Lexington, MA 02421
FREE

Join the Lexington Montessori School Parent Education for a movie and discussion about race in America. This documentary follows a diverse group of teenagers through a year-long exploration to get at the heart of racism. 

In Search of King’s Solomon’s Magic Ring: The Amazing Abilities of Grey Parrots, with Irene Pepperberg
Cary Memorial Lecture Series
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 8:00pm
Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington

Dr. Irene Pepperberg, a Research Associate and Lecturer at Harvard, has been studying the cognitive and communicative abilities of Grey parrots for over 40 years.  Her most famous subject was Alex, the grey parrot with whom she worked for decades. He displayed astonishing abilities in learning, communication and feeling. After a brief description of the history of research on avian abilities and of her work with Alex, Dr. Pepperberg will present her most recent findings with her current subjects, Griffin and Athena, showing how their intelligence compares with human children. The lecture is free and no tickets are required. 

For more information: www.carylectureseries.org

The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
We are pleased to announce a new date AND location for the Childhood Face of ADHD presentation with Dr. Ned Hallowell.

Date: Monday, March 26 @ 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Lexington High School Auditorium

TO REGISTER for this event, please see the SEPTA event page.

In this presentation, Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, practicing child and adult psychiatrist, founder of the Hallowell Center, and former instructor at Harvard Medical School, offers insight into the childhood face of ADHD, and how ADHD and learning disabilities impact the student emotionally and socially. Because he and two of his children have ADHD themselves, he recognizes the importance not just of proper diagnosis and treatment but also the importance of developing the positive attributes most people with ADHD possess. He will provide an introduction to the world of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and explain what it feels like to have ADHD from a child’s perspective. Thank you to Indian Americans of Lexington for their generous donation to make this presentation possible.

For more information about the Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA, please see lexsepta.org


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

You Can Afford College if…
Wednesday, February 28th, from 6:30-8:30pm at LHS
Cost:  $25.00 for two adults in the household

If… you plan in advance; you understand the financial aid process; and you act early enough to be successful. This course will teach you the concepts and strategies that will help you maximize your financial aid by understanding the process, and how implementing strategies may increase a family’s eligibility.  All schools are not alike, so it is important to know your options and opportunities. A free financial aid analysis will be available to all attendees.  

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids 
Wednesday, February 28th, from 7:00-8:30pm at The Lexington Depot
Cost:  $10.00

It begins harmlessly. Parents chatting on the playground compare their babies' first milestones: Later, as report cards, standardized tests, tryouts, playoffs, auditions and social cliques fill their child's world, parents' anxiety intensifies. The older kids get, the more competition they face. Hovering in the background is the race for admission to a top-tier college. 

In their book, Pressured Parents, Stressed-Out Kids: Dealing with Competition While Raising a Successful Child, Dr. Grolnick and Kathy Seal illuminate and provide an accessible guide to channeling competitive anxiety into positive parenting. This evening, Dr. Grolnick will offer practical ways to avoid the burn-out (in both parents and children) that afflicts so many in our highly competitive society, while raising children who thrive and excel.

Wendy S. Grolnick, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Clark University. 

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.


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