Week of February 2, 2018

   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   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
   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 2018 - Save the Date!
   LHS Calendar Dates

   Yearbook News
   AP Testing Information - NEW
   8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS   
   Navigating Selective College Admissions
   LHS Scholarship Information 2018
   The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
   LHS Performing Arts
   LHS Sports
   The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop
   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
   Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation
   Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season
   Mindfulness to Reduce Student Stress
   Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process
   Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives


Friday, February 2: 7:00pm-10:00pm School Dance
Monday, February 5: 7:30pm- 8:30pm All-Town Orchestra Concert III
Tuesday, February 6: Report Cards Open on Portal
Wednesday, February 7: 5:30pm- 6:30pm Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Wednesday, February 7: 6:30pm-8:00pm LHS Curriculum Night
Friday, February 9: 7:00pm- 10:00pm School Dance (Juniors & Seniors)
Saturday, February 10: 7:00pm-9:00pm LHS Follies


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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. 

There are only a few items that are not included in the fundraising drive; among them are:
• CSA shares
• Gift cards
• Custom gift baskets
• Custom party platters
• Case orders and/or other bulk or custom orders

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 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.

Yearbook News

The Yearbook is just about sold out!! We have about 50 copies left and we cannot order any more. Because we are nearly sold out, online ordering is no longer available. If you would like to order a yearbook, please do so as soon as possible by sending a check made out to Town of Lexington for $90 to Harriet Wallen in the LHS Library. If you have any questions, please email Harriet at hwallen@lexingtonma.org or call her at 781-861-2320, ext. 69151. 


The beloved Rock Room at LHS is officially out of both tea, cocoa and to go cups so please consider making a donation to help keep that space as welcoming and soothing at it usually is! 

Just click on this link and it will take you to our updated Amazon “Wish List”: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/19EQOYXABLSKZ/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v? 

What is the Rock Room? 

Last year, Martha Queenin, LHS Social Worker, helped create a soothing student space located off the main hall near the library in Room 151. For the second year, The LHS Rock Room is up and running providing LHS students with a quiet room to come before school, during free blocks, I blocks or lunch or after school. In the spirit of trying to help our students manage their stress level, the space continues to provide students with a safe place to connect with others, unwind or de-stress.  Craft supplies, games, music, tea and cocoa all serve to provide students with what they need to self soothe.The hope is to continue to make the space user friendly and a space where kids can come and unwind and simply be. 

#makehappyhappen #LHSROCKS

AP Testing Information - NEW 

• Our AP Coordinator is: Mary Johansson
World Language Bldg., Room 505
Phone:  781-861-2320 X-69505
Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

• AP Testing Sign Up Begins:
Monday, January 29 Through Friday, February 9, 2018
Where:  The Sign Up Will Take Place in Your AP Classrooms ( **This is an optional test**

• Accommodations:
Any student needing accommodations are due by February 13th. Please email Mrs. Dooley at cdooley@lexingtonma.org. Please note LHS accommodations DO NOT apply for College Board. We would still need approval from College Board for your accommodations. 

• AP Test Fee: $96.00 per test
Please note you will receive an email from MCC regarding payment to be made once the pre registration form is filled out in class. The payment window will begin on February 12th and close on February 26th. Tests must be paid for by February 26, 2018 by 12:00 am.  If payment is not received by that date an EXAM WILL NOT be ordered for you and you will be unable to take the Exam. Please note that Payment of this Fee WILL Register you for the Exam.

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.   

Navigating Selective College Admissions
February 15, 2018    6:30-8:00
Snow date: TBD

Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night

Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective. These are schools that typically admit fewer than 25% of all their applicants. With competition is as keen as it is at these highly selective colleges, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in the admissions process. This presentation will review the nuances of the selective college admissions process including relevant statistics, current trends in college admissions, and recommendations for students who will navigate the terrain of selective college admissions.  

Presenter: John Mahoney, Director of Admission, Boston College
Location: Auditorium    

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 Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools  

LHS Performing Arts

Winter Orchestra Concert
Date: 1/31/2018, 2/1/2018, 2/5/2018 (snow date 2/8/2018)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School, Ralph Lord Gymnasium
Suggested donation price: $5 adults; free for children and senior citizens

The Winter Orchestra Concerts are an annual event, presented over three evenings, to showcase the Lexington Public Schools’ string  and orchestra program.  Each evening’s program progresses from the earliest learners at the elementary school level to the highest level performers at Lexington High School.

Winter Orchestra Concert III: All Grade 5 Strings, All Town Elementary Orchestra, Clarke-Diamond Grade 7 Orchestra; LHS Symphony Orchestra

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Feb 2 - Feb 9) 

Friday, February 2
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Winchester High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Winchester High School
8:25pm BOYS Junior Varsity  Ice Hockey vs Wakefield Memorial High School  

Saturday, February 3
2:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Indoor Track (Open Date)
2:00pm GIRLS    Junior Varsity Indoor Track (Open Date) 

Sunday, February 4
12:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Medford High School
2:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Medford High School

Monday, February 5
6:30pm BOYS Varsity Wrestling vs Bedford Public Schools
6:00pm: CoEd Varsity Giant Slalom Race @Blue Hills

Tuesday, February 6
4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Belmont High School
4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School

Wednesday, February 7
4:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School
7:30pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Belmont High School

Thursday, February 8
6:00pm: CoEd Varsity Giant Slalom Race @ Ski Ward

Friday, February 9
5:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Arlington High School
7:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Arlington High School

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


The Girls Who Build Music Tech Workshop

The Girls Who Build Music Tech workshop for high school girls is a one-day, hands-on introduction to music technology (ie. How pop stars use autotuning to be on pitch!) at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaverworks Center on February 3rd. The workshop includes tearing down old headphones and speakers, designing your own speaker, and programming a synthesizer guitar (make mixes!). Participants also get to listen to keynote speakers from the music technology industry, including female engineers from Bose and MIT. 

Register here. Fee is $50, which covers lunch and the cost of hardware. If you have any questions, leave a message on the Girls Who Build contact page

More information: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/music-tech/
MIT Beaverworks: https://beaverworks.ll.mit.edu/CMS/bw/facility
Contact us: http://www.girlswhobuild.org/contact/ 

The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
Presented by Ned Hallowell MD, EdD
Date:  February 7, 2018 / Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM / Location: Cary Library, Large Meeting Room

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. 

Please RSVP for this event so that we can ensure we have enough space and materials.  We expect that this event will be well-attended, and can accommodate approximately 80 attendees, so please RSVP by February 1, 2018 at https://lexsepta.org/events/the-childhood-face-of-adhd-recognizing-and-coping-with-attention-deficit-disorder-in-students/ 

For more information about the Lexington SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and SEPTA (Special Education PTA), please see our website atwww.lexsepta.org

Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation

Please join LYFS' 2nd in a six-part series of discussions about "Living on the Hyphen"-- a multicultural exploration of youth well-being. This series is the collaborative effort of a Multicultural Sponsoring Board representing Lexington in all of its diversity. 

Growing Up In Lexington is an opportunity for Lexington youth and the community of adults who support them to come together and understand the joys and challenges of coming of age in today's Lexington.  This moderated panel discussion will take place at the Community Center, from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, February 10th.  We look forward to seeing you there!  And... save March 18th for part 3 in the series, Spirituality in Mental Health, in partnership with Temple Isaiah's Mental Health Initiative. 

About LYFS:  LYFS is an independent Lexington nonprofit that seeks to address concerns related to youth mental health and well-being through a combination of clinical services, suicide prevention programming and community education and outreach. Living on the Hyphen was made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington. 

Lexington Youth Lacrosse Invites You to Join Us for Our Spring Lacrosse Season

Parents of Lexington Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th graders, Lexington Youth Lacrosse (LYL) is excited to invite all of you to join us for our Spring Lacrosse Season.


Our Boys and Girls programs are dedicated to introducing, teaching, and expanding youth lacrosse in Lexington, through a fun and instructional environment that teaches individual athleticism as well as teamwork. Lacrosse is complementary to soccer, hockey, and basketball, as it is a continuous-play team sport that reinforces and advances common offensive and defensive concepts. 

The season starts with one indoor practice per week on Sunday afternoons from late February to late March, and then transitions into two practices in Lexington during the week (usually 5:30-7pm on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday pending field availability) and one game per week on Sunday in Lexington or nearby towns from April till early June. 

Come out and join many of your classmates from Bowman, Bridge, Estabrook, Fiske, Harrington, and Hastings! 

To register for the spring session, please click here

Too often we hear parents say they don’t know the sport so they never introduced it to their children. You don’t have to know the sport, that’s what Lexington Youth Lacrosse is here for! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you in the spring! 

Rob Lyng
Coordinator of Player and Coach Development
Lexington Youth Lacrosse


Mindfulness to Reduce Student Stress
Monday, February 5th from 6:30-8:30pm.  Cost: $20

High school offers us a lot. But one thing we don't usually learn is how to take care of our minds and deal with daily stressors. So take some time to breathe, rest, and learn how to work with stress in this mindfulness presentation. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention and a way of relating to the present moment. You can practice mindfulness anywhere, anytime, and in any situation. In this presentation you will learn easy ways to integrate mindfulness into your day to bring more ease and wellbeing into your life, both in and outside of school. 

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

Classes for Parents & Students: 

Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search and Recruiting Process
Two sessions meeting Tuesday,  February 6 and Thursday, February 8
from 7:00-9:00pm at Lexington High School
Cost:  $40.00 per adult/student pair

This two-part course is designed to educate student-athletes and their parents about navigating the often confusing and generally stressful college search and recruiting process.    

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

Classes for Parents:  

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00-8:30pm at the Lexington Depot, Cost:  $10.00

The scale and impact of the #MeToo movement caught many by surprise. Leigh Gilmore offers context and perspective on this phenomenon based on her recent book, Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives. She will explore the pervasive and persistent culture of doubt women encounter in offering accounts of sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

Leigh Gilmore is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley.


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