Week of February 9, 2018

   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   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 Calendar Dates
   Yearbook News
   AP Test Payment Window Opens
   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
   Calling All String Players! Student Tickets Discounts Available for Lexington Symphony Concert
   Saturday, Feb 10th-- Growing Up in Lexington, a Candid Conversation
   I’m Not a Racist…Am I? (Documentary Screening and Discussion)\
   Juniors: Plan Your College Application Process

   Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives


Friday, February 9: 7:00pm- 10:00pm School Dance (Juniors & Seniors)
Saturday, February 10: 7:00pm-9:00pm LHS Follies
Monday, February 12: 5:30pm-6:30pm Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Monday, February 12: 6:15pm-7:45pm School Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 13: 4:00pm-7:30pm LHS Science Fair (Open to Public 7:30pm-8:30pm)
Thursday, February 15: 7:45am-8:45am Parent Group


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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. 

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

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

Lexington High School Follies
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lexington High School Auditorium
Ticket Price: $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens
All proceeds benefit LHS vocal music student activities.

Lexington High School Vocal Music presents the 4th Annual LHS Follies, a musical theater revue featuring LHS choruses, with special guest appearances by Lexington Public School faculty members. Don’t miss this fun evening!
Contact Information: Director of Choruses Jason Iannuzzi, jiannuzzi@lexingtonma.org

LHS Sports

Home Games/Meets (Feb 9 - Feb 16) 

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

Saturday, February 10
10:30am GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Belmont High School

Sunday, February 11
8:00pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Belmont High School

Tuesday, February 13
4:15pm BOYS Freshman Basketball vs Woburn High School
4:15pm BOYS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Woburn High School
6:00pm BOYS Varsity Basketball vs Woburn High School
6:00ppm CoEd Junior Varsity Ski team Slalom Race @ Ward

Wednesday, February 14
5:10pm BOYS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Woburn High School
7:10pm GIRLS Varsity Ice Hockey vs Woburn High School

Thursday, February 15
4:15pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School
6:00pm GIRLS Varsity Basketball vs Reading Memorial High School

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


Calling All String Players! Student Tickets Discounts Available for Lexington Symphony Concert
Tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 10th!
Student Ticket Discounts Available!

The Lexington Symphony is pleased to offer discounted (or free!) student tickets to our upcomingHeartStrings concert tomorrow Saturday, February 10th, 8pm at Cary Hall. This all-strings concert is led by notable guest conductor Frederico Cortese of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and features exceptional violin soloist Irina Muresanu.
Purchase tickets herehttps://www.lexingtonsymphony.org
Free student ticket with purchase of any full price adult ticket: use coupon code family
Single student tickets available for $5 each: use coupon code stu 

Program: Cowell  Pulse for 5 Players (percussion ensemble); Vaughan Williams  Charterhouse Suite for Strings; Bartok  Divertimento for Strings; Bernstein  Serenade for Solo Violin, Percussion and Strings

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. 

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

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.


Classes for Students: 

Juniors: Plan Your College Application Process
Monday, February 12th from 6:30-8:30pm at LHS
Cost:  $25.00

The spring semester of junior year has taken on new significance as more and more students are applying to college via an early application. Spring semester is when juniors kick their college search into high gear and refine college lists, take standardized tests, write college essays, and ask for recommendations. This evening we will offer insight on each part of the college application, and more importantly, how juniors in spring semester can proactively prepare for submitting strong college applications in the coming fall. Taught by an instructor from Signet Education. 

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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