Week of March 23rd, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
   Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
   2018 LHS School Council Announcement for Parent Candidates
   “SCREENAGERS”
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Calendar Dates
   Important AP Test Information
   Academic Advising Appointments: March 12- March 29
   LHS Performing Arts
   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   Sights Sets On Science
   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
   Lexington Parent Academy 4.0
   Lexington's First Annual Special Education Resource Fair
   Dyslexia Parents Group Coffee
   LUSC High School Travel Soccer
   Seeking Soccer Mentors
   Cary Memorial Library - Strategic Planning / Children’s Room
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   Raising Boys in the Digital Age with Dr. Anthony Rao



IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 

Tuesday, March 27: MCAS ELA Comp Session A & B - All Sophomores/New Students
Wednesday, March 28: MCAS ELA Reading Comp Session 1 & 2
Thursday, March 29: MCAS ELA Reading Comp Session 3
Friday, March 30: Good Friday holiday / NO SCHOOL


LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS

Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter 

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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.

“SCREENAGERS”
Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 7-9 pm, in the Lexington High School auditorium, 251 Waltham St.

Parents and students are invited to a free screening of the movie “Screenagers,” co-sponsored by the Clarke PTO, Diamond PTA, and LHS PTO. Following the movie, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers with a panel of experts in technology, law enforcement, and adolescent mental health.  Please join us to learn more about how technology and the teenage brain. All are welcome.

About the movie:
The average child spends 6 ½ hours a day looking at screens. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, physician and award-winning filmmaker Delaney Ruston explores the impact of all that screen time. “Screenagers” examines the friction in homes and schools around technology use; reveals how screen time impacts children’s development; and offers solutions on how adults can best empower children to navigate the digital world and find balance.

About the panelists:
•  Sandra DeJong, MD, MSc, is a practicing child psychiatrist, a director of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance for 14 years, and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has published and presented widely about digital media and youth.
•  Dr. Abigail Judge is a clinical and child forensic psychologist in private practice and on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is on the part-time faculty at Harvard Medical School. She has published extensively about sexting and adolescent sexual behavior in the digital age.
•  Detective Kristina Hankins is a member of the Lexington Police Department and the School Resource Officer for Lexington Public Schools.
•  Jennifer Judkins is the Director of Digital Learning for Lexington Public Schools and is passionate about promoting responsible and meaningful use of technology in today's classrooms 


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

Important AP Test Information 

Students – It is important to check the AP roster posted outside room 152. Be sure your name is listed with your AP test you plan to take in May. Any questions please Mrs. Hurley in room 152. 

Karen Hurley
Registrar

Academic Advising Appointments: March 12- March 29

As part of our Comprehensive School Counseling Curriculum, every 9th, 10th, and 11th grader will again have the opportunity to meet with their school counselor for a 10-15 minute Academic Advising appointment. 

The Goals of Academic Advising:
• Review graduation requirements
• Discuss student’s course recommendations/requests
• Consider course recommendations/requests and their connection to future planning
• Reflect on the student’s academic placements in relation to balance and wellness

Academic Advising runs March 12 - March 29
Week 1 - March 12-16: Juniors and Sophomores
Week 2 - March 19-23: Sophomores and Freshmen
Week 3 - March 26-29: Freshmen and Clean-up

Students will be signing-up for appointments usingSignUpGenuis.com.  

Counselors will be using iBlock during Academic Advising for missed appointments, absences, and follow-up appointments.  

Linda Prisco
Administrative Assistant
Counseling Office
Lexington High School
781-861-2320 x69128 

LHS Performing Arts

MICCA Concert Festival

Dates: March 23 - 25, 2018
Place: Lexington High School, Donald J. Gillespie, Jr. Auditorium
TIckets: $10 adults/$5 students and senior citizens (One admission price is charged for the entire festival!)

The MICCA (Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductor’s Association) Concert Festival is being held this weekend, March 23rd - 25th!  During the festival, Lexington High School will host instrumental ensembles from across the region as they come to perform before a panel of esteemed judges.  Each group will receive valuable feedback regarding their performances. The concerts are open to the public. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.  Only one ticket per person is needed to see all of the weekend’s concerts!
Lexington ensembles will perform as follows:
Friday 5:00 p.m. Repertoire Orchestra
Friday 6:30 p.m. Symphonic Band
Friday 8:00 p.m. Symphony Orchestra
Friday 8:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble
Saturday 8:00 a.m. Chamber Orchestra
Saturday 9:30 a.m. Middle School Select Band
Saturday 11:00 a.m. Concert Band

More information about the MICCA Festival and a complete schedule of events at each site is available at http://www.miccamusic.org.
Contact Information: LHS Band Director Megan Riccio, mriccio@lexingtonma.org 

LHS Sports 

Home Games/Meets (March 23 – March 30 

Friday, March 23
3:00pm BOYS Varsity Baseball vs Plymouth North High School

Wednesday, March 28
4:00pm BOYS Varsity Baseball vs Xaverian Brothers High School
4:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Baseball vs Xaverian Brothers High School 

Thursday, March 29
4:00pm BOYS Varsity Baseball vs Needham High School
4:00pm BOYS Varsity Lacrosse vs Bedford Public Schools 

Friday, March 30
10:00am BOYS Varsity Baseball vs Lowell High School

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


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Sights Sets On Science
Presenter: Alex Peruta
Expert educational consultant and previous scientific researcher at Yale University


When: March 25th, 2pm-3:30pm
Where: Hyatt house Waltham | 54 4th Ave, Waltham, MA
Note: This is a FREE event, FREE parking available at the location. 

Click Here to register

Are you interested in becoming a science researcher, engineer, vet, doctor, dentist, computer programmer, or one of the many other careers that has a strong foundation in science? Learn what it takes to develop your interests in these fields outside the classroom and stand out when applying to college. This seminar will discuss how to determine what areas of science interest you, deepen those interests while in high school by seeking out extracurricular and academic opportunities, and tell your science story through your college application so that admissions boards can see your passion. This talk is for science enthusiasts, novices, and potential future scientists of all kinds. 

This Seminar Includes:
● How-to guide for determining what areas of science interest you
● Suggestions for deepening those interests through extracurriculars
● Strategies for gaining STEM internships

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 seelexsepta.org 

Lexington Parent Academy 4.0

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30am -2:30pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington

The 4th Annual LPA is designed to educate and empower parents to meet the changing demands of parenting in today’s world. Participants can choose 1, 2, or 3 workshops based on your interests. This event is free! You can view the workshop  schedule & descriptions online. While you do not need to pre-register, but pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a seat in a specific workshop. Pre-registering only guarantees your seat until the workshop starts.  Registration will open starting on 3/4/18 and will close on 3/22/18.

To pre-register, go to https://www.activityreg.com/ss_t2.wcs.  At this site, select a state, “MA”, then select a program, “Lexington Recreation Department”.   For more information contact Julie Fenn, LPS Assistant Coordinator of PE &  Wellness at jfenn@lexingtonma.org   

Lexington's First Annual Special Education Resource Fair
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: The FUSE School & Program, 110 Hartwell Avenue, Suite 100, Lexington

Come join us to learn about resources for the special education community, including sports providers, camps, services, advocates, and many other resources. Visit the Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA website to learn more: https://lexsepta.org/events/resource-fair/

If you have any questions, please contact communications@lexsepta.org.

Dyslexia Parents Group Coffee
When: Thursday, April 5
Time: 9 AM - 11 AM
Where: Home of Bettina McGimsey

We will hold a coffee at the home of Bettina McGimsey on Thursday April 5. Please join us for good discussion and connection. Feel free to bring any questions and concerns you might have. We will send out directions to the location closer to the date to those who RSVP at lexdyslexia@gmail.com.

LUSC High School Travel Soccer

LUSC is excited to continue offering high-schoolers a chance to enjoy the beautiful game.  Travel teams are forming for both boys and girls for the spring season.  Starting this year the game format is 7v7.  Players at all levels are welcomed.  One practice a week and games on Sundays, starting April 22.  For more information and to register please visit lexingtonunited.org.   

Seeking Soccer Mentors

Lexington United Soccer Club is seeking high school-age soccer players to assist the coaching staffs of established LUSC teams and to serve as mentors to young and developing soccer players in Lexington.   Community service hours are available.  Visit http://lexingtonunited.org/soccer-for-high-school-age-players/#mentors for more information.  Please contact luscplayermentorprogram@gmail.com if you're interested. 

Cary Memorial Library - Strategic Planning / Children’s Room 

The Cary Library is in the process of updating its Strategic Plan, and so is currently soliciting input from community members. Coming to the library for a planning session is difficult, so we've created a couple of surveys for busy families to encourage you to give us your feedback!
Youth Services Survey (programs, collections, technology, and Children's Room space)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SXWRD7Q
For families with children with special needs, we've created a special survey to better understand how the Library can serve your families. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M2CYZ22 

In addition, you can send ANY comments about the library toCMLplanning2018@minlib.net - we'd love to hear from you. 

Finally, if there's anything we can do for you, or if you want to share anything directly with myself or with the library director, you can reach us at:
Alissa Lauzon - Head of Youth Services - alauzon@minlib.net
Koren Stembridge - Library Director - kstembridge@minlib.net



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