Week of March 2nd,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
   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
   2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Tee Shirt Contest
   Academic Advising Appointments: March 12- March 29
   LHS Scholarship Information 2018
   The 2018 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
   LHS Performing Arts
   Introducing Dr. Ida Pappas - Our New LPS Performing Arts Coordinator and the Parents' Panel
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   Cricket Winter 2 Registration
   In Search of King’s Solomon’s Magic Ring: The Amazing Abilities of Grey Parrots, with Irene Pepperberg
   EmerSong A Cappella Festival – Cheer on the LHS performers!
   Sights Sets On Science
   The Childhood Face of ADHD: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder in Students
   Time to Register for the Estabrook Run of the Mill
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IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS 


Monday, March 5: Attendance Verification Distributed / Gradebooks Public on Portal
Wednesday, March 7: 7:00pm-9:000pm Band Festival Concert
Thursday, March 8: 7:45am-8:45am Parent Group
Saturday, March 10: 7:30am SAT Exams
Monday, March 19: LHS Spring Sports season begins


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.

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

2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Tee Shirt Contest

The Class of 2018 ANGP will be a BEACH PARTY! 

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 for design contest rules and permission slip.  Deadline for design entries is March 16th

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 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.

LHS Performing Arts

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 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. 

For more information, please contact us at folmadspr@gmail.com


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Cricket Winter 2 Registration
Dates: March 4th to March 25th, 
Time: Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm - 
Location: Grace Chapel 59 Worthen Rd, Lexington, MA 02421
Fees: $100.00     
Registration link:  https://unitedcricketleague.zenplanner.com 

The CricOne Winter 2 Registrations are on now. You will find 'all' the upcoming Veedo & Spring programs.  Please 'sign up' for "CricOne Winter 2". If you have any difficulties signing up, then email:contact@unitedcl.org or leave vm at 617.615.6504

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  

EmerSong A Cappella Festival – Cheer on the LHS performers!
Saturday, March 10
7:00 pm
Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street Concord
$25/ticket, incl. light refreshments

Back by popular demand! On March 10, The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital will present EmerSong: a cabaret of  select high school and college a cappella groups.  This special evening of talent and fun will be enhanced by refreshments, cash bar and an engaging emcee. Proceeds from EmerSong will benefit a pharmacy-based program to reduce opioid misuse.  All are welcome to attend!  Visit www.emersonhospital.org/Emersong for more information or to reserve seats. 

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 

Time to Register for the Estabrook Run of the Mill

The Estabrook PTO is proud to sponsor its 10th annual Run of the Mill! On Sunday, May 20, 2018 all families and friends of Estabrook School are invited to join in this healthy, fun, and exciting community event. To kick off the day, we will begin with the Jim Banks Kids Fun Run in Estabrook School Field at 9:30AM, followed by the main event the 5K Run/Walk, starting at 10AM. The Kids Fun Run does not require registration.

Go to http://estabrookpto.org/run-of-the-mill/ for more information and the link to register with Racewire.
First 200 registrants get a race T-shirt. Don't delay! They are going fast!
Order by April 1 to guarantee your T-shirt size.
Hope to see everyone on race day!


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