Week of March 29th, 2018

MPORTANT 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”
   Annual (End of Year) LHS PTO Meeting/Forum
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
   LHS Calendar Dates
   MANDATORY AP Pre-Admin Meeting for all AP students
   LHS Sports
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
   Lexington's First Annual Special Education Resource Fair
   Dyslexia Parents Group Coffee
   Come enjoy a night of Greek/Bulgarian culture!
   Youth Ultimate Frisbee
   LUSC High School Travel Soccer
   Seeking Soccer Mentors
   Cary Memorial Library - Strategic Planning / Children’s Room
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   College Essay Writing
   You Can Afford College if.....
 
IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
Friday, March 30: Good Friday holiday / NO SCHOOL
Monday, April 2: Attendance Verification Distributed
Thursday, April 5: 7:45am-8:45am Parent Group Meeting
Friday, April 6: End of 3rd Quarter
                          7pm-10pm School Dance
Monday, April 9: Student Attendance Appeals Deadline
                             6:15pm-7:45pm School Council Meeting
 
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
 
Follow the LHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter
 
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PTOLHS to get the latest news and up to date school information
 
Thanks -
LHS PTO
 
2018 LHS School Council Parent Candidates: LAST CHANCE!
 
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 by midnight today, Thursday 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
 
Annual (End of Year) LHS PTO Meeting/Forum
When: May 15th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Library Media Room at LHS
www.lhspto.org
 
Come and hear our Principal Andrew Stephens and Associate Principal John Murray talk about the school year at the Annual PTO meeting. Open to all PTO members.
The PTO will also be voting in the Executive Board members, Committee members (Parent volunteers) and the Budget for 2018-19 school year. 
 
 
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. 
 
 
MANDATORY AP Pre-Admin Meeting for all AP students
 
There will be a MANDATORY AP Pre-Administrative meeting for all students taking an AP exam every day after school at 2:30pm in the ILDC (Formerly SLH) from Monday, April 9th to Thursday, April 12th.  
It is REQUIRED for all students taking AP exam(s) to attend one of these sessions in order to fill out the administrative paperwork needed to take their exams. 
Students, please arrive promptly at 2:30pm and plan to stay for approximately 45 minutes.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and attendance.  Please also plan to stay for the duration of the session.  For any questions, please email Karen Hurley at khurley@lexingtonma.org or reach her by phone at 781-861-2320 x69126.
 
LHS Sports
Home Games/Meets (March 30- April 6) 
 
Friday, March 30
10:00am GIRLS Varsity Lacrosse vs Needham High School
 
Monday, April 2
4:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Baseball vs Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
4:00pm BOYS Varsity Baseball vs Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
4:00pm BOYS Varsity Volleyball vs Norton High School
 
Tuesday, April 3
3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Lacrosse vs Chelmsford High School
5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs Chelmsford High School
 
Wednesday, April 4
3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Tennis vs Melrose High School
4:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Baseball vs St. John’s High School
4:00pm BOYS Varsity Baseball vs St. John’s High School
4:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Volleyball vs Andover High School
5:15pm BOYS Varsity Volleyball vs Andover High School
 
Thursday, April 5
3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Lacrosse vs Melrose High School
3:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs Melrose High School
4:00pm GIRLS Freshman Lacrosse vs Reading Memorial High School
 
Friday, April 6
3:45pm BOYS Varsity Tennis vs Stoneham High School
 
**For dates and times of away athletics games/meets, please go to: http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com
 
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
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.
 
Come enjoy a night of Greek/Bulgarian culture!
Monday, April 9th at LHS, 6:00-8:00 pm
 
Hor d’oeuvres and Silent Auction (Commons 1)
Raffle tickets sold for a Sonos wireless speaker
Performances of Greek and Bulgarian music (Auditorium)
Featuring seven-time gold medalist folk singer, Elitsa Stoyneva Zdravets, a Boston-based Bulgarian band, Greek musicians
LHS Honors Chorus ensembles
Proceeds to benefit the Greece-Bulgaria Choral trip during April school vacation!
 
Youth Ultimate Frisbee
Sunday afternoons, 4/15 - 5/27 (rain make up date 6/3)
1:00 - 2:00p for U8
2:00 - 3:30p for U10 and U12
3:30 - 5:00p for U14 boys
3:30 - 5:00p for 10-14 year old girls
5:00 - 7:00p for U17 boys and girls
Diamond Middle School
 
Coed program teaches skills and good sportsmanship so that players can learn and enjoy the sport of Ultimate. Small games to maximize playing time and touches. Ultimate is a fast paced non-contact field sport played around the state, country, and across the world. Our own LHS has a great varsity program with boys and girls teams which compete every spring across the state and even regionally.
In our program, we have competitive/travel boys and girls programs available for U14 and U17 players who have mastered the basics and are ready for a higher level of competition, including those who want to prepare for high school teams. For U14, it will be two half or full day events in MA.
We are very excited to have a girls team! Girls ages 10-14 will play together in a girls-only setting with great women coaches. The girls who are ready for competition will go to two one-day events, one in Amherst and one in Devens. This is a super opportunity for the girls to learn and love the sport, and to form great connections with their teammates.
 
For more information, please see BUDA website. Registration for all programs except U17 are through Lex Rec. If any questions, please contact program director Raphael Savir @781.862.4335 or raphael.savir@buda.org.
 
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 http://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 to CMLplanning2018@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
 
Lexington Community Education

College Essay Writing
Tuesday, April 10 from 6:30-8:30pm
at Lexington High School
Cost:  $33.0
 
Most people, parents and students, think of writing the College Application Essay as a major, intimidating event.  But it can be a non-stressful, even enjoyable process and this evening session will show you how that happens.   The essay is not about impressing admissions officers with grand accomplishments; it’s a story that tells them about you. This low-key workshop will send you off with some solid topic ideas, writing skills to use going forward and the start of an essay draft. Class size is limited, so there will be time for brief one-on-one meetings.  Catherine Johnson is a teacher, writing coach and editor with 40 years experience.  She has helped dozens of students draft college application essays that carried them into the college or university of their choice.   
 
Pre-registration, using a MasterCard or VISA, required by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.
 
FOR PARENTS:
 
You Can Afford College if......
Thursday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30pm
at Lexington High School
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
 
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED! 
* Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Recent Weekly Announcements are posted at the LHS PTO website: https://www.lhspto.org/
* The LHS PTO Facebook page will keep you up to date about all things PTO. Like us @ https://www.facebook.com/ptolexingtonhighschool/
* LHS PTO also uses Twitter. Our handle is @ptoLHS - https://twitter.com/PTOLHS
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You can contact the LHS PTO Weekly Announcements manager at announcements@lhspto.org. 
Complete information about what kinds of posts we accept is available at the LHS PTO website.