Week of May 25th, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
  PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW for Beach Party 2018 All Night Graduation Party
  VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED for June 3rd Beach Party 2018 All Night Graduation Party!
LHS NEWS & EVENTS
  LHS Calendar Dates
  Mandatory 2018 Fall Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
  SENIOR PARENTS -- Required Payment for Transcripts
  It’s Awards Season!
  FOLMADS Seeks Parent Volunteers to Support LHS Music, Art, and Drama
  LHS Sports
  LHS Performing Arts
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS  
  Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) Online Auction is OPEN!
  Community Service Opportunity for LHS Students  
  LexHack4Good
  LexHack4Good Workshop
  Retirement Celebration in Honor of Dr. Mary Czajkowski
  Discounted Black Earth Compost Pick-Up
  Ceramic Classes at “ArtSpan” at the Munroe Center for the Arts
LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION
   Lexplorations Aide Applications
   SUMMER INTENSIVE SAT Prep
   INTENSIVE COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING
   Foundational Chemistry - For Rising Juniors
   Pilgrimage to Grandfather's War: A Recognition of the World War I Centennial
LHS PTO KEEPS YOU CONNECTED!

 
IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS OF LHS STUDENTS
 
Friday, May 25: 7:00-8:00pm National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Saturday, May 26: 6:00-8:00pm *Tentative* Senior METCO Dinner
Monday, May 28: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
Monday, May 28: 7:30-9:00pm Regatta Bar Jazz Combo
Tuesday, May 29: 6:00-8:30pm Senior Athlete Banquet
Wednesday, May 30: 6:00-8:30pm Senior Scholarship Awards Night
Thursday, May 31: 5:00-11:00pm Senior Prom
Saturday, June 2: 7:30am SAT Exams
Saturday, June 2: 7:00-9:30pm Spring A Cappella Jamboree
 
LHS PTO NEWS & EVENTS
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW for Beach Party 2018 All Night Graduation Party (ANGP)!

ONLINE Ticket Sales END Midnight on Monday May 28th!  Buy NOW and Just Pick-up Ticket & T-Shirt at Senior Barbecue!
Go to LexingtonANGP.weebly.com to buy your Senior’s Ticket, Donate or Volunteer. 

Tickets will also be on sale for $40 cash/check at Senior Barbecue, Wednesday May 30th. Please check with your Senior and confirm that they have ordered their ticket. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door! Don’t MISS OUT!!

DONATIONS! Please keep in mind that the ANGP tradition relies on monetary donations to supplement event costs (the ticket price doesn't cover all the party expenses).  Donations can be made online or by sending a check made out to: Lexington Schools Celebration Committee, and mail to Kris Maeda, 54 Munroe Rd., Lexington, MA 02421.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED for June 3rd Beach Party 2018 All Night Graduation Party!

Non-Senior Parents Only
Sunday June 3rd - Monday June 4th 10:00 pm to 5:00am – LHS Field House
STILL URGENTLY NEEDED:  Shift 2:  12:00 – 3:00am OR Shift 3:  2:30-5:00am           

ALL Parents:  COME DECORATE!!  
Saturday, June 2nd 9:00am to Noon OR Noon-3:00pm

ALL Senior Parents:
Be at LHS Field House at 5:30am Monday June 4th for CLEAN UP!

How Can I Help?  Sign up for a Volunteer Shift, Donate Food / Drink or a Monetary Donation at LexingtonANGP.weebly.com.  Questions about volunteering; contact Betsy Wilkinson at betsy@myemline.com.


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 2018 Fall Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting
Where: LHS Auditorium
When: Tuesday, June 5th
Time: 6pm 

The 2018 Fall Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting will be held TUESDAY, June 5th, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium at LHS. This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes, and incoming freshman who are interested in participating in an interscholastic fall sport at Lexington High School.  All student-athletes interested in playing a fall sport should attend the meeting with a parent or guardian.  At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for fall 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 fall sports.  In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the fall 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.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 June 5th!

Fall Sports Start August 23, 2018
Football Starts August 17, 2018 

LHS Fall Sports:
Cheerleading
Cross Country - Boys and Girls
Field Hockey - Girls
Football
Golf
Soccer - Boys and Girls
Swimming - Girls
Volleyball - Girls

GO Minutemen!

Naomi

Naomi Martin
Director of Athletics
Lexington Public Schools

SENIOR PARENTS -- Required Payment for Transcripts 

Transcript fees must be paid before May 30.  
Pay online through May 23 OR
Bring a check ("Town of Lexington") to Room 152.

Cap & Gown distribution will be delayed for seniors who owe this fee.
Contact Jane Aronson with questions (jaronson@lexingtonma.org).

Jane Waldman Aronson
Lexington High School, Registrar's Office
251 Waltham Street, Room 152
Lexington, MA  02421
(781) 861-2320  x69127 

It’s Awards Season! 

Have you sent your LEF STAR Awards yet? These are the Oscars/Pulitzers/Nobels for Lexington teachers! Give that special teacher, coach, counselor and other school staff the red carpet treatment. For a contribution of $30 or more, (or $60+ for a teaching team), a personalized STAR certificate will be delivered to any current or former teacher/staff member at any Lexington public school.  This is a cherished gift, and proceeds go right back to your child’s education through LEF grants.  

Order today at www.LexEdFoundation.org/STAR. 
If you have a graduating senior, they can send a Senior STAR themselves for a discounted price of $20. 

FOLMADS Seeks Parent Volunteers to Support LHS Music, Art, and Drama 

FOLMADS (Friends of Lexington Music Art, and Drama Students) is looking for volunteers to help with our publicity and community engagement efforts.  Volunteering is a great way to be involved at the high school, support the arts, meet other parents of arts students, and have fun in the process. Board positions are available for the following roles:

Co-coordinator of publicity of performing arts events at LHS and the middle schools

Spring Pops concerts at LHS, co-coordinator of volunteers and concessions

MICCA (Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductor’s Association) Festival at LHS, co-coordinator of volunteers and concessions

Coordinator of fall fundraising letter mailing 

If you would like more information about these positions or about other volunteer opportunities with FOLMADS, please contact me by email at jilliantung123@gmail.com.

Best regards,
Jillian Tung

LHS Sports 

Home Games/Meets (May 25 - June 1)   

Tuesday, May 29
3:45pm GIRLS Varsity Lacrosse vs Chelmsford High School
3:45pm BOYS Varsity Baseball vs Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
5:00pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs Chelmsford High School

Wednesday, May 30
3:45pm GIRLS Freshman Lacrosse vs Woburn High School
4:00pm BOYS Junior Varsity Ultimate Frisbee vs Framingham High School
4:45pm GIRLS Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs Woburn High School

Friday, June 1
3:45pm BOYS Varsity Baseball vs Woburn High School

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

LHS Performing Arts  

Lexington High School Jazz Combo at the Regattabar

Dates: Monday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Place: Regattabar Jazz Club at the Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge
Tickets: Free to the public 

Enjoy an evening of live music with the Lexington High School Jazz Combo at the Regattabar Jazz Club at the Charles Hotel on May 28th at 7:30 p.m.  This performance marks the final concert of the year for this award-winning ensemble led by Pat Donaher. The group will perform student original compositions, along with music from the leading lights of jazz today.  

Contact Information: LHS Jazz Director Pat Donaher, pdonaher@lexingtonma.org 

Swing Night
Dates: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m. (dance lesson from 7:00 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.)
Place: Fiske Elementary School Gymnasium, 55 Adams Street, Lexington, MA 02420
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and senior citizens

Swing Night 2018, once again, will be an evening celebrating the classic American sounds of big band and swing, featuring three hours of live music and dancing.  The LHS Big Band, Jazz Ensemble, and special guest, The Beantown Swing Orchestra, take to the stage on June 1st in the Fiske Gym at 7:00pm. Don’t know how to dance? The evening kicks off with a lesson from the Lindy Jive Bombers from 7:00-7:45.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pura Vida Project, a student-run nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and young families throughout Central America.

Contact Information: Jazz Director Pat Donaher, pdonaher@lexingtonma.org


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS  

Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) Online Auction is OPEN!

Dear LHS PTO families, LEF opened their online auction May 20 - register for free now to see the items you could score! 

Tickets are still available for the June 16th Celebration Party and going fast. See you there!

Score goods including (click here to see the items & shop):
• Chef tasting & wine pairing from Strega
• Tickets to sporting events, concerts & back-stage tours!
• Win vacation home stays, kids camps, and gifts or services from local businesses!

Friday FREE Family Fun (click here to sign up): 
• Multi-cultural activities
• Ice cream
• Balloon creations
• Pizza food truck
• Karen K and the Jitterbugs
• & more!

Saturday Celebration Party for Adults (click here to get tickets):
• Party with friends!
• Dress up and dance to live 80s dance pop and new wave music by Scattershot!
• Enjoy the company of our community!
• Treat yourself to specialty hors d'oeuvres!
• Smile for red carpet photos!
• Refresh with beer, wine and Tito's Homemade Vodka!
LEF's Celebration for Education Weekend provides an opportunity for the community to help shape our children's public education. You can encourage lifelong learning: attend the party, shop the auction, donate auction items!

Community Service Opportunity for LHS Students  

Community Nursery School is looking for High School Students interested in earning COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT this summer.  It is a fun and joyful way to earn your Community Service hours!

The Summer CNS Program is for preschool-age children and runs for seven weeks from June 25 - August 9. Volunteer intern hours are 8:30am-1:15pm, Monday through Thursday. Interns must commit to a minimum of one full week.  If you are interested, please contact our Community Coordinator, Stacy Chandler at schandler@cnslex.org or call 781-862-0741.

LexHack4Good
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Lexington Discovery Day

Free, fun, coding event on Discovery Day for kids. Help the community, town, country, or globally. Sponsored by Penguin Code and LHS volunteers. Info and registration links on website lexhack4good.org 

Design and code a website that helps the community, town, country or world. (e.g website about recycling, cancer research, animal adoption, endangered species ) Use your tech skills to make the world a better place!

Form a team with 2-4 people and complete the web project during the 6 hour period.

Prize: $200 donated to non-profit; website registration fees paid; LHS students eligible for community service credit 

Earn community service hours!
REGISTER HERE 

LexHack4Good Workshop
Don’t know how to code? No Problem!
Come learn the basics of HTML/Javascript that will allow you to create a basic website and service by the end of the session.
Friday, May 25th
Hancock United Church, 1912 Massachusetts Avenue
5pm-9pm (pizza dinner)
Sign Up Here (space limited)  

Retirement Celebration in Honor of Dr. Mary Czajkowski 

The Lexington School Committee cordially invites you to attend a Retirement Celebration in Honor of Dr. Mary Czajkowski.   

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cary Memorial Building
1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 

Refreshments will be served.  

Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 6, 2018to
The Superintendent’s Office
scalvino@lexingtonma.org
or 781-861-2580 

Multiple Pathways to Success: Tools for Self-Empowerment
Saturday, June 9th from 2 pm to 5 pm @ Diamond Middle School  

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Getting ready for the path beyond high school does not have to be an intimidating process.  If you are a 7th/8th grader, a high school student, or a parent of students in this age range, then this workshop is for you!  

In this 3rd Annual workshop, you will listen to a dynamic panel of speakers, followed by a brief Q/A.  You will then participate in small group discussions facilitated by a diverse and experienced group of individuals that are either educators or have successfully chosen a college and career that they are passionate about.  Walk away with a feeling of empowerment as you begin to chart YOUR roadmap to success!  

This event is organized in partnership with Lexington High School, LYFS: Sponsor of Sources of Strength, CAAL, JPLex, and Temple Isaiah Mental Health Committee.  

Discounted Black Earth Compost Pick-Up Service That Supports LHS PTO Too!   

Mention referral code “LHS PTO” when you sign up for home pick-up from Black Earth Compost (www.blackearthcompost.com/lexington) – you will receive $10 off of your first bill and LHS PTO will receive a $10 donation. Currently the program costs $99 for 6 months but once 300 households enroll (which is expected by mid-year), the price will drop in half to $49. The price also includes a bag (1 cubic foot) of finished compost for your yard/garden delivered in the spring.   

Trash in Lexington is incinerated -- yuck. Composting recycles nutrients back to the soil for use by local farmers and gardeners. Black Earth takes many things that aren’t appropriate for a backyard bin (bones, large pizza boxes, certain types of compostable "plastics,” to name a few). In the coming weeks, DPW of Lexington is giving out 300 free13-gallon compost toter for the households who hire compost pickup services.

As residents show strong support for composting, we are sending an important message to the Town to begin offering curbside compost pick-up as part of the overall waste management plan. To further help the environment, Black Earth also plans to switch to using electric trucks powered by solar energy within the next 2-3 years.
Please share this post with your friends and neighbors throughout the Boston Metro area so that they can participate in this deal/fundraiser as well!   

Material Conservation in LHS Cafeteria!

Ever feel wrong that the waste in the cafeteria goes to the incinerator in North Andover? Do you know that Massachusetts is running out of landfills (where the ashes from incinerator will end up)? LHS kitchen staff has been composting food scraps for the past two years, Are LHS students up to the challenge of being a "good sort" who sorts out compostable materials?    

LPS Green Teams needs you! We are recruiting student clubs and volunteers to help establish material conservation effort in the cafeteria. It will include making a fun video of the whys and hows, brainstorm the logistics of the setup and signage, scheduling volunteers. Hours will be counted for Community Service. 
It takes a village to make the change, but once the change happens, it'll only take seconds to do the right thing. Let's make it happen!    

Contact us: lpsgreenteams@gmail.com  

Ceramic Classes at “ArtSpan” at the Munroe Center for the Arts   

“ArtSpan” at the Munroe Center for the Arts continues its afternoon ceramics classes for children and evening classes for adults. This summer ArtSpan will also be introducing OPEN STUDIO TIME for adults.
This option allows folks to have a more leisurely summer schedule rather than needing to attend a class at a regular time each week. Open studio time is a great opportunity for those who are familiar with the ceramic process, and feel confident working independently in a clay studio. The open studio fee also covers 2 weeks of classes :)

Open studio time will be from 5:30 - 7:30, M-F from July 9 - Aug 17. 

More information about summer ceramics at www.munroecenter.org/summer-ceramics.html or calling the office at 781.862.6040

If yo=u would like to speak with someone, you can stop by our booth at Discovery Day this Saturday!


LEXINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Lexplorations Aide Applications 

Lexplorations Aide Applications are now available online at www.lexingtoncommunityed.org 

Current Lexington High School Students may earn COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT this summer as  aides in the summer Lexplorations program.   The program runs for five weeks from July 2nd - August 3rd.  The hours are 9am to 3pm. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one full week.  

The majority of classes will be held at the Estabrook Elementary School.   We especially need aides at the Estabrook School location.  Opportunities at Lexington High School are extremely limited. 

Interested students can pick up an application outside the Lexington Community Education office,  Room 142 at Lexington High School or download the application from our website:  www.lexingtoncommunityed.org.  Please note that the application is two pages.

SUMMER INTENSIVE SAT Prep 

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

INTENSIVE SAT PREP

Prepare for the SAT Exams by reviewing the critical components of the test.  Classes will meet at Lexington High School. 

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

Required text:  The Official SAT Study Guide, published by the College Board in 2016. 

SAT Writing and Language + Essay - Instructor, Karen Mechem

        - meets 4 times
        - beginning July 2 and meeting July 2, 3, 5, 6
        - from 9:00am-12:00pm
        - $200
         - Required text:  The Official SAT Study Guide, published by the College Board  

SAT Reading - Instructor, Karen Mechem
        - meets 5 times
        - beginning July 9 and meeting July 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
        - from 9:00-11:30am
        - $200
        - Required text:  The Official SAT Study Guide, published by the College Board  

SAT Math - Instructor, Chris Doucette
        - meets 5 times
        - beginning July 23  and meeting July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
        - from 9:00-11:30am
        - $200
        - Required text:  Barron's New SAT, 29th Edition 

INTENSIVE COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING - Pre-registration required for all classes, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

Calling all rising seniors! Don’t wait until fall college application deadlines approach and wonder what to create for your personal statement/essay!  Be prepared by spending only one week (half days) this summer learning the do's and dont’s of the essay.  You will receive help on all aspects of the essay from coming up with a topic to actually completing the essay. Join fellow rising seniors as popular College Application Essay Coach, Mindy Pollack-Fusi, teaches you insider tips and a foolproof technique on how to choose your essay topic. From there, you will draft your essay and receive feedback. You will work on polishing your essay and by the close of the week, you will have a completed essay that is concise yet creative and lively. This class will help you breakthrough your fear and frustration, guide you to the finish, and help you relax this fall when your essay is done! 

Course sections are identical: 
July 23 - July 27 from 10:00am - 1:00pm at Lexington High School
Class Meets 5 times
Class size limited to six
$500

OR 

August 6 - 10      from 10:00am - 1:00pm at Lexington High School
Class Meets 5 times
Class size limited to six
$500 

Foundational Chemistry - For Rising Juniors 

Instructor:  Michael Horesh, LHS Chemistry and Earth Science Teacher  
Pre-registration using a Lexplorations registration form is required.  The form can be downloaded on our website:  www.lexingtoncommunityed.org 

This course is designed to assist high school Juniors entering all levels of chemistry with applying mathematical principles in the context of chemistry, and to equip them with skills and strategies to avoid common pitfalls. We will foster a strong foundation in applied algebra and principles of chemistry, as well as strong inquiry and problem-solving skills within the context of scientific understanding. Topics will include dimensional analysis, atomic structure, periodic trends, chemical bonding, formula writing and chemical naming, chemical equilibria, and stoichiometry. Classes include daily laboratory activities to complement instruction, techniques for data collection and analysis, and problem-solving activities based on experimental data. 

July 16-July 20 from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Lexington High School $295 

FOR PARENTS: 

Pilgrimage to Grandfather's War: A Recgonition of the World War I Centennial

With Carolyn Kingston and Toni Tasker

Carolyn Kingston and Toni Tasker will guide you as they take two compelling and very different paths of discovery about each of their grandfathers’ lives in the First World War.

For Carolyn the journey began with a book that her mother, Polly Cole, wrote about the life of Marine Major Edward B. Cole.  Major Cole was a hero, mortally wounded at Belleau Wood, a key engagement of World War I. He was the first individual from WWI to have a Navy war ship named after him.

Toni’s journey began with family lore of a “French farm family” who nursed Army Private Calvin Southwick back to health when he fell ill with the Spanish flu during the war. Who was that young child in the photograph her grandfather had on his dresser?  Where was that family today?

Join Carolyn and Toni to learn how the Internet opened doors for them to help them discover the to the people, records and documents that answered many questions.

This event will be held on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot.  The cost of the event is $10.00.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.