Week of August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018 Issue


  • Important Dates
  • Important Dates for Parents of LHS Students
  • LHS PTO News & Events
     Join the LHS PTO
     LHS PTO Newcomer's Potluck Dinner, Sept. 5 (6-8 pm)
    Parent Discussion Group, Sept. 6 (7:45-8:40 am)
    LHS Fall Staff Welcome Lunch, Sept. 13 (11:15 am)
  • LHS News & Events
    LHS Calendar Dates
    Freshmen + New LHS Families Orientation, Sept. 13 (6:30-7:30 pm)
    Senior Counselor Seminars, Sept. 17
    Yearbooks on Sale Now! Price rise Oct. 1
    Senior Yearbook Portraits, deadline Oct. 15
    Seniors: Transcript Request Deadlines
  • Community News & Events
    Lexington Historical Society to Host Hamiltunes!, Sept. 14
    Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington, Sept. 17 (7-8:45 pm)
    Youth Ultimate Frisbee, Sept. 9
    Lexington Recreation Fall Brochure
    LEF Trivia Bee, Nov. 5
    A Message from the Lexington Board of Selectmen

Important Dates

Friday, August 31                School Closed
Monday, September 3         Labor Day – School Closed
Wednesday, September 5   LHS PTO Newcomer's Potluck Dinner (6-8 pm)   
Thursday, September 6       Parent Discussion Group (7:45-8:40 am)  
Monday, September 10        Rosh Hashanah – School Closed
Thursday, September 13      Professional Day – LHS Students ½ Day (7:45-11:15 am)
                                             Staff Fall Welcome Lunch - donate a dish!
                                             Activities Fair
                                             Freshmen + New LHS Families Orientation (6:30-7:30 pm) 
Wednesday, September 19 Yom Kippur – School Closed

 PTO News & Events

Join the LHS PTO

The LHS PTO runs a weekly announcement with important dates and information to keep you connected. We also organize information forums for parents and provide grant funding opportunities for our teachers and staff that help enhance the school experience. We can’t do this without our amazing volunteers and PTO memberships from engaged families like yours. Please help us make LHS the best it can be and join our PTO today. 

Join the PTO Today - Click "Shop In Our Store" for your family membership
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Thank you for your support.
Shubhra Chandra and Christina Lin
LHS PTO Co-Presidents


LHS PTO Newcomer's Potluck Dinner

  • When: Wednesday, September 5, 6-8 pm

  • Where: LHS Commons II

  • RSVP to president@lhspto.org if you plan to attend

The Lexington High School PTO invites new students and their families to a gathering at the high school to meet other new families. If you are new to Lexington or new to the Lexington Public Schools (coming from a private school), please join us. You will be greeted by several parents who will answer your questions and hear brief remarks from our principal, our new associate principal, the director of guidance, students from NEXXUS (the newcomers’ club at the high school), the Lexington Newcomers’ Club, and the PTO president. 

Main dishes and drinks will be provided, please bring a side dish to share:

  • Students with last names beginning with the letters A-O, bring a salad or other vegetable dish
  • Students with last names beginning with the letters P-Z, bring a dessert 

If your family is from somewhere other than the United States, please feel free to bring a dish that reflects your traditional culture.

Ann Redmon, Ann Boese and Reiko Miyagawa


Parent Discussion Group

  • When: Thursday, September 6, 7:45-8:40 am
  • Where: LHS Library Media Center (Room 149)
  • Hosted by: Associate Principal Andrew Baker 

All LHS parents are invited to attend the first meeting of the LHS Parent Discussion Group. Associate Principal Andrew Baker will host the meeting, so come with your back to school questions and hear about what's new at LHS this year! Check the LHS calendar for future monthly meetings at LHS.

The Parent Discussion Group is a support group for parents of Lexington High School students. The purpose of the group is to enable parents to support each other as they help their children learn, grow, and experience success at LHS. During the school year, meetings are typcially held weekly on Thursday mornings. Once a month, the group meets at 7:45 am at LHS, hosted by Associate Principal Andrew Baker. On all other Thursdays, the group meets at 8 am at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road (parent-run). Meetings typically include a main topic followed by open discussion on themes related to LHS. Parent-run weekly Thursday meetings will resume on September 13, 8-9 am at the Community Center.

Contact Suzanne Lau (Suzanne_lau_65@yahoo.com) for information or to join the email list.


LHS Fall Staff Welcome Lunch
Please volunteer to bring food and help at the event - click here to sign up »

  • When: Thursday, September 13, 11:15 am
  • Where: LHS Commons II

The staff loves and looks forward to this lunch, and they enjoy sampling the wonderful array of dishes we present to them. Bring your favorite dish to share! We also need volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up. Thank you for helping to welcome back the hard-working staff of LHS.

Kara Brandes and Jen Vogelzang
Co-Vice Presidents of Hospitality


LHS News & Events

LHS Calendar Dates - LHS Calendar Link » 

You may subscribe to the iCal feed which will automatically send updates to your personal calendar when the LHS calendar is updated. Click here and select the green iCal button. iCal works with most calendar programs, not only Apple products.

Principal Stephens often utilizes Twitter (@LexingtonHSMa) to convey important announcements and some of the many great things that occur at LHS day-to-day.


Freshmen and New LHS Families Orientation

  • When: Thursday, September 13, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Where: LHS Auditorium

During this time, your child’s dean and counselor provide information to introduce you to high school life and important routines/procedures. Helpful advice to navigate new systems will be presented as well as an opportunity to ask general questions.


 Senior Counselor Seminars

Attention Seniors: Counselor Seminars will begin the week of September 17 and continue for three consecutive weeks. It is important that students check the block, start time and location of their Senior Seminar to ensure that they make it to all three sessions. Please contact your school counselor if you do not have Senior Seminar included on your Q1 schedule.

Joanne Tringale, Counseling Department
781-861-2320, x69722

 Yearbooks on Sale Now! Price rise Oct 1

Yearbooks are now on sale for $80, our lowest price of the year! On October 1, the price will go up to $85. Last year was a sell-out, so order your yearbook now! 

Questions, email Harriet at hwallen@lexingtonma.org or call 781-861-2320, ext. 69151

Harriet Wallen
Librarian, Lexington High School
K-12 Facilitator, Library Dept., Lexington Public Schools

 Senior Yearbook Portraits, deadline Oct 15

Senior year is finally here and it is time to schedule your senior portrait! Please note our yearbook senior portrait policy. Only portraits taken by our designated photography company, Smile-Pro/ Portrait Experience, will be included in our yearbook. There will be no exceptions to this policy. You can book an appointment for yearbook only if you do not wish to purchase a senior portrait from them. You are under no obligation to do so. There will be opportunities provided at school in the fall at no charge if you would like to be included in the book and do not want a formal sitting. On underclass picture make-up day, seniors who want a quick picture taken for inclusion in the yearbook will be able to do that. The goal is to have every senior pictured. 

Additionally, if traveling to SmilePro’s Bedford location is not convenient, a mobile studio will be set up at LHS for a formal portrait experience (by appointment only). Please note that the deadline for having your portrait taken is October 15; keep this in mind when scheduling your appointment. Please book now to ensure that you can have your portrait taken in time.

Questions, email Harriet Wallen at hwallen@lexingtonma.org or call 781-861-2320, ext. 69151

Harriet Wallen
Librarian, Lexington High School
K-12 Facilitator, Library Dept., Lexington Public Schools

LHS Seniors: Transcript Request Deadlines

  1. Seniors must request official transcripts in Naviance via their Naviance accounts here »
  2. To ensure your transcript and Counselor Statement reach the admissions office at the time of your application, please do the following:
    1. Request your official transcript in Naviance
    2. Print the Transcript Status Page and bring to the Registrar’s Office, room  
    3. 152, before the posted deadlines below
    4. Turn in your completed Counselor Statement packet to your counselor before the posted deadlines below 


Rolling Admissions transcript requests: due 3 weeks prior to preferred college due date.

The Registrar’s Office is unable to remove or cancel requests once you have officially requested transcripts. You will be billed $6.00 for each official transcript requested in your Naviance account. Parents will be billed in the Spring by the electronic MCC e-School payment center.

Transcript Financial Assistance may be applied for through the LPS Business Office - Ms. Adrian Leone, 781-861-2563 x 68061 aleone@lexingtonma.org. Please apply for Financial Assistance by February to avoid being billed in the Spring.


SCORES: You must have SAT & ACT scores officially sent from the College Board or the ACT to your college(s).


 Click here for dates and times of athletics games/meets» http://lexingtonhighschoolma.bigteams.com


Community News & Events

Lexington Historical Society to Host Hamiltunes!

Lexington Historical Society is proud to host an officially licensed Hamilton singalong! Can't get tickets to the Opera House in September? Join us in the Room Where It Happens - Cary Hall! Sit with several hundred of your friends as we sing your favorite songs on the Hamilton Instrumentals album. Costumes are encouraged! At intermission, join in the costume parade, popcorn, and cider, and enter a raffle to win a life-size cutout of Lin-Manuel Miranda! $4 per person. Children under 7 are free (please be advised that Hamilton contains mild explicit language.)

Be a part of our revolutionary crowd by buying a general admission ticket. Our Hamilton karaoke also needs song leaders - if you'd like to sign up to take the stage and lead us in song, purchase a singing role ticket.

Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington:  Back to School Kickoff Meeting

  • When: September 17, 7-8:45 pm 
  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

Join us for an evening of discussion to learn more about dyslexia. No matter the age of your child (preschool through high school) or where you are in terms of getting services for your child's language learning challenges (still exploring what is going on to receiving services), this meeting and group will serve as a useful resource for you. We particularly encourage parents of young children who have been identified via the pre-kindergarten screening to come. We'll offer tips for beginning the school year, working with your child's teaching team, etc., as well as a chance to discuss your particular issues.

For more information and to check out some resources, visit us at lexdyslexia.weebly.com. Questions, contact lexdyslexia@gmail.com

Youth Ultimate Frisbee

  • When: Sunday afternoons, September 9 - October 21
  • Where: Diamond Middles School
  • AKA U8, U10, and U12, clinic based instruction with increased scrimmage time
    • Boys & Girls, grades 1-2, 2-3 pm
    • Boys & Girls, grades 3-5, 2-3:30 pm
  • AKA U14, even more scrimmage-based and will include matches against outside competition.
    • Girls, grades 4-8, 2:30-5:30 pm
    • Boys, grades 5-8, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • See the documents attached at the end of this full email for more details

Co-ed and single gender programs teach skills and good sportsmanship so that players can learn and enjoy the sport of Ultimate. Small games to maximize playing time and touches. We will have some outside competition for our upper age groups. Players of all abilities are welcome. We have numerous excellent coaches who will bring even a total novice up to speed by the end of the season, and you'll have a great time scrimmaging during practice and matches.
Note that for children nearing the end of elementary school, you can choose to enroll them in the elementary or middle school programs, above. If you'd like guidance, contact the program director, Raphael Savir, at raphael.savir@buda.org or 781.862.4335 (home). 

See https://www.buda.org/youth-program for more information and registration
Some fun notes:

  • LHS girls are currently the state champs! LHS boys were oh-so-close to bringing home the gold, as well.
  • Our neighbors in Arlington have a middle school team and just started their AHS girls team.
  • Check out this interesting opinion piece in the NY Times about a peace movement which uses Ultimate to teach kids how to resolve conflict on and off the field. Two of our coaches this fall participated in that program this summer.
  • If you haven't watched high level youth Ultimate, here and here are videos of some of our local U20 boys playing at a national championship event in Blaine, MN in early August. Every year, BUDA sponsors youth teams from the Boston area at that event.

Lexington Recreation Fall Brochure

Fall 2018 is almost here, are you and or your children looking for something engaging, physically active, social, and fun to do during the week or on the weekends? Browse through Lexington Recreation & Community Programs Fall 2018 Program Brochure where you will find a program for all ages from pre-school to 60+. 

If you have any questions about the program call us at 781-698-4800 or email recdept@lexingtonma.gov and someone will be happy to help you choose the best program for yourself or your little one.

LEF Trivia Bee

  • When: November 5
  • Where: LHS Auditorium

Save the Date & Start Securing Your Team!  November 5, 2018 is this year's LEF Trivia Bee! Three-member teams of teachers, students, town employees, and citizens come decked out and ready to compete in this trivia contest, while hundreds of Lexingtonians cheer them on. Learn more »

A Message from the Lexington Board of Selectmen

Following the Town Manager interviews on Monday night (8/20/18) and a period of deliberation, the Board voted 4-0 (Ms. Ciccolo was recused) to enter negotiations with James J. Malloy (current Town Manager in Westborough, MA) to be the next Town Manager in Lexington.
Thank you for your emails, questions and support as we moved thru the search process. We will keep you posted as we move forward.

Suzie Barry, Chairman, Lexington Board of Selectmen

LHS PTO keeps you connected!

  • Looking for an announcement you saw last week? Check out the LHS PTO website
  • LHS PTO posts on Twitter - handle @ptoLHS