Week of September 14th, 2018

September 14, 2018 Issue 

Important Dates

Monday, September 17Instrumental Rental Night (5-7 pm)
School Council Meeting (6:15-7:45 pm)

Tuesday, September 18Picture Day

Wednesday, September 19Yom Kippur – School Closed

Tuesday, September 25Senior Parent Night (6-7:30 pm)

Wednesday, September 26LHS ETS Coffee (9:30-10:15 am)
Senior Parent Night (6-7:30 pm) 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. 

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Thank you for your support.
Shubhra Chandra and Christina Lin
LHS PTO Co-Presidents


LHS News & Events

LHS Calendar Dates - LHS Calendar Link » 

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


 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


LHS School Council Meeting

  • When: Monday September 17, 6:15-7:45 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 505D (World Language Building)

The purpose of the LHS School Council is to work collaboratively with the Principal to develop the school improvement plan 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 all 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 School Council is also responsible for reviewing the student handbook and the annual school budget. These meetings are open to the public, but please remember this is a working meeting for the school council meeting members.  More information can be found on the school website:  https://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/3960.


LHS ETS Coffee

  • When: Wednesday September 26, 9:30-10:15 am 

  • Where: LHS

Just a quick reminder there is a coffee morning for parents of SPED students at Lexington High School. This is a chance for you to informally meet some of your child’s special education providers (e.g. SPED teacher, SLP, OT, Support teachers) as well as your child’s ETS (Education Team Supervisor).
See you there!
Carol Milard, Barbara White, and Mona Roy, LHS SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Liaisons


 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, x. 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, x. 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).


 LHS Performing Arts

Shown below are the LHS Performing Arts Events for the next two months.  The full calendar can be found at:http://www.folmads.org/

Selection of LHS Events from the K-12 Performing Arts Calendar of Events (2018-2019)DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocationMon, Sep 17Instrumental Rental Night5 pmLHS CommonsTue Oct 16LHS Fall String Celebration7 pmLHS AuditoriumFri Oct 26LHS Improv Troupe Show7:30 pmLHS Black BoxMon Oct 29LHS Fall Honors Orchestra and Band Concert7 pmLHS Auditorium


 LHS Sports

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


Community News & Events

Lexington Historical Society to Host Hamiltunes!

  • When: September 14, 6:30 pm 

  • Where: Cary Hall

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.


LHS Field Hockey Car Wash

  • When: Sunday, September 16, 10–2 pm

  • Where: Lexington High School

On Sunday, the LHS Field Hockey Team and the Lexington Youth Field Hockey Association will be offering a car wash to raise funds for the field hockey team. Please come by and have your car washed for only $10. For an additional fee, you can get that beach sand vacuumed out of your rugs!


Meet and Greet with Superintendent Hackett (Date Change)

  • Either: Monday, September 17, 8-10 am, Dining Hall, Community Center, 39 Marrett Road

  • Or: Wednesday, September 26, 6-8 pm, Gymnasium, Central Office, 146 Maple Street

The Lexington School Committee cordially invites all members of the Lexington community to attend a meet and greet event with our new Superintendent Dr. Julie Hackett.  We hope you can drop in during one of two informal meet and greet events.
Thank you!
Eileen Jay, Chair, Lexington School Committee
Questions: contact Sara Calvino at 781-861-2580 x68040.


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


FOLMADS Ice Cream Social

  • When: Sunday, September 23, 7-8:30 pm 

  • Where: Commons II, Lexington High School

Calling all families of performing arts students at LHS, Diamond, and Clarke! FOLMADS invites you to a free social event featuring delicious Rancatore's ice cream. Meet Lexington's new Performing Arts Coordinator, Jared Cassedy, and other parents of performing arts students. Find out about fun ways to volunteer at LHS events. Pick up a copy of FOLMADS' Guidebook for Parents.  The evening will include a special performance by our own Lexington High School Jazz Combo.
Contact Information: folmads@gmail.com.


Challenges to Parenting Faced by Foreign-born Parents

  • When: September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm 

  • Where: LHS, Rm 235

  • Instructor: Gouri Bannerjee and Saheli Staff

Saheli (saheliboston.org) invites parents to attend this free interactive workshop on the challenges faced by foreign-born parents in parenting children in the US. Share challenges, ideas and innovative ways to deal with everyday issues that come up when there are two or more cultural perspectives on everything. Using humor, stories and research evidence, workshop leaders will share knowledge about this common problem. Share, discuss, and learn from other parents who also seek answers. All parents are welcome. Workshop moderators include a research and clinical pediatrician at Boston University Medical Center and a psychologist at Lesley University and Boston University’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center.


LexSEPAC/SEPTA Meet and Greet

  • When: September 26, 7-8:45 pm 

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room (Note change in location)

Please join us to learn about the Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council and PTA in a low-key social environment. Learn about upcoming meetings, programs, and special education resources and meet other parents in the LPS community (preschool through high school). If you have a child in special education on an IEP, if your child is on a 504 plan, or if you suspect that your child may have some type of special need that impacts their learning, please come. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more about LexSEPAC/SEPTA, please visit us at lexsepta.org.


LEF Student Ambassador Program, deadline October 30

Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) is seeking LHS freshmen and sophomores to serve as Student Ambassadors for a two-year term. LEF is a nonprofit organization that raises funds from individuals and businesses in Lexington and awards grants to teachers to bring innovative instructional approaches, enriched curricula, and new technology into LPS classrooms. Student Ambassadors should have an interest in how nonprofit organizations operate, in grant writing and evaluation, and in being part of an LEF team of volunteers. For more information visit the following site:https://www.lexedfoundation.org/student-ambassadors/

Student Ambassadors have the following responsibilities:

  • Commit to a two-year term

  • Promote LEF to parents, students and the community

  • Attend the LEF Volunteer Orientation and Grantee Reception in the fall

  • Attend two Board meetings a year

  • Write one article for Minuteman/Musket to increase awareness of LEF

  • Assist in LEF’s fundraising campaigns (through letter writing and/or a phonathon)

  • Assist at all LEF community events, including the Trivia Bee (November) and the Celebration for Education (June).

  • Participate in LEF’s grant review process by providing feedback on grant proposals from LHS at the March 2018 meeting of the Grant Review Committee.


ARTSPAN Teen Classes

Fall registration is open for ArtSpan classes at the Munroe Center for the Arts.  There are many traditional classes on offer as well as new ones, such as photojournalism, making electronic music, and silkscreening.  Weekend and evening workshops are also open to teens.  Check out the options at www.munroecenter.org/artspan


LexMedia: Open to the Kids and Free

All classes at LexMedia are free and available to people who live, work or attend school in Lexington.  All classes start at 7pm unless noted. For more information or to sign up for classes contact:  mark@lexmedia.org.  Please look at the directions page before coming to LexMedia: http://www.lexmedia.org/directions.html

  • LexMedia Orientation: This is the prerequisite to all other classes. New members are introduced to everything they need to know to get started: 7pm, Sept 11, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4.

  • Field Production 1: This class gives members a solid understanding of how to set up and operate our tripods and Sony PXW-X70 camcorders. With an emphasis on esthetics and framing and capturing the best video signal possible. This is a hands on class: 7:20 pm, Sept 11, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4.

  • Field Production 2: Participants continue to learn the basic technical skills of field production with the focus now on lighting and audio. At the completion of this class members can sign out our portable gear and start producing programming immediately: 7pm, Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11.

  • Intro to Podcasting:  Podcasting is a rising form of entertainment and communications.  It can be fun and light or deep and heavy and everything in-between. This one hour class will give you an understanding of the possibilities of Podcasting at LexMedia. We have a fully equipped studio that can accommodate up to four people. Come prepared to talk about your ideas: 7pm, Sept 19 & 25, Oct 16 & 23, Nov 20 & 27, Dec 18 & 19.

  • Intro to Editing with Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro: Ever wanted to edit a movie, a documentary, a road race or soccer game? It’s not as hard as you think. This intro class cover's how to get started, with tips on avoiding the common problems that derail the newcomer: 7 pm, Sept 20 & 26, Oct 11 &18, Nov 15 & 29, Dec 13 & 20. 

  • The Short Doc Class Series: This class will teach you all the skills of Doc making using a short 5 minute format. Participants should come to the class with a short doc idea.  We will help you organize the idea and make a plan. When the class is over you will have shot some video and gone thru a technical and esthetic critique enabling you to shoot and organize better content. This is a four part series: 7 pm, Sept 27, Oct 25, Dec 6, Jan 10.

All Classes are FREE. For more information or to sign up contact:  mark@lexmedia.org.


Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra

Based in Lexington, Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra is a group of dedicated students making music in a fun, challenging, and collaborative orchestral environment. Players develop greater confidence in sight-reading, ensemble skills, musical expression, and performance, while making friends from Lexington, Arlington, Cambridge, Winchester, and surrounding communities. We offer a Preparatory Orchestra for students in grades 3-6 who are working in Suzuki books 1-3 or at a comparable level, where we learn the basics of orchestral playing. Our Chamber Orchestra is for students in grades 6 and up who are working at the level of Suzuki book 4 and up. In this orchestra, we apply chamber music skills to the orchestral environment. Both orchestras each rehearse once a week on Wednesday evenings. For more information, contact greatmeadowschamberorchestra@gmail.com.


Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club

Whether you're new to Lexington or looking for a fun way to connect with other Lexingtonians, don't forget to check out and join the Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club. Please visit our website at http://www.lexington-newcomers.org/ to learn more about the club and the many activities, outings and fun events we offer throughout the year. For information about membership sign-up, please visit http://www.lexington-newcomers.org/?page_id=12. We welcome any questions you may have about the club and can send you a copy of our current newsletter detailing our monthly activities.
Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club


Lexington Community Education

Please note pre-registration is required for all LCE Classes. To register, using a MasterCard or VISA, please call Lexington Community Education at 781-862-8043.

ACT Prep for the December Exam, PCOL

  • When: begins September 26, 8 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 234

  • Fee: $270

  • Materials fee: $40, payable to the instructor at the first class

The ACT is one of the two major college admissions test used by colleges and universities in the US. There are four required components of the ACT – English, Math, Reading, and Science. There is also an optional Writing test. In this class we will review all components of the ACT exam.
Required Text: The Real ACT Prep Guide. ISBN-13: 978-1119236412

Reading SAT Prep & Writing and Language/ Essay SAT Prep

PWTU (Writing and Language/Essay SAT Prep)

  • When: begins September 25, 6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 234,

  • Fee: $200.

PRTH (Reading SAT Prep)

  • When: begins September 26, 6 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 225

  • Fee: $200.

Lexington has partnered with Catalyst Prep for a comprehensive SAT course prep this fall. In each subject, students will benefit from: six, two hour lessons with one of Catalyst’s expert instructors; Catalyst’s SAT prep book and 30+ hours of homework and practice drills. Our unique approach to standardized test preparation has been featured in or on TIME, CNBC, Business Insider, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, and The Huffington Post. Please provide parent/guardian email address to Lexington Community Education at point of registration. Catalyst uses this information to send class confirmations and results of diagnostic tests.

Math SAT Prep


  • When: begins September 17, 6 Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 232

  • Fee: $200.


  • When: begins September 20, 6 Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 235

  • Fee: $200.

Instructor: Chris Doucette
In SAT Math, students will review mathematical operations and learn test strategies necessary for success on the SAT.
Required Text: The Official SAT Study Guide. Classes are identical.

PEST, One Evening College Essay Writing Workshop

  • When: Wednesday September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Room 224

  • Fee: $42

Brimming with stories from his long study of students’ writing efforts Allan Reeder, founder of Hillside Writing, opens fresh and profitable ways of seeing and thinking about “the essay.” Case studies provide entry into the sentences and evolving sensibilities of past college applicants who have progressed beyond the worry about having to say something significant and into the confidence of having something specific and personally meaningful to say. Allan teaches about common pitfalls. Attendees get working on the page and in conversation toward discovery of topics about which they can write with ownership, effectiveness, and even enjoyment!

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