Week of September 7th, 2018


Important Dates for Parents of LHS Students
LHS PTO News & Events
Join the LHS PTO
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
LHS Performing Arts
LHS Sports
Community News & Events
Lexington Historical Society to Host Hamiltunes!, Sept. 14
Meet and Greet with Superintendent Hackett, Sept. 17 or 26
Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington, Sept. 17 (7-8:45 pm)
LexSEPAC/SEPTA Meet and Greet, Sept. 26 (7-8:45 pm)
Youth Ultimate Frisbee, Sept. 9
Lexington Recreation Fall Brochure
ARTSPAN Teen Classes
Penguin Coding School: Free Trial Coding Classes
LexMedia: Open to the Kids and Free
LEF Trivia Bee, Nov. 5
A Message from the Lexington Board of Selectmen
Important Dates
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)
Monday, September 17    Instrumental Rental Night (5-7 pm)
Wednesday, September 19    Yom Kippur – School Closed
Tuesday, September 25    Senior Parent Night (6-8:30 pm)
Wednesday, September 26    Senior Parent Night (6-8:30 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 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!

Purchase online at https://lexingtonyearbook.jimdo.com/ or send a check to Harriet Wallen in the LHS Library. Checks should be made out to Town of Lexington.
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.

Details at http://www.portraitexperience.com
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 

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

FOLMADS is proud to present the listing of fall performing arts events so parents can start marking the events in their calendars!  Shown below are the LHS Performing Arts Events for the next couple of 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)
Date    Event Description    Time    Location
Mon, Sep 17    Instrumental Rental Night    5 pm    LHS Commons
Tue Oct 16    LHS Fall String Celebration    7 pm    LHS Auditorium
Fri Oct 26    LHS Improv Troupe Show    7:30 pm    LHS Black Box
Mon Oct 29    LHS Fall Honors Orchestra and Band Concert    7 pm    LHS Auditorium
Fri Nov 2    LHS Jazz Nite 1    7 pm    LHS Commons
Sat Nov 3    LHS Jazz Combo @Aeronaut    2-4 pm    Aeronaut Brewery
Wed Nov 14    LHS Fall Honors Chorus Concert    7 pm    First Church, Cambridge, MA
Thur Nov 15
Fri Nov 16
Sat Nov 17    LHS Fall Play    7:30 pm    LHS Auditorium
Sat Nov 17
Sun Nov 18 (snow date)    Senior Northeastern District Auditions    All Day    N. Andover High School
Sat Nov 24    LHS Honors Choruses: Boston Baltic Celebration    All Day    Boston, MA
Sat Nov 24    LHS Chorale Fundraiser    2 pm    Seasons Four
Sun Nov 25    LHS Madrigals Fundraiser    2 pm    Seasons Four
Sun Nov 25 -
Wed Nov 28    Select LHS Students - NAfME All National Honors Ensemble Festival    All Day    Orlando, FL
Fri Nov 30    LHS Improv Troupe Show    7:30 pm    LHS Black Box

 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
Tickets at » 
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.


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


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.


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
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.


Lexington Recreation Fall Brochure

Fall 2018 Program Brochure: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/sites/lexingtonma/files/uploads/fall2018brochure_4.pdf
Register:  https://www.activityreg.com/clientpage_t2.wcs?clientid=LXNGTNMA&siteid=1
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.


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


Penguin Coding School: Free Trial Coding Classes

When: September 8-16, weekend and weekday free trial classes (90 min)
Where: Hancock Church, Lexington Green
Voted Top 5 Best of Boston Science & Technology program 2018**
Learn to Scratch, HTML, Javascript, Python, Java
Classes for 2-4th, 4-8th, 8-12th graders
Contact: 781-277-2755 or info@penguincodingschool.com
Visit: penguincodingschool.com/freetrialsignup


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.


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

The Lexington Board of Selectmen is delighted to announce they have concluded successful negotiations with James (“Jim”) J. Malloy to serve as Lexington’s Town Manager. Jim will attend the September 5, 2018 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting at 7 pm in the Selectmen's Meeting Room in the Town Office Building and following the official vote by the Board will sign his contract. He will officially begin his role as Lexington Town Manager on Monday, October 1, 2018.

“I’m truly excited and honored to have been selected as Lexington’s fifth Town Manager. I’m looking forward to working with the staff and getting involved in any outstanding issues and working with the Selectmen and others in the community on the Selectmen’s goals and priorities. I’m hoping the month of September passes quickly because I am excited for October 1.”

Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has 30 years of successful local government management experience in four communities in Colorado, New York and Massachusetts with the past 24 years in two Massachusetts communities. Since 2009, he has served as the Town Manager for Westborough and from 1994 to 2009 he served as the Town Administrator for Sturbridge. Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and served as the Northeast Vice President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Jim has been married for 33 years to his high school prom date Kay and has two adult sons Pete and Brian who are both engineers in the Boston area. Additional information about welcoming Jim as our new Town Manager will be forthcoming.

Suzie Barry, Chairman, Lexington Board of Selectmen


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