Week of January 4th, 2019


Important Dates

Thursday January 10 Parent Discussion Group, LHS (7:45 am)
Half Day (Professional Development)

Friday January 11 Freshman Dance (7-10 pm)

Wednesday January 16 Winter Band Concert (7pm)

Thursday January 17 Winter Band Concert (7pm)

Friday January 18 LHS Jazz Nite 2 (7pm) PTO News & Events

Thank you to our PTO Forums’ Team

A shout out for the LHS PTO Forums team for organizing the annual “ Life After LHS” evening forum this past Thursday.  Many hands make light work and we could not have pulled off this event without the help of many of our parent and student volunteers. Special thanks goes out to Upasna Chhabra for spearheading the event this year, Manya Chait for moderating the evening session, and our many LHS Alumni who volunteered to come and share their experiences.  Follow this link for more information about our upcoming forums.


WANTED - Three volunteers to join the Nominating Committee

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year to start filling open positions for next year’s LHS PTO Exec Board and committees.  The process begins with the creation of a nominating committee (a mix of exec-board and non-exec board members) so we are posting this ad asking those who are LHS PTO members to consider being on the nominating committee.

What is a nominating committee?
This is a small working group - elected by the general LHS PTO membership - to recruit and fill open positions for next year’s LHS PTO exec board and committees. We will look for 3 non-exec board members to join the NC committee. Prior nominating committee experience is great, but not required.

Why have one?
Transparency and accessibility.  Once created, the NC will work separately from the current PTO exec board to recruit and vet a diverse mix of candidates to fill the open positions.  Having some non-board members on the NC will help increase our outreach and hopefully encourage those - who may be a little shy - to step up and take on a position.

What’s the job?
Once elected, the NC will create their own meeting schedule and begin by nominating a chair to lead the group.  The aim of the nominating committee is to vet and recruit a diverse group of candidates who reflect the wide range of interests and experiences of the LHS community.  For more information, check out this linkwith more info on timelines and nominating committee work or check out our website : www.lhspto.org.

If you’re interested - email Rina Kodendera at rkodendera@gmail.com with:

  • Your name

  • The grades your children are in

  • Why you want to join the committee, and any relevant experience

Deadline is end of day on Friday, January 11.

**Candidates will be elected to the NC at the January 22 General PTO board meeting (9-10 am at the community center).  OK - don’t freak out - it sounds more formal than reality AND you definitely have a shot at joining so don’t hold back. Your contribution and perspective will be greatly appreciated.


Join us at the next PTO Board meeting

  • When: Tuesday January 22, 9-11 am

  • Where: Community Center

We will elect our nominating committee at this meeting.


LHS and LPS Announcements

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College Admissions - Testing:  A Roadmap for the SAT, ACT, and Other Tests

  • When: January 15, 2019, 9-11 am

  • Where: LHS - IDLC/Science Lecture Hall

  • Presenter: Drew Heilpern, PhD, Summit Educational Group, Inc

All Parents welcome! - Recommended for Sophomore Parents/Guardians.  In this seminar, we will:

  • explain the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process

  • discuss the differences between the SAT and ACT to help students and families better understand these tests’ design

  • examine sample problems from the two tests to highlight the differences between them so that students can make a more informed decision when deciding between the SAT and ACT

With the redesigned SAT and an increasing number of students taking the ACT, families have many questions about the current state of standardized testing. The goals of this presentation are to take away some of the anxiety that surrounds these tests and to give families information to help guide them through their own unique testing plans: Which test. When to take them. How and when to prepare for them.


Including Samuel

  • When: January 17, 7-9 pm (snow date: 1/24/19)

  • Where: Lexington Venue, 1794 Mass Ave, Lexington

Please join us for a free movie screening. Including Samuel, a documentary by Dan Habib, discussion moderated by Joe Petner, PhD.  Including Samuel chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include their son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives.  The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families.  Sponsored by LexSEPAC/SEPTA, Lexington Commission on Disability, the Lexington Human Rights Commission, and the Lexington Venue.  Space is limited, please RSVP.



Additional information about Yearbooks is also on the PTO website.


Senior Families

For more information about:

  • Senior Counselor Seminars

  • Yearbook/senior portraits

  • Transcript request deadlines

Please click here or visit our website www.lhspto.org


 LHS Performing Arts

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

Selection of LHS Events from Performing Arts Calendar of Events (2018-2019)DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocation

Wed Jan 16Winter Band Concert
Estabrook, Fiske, Elementary Select Band,
Diamond MS 7 Grade, LHS Symphonic Band7 pmLHS AuditoriumThu

Jan 17Winter Band Concert
Hastings, Bridge, Diamond MS 6 and 8 Grade,
LHS Concert Band, LHS Wind Ensemble7 pmLHS AuditoriumFri

Jan 18LHS Jazz Nite 27 pmLHS, Commons IITue Jan 22Winter Band Concert
Harrington, Bowman, Clarke MS 6, 7 and 8 Grade,
LHS Wind Ensemble7 pmLHS AuditoriumWed Jan 30Winter Orchestra Concert
Estabrook 4, Hastings 4, Fiske 4, Diamond 6 and 8 Grade,
LHS Symphony Orchestra7:30 pmLHS Gymnasium

The Friends of Lexington Music, Art & Drama Students (FOLMADS) is a non-profit organization created to foster and promote excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts programs in the Lexington Public Schools.


 LHS Sports

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


LHS Community News & Events

The Complex Task of Reading Scientific Papers

  • When: Saturday, January 12, 3-5:30 pm

  • Where: 391 Totten Pond Rd, Suite 303, Waltham, MA 02451

  • Submitted by: Jack Li, STEM Inspiration Organization

The comprehension of scientific literature (i.e., scientific papers ) is a vital component to the understanding of scientific and technological revolutions in the past and present. However, it is typically a skill that is not acquired until college. Our goal is to establish a foundation for reading this complex material that will ultimately provide high school students many valuable insights into understanding laboratory research.
This STEM workshop, involving biology and neuroscience, will provide students with the experience of working with professional journal articles to develop critical skills earlier than most. Students will also obtain some of the core skills needed to succeed in conducting research and show their comprehension of advanced subjects.  Sign-up here!


New! Saturday Junior Parent Group

  • When: Saturday, January 19, 10-11:30 am

  • Where: Community Center, Room 237

Junior year is a very busy year, and parents of juniors have found it helpful to get together in a small group to discuss their specific concerns related to standardized testing, beginning the college process, and more. For parents who cannot make the existing Junior Parent group which meets every other Wednesday morning, we have created a new group to meet once a month on Saturday mornings. The first meeting will be 1/19, with subsequent meetings scheduled for 2/9, 3/16, 4/27, 5/18, and 6/8.
If you are interested in being added to the email list for the Saturday Junior Parent group, please contact Sharon Olofsson at sharon.olofsson@gmail.com.


Exploring College Options Abroad

  • When: Thursday, January 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: Community Center, Room 237

Sharon Olofsson, of Gateway Educational Consulting, will be presenting information on overseas college options. Topics include pros and cons, the right type of student for college overseas, tips on choosing a college, a cost comparison of various countries, and information on the admissions process as well as select universities in Canada and Europe. Pre-registration for the free event is through the Lexington Recreation department.


Teen Summer Expo at Lexington High School

  • When: Tuesday, January 29, 5:30 – 8 pm

  • Where: LHS, Commons II

  • Free!

The Teen Summer Expo brings the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs together with teenagers and their parents for a FREE, informative and easy-to-manage evening. Find unique and exciting summer experiences from adventure travel to community service to internships and enrichment in academics, sports or the arts, both locally and throughout the world. There will be options for every interest and budget.

Get answers to specific questions about safety, supervision, costs and programming directly from the people running the programs.
For more details, contact Laura@TeenSummerExpos.com
Register for a reminder at https://www.teensummerexpos.com/family-registration/
Share with friends on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1947816485304527/


Lexington Community Education

Online Registration is now available for all programs atwww.lexingtoncommunityed.org.  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.

SAT Prep for the MARCH Exam


  • When: begins January 7, 6 Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 232,

  • Fee: $200.


  • When: begins January 17, 6 Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 230

  • Fee:  $200


Reading SAT Prep & Writing and Language/ Essay SAT Prep

PRTH (Reading SAT Prep)

  • When:: begins January 8, 6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 222

  • Fee:  $200

PWTU (Writing and Language/Essay SAT Prep)

  • When: begins January 9, 6 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 231

  • Fee:  $200


Community News & Events

Untold Stories: The Invisible work of Motherhood

  • When: January 19, 2-4 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

Our work as mothers is fulfilling, and so very purposeful. It brings us joy, and feelings of loving and being loved that are different from other relationships in our lives.  But that is not our whole story. A mother’s story is incomplete without the arc of her life’s work as a mother.  Come hear the other side.

True Story Theater and Dr. Kumkum Malik invite you to tell your story of your work as a mother, hear the stories of other mothers, and then watch these stories be enacted live using improve theater.  Event details.


Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day of Service

  • When: Monday January 21 (weekend events on the 19 and 20, too)

Join us as we unite our Lexington and adjacent towns’ communities in reflection and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. On Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day Commemoration, social action, educational events, opportunities for meaningful conversations and much more are part of a full day of activities. So make the Holiday uplifting and impactful by participating in any of the various family-friendly volunteer activities to serve those less fortunate. Additional information and to sign up to volunteer.


Raising White Kids: Building Skills for Raising Anti-Racist Children

  • When: Thursday, January 24, 7-9 pm

  • Where: Rm 24-25, Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street

Jennifer Harvey’s book, Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America, offers both general guidance and specific strategies for addressing issues of race with white children. The workshop will begin with a summary of Harvey’s central ideas and some examples of skillful responses to challenging situations, followed by smaller group sessions to practice and discuss responses to possible scenarios. Reading the book ahead of time will be helpful but is not necessary. RSVPs are helpful but not necessary; questions welcomed at: FRR@follen.org. Jointly sponsored by Follen Church (UU) and Temple Isaiah.


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