Week of February 1st, 2019

Important Dates

Important Dates

Wednesday February 6 Winter Orchestra Concert 2

Thursday February 7 Parent Discussion Group, Community Center (8 am)
Curriculum Night (6:30 pm)

Saturday February 9 Follies (7 pm)

Monday February 11 School Council meeting
World Language Building, Rm 505D (6:15-7:45 pm)

February 18-22 Schools Closed (February Vacation) PTO News & Events

Youth Substance Use: What Parents Need to Know

  • When: Thursday February 28, 7 pm (Mock Teen Bedroom will be open beginning at 6:30 pm)

  • Where: LHS, Commons 2

  • Co-sponsored by: LHS PTO, Clarke PTO, and Diamond PTA

Parents of 6-12 graders are invited to this important session led by LPD School Resource Officer Kristina Hankins and Lexington Public Schools Prevention Specialist Kristie Demirev, LICSW. Parents will have the opportunity to hear about current trends in youth substance use (including vaping, marijuana, and alcohol); review recent data; understand the science behind the developing brain and the impact of substances; and learn strategies for talking with their children. LHS students will also be in attendance to facilitate Q&A with parents. This will be an interactive session, and all are welcome. The "Hidden in Plain Sight" display of a mock teen bedroom will also be set up starting at 6:30pm for parents to walk through to help them understand common household items that could be an indication of substance use by their teen.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Temporary Cover for the Weekly Announcements

Would you be interested in helping to compile and send out the Weekly Newsletter using My School Anywhere (MSA)?  We need someone to cover two editions: March 1 and March 8 (the 2 weeks after February vacation).  If you have some previous experience of MSA or if you'd like to be trained up on how to use the system, please get in touch.  It takes about an hour each week and there are detailed instructions on how to do it.  This is a great way to become involved with the PTO and learn more about the LHS community.  We will be recruiting to permanently fill this position starting in August, so if you are the parent of a 9th or 10th grader, please reach out.  Please contact Miranda Clarke at announcements@lhspto.org. Thank you!

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LHS and LPS Announcements

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.

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Video link for college exam testing seminar

10th grade families, if you missed the seminar last week, no worries - check out this video link to watch a recording of the presentation.  The presentation was made by Drew Heilpern from the Summit Group and gives an overview of the SAT and ACT testing process.

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Parents/Guardians of Grade 8 Students: Class of 2023 Events

  • February 4: Incoming 9th Grade Parent/ Guardian Information Night - Students Welcome (6:30 -7:30 pm)

  • February 7: Curriculum Night (6:30 -8:00 pm)

  • February 27, 28, and March 1: LHS Presentation to Clarke MS Students (in school)

  • February 26 and February 28: LHS Presentation to Diamond MS Students (in school)

For more information:

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Fund our Future

  • When: Monday, February 4, 7-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS IDLC, formerly The Science Lecture Hall, LHS

  • Sponsored by: Lexington Education Association and Burlington Educators’ Association

Panel discussion with:

  • Colin Jones - Senior Policy Analyst, MassBudget

  • Rep. Ken Gordon - 21st Middlesex District

  • Dr. Julie Hackett - Superintendent, Lexington

  • Max Page - Vice-President, MTA

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AP Exam Payment Deadline

  • When: Monday, February 4, midnight

Just a friendly reminder that AP exam sign-ups/payment deadline is February 4 by midnight. If you haven’t received an email through our billing system MCC, please reach out to AP Coordinator, Guadalupe Puim. If you would like to sign-up for an AP exam but are NOT currently enrolled in the AP course, please fill out this form or contact Guadalupe Puim for assistance or for any questions or concerns regarding AP exams.
Guadalupe Puim, AP Testing Coordinator, LHS
Tel: 781-861-2320, ext. 69099; email: gpuim@lexingtonma.org.
Availability: Monday 7 am-2:15 pm; Tuesday 8 am-3:15 pm; Wednesday 8:45 am-2:15 pm:

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2019 Spring Sports Student-Athlete/Parent Pre-Season Meeting

  • When: Tuesday February 26, 6 pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

LHS Spring Sports season begins - Monday, March 18, 2019.  This meeting is required for all LHS student-athletes interested in participating in an interscholastic spring sport at Lexington High School.  All interested student-athletes should attend the pre-season meeting with a parent or guardian.  At the large group session in the auditorium, the requirements for 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 sports.  In the sport specific meetings, our coaches will introduce their staff, talk about practice and game schedules for the 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.
LHS Spring Sports:

  • Baseball

  • Softball

  • Boys & Girls Lacrosse

  • Boys & Girls Outdoor Track

  • Boys & Girls Tennis

  • Boys Volleyball

  • Boys & Girls Ultimate Frisbee

Should you have any questions, regarding this meeting, please contact the athletic office.  We look forward to seeing you on February 26!  GO Minutemen!
Naomi Martin, Director of Athletics, LPS
Tel: (781) 861-2320 ext. 69902.

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 Yearbooks - new update!

We are down to the last few yearbooks! Order ASAP if you would like one. When they are gone, they are gone! Don't be disappointed! You can order online at or you can bring a check to Harriet Wallen in the LHS Library made out to Town of Lexington for $90. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Harriet Wallen.
Harriet Wallen, Librarian, LHS
Tel: 781-861-2320, ext. 69151; email: hwallen@lexingtonma.org.

Additional information about Yearbooks is also on the PTO website.

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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

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 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 Feb 6Winter Orchestra Concert
Bowman 4, Harrington 4, Bridge 4, Clarke 6 and 8 Grade,
LHS Chamber Orchestra7:30 pmLHS GymnasiumSat

Feb 9LHS Follies Show7 pmLHS AuditoriumFri

Feb 15LHS Improv Troupe Show7:30 pmLHS Black Box TheatreWed

Feb 27Winter Orchestra Concert
All 5th Grade Strings, All Town Orchestra,
Clarke and Diamond 7th Grade Combined Orchestra,
LHS Repertoire Orchestra7:30 pmLHS Gymnasium

FOLMADS would like to invite parents to help out with selling tickets and handing out the program. You can help out and get done on time to enjoy the full concert. All volunteers receive two free tickets for that day's concert.  If you are at all willing and able to help us out, please sign up using the Sign Up Genius!  Thank you for all your help and support in making these events a success for our talented kids and their educators.

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.

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 LHS Sports

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

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LHS Community News & Events

Video Contest: The Climate Change Challenge

For its sixth annual student video contest, LWVMA invites high school students to create 30-second videos to raise public awareness of climate change and suggest a course of action to help save the planet.  The contest, The Climate Change Challenge, is open to all high school students in Massachusetts. Entries must be submitted online from January 25 to March 8. The award ceremony will take place in April.  Official rules and further details are available here.

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Student Volunteer Opportunity: Fund our Future

  • When: Monday, February 4, 6-9 pm

  • Where: LHS IDLC, formerly The Science Lecture Hall

LHS students can earn up to 3 hours of community service hours by assisting the Fund Our Future Forum event.  Please email salewis@lexingtonma.org today to reserve your community service spot or to ask questions about the event.

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias Workshop

  • When: Monday, February 11, 6:30-8:30 pm or February 23, 10 am-12 pm

  • Where: Cary Library (large meeting room)

All of us harbor unconscious biases, even those of us with positive intentions. The good news is that training can help us recognize our biases, challenge them, and replace them with inclusive practices. Doing so can create a more just and welcoming environment for all. This training covers all types of biases. It is suitable for adults and motivated teens. Sponsored by LexPride and Cary Memorial Library.  This event is free, but space is limited. Please sign up on the library's online calendar.

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Save the Date: 5th Annual Lexington Parent Academy

  • When: Saturday, March 23, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

  • Where: Lexington’s Community Center

Designed to educate and empower parents and caregivers to manage the changing demands of parenting in today’s world, this is a free event for all interested parents and community members.  A list of presenters will available soon.  Please contact Julie Fenn, Assistant Coordinator of PE, Health and Wellness with any questions: jfenn@lexingtonma.org.

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Lexington Scholarship Fund

The Lexington Scholarship Fund distributes financial awards to deserving Lexington students to be applied to the cost of their post-secondary education. The majority of the scholarships are need-based. 2019 Applications and information is available: www.lexscholarship.org.

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Lexington Community Education

Online Registration is now available for all programs at www.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.

You Can Afford College If ... (PMFA) with Donald Anderson of College Funding Advisors

  • When: Monday, February 4, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 229

  • Fee: $25

Other upcoming offerings include:

  • Simple Ways to Protect Your Home - with Officers from the Lexington Police Department

  • Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals with Katie Walter of Two Aprons Cookery

  • Residential Addition 101 with Architect Nancy Dickinson

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Community News & Events

Anime Your Way

  • When: Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 pm

  • Where: Cary Memorial Library

 

We are bringing a professional animator to the library to conduct a 75 minute workshop on drawing Anime characters. The program, entitled Anime Your Way, is open to grades 6-12.  It is free, however, registration is required.
Michelle Techler, Teen Services Manager, Cary Memorial Library
Tel: 781.862.6288 x84441

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Kindergarten Connection

Will your child be starting Kindergarten in Lexington Public Schools in Fall 2019?  LexFUN! invites you to join Kindergarten Connection to help ease the transition.  Connecting you and your child to other children entering Kindergarten at YOUR Lexington elementary school before school actually starts!  By signing up for Kindergarten Connection you will benefit from

  • LexFUN! Kindergarten Connection Parents Forum, March 28, 2019 at 7pm, St. Brigid’s Church, Keilty Hall - your chance to ask seasoned parents questions relating to your school

  • LexFUN! Kindergarten Connection Playdate, sign-up by April 22, 2019 for playdates in May and June - your child can make friends in an informal setting with other children in your school

  • LexFUN! Kindergarten All-School Playdate, Sunday, August 25, 2019, at your school - your child plays with their future classmates while parents connect

To sign up, visit https://lexfun.org/kc.  LexFUN! is the preschool PTA for parents with children aged 5 and under in Lexington.

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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