Week of February 15th, 2019

 

Important Dates

February 18-22 Schools Closed (February Vacation)

Tuesday February 26 PTO Board meeting: SEPAC/SEPTA will be present,
Community Center (9-11 am)
Spring Sports Pre-Season Meeting, LHS Auditorium (6 pm)

Thursday February 28 Parent Discussion Group, Community Center (8 am)
PPC School Committee Candidaites Forum,Community Center (9:30 am)
Youth Substance Use, LHS Commons 1 (6:30 pm)

Saturday March 2 LexSEPAC/SEPTA Resource Fair, Community Center (10 am) PTO News & Events

 

The Weekly Announcements will be enjoying a break over the February vacation, but we will be back for the March 1 edition.  Enjoy your time off!

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 1 (new location)

  • 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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PPC School Committee Candidates’ Forum

  • When: Thursday, February 28, 9:30-11 am

  • Where: Community Center, Rm 237

  • Hosted by: PTA/O Presidents Council

Residents are encouraged to come and find out more about Scott Bokun and Eileen Jay, the two candidates running for School Committee. This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and share your thoughts on what you are looking for in a School Committee member. We will have ample time for audience questions during the event, but you can also submit questions prior to the forum here.  For more information or questions, please email: ppcchair@gmail.com.
Sara Cuthbertson, Chair, PTA/O Presidents Council
ppcchair@gmail.com

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What do you think of the Weekly Announcements?

  • Deadline: March 15

  • Survey linkhere

We would like your ideas on how we can improve the Weekly Announcements.  We have created a short survey (8 questions, mostly multiple choice), which should only take a couple of minutes to complete.  Please let us have your feedback by March 15.  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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Phase II Redistricting

At the January 22 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Julie Hackett announced the start of Phase II elementary and middle school redistricting.  Phase I redistricting began in 2015, with an outcome of some modification of the elementary school assignment map that applied to new, incoming students. It was planned that Phase II would involve a more comprehensive effort that would occur at or near completion of the new Lexington Children’s Place and Hastings Elementary School.

It is now time for us to begin the challenging and important work of adjusting our school assignment maps. Phase II Redistricting is expected to be more widespread, impacting more neighborhoods and areas of town than our 2015 redistricting effort. Our goal is to effectively use existing and newly available school capacity to ensure learning environments that are as equitable as possible for all students across the district. New maps will be implemented for the 2020-21 school year.

A complete project timeline is available as well as the full Superintendent’s report.  New information and redistricting updates will be posted to the Superintendent’s blog.

  • Advisory Committee: Interested in participating in our Advisory Committee? Parents or caregivers may apply here between now and February 20.

  • Twitter/Facebook:  Interested in staying informed and up to date on LPS elementary and middle school redistricting? Information and updates will be posted to the Superintendent’s blog.

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

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

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

For more information:

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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
781-861-2320 x 69902

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LexSEPAC/SEPTA Special Education Resource Fair

  • When: Saturday, March 2, 10 am - 1 pm

  • Where: Community Center

Please join Lexington SEPAC/SEPTA for the second annual Special Needs Resource Fair. Come meet therapists, recreational organizations, nonprofits, support groups, and other providers who serve families and children with special needs. Child care will be available.  For more information about the fair and other special needs programming, please visit us.

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College Board - SAT at LHS

  • March 9, 2019

  • May 4, 2019

  • June 1, 2019

College Board has 3 SAT testing dates remaining this school year. Sign up here.  Lexington High School is a very popular test center and testing seats fill up quickly. Please sign up in advance to not miss out on a seat if you know your child is planning to attend. Especially, if your child has testing accommodations. Seats are limited and open to students at other schools.
If your child has accommodations at LHS and you would like to apply for College Board testing accommodations please reach out to emccoy@lexingtonma.org. You can find the College Board form on the LHS website under, About our School, Counseling Department, Forms, Consent form for Accommodations Request. Return this completed form to Ms. Ebony McCoy at LHS. It takes approximately 6 weeks for accommodations to be approved.
Karen Hurley, LHS Registrar
781-861-2320 x 69126; khurley@lexingtonma.org

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Harlan Cohen’s College Success Night: For Parents, Seniors, and Juniors

  • When: Thursday, March 7, 7 - 8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

  • Event Flyer

College success is more than getting in – it’s about staying in, thriving on campus, and graduating with a degree, a purpose, and a passion. New York Times bestselling author and top college life expert Harlan Cohen helps seniors, juniors, and parents know what it takes to be successful in college.  Join us for this interactive, lively, and informative event.  Parents, seniors, juniors, and families are welcome to attend.  For more information about Harlan, visit www.HarlanCohen.com.
Joanne Tringale, LHS Counseling Department
781-861-2320, x 69722

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Scholarship Information for LHS Seniors and Parents

It is not too early for LHS seniors to start looking and applying for scholarships.  Scholarship information for national, regional, local, and some college specific colleges are in Naviance.  Lexington is also fortunate to have a local scholarship program.  Every year, organizations or individuals provide from one to twenty plus scholarships to Lexington's senior students.  These include awards that are based on financial need as well as ones that are based on specific qualifications such as leadership, merit, or service to the community.
Scholarship offerings are located in Naviance. Current students can sign into their accounts and click the “Scholarships” tab.  Parents and/or guests can log in and click “I’m a Guest”. The password is lhscounseling - click on the “Colleges” tab, go to “Scholarship List”.
Please note that we update and add scholarships to the Naviance database on a continual basis. Most local scholarship information is added in the January/February timeframe.  It is also very important that seniors attend homeroom throughout the winter and spring to receive scholarship information.  Most local scholarships are due in April and the awards are made in late May.  Reminder: the IRS 1040 is required for some financial need scholarships.  Families should plan tax work to meet this deadline.
Joanne Tringale, LHS Counseling Department
781-861-2320, x 69722

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 Yearbooks

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 DescriptionTimeLocationFri 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 GymnasiumMar 11- 15LHS Jazz Weekall dayLHSWed Mar 13LPS Vertical Chorus Concert (Grades 5-12)6:30 pmLHS GymnasiumFri Mar 15LHS Jazz Week Concert7 pmLHS AuditoriumFri Mar 15LHS Improv Troupe Show7:30 pmLHS Black Box TheatreSat Mar 16LHS Winter A Cappella Jamboree7 pmLHS Auditorium

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

Student Volunteer Opportunity: Lexplorations Aide Applications

  • When: July 1 - August 2, 8:50am - 3pm (weekly)

  • Where: The majority of classes will be held at the Estabrook Elementary School..  We especially need aides at the Estabrook School location. Opportunities at Lexington High School are extremely limited

  • Applicationsonline

Current LHS Students may earn community service credit this summer as aides in the summer Lexplorations program. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one full week.  Interested students can download and complete the application from the LCE website.  Please note that the application is two pages.

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LHS Girls Hockey: Pink the Rink Hockey Game - Lexington v Reading

  • When: Saturday, February 16, 7:15pm

  • Where: Hayden

All proceeds from the game will go towards Cancer Research Foundations.  Please wear your pink to show your support and help Pink the Rink.

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias Workshop

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.

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Training Active Bystanders for Children

  • When: Friday, February 22, 2 - 4 pm

  • Where: Cary Library (large meeting room)

  • Recommended: Grades 7-10

  • RegisterLibrary online calendar (sign up opens on February 11 at 7 pm)

If you witness a harmful situation, you have a choice to make. Do you do something? What do you do? This program helps you recognize when you are a bystander, how you can interrupt harm, and how you can encourage others to help as well.  These sessions are free, but space is limited.

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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 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.

Navigating the Student-Athletes College Search & Recruiting Process

  • When: Tuesday, February 26 and Thursday February 28, 7-9 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 148

  • Fee: $40 per adult/student pair

FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS: This two-part course is designed to educate student-athletes and their parents about navigating the often confusing and generally stressful college search and recruiting process.  

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SAT Prep for the May/June Exams

Math SAT Prep (please note sections are identical)

P2SAM

  • When: begins March 11, 6 Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 232

  • Fee: $200

P2MST

  • When: begins March 14, 6 Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 235

  • Fee: $200

Reading SAT Prep & Writing and Language/ Essay SAT Prep for the May/June Exam

PRTH (Reading SAT Prep)

  • When: begins March 12,  6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 222

  • Fee: $200

PWST (Writing and Language/Essay SAT Prep)

  • When: begins March 13, 6 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 221

  • Fee: $200

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Community News & Events

A Midwinter's Evening: Lexington Symphony's The Muse

 Come in from the cold with a heartwarming evening at Lexington Symphony this Saturday! Two inventive Stravinsky pieces showcase the richness and precision of our wonderful string players through dancing lyrical melodies and dense rhythmic textures. Nielsen's Little Suite is fresh and appealing, by turns charming and dramatic. And Principal Clarinet Bill Kirkley steps into the spotlight with Finzi's expressive yet playful clarinet concerto. Altogether, a perfect respite on a winter's night:

  •  Stravinsky | Concerto in D. 

  • Finzi | Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31 - Bill Kirkley, Clarinet

  • Nielsen | Little Suite for Strings Op. 1

  • Stravinsky | Apollon Musagète

 Please be in touch if you have questions: Alix Fox, afox@lexingtonsymphony.org

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Tiny But Mighty: Nanoscale Engineering

  • When: February 23, 6 - 8:30 pm

  • Where: MIT Museum

Join in an exciting program about nanotechnology designed by high school students for you! Over dinner, hear from MIT Professor Angela Belcher and Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Zachary Hood about nanoscale engineering and how it impacts our lives. For high school students only. Dinner included. Register here for this free event.

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Special Education at Minuteman High School

  • When: Monday, February 25, 6 - 7.30 pm

  • Where: Community Center

We are finding that a lot of people within the community aren’t aware of everything Minuteman offers students.  Did you know that almost 50% of Minuteman students receive support through an IEP? Did you also know that Minuteman earned a 2018 National Blue Ribbon Award?  Representatives from Minuteman will explain Minuteman’s educational model, the opportunities and services available, and how students apply for admission. The goal is to help families understand all of their options for high school in order make informed decisions about their future. See you there!

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Grade School/Middle School Spring Softball Training Clinic

  • When: Tuesday-Thursday March 5, 6 and 7 (makeup date: March 13, 5 -7 pm)

  • Where: LHS Field House, 251 Waltham Street

  • For: Grades 2-8 (groups will be broken into grades to work through in stations together)

  • Fee: $75

  • Register: e-mail Connie Stump mcdeestump@yahoo.com

Instructors: Coaches & Players of the Lexington High School Softball teams.
Clinic goals: Get ready for your Middle School/Little League softball season! This clinic will prepare and condition players for the season ahead. Players will be kept moving and active, going through a variety of drills in their stations. The clinic will primarily focus on the skills of throwing, fielding, base running, hitting and pitching. Any player that’s interested in pitching will have an opportunity to get instruction and work on their mechanics.
Things to remember: Wear sneakers/running shoes, Bring your own bat/glove; Battling helmet, if you own one; In the event of weather issues, please check your email.

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Lexington Ski Club

For almost fifty years the Lexington Ski Club has catered to avid snow sport families.  Members enjoy comfortable accommodations at our lodge located in the White Mountains, prepared hot meals during ski season, and after ski activities such as board games and ping pong.  If your family likes to ski or snowboard and appreciates cooperative living, the Lexington Ski Club might be for you.  Currently, we are accepting applications for new members.  For additional information, please contact Joe Scholl atjpscholl4@gmail.com or 781-891-1832 or visit our website.

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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