Week of February 8th, 2019


Important Dates

Saturday February 9 Junior Parent Group, Community Center (9 am)
Follies (7 pm)

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

Thursday February 14 Parent Discussion Group, LHS, Rm 147 (7:45 am)

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

8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS

  • Monday, February 11, 9 - 10:30 am; Community Center

  • Wednesday, February 13, 7-9 pm;  LHS, Science Lecture Hall (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)

This Q&A forum is an opportunity for 8th grade parents to learn about the transition to high school from a panel of experienced LHS parents. Bring your questions about classes, schedules, sports, music groups, clubs, community service, lockers, homework, and whatever else you are wondering about high school! The morning and evening sessions will have the same format: attend whichever one is most convenient for you.


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.


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!


LHS and LPS Announcements

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.


Social Communication Strategies with Beverly Montgomery

  • When: February 12, 7 - 8:30 pm

  • Where: Community Center, Room 242

  • Register: here

Do you know a child or teen who struggles with knowing what to say, whom to say it to, and when to say it? Are their reactions too big or emotions out of control? Is getting out the door a constant struggle? If so, join us for this seminar where you will learn practical strategies for building these skills and more. Participants will gain a better understanding of the role of executive functioning in social-emotional learning.  Beverly Montgomery earned her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University, where she specialized in pragmatic and narrative language. After more than nine years in the Lexington Public Schools, she founded Lex Communicate in 2011.

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College Admissions - Navigating Selective College Admissions

  • When: February 14, 6:30 - 8 pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

  • Presenter: Lee A. Coffin, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Dartmouth College

  • Recommended: Junior Parents/Guardians

Of the approximately 3,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about 50 of them are considered highly selective. These are schools that typically admit fewer than 25% of all their applicants. With competition is as keen as it is at these highly selective colleges, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in the admissions process. This presentation will review the nuances of the selective college admissions process including relevant statistics, current trends in college admissions, and recommendations for students who will navigate the terrain of selective college admissions.
Joanne Tringale, LHS Counseling Department
781-861-2320, x 69722


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:


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


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.


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, visitwww.HarlanCohen.com.
Joanne Tringale, LHS Counseling Department
781-861-2320, x 69722



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 DescriptionTimeLocationSat 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.


 LHS Sports

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


LHS Community News & Events

Saturday Junior Parent Group

  • When: Saturday, February 9, 10 – 11:30 am

  • Where: Community Center, Rm 237

All parents of juniors are welcome to attend. For more information, please email Sharon.Olofsson@gmail.com.


Overcoming Unconscious Bias Workshop

  • When: Monday, February 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (wait list only) or February 23, 10 am-12 pm

  • Where: Cary Library (large meeting room)

  • RegisterLibrary online calendar

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.


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.


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.


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.

Community News & Events

The Legacy of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment

  • When: Tuesday February 12, 7 pm

  • Where: Cary Library, Living Room

  • Sponsored by: Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) and Cary Memorial Library

  • Register: Cary Library Calendar

The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial was dedicated on May 30, 1897 and has been considered one of the nation’s greatest monuments. This talk will consider the history the monument represents and the significance of the monument to Boston and the United States. The speaker will be Robert Bellinger.


Special Education at Minuteman High School

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

  • 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!


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.


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 at jpscholl4@gmail.com or 781-891-1832 or visit our website.