Week of March 15th, 2019

Important Dates

Important Dates

Friday March 15 Deadline for feedback on Weekly Announcements: survey
Jazz Festival Concert, LHS Auditorium (7pm)
Improv Troupe Show (7:30pm)

Saturday March 16 Winter A Cappella Jamboree, LHS (7pm)

Monday March 18 Festival Concert 1, LHS (7pm)

Tuesday March 19 PTO Board meeting, Community Center (9-11 am)
METCO representative will be present
Festival Concert 2, LHS (7pm)

Friday March 22 Jazz Nite 3, LHS (7pm)

Saturday March 23 5th Annual Lexington Parent Academy, Community Center (9:30am-2:30pm)

Saturday March 30 Special Education & 504 Update, LPS Central Building (7-8:30pm)

 PTO News & Events

Last chance to give feedback on 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!


PTO Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, March 19, 9-11am

  • Where: Community center.

A representative from the METCO office will come and speak about the program.


Graphing Calculators Wanted

The LHS PTO are looking for used Ti-83/TI-84 graphing calculators to help support the resource room at LHS.  If you’ve got one collecting dust at home (but still in working condition), we will gladly take it off your hands.  You can drop it off at the LHS Main Office in an envelope labeled for LHS PTO.  You can drop it off at the LHS Main Office in an envelope or labeled for LHS PTO.


LHS PTO Volunteers Needed

The days of organizing Mother Goose Storytelling or Big Backyard are long gone, but YOUR help is still needed.  Check out ALL the ways you can get involved because every little bit makes a difference!

We have jobs of all shapes and sizes, from just 2hrs of help to weekly involvement.  If you’re interested, please email us at nominatingcommitteechair@lhspto.org.


Film Series

The LHS, Clarke, and Diamond PTOs invite you to view the following documentaries, each to be followed by a discussion.  Open to all (note ages of children for which these are appropriate).

ANGST: Anxiety Disorders are Real, Common and Treatable - a documentary followed up with a discussion led by Clinician, Jon Mattleman and young adult speaker from Minding Your Mind

  • Wednesday April 3, 7-9pm

  • LHS Auditorium

  • Details on Angst: https://angstmovie.com/

  • Free and Appropriate for all parents and children 12 and over

LIKE: A documentary about the effect of social media on our lives - followed up with a discussion led by LPS Enforcement Officer Kristina Hankins and LPS Prevention Specialist and LICSW, Kristie Demiriv

  • Wednesday April 10, 7-9pm

  • LHS Auditorium

  • Details on LIKE: https://www.thelikemovie.com/

  • Free and Appropriate for all parents and children 12 and over


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.


5th Annual Lexington Parent Academy

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

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

  • FREE and open to all

Join us for a day of informative sessions designed to educate and empower parents to manage the changing demands of parenting in today’s world.  We have a wide variety of sessions that are applicable to parents of children of all ages.  For a complete list of sessions and descriptions, as well as to pre-register (strongly recommended), please visit the Lexington Recreation Department website.  Click on “register” and then select “Lexington Parent Academy.”

For questions, please e-mail Julie Fenn at jfenn@lexingtonma.org.


Special Education & 504 Update for Parents with Ellen Sugita and Valerie Viscosi

  • When:  March 30, 7–8:30 pm

  • Where:  LPS Central Administration Building – Gymnasium, 146 Maple Street Lexington, MA 02420 (If you are using GPS, please enter 328 Lowell Street)

LexSEPAC/SEPTA invite you to an evening presentation with the Director of Special Education, Ellen Sugita, and the Director of K-12 Guidance and 504s, Valerie Viscosi.  The presentation will provide parents in the district an update on the current status of Special Education and 504s.  A Q&A session will be moderated by Dr.  Julie Hackett, Superintendent.  This event is free, but requires registration.


Academic Advising

Academic Advising runs March 11-April 3

  • Week 1 - March 11-15: Juniors

  • Week 2 - March 18-22: Sophomores

  • Week 3 - March 25-29: Freshmen

  • Week 4: April 1-3: Students who were unable to meet during the first three weeks

Students will be signing-up for appointments using SignUpGenuis.com. Counselors will be using iBlock during Academic Advising for missed appointments, absences, and follow-up appointments.

Linda Prisco, LHS Administrative Assistant to the LHS/ K-12 Assistant Director of Counseling
781-861-2320 x69128


College Board - SAT at LHS

  • 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


The Jessica Bussgang Rosenbloom Skating Award

The Jessica Bussgang Rosenbloom Skating Award will be awarded for the second time on May 29, 2019 at the LHS awards night to a LHS sophomore, junior or senior who has excelled both academically and in figure skating.  The application is due on Wednesday, April 3rd by 3pm to Joanne Tringale in the LHS Counseling Department.  Applicants must reside in Lexington and skate competitively either as a singles skater, pairs skater, ice dancer, or synchronized skater, or participate in ice theatre.  For more details, please seehttps://tinyurl.com/y6nfd8sk.

Submissions can be sent electronically, by mail or dropped off by Wednesday, April 3 to: Joanne Tringale, LHS Counseling Department, jtringale@lexingtonma.org, 781-861-2320 x69722


Scholarship Information for LHS Seniors and Parents

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. 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 x69722



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 DescriptionTimeLocationFri Mar 15LHS Jazz Week Concert7 pmLHS AuditoriumFri Mar 15LHS Improv Troupe Show7:30 pmLHS Black Box TheatreSat Mar 16LHS Winter A Cappella Jamboree7 pmLHS AuditoriumMon Mar 18Pre-MICCA Festival Concert - Orchestra7 pmLHS AuditoriumTue Mar 19Pre-MICCA Festival Concert - Band7 pmLHS AuditoriumFri Mar 22LHS Jazz Nite 37 pmLHS Commons IITue Mar 26LHS Honors Chorus Spring Concert7 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.


 LHS Sports

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


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.


Parent/Student Volunteer Opportunity - Green Team

We would like to thank the staff, parents and students who have worked hard to run Lexington High School Compost Friday program.  We are adding one more station to manage the composting needs of the large student body.  Please help us by signing up to manage the Zero Waste Stations during lunch at LHS.  Easy explanations and visual guides provided.

Questions: Email us at lpsgreenteams@gmail.com
Thank You!
LHS Green Team


Jazz Festival Concert

  • When: Friday, March 15, 7 pm

  • Where: LHS Auditorium

  • Suggested Donation Price: $10 general admission

Don’t miss the Jazz Festival Concert, to be held on Friday, March 15 at 7:00 pm in the LHS Auditorium!  This year’s guest artist is Grammy Award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian. The concert will feature Ms. Sevian’s extraordinary music and her collaborative work with the LHS jazz groups.  Funding for jazz week is provided to a large extent through donations from parents and the community.  Proceeds from ticket sales are used to fund the guest artist program.

Contact Information: LHS Jazz Director Pat Donaher, pdonaher@lexingtonma.org

The Friends of Lexington Music, Art & Drama Students (FOLMADS) is a nonprofit organization created to foster and promote excellence in the fine and performing arts programs in the Lexington Public Schools


Public Debate: Should Lexington ban single use straws?

  • When: March 21, 7 – 8 pm

  • Where: LHS Science Lecture Hall, 251 Waltham Street

Please join LHS debate teacher Sheryl Kaczmarek, and members of our nationally renowned LHS debate team, for a public debate on Town Meeting Article #31: “Amend Town by-laws to reduce/ban single-use plastic beverage straws and stirrers”.  Come learn about both sides of this important issue, which Town Meeting will decide this spring, at this FREE event!  A portion of our time will be reserved for audience questions.


Design Competition for the 2019 All Night Graduation Party

Create a wining design and a lasting memento for the LHS Class of 2019. This year the theme is "A Night in the Tropics" A $50 prize will be awarded for each winning design. One design will be selected for the front of the t-shirt that all students who attend will wear (and may be used on other promotional materials), and one design will be selected for the back of the t-shirt (and may be used on other promotional materials). The contest is open to all LHS students.

  • Full design rules and permission slip available in the Art Department Office

  • Designs due Friday, March 22, 2019 by 2:30pm to Room 202 at LHS


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.


SAT Prep for the May/June Exams

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

PRTH (Reading SAT Prep)

  • When: begins March 19,  6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 222

  • Fee: $200

PWST (Writing and Language/Essay SAT Prep)

  • When: begins March 20, 6 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Where: LHS, Rm 221

  • Fee: $200


Community News & Events

METCO Advocacy Day

  • When: Tuesday, March 19th, rally at 9am; legislator visits start at 10:45am

  • Where: State House, Nurse's Hall, Main Stairway

Learn more here: https://metcoinc.org/upcoming-events/advocacy/


Intelligent Lives: documentary with panel discussion

  • When: Thursday April 11th, 2019, 7-9 pm

  • Where: Lexington Venue, 1794 Mass Ave, Lexington

  • Sponsored by: LexSEPAC/SEPTA, Lexington Commission on Disability, the Lexington Human Rights Commission, the Cary Library, Temple Isaiah, TASH New England, and the Lexington Venue

  • RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/LexingtonIntelligentLives

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.  Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.  Panelists include Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, M.Ed., Emma Fialka-Feldman, Dina Traniello, Ed.D., and Janet Sauer, Ed.D.  Please see registration link for bios and more information on the film. 


Middlesex Community College Summer Programs for Kids

College for Kids (CFK) provides children with an exciting range of unique opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills and boost their self-confidence. Our College for Kids program strives to employ either public school teachers or experts in the field. All program employees have experience instructing children in the content area. Programs are offered on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, as well as a theater program at the Merrimack Repertory Theater in Lowell. Please note the recommended ages of each program carefully when registering your child as they range between 8-17. Unless otherwise stated the cost for each program includes materials/activities. More details and registration information can be found here https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/collegeforkids/


LHS PTO keeps you connected!

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