I am amazed at how quickly the school year has progressed! As the first quarter is nearing an end, I’m hoping you can help us as we remind students that learning and success have many forms and definitions. By this I mean that learning is a process and that no one test or project or quarterly grade is a final determinant of a student’s overall success. In my experience, success came through productive struggle, effort, setbacks, and small victories that took place over a long period of time, as time is what is needed for growth to occur. As part of our work around Grade Level Assets, we stress with students the importance of consistent communication, and that resilience is a key skill needed for success to occur. Your help and partnership in conveying this message to/with your son/daughter is most appreciated.
Parent/Teacher Conferences-November 27, 2017
The high school is scheduled for one Parent/Teacher conference on Monday, November 27, 2017
THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON 11/10 AND 11/13 FOR STUDENTS
- Parent conferences are held from 1:00 PM-7:00 PM.
- Each conference is scheduled for fifteen (15) minutes
- Please know that you always have the option to bring your son or daughter to the conference on November 27, 2017 and we encourage you to do so
- Online sign-ups will begin on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 through Monday, November 20, 2017. Instructions for sign-ups for Parent/Teacher conferences will be sent next week.
Fall Athletics and Concerts:
Congratulations to our student-athletes and coaches who participated in Fall Sports this year. A number of teams have made the playoffs and will be competing over this week and next. Please see the athletics website for specific information (https://lps.lexingtonma.org/domain/657). Additionally, our music program has had a number of performances that have been fantastic. These community performances are a great way to see our very talented students and teachers at work. More performances will be coming up in December and are on the LHS Calendar on the LHS website.
In the past few weeks, we have noticed an uptick in the possession and/or use of vaporizers/e-cigarettes in school. These devices utilize a ‘Vape Oil’ or ‘Vape Juice’ which contain varying amounts of nicotine depending upon the brand and flavor. In a few isolated instances THC additives have been found in these devices as well. What is important for parents and students to note is that the possession and/or use of any vaporizer in school is directly against school rules and will result in discipline up to and including suspension. Possession and use is not exclusively an LHS phenomenon as is it occurring more and more with students around the country. We will continue to monitor this issue and I will keep you posted.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Parent Survey: As mentioned in previous communications, we are administering the NEASC created survey for parents/guardians to complete as part of the initial self-reflection process in preparation for our accreditation visit in 2020. We do need 25% of parents/guardians to participate and to complete the survey fully. Any help you can give us with this is much appreciated.
An Evening with Dr. Josephine Kim: Tuesday, Nov. 7th at Cary Hall, 7:00-8:30pm:
This November, LYFS, KoLex, and LYFS's Multicultural Sponsoring Board kicks off its six-part series of speakers, films, and community discussions aimed at deepening community understanding of what it means to "live on the hyphen”— a phrase that encapsulates the personal and interpersonal challenges that children, parents, and communities in general encounter within a multicultural context. This series of events has been made possible through the generosity of the Community Endowment of Lexington.
Dr. Kim is a world-renowned Harvard academic and clinician with the Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at MGH. A Korean-American herself, Dr. Kim speaks compassionately and from personal experience about "living on the hyphen." Her message, however, transcends race and is relevant to all parents and teens who struggle to reconcile sometimes conflicting intergenerational and cultural expectations. The bar has been set high for ALL Lexington children. Therefore Dr. Kim's message is universal. We hope you will join us in this important conversation.
Homework & Start Times Feedback Forums: The Lexington School Committee with be holding two upcoming forums open to the community on the following dates. I encourage parents/guardians and students to attend:
- Homework Policy Forum: This forum on November 7th with gather student/parent/guardian/community feedback on the new homework policy that was enacted at the start of this school year. The forum will be held in the Selectmen's Meeting Room from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.
- Lexington Public Schools will be hosting a community forum on November 15th at 7:00pm in Battin Hall. The School Start Times Task Force and Lexington Public Schools Administration will host Judith Owens at a community forum engaging in a discussion on school start times. Judith Owens is a sleep expert and Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. At this community forum, Dr. Owens will engage the community in a discussion around the myths and misconceptions surrounding school start times and sleep patterns for students.
- School Start Times Task Force website: https://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10330
- If you wish to give feedback on either topic but can’t make these forums, please consider giving feedback via open/on-going feedback through Lexington Listens.
Community Service Opportunities for Students:
Periodically, student receive updates on new community service opportunities that are also located on our website. Students need to remember to bring their respective community service forms to Mrs. Nichols in the Main Office. Below are updated opportunities and the Community Service link:
- LEXPride "Understanding Gender" Forum Saturday 11/4/17
- Hancock Church - Collecting and Packing Supplies to send to Puerto Rico November 11-13, 2017
- 22nd Annual Genesis Battlegreen Run, Race Day Volunteers needed, November 5, 2017
- For more information, visit the updated community service website on the Lexington High School Webpage at https://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/10349
Thanks and have a great weekend!
Andrew Stephens, Ed.D. – Principal