January 2, 2018
I hope that you were able to spend a great week with your respective family over the break! As we start the new year, I want to convey some information and announcements:
As part of the process around thinking about a possible new high school, we conducted a Visioning process that involved examining our current model of education and what we think teaching and learning will require and look like in the future. On 12/4, we started this process with educators that continued to 12/14 and 12/15 Visioning sessions that included students, parents, educators, and community members. We had some very rich discussions that constitute a good start to this process. On 12/14, we held a public forum to give the public a summary of the big initiatives occurring at LHS (Visioning, NEASC Accreditation Self-Reflection, and Schedule Review) and the work conducted by the Visioning Groups. The link to the Lex Media video of this presentation is below:
*Life After LHS:
I’m happy to announce that we have over 100 LHS alumni here for the annual Life After LHS presentations occurring today. In years past, this was a panel presentation to the entire Junior Class. In order to better personalize the experience, the alumni will be split into groups of 3-4 who will attend the respective Junior Homerooms. This is a valuable activity for our juniors and I appreciate the work of the LHS PTO and Dr. John Murray for setting up this important event for our juniors. I am also very appreciative of the time our alumni are giving to convey their respective insights and experiences to our current students.
A PTO-sponsored Life After LHS for parents will be presented on January 3, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Science Lecture Hall. All are welcome.
*Upcoming PD 1/2 Day:
On January 11, we will be having a ½-day of school with an 11:15am dismissal for all students. For the January 11 PD 1/2 Day we have Jessica Minahan coming to work with the faculty around the topic of student stress. She has worked for the district and has provided some great training for the Special Education department, which is funding her work with the general faculty. Specifically, Jessica will address the impact of stress on students’ cognition, cite concrete and specific examples of how that is exacerbated in the classroom, and provide concrete tactics teachers can employ in the classroom. She will come back for the March 19 faculty meeting to follow-up with the faculty.
*Upcoming Counseling Department Evening Presentations -- (4 Programs, January 4th - February 15th):
We have a number of upcoming Counseling Department evenings for parents and students. Please see below for these important and informative events.
I. College Admissions Testing: A Roadmap for the SAT, ACT, and Other Tests –
January 4, 2018 6:30-8:00pm
Snow date: January 10th
Recommended for Sophomore Parents/Guardians
In this seminar, we will:
- explain the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process
- discuss the differences between the SAT and ACT to help students and families better understand these tests’ design
- examine sample problems from the two tests to highlight the differences between them so that students can make a more informed decision when deciding between the SAT and ACT
With the redesigned SAT and an increasing number of students taking the ACT, families have many questions about the current state of standardized testing. The goals of this presentation are to take away some of the anxiety that surrounds these tests and to give families information to help guide them through their own unique testing plans: Which test. When to take them. How and when to prepare for them.
Presenter: Drew Heilpern, PhD, Summit Educational Group, Inc.
Location: Science Lecture Hall/IDLC
II. College Admissions Seminar -- Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night
January 24, 2018 6:30-8:00 pm
Snow date: TBD
This session will provide an overview of college admissions, including:
- trends in college admissions
- building the college list
- the college application process
Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website — mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process. *This link also provides a webinar if you are unable to join us for the presentation.
Presenter: MEFA Presenter, John Marcus, Former VP of Enrollment
III. Teen Summer Programs and GAP Year Expo (NEW!)
January 30, 2018 5:30-8:00
Snow date: January 31st
Recommended for Students and Parents/Guardians grades 7-12
Meet personally with the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs for high school and middle school students. Programs for every budget and every interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, internships, intensive sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year programs. The Expo lets you efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, costs, safety, camp and supervision. For more information visit: www.TeenSummerExpos.com
Location: Commons II
IV. Navigating Selective College Admissions
February 15, 2018 6:30-8:00
Snow date: TBD
Formerly Junior Parent/Guardian Night
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.
Presenter: John Mahoney, Director of Admission, Boston College
Thank you and Happy New Year!