Friday, April 28, 2017

LHS Friday Flyer- April 28, 2017

Good evening,

What a wonderful day of warmth and sunshine!  We are looking forward to the Prom tomorrow night at Mechanics Hall.

Congratulations to LHS science teacher Ms. Cheryl Harrington who received this year's LPS Excellence in Teaching Award!  Criteria for this award is attached.

When you find a moment, please take a look at updates from LHS.

Tiger News Network
Here is the April 28th Edition of TNN. Segments include News and Don’t Drink & Drive PSA.


http://littleton.vod.castus.tv/vod/index.php/4/0/9/3/6/2/4093624b-620c-4268-8352-356ceed822311493394033.206+1144803.183@castus4-littleton+14933946971493394491714813.vod.720p.TNNAPRIL282017.mp4#castusvod_autoplay=1


LHS Teacher of the Year
The LHS Teacher of the Year nomination form is attached. Nominations are due to the office by Friday, May 12th.



Underage Drinking Presentation
Please see attached presentation shown to students on Thursday at our all-school assembly.




Messages from PTA
Next HS PTA Meeting
 is Tuesday, May 2nd at 8:25 in the HS Office Conference Room.  All are welcome to attend.

Staff Recognition Luncheon
This year's staff appreciation luncheon is Wednesday, May 10th.  The HS PTA provides lunch, dessert, and a drink for each staff member.  This year we will again be providing meals from Panera Bread.

Please send in a monetary donation to help offset the cost of this luncheon. This is the only time during the year that the HS PTA asks for donations. Every little bit helps to make this a special thank you to the staff that work with our children during the school year.

We are also looking for volunteers to help setup, serve and clean up the day of the luncheon, May 10th.  If you can volunteer please contact Mary C. Ystueta at mary_y@alum.mit.edu

The staff looks forward to the scrumptious desserts provided by the HS PTA.  To donate a dessert please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084caea928a5fd0-staff1


Littleton PTA Elections
PTA will be electing executive- and school-level officers for 2017-2018 at the May 8 Executive Board meeting, which is open to the public. The Littleton PTA is especially in need of a President next year, who is primarily responsible for running the monthly meetings and being a point-of-contact for others.

If you are interested in serving at any level, please download and return the attached form, contact Mary C. Ystueta at mary_y@alum.mit.edu, or reach out to Katie Bonner (krbonner@gmail.com). Thank you!



Class of 2020 Fundraiser at Chipotle
On Wednesday, May 10th, come to Chipotle on 174 Littleton Road in Westford to support the Littleton Class of 2020 between 5-9pm. Make sure to bring the attached flyer when you get your food! 50% of the proceeds will go to the Littleton High School Class of 2020. Thank you!
-Class of 2020 Officers


Previous Messages:

Class of 2017: Message from LEF 
NEW THIS YEAR! 
Littleton Education Fund will help you congratulate your favorite high school senior!  Order a mylar balloon in Littleton school colors through LEF and we will deliver it to your favorite graduating senior and display it on his or her mailbox!  

The balloons will be yellow with a blue pawprint and say "Congrats Graduate". They will also include matching ribbon and a personalized message from you. The order form with additional details and a picture of the balloon is attached. Balloons are $8.00 each.
ORDER DEADLINE IS MAY 5TH.
BALLOONS WILL BE DELIVERED JUNE 1.



Message for the Class of 2017- Kindergarten Quilts
It has been a tradition during Senior Week to display in the HS the kindergarten quilts made by our graduating seniors.  I am trying to locate those quilts that were made either in the 2003-2004 kindergarten year (graduating seniors from transitional class) or 2004-2005 (graduating seniors who did not go to transitional).

If you have one of these quilts, or know of someone who might, please contact me, Kim Raymond, atkbwraymond@gmail.com.  You will get your quilt back after Senior Week!



LHS May 2017 Events

May 1 - 12    AP Exams


May 2           School Council at 2:30 p.m.  and NHS Banquet 6:00 p.m.


May 3           Faculty Meeting 2:00 p.m.


May 4           Student Recognition Breakfast 7:15 a.m.


May 4           Principal’s Coffee 8:00 a.m.


May 9           Art Show 6:00 p.m. Spring Concert 7:00 p.m.


May 10         Early Release Day


May 11         Roman Banquet 7:00 p.m.


May 11         School Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.


May 16 -17  MCAS Math Exams grade 10


May 18        Academic Awards 7:00 p.m.


May 19       Seniors Last Day (half-day)- Yearbooks & Caps & Gowns distributed


May 19       Relay For Life


May 22 - 24 Senior Final Exams


May 24       Drama Banquet


May 25       Senior Send Off  7:00 p.m.


May 25       School Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.


May 26       Senior Class Trip


May 29      Memorial Day - No School


May 31     Graduation Rehearsal 10:00 a.m. - Auditorium


May 31     Senior Athletic Awards  



Links that may be of interest:

Parents make a big difference just by talking
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39577514

Resources for Parents


Growth Mindset and Children’s Health- NOT JUST FOR SCHOOL — A POSITIVE MINDSET HAS POTENTIAL TO BOOST PHYSICAL WELL-BEING, TOO


Attachments:
  • Class of 2020 Fundraiser Notice for Chipotle
  • Senior Events memo
  • Letter about buses for 2017-2018
  • PTA nominating form
  • Bed, Bath & beyond Coupon for dorm rooms
  • May Events list
  • Underage Drinking presentation
  • LPS Excellence in Teaching Criteria
  • LHS Teacher of the Year Nomination form


Follow LHS on Twitter:  @Littleton_HS


Enjoy the weekend!


Warmest regards,

-John Harrington, Principal, and Keith Comeau, Assistant Principal

Friday, March 31, 2017

LHS Friday Flyer- March 31, 2017

Good evening,

As we look out the window and see snow falling, we may find it hard to believe that spring is here and the Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway is Monday.  Let's hope the snow clears quickly for spring sports and outdoor activities.

When you find a moment, please take a look at updates from LHS.

Tiger News Network
Here is the April Fools Spectacular edition of TNN. Segments include Bye Bye Birdie Preview, MLB17 The Show Review, TNN March Madness Competition, April Fool High jinx. Enjoy!



Polar Plunge Update
The Polar Plunge has been moved to Sunday, April 2nd due to the messy weather predicted for Saturday. The time and place - 11 a.m. at Long Lake - remain the same.  Please come out and support Special Olympics.  You can be a" Penguin" and take a dip or a "Chicken" and lend support from the shore.


Class of 2017: Message from LEF 
NEW THIS YEAR! 
Littleton Education Fund will help you congratulate your favorite high school senior!  Order a mylar balloon in Littleton school colors through LEF and we will deliver it to your favorite graduating senior and display it on his or her mailbox!  

The balloons will be yellow with a blue pawprint and say "Congrats Graduate". They will also include matching ribbon and a personalized message from you. The order form with additional details and a picture of the balloon is attached. Balloons are $8.00 each.
ORDER DEADLINE IS MAY 5TH.
BALLOONS WILL BE DELIVERED JUNE 1.


Message from the Class of 2020
The Class of 2020 is holding a bake sale at Donelan's April 8th from 10 am to 1 pm.  Food can be dropped off at Mrs. Gillen's room on April 7th or dropped off at Donelan's at 9:30 April 8th.  Please sign up using the link to the google form below.  Thank you!


Brainstorm Your College Essay

Wednesday, April 56 to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 66 to 7:30 p.m., in Westford

This two-part workshop is for juniors only. Designed to help students find a topic for their college application essay, the workshop offers a brainstorming session followed by writing exercises with feedback. Students will leave with a solid topic, sample essays, and an opening paragraph for their essay. 

Fee: $150 per student. Limited to 6. Register at http://www.collegeessayconfidante.com/workshops. Questions? Email: winningcollegeessay@gmail.comThe Westford location will be provided to registered students.

Financial assistance is available.
If these dates are not convenient, private sessions can be arranged.

About the tutor
Joyce Pellino Crane is an award-winning journalist, recognized for editorial writing by two major newspaper organizations. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Newsday, and GateHouse Media publications. She has taught college essay workshops to high school students for several years. Joyce is the news director at Westford Community Access Television and is an approved Westford Academy tutor. She is the former editor of the Westford Eagle and Littleton Independent.


Message from PTA
Our Next HS PTA meeting is Tuesday, April 4th, at 8:25 a.m. in the HS office conference room.  For more information please contact mary_y@alum.mit.edu

The HS PTA is pleased to announce the purchase of 80 copies of LHS Junior Hannah Lord's book Rubber Soul. for the LHS Book Club.

The statewide Girls STEM Summit is this Sunday at Regis College in Weston, MA.  The HS PTA provided registration fees for 5 of our students.  The students attending are: Savannah Arimento '19, Katrina Fiorentino '17, Aditi Deokar '20, Kiana Bucceri '20 and Jenna Marcopul '17.  

The Russell Street School PTA is hosting their annual basket raffle & ice cream social on Thursday, April 6th from 6-8 pm. 

We'd like to share with you our 2017 Basket Raffle Catalog in case there were any baskets that you would like to try and win. Our wonderful baskets were donated by RSS faculty & staff, classrooms, parents, local/small businesses, museums, theatres, etc. 

There are a large 55" TV, gift cards galore, Kindle Fire, Chromebook, tons of passes to lots of NE places, Patriots memorabilia, Red Sox tickets, and the list goes on. We welcome you to attend our event, but in case you can't make it, there is a preorder form included in the catalog.  

You will need to drop off your order to the office at Russell Street School by Monday, April 3rd!
REMINDER: If you plan to preorder tickets, please make sure to include preprinted address labels with your name and phone number only. Winners do not need to be present to win but will be called the next day.

Thank you for your support.


SEPAC Meeting
The SEPAC meeting on transition planning for students age 18-22 will now be held on  APRIL 4 at 7:00 in the library seminar room at Littleton High School.

Tapes for Education Program
The Tapes for Education Program sponsored by Donelans has come to an end for this school year.  NOW is the time to pass in all your receipts so they don’t go to waste.  

All collection boxes will be picked up on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 so make sure to gather all receipts and turn them into any of our four schools or the town library, Thank you!

Littleton Public Schools is lucky to participate in The Tapes for Education Program sponsored by Donelans this school year 2016-2017. This is an incredible program that allows all four schools in Littleton to earn FREE school equipment.

From September 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017, we will be able to turn cash register receipts from Donelans Supermarkets into valuable and important educational equipment free of charge. 

Note: We need the 
entire receipt, including the itemized list of purchased items; please do not cut them. It is OK to black out the credit card information.


LHS April  2017 Events

April 5 Faculty Meeting 2:00

April 6 COA Spaghetti Luncheon

April 7 & 8 LHS Spring Musical 7:30 p.m

April 9 LHS Spring Musical 3:00 p.m.

April 11 School Council Meeting 2:30 p.m.

April 12 Early Release Day

April 14 Good Friday - No School

April 17-21 School Vacation Week

April 27 School Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.

April 29 LHS Prom - Mechanics Hall 6:00 p.m.



Follow LHS on Twitter:  @Littleton_HS


Enjoy the weekend!


Warmest regards,

-John Harrington, Principal, and Keith Comeau, Assistant Principal

Friday, March 24, 2017

LHS Friday Flyer- March 24, 2017

Good evening,

As we start the weekend, we extend special thanks to the PTA, Guidance Department, and Mrs. Ginni Cormier for hosting a fabulous College Fair on Tuesday.  The College Admission reps were impressed by our school, students, parents, and hospitality.  We so appreciate our wonderful community!  Thank you.

When you find a moment, please take a look at updates from LHS.

Tiger News Network
Check out the latest edition of TNN from LHS students and LCTV. Segments include; Remembering Chuck Berry, LHS Pep Rally 2017 Highlights, TNN March Madness Competition Continues.


Last Day of School Notification:
As of today, the Last Day of School is scheduled for Monday, June 26th.  It will be a half day for all. Please also note that June 19th is no longer a half day.

Class of 2017: Message from LEF 
NEW THIS YEAR! 
Littleton Education Fund will help you congratulate your favorite high school senior!  Order a mylar balloon in Littleton school colors through LEF and we will deliver it to your favorite graduating senior and display it on his or her mailbox!  

The balloons will be yellow with a blue pawprint and say "Congrats Graduate". They will also include matching ribbon and a personalized message from you. The order form with additional details and a picture of the balloon is attached. Balloons are $8.00 each.
ORDER DEADLINE IS MAY 5TH.
BALLOONS WILL BE DELIVERED JUNE 1.

Trivia Night at High School
The high school PTA is once again holding its Trivia Night. This year's event will be on FridayMarch 31 with the first round kicking off at 7pm.

Teams can pre-register at LHSTrivia@gmail.com (just so we have some idea of how many teams to expect) but we will also take registrations the night of the event. Registration fees can be paid the night of the event. $10 per player.


Attention Students! The student entry fee has been reduced to $5 per player. Additionally, each player on the highest scoring student team will receive a Dunkin Donuts Gift Card! 

LMS Science Fair
Our 12th annual science and engineering fair at LMS is next Tuesday, 3/28, from 6:00 until 7:30 pm


Previous Messages:


Message from the Wellness Committee
The Wellness Committee will be hosting an informational night for parents and community members about INTERFACE Referral Service at Littleton High School on March 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

The presenter Tanya Snyder is from William James College. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

*Please sign up using the Google Form on our website http://www.littletonps.org/home/wellness
If you have any questions, please email Natalie Branch (nbranch@littletonps.org) or Meredith Perry (mperry@littletonps.org).

Thank you for your time and dedication to the health of our community!

Meredith M. Perry, M.Ed.
Health and Physical Education Curriculum Coordinator


Littleton Polar Plunge
Sign up for the Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics and get community service! For more than 40 years Special Olympics Massachusetts has helped drive acceptance and inclusion through sports in communities, and by participating in the Polar Plunge you can ensure this is possible for many years to come.

By signing up as a penguin, you will be sponsored by friends and family to take the plunge in Long Lake. By signing up as a chicken, instead you will show your support from the shore. Join us at Long Lake on Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 am for hot chocolate, baked goods, and a good cause!

Visit littletonplunge.kintera.org to sign up and donate.


Messages from Massachusetts Cultural Council- Creative Youth News
March 2017 is Youth Arts Month in Massachusetts

It's Youth Arts Month, time to celebrate the arts' central role in a complete education for our young people in school and beyond!

See link below:



Annual Mattress Sale
In the market for a new bed?  The 4th Annual Mattress Sale to benefit the Littleton Public School’s band program will be on Saturday, March 25th from 10 am to 5 pm in the LHS Cafeteria!  Need more information?  Watch the following 1-minute video: http://www.customfundraisingsolutions.com/why-mattresses

Every sale benefits the band program – please see the attached flyer for a coupon for $50 off, and visit our event link: bit.ly/2lhsmusic

Questions?  Please email hbridge@littletonps.org.


Graduation Location- Update
Graduation will be held on the LHS Field behind the high school on June 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Our rain date is June 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  In the event of rain/poor field conditions, Graduation may be held in the LHS Performing Arts Center on June 3rd at 10:30 a.m.

Senior end of year events list is attached.



Littleton Special Education Parents Advisory Council

The Littleton SEPAC will host Michele Hirth at our next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm in the Library Seminar Room in Littleton High School.  Join us to learn about transition services.  Michele Hirth is a special education teacher at Littleton High School who concentrates on developing the Transition Program that seeks to ensure that students are college and career ready.



Senior SOS Screening- March 31st
LHS will conduct the annual SOS Screening for seniors during the morning on Thursday, March 31st.

This depression screening/suicide prevention program is an established LPS health program.

Just about all of our students have participated in prior screenings.
This helpful prevention tool has been an LPS routine for over ten years.

If your child does not want to participate, s/he can opt out.
If you do not want your child to participate, please let us know before next Thursday.  Thanks for your help with this important health screening.

LHS NEWS BLOG
Please click on the link to our new blog "LHSNews" for the latest updates from LHS.




Links that may be of interest:

What Helps Kids Focus Better – and Why They Need Help

Communities of Character
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/27/opinion/communities-of-character.html?_r=0

Which Traits Predict Success? (The Importance of Grit)

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Parent Anxiety, Screen Time And Learning In The Digital Age
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/03/13/517510888/parent-anxiety-screen-time-and-learning-in-the-digital-age


Follow LHS on Twitter: @Littleton_HS

Enjoy the weekend!

Warmest regards,

-John Harrington, Principal, and Keith Comeau, Assistant Principal

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kelly Davis- Archery State Championship


LHS's Kelly Davis won the NFAA (National Field Archery) MA State Indoor Championship in her division - Young Adult Female Compound Freestyle - with a 298 out of 300 w/ 42x (bullseye center shots)!  

She's worked very hard for it and will compete in regionals on April 1st!

Friday, March 17, 2017

LHS Friday Flyer- March 17, 2017

Good afternoon,


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

While it may not look like it outside, spring begins on Monday....We are moving right through March and ahead in the school year.

Kudos to our World Language students and teachers for hosting a fabulous World Language Festival last night.  Wonderful music, vibrant displays, colorful costumes, and delicious food....

Special thanks go to Mrs. Beth Steele and the Student Council for coordinating an exciting and spirit-filled Pep Rally this afternoon. Students showed extraordinary enthusiasm and love for their school!


Special Highlight: LHS College Fair- March 21st
LHS College Fair is on March 21st from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  All students and parents are encouraged to attend. Please see attached flyer.


When you find a moment, please take a look at updates from LHS.

Tiger News Network
Check out the latest edition of TNN from LHS students and LCTV. Segments include Polar Plunge, TNN March Madness Competition.


Course recommendations for 2017-2018
Course requests are due on Monday, March 20

Message from the Wellness Committee
The Wellness Committee will be hosting an informational night for parents and community members about INTERFACE Referral Service at Littleton High School on March 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

The presenter Tanya Snyder is from William James College. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

*Please sign up using the Google Form on our website http://www.littletonps.org/home/wellness
If you have any questions, please email Natalie Branch (nbranch@littletonps.org) or Meredith Perry (mperry@littletonps.org).

Thank you for your time and dedication to the health of our community!

Meredith M. Perry, M.Ed.
Health and Physical Education Curriculum Coordinator


Littleton Polar Plunge
Sign up for the Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics and get community service! For more than 40 years Special Olympics Massachusetts has helped drive acceptance and inclusion through sports in communities, and by participating in the Polar Plunge you can ensure this is possible for many years to come.

By signing up as a penguin, you will be sponsored by friends and family to take the plunge in Long Lake. By signing up as a chicken, instead you will show your support from the shore. Join us at Long Lake on Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 am for hot chocolate, baked goods, and a good cause!

Visit littletonplunge.kintera.org to sign up and donate.

On Monday, March 20th eat out - or order in - at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and 20% of all proceeds will go to the Plunge!

Loaves & Fishes Food Drive
Please still feel welcome to bring donations to LHS for Loaves & Fishes.  The two snow days this week definitely impacted our collection.

Loaves & Fishes helps our neighbors in need in Littleton and 4 other towns. Thank you for your support of this important organization.

Previous Messages:

Budget Hearing
The Littleton School Committee is hosting a Budget Hearing on March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the community room at the Littleton Police Station.  We encourage parents to attend, advocate, and participate in supporting our schools.


Messages from Massachusetts Cultural Council- Creative Youth News
March 2017 is Youth Arts Month in Massachusetts

It's Youth Arts Month, time to celebrate the arts' central role in a complete education for our young people in school and beyond!

See link below:

Trivia Night at High School
The high school PTA is once again holding its Trivia Night. This year's event will be on FridayMarch 31 with the first round kicking off at 7pm.

Teams can pre-register at LHSTrivia@gmail.com (just so we have some idea of how many teams to expect) but we will also take registrations the night of the event. Registration fees can be paid the night of the event. $10 per player.


Annual Mattress Sale
In the market for a new bed?  The 4th Annual Mattress Sale to benefit the Littleton Public School’s band program will be on Saturday, March 25th from 10 am to 5 pm in the LHS Cafeteria!  Need more information?  Watch the following 1-minute video: http://www.customfundraisingsolutions.com/why-mattresses

Every sale benefits the band program – please see the attached flyer for a coupon for $50 off, and visit our event link: bit.ly/2lhsmusic

Questions?  Please email hbridge@littletonps.org.


Graduation Location- Update
Graduation will be held on the LHS Field behind the high school on June 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Our rain date is June 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  In the event of rain/poor field conditions, Graduation may be held in the LHS Performing Arts Center on June 3rd at 10:30 a.m.

Senior end of year events list is attached.



Littleton Special Education Parents Advisory Council

The Littleton SEPAC will host Michele Hirth at our next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm in the Library Seminar Room in Littleton High School.  Join us to learn about transition services.  Michele Hirth is a special education teacher at Littleton High School who concentrates on developing the Transition Program that seeks to ensure that students are college and career ready.



Senior SOS Screening- March 31st
LHS will conduct the annual SOS Screening for seniors during the morning on Thursday, March 31st.

This depression screening/suicide prevention program is an established LPS health program.

Just about all of our students have participated in prior screenings.
This helpful prevention tool has been an LPS routine for over ten years.

If your child does not want to participate, s/he can opt out.
If you do not want your child to participate, please let us know before next Thursday.  Thanks for your help with this important health screening.

LHS NEWS BLOG
Please click on the link to our new blog "LHSNews" for the latest updates from LHS.




Links that may be of interest:

Grit & Perseverance

Science Says Happier People Are Raised by Parents Who Do This 1 Thing

To Keep Teens Safe Online, They Need To Learn To Manage Risk

4 keys for negotiating a better college aid offer
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/4-keys-for-negotiating-a-better-college-aid-offer/



Follow LHS on Twitter:  @Littleton_HS



Warmest regards,

-John Harrington, Principal, and Keith Comeau, Assistant Principal